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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is dragging its feet in implementing a common-sense solution to the problem of excess prescription drugs that may be subject to abuse, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said during an appearance at an Amherst pharmacy Thursday.At a news conference at Family Medical Pharmacy on Plaza Drive, Schumer, D-N.Y., said the agency should allow pharmac…

Jim Guarino, chef-owner of Shango Bistro, has reached into the voodoo pantheon to name the new seafood restaurant and oyster bar he plans to open at 5 E. Huron St.Oshun, he’ll call it.“She’s the voodoo spirit of the sea and everything that lives in it,” he said. Guarino finished the lease paperwork with Iskalo Development on Friday, and hopes to have the place open in spri…

Voters in the Sweet Home Central School District on Tuesday approved $18.7 million worth of capital projects, including replacing roofs, rebuilding parking lots, updating athletic facilities and improving security throughout district schools.District residents voted in favor of both propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s special referendum, which will increase the school …

National Fuel Gas Co.’s natural gas production in Pennsylvania keeps growing by leaps and bounds.The Amherst-based energy company said Tuesday that it expects its oil and natural gas production during the fiscal year that began this month to be nearly 11 percent higher than it forecast just three months ago, largely because of rapid growth in its drilling program in the Ma…

Send in the clownsThe best Halloween ideas are the simplest. A friend once shivered at a Fort Niagara event, seeing a dead War of 1812 soldier sidle up to her friend and croak, “You’re not going back to your car.” Brrrr! And Buzz recalls trembling on a rope bridge in a Clifton Hill funhouse, wreathed in darkness and wild lights. But Cheektowaga’s House of Horrors and Haunt…

The Amherst Town Board on Monday adopted a $117.8 million budget package, which increases spending about 1 percent for next year.The board made some last-minute budget amendments Monday, but the changes are not expected to impact the end result: town taxes are projected to go down slightly for most Amherst residents.“This is the fourth year in a row when we’ve had a tax re…

A 23-year-old East Amherst man was arrested on drunk driving and traffic infraction charges after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on Thompson Road in Clarence at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, State Police reported today.Daniel J. Korzak of Meadowlake Drive failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.18 percent, more than twice t…

A faulty extension cord left too close to combustible material caused $15,000 in damage to contents of a basement in the house on Amherstdale Road at about 5:50 a.m. today, according to the Snyder Fire Department. There was no damage to the structure and no injuries caused by the basement fire.

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At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls, …

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At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls, …

Criminal justice and sewage treatment are two big financial priorities for the Town of Amherst heading into next year.The town wants to borrow more than $16 million for capital projects, which includes a $1 million addition to the Town Court building on John James Audubon Parkway and another year of major repairs at the wastewater-treatment plant on Tonawanda Creek Road.Th…

AmherstThe Park School of Buffalo will hold three open houses this week for interested families and students.Open houses for the school, located at 4625 Harlem Road in Snyder, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.For more information about admissions call 839-1242 ext. 135 or email admissions@theparkschool.org.Amhe…

The theater makeover that has come to Maple Ridge 8 in Amherst has changed the way patrons will see movies there, and some new factors might surprise a first-time viewer. Here are some tips to smooth the experience.• Buy your tickets online if possible. The number of seats in the theaters has been drastically reduced, and the shows sell out. If you are able to get tickets …

Nov. 24, 1937 – Oct. 11, 2013Gail M. O’Brien, of Williamsville, a longtime teacher in the Williamsville schools, died Oct. 11 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home. She was 75.The former Gail Crowl was born in Buffalo and was a 1955 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School where she was an accomplished synchronized swimmer before going on to earn a master’s degree in education f…

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Moviegoers who were excited by cupholders, tiered stadium seating and rocking seats might want to brace themselves.The latest innovation in movie theater construction, unveiled at the AMC Maple Ridge 8 in Amherst in mid-August, offers patrons almost all the comforts of home in paired seats that recline fully.But it isn’t just the chairs’ position that’s different. Because …