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Do you have a ticket to President Obama’s speech today in the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena? Wondering how the president’s arrival will disrupt the typical weekday commute? Here’s what you need to know.The hours9 a.m.: Doors to Alumni Area open. Attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier. 10:30 a.m.: Air Force One touches down at Buffalo Niagara International Airpor…

The man accused of starting a fire at an Amherst Target department store appeared in Amherst Town Court this morning, but the proceeding was rescheduled for Sept. 19 because the defendant hasn’t undergone a court-ordered mental health evaluation, his defense attorney said.William Lattin, who has been charged with second-degree arson, told the judge he did not start the fir…

A Buffalo man accused of hitting a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol was arraigned in Erie County court Tuesday morning, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced.Patrick Burke, 49, of Scott Street, was charged with three counts of vehicular assault for allegedly hitting Joshua Karczewski, 31, on June 1 after turning onto Spindrift D…

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Amherst police are searching for the man who robbed a Williamsville bank Tuesday morning.The robbery occurred at about 10 a.m. at the Key Bank at 5200 Main St. near South Forest Road.The robber handed a teller a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun, police said. He fled with an undetermined amount of money and was last seen fleeing to the north of the bank.Th…

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After months of secrecy, Trader Joe’s has announced it will open its first Buffalo-area store Oct. 11.The store with a passionate following – 400 people lined up outside a new Trader Joe’s near Albany when it opened last October, and 300 lined up outside a new Pittsford store last October – has been under construction beside the Barnes & Noble store on Niagara Falls Boulev…

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Y. Hobart Jr. of Amherst celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows at St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst, followed by a dinner at Transit Valley Country Club. Mr. Hobart and Dorothy A. Gay were married Aug. 10, 1963, in St. Casimir Catholic Church in Buffalo. He is a former teacher for Buffalo Public Schools and reti…

Amherst Officials at the state Department of Transportation believe “Picture Main Street,” Williamsville’s plan to make its commercial strip more pedestrian-friendly, “will enhance the vision of the village while maintaining the safe and efficient movement of all modes of traffic on Main Street.”But that doesn’t mean state bureaucrats are willing to throw their rulebooks a…

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Mike Fago is one unlucky guy. He also is an impossibly lucky one. Born into a family with a history of kidney failure, he fell victim to his genetic heritage when, in November 2011, both of his kidneys shut down. Every other day for 10 months, doctors siphoned 7 pints of blood out of his left arm and into a dialysis machine to perform the vital function his own kidneys cou…

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The Village of Williamsville “took back Main Street” Saturday evening. No torch and pitchforks required – this act of civic upheaval was state-approved and 100 percent family-friendly. Kids played street hockey and couples wheeled strollers in the middle of the usually busy five-lane street during Picture Main Street Live, a block party thrown in celebration of the pedestr…

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The man accused of starting the fire Thursday that caused as much as $5 million damage to the Target store on Niagara Falls Boulevard returned to the Amherst store on Friday, was arrested and admitted the crime, according to Amherst Police Detective Lt. Rick Walter.William E. Lattin, 64, of Buffalo, was charged with second-degree arson by Detective Sgt. Daniel Lubick and D…

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s visit next Thursday to the University at Buffalo and other points across upstate is expected to prompt widespread public interest all along the way – along with the disruptions attendant to a modern-day presidential visit.As the White House confirmed Friday that UB would be the first stop on the president’s two-day bus tour, the university wa…

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holland United Methodist Church and carpool to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. After a guided tour of the gardens, members will have lunch at Curly’s Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For information, call Linda Savage, 537-9445, or Diane Doyle, 537-9039. New members wel…

Cairo no longer looks the way Ahmed Saeed remembers it from a dozen years ago.When Saeed returned there with family in June, the streets were dirty, garbage was everywhere, and cars lined up at gas stations for hours, said Saeed, an Amherst resident.Saeed visited Egypt with his parents and three siblings for what was supposed to be a five-week vacation beginning June 18.Th…

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Oct. 1, 1935 – Aug. 14, 2013James Nicholas Athans, a retired senior project engineer at Harrison Radiator Corp., died Wednesday in his Williamsville home. He was 77.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Boys Vocational High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Buffalo Mr. Athans joined Harrison Radiator as a draft…

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A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in the men’s department of the Target store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is being investigated as an arson by Amherst police.The blaze was quickly extinguished, an Amherst fire official said, but it caused at least $1 million and possibly as much as $5 million in damage to the building’s contents.“One million is probably a…