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You won't find serious crime news in the Bee newspapers police blotters. But you will see offbeat items – like the case of department store bumper carts that caught our eye in the Amherst Bee. The item said Amherst police responded on May 8 to a store on Sheridan Drive "where two women riding battery-operated carts were arguing with each other in the parking lot." Bu…

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Let's just get this out of the way now: Brian Kulpa is not the first Amherst supervisor to have a computer in his office. But that mistaken idea has floated around Amherst circles for months, since shortly after Kulpa took office in January. It got a public airing at a recent forum between Kulpa and developers hosted by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. Chamber CEO…

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Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years. Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence's population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates. But 17 of…

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Noco Energy Corp. wants to build a car wash on the site of a former Getty gas station in Amherst across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The property at 6164 Main St. is one of three parcels at the northeast corner of Main and Youngs Road that Noco would build on, said Ellen Kost, Amherst's assistant planning director. The former Getty gas station proper…

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The Williamsville Central School District reached a new contract with principals that calls for 2.75 percent pay increases in each of the deal's four years. The Board of Education and Williamsville Administrators' Association Tuesday agreed to the contract, which is effective July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. The amount that principals and assistant principals contribute t…

A plan to replace one of two bridges that carries John James Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo will be the subject of a public meeting May 30. The concrete box beam bridge that carries southbound traffic was flagged by the state Department of Transportation because inspectors noted deterioration of the concrete and fascia in spots. Th…

Tired of all those single-use plastic bags piling up? Learn how to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt on June 2 when the Town of Amherst holds its Earth Day celebration at the Williamsville Farmers Market. The event from 9 a.m. until noon will be held at the market in the Amherst Town Hall parking lot. The event is hosted by the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council …

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A Georgia-based company that once wanted to construct student housing on the former Buffalo Shooting Club property in Amherst now plans to build a large residential complex on Sweet Home Road near the University at Buffalo North Campus. Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., would build 221 units of low-density student housing on the nearly 13-acre property at 1185 Sweet H…

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Today, collecting a blood sample for testing typically requires a phlebotomist drawing blood from the patient with a needle at a lab or doctor's office, packing up and refrigerating the sample and shipping it overnight through the mail. Howard Lee, the founder of Seroclinix, said he's come up with a cheaper and easier way to obtain samples for testing. Patients using…

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Buffalo Sabres winger Matt Moulson has sold his house in Amherst for $1.12 million, five months after the team waived him. Moulson and his wife, Alicia, sold the home on Brice Landing Court to Dr. Nathaniel P. Billings, an emergency medicine specialist affiliated with Catholic Health System, and Dr. Alyssa Shon, an infectious disease and HIV specialist with Erie County …

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A Chicago-based asset-management company has paid $48.75 million for a 192-unit student housing complex in Amherst, according to public records. The development named Twenty91 North sits on 28 acres at 100-900 Herron Drive near Sweet Home Road. A limited liability company formed by two partners, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and University Student Living, sold the…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Two decades ago, World War II Army veteran Don Weimer began writing poems about the war. Such verse, the bard says, helped him put his military service in perspective and better understand the trials of his fellow soldiers. One of his poems about a vet who received a "Dear John" letter, Weimer said, represents what sometimes happened when soldiers went off to war: The g…

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"Last Trip," a short film made in Western New York by local college students, will receive a public screening next month. The movie is about an awkward teenager who is trying to impress a girl with a camping trip and then things start to go wrong. "Last Trip" was written by Brennan Derrico, directed by Jeff Toldi and produced by Aaron Webb. It won the People's Choice…

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One year after it rejected a student housing complex, the Amherst Town Board this week reconsidered and approved the contentious $50 million project. The board on Wednesday lifted the deed restrictions and issued the special-use permit allowing Core Campus to build the 154-unit, four-story building on 6.4 acres on North Forest Road near Bryant Woods South. Core Campus i…