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The Buffalo and Williamsville school boards do it. Ken-Ton does it. North Tonawanda, Niagara Wheatfield and Niagara Falls do, too. Others don't. What is it? A simple wonky government action to help people know what is going on in their school districts: posting meeting agendas online with all the supporting documents that board members receive. That's one of th…

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Amherst officials view plans to build town house-style apartments on the vacant site of a former Pizza Hut as an opportunity to boost the fortunes of that section of Bailey Avenue. A development group that includes architect David Sutton wants to build a nine-unit town house building at 3980 Bailey Ave., at Grover Cleveland Highway, according to documents filed with Amh…

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A restaurant promising authentically prepared Mexican food is set to open within a week in the former Shenannigans Bar & Grill in Amherst. Fernando Guzman, his father and an uncle are opening El Toro Mexican Grill and Bar at 1009 Niagara Falls Blvd., where a host of restaurants have come and gone over the years – Barnaby's, Buffalo Tap Room and Grill, Thai Bistro an…

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The internet marketing company LocalEdge has put up for sale its two buildings in the Town of Tonawanda as it weighs moving those employees to the company's Amherst offices. The company, started as the White Directory Publishers in 1968, was headquartered for years at 1945 Sheridan Drive, just west of Colvin Boulevard. It expanded next door, to 1965 Sheridan, in 1998. …

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Chuck "Sully" Sullivan has a hook instead of a right hand and he can't see out of his left eye. His injuries serve as reminders of the cost of the Vietnam War on the anniversary of the last U.S. combat deaths there. But instead of discussing the enormity of what the war cost him, Sullivan prefers to talk about the politicians. He says they ordered American troops int…

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Airbnb visits in Buffalo Niagara are growing sharply, but most communities in the area had no way of tracking who and where the hosts are and couldn't get into the homes to check for safety issues. Now, after months of collaborating, Buffalo and Amherst have settled on new home-sharing regulations that they hope could set a standard for smaller towns, villages and citie…

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Next school year, for the first time, a private company will provide all bus service in the Williamsville Central School District. A sharply divided Williamsville School Board earlier this month agreed to lay off the 25 bus drivers, head bus drivers and mechanics who remained in the district's transportation department. Student Transportation of America, which alread…

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Level Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Amherst, plans to open a Southtowns satellite office in Hamburg in July. The firm, with six financial planners, said its assets under management exceed $400 million for the first time – just over two years after achieving $300 million in late 2016. The 40-year-old company, which re…

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Amherst Democrats failed in their attempt to use the town's term limits law to knock Republican Town Board candidate Steven Sanders off the ballot. Sanders served two, four-year terms on the Town Board, from January 2010 to December 2017. He was barred from seeking re-election in 2017, but hopes to win election this fall to a new term beginning in January. Democratic…

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Amherst is in the middle of a student housing boom, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Since 2004, the town has approved six developments that added 1,188 student housing units, or 3,860 beds, in the area surrounding the University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst Planning Department records show. Now, a Texas-based housing developer wants to construct 515 units o…

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Three people were injured when a marked Amherst Police vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle Tuesday evening. The accident occurred about 6:26 p.m. in the 700 block of Eggert Road, police said in a news release. As a result of the accident, one police officer was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst and two passengers from the oth…

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One day after many of his peers ended up on serving plates at Easter meals, a nearly 300-pound pig named Pork Chop decided to go for a leisurely stroll in Eggertsville. Maybe he was celebrating his escape from the carving knife, but his romp on Monday morning through this suburban neighborhood caused a stir. His owner, neighbors and Amherst police struggled to get Po…

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Amherst police responded after a pig weighing at least 200 pounds got loose Monday morning in an Eggertsville neighborhood. Police, the town's animal control officer, the pig's owner and neighbors helped corral the pig after responding to the incident on Coronation Drive shortly after 9 a.m., according to police and witness accounts. Estimates of the pig's size r…

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The health insurer Fidelis Care would add 70 jobs at its Getzville data center if the project receives tax breaks from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. Fidelis Care, now part of Centene Corp., has 1,420 employees in 480 and 490 CrossPoint Parkway at Uniland Development Co.'s CrossPoint Business Park. Uniland recently filed plans to build a 6-acre parking lo…

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A retired state corrections officer says he was badly hurt when police grabbed him without warning and threw him to the ground as he waited at an Amherst radiology practice in January. Amherst police say they were answering a complaint that a man was waving around a handgun in the lobby at Great Lakes Medical Imaging on Park Club Lane. John P. Nowak Jr., of the Town …