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If you visit Hotels.com or Orbitz, you can book a room at a Maplewood Suites Extended Stay hotel in Amherst that features a free buffet breakfast every weekday, kitchenettes and wireless internet in all 127 rooms and an indoor pool with steam room and spa tub. But if you drive out to 1265 Sweet Home Road you'll see guests aren't getting their complimentary waffles and e…

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Frequent visitors to Amherst State Park and town officials alike describe the 80 acres of public open space as a "hidden gem." Now, the park nestled among dense neighborhoods between Main Street and Sheridan Drive is getting some attention. Construction of a stone dust trail connecting both sides of the park is nearly complete. Work to restore a historic stone stairc…

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When the University at Buffalo men's basketball won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, ecstatic Bulls fans flocked to Twitter and Facebook to revel in the victory. When the women's hoops team made it to the Sweet Sixteen, a large group of supporters lined the lobby of Alumni Arena to give them a spirited send-off. And the women's tennis team got a similar boost when th…

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Williamsville School Board member Toni Vazquez was in the good graces of the district’s teachers’ union three years ago. She had been the lone member to support the union’s call for an independent investigation into employee complaints of Superintendent Scott Martzloff and was the only incumbent in 2015 to receive the union’s endorsement in her re-election bid. But i…

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The Irishman Pub & Eatery in Williamsville hopes to open its new outdoor bar and dining area by late May or early June. The restaurant at 5601 Main St., next door to the Amherst Municipal Building, is constructing a covered, open-air space with a full bar, fire pit surrounded by couches and high-top tables with seating for about 40 people, said Maria MacPeek, the ge…

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Amherst’s annual spring pickup of large unmanageable piles of logs, brush and tree stumps will begin the week of May 21. Residents are asked by the town Highway Department to have the brush at streetside on their regular refuse pickup day, although it may not be picked up that day depending on the volume. "We can reassure you that it will get picked up," the departme…

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The Amherst Town Board next week will reconsider a student housing complex that the board rejected last year – even as it appeals the judge's decision that required this second look at the $50 million project. The board on May 16 could vote to lift the deed restrictions and issue the special use permit that would allow Core Campus to build the 154-unit, four-story build…

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Ground will be broken Tuesday for construction of the final missing link in the Erie Canalway Trail in Erie and Niagara counties. The 2.2-mile segment from Amherst to Pendleton, costing an estimated $3.9 million, will be finished next year, completing a continuous 135-mile trail along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Wayne County. Tuesday's ceremony will be held at…

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National Fuel Gas is looking to ramp up its natural gas drilling business. The Amherst-based energy company, which had scaled back its drilling program in western Pennsylvania two years ago after natural gas prices plunged, has been steadily increasing its production over the past year as gas prices in the Marcellus region have rebounded. And now, with a new deal in …

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The Williamsville Central School District has locked in a busing contract through the 2023-24 school year. The School Board on Thursday approved a five-year renewal of the district's contract with Student Transportation of America. The new contract begins with the 2019-20 school year and increases are based on the consumer price index, said Thomas Maturski, assistant su…

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Amherst's West Royal Park is getting a $260,000 makeover, and the community is being called on to help install the new playground. A community build at the park between the I-290 and Royal Parkway West is scheduled for June 23. It will be similar to a playground build held last year at the town's Billy Wilson Park. New equipment will include a "play shaper structure"…

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Life Storage's self-storage facilities are fuller than ever – and that helped push up the Amherst company's earnings by 2 percent during the first quarter. The earnings beat analyst expectations by 2 cents after adjusting for $1.3 million in board and proxy-related expenses. Life Storage's revenues also were slightly higher than forecast. Life Storage said its funds …

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After passing on a congressional candidacy earlier this year, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans is re-entering the political fray with a Democratic challenge to Republican State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer. Seamans, who is 63 and owner of Short Street Photographers in Williamsville, will announce her candidacy Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Po…

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How long does it take to walk from Williamsville Village Hall to Glen Park? Two minutes, according to a new sign unveiled Tuesday in the village's Pocket Park off Main Street next to Village Hall. The sign lists walk times to various parks, schools and other public spaces in the village. “Our one-square mile Village is very walkable, but we are located in the mid…

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The seven candidates vying for three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education have been invited to participate in a public forum Thursday. The forum hosted by the district's PTSA Council begins at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst. Candidates will make opening statements, then respond to questions submitted by audience members. T…