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As West Seneca Police Lt. James Unger was updating reporters Monday afternoon about Sunday morning's fiery crash that killed a 17-year-old from Sloan, he suddenly became overcome with emotion. Unger said he had coached one of the injured passengers in youth hockey, and Unger's 17-year-old son, who is graduating this year, got a car last week, and was out late Saturday. …

Erie County

Update May 13, 2019: Police responding to fatal West Seneca crash found car engulfed in flames. Click here to read more.  A vehicle crash in West Seneca early Sunday resulted in the death of one of the occupants. West Seneca police said the one-vehicle crash resulted in a vehicle rolling over at the intersection of Langner and Fisher roads shortly before 5:30 am. One…

Education

A candidate for West Seneca Central School Board maintains he lives in the district, despite voting in Marilla in November's election. Clifford Borchert, 69, said he owns a house in West Seneca and a farm in Marilla. His eligibility for running for School Board is being questioned by Brendon Najm, who is running for a seat on the West Seneca Town Board in November. N…

Amherst

Nearly $30 million worth of commercial real estate transactions closed within the last two months in Erie County, ranging from restaurants and oil-change shops, to medical office and manufacturing buildings, to apartments, nursing homes and even vacant land for future housing. The $28.5 million in deals stretched from Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst in the north…

Education

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…

Local News

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…

Education

The state Education Department has rejected a mother's claim to a religious exemption that would allow her to send her two teenage daughters to Orchard Park Central Schools without having received all required childhood vaccines. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia dismissed Marina Williams' appeal, saying she failed to show that the school district's decision t…

Family

A free family event featuring scooter and potato sack races, and a special appearance by Sabretooth is scheduled for Saturday morning at West Seneca’s Community Center & Library, 1300 Union Road. Activities run from 9 a.m. to noon and include visits from West Seneca police and volunteer firefighters plus a puppet show courtesy of the Firemen’s Memorial Exhibit Cente…

Crime

West Seneca police want the public's help finding a "person of interest" in what they called a "physical domestic altercation" that sent a woman to the hospital. Steven A. Colella, 29, is on parole after a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction and has an active warrant, town police said in a Facebook post. Colella, also known as Anthony Amante, has ties to Buffalo, …

Education

Most students in grades three through eight in New York will walk into their classrooms next week, pencil or computer keyboard in hand, and take the state assessments in ELA. But as has become commonplace, some will sit out, despite the changes the state Education Department has made in creating, administering and using the results of the tests. The opt-out movement,…

Local News

A glimpse into the historic Gardenville neighborhood during the time Charles E. Burchfield lived there will take place during a talk at 2 p.m. April 7 at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Nancy Tomchuck Barlow, a researcher and former resident of the community, will share stories, pictures and mementos she has collected, including maps,…

Buffalo

Attorneys on both sides of an emotion-packed homicide case involving a West Seneca shooting are preparing to go to trial for the third time in State Supreme Court in Buffalo. The attorneys agree that it is rare for any criminal case to go to trial a third time after two mistrials. The murder case of Andre Lewis – who shot and killed his ex-stepfather during an argume…

Local News

The first sign something was amiss at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center building in West Seneca came when the windows were difficult to open. Then a lock snapped off a window, and in January 2017, town officials knew something was seriously wrong. The gallery section, with its vaulted ceilings, was slowly collapsing as wooden studs supporting the walls a…

Local News

An adult red-tailed hawk rescued by an Amherst Highway Department worker last week has died, the SPCA Serving Erie County announced Tuesday. The hawk was in guarded condition when he was found lying in the snow in Snyder on March 5 by laborer Tim Boyle and brought by Amherst animal control to the SPCA in West Seneca. The year-old bird had suffered head trauma and blindn…