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Essex Homes of Western New York said Wednesday that its Villas at Essex Woods housing development in Amherst was approved for condo status by the state attorney general, clearing the way for sales of the first new units. Located at 2350 Sweet Home Road, near North French Road, the project will feature 14 separate three- and four-unit villa buildings, with a total of 48 …

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National Traffic Service, a freight auditing and payment service based in Amherst, has been acquired by Target Freight Management. The sale price was not announced, but Target Freight Management said NTS will maintain its operations on John James Audubon Parkway, in Amherst, as a division of its new owner. NTS was founded in 1956 and has 33 employees. Target Freig…

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Students at Medaille College will now have 10 acres of land in Amherst to use as a "living laboratory" for environmental exploration and study, after an Amherst couple donated the land to the small four-year school. Located at 3725 Millersport Highway, the land across from CrossPoint Business Park was owned by Frank and Jeannette Levin, who wanted it to be "put to good …

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A crush of first-day customers beyond expectation surprised the owners of the new Chef's On the Go Thursday at Williamsville Place on Sheridan Drive, following a grand opening that caused some loyalists to wait all night for the big moment on a nearby sidewalk, as recounted in my column today. The place was forced to close its doors with many orders still outstanding fo…

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Nick O’Neil of Amherst has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week 4. O’Neil accounted for all six touchdowns by Amherst in its 41-34 triumph over Kenmore East. O’Neil rushed for touchdowns of 13, 4 and 20 yards, caught a 25-yard TD and passed for scores of 4 and 44 yards – the latter the game-winner to Anthony McCarley. O’Neil also made…

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An incident Amherst police described as a possible "chemically assisted suicide" drew hazmat crews to an Eggertsville home overnight. Police received a noise complaint at a home on Garland Drive at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday, Amherst police said in a news release Wednesday morning. Additional emergency responders were called to the scene, but police now say there was no danger …

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A construction worker was injured after he was struck by a car and then pinned between two vehicles following a two-car crash Thursday morning in Amherst, according to the Amherst Police Department. The 56-year-old from Niagara Falls, who police described as a roadway construction worker, was pinned between one of the vehicles and a parked dump truck before being freed …

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National Pasta Day will have a little extra meaning in Buffalo this year. Iconic Chef's Restaurant, the Italian restaurant operating in Buffalo since 1923, announced its first expansion project in February, an on-the-go option on Sheridan Drive, in the Williamsville Place plaza, inside the old Damon's and Beauty Quest Skin Care. Early Wednesday morning, owners Mary B…

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New York City subway and bus riders will soon be speaking to Western New Yorkers based in Amherst if they need help with questions or problems about paying for their rides on the Big Apple's vast network of trains. The company that runs the new contactless payment system for the Metropolitan Transit Authority's subway system will be opening its new $1.1 million operatio…

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An East Amherst man was found guilty of a child sex abuse charge Friday following a bench trial before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Tariq Nawaz, 48, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, following a nearly four…

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Cajun seafood boil-in-a-bag places were a mystery to me. With the opening of Storming Crab in Amherst, and two more on the way, I figured it was time to dig in. The restaurant concept is a turbocharged version of a traditional Cajun crawfish boil. Those meals feature crawfish, or a combination of crustaceans and shellfish, boiled in robustly spiced water with corn on th…

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Nick Sinatra, one of the region's newest and fastest-growing developers, is slimming down around the edges of his portfolio as he seeks to refocus his energy on larger projects. The owner of Sinatra & Co. Real Estate has sold off about 10 properties in and around Buffalo in the past two months, including three in Tonawanda, Amherst and Elma. That's a significant num…

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A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual abuse over an April attack that took place in Amherst, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Shawn Haskins, 32, pleaded guilty to the felony charge before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek. According to prosecutors, Haskins admitted that on April 19 he "subjected a female victim…

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Firefighters actually do save cats from trees sometimes. And they also rescue them from storm sewers. The Eggertsville Hose Company, with some help from neighborhood residents and children, rescued a stray kitten who had fallen into a storm drain on Harcroft Court in Amherst Monday night. After neighborhood children heard the kitten crying from the sewer, firefighter…

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A local investment group has acquired its second cluster of apartments in Cheektowaga, spending a total of $2.8 million in the past month to buy apartments on Concord Drive and Huth Road. Acting through Concord Huth LP, the group that includes Ben Friedland and Roman Brailovski paid $1.8 million in June for apartment buildings located at 8-10, 12-14, 11-15, 31-33, 43-45…