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In the 50 years of the Amherst Clarence Women’s Tennis Club, it's estimated that more than 500 different women have played doubles at one time or another. As the club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, think about that: Club members have been playing only doubles for 50 years and have spent the last 30 at the Village Glen after playing at various clubs and high scho…

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Anyone who thinks cooking can't be an artistic performance should be blessed to have a ringside seat on a skilled grill jockey during breakfast rush. Eggs cracked out two at a time in neat lines, shells finding the trash in no-look arcs. Mountains of home fries lining the griddle's western horizon chopped into foothills with metronymic precision to crisp before plating.…

Business

It turns out the best choice for Tompkins Bank of Castile's first branch in the Buffalo Niagara region was not a vacant branch. That might be surprising, given how many empty branches the region has, due to closings and mergers. But John McKenna, president and CEO of Tompkins Bank of Castile, said a professional office space in Amherst, the former home of Eye Care and V…

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CarMax plans to open a used-car superstore in Amherst late this year or early next year. A schedule of the Virginia-based chain's openings says the Amherst store will debut sometime between December and the end of February 2019. CarMax's plans for opening a store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, surfaced about thre…

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The restaurant, bar, fresh foods and dry goods market hybrid planned for East Amherst is now open. My Dad's Market and Restaurant, owned and operated by Bill Lewis of Falconer-based Lewis & Son, Inc., held a soft launch late last week at 6850 Main St., at the corner of Transit Road. The building was previously occupied by a TGI Fridays, which closed last February. …

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A North Tonawanda developer has bought a former First Niagara Bank branch in Amherst that closed in 2016, after KeyBank acquired First Niagara. Michael Wachowicz acquired the branch, at 665 N. French Road, for $390,000 from KeyBank, according to documents filed with the county clerk's office. Wachowicz said he has no immediate plans for the property. The property is …

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A California real estate investment firm has acquired three former Sunoco gas stations and convenience stores in Erie County, picking up two locations in West Seneca and a third in Amherst for nearly $5 million. San Diego-based Realty Income Corp. paid $1.8 million for the store property at 5665 Seneca and $1.779 million for the property at 1440 Union Road, both in West…

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Chuck E Cheese's likes to tout itself as a place where "a kid can be a kid." On Saturday, it was the adults who misbehaved. A heated argument at the restaurant's Amherst location on Harlem Road escalated into a physical melee involving about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom appeared to be teenage girls who are seen repeatedly pummeling each other and pulling hair…

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Rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa, son of legendary composer-musician Frank Zappa, performed on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. See the fans who came out for the show and shots of the musician.

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With nearly 30 different flavors of hand-stretch, brick-oven New York style pizza, visitors to Zetti’s will have difficulty picking just one. A popular spot for take-out, Zetti's also has a small dining area. Options range from a classic cheese slice ($2.80) to a variety of specialty slices available daily ($3.92) like the Hawaiian Pizza loaded with melted cheese, salty…

Business

Richard Lipsitz Jr. of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was re-elected to a three-year term as president of the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The federation is an umbrella group representing 165 affiliated unions and more than 140,000 union members in the region. Also re-elected were Florence Tripi, of CSEA, as vice president, and Michael…

Food and Drink

If you’ve been around Buffalo for a few years, chances are you’ve been to, or at least seen, a Joe’s Deli. With four locations now around Buffalo, Joe’s Deli offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy its sandwiches, wraps and salads. On a recent weekday, we checked out its Maple Road establishment, which opened last May, for lunch. Located in the plaza at the corner of…

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Life Storage has blossomed into a company with more than 700 self-storage facilities spread across 28 states and more than 1,600 employees. Now two of its co-founders, Robert J. Attea and Kenneth F. Myszka, are retiring from the board of the company that they helped shape. "The band is breaking up a little bit, but it's been 33 years," said David Rogers, another co-f…

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Strategic Financial Solutions, which has targeted growing to at least 1,500 jobs in Amherst in the next few years, is now employee owned. The New York City-based company took the step through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan at the end of 2017, said Ryan Sasson, the company's chief executive officer. "We've had many investors show interest in Strategic," Sasson said.…

High Schools

Repeating as Class A-2 girls basketball champs was one of Amherst’s goals coming into the season. The Tigers have others in mind, though, and so does their opponent coming up in the overall Class A championship. No. 2 Amherst’s 64-44 win over No. 4 Iroquois (19-4) in the A-2 final at SUNY Buffalo State Sunday evening sets up a rematch against Main Street rival Willia…