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Though Indian Church Road sounds like the location of a postal office in an 1870s prospecting town in West Seneca, it’s home to a pizzeria laying a hefty claim as the shop to represent the entirety of the Great Lakes region. Having visited most of that region myself, I can comfortably say that 99% of the competition for that title is in their backyard (shout-out to the …

Amherst

A 10-unit apartment building, a medical office building and a commercial office in Amherst have new owners, following a pair of sales totaling more than $2 million late last week. Concrete construction contractor Frederick T. Zelasko of Williamsville, through 4545 Shimerville LLC, paid $1.95 million to buy an upscale multi-tenant medical building on Maple Road, down the…

Gusto

We’re off to New York, kids. The Big Onion. The trendy borough of West Seneca to be exact. Surprisingly we’re not here to build condos, cocktail bars and candle shops. We’re on board this train for a taste of the old country at Ferro’s Famous NY Pizza. A true slice shop with eight or so pies lying seductively in wait behind the steamy glass (Lord have mercy), once yo…

Gusto

What if the next must-try local drink isn't a hazy India pale ale, a patiently barrel-aged gin or a crisp hard cider using local apples. What if it's a session mead made with wildflower honey, blackberry and Szechuan peppercorn? That sweet-with-a-bite mead – dubbed the Peacemaker – was the favorite of Queen City Meadery's 14 mead options and already has been distributed…

Local News

A woman was killed and three other occupants of a vehicle seriously injured after their car went off the road and overturned early Sunday morning in West Seneca. The driver, meanwhile, was arrested at the hospital for driving while intoxicated. West Seneca police confirmed the deadly crash happened at 5:28 a.m. near 1720 Southwestern Blvd., at the intersection of Sou…

Crime

A West Seneca man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for a May incident in which he attacked his girlfriend inside her home, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Eric Miller, 46, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges to a sentence of three years in prison followed by three years of post-release supervision. Mi…

Amherst

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…

Armstrong's Barber Shop will host a suicide awareness walk on July 27 in West Seneca. The walk will commence at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong's Barber Shop, 2852 Seneca St. and will continue to Rusty Buffalo Sports Pub & Grill, 270 Center Road. Glow sticks will be given out to all participants during the police-escorted event. The cost is $25, which includes open bar…

Business

Plans for a 74-unit apartment complex near Cazenovia Creek in West Seneca are running up against neighborhood opposition, as residents of the street complain that the proposal is too big for the site and would swamp the sewer capacity. David Burke's Dato Development wants to construct a set of 11 buildings on the site of the former VFW Post 8113 Fraternal Lodge at 299 L…

Business

Marrano Homes has completed its development of the new Princeton Park community in West Seneca. The division of Marrano/Marc Equity Corp. said it finished 48 new home sites in the 40-acre community off Chancellor Lane. The home sites are all private – some as much as 400 feet deep – while about 40% of the land will remain "natural" in the preserve along Smokes Creek. …

Erie County

A candidate in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for West Seneca highway superintendent is suing his opponent, alleging he attempted to pressure him to drop out of the race by disseminating confidential police records. Thomas C. Reese II filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court this week against opponent Timothy T. Healy and three others, including a West Seneca police detecti…

Erie County

The Democratic primary for West Seneca town supervisor pits Councilman Gene Hart against Jim Lawson, owner of a property management company and former West Seneca School Board member. Hart, 72, is a retired auditor for the State Comptroller's Office. He has been endorsed by the West Seneca Democratic Committee and is in the last year of his second term on the Town Board…

Erie County

A teenager from Hamburg was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Southwestern Boulevard in West Seneca. Police identified the victim as Edward J. Travis IV, 18, the driver of one of the vehicles. His passenger, Elizabeth Rybarczyk, also 18, of Hamburg, was taken to Erie County Medical Center where she underwent emergency sur…

Food and Drink

The roast beef at Schwabl's is justly famous. Its carved-to-order splendor is based on its unchanging simplicity. It's the sort of dish you might get time and again, until you don't even bother to look at the menu. If you would seek variety, though, allow me to nominate the unsung hero of the Schwabl's menu: the hot ham plate ($18.59). There are a few places in to…

Local News

The plan was to kick off the state's annual seat belt awareness campaign Tuesday with an event at West Seneca East High School. But on Sunday, hours after a West Seneca teen was killed and five others narrowly escaped death following a fiery car crash, it seemed prudent to consider postponing the event. Mark J.F. Schroeder, acting commissioner of the State Department…