Drive-up Domino’s Pizza to Move Into Vacant Amherst Bank Branch


A Domino’s Pizza that will offer customers the chance to call ahead and pick up their pizza at a drive-up window is taking over a vacant former bank branch on Main Street in Amherst across from the University at Buffalo South Campus.

Benderson Development Co. is renovating a former First Federal Bank at 3608 Main St., just east of Springville Avenue, on behalf of Domino’s. The building, which sits between the Speaker Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts, has sat vacant for 15 years, according to a document filed by the developer with the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Benderson sought permission to use the existing drive-up, pick-up teller window as a drive-through for call-ahead customers to get their food while remaining in their cars. The company won’t install an outdoor order board or speaker. Traffic will enter the lot from Springville and exit onto Main Street.

Domino’s plans to lease 1,700 square feet of the first floor of the two-story, 5,245-square-foot building. Benderson will turn over the building to Domino’s in about one month and the tenant has another month of work before the restaurant can open.

 There are four other area Domino’s: at 187 Delaware Ave. and 1105 Broadway in Buffalo, at 3563 Sheridan Drive in Amherst and at 5855 Transit Road in Clarence. This is the first to offer the call-ahead, pick-up-later feature, according to Eric L. Recoon, Benderson’s vice president for development and leasing.

The proposed restaurant at 3608 Main required a special use permit because it’s in a traditional neighborhood business district, which sets limits on drive-throughs, Recoon said.

The Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night voted 3-0 to grant the temporary use permit for the drive-through, but only for one year and not for the two years sought by the developer.

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President Trump Actions Makes Sociopaths His IDOL

President Trump is a man who wants to eliminate every part of our government he finds standing in his way to becoming the dictator he always wanted to be.

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Local Amherst Resident Don Postles, T.V. Newscaster, Makes a Hit

On February 12, 2017, Don Postles, an Amherst resident and television anchorman was walking down his driveway to get the Buffalo News.  Then his body was lifted off the ground by a piece of ice.  The fall resulted in 2 black eyes, a concussion and other facial injuries that required 15 stitches.  So he will be off the air until this week.

He has kept his sense of humor during this painful period making jokes including the fact that it’s all the fault of the Buffalo News.  He’ll be back to work soon.

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It Appears That Just One Company Submitted a Proposal to Build a Hotel Next to Amherst’s Northtown Center ice rink complex.

Developers interested in taking part in the project had until Friday to reply to the town’s request for proposals, and though town officials are not yet saying who responded, The Buffalo News confirmed that just three companies expressed initial interest: Ellicott Development, The Hamister Group, and Uniland Development Co.

But Hamister Group and Ellicott Development did not submit proposals, company representatives said.

That leaves Uniland Development, with company spokeswoman Jill Pawlik declining a request for comment and town officials saying they wouldn’t reveal the name, or number, of any companies that responded.
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Apply Now to Amherst’s Youth Police Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the Amherst Police Department’s Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students considering a career in law enforcement.

The 3-week academy will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon beginning July 10 at Police Headquarters, 500 John James Audubon Parkway.

In addition to learning about the operations of the town Police Department, students will learn the minimum qualifications, training requirements and daily responsibilities of police agencies at different levels from guest speakers and tours of their facilities.

Students will also view actual pictures and video of crime and accident scenes, have the opportunity to take the actual physical fitness test required for police officers, can be exposed to pepper spray and will take part in the Firearms Training Simulator and fire a handgun. In addition to the regularly scheduled sessions, students will ride with an officer for a tour of duty and participate in a courtroom observation.

Parental consent is required and all applicants must successfully complete a background investigation and interview. More info may be found on the police department’s website.
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Whole Foods Market Can Begin Building the Interior

Whole Foods Market can begin building the interior of its 50,000-square-foot store in Amherst, now that the Austin, Texas, upscale grocer has received the necessary town permit. “Today they were issued a permit to do the build-out of the store, to finish up the store now,” Douglas Gesel, senior code enforcement officer in the town’s Building Department, said Thursday.

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Legendary Community Leader George K. Arthur Honored as Citizen of the Month

by Legislator Betty Jean Grant

Buffalo, NY – At the session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, February 23, 2017, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) presented renowned political leader George K. Arthur with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for February 2017.  The award comes during Black History Month, and family, friends, and the community at large congregated at Old County Hall to celebrate black history and Mr. Arthur’s award.

The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals who have achieved great heights in their professions, have retired from distinguished careers, have demonstrated excellence in arts and sports, or have made extraordinary contributions to the quality of life or quality of place in Erie County.

George K. Arthur served Buffalo and Erie County in several roles, first on the Erie County Board of Supervisors, the predecessor to the Erie County Legislature, and later on the Buffalo Common Council where he would go on to become Councilman-at-Large and President.  Arthur would ultimately run for Mayor of Buffalo as the Democratic Party nominee in 1985, becoming the third African American to do so.

Legislator Betty Jean Grant stated, “Mr. Arthur is rightfully a beloved and respected figure, and the Erie County Legislature is proud to recognize him for his years of dedication and commitment to Buffalo and Erie County.”  Legislator Grant would also add, “there is absolutely no question or doubt about the positive impact George Arthur has had on our community.  He is a perfect role model and mentor for our youth and I’m honored to present him this award.”

During the ceremony, Mr. Arthur was enthusiastically and warmly embraced by the crowd and given two standing ovations.  In his acceptance speech, Mr. Arthur thanked the Legislature for the award and reminisced about his time on the Erie County Board of Supervisors, noting that 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of his last year as a member.

Community organizations Mr. Arthur has been a part of include memberships with Kleinhans Music Hall, Ellicott Homes, Shiloh Housing, First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Goodwill Industries, AFSCME-Council #82, and CEPA Gallery.

Mr. Arthur also serves as President of the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation which preserved and re-opened the Rev. J. Edward Nash home as a museum and research center.  In addition to his dedication and commitment to public service, Mr. Arthur is known for his passion for photography and jazz and was the second African American to receive a photography degree from Seneca Vocational High School.

Kevin M. Kirwan | Administrative Clerk
Erie County | Legislative Branch
92 Franklin St., | Buffalo, NY 14202
P:(716) 858-8410 | F:(716) 858-8818 |


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Candidates Sought for Williamsville School Board election

Candidate packets are available for anyone interested in running for the Williamsville Board of Education. Qualified candidates must be able to read and write; be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years of age, and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election.

The School Board election will be held with the annual district budget vote on May 16. Three seats are up for election with terms expiring for members Dr. Patricia Losito, Michael Schmidt and Ronald Shubert. None of the incumbents have announced whether or not they plan to seek re-election.

The successful candidates will serve a three-year term on the nine-member board.

Prospective candidates must obtain at least 72 valid signatures, which represents two percent of last year’s total vote count. Petitions are due by 5 p.m. April 17.

 Necessary forms are available online at or may be picked up at the district office, 105 Casey Road., East Amherst, during business hours.

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Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins

By Congressman Brian Higgins

Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the bipartisan Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s action to rescind protections for transgender students.

“This is an attack on our most vulnerable and a significant setback in the hard-fought advancement of human rights.   The struggles for transgender children and families are real and every school across the country should be a place where students can feel comfortable and safe.

“As parents and as a nation, we should be teaching our children to be compassionate, to look out for others, and to respect individuality. Ironically, most children get it; they are blind to the things that make us different and embrace the beauty inside others that can bring us together. Sadly, this directive says that the Trump Administration does not.”

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