Higgins Seeks Expedited Study of Skyway’s Future

The Skyway leads into downtown Buffalo over the Outer Harbor, Thursday, July 27, 2017.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The Skyway leads into downtown Buffalo over the Outer Harbor

Rep. Brian Higgins is posing new questions to state transportation officials about their plans to rehab the Skyway next year.


Higgins wants the state Department of Transportation to expedite a simultaneous environmental impact study of the Skyway’s long-term future. He says the DOT should make “appropriate choices in regard to how much money will be spent rehabilitating the Skyway.”
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Federal Meats Closing in Northtown Plaza

Do you shop at Northtown Plaza?  We know that it’s slowly emptying out as Whole Foods gets ready to open up.  They are looking to set a “certain image” to the community.  In that effort you should be aware that Federal Meats will close for good this Saturday, August 5th.

What a shame, but it would have been competition to the Whole Food meat market and that couldn’t stand.  Too bad.

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Survey Seeks Input on Amherst’s Parks and Recreation

Should Amherst add more athletic fields? How about athletic courts or aquatic facilities?

Residents are invited to provide input for an update of the town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan through a survey available online at amherstparks.org/open.

Survey questions center around the types of programs, facilities and services residents want in their parks system and where priorities should be placed.
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New Brewery in Clarence Pays Homage to Local Railroad, Family History

West Shore Brewing Company owners, from left, Laura, Josh and Greg Dziomba, have opened the first brewery in Clarence, at 10995 Main St., next door to Antique World & Flea Market. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
West Shore Brewing Company owners, from left, Laura, Josh and Greg Dziomba, have opened the first brewery in Clarence, at 10995 Main St., next door to Antique World & Flea Market.

Blood lines and rail lines run through the story of the newest brewery in Western New York, a small space filled with beer tanks, historic photos and an already well-worn bar in Clarence Hollow.

The tale starts with Anthony Borysik, who emigrated from Poland to Detroit in 1912, at age 15, before landing a railroad job six years later and moving to Buffalo.

“Grandpa liked his beer, especially good German lagers,” said Greg Dziomba, who passed the same infatuation along to his son, Josh.

The Dziombas – along with Josh’s wife, Laura – took an 18-month journey of their own before they opened West Shore Brewing Company, a name that pays homage to the railroad company where Borysik worked for 50 years.
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Rejection of Apartment Complex in Amherst Sparks More Legal Action

There are now two legal actions stemming from the Amherst Town Board’s rejection of a plan to build an apartment complex.

The board on March 20 denied a rezoning request by the Green Organization to construct two buildings of 24 apartment units at 4400 North French Road. The developer then applied to the town’s Zoning Board for a use variance — which was granted.

That decision prompted a lawsuit by the Town Board against the Zoning Board, filed July 14.

The Green Organization on July 20 filed a petition in State Supreme Court asking a judge to annul the Town Board’s decision.
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Staying Healthy in Amherst

Photo by Dominik Wycislo

by Sally Writes

With summer in full force, it’s easy to lay back, relax, and focus less on a healthy lifestyle in favor of more time on the couch. However, Amherst is full of opportunities for individuals and for families to explore fitness, wellness and nutrition. Here are a few local options to try out.

From Dance to Yoga

Going for a run in the beautiful Delaware park is a wonderful way to keep fit, but running may not be for everything. For all those fans of ballroom dancing, be sure to check out Salsa in the Park, latin and kizomba dancing classes for beginners held every Monday until August 21 in the Delaware Park Rose Gardens. It’s one of Buffalo’s most beloved outdoor dancing events, joining individuals with similar interests who are looking to dance and have fun. Partners are not necessary as they rotate, so singles are welcome.

Looking to relax and de-stress after a long year? Then the gentle hatha yoga classes at the Graycliff might be the perfect fix, although remember to preregister as this is required to access the classes.

Remember, a fit and healthy body will help you avoid illness; the US center for Disease Control and Prevention actually estimates that 7 hours of physical activity per week reduces your risk of dying early by 40%!  Exercise also helps you sleep better and reduce stress, two very important aspects of living a healthy life.


Eating out is always fun, but home made meals are usually the healthier option. During the whole year, your diet should include lots of fruits and vegetables, and favor whole foods over processed foods. This is especially true in the summer as the heat causes dehydration, which can be avoided by drinking lots of water and consuming water-dense foods such as fruit. Whole foods are also nutrient dense, providing the body with everything it needs, such as minerals, fiber and vitamins.

Being healthy doesn’t just come from working out and not being overweight. Even a perfect BMI can hide underlying health concerns. A poor diet can contribute to heart disease and digestion issues, among other conditions. For optimal results, as well as consuming fruit and vegetables, consumers should aim to reduce sugar consumption and processed foods.

Digestion issues can also be helped by certain types of fruit; new research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has in fact shown that cranberries can be greatly beneficial as they support the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach and in the intestine, and are therefore excellent for gut health.

Local farmers’ markets can be excellent opportunities to stock up on healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Advocating for a Healthy Community

With plenty of opportunities for health and wellness dedicated to everyone, including families, it’s never boring to be healthy in Amherst. Available opportunities to explore something new or to simply participate in fun events are published regularly, with updated calendars detailing locations and times, so be sure to regularly check for updates and new posts.

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Strategic Financial Solutions Starts Hiring, Leases Temporary Space

Strategic Financial Solutions will open up offices at 115 Lawrence Bell Drive building in Amherst later this year. In the meantime, it has leased space downtown. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Strategic Financial Solutions will open up offices at 115 Lawrence Bell Drive building in Amherst later this year. In the meantime, it has leased space downtown.

Financial services company Strategic Financial Solutions has inked a deal for its first Buffalo office and started to hire its first employees, as it ramps up to begin operations locally in mid-August.

The New York City-based debt-relief company in June announced plans to bring up to 1,500 jobs to Western New York.

It said Monday that it signed a lease for temporary space in the South Tower of 40-50 Fountain Plaza, formerly the KeyBank Tower.

That space is part of what is currently controlled by IBM Corp. as part of the state-funded high-tech economic development hub.
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What Will Become Of Williamsville’s Only Baseball Diamond?

There aren’t many home runs, pop flies or strikeouts at Williamsville’s only baseball diamond these days.

The little-used ballfield in South Long Park has been reserved twice in the last 18 months. Now, it’s the center of a contentious debate roiling the village more than any other issue since the future of the historic Williamsville Water Mill was at stake.

Under the terms of a proposed parkland swap, Natale Development would build an 80-unit apartment complex on the site of the 1.8-acre ball diamond a block south of Main Street.

In return, Natale would transfer to the village an equal portion from the 6 acres it purchased last year on California Drive. Natale would build 42 townhomes on the rest of the California Drive property, formerly the home of Darling Construction, in a housing development called Asher Crossing.
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Amherst May Hire Consultant for Review of Westwood Project

The Town of Amherst may hire a Rochester-based consultant for input on environmental issues related to the proposed Westwood development.

The Town Board on Monday will consider retaining Stantec Consulting Services to assist in reviewing and preparing Environmental Impact Statements for the project. Mensch Capital Partners has proposed a mixed-use development on the 170-acre former golf course between Sheridan Drive and Maple Road.

The project will require multiple rezonings. It is one of the largest land use applications ever submitted to the town.

The board on Monday will also consider establishing the Westwood Neighborhood Project Escrow Account funded by $100,000 from the investor group. The account would pay for preparation of the final environmental impact statement and provide assistance with the town’s review of the project.

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Breaking News: Anthony Scaramucci Removed by Donald Trump as Communications Director ‘after request from John Kelly’

Scaramucci forced out after tumultuous eleven days

In the latest shake-up inside President Trump’s volatile White House, communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from his post just 11 days after landing in the West Wing.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement Monday. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”

Kelly was officially sworn in as Trump’s chief of staff Monday morning, following the sudden departure of former chief Reince Priebus on Friday.

At her daily press briefing Monday afternoon, Sanders confirmed that Scaramucci is no longer serving the administration in any capacity, despite earlier reports that he may assume an alternate post.

“He does not have a role at this time in the Trump administration,” she said.

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