Dunn Tire Files Plans for New Sheridan Drive Store

Dunn Tire has filed plans with the Town of Amherst for its proposed 10,500-square-foot store on Sheridan Drive.

The new store at 3424 Sheridan Drive is 50 percent larger than the company’s existing store at 3045 Sheridan Drive in the Northtown Plaza. The new building, which currently houses Color-Tech Photo Lab, is just east of Sweet Home Road. The Town Board already has rezoned the property, and the town Zoning Board of Appeals has granted the required variances.

Dunn Tire proposes renovating the existing, single-story building and building an addition on the store’s east side, at a cost of $1.5 million. The company would add 10 bays for vehicles, and the new property of slightly less than 1 acre allows for better parking and improved customer access.
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After ‘Possible Threat,’ Increased Police Presence At Williamsville South

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Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student “made a possible threat to the school,” Williamsville School District officials said.

School officials learned last week about something “supposedly to occur sometime this week,” Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Monday. District officials declined to provide detail about the nature of the threat.

“Through this investigation, the police determined that, while a statement was made, the nature of it was taken out of context,” Boardman wrote. “Nonetheless, we have asked for, and there will be an increased police presence at the school this week.”
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Breaking News: Some sort of explosions at Stadium in Manchester, England

Ariana Grande was giving a concert at the time of the explosion.  Police said there were several fatalities.

20 people are dead,  59 injured

The police believe this was a terrorist attack.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Final Performance

UNIONDALE, NY – MAY 21: Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson performs on the final day of the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus on May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, New York. Known as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the circus performed its final act after a 146-year run.

The lights went up on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus on Sunday evening to reveal 14 lions and tigers sitting in a circle, surrounding a man in a sparkling suit. It was a sight too implausible to seem real yet such an iconic piece of Americana that it was impossible to believe the show would not go on.

After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey is closing for good, responding to a prolonged slump in ticket sales that has rendered the business unsustainable, according to its operator, Feld Entertainment. On Sunday, the circus glittered, thundered and awed beneath the booms and klieg lights of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That there was no tent over the final show, no striped eaves from which the daring young man on the flying trapeze could hang, felt fitting. The big top was packed up, this time forever.

Autumn Luciano stood outside, ticket in hand. “It feels a little like a funeral today, but I’m trying not to mourn it in a sad way,” said Ms. Luciano, 33, a pinup photographer who had flown in from Lansing, Mich., to see the last show. “Circus is all about being happy.”
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Canisius High School Buys Former Gilda’s Club Mansion

The former Gilda’s Club of Western New York has a new owner: Canisius High School.

The Jesuit school will transform the mansion into a fine and performing arts center. Its first floor will have an art gallery and special event venue. It is also developing plans for a music rehearsal space, individual practice space, a recording studio and classrooms devoted to architecture, ceramics, sculpture and art.

The purchase price was $1.4 million, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk’s Office.
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Dough Boyz Draws Lines as it Opens in Walden Galleria


Customers wait in line to enter Dough Boyz at the Walden Galleria

Walden Galleria has a new breakout food star.

Dough Boyz, a purveyor of edible raw cookie dough, opened at the mall last Tuesday and has been drawing crowds ever since. Lines regularly snake outside the store and into the corridor.

There are roughly a dozen flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter and red velvet. The dough is scooped like ice cream into cones and dishes.
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Coca-Cola Field And Griffin Plaza Are Smoke And Tobacco-Free

Coca-Cola Field, the home of the Buffalo Bisons, and the James D. Griffin Plaza around the downtown ballpark are now smoke- and tobacco-free, officials of the baseball club announced Saturday.

Mike Buczkowski, vice president and general manager of the club, said that, in cooperation with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara, the club has opted to forbid the use of all tobacco-related products in the ballpark and its plaza.

The ban includes vapor or e-cigarettes as well as chewing tobacco, and it will be strictly enforced, he said.
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Higgins Goes National to Fight Tax Breaks for Insurers Accused of Cheating

Congressman Brian Higgins sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
 WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins may be more well-known for fighting for Buffalo’s waterfront and Central Terminal than he is for fighting over major national issues such as health care reform, but that seems to be changing.

Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been increasingly raising his voice on national issues. He proved it last week when he took the lead in decrying the fact that the recently-passed Republican health care bill gives huge tax breaks to private health insurers – including those who are under investigation for possibly cheating the federal government out of billions of dollars.
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Williamsville Farmers Market ~ Open!


The Williamsville Farmers Market has returned to its original Spring Street location.

Williamsville Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its original Spring Street location outside the Old Red Mill, Williamsville. Features as many as 30 farmers and artisans. For more info, visit williamsvillefarmersmarket.com.

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Bills on Amherst Parkland Swap Introduced in State Legislature

A proposed parkland swap that would allow the Town of Amherst to pursue development of a hotel at the Northtown Center is in the hands of state lawmakers.

Bills were introduced last week in the Assembly and State Senate that would remove the parkland designation from 3 acres at the town-owned ice rink complex on Amherst Manor Road and transfer it to a 26.6-acre parcel of wooded, town-owned land between North French Road and Casey Road in the East Amherst Conservation Area.
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