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Is Amherst Preparing to Acquire Westwood Country Club Site Through Eminent Domain?

Amherst is considering acquiring the former Westwood Country Club site through eminent domain, but that is just one option being considered, town officials said Monday.

Mensch Capital Partners, which owns the 171-acre property, has proposed a $250 million mixed-use development of Westwood that has drawn stiff opposition from neighbors.

The Town Board is planning to hire the Hancock Estabrook law firm Monday night to advise the town on a range of potential legal matters involving Westwood that officials anticipate may arise whether the Town Board approves or rejects the developer’s Westwood application, Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa and Deputy Supervisor Steven Sanders said.
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David Kowalski

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • THURSDAY, June 22, FREE FILM SHOWING: ‘From The Ashes’ – Story of the decline of the coal industry, the cost to people’s lives, and the need for a ‘just transition’ to a new energy future. National Geographic Documentary. 7:00PM, North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville. Free & Open to the public [LINK]
  • FRIDAY, June 23, WATER BLESSING: At Canalside, join the Sisters of Mercy, International Guests, Native Americans and Other Friends. Sponsor: Interfaith Climate Justice Community.10:00 AM, Canalside in Buffalo. Free & Open to the public[LINK]

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Mark For Mayor Of Buffalo

Daniel,Petition Drive: 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Mark for Mayor HQ
Press Conference: 5:30 p.m. at HQ
Pizza: 7:30 p.m.
I just wanted to send a reminder about today’s petition drive and press conference.

The press conference will detail the third point of my Compass Plan: Work Plan — and I need some friends here to show support. If you can attend, please arrive at 311 South Park Avenue (the corner of South Park and Chicago) by 5:25 p.m.

I also need help with collecting signatures to get me on the ballot, so we’re holding a Petition Drive from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at Campaign HQ. If you can help by taking a walk sheet and collecting as many signatures as you choose, it would be a great contribution to our efforts. Feel free to bring a friend!
**Following our petition drive, we’ll have pizza from the always-delicious Carbone’s!**
As always, thanks for your help and support.

— Mark

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 743 Buffalo, NY 14220Our campaign headquarters is located at:
311 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14204

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California Dr. Development Project

Last Monday Board Meeting 6-12-17, Next Monday Board Meeting 6-26-17

Larry Zasowski from Village of Williamsville 

As I have previously, here is information and comments for friends, neighbors and Villagers with interest in these proceedings.
I attended last Monday’s meeting June 12th, with the intentions of asking the Board what is going to be the next steps in the process of this project. Now, I will attend the upcoming June 26 th meeting to ask the same questions.
Most of last Mondays Board Meeting, that is open for public comments was taken up by speakers who for their variety of reasons, opposed the compromise land deal for this development. Some of the folks came very prepared with a organized formal verbal dissertation. Some where not so formal nor organized.It was obvious some people are very comfortable with speaking in public and did a fine job. In my opinion, there are now a number of points made that will need to be addressed/ considered in future planning meetings. Some good stuff.
Then there was that handful of folks who really need a lesson on how to conduct themselves during a public forum. Things did get a bit nasty. Point being, we all will be living here after this process is complete some of the comments and behavior certainly did not help. Enough Said !
So, I will look for you at the June 26th meeting. Maybe bring your child as a few residents have done recently to show them how the Village process works. If you can’t attend, I will probably drop you a note once again when I hope to have answers for our questions. Have a great week.
Best, Larry Z.
PS. This Tuesday is Thank You For Your Service Day, a.k.a. Election Day in the Village of Williamsville. If you enjoy the many events taking place thru the year, come out and say thank you with your vote at Village Hall.
Trustees are basically volunteers who spend countless hours away from family working with committees on events like the Strawberry Festival, Christmas Event, Halloween Parade, Art Festival and much more. They need to spent time doing home work on laws and regulations, village employee situations, meet with residents on their concerns and coordinate with many of the business committees like the planning board and the traffic and safety folks.
Trustees are the oil that makes the Village run and they do all that for what amounts to pocket change per hour served! It’s not a job I have on my bucket list.
So Mark your calendar for this Tuesday June 20th to come to Village Hall and say Thank You
A.K.A. Cast your vote, for our two trustees Basil and Debbie, on the ballot! I think they deserve it!
Thank you .

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Do You Take Medications as Directed?

People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can take medications as directed to control those conditions, which if left untreated can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

Roughly 90 percent of upstate New York adults think taking medications as prescribed is “very important” or “extremely important,” yet four of 10 missed one or more doses of medications they were prescribed, according to a new survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare.

“It seems obvious that people should take their medications as directed,” said Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera vice president and chief medical officer. “It’s particularly important for those individuals who are living with chronic conditions, because it may be the best way to manage their disease.”

Univera and other insurance companies in the region have taken steps to raise awareness about medication adherence as state and national statistics continue to show a deep disparity among those who believe the medications they take are important, yet don’t always take them.

The American Heart Association estimates that medication nonadherence takes the lives of 125,000 Americans annually and costs the U.S. health care system nearly $300 billion a year in unnecessary expenses. The association also estimates more than half of patients don’t take their medications as directed.
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Bruce Smith’s Episode of ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ Airs Friday

NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bill Bruce Smith will make his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” debut at 9 p.m. June 16 on the Food Network in an episode titled “From Spicy to Icy.”

Here is the channel’s teaser of the show: “This trip, Guy Fieri’s heating up with some spice and cooling off with some ice. In Cathedral City, Calif., a barbecue joint pilin’ up the meats and firin’ up their “flamethrower.” And in Norfolk, Va., a wild wing spot going big with their buffalo and killing it with their Cajun. Then, in Maui, Hawaii, a funky place dishin’ out the bomb lobster grilled cheese followed up by a tropical shaved ice specialty.
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Amazon Ready To Buy Whole Foods for 13.7 Billion


Upscale grocery store Whole Foods Market is set to be acquired by e-commerce behemoth, the two companies announced in a press release on Friday morning.

The deal is valued at about $13.7 billion, according to the release.

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Amherst Planning Board Delays Action on New Delta Sonic

Delta Sonic is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change and lube building, convenience store and drive-through restaurant at the longtime home of Menne Nursery.

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night put on hold a Delta Sonic proposed for Niagara Falls Boulevard to give the developer time to meet with neighbors to address their concerns about the project.

Delta Sonic is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change and lube building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at the longtime home of Menne Nursery, which is moving. The 10-acre site sits between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of East Robinson Road.

Delta Sonic needs a zoning change for the site, from general business to motor service. A number of Old Niagara Falls Boulevard residents and other speakers expressed concern at Thursday’s board meeting about increased traffic, a lack of information from the developer and whether this is a suitable location for this type of business.

The Planning Board voted to table any action on Delta Sonic’s request for a zoning change until its August meeting.


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Planning Board Delays Review of Muir Woods Subdivision in Amherst

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday adjourned until its August meeting a review of the site plan for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s proposed development of 133 single-family homes in the Muir Woods property in the town’s northwest corner.

The 6-0 vote came after 15 residents commented on the subdivision, named “The Preserve at Muir Woods,” which would be built on 46 acres on the east side of the 326-acre site bounded by the Lockport Expressway, Sweet Home Road, North French Road and Campbell Boulevard.

Neighbors raised concerns about an entrance Ciminelli is planning to build into the development from Campbell, at the town’s request, saying Campbell already has too much traffic. They preferred a connection to the John James Audubon Parkway to the south.
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