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Lindsey Graham ‘Hell-Bent’ On Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg With A Conservative

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WH Adviser: Unpaid Workers ‘better off’ During Shutdown

Jan. 14, 2019
Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett suggested in an interview that the government shutdown is really an extended vacation for hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers.
“In some sense, they’re better off”

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Amherst Veteran Glad He Served in Desegregated Armed Forces

Jan. 14, 2019
James R. Heck, an 87-year-old U.S. Army veteran, at his home, in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Heck served from 1955 to 1957, and then entered the Army Reserves. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
James R. Heck, an 87-year-old U.S. Army veteran, at his home, in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Heck served from 1955 to 1957, and then entered the Army Reserves.

James R. Heck III of Amherst served two years as an Army officer, but never saw any combat.

The 87-year-old retired Buffalo Public School administrator served in the military during a peaceful period, between the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam.

For Heck, it was a good time to be in the Army.

Aside from the country being at peace, when Heck arrived at Fort Benning, Ga., it had been a little less than a decade since President Harry S. Truman had desegregated the armed forces. African-American soldiers could serve right alongside their white counterparts.
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‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ to Welcome in 2019 With Rare Celestial Spectacle this Month

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Meeting Calendar of Committees for the Town of Amherst


Jan. 13, 2019

Meeting Calendar This week

Government Study Committee 
Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 07:00 PM

Amherst Veterans Committee 
Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 05:30 PM

Recycling and Waste Committee 
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 07:00 PM

Planning Board 
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 06:30 PM

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Lindsey Graham Urges Trump To Reopen Government Before Declaring National Emergency Over Border

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What a Whole Foods Takeover of Sears Would Look Llike

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Ed Vidler, the Face of Vidler’s 5 & 10 Store in East Aurora, Dies at 90

Jan. 13, 2019
Ed Vidler is seen in his store in 2000. (Buffalo News file photo)
Ed Vidler is seen in his store in 2000.

Ed Vidler, the president of the iconic Vidler’s 5 & 10 store in East Aurora, died Saturday morning, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page. He was 90.

The son of Bob Vidler Sr., who founded the store in 1930 after he learned that his mother-in-law had to leave East Aurora to buy a spool of thread, Mr. Vidler became the face of the business in folksy commercials with his older brother, Bob Jr., in 1980s.

Caricatured in a statue sitting with its legs hanging over the roof of the store, he has presided over the village’s Main Street for the past 10 years.
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In Amherst, New Apartments and Townhouses – but Also Some Single-family Homes

Jan. 13, 2019
A view of Muir Woods in Amherst taken in 2014.  Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in 2018 won final approval for its long-planned 133-house development, an exception in a town where subdivisions have lagged behind multifamily developments in recent years. (Buffalo News file photo)
A view of Muir Woods in Amherst taken in 2014. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in 2018 won final approval for its long-planned 133-house development, an exception in a town where subdivisions have lagged behind multifamily developments in recent years. 

A subdivision near Park Country Club, a 40-unit complex of apartments and townhouses near CrossPoint Business Park and 196 units of student housing near the University at Buffalo North Campus are seeking approval from the Amherst Planning Board.

They are the newest housing proposals in a town where residential development has grown slowly in recent years. Town planners have approved far more multifamily developments as builders have struggled to find parcels where large subdivisions are viable.

“We’re running out of land,” said Ellen Kost, the town’s assistant planning director. “There’s not a lot people can do in Amherst.”
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Proposed Subdivision on Gleason’s Tree Farm

Alexis Alf posted the following message on the Nextdoor.com site:

My initial message generated many responses. There is no question that the Gleasons property is zoned for residential housing. However, the Town of Amherst must ascertain if they have capacity to provide infrastructure (sewage, water etc),; impact on local roads, environmental issues etc. If the new subdivision is comprised of patio homes, Amherst tax income is lower than a typical residential home, which means tax revenue from the new structures are lower than optimal. The neighbors immediately adjacent or very close to Gleasons will be living with dust, dirt and noise for the duration of the building process, from initial infrastructure work to the final nails hammered into the last house built. Air quality, noise issues and general quality of life are valid neighborhood concerns. I have been told that the Builders of the proposed subdivision are a quality outfit. If their subdivision wins approval to build, they will hopefully work with the neighborhood to mitigate concerns. I urge everyone to attend the upcoming Planning Board meeting to hear details of the proposed subdivision. A neighbor on Jordan Road has offered his business’ conference room for an informal meeting to have a neighborhood discussion. The meeting will probably be on Thurs.,Jan 24, in the evening. I will deliver a detailed invitation to homeowners adjacent to Gleasons the week of Jan. 20.

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