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Excelsior Orthopedics and WNY Breast Health Open House

AMHERST, NY-Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Jim Hayes will be recognized on Wednesday, August 11th, as part of the Excelsior Orthopaedics and WNY Breast Health Open House.

The event will take place from 5-8 PM at the Amherst office located at 3925 Sheridan Drive between Harlem Road and Harold Drive.

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Amherst Police Investigate Rape


AMHERST, N.Y. - Police in Amherst are investigating the alleged rape of a 20-year-old woman.

Police say the woman was walking westbound on Wehrle Drive under the Thruway overpass around 1:00 a.m. Monday July 5 when a male jumped out of some bushes, grabbed her, pushed her to the ground, and then raped her.

Investigators say the suspect also went through the woman's purse and took her debit card and $20 cash.  The suspect ran away.  A neighbor heard the victim crying and called police.

The attacker is described as a black male, 6'0 tall, weighing 180 pounds with braided black hair, and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black v-neck short-sleeved t-shirt, dark jeans and diamond earrings.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Amherst Police at (716) 689-1311.

Maple Road Construction Project Almost Complete

AMHERST, N.Y. - Maple Road between the University at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is a busy stretch that is slower than usual because of the road construction project currently taking place.

We have heard from several 2 On Your Side viewers who are frustrated by it.

Jim e-mailed us saying, "I work at U.B. and live in Kenmore so I hop on the Thruway at Elmwood and get off at the 290 U.B. exit instead of taking Sheridan to Sweet Home like I used to."

The construction project is run by Erie County and funded by Stimulus Money.

The Erie County Highway Department tells 2 On your Side the project should be complete by the end of August. Initially, officials were projecting completion at some point next year.

Construction Comes to Niagara Falls Blvd.

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- One of the busiest stretches of roadway in all of Western New York is getting a much-needed facelift.

Construction began July 21 at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ridge Lea/Koenig Roads. That's just south of Interstate 290.

Workers will add a lane and a traffic signal at the exit of the 290 eastbound toward Niagara Falls Boulevard southbound. That will allow drivers to more easily cross traffic to get into the left turn lanes for Ridge Lea Road, where a second turn lane will be added. Finally, extra turn lanes will be provided for drivers turning left from Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads as they enter Niagara Falls Boulevard.

There are also improvements for pedestrians, including wider sidewalks and shoulders.

The $4 million project was delayed due to the budget battle in Albany. It is paid for using state and federal dollars.

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Register For Fall Classes at Senior Center

There is still time to register for fall classes at the Amherst Senior Center.

Classes include arts & crafts, dancing, discussion groups, foreign languages, history, music and more.

Classes will take place between August 30th - December 17th at the Senior Center at 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

For more information, call Phyllis at (716) 636-3055 ext. 3109.