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Amherst Supervisor Presents Option To Turn Westwood Into Park

AMHERST, N.Y. - Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein presented a proposal to the town board on Monday to consider turning the old Westwood Country Club site into a state park, an alternative option to another development plan proposed by the owners of the land.

Mensch Capital Partners would still need approval from the town board to build its proposed $238 million development at the site of the country club, which would include a hotel and residential units.

If that project does not move forward, Weinstein said the town could collaborate with the company to transfer the land to the state in order to create a park.

Amherst Police start Text-a-Tip program

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Amherst Police Department is starting a new program that will allow people to text crime tips to the police.

Text-a-Tip program allows people to text crime tips to the police and allows them to respond, although responses may night be immediate. All of the tips are confidential.

To text a tip you send the message to (716)562-TIPS, (8477).

The text program is in addition to the existing tip phone line (716)689-1390 and tip email tips@apdny.org.

Police want to remind people this is not a substitute for calling 911 and is not monitored 24/7.  

Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Harvest for Hope, an annual gathering benefitting the Matt Urban Hope Center, returns from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. The event provides funding so the Hope Center can continue to provide crucial services for residents of the lower East Side of Buffalo who suffer from extreme poverty (45.9 percent of whom live below the poverty rate).

The Hope Center assists residents with securing benefits and services necessary to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. The Hope Center provides a “one-stop shop” to help homeless and low-income families get back on their feet. It also includes the “Urban Diner” (in collaboration with Friends of the Night People), where free dinners are served restaurant-style, Monday through Friday evenings to community members in need.

Preliminary Plan Would Build 100-Acre "Greek Village" Near UB North

AMHERST, N.Y. - An out-of-state company with ties to Western New York is exploring a preliminary plan to build a $60 million, 100-acre "Greek Village" for the University at Buffalo's fraternity and sororities, part of which could be completed by as early as next fall.

Indiana-based SAT Corp., led by Larry Jordan II, would likely locate this massive development within walking distance of UB's North Campus in Amherst, according to a spokesperson for the company. Jordan, whose wife attended UB, will work with multiple investors, including an attorney based in Depew.

The project is so preliminary that Jordan could not even release a rendering or specific plan, but the company has been in contact with UB's Inter Greek Council. It has not yet submitted any official plans to the Town of Amherst.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Plans Buffalo Presentation on ‘The Honorable Harvest’

Today’s news reports are full of buzzwords about the environment. Climate resiliency. Sustainability.

And it’s no surprise why. Humankind has left quite a mark on our land in the last couple hundred years. While we celebrate our new technological advancements, many of them separate us from the land even further. The scientific community analyzes our impacts and suggests ways to best manage our land. We struggle to find ways to lessen our footprint.

But not so long ago, indigenous peoples were sustained by this land for countless generations. What can we learn from native peoples as we look to the future?

Dr. Robin Kimmerer believes that the scientific community can apply traditional ecological knowledge in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge to reconnect people with the land.

Christmas in the Country is Ready to Feed Your Holiday Spirit

Christmas in the Country is Ready to Feed Your Holiday Spirit

When you make your way to Christmas in the Country Nov. 5-8 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, make sure you bring your Christmas gift-buying list, your holiday spirit ... and your appetite! 

This year, Western New York’s most-anticipated holiday event is adding local distillers, brewers and wineries who will be on hand sampling their crafts inside “The Tavern” at Christmas in the Country. The Tavern will also include indoor seating for patrons of the numerous food trucks and mobile food stands.  

“Food and beverages are becoming a significant part of the new craft movement,” said Dan Kaczynski from Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Local breweries and distilleries have joined wineries and are becoming more and more popular with a discerning buying public who see the value in keeping their dollars in the community.” 

Amherst police looking for witnesses to serious accident

AMHERST, NY – A 74-year-old driver was sent to the hospital with a head injury after a collision at Maple and Alberta Sunday at 11:08 a.m. Amherst Police are reporting.

The crash happened in front of a driveway to the Tops at 3980 Maple Road.

A vehicle driven by Anushree Chandrasekar,19, of Niskayuna, NY, was traveling west on Maple when it collided with a car driven by Nancy A. Christiano, 74, of Tonawanda, traveling north on Aberta.

Christiano was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of the head injury.

Officers of the Amherst Police Department Accident Investigation Unit are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 716-689-1311.