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Getzville Firefighters Fight Basement Fire

AMHERST – A 9-1-1 call to Amherst Fire Control around 10:30 pm Friday night sent the Getzville Fire Department to investigate smoke in the area of 254 Miller Road. 

Getzville Fire Department First Assistant Chief Chris Kaplewicz reports to Erie County Fire Blotter his firefighters found heavy smoke emanating from that address.  An interior crew made entry and found a fire in the basement of that address.

The fire was quickly brought under control within ten minutes and was confined to the basement’s recreation room.

In total the fire caused $35,000 in damage.  A resident was treated by Twin City Ambulance from minor smoke inhalation.  They refused transport to the hospital and remained at the scene.

We’re told that the fire was caused by an over-heated gaming console that extended up a near wall.

Town Salaries Higher Than State Average

AMHERST, N.Y. – Town of Amherst employees had an average pay of $43,031 for its 562 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

Gronkowski Catches Two TD's for Pats against Rams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Sam Bradford passed his first test as a starting quarterback in the NFL, and Amherst's Rob Gronkowski is proving he belongs with New England.

Gronkowski caught three passes for 66-yards including touchdowns from Tom Brady of 14 and 20-yards.  Gronkowski played at Williamsville North for three years in high school, and was a second round selection of the Patriots this spring.

The player who ended the game at quarterback for the Rams, Keith Null, directed a drive that set up Josh Brown's 37-yard field goal on the final play that gave St. Louis a 36-35 exhibition winover the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message


Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”


The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.


County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p

Buffalo Housing Market Ranked One of Most Affordable in Country

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Home prices in Western New York are some of the most affordable in the country, according to cnnmoney.com.

The website released a new list ranking the most and least affordable housing markets in the country. Buffalo was ranked as the fifth most affordable.

Syracuse, N.Y. was ranked the most affordable.

CNN Money praised the Western New York area for having affordable homes in suburban communities like Amherst.

Amherst Standoff Ends Without Incident

AMHERST, NY - Residents of a small neighborhood in Amherst were told to stay indoors Sunday evening, after SWAT team members and Police surrounded a nearby home.

The incident took place at a house on Brynstone Court; a cul-de-sac in the French Landings/Lake Forest subdivision in Northwest Amherst. Police blocked off Landings Drive near the entrance to the street, rerouting residents who lived in the area.

In a press release, the Amherst Police Department said the incident began around 7:15 Sunday evening, and ended peacefully around 11 p.m.

Police were called by an out-of-town relative, who said she had spoken to the 40-year-old resident on the phone and he sounded distressed.  Police say he had a riffle.

At first, the man, who has not been identified, refused to make contact with police, sparking the standoff.

When police were able to get inside, he was taken to ECMC for a mental health evaluation.