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Crews are digging two drainage projects

AMHERST, NY--  Residents in Amherst may be wondering what's happening at Bassett Park and the Clearfield Recreation Center.  Crews are digging up such large areas of land, big enough for big box stores, but that's actually not the case. 

At Bassett Park, on the corner of Youngs Road and West Klein, crews have been digging for many days.  Town officials say they're creating a large, dry retention pond to alleviate drainage problems in the area.  The project has actually been in the planning stages for about three years. 

They conducted a hydrology study and determined Bassett Park to be an ideal area to create a retention pond due to the location and size of the land.  The drainage fix should keep a lot of water out of resident's backyards.

Gronkowski Scores TD as Pats Top Bengals

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns as New England dispatched Cincinnati, 38-24, in the season-opener for both clubs from Gillette Stadium.

Brady's third touchdown was to rookie TE Rob Gronkowski who played three years of high school football at Williamsville North.  It came in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots at 38-17 lead.   It was Gronkowski's first regular season NFL touchdown.

Brady, fresh from agreeing on Thursday to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $72 million, was an efficient 25-of-35 for 258 yards for the Patriots, who are coming off a 10-6 season and first-round playoff loss in 2009.

Coming off a season-ending torn ACL, Wes Welker struck for eight catches for 64 yards and two-first half scores. Randy Moss added five receptions for 59 yards and Fred Taylor gained 71 yards on 14 carries.

90 Year Old Man Gets 17 1/2 Years in Prison for Killing His Wife

BUFFALO, N.Y. - John Bunz, 90 years old, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday morning for killing his 89 year old wife.

Bunz was arrested in March after his wife was killed inside their apartment in the Amberliegh retirement complex on Maple Road in Williamsville.

Prosecutors say Bunz beat his wife, Virginia to death with a hammer.

The couple was married for 68 years and had moved into the retirement home five years ago.

Gronkowski's Make NFL Splash

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Call it sibling rivalry to the extreme!

Williamsville's Gronkowski brothers have accomplished something that hasn't been done in 20 years, three brothers playing in the NFL.

Dan was just traded from Detroit to Denver. Rob and Chris, who were teammates and roomates last year in college, joined big brother in the big league this year. Rob is a tight-end in New England and Chris, a full-back, made the final roster in Dallas.

For their dad, Gordie, the magnitude of what his boys have done is just starting to sink in.

We had to speak with Gordie over the phone because he was in St. Louis, watching his oldest son, Gordie jr, playing minor league baseball. Just another stop in what's become a very busy life.

Pakistani-Americans Host Fundraiser for Flood Victims

AMHERST, NY - The Pakistani-Americans in the WNY area hosted a fundraiser to assist victims in the widespread flooding in Pakistan.

Over 200 locals gathered at the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier in Amherst Monday evening.

An eyewitness in the flooding, who recently returned to the area, made a special presentation at the event.

The United Nations has described the disaster as worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake all combined.

 

Portion of Youngs Road in Amherst Temporarily Closed

AMHERST, N.Y. -- A portion of Youngs Road, south of Klein Road, will be shut down while the Town of Amherst continues work on a construction project in Bassett Park.

The flood mitigation project is designed to help improve storm water drainage in Bassett Park near Youngs and Klein Roads.

Officials hope this project will address ongoing flooding issues by temporarily storing excess runoff from one of the ditches during heavy rain.

The closure of Youngs Road will only be during business hours and only last for a few days.

The project began in August and should be completed in October.

 

Amherst House Fire

AMHERST, NY - Amherst Fire Control responded to a house fire at Devon Lane just after 5 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor smelled smoke and saw flames emerging from a roof exhaust fan coming from a house directly behind her.

The Snyder Fire Department was on location within minutes of the report. The firefighters knocked down the fire quickly.

The incident caused $25,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 damage to the contents. The cause of the fire was a combination of a malfunctioning ventilation fan in the attic and a bird's nest that was in close proximity.

No injuries were reported and firefighters managed to save the family pet.