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Where we live: Clarence


The Clarence Tax Aide program will begin providing free federal and New York State income tax preparation and electronic filing for any Western New York taxpayer at two locations this week.

The service is available from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through April 10, except on Presidents Day and Easter Monday, in the Clarence Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Road.

Aides also will be working noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Clarence Public Library, Three Town Place off Goodrich Road, through April 11. No appointments are needed at either location.

Taxpayers should bring proof of health insurance or an exemption, Social Security cards for themselves and their dependents, a copy of last year’s return, income statements such as W-2 or 1099 forms, statements that could reduce taxes, such as mortgage interest and property taxes; and a copy of a check to facilitate direct deposit for a quick refund.

Anyone with capital gains, stock or bond dividends or sales should wait until March 1 to file to be sure they have correct statements from their brokers. Wait times also are shorter in March than they are in February.

All returns are computer generated with e-filing to speed refunds. Each return also receives a quality review by a supervisor. Aides do not prepare returns requiring depreciation, corporate returns or out-of-state returns. Last year the program assisted on more than 1,500 tax returns.

This week:

• A new Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop with a drive-through is part of preliminary concept for a retail plaza at Transit and Clarence Center roads that McGuire Development is asking the Town Planning Board to review at its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, One Town Place off Goodrich Road.

Other items on the agenda include a project presentation for the Trailway Master Plan and consideration of action on three commercial projects and a residential development. They include:

– Concept approval and recommendation for a change in use for a professional office building on property zoned single-family residential at Main Street and Susan Drive.

– Preliminary concept review of an office building at 9092 Main St. proposed by Emerling Insurance Agency.

– A special exception use permit for Towne Maserati for an auto dealership at 8215 Main St.

– A special exception use permit for Regent Development for the multi-family Wehrle Dome Apartments at 8230 Wehrle Drive.

• Wellness coach Elizabeth Gayle is guest speaker when the Clarence Women’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Clarence Town Park clubhouse, 10405 Main St.

Gayle, who helps people change their lifestyle through nutrition and exercise, has studied nutrition for more than 20 years and is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. All are welcome. For more information, call 310-7674.