Share this article

Clarence

print logo
Buffalo

In Romania, George Piha was a prominent businessman and politician — and then after a car accident he became an OxyContin addict. Piha, who holds dual citizenship, returned to the United States and, according to prosecutors, began a statewide crime spree to feed his addiction. Piha stole from YMCAs in the towns of Tonawanda and West Seneca, the Aquatic and Fitness Cente…

Local News

In a roundabout way, the Town of Tonawanda wants to make it easier for drivers, bus passengers and bicyclists to travel one of the main east-west thoroughfares in the Northtowns. Town officials are discussing a host of changes to Sheridan Drive as it runs from Niagara Falls Boulevard to the Niagara River. The wish list includes shrinking the number of driving lanes, …

Clarence

Joel E. Falkowski carves cottonwood bark with hands the size of small footballs. His trademark silver beard, a penchant for red flannel and his candy-cane red Ford-150 have earned this retired autoworker the nickname of Papa Noel. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 330 pounds, Falkowski turns heads at holiday gift shows where he sits serenely carving wood "spirits," whimsical …

Local News

A Clarence High School teacher has won nearly $750,000 in her lawsuit against the Town of Amherst for injuries she suffered in a motor-vehicle accident. Kori Grasha said she developed severe, recurring headaches after the three-vehicle crash that involved a town-owned pickup truck. The Cheektowaga resident also underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery following the 2011 …

Clarence

A car accident Saturday on Greiner Road at the intersection of Goodrich Road in Clarence led to the arrest of a Basom woman for aggravated driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. After Daphne Sundown rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the light, she failed field sobriety tests and registered 0.18 – more than twice the legal limit – on a …

A Clarence woman was arrested early Sunday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence after failing to use her turn signal. Alexandra Chapman, 27, was stopped around 1:30 am after state troopers observed the vehicle she was driving failing to signal on Wehrle Drive in Clarence. Chapman was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI after she failed field sobr…

Amherst

The drivers of two vehicles found stuck and abandoned on a Clarence snowmobile trail near Kraus Road were arrested last week, State Police said Sunday. Both vehicles caused damage to the town-owned trail intended for snowmobile use only. An investigation by troopers concluded a vehicle driven by Edward Aghabekyan, 20, of Amherst, attempted to drive on the trail Wedne…

Local News

The Clarence Town Board on Wednesday approved a 2019 town budget that lowers the general fund tax rate, even as it increases the tax levy. Board members approved Supervisor Patrick Casilio's preliminary budget without making any changes following a public hearing that drew no speakers. Spending in the $23.6 million budget rises by 1.5 percent. The tax levy, the amoun…

Local News

The most populous communities in the Northtowns are wrapping up their 2019 budgets, and the bottom-line results for residents are mixed. Two of the five municipalities – Amherst and the City of Tonawanda – will exceed the state property tax cap. Clarence, Grand Island and the Town of Tonawanda will raise their tax levy, the amount the towns collect in taxes, but stay wi…

Business

Essex Homes of WNY is expanding into the Northwoods development in Clarence, adding another neighborhood to its inventory. The privately owned custom homebuilder said it would start with 12 "sizable" lots in the community, just east of the intersection of Roll and Shimerville roads, near Transit Road. A new-build "Weston"-style home is now under construction at 5379 Bri…

Business

A $3.5 million project that will provide extra space for a Clarence company that makes the popular Super Chexx Bubble Hockey table game has received $516,000 in tax breaks. Stephen Development and Kulback's, a construction company, are building the 35,000-square-foot, single-story building at 10075 Main St. for Innovative Concepts in Entertainment. ICE makes coin-ope…

Clarence

Molly Schuyler is the Hands-Free World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest winner for the fifth consecutive year. The competitive eater from Sacramento, Calif., scarfed down 44 5.6-ounce pieces of pie – the equivalent of nearly six whole pies – in 10 minutes Sunday afternoon at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, out-gobbling 11 other competitors, five of them from Western New Y…

Columns

It is an American anomaly – hypocrisy would be the less charitable word – that a nation supposedly founded on freedom of religion and freedom of expression is so often intolerant of those who practice "other" religions or use "un-American" dress to express their faith. But it is that American peculiarity that makes Turban Day on Saturday so vital. Sponsored by the three …

Clarence

Karl Haist has gone where no pumpkin farmer in New York State has gone before. Haist, of Clarence Center, set a state record by growing the first 2,000-pound pumpkin in state history as he won his third title in four years at Sunday's World Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. His winning pumpkin, which weighed 2,027 pounds, earned him the first p…