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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…

Amherst

Three days after Robert Steger died in 2014, his son, Craig, called his mother. "What do you want to do tonight?" he asked. It was a Monday, the day the Steger children used to take their parents to Anderson's for ice cream. Mother and son decided the ice cream shop was out, but dinner would be nice. And a tradition was born. They've been going out to dinner on…

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Bevilacqua Development plans to construct residential and retail space on 36 acres of vacant land the company bought this week along Transit Road in Clarence. CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua said the company doesn't yet have a concept plan for the property, on Transit just north of Miles Road. But he said they expect to hammer out the design for a mixed-use development within t…

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When Erin Parisi was growing up as Aron Parisi, the Clarence native couldn't have imagined the journeys lying ahead. This year she climbed the highest mountains in Europe, Africa and Australia. Next year she will travel to Chile to take on South America's highest mountain. It's part of her quest to climb the "Seven Summits," as mountaineers call them, the highest …

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A districtwide construction initiative in Clarence schools and a project to improve security and technology in Sweet Home schools both recently received a boost from state bond programs. The state Dormitory Authority approved $25.8 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds for the Clarence Central School District to help pay for new security cameras, upgraded athletic field…

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The partners in a joint venture to redevelop the struggling Eastern Hills Mall into a mixed-use "town center" have purchased the Sears store at the mall from the retailer's parent company. The store will continue to operate following the transaction. A limited liability company formed by New Jersey-based Mountain Development Corp. and Amherst-based Uniland Development C…

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Local Republicans, facing a looming deadline to act, increasingly are focusing on a post in Clarence as the electoral landing spot for Rep. Chris Collins, sources told The Buffalo News. Three sources familiar with party deliberations said Wednesday that the Collins replacement efforts have centered on the Clarence Town Board. The sources said that at least two of its GO…

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The first Arab-American Muslim woman to hold public office in this area will speak at North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Amherst, later this month. Mona Abdulla, a member of the Lackawanna School Board and the daughter of immigrant parents from Yemen, will speak at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 about the effects of the Arab Spring on Yemen and about its civil war. A light…

Clarence

The Clarence Central School District was one of multiple school districts in New York State that did not meet all the state requirements of school bus safety, according to an audit released this week by the State Comptroller's Office. The audit found that while the majority of Clarence school bus drivers completed required training and were subject to random drug testin…

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The Clarence Town Board has named two businessmen to fill vacancies on the Clarence Industrial Development Agency board of directors in recent months. The Town Board appointed Patrick L. Johnson in March and Robert Dixon in June to the board. Johnson is a Navy veteran who has worked for nearly four decades in the defense industry, first with DRS Technologies and now …

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David Rogers, a history buff, revels in Buffalo's past. The CEO and co-founder of Life Storage also calls himself  "sort of a boat guy." So when Rogers read about the Buffalo Maritime Center's plan to build a replica packet boat, like the one used to mark the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, he decided to get on board in a big way. The Clarence resident took a t…

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The proposed conversion of the Eastern Hills Mall into a town center cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when the Clarence Town Board approved the rezoning of the 86-acre site. The Town Board rezoned the mall property at 4545 Transit Road from major arterial, commercial and restricted business to a newly created lifestyle center district that allows for denser and residentia…

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Russell Salvatore Jr.’s request for a property tax break for his $2.5 million development of stores and luxury apartments in Clarence was rejected Thursday. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors voted 5-0 to deny Salvatore’s bid for incentives for his project at 6449 Transit Road, known as the Abbey. Salvatore constructed a two-story, 20,000-s…