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A two-alarm fire about 9:45 p.m. Monday damaged a store that was being renovated for a new tenant at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence. Social media reported fire showing through the roof of the former Bon Ton department store, which is under reconstruction to become a Raymour and Flanigan furniture store. The fire was reported extinguished about 11 p.m. and damage was …

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After 10 years in Southern California, Anthony Nanula, the former state senator and Buffalo city comptroller, is moving back home. Nanula on Tuesday paid $950,000 for a home in Clarence's Spaulding Lake subdivision, but he insists he's not preparing another campaign for office. "I have no interest at getting involved politically, at all," Nanula told The Buffalo News…

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An open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spruce Meadow Farm in Clarence will feature an obstacle course, derby hat contest, pony rides, games and educational opportunities to raise awareness about Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue. Phoenix Rising supports the rehabilitation and placement of abused, neglected and abandoned horses. The event is part of a national effor…

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Leanne Domotor was not sure how to break the news to her mother and an aunt. She finally invited them over for dinner last month in Brantford, Ont. The three women and their husbands were at the table when Domotor took a deep breath. She had a revelation to share about their beloved dad, her grandfather. Whatever worries she felt soon fell away. The story stunned and…

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University at Buffalo head football coach Lance Leipold got a new contract in February, and now he has a new home in Clarence, too. Leipold and his wife, Kelly, paid $820,000 to buy the property on Glenview Drive in the Spaulding Green development from Mark Karrer, owner of M-Power Sales, and his wife, Barbara, public records show. The Karrers have owned the home for 2½…

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Ulta Beauty is moving into the Eastgate Plaza in Clarence. The cosmetics retailer is taking about 11,000 square feet in the space at 5043 Transit Road occupied by the recently closed Dress Barn shop, said Eric Recoon, a vice president with plaza owner Benderson Development Co. Recoon said Ulta plans to open the store in the fall or early winter. Ulta has three area l…

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Despite the mania around downtown living and Buffalo’s urban “revival,” the city continues to lose population to its suburbs, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2018 population numbers, which cover cities and towns, show contractions in Western New York’s very largest and very smallest places even as momentum grows in places like Amherst and Cla…

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Add one more crime to the list Chris Collins is accused of committing. Except when it comes to this one, the verdict already is in: He’s guilty of rampant hypocrisy. As he fights to keep an indictment-laden political career on life-support, the Clarence Republican insists – presumably with a straight face – that being kicked off of congressional committees because of his…

Clarence

Shortly after Army Capt. Andrew Byers was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2016, his twin sister Lauren turned to her friend and lamented that there was no place in Clarence to honor townspeople who had been killed serving their country. That inspired the friend, Clarence Rotarian Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm, to start work on the Clarence Veterans memorial, upon which the T…

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A presentation exploring the veneration, desecration, neglect and renewal of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will begin at 7 p.m. May 28 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence. The lecture will be given by Robert Poczik – author and traveler – who will trace the long cultural and religious history of the church as told in i…

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What officials call one of the biggest pet events of the summer is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 25 in Clarence Town Park. Clarence Bark in the Park will feature attractions, events and demonstrations, including races, a barn hunt competition, flying disc and NFTA K-9 demos and a Pomeranian fashion show. Over two dozen vendors offering a variety of product…

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A restaurant promising authentically prepared Mexican food is set to open within a week in the former Shenannigans Bar & Grill in Amherst. Fernando Guzman, his father and an uncle are opening El Toro Mexican Grill and Bar at 1009 Niagara Falls Blvd., where a host of restaurants have come and gone over the years – Barnaby's, Buffalo Tap Room and Grill, Thai Bistro an…

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Much of the story of the unusual watch and clock repair business known as Perfect Time is obvious. It is a standalone former bank drive-through in the Transitown Plaza at Main Street and Transit Road in Clarence, in a parking lot near a pizza parlor, shoe repair shop and nail salon. Not much bigger than a full bathroom, the store boasts cuckoo clocks, desk clocks, wrist…

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BFLO Gallery & Gift Shops will take over the former Sears department store at the Eastern Hills Mall, where it plans to open an expanded store, restaurants and a massive indoor Airsoft course. BFLO, known for selling Buffalo-themed items from butter lamb throw pillows to chicken wing ornaments, will occupy 30,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the Sears …