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Sean Kelley first noticed the disturbance to the pastoral land behind his Orchard Park home in mid-June. "We woke up to bulldozers, literally, after Father's Day, that Monday," said the Ferndale Drive resident. He started a petition the next weekend after he found out football fields were planned for the 36-acre parcel. Ferndale residents and others use the land f…

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Assemblyman Erik Bohen, a registered Democrat who won a special election in April after his party rejected him, plans to run in November on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. The South Buffalo teacher had defeated the endorsed Democratic candidate, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, with Republican and Conservative backing. When he arrived in …

Business

An Orchard Park property containing the Peregrine Senior Living community and memory care facility has been sold to a Michigan-based private-equity investment manager for less than half of its sale price less than six years ago. Valstone Asset Management of Birmingham, Mich., acting through VS Orchard Park LLC, paid $6.65 million to acquire the 4.49-acre complex at 101 …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department has changed its stance on carrying the lifesaving opiate rescue drug. Police officers will be carrying naloxone, Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger said. "It is my understanding the Tonawanda Police are going to be trained and will be carrying Narcan in the near future," Emminger said. Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, whi…

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Orchard Park officials like what solar panels do. They're just not thrilled with how they look and what they might do to property values. That is causing a predicament in town and has some residents reminding them that some things are more important than appearance. The Orchard Park Planning Board last year recommended the Town Board prohibit solar panels on the f…

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Orchard Park Central school administrators have already reached out to members of the armed services for input on how the district might recognize students going into the military. In a letter to parents and families on the district website, Superintendent Matthew McGarrity said parents, faculty and students also will be asked for input. The district has come under f…

Education

Orchard Park Central School District will review a graduation policy that prohibits students wearing cords and sashes, after a student who wanted to wear a military sash was barred from Saturday's ceremony. The student, Dillon Donovan, said he took a stand for students coming behind him. He and his family left Kleinhans Music Hall when he was not allowed to go on the st…

Erie County

More than 21,000 first responders in Erie County, including officers in 11 police agencies, as well as civilians, know how to administer naloxone, the opiate rescue drug, to someone who has overdosed. But patrol officers in four communities do not carry the lifesaving drug, and mothers who have lost children to opioid overdoses are asking them to place the drug in their…

South Davis Elementary School in Orchard Park is getting a new principal. The Orchard Park Central School Board on Tuesday appointed Julie Mampe to succeed Principal Christine Rassow, who will retire in June after serving in the district for 12 years. Mampe was assistant principal at Clarence Central High School for three years and taught in the Williamsville Central…

A West Falls man was charged Saturday with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle on Transit Road in Orchard Park, police said. Todd J. Heinaman, 39, was traveling on Transit, between Route 20A and Milestrip Road, at about 7 p.m. when he struck a vehicle from behind, Orchard Park Police Lt. Patrick Rizzo said in a news release. Minor inj…

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Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years. Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence's population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates. But 17 of…

Crime

An Orchard Park man who crashed into the median on Route 219 Wednesday night following an earlier hit-and-run collision was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, according to police. John B. DiChristina, 47, crashed his pickup into the expressway median near Newton Road and had to be stopped by an onlooker from restarting his vehicle and driving away, Orcha…

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It's not a divorce, but the Buffalo Bills and the team's alumni association are separating. As part of the split, the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation will remain an independent organization. But it can't use the team's logo on its website or in its communications anymore. And the team will no longer provide direct funding to the association, though it will continue t…

Crime

A former Democratic candidate for Erie County sheriff is due in Orchard Park Town Court next week to face a misdemeanor charge stemming from a traffic stop last month. Richard E. Dobson Sr. of the Town of Wales was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration in the wake of an April 2 traffic stop on Southwestern Boulevard, according to a town p…