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The Clarence High School Academy of Business and Finance received a national award from a nonprofit organization that promotes college and career success. The Clarence academy was named this year's recipient of the Sanford I. Weill Academy of Excellence Award, from among more than 640 NAF academies across the United States. Weill, formerly the chairman and CEO of Citigr…

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Two of Western New York's largest privately owned custom homebuilders are teaming up to develop land and new residential communities, starting with the next phase of development at Clarence's Spaulding Green. Forbes Capretto Homes and Essex Homes of WNY said their new joint venture will begin with 21 cul-de-sac lots in the sprawling high-end neighborhood, located off Gr…

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When Bill Storr and his wife Marla purchased the former Adventures in Heat in Clarence three years ago, they thought they were stepping out of the manufacturing and financial sectors to get into the retail business. Little did they know they would be devoting most of their free time to a venture that is part retail, part restaurant, and a whole lot of delicious. They…

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Buffalo may have the lowest share of million-dollar homes among the nation's largest cities, but don't tell that to the homeowners in Spaulding Lake. A new study by LendingTree found Buffalo ranked lowest among the top 50 metropolitan areas for its concentration of million-dollar homes, with only one of every 1,000 homes exceeding that mark in value. That's a far cry…

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Would you pay $1 million for two Dodge cars? If you're Clarence businessman and avid car collector Dan Snyder, the answer is yes. Snyder was the winning bidder for a 2017 Dodge Viper and a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at a charity auction held Saturday in Connecticut. What made the vehicles special? They were the last vehicles off their respective production lines…

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It wouldn’t be hard to spend a morning that turns into an afternoon and even spills into an evening at the Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe. There is so much to try - and do - at this Clarence mainstay. Welcoming tiki torches and fresh flowers greet you on the way into the brick cafe where two chalkboard signs advertise hours and events in bubbly letters. Open M…

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Injuries stopped Michael Sendlbeck's landscaping career, but he didn’t want to just sit around, he said. That's why he and his wife Robin decided to buy a shed, and turn it into a popcorn stand, which opened in late May. Papa's Popcorn, 6610 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, offers bags of freshly popped kernels in flavors like Buffalo wing and Handmade Caramel. Des…

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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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Pastor Randy Milleville is retiring after 27 years as the lead pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clarence Center. Since he became pastor, the church has more than doubled in size, adding an educational wing in 1996 and a new church sanctuary, which was dedicated in 2001. In 2016, “The Grove” coffee house was opened to encourage fellowship in a relaxed at…

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For 364 days a year, dogs are not allowed in Clarence Town Park. This weekend, they get to make up for lost time. Dog watchers and dog owners can join in a variety of events during Clarence Bark in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Admission is $5 per person. All well-behaved dogs on leashes and their owners are welcome. D…

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In an attempt to get ready for something new, Frontier’s girls’ lacrosse team has been preparing for the unfamiliar by doing something old. The Falcons’ opponents are still feeling blue. Unbeaten Frontier is no longer part of Class A. It hasn’t stopped the Falcons from playing and beating their ex-rivals even though they no longer are part of that division. They hope…

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Louie Yannello serves all the food he grew up eating in his Italian household: stuffed peppers, artichokes, salads, pastas and breads. “I have my own style of cooking, but it all comes from my mother, mainly,” said Yannello, owner of Louie’s Deli & Imports. “She would tell me, ‘If you like to eat, you’re going to have to learn how to cook.’ ” His parents started …

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A new beer garden is just one of the changes that West Shore Brewing Company plans to make to draw in more customers and to keep them at the Clarence brewery longer. The owners of the brewery at 10995 Main St., just west of Antique World & Flea Market, have filed plans with the town to add a beer garden with outdoor seating and a game area just to the rear of the ex…

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Can two farmers markets compete in Clarence? Benderson Development wants to open a farmers market Wednesday evenings in its Eastgate Mall parking lot at 5183 Transit Road. A public hearing on the plan is set for April 25. But the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, an all-volunteer organization which has run a farmers market in the town for 15 years, is afraid Benderson'…

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Clarence construction contractor and developer Paul Bliss has completed his acquisition of the Buffalo Airport Inn in Lancaster following a foreclosure auction several weeks ago. Bliss, owner of Bliss Construction LLC, paid $1.35 million to buy the 88-room motel from Harjinder K. and Kabal S. Virk, through Singh Lodging Inc. Following the deal, he closed the motel, whil…