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All six schools in the Clarence Central School District were in a lockout for about 45 minutes late Thursday morning following a robbery at a business on Sheridan Drive. Clarence superintendent Geoffrey M. Hicks said the lockout went in place at approximately 11:45 a.m., ended around 12:35 p.m. and referred any further questions to law enforcement officials. Parents …

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Since learning that India’s 1.3 billion people enjoy at least 30 distinct cuisines, I’ve sighed reading Western New York’s Indian menus. Tandoori chicken is nice, but my hunger for more Indian treasures has only grown. So imagine my fascination when I opened the menu at Nellai Banana Leaf to find 30 or 40 dishes I’d never seen before. South Indian Chettinad cuisine is i…

Clarence

A 33-year-old man from Clarence was seriously injured in a car crash in Clarence Tuesday evening, according to New York State police. Troopers said that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday a vehicle headed east on Main Street in Clarence went off the road near the intersection of Connection Drive. The vehicle hit a tree and the driver was trapped, police said. The driver was tak…

The president and CEO of 22nd Century Group, Henry Sicignano III, has resigned, citing personal reasons. Michael Zercher, the Clarence-based tobacco products company's chief operating officer, will oversee operations as the board of directors searches for Sicignano's successor. Zercher was promoted in June to COO from vice president of business development. Sicignano…

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Jeff Cooke will smoke just about anything. Barbecue is a specialty at This Little Pig (4401 Transit Road, Clarence), the restaurant he opened in 2017 with his wife, Mandy. But the entire menu is one big smoking section. Peanuts were smoked for dessert, specifically peanut brittle to accompany the former edition of refrigerator cake. Now there's smoked peanuts on the …

Business

Clarence businessman Daniel Snyder has donated $100,000 toward construction of Brothers of Mercy's $17.5 million addition to an assisted living facility and memory care building in the town. Snyder is president and CEO of inLighten, a Clarence-based media and digital sign company. Its headquarters is on Wehrle Drive, near the Brothers of Mercy campus. "I believe one …

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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

Crime

A Clarence woman has been charged with a felony for pulling a fire alarm at an Allentown bar when there was no fire, according to police and court records. The incident happened at Allen Street Hardware on Allen Street at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Buffalo police report. Katie D. Lovell, 33, was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a cla…

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Where you choose to spend the bulk of your St. Patrick’s Day weekend (or week) isn’t always about finding the hippest venue. Is this because it’s hard for hordes clad in goat-hair sweaters, Kelly green Chuck Taylors or sheepherders’ wool caps to appear hip? Possibly—but it has more to do with the impetus of the celebration. It’s one for family and friends to laugh and s…

Local Homefinder Features

For over 60 years, Marrano Homes has been a leader in new home building and design. Today, the West Seneca home builder continues that legacy with the grand opening of a brand-new home design in Clarence. “We’re committed to always offering trend-setting designs built with high-quality materials to homebuyers in Western New York,” said John Manns, executive vice preside…

Clarence

A man involved in two fights Friday night in a Clarence bar was charged with menacing after he tried to re-enter the bar with a shotgun, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Deputies responded to Marvin's Bar & Grill, 7675 Goodrich Road, at about 1:25 a.m., but the suspect had already left the area, according to the Sheriff's Office. Witnesses told deput…

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For a greasy spoon diner to be truly excellent, there is one important criterion that must, above all else, be met: freely flowing, good quality coffee. Buffalo Joe’s Cafe exceeds this standard. Our mugs were kept regularly topped off with a robust, tasty brew. We never had to look desperately around to catch a harried wait staff. Our friendly server, Michele, whose smi…

Crime

A driver with three passengers under 16 in his vehicle was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a collision Tuesday in Clarence, according to the State Police. Troopers charged Christopher Sansone after the collision on Greiner Road, near Old Goodrich Road. Sansone's vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped another vehicle, police said…

Clarence

A pharmaceutical salesman from Clarence who admitted to a $5.8 million health care fraud scheme is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. Scott Trapp, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo last week to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in which compounded medications were fraudulently filled, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Ne…

Crime

A Clarence woman faces a driving while intoxicated charge after a Christmas Eve crash, according to the State Police. Kathryn Smith, 63, struck a vehicle stopped at a red light while trying to make a turn from Harris Hill Road onto Main Street, state police said. No one was injured in the crash and Smith, who was wearing a Santa Claus hat when her mug shot was ta…