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Food and Drink

At Joan & Sue’s Family Restaurant, it feels like stepping into grandma’s house, complete with the wood paneling, tchotchkes and feeling of relaxation. It’s the kind of place where you’re served, but there’s also a measure of comfort afforded everyone to simply help themselves. A sign says “Help Thyself” underneath a table outfitted with cups and pitchers full of ice…

High Schools

Three years ago, Aidan Shaw came up short in a sudden-death playoff for a spot in the state championship tournament field. Playing the same No. 10 hole at River Oaks on Monday, the Orchard Park junior drew on that experience to win the Section VI boys golf title in a playoff with Medina junior Ian Wagner. “To get another chance here on the same hole in playoff and come o…

Gusto

Actor-director John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert in "The Office," has been spotted frequently in the Buffalo area over the last month while scouting locations and preparing to shoot "A Quiet Place 2," the sequel to a horror film that debuted last April. On Thursday, Orchard Park was Krasinski's primary stomping grounds, with sightings at Spo…

Crime

A Lackawanna man was arrested on sexual assault charges following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old male customer, according to Orchard Park Police. Stephen Savaglio, 68, was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, as well as forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. Orchard Park Police said they wer…

Crime

A Hamburg man with two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Sunday night after Orchard Park police said he fled the scene of a crash. An Orchard Park police officer saw a pickup driver run a red light and crash into another vehicle at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Orchard Park Road about 10:40 p.m. Sunday, poli…

Business

KeyCorp.'s commercial real estate lending division has provided a $45.8 million loan to Hamister Group to refinance debt on the Orchard Heights senior housing property in Orchard Park. KeyBank Real Estate Capital originated the fixed-rate, 15-year loan for the 162-unit property at 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road, which was constructed in 1992 and renovated in 2016. It includes…

Gusto

The Mansard Inn, one of the longest-running restaurant successes in the Southtowns, is changing hands. Steve and Sherri Molisani are selling the Orchard Park restaurant after 46 years. The buyers are Mike and Becky Morgan, another career restaurateur couple with roots in Orchard Park. Saturday will be the last day of the Molisani era. The restaurant, at 3365 Abbott R…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was the subject of a 2015 viral video that captured him causing an accident after driving drunk on the New York State Thruway is again in trouble with the law. Kiran Thapa, 36, was arrested for felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and several other charges Sunday evening, according to the Orchard Park Police. Orchard Park Police Lieutenant Gr…

Bills

One of the Buffalo Bills' newest receivers just made his first catch as a Western New Yorker: a $600,000 house that former quarterback AJ McCarron passed off to him. Tyler Kroft, a tight end who last month signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract to play for Buffalo, bought a four-bedroom home in Orchard Park with his wife, Alexa, from McCarron and his fashion model…

Education

The state Education Department has rejected a mother's claim to a religious exemption that would allow her to send her two teenage daughters to Orchard Park Central Schools without having received all required childhood vaccines. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia dismissed Marina Williams' appeal, saying she failed to show that the school district's decision t…

Local News

When Terry and Kim Pegula speak, Buffalo stops to listen. That's true of everybody from fans of the professional sports teams they own to the people with a stake in the future of Western New York. So when the Pegulas talked about a new or renovated football stadium that would be "Buffalo style," political leaders, developers and others chimed in with their own interp…

Crime

Authorities said they seized five kilograms of suspected cocaine with a street value of more than $500,000 Tuesday, after they arrested an Orchard Park man. Felix J. Calderon-Valcarcel, 28, was apprehended by investigators who said they allegedly saw him counting a large quantity of cash in a parked car near Stevenson Street and Cumberland Avenue in South Buffalo, U.S. …

Crime

A 43-year-old volunteer youth coach sent an inappropriate text message to a former player. That player shared it with a teammate. That teammate “phished” the coach, creating a fake social media profile, and he pursued an online relationship that ultimately led the man to Erie County Court Tuesday. Francesco Maccarrone, 43, of Buffalo, admitted to sending sexually explic…