$88.2 million school budget passes; two incumbents reelected to board

Clarence voters have passed the Board of Education’s proposed $88.2 million budget for the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented vote that saw residents decide the fate of this year’s budget proposal and school board election entirely by absentee ballots. District administrators and officials had completed ballot opening at Clarence High School Monday evening and were scheduled to arrive at […]

2020-06-17 E-Edition


Supporters of civil rights stand in solidarity along Main Street in front of Clarence Town Park on Saturday.

Array of issues for NY-27 voters loom large ahead of special election

In early August 2018, New York’s 27th Congressional District remained one of the most staunchly conservative, and safest, political seats in the nation. That Republican invulnerability was slightly unsteadied on Aug. 8 2018, when Rep. Chris Collins was indicted following a federal investigation into his involvement in a scheme to commit securities fraud dating back as far as 2013, when […]

Town on the hook for new courthouse security system as support for current hardware vanishes

The Town of Clarence will resume activity at its courthouse and public safety building on June 30, but before it does so, the courthouse needs a new video recording system installed. It has one now, but town officials say that because the manufacturer of the equipment has shut down its video system division, the existing hardware in the courthouse is useless, […]

Towns, Board of Elections scramble to prepare for early voting in midst of pandemic

Despite Supervisor Patrick Casilio’s best efforts to move the town’s early voting location, early voting has resumed at Town Hall. Casilio wrote to the Erie County Board of Elections earlier this month expressing the town’s preference to keep Town Hall open in a limited capacity only, instead of opening its doors to any voter in the massive NY-27 congressional district, […]

Reflections Hair Design readies to reopen as county continues phasing

After months of closures and the change in weather, a lot of people are clamoring for a haircut or a fresh dye job. Luckily for them, Reflections Hair Design is open and ready to serve. The business is located at 8281 Sheridan Drive, just west of Harris Hill Road. Right now, the salon’s services are limited to mainly colors, cuts […]

Town of Clarence issues updates on openings

The Town of Clarence has issued updates on openings within the town. Summer sports leagues — Per NYS guidelines, the town can begin opening sports practice fields on July 6. Playgrounds remain closed. Pavilion bookings will open in phase 4 which currently planned for the first week in July. (With the exception of Town View Pavilion – this is still […]

Public opinion must remain strong in all meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic required a lot of organizations, local governments and school administrations to quickly problem solve how to safely continue on with their business and meetings. While Zoom and other webconferencing platforms have become widespread in use to perform many of these meetings virtually, they also complicate and at times even discourage public opinion. While many school districts and […]

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WNY WOMEN’S FOUNDATION — The WNY Women’s Foundation recently announced that Buffalo has been selected by the national Women’s Funding Network as the location for a new regional Women’s Economic Mobility Hub. These hubs will increase support and resources necessary to advance economic mobility among women and girls in communities across the United States. The Western New York Hub, led […]