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Nanny’s Nook: Expansion of a Dream

New Documentary Featuring Community Health Center Shares COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences Through Voices Of Women Of Color In Healthcare Leadership Page 5

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“The time is always right to do what is right.” Finally, Justice for Cariol!

Community Candidates Make the Ballot in Race for Mayor, Sheriff and Legislature Page 3

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Rochester Residents Urged to Register for Covid Vaccine at City Vaccination Sites

Foodlink Career Fellowship Class of 2020: Top row, from left, Brandi Williams, Jimmy Stiner, Tyeasha Hendrix, Wayne Lucas. Bottom row: Javia Hart. Photo provided by Foodlink

Foodlink Career Fellowship Accepting Applications

The Foodlink Career Fellowship is an intensive culinary training program for individuals who have experienced barriers to sustainable employment. The yearlong program is a state-registered cook apprenticeship and includes classroom and hands-on training in Foodlink’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Fellows work with Foodlink Community Kitchen staff in preparing thousands of healthy meals daily for Rochester children and learn how to work in a high-volume kitchen environment. Recruitment for a new class runs through May. Students will begin the program in June. Prospective applicants must be nominated by a local community-based organization, employer, caseworker, or mentor. The nomination/application form is available at www. FoodlinkNY.org. For more information about the Foodlink Career Fellowship, send an email to: FCFellowship@FoodlinkNY.org .

Mayor Lovely A. Warren was recently joined by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, City Department of Recreation and Human Services Commissioner Daniele Lyman-Torres and community partner representatives to encourage city residents to get vaccinated at a neighborhood COVID-19 vaccination POD. Over the next three weeks, residents aged 16 and over who live in the zip codes of 14604, 14605, 14606, 14607, 14608, 14609, 14610, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14619, 14620, 14621, 14622 can access COVID-19 vaccination appointments at one of four neighborhood PODs. Vaccination clinics will take place Thursdays through Sundays on the following dates and at the following locations: Baber AME Church: 550 Meigs St, Rochester, NY 14607 •Thursday, April 15 Memorial AME Zion Church: 549 Clarissa St, Rochester, NY 14608 •Friday, April 16 Greater Harvest Baptist Church: 121 Driving Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14613 •Friday, April 23 Jackson R-Center: 485 N. Clinton Ave, Rochester NY 14605 •Saturday, April 17 Edgerton R-Center: 41 Backus St, Rochester, NY 14608 •Sunday, April 18 •Sunday, April 25 Ryan R-Center: 530 Webster Ave, Rochester, NY 14609 • Saturday, April 24 Location TBD • Thursday, April 22 Appointments can be scheduled by visiting monroecounty.gov, calling (585) 753-5555 or through the following Community Based Organizations: United Way of Greater Rochester; Ibero American Action League; Lifespan, Person Centered Housing Strategies; Refugees Helping Refugees; and Community Health Worker Association. The vaccination PODs will receive clinical support from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health.

"BAG Live": Weekly Facebook Event Where Local Black Leaders Discuss The Challenges And Progress Of Equity In Rochester The Commission on Racial and Structural Equity will share survey results prepared by Center for Government Research during "BAG Live," a weekly Facebook live where local Black leaders discuss the challenges and progress of equity in Rochester. Over the next two Tuesdays, April 20 and 27, local RASE leaders (Commission on Racial and Structural Equity) will join in to discuss various elements like policing, criminal justice, education, human support services, mental health addiction services and more. Live from BAG's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook. com/RocBlackAgendaGroup

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AREA BRIEFS Council Passes Wyatt Resolution to End School Zone Speed Program The Common Council successfully voted 6-3 Tuesday to end the School Zone Camera program at the end of the school year. Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr., North District Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr., and South District Council Member ChristoCouncil Member Wyatt pher Scanlon voted vehemently to keep the program in place. Council Member Rasheed Wyatt, a long time vocal critic of the program, last week introduced a resolution and

ordinance amendment before the council to remove the school zone speed cameras by September. His ordinance amendment also calls for changing the school zone speed limit from 15 to 20 miles per hour and for replacing the cameras with radar speed signs and flashing beacons, as well as installing speed bumps as less punitive measures for citizens yet still protecting the children. The measure now goes to Mayor Brown for approval or veto. If the mayor, who is a staunch supporter of the cameras, should veto the measure, it will go back to the council. Council Member Wyatt said he is confident that the six members who voted to get rid of the program ,will stand by their decision, which will give them enough votes to override the mayor's veto.


The deadline to register to vote is May 28 for the Primary Election which is June 22. You can register at the Erie County Board of Elections, 134 West Eagle St. Call 858-8891 for more information.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence New Yorkers Against Gun violence held a briefing Monday on federal and state legislative solutions for reducing gun violence. Murray Holman of Buffalo’s Stop Holman the violence Coalition took part in a discussion following the briefing along with a panel of experts. The panel was also joined by Luis Hernandez, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Over Guns who shared his experience at the White House last week and discussing the President's new Executive Actions.

COMMUNITY CANDIDATES: From left, Kimberly Miller-Beaty, candidate for Sheriff; LeCandice Durham, candidate for Mayor; Samuel A. Herbert, candidate for 1st Legislative District; Dominque Calhoun candidate for 1st Legislative District; Mayor Byron Brown, incumbent; Myles Carter, candidate for Sheriff.

The Month of April... Community Candidates Make the Ballot 1712 April 7. A slave in Race for Mayor, Sheriff, Legislature occurred in Newinsurrection York City,


he designating petitions have been filed by candidates seeking to get on the ballot for the upcoming June 22 Primary Election. Here are the results of community candidates who made the ballot and the incumbents they are challenging.

The race for Erie County Sheriff will have 3 candidates running for the sheriff's position. Although candidates Kimberly Miller-Beaty and Myles Carter's petitions were challenged, they survived an effort by party loyalists to knock them off From left: 1st District Legislator Howard Johnson, Incumbent the ballot. and India Walton, candidate for The same push by the Democratic Party machine to file ob- Mayor. jections against candidates in the 1st Legislative District and in the Buffalo Mayoral race failed as well. There are at least two challengers to the incumbents in both of those races. •LeCandice Durham and India Walton will challenge Mayor Byron Brown in the June 22nd Primary. It remains unclear whether mayoral candidate, Scott Wilson is still in the race, as his petition was specifically objected to as well. The candidates for the 1st Legislative District are: the incumbent, Legislator Howard Johnson and challengers Dominque Calhoun and Samuel A. Herbert. In the political campaign for Buffalo City Court, two challengers, attorneys Joel Moore and Joe Jarumbek filed a signature petition to challenge the three endorsed Democratic Party candidates, Judge Diane Wray, who is running for re-election, Rebecca Towns, attorney; and newly appointed judge, Phillip Dabney. It appears that candidates Moore and Jarumbek will have to defend their signatures and their election campaigns in court as the party loyalists who filed general objections to their signatures, also filed specific objections alluding to some type of fraud and allegations of an insufficient amount of signatures remaining to qualify them to make the ballot. Attorneys Moore and Jarumbek should have their day in court over the next few days. We did not have those results at press time. The deadline to register to vote is May 28 for the Primary Election which is June 22. You can register at the Erie County Board of Elections, 134 West Eagle St. Call 858-8891 for more information.


The City's Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has kicked-off The 2021 Spring Bulk Trash Schedule: Ellicott District - Week of April 11 Fillmore District - Week of April 18 Niagara District - Week of May 2 Masten District - Week of May 9 Lovejoy District - Week of May 16 South District - Week of May 23 Delaware District - Week of June 6 North District - Week of June 13 University District - Week of June 20 •Curbside bulk trash piles cannot not exceed 12 ft. long, 3 ft. wide and 3 ft. high. •Electronic trash, such as televisions and computers, are not allowed to be placed in bulk trash. Residents can dispose of electronic trash at 1120 Seneca Street, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - Noon. The Seneca Street E-Waste station is also open for drop-offs on the first Saturday of every month, from 8 a.m. - Noon. Senior Citizens and disabled residents may call 311 to make special arrangements for pickup. •Tires are not permitted to be disposed of in bulk trash. Future drop-off dates will be May 22nd, July 24th and September 11th. Tires can be dropped off on those dates at the Broadway Garage, 197 Broadway, from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.

resulting in the execution of 21 African Americans. 1775 April 19. Free Blacks fight with the Minutemen in the initial skirmishes of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. 1787 April 12. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, a mutual self-help group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1816 April 9. The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was organized at the first independent Black denomination in the United States. 1931 April 6. Nine young Blacks "The Scottsboro Boys" were accused of raping two White women in a boxcar. They were tried for their lives in Scottsboro, Alabama, and hastily convicted. The case attracted national attention.

1944 April 24. The United Negro College Fund was founded. 1968 April 4. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In the following week riots occurred in at least 125 cities throughout the country. 1974 April 8. Henry Aaron hit his 715th home run to become the all-time leading hitter of home runs.



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Living With Type 2 Diabetes Part 2 Conclusion EAT A HEALTHFUL DIET The standard American diet which is the meat-sweet diet is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Gradually switching to a plant based diet that is high in fiber and low in fat will aid the pancreas, liver and kidneys in performing its functions more efficiently. Eating healthful also means eating 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours. Regularly scheduled, balanced meals will provide a constant, steady, moderate flow of glucose to the bloodstream—so the body’s insulin response can keep up with the need to process the glucose. This will also prevent overeating at any one meal. Living with Type 2 diabetes can be a struggle and deciding to embrace and implement these lifestyle changes can be an even greater struggle. But there is one thing to remember, “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Taking it one day and one meal at a time is all it takes. Small Changes That Can Make A Big Difference Food Swaps Instead of: Do More of: Pop and Fruit Juice..........Water Coffee..............................Organic green and herbal teas Artificial sweeteners....... Raw honey, agave nectar (Equal, Splenda) .............Organic cane sugar, Chips................................Popcorn White rice........................Brown and wild rice White potatoes.................Sweet potatoes Canned fruit................... Grilled or baked Cow’s milk......................Almond, cashew, coconut milk White Bread....................100% Whole Grain Bread

EASTER DINNER GIVEAWAY: Tops Market on Jefferson and Sam Herbert teamed up April 1st to give away 60 free Easter dinners to families on Buffalo’s East side. One dinner per car was distributed to a host of grateful residents. WUFO Power 96.5 Radio did a live broadcast at the event. “During this COVID-19 pandemic there are a lot of families, especially single mothers who are struggling to feed their loved ones,” said Sam. “ We were happy to provide a little something for their Easter Sunday Meal. "

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Online stores offering counterfeit or stolen vaccine cards are reportedly growing rapidly, with, for example, Facebook pages named “vax-cards” and eBay listings with “blank vaccine cards” openly selling the items…The sales started up in January listing for $20 to $60 each and a discount on bundles of three or more.

Do’s •Eat a variety of fruit •Eat more fresh and frozen fruit and less canned fruit and fruit juices •Eat more dark green veggies like broccoli, spinach and other dark leafy greens •Eat more orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes •Eat more dry beans and peas like black beans and red beans •Eat a variety of whole Grains like wheat, rye, barley, quinoa, and brown rice •Drink water •Homemade snacks that satisfy the sweet tooth Don’ts •White rice •White bread •Eat fried and fast foods often •Frozen meals (high in sodium) •Eat processed meats often (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, lunch meat) •Packaged cakes, cookies, pies, candy •Pop •Diet pop Kathleen Richardson is a certified Holistic Nutritionist and certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She is owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, a Holistic Health centered company dedicated to the physical, mental and spiritual empowerment of the African American community through nutrition and exercise education.


CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat' Racism is a scourge in American society. It's also a serious public health threat, according to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In a statement released recently, Dr. Rochelle Walensky pointed to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, as seen in case numbers, deaths and social consequence. "Yet, the disparities seen over the past year were not a result of COVID-19," Walensky said. "Instead, the pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism." The CDC committed to continuing to study how racism affects health, and propose and implement solutions accordingly. It will expand its investments in minority and other disproportionately affected communities to create "durable infrastructure" to address disparities.

Don’t Miss these Upcoming Shows on Women’s Health

Don’t miss these informative upcoming shows on Women’s Health, hosted by Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Radio 1400AM and 107.3FM: •Saturday 4/10 Dr. Eileen Trigoboff -Covid 19 •Saturday 4/17 Marcie Thomas Chiropractic Care •Saturday 4/24 Dr. Brianna Wilson Foot Care

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April 22 Documentary Premiere Shares COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences Through Voices Of Women Of Color In Healthcare Leadership


are truly blessed to have this opportunity to share what we believe are some of the most important conversations of our time. We are but one, and with others, we quickly become many and our power to affect change is infused with significance and possibility.” Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO

LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO.

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., in collaboration with the Buffalo Documentary Project, will premiere FIGHT FOR GOOD, a 20-minute film documenting the Federally Qualified Health Center’s efforts to provide continuous care to underserved patients of color in the face of inequity and systemic racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documentary also explores the impact of Covid-19 on health centers and doctors in the “Fight”; the leadership role of women of color; and the challenges presented by healthcare disparities. In partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College, the premiere will take place Thursday, April 22 at the Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Due to social distancing mandates, live audience size is limited. A virtual premiere of FIGHT FOR GOOD will be available for online viewing beginning at 7:30 PM at https:// buffalodocumentaryproject.com/fight-for-good/. There will be a short panel discussion immediately following the film presentation. The film can also be viewed on WBBZ MeTV on Thursday, April 29th, May 6th and May 13th , 2021 at 12:30 PM.

American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 Salutes Agnes M. Young Its “Legionnaire Of The Year 2021” Legionnaire Agnes M. Young, Finance Officer of the Jesse Clipper Post No. 430, is a Buffalo native who grew up in the Fruit Belt area. She attended the Buffalo Public School System, where she graduated from Hutchinson Technical High School (HUTCH-TECH). Agnes earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. During her service in the U.S. Army, she was promoted to the rank of Specialist Fourth Class and she worked as a Laboratory Specialist. Among her many titles, she is a Licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Agnes has been an active and faithful member for ten years at Greater Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor, Rev. Dr. James C. Blackburn Jr. Legionnaire Agnes M. Young is a proud parent of three children. She says that she is "blessed to be able to serve God, my family and Veterans. ” The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 invites any and all military veterans to join our post. We currently have an open registration. You can contact us at 716-3616845 or email us at thelegionpost430@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

DEBBERA M. RANSOM HOMETOWN- Buffalo, NY BRANCH OF SERVICEUnited States Army Peace Time War Veteran



BRANCH OF SERVICE United States Army Peace Time War Veteran

“In the summer of 2020, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. was approached by the Buffalo Documentary Project to explore the possibility of sharing our stories with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic that was plaguing the world and severely threatening the lives of the communities that we serve,” said Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive director and CEO. “Fast forward to the Spring of 2021 and we are both humbled and honored to benefit from the tremendous film-making artistry of the BDP team; and indeed, extremely grateful to have this opportunity to share the experiences and voices of our all too often unheard women, men and children of color. By dedicating ourselves to serving them, we stand with them. But much more than that, in body, mind and spirit, we are them.” Founded by director Mani Mehrvarz, the Buffalo Documentary Project tells the untold stories of Buffalo and Western New York through documentary filmmaking. Maryam Muliaee, a media artist-scholar and educator based in Buffalo, serves as its art director, researcher and animator. Naila Ansari, an assistant professor in Theatre and Africana studies at Buffalo State College and an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, serves as documentary interviewer.



BRANCH OF SERVICEUnited States Army Vietnam War Veteran

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB), operates four patient centers across Western New York in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lockport, and Niagara Falls, and a Mobile Healthcare Unit. CHCB, Inc. is committed to serving all patients, regardless of ability to pay; offering discounted fees for patients who qualify. The centers accepts most all insurance including Medicaid, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Focused on Patient Centered Medical Care, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. is also an LGBTQIF friendly organization. For more information visit www.chcb.net “We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to share what we believe are some of the most important conversations of our time. We are but one, and with others, we quickly become many and our power to affect change is infused with significance and possibility." -Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CHCB Executive Director and CEO.


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100 Cards for 100 years! Mrs. Sarah Jones of Buffalo will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 21 with family and friends. New Hope Baptist Church Buffalo, where Mrs. Jones has been a member for over 76 years, serving on various church boards, will honor her after worship service on Sunday April 18. Mrs. Jones was an active member of the Schiller Park Community Senior Sarah Jones Center until Covid-19. She enjoys doing word find Puzzles and attending church. Mrs. Jones attributes her longevity to always wearing a smile, treating others in a loving way, and most of all to putting God at the head of her life. New Hope is reaching out to the community and is seeking to receive 100 birthday cards for Mrs. Jones. Please mail your card to: Mrs. Sarah Jones, c/o New Hope Baptist Church, 2090 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY, 14211.

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Dorothy J. Collier Bible Study

Join us for Virtual Bible Study every Thursday @ 12 PM! If you have questions or need help getting on Zoom email: FRIENDSINCDCC@ GMAIL.COM or call (716)882-0602.

Free Food Giveaway Metropolitan UM Church, located at 657 Best Street will hold a Free Food Giveaway every 2nd Monday of each month 11, a.m. – 1 p.m. All are welcome. Angela R. Stewart, is pastor.

In-Person Assistance for Booking COVID Vaccine Appointments Three branches of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system are offering free, in-person assistance to people who need help booking a Covid-19 vaccine appointment. In Buffalo, call to schedule your appointment with the library for the sessions: •Downtown Library, Lafayette Square: 858-8900 •Merriweather Branch, Jefferson & Utica: 883-4418 •Coles Branch, E. Delavan near Bailey: 896-4433

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Free Education to Workplaces / Businesses The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York offers free educational programs that cover a wide range of subjects and can be offered during the workday i.e. “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” programs, to allow employees access to vital caregiving tools in a convenient environment. These classes cover the basics about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, communication, caregiving, legal and financial concerns, healthy living and more and can be tailored to a time frame that is optimum for your workplace (30 or 60-minute sessions). Among recent corporate participants was M&T Bank. To learn more or to schedule a learning opportunity at your workplace, contact Chelsea O’Hara in the WNY Chapter office at cohara@alz.org or 716.626.0600 ext. 8972.


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Michelle Frazier

hen Michelle Frazier was a little girl she would run to school 74 every day. “I had this awesome teacher, Rose Hargrave. I will never forget her. She told me that I was valuable, that I was smart, that I was beautiful, so I would run to her every morning because she filled me with what I needed." “As I grew up I said ‘I want to be just like her.' I wanted to make children feel the way she made me feel…valued!” Today the proud owner of Nanny’s Nook Quality Day Care Center located at 1495 Jefferson Avenue, is doing just that, and more. The visionary young entrepreneur’s passion and dedication to providing a nurturing, educational foundation and a positive quality childcare experience for children, is coupled with her love for the Hamlin Park community she was raised in. Michelle has been in the business of empowering children and families for 21 years, and at the Jefferson Avenue location for the past seven. Her journey began as a New York State Licensed Group Family Childcare Provider. She recalled her grandparents - Samuel Ralph and Emma Hemphill - telling her about how they had to go to a schoolhouse to learn. “So I set my home day care up like a school house!” she said, where children’s learning was of the upmost importance. Over the years she earned her Certification in Child Development, received a scholarship from the Child Care Coalition of Niagara Frontier Inc., and a special invitation to participate with Quality Stars of New York, a partnership that assisted her with free training, college assistance and quality improvement planning. In November of 2013 she took a leap of faith and purchased the former day care center which currently houses Nanny’s Nook, “with zero funding from outside sources and zero money owed.” When she bought it, she not only had the vision of expanding her Home Daycare business, but being a part of the area’s revitalization and stabilization . “The building had been sitting vacant for four years and there was so much that needed to be done,” she recalled. “We had little to no money left after the purchase, so we had to be creative. My children and I rehabbed the building ourselves.” She also had to be super resilient. “I worked 80 hours or more a week while taking college courses towards my bachelor’s degree. I had also taken on the task of expanding my business.” It was not easy. But on July 3, 2014, Nanny’s Nook was fully licensed and open for business. “The following year, we erected our playground after investing $17,000. Again - with zero funding from outside sources.” -ExpansionThere’s a lot going on both inside and behind the neat beige building on Jefferson near East ferry where Michelle and two of her four outstanding children - Brandon and Sharellpour their heart and soul into the development of the children left in their care day to day. Colorful and well equipped infant, toddler, pre-school and school age children’s rooms currently accommodate 32 youngsters. They accept children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and have a maximum capacity for 40 children. Michell affectionately refers to them all as her “babies.” Adorning one of the walls are glowing letters of praise, appreciation and thanks from parents; letters which she says humbly, are “worth more money than I’ve ever earned.” The atmosphere is warm and inviting . Nanny’s Nook is named after Michell’s late mom who she described as an endearing, special person. “My children called my mom nanny and she was always there for her grandchildren,” she said. During a recent visit to the facility, Michelle shared her excitement about the day care center’s expansion plans. In a very real sense her role in the revitalization of Jefferson Avenue started when she invested in the purchase of the building and fixed it up. The center’s mantra speaks to the totality of its purpose: “Involved to evolve our community.” “This is our vision,” she said pointing to the architectural drawings on the wall, “ and it’s happening!” “I’ve invested over $300,000 in this project." The money she said has come from loans she’s taken out and a few small grants. The expansion will not only help the center, but Continued Page 11



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Jinah Parker’s Acclaimed Choreoplay “She” in Special and Rare Performance


inah Parker, dancer, choreographer, playwright, educator, is the creator of “SHE,” a dance driven production about ending sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. A special and rare archival performance of “SHE, a Choreoplay will be held on Thursday, April 29th at 7pm EST. A recording of SHE from the production’s sold out HERE Arts Center run in NYC will be live streamed and followed by a live post show discussion with the cast. This presentation of SHE has been made possible by Buffalo State College 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Jinah Parker

“SHE” is not just an artistic piece, but also serves as a forum for community engagement. The work has been created so that the community becomes a part of the healing process. “SHE” combines dance, theater, film, and music to highlight what the New York Times Magazine has called as one of the major human rights issues of the 21st century: gender violence. “SHE” is an artistic mirror of our past and present political and social climates. “With ‘SHE,” Jinah Parker triumphs Over A Culture That Abuses Woman” (The Village Voice) and extends beyond the stage with interactive conversations and educational tools.” “SHE” has been recognized as an engaging and effective form of messaging that is needed to elevate awareness about sexual violence and the harm caused. Additionally, “SHE” has received generous support from well-known artists such as Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues; actress and best-selling author Gabrielle Union, NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill; in addition to support from Elle magazine and The National Organization of Women. To purchase tickets go to https://bsctheater.anywhereseat.com/channel.php

Ujima Co Inc. Just Buffalo and Squeaky Wheel Present "Water In the Desert" Virtual Series Water in the Desert is a Virtual Series that explores what those who came before us spoke of when they needed to instill hope to their generation and how that vibration has carried into the young people of today who teach us about all the hope still to come . The series is a true test of the resiliency of the human spirit in two parts: Part one: Our Past is April 17 8pm Part 2 Our Future is April 18 6pm Go to eventbrite.com and search Water in the Desert for tickets. This is a Free Virtual Event.


Prayers, Support, for Bass Player Jerry Livingston Local musicians have rallied to support renowned bass player Jerry Livingston as he battles pancreatic cancer according a report by WGRZ Channel 2’s Claudine Ewing. He was reportedly scheduled for major surgery on April 14. Jerry said the support from fellow musicians and the community has been “overwhelming.” GCR audio recording studios has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. Our prayers go out to Jerry and his family. A Buffalo Music Hall of fame inductee profile in 2008, described the amazing musician as follows: " There are many ways to describe this truly humble man. He is respected and Jerry Livingston admired by so many across the country. His talent and approach to music and people is what has made him a force in our music industry. Jerry is known and his talents sought after from coast to coast. "He has recorded with such artist as Miki Howard on Atlantic records, Stephanie Mills on MCA Records, Liberty Silvers on RCA Records/BMG and Billy Phillips on MCA Records, but is probably best known for recording five albums with Rick James on Motown Records, two of which became Gold albums. "Jerry is truly a gentle giant, always having kindness in his heart for everyone with whom he works and having love for his art we call music. Most important is his love of his family.”


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Covid Dance


by A. Dorcely

he NCAA Men’s Tournament also known as the NCAA Dance ended Monday the 5th of April. There were some alterations made to the normal tournament atmosphere because of Covid- 19. I’m sure you can take a guess on what some were. One main change was a “bubble” for players and coaches as well as a lot of testing. Most games were successfully played. When it was all said and done two great teams were left standing. Baylor played the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Championship game. Prior to the championship game the Bears won a Final Four game in grizzly fashion as they took a huge bite out of the Houston Cougars. Baylor had no reservations to “Stop Being Greedy”. Gonzaga’s journey though

from the Final Four was in a game for the ages against a UCLA Cinderella team. The Bruins went from the first four playing to get into the Tournament to the last four teams left as an 11th seed. Needless to say there were most likely no brackets left standing unless someone had chosen UCLA to be in the Final Four for sentimental value. This would be a look at David versus Goliath in the book of basketball. With that being said....well more like written; Happy Belated Easter and I wish you all strength and health as we continue our fight against this virus. Now where was I ? Oh, yeah! David beat Goliath in the Bible. But in this book of basketball Goliath a.k.a. Gonzaga for our purposes, the number 1 overall seed would not be beat. The Bulldogs were propelled into the Championship game by their own David. A freshman at a “giant” college basketball program by the name of Jalen Suggs put up an almost half court “sling” shot

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Gonzaga University Freshman Point Guard Jalen Suggs. photo A. Dorcely

as the seconds ticked off the clock before the end of overtime to win a back and forth game for Gonzaga. Breathing life into the Championship hopes of a Gonzaga team that was Slippin’! The Bulldogs were also attempting to have an undefeated season. No team had been successful in that feat all the way through a college basketball season and win the national championship since 1976. Meanwhile, Baylor who was not the overall number 1 team was a number 1 in it’s own right and while many sportswriters had picked them to lose. They proved to be the rock that toppled Goliath. Gonzaga could not get their footing within the game. Almost all questions were being answered as if the Bears had three Iverson's on the court( some of you did not catch that). The ‘dogs had a rough ride and seemed to be chasing their tails (I hope you’re paying attention). Baylor finished the game just as strong as when they started it making sure they were the last ones dancing “Up In Here” with dancing partners socially distant!!

ideo gaming has become one of the fastest growing sports and now Esports has developed into nearly a 200 Billion dollar industry. Racial disparities and a lack of mentorship have caused Black youth to fall behind in getting their fair share but a recent surge around the world is responding to make sure that there is a dynamic shift towards diversifying the gaming industry. Planet Ethos, the first Black owned Esports and Entertainment Agency and Academy has recently opened a chapter in Buffalo, NY to make sure that Black gamers and content creators in WNY get their chance to capitalize off their talents. They are actively seeking players in gaming and musicians to represent so that they can assist them in establishing their careers in the dynamic world of Esports. There's a vast amount of jobs, careers and opportunities in esports beyond gaming and colleges and universities are rapidly creating courses and facilities to handle the demand, especially HBCU's. What is most exciting is that they are not only "Planet Ethos Forever!" teaching the next generation of leaders in EsStreet Legacy Photo by Darvin Adams ports, colleges and universities are now enticing talent to attend their schools with full and partial scholarships, just like traditional sports such as football and basketball. Planet Ethos's academy, Esports Mentoring, is developing both players and coaches for the college and the professional ranks. They meet on Saturday mornings inside "The Command Center" and online during the week with Black Esport Coaches. If parents are interested in signing their children up in the Esports mentoring program, visContinued Page 10



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Roses for Outstanding Women Essay Contest

PLANET ETHOS continued it www.esportsmentoring.com or on social media @Esportsmentoring Every parent will be invited to join the Parents Esports Committee, which is a support group for parents to learn about the opportunities in gaming. They get an opportunity to work with instructors weekly to develop strategies for their children to qualify for college scholarships. Recently, a team was created to compete locally and online from some of the best players in the area called "The Buffalo Black Panthers." On March 28th, they competed in the Bryant & Stratton Esports Tournament. They played against the area's top talent and two of their student -athletes left as winners in Fortnite and Madden Football. Planet Ethos is now offering Esports tournaments with prizes to the entire community. Last week on April 10th they hosted a "Call of Duty" competition and the winners received playstation gift cards which were donated by Saditty Queen. Starting May 1st, there will be a NBA 2K Tournament available to players 18 years and up and they can begin the registration process by going to www.2kchampionship. com For more information regarding Planet Ethos Esports & Entertainment Agency and Academy contact Dewitt Lee III, the co-founder of Planet Ethos at esportsmentoring@gmail. com or 716-294-7904.


Students in grades 4 - 12 are invited to enter the Roses for Outstanding Women Essay contest. Participants must nominate a woman from their family, community, and nation who they feel made outstanding contributions in their own way to create a better society for everyone. The deadline to enter this contest is Thursday, April 22, 2021 by midnight on this date. All completed essays must be emailed to ewriter52@aol. com by midnight. The rules for this contest are available at this email address or at the Merriweather Library. The founder of the Eye On History Essay contest, Dr. Eva M. Doyle stated that," The 12th Annual Roses for Outstanding Women Awards was cancelled due to COVID, but this contest will carry on the spirit of the awards program." For more information you can call 847-6010.

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In 2006 Buffalo police Officer Cariol Horne did the right thing. She saved a life when she intervened to stop a fellow officer who had an unarmed Black man in a deadly chokehold. Her reward? She was dismissed from the force, losing both her pay and her pension, while the cop who was using excessive force was rewarded. After 15 years of fighting to have her dismissal overturned and her full pension restored, the amazingly resilient mother of 5 claimed victory on Tuesday when State Supreme Court Judge Dennis Ward, in a courageous, 11-page ruling, reinstated her eligibility for her pension and restored all time she is owed. It is a stunning, more than deserved victory for this heroine/activist. She released the following statement to the Challenger. Congratulations Cariol! To God be the Glory!

DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED Today marks the day justice became tangible. I received a much sought-after vindication, one that came at a 15-year cost. For close to two decades, I have been wrongly accused and was unjustifiably fired by the Buffalo Police Department for upholding my oath to protect and serve. This uphill battle has been lined with resistance from the very systems that should protect and serve both those with a badge and those without. I never sought to become a reformer of police accountability, but it is the role I have proudly stepped into. This journey continues, and I am closer than I once was. What has been gained, however, cannot be measured. I never want another Police Officer to go through what I went through for doing the right thing. The people in the community want accountability and that is what Cariol’s Law does. We rallied together and pushed the needle of justice. I am the litmus test for Cariol’s Law. I wrote my own freedom papers and Hon. Judge Dennis Ward signed them today. Today’s win has completely overturned the failed attempts to break me through rulings which were fallacies, rooted in deep seated prejudice. My eligibility for my pension has been reinstated and all time owed is being restored. Cariol’s Law is the legacy my injustice birthed. And it is because of Cariol’s Law that my amazing legal team gained this victory on my behalf. We watch as officers, time and time again, are not held accountable for the mounting deaths of unarmed civilians, specifically the audacious and callous murders of unarmed black men. We must begin to delve deeper into the role of the uniform. While my victory today is the beginning of many more to come, the focus for my team and me is the Cariol’s Law National Registry. In order to change this system, we must actively and fearlessly stand up to it. Lastly, I’d like to thank State Supreme Court Hon. Judge Dennis Ward for taking the bold and necessary steps for justice. He eloquently began the conclusion of his decision with an MLK quote which I will add here: "Quoting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 'the time is always right to do right.' The City of Buffalo has recognized the error and has acknowledged the need to undo an injustice from the past. The legal system can at the very least be the mechanism to help justice prevail, even if belatedly. While the Eric Garners and George Floyds of the world never had a chance for a "do over," at least here the correction can be done." I wish to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to see this day: the day of my vindication, of justice, and of making HerStory! I will not be erased. My name is CARIOL HORNE! Justice has been delayed for me, but today justice found me. Justice may have been delayed, but it was not denied. Visit www.cariolslaw.com for more updates.

Ethiopia To Go On Filling Nile Mega-Dam Despite Impasse The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is the biggest hydro-electric project in Africa.


thiopia said recently it would not be deterred from impounding water at its Nile mega-dam, despite a persistent impasse with downstream countries worried about their water supply. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011. Downstream neighbors Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat because of their dependence on Nile waters, while Ethiopia considers it essential for its electrification and development. The latest round of talks concluded recently in Kinshasa with no resolution to long-running disputes over how the dam will be operated. But Ethiopian water minister Seleshi Bekele told a press conference recently that Ethiopia would continue filling the dam's massive reservoir during the upcoming rainy season, which normally begins in June or July. "As construction progresses, filling takes place," Seleshi said."We don't deviate from that at all." The reservoir has a capacity of 74 billion cubic metres. Filling began last year, with Ethiopia announcing in July 2020 it had hit its target of 4.9 billion cubic meters—enough to test the dam's first two turbines, an important milestone on the way towards actually producing energy. The goal is to impound an additional 13.5 billion cubic metres this year. Egypt and Sudan wanted a trilateral agreement on the dam's operations to be reached before reservoir filling began. But Ethiopia says filling is a natural part of the dam's construction, and is thus impossible to postpone. Last year Sudan said the filling process caused water shortages including in the capital Khartoum. Seleshi disputed this Wednesday but said Ethiopia had offered to share data with Sudan during filling this year, adding that officials "don't want to be made accountable for problems that we haven't created."

Trouble in Uganda?

Three months after Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, won a sixth five-year term in office in the most fiercely contested election in years, his government appears to be intent on breaking the back of the political opposition. The president of Uganda, a strategically located country in East Africa, is a longtime U.S. military ally and major recipient of American aid. His principal challenger, Bobi Wine, a magnetic musician-turned-lawmaker who galvanized youthful crowds of supporters, is now largely confined to his house in Kampala. Mr. Wine’s party said on Friday that 623 members, supporters and elected officials have been seized from the streets and arrested in recent weeks, many of them tortured.



Protests in Minnesota

Protesters and police continued to clash in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the death of Daunte Wright. The 20-year-old was fatally shot by an officer Sunday during a traffic stop. Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer who shot Wright, identified as Officer Kim Potter, said she meant to deploy a Taser instead of her gun. The NBA, MLB and NHL postponed recent games in Minneapolis following Wright’s death and the ensuing public outrage. All this is unfolding as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, continues.

Officer Fired After Virginia Assault

A police officer in Virginia who confronted a uniformed Black Army medic at gunpoint and doused him with pepper spray during a traffic stop, and the exchange captured on video, has been fired, officials said on Sunday. The officer, Joe Gutierrez, was terminated for his role in the Dec. 5 encounter involving Caron Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Windsor is a rural town of about 2,700 people that is about 30 miles west of Norfolk. Body camera footage of the encounter has drawn widespread attention and criticism of Mr. Gutierrez, as well as another officer who was also involved in the traffic stop. Both officers were sued on April 2 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., by Lieutenant Nazario, who has accused the officers of using excessive force and violating his constitutional rights.

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the community, as child care is an essential business which impacts children as well as their families. Improving and enhancing the building will help instill pride and beautify the neighborhood. Behind the center, considerable construction has begun. The end result, she says excitedly, will be the addition of a two story building which will include more classrooms, bathrooms, a Gross-Motor room, a parent resource room, a conference room for staff training and a much needed main office for herself. The project, which was delayed a year due to the pandemic, is expected to be completed within six months. Michelle recalled how she had to be innovative with expansion plans because the property owner next door did not want to sell. Determined not to let anything stand in her way, she had her 3-car garage razed, the center's playground dismantled (it will be put back up after construction is complete), and even paid to have a tree taken down so the expansion could go forward. Her passion and enthusiasm is impressive. “I still get excited every morning when I unlock my door,” she said. “I show up and I show out …I pour (love and learning) into my babies everyday. “I know our program has made a difference in so many families lives…so many children’s lives, and I know they will carry and pay it forward." Michelle says she’s “fighting the good fight" every single day. "I do it to make a difference.” “This building represents something serious," she concluded. "It's the future.” -Staff Writer

After serving decades in prison for a crime they did not commit, The Buffalo 5 have suffered enough injustice! Tell DA Flynn to Take the Legal Knee off their necks so they can breathe!!

FREE THE BUFFALO 5! The community is asked to call

D.A. John Flynn (716) 858-2424 Extension 1, and ask him to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413.


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PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF BUFFALO 2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING/ COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:00PM VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING/ PLAN REVIEW Friday, June 18, 2021 6:00PM AVISO AL PÚBLICO CIUDAD DE BÚFALO PLAN DE ACCIÓN ANUAL 2021 Puede encontrar una copia completa de este documento en español en el sitio web de la Ciudad: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents ‫ماع راطخإ‬

https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents See Webex access information below Notice is hereby given that the City of Buffalo is currently preparing its Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The City will conduct virtual public hearings to discuss the City’s anticipated FY 2021 allocations and use of funds for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG); and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The purpose of these hearings is to obtain the views and comments of citizens, public agencies, and other interested persons relative to housing and community development needs that may be addressed by CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA funds in FY 2021. At the virtual Public Hearing/ Community Roundtable on April 29, City staff will describe program goals, review the planning and adoption process, and hold sessions to discuss how these funds can be best utilized throughout the City of Buffalo. To join this meeting by video go to http://www.webex.com and click Join, or to join by phone call 1-415-655-0001. Enter Meeting number (access code): 182 274 5484. Enter Meeting password: Comm (2666 from phones and video systems). At the virtual Public Hearing/Plan Review on June 18, results of prior community engagement regarding use of these funds will be reviewed and the proposed plan will be presented. To join this meeting by video go to http://www.webex.com and click Join, or to join by phone call 1-415-655-0001. Enter Meeting number (access code): 182 715 2512. Enter Meeting password: Plan (7526 from phones and video systems). Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and non-English speaking persons requested at least 24 hours in advance of these meetings to HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com. The City expects to publish a summary of its proposed plan on or about June 15, 2021; a copy of these documents will be placed on public display for a thirty-day review period beginning on or about June 15, 2021 at the City of Buffalo's website at: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents Written comments on the Annual Action Plan are encouraged, and will be included in the city’s submission to HUD, which will be on or about August 15, 2021 and in accordance with CFR Part 91, et al. Comments resulting from the April 29 meeting must be received by May 29, 2021; all other comments must be received by July 19, 2021. Send comments to William Parke, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, 920 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202 or HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com.


Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court, Erie County, on the 03, day of November 2020, bearing Index Number I-2021/6000029, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York grants me the right to assume the name of Ryan Destiny Lokenye. The city and state of my present address are Buffalo, NY the month and year of my birth are October, 2006; the place of my birth is Lubumbashi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo; my present name is Georges Emery Ryan Otshudi Lokenye NAME CHANGE

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Supreme Court, Erie County, on 10th day of February, 2021, bearing Index Number 60000312021, a copy of which maybe examined at the Erie County Clerk’s Office located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York, grants me the right, to assume the name Amari Perkins. My present address is 127 Elmer Avenue Buffalo, NY the month and year of my birth May,2019; the place of my birth is Buffalo, NY ; my present name is Amari Conde. NAME CHANGE

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court, Erie County, on the 8th day of April, 2021, bearing Index Number 802875/2021, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York, 14202, grants me the right to assume the name of Joseph Michael Coverdale. The city and state of my present address are Buffalo, New York; the month and year of my birth are October 1981; the place of my birth is Bradford, Pennsylvania; my present name is Jamie Lee Coverdale.


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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

NataniaBParker, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/15/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25 April 1,8,15,22

Name of LLC: NRG Officiating LLC. Date of filing of Art. Of Org. filed Secretary of State (SSNY) 9/28/20 office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY designated as process agent. Process Service Address: 84 Avery Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216. Purpose of LLC: any lawful act or activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

R&D Hospitality Services, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/4/21. Office in Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 195 Glenwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company

Primordial Waters Live, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the NY Dept of State on 12/23/2020. Office in Erie County. NYSS has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 955 Glenwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14211. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted for LLCs under NY Limited Liability Company Act. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Name of LLC: RNCW of LLC. Date of filing of Art. Of Org. filed Secretary of State (SSNY) 1/26/21 office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY designated as process agent. Process Service Address: 61 Treehaven, Rd, Buffalo, NY 14215. Purpose of LLC: any lawful act or activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Formation of BNNY Associates LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/17/2021. Office loc.: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail process to 303 W. Lancaster Ave., #290, Wayne, PA 19087. Purpose: Any lawful activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: 716Artists, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/26/2021. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 154 Blaine Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25, April 1, 8,15,22 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company PR Creations and Vending, LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 7/10/2020. Office: Erie County. The SSNY is the designated agent to receive service of process. A copy of process should be mailed to: PR Creations and Vending, LLC, 141 Calvin Ct North, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 18,25 April 1,8,15, 22 Notice of Formation or a Domestic Limited Liability Company NINE-FIVE SHOGUN, LLC. Art of Org. Filed with SSNY on 03/19/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 48 Marilyn Dr, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company SMASH ZONE LLC. Filed with SSNY on 03/29/21. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to: 2560 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. Purpose: Any lawful. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company THE EDWOODS GROUP, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/04/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 2012 Bailey ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

KT Innovations LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/19/2021. Cty: Buffalo. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Kyhir Turnage, 661 Minnesota Ave., Buffalo, 14215. General Purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Cerebral Kingdom LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 7/17/2020. Office: Monroe County. URS Agents LLC designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to URS Agents LLC at 3675 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 350 Duluth, GA 30096. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company RICH$OUL COLLECTIONS LLC. Arts of org. Filed with the SSNY on 2/25/21. Office in erie county. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process. Against it may be served. SSNY should mail copy of the process to the address 384 pineridge rd, BUFFALO NY 14225. (Purpose any lawful purpose March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company A Natural Eye Home Inspection LLC Notice of formation LLC, Art.of.Org filed with SSNY 1/28/21 office: Erie County.USCA.Inc designated agent of upon whom may process against it may be served.SSNY shall mail process to 7014 13th ave suite 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose of LLC:Any lawful purpose under Ny llc act. April 8,15,22,29 May 6,13 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Suga Soul LLC Arts. of Org. filled with the SSNY on 02/09/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY is designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom the process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 505 Berkshire Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20


Highland Springs LLC, filed its Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: January 21, 2021 The office of the LLC: will be located at 10430 Allen Road, East Concord, NY 14055 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at the above named office.The LLC was formed with the intention of creating an agricultural business. The LLC is managed by Sarah Schneider. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company XAVIER WADE CONSULTING, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/05/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 165 Brookside Terrace W, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Spain Integrated Group LLC. Articles of Organization filed 01/21/2021 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NY SOS shall mail copy of process to 117 Southampton Street Buffalo, NY 14209. No dissolution date. Spain Integrated Group LLC will serve as a consumer services company. April 1, 8,15,22,29 May 6


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LEGAL NOTICE County of Erie Request for Proposals Large Culvert and Pedestrian Bridge Inspections The Erie County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways is seeking proposals from Architect/Engineering firms for Condition Inspection of Large Culverts and Pedestrian Bridges. The RFP#2021/2022 Inspections can be found at: http:// www2.erie.gov/dpw/. All correspondence, communications, and/or contact with the County in regard to this proposal shall be in writing to Jonathan.DePlanche@erie.gov. Sealed proposals are due to the Department of Public Works at 95 Franklin Street, Suite 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 2:00 PM local time on April 23, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality.


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LEGAL NOTICE COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR RFP # 2021-003VF For Invasive Species Treatments and Ecological Restoration at Buffalo River AOC Habitat Restoration Sites The Department of Environment and Planning is requesting proposals for Invasive Species Treatments and Ecological Restoration at Buffalo River AOC Habitat Restoration Sites. Proposals will be received at Room 1012 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 3:00 PM local time on Friday May 14, 2021. Additional information must be found at: erie.gov/rfp

LEGAL NOTICE BID ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ERIE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 4 BORDEN ROAD FORCEMAIN TEST PIT AND SPOT REPAIR PROJECT CONTRACT 56 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals for the above referenced contracts will be received by the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP) on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 until 10:00 AM local time, at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1034, Buffalo, New York, 14202, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in Room 1004. The nature of the work generally consists of spot repairs to an existing 30-inch diameter ductile iron sanitary forcemain sewer and associated restoration activities. Prospective bidders are encouraged to attend a pre-bid meeting, held via an Audio only conference call, scheduled for Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM. A link will be sent one day prior to all registered planholders. Additional information and bid documents can be found at: http:// www2.erie.gov/dsm. BY ORDER OF: Joseph Fiegl, P.E., BCEE Deputy Commissioner, ECDEP Dated: April 9, 2021 Published: April 14, 2021


EMPLOYMENT EPIC – Every Person Influences Children Job Posting Executive Assistant EPIC – Every Person Influences Children is a non-profit agency that provides parenting, youth services, family engagement and professional development to families, schools and communities to help them raise children to be responsible and successful adults. We are looking for a full-time (40 hours) Executive Assistant to provide support to our Executive Director (ED) in a variety of capacities. Duties for this position include: assisting ED with day to day projects; managing office operations including ordering supplies, setting up and managing security access cards, setting up equipment for new staff members, managing the phone system, updating the HR system with trainings and PD opportunities; board related administrative tasks, including board minutes; manage relationships and other information in Salesforce database system; assisting with grant and contract applications and administrative oversight; and other project based work. EPIC offers competitive wages and benefits, in addition to a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. If you want to work hard, be a part of team that feels like family, and make a positive impact on our community, this might be a good fit for you. We require that you have a college degree and two years’ experience in a related administrative position or five years’ experience in a related administrative position; excellent communication and organizational skills; and Microsoft Office, virtual meeting and conference platforms, and computer experience. This is a highenergy position that requires a strong work ethic, self-direction; multi-task abilities; attention to detail and customer service skills. Must also be confident, flexible and a problem solver. This is not a virtual position, must be able to work onsite, and have reliable transportation. Preferred Qualifications: experience writing board meeting minutes and/or working administratively with boards and committees; basic knowledge of grants and contracts; donor database and/or Salesforce experience; and are a Notary Public. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and diverse applicants encouraged to apply. If you believe in EPIC’s mission, have the above qualifications and are interested in this position, please send a cover letter with your resume to HR@epicforchildren.org. We are excited to know why you want to work with us so please include a cover letter. Submissions without one will not be considered. EPIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please!

Assistant Team Leader – Trainee

The applicant would be part of a Bridge Inspection Team consisting of a Team Leader and an Assistant Team Leader. The applicant will be working out of DiDonato’s Buffalo office and will be required to travel to bridges in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties. The objective of the 2-year trainee program is for a minority and or female candidate to complete the training and qualify for an Assistant Team Leader position. The candidate should possess a 2-year degree in civil engineering technology or related field or 18-months bridge experience and is subject to review and approval by New York State Department of Transportation. Applicants should submit resume, transcripts, degree and/or qualifying experience to: DiDonato Associates 689 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14203 Attn: Jeffrey Blank, PE Vice-President jblank@DiDonato.cc "An Equal Opportunity Employer”


•Teacher III & Teacher IV: Bachelors or Associates degree in Early Childhood Education with 2-3 years’ experience teaching preschool age children. •Teacher I II: A Child Development Associate (CDA) in infant development completed within one year from hire date is required (paid for by CAO). This credential requires a GED/High School Diploma prerequisite. •Asst. Center Director (Asst. Principal): Bachelors in Education, Social Service, Business Administration or Management. 5-10 years management experience. •Certified Teachers: Part Time evening opportunities. BS in Elementary or Secondary Education with one-year exp. working with school age children. NYS Teacher’s Certification. •Health Coordinator: Bachelors or Associates degree in Nursing, Health Administration or Public Health (1 yr. health related exp.) or LPN with 2 yrs. health related exp. •Youth Services Counselor: High School Diploma with oneyear experience working with children. •Program Coordinator (Job #1233): Associates degree, minimum 3 yrs. exp. supervising senior and youth sports activities (Pratt Community Center). MUST have valid NYS Driver’s license. •Youth Services Site Coordinator (Job #1250) & Program Coordinator (Job #1150): 1 or more of the following: Associates degree, Elementary Education, NYS Children’s Program credential, School Age Child Care credential, Preferred Bachelor’s degree. 2 yrs. exp. working with children, at least 1 yr. supervisory exp. in a childcare program. •Family Partner: Responsible for linking the Head Start/Early Head Start center, family and related community resources. High School Diploma or equivalent with three (3) years exp. •Family and Community Partnership Coordinator: Assist with service delivery for Social Services, Parent Engagement, Education, Nutrition, Disability Services, Health and Mental Health services to families. Associates and/or Bachelors in Human Development, Sociology or Community Organization with two (2) years’ experience working with adults and children. •Maintenance Associate: Exp. in janitorial work, ability to learn handyman skills that would involve carpentry and plumbing. High School diploma or GED required (various openings). •Nutrition Associate: Good knowledge of the methods to preparing and cooking foods in large quantities and the health and safety involved. High School diploma or GED required.

Apply now on our website http://www.caowny.org

Free “Step By Step” Training Series for Local Business Owners Capital Connect NY hosts Step By Step Virtual Training on May 3rd

With a new national and state focus on small businesses, there are countless opportunities for funding. Capital Connect NY, a coalition of four Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) invested in the Western NY region: Launch NY, PathStone Enterprise Center, Pursuit [SF1] [DK2] , and The Westminster Economic Development Institute (WEDI), will kick off “Step By Step,” a virtual event series to train local business owners on May 3 at 4:00 pm with a focus on how and where to secure local, state, and federal funding. To RSVP for the event please go to: https://www.capitalconnectny.org/webinar-where-tofind-business-funding/ Business owners can also connect directly to CapitalConnectNY.org to receive information on grants up to $10,000, equity financing up to $100,000, business loans from $500 to $500,000, and free one-to-one business coaching on a range of business skills. The intention of this event is to grow the small business community in Western NY.

CDPAS: Taking Control Customer Service Specialist. Answer incoming department calls & direct them to the appropriate staff. Assist program staff w/documentation management and processing. Perform general office duties. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $33K to $35K. Buffalo. HR Support Specialist. Assist Human Resources (HR) Department staff in tracking data and maintaining files, spreadsheets and other staff information, processing all incomeverification forms. Upload and maintain employee data in HRIS databases. General desk duties. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $30K to $35K. Buffalo. ILGR- Housing Specialists. To assist individuals to apply for, and navigate, the programs and services offered through Independent Living, including but not limited to coordinating housing evaluations and program options for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Determine eligibility for the ESG CV or ERAP programs and complete the required documentation, entering all necessary data into the HMIS data management system.www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $38K with a $4000 end of year signing bonus. Batavia. 2 positions available. ILNC- NY Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist. Work with the NY Connects Team in participating counties to connect aging or disabled individuals & their families to established support programs, critical pathways to providers to help facilitate access to needed home and community based supports and services, & streamline access to public benefits & application assistance. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $33K to $37K. Buffalo. MHPC- Peer Support Specialist. To provide peer support to individuals, w/lived mental health experiences, in obtaining their goals related to Independent Living, vocations, and improve Quality of Life. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $30K- $33K. Buffalo. WNYIL- Youth Peer Advocate. Provide peer support in person and online. Coordinate independent living skills, evaluations, & trainings for transition-age youth w/ disabilities w/in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming Counties. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $15/hr. $17/hr. Buffalo.


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NOT SURE ABOUT THE COVID VACCINES? Join us for a virtual COVID-19 conversation featuring medical experts from Jericho Road, Community Health Centers as they discuss Important Details about the COVID-19 Vaccines on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm. This is a Zoom Event. Link can be found on the BFNC website bfnc.org/events and Facebook their page @buffalobfnc .


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AARP NY Brings Back Chef Alexa for Another Virtual Plant Based Cooking Class! Join AARP and Chef Alexa on Wednesdy, April 21,28 May 5, 12,19 and 26 at 6pm each time to learn how to make healthy Plant-Based diet focusing on natural minimally processed foods made from plants that meet our daily nutritional need! Go to aarp.com to register or come by the challenger website for the link. This free event is for both members and non members.

The Zoo is Open! The Buffalo Zoo has announced that they are now be open 7 days a week between 10 am and 4 pm. You will still need to make reservations online before heading out to the zoo and then follow their COVID-19 guidelines while on-premises.For more information go to buffalozoo.org

NEW BUSINESS RED, BLACK & GREEN: Pictured above is a ribbon cutting at last summer's Black Farmer's Market at the Johnnie B. Wiley Athletic Sports Pavillion on Best and Jefferson. The market was a great event featuring plenty of unique cultural items and more by local vendors. Hopefully it will be repeated this year!

Kayla’s Delicious Pies Fundraiser 2021 Kayla’s Delicious Pies will host a fundraiser Saturday, April 24 in Delaware Park at Ring Road from noon to 4 p.m. the Rain Day is April 30. There will be a “Hula Hooping Covid19 Out of Here,” event, Front Line Workers, All lives Matter prayer and a tribute to George Floyd while hula hooping on one knee . All participants, sponsors and vendors must be registered in advance by calling (716)541-7642. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to local facilities.

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New African Variety Store on Jefferson Rachel & Daughters African variety Store opened at 883 Jefferson Avenue last month, specializing in authentic African prepared foods, clothing and other imported cultural items. Rachel Tarwo, from Liberia, moved to the U.S. in 2004.

Teague’s Steak Subs & More Teague’s Steak Subs & More hosted its official grand opening in February. It’s located at 1493 E. Delavan Avenue, corner of Fisher Street.


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