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This Year’s 2022 Funk Fest Tribute to Rick James is an Exciting 3-Day Celebration Dedicated to the Legendary Jerry Livingston! Page 10 Babyface & Beyond: Rochester Summer Soul Festival Preview Page 2

International Day of Remembrance of Terrorism Page 3

Do You Have A Marijuana Conviction? Remove or Reduce Your Record! Page 14

Jimmy "Big Rook" Hawkins Jr.: Transition of an Amazing Spirit

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Rochester Summer Soul Festival 2022 Preview


by Matt Bauer

t’s the end of the summer which means it’s time for the 2022 Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival which returns to Frontier Field on August 26 and 27, with a special third day added on the 28 at MLK Park. The one and only 12-time Grammy award winner Babyface will be making his Rochester debut on the Saturday evening portion of the festival which takes place inside Frontier Field. “We wanted to make him a priority,“ explained promoter Varick Biayina of Experience Events, LLC who is handling the event for the fourth consecutive year. “He’s had a big resurgence where he’s putting out a brand new album, ‘Girls Night Out,’ which features top up and coming R&B female artists. He’s very relevant and it’s an honor to have him.”


Also appearing at the Saturday show will be blue-eyed soul man Jon B and the irrepressible Lyfe Jennings, while former Eastman School of Music student and violinist Kostia Lukyniuk will be flying in from the Ukraine to perform a 30 minute show of solidarity for that embattled country. Exceptional local talent will also be showcased with three-time Grammy nominee saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith and Na$a featuring Mikki Ladawn and Amir Daze. The weekend kicks off 5 PM Friday, August 26, with the Tailgate Party at Frontier Field’s Vip Lot which will feature DJ’s paying tribute to top R&B bands. Saturday opens at 10am with a free community block party, job fair and back 2 school giveaway before the main show at 5 PM. The festival concludes on August 27, with Roc Jam Live at MLK Park which will showcase some of the Roc’s best DJ’s. Head to rocsummersoulfest. com for tickets and more info.

Anna Murray Douglass and Daughter Annie Douglass to be Honored with Cemetery Memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery Rochester, NY -- Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) and Rochester Area Community Foundation are pleased to announce the ceremony to memorialize longtime Rochester resident and freedom fighter Anna Murray Douglass and her daughter Annie Douglass with individual grave markers to be unveiled to the public at Mount Hope Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The event features Douglass descendants Nettie Washington Douglass and Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, and other dignitaries and special guests. September 3rd commemorates the day in 1838 that Frederick Douglass sought his freedom with aid of his future wife and mother of his children and this year marks 127 years since Anna Murray Douglass was reinterred at Mount Hope Cemetery after her body was moved from its original burial site in Washington, D.C. Mother and daughter were buried at the historic cemetery in 1895 and 1860, respectively, but never

l/r Frederick Douglass with daughter Annie Douglass, and his wife Anna Murray Douglass

had individual memorials to denote their burial place -- instead sharing a monument with Frederick Douglass. These new markers will highlight the critical work of Anna’s contribution to the fight for equality -- a hallmark of the Douglass family legacy. The Community Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to support this important project. “Visitors to the Douglass family burial site will now have an opportunity to recognize and contemplate the worthy legacy of Anna Murray and Annie Douglass,” said Simeon Banister, executive vice president at the Community Foundation. “Our historic preservation grants preserve the rich stories of our community in order to transmit important lessons to future generations. We are grateful to the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives for their invitation to join in preserving this remarkable part of our community’s history.” The memorials are intended to recognize the relationship between Frederick, Anna, and Annie and provide a tribute to both The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery for stewarding the gravesite for the past 30 years along with educator and activist

Dr. David Anderson for his unrelenting spirit in retelling the Douglass story.


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AREA BRIEFS Attorney John Elmore To Be Honored by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence John Elmore, Buffalo attorney and community leader, will be honored as a champion of gun violence prevention at the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV’s) Annual Benefit in New York City October 14. Attorney Elmore, who is suing the gun industry on behalf of victims of the Tops Supermarket mass shooting was recently profiled for his exceptional work in the August 7 edition of the Washington Post.

Police Union Pressing To Suppress Records Investigative Post reports that the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, in it’s efforts to “put a lid “ on the release of officer’s disciplinary records, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Buffalo asking a judge to order the city to honor an arbitrator’s decision curtailing the public’s right to learn about allegations of police misconduct. “If successful, the lawsuit would require the city to destroy all records of a misconduct complaint against an officer unless the department’s Internal Affairs Division finds the officer guilty,” writes Investigative Post reporter Geoff Kelly. “That would eliminate records of almost all complaints and the investigations into them, because Internal Affairs hardly ever finds officers guilty.” Kelley also notes that a 2017 Investigative Post analysis found 97 percent of excessive force complaints that were investigated by Internal Affairs ended in findings of “not sustained” — meaning investigators claimed they didn’t have enough evidence to determine guilt or innocence. “It’s the fox watching the chicken coop when it comes to Internal Affairs,” Garry Connors, who won a $600,000 judgment against the city over the 2009 shooting death of his son, told Investigative Post for that story. For more on this story go to Investigative Post is a nonprofit Investigative reporting center based in Buffalo. Visit their website at investigativepost. org and watch their stories on WGRZ, Channel 2.

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Members of the Buffalo Fashion Community Recognize International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism


t. Brian Clothiers recently partnered with Buffalo Talent and Fashion Week to produce a special fashion show that took place underground on the NFTA Train line from Robert Traynham Coles Utica Station to Fountain Plaza. This event was designed to use fashion as an expressive tool in recognition of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on August 21, 2022, as declared by the United Nations. Mayor Brown joined members in the commemoration. The models were styled in vin- WAITING FOR THE TRAIN TO FOUNTAIN PLAZA: Members of tage, period clothing, inspired by the Buffalo Fashion Community hold images from the Tulsa masthe terrorist attack on Black Wall sacre in recognition of the UN International Day of Remembrance Street in Tulsa, OK. On that day, of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. May 31, 1921, evil descended upon the prosperous and thriving Black community when, following a false rumor that a Black man had assaulted a White woman in an elevator, a White mob murdered hundreds of residents and an aerial bombing destroyed 35 square blocks of 1,200 homes and the business district. And at least 4,000 Black Greenwood residents were arrested and placed in internment camps by the Oklahoma National Guard. Last Sunday men from the Buffalo Talent and Fashion carried photos on the train to Fountain Plaza depicting the Tulsa terrorist attack and victims as well as images from the Tops supermarket massacre. “It is important to tell the stories of what terrorism has done to both of our cities and communities and build bridges for the victims who are suffering from it to find support in one another,” said organizer Dewitt Lee, owner of St. Brian Clothier fine men’s wear. “We also want to ensure that when the world talks about terrorism attacks that they consider what White domestic terrorism is and how long Blacks around the world have suffered from it."

Following Disconnected E911 Calls, Legislator Baskin Secures New Training for Call-Takers and an Online Complaint Form for the Public Erie County Legislature Chairwoman April N. M. Baskin took the lead on changing training and procedures for 911 call-takers and establishing an online complaint form after calls to 911 were disconnected during the May 14th mass shooting and during a birthday party for one of the survivors on May 22nd. “When someone is reaching out for help during an emergency, they need to speak with someone who has the training and experience to assist them,” said Erie County Legislature Chair April N. M. Baskin. “It is clear that the system failed some of the individuals who called for help on May 14th and 22nd. Although help ultimately arrived thanks to the persistence of the callers, no one who is in a crisis should have to make multiple calls for help.” Baskin held several meetings with Emergency Services Commissioner James Jancewicz about these disconnected calls. During these meetings, Jancewicz Chairwoman revealed that calls are often disconnected by call-takers if the emergency the Leg. Baskin resident is calling about has already been documented. In addition, the system does not currently track calls by zip code. Baskin believes that it doesn’t matter if the emergency happening has already been documented, callers should be offered an explanation as to why their call will be disconnected. She also encourages the public to submit a complaint if they believe their call was not handled appropriately. The form will allow for the analysis of the data by zip code, which she will use to determine if additional training or policies need to be implemented. Commissioner Jancewicz has worked with Chairwoman Baskin on implementing four new training programs for call-takers in the E911 office. These trainings will focus on racial sensitivity and implicit bias training as well as offering a refresher on proper procedure that will include role-playing. All call-takers will be required to take these new courses. If you have had an issue or feel like your voice hasn’t been heard when calling 911 recently, please fill out the online form at:

BESSIE COLEMAN Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to obtain an international pilot's license. But as a Black woman in the 1920s, she faced many obstacles because of her race and gender. Every flight school in America rejected her because she was Black and a woman. She eventually earned her international pilot's license on June 15, 1921, within a year of enrolling in a flight school in France. When she returned to the United States in 1922 as an aerial acrobat, Coleman amazed Black and White audiences with her daredevil feats. Known as "Queen Bess" and "Brave Bessie," she would do loops, barrel rolls, and figure eights in her plane-she'd even walk on the wings and parachute out. She also used her fame to fight racism and segregation, refusing to fly in shows that forced Black and White spectators to enter through separate gates. On April 30, 1926 she died in a plane, leaving an imprint on aviation history but never having fulfilled her dream of opening a flight school for future Black pilots. This week an all-Black female crew operated an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Phoenix in honor of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to carry a pilot's license in 1921. The airline hosted the Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars tour this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Coleman performing the first public flight by an African American woman in 1922.

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MANUP Buffalo’s 11th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure BuffaloNiagara Returns September 24 Part I


he COVID-19 pandemic created a detour for some people when it came to getting regular cancer screenings, but now it’s time to get back to the main road of health. The 11th annual Cruisin’ for a Cure Buffalo-Niagara, set for Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the campus of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the on-ramp to get back on that road. Nicknamed the “car show that saves lives,” the event combines a day-long car, truck and motorcycle show with access to free prostate cancer early detection tests courtesy of Roswell Park. “Car clubs have been very supportive of the event, with some members taking advantage of the free prostate check. We have the OGs out of Niagara Falls; Roc-HardVette Club from Rochester; Drifters Car Club and The Old Cranks Car Club. We’ll also have support from the Eastside Classics of East Buffalo and the Southern Tier Auto Buffs (STAB),” says Richard Satterwhite, a Patient Engagement Specialist at Roswell Park. He’s also a co-founder of Men Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer (MANUP) Buffalo, Inc., an educational outreach group that talks with men and their partners about the importance of regular health checkups and routine early detection tests,

including for prostate cancer. Satterwhite also is a prostate cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 44 with an aggressive case. He knows firsthand the importance of early detection and regular screenings. “Most of the time, guys will ignore symptoms, if there are any,” he says. “I had symptoms, ED and difficulty emptying my bladder, which are common indicators that something’s wrong. I spoke with my doctor immediately and got in for a blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE) and they found something which proved to be cancer. In most cases, it’s a slow-growing cancer, but sometimes it doesn’t present with symptoms. Regular check-ups are important. Going to see your doctor regularly is something we all should do.” -Know Your RiskIt is recommended that men who have a higher risk for the disease, such as those with a family history of prostate cancer, are African American, or who have a known genetic mutation, begin their annual testing at age 40; all other men should begin their routine prostate cancer early detection testing at age 45. Men of color, including Black men and those of His-

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panic/Latinx background, have a higher risk not only of developing prostate cancer, but of having a more aggressive case of the disease. “There’s no real understanding as to why prostate cancer occurs. For some reason, anyone with high amounts of melanin in their system are disproportionally affected,” Satterwhite says. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancerrelated death among men 40 and older. Black men are 1.6 times more likely than other men to develop prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from the disease. It’s also the mostdiagnosed cancer in Hispanic men. However, when caught early, prostate cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time.

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Veterans Administration" (VA )Home Loan Benefits & NYS DOROTHY J. COLLIER COMMUNITY CENTER Veterans Property Tax Exemption Program" Greetings to "Everyone!" We are sure that everyone is enjoying the Community Art, Jazz, Garden Walks, Tasty Food events and more! Announcing the "Veterans Administration" (VA )Home Loan Benefits & NYS Veterans Property Tax Exemption Program! Let's get ready to Qualify: Step 1: Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Veterans Administration. It is required for the VA Home loan program. (See below & attached VA requirements. - 90 Days Wartime Service - 181 Days Peacetime Service - 6 Years in the Reserves or National Guard - Honorably Discharged Medical discharge - DD214 is the required source documentation required - Discharge from Active Duty - Veterans can apply for the COE online at www.ebenefits. or via phone at 1-877827-3702 Step 2: Veterans Administration Home Loan Process. - Provide COE to lender - Certificate of Eligibility - Minimum Credit Score of 640 -100% Insured loan by the Federal Government ~ No down payment - Single family homes (1) unit ~ Vet to reside

- VA Loan for Multi-Unit property (4 unit maximum) Vet to reside The VA funding fee waived for disabled veterans with 10% VA disability rating or higher. Remember to inquire with the VA. Step 3: Veteran Administration Funding Fee Exemptions. Most Vet borrowers will pay, or finance, a funding fee to close their VA Mortgages, but the Department of Veterans Affairs will waive the fee for some borrowers. Most importantly, inquire with the VA, in addition to the "Lender" of your choice on eligibility details: *Disabled veterans with 10% VA disability or higher, also Purple Heart recipient's (vets/ active-duty) *NYS Veterans Property Tax- Exemptions: (Combat Exemption/Discount & Disabled Veterans Exemption Discount): Combat Exemption - Veterans submit their DD214 (Discharge from active Duty) papers to their local municipality tax assessor's office to verify qualifications. - Served in combat zone, Hazardous/Combat Duty Pay, or qualifying Campaign Medal/ Award -The Veterans Combat Ex-

emption is 25% off the County, City/Town, and School Tax based on the assessed value of the property Disabled Veterans Exemption: Veterans must provide proof from the VA of their VA disability rating/documentation and will receive half of their VA disability rating off their County, City/Town, and School Tax based on the assessed value of the property. This exemption/credit/ discount is in addition to the combat exemption. In summary, US military veterans can receive up to 75% in NYS property tax exemptions/discounts based on their individual circumstances as mentioned (assessed value of the home). Additionally, veterans can also apply for the NYS STAR program exemption/credit in combination with their veteran property tax exemptions. It has been a pleasure sharing "Awesome" information to the "Community." Peace and be safe.


Jazz Night Friday Night Jazz Returns to The Collier Community Center 118 E. Utica St., this Friday August 26 from 6-8 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free event which will feature live music, delicious food and great fellowship. For more info . call (716) 882-0602. Free Book Club The Friends @ Dorothy J. Collier Community Center Free Book Club continues with its discussion of “Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis.” Feel free to join by calling the center. The book can be purchased at Zawadi Books, located at 1382 Jefferson Ave. open Wednesday Friday & Saturday from 12 noon – 4 p.m. (716)903-6740. Stay Fit Meals for Seniors The Stay Fit meals for Seniors program for ages 60 and up, take out or dine in, is offered Monday – Friday. Frozen meals are available for pic up on Mondays. Free Bread & Dessert The Free Bread & Dessert Pantry is open at the Collier Community Center, Weds. 11a.m.-3p.m.; Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.-1p.m.

Niagara Falls City School District to Rename School in Honor of Community Heroine Dr. Bloneva Bond The Niagara Falls City School District is holding an historic ceremony to rename Niagara Street Dr. Bloneva Bond Primary in honor of the late Dr. Bloneva Althea Pride Bond. The public is invited to participate in the day’s activities on Tuesday, August 30 at 4 p.m. at the. Niagara Street School auditorium, 2513 Niagara Street. The event will include a dedication, ribbon cutting, open house, a food truck, face painting, school Bloneva Bond art gallery, music and more. Dr. Bond is the first Black woman to serve on the Niagara Falls City School District Board of Education from 1979 to 1984. She was highly active and revered in the community. The name change was motivated by the local organization Men Standing Strong Together (MSST) and members of the Black community who requested that the Board rename a school for a Black leader. An educator, social worker, business woman and activist, during the 1971 uprising at Attica Prison, Dr. Bond was summoned along with others, on behalf of the prisoners, to witness their negotiations with the authorities on their fundamental rights to human dignity. Bloneva graduated from Atlanta's Spelman College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and History. She and her husband Harwood Bond moved to Niagara Falls in 1943.

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Services Held for Dr. Leon Henderson

Healing The Community Family Fun Day New Hope Baptist and Confident Girl Mentoring will present Healing The Community Family Fun Day & Jump For Confidence Annual Jump Rope Competition August 27th noon-5pm at New Hope Baptist Church 2090 Genesee St. There will be Bounce houses, free food, prizes, book bag giveaways, and more!

BIBLE STUDY EVERY THURSDAY THE DOROTHY COLLIER CENTER features Bible Study every Thursday from12 noon – 1 p.m., 118 E. Utica St., virtually on zoom or in person. For more info call (716) 882-0602.

FIRST LADY OF SONG AND PRAISE: Lady Kathy Boman delivers a powerful message of praise and redemption during the recent gospelfest in MLK Park. Challenger Photo

Services were held recently for educator and dedicated member of the Buffalo Schools administration Dr. Leon Henderson. Originally from Marshall, Texas, the Army veteran moved to Buffalo in the late fifties. He began his career with Buffalo schools in 1958 at School 87, which later became Clinton Junior High School. Dr. Henderson, an outstanding member of the community, made his transition on August 2. Services were held in St. John Baptist Church. He was 90 years young.


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First Annual Legacy Tales From The Porch: and Legends Event A Collection of Empowering Porch Stories Told The first annual “To Our Legacy and Legends (T.O.L.L..) ” community event will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Schiller Park, 2057 Genesee Street. There will be free food, games, bounce houses, healthcare and more. Free school supplies will be given away while supplies last. LaShelle Roberson is the founder of T.O.L.L.

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Founder and Creative Director of Get Fokus’d Productions (GFP) Aitina FareedCooke will present a public art exhibition and community celebration in her second iteration of Tales From The Porch, at 225 Glenwood Avenue on August 31 5:30pm. Tales From The Porch, is a celebration of Buffalo’s perseverance, “Overcoming Evil with Good” through community action and collaboration. The experience will include a groundbreaking exhibition of film photography and performances with a collection of empowering porch stories told by 7 Black leaders from Buffalo. This exhibit will be in conjunction with a community Back to School event at 225 Glenwood Ave. Storytellers for this event include: Anthony Pierce founder Wakanda Alliance, Kelly Diane Galloway fonder Project Mona’s House, Jamil Crews CEO of Crews Control Media, JoAnna Rozier-Johnson Community Action Organization VP / The Crusaders Marching Unit of Buffalo, Stephen Forman Sr. Christ Crusaders Assembly Pastor and Thyme & Honey CEO, Gail V. Wells, Founder Buffalo Freedom Gardens, Alexander Wright founder of African Heritage Food Co-op. There will be live performances by A.I. The Anomaly & Band, Lindsay Niccs, L-Biz, Buffalo's first poet laureate Jillian Hanesworth and The Crusaders Marching Unit of Buffalo. Fareed-Cooke was awarded funding by the New York State Council on the Arts (NY-SCA) through Arts Services Inc.’s fiscal sponsorship in support of the second iteration of Tales from the Porch. Learn more at . Mary J. Blige, Ella Mai, and Queen Naija

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Sickle Cell Warriors of Buffalo to Hold 4th Annual Walk at Delaware Park

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80 YEARS YOUNG! A surprise birthday celebration was held for Sam Witherspoon (seated) July 23 at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Buffalo. Mr. Witherspoon, who is retired from General Motors was honored by a host of family and friends. Music was provided by DJ Snake. Sam Witherspoon is the uncle in law of author/ Criterion columnist and radio commentator Patrick Freeman aka the Mighty Oba'. Street Legacy Photo by Darvin Adams.

SUNSHINE TRAVELERS CLUB: Members of the Sunshine Travelers Club recently sponsored free Bingo, games for the seniors of the Fruit Belt Coalition National Night Out featuring free gifts for the winners. Pictured above Norma Tarver, Johnnie Tarver, Ada L. Deans, and Katherine Reed. Street Legacy Photo by Darvin Adams


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Dr. LaVonne Ansari to Receive Business Woman of the Year Award Buffalo Business First has named Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CEO and executive director of the Community Health Center of Buffalo Inc., Business Woman of the Year . Dr. Ansari will be honored along with 24 other outstanding women who have made contributions to the city in 10 categories during the publication’s 10th Annual "Women of Influence" awards event on Thursday, September 15 from 11:30am-1:30 p.m. at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens . Among the other outstanding women who will be honored: •Brandye Merriweather, Buffalo Urban Development Corp, Corporate Executive Award

•Courtney Caldwell, ShearShare, Innovation Award •Francesca Mesiah of Kaleida Health and •Dionne Williamson Of Upward Design for Life will receive the Inspiration Award

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Shantelle Patton Minority Business Directory Creator is New President of Urban Chamber of Commerce


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“Money circulates zero-toone time within the Black community, compared to more than six times in the Latino community, nine times in the Asian community and unlimited amount of times within the White community. With this directory, my hope is to be part of the spark that changes that narrative in the community in which we live,” said Patton. The Urban Chamber’s vision is "to further the interests of the urban community, advocate on behalf of urban businesses, & promote innovation and entrepreneurship" according to the organization’s facebook page. The organization works on education, workforce development and legislative advocacy for its members. “Supporting our own is more than a saying, trend, or hashtag,” Ms. Patton said in an interview with the challenger. “ , It's a way of life and I truly believe that I succeed when my brother/sister succeeds.” For more information or to join the Chamber go to their factbook page Urban Chamber of Commerce.

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This Year’s 2022 Funk Fest Tribute to Rick James is a 3-Day Celebration Dedicated to the Memory of Jerry Livingston, Beginning With the Jefferson Avenue Block Party Friday 8/26, Followed by the Art of Funk Festival Saturday 8/27 and Ending with the Annual Buffalo Funk Fest Event in MLK Park on Sunday 8/28!


et up outside Mike’s Lounge on Jefferson Avenue a few weeks ago, Marnetta Malcolm was in her element selling red black and green inspired Funk Fest T-shirts and engaging with her beloved community. A young man walked by and stopped to admire the shirts. Marnetta urged him to “buy a T-shirt and smile.” He responded: "I can’t afford it right now but that’s a good shirt to have." Then he smiled. “It really is.” Indeed. All the proceeds were going to support a very "funky" cause: the 2022 Buffalo Funk Fest, which has morphed and expanded into a three-day celebration this year in tribute to Buffalo’s own legendary Rick James and dedicated to the memory of one of Buffalo’s finest musicians, Jerry Livingston (who appeared on five of James’ albums and was a member of his Stone City Band.) Marnetta, a true “community champion,” is president of the Buffalo Funk Fest Foundation Inc. which is hosting the weekend along with promoters and producers Iris Boston and Benjaminee Boston. “I love my community,” declared Marnetta. “And we’re going to party like Rock Stars!” “This atmosphere makes for a great party” she said surveying the Jefferson Avenue streetscape. “There used to be at least 20 business on this block. But we can bring it back.” -Funk Fest WeekendBuffalo Funk Fest Weekend breaks down like this: •The ultimate ‘party with a purpose, ’ the Jefferson Avenue Block Party kicks off the weekend on Friday between E. Utica and Glenwood from 5-10 p.m. in celebration of Buffalo’s resiliency by honoring the

victims of the Tops tragedy. “It’s time for us to honor then heal….Hate tried it but it didn’t even come close to winning!” declared Ms. Malcolm, who grew up on Riley St. between Jefferson and Masten just a heartbeat from the Tops Market. “This is my community!” It will also be a great opportunity to support our local vendors during Buffalo Black Business month! •The ‘Art of Funk’ on Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. marks the historic collaboration of Buffalo Funk Fest and 50 Women With A Vision’s Jefferson Avenue Art Festival; a one-day presentation of community art and artists with a Funk Fest Flavor - more DJ’s music, vendors and food! “We’ve also added a Funky Chalk Walk on Saturday and Sunday for the kids to display their artistic talents,” said Marnetta. •On Sunday from 12 noon – 4 p.m. the MLK Park Tennis Court turns into a community rink with the Funk & Roll event for young people, featuring free roller skating in collaboration with In Rare Form Consulting & Events and sponsored by 716 Rollers, WAVE & GSF . Then from 4-10 p.m. inside the park the party is taken to another level when BUFFALO FUNK FEST presents the return of the P-Funk Connection. Also on stage, LA Sky (which includes one of the original members of the Stone City Band) will perform a Tribute to Rick James. Local talent The Unity Band, The Music Company and Delivered, will also rock the park. -18th YearNow in it’s 18th year,

On Going Events Kuleta Pamoja (Come Together) outdoor market place every Saturday through September 25 at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, 1100 Jefferson Ave. Free. For info and opportunities call Latesha Wiley 716 390-0005 . Healing by the Water Event: Broderick Park Summer Freedom Celebrations Every Thursday and Sunday 5-8pm through September 20 at Foot of Ferry near Niagara Street. More info at brodericksummersupport. org . Free


THE Funk Fest started out in MLK Park. Rick transitioned August 6, 2004. The event later moved to LaSalle Park, now known as the Ralph Wilson Park, which is currently undergoing major improvements. Marnetta is Vice President of the Ralph C. Wilson Conservancy Board. She noted that at some point the Funk Fest would return to the waterfront. "We spent many, many years there. But in some way we should also definitely keep some connection to where it started in MLK Park…the people love it. And I love it too!” “I want to thank every sponsor, because you can’t give a free event without people donating toward it. We hope this is the beginning of something huge, because we think Buffalo deserves what other major cities have - good free quality entertainment and a lot of that comes from our locals because we have great local entertainment/artists. “I try my best to remind Buffalo how great we are… not were – but are. We are a great city. We are great people and we’re strong. And the fact that someone tried to come out and destroy that, only intensified the love, that’s all it did…" Marnetta pointed out that

this is the first COVID free FunkFest since the Pandemic. “The significance of the festival this year in light of all that’s happened is the fact that we’re still here, ” she concluded. “ We’re a resilient people…no matter what.” See you in the park!



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Jimmy "Big Rook" Hawkins Jr. Transition of an Amazing Spirit

Friday Night Jazz at The Dorothy Collier Community Center, 118 E. Utica St., August 26 from 6-8 p.m. FREE (716) 882-0602. 6th Annual Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Celebration Sunday August 28 at 2pm (all day event) Buffalo Central Terminal 495 Paderewski Dr. For more info and advanced tickets go to

Buffalo Funk Fest Weekend (a Rick James tribute event) August 26,

27 and 28. On Friday Aug. 26 Jefferson Avenue Block Party 5pm -10pm on Jefferson @utica . On Saturday Aug. 27 Art of Funk, Noon – 6pm Jefferson @ utica then on Sunday Aug. 28 Buffalo Funk Fest Music Event 4pm-10pm in MLK Park Info email Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Saturday Aug.27 10am -6pm and Sunday Aug. 28 10am -5pm Elmwood Ave. between St. James&West Ferry. Info at Northwest Jazz Festival WNY largest outdoor jazz festival runs August 26 and 27 located along Center Street in Historic Lewiston, New York (20 minutes from city of Buffalo) Learn more on

ON STAGE DOO WOP at Kleinhans, Friday Sept. 23 10a.m., Sat. Sept. 247:30p.m.: Harmonies from The Platters, Imperials belmonts, temptations, boyz II Men & More! (716)885-5000. Visit bpo. org. GLADYS KNIGHT, the empress of Soul! Sat. Oct.8, 7:30 p.m. DAMON WAYANS 8p.m. Oct. 28-29 at the Seneca Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $75 and go one sale at noon Friday ticketmaster. com 18-and-over event)


immy Hawkins Jr. came into this world on January 1, 1990 and throughout his 32 years of life he managed to leave an indelible mark on this world as a dancer, athlete, photographer and all around artist as well as an incredible son, brother, friend and father. Known in the dance community as Big Rook, since about 2004, Jimmy navigated his way through life encouraging others and bringing people together through his gift of dance passed down to him from his mother, affectionately known to many as Mama Gey. On August 18, 2022 Jimmy was suddenly called home and reunited with his father Jimi Hawkins Sr. but while he has left behind his mother Gail Lyons-Hawkins, sisters Kunjané Lyons-Latimer Glenn and Yanava Hawkins, and son Jayden Dixon. We are all comforted by his accomplishments and donations which have not only become a legacy but have in a literal sense also provided new life! To know him was to love him and as we celebrate his life we continue to #RememberWhereWeComeFrom and #DanceForRook just as he would have wanted and enjoyed. We love you Jimmy! Rest In Peace and Love now! Note: The family is establishing a fund to receive contributions in lieu of flowers, details to be announced as well as celebration of life service information. Please email any pics and videos you have of Jimmy to .

Free Cookies and Snack Packs for Children at MLK Splash Pad Saturday! Radio talk Show host and community activist Samuel Herbert will be distributing free cookies and snack packs to children at the splash pad in MLK Park this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. “It’s something I wanted to do for the children so I reached out to Tops and they delivered,” said Sam. “They are true community partners.” But Herbert, the host of the monthly talk show “the Truth and Nothing But the Truth” which airs on WUFO 1080 AM /Power 96.5 FM , was a major player in making sure the water feature opened and operating properly for the children. And area families. However he was critical of the condition of the water feature this summer, which he said appeared to be working at only half its capacity. That issue he said, may be addressed at a later date.


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AT&T Teams Up with the Buffalo Urban League and Dreamerscorp to Open Digital Learning Lab to Help Bridge the Digital Divide in Buffalo

New lab will provide free access to devices, digital learning resources, and greater connectivity for local students and parents at CRUCIAL Community Center

Is Medicare all a Jumble to you?

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he first of two upcoming events for residents of Erie County who are interested in learning how to expunge

or reduce marijuana-related convictions on their criminal record by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

The first informational clinic will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A second clinic will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Both events will be held at Elim Christian Fellowship on 70 Chalmers Avenue. A criminal record, even for a low-level marijuana-related offense, can negatively impact an individual’s ability to access education, housing and employment. The purpose of these free informational sessions is to educate residents about eligibility requirements and help those who are legally entitled to have marijuana-related convictions removed from their criminal record. Legal experts will be available to provide residents with information on recently enacted criminal laws and answer questions about the expungement process. Expungement vacates a criminal conviction, which is the same as if the arrest never happened. Once expunged, the conviction will no longer appear on a criminal background check and does not need to be disclosed when applying for a job, student loans or housing. The conviction record will be sealed and remain confidential except if applying for a pistol permit or employment with a law enforcement agency.

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“Now that New York State has legalized recreational cannabis, we must act on behalf of the people whose lives have been unfairly impacted by a marijuana-related conviction on their criminal record. In particular, African Americans have been disproportionally impacted by the criminalization of cannabis, which has hindered their pursuit of certain opportunities in life. I hope to give a fresh start to our citizens who have been living with these criminal convictions by offering legal support to expedite the expungement or reduction process,” said Flynn. District Attorney Flynn was joined in making the announcement by Kevin M. Stadelmaier, First Deputy Defendant – Criminal Division of the Erie County Bar Association Assigned Legal Counsel Program, Sarah Ryan, Managing Attorney – Criminal Defense Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., and Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner of Elim Christian Fellowship. The free informational clinics are presented by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Erie County Assigned Counsel Program and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

Welcome to Rise Up Right, Thank You for our continued support..Let's Rise Up Buffalo Bills News The Buffalo Bills were business as usual this week as they prepared to battle the Denver Broncos in a Week 2 preseason match up. Highmark Stadium was filled with a lot of high notes on "Kids Day" as the Buffalo Bills would dismantle the Denver Broncos 42-15. Josh Allen's preseason debut was on display for "One Bills Drive" as he went 3-3 for 45 yards which included a 28 yard strike to Gabe Davis for a TD. End of business day for Josh Allen. I want to thank Case Keenum for reading my letter from last week's article as he turned in a very astounding performance going 16-18 for 192 yards and a TD pass to OJ Howard. Matt Barkley would finish off the day completing 7 of 8 passes for 65 yards. The running game was able to produce 208 yards of offense. The 5 headed monster of Blackshear, Johnson, Cook, Moss, and Singletary produced 4 touchdowns as a unit and ran very well behind the offensive line led by Dion Dawkins, Mitch Morse, Rodger Stafford, Spencer Brown, and Ryan Bates. Khalil Shakir had another really good performance as he recorded 59 yards on three catches. Shakir is making a very good case that he should be WR4 as the regular season start is closing in. The offense would score six touchdowns in its first six possessions. Sounds like a great day at the office. The defense was very sticky for most of this game. The Broncos would only accumulate 32 yards of rushing. Andre Smith Jr would lead the team with seven tackles. The 7th round pick Baylon Spector also had seven tackles in this game and was all over the field once again making plays. As the preseason continues, I will be looking forward to seeing what players will separate themselves as shoe in roster guys. The players to watch on defense as far as I'm concerned would be guys like Christian Benford, Terrel Bernard, and Mike Love. Next week, the Bills will visit the Carolina Panthers in a Week 3 preseason battle. Will we see more of the Bills starters? What positional battles will be figured out? What cuts will be made? Buffalo Bisons The Buffalo Bisons played against "The Valley" this past week and got a little closer to the mountain top as the Bisons are now in third place in the East division. The Herd went 3-3 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Bisons scored 34 runs and gave up 36 runs including a 15-4 loss on August 17th. The Bisons three games later would get some revenge with a 10-1 win on Sabres meet the Bisons Day on August 20th. The Bisons will be playing the Columbus Clippers this week as they look to climb up the mountain in the East division. Will the Bisons continue to improve their record? Who will stand out this week against the Columbus Clippers? Read in full on, follow @Andre Robinson on facebook.Tune into the WUFO sports report every Sunday at 6pm, and every Mon. and Wed. night at 10pm on Power 96.5FM radio and the Rise Up Unlimited Radio Station on WDAP Radio on Saturdays at 8pm.


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Nancy Pelosi, White Supremacy, and China An Open Letter In Support of the Buffalo Public Schools Emmancipation Curriculum ancy Pelosi at Tokyo press conference explaining her and the Department of CLRI "connection" to China (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)


White supremacist arrogance was the order of the day when Nancy Pelosi ignored a red line set by the Chinese government and visited Taiwan. The Speaker of the House showed stereotypical and racist attitudes towards that country and began a chain of events that won't go well for the U.S. “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach Chi-na, so we've always felt a connection there." (Nancy Pelosi, August 5, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan) Nancy Pelosi is a member of the United States Congress. She isn’t just any member either, she is Speaker of the House of Representatives, an important leadership position in U.S. politics. She is also third in line to the presidency. If something should happen to the President and Vice President she would lead the Executive Branch of government. Her position makes her statement about digging a hole to China all the more disgraceful. It is an old trope which gives expression to China’s perceived otherness, that it isn’t just far away, it is actually the very opposite of how Americans see themselves in all their racist and exceptionalist glory. It wasn’t bad enough that Pelosi visited Taiwan in direct contradiction to what the Chinese government asked. Despite this latest foreign policy debacle in the making, the U.S. still follows the One China Policy and has for the last 40 years. Xi Jinping’s direct request to Joe Biden that she and her entourage of House members skip the visit to Taiwan was ignored. Any claim of presidential impotence was nonsense, as the Speaker elited from a plane bearing the words United States of America, meaning that she had presidential approval to kick sand in China’s face. She made her unfortunate remarks about digging a hole while in Tokyo at the end of her multi-country Asian tour. Her insulting words should be scorned but not before they are examined for their true meaning. Pelosi’s honesty is a reflection of the entire country’s leadership. They have deemed China an adversary in large part because it is not a white nation. It was fine for China to open itself to capitalist trade and become a World Trade Organization (WTO) member that would supply Walmart with cheap products for American consumers. That role fit the supremacist narrative perfectly. Of course China took that ball and ran with it and now has an economy of comparable size and strength to that of the U.S. This prowess is not acceptable to a country which exudes white supremacy with its every domestic and foreign policy decision. The U.S. insists upon being a hegemon and a white one at that. This identification as the leader of the entire planet makes concessions difficult. Every other country is seen as either a willing vassal or an enemy to be destroyed. If the enemy is from the global south its position is automatically considered to be the inferior one and even a nation as prosperous as China is given the bum’s rush treatment. There is no other explanation for the recklessness which brought Nancy Pelosi, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and others to try sneaking into Taiwan unnoticed. The trip had been postponed months earlier under the guise of Covid prevention. When it was rescheduled and the Chinese government made clear that red lines were being crossed Pelosi and company left the stop off of their official itinerary and showed up late at night. Racism is the only explanation for treating Xi Jinping and other government officials as if they are dumb. While Nancy thinks that retelling stupid and racist fables explains away her actions, China is taking real action and Taiwan is suffering. The island has effectively been blockaded by military exercises, the country it depends upon for trade is depriving it of materials like sand, which is needed in its all important microchip production industry. Biden administration amateurs, fresh off their loss in Ukraine, have ignominiously repeated their failure. Neither Nancy Pelosi nor Joe Biden see the world through other nations’ eyes. Why should they when they live by a belief in U.S. superiority? But they will repeat the process of undermining what they seek to preserve. Every failed attempt to assert U.S. strength leads other countries to form their own alliances in order to protect themselves. China and Russia are closer now

We, The Buffalo Parent Teachers Board, fully support the work of the Department of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives (CLRI) under the direction of Dr. Fatima Morrell. The department’s work to infuse culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum in our K-12 schools strengthens our District and our community as we pull together to combat prejudice and hatred directed towards our Black and Brown families. This award winning work is designed to uplift our students, building leadership and citizenship through pride of place and knowledge of our shared, true history. However, in our work with parents and community members, we are disturbed by language and communications we have received that promote a culture of exclusion, bigotry, and violence. Some of this white nationalist rhetoric originates outside our District while some, sadly, appears to be nestled within. At the national level, school districts are combating state and local laws that limit curriculum, remove long standing award winning literature, target gay and trans students, and pit citizens against each other. We call upon Congress, statehouses, and school boards to reject the political manipulation of our schools and to protect the rights of all young people to access the books and the curriculum they need and deserve. Many of the groups rallying to restrict curriculum appear to be homegrown but in fact, are covertly funded by national organizations that operate with a larger agenda and do not speak for the communities they claim to represent. The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization stands with the Buffalo Public School District in rejecting organized hatred and misleading rhetoric around Children’s and Young Adult literature and restricting language or curriculum meant to be inclusive and accepting of others, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, and/or home language. We are proud of the cutting edge strides the District has made towards inclusion, the infusion of hard history, and cultural competency and will continue to champion the Emancipation curriculum and the Department of CLRI as we enter the 2022-23 school year. We hope that parents and community members will join us in our enthusiastic support of our District and our programming. -The Executive Board of the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization

than they have ever been thanks to invasions, coups, sanctions, and proxy wars which make the U.S. the enemy of most of the world. Other nations will follow their lead as U.S. desperation creates more crises. China is the master here, the mature and intelligent country willing to get along with others despite any differences. People who want peace and a just world must follow their lead as every U.S. president presents nothing but new opportunities for world wide mischief making. Nancy Pelosi is not alone in disregarding China. The Biden administration, the rest of congressional leadership, corporate media, and opinion makers all disregard China because it is a non-white country. No matter. Ignorance of international law is no excuse, neither is U.S. willful ignorance of how great power politics is really played. Margaret Kimberley is the author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents . Her work can also be found on Twitter and Telegram . She also provides original work on Patreon . Ms. Kimberley can be reached via email at Margaret. Kimberley(at)


Remember Black August: Militant Rebellion is Part of Our Legacy


o much is often said about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the philosophy of non-violence. We celebrate the King Holiday and school children are often required to learn his “I Have a Dream” speech. Some have been taught that he learned about non-violent resistance from Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi or that he was influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s essay on Civil Disobedience. Nearing the end of his life, Dr. King expressed the following a year before his assassination, “...a riot is the language of the unheard.” Our history has shown that we resisted subjugation in so many ways since the beginning of our enslavement in the Western Hemisphere, here in North America and throughout the Caribbean. There is historical documentation to support the fact that there were hundreds of Black rebellions, revolts, and uprisings for freedom in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Our children need to know about Gabriel Prosser, a blacksmith in Virginia, whose plan for the summer of 1800

intended to end slavery. They need to learn about Nat Turner who led a fight for freedom, also in Virginia, in 1831. Our classroom studies should include information about the Haitian Revolution, (1791-1803) where enslaved and so-called free Blacks fought together against the French, resulting in Haiti’s becoming the first Black independent nation in the Western

Hemisphere. Our children’s knowledge and understanding of this is just as important as knowing about the importance of non-violent civil disobedience. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17. As far as I know, he did not advocate armed rebellion but he did say, “... there is much to live for, and there is much to die for. The man, the race of nation that is not prepared to risk life itself for the possession of an ideal, shall lose that ideal. If you, I repeat, must be free, you yourselves must strike the blow.” Our people always intended to be free. There were insurrections on the slave ships. Freedom was always on our minds and in our hearts. Enslaved Africans disrupted business as usual on the plantations by breaking tools, liberating tools and firearms, poisoning slave holders, running away, using disguises, forging documents, pretending an illness or disability and the list goes on. When we, PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, INC., celebrate “Black August,” we are taking time to remember George and Jonathan Jackson. George was first imprisoned at the age of 18. He authored two books while inside: SOLEDAD BROTHERS and BLOOD IN MY EYE. He became an activist and a member of the BLACK PANTHER PARTY during the last 12 years of his life. His teenage brother, Jonathan, tried to free him on an August day in 1970 from San Quentin State Prison in California with a plan that failed, resulting in the deaths of both men. Since that time, “Black August” has been celebrated in prisons across the country. Come to the next meeting of PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO, INC. on Monday, August 29 to understand WHYwe celebrate “Black August” every year. We will be at the CAO Rafi Green Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue @ Glenwood in Buffalo, NY from 7:00 to 9:00pm. WEAR YOUR MASK. More INFO: Karima Amin,; BaBa Eng,



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Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

SUMMONS AND NOTICE Supreme Court of New York, Erie County. WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, AS OWNER TRUSTEE OF THE RESIDENTIAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES TRUST VII-A, Plaintiff- against- JACQUELINE KAIN AKA JACQUELINE E. KAIN, AS HEIR-ATLAW AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR J. SHONGO, DECEASED; RACHEL SHONGO AKA RACHEL M. SHONGO, AS HEIR-AT-LAW AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR J. SHONGO, DECEASED; UNKNOWN HEIRS-AT-LAW OF THE ESTATE OF ARTHUR J. SHONGO, DECEASED; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OBO INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; COUNTY OF ERIE, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION; "JOHN DOE" AND "JANE DOE" said names being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants, tenants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises being foreclosed herein, Defendants. Index No. 810849/2021. Mortgaged Premises: 46 Benson Avenue Buffalo, New York 14224 aka 46 Benson Avenue West Seneca, New York 14224 Section: 133.52 Block: 3 Lot: 57. To The Above Named Defendant(s): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service. If you fail to appear or to answer within the aforementioned time frame, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECTIVE of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a Mortgage to secure $84,829.00 and interest, recorded in the Erie County Clerk’s Office on August 27, 2004 in Book 13183, Page 5574, Control Number 200408271255, covering the premises known as 46 Benson Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14224 aka 46 Benson Avenue, West Seneca, New York. The relief sought herein is a final judgment directing sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is located. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO, LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, (212) 4715100, Attorneys for Plaintiff. August 11,18, 25, September 1

VILLAGE OF BLASDELL DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT “ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDDERS” Sealed Bids Are Hereby Requested for Project 2022 - 01: “Pickleball Court Expansion at JFK Park” All in accordance with specifications on file with the Village of Blasdell, Municipal Building, 121 Miriam Avenue, Blasdell, New York 14219. Said specifications may be obtained and ordered through the following website on or after Thursday, August 18, 2022: in the Public Bid section. Bidders will be charged a non-refundable fee, made payable to Avalon, to receive project documents and be placed on the plan holder list. Shipping and copying will be an additional cost to potential bidders. Said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Village of Blasdell, Municipal Building conference room at 1:00 p.m. local time (according to the clock within Village of Blasdell’s Office) on Thursday, September 8, 2022, and thereafter considered by the Village of Blasdell. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond in the minimum amount equal to the contract award. This project was supported in whole or in part, by federal funds awarded to the County of Erie through the American Rescue Plan Act. As such it is subject to all federal rules and regulations pertinent thereto, including, but not limited to, federal policy of encouraging the participation of minority and women business enterprises as sources of suppliers, equipment, construction, and services. “The Village Reserves the right to reject all bids and to waive any informalities.” Sealed Bids Must Be Marked: “2022 PICKLEBALL COURT EXPANSION” Dated: August 18, 2022 Janet Plarr; Village Administrator Village of Blasdell

PUBLIC NOTICE 30-DAY PERIOD FOR INCLUSION OF PREDOMINANTLY VIABLE AGRICULTURAL LANDS INTO EXISTING AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b, the Erie County Legislature designated September 1 through September 30 as the annual thirty-day period during which landowners may submit requests to include predominantly viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district. Copies of the application form have been provided to Municipal Clerks, Assessors, and Chief Elected Officials for distribution to interested landowners. The application is also available on the DEP website at The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will accept applications from September 1 through September 30. Any questions on this process should be directed to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. A public hearing will also be scheduled at a later date to consider all inclusion requests and the recommendations of the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board. CONTACT: Sarah Gatti, Principal Planner Erie County Environment & Planning 95 Franklin Street, 10th Floor Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone: (716) 858-6014 Fax: (716) 858-7248 Email:

JenesaisquoiBuffalo LLC filed with SSNY of Erie County on June 9, 2022 as designated agent for process and shall be mailed to 1633 Hertel Ave Buffalo NY 14216. Purpose: any lawful purpose. July 28, August 4,11,18,25 Sept.1

LLC Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company The Franklin Crocker Show LLC Arts of Organization were filed by the NY Department of State on May 5th 2022. Its office location is Erie County. NY’s Sec’y of State is designated as agent upon whom process may be served. The Sec’y shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 100 S Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY, 14202. Suite 404 Purpose:any lawful purpose. July 28, August 4,11,18,25, Sept. 1

LLC Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Live Safe NY LLC filed Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State July 15, 2022 Office of the LLC: 54 fairfield st., Buffalo, NY 14214 Erie County. The NY Secretaryof State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process 54 Fairfield St. Buffalo NY 14214. Purpose Retail and online sales of sporting goods and personal devices. July 28, August 4,11,18,25 Sept.1

LLC Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Jess Nailin it Nailtique LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/16/22. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 583 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14223. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. July 21, 28, August 4,11,18,25

LLC Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company JOHN CAMPFIELD & ASSOCIATES L.L.C. filed with SSNY on 4/18/2022. 946 Main St. Buffalo. NY 14202. County of Erie. LEGALINC Corporate Services Inc. designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to LLC at 1967 WEHRLE DRIVE SUITE 1 #086 BUFFALO NY 14221. Purpose: Life Insurance, Mediation, Business Mentorship. Life Coaching. July 21, 28 August 4,11,18,25

LLC Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company PeteTheGod LLC filed Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State: March 18, 2022. Office of the LLC: Western New York Law Center, 37 FRANKLIN STREET SUITE 210 Buffalo, NY, 14202, Erie County. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC: 222 Lisbon ave Buffalo NY,14215. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. July 21, 28, August 4,11,18,25


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Provide life and employment skills to Participants & work with TANF participants In meeting their goals. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc, 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC

Health Homes Care Coordinator

Help enroll consumers in a Health Home. Help decrease costs of consumers being Served in a Health Home. Bachelor’s & 5 yrs exp. Req. Resume and Cover letter to WNYIL Inc 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

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Help individuals seeking eligibility for Housing subsidy to transition from Institutional setting to the community. Asso deg and min 2 yrs exp req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY, 14214 EEOC

Program Specialist

Coordinate the GOW Counties Continuum of Care & maximize Community participation. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc, 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC


Peer Support Specialist: Renewal Center

Coordinate living skills, evaluations, And trainings for persons with disabilities. Associate Degree required. Position is PT. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc, 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC

Service guests of the living space in overcoming Immediate and emotional crisis. HS diploma & 4 yrs exp req. Both FT&PT availability. Cover letter & resume to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

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MCO QA Specialist

Educate & provide outreach to the mental Health community on the benefits of the Renewal Center and provide support. HS diploma & 4 yrs exp req. Cover letter & resume required to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

NY Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist

Help connect aging or disabled individuals and their Families to support groups and streamline access to Public benefits and application assistance. Asso. degree and human services exp. req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY, 14214 employment@ EEOC

ILNC Director

Implementing policies & procedures, Supervising staff & overseeing specific Operations. HS diploma & 8yrs exp req. Cover letter & resume to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

Monitor & corrective action for MCO Insurance billings within AR ledger. HS diploma req. Exp w/MC billing preferred. Cover letter & resume to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

Facilitated Enroller

Educate, engage and enroll individuals over 65, To address their needs for health insurance by Following LCDSS requirements. HS diploma & 5 yrs exp req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, INC 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC


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Public Bid Advertisement 319 Connecticut Street – Apartment Renovation Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the 319 Connecticut Street – Apartment Renovation Project on 9/1/222 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716-8224367) or email (bids@rpoakhill. com) prior to 2:00 pm. There will be a pre-bid meeting on 8/19/2022 @ 9:00am located at the project site. The scope of work includes concrete, masonry restoration, carpentry, flooring, painting, specialties, cabinets, countertops, millwork, fire sprinkler, plumbing, electrical, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange. This project is open shop. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

LEGAL NOTICE COUNTY OF ERIE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSAL Chestnut Ridge Park Ranger Building Project No. 2022-905-01 County of Erie seeking qualification statements and proposals from interested firms to provide A/E design and construction services for the Chestnut Ridge Park Ranger Building Project. Qualification statements and proposals for project will be received by County’s Commissioner of Public Works, Suite 1400 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 2:00 PM local time on Monday, September 12, 2022. A site visit is scheduled for August 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM local time at Chestnut Ridge Park. RFQ/ RFP submission instructions may be found at:


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Buffalo Employment and Training Center

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Join PUSH Buffalo's Fall Job Training & Certificate Program! Sept. 12 – 28th, 2022. M-F, 9-5pm Registration is now open for PUSH Buffalo's Fall Cohort for Green Job Training & Career Development Program! Participants will earn certifications needed in the construction industry while being exposed to the growing green and sustainability sector. Upon completion of the 2.5-week program participants will receive 2 Certifications: OSHA 10 & HAZWOPER 40, a stipend for their time and have one-on-one interviews with employers in the construction field. Additional offerings are workshops on leadership development, green built environment, and sustainable energy best practices. TO REGISTER: Email: Call:716-427-8345 Visit: PUSHgreenjobs

Buffalo Zoo is seeking experienced Stationary Engineer, with thorough knowledge of operation, repair and maintenance of low pressure boilers, pumps, generators, HVAC, and other equipment. First Class Engineer License required; City of Buffalo Chief Engineers License preferable. Experience with pumps, filters, chlorinators, ozone generators for large swimming pools or aquatic life support systems desired. Fitness for duty test required for successful candidate to be given further consideration for position. Visit for full job posting. Candidates should send resume/cover letter to by September 16, 2022. No phone calls. Full-time, non-exempt hourly union position. Pay Rate $28.36 per hour; shift premium differential of one dollar ($1.00) per hour for all hours worked after 6pm. Some benefits include health plan, HSA, life insurance, long term disability, dental, vision, pension plan, annual leave time, holiday time, and sick time benefits. Most benefits are available after successful completion of introductory probationary period of 60 days of work. Sick time benefits available upon hire. Buffalo Zoo is an At Will employer and all Buffalo Zoo employees are subject to employment eligibility and background security checks as well as testing for illegal substance use as allowed by law. Equal Opportunity Employer

We’re hiring! Director, Administrative Operations Director, Arts and Culture Director, Client Relations Director, Gift Planning Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director, Racial Equity Initiatives

LEARN MORE AT WWW.CFGB.ORG/ABOUT/CAREERS/ The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is a 501(C)(3) holding more than 900 different charitable funds, established by individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and businesses to benefit WNY.




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