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Bills Training Camp Continues: Bills Fans Latimer & Son Healing & Wellness Fair On August 13, 2022, from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM, MilShow Why They’re the Best in the NFL! lard E. Latimer & Son Funeral Directors, Inc. will empower

Rochester Artist Celebrates Festival’s Return!


By Kim Phillips-Singleton

s the summer season for 2022 nears an end, local Artist Sherry Davis does her part in helping to highlight the re-emergence of this year’s Corn Hill Festival by making it one for the record books, and once again bringing home, the ultimate prize of first place in the Mixed Arts Media division, for her local community of Rochester, New York! The festival’s 2-year absence, because of the world Covid pandemic, provided an opportunity to explore more of her affection as a Watercolor artist and further expand upon her portfolio to include mini portraits for attendees to acquire. Art has always been rejuvenating for Sherry and festivals provide another way to share her passion as an Artist, with the public. The idea of having artwork designed by her hands and made available to festival goers,’ is her way of ensuring the immaculate beauty of Rochester, NY will continue to live on. Sherry credits the sheer excitement of this year’s Corn Hill festival combined with her having another opportunity to display her artistic talent amongst others within her home environment for making it an unforgettable event. Sherry’s roots are embedded into the fabric of this society, and she feels privileged to call this area her home. She is a 1976 graduate of Sperry High School, and after dedicating 30 years of service to Rochester Products, she became a 2007 retiree of the company. Her newest profession as an Artist evolved out of her lifelong fondness for drawing and painting, which she no longer considers to be just a personal hobby. Art enthusiasts are always welcome to come in and enjoy Sherry’s paintings using the medium of watercolor at Studio 210 inside the Hungerford building, 1115 East Main Street, Rochester, New York, 14609. This location is also open every first Friday and second Saturday of each month and invites you to stop by and support all of Rochester’s local artists.

The Buffalo Bills Training Camp continues to intensify the community and express their gratitude with a FREE Centennial Community Healing & Wellness Fair. It will mark with the quality of players increasing each day. The fight between Stefon Diggs and defensive end Greg 100 Years as Rochester’s longest established African AmeriRousseau was a spirited tussle that led to both benches emp- can Business! The location is Latimer Funeral Home, 983 tying and a few punches thrown but was quickly brought un- South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY. Enjoy multiple screenings, live music, refreshments, der control by the Bills coaching staff. It’s showing a team coming together to defend each other’s manhood on the field “champagne” toast and raffles, and greet public officials and community leaders. (masks are required). the Latimers of play. Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phil- sincerely thanks Rochester for supporting Latimer Funeral lips said when asked about the fight, “I Home for 100 years! did not know he (Greg Rousseau) had it in him” in reference to his response to the tough physical play after the whistle. This is an aspect of training camp when Rochester Gospel Fest will take place on Sunday, August 21 you toughen some guys up in order to at 8 p.m., 94 Central Park, “An Evening of Quartet Gospel Music.” Tickets are $25 (no tickets day of the program) $30. see what they are made of. Since the pads went on, the guys are at the door. Children 6-10 $10 @ door only. Ticket locations: starting to show their physicality like Cherrie “Ms. HI U” Jones 685-683-8150; Mt. Olivet Bapcornerback Siran Neal ‘s bone jarring hit on running back tist Church, 141 Adam St. 585-232-6742; Faith Deliverance, Devin Singletary. Bills rookie running back James Cook has Christian Fellowship Church, 94 Central Park. TICKETS some slick smooth moves but seems to run very high leaving ALSO IN BUFFALO – Carrie Carmichael @716-597-2165. his shoulders and chest areas exposed for possible contact by defenders. Cook is definitely in the plans of first year Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. I’m also impressed by rookie undrafted free agent running back Raheem Blackshear’s explosive first step and hitting the hole with authority along with keeping low to the ground. Blackshear is one of my diamonds in the rough players who could make the Buffalo Bills final roster or practice squad. I will predict right now Raheem Blackshear will be playing in the NFL for somebody. The offensive line is turning into a free for all for the back up positions with several candidates including last year’s second round draft pick Cody Ford. My starting five consists of Center Mitch Morse, C O U R A G E . C O M PA S S I O N . I N T E G R I T Y left tackle Dion Dawkins, left guard, Ryan Bates, right tackle Spencer Brown, and right guard Rodger Saffold. Hopefully Saffold will have a speedy recovery from a rib injury after being involved in a car accident. There are 18 offensive linemen in camp. Hopefully some of these guys will standout in the upcoming preseason games. Keep in mind former starters Ike Boettger is recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered late last season.


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Is it a Community Benefits Agreement if it Doesn’t Benefit The Community?


Reconstruction Project: The parking lot of the Frank E. Merriweather Library at Jefferson Avenue and E.Utica St., is undergoing a major reconstruction project. However the the library will be open during regular hours. The project is expected to take about seven weeks and will provide new curbs, storm drains, handicap accessibility and signage. Those visiting the library can use alternate parking on the street on the north side of the Apollo Media Center door. Challenger Photo

Community Access Services to Host Backpack Giveaway Community Access Services (CAS) of WNY, an affiliate of Evergreen Health and local nonprofit that helps communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County access healthcare, will host its annual backpack giveaway and community event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 12 at the organization’s main office located at 3297 Bailey Avenue.Each year, CAS hosts the free community event to provide students with school supplies to prepare for the upcoming school year. In addition to distributing supply-filled backpacks, the event will feature kid-friendly interactive activities, community resource and information tables, free snacks, music and more. CAS will also offer rapid HIV testing for adults on-site. “It’s a great way to bring people together, provide supplies for students as they prepare to go back to school in the fall, as well as provide health education information for everyone who attends – all in a safe and fun environment,” said Kim Brown, executive director, CAS. The event is free for all to attend with supplies given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Local families are strongly encouraged to attend.

Kwanzaa Committee Meetings Begin August 12

Board of Education Meeting! WED. AUGUST 17

at 5:30 p.m. Room 801 City Hall unless otherwise specified. Check Buffaloschools. org or call 716-816-3570 for more meeting location info.

Kwanzaa Committee Meetings will begin on Friday, August 12. If you are interested in being a part of the committee please call (716) 563-6731 or email


A Trailblazer Sign Dedication was unveiled at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street in honor of Katherine 'Kat' Massey before a large gathering of family friends and dignitaries on July 29. It was hosted by Betty Jean Grant and her daughter Sherry Sherrill of We Are Women Warriors in honor of the beloved "Kat" who was among the ten cherished members of the East Side community gunned down by a racist White supremacist in Tops Market on May 14. A frequent contributor to The Challenger, Kat was a "quiet warrior" who knew how to get things done, Ironically, her last submission was about the need for stronger gun control laws. Kat was a dedicated neighborhood and community activist. As a result of her efforts, for example, the concrete wall that lines the expressway near her home is adorned with African Adinkra Symbols. Many of those same images also grace the windows of the newly redesigned Tops Market where she and nine others made their heavenly transition. Some of her family members are pictured in the top photo and her sister Barbara, above, delivered a heartfelt thank you to the community on behalf of the family. Rest in Peace Kat. Harambee! Challenger Photos

BEOC Honors Alumni, Celebrates Its Educational Circle “Rev. Tanya Spencer and Mrs. LouElla Cole-Bowens are an inspiration. Both women have demonstrated excellence of service to their community and represent what it means to be lifelong learners. ” -Debra E. J. Thompson, Associate Executive Director, BEOC


B’s Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center celebrated completion of an educational circle honoring alumni who transformed from former students to teachers and community and faith-based leaders at its annual 2022 commencement exercise. Rev. Tanya Spencer, a member of the BEOC Class of 1992, received the organization’s Distinguished Alumni Rev. Spencer Award, presented to an alumna/alumnus who exempli- Ms.Cole-Bowens fies the mission and values of the Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center. “These reflect lifelong learning, personal and professional development and self-empowerment that afford students the opportunity to realize their dreams and turn efforts into achievements,” according to the award proclamation. LouElla Cole-Bowens, BEOC Class of 1995, received the Arthur O. Eve Education and Community Service Award. The award honors the legacy of Arthur O. Eve, deputy speaker who served in the New York State Assembly for 35 years, and was known for his work with “the least, the last and the lost members of our community.” The award is given to a current BEOC student or alumnus/alumna who demonstrates leadership, advocacy, community service and/or commitment to education. -Submitted by Charles Anzalone. Go to to read Mr. Anzalone's full report on these amazing women!)

ocal community groups and leaders held a press conference on the steps of the Wiley Pavilion last Thursday to discuss the need for a strong Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) regarding the Buffalo Bills new $1.4 billion Stadium. Organizers released the following statement: “Taxpayers are being saddled with $850 million dollars to invest into building a new Bills stadium in Orchard Park. In addition to the pleasure of watching the Buffalo Bills play football here for the next 30 years, there needs to be tangible benefits with actual deliverables to our community. Negotiations began exactly one week ago between Erie County, New York State, and the Buffalo Bills. The community has been absent in these conversations and will also forgo the negotiations, but how do you have a Community Benefits Agreement without community? The community is coming together to demand a CBA that truly benefits the residents of our region and that community plays a role in decision making processes regarding of how said community benefits are provided and determined. “ Concerned citizens said they want the agreement to include items like a "community investment fund," public transportation to and from the stadium, and money for youth athletics and mentor programs.



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Summertime and Matters of the Heart

The heart is one of the main organs associated with summer

(the others are small intestine, gums, tongue, blood vessels and blood)


ur heart beats on average 100,000 times a day and 3 billion times in a 70-year life span. The center of compassion, our heart stores the spirit, reflected in the brightness of the eyes, and is associated with insight love, faith, and creativity. An imbalance in the heart may cause insomnia, over excitability, vivid dreams, seizures, excess or lack of emotion. The emotion associated with the heart is joy (or absence of joy), the taste is bitterness, the sound is laughter and the order is burning. Western medicine now acknowledges a connection between periodontal disease, chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis and heart disease, Chinese physicians had figured this out centuries ago, viewing each of them as being related to a fire imbalance. -Foods High In Potassium Help Tone the HeartJuices (in small quantities so that glucose and insulin are not elevated: prune, carrot, tomato, grapefruit, orange, grape, pineapple, and apple), dried figs, papaya, prunes, cantaloupe, banana, mango, apricot, kiwi, pear, apple, avocado, potato, squash, sweet potato, carrot, adzuki beans, white beans, lima beans, tofu, soybeans, black turtle beans, pinto beans, lentils, kidney beans, navy beans mung beans, chick peas, rye, carob, pearl barley. Foods for summer: apples, watermelon, salads, sprouts, fruit, cucumber, lemons, limes. The following foods remove residue of fat and cholesterol from the arteries: Mung beans (the best food), mung bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, tofu, natto (fermented soy), tempeh, lentils other legumes and peas, rye , oat, amaranth, buckwheat, radish, horseradish, hot peppers, garlic, onion, leek, scallion, cabbage, spinach, mint, dandelion greens, kale, broccoli, parsley, asparagus, bell pepper, rosehip, tomato, citrus, celery, seaweeds, chlorella cucumber, almonds, hazelnuts, flaxseed pumpkin seed, poppy seed walnut, salmon (occasionally), raw honey, bee pollen, cayenne, peppermint, ginger, psyllium.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic and Community Day The First Shiloh Baptist Church is hosting a Pop up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on August 13 from 10a.m.-2p.m. at the Clemmon Hodges Senior Center, 80 Pine Street. They have partnered with the Erie County Department of Health and Public Health to provide this opportunity for you. The Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, or Moderna Vaccine and boosters will be available for people of all ages. Consent can be given in person, or online by completing the online form ( A $50 Tops gift card will be given to all who get vaccinated. Appointments can be made online at www.erie. gov/vax and it is recommended that appointments be made beforehand but walk-ins will be welcome. When arriving please bring identification and any insurance cards, as they are required before receiving vaccinations. This is an opportunity that is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come. Free food, games, haircuts, vendors and children’s activities will be provided. Target gift cards will be raffled off at 1p.m. Winners must be present. This promises to be a fun event.

Late Doctor Still Giving to Community’s Children The first annual Jonathan D. Daniels, MD Memorial School Drive was recently held outside his office in the Jefferson/East Utica St. Plaza where he served the community. On July 4, Dr. Daniels, 53 and two of his daughters Jordan 27, and Jensen 23, died in a fire at their Huntington Avenue home. Another daughter Jillian and his wife Janessa Givens-Daniels survived. School supplies and a sign with instructions for the event read “This is a memorial for Dr. Jonathan Daniels. This is an event he wanted for the community. Let us celebrate his life and his mission.” One of his colleagues who planned the event with Dr. Daniels before his passing, Beatrice Gonzalez, said Daniels, one of only two Dr. Daniels Black male pediatricians in Buffalo, wanted to give students the resources that he and many others didn’t have growing up. The event was a tribute to his legacy.

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Applications Open for The East Side Commercial District Program in the JEFFERSON AVENUE •KERNS BOWLING MARKS 14 YEARS IN BUSINESS! COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

2022 Marks the 14th year in business for Fran and Dan Adams, owners of KERNS BOWLING CENTER, the only Black-owned bowling center in the State of New York! They’re located at 163 Kerns Avenue. Stop in and check them out! Bring the family! They have a great Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling Program ( Kerns). Call (716)892-3331 for more information, hours etc. Support Kerns Bowling, because Kerns Bowling supports the community! •The National Association of Women Business Owners, Buffalo Niagara Chapter, recently installed Nakiea Cook of NC Accounting & Consulting Solutions as treasurer and Janique Curry of J.S. Curry & Associates as secretary.

Applications are now open for the second round of the East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP) in the JEFFERSON AVENUE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT. Commercial properties located on Jefferson Avenue between East Ferry Street and BFNC Drive are eligible for New York State grant funding to complete renovations to commercial and mixed-use properties. Empire State Development (ESD), the state’s chief economic development agency, is working with Citizens Alliance (CAI) in partnership with the Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY (BCCWNY) to administer the program and allocate an additional $1 million to the JEFFERSON AVENUE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT. For more info contact the Black Chamber of Commerce or email

Democrats Nominate Pridgen, Davis, Wilson for City Court T

he Erie County Democratic Party recently nominated incumbent judges JaHarr S. Pridgen, Gary A. Wilson Jr., and Samuel P. Davis for Buffalo City Court bench. Pridgen, formerly an assistant district attorney elected to City Court in 2015, was sworn in as the Court’s first woman chief judge on July 1 after being named to that position by Mayor Byron W. Brown. When elected in 2015, she was the youngest City Court jurist. Although City Court judges hold 10-year terms, From left: Judge Samuel P. Davis, Judge JaHarr S. Pridgen, Pridgen must run in 2022 for a full Democratic Chair Jeremy J. Zellner and Judge Gary A. Wilson term under her new title. Davis, an attorney in private practice, and Wilson, principal law clerk to Supreme Court Judge John Licata, were both appointed by Mayor Brown to the Court last Friday to fill the vacancies created by Pridgen’s promotion and Judge Betty Calvo Torres’ appointment to the state Court of Claims. “Our party and our community are fortunate to have such a deep and diverse bench of judicial talent on tap for moments like this,” said Democratic Chair Jeremy J. Zellner. “Each in their own right have already proven themselves outstanding members of the legal community. “This is a unique and historic moment for many reasons, given that Judge Pridgen is the first woman to serve as City Court Chief Judge and that Judge Wilson is the court’s first LGBTQ+ member,” he said. “And at this time, more than ever, our courts must look like and reflect the communities they serve, and have members who put the law before politics. That is a guiding principle for ECDC as we make our 2022 judicial nominations. “I also want to thank our Judicial Advisory Council for their guidance and diligence in helping maintain the highest standard of judicial excellence,” Zellner added. Pridgen graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2002 and Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2006. Davis earned his undergraduate degree at Western Illinois University before attending law school at UB, where Wilson also studied law after graduating from Cornell University. The candidates will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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New Covenant UCC News: Community Day Set Emmanuel Temple Prophetic Conference Seventh-day Adventist A Prophetic Conference, Judge Ogden is Women’s Day Speaker •Saturday, August 20, Noon to 4p.m. We're Back! Join us at our Annual Community Day for food, games and prizes. •Sunday August 21 Celebrate Women's Day with us, as we honor "Resilient Black Women" at our 10a.m. Worship Service. Guest Speaker: Judge Jeannette Ogden. Ice Cream Social to follow. Both events will be held at New Covenant UCC, 459 Clinton Street

Children’s Ministry Providing Free Lunches for Children

Judge Ogden

Metropolitan UM Church & Community Cook Out

The Metropolitan UM Church Community Cook Out will be held Saturday, August 13 from 12 Noon - 5 p.m. at 657 Best Street at Herman. All are invited to an afternoon of FREE food, games, and more. Do not forget your lawn chairs! Questions? Please contact the church office at (716) 891-5652. Pastor Angela R. Stewart is Pastor. We are also looking for vendors. Call (716) 891-5652. Tables are free, but a donation are welcome.

Emmanuel Temple Seventh-day Adventist Children's Ministry will provide free lunches to children, ages 18 and under, now through August 19 at the Hope 4 Buffalo tent located at 599 Genesee Street. Eaton-site-only lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon followed by game time from noon to 12:30 p.m. The free lunch program is sponsored by the Buffalo Public School Summer Lunch Program.

hosted by Elder/Prophetess Nee Nee Harvey, will be held Friday, August 19 at 6 p.m and Saturday, August 20, at 10 a.m. at Harvest House Church, 1782 Seneca Street. Guest speakers include Prophetess De. Seweh Duncan, of Yahweh Global Ministries in Dallas, Texas and Minister Gloria Bryant, God’s Anointed Body Ministry. Vendors are wanted. For more information contact Elder Nee Nee at (716)994-7059.

Free Vacation Bible School

Elder / Prophetess Nee Nee Harvey


Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 701 E. Delavan Avenue, is now accepting applications for its Free Vacation Bible School, August 8-12, 8:00 am - 1:00 p.m. for youth ages 2-17 years. Youth will engage in Bible based lessons, music, physical fitness and creative activities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Masks are required. Call 716-895-7494 to register.

- SPIRITUAL LISTINGS House of Ya hshua

Greater Apostolic House of Prayer

Where Lives Are Being Changed

418 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207 Bishop Michael D. Brooks And First Lady Brooks Saturday & Sunday Services 4 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6pm Prayer Wednesday and Thursdays 11 am - 1 pm More info: Apostle Jessica Gant at 716-388-9585.

1455 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 33 95 96 6) 8 (71 Bishop Jacqueline Foye Mailing Address: P. 0. Box 695, Buffalo NY 14231

Macedonia Baptist Church

Second Chance Ministries

237 E. North St Buffalo, NY 14204

A Community Church

Rev. Julian Armand Cook, M.Div., Pastor (716) 886-3489

381 E. Ferry St. Bu ffalo, NY

Ways to Worship Sundays @ 11:00 a.m. Arthur H. Boyd, PastorfT eacher (716) 883-1481 click on "livestream" You Tube: Macedonia Baptist Church Buffalo Facebook: Macedonia Baptist Church Buffalo

Potter's House Church of God In Christ 279 Ingham Ave. Lackawana, NY

(716) 824-6691 Elder Daniel J. Lewis, Pastor

New Zion Baptist Church 318 High St. Buffnln NY 1 4?04 (716) 883-2250 Pastor John Williams

Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church

225 High Street Buffalo , NY 14204

(716) 878-3000 • (716) 878-6000 (Fax) Pastor D. Douglas & First Lady La Verne Tyson Blakely

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Mt. Olive Baptist Church 701 E. Delevan Buffalo, NY 14215

(716) 895-7494 Fax: (716)895-7619 Pastor Rev. William Gillison

Lincoln Memorial UMC Church

641 Masten Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209-1507

Join us for Worship on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live and You Tube. Pastor George Nicholas (716) 884-7664 Email: https:I lwww.lincolnumcbuffalo, com_

Temple of Christ Church 1230 Genesee St., Buffalo 14211

(716) 895-1353 District Elder Reginald E. Kerr, Pastor Lady Sarah Kerr, First lady

The Journey Church

2784 Seneca St. Buffalo, NY 14224

406 Sycamore (716) 202-0595 Buffalo, NY 1 Facebook: @thejourney4buffalo (716) 898-3357 I/ Pastor Art & Lady Rashika Hall welcome you to worship and serve with us! Dr. James A. Lewis Ill

St. John Baptist Church 184 Goodell St. Buffalo, NY 14204 (716) 852-4504 Pastor Rev. Michael Chapman

Cold Spring .. C.O.G.I.C.J. 107 Verplank St. Buffalo, NY 14214 (716) 882-2052 Pastor Elder Joseph Wallace

Midtown Bible Church 1722 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14209 Rev. Brent C. McCalister, Pastor

"My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, ... " Boh6'u'l/6h

For more information 800-22-UNITE • 800-228-6483 •. . • !

943 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY 14204 (716) 886-2199 District Elder Robert L. Sanders, Jr., Senior Pastor Lady Anitris Sanders, First Lady

Antioch Baptist Church

Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC) 943 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, NY 14204 (716) 886-2199 Bishop Robert Sanders, Sr., Presiding Apostle Lady Janice Sanders, First Lady

1327 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14211

Pastor Ulysees 0. Wingo Sr. (716) 895-0198 Fax: (716) 895-3612 Sunday Worship 10:30 am

Friendship Baptist Church

Mount Aaron Missionary Baptist Church

402 Clinton St. Buffalo NY 14204

540 Genesee St Buffalo NY 14202

(716) 847-1020 Rev. Edward Jackson Jr. Pastor

(716) 856-8035 Pastor Dwayne Jones

State Tabernacle

Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church

234 Glenwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14208

Phone: 716.884.5203 • Fax: 716.882.0257 ( 716) 886-30 l 2 Email: Services: Sunday Schoel 9:30AM • Sunday Worship11AM Pastor: Elder Russell Bell Wednesday Bible Study:12 PM & 7PM (Zocm)

The Baha'i Faith

Greater Refuge Temple

Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church Inc.

Omega Fire Ministries 277 Masten Avenue Buffalo , NY 14209 Senior Pastor, John Kamara Service time Sundays at 2:00 PM Contact Number 716-370-4648

400 Northampton St. Buffalo NY 14208 (716) 885-8778 Rev. Jeffrey C. Chambless





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The Original 34th Annual Taking It To The Streets “Reunion Bounce Back” in MLK Park


or the past two years due to the global situation the annual Taking It To The Streets phenomenal event has been virtual. "Well bless God we are back"! said creator Dr. Anita Williams who brings the event back home in the entire Martin Luther King Park August 20 and 21.

The Original Taking it to the Streets will celebrate 34 years with a wide host of entertainers from Buffalo, surrounding areas, and out of town. Founded, owned and coordinated by Dr. Anita Ozella Williams, the 501c3 Taking It To The Streets Inc. organization is the umbrella to this greatly anticipated and attended event that has received multiple awards, proclamations and mentions since its inception. "The message we 're 'taking to the streets' is that God cares about us totally from the crown of our head to the souls of our feet," she said in a previous interview with The Challenger. "We humbly assert this years' activities recognizing that it is God that has shared with us HIS uncommon favor!"

Foudner Dr. Anita Williams

The stage will be graced by the incomparable multi-award winning artist Lemmie Battles, as well as the outstanding saxophone talents of Will Holton, the energized excellence of Henri Star Muhammad, the rhythmic WNY Trio Band, James Willis, the vocal star power of Marsha McWilson, Reba Baldwin-Bush, Marchon Hamilton II and many more!

Albright Knox will be hosting the kid zone for a play and learn experience and many other activities for the youth. There will also be stuffed book bags given away throughout the event courtesy of the support of Mr. Darren Doc. Thomas. On Sunday morning the internationally known Bishop John Young founder of Fellowship World International and Totally Gospel Radio Network along with his congregants and friends will be in an anointed service starting at 11a.m. Sponsors for this event include Mayor Byron Brown, Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, Council members Darius Pridgen, Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, and Ulysees O. Wingo Sr., Legislator Howard Johnson, Kaleida Health, Tops, Roswell Park, CAI, BestSelf, ECMC, HighMark, National Fuel, National Grid, Indigo, WUFO 1080/Power 96.5 Radio, and The Challenger News. Shelters and all particulars are available for use throughout the entire Martin Luther King Park by calling Anita O. Williams at 716-507-1931 or Assistant Angelita Allen Bellamy at 716-400-6749 Vending opportunities are also still available. Bring your lawn chairs for a phenomenally blessed and safe time in the beautiful Martin Luther King Park Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, 11am to 7pm.

Stephen Henderson to Receive Award, Give Address at Buffalo State Broadway Legend to Share His Story with Upward Bound Students


ward-winning actor, director, and educator Stephen McKinley Henderson will deliver a talk about his career and how he participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program as a high school student in Kansas City, Kansas, during Buffalo State College’s Upward Bound banquet on Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. Henderson will present the keynote address at the event celebrating local high school students who completed the six-week Upward Bound summer program at Buffalo State. The banquet begins Stephen Henderson at 7:00 p.m., preceded by mocktails at 6:00 p.m., in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall. Upward Bound, now in its 36th year at Buffalo State, enables qualified ninth- through 12th-graders at McKinley, Lafayette, and East high schools to receive tutoring, personal development workshops, and help with career planning. Throughout the summer, students live in Buffalo State residence halls and take a full slate of core academic classes with certified Buffalo Public Schools teachers. Every year as part of the celebratory banquet, Upward Bound organizers select a recipient of the Hal D. Payne Educational Opportunity Lifetime Service Award who also delivers the keynote address. This year they selected Henderson. “We chose to honor Stephen because of his wide range of stage and film work that speaks so eloquently to the African American experience,” said Donald Patterson, who has served as the director of Buffalo State’s Upward Bound program since 2001. “And Henderson was an Upward Bound student himself decades ago, which ultimately led to his theater career.” A professor emeritus and former chair of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Henderson also taught at the Juilliard School and Fordham University. Henderson garnered several awards over his storied career, including the 2015 Obie Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Walter “Pops” Washington in the productions of the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Between Riverside and Crazy and the Drama Desk Award for his role of Turnbo in August Wilson’s play Jitney. He also received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Jim Bono in the Broadway revival of Wilson’s Fences, starring Denzel Washington. “It’s an understatement to say he serves as a great source of inspiration to current Upward Bound students,” Patterson said. On average, 90 percent of students who participate in Upward Bound go on to college; many enroll at Buffalo State. And the future looks bright. Buffalo State received a $2.3 million grant this month from the U.S. Department of Education to fund Upward Bound for the next five years.

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Entertainment 8 Model Grace Modi’s Buffalo New Generations Presents It’s First Fashion & Talent Week!

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Art After Hours with Edreys Wajed: Proceeds to Benefit Scholarships Through Daniels Family Legacy Fund


odel Grace Modi’s Buffalo New Generations is back and better than ever with its first Fashion and Talent Week taking place August 18 – 21.

Ms. Modi

A mixer on the 18th will kick off the event to give the public a chance to meet some of the performers and models. From the 19th-21st there will be fashion shows, tons of designers to see, performances to watch and vendors to check out.

"Buffalo New Generations is all about giving everyone a chance to express and find themselves while also giving back to our community," said Grace. New Generations was founded by Ms. Modi to produce events to benefit anti-violence and youth-centered organizations in the community’s most challenged neighborhoods. •On Thursday, August 18 enjoy an Industry Mixer and Happy Hour from 6-9 p.m. at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee St. Cash Bar. General admission $20. Mix and mingle with local talent! Calling all designers, models, photographers and more! •On Friday, August 19 the Fashion and Talent Week Showcase kick off event returns to the Dnipro Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. •On Saturday, August 20 the Fashion and Talent Show continues at Soho, 64 W. Chippewa St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. •On Sunday, August 21 Fashion and Talent Week wraps up at The Black Butterfly, 769 Main Street. "Join us as we celebrate the last day of our Fashion and talent Showcase," said Grace. Tickets for Friday, Satuday and Sunday events are $25 in advance and $35 at the door each night. For more information please call 716-808-5660 or email:

A “HEALING AT THE WATER” HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO FUNK BASSIST SUPREME OSCAR ALSTON! Oscar Alston, “Buffalo’s Own” renowned bass player, has participated in more than one jam session to the delight of those gathered at the twice weekly Healing at the Water event at Broderick Park. This Thursday however, those gathered will pay a birthday tribute to Oscar! Stop by and wish this legendary young musician a happy birthday! Things will kick off around 5 p.m. See you there!Alston is known for his bass playing style and his distinctive sound. As Rick James former premier bass player and a member of the Stone City Band, he was instrumental in helping to create Super Freak's music. A creative visionary, the things he did on Super Freak were astonishing. Alston toured and recorded with James

throughout his commercial heyday. Happy Birthday and Lots of Buffalo Love Oscar!

Award Winning Author Annette Daniels Taylor To Read and Sign Her Latest Book at Zawadi Books!

Annette Daniels Taylor will be reading from her new children’s novel, Marvella Finds Her Magic, on Wednesday Aug. 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Zawadi Books, 1382 Jefferson Ave. Annette is closing the gap in children’s literature by developing book characters that look like her and her children. Her most recent book, launched during this event, is Marvella Finds Her Magic which the author designed to target children's imagination. "In the book," says Annette, “MarAnnette Daniels Taylor vella and her mom move into Tia Marisol’s house, which is in my East side neighborhood in Buffalo! Marvella and her mother move from Brooklyn to Buffalo because Marvella’s parents are getting a divorce. “I felt kids could relate to a story of being uprooted from the home you know to a home you don’t. It’s hard being the new kid in town, especially as an Afro-Latina moving to an unfamiliar place,” she said Not only is Marvella the new kid, she soon discovers she can talk to animals. This is Daniels Taylor’s eighth book, and her third with New York City Publisher West 44 Books. Other recent releases include the young adult novels, Shoot the Storm and the award-winning young adult novel Dreams on Fire. Written in verse. These novels explore juvenile justice through the eyes of East side teenagers Aaliyah and Shanequa. They will also be available at the August 24 event hosted by Zawadi Books and presented by Just Buffalo. Literary Center Civil Writes Project.

On August 24 from 5-7pm at Burchfield Penney Art Center grab a friend and join us for drinks on the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s rooftop as artist Edreys Wajed live paints a barrier-breaking art piece to curated hip-hop beats. Each guest will have the opportunity to participate in the painting and leave their mark on the interactive art performance. In the spirit of community and the co-created piece, the artwork will be shared and cut into 20 individual pieces. Attendees will have first access to purchase a piece of the original art, priced at $100 per piece. A print of the full, completed piece will be available for sale online after the event. Proceeds from the artwork sales will benefit future scholarships through the Daniels Family Legacy Fund. Beloved members of the Buffalo community, Dr. Jonathan Daniels, community physician and pediatrician, and his two adult daughters Jensen Daniels, and Jordan Daniels, lost their lives in a house fire on July 4, 2022. Go to



COMEDY: At the Helium Comedy Club Aug.19-21 Luenell! “Knowing when to stop, you can avoid any danger.” -Tao Te Ching

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SUMMER FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 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


MLK Park. Sunday August 14. Vendor hours from 1pm3pm 3pm-9pm featuring Tom Browne, Danny Clay All Sar Band & More.

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 Drumwork Fest 2022 featuring Conway and Friends August 13 at Buffalo Outer Harbor Drive 825 Furhmann Blvd. Doors at 5p.m. The Fest is presented by Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series. Tickets www. or visit and search the calendar.

Taking It To The Streets Annual Event August 20

and 21, 11am -7pm MLK Park. For more info contact Anita Williams at 716 8914760 or 716 507-1931

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 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



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Dance With My Father Marcus Garvey Back To School Readiness & Mother Project CommUniversity By Sista Cypher 10 Reasons Why You or the last several Should Attend the years Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo has LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT hosted CommUniversity at CHILDREN’S SOIREE! the Headquarters on Gen-


On Saturday, August 20 Utopian Euphoria will present “Love at First Sight: Dance With My Father & Mother Soiree.” The memorable event will take place at 5 p.m. at Classics V Banquets, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd. and feature dinner, dancing and giveaways. Here’s a few good reasons why you should take your daughter or son to the dance. Fathers can bring their daughters and out of respect for single parents, moms can bring their daughters or sons to the soiree. Grandparents are also welcome to participate!: •She/he wants to hang out with you. •Reason number one will not always be true. •You’ll make memories both of you will always have. •Your daughter/son will learn how she/he deserves to be treated when finally old enough to date . •She/he still thinks you are her/his hero. And they need a hero in their lives. •You will feel like a hero/ heroine. •You might actually have fun. •You love your little girl or your son and want her/him to love herself/himself just as

esee Street. At its inception, CommUniversity was born out of the Marcus Garvey Arts & Sciences Tent (which is a staple in our annual festival) spearheaded by Juneteenth Festival, Inc. Board of Directors Vice President Jomo Akono and Ancestors Mama Sekile (Crystal Austin) and Mama Lemme Brown. Ase!

CommUniversity is All Age Learning and uplifts the assets that live in our own community. We are lifelong learners and practice Ujima (collective work & responsibility). This year CommUniversity will be in the community at these times and locations: CommUniversity August 15-26 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. •Monday, August 15: Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. •Tuesday, August 16 : Open Buffalo, 1325 Buffalo •Wednesday, August 17: Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee St. •Thursday, August 18: Juneteenth Headquarters •Friday, August 19: Garden Lot , 1535 Jefferson •Monday, August 22: BFNC, 76 Orange St. •Tuesday, August 23: Longshed Canalside, 44 Prime St. •Wednesday, August 24:, Thursday August 25 & Friday August 26 @ Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee St.

much! Tickets for children 5-14 are $35; ages 15 and over & adults $50. Tickets are available on eventbrite & No tickets sales at the door. For ore information call (716)5078696.


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JUSTICE FOR BREONNA! Department of Justice Charges Cops for Breonna Taylor’s Killing. Family is grateful. But Why Didn’t Kentucky’s Black Attorney General Do the Same?


reonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. On March13, 2020 a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home, executing a discriminatory, botched noknock warrant. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 6 times, killing her. Officer Joshua Jaynes lied to obtain the no-knock warrant on Breonna’s residence. No one has been held accountable for the systemic failure that caused Breonna’s death. Until now. The Department of Justice has announced federal criminal charges against four former and current Louisville police officers over their roles in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor who was brutally shot and killed in her own home by the police. “Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in announcing the charges, which include unlawful conspiracy, use of force and obstruction of justice. The charges come after the state of Kentucky failed to prosecute any police officers for Taylor’s death, despite nationwide Black Lives Matter demands to investigate. Local activists and members of Taylor’s family celebrated the charges and thanked federal officials. Supporters gathered in a downtown park and chanted: “Say her name, Breonna Taylor!” “This is a day when Black women saw equal justice in Amer-

ica,” the family's attorney Benjamin Crump said. Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, said she has waited nearly 2 1/2 years for police to be held accountable. “Today’s overdue, but it still hurts,” she said. The Justice Department is also conducting a non-criminal investigation of the Louisville Police Department, announced last year, that is probing whether the department has a pattern of using excessive force and conducting unreasonable search and seizures. -Miles Apart-“ How can it be that the federal government and state government are so far apart on this case?” says Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, who calls the federal charges “a great step in the right direction.” Reynolds is demanding an investigation into Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s prosecution of the case — which she says was either “incompetent” or “in collusion” with the police. The grand jury's decision in 2020 to bring no direct charges against officers in 26-year-old Taylor's killing ignited resentment, disappointment and a wave of criticism against Cameron, the state's first Black attorney general, as he tried to tamp down the outrage and what he referred to as "mob justice." Cameron, a Trump supporter, is planning to run for govenor of Kentucky in 2023. He has already received a "complete

and total endorsement"from Trump.


A Great Opportunity For Eastside First Annual NYS Law Enforcement Alumni Reunion Current & Future Homeowners Dear editor: It is a great time for Eastside residents who own their homes. It is also a wonderful time for residents of Buffalo's Eastside who are considering purchasing a house in the very near future. Gov. Kathy Hochul and other state elected leaders have made rehabilitation and repair funding available to certain residents who reside in specific zip codes in the area. Those zip codes are 14204, 14206,14208, 14209, 14210,14211, 14212, 14214 and 14215. The zip codes that are included, are some of the poorest, poverty stricken areas in the City of Buffalo. If the state had used all of the zip codes east of Main Street or East Buffalo areas, such as Larkinville, all of South Buffalo and the Bennett High School/ St Joseph School section of the city would have been included. With grants that can run as high as $30,000, any homeowner, with an income of 90% of the median income and lives at the house as their primary residence, is qualified to apply for the grant. Also, prospective homeowners may be eligible for grants as much as $30,000 to assist in down payment or other expenses associated with becoming a homeowner in Buffalo. The same East side zip codes are used to qualify for this assistance as well. Another component of this multi- million dollars Eastside housing assistance program is that it allows the homeowner to use the funds to pay delinquent property taxes, water bills and user fees. The funds can also be used to address housing code violations and other fees associated with owning and maintaining a house. This federal and state's pot of money is sorely needed in Buffalo's much neglected and ignored Eastside communities. But the sad fact remains that it took the Tops Supermarket Mas Continued Page 14


The first annual New State Alumni Retirees Reunion, was held at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, Cheektowaga, NY, on Saturday, June 25, 2022. A variety of Alumni Law Enforcement Personnel and Friends attended the banquet. Ivy Wilson, Craig Powell, and Sabu Adeyola all expounded on their careers in law enforcement and how they were grateful for their experience and endured to their retirement. Congratulations to all the New York State Alumni Retirees. We look forward to celebrating our 2nd Annual New York State Alumni Reunion in 2023. All are welcome to attend! Odessa Hunter

$50 Million for Homoeowners. What About Renters?

Dear Editor: I am a renter who lives on the East side. I recently read where in the wake of the May 14 Massacre $50 million has been dsignated for Buffalo's East Side homeowners. That's positive. But what about people and families who rent? A lot of residents living on the East side are renting from absentee landlords. Will landlords make the proper fixes and improvements for their tenants. How are they being held accountable? Renters should call on our elected officials for more information: •Masten Council Member Wingo: or call (716) 851 – 5145 •Fillmore Council Member Pridgen: or call (716) 851 – 4980 •University Council Member Wyatt: or call (716) 851 – 5165 •Mayor Brown: Phone: 716-851-4841 -Ray Lee

Driving While Black in Buffalo

n Friday, July 22,2022 I happened to be in the Bailey and Genesee area, when I witnessed a police traffic stop. Everything was as abnormal as usual when it comes to police traffic stops here on the East Side of Buffalo; i.e. Police ransacking the car looking for something not there, or something they planted themselves. During the stop I saw three Black men come out of three separate police cruisers and get back into their vehicle. So was the car clean? My guess was yes, but then the strangest thing happened. Before it was all over one of the officers from the C district, pulls something out of his pocket and says “rock cocaine! “ What type of police investigation was that? A cop pulls cocaine out of his pocket and tells us to film it?! His arrogance towards the members of the Black community who witnessed it, was obvious. Why would a cop reach into his pocket and reveal the drugs? What kind of officers do the city have patrolling our streets? During the traffic stop none of the cops on the scene were Black. So now you have an occupying army garrisoning the Black community. It’s a sad feeling, knowing that as a taxpayer, you have to live in fear of the same people that you have to call for help. Who’s going to protect us from the cops! D. A. Flynn? Our elected Black misleaders who have said very little, if anything , about police reform. My people ,in light of the recent tragedy on the city’s East Side we have to be vigilant. The ball is in our court. Demand more!!! Demand better schools and better living

conditions in the community. Demand more police accountability. We have forgotten the law of the Heavenly Father, just like our elected leaders have forgotten the law and their duty as elected officials, to serve the people and not the other way around. Back to the ‘cocaine in cops pocket” event. I still can’t believe I witnessed a cop pull out his pocket evidence, that should have been properly secured and processed. To Mayor Brown, Common Council members, police commissioner and chiefs, what kind of crap are officers running on the streets of Buffalo? Where did the C District officer get the drugs from? Will they be used to plant on innocent people? This is just one example why many in the BLACK COMMUNITY have a great distrust of law enforcement. Our Black elected officials today are not like those of the past when they were strong and for the people. Too many of today’s politicians have forgotten who they were elected to represent. They get in office and then get it twisted and act as though we owe them – when it’s actually the other way around. They somehow forget that they were elected to serve the people who voted them into the office. They forget that the power is in the people! Sadly many of us are confused about that too, as evidenced in the fact that we keep reelecting those who need to be voted OUT! Hopefully one day soon we will see men and women who want to run for office because they sincerely want to serve and represent the people and not the money backers! Race First my people! I'm Just Saying...


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East High Class of 1972 Celebrates 50th Reunion This Weekend! Looking Forward To The 50th Class Reunion!

By Beatrice Thompson Sanders Class of 1972 I will always love and cherish my years, 1969-1972, at East High School. Those years were delightful and rewarding. We had some of the greatest teachers and counselors. I made many friends, whom I will always cherish and remember. I’m so looking forward to 50th year class reunion! Hail to you East High School!

East High Prepared Me for My Life’s Quest


By Adelia M. Davis, DBA (candidate), MBA, BS in ED. ast High School has been instrumental in preparing me for my life’s quest. The teachers, administrators and students played a tremendous role in guiding me in my career in education. In my senior year we moved out of East High School district, and I would have had to attend the high school located in the district that I moved to. I pleaded with my mother not to change our address with the district so I could graduate from East High School. I am so grateful that I was able to graduate from East High School. I count it a blessing to see our 50-year reunion. In 1972, we were the first 18-year-olds to gain the right to vote. Mrs. Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Woman to run for President of the United States spoke to us new voters in the East High School library. As I listened to this short in statue, tiny woman, who looked like me, it gave me pride which enhanced my integrity, instilling in me strong moral principles and moral uprightness in the educational path I was to pursue. Today 50 years later, I am an ordained elder in the African Methodist Church, have thirty-five years and counting with an accountant firm, a mentor to the next generation, and a Doctor of Business Administration Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Raleigh NC.

By Brenda Commodore Class of 1972


As we gather to celebrate our 50th year as graduates from East High School, I look back on all the fond memories, life-long friendships we made and fantastic teaching staff that we had. The pride and self-worth we were taught helped prepare us for the future and the knowledge we received was invaluable. These attributes have enriched and guided me throughout my life and I am so grateful and proud to be an alumni of the Class of 1972.


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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

NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, AS TRUSTEE OF STANWICH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST E, Plaintiff, v. ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF THE LATE ROBERT J. BARKSDALE, JR. A/K/A ROBERT BARKSDALE, JR. A/K/A ROBERT J. BARKSDALE A/K/A ROBERT BARKSDALE, ET AL, Defendants. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT In pursuance of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the office of the County Clerk of Erie County on June 06, 2022, I, Etido Udousoro, Esq. the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell in one parcel at public auction on August 23, 2022 at the Closing Room of the Erie County Clerk`s Office located on the first floor of 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 at 10:30 AM, County of Erie, State of New York, the premises described as follows: 41 Haven Street Buffalo, NY 14211 SBL No.: 101.33-6-25 ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York. The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 808832/2018 in the amount of $32,773.02 plus interest and costs. The aforementioned auction will be conducted in accordance with the Court System's COVID-19 mitigation protocols and as such all persons must comply with social distancing, wearing masks and screening practices in effect at the time of this foreclosure sale. Arden L. Florian Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Plaintiff's Attorney 500 Bausch & Lomb Place Rochester, NY 14604 Tel.: 855-227-5072 72520 July 21, 28, August 4, 11

Request for Proposal for Snow Plowing, Snow Removal & Salting Services for Various BMHA Housing Developments This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) seeks bids for snow plowing, snow removal, and salting services, for various Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (“BMHA”) housing developments and BMHA office locations for a term period of November 1, 2022 to April 15, 2023. Proposals must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, August 26, 2022. If you are interested, please contact Arnitra Chester at for your request. Prospective bidders may schedule a site visit upon reasonable prior notice when requesting a RFP. A PreSubmittal meeting will be held on August 16, 2022, at 9:00am.

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 a Domestic Limited Liability Company Alpha & Omega Contracting and Consulting Services, LLC filed 9-2018 Office: Erie Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 671 Northumberland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215 Purpose: All lawful July 7, 14,21,28 August 4, 11

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


EMPLOYMENT Full-time Chief Executive Officer

Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. is seeking a full-time Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to and passion for the agency’s mission, a minimum of four years of senior leadership experience in organization administration, program development, substance use disorders, and mental health. Demonstrated experience in grant management, strong communication skills, a collaborative workstyle and experience in working with a Board of Directors. Required educational background: Master’s degree in a Social Sciences, Human Relations, or Business Administration field. Terminal Degree preferred. The salary range for this position is $160,000 - $180, 000 with a competitive benefit package. Send letter of interest highlighting key qualifications and resume to: CEOSuccession@ by August 26, 2022. For more information, visit


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Bills Training Camp Continued We will keep an eye on offensive linemen like Greg Van Roten (perfect football or WWE name), to veterans Greg Mancz and Bobby Hart along with the best of the rest. It’s time for Cody Ford to step up and win one of those back up positions. Western New York and all surrounding areas have the best football fans in the NFL. Buffalo Bills had 35,911 fans on a sultry summer night when the beach might have been a better place to be. Von Miller said it reminds him of a college town where everybody supports the team. I think Miller might be right on one thing everyone loves and supports the Buffalo Bills! Hopefully City of Buffalo, politicians, and community leaders can someday soon start agreeing on how to solve the many serious issues effecting City of Buffalo residents. Follow me on FACEBOOK, Real Deal Sports Show FACEBOOK PAGE, Like the Page, TWITTER: George Radney@ georgeradman, YouTube Real Deal Sports Show (Please Subscribe via YouTube), RADIO: WLGZ HD2 The Beat 105.5 FM Every Saturday morning 8 AM – 9 AM, Live Call - in radio show. WHTK 1280 AM FOXSPORTS What’s Going on The Experience, Every Sunday morning 8 AM – 9 AM


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FRI. AUG. 12 Kwanzaa2022 Committee Meetings Begin. Call 716-5636731 Or Email:


SAT. AUG. 13 “Reimagining Jefferson Avenue Town Hall” 4 p.m. at Open Buffalo, 1327 Jefferson Avenue, upper. To register go to HTTPS://BIT.LY/B6E0WA For more information go to BLACKHOLISTICURBANISM@GMAIL.COM

We want to hear what amenities and connections the proposed East Side Trails could feature to make them perfect for you and your neighborhood.


The communities closest to the proposed trails will directly inform how they will be designed, used, and maintained.

MON. AUG. 15 Hustle For Health Urban Line Dance Fitness Gloria Parks C enter, 3242 Main St. 12 noon - 1p.m FREE ages 55+

Please come to one or both of the meetings! View maps, leave notes, and enjoy light refreshments from Ike & BG’s.

TUES. AUG. 16 Drums @ Dewy For The Youth: 5-7 PM (Weather permitting)_Dewey & Castle – off Kensington near Burgard High. Brother Taharka at 716-715-3727

Jimmie L. Lucas Jr.

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Hustle For Health Urban Line Dance Fitness at Gloria Parks C enter, 3242 Main St. 11a.m.-12 noon FREE ages 55+ (716)832-1010 or

Saturday July 30th 12-3pm

WED. AUG. 17 Hustle For Health Urban Line Dance Fitness at Gloria Parks C enter, 3242 Main St. 11a.m.-12 noon FREE ages 55+ (716)832-1010 or

William L Gaiter Parkway

SAT. AUG. 20 Utopian Euphoria will present “Love at First Sight: Dance With My Father & Mother Soiree 5 p.m. at Classics V Banquets, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tickets No tickets sales at the door. For More info (716)507-8696.

1016 E Delavan Ave Buffalo, NY 14215

Wednesday August 17th 5-8pm Square Garden

1578 Fillmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14211

Learn more at

20th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade down Avenida San Juan "Niagara Street" to Niagara Square for a celebration featuring concerts and entertainment SUN. AUG. 21 20th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Celebration continues Niagara Square featuring concerts and entertainment.

Black Kings Day Workout and converse with Elder Kings August 13 at Horrace Park. Use the Northland and Donaldson entrance. Ages 10-14 from 10a.m. -Noon and ages 1520 from 1-3p.m. For more info call 716-604-6494.

African Consciousness Workshop

Every Monday 4-6 p.m., Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. “Where we learn About Our Glorious Past & Present African Family.” (716)400-8644 Bro. Shango or kmtflix@

Enroll in Fall Classes Today! There is still time to enroll for the Fall 2022 semester at Villa Maria College and we don’t want you to miss out! Let us help you to meet your goals. See for yourself with our 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and studio-based classrooms that will give you the personal attention you need to succeed.

The Fall Semester Starts on August 29th Apply today at VILLA.EDU/APPLY or call 716.961.1805 to learn more.


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