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Thousands Converged On Martin Luther King Jr. Park Last Weekend For The Kick Off Of The African American Cultural Center’s 29th Annual Pine Grill Jazz Reunion! Don’t Miss Part Two This Sunday! It Promises To Be Even Bigger And Better!


It’s Summer Soul Music Festival Time Page 8


Zachery To Challenge Kennedy In 63rd Senate District Race! Page 3


The Groove Fights Back! Page 4

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? The last day to register in order to vote in the Thursday, September 13, 2018 Primary is Sunday, August 19th!



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The "Godfather of Gospel Hip Hop Music" Transforming Lives in Rochester

By Rashad J. Smith


oined by many as the Grandfather of Gospel Hip Hop music, Michael Peace has sold thousands of records from his collection of songs produced in the late 1980s. His musical career flourished when he signed a contract with Reunion Records in 1985. He would marry his loving wife Julia two years later and welcomed their son, Roberto J.D. By the 1990's, Peace was known for head-rocking, catchy gospel songs with groovy beats and biblical references. While gospel hip-hop gave Peace a chance to minister to a mass audience, he became more focused on impacting the lives of underserved children in Rochester, New York. In 1987, Bethel Express of America, Inc. (B.E.) was founded and the Peace duo began to lead outreach ministries. In 1999, Michael Peace was called to be Executive Director of the nonprofit organization. Fast-forward thirty-one-years later, Michael and Julia are still working to transform the lives of children through outreach ministries at B.E. "My wife and I have dedicated decades to supporting families by being a resource for their children," said Michael Peace. "We've been committed to embedding spiritual strength, social stability and scholastic success in our children and throughout the Rochester community." For years, the husband and wife team has used their networks and personal resources to push the mission of B.E. and support children of families suffering the effects of living below the poverty threshold in Rochester. For example, every Saturday morning B.E. provides a hearty breakfast for free to all B.E. children. Tutoring services are available all-year-long for B.E. children struggling with specific subjects and learning strategies for success in school.

Express of America Golf Tournament. Individuals can register for the tournament at $125 per person. Teams of four can register at $500. The goal is to raise $10,000 which will help B.E. upgrade necessary kitchen essentials, purchase laptops and other academic supplies, update the B.E. website so youth can have easy access to more resources, compensate youth for working on community-based projects and support registration, travel, room and board for B.E. Field Trips.

Michael Peace

There's also "B.E. Enterprise". This ministry allows volunteers to teach children under the legal working age of fourteen to seek jobs around the community while learning job readiness skills; children are rewarded with a cash payment for their services. In 2012, Michael and Julia purchased a double home in the Southeast quadrant of Rochester. They live on one side of the house and the other side is open to children in need of emergency shelter, food and clothing. There's also the "B.E. Field Trips" outreach ministry. It introduces children to venues and spaces they would otherwise not likely visit like museums, amusement parks, historical buildings and kid-friendly destinations throughout the country. “We want the best for our children…we want them to experience what the world has to offer,” said Peace. “We will probably spend the rest of our lives encouraging others to believe in our work and invest in our children.” But of course, this amount of outreach requires consistent assistance from the community. So B.E. is stepping up its fundraising efforts. On Wednesday, August 15, starting at 8 a.m., the Shadow Lake & Golf Racquet Club, 185 Five Mile Line in Penfield, NY, will host the initial Bethel

If interested in supporting they raise money to enhance outreach programs, email o r by leaving a voice message at 585697-1404. For more information about the tournament and about Bethel Express of America, Inc., go to

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Dr. Moss-King To Present On Effects Of Opioid Use On Pregnant Women Dr. Davina Moss-King, owner of Positive Direction and Associates, will present a training seminar titled, “Opioid Use Disorder & Pregnancy: Integrating Services,” on August 13, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Five Star Bank 395 Westfall Rd. in Rochester. Dr. Davina Moss-King is the founder and president of Positive Direction and Associates, Inc., a Buffalo-based consulting company that focuses on the holistic health of women who are in the process of recovery from opioid use disorder and infants exposed to opioids. The cost to attend is $25. To register, please call (716) 9613434 or email

ROC into Pre-K¡

Pre-K programs for children who turn 3 by Dec. 1 are also available. Restrictions apply.

• Six-hour FREE daily program for city children who turn 4 by Dec. 1st • Healthy breakfast and lunch • Language, social and self-help skills to be ready for school • Educational field trips • Indoor/outdoor play and naptime • Instructional program taught by certified teachers • Available at schools and community agencies in the city • Free monthly RTS bus passes for parents

(585) 262-8140

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATION OF WNY @ CAO Headquarters Corner of Leroy & Halber From 9am-5pm. Starting@ $10 w/No Service Fees (While Supplies Last). Tickets also at Doris Records, WWW.UNIVERSOULCIRCUS.COM or Any Ticketmaster location


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GOODYEAR JOB FAIR: Mayor Byron W. Brown, Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, and the Buffalo Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Team (BPDNET) launched a pilot community job fair program last week on Goodyear Avenue, introducing job seeking residents from the Genesee-Moselle neighborhood to potential employers. The goal of the event was to connect residents of this economically challenged neighborhood with job opportunities by bringing employers directly to the area.

Marcus Brown to Receive the Eye On History Award The recipient of the next Eye On History Award will be Juneteenth President Marcus O. Brown, Sr. The award program will be held on Saturday, August 11 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Merriweather Library. Marcus Brown has been President of the Juneteenth Board of Directors for more than 25 years. He has also directed the Crusaders Drill Team for more than 47 years. He is a former educator and serves the youth of Buffalo in many capacities. Marcus Brown is also a member of the popular singing group the Old School B Boys. Admission to the Award program is free. Columnist Eva M. Doyle is the founder of the Eye On History Award. For more information call 847-6010.

Zachery Enters Race for The 63rd State Senate


ttorney Shaqurah Zachery has formally announced her candidacy in the race for the 63rd State Senate seat in the September 13th Primary. Mrs. Zachery is a former educator and an experienced lawyer with a focus in the areas of Family Law and Education Law. She has practiced for the past 16 years and holds degrees from Northwestern University and SUNY at Buffalo Law School. An Independent Democrat, she hopes to become the first African American female New York State Senator from our district. This is her first run for political office. “In the 63rd State Senate District we have the highest rate of poverty in the state per capita,” she said, “and it doesn’t have to be that way!" Shaqurah Zachery, Esq. “Policy and legislation is the only way we ’re going to get real change,” she continued, “thus my desire to step into the political fray. I believe we deserve better.” “As an elected Senator I will lead the effort to eliminate people like Sheriff Tim Howard from office,” she said. “We have to hold elected officials who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and New York, accountable.” She recently called on Governor Andrew Como to “exercise his gubernatorial authority “ and remove Sheriff Howard from office “immediately before any more deaths take place.” To date, under his watch, there have been 24 deaths at the Erie County Holding Center. “My opponent in the upcoming primary, Tim Kennedy, has the endorsement o f the party bosses, however he has remained absolutely silent while these abuses and deaths at the Holding center have taken place.” Also among her priorities as Senator will be Public Safety, education reform, prison reform, public transportation reform and “fighting for the poor, the hardworking families and seniors of our district.” Her chances of being elected to the 63rd Sate Senate seat he said, are good. “When I look at the demographic breakdown, it’s a very doable thing,” she said, citing the following: 50% of the district is made up of African Americans and encopass the councilmatic districts of Masten, Fillmore, Lovejoy, University, Ellicott and parts of Niagara, all of Lackawanna and six districts in Cheektowaga with a sizable percentage of African Americans. In this age of Black Lives Matter, she said that Black Votes Matter as well. “The Black vote has been taken for granted. In addition, there is a great deal of misinformation in our community regarding the right of convicted felons to vote. I have met many people along my travels who have been convicted of a felony but inaccurately believe that they are not allowed to vote. This misconception is pervasive and damaging to the integrity of the civil liberty that our people have fought long hard battles for.” So far, she said, her candidacy has been “a walk of faith.” “I’m not in this for me…but when you feel the call…when you see a need to be that advocate and that voice…not to follow thru , would mean I failed in my purpose.” (To Contact Mrs. Zachery 716.276.8977 or

Federal Judge Orders Buffalo School District To Release Admission Test Scores Of City Honors And Hutch Tech Students Thousands Of Racial Discrimination Complaints Also Ordered Released. District Moves To Stop Disclosures Claiming District Will Be Traumatized.

BUFFALO AUTHOR’S EXPO: A Buffalo Authors’ Expo, in celebration of the African American authors of Buffalo, will be held on Saturday, August 18 at the Rafi Green Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information email or check out Events on Facebook.

HOME Applauds Fair Housing Law

When Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the Erie County Fair Housing Law into effect it was hailed as a demonstration of Poloncarz and the Legislature's commitment to fair housing and the reductioin of our region's pervasive discrimination and segregation. This law strengthens the protections offered by city, state, and federal law by banning discrimination on the basis of one's gender identity, immigration status, and lawful source of income. In a statement HOME applauded this dedication, and said the organization was looking forward to assisting the legislature with the education and the enforcement of this law.

Buffalo, New York—Federal Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy has ordered the Buffalo Public Schools District to release test scores of students seeking admission to Buffalo’s City Honors and Hutch-Technical High Schools. The court also ordered the district to release thousands of race, gender and age complaints filed against the District over the past six years. The District has filed a motion in federal court to stop the disclosures, claiming that the District will be traumatized and stifled if forced to release these records. The District is a co-defendant is a racial discrimination case filed by Shellonnee B. Chinn, a former Elmwood Franklin School teacher. The District is accused of negligently, intentionally or Shellonnee B. Chinn corruptly conspiring with officials from the Elmwood Franklin School to deny Ms. Chinn equal and fair use of federal staff development funds. Ms. Chinn seeks the academic record to bolster her argument that she was an effective teacher and that her students were high achievers at all the Buffalo high schools, including private and parochial schools. She seeks access to discrimination complaints filed against the District to show pattern and practice of racially discriminatory policies within the District. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy has set arguments for the District’s effort to stop the disclosures for August 27, 2018 at 11am at the federal courthouse downtown Buffalo.

BLACKFACTS 1791 Benjamin Banneker published the first almanac by a Black person. 1793 February 12. Congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Law. March 14. Eli Whitney obtained a patent for his cotton gin, a device that paved the way for the massive expansion of slavery in the South. 1794 June 10. Richard Allen founded the Bethel African Methodist Church in Philadelphia. 1797 August 30. A slave revolt near Richmond, Virginia, led by Gabriel Prosser and Jack Bowley, was first postponed and then betrayed. More than 40 blacks were eventually executed. 1804 January 5. The Ohio legislature passed "Black Laws" designed to restrict the legal rights of free blacks. These laws were part of the trend to increasingly severe restrictions on all blacks in both North and South before the Civil War. 1808 January 1. The federal law prohibiting the importation of African slaves went into effect. It was largely circumvented. 1816 April 9. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at the first independent black denomination in the United States. 1818 August 18. General Andrew Jackson defeated a force of Native Americans and African-Americans to end the First Seminole War. 1822 May 30. The Denmark Vesey conspiracy was betrayed in Charleston, South Carolina. It is claimed that some 5,000 blacks were prepared to rise in July.



In Chicago, One Weekend, 66 Shooting Victims, and Zero Arrests

The Groove Fights Back! Sues City Over Shutdown BUFFALO -- Owners of the Groove Lounge/ Club 1210 are not taking the city’s recent decision to shut the popular Broadway Avenue night spot down without a fight. They are legally and very publically pushing back. Soon after a July 22 shooting and the club’s closing, owners of the Groove published and distributed a scathing 23-page full color booklet charging that Buffalo Police Commissioner Lockwood and Mayor Brown took the action to cover up what they called the alleged misconduct of a Buffalo Police officer. “Black Businesses Matter too,” they declared. The shooting incident that led to the shutdown, they point out, took place outside the bar after it was closed and was clearly not a spill-over from inside the establishment. It involved an off duty police officer, an ex-police officer and the son of a retire police officer. “Should this be an internal affairs issue?” Groove owners asked. A rally was held and a lawsuit has been filed against the City of Buffalo accusing the city of “Selective enforcement” in shutting them down, leaving some 20 employees without a job. Groove owners, in their document, point to four shootings in the City of Buffalo establishments where all the victims are minorities and the owners are not African Americans, yet each has remained open even after the fatal shootings occurred – among them, The City Grill, the scene of the worse killing in Buffalo history inside a bar. It was temporarily closed, changed their name and reopened. The Groove’s administrative hearing is set for Wednesday, and their hearing in state court over the lawsuit will take place on Thursday. Co-owner Laurie Anderson said during a press conference and rally outside the Groove: "They do not want us here. Actually they say we are not a good fit. They have said that from day one, but our supporters, as you can see, say a different thing."

Chicago - From Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight, 66 people were shot, 12 of whom died. The violence reached a peak early Sunday, when 30 people were shot in a three-hour span between midnight and 3 a.m., an average of one every five minutes or so. Eight of the shootings during that period had three or more victims. Over the weekend, 14 children were shot and two, both 17, died. The youngest victim was 11 and the oldest was 62. The shootings were concentrated on the west and south of the city, leaving the downtown area, where thousands attended the Lollapalooza music concert, largely unaffected. Despite a steady decline since 2016, shootings in Chicago in the first five days of August were higher than they have been for the same period in recent years, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which tracks gun violence in the city. (From various news and wire sources)

Free Jail Calls New York is becoming the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails. The New York Times says Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law on Monday. It takes effect in nine months. About three quarters of people in the city’s jails have not been convicted of a crime and are there awaiting trial. Many are poor.

Violence erupts in Zimbabwe

protesters call election sham HARARE, Zimbabwe — Protests in Zimbabwe’s capital turned violent on last Wednesday as demonstrators called the country’s elections a sham and armed soldiers swept the streets. At least three people were reported dead. On Thursday, the army ordered the shutdown of Harare’s city center, shopkeepers told the local news media, but a presidential spokesman denied an order had been given. The Elec-

tion Commission also said it would announced the results of Monday’s presidential elec-

tion “very soon,” as the international community called for restraint.

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BETWEEN 1960 - 1974

The law firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio represents a former Hewitt-Robins worker diagnosed with MESOTHELIOMA, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We are trying to locate men and women who worked with our client at Hewitt-Robins between 1960 & 1974. If you worked at Hewitt-Robins, please call the attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio at (716) 849-0701. Please call even if you think the information you have may not be useful.


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Why Sugar Is Bad for Your Health


he single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar—specifically high fructose corn syrup. Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years: •In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year. •In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year. •In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year. •In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year! Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one of taking formula. Here are some of the unhealthy effects of sugar on the body. 1. Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet. Unstable blood sugar can leave you experiencing mood swings, fatigue, and headaches. It also contributes to cravings, which begins the cycle of false hunger. By contrast, those who avoid sugar report having fewer cravings while feeling more emotionally balanced and energized. 2. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. 3. Your immune function can be affected by sugar. As if being sick wasn’t bad enough, studies have shown that sugar can interfere with the way your body fights disease. Bacteria and yeast feed on sugar, so excess glucose in

the body causes these organisms to build up and cause infections. 4. A high-sugar diet can lead to chromium deficiency. Chromium, a trace mineral, helps regulate blood sugar in the body. 5. Sugar accelerates aging. Sugar can also mess with your skin by contributing to wrinkles and sagging. After sugar hits your bloodstream, it attaches to proteins. 6. Sugar causes tooth decay. 7. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease. 8. Sugar affects cognition in children. 9. Sugar increases stress. 10. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients. According to USDA data, people who consume the most sugar have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamins A, C, B-12, and calcium. Now that you understand the negative effects of sugar on your body and mind, it’s time to be more careful when choosing foods. The first step is getting educated about how to find added sugars. When it comes to convenience and packaged foods, let the ingredients label be your guide— you’d be surprised how many low carb or “diet” foods contain added sugar. SWEET SYNONYMS Watch for these sneaky ingredients when reading food labels. Some sound scientific, some almost healthy—but in the end, they all mean "sugar." Agave Nectar

Barbados Sugar Barley Malt Syrup Beet Sugar Blackstrap Molasses Cane Crystals Cane Juice Crystals Castor Sugar Corn Sweetener Corn Syrup Corn Syrup Solids Crystalline Fructose Date Sugar Demerara Sugar Dextrose Evaporated Cane Juice Florida Crystals Fructose Fruit Juice Fruit Juice Concentrate Galactose Glucose Glucose Solids Golden Sugar Golden Syrup Granulated Sugar Grape Juice Concentrate Grape Sugar High-Fructose Corn Syrup Honey Icing Sugar Invert Sugar Lactose Malt Syrup Maltodextrin Maltose Mannitol Maple Syrup Molasses Muscovado Syrup Organic Raw Sugar Powdered Sugar Raw Sugar Refiners' Syrup Rice Syrup Sorbitol Sorghum Syrup Sucrose Table Sugar Treacle Turbinado Sugar Yellow Sugar

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“How many people can be buried in a cemetery lot?” If you have any questions about cremation or burial, give us a call at (716) 885-1600.

Most cemeteries allow 1 or 2 burials in a single grave. At Forest Lawn, we recently changed our rules & regulations to allow up to 4 burials in a single grave, w hich can include 1 casket plus 3 urns or a total of 4 urns. For example, if a couple chooses side-by-side casketed burial in 2 graves, there’s room for them and up 6 other members of their family. This can represent a significant cost savings for the family. But more importantly, it can make it possible for you and your dearest loved ones to remain together forever.

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People Inc. Linwood Lafayette Senior Apartments Affordable Housing for people 55 years or older Linwood Lafayette Senior Apartments, currently in construction at the corner of Linwood and Lafayette Avenues in the City of Buffalo, will be ready for occupancy in January 2019. Applications for residence will be released by mail at 4:30 p.m. on August 17, 2018. For an application or more information, email or call 716.880.3890.



Mother Gussie Mitchell Honored Hi U Production presented a Free event and recognition service for Mother Gussie Mitchell at Prince of Peace C.O.G.I.C. 669 Kensington Saturday August 11. Guest Emcee was Dr. Rickey Harvey & Pastor Vernel Harris, featuring talents of FAVVA, The Gospel Diamond, The New Silvertones and Delivered of Buffalo, The New Gospel Times, Truly Committed, The Dynamic Dixie Wonders of Rochester NY, and special guest DMG D. Morton of Gifted from Nashville Tennessee.


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Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes To Keynote Black Tie Dinner

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming Lay Organization “Black Tie” Dinner of St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in Niagara Falls, New York. Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes was instrumental in the creation of the new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Interpretive Center Museum in the Custom House/ Amtrak Station on Depot Avenue. Also, Rev. Richard A. Stenhouse of Bethel AME Buffalo will be honored. In addition to being the longtime Pastor and community leader of the historic Bethel AME Church in Buffalo, Rev. Stenhouse is the newly named Presiding Elder of the WNY area.The dinner will be held on Friday, September 7 at the Double Tree by Hilton at 401 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Ticket donation is $50. For more information call 716-285-5973 or 716-285-6432.

Save the Dates! Vacation Bible School at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Starts August 13! Starting on Monday, August 13-17 Vacation Bible School will be held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 701 East Delavan Avenue, where the Rev. Dr. William Gillison is Pastor. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day. The Program will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Children as young as 2 years old and up to teenagers may attend. Registration is available at the church office Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. (895-7494)

Metropolitian UM Church & Zion Missionary Baptist Church News Community Cook Out Zion Missionary Baptist Church announces: The Metropolitan UM Church Community Cook Out will be held Saturday, August 18 from 12 Noon - 6 p.m. (Herman Street will be blocked off from Best to North Streets). All are invited to an afternoon of FREE food, games, Zippedy the Clown, face painting and lots of fun. Don’t forget your chairs! Questions? Please contact the church office at (716) 891-5652. Pastor Angela R. Stewart is Pastor.

**Prayer Line every Monday at 8a.m. **Watch us on Spectrum Channel 20 every Saturday at 3p.m. & Sunday at 9:30p.m. **Women's Ministry Line Dance Fellowship -FREE Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located at 179 E. Ferry St., For more information contact the church office at 886-1362.Rev C.M. Jenkins II is Host Pastor.

We’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the LORD. Trusting in His Holy Word, He never failed me yet!



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Alabama Greene County Civic & Social Club, Inc. Convention The Alabama Greene County Civic & Social Club Inc. will be celebrating its 77th Annual Convention on Friday, August 10- Saturday, August 12. The Buffalo Club is the host chapter this year. The group is comprised of 10 chapters located in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and New York State. Approximately 300 participants are expected for this three-day event. The distinguished guest speaker for our Friday night banquet is Mr. Ted Kirkland, civil rights activist and author. The activities for the weekend include: Friday, August 10 at 6:30p.m. Banquet-Recognition of Seniors, Memorial Service, Dinner/Dance; Saturday, August 11 at 6:30p.m. Youth Talent Show- Scholarship Awards & Dance; Sunday, August 12 at 9a.m. Sunday School & Church Service; Sunday, August 12 at 1:30p.m. Picnic at Fontana’s Picnic Grove, West Seneca NY. Tickets required. The banquet cost is $50 which will entitle you to attend all events. The talent show is open to children under the age of 18 who are gifted in singing, dancing, mual instruments, poetry and oral recitations. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories for the best performance. All activities will be held at the Buffalo Marriott Hotel, located at 1340 Millersport Hwy, except for the picnic. Vendors are welcomed for the weekend. For more information or tickets please contact 716892-1846 or 883-4843.

“Knowing when to stop, you can avoid any danger.” -Tao Te Ching



arwin A. Corley departed this life on June 14, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves to mourn his dedicated wife, Yv o n n e JamesCorley and two s t e p daughters, K a r m a (Ashanti) Barfield, Baltimore, D o r i Collins, Rochester and three grandchildren (Tyler Collins) of Rochester, Anisa and Khari Barfield of Baltimore, Maryland. He is survived by his mother, Gwen Holder Johnson, Brockport. Darwin enjoyed all types of music but jazz was his favorite. Darwin played percussions for a short while. He was an artist who would take scraps of material and made cards and posters with them. Most of his drawings were abstract. He influenced many local artists who in turn influenced him.Darwin loved learning about his culture (African American) and has a very large collection of books, pamphlets, videos and recordings from many of the conferences he attended. His smile, kindness and gentle spirit will be missed by many.


Taking It To The Street Celebrates 30th Anniversary! Taking It To The Streets is celebrating 30 years on August 18 and 19 in the Martin Luther King Park. The festivities start at 11a.m. both days. Over the past three decades Taking It To The Streets has brought hope, joy, changes of hearts in a positive way, great stage activities, wonderful give-a-ways, vendors and so much more to our communities! This year the event will feature national artists UNCLE REECE of Florida, SYREETA THOMPSON (aka THE TRUMPET LADY), of New Jersey, ARIEL GIBSON, APOSTLE and PROPHETESS MICHEALS of BR Louisiana. In addition, there will be a host of blessed local national artists such as Truly Committed of Rochester, Carol Milhouse, Old school "B" Boys, King Rasdad, Dewitt & Darren Gates, Favva, WNY Chapter Youth, The David Allen Band, Nia Badger, Moe Badger, Bessie Patterson, The Collins Four, Sandra Clay, J Prince, God's Inspiration, Divine Favor and more. A host of pastors, churches and choirs and a LIVE DJ Darren Doc Thomas, aka PaPa Triniwill help us get the PRAISE ON!There will be a HUGH PRAYER TENT with qualified members of the five fold ministry gifts represented! There will also be a BLOOD DRIVE by UNYTS, NONPERISHABLE FOOD GIVE-A-Way by the WNY FOOD BANK, SCHOOL ITEMS GIVEN AWAY by Top Gun Motorcycle Club, and the African American Police Association! A complete car show will be fetured by the Buffalo Antique Car Association ! Please plan to participate! Please come out and help me to celebrate our 30th It's a miracle in progress! One small additional note: Down through the years there are people that are committed and they stay! Thank you Mr.Dillard Williams, Mr.& Mrs. James Macadory of Mac Attack Productions, Ms. Deborah Porter, Anthony Collins, Mr. and Mrs David Allen for your unquestionable loyality! For more information call Anita Williams Founder and President Of Taking It To The Streets 716-891-4760/507-1931

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It’s Rochester Summer Music Soul Festival Time! Rochester - Mayor Lovely Warren and The City of Rochester presents the 2018 Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival. The two day event will be held at Frontier Field on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26. “Soulful Saturday” August, 25th features Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, AL B. Sure, Raheem Devaughn, and Kindred The Family Soul. Saturdays show will also feature local Rochester bands and other surprise acts. The Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival is for the entire family. “Funk/ Soul Sunday” August 26th will celebrate the city’s 23rd year. Join us as Music Legends George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Morris Day and The Time, Cameo ft. Larry Blackmon, and the Mary Jane Girls, w/ Val Young w/ The Stone City Band take the stage for an historic night that you won’t soon forget. Festival / Concert doors open at 4 p.m. Showtime runs from 5– 11 p.m. both days in

Buffalo Boogie & Dance Party

The Buffalo Boogie & Dance Party will be held on August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Central Terminal. Tickets are $10, and group discounts are available. Purchase tickets at https://www.BuffaloBoogie. All proceeds will benefit the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park for their expansion for the African American Veteran’s Monument. For more information contact Van Taylor at 716- 855-1754 or vantaylorproductions@

the Stadium infield (ticketed paid admission). Tickets are available at Frontier Stadium |333 Plymouth Ave| Rochester, N.Y. 14608 or Online @ ROCSUMMERSOULFEST.COM. The 2-day signature family event will include a free Community Block Party each day from 11:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (all ages free). featuring a community stage, music, children's activities, a health zone, local vendors, food trucks and

a “KIDZONE”. An area designated to children ages 2-10 years of age, KIDZONE will feature family friendly activities, including face painting, bounce houses and more


August 11 •Buff City Hoops Basketball Classic at Masten Park(Best St) 7a-6p•All Day-Ellicott Mall Reunion at JFK Community Center August 18 •Takin’ It to the Streets (8/18 & 8/19) at MLK Park (Tennis Court Side) 11a.Mm-Dusk•Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade at Niagara Square to Lasalle Park 1- 6p.m. August 24 Buffalo Funk Fest (8/24 & 8/25) at Lasalle Park : 2-10p.m. August 25 •Jes Breathe Walk/ Ride for Hope at MLK Park (Best Street) 9a.m.-Noon•Perry Projects “Perry Day” at Lanigan Field House, 150 Fulton St. 11a.m.-.6.m. •All Day- Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts (8/25 & 8/26) between W. Ferry & James Pl. •Sperry Park Unity Day at Krettner St. & Peckham St. August 26: •Arab American Business Association Community Day at MLK Park Noon- 6 p.m.

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CMC Jazz Festival Reviews:

CMC Free Day of Jazz Shinning Example of Buffalo's Love For The Greatest Art Form by Matt Bauer

From Onaje Allan Gumbs to Mwenso & the Shakes, there has been no shortage of superlative performances during this year’s CMC International Jazz Festival from global and local artists, respectively. Saturday July 28 with a free line-up, outside (and inside) the venue was a fitting conclusion to this year’s edition, as the diverse crowd came out under the sun (and a bit of the wet stuff) for the afternoon. The Jacob Jay Quintet and The Alex McArthur quintet opened the proceedings outside while the sublime Sarainade chilled the Indoor Club Stage. Toney Rhodes had everyone under the “Buffalo Spell” (the title of the Buffalo prodigy’s 2015 album) first performing as a duo with drummer Carl “Flute” Jackson for two songs before bassist Jerry Livingston joined the stage for the theme song of “The Backyardigans.” Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” all performed with a funky panache. The clouds started to roll in during Jazz Example’s tasteful traditionalism, helping set things up for the Janice Mitchell quartet’s dose of musical sunshine. The vocalist’s vocals on “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” and “On The Sunny Side of The Street” were electrifying and “Drown In My Own Tears” seemed especially appropriate as a closer since the rain started coming down during Why Not ?’s otherwise solid following set. Thankfully, the clouds dried up for Kevin Hall. The saxman grooved effortlessly as the sun peaked back out during an especially soulful cover of Floetry’s “Say Yes.” Overall, the day was a shining example of Buffalo coming out to support its own and one of America’s greatest art forms.

Michael Mwensa and the Shakes Came to Buffalo and Shook Up the Jazz Scene ! Michael Mwensa and the Shakes are known for shaking things up and that is exactly what they did on Friday night (7/27) at the historic Colored Musicians Club. As one of the featured artists at the 2018 CMC International JazzFest, Mwensa and The Shakes did not disappoint. They provided a sold out crowd with two intense, entertaining and educational 90 minute shows informed by classic big bands, early James Brown & The Famous Flames, Billy Holiday among other African American musical legends. The show was unlike any that Jazz aficionados typically experience because there is nothing typical about The Shakes, who combine jazz with the moves of James Brown, tap dance and the vocal and musicality of talented musicians from around the world is in one word “Unforgettable.” The Shakes are lead by Michael Mwenso, vocalist, musician, dancer and hype man, born in Sierra Leone in 1984. At age 11 Mwenso was mesmerized by the showmanship and brilliance of James Brown who became a major influence in shaping his delivery. As Mwenso states at the International Jazz Day held in Harlem this year (4/30), “You’re getting a generation of holistic musicians who love Louis Armstrong just as much as Woody Shaw and Ornette Coleman. They want to be free in all

styles of musicfree in themselves. We’re figuring out ways to play this music as art, but as entertainment too.” Mwenso delivers as both an entertainer and artist and we as an audience of Jazz lovers benefit from Michael Mwensa and the Shakes At CMC his style and grace. Thank you, Colored Musicians Club for shaking up our world. We can’t wait to see the lineup for next year!



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"Dare To Dream": Amazing Medical School Opportunities Available for Minorities!

Congratulations 2018 "Rock" Conner Phi Omega Scholarship Winners! The Phi Omega Scholarship Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Omega graduate chapter, is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 Clarence A. “Rock” Conner scholarship program. Clarence A. “Rock” Conner, a profound advocate of higher education, was a member of Theta Psi and Phi Omega chapters, who tirelessly worked to ensure young people attend college by providing scholarships. Professionally he served as financial aid director at the University at Buffalo for many years. This year’s recipients include: Kenneth W. Fling ($2,000); Christopher J. Murphy ($1,000); Jevon F. Whittington ($1,000); Christian B. Cowart ($500); David Whitaker ($500). Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients. Phi Omega chapter is under the leadership of Phillip Dabney Jr., Esq., Basileus. W. Charles Brandy is president of Phi Omega Scholarship Foundation, Inc.


By Nanette D. Massey

ow would you like to go to one of the world’s top regarded medical schools at absolutely no cost, have your living expenses covered, and begin your career totally debt free? What if you only needed a high school diploma to be accepted? What if you could do all of this and have the exotic experience of studying abroad? What if being Black and poor was actually advantageous to you in the admissions process? OMEGA SCHOLARS! Top Row L-R) Jevon F. Whittington, Christopher J. Murphy, Christian B. Cowart. Above (l-r) David Whitaker and Kenneth W. Fling.

Deltas Historically Black College Tour Accepting Applications Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Buffalo Alumnae Chapter announces that applications are available for the 27th annual Dr. Mattie L. Rhodes College Preparatory Program and Historically Black College (HBCU) Tour. An orientation will be held for interested parents and students on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Delavan Grider Community Center. Applications are available on the chapter website: Says Chapter President Mattie L. Rhodes, “We are excited to celebrate 27 years of touching over approximately twelve hundred young lives through this college preparatory program. As an organization we are proud to Serve, Lead and Empower young people to make their decisions to attend and succeed at college.” The 6 week long program will culminate with a tour of HBCU’s in the Maryland and Washington, DC area to include: Morgan State University, Bowie State, Coppin State and Howard University from October 24 – 28th. As an added experience, students will have the opportunity to attend a university homecoming celebration. The Program is open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Erie, Niagara and Monroe County. The cost to participate is $415.00 per student with a non-refundable $150 deposit due/postmarked by Friday, August 10, 2018. For more information, please call Program Chair Vanita Jamison at (716) 320-0608 or email dstblackcollegetour@gmail. com, and visit the chapter website:

On Sunday, June 24, The Western New York Peace Center showed the film Dare To Dream at Hallwalls Arts Center. It is a half hour documentary about ELAM, the Latin American Medical School, in Cuba. At ELAM, students are recruited from the poorest, most disadvantaged parts of the world to study medicine at no cost in exchange for a commitment to go back to their home communities to practice medicine. Cheryl LaBash from Detroit, representing the groups Pastors for Peace and the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) was on hand to field questions. After two hurricanes laid waste to much of Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic in 1988, Fidel Castro’s Cuban government sent nearly two thousand doctors and other medical practitioners to these ravaged countries. After patching injuries and mending broken bones, doctors found these to be only the tip of the medical needs in these areas. Treatable concerns such as dehydration, unattended chronic diseases, and the lack of vaccinations were long standing, more permanent problems. Cuba converted an old Havana naval academy into a university offering scholarships to students of these four countries with the idea of transforming medical care all together in the Caribbean and Latin American world. In 1999, Castro met with members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. In solidarity with the recognizably subpar health index numbers of the African American population, he broadened admission to ELAM to include young people living in any district represented by the CBC, and eventually any low income students from medically underserved U.S. communities. Students between ages eighteen and twenty five are admitted from all over the world, mainly from North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Ten slots are reserved annually for U.S. citizens. Normally applications go through their respective governments for screening but, because of the precarious relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, IFCO is the country’s go-between. President Barack Obama did famously make moves in 2014 toward eradicating the embargo enacted during the late 1950’s, but the Trump administration has reversed that diplomatic course. Classes are taught in Spanish, but having no familiarity with the language need not be a hindrance. A twelve week immersion, focusing on medical terminology, is a part of the six year curriculum. A high school diploma with a B average is required. Course work needs to include one year of college level biology, chemistry, and physics classes. Students who missed these courses in high school may choose to spend a year at a local college in order to shore up their transcript. The World Health Organization has given the school its highest nod of approval. Course work has been evaluated and approved against the expectations of the Medical Board of California, the stiffest targets in the country. ELAM also takes into account the particular obligation to pass the U.S. Medical Licensing Exams series (USMLE) in its syllabus. Graduates leave recognized by all fifty states as ready to withstand the rigors of any residency program. There is no expectation for students to remain in Cuba upon graduation. The nation already enjoys an abundance of doctors, with nearly eight available for every thousand people (compared to under three in the U.S.). The school’s prime objective is to provide medical practitioners in remote places that may not have any at all. In the U.S., new doctors who wish to administer primary and preventive care in locations where the pay may not be alluring find they cannot for being saddled with thousands of dollars worth of student loans. Graduating from ELAM with no debt allows these young professionals to lead their decisions with philanthropic purpose instead of economic necessity, if that is indeed where their heart lies. What should you be doing now if you are a Buffalo Public School East Side seventh or eighth grade student imagining yourself in a white coat with lots of extra initials after your name, but your family has no means for an expensive education? Your dreams are not dead yet. “For once,” said World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan, “if you’re poor, female, or from an indigenous population you have a distinct advantage.” First, profit from the Spanish curriculum at your school if it is offered, or be prepared to do so at the high school level. Pay extra emphasis to your math and science studies, even getting a tutor should you need to. The resources expended towards a tutor now will save you thousands in tuition later on. Lastly, familiarize yourself with the website

Are You Registered to VOTE? August 19th is the deadline!


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Deadline to Register for Sept.13th Primary is August 19th! In addition to registering former felons and those ex-offenders who are currently on parole, this writer is reaching out to the youth to make sure they are registered to vote for the upcoming September Primary Election. The registration application is a simple one page form that can be filled out and signed in less than five minutes. Also, under new leadership at the board of elections, the process of receiving a voting application and getting one’s voter card has been trimmed to one week or less. That is something that was simply unheard of a few years ago. I recall some applicants waiting six weeks or more for a voter card to be mailed out. The primary election this year is Thursday, September 13th. The fact that it is on a Betty Thursday is going to assist in what many are GRANT predicting to be a low voter turnout election. They are saying this because of the low turnout that happened in 2012 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo changed the election from Tuesday, September 11th to Thursday, September 13th out of respect to the 911 or the September 11th tragedy that happened at the World Trade Towers, in New York City in 2001. Millions of voters were not used to voting on a Thursday so they either stayed home or forgot to go out and vote. I am taking this opportunity to alert you to the change in the voting day this year because, for our community, every vote is needed in order to vote in the representatives that are going to turn our communities around. But if you don’t get registered by August 19th or you registered as a Blank, this primary season is not for you. I am sorry but you will have to sit this election out. Those voters who elected not to choose a political party, cannot participate in that political party’s election. They can only vote in the General Election, where the election process is open to all regardless of party affiliation. But for me and hopefully, most of you, I shall see you at the polls on Primary Day, September 13, 2018!

GHANA-TOGO-BENIN STUDY TOUR (West Afrika) November 22- December 3, 2018

Don't miss this historic and therapeutic triple heritage study tour of the home of our ancestors. We can no longer accept horrific stories of chattel slavery taught to us by the people who benefit from our pain and suffrage. As a people we must revisit and re-write the devastation of our ancestors from an Afrikan world view. We will discover the truth about the Last Bath or Slave River and the Door of No Return. Although painful, we'll explore the dungeons of human suffrage built by the British and compare them with hell hole in Benin, built by the Portuguese. Another feature of the group is a dialogue with the Afrikans born in America who have repatriated from pharaohs house in America back to the land of milk and honey in Afrika. Learn first hand what it's like to return home. Also, we shall participate in an actual festival in the village of the Buffalo family. Nana Arko VII will celebrate 10 years of his success as a chief. Africa. Afrikan attire is a must. There is more to see and do. However, a $300 non-refundable deposit with registration form is due immediately in order to hold your seat. For more information and tour package please contact Modell Gault a.k.a. Nana Modell (716) 715-6559 or email

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” - John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal. 1827 America’s 1st Black Newspaper

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Justice Under Attack!

Now it is being proposed by the powers that be that you can teach these same White teachers, who have intentionally miseducated, failed and targeted our children the basic formulations of restorative justice, without the philosophy or ideology that would change the way they think about themselves and the children that they are supposed to serve, and that will enable them to heal our children. Again, taking the authentic care and authority away from Black and Brown parents and investing it in these same dysfunctional teachers. To think that they would be able to deal with our children without abusing them I say that is as false a notion as Egypt being in any other part of the world but Africa. My people, Black, Latino and other Brown parents, we are under attack and we must join together to fight this monopoly that White teachers have had on the educational system in America for far too long that everyone knows is broken. Everyone knows the educational system in America is inherently racist, sexist and classist. Now, these challenges are right in our face here in Buffalo, in Black face, by a woman who thinks and lives White, but who pretends to have all children’s interest, including children of color’s interest at heart. This person talks restorative justice and has actually been trained in its formulations, but in no way knows anything about its origin or the principles inherent in its philosophy and practice that made it a healing methodology for our ancient ancestors. Our ancestors left this valuable resource to us as part of the legacy of Black people. This same person, only two years ago, falsely presented herself as part of a committed restorative justice community, while our community argued with the powers that be that restorative justice was a methodology and practice needed to heal people traumatized by tensions, conflicts and even violence. The powers that be argued against restorative justice and this same woman ended up taking a job with those same powers that be, selling out the restorative justice community. This behavior has a historical precedent in her personal life which conforms to American thinking that nothing of value could possibly come from Black people and certainly not out of Africa. That is the kind of thinking that infuses, informs and corrupts any attempt to solve the problems of the Black community when it comes to services for healing, resolution or even salvation. For example, if Black pastors don’t conform to the positions held by the powers that be, if they say or do anything that the powers that be don’t agree with, they get marginalized and isolated, and defunded. The problems of our youth in the school system, the problems of our people in the court system and in our communities cannot be solved by putting a band-aid over the wound. The wound is too deep for band-aids and gloss overs. This is where this woman would try to get herself and her people paid and, according to her boss, everyone else can volunteer, if they choose. Think about this my people, the problems of neighbors who can’t come to common agreements, the problems of our young people who are not given a voice in their own lives and education, the violence in our schools, in our homes and on our streets are issues for us and must be solved by us. We have the means and the know-how. Yet this same woman proposes to the Buffalo School Board that she and her cohorts will credibly and authentically provide a watered down, corrupted practice to our people and that it will be healing. She even put on a show at The University of Buffalo where she had African dancers entertain and portray that as the African contribution to Restorative Justice, an insult that flies in the face of historical evidence. That was the kind of inaccurate and false premising that supports the prevailing thinking that if White people are behind it, it is valuable and of consequence, and Blacks can be the entertainers. But as soon as Black people talk about doing something for themselves, taking leadership that does not include White people then it is not valuable or of positive consequence. How can White people, particularly White women from the suburbs,

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who themselves suffer from the most extreme forms of neurosis, come into the inner city to teach children who they have no relationships with, no positive frame of reference for, and no authentic historical reference of, possibly teach children of color? How could those same teachers, passionate about teaching though they may be, teach or heal someone else without resolving their own unresolved traumas around sex and race Baba and even class? Can you then propose to take ENG those same White teachers and train them in the formations of restorative practices without any philosophical frame of reference or ethical imperative? My people, it is up to us to tell The Buffalo School Board, the Buffalo Court System and Law Enforcement that we will determine who is best suited to teach and heal our people, and that the pretenses of the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition will not do. After four hundred and more years of slavery, oppression and discrimination it is about time for us to again stand up and refuse to bow down or be played even by those who look like us. One of our Ancestors said that one of the prices of freedom is continued vigilance and that means check me first to make sure I am right in my words and in my actions and then check anyone else who proposes to have solutions to the issues that affect our community. Peace, Your Brother BaBa Eng

What The Heck is Going On In Buffalo City Court? Dear Editor: Could someone who works in the Buffalo City Court, I don't care, a judge, someone, anyone who works there, tell me, what the heck is going on down there. I just came back from the City Court building with a friend who had a small claims matter, and what I saw was disgusting. I had never been in the Courthouse before, and thought it would be interesting to see how things work in the "halls of justice." It was "justice" alright, but spelled just-us as far as the customers, and so few of us as the paid workers. We started walking into the building and saw NONE of us as security officers. We were just there in the line waiting to get in the building. Next, we went to the chief clerk's office for directions, and saw NONE of us as support staff. Just out of curiosity we looked into what they called the criminal record room. Sure enough we were there standing in line for information, but as far as paid workers, we saw ONLY one sister out of a room full of workers. Before we left the building, we took the time to peek into every court room that was open, just to see if we were mistaken in the conclusion we had reached. As we walked from courtroom ta courtroom, we saw the Black Judges, but almost no Black support staff. How could this be???? If it is this bad in the city court, it can be only ten times worse in the other courts downtown. Once again our politicians are silent as we wonder out loud, where is economic justice for Black and Brown people in Buffalo? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to exist in the courts. -Eric Edwards

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12 LEGAL NOTICE Wells Fargo v. Bodie Index No.: 809802/2015. Date Filed: 07/25/2018. ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Plaintiff designates Erie County as the Place of Trial. Designation of Venue is based upon the situs of the Subject Property. Subject Property: 263 Evane Drive, Depew, New York 14043. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF ERIE WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2007-OPT1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-OPT1, Plaintiff, -againstMICHELLE BODIE AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF DEBORAH KEICHER, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or window, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, ET AL, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until sixty (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. 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. THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $90,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of ERIE on March 30, 2007, in Book number 13343 Page number 2004, covering premises known as 263 Evane Drive, Depew, New York 14043 – SBL #: 92.18 – 15 – 15. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to

Challenger Community News • t hec •August 8, 2018 satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant Michelle Bodie as Heir to the Estate of Deborah Keicher, the foregoing Supplemental Summons with Notice is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Joseph R. Glownia of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Erie, dated June 15, 2018. Dated: July 25, 2018 New Rochelle, NY MCCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, LLC /s/_________________ Matthew Smith, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street, Suite 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-636-8900 914-636-8901 facsimile HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay your taxes in accordance with state and local law. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to "save" your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner's distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.



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ROOMS FOR RENT: Delavan-Humboldt area, Bailey-Delavan. $325$480. Everything included. (716)818-3410. LEGAL NOTICE Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. is currently seeking contracts with experience delivering high quality construction. Female and minority companies are strongly encouraged to participate. What: Emerson School of Hospitality II Where: 75 W Huron Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 The construction project includes the transformation of the existing C.W. Miller Livery Building into a new educational facility focused on the culinary and hospitality sectors operated by the Buffalo City School District. A 5,000 square foot Gymnasium Addition will also be constructed and attached to the existing structure. Work must comply with the U.S. Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Restoration and Preservation. All contractors are to familiarize themselves with these standards. Bidders can access the contract documents from the Construction Exchange on-line plan room or have them printed from Reprocraft, 136 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. Bids are due to Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. no later than 2 pm on August 23, 2018. For more information contact Mark Wendling at 716-517-5867 or

LEGAL NOTICES BIDS 40-yard Contractor Duty Open Top 22 feet long, 82 inches high sides, 96 inches wide Floor: minimum 3/16 inch Gate Type: Standard side swing Hinges: 3 with grease zerks Cross Members: minimum 3-inch channel x 4.1 lbs./ft. Cross Member space: minimum 17.5 inches on center Hook up: Cable Bottom Rails: minimum 2 inches x 6 inches x 1/4 tubing Front Wheels: 8 inches x 6 inches long w/grease zerks Rear Wheels: 8 inches x 10 inches long Primer: Primer Gray Paint: Mack Green Top Rails: minimum 3 inches x 4 inches x 3/16 inch Side Sheet: minimum 12 gauge Side Post: minimum 3 inches x 5 inches Side Post Spacing: minimum 24 inches on center All bids to be sealed and submitted to the Elma Town Clerk by August 28, 2018 by 2:00 pm. Any questions relative to the bid specifications can be directed to Wayne Clark at 716-652-2515

NEW BUSINESSES LLC -LEGAL NOTICELittle Butterfly Learners will be opening by July 1st,2018.Located in Erie County at 171 E. Morris Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 171 E. Morris Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Purpose of the LLC is provide quality child care to children ages 6weeks to 12 years of age. July 11,18,,25, August 1,8,15 -LEGAL NOTICELESLIE'S BOUTIQUE, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on MAY 09, 2018. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1474 Fillmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. July18,,25, August 1,8,15,22 NOTICE of FORMATION of a DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CanaBelle Books, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the NY Dept of State on April 9, 2018. Office in Erie County. The llc designates the following as its registered agent upon whom process against it may be served within the State of New York is: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. The Secretary of State, SOS, is designated as agent of the llc upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or w/o this state to which the SOS shall mail a copy of any process against the llc served upon him or her is: CanaBelle Books, LLC 161 Marine Dr., Apt 8H, Buffalo, NY 14202. Purpose of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. July 25, August 1,8,15,22,29

LEGAL NOTICE The County of Erie, New York is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified vendors interested in providing Housekeeping and Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Services levels I and II to clients of the Department of Senior Services Case Management program. Proposers interested in providing PCA services are invited to respond to this request. The Department strives to provide efficient social model Home Care services covering the expanse of the County of Erie. The Requests for Proposals can be found at: and a complete copy of packages can be obtained by contacting Timothy R. Hogues 716-8586046. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Timothy Hogues. Proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Senior Services, by 4:00 PM, (EST), Monday, August 27, 2018, as described within the RFP package. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Timothy R. Hogues, Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Senior Services.


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LEGAL NOTICE Quicken Loans vs Johnson STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE Filed: 07/17/2018 Index No.: 812766/2017 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Mortgaged Premises: 256 Benzinger St Buffalo, (City of Buffalo) NY 14206 QUICKEN LOANS INC.,

Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON if living, and if he be dead, his respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant(s) who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein;


nominee for Quicken Loans Inc. duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to Quicken Loans Inc. by Assignment dated July 7, 2017 and recorded on July 22, 2017 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 13819 Page: 7761. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the Mortgaged Premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the County in which the Mortgaged Premises is situated. Section: 112.42 Block: 3 Lot: 8 DATED: April 11, 2018 Rochester, New York 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. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

SCHEDULE A LEGAL DESCRIPTION ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 41, Township 11, Range 7 of the Holland Land Company's Survey and according to map filed in Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 9 is known as Subdivision Lot No. 7 in Block 15. Premises: 256 Benzinger Street, Buffalo, NY 14206 Tax Parcel ID No.: Section: 112.42 Block: 3 Lot: 8

(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. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS:

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on Plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner 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 hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is for the foreclosure of: Mortgage bearing the date of February 20, 2015, executed by Christopher Johnson, a single man to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), solely as nominee for Quicken Loans, Inc. to secure the sum of $44,184.00, and interest, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County on February 20, 2015 in Book: 13712 Page: 5997. That Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”) as



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Buffalo Employment and Training Center / BETC 716-856-5627 The BETC is here to help with your job searching needs. We have free services to all jobseekers looking to find better paying work, an exciting new career, or wanting to upgrade skills. to become more marketable. in today’s marketplace. Orientation Times: Monday – Thursday, 10 am or 2 pm.


NFTA Procurement Invitation to Bid

4809 - SNOWPLOWING, SALTING AND SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES Download Bids from www. LEGAL NOTICE Bids Copiers and Managed Print Services The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is soliciting bids to replace its current copiers and managed print services. The services will include replacement of current copier hardware and maintenance including all printers. A copy of the request can be found on our website at http:// Proposals or you may email Brian Krygier at the address below. Proposals are due at 95 Perry Street, Suite 403, Buffalo, NY 14203 by 3:00 PM Friday, August 24th, 2018. Submit questions to bkrygier@


O Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return, I promise to make our name known, and cause you to be invoked. Say three our Fathers, three Hail Marys and Glorias. Publication must be promised. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. This Novena has never been known to fail. I have had my request granted. Publication promised. B.C.

LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING In the Matter of the Application of The Buffalo City Cemetery, Inc. For Consent to take land for Cemetery Purposes in the County of Erie NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Erie County Legislature will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Chambers of the Erie County Legislature, located on the 4th Floor of the Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider public testimony regarding the proposed acquisition of Gethsemane Cemetery located off of Reist Street in the Town of Amherst, County of Erie, State of New York, consisting of approximately 5.996 acres and designated as SBL #68.04-1-15.111 (the “Cemetery”), by The Buffalo City Cemetery, Inc., a NY cemetery corporation, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14209 (d/b/a the “Forest Lawn Group”), from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, a NY not-for-profit corporation, 960 James Street, Syracuse NY 13203. Any person interested in the above matter may be heard at said public hearing. The Buffalo City Cemetery, Inc. will make application at a meeting of the Erie County Legislature to be held in the Chambers of the Erie County Legislature, located on the 4th Floor of the Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., in the City of Buffalo, New York on October 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM, or any adjournment thereof, for consent to take by deed the Cemetery property. Dated: Buffalo, New York, August 1, 2018 BY ORDER OF THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE OF THE COUNTY OF ERIE, NEW YORK. By ROBERT M. GRABER, Clerk, Erie County Legislature



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Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11 a.m. - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010

Chicago Steppin’: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St.

Chicago Steppin’: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St.



The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566.

Kerns Ave. Bowling Center 10th Year Celebration: 12 noon until closing, free for kids till 6 p.m., Adult specials 6 p.m. – until; 163 Kerns Ave.

TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREET: 11 a.m. – dusk, MLK Park, 8914760.

Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702.

Ellicott Mall Reunion: All Day, JFK Community Center; 3925588.


Free Exercise Classes: 10 to 11 a.m., at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the Fillmore and Best Streets.

The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY AUG. 10 Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor









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Buff City Hoops 4th Annual Basketball Tournament: Masten Park @ Best St. & Jefferson Ave., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. HOME 2nd Annual Community Block Party BBQ: 12 noon – 3 p.m., 1542 Main St. 851-1400. Free food, games, music. 2018 Ellicott Mall Reunion: JFK Park, Community Day Event. All welcome. COTA MANUMIT BOOK RELEASE: Featuring Author Derrel L. Moore Jr.; 4-7 p.m. Cleve-Hill UM Church social Hall, 546 Eggert Rd., $20 or 2 for $35 advance; $25 @ door; (904)454-0329. Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Saturdays, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5 SUNDAY AUG. 12 PINE GRILL JAZZ REUNION, MLK PART 2, STARTS AT 3 P.M. WEDNESDAY AUG. 15 Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11 a.m. - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566. Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702. THURSDAY AUG. 16 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY AUG. 17 Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade: 1-6 p.m. Niagara Square to LaSalle Park. Free Exercise Classes: 10 to 11 a.m., at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the Fillmore and Best Streets. Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Saturdays, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5 WEDNESDAY AUG. 22 Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11 a.m. - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566.




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TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATION OF WNY @ CAO Headquarters Corner of Leroy & Halber From 9am-5pm. Starting@ $10 w/No Service Fees (While Supplies Last). Tickets also at Doris Records, WWW.UNIVERSOULCIRCUS.COM or Any Ticketmaster location

Challenger Community News August 8,2018  
Challenger Community News August 8,2018