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July 29, 2021


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Rochester Middle School Renamed In Honor of Dr. Alice Holloway Young Page 2

MARSHA MCWILSON First Black Female Artist Inducted

Into Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame

VOICES: India Walton Victim of Media’s Biased Journalism! Page 11

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Good News for Minority & Women Businesses! Page 5




Middle School Renamed in Honor of Dr. Alice Holloway Young Dr. Alice Holloway Young, a gifted teacher and an untiring advocate and administrator, was honored last week when the Rochester City School District (RCSD) announced that Nathaniel Rochester Middle School will be renamed in her honor. It will now be called the Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence. Recognized as an energetic champion for the Dr. Young school children of New York State who had a pronounced influence upon Rochester higher education, Dr. Young was one of the District's first African American Classroom teachers; the only African American reading specialist in the District; the first Vice Principal and Principal of elementary schools; first Title I Director (programs for educationally and economically deprived children; wrote and supervised the District's first integration programs including the Urban Suburban Program which is still in existence and other firsts as well. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bennett College and Master's and Doctoral degrees in Education Supervision and Administration from the University of Rochester. She became employed with the Rochester City School District in 1952 and pioneered as an African American educator over the next four decades. She was Monroe Community College’s Chair of Trustees for 20 years. The school, located in the city's historic Black neighborhood, was renamed after a petition with more than 100 signatures was presented to Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small. A community forum was held as a result and several speakers participated. A petition on cites the fact that Rochester was a former slave owner as the reason for why his name should be removed. Dr. Alice Holloway Young is now 97years young!

City Tax Bills Due July 31; Property Owners Advised Not To Risk Late Penalties Rochester residential property owners who have not received their tax bill or property owners who do not have escrow arrangements with their mortgagee are urged to contact the City’s Tax Information Office at 428-6940, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The first installment of the 2021-2022 City property tax bill is due by July 31, 2021. Payments may be mailed to: Property Taxes, City Treasurer, P.O. Box 14270, Rochester, NY 14614-0270l paid in person at the Finance Department’s cashier window located at City Hall, 30 Church St., or online at info or call 428-6940.

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4th Annual Roc Women’s Fest Returns to Downtown Mayor Lovely A. Warren trecently announced that the Roc Women’s Fest, presented by MVP Health Care, is returning for its fourth year, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at Parcel 5 Downtown featuring free events and activities that showcase women in the Rochester community while promoting fitness, fine arts, beauty and wellness. “Rochester women have always been, and continue to be, ahead of their time,” said Mayor Warren. “Our community has benefited from the strength and intelligence of so many women past and present...“ The Roc Women's Fest is a shining example of the strong impact that women and women owned businesses have on the City of Rochester,” said MVP Health Care’s Field Marketing Coordinator, Yvonne Donnelly. More than 30 female owned and operated vendors will be present and free group fitness classes will take place on the main stage. Admission is free and women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend and come dressed to move. The group fitness class schedule is as follows: •Noon: Group Yoga Class with Yoga 4 A Good Hood •1 p.m.: Dance Party Fusion with MBody Fitness •2 p.m.: Fitness Class with Vault Gym •3 p.m.: Strong Nation with Pearl’s Physique •4 p.m.: Zumba with RocZumba For more information on the 2021 Roc Women’s Fest, visit

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PROUD MOMENT: Historian Dr . Eva Doyle is pictured with her proud granddaughter following the recent dedication of the auditorium inside the Merriweather Library in her name. New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy officially dedicated the newly named Dr. Eva M. Doyle Auditorium during a ribbon cutting public ceremony recognizing Dr. Doyle’s vast contributions as a teacher, writer and community leader. Congratulations Dr. Doyle! Challenger Photo

Fruitbelt Coalition National Night Out Event The Fruitbelt Coalition will host its National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 3 at 37 Mulberry Street & BNFC (Sanctuary Memorial Garden) from 4 – 8:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass & lawn chair. Events will include free food, community police officer’s youth network, bike helmets, informational vendors, voter registration, dance, BINGO, prizes and more. To RSVP for all group participants and additional information, please contact the FruitBelt Coalition, 150 Maple St. at 716-893-6428.

Rally And Protest Demonstration In Support Of India Walton The We Are Women Warriors Organization conducted a rally and protest demonstration in support of Buffalo mayoral candidate and Democratic Primary 2021 winner India Walton last Wednesday. The rally took place directly in front of The Buffalo News building at One News Plaza downtown, as the media event was also designed to protest what the organization charged as the biased, unfair, and defamatory articles and stories being printed by newspaper concerning Ms. Walton, amid her candidacy for mayor .Former County Legislator and We are Women Warriors founder Betty Jean Grant called out the News, which she said, was attempting to discredit Ms. Walton, who prevailed in an open and fair election in the Betty Jean Grant. Street Legacy City Of Buffalo . Photos by Darvin Adams



n Friday, July 30 from 12 noon and lasting for approximately one hour, John H. Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd, collectively referred to as The Buffalo 5, will convene a “live, in-person” Prayer Vigil for Justice in front of the State Supreme Courthouse, 25 Delaware Avenue, downtown. At the most recent court appearance on Tuesday, July 20th, closing arguments were rendered by defense counsel Paul J. Cambria, Jr. of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP in Buffalo, and a representative of the Office of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. In his presentation, Mr. Cambria stated a number of points, among them: That two particular crime scene photographs retired Judge James A.W. McCleod says he presented as material evidence in exonerated of Buffalo 5 member Floyd Martin's 1977 trial, debunked the then prosecution's theory, and Boyd (left) and John Walker. following July 20 court their state's witness' allegation, that four in- Darryl appearance. Challenger Photo dividuals (John Walker, Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson, and Floyd Martin) had been responsible for the 1976 robbery and murder of Mr. William Crawford. Also: That these photos somehow went missing after defendant Martin's trial, and are therefore not now available to the present-day defense strategy against Walker's and Boyd's 1976 indictments and 1977 convictions; That as a result of the exclusion and disappearance of such potentially exculpatory evidence, then and now, is a violation of both Walker's and Boyd's civil and human rights; That a Buffalo Police Department investigator inferred, back in 1977, that such photo evidence was suggestive of a “lone, heavyset” assailant; and, That a contemporaneous handwritten note made in the margin of a then Assistant Erie County District Attorney's trial summation notes, stating “convict the heavy-set suspect,” was a reference to such opinion and, thereby, was proof that such 1977 crime scene photos had at one time existed, that these had at one time had been in the possession of authorities, and, that despite such dependable opinion having been rendered, the photos' highly relevant content had not been acted upon as evidence. Now, Buffalo 5 members John H. Walker and Darryl Boyd are awaiting the Decision of NYS Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.

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Marshall Taylor ca. 1906-1907 Gallica Digital Library

Marshall Taylor The First Black Cycling World Champion Marshall Taylor was born into an impoverished family on Nov. 26, 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Gilbert, was the son of a slave and a Union soldier who worked for a wealthy family in Indianapolis. Taylor’s cycling career first began as just an attempt to draw in customers for the local bicycle store but one of the shop’s owners, entered him into a ten-mile bicycle race as a publicity stunt. Taylor caught everyone by surprise when he not only finished the race but won it by six seconds. And that’s when the legendary cyclist’s career really began to take off. Before his 20th birthday, Taylor had already collected seven world records and soon after, captured the coveted and barrier-breaking title of World Cycling Champion in 1899. Taylor was only the second Black athlete to ever win a world champion title. Despite his new title and fame, Taylor still faced cruel racism. Yet he dominated the cycling world for the first decade of the twentieth century. It is reported that he made $30,000 a year, which made him one of the wealthiest athletes, White or Black, of his time. He retired at the age of 32 in 1910. The last years of his life were spent selling his self-published autobiography, The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World, doorto-door in Chicago while he lived at a local YMCA. Marshall Taylor passed away in 1932 at the age of 53 in the charity ward of a Chicago hospital.


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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors

Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong

•Don't smoke or vape. •Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. •Take a multivitamin or virus-fightin herbs such as Lemon Balm, Zinc, Cat's Claw if you suspect that you may not be getting all the nutrients you need through your diet. •Exercise regularly. •Maintain a healthy weight. •Control your stress level. •Control your blood pressure. •If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation (no more than one to two drinks a day for men, no more than one a day for women). •Get enough sleep.

Foods that Boost Immunity and Fight Infection

•Vitamin C – Citrus Fruits & Greens •Beta-Carotene – Root Vegetables & Greens .•Vitamin E – Nuts, Seeds & Greens •Antioxidants – Green Tea •Vitamin D •Garlic •Vitamin B-6 •Water – Hydration •Zinc

What Exactly Does the New Revised CDC Mask Mandate Say? When Covid-19 shows up after the 14th day of being fully vaccinated, the virus is said to have “broken through” the vaccine’s protection. This “breakthrough” infection happens rarely and most cases are mild or asymptomatic. Put in perspective, millions of people fully vaccinated will experience this breakthrough infection. “When people hear the numbers, they have to recognize that no vaccine is perfect, but this vaccine is still very, very, very good,” said Dr. Stephen Schrantz, Infectious Disease Specialist, Univ. Of Chicago Medicine. People with compromised immune systems are most at risk for breakthrough infection. There is a test that will detect the presence or lack of Covid antibodies. People being vaccinated might want to ask about it. If there is anything to be learned from examples of illness or death after vaccination it is that the Covid-19 vaccines do not guarantee no future infection. -New CDC GuidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance Tuesday on wearing masks to help protect against infection from the coronavirus as the highly transmissible delta variant fuels a surge of cases. Under the new recommendations, the federal agency is urging vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in certain circumstances. What exactly does the revised guidance say? Fully vaccinated or not, people who live where coronavirus transmission is classified as substantial or high should wear masks when they are indoors in public places. The agency also called for universal mask-wearing in K-12 schools, where masks should be worn by teachers, other staff members, students and visitors. The recommendation applies to everyone over the age of 2. While vaccines are authorized for adolescents, studies are ongoing in children under age 12. And according to the CDC, just 30 percent of youngsters age 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated. The CDC continues to urge everyone to get one of the three coronavirus vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States, saying the shots continue to offer a high degree of protection against becoming seriously ill. New York State Gov. Cuomo announced that the state is now reviewing these recommendations.

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Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, raises awareness about mental health, and reduces stigma. Trainings include lunch! Spots for these trainings are limited. Join us on August 25 from 9 am to 3 pm Community Health Center of Buffalo 34 Benwood Avenue, Bufalo 14214 For more information contact Karl at Be sure to follow us on Facebook or visit our website at

Free PPE Giveaway And Narcan Training Session Held The We Are Women Warriors organization conducted a FREE Personal Protective Equipment Giveaway last Friday in front of Grant's Variety Shoppe. Grant's Variety, which is owned by Betty Jean Grant, the founder of We Are Women Warriors, is located at 1055 East Ferry Street. The giveaway helped to raise the public's awareness of the resurgence of the Coronavirus that is presently underway throughout the world, and helped facilitate the distribution of much-needed masks and hand sanitizer to city and county residents. The PPE that was given away comprised of masks ( disposable and reusable) and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Recipients also gained an opportunity to learn about Naloxone or NARCAN, a prescription medication that The Community’s Portrait & Event Photographer. is used to treat suspected or known opioid overdose. 716.319.8979 • Facebook: Blanc Photographie • Instagram: @blanc_photographie

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LEGAL NOTICE Bid ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for Plumbing Repairs Term Contract at Various Developments, BMHA Job 21-04-OP Specifications will be available at the Capital Improvements Office located at 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204 between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday thru Friday. Sealed bids will be received until 3:00pm, local time, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14202. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time. All bid forms must be filled out and returned. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in the conference room of the Capital Improvements office, 320 Perry Street. Perspective offerors are strongly advised to attend the scheduled pre-bid meeting. The BMHA reserves the right to reject any bid, which fails to conform to the essential items, required by the contract documents and to reject any and/or all bids submitted. Dated: July 23, 2021

LEGAL NOTICE Bid The NFTA is soliciting bids for Project No. 10LS1711 LRRT - DL&W Station Building Structures and MEP Services Bid No. E571 due on September 14, 2021 at 2pm.

Legislature Chair Baskin Introduces Laws Creating New Division of Health Equity and Overhauling Erie County’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Process Erie County Legislature Chair April N. M. Baskin has introduced two major pieces of her “Pathway Forward” legislative program. The new laws, the Erie County Office of Health Equity Act and the Erie County Minority and Women Enterprise Equality and Modernization Act, address longstanding problems with Erie County’s

outmoded MWBE standards and the disparity in health outcomes suffered by African Americans and other minority groups in Erie County. “Since the spring of 2020, our nation has been confronted with an economic and health crisis caused by a once in a generation pandemic and a reckoning on the societal costs of system-

ic racism,” said Legislator Baskin. “These new local laws further my ‘Equity in Erie’ campaign to provide our community's citizens with the resources they need to improve their lives and take steps to address longstanding barriers facing underserved communities.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared racism a serious public health threat earlier this year. Racism's impact on public health is not limited to discrimination based on the color of a person's skin, as it includes the structural barriers that have been constructed over years of segregation and inequitable investment of public dollars. “Erie County is ranked in the bottom 25% of counties in New York State for health outcomes,” noted Kenyani Davis, Chief Medical Officer of the Community Health Center of Buffalo. “Within Erie County, there is a significant disparity be-

Legislature Chair Woman Baskin introduces new laws to benefit minority health and women's enterprises. From left, Christine Johnson, Dr. Kenyani Davis, Legislator Baskin and Ekua Mends-Aidoo . Photo By: Pedro Gonzalez, District Chief Staffer, Chairwoman April N.M.Baskin

tween the health outcomes of White residents and residents of color. More than 50% of the minority population in Erie County die prematurely, whereas only 35% of the White population in Erie County die prematurely.” The Erie County Office of Health Equity Act will create an Office of Health Equity ("OHE") within the Erie County Department of Health and will also establish an Erie County Health Equity Advisory Board. The OHE will help ensure all minority and disadvantaged residents have equal access to preventive health care and to seek ways to pro-

mote health and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority, marginalized, and disadvantaged populations. “COVID-19 shed a light on the way that health crises can increase inequality in already vulnerable populations,” said Ekua MendsAidoo - Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Evergreen Health. The Erie County Minority and Women Enterprise Equality and Modernization Act will consolidate the five local laws that currently govern contracting with minority and women business enterprises into one law, and Continued Page 10

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Pilgrim Family Fest Releases Line Up


he first annual Pilgrim Family Fest 2021 two-day event will feature vendors, live music food trucks and more!

The festival kicks off Friday, July 30 with a Fish Fry and Live Music from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 665 Michigan, where the Rev. Frank Bostic is Pastor. The theme is “Where I Come From.” On Saturday July 31 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. a COVID-19 Memorial Concert, theme, “Not Forgotten, Not A Number, But Precious Memories,” will take place at Wilkeson Pointe, Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd on the Buffalo Waterfront. The day long event will feature a free concert and live music by the Grammy Nominated Glenn Jones, Rev. Frank Bostic, Taylor Made Jazz and the KBS Worship Team with Karen Saxon. The guest speaker will be Mayor Brown.

Pilgrim family Fest July 31,2021 Show Schedule

Parking Available at Bell Slip Outer Harbor Wrist bands are available at the gate Gates Open 10:30 11am DJ 12 noon opening 12:10 – 12:45 PBC Praise Team 1:00 -1:45 Karen Saxon 1:50 – 2:10 T-Top Rapper 2:45 – 3:00pm Michael Norwood Solo Bassist 3:00 – 4:00 The Avengers Band

Bishop Michael Fisher Hosts “A Call From Our Community For Peace In Our Streets” Buffalo Diocese Bishop Michael W. Fisher hosted a prayerful community gathering recently in response to the high level of violence recently occurring in the City of Buffalo and Western New York. With the support of the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Department, New York Pastors for Life, and Buffalo Peacemakers, the gathered prayed for peace and an end to the violence that threatens individuals, families, neighborhoods and our entire community. 4:20 – 5:00 Taylor Made Jazz 5:45- 6:30 Lenny Williams - Track 6:45 – 7:45 Frank Bostic Frank Special Guest Melisa Kate 7:15 Frank returns 7:20 8:00 - 9:00 Glenn Jones (The Avengers Band)


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Marsha McWilson is First Black Female Artist Inducted Into the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame


fter “serving and singing” for almost 40 years, Niagara Falls’ own Marsha McWilson finally received her “icing on the cake” when she was became the first Black female artist inducted into the coveted Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame last Thursday at the Rapids Theatre. Peter Paonessa, president of the Niagara Fall Music Hall of Fame said during an earlier television interview, that the organization has been honoring musicians since 2017 and putting Marsha out there “legitimizes our mission.” “I’m celebrating two things today,” Marsha told an appreciative audience; the coveted induction into the Hall of Fame, and her 28th wedding anniversary! “I couldn’t have done it without my husband, Howard” she said before dedicating to him a soulful rendition of “At Last” by Etta James. Despite many tragedies, the amazing song stylist has persevered through it all, clinging to her faith in God. As a musical minister, Marsha is the kind of artist who walks into a room radiating light, love and laughter. You don't just hear her sing-- you experience her. She'll tell you, "I work for the Waymaker." In addition to owning and running her own business, Marsha, an accomplished vocalist, has made a name for herself performing locally, as well as nationally and internationally, singing a combination of gospel, jazz and blues. She has appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel TV show and sang in concert with greats like David & Tamela Mann, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, Michael Buble and many others. Marsha has met several fellow entertainers like Tyler Perry, Bobby Brown, comedian Luenell, and has lead a Gospel choir down the runway at Fashion Week in Toronto. You might have even heard her as a radio host on Power 96.5 FM/WUFO-Buffalo. Having trained under Les Brown, Marsha is also a motivational speaker, talking to young people about making good choices in life. Her giving spirit garnered her a Humanitarian Award from the City of Niagara Falls in 2002.

Marsha has also performed on the Tom Joyner Cruise which lead to an appearance in one of Tyler Perry’s TV shows. She has been paying tribute to Etta James with standingroom-only concerts in places like Lewiston, NY, along with recording her Blue Sky Blues CD, a follow-up to her hit song on iTune entitled “Balance.” She also played the role of "Athena" in "The Odyssey" at Artpark during the summer of 2018 and sang during the Lewiston Jazz Fest. She is an evangelist at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, serving under Bishop Roderick L. Hennings. She is listed in Who's Who in America and honored by God's Woman Vanessa Scott Outreach Marsha McWilson photo by Calvin Finklea Ministries as a prominent woman in her community. During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Marsha, who lost six family members, including her sister Vanessa to Covid-19, wrote and recorded the song "Rona Mae Blues," which received a lot of media attention . Marsha calls Niagara Falls, New York, home. Congratulations Marsha for an honor well deserved and long overdue!

Local Talent Tops Line Up for Annual Pine Grill Jazz Reunion! he African American Cultural Centers’ Pine Grill Jazz serves as the Artistic Director of the renowned Paul Robeson T Reunion will take place the first two Sundays in August , Theatre. These one-of-a-kind paintings will be donated to the Sunday, August 1st and Sunday, August 8th. The Pine Grill African American Cultural Center where they will be on disReunion is without a doubt one of our city's most popular events and the Cultural Center is thrilled to know that this 32-year-old tradition will continue in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park . The Jazz Reunion will run from 4p.m.-9p.m. on both Sundays with a Pre-Show that begins at 3:15p.m. This year’s entertainment will feature extraordinarily talented local artists on both weekends instead of just one. The lineup is as follows: August 1st: •Charlie Reedy’s Jazz Quartet •Kakilambe •Old School B-Boys •Charles L. Costner’s Percussion Brothers •Sandra Clay •Kimera Lattimore August 8th: •Charlie Reedy’s Jazz Quartet •Kakilambe •Sensation •24 Karat Gold •Darcel Blue •Wendy Jones (Los Angeles, CA) “We are excited to announce that the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion will feature a NEW component of art. Artists will join the performers onstage, both starting and completing an entire work of art before your eyes,” said says Kahlil Newkirk, one of the hosts for this year’s Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, who also

play following the festivities, before being sold at an inhouse/virtual auction. Keeping with tradition, the African American Cultural Center will also have Charlie Reedy's Quartet: Playing August 1&8! T-shirts available in all sizes. Please visit the agency website to order your shirts online! Additionally vending opportunities for this event are still available. Please stop by or call for an application. If you would like to bring a personal tent, size 10’x12’ or smaller, please call to register for your permit. There is no fee for tents this year, but we are accepting donations. If you are renting a park shelter please contact the agency at the number listed below. Although COVID restrictions have loosened, participants are encouraged to follow safety protocols whenever possible. A sanitization station will be made available for participants free of charge, and a healthcare provider will be onsite for those interested in receiving vaccinations. For more information, and continued updates, visit: Website: and our Social Media pages: Facebook/Instagram @AACCBUFFALO or call us at 716.884.2013

The Jefferson Avenue Block Party and The NICYO Funk Fest Returns!

Good News! The Jefferson Avenue Block Party has been scheduled for Friday, August 27, followed by the Rick James/NICYO Funk Fest in Martin Luther King Park (where it all began!) on Saturday, August 28! Stay tuned for more details!!

Festival of the Arts Community Appreciation Day Since the 2021 Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts was cancelled, the Festival is hosting a free Community Appreciation Day in Asbury Hall at Babeville , 341 Delaware, on Saturday, August 7 from 4-11 p.m. there will be four electric dance performances, three bands, an art sale, food trucks, videos from past festivals and beverages for all ages!


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Buffalo’s Dance Community: Reimaging, Restoring, Celebrating


uffalo, New York has a celebrated history for its repertoire of outstanding music and musicians, visual arts and artists, and superb theater. But, it’s important not to overlook dance and dancers in the Queen City. Over the years many of you may have heard folks talking about Buffalo City Ballet, Gemini Dance Company, Empire State Ballet, Pick of the Crop Dance, Festival Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, Matthew Clark’s Dance Academy, Buffalo Ballet Theater, Neglia Ballet, and Floorplay, among others. Then, beginning in the 1990s there was a major shift in the region’s dance community driven by shortfalls in funding, and large presenting venues deciding to bring in big names that could command higher ticket prices to offset the funding losses. As a result, the dance community started falling into chaos and in-fighting over funding. Only the most determined survived. In this instance, Buffalo City Ballet, aka Buffalo Inner City Ballet, shook off the dust, buckled down and continued working. As of this date, it remains the longest running ballet company in the region, operating under the direction of a classically trained African American executive director, Marvin Askew. Buffalo City Ballet can legitimately be recognized as a cornerstone of this region’s dance cathedral. The luster of other ensembles such as Empire State Ballet, Buffalo Ballet Theater, Gemini Dance, Floorplay, and Pick of the Crop has worn off and fallen into a heap of beloved memories. But, what of the people who still aspire to be dancers? For many years they floundered around in their own corners trying to make the best of things and grab onto whatever bits of funding was being distributed for dance. Recently, a handful of dancers, people who love dance, and those who support dance convened for some serious dialogue about strategizing a path out of the separatist rut they were in and chart a course for all of them to come together to revive and retool the character of dance in our community. Leading the charge on this new approach are four individuals whose passion for dance helped forge a bond and pathway that has already begun to reimagine how the dance community can interact with each other and promote the craft. The vehicle for this is M.O.V.I (Movement of Various Identities) - The brain child of acclaimed dancer/instructor/ choreographer, Robin Hibber; Nancy Hughes, professional dancer, choreographer, educator, and performer; Sophia Roberts, a dancer trained in Russian classical ballet, who also studied with Garth Fagan, is a liturgical dancer, and has a list of innovative performances throughout the region; and Fenna Mandolang who is a visual artist, has a passion for dance, and experiments with body movement through Contact Improv work. MOVI examines diverse styles and forms of African dance and presents the many ways that traditional African dance influenced the interpretative movements in other cultures across the globe as well as Euro-western dance as the result of explorations and co-mingling of cultures. MMOST - Magical Women of Color Culture Series - showcased specialty dances associated with specific cultures through a series of dance classes. Beatriz Flores of El Beaty, Natasha Perkins, Naila Ansari, Kesi Akono, Gaitrie Subryan, Meghan A. Rakeepile, Elyssa Bourke, and Abhishek Sharma have all taught classes focused on techniques ranging from hip hop and Afro World Beat to Cunningham, Dunham, and Salsa. The series is continuing with a new set of opportunities: MOST (Men of Swagger and Style Technique) taking place at the Clark Dance Academy, 255 Great Arrow Parkway, Suite 118, Buffalo, NY 14207. More dance classes in different techniques are being planned and scheduled. The goal is to share various dance forms with other dancers and students of dance in order to foster respect, appreciation, and knowledge and build a stronger, more vibrant dance community. To sign up for information and classes, go to the MOVI Facebook page https://www. You’ll be glad you did!



August 7 @ 5 pm Lakeside Complex, 825 Fuhrmann Blvd. Previousy purchesed tickets have been transferred to the new date

Annual Queen City Jazz Festival Returns July 31!


n Saturday July 31 between 1p.m. – 8p.m. ,the Historic Colored Musicians Club is proud to present the return of the annual Queen City Jazz Festival in downtown Buffalo for its 17th year anniversary and a day filled with jazz and jazz lover fellowship right outside of the club at 145 Broadway at Michigan ave. The roster features some of WNY’s world class talent to grace the stage presented by the CMC, who’s “vision is to be the global icon in the presentation of African-American music where the next generation of legends are made,” says artistic director Walter Kemp . The festival will boast the richness and diversity of Buffalo’s musical talent base showcased during 7 performances at this year’s event. Among the great lineup of performers gracing the stage, festival goers will get to hear the talents of award winning pianist George Caldwell featuring Bobby Militello . One of the Pre-eminent swing players of modern jazz, Caldwell is a fully tenured jazz piano legend who has served with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as a sideman extraordinaire, and as leader of his own ensembles. Also in the lineup is the beautifully unique vocal artist Curtis Lovell. Lovell who has in recent years released some of the most original and unique music projects, is the talented daughter of the late Ujima theater founder Lorna Hill. She embodies a captivating stage presence and has amazing sonic range with hints of her influences like Jill Scott, Nina Simone and Nat King Cole among others. Saxophonist / percussionist Nelson Rivera has been a valued member of the Buffalo music scene for nearly two decades. He performs with a wide variety of projects across a range of styles including Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz Ensemble, Buffalo Jazz Octet and many others. Drummer Daniel "DP" Powell will perform with Trinity Band a soulful favorite from the area. Powell has a host of recording and performing collaborations from his first gig with Chaka Khan to Prince, Freddie Jackson, Patti Labelle, Billy Cobham and Phyllis Hyman. There will be the performances by the one and only Trigger and the Sermon , the dynamic Jay Sharptet and the George Scott Big band who will open the show to kick off a full day of jazz so don't for get your chairs!

George Caldwell

Curtis Lovell

Nelson Rivera

Daniel "DP "Powel

The event will be held rain or shine. The festival is free, and donations are welcome to support the festival and the not-for-profit Colored Musicians Club. The full lineup for the day long event includes: 1pm George Scott Big Band 2pm Jay Sharptet 3pm Nelson Rivera & Somos La Gente 4pm Curtis Lovell 5pm Trinity featuring DP 6pm Trigger and the Sermon 7pm George Caldwell feat. Bobby Militello Festival sponsors are M&T Bank, Indigo Productions, Try-it Distributing Company, Buffalo Place, Cullen Foundation, Point 9mile Collaborative, Hallwalls C.A.C., and the City of Buffalo. Details about the Queen City Jazz festival are at Information about the historic Colored Musicians Club—the longest continually operating African-American Musicians Club in the United States(in 1999, it was designated a historical preservation site) —is at


Challenger Community News • t hec •July 29, 2021

Cheers To 90 Years!


strengthen minority and women owned business hiring by updating the goals to address current disparities. It also introduces a workforce hiring component to ensure workers on Erie County projects reflect the diversity of our population and implements real accountability for county contractors. Current local law requires that Erie County maintain a goal of awarding 15% of the total cost of contracts for professional, technical, or other consultant services to minority business enterprises and 5% goal for women business enterprises. The new MWBE legislation includes a new collective goal of 30% for MWBE contracts, which shall consist of 20% for MBE firms and 10% for WBE firms. Contractors awarded a contract by the county in a value of $100,000 for professional, technical, consultant or insurance services shall take action to create economic opportunity by utilizing MBEs and WBEs in all contracts with the County. The law also requires county departments to prepare and implement an annual written MWBE Utilization Plan for the utilization goals for minority and women owned business. The current Minority and Women Utilization Advisory Board ("MWUAB"), whose mission is to evaluate and review the adequacy of the County's efforts on behalf of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises will be tasked with reviewing program administration and implementation of this law including handling of any administrative appeals for noncompliance sanctions and shall submit an annual report to the Erie County Legislature.

A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! A host of family and friends honored 90 years of "life, livin' and givin' " during a birthday celebration for the amazing Jessie Wells last Saturday at The Mahogany in Tonawanda. Among those pictured, (top photo) just some of the family members with Mrs. Wells and (bottom right) the lovely Jessie and her son "Big Mike." It was a great tribute to a truly deserving, and great lady! Photos by OMG Photography

“The MWBE Modernization Act will help to provide a more equitable set of standards and allow small businesses to compete more effectively,” said Christian Johnson, CEO of Beautiful Brains, Inc. “I know from my own experience that small businesses have historically been at a disadvantage when bidding on county contracts. Chair Baskin has also gone above and beyond when it comes to accountability. Under the old system, it was easy for big businesses to apply for waivers, but this new legislation will ensure contractors make an intentional effort to meet the goals, and this will be incredibly beneficial to small business owners like myself.”

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What Happen To The City Of Good Neighbors? Dear Editor: The City of Buffalo, New York has been coined the City of Good Neighbors. For some good reasons. Back in the day Buffalo had a thriving city and the morals of the residents were sky high. Within the last seven months or so the city has erupted in gun violence. How is it that a 3year old boy loses his life while at a family cookout? Or that Buffalo is now on the verge of shattering its homicide record from 1994? What happened to the City of Good Neighbors? There are many contributing factors to violence and or gun violence. Poverty, lack of education, lack of opportunities, lack of self respect for one self or other's. That's just to name a few. How can someone be a good neighbor when they don't respect themselves? I believe a key issue with our youth and young adults today is that they have a lack of respect for themselves. Quite frankly, if they don't respect themselves, how can we expect them to respect others; their neighbors? As a youth I can remember the emphasis put on respecting others. However I cannot recall much about respecting myself. So I conjured up my own perspective. There's was a good chance things would go awry. I eventually indulged in behaviors that led to my incarceration in which I have served now twenty years. Most young adults if asked today would define respect as something that has to be earned. In my 16 plus years of experience in working in youth mentorship programs; A Look For Alternative (ALFA), Community Awareness Program ( CAP) ,Youth Assistance Program (YAP), that is the common response. Even in the Bible it says; Give and it shall be given to you (Luke 6:38). If we can begin to help our youth transform how they view respect it can make a huge impact in their lives. As they begin to respect themselves and others, undoubtedly their actions will begin to change as well. I believe in my city, the "City of Good Neighbors." However when anyone loses their life from gun violence, it is not just the Eastside of Buffalo's problem. It is the City of Buffalo's problem. Let's bring back those glory days, one RESPECT at a time. - Walter Ball

dear editor

BRIEFS Crump Files Lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson on Behalf ofBlack Women Civil rights Attorney Benjamin Crump is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the National Council of Negro Women, alleging that Johnson & Johnson targeted sales of talcum powder products to Black women knowing concerns that it could cause ovarian cancer.

The "N Word' and January 6 The House Select Committee formed a panel to investigate the origins of the deadly insurrection/attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Four police officers who defended the building against a mob delivered powerful testimony on Tuesday, with Capitol Officer Henry Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, saying he and other Black officers were subjected to racist slurs and abuse, with many of the white domestic terrorists chanting “f*cking n***er” at him.

Black Lives Matter at Olympics too... Costa Rica gymnast raises fist, kneels for BLM during Olympics routine, Luciana Alvarado ended her Olympics floor routine by incorporating a gesture of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.


India Walton Is A Victim:

Flawed And Biased Journalism: Who's Watching the Watchdog?


By Arthur J. Giacalone

he Buffalo News displayed its flawed and biased journalism – and willingness to engage in junkyard-dog politics – with its July 19 through 21 articles aimed at undermining India Walton’s mayoral campaign. Under the ironic caption, “Buffalo News Watchdog,” the newspaper splashed across the top of its June 20, 2021 front page the following headline: Drug complaint probed at Walton’s apartment in ’18 – Man who stayed at house did time for selling coke.“ and her sons celebrate her mayoral priNot only does the ambiguous subheading imply India mary victory on election night.Street Legacy a non-existent link between the 2018 “drug com- Photos by Darvin Adams plaint” at the mayoral candidate’s former apartment and the cocaine conviction, it is not until the third paragraph of the article that readers are told that the police found no evidence of drugs being sold at Walton’s house, and that neither India Walton, nor the “man who stayed at [her] house,” were charged with any crime. [The on-line version of the article, was published July 19, 2021 under the tamer headline, “Mayoral candidate Walton left rental in ’18 after landlord accused friend of dealing drugs from house.“] This sensationalized “story” was based on the allegations of a landlord “who did not want his name used,” who admits that he never saw drugs or drug activities at the house, and who based his concerns on the word of an unnamed “lady next door.” Most significantly, as noted above, the police reports obtained by the Buffalo News “do not indicate that police had proof of drugs being sold in Walton’s home.” In a nutshell, proof of any wrongdoing by India Walton is totally absent. And, the public has no way of knowing what if any connections may exist between the anonymous landlord and Byron Brown. In such a situation, an unbiased and responsible news organization would not have published the original article. But, irresponsible accusations and innuendo have a life of their own. Equivocation by Erie Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner, regarding the Democratic party’s continued support of Ms. Walton’s campaign, provided the Buffalo News the opportunity to print a second story on July 21, 2021. This time the headline adorned the top of its local section: “Dems mull questions over Walton friend – Zellner to weigh input on party’s ‘concerns’.” The article that followed began in an intentionally eye-catching fashion: “An allegation of drug activity at a house rented by Democratic mayoral nominee India B. Walton three years ago cast new perspective on her campaign…” Zellner, as Democratic Party chairman, should have expressed outrage at the Buffalo News for its irresponsible front page accusations against the winner of the Democratic primary for the Mayor of Buffalo. City of Buffalo residents deserve stronger and more forceful leadership than what the chairman exhibited this past week. The biggest problem we have in Western New York, however - if we wish to see a fair and honest mayoral campaign - is the reality that our region’s self-appointed “watchdog” needs a watchdog of its own.

Recalling the Hatred for Black Women in Power: From Michelle Obama, to Local Female Elected Officials, to India Walton


ho among us can ever forget the venom and hate, that one of Buffalo's most prominent developers, expressed publicly against then first Lady, Michelle Obama? Who remembers cringing with shock and outrage, when this so called civilized man uttered the vile , racist statement, proclaiming that Mrs. Obama should be exiled, with a gorilla named Zeus, to a cave in the backwoods of Africa? It was not just Michelle Obama, this 'gentleman' verbally attacked and berated. From former Buffalo Public Superintendent, Dr. Pamela A. Brown, whom this racist called incompetent, to the Black women on the board of education, who he called the Black Sistahood, this receiver of corporate welfare has made his disdain of Black woman known far and wide. This rich developer, who grew up poor, is now one of the biggest landlords in the City of Buffalo. At one time, in the 1990s, he owned half of the real estate in the city. During this time frame, Buffalo elected four Black women to the Buffalo Common Council. They were Beverly Gray- At Large, Barbara Miller Williams- Ellicott District, Karen Ellington-Fillmore District and Betty Jean Grant- University District. This man, who I shall call Mr. Angry White Man, attacked us almost on a daily basis. I must say that I earned a portion of his wrath when I found out that he was un-

derpaying his Garbage User Fees because the city of Buffalo was charging him a price based on address, not by the number of units or apartments located at that said address. So he went from paying $129 a year for an apartment building to paying over $34,000.00 for each of his multi unit buildings. I wrote the City of Buffalo Common Council resolution to charge the user fee by units and not by address and he never forgave me for that. So now, here we are, with India Walton, the first woman to win a Primary for Mayor of Buffalo! I can only imagine how livid Mr. Angry White Man is and I will bet the house that it was her color more than her gender that caused him to say, " I will destroy her politically," when Ms. Walton was declared the winner of the June 22nd Democratic Primary. He was so beside himself, that he insisted that the current mayor conduct a Write In campaign for the November General Election. And he threatened that if Byron Brown did not run on the Write In, he would do it himself! And all this happened because somebody let a diminutive, not quite 5 feet tall, hard working, powerhouse of a strong Black woman out work and out campaign him. My advice to this man's threat would be:"Please go ahead, Mr. Angry White Man. It has been almost 20 years since another strong, Black woman caused some of your ill gotten windfall, from the city's garbage user fee accounting error, to be diverted from your deep pockets brimming with CDBG and poor people's monies!


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LLC's NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Smile 716 LLC Arts. of Org. filled with the SSNY on 03/03/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY is designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom the process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 505 Berkshire Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company N Dot Zulu Fitness, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on May 28, 2021. 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 151 Rounds Avenue Apt. 1 Buffalo, New York 14215. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: Shifting Gears Unlimited, LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State: July 8, 2020. Office of the LLC: P.O. Box 462 and 55 Deerfield Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14215, Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC at P.O. Box 462, Buffalo, New York 14215. Purpose of LLC: Youth and Business Leadership. No specific duration attached to LLC. July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12


Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company ZHELRE LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 4/23/2021 Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process it may be served. Copy of process shall be mailed to the LLC: 154 Tudor Rd, Buffalo, NY 14215 Purpose: Any Lawful July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company K & T's Bottle Redemption, LLC, a Domestic LLC filed 06/23/2021. Office: Erie Co, SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to:1334 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY 14206. Purpose: Any lawful purpose July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12. Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company CARTLOG LLC. Filed with SSNY on JUNE 01, 2021. Office: ERIE County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to: 335 CAMPUS DR APT 2 BUFFALO, NY 14226. Purpose: Any lawful. July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12. Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company DPH Management LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/21/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 64 Randolph Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. July 8, 15,22,29 August 5,12

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE, MTGLQ INVESTORS, L.P., Plaintiff, vs. JENNIFER G. FLANNERY - ERIE COUNTY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF RICKIE O. WEATHERLY AKA RICKIE ORLANDA WEATHERLY AKA RICHIE WEATHERLY, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Discharging Guardian Ad Litem and Military Attorney Confirming Referee’s Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on April 30, 2021, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CLOSING ROOM - Erie County Clerk's Office - First Floor, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY on August 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., premises known as 86 Sussex a/k/a 86 Sussex Avenue, Buffalo, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, Section 90.62, Block 2 and Lot 29. Approximate amount of judgment is $47,507.38 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 819479/2018. Cash will not be accepted. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at the foreclosure sale. James A. Partacz, Esq., Referee Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Attorneys for Plaintiff JULY 8, 15, 22, 29


LEGAL NOTICE RFP COUNTY OF ERIE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 95 FRANKLIN STREET BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide Educational Outreach for Elder Abuse and Scams. The RFP #2021035VF can be found at http://www. and a complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Carrie Godfrey, ECDSS, at 716-858-6086, or via All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on August 9, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon, Commissioner of Social Services



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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Nile F Peoples, Basil H Peoples, Dionne Hawkins, Armand G Peoples, Stephanie Henry, Najee M Peoples, Kahlil Peoples, Jalaal Peoples, JENNIFER G. FLANNERY Erie County Public Administrator and to Any and all persons who are, or who claim to be heirs at law, next of kin, distributees of the decedent named below, if any such there be, all of whom and all of whose names, ages, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the Petitioner(s) and cannot after due diligence used be ascertained, and HON. LETITIA JAMES - Attorney General of the State of New York. A petition having been duly filed by Cynthia Cruz, who is domiciled at 488 Genesee Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate's Court, Erie County, at 92 Franklin Street, 2ndFloor, Buffalo, New York, on September 2, 2021 at 11 :00 o'clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of William Peoples aka William E Peoples Jr, lately domiciled at 175 Hamlin Road, Buffalo, New York 14208, admitting to probate a Will dated January 27, 2020, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of William Peoples, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary Cynthia Cruz. Dated, Attested and Sealed July 14, 2021 Hon. Acea M. Mosey Surrogate Kathleen A. Downing Chief Clerk Daria L. Pratcher Attorney for Petitioner 523 Main Street, Suite 110-113, Buffalo, New York (716)541-8574 JULY 22,28,AUGUST 5,12

LEGAL NOTICE SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS–SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF ERIE –NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, against Francine Gittere as Heir to the Estate of Kathleen J. Gittere; Discover Bank; Unknown Heirs to the Estate of Kathleen J. Gittere, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; United States of America Department of Treasury; New York State Department of Taxation and Finance- Tax Compliance DivisionC.O.-ATC; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE #1 through #7, the last seven (7) names being fictitious and unknown to the Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the Complaint, Defendants-Index No. 807241/2020. Plaintiff Designates Erie County as the Place of Trial. The Basis of Venue is that the subject action is situated in Erie County. 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(s) within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); the United States of America may appear or answer within 60 days of service hereof; 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. That this Supplemental Summons is being filed pursuant to an order of the court dated May 28, 2021. 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 the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. 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 of 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 Department of Financial Services’ at 1-800269-0990 or visit the Department’s website at 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. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Catherine Nugent-Panepinto, J.S.C. dated May 28, 2021. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 39 Marsdale Road Cheektowaga, NY 14215 a/k/a 39 Marsdale Road Buffalo, NY 14215 located at Section 80.17 Block 10 and Lot 23 Dated and Filed: June 2, 2021 Pincus Law Group, PLLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, By: George J. Weissinger, Esq., 425 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556 (516) 6998902. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, YOU MIGHT BE ENTITLED BY LAW TO TAKE ADDITIONAL DAYS OR WEEKS TO FILE AN ANSWER TO THIS COMPLAINT. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY FOR MORE INFORMATION. IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ATTORNEY, PLEASE VISIT OPP/foreclosures.shtml OR AVISO A DEMANDADO DURANTE LA EMERGENCIA DEL CORONAVIRUS, ES POSIBLE QUE USTED TENGA DERECHO POR LEY A TOMAR DÍAS O SEMANAS ADICIONALES PARA PRESENTAR UNA RESPUESTA A ESTA PETICIÓN POR FAVOR CONTACTE A SU ABOGADO PARA MAS INFORMACIÓN. SI USTED NO TIENE UN ABOGADO, VISITE OPP/foreclosures.shtml OR JULY 8,15,22,29


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LEGAL NOTICE Bid Notice of Public Hearing Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is seeking public comment on a proposed service plan, fare structure modifications and accompanying Title VI analysis. NFTA-Metro is in the process of making changes to the bus system and upgrading the fare collection system, both of which will change the way in which passengers’ access public transit vehicles and facilities. Three public hearings are scheduled: August 23, 2021 Virtual Public Hearing 5:30 p.m. Please register at August 24, 2021 Portage Road Transit Center 5:30 p.m. 1162 Portage Road,Niagara Falls, NY August 25, 2021 Metropolitan Transportation Center 5:30 p.m. 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY Comments or emails received no later than September 8th will also be considered. Comments should be sent to NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY 14203, Attn: Service Planning or emailed to

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF INVITATION TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Proposals are requested by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) for consultant services to assist with the collection of wastewater at various sanitary sewer manholes for the purpose of analyzing these wastewater samples at a University of Buffalo laboratory for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The top rated respondent(s) will be selected to enter into an agreement to provide the services. In accordance with Local Law No. 6, proposals are hereby invited for the subject project. Proposals are to be submitted in the exact format detailed in the request for proposals (RFP). Proposals will be due at 4:00 PM on August 31, 2021. Proposal shall be delivered to the ECDOH, 95 Franklin St. – 9th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202. To obtain a copy of the RFP guidelines, please visit the following website, Alternatively, you may call (716) 858-6976 or e-mail if you would like to request a hardcopy. This invitation does not commit Erie County, or its ECDOH to accept any priced proposal, nor does it obligate Erie County for any costs associated with preparing or submitting proposals. By: Gale R. Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP Commissioner of HealtDated: July 22, 2021 Published: July 27, 2021

Community Music School part-time front desk position. Evenings and weekends

starting in August at 217 E. Delavan Avenue. Email resume to:

Staff Accountant

Assist w/general duties and manage The Finance Deadline Schedule. Also degree and 6 mos. exp. req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY, 14214 EEOC


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.

Youth Peer Advocate

Provide peer support to transition- Age youth with disabilities to all WNYIL locations. HS diploma or Equivalent req. Exp. w/any or all Forms of disabilities req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC NY Connects Independent

Living Outreach Specialist (PT)

Help aging or disabled individuals to establish support programs And facilitate access to public benefits and application assistance. Associate degree req. w/related work exp in human services. Cover letter and resume to: WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY, 14214 EEOC


CSEA, one of New York State’s largest public employee unions, is seeking resumes for a Communications Specialist for the Western Region Office in Amherst, NY. The specialist will work independently throughout 14 counties in Western New York and as part of a statewide communications team to promote the important work union members perform in their communities; and the value of unions for members and the general public. The candidate must be a self-starter with strong writing, photography and social media skills; a multi-tasker who can deliver under deadline; function as an ambassador for CSEA with union members, the public and the media; skilled in media relations, public speaking and strategic campaign development; and hold a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field and two years of related experience or a satisfactory combination of education and experience. Salary $57,519 with excellent benefits. Email or send resume to Director of Human Resources, PO Box 7125, Capitol Station, Albany, NY 12224. Please note WNYCS-Chal on all correspondence. Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Pike Company and LECESSE Construction actively encourage participation from M / WBE certified firms. Contact Kathy Rooney, Diversity & Community Engagement Manager, to discuss potential opportunities. 1.800.264.7453 | |

ILC-Olmstead Specialist


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

CDPAS MCO QA Specialist

Monitor and correct action within the CDPAS accounts receivable ledger. HS diploma/ equivalent & 6 mos. Exp. In bookkeeping/clerical req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY, 14214. EEOC


Perform administrative activities And other clerical office functions HS diploma/GED two years’ experience. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY, 14214 EEOC


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Challenger Community News • t hec •July 29, 2021

Bounce! Roll! Skate! Roller Rink at Canalside Opening Soon Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) has announced that the canals at Canalside will be converted into a giant roller rink that will open on August 20 and roll through the fall season to October 31. At more than 30,000 square feet, the Roller Rink at Canalside, in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will be the largest out-

door roller-skating rink in New York State. The seasonal attraction, which will host community and school groups, themed skate nights and be free before 5 p.m. on Fridays, will add to the diverse offering of low-cost, family-friendly programming available at Canalside. Admission is $6 per adult and $2 for children age 13 and younger. Roller skate rentals will be $4.

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Challenger Community News • t hec •July 29, 2021

Building stronger communities in Buffalo Bank of America is helping to meet the need for more affordable housing in neighborhoods across the country. Through Community Development Banking, we’re deepening our commitment to create more communities for people to call home. In 2020, we committed $5.87 billion for affordable housing and economic development financing, resulting in over 13,000 housing units for people and families in need — many of which were constructed by diverse developers. In addition, we’re joining Enterprise Community Partners to invest $60 million in capital to support minority developers and their work to build inclusive communities. My teammates and I remain dedicated to helping more people find a place to live they can both love and afford. What would you like the power to do?®

Working together We’re also collaborating with organizations that are supporting affordable housing options here in Buffalo. They include: Habitat for Humanity Buffalo Buffalo Urban League Belmont Housing Resources for WNY

Ted Janicki President, Bank of America Buffalo

Go to to learn more about the work we are doing with our incredible partners.

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