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African Cultural Center Dance & Music Fest is a Cultural Showcase! Page 11

WHAT IS RESILIENCE? First Ever Professional Nursing Sorority Chapter Formed in Buffalo! Page 4

Rochester Girl Scout Sets Historic Cookie Sale Record! Page 2

Author Duncan Kirkwood’s Life-Saving Message is Positively Impacting Young People Across the Country Page 8


Before the Massacre “All Hell Broke Loose” Page 12

Early Voting June 12 Through June 20! Here’s What You Need to Know!

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Rochester Area Girl Scout Sets Historic Cookie Sale Record With Over 7,000 Packages Sold!


n Western New York Thousands of girls participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program® this year and one Girl Scout, Ziyanece A. of Webster Troop 65105 achieved a groundbreaking accomplishment when she sold an astounding 7,125 packages of cookies; the most cookies ever sold in Girl Scout history for the Western New York region covering Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

Carys Carr is Young Women of Distinction Award Finalist Carys Carr is a Young Women of distinction Award Finalist. The Women's Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, announced 13 finalists.

At the age of 8, Ziyanece put her ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills to work as she sold her cookies online and in-person. Ziyanece said: “My favorite part of being a Girl Scout is meeting with my troop and doing projects. It really means a lot to reach such a high goal, it makes me feel like I can reach any goal that I set for myself. When I get older I want to be a veterinarian or animal groomer because I love to take care of animals. Lemonades are my favorite Girl Scout cookie.”

Carys will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Carys is a senior at World of Inquiry School 58 who ranks among the top five students of her class.

Ziyanece and her family were recently invited to celebrate her success at the Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) Rochester Service Center by the GSWNY CEO, Alison Wilcox; two of her Service Unit Managers, Jennifer Shaw and Beth Cunico; and GSWNY staff members Mary Jo Brown, Executive Vice President of Product Program & Customer Service, and Megan Hall, Product Program Manager. Ziyanece A Three-thousand cookie packages was the highest amount of packages sold for the Western New York region until Ziyanece set a new bar. Girl Scouts of Western New York applauds Ziyanece and all the girls and volunteers who worked so hard in a pandemic and participated in the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Some other notable accomplishments were: • Girl Scout Service Unit with the highest amount of cookie packages sold per girl was Cattaraugus County West with 508 per girl. • Troop with the highest packages sold was Troop 34213 of Lackawanna South Buffalo with 10,832 packages of cookies sold. • Service Units who made an impact in a big way through Service Unit Community Cookie Booths were Pittsford, Webster, Millwheel, Big Bend, Como Lake, and Kenton.

She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career and plans to graduate early.

Carys is a member of the National Honors Society, has been named an Urban League Black Scholar and has received Black History Month Scholar Award. Most recently, she was nominated by her teachers to receive the Susan B. Anthony Award, where she was recognized for her leadership, community service and academic success.


The Girl Scout Cookie Program powers amazing experiences for girls. When customers buy cookies, they are doing so much more than purchasing a box of cookies. They are helping girls become confident leaders, by learning the 5 key life skills like: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie Program powers hands-on and life-changing experiences in a variety of skills areas for girls all year long. With the help of proceeds from the Cookie Program, girls gain real-world entrepreneurial experience and learn critical life skills.




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City's Splash Pads Now Open! Mayor Byron Brown has announced that ten of the city's 11 splashpads opened on Memorial Day. The popular splashpads will be open from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. every day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Here’s the list of City of Buffalo Splashpads now open. •Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park - foot of Porter Ave. •Allison Park - Reese St., adjacent to Asarese Matters Center •Masten Park -Best St., adjacent to Johnnie B. Wiley Sports •MLK Jr. Park Basin - Best St. and Fillmore Ave. •Lanigan Park - South Park Ave., west of Louisiana St. •Lincoln Park - foot of Quincy St. •Cazenovia Park - behind the park casino •Houghton Park - foot of Spahn St. •Shiller Park - Sprenger St. side of park •Roosevelt Park - foot of Roosevelt Ave The Kensington Park splashpad is closed while pool is under reconstruction.

Taste of Buffalo is On! The Taste of Buffalo will return as a ticketed event July 10-11 in Niagara Square and along Delaware Avenue. Persons will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negatively for Covid-19 within the previous 72 hours. Face coverings must be worn except when guests are eating or drinking.

Allentown Fest Cancelled

The Allentown Art Fest has been cancelled.

Buffalo Wing Festival Set for Labor Day Weekend The Buffalo Wing Festival has announced its event will take place Labor Day Weekend – Saturday, Sept. 4th Noon – 9p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5th Noon – 7p.m. at Sahlen Field, 275 Washington St.

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Kimberly Beaty Gets Key Endorsement Kimberly Miller-Beaty received the endorsement from State Assemblyman Patrick B. Burke in her bid to become Sheriff of Erie County. Burke’s support is said to be her most significant endorsement so far in that the noted Orchard Park Democrat refused to go along with his party’s support of Brian J. Gould, and backed Beaty instead. He told the Buffalo News he felt “compelled “ to do so because “I think she is the best candidate. He also said the party “made a mistake” by backing Gould.

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IN REMEMBRANCE OF LIVES LOST……The New York State Social Justice Collective of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York held a Memorial Day processional event in memory of the unjustly loss of Black and Brown lives. The Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP and Thomas Edwards Funeral Home joined them in the Memorial Day procession which was led by Darrell Saxon, Owner and Director, of the Thomas Edwards Funeral Home. There was a brief gathering, which included prayer, in front of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s statute to kick off the event. In a press release, the Social Justice Collective noted: “The killing of George Floyd has shaken our world on a national scale. The killing of Daniel Prude happened in our neighboring city. We can no longer ignore the disparate effects of racial and social injustices affecting our communities. The Minority Bar Association of WNY is planning PEACEFUL and impactful events to remind our communities that Black and Brown lives always matter.” A contingent of police officers were also in attendance in a show of solidarity. Attorney John Elmore, a member of the minority Bar Association and one of the speakers told the media “there's been a lot of positive changes but there still has to be more."(Attorney Elmore is pictured top left , and Mr.

Saxon, top, right.)

Summer @ Manna in Full Swing!

League of Women Voters and Community Partners to Host Free Candidate Forum for Democratic Primary for Mayor

Summer@Manna kicked off last weekend and continues with Jazzy Fridays followed by Gospel Sundays and great food of course! Also in the works is Ballroom Dancing and poetry on Thursdays as well as a monthly “Manna@ Manna” Youth Bible Studies and Boiled Seafood Night. For more information or to order call (716)253-2100. Or stop by 633 Northland Avenue Tuesdays thru Sundays! Northland@ Manna… the place to be this summer!

In collaboration with several community partners, the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will conduct a free candidate forum in advance of the Democratic primary election for mayor of the City of Buffalo. The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, via Zoom. All three candidates have been invited: Le’Candice Durham, India Walton and Byron Brown. To comply with the League’s “empty chair” policy, at least two candidates must participate for the forum to proceed. So far, the Durham and Walton campaigns have indicated they will take part. Partners in the event are: Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council, Buffalo Urban League, National Action Network, NAACP Buffalo Branch, VOICE Buffalo and WNY Peace Center. The League is a nonpartisan organization. It never endorses or supports any political party or candidate. The forum is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made via email to lwvbn@lwvbn.org. Attendees will receive an email with instructions to join the Zoom session, and will be able to submit questions to be addressed by all candidates.

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Men Who Served... Black men who fought bravely and died for America in World War I, such as these soldiers from the 369th Infantry, returned home only to face racism and discrimination. Many Black veterans were targeted for mistreatment, violence, and murder during the lynching era due to their race and military experience. •June 1, 1921 White people attack prosperous Black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma of Greenwood and burn it to the ground during during the Tulsa Massacre, leaving at least 300 Blacks dead. •June 3, 1943 White workers at Packard Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan, strike to protest promotion of Black workers. •June 5, 2005 North Carolina House votes to repeal Racial Justice Act, ending remedy for racial bias in capital trials. •June 7,1920 Nearly 100,000 people join the terrorist Ku Klux Klan within 16 months. .•June 12,1963 NAACP field secretary and World war II veteran Medgar Evers is assassinated by a White supremacist in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi, in front of his wife and children. •June 13, 2005 US Congress formally apologizes for its failure to pass any of the 200 anti-lynching bills introduced from 1882 to 1968. (Source Equal Justice Initiative)


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NURSES SORORITY: From left to right, Sonya Brackett, Jeanie Scott, Tiffany Cole, Shadevia Marshall, Andrea Patterson, Sophia Overton, Brentnie Adams (president), Tineka Pace (vice president), Char'lese Perry, Sohir Motten, Willa Arnett, Sherita Dubois, Kafuli Agbenmenu

First Ever Professional Nursing Free Feed The Community Event Sorority Chapter Formed in Buffalo! On Monday, June 7th, Granny's Kitchen Catering Services will partner with We Are Women Warriors to pass out free resenting... the Iota Eta Eta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.! breakfast sandwiches along with masks and hand sanitizer to P The Iota Eta Eta Buffalo Chapter of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated was inthose down on their luck, in front of the NFTA Utica Station, ducted as an official chapter on May 22, 2021. on Main St.

Come One! Come All!

The First Fruits Food Pantry Is Open!

Offering Healthy Food Options Free To The Community

NEW TIME! Tuesdays 4-6 PM & Saturdays From 10 A.M. To 12 NOON Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten @ Northland

Chi Eta Phi was founded by Aliene Carrington Ewell in 1932 at Freeman’s Hospital in Washington D.C. which has transformed to Howard University Hospital. This sorority is open to male and female representation of many cultures and various ethnic backgrounds. Currently there are 13 chartering members, all women (for now); as we progress, we hope to recruit and expand our membership. The sorority's mission includes but is not limited to promoting higher education, encouragement of continuing education & recruitment for the health and nursing professions. Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated is also an internationally recognized leader in health education, leadership development and service to the community (Chi Eta Phi, 2014). The sorority's motto is “Service for Humanity.” Brentnie Adams , the local chapter president, has been a member of Chi Eta Phi for quite some time and is currently a member at large. She was so moved by the humanitarian efforts and impact Chi Eta Phi had on the community that she decided to start a chapter here in Buffalo, NY. "We are now able to move forward to impact Buffalo, N.Y. like no other organization!" read a statement from the local chapter." Iota Eta Eta has already begun community service programs. On May 16, 2021, Bishop Darius Pridgen approved our chapter to distribute COVID supplies and information about the COVID vaccine, the supplies were donated by Stan Martin and CAI Global. Iota Eta Eta is looking forward to committing to Buffalo and updating local media outlets on upcoming community service projects. Buffalo GET READY!!"

No Forms To Fill Out, No Proof Of Income Or Residency Etc. Just The Blessing Of Good Food! While You’re There Check Out The Lincoln Memorial. Clothes Closet! “Fighting Food Insecurity & Meeting the Needs of The People.” Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial UMC Rita Hubbard Robinson, Coordinator, First Fruits Food Pantry

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Chi Eta Phi Sorority first community service project at True Bethel Church. The names are as follow from left to right: Jeanie Scott, Willa Arnett, Shadevia Marshall, Sophia Overton, Brentnie Adams (president) & Sherita Dubois.


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Outdoor Fitness In Buffalo MLK Park (Fillmore and North Parade ) Summer City Fitness presents: Dance and Zumba with Lala of La’Movement Saturdays 10am from June 5 until August 7 more info visit LaMovement on facebook.

Larkin Square ( 745 Seneca ) Honoring Buffalo Soldiers:Buffalo Freedom Gardens and Jesse Clipper Post honored those who gave their lives defending this country while enslaved, during Jim Crow and segregation! We gave and still give our lives for freedom even though we weren’t free! Flags were placed in Jesse Clipper to honor Buffalo soldiers. This is the spirit of Buffalo Freedom Gardens!” Photos & Text Gail V. Wells

Zumba Saturdays 11:15am

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Barre Centric Mondays 7pm Zumba Tuesdays 6pm La Movement Thursdays 6pm Kids Fitness Saturdays 9am

Delaware Park ( near the rose garden) Yoga Sundays at 10am

Stop The Homicide Culture! Get Educated! Why are there so Many Homicides? A Stop The Homocides Workshop will be held at noon Saturday June 5. Doors open at 11:30a.m. at 940 Broadway Ave . with Dr. Frederick A. Gelsey Sr. PHD in Christian Psychology;Patrick Cray former Police Officer; Maurice Howard Psychologist and Teri Ann Howard Counselor. For more info call 716- 5709573.


Women Address Democratic Committee's Lack of Diversity in Selecting Candidates

We Are Women Warriors in collaboration with several other women's groups held a press conference to address the issues of the lack of diversity of the Erie County Democratic Committee in choosing candidates for countywide and higher political offices. Even when women and minorities vote for party endorsed candidates, chosen by the committee, they are rarely selected or groomed for these more powerful and lucrative political positions when they decide to run for some of these offices. The press event was held Tuesday, May 25, outside of the Erie County Democratic Committee headquarters, 671 Seneca St., to relay the message that women and minorities, who are the most loyal and supportive voters to the Democratic Party, want to be an integral part of the internal patronage and opportunities to advance, politically, within the Party they help build. -Betty Jean Grant, Founder, We ARe Women Warriors

City Hall News Updates

It’s Spring Bulk Trash Pick Up Time!

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ALL posted parking restrictions will be enforced to make way for trash collection. Bulk Trash Week Rules: - Posted parking restrictions will be enforced during bulk trash weeks. - Curbside bulk trash piles cannot not exceed 12 ft. long, 3 ft. wide and 3 ft. high. - Electronic trash, such as televisions and computers, are not allowed to be placed in bulk trash. - Tires are not permitted to be disposed of in bulk trash. Remaining Bulk Trash Schedule: •Delaware District – Week of June 6 •North District – Week of June 13 •University District – Week of June 20 If you've got old tires, you can also get rid of those this spring at the Broadway Garage at 187 Broadway. Drop off dates are April 4, May 22, July 24 and September 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH CELEBRATES 40TH Macedonia Baptist Church Virtual Summer Revival PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY Macedonia Baptist Church will be holding a Virtual Summer Revival that you can watch Exodus 19:4 “He has brought us on the Wings of Eagles”

On Sunday June 6 Mt. Olive Baptist Church will celebrate Pastor William Gillison and First Lady Toni Gillison on their 40th Pastoral Anniversary. The celebration will be held at the church 701 E. Delavan Ave. during the 10a.m. service.

online. The virtual schedule is as follows: June 2 and 9 at 6pm with Pastor Gabby and Andrew Wilkes of Double Love Experience, Brooklyn. June 16 at 6pm Pastor Laurel Bunker of Bethel University, St. Paul MN June 23 at 6pm will be Pastor Lorri Thornton of Friendship Baptist Church Corning Watch the revival online YouTube and FaceBook @ Macedonia Buffalo and go to macedoniabuffalo.com to view and find more info. Rev. Julian A. Cook, is Senior Pastor.

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

Niagara Falls High School Honors The Rev. Silvester Free Food Giveaway S. Beaman With Distinguished Alumni Award Pastor William Gillison and First Lady Toni Gillison

The guest preacher will be Pastor Billy D. Houze of First Baptist Church of Lawndale, N.C.

The Rev. Silvester S. Beaman, a 1978 graduate of Niagara Falls High School , returned home recently for a special honor from his alma mater. Rev. Beaman , who delivered the electrifying benediction at President Biden's inauguration, was honored with a distinguished alumni award from the school. Currently the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Del.,he grew up in the Falls. A large plaque was unveiled showing Rev. Beaman speaking at the Jan. 20 inauguration as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looked on.

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


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God City Vets Honored God’s City Senior Housing Development held a lovely Memorial Day Celebration for its Veteran residents last Sunday at the facility. Prior to presenting awards of appreciation to the vets, Pastor Iola Aaron, who hosted the event, gave a sermon. Ms. Debbera Ransom , representing the Veterans Administration, presented certificates of appreciation to, Bruce Jefferson, James Edwards, James Feaster, James Fluker, Mike Cook, Ralf Adams, William Webb and Josh Reed. She was assisted by Legislator Howard Johnson and Vietnam Veteran and advocate Jerry Bowman. A colorful balloon release, a closing prayer and closing remarks from Ruth Kennedy, President of the Jefferson Avenue Block Club concluded this first annual celebration.


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June 22 Primary Voters All Eligible To Vote By Mail All voters eligible to take part in the Tuesday, June 22 primary may vote by mail-in ballot because of continuing concerns regarding Covid-19. Applications may be made through the Erie County Board of Elections’ online portal at https://elections.erie.gov/AbsenteeApp, as well as in person, via postmarked mail, and by calling 858-8891. The BOE processed more than 200,000 absentee ballots for last year’s primary after mailing nearly 400,000 request forms per gubernatorial executive order. Voters may call the BOE at 858-8891 with any questions.

Community Leaders Gather for Discussion on Health Equity and American Rescue Plan Funding The Buffalo Center for Health Equity, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, African American Health Equity Task Force and other partners convened approximately two dozen key decision makers for a one-day conference May 26 on centering health equity in the distribution of American Rescue Plan funding. The convening aims to develop a strategy for leveraging the influx of federal funds not just for “business as usual” but to make long-term, lasting change for under-resourced communities in Buffalo. Pastor George Nicholas, Buffalo Center for Health Equity/ Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church made the opening remarks. Kyria Stephens, Director of Inclusion and Community Initiatives, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus was the facilitator.

CITY OF BUFFALO EARLY VOTING SITES •Erie Board Of Elections Main Office 134 W Eagle St. •Buffalo Community Center 203 Sanders Rd. •St Columba-Brigid, RC 75 Hickory St •Matt Urban Center 1081 Broadway •Hennepin Center 24 Ludington St. •Delavan Grider Community Center 877 E Delavan Ave . •Salvation Army West Side Community Ctr. 187 Grant St. •Northwest Buffalo Community Center 155 Lawn Ave. •Tosh Collins Community Center 35 Cazenovia St. •Gloria J Parks Community Center 3242 Main St. Also: LACKAWANNA •Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Rd. CHEEKTOWAGA •Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway Ave. AMHERST •Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audobon Pkwy. HAMBURG •Moose Lodge 992, 45 Church St. KENMORE •Kenmore Municipal Bldg., 2919 Delaware EARLY VOTING DATES AND TIMES: Saturday, June 12th & Sunday, June 13th - Noon to 6PM June 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th - Noon to 9PM Saturday, June 19th & Sunday, June 20th - Noon to 6PM FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: elections.erie.gov OR CALL (716) 858-8891 NIAGARA FALLS/NIAGARA COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES •Saint John De LaSalle Center, 8469 Buffalo Avenue •Cornell Cooperative Extension (Niagara County Fair Grounds) 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport *Both sites are accessible to voters with physical disabilities Early voting in Niagara County is open to all registered voters in the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties in Niagara County. Early Voting dates and times: Saturday, June 12 -10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday, June 13 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday, June 14 -12:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, June 15 -12:00pm to 8:00pm Wednesday, June 16 -9:00am to 5:00pm Thursday, June 17 - 7:00am to 3:00pm Friday, June 18 - 7:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, June 19 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday, June 20 - 10:00am to 3:00pm


Over 30 Years of Professional Law Enforcement Experience • An Expert in Community Policing and Diversity Training• Uniquely Qualified to Lead • Let’s Make History June 22 by Electing Kimberly L. Beaty Sheriff. The Most Qualified Candidate in the Race!


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What Is Resilience?

Author Duncan Kirkwood’s Life-Saving Message is Impacting Young People Across the Country


hen Duncan Kirkwood self-published his book, Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics, he never thought that it would have been so widely supported and distributed.

Finally, Duncan was asked to serve as the lead speaker for Think 4 Kind and speak to 80 schools across Utah and Texas (in person) over the 2021-2022 school year. Duncan is impacting young people across the country, and he started is all right from Buffalo, NY.

The book was released on March 26, 2020 . Since that time it has sold nearly 4,000 copies and been purchased from over 10 countries, by individuals, organizations, and schools.

And what does the future hold for this visionary young entrepreneur?

In December of 2020 a major publishing house, TCK Publishing , offered to relaunch the book under their publishing house in six different languages around the world.

“On the speaking side, over the next three years I plan to become one of the top motivational speakers in the country and

The magic word to the book’s success is resilience. “Resilience is the ability to overcome setbacks and to find the peace love and joy that life's journey brings,” explains Duncan. “Young people need to learn these concepts now more than ever. With suicide rates rising over the last couple of decades in middle school students, high school students, and college-age students, we need to help young people find inner self-love to combat these dangerous trends. And now COVID, where people are feeling isolated, and hopeless at rates we haven't seen in years. With the paradigm shift that young people can have after reading Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics, we can begin to turn the tide on some of these issues." Born and raised in Buffalo, he is the son of Marvell and Iris Kirkwood. He and his siblings, brother Toby and sister Marlaina grew up in the Central Park area on Manhattan Ave. He attended school 61, Olmsted, and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. After graduation he went on to study at Alabama State University majoring in Communications and Public Relations. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. Since graduation and returning to Buffalo, he explored several career paths - from community activists (Black Lives Matter) to politics. Duncan also served in the Alabama Army National Guard from 2008 – 2016. In 2012, while serving, more Soldiers died from suicide than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a response, the military expanded their resilience program and trained thousands of officers like him (Lieutenant Kirkwood) to become Master Resilience Trainers. Duncan ultimately transformed his military resilience training into a book - Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics to help everyday people and young people to better meet life's challenges. “After the last election, I had some time to really think about what was next,” recalled the young married father of three. "I had no job at the time and was just doing some consulting work, so I really had the space and energy in my world to finally start writing my book. Once I leaned all the way in to selling my book and speaking, it turned into a really successful business. Also, I still do some education advocacy, and still try to use my book as an avenue to help build young people in the community and in other communities across the country."

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Over the last year Duncan has conducted over 60 presentations and workshops on resilience to colleges, high schools, and organizations all over the country. Some notable groups are Wake Forest University, the State of Texas Charter School Association, Albany State University, and a group of professional basketball players managed by Big Game Management out of Los Angeles. Buffalo Business First caught wind of Kirkwood’s massive impact on youth after he partnered with a local community leader to donate 200 copies of his book to the youth participating in the Mayor Brown’s summer youth work program and ran a feature story on his accomplishments. Most recently Duncan has partnered with McDonald’s restaurant owner-operators across Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The McDonald’s owner-operators purchased 750 copies of Duncan's book for youth at 5 high schools across the two states. Duncan will also be providing citywide resilience training in Wheeling, WV, and Erie, PA Johnstown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA along side two mayors, and several elected officials to launch this powerful youth initiative. During this initiative, the City Council of Pittsburgh officially named May 4, 2021 as Duncan Kirkwood Day in Pittsburgh. Montgomery, Alabama followed suit on May 14, 2021 when the Mayor of Montgomery named it Duncan Kirkwood Day in Montgomery. Duncan is currently in the early stages of partnering with Medaille College to turn his book into a course that will be taught for college credit at Medaille. Duncan feels that he is incredibly blessed to be able to help people across the world to learn to become more resilient and live a life of peace, love and joy. One of the most prestigious schools in Buffalo, Nichols School, has contracted with Duncan to provide resilience and mentor training for their mentors of color in their effort to build an inclusive and diverse culture. This incredible partnership has resulted in a huge uptick in students of color applying to Nichols and a powerful culture shift among the students of color.

sell over 100,000 copies of my book. As a business owner, I plan to expand my community engagement business into 10 other states over the next year and replicate the great work we have been able to do here in New York. But who knows, every time I have had a plan for my life, God has blessed me with something greater than I could've ever hoped for!"

“Superstar Saturday”

The name NaTania B Parker might ring a bell to you; a dynamic young lady that’s spent her life striving for excellence in all her endeavors. Just a few months back she was featured here for her branded merchandise line that she built in the midst of the toughest year of her life. As of a few months ago, she officially started her 501c3 non-profit orgaNaTania B. Parker nization “NaTania B Parker Foundation Inc.” The goal of this foundation is to provide both mental health and monetary resources to current and aspiring students of the arts. So, you are cordially invited to the kickoff community event, Superstar Saturday! This event is a way to let the community know a little bit more about the organization’s mission, as well as meet prospective scholarship candidates. There will also be vendors, raffles, food and activities. In order to make a difference, the foundation relies heavily on the support of generous individuals, community leaders, and businesses. If you are unable to attend the event, any monetary donations or donation of services you are able to provide would be well used and greatly appreciated. The event will be Saturday June 5th, from noon to 6p.m. at 1339 Jefferson Ave. For more information you can call/text 716-281-0341 or email nataniabparker@ gmail.com. Also visit the website at nataniabparker.com and keep up with her on Instagram @nbpfoundationinc. NaTania and her board members are looking forward to meeting everyone and working within the community!


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Ujima Co. Virtual One Act Festival Continues June 11,12, and 13 !


UJIMA Co. Inc, continues their virtual One Act series this June with “Big Butt Girls and other fantasies/ The Remix”, written by Marsha Estell directed by Sarah Norat-Phillips featuring Shanntina Moore.

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Alissa is an emerging music artist with a market ready sound. Her music is available on Band Camp and Spotify. A vocalist, musician and producer, Alissa has crafted a creative style and quality that is appealing in its warmth and spirit. The lyrics of “Shine” reflect the racial divide in the country, the police violence and deaths of African Americans. Thoughtfully, her song offers a wisdom of compassion, hope and self-reflection.

The production is a critically acclaimed, multiple character, one woman play about a young woman who longs for her childhood on the South side Chicago when all she cared about was James Brown music, dancing with her father and developing into a “Brick House.”

lissa Brianna’s, new release “Shine,” dropped May 7, showcases smooth melodic vocals. A driving rhythm backs lyrics of higher consciousness and inspiration. Shine captures the meaningfulness of Alissa’s roots, her Christian upbringing in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls community.

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Comedy On Sage at the Helium June 04 - June 06

Don “DC” Curry At Helium Comedy Club 30 Mississippi Street downtown. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or by calling the box office at 716.853.1211 Ages 18 and over. Masks and Social distancing enforced.


Wednesday June 9th at 9pm check out SKOVU TV hit series HOW I CAME UP featuring piano man, composer, arranger educator Walter Kemp. Got to facebook.com/skovutv


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FreeTHEM Walkers with leader Kelly Galloway (center holding walking staff) on day 28 somewhere in NYS territory

The FreeTHEM Walkers Update

Its Day 31 for the FreeTHEM Walkers on the underground Railroad trail from Lynchburg Virginia headed towards Buffalo set to arrive for Juneteenth . The group has been walking since May 3rd to raise awareness to end human trafficking, and raise funds for the expansion of Project Mona’s house , the first restorative home in Buffalo and set to be the largest in the world for human trafficking victims. The walkers, who trek 30 miles per day through all weather conditions, stopping at monumental sites on their path, have had an incredible journey thus far. Go to their social media pages @thefreethemwalkusa to see photos and learn more about their daily experiences. To support the cause go to projectmonashouse.com where there are various ways you can donate to help FreeTHEM. In collaboration with this years festivities,there will be a Juneteetnth event to celebrate their last steps to the finish line on Saturday June 19th. Go to projectmonashouse.com or to juneteenthofbuffalo. com for more updates.

KAKILAMBE! The late Baba Chuck Davis- founder of Dance Africa, would have been well pleased! Despite unseasonably chilly weather last Saturday, Kakilambe , the African American Cultural Center’s dance and performance company and their talented guests, put on a great show in honor of Baba Davis! The featured artists included local Reggae star Neville Francis and Riddim Posse, Griffin Brady, The Unity Band featuring the show-stopping Denzell Ward; the amazing Ghanian troupe featuring Al Hassan Yawuza, Christian Horla Kutte, David E. Nyadezor, and Esther Dordro.The drumming and dancing performed by Kakilambe, under the direction of Lynette Simmons and Eric Ansuade, proved why they were the headliners! Tina Washington-Abubeker is the Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center. Watch for more exciting things to come from this legendary institution! PHOTOS BY A. DORCELY (Last Friday’s planned

performance in Martin Luther King Park had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.).

“ Cause He’s Happy!”


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Goodtime Hotel: Pharrell Williams Opens New Hotel in South Beach Famed producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams has collaborated with Groot Hospitality’s David Grutman for the first collaborative lifestyle hotel brand – the Goodtime Hotel located on Miami Beach’s Washington Avenue and 6th Street. “We want. “It’s that adrenaline-fueled sensation of entering a whole new setting and a whole new mindset. This place will provide a natural good time, for all who come through,” says Pharrell Williams in a press release.

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The Tulsa Race Riot and Massacre By A.J. Smitherman

The man pictured in the inset, AJ Smitherman, wrote the epic poem, "The Tulsa Race Riot and Massacre," chronicling the bravery of the men of Greenwood.

Remembering The Heroes Who Fought to Save Black Wall Street


ne of the worst race massacres in the nation’s history occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma over a 14-hour period May 31-June 1, 1921. And although most of the remembrance is focused the incrediable loss of life, property and wealth, the heroism of the Black men in the defense of Greenwood is a story we can all be proud of. Before there was a massacre it was a story of Black men standing fearlessly against racism and oppression in defense of their community and one of its members. Most of the men were World War 1 veterans who found themselves - after returning home from defending this country from the enemy without having to fight insurmountable bigotry and racism from the enemy within. A young Black man named Dick Rowland went into an elevator that was operated by a White woman named Sarah Page. It is believed that Rowland mistakenly stepped on Page’s foot or stumbled into her causing her to scream. Someone heard Page scream and called the police. A local newspaper - the Tusa Tribune - ran a false, incendiary article claiming Rowland sexually assaulted her. Rowland was taken to jail . A White lynch mob showed up to the jail demanding Rowland be handed over to them. Enter the brothers.

According to accounts a contingent of of upwards of 75 African American men came to the courthouse and offered their services to the authorities to stop any lynching attempt (26 Black men had been lynched in Oklahoma in the previous two decades). As they were leaving, a white man tried to disarm one of the Black veterans, and a shot was fired. Several people were killed. All hell broke loose. Over the next six hours Tulsa was plunged into chaos as angry Whites, frustrated over the failed lynching, began to vent their rage at African Americans in general. Furious fighting erupted along the Frisco railroad tracks, where Black defenders were able to hold off members of the White mob. An unarmed African American man was murdered inside a downtown movie theater, while carloads of armed Whites began making "drive-by" shootings in Black residential neighborhoods. By midnight fires had been set along the edge of the African American commercial district. In some of the city's all-night cafes, whites began to organize for a dawn invasion of Greenwood. During the early hours of the conflict local authorities did little to stem the growing crisis. Indeed, shortly after

the outbreak of gunfire at the courthouse, Tulsa police officers deputized former members of the lynch mob and, according to an eyewitness, instructed them to "get a gun and get a nigger." Tulsa police were also involved in the mayhem. More than one witness identified officers, usually out of uniform, among the arsonists. Shortly before dawn on June 1, thousands of armed whites had gathered along the fringes of Greenwood. When daybreak came, they poured into the African American district, looting homes and businesses and setting them on fire. Numerous atrocities occurred, including the murder of A. C. Jackson, a renowned black surgeon, who was shot after he surrendered to a group of whites. At least one machine gun was utilized by the invading Whites, and some airplanes were also used in the attack to drop “bombs” on the Greenwood district. Black Tulsans fought hard to protect their homes and businesses, with particularly sharp fighting occurring off of Standpipe Hill. The National Guard reported engaging in several short skirmishes as it moved down from Standpipe Hill – the hill just west of the present Oklahoma State UniversityTulsa campus – and one longer battle in which upwards of 50 Blacks “fought like ti-

Whence those sounds in all directions Firearms cracking everywhere; Men and women all excited, Cries of rioting fill the air. Men with guns and ammunition, Rushing madly to the fray, Shooting, cursing, laughing, crying, "Come on, boys, come on this way!" "They are trying to lynch our comrade, Without cause in law defi; Get your guns and help defend him; Let's protect him, win or die. 'Twas the cry of Negro manhood, Rallying to the cause of right, Readying to suppress the lawless, Anxious for a chance to fight. So they marched against the mobbists Gathered now about the jail, While the sheriff stood there pleading, Law and order to prevail. Thus responding to their duty, Like true soldiers that they were, Black men face the lawless White men Under duty's urgent spur. Cries of "Let us have the nigger" "Lynch him, kill him" came the shout, And at once there came an answer When a sharp report rang out "Stand back men, there'll be no lynching" Black men cried, and not in fun

gers.” The last organized resistance came from gunmen in the Mount Zion Baptist Church tower. When they refused to come out, the new church, valued at $80,000 was set on fire. In the end, those who stayed behind to fight were simply outgunned and outnumbered. By the time that additional National Guard troops arrived in Tulsa at approximately 9:15 a.m. on the morning of June 1, most of Greenwood had already been put to the torch. Fire soon consumed Greenwood’s main business district and more than 1,100 homes. Only a few houses, one or two churches on the perimeter of the community and Booker T. Washington High School survived.

Bang! Bang! Bang! three quick shots followed, And the battle had begun. In the fusillade that followed, Four white lynchers kissed the dust, Many more fell badly wounded, Victims of their hellish lust. Quick they fled in all directions, Panic stricken, filled with fear, Leaving their intended victim, As the news spread far and near. Scattered now in great confusion Filled with vengeance all anew Leaders of the lynching party Planned for something else to do. "Blacks prevent a Negro's lynching" Read a bold newspaper head, In an extra night edition, "Fifty Whites reported dead." Rallied now with reinforcements Brave (?) white men five thousand strong Marched upon the Black defenders With their usual battle song: "Get the niggers" was their slogan, "Kill them, burn them, set the pace. Let them know that we are White men, Teach them how to keep their place. "Forward! March! command was given, And the tread of feet was heard, Marching on the Colored district, In protest there came no word. In the meantime rabid hoodlums Now turned loose without restraint Helped themselves to things of value More than useless to complain. Guns were taken by the hundreds, Ammunition all in sight Reign of murder, theft and plunder Was the order of the night. But our boys who learned the lesson On the blood-stained soil of France, How to fight on the defensive Purposed not to take a chance. Like a flash they came together, Word was passed along the line: "No White man must cross the border; Shoot to kill and shoot in time!" "Ready, Fire!" and then a volley From the mob whose skins were White "Give 'em hell, boys," cried the leader, "Soon we'll put 'em all to flight."

But they got a warm reception From Black men who had no fear, Who while fighting they were singing: "Come on Boys, the Gang's all here." Rapid firing guns were shooting, Men were falling by the score, 'Till the white men quite defeated Sent the word "We want no more." Nine p.m. the trouble started, Two a.m. the thing was done. And the victory for the black men Counted almost four to one. Then the white went into council, Hoping to reprise their loss, Planned the massacre that followed, Dared to win at any cost. June the First, at five a.m. Three long whistle blasts were heard, Giving sign for concert action To that cold blood-thirsty herd. At the signal from the whistle Aeroplanes were seen to fly, Dropping bombs and high explosives, Hell was falling from the sky. On all sides the mob had gathered Talking in excited tones With machine guns, ready. mounted, Trained upon a thousand homes. Hark! The sounds of roaring battle As they charged without relent. Shooting Women, men and children, Plying torches as they went. Here and there the fight was waging Never ceasing, not a pause, Black men, like the ancient Trojans, Fought and died to save a cause. All night long a mother waited For her husband to return. Every minute filled with horror, Lest the worst she soon would learn.

A.J. Smitherman was a press pioneer and freedom fighter. On the night of the massacre, he, along with countless others, fought to defend Greenwood. His plant , valued at more than $40,000 was burned to the ground. He and his wife and five children narrowly escaped with their lives. They eventually ended up in Buffalo where he founded and published the Empire Star until his death in 1961.


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The Community’s Voice Must Be Heard

Community Watchdog


ny initiative aimed at the improvement of our community requires that the collective voice of our community be included in all discussions for change. For the City of Buffalo, God has smiled on us for quite a while, at least for as long as I’ve been privileged to be here. We have an active leadership and cultural community with such leaders as Jomo Akono and Sam Radford, Karima Amin and Mother Eva Doyle. Their examples of leadership, inclusion and truth telling, following such greats as Bill Peoples and Rafi Green, have paved the way for those of us who have come behind with new ideas and a passion to make the lives of our people better. With all of that, there has also been the constant cloud of a racist, exclusionary, brutal and oppressive past where Black folks Baba have not received fair treatment or a fair ENG share of all that is available in the City of Good Neighbors. But possibilities are here, by the Grace of Our Creator, the One God, who smiles on us all, doors open up and windows of opportunity for change become clearer. For me, such is the case on many levels, but here I would like to speak with you about the thorn that has been in Buffalo’s side for over twenty years, bleeding with death and brutality that horrifies us all. Yes, Buffalo’s Holding Center, where there have been too many questionable everythings, from death to brutality, to sexual misconduct and medical neglect. Has any of that changed? I don’t know; but what I do know is that our premiere County Legislators April Baskin, Howard Johnson and their colleagues came together and created an Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board to look into the goings on at the Holding Center and come up with plans for change and accountability. For the past year, under the leadership of Attorney Jonathan Miles Gresham and Cindy McEachon, there has been a substantial amount of progress. Right now, as I write this article, there has been approval for a Medication Assisted Treatment program, by Undersheriff John Greenan and Superintendent Thomas Diina, to be available for people with drug addictions being held in detention. The Advisory Board, of which I am privileged to be a member has also assisted with making vaccines available to prisoners during this Covid 19 pandemic. This and other measures describe some of the work that we have accomplished with Jail Management mostly under the leadership of Superintendent Thomas Diina , who I once characterized as “Sherriff Howard with a smile.” The fact is that at this moment in time Superintendent Diina seems to be turning out to be the one who is helping us in this fight to change the conditions, as well as the thinking, of those who actually control what goes on at our jails. It also seems that Superintendent Diina wants to see, at least, some of the changes that begin with recognizing the humanity of all people caught up in these institutions that have in one way or another failed us all. We also have a professional from the Probation Department, Ysaias Feliz. For example, Superintendent Diina has allowed our CoChairperson, Cindi McEachon to develop a “Code Blue”, reentry program at the Holding Center and has approved another program which will allow me to provide ”Peace and Healing Circles” for men who are at the jail and those scheduled for release. So, just as I have been permitted the privilege of change, I have to believe that God is responsible for opening the hearts of anyone to give themselves and the domains that God has given them to shepherd, to change as well. The Corrections Specialist Advisory Board is making inroads into the institution of Detention, the jail, here in Erie County, but we cannot continue do it all on our own. We absolutely need the input of our community to get it right in a way that truly


People over profits!


Humboldt Parkway before the destruction (inset) began.

Funny how when a benefit is for minority communities, suddenly "unintended consequences" are considered. Covering the 33 is acknowledged as being "transformative." And then it is asked by the BN if it is worth it. Well let's see. The transformative, touted as progress, expressway that literally drove the tax base out of the city is given the benefit of the doubt while we are to question if what would be good for Black Buffalo is worth the money; a project they say that would be "enormously expensive." Well guess what, we pay taxes, so use that money. We are worth it. The White suburbs and its White schools have been built and nurtured with our money. It is not called "White Flight" for nuttin'. Let's correct the injustice. And to mention Robert Moses!!! -- a known, documented bigot! I hope the community will continue to organize ( i.e. the Restore Our Community Coalition- ROCC) to fight for the resources we deserve. Buffalo cannot waste this moment. And you want to talk transformative? Olmsted's 1868 vision was just that -- and it was destroyed! reflects the interest of well -being and progress for all of us. The Advisory Board, as we are known, meets once a month and we have asked that members of the community get online with us, make comments and suggestions and ask for information and facts about the concerns of our community. We have also established a subcommittee, within the Advisory Board, headed by Cindi McEachon, Ann Venuto and Michael Ranney, Keisha Williams, Ken Colon, and Cory McCarthy which communicates every week and meets once every two weeks to stay on top of what is going on at the Holding Center and come up with ideas that will improve conditions there and make it better for the detainees in the immediate sense. We will look at complaints and hear your suggestions. So, we ask that you, our community, log on at Erie County Legislature. Gov and attend those meetings as well. You can do this by calling in to Timothy Callan, at Timothy.Callan@erie.gov or Sean Mulligan, at sean.mulligan@erie.gov , Legislative Aides at 716-8586325, and ask to be placed on the list to the monthly meeting of The Corrections Specialist Advisory Board at the end of each month. We encourage you to be a part of the change that we all want to see, both inside the Holding Center and in our communities so that the number of people getting trapped off in the criminal injustice system dwindles to the point where we can re-imagine how we respond to behaviors that are unacceptable in our community and disturbs the well-being of us all but no longer need institutions like the Holding Center. Imagine a City without a place like the Holding Center. Imagine a place where people are treated like human beings and the people who work there have no other agenda or purpose than to serve both the people they secure, as well as the communities we all come from and return to.


By India Walton

t’s a phrase we’ve often heard, but an action that’s not been implemented in Buffalo. The need for that change is overdue. Budgets are moral documents. As usual, Mayor Byron Brown has lacked transparency and failed to engage the community for input on the 2021-2022 recommended budget. Buffalo has failed to receive the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) distinguished budget award, a recognition commonly earned by many municipalities India Walton around the country. Not only has the city of Buffalo not met this standard for transparency, we are far from eligible for it. So while the current administration continues to line the pockets of developers, the people who keep this city moving suffer from both a lack of resources and a lack of input. Our platform is for the people and by the people. As your mayor, I will move us not only toward GFOA transparency standards, but also to participatory budgeting. Unlike the current process, participatory budgeting is democratic and gives people real influence over how the public budget is spent. It means allocating a portion of funding for the community to decide, and vote on, real solutions that reflect their needs. This kind of community empowerment deepens our democracy and reinforces our belief that equity and justice are crucial components to a stronger community. The time of waiting for our current administration to address the issues that bring down our people is over. The people closest to the problems are the ones who have the solutions needed to enrich their lives. The time has come to build a better Buffalo for all people. The heart of this city is made up of human chambers; the workers, the mothers, the frontline workers – these folks keep the blood of Buffalo pumping. For too long, they’ve been pushed to the backburner, while the rich get richer. Trickle down policies don’t work for the working class. When I am elected as your mayor, I will invest resources in the basic needs of the most vulnerable communities. We demand transparency and inclusion. My vision for The People’s Budget will increase public engagement. Together, we will outline the priorities of this city, we will determine where our money is spent, and we will see our just due. The time to take back what is ours, and to reclaim our city is here. It is time we see a real Buffalo renaissance for everyone. Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side, Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton became a full-time working mother at the age of just 14, went on to become a registered nurse in both the NICU and the public school system, and most recently founded and led the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust to develop affordable housing. Learn more at www.indiawalton.com, www.facebook.com/IndiaWaltonforBuffalo, Twitter at @indiawaltonbflo and Instagram at @indiawaltonforbuffalo.



Naomi Osaka Withdraws from the French Open:Naomi Osaka announced on Monday that she has withdrawn from the French Open and is going to "take some time away from the court.” Earlier, organizers said that the tennis player could face expulsion from the tournament and future Grand Slams if she continues to not speak to the media. Last week, Osaka said she would not participate in any news conferences during Roland Garros to protect her mental health. She was fined $15,000 "in the wake of her infringement of mandatory media interviews." Photo via @thehill

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GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL CLINIC SUNDAY JUNE 13 ! G.I.R.L.S. Sports Foundation Inc. is back at it with Girls Flag Football Clinic Sunday June 13 from 1pm-3pm at Lang Weber Park. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. The clinic is for girls age 8 – 18 years old. Register early limited space. Walk ins may be accepted. Covid19 Regulations, Security and Giveaways . For more info contact Coach Ces at 716 9312180 or email girlssportsfoundationwny@gmail.com You can find the application online at https://rb.gy/02u5i8

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc, is offering FREE Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training!

Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches individuals how to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness. It raises awareness about mental health and reduces stigma. Participation requires online access with a computer or tablet. Spots for these trainings are limited. Our next trainings are scheduled for June 16th and July 7th from 9 am-3 pm. For more information contact Karl at kshallowhorn@chcb.net Be sure to follow us on Facebook or visit our website at: www.chcb.net


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Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams Announces Receipt of $165,678,466 in American Rescue Plan Funds Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has announced that the City of Buffalo received $165,678, 466 in Federal stimulus funds from the United States Department of Treasury. The City of Buffalo is expected to receive approximately $331 million dollars over the next two years. The $165 million dollar is the first lump sum payment from the American Rescue Plan of 2021. The second payment will be received next year; all funds must be spent within the next four years. “The receipt of these funds is an important first step in remedying budget deficits incurred by the Coronavirus Pandemic. As always, I commit to working with the Administration, Buffalo Common Councilmembers and Buffalo Fiscal Stability Comptroller Miller-Williams Authority (BFSA) representatives to closely monitor and reconcile the use of these funds to ensure that appropriate due diligence is adhered to by all governing bodies” stated Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams. Tao Te Ching CITY OF BUFFALO 2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING/ PLAN REVIEW Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:00PM AVISO AL PÚBLICO CIUDAD DE BÚFALO PLAN DE ACCIÓN ANUAL 2021 Puede encontrar una copia completa de este documento en español en el sitio web de la Ciudad: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents ‫ماع راطخإ‬ ‫ولافوب ةنيدم‬ ‫ ماعل ةيونسلا لمعلا ةطخ‬2021 ‫عقوملا ىلع ةيبرعلا ةغللاب راطخإلا اذه نم ةلماك ةخسن حاتت‬ ‫ىلع ةنيدملل ينورتكلإلا‬: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents See Webex access information below Notice is hereby given that the City of Buffalo is currently preparing its Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The City will conduct virtual public hearings to discuss the City’s anticipated FY 2021 allocations and use of funds for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG); and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). This notice updates a previous 2021 Annual Action Plan published notice referencing a June 18 meeting. The purpose of these hearings is to obtain the views and comments of citizens, public agencies, and other interested persons relative to housing and community development needs that may be addressed by CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA funds in FY 2021. At the final virtual Public Hearing/Plan Review on June 17, results of prior community engagement regarding use of these funds will be reviewed and the proposed plan will be presented. To join this meeting by video go to http://www. webex.com and click Join a Meeting, or to join by phone call 1-415-655-0001. Enter Meeting number (access code): 142 047 5317. Enter Meeting password: 1234 (1234 from phones and video systems). Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and non-English speaking persons requested at least 24 hours in advance of this meeting to HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo. com. The City expects to publish a summary of its proposed plan on or about June 15, 2021; a copy of these documents will be placed on public display for a thirty-day review period beginning on or about June 15, 2021 at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Sq., Buffalo, NY and the City of Buffalo's website at: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/ Consolidated-Plan-Documents Written comments on the Annual Action Plan are encouraged, and will be included in the city’s submission to HUD, which will be on or about August 15, 2021 and in accordance with CFR Part 91, et al. Comments must be received by July 19, 2021. Send comments to William Parke, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, 920 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202 or HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com.


The gentlest thing in the world Overcomes the hardest thing in the world. That which has no substance Enters where there is no space. This shows the value of nonaction Teaching without words, Performing without actions: That is the Master’s way.

LEGAL NOTICE BID ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ERIE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 1 ROWLEY ROAD SANITARY SEWER REPLACEMENT CONTRACT 42 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals for the Erie County Sewer District No. 1 Rowley Road Sanitary Sewer Replacement Contract No. 42 will be received by the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP) on June 22, 2021 until 11:00 A.M., local time, at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1034, Buffalo, New York, 14202, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in Room 1004. The nature of the work generally includes removal and replacement via open cut excavation of approximately 806 linear feet of existing sewer with 12-inch diameter PVC sewer, including sanitary lateral reinstatements and 4 new precast concrete manholes, and the removal and replacement of an existing 8-inch diameter insulated sanitary sewer line located on a bridge crossing over Cayuga Creek with approximately 236 linear feet 12-inch diameter ductile iron sewer pipe of which 153 linear feet will be pre-insulated. The total approximate sanitary sewer replacement is 1,042 linear feet. Additional information and bid documents can be found at: http://www2.erie.gov/dsm. BY ORDER OF: Joseph Fiegl, P.E., BCEE Deputy Commissioner, ECDEP Dated: 5/28/2021 Published: 6/01/2021

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY CITY OF BUFFALO CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE & EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) AVISO DE DISPONIBILIDAD CIUDAD DE BÚFALO INFORME ANUAL CONSOLIDADO DE DESEMPEÑO Y EVALUACIÓN (CAPER) Puede encontrar una copia completa de este documento en español en el sitio web de la Ciudad: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents ‫رفاوتلاب راطخإ‬ ‫ولافاب ةنيدم‬ ‫( دحوملا يونسلا ءادألاو مييقتلا ريرقت‬CAPER) ‫عقوملا ىلع ةيبرعلا ةغللاب راطخإلا اذه نم ةلماك ةخسن حاتت‬ ‫ىلع ةنيدملل ينورتكلإلا‬: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents Pursuant to Section 104 (d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, and fulfilling the requirements of 24 CFR Part 91, the City of Buffalo’s Chief Executive Officer, Mayor Byron W. Brown, will make the CAPER covering the period between October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 available for review in room 920 City Hall and on the City’s website as of Friday June 11, 2021 at: https://www.buffalony.gov/324/Consolidated-Plan-Documents. The CAPER is submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It provides information to measure the City’s progress in meeting goals and priorities identified in the Annual Action and Strategic Plans for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs. It also serves as an evaluation tool and begins the process of setting goals for the next year. Persons wishing to comment on the CAPER must do so in writing by Tuesday June 29, 2021. Comments may be mailed to the Office of Strategic Planning, 920 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202, Attn: William Parke, HUD Program Manager or emailed to: HUDadministrator@city-buffalo.com. Persons who require assistance to review the report or require the document in a language other than English, please email William Parke, HUD Program Manager at: HUDadministrator@city-buffalo.com.


PETITION AND NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF TAX LIENS BY THE COUNTY OF ERIE BY ACTION IN REM IN REM NO.169 INDEX NO. 2021-6000090 Please take notice that on the 10th day of May, 2021 the County of Erie pursuant to law, filed with the Clerk of the County of Erie a list of parcels of property affected by unpaid tax liens held and owned by the County of Erie which on such date had been due and unpaid for a period of at least two years after the date on which the unpaid tax liens were sold. Such list contains as to each such parcel (a) a brief description of the property affected by each tax lien, (b) the name of the last known owner of such property as it appears on the latest tax roll in the hands of the Director of Real Property Tax Services or a statement that the owner is unknown if such be the case, (c) a statement of such tax liens upon such parcel of property including any tax sale certificates owned by the County of Erie which shall have been due for less than two years, together with the interest and penalties due as of the list date and (d) a statement that the amount required to redeem any such parcel of property, and the amount to be recovered by the County of Erie, includes all tax sale certificates owned by the County of Erie and affecting such property, together with all interest, penalties, additions and expenses as in this act provided, and also includes an “in rem fee” of $500.00 per parcel to cover the presumptive cost to the County of Erie for reasonable and necessary attorneys’ fees, abstracts of title and other disbursements in connection with such foreclosure pursuant to law. The above-captioned proceeding was commenced to enforce the payment of delinquent taxes which have accumulated and become liens against certain property. The parcels to which this proceeding applies were identified on the List of Delinquent Taxes which was filed in the Erie County Clerk’s Office on the 10th day of May, 2021. Take further notice that the ownership by the County of the tax sale certificates set forth on the List of Delinquent Taxes is conclusive evidence of the fact that the taxes, assessments and other legal charges represented thereby have not been paid to the County. EFFECT OF FILING: All persons having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in the List of Delinquent Taxes are hereby notified that the filing of said List constituted the commencement by the County of Erie of a proceeding in the County Court to foreclose each of the tax liens therein described by a foreclosure proceeding In Rem. Pursuant to Section 11-7.0 of the Erie County Tax Act, the filing of such List of Delinquent Taxes constitutes and has the same force and effect and is deemed to have given the same notice of such foreclosure proceeding as the filing and recording in the Erie County Clerk’s Office of an individual Notice of Pendency of a Tax Foreclosure Action and of the filing in the County Court of a separate and individual Complaint by the County of Erie against the owners of the real property proceeded against and described in the List of Delinquent Taxes. NATURE OF PROCEEDING: This proceeding is brought against the real property only and is to foreclose the tax liens described in the List of Delinquent Taxes. No personal judgment will be entered herein for such liens/taxes or other legal charges or any part thereof.

PERSONS AFFECTED: This notice is directed to all persons having or claiming to have an interest in the real property described in the List of Delinquent Taxes. Such persons are hereby notified further that a duplicate of this Petition and the List of Delinquent Taxes has been filed in the Erie County Clerk’s Office and the Office of Real Property Tax Services and will remain open for public inspection up to and including the date specified below as the last day of redemption. RIGHT OF REDEMPTION: Any person having or claiming to have an interest in any such real property and the legal right thereto may on or before the 7th day of July, 2021 redeem the same by paying the amount of all such unpaid tax liens thereon, including all interest and penalties and other legal charges which are included in the lien against such real property, computed to and including the date of redemption. Payments shall be made to: Director of Real Property Tax Services, Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York, 14202, by CASH, CERTIFIED CHECK, BANK CHECK or MONEY ORDER. In the event that such tax liens are paid by a person other than the record owner of such real property, the person so paying shall be entitled to have the tax liens affected thereby satisfied of record or to receive an assignment of such tax liens evidenced by a proper written instrument. LAST DAY OF REDEMPTION: The last day of redemption is hereby fixed as the 7th day of July, 2021. SERVICE OF ANSWER: Every person having any right, title or interest in or lien upon any parcel of real property described in the List of Delinquent Taxes may serve a duly verified Answer upon the attorney for the Tax District, as set forth below, setting forth in detail the nature and amount of his or her interest, and any defense or objection to the foreclosure. Such Answer must be filed in the office of the County Clerk and served upon the attorney for the Tax District, Margaret A. Hurley, Esq., Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP, 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1700, Buffalo, New York, 14202, (716) 8843135, on or before the 28th day of July 2021. FAILURE TO REDEEM OR ANSWER: In the event of failure to redeem or answer by any person having the right to redeem or answer, such person shall be forever barred and foreclosed of all his or her right, title and interest and equity of redemption in and to the parcel described in the List of Delinquent Taxes and a judgment in foreclosure may be taken by default. DATED: May 10, 2021 ENFORCING OFFICER: SCOTT A. BYLEWSKI, ESQ. Director of Real Property Tax Services STATE OF NEW YORK ) COUNTY OF ERIE ) CITY OF BUFFALO )


I, SCOTT A. BYLEWSKI, ESQ., being duly sworn, depose and say: I am the Director of Real Property Tax Service for the County of Erie. I have read this Petition and Notice, which I have signed, and I am familiar with its contents. The contents of this Petition and Notice are true to the best of my knowledge, based upon the records and tax roll of the County of Erie, in the hands of the Department of Real Property Tax Services. I do not know of any errors or omissions in this Petition. SCOTT A. BYLEWSKI, ESQ. Director of Real Property Tax Services Sworn to before me this 10th day of May, 2021. Notary Public: Amy Honan No. 01HO6348829 Notary Public, State of New York Qualified in Erie County My Commission Expires Oct. 3, 2024 ATTORNEYS FOR TAX DISTRICT: Margaret A. Hurley, Esq. Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1700 Buffalo, New York 14202 (716) 884-3135 (5/20,5/27,6/3,6/10,6/17, 6/24)


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LISC WNY & GM Launch Scale Up WNY Business Grant Program Accelerating Black-owned Business Growth The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and General Motors are launching an exciting new partnership to scale and advance Black-owned business growth in the Western New York region. Through intensive listening conversations with business support organizations, LISC WNY and GM recognize that there are several business industries in our region that have a projected demand for their services yet need capital to scale up to meet that demand. A business owner’s personal or family savings is the most commonly relied-upon source of startup capital; and yet, Black households in the city of Buffalo experience a 37% poverty rate compared to 21% for the White population in 2018, according to the Census American Community Survey. Further, because of the pandemic, Black businesses experience the most acute decline, with a 41% drop in business ownership, and were twice as likely to close down as their white counterparts in 2020, according to the New York Fed. With funding support from General Motors, the ‘Scale Up WNY’ Grant Program will assist the growth of Black-owned businesses that are under-capitalized, but well positioned for growth. This one-time fund is designated to support procurement opportunities in several high-growth industries and/or services. Grants range from $5,000

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LEGAL NOTICE Bid ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ERIE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT NO. 5 TRANSIT ROAD CURED IN PLACE PIPE LINING PROJECT CONTRACT NO. 26 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals for the above referenced contracts will be received by the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP) on June 22, 2021 until 11:30 A.M., local time, at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1034, Buffalo, New York, 14202, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in Room 1004. The nature of the work generally includes approximately 2,546 linear feet of 24-inch Diameter Sanitary Sewer Fiberglass Reinforced Cured in Place Pipe Lining. Additional information and bid documents can be found at: http://www2.erie.gov/dsm. BY ORDER OF: Joseph Fiegl, P.E., BCEE Deputy Commissioner, ECDEP Dated: 5/28/2021 Published: 6/01/2021

LEGAL NOTICE BIDS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING SERVICES The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority requests proposals to provide all professional Architectural & Engineering Services necessary or incidental to provide site investigation, design services, preparation of plans and specifications, and construction administration services for the bidding and implementation of the following project: Architectural/ Engineering Services to Facilitate Capital Fund Renovations at Various Sites BMHA Job No.20-24-AE The Request for Proposals may be obtained at the BMHA Capital Improvements Office located at 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Submission Date: Proposals must be received by 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Tuesday June 22nd, 2021, at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Proposals received after this time will not be accepted. Pre-submittal Meeting: The pre-submittal meeting will be held on Tuesday June 8rd @ 10:00 AM EST as a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams. For all potential proposers interested in attending the virtual pre-submittal meeting, please email Joseph Fanara at joef@savarinocompanies.com prior to 3:00 PM EST on Friday June 4th requesting an invitation & link to join the presubmittal meeting. Requests for Information: Requests for Information shall be submitted prior to 3:00 PM EST on Friday, June 11th, 2021 to the following representative: Joseph Fanara, Vice President – Construction, Savarino Companies, Email: joef@ savarinocompanies.com The contract for professional services will only be awarded to a single professional firm; no joint ventures. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any and/or all proposals submitted. Dated: May 28, 2021


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LEGAL NOTICE BID SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF ERIE TBG FUNDING LLC, Plaintiff -against- MAZEL ON MAIN LLC, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated October 20, 2020 and entered on December 9, 2020, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Erie County Clerk’s “Closing Room”, located at 92 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Buffalo, NY on June 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. All bidders must comply with current COVID 19 guidelines. Premises to be sold in individual parcels or in bulk by the Referee: Said Referee shall offer Parcel I and Parcel II as follows: PARCEL I situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 120 of the Stevens survey, described as follows: BEGINNING at a point of the intersection of the southerly line of Delavan Avenue with the westerly line of Greenwood Place; being a plot 65.40 feet by 74.50 feet by 56.84 feet by 75.00 feet. Section: 88 Block: 83 Lot: 6-7 Said premises known as 277 WEST DELAVAN AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY PARCEL II: situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 121 of the Stevens survey, described as follows: BEGINNING at the point of the intersection of the southerly line of Delavan Avenue with the easterly line of Greenwood Place; being a plot 80 feet by 100 feet by 80 feet by 100 feet. Section: 88 Block: 83 Lot: 5-1 Said premises known as 283 WEST DELAVAN AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY Approximate amount of lien $1,035,499.16 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. Index Number 807975/2018. DARIA L. PRATCHER, ESQ., Referee KRISS & FEUERSTEIN LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10017 (5/26, 6/3,6/10,6/17)

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Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Rental And Travel Services, LLC . Art. of Org. Filed with the SSNY on {03/18/2021}. Office. Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process it may be served. SSNY should mail copy of process of the LLC, 82 Clay St Buffalo, NY 14207. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. May 6, 13,20,27 June 3, 10 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: JMMR, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: 04/13/2021. Office of the LLC: 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 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 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpos No specific duration attached to LLC April 29, May 6,13, 20,27 June 3

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC:Lavish Beauty Lounge & Boutique Date of filing Articles of Organization with the NYS Dept of State:07/02/2018 Office of the LLC: Erie CountyThe NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any proess to the LLC at: 21 Millicent ave Buffalo NY 14215 Purpose of LLC:(Any lawful purpose permitted for LLC's under NY Limited Liability Company Act) This LLC is to be managed by;Kendra Carpenter May 20,27 June 3, 10,17,24 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: 2727 Elmwood Ave, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: 04/13/2021. Office of the LLC: 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 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 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. No specific duration attached to LLC. April 29, May 6,13, 20,27 June 3

LEGAL NOTIC E BID Town of Elma Advertisement for Bids for the Elma Senior Center 3007 Bowen Rd, Elma, N.Y. Sealed bids for the flooring at the Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Road, Elma, NY 14059 will be received by the Town Clerk at her office in the Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma, NY on or before 2:00 PM, local time, Friday, June 11, 2021. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Town Clerk’s Office, Elma Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma, NY on June 11, 2021 at 2:00PM. Specifications may be obtained or examined at the office of the Building Inspector, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma, NY during regular office hours, 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. This contract will be funded wholly or partially with federal funds, and as such, is subject to all federal rules and regulations pertinent thereto, including, but not limited to, federal policy of encouraging the participation of minority and women business enterprises as sources of suppliers, equipment, construction and services.


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LEGAL NOTICE BID DOCUMENT 00020 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Town of West Seneca 1250 Union Road West Seneca, New York 14224 Separate sealed Bids for the Pump Track and Basketball Court Construction will be received by the Town Clerk at the office of the Town of West Seneca until 2:00 p.m. on June 17th, 2021 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. This project involves the construction of a Pump Track Bike trail in Harlem Road Park and installation of a Recreational sport court in Dirkson Park. Copies of the Contract Documents may be examined free of charge at the following location during regular business hours: 1.Town of West Seneca 1250 Union Road West Seneca, NY 14224 Copies of the Contract Documents will be available, as of May 24, 2021, at the office of the West Seneca Town Clerk only and copies will be furnished upon submission to the Town Clerk of a non-refundable deposit of $50 per set, made payable to the Town of West Seneca. If the set is to be mailed a second check in the amount of $25 shall be provided to the Town Clerk to cover mailing costs. This contract will be funded wholly or partially with federal funds, and as such, is subject to all fed-eral rules and regulations pertinent thereto, including, but not limited to, federal policy of encourag-ing the participation of minority and women business enterprises as sources of suppliers, equip-ment, construction and services. A pre-bid conference will not be required for this project. Questions regarding the project are to be emailed to CPL, attn: Steven R. Tanner, P.E. at stan-ner@cplteam. com prior to 4:00 p.m. on June 10th, 2021, allowing time for responses prior to the receipt of bids. If necessary, an Addendum will be issued by 5:00 p.m. (Local Time) on June 12th, 2021. Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond from a domestic carrier licensed to do business in the State of New York in the amount of not less than five (5%) of the amount of the bid submitted. Please note that this project is partially funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, therefore CDBG requirements shall be in effect. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President's Executive Order Nos. 11,246 and 11,375 which prohibit discrimination in employment regarding race, creed, color, sex, or national origin. The successful bidder must be an equal opportunity employer, must meet all appropriate State and Federal standards, and comply with all relevant governmental regulations. A Statement of Non Collusion and Performance and Payment Bonds will be required for this project. The Town of West Seneca is exempt from the payment of sales and compensation use taxes of the State of New York and of cities and counties on all materials, equipment, and supplies sold to the Town of West Seneca pursuant to this contract. The sales tax exemption is extended to the Contractor, Subcontractors, and their suppliers All bids shall be binding for a period of forty five (45) days after the bid opening date. The Town of West Seneca reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informalities therein. Date: May 24, 2021 Amy Kobler Town Clerk

ADDICT 2 ADDICT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST Provide peer support services in Niagara County to individuals experiencing problems with their substance use. Min. of one year experience. NFRRS Administrative Assistant Perform administrative activities and other clerical office functions min. of two years’ experience. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street Buffalo NY 14214, employment@ wnyil.org EEOC . OLMSTEAD HOUSING SPECIALIST Assist individuals seeking eligibility For housing subsidy to transition From institutional setting to the community. BS in Human Services. Must have ability To travel throughout WNY. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214 employment@wnyil.org EEOC Data Analysis and Reporting Specialist Responsible for analysis and reporting of data collection Requested by administration and management. Bachelor’s and min of two years’ experience. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo, N.Y., 14214 employment@wnyil.org EEOC LEGAL NOTICE BID COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Erie County Lincoln Building Renovations – Phase 2 PROJECT NO. 2021-821-01 Separate sealed bids for: General, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Construction work for above project will be received by County’s Commissioner of Public Works in Suite 1400, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 until 10:30 AM local time on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE, Apprenticeship program, and Local & Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: www.erie.gov/dpw. Attention is called to COVID bid procedures on the County’s website.


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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens seeks a strategic and driven non-profit finance executive to serve as the Director of Finance. This individual should be a wellrounded financial leader with strategic planning experience and business acumen to serve as a key member of the leadership team. Under the supervision of the President/CEO, this position will be responsible for coordinating the financial affairs of the Botanical Gardens in strategic alignment with the mission and program operations. The Director of Finance will work collaboratively with the President/CEO to define financial objectives, supporting their achievement, and measuring/reporting their results. The person in this role will work closely and cooperatively with other staff members to assure completion of the financial functions of the Society. Applicant must have 3-5 years progressive experience in a non-profit accounting/finance position and a bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance. An MBA or CPA is preferred. A working knowledge of Quickbooks or similar accounting software is required. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines concurrently and interpret data and make independent decisions within an authorized scope. Applicant should have strong written and oral communication and presentation skills and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization. Knowledge and familiarity with information systems, especially a PC environment is required and a knowledge of Blackbaud products strongly preferred. This is a part-time position, and the individual will be required to work a flexible schedule. If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff and work in our beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a cover letter that includes background about your experience, why you are interested in this job, and your salary expectations. No resumes without cover letters will be considered. Please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail to Dave Swarts, President/CEO at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

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The Juicery in Delaware Park Now Open! The Juicery has reopened in Delaware Park 7 days a week Monday - Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit www.thejuicery716.com •Erie County Stay Fit for Meals for Seniors: Feel free to call the Dorothy Collier Community Center with any questions you might have or to place an order at 716.882.0602. The cut off time for orders is every Wednesday by 11 AM EBT cards accepted.


Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •June 3, 2021


TRIBUTE: PICTURED ABOVE (left) Navy veteran Andy Finley plays Taps on the steps of the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavillion during a tribute to our veterans on Memorial Day. Finley is also pictured in the photo to the right (center with horn) along with other esteemed veterans including Debbera M. Ransom (2nd from left), Commander of Amvets Post 24, where he played Taps at a tribute in Concordia Cemetery a few days earlier. Street Legacy Photos by Darvin Adams


U.S. Navy Veteran 1986 1991 Served in the Persian Gulf ; Retired from the V.A. as a Nursing assistant. Photographer for the Challenger News ;Veterans and community advocate, Founder and CEO of Street Legacy Photography, Founder of the Veterans Photography project and "Veterans Profile" Feature; Member of St.John's Lodge #16 of MWPHGLONY, UNIA 422, the Juneteenth Committee, Jesse Clipper Post #420, Amvets Post #1925, D.A.V. Chapter #120.

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HISPANIC VETERANS HONORED: The Hispanic Community paid tribute to veterans of Hispanic descent during at least two events over the holiday. At the top, Hispanic Veterans American Legion Post 1928 held a tribute at the Puncho Olivencia Center on Swan Street. Pictured above, a tribute was held for Hispanic veterans at the Hispanic American Veterans Memorial Monument at the Naval/Military Park. Among the dignitaries was Council Memeber David Rivera who provided $10,000 in seed money for the monument which was dedicated in 2015, and Casimiro Rodriguez, President of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY who was presented with an award of appreciation from the WNY Hispanic Veterans organization (bottom right). Street Legacy Photos by Darvin Adams

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Tuesday June 22 is Primary Election Day Don't Forget to VOTE!


Over 30 Years of Professional Law Enforcement Experience • An Expert in Community Policing and Diversity Training• Uniquely Qualified to Lead • Let’s Make History June 22 by Electing Kimberly L. Beaty Sheriff. The Most Qualified Candidate in the Race!


Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •June 3, 2021

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