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Hollise S. White

Mia Ayers-Goss

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The Making of a Cultural Destination Page 3

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2021 Difference Makers

Black Tie For Black History Outstanding Awardees Page 9

The Black Doll Exhibit! A Fashion Tribute to Black History Page 8

We Remember Malcolm New Evidence Unveiled in Decades Old Slaying Page 10


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Promoting Collective Work and Responsibility

Local Black-Owned Store Features BlackOwned Laundry Product Ashlynn Boler is co-own-

Remembering the Rochester 1964 Uprising In the early evening of Friday July 24, 1964, in Rochester, N.Y. the Rochester Police Department attempted to arrest a 19 year-old Black male at a street block party and dance. The police response to the call included a K-9 Corps dog. Accusations of police brutality against African-Americans spread quickly, and an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent. The riot broke out in two of Rochester's predominantly African-American wards, near the location of the intersection of Nassau Street and Joseph Avenue, as well as downtown. Peace was restored after three days, but only after Governor Nelson Rockefeller called out the New York National Guard, the first such use of the Guard in a northern city. By the time the disturbance was over, four were dead (three in a helicopter crash) and 350 injured. Almost a thousand people were arrested and 204 stores were either looted or damaged. Although the riot was initially blamed on “outside agitators,” almost all the rioters arrested were from the local area, with only 14 people arrested tripling of the AfricanAmerican population in the previous 10 years. At that time, most African-Americans held low-pay and low-skill jobs and lived in substandard housing. Rochester was the last city in the State of New York to implement a public housing program. One of the first housing projects built after the riots was the Chatham Gardens Apartments, which opened in 1965. The riot was the first of a wave of deadly riots across the United States (all focusing around the same common theme of police brutality and disenfranchisement towards AfricanAmericans), which lasted until 1969. BLACK FACTS *Asa Dunbar is said to be the first African- American settler, who cleared land for his farm in Irondequoit (near presentday Winton Road North) in 1795. *Austin Steward, a runaway slave who came to Rochester in 1816 and opened his own meat market on what is now West Main Street.

Local distributors of True Products, a Black-owned startup manufacturing and distribution company that specializes in household cleaning supplies, is commemorating Black History Month by collaborating with a Black-owned store in Rochester to generate buzz about opportunities to become local distributors and how collective work and responsibility could impact Black economics in the city. The Clean Group of Rochester has established a special partnership with Nathaniel Square Convenience Store, a Black business at the intersection of Alexander Street and South Ave. During the month of February, the store is featuring True Laundry Detergent as its product of the month to encourage Black entrepreneurship and to be intentional about community members supporting Black businesses beyond Black History Month.

er of the Nathaniel Square Convenience Store located at 496 South Ave. and she’s excited to place a Blackowned product inside of her Black-owned business. She sees the partnership as being Black Rochester History in the making. “It’s a beautiful thing to make history as Rochester’s only Black-owned convenience store focusing on craft beer and now welcoming True Laundry Detergent as our featured product for the month of February!” said Boler. “We hope to help The Clean Group send a message to Black community members about considering new opportunities in entrepreneurship like being local distributors of the detergent or even creating their own products that could also be sold in our store.” Hanif Abdul-Wahid is one of the co-founders of The Clean Group who believes in True Products' approach

The Owners: Ali B. Muhammad, Abdur-Rahim Shaheed and Malik Saleem.

to addressing the economic conditions of Black people. “True Products is leading by example. Their core values speak to their commitment to Black communities and how laundry detergent can result in cleaning up a very messy situation - namely the inequitable economic disadvantages impacting Rochester’s Black communities, said Abdul-Wahid. “By teaching the values of what True Products stand for, we believe we could help advance the Black entrepreneurial landscape.” Nathaniel Square Convenience Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Those interested in learning more about becoming distributors t press time we should call The Clean Group learned that at 585-432-2824 or email a grand jury TheRocCleanGroupLLC@ has voted not to bring gmail.com. charges against the -About True Productsseven police officers True Products was launched involved in the death in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 of Daniel Prude. New by two U. S. Army veterans York Attorney General — Ali B. Muhammad and Letitia James made the announcement on Tuesday. Abdur-Rahim Shaheed and James said during a press conference that her office present- their longtime friend Malik ed an “extensive case,” to the grand jury, and made “every Saleem. True Detergent is attempt to demonstrate the facts. But ultimately, we have to void of any caustic ingrerespect the decision.” dients and animal essences. Prude, a Black man, died on March 30, one week after he was detained after running naked throughout the streets. Video of officers pinning him down and placing a “spit hood” over his head went viral, drawing national outrage. The incident itself occurred two months before the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, which sparked months of protests against police brutality. A medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” James’s office released a 200-page report on Tuesday concluding that there was enough evidence to present the case to a grand jury, as well as recommendations for reforming use-of-force laws. Amid the fallout of Prude's death, the officers involved were suspended with pay, and Rochester, N.Y. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary retired. Documents later released by the City of Rochester showed that police attempted to withhold information about Prude’s death for months.



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Mayor Brown

Brown to Run for Fifth Term as Mayor Mayor Byron Brown has announced that he will seek an unprecedented fifth term as mayor in this year’s election. The Democratic Party is set to endorse his candidacy this week. Should Brown be re-elected, he will break the fourterm record held he shares with the late Mayor James Griffin. India Walton, the former nurse and executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust who earlier this year announced her candidacy, said despite the Democratic party’s endorsement of Brown, that she is in the race “for the long haul” to challenge in the upcoming June Primary.

RECOGNIZED: SUNY Erie Interim President William Reuter and SUNY Erie Board of Trustees Chair Danise Wilson came together at the SUNY Erie City Campus Monday to recognize Buffalo City Court Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers for her support of the newly created student technology fund at the College.

Police Use Bola Wrap For First Time The Buffalo Police used the BolaWrap lasso device on their first subject last Friday. Guess where? In East Buffalo in the Kenfield Langfield Housing Project . One member of the Buffalo Police Advisory Board echoed the sentiments of many in the community who are against the BolaWrap as just another weapon used by authorities.

Erie County Police Reform And Reinvention Collaborative Task Force Completes Draft Plan Community Input and Public Comments Must be Received by March 1,2021. The Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force, has announced the completion of a preliminary Report and Recommendations ready for public review and input. Community input and public comments will be taken into consideration through March 1, 2021 to be used in development of the Task Force’s final plan, which must be adopted as a local law no later than April 1, 2021. The Task Force has been reviewing the Erie County Sheriff’s Office’s Police Services Division since September 2020. The public can review the draft Plan and offer feedback at https://www3.erie.gov/policereform .

"Our History did not begin Promising News for the Michigan Street African in chains...It will not end American Heritage Corridor in chains." he long awaited mani-


festation of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor as a vibrant local heritage attraction and world class cultural destination spot may be one step closer to becoming a reality. The Heritage Corridor Commission has announced the launch of a communitydriven strategic planning process which will guide the redevelopment and future of the Corridor. As part of the East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund and East Side Avenues initiative, a Strategic Action Plan will be developed through a 12-month community-building process, to guide the Corridor in creating a strong, unified tourism destination that promotes key cultural and historic assets including the Michigan Street Baptist Church, the Nash House Museum, the Colored Musicians Club, and WUFO Radio and Black Radio History Collective. A series of virtual public input meetings will be held in April and May of 2021 and will provide the opportunity for community members to inform the planning process \55

HERITAGE: l-r The Colored Musicians Club & Museum, The Nash House, WUFO Radio and the Michigan Street Baptist Church.

and provide direct input. The planning process encourages local businesses, neighborhood residents, and nearby service providers to participate through these public meetings. Input from community members will guide improvements to the benefit of the Corridor and the region. Information on how to participate in the virtual input sessions, along with dates and planning documents, can be found at www.michiganstreetbuffalo.org/planning. Moody Nolan, a national design firm with an office in New York, was selected by the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission to lead the planning and Strategic Action Plan development. . Moody Nolan is the nation’s largest African American-owned and operated design firm with 11 offices in the U.S. It has a long his-

tory of serving clients with a keen knowledge of cultural sensitivities as well as a deep understanding of the impact its work has on individuals and communities. Moody Nolan’s work is reflective of the people who will live, learn, and heal in the spaces it creates. Its work has been lauded with more than 330 design citations and significant awards, most recently received the 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award. “The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor sites reflect the richness of African American history and culture which is deeply embedded in the American story of perseverance,” says Latoya Nelson Kamdang, director of New York operations for Moody Nolan. “With our firm’s national expertise on cultural projects, we are energized by the opportunity to work with the community to identify ways Continued Page 11

Free Masks Giveaway and More!

In honor of Black History Month, We Are Women Warriors group, will be distributing 5 disposable masks, 2 reusuable masks and a 2 oz bottle of hand sanitizer to every citizen who stop by Grant's Variety Shoppe, 1055 East Ferry St on Friday, Feb 26th from 12-1 PM. The masks and sanitizer are free and will be distributed by a drive thru and walk up process. This community wide mask giveaway will last until all PPEs are passed out to the community. This free mask and hand sanitizer initiative is sponsored by We Are Women Warriors and the generous donations of PPEs from the general public. For additional information, please contact Betty Jean Grant or Sherry Sherrill @ 716-6025877.

•The Afrikans of Ancient Kemet (Egypt) built the world’s first university.This university, known as the Grand Lodge of Luxor, contained a museum of science, a library of 400,000 volumes, and a distinguished faculty of priest-professors. At its height, Luxor catered to some 80,000 students. •During antiquity, Kemetserved as a university for the Greeks. Greece’s finest thinkers went to Kemet for their education. *Ancient Khart Haddas (Carthage) contained a library housing 500,000 volumes. In 146 b.c. Rome destroyed it when her armies burned the citystate to ashes. •The Afrikan Moors and their Berber allies ‘civilized’ Spain and built Europe’s first universities after invading in 711. •The University of Sankore in Timbuctoo was one of the finest institutions of the Fiftieth and Sixtieth centuries. It possessed an outstanding faculty and offered courses in astronomy, mathematics, ethnography, medicine, hygiene, logic, diction, rhetoric and other disciplines. *The oldest known government --a monarchy-has been uncovered among the ruins of Ancient Nubia. This monarchy proves that Nubia predates both Kemet and Mesopotamia.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors During The Covid-19 Crisis

Appointments Now Being Taken For Covid Vaccinations At These Buffalo, Rochester Vaccination Community Sites Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the opening dates and scheduling information for the community-based vaccination sites to reach the underserved in Buffalo and Rochester . •In Buffalo the vaccination site is the Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan for residents living in Eligible Zip Codes: 14209, 14201, 14208, 14213, 14211, 14215, 14214, 14204, 14222, 14212 . •In Rochester: the vaccination site is in the Former Kodak Hawkeye Parking Lot1345 St. Paul Street for residents living in Eligible Zip Codes: 14605, 14613, 14611, 14608, 14621, 14619, 14606, 14615, 14614, 14609, 14604, 14603 APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THOSE LIVING IN THESE BUFFALO OR ROCHESTER ZIP CODES. To make an appointment if you live in Buffalo or Rochester, go to the New York “Am I Eligible" website (am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov) or call the state’s Covid-19 vaccination hotline at (833)6974829. Each city is to begin administering the vaccine on March 3. These sites have the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day.

Special Black History Month Food Giveaway Final Day is Saturday February 27 at WUFO In the spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer for Black History Month Gail Wells, Alex Wright,and their volunteers from Buffalo Freedom Gardens and African Heritage Food Co-op respectvely in collaboration with 8 Days of Hope have provided free boxed food to those in need each Saturday during the month of February. The final day for the giveaway this month is Saturday February 27 from 12:30p.m. until supplies run out. The event is hosted by Power96.5 at 143 Broadway. You can drive up or walk up to receive the food boxes. Pictured in top photo, Alex Wright and a mix of volunteers pass out boxes of food. In bottom image Gail V. Wells (right) with volunteers from Crystal Peoples Stokes office who were also on site giving out masks and hand sanitizer.

-COVID UPDATE•The Feb. 20 New York Times reports that people who have had Covid should get just 1 dose according to two new studies. •Cuba may soon have a vaccine of its own. Until then, Cuba limited the spread of the virus early on, leaning on its tight control of the population and an efficient system for delivering health care. Anyone diagnosed with the virus was immediately hospitalized and put on a cocktail of Cuban and generic drugs. Cuba reported just 12,225 confirmed coronavirus cases and 146 deaths in 2020, among the lowest rates in the Western Hemisphere.

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Eat to Live: The Benefits of Fruits •Apple Nutrients Include: Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Potassium, sodium,Vitamins A, some B-complex and C; apples are beneficial in relieving constipation, apple nectar is effective in reducing cholesterol, apples and spinach juice-a powerful colon cleanser •Banana Nutrients Include: Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Potassium, traces of Chromium Vitamins A, B3 and C. Banana juice cleanses the bowels and intestines, coats, soothes and relieves inflammation of the intestines, relieves gas; Neutralizes acid reflux, Potassium content promotes better muscle tone. •Blueberries Nutrients Include: Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Silicon, Vitamin A and fiber; blueberries are effective in combating urinary tract infections. •Cucumber Nutrients Include: Sodium, Calcium Boron, chlorine, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Vitamins A, B-complex and C. Chlorine is needed for assisting the body’s production of hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for good digestion. Cucumbers are effective skin conditioners, brightens the eyes, provides luster to the hair and radiance to the body, removes accumulated wastes from the body. •Ginger Nutrients Include: Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorous and Potassium. Vitamins A, B-complex and C. Ginger is an effective blood thinner, lowers cholesterol, motion and morning sickness are remedied with ginger. •Lemon Nutrients Include: Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Vanadium, Vitamins A, C, some B-complex. Lemon juice is beneficial to the body as a whole-it is very cleansing. •Orange Nutrients Include: Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Vanadium, Vitamins A, C, some B-complex.

•Pineapple Nutrients Include: Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Sodium,Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins A and C. Diabetics should exercise caution in eating pineapple. Pineapple is rich in bromelain; which works to break down animal and plant protein, and relieves pain.

2021 NICYO BLACK TIE FOR BLACK HISTORY SALUTES 'THE DIFFERENCE MAKERS!' “A lot of people became heroes during this pandemic” reflected NICYO Black Tie For Black History founder and promoter Marnetta Malcolm .“I’ve seen some very brave people who were out here just helping where they could regardless of the circumstances.” This year’s honorees, she suggested, in many ways represent those countless heroes among us; making it a special privilege, says Marnetta, to be able to acknowledge them. “These are people who went above and beyond the call. I want to send a shout out to all the workers, cashiers, bus drivers…all the essential workers and front-line people. I appreciate them more than I can say." The NICYO Black Tie for Black History event 2021 is tagged the Virtual COVID Edition. Marnetta, being the creative spirit that she is, sees that as a plus. “This year ‘s theme will be ‘Dining With the Difference Makers.’ We’re actually going to have conversations over dinner. We’ll be talking to the honorees about what motivated them during COVID, and give them the opportunity to tell their own individual stories - and each story is unique. We’re doing it in my home complete with social distancing and other safety guidelines.” Viewers can tune in to Facebook on Friday February 26 at 6 p.m. Go to the ‘Black Tie For Black History Extravaganza’ event page. You can search the post and see videos of each honoree posted individually. Access to the event is also available on Marnetta’s personal face book page. This year’s select group of honorees include: Mia Ayers-Goss, who has won both institutional and widespread respect for her dedication to uplifting working families and communities. During the COVID pandemic Mia coordinated and conducted multiple Citywide PPE, Masks, Food Distribution and Giveaways for thousands of families in need; she also participated in Voter Registration Drives, and disseminated Census education and registration information. She was recently appointed as Board member of the Women's Health Broadcast Network, and the Vice-President of the Courtland Avenue Block Club. Mia has received honors from the Most Valuable Parent organization (MVP) where she is the Deputy Director. Mia is currently working on a 10Step Empowerment program for young women. Hollise S. White, MSN, RN-PHN is a master’s prepared Registered Nurse with the Erie County Department of Health. For the past year, Hollise has stepped into various roles during the global pandemic. One role in particular was being the nursing site manager for COVID-19 PCR testing throughout Erie County. Hollise’s nursing career began in 1999 as she worked as a CNA for various nursing homes. She most recently completed her MSN in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership from D’Youville College in May of 2020. During her time at D’Youville College she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Hollise has worked in the PACU, a family health clinic, the rehabilitation unit, and a Med-Surg step down trauma/orthopedic unit at a local hospital. Currently, Hollise is working as a Public Health Nurse and rotates from clinical operations to administering COVID-19 vaccines to qualified individuals. Continued Page 11




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New Covenant United Church of Christ: “God has answered our prayers for a new pastor!”


he Church Family of New Covenant United Church of Christ, located at 459 Clinton Street in Buffalo, is delighted to announce that “God, has answered their prayers for a new pastor!” The community is invited to join them as they welcome the Reverend Rachelle Sat’chell Robinson and her husband Kevin, to their church family. Rev. Robinson comes to New Covenant UCC with many years of ministerial experience. All are welcome to join in the virtual worship service on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Feel free to find us on facebook at that time or email the church at:newcovenantucc@al.com -About Reverend RobinsonReverend Rachelle Sat’chell Robinson earned her Undergraduate degree from Medaille College and her Master’s in Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She was

licensed in ministry in 2007 by her Father in Ministry, Bishop T. Anthony Bronner PhD and later dually ordained by Bishop Bronner and her Pastor, Rev. Jonathan Staples. Rev. Robinson is the founder of Deep Wells Ministry. This Ministry’s mission is “to see the transformation that has and Reverend Rachelle Sat’chell continues to occur in our lives, occur in the lives of others.” Deep Wells Ministry partners with organizations in the community to assist in or develop a spiritual component in their organization that can be useful in the holistic service to our community.

Rev. Robinson is a preacher, published author, motivational speaker, conference speaker, and spiritual counselor. She is the Chair of the Spiritual Support Clergy Program and Domestic Violence Spiritual Support Group leader for the Family Justice Center, Co-Chair of the Religious Task Force for “Say Yes Buffalo,” a member of the Concerned Clergy Coalition and Associate Pastor at First Shiloh Baptist Church. She is a former Protestant Chaplain for Catholic Health. Rev. Robinson is a bi-vocational Pastor. She not only works diligently in the Ministry,she has been employed by New York State for over 15 years. She currently holds the position of EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Coordinator for Western New York.

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Maria Berlie Saxon She Embraced The Joy Of Life…

Maria Berlie Saxon embraced the joy of life, living it to the fullest and living it unfettered by the worries of the world. Her spirit brightened the days of the people she knew and who loved her.

A native of Buffalo, Maria was the precious daughter born on March 23, 1951 to the late Richard Mario Saxon Sr. and Naomi Smith Saxon. The loving Saxon home was filled with the youthful presence of not only Maria and her brothers, but also that of their cousins who were raised alongside them. The Saxons’ home on Adams Street was a warm and welcoming haven.

Lloyd James Hargrave: For The Children


loyd James Hargrave was born on August 31, 1939 in Buffalo, New York. He transitioned on Thursday, February 18. The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 26 from 5-8p.m. and Sat. Feb. 27 11 am - 12 noon at Bethesda World Harvest International Church,1365 Main St., where a celeblration of life will be held at 12 noon Saturday. Lloyd was tenth in the birth order of Annie and Ashley Hargrave's eleven children. He was educated in the Buffalo Public School System. After his graduation from Bennett High School, Lloyd attended Howard University. Lloyd married the late Patricia Slaughter Hargrave. There were four children born to this union. Lloyd retired from the city of Buffalo's Parks Department where he served for thirty-five years. He is known for being accomplished in the area of education. When his children became school aged Lloyd took a very personal interest in the Buffalo School System and served in a number of capacities from President of the Parent Teachers Association of Hamlin Park School, Number 74 to serving as National Training Consultant for school districts and organizations around the country. He was also a dedicated member of the District Parent Coordinating Council, As an education advocate, Lloyd gave a good portion of his adult life to ensuring that not only our children had a quality education but all children, no matter race, color or creed. Lloyd was the loving father of Lloyd Jr., Angela Gilbert, Lisa (Andre) Scott and the late Jyneen L. Hargrave; grandfather of 13; great grandfather of seven; cherished brother of Joyce Hargrave Shelton, Florence Hargrave Curtis and Joseph Hargrave.

Hugh B. Scott History-Making Judge


.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, a trailblazer and pioneer who considered himself a role model and mentor to minority youth in Buffalo, has transitioned. Judge Scott, who spent more than 30 years on the bench, was the first Black federal judge to serve the Western District of New York. A native of Buffalo’s east side, he moved to Amherst at an early age with his family, Scott was one of just three African Americans to graduate from Sweet Home High School in 1967. He was among a small number of African American graduates from Niagara University where he met his wife Trudy of over 34 years. His career as a Judge began in 1984, when he was elected to a ten year term on the Buffalo City Court bench. In 1994, he was reelected and began his second term. He was appointed to be the first African-American to the Federal bench in the Western District of New York. For twenty-six plus years , Magistrate Judge Scott had been a Lecturer of Trial Technique at the University at Buffalo Law School. He served on numerous prestigious Boards and received countless awards for his community service including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association; One Hundred Black Men of Buffalo Community Service Award; the Buffalo Law School Law Review Distinguished Service Award;and ; the AfroAmerican Historical Association William Wells Brown Award among many other notable accolades. Judge Scott and his wife Trudy have two adult sons, Hugh Jr. and Everett. Judge Scott was 71.

William E. (Bill) Peoples Entrepreneur Who Promoted Unity in the Community


illiam Edward “Bill” Peoples, Jr. was a long standing entrepreneur who understood the importance of unity - not only as a successful businessman but as a conscientious member of the community. Born, August 5, 1940 ,the son of William Edward and Oralee Peoples, he was raised in Buffalo, graduated from Lafayette High School, and attended UB’s Milliard Fillmore College. He departed this life on Thursday, February 18. Home going services will be held on Saturday, February 27 at the Pratt Willert Center, 422 Pratt Street. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Funeral services will follow immediately and will end at 1 p. m. Bill launched the Umoja (Unity) Inc. organization in 2000 at the former Kensington Place. Umoja’s first public event was a Town Hall meeting. Umoja grew to host four nation building events a year: The Blessed Gathering, A Celebration of Womanhood; The State of the Black Family; The Person of the Year Honors; and The Convening of the Elders. “The overall purpose of Umoja and the events it created and hosts, is to raise our consciousness as a people,” Bill, told the Challenger in an interview several years ago. Peoples saw dialogue and the sharing of information, knowledge and possible solutions as especially significant in today’s world. Bill leaves to cherish his memory his eight children: Stephanie Henry, Nile Peoples, Basil Peoples, Jalaal Peoples, Dionne Hawkins, Kahlil Peoples, Armand Peoples and Najee Peoples; his beloved partner of 33 years, Cynthia Cruz; 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; family; and a community of grateful friends and partners in unity.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Samella Peoples and Rosalie Covial.

Maria’s spiritual formation began in her childhood years at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where the Saxon family were members and where Maria was baptized by the late Reverend Edward D. McNeely. She remained a member there until her passing. Maria was a student of Buffalo Public Schools and a graduate of Girls’ Vocational High School. She continued her education at Erie Community College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and also studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). After later completing certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), she became employed with Delaware Heights Healthcare Center and also provided Private Duty care to individuals. Helping others through sharing was Maria’s expression of love, but her heart unquestionably belonged to her greatest accomplishment and her pride and joy - her only child, her son, Darrell M. Saxon II. Maria didn’t hesitate to make known how proud she was of him. Maria’s carefree and fun-loving demeanor made her a joy to be around. She loved music, dancing and just having a good time. When it came to cooking, her specialty was her barbecued ribs and potato salad. Be it summer or winter, it was always time for the grill to come out and for Maria to prepare those scrumptious bones. Maria also was blessed with a mathematical mind and enjoyed games of chance. On February 11, 2021, after a lengthy illness, Maria Berlie Saxon transitioned to eternity. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in passing by her brother, Darrell M. Saxon. Her footprints of love are forever impressed on the hearts of her son, Darrell M. (Karen E.) Saxon II ; grandchildren, Nathalie V., Christnell J., and Karrengton E. Williams; brother, Ernest L. Johnson; aunts, Mrs. Eloise Smith and Mrs. Laura M. Smith; a host of cousins and other beloved family members; godmother, Sally S. Chapman and special friend, Agnes Veasley. The family received friends Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton Street, and Monday, February 22, 2021. Funeral Services followed at 12 Noon. Interment: Buffalo Cemetery. Rev. Edward Jackson, Jr., Officiated. In efforts to adhere to Covid-19 protocols, masks were mandatory and social distancing was required.



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Buffalo’s Nasar Abadey Appears on The Legacy Album Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron


nternationally renowned singer soul-jazz vocalist Navasha Daya has embarked on a tribute album to her late cousin entitled Legacy (A Tribute to Gil ScottHeron). The first single “Liberation Song (Red, Black and Green),” written by Gil Scott-Heron with additional re-arrangement by Navasha Daya, features Daya on vocals, and Grammy Award-winning composer and saxophonist Gary Bartz. Buffalo’s own Nasar Abadey (dums) also appears on this sinNasar Abadey gle as well as DeAndre Shaifer (piano) and Moziah Saleem (percussion) (To check out this awesome single go to https://navashadaya.bandcamp.com/track/ the-liberation-song-red-black-and-greenfeat-gary-bartz)

“. . . I believe Gil would have been proud of Navasha’s commitment to cultural arts and her desire to carry on the family’s legacy of activism for justice and peace . . .” said Rumal Rackley, Administrator of the Gil Scott-Heron Estate.

-Buffalo's OwnRenowned drummer, composer, educator Nasar Abadey is the founder, leader and driving force of the band SUPERNOVA®. Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has performed with many national artists throughout his career. Nasar, who started playing drums at age 5, creates music which he refers to as “Multi-D: multi-dimensional, multi-directional.” He has performed with many jazz greats, and has appeared in various music festivals internationally. His credits include: Amiri Baraka, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Rouse, Gary Bartz, David Sanchez, Cyrus Chestnut, Gregory Porter, Sonny Fortune, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Kenny Kirkland, Gary Thomas, Stanley Turrentine, Sun Ra, Frank Morgan, Bobby Hutchinson, Pharaoh Sanders, Russell Malone, Malachi Thompson, Andrew White, and others. Nasar Abadey is currently a Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Nasar and Baiyina Hopkins University in Baltimore. His wife, Baiyina Abadey, a seasoned management consultant, is also a proud Buffalo native. The dynamic couple is based in Washington, D.C. area.

The Black Doll Exhibit: A Showcase of Black Beauty Nationally and Locally Opens Thursday February 25 ! For the second year in a row, Erie County Legislator April N.M. Baskin and local collector, Lisa Jacobs Watson are teaming up to present The Black Doll Exhibit that will be featured at the downtown central library. The exhibit, which opens Thursday February 25, focuses on Black and Latina beauty using stunning collectible dolls as the muse to help promote representation, diversity and inclusion in todays youth. Although the goal is to target girls ages 5 – 12 years of age, Baskin is hopeful to attract families, doll collectors, neighborhood residents and people from all walks of life to celebrate Black History Month. This year there will also be an entire doll case dedicated to Afro-Latina beauty. “Partnering with our public library has made this event even more accessible to the public. We want to emphasize the importance of play and also of representation; young Black girls grow up to be strong Black women, and they need to know their true potential. I hope seeing these dolls and coloring images of our local leaders inspires the greatness that lies within them,” said Baskin. Creative Manager Lisa Jacobs Watson, who has built a doll collection since the 90’s has roughly 100 dolls that will be on display. “I grew up loving dolls. Even as I outgrew them, I continued to admire their panache. Tying my dolls to Black History Month is an awesome way to show the younger generation to take pride in who you are, while playing and pretending,” said Watson. Last year’s event, held at the Leroy R.Coles Jr. library branch on Delavan, was centered around embracing beauty and attracted roughly 150 people. “This year will be a reminder to embrace the power already within ourselves. Our mission is to present an extraordinary display of dolls that bring together our past, present and future,” added Baskin. The Black Doll Exhibit is a free event and can be viewed at the Central Library during regular open hours from February 25 through March 13. Social distancing protocols will be in place and masks are required. For more info, visit buffalolib.org.

Black History Month Specials Khari's Café at 128 Fargo Street is kicking offBlack History month offering a special coffee the “Wakanda Blend" for the month of February. When you purchase a cup of the Wakanda Blend, a portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Wakanda Alliance Youth Program.

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Global Villages at 242 Grant street has a goal to get as many people in Buffalo wear African print face masks to not only fight the virus but to also show representation while celebrating Black History Month. Their African imported face Masks are on specail for just $7 thru the end of February.

BUY BLACK Black History 2021 "We Lift As We Climb"Final Black History Month Events We Lift As We Climb” event in honor of Mary Church Terrell.The continued schedule of February events are: 2/25 5-6:30pm: Nikole Hanna-Jones 1619 Project Prelude:Honoring Our Middle Passage Ancestors -grades 7-12. 2/26 9:30-11:30am: African American High School ReadIn “Between the World & Me: TaNehisi Coates. For all events use Zoom Meeting ID: 977 9675 2810


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Afro-Artist Panel on Afrofuturism and the Storytelling of Black Experiences: Our Past Our Present Our Future On February 27, The Galactic Tribe will host a super afro-panel of artists for a conversation on Afrofuturism and the storytelling of Black experiences. The discussion " Re-presenting Afrofuturism Our Past Our Present Our Future" will be moderated by Buffalo Wakanda Alliance and The Galactic Tribe featuring panelists creative director Royalty Cosplay, journalist and author of Rise of The Black Panther; Evan Narcisse, graphic artist; Stacey Robinson, vocalist songwriter Genecist; and a fifth surprise guest panelist to be announced. This hybrid event runs from 12 noon-3pm. There are two ways to attend, either live on location at 938 Genesee Street or via ZOOM. If you plan to attend the live event please wear a mask. Free food will be provided. Family friendly event age recommended 12+ . For details on the event and zoom link to participate go to www.thegalactictribe.org The Galactic Tribe is a collection of Afro-Enthusiasts dedicated to creating educational thought-spaces within black communities. In these spaces, we examine works of art inspired by the many cultures within African diaspora, thus spurring insightful conversations between our audiences about the impact we can create when one combines space-time, culture and imagination!

The Community Health Center of Buffalo Celebrates BLACK HISTORY MONTH! “Our ancestors taught us that faith and fear cannot share the same space. Racism is man-made, the human spirit is God-made. Therefore, we must move boldly in this pandemic - not just as an African race, but as the human race. We must shelter from the pain of our losses and the injustice of it all. Our strength will be found where we recognize the power of the human spirit. The fight between good and evil ends with understanding the oneness of our humanity.”

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CEO and Executive Director, Community Health Center of Buffalo

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Community Development Awards Nominations Open! Friday, April 16

9:30 - 11:00 am

Virtual Event

The Community Development Awards (CDAs) recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to inclusive and equitable community and economic development. This year’s theme is COVID-19 Champions & Collaborators. Categories: 1) Affordable Housing Development Project of the Year, 2) Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year, 3) The Building Inclusive Economy Awards, 4) Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year, and 5) Community Builder Award

DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS! Former Buffalo residents Bro. Bryon and Renee McIntyre, who relocated to Texas a few years ago, contacted The Challenger last Friday to let all their friends in Buffalo know they were doing fine despite the recent snow storm. “Renee and I are showing Texas folks how to handle storms!” Giving a shout out to the Nation of Islam he added, “Buffalo and Sis. Darlene from the Nation trained us well on disaster preparedness!” The McIntyres reside just outside of SanAntonio. Thanks for letting us know you’re ok Bryon and Renee! Stay well!

Awardees will receive: $5,000 grants to support the work of their organizations, and a subscription to Catchafire, a volunteer matching service (valued at $2,000!)

Legislator Howard Johnson Receives Unanimous Endorsement

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors! The Western New York Foundation, Citizens Bank, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Bank of America

Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson has received the unanimous endorsement of the Democratic Committee Members of the 1st Legislative District. “I am honored to represent you and your family, and I look forward to working on your behalf, "noted Johnson. Since taking office for his first full term in 2020, Johnson has: Fought for the development of the Back to Business Program, which delivered $6.2 million in funding to minority owned small businesses; Safeguarded the legislature’s Urban Initiative Funding, which will invest $350,000 in public projects throughout District 1; Secured free masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the residents; Worked with his colleagues in government to locate testing centers in our neighborhoods; Worked with Unity Coalition Inc., to provide nutritious fresh food to seniors in the district on a weekly basis; Ensured that residents were counted in the once-a-decade Census, which is critical to determining the distribution of the federal dollars that our community so desperately needs.

Nominations Close on March 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. More info at www.lisc.org/wny Questions? Contact us at wnyinfo@lisc.org

Real Estate Development Officer Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; Min. 5 years experience in community development, real estate, lending, finance or nonprofit field Assistant Program Officer Qualifications: Two or more years of work-related office/admin experience Positions open until filled. More info at www.lisc.org/wny Questions? Contact us at wnyinfo@lisc.org

"LEGENDARY COUPLE": Mr. and Mrs. Bell (standing center red coat and tan coat) after being honored.

Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Bell Win WUFO

"Legendary Couple" Contest By Dewitt Lee III

WUFO 1080am and Power 96.5FM is turning 60 years old so we launched the "Legendary Couple" Contest for Valentine's Day, for couples together for 60 years or more. We had quite a number of submissions, thank you to everyone who submitted names for consideration. The one couple that received the most nominations were the Bells. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford and Helaine Bell. We would like to thank the Broadway Market and it's wonderful vendors who gifted our special couple with gifts, the incredible talented musicians and Barbara Glover, who nominated Mr. and Mrs. Bell for this recognition. "Clifford and Helaine Bell are living proof that love, passion, and vitality can continue to grow even when a couple has been together for nearly seven decades. They show their love, admiration and respect for each other in every imaginable way and it is obvious that they still enjoy their life together because they stay very busy and have fun," stated Ms. Glover. The couple received gifts from Chateau Buffalo, Yoga Pants Vodka, Alpha Importers, Lewandowski Produce,White Eagle Bakery, Dexter’s Hats, Caps & Things ,The Plating Society and Strawberry Island . CONGRATULATIONS!

Baskin Receives Unanimous Endorsement for Reelection Erie County Legislature Chair April N. M. Baskin received the unanimous endorsement of the members of the Democratic Committee in the 2nd Legislative District at a meeting held on February 16. Baskin was endorsed by Erie County Deputy County Executive Maria Whyte and received seconding nominations from Buffalo Common Council Member Rashid Wyatt and Democratic Committee Members Rashied McDuffie and Lisa Saunders. “This campaign will be dedicated to retaining my seat as your Legislator and to moving our Democratic Party forward as a unified force,” said Baskin. “The Democratic Majority in the Legislature is fighting relentlessly to change the system. Our neighborhoods have historically been shortchanged when it comes to resources. I am committed to ensuring that every dollar is spent in an equitable way. It is just, and it is right to serve those who have been historically disenfranchised. We must account for the lingering effects of past wrongdoings if we want our community to move forward. I hope you will join me to strengthen the political power of our community.” *BLACK FACT •On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after being detained for 27 years as a political prisoner.


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Malcolm X Family Says Letter Shows NYPD And FBI Conspired In His Murder

Ex-undercover officer claims in posthumous letter he was pressured to lure activist’s security men into committing crimes.


lmost 56 years since the day Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City, lawyers and family members of the late civil rights and Black nationalist leader released new evidence they say shows the NYPD and FBI conspired in his murder. It comes in the form of a deathbed letter attributed to a former undercover NYPD officer who claimed he was pressured by supervisors to lure two of Malcolm X’s security men into committing crimes, a few days before the assassination on 21 February 1965. The arrests kept the two men from managing door security at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights on the day of the shooting, according to the letter. The letter, written by Raymond Wood, was authorized for posthumous release by a cousin. It was read on this past Saturday at a press conference attended by three of X’s daughters and members of Wood’s family. No details about the circumstances and timing of Wood’s death were provided. “Under the direction of my handlers,” the letter states, “I was told to encourage leaders and members of the civil rights groups to commit felonious acts.” Last year, the assassination was the subject of a six-part Netflix documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X?, which revisited longstanding questions over whether two of three men convicted in the shooting were innocent. In 2011, an NYPD detective involved wrote: “The investigation was botched.” The documentary prompted the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr, to review convictions in the case. Following Saturday’s news conference, Vance’s office said the review was “active and ongoing”. In a separate statement, the NYPD said it had “provided all available records relevant to that case” to Vance and “remains committed to assist with that review in any way”. The FBI did not comment. Malcolm X was shot seconds after stepping to a lectern to speak. Days earlier, he told an interviewer he believed members of the Nation of Islam were seeking to kill him. He was being surveilled by the FBI at the time. His home in Queens was firebombed the week before he was killed. One of his daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, told the press conference on Saturday she had lived with decades of uncertainty. “Any evidence that provides greater insight into the truth behind that terrible tragedy should be thoroughly investigated,” she said. -The Gardian

NICYO BLACK TIE FOR BLACK HISTORY continued from page 5 •Andrae and Sharifah Kamoche are the senior pastors of Rehoboth House of Prayer. They have lived a life of mirroring the testimony that "we are the hands that God uses to help someone else." They have opened their hearts, life, and home to many in need. Pastor Andrae and Sharifah are the proud parents of four children and many others that are called sons and daughters. They started working in ministry together after they married in 1999. Their goal and moto have always been to assist anyone, everyone, out of their hard place and lead that person towards the question of "what must I do to be saved"! The Pastors are passionate and have devoted their lives to advancing the Kingdom of God. •Tina Allen , MBA, BSN, RN graduated cum laude from University at Buffalo with a BS in Nursing where she was also a member of the Black Student Union and the Minority Nursing Association, served as the President of the Nursing Student Organization. In 2015 Tina started her career at ECMC where she worked 17 years rising form general duty nurse to eventually becoming assistant VP of Critical Care and Emergency Services. She completed the Executive MBA Program at UB and is currently the Call Center Director for New York State Contact Tracing Initiative. In this position she currently leads a team in the thousands of virtual staff and growing who are dedicated to the combating COVID-19. “I want to thank those supporters, who despite the pandemic, made this event possible," said Marnetta. "They include Dr. Catherine Collins, Camellia Foods, Geneva’s Auto, Garner & Associates, Stop the Violence Coalition, Citizen Acion WNY Chapter, WUFO Radio and The Challenger.” Although she’s looking forward to returning to hosting a “normal” gala next year, she is content with doing what’s necessary to navigate the crisis. And that includes a reimagined summer Funk Fest if need be. “This will be the way it is until we realize whose world this is” she concluded philosophically. “Until we pay honor to who has allowed us to go through…This is a lesson.” .

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COVID Vaccine: "Moving The Needle" For Black and Brown Health Dear Editor: There is much being said about the need to deliver COVID vaccines to communities of color. There has always been a significant need to understand the “HOW” with more than tangible resources and real trust. Simultaneously, this isn’t easy and requires a unique sense of knowledge with the community relationships. The idea of the “Golden Rule” should be how we begin every day. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the buzz words that we seem to spend an enormous amount of time talking about. I’d rather demonstrate that opportunity. I’ve had the pleasure recently to be directly involved in the new Community POP UP Vaccine opportunity. My experience as a Vaccine Team Volunteer supports The Community Health Center of Buffalo and Erie County Medical Center. The experience has allowed me to share this uplifting work. We are impacting the lives of so many in the Black and Brown community. Delivering vaccines in multiple ways truly impacts the lives of those most often least likely to receive services on their terms. This eam is literally “moving the needle” to help people who otherwise may not get vaccinated. That said, this is lifesaving work and all at the community level. Many conversations have focused on the barriers to the vaccine, i.e., the lack of supply, uncertainty of the impact of the new variants, anticipated hesitancy, and the like. This is so much bigger than the barriers we face. YES, they are real and concerning, and YES, we can and must do better. This vaccine distribution is new and as a pandemic of worldwide proportions, with significant challenges. Let’s take time, however, to think of the vaccinations that have taken place in our upstate regions and right here in our neighborhoods. It’s a great accomplishment to have educated and potentially saved the lives of many. We have just begun to wage the war on this virus beast with so many more to come. The ground level workers are focused, willing, ready, and dedicated to support “all those” that need vaccinations. Let’s celebrate the great work we have accomplished and are yet to accomplish! Broderick Cason

CULTURAL DESTINATION continued from page 3 to celebrate the people, the places, and the movements.” The neighborhood along Michigan Avenue plays a unique role in local and national African American history, including its involvement in the Underground Railroad, homes of residents in the “Niagara Movement” (precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons), a venue that helped shape the Jazz Age, and ongoing association with the Civil Rights Movement. “Since this last spring, despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic, our Heritage Corridor has realized a great deal of momentum…Today’s announcement only lends further to the excitement as our Corridor continues its transformation into the economic, cultural and social success we all know it can be,” stated Terry Alford, MSAAHCC Executive Director. The public will be involved throughout all stages of the planning process. Public meetings will be led by Moody Nolan to seek to understand community members' needs, aspirations for the Corridor, and leverage participants' ideas. Final public review sessions will be held to ensure the goals of the Plan reflect the vision of the stakeholders and Corridor community.

FREE THE BUFFALO 5! The community is asked to call D.A. John Flynn (716) 858-2424 Extension 1, and ask him to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413.

TAO TE CHING -74If you realize that all things change, There is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren’t afraid of dying, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Trying to control the future Is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place. When you handle the master carpenter’stools, Chances are that you’ll cut your hand.


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On A Different High

by A. Dorcely The struggle has been real. But with the lower Covid Surviving has been a test. numbers a different HIGH Those passing it have paid has arisen. A reprisal has close attention to stringent been granted. High school guide-lines. Grades are in athletes are allowed to join colors not letters. This is our their college counterparts new normal. And for student and are now also able to athletes they’ve been left play with protocols from feeling low. Not Sweet’N local health departments. I Low ; more like a low blow! should mention that some Sport is an integral part in elementary/ middle school the development process for sports have also comeback. many young men and wom- Others have decided that it en in middle schools, high is still too high of a risk. So schools and colleges across as always I want to wish you the country. But the games and your family continued had to stop. The fans were strength and health. Please cooled off. While we’ve continue to be vigilant as we been made to keep score await a time where a risky of the importance of stay- behavior won’t be the sharing distanced. Not exactly ing of sports equipment or a the stressful conditions that handshake and instead enjoy middle school, high school the effervescence of a hug and college athletes are used and a HIGH five again!!! to, huh. High risk sports(Basketball, Football, Hockey and etc.) at the start of the academic year were ruled out. The reason for this if not obvious was to keep the student athletes, their families and friends safe as well as everyone else involved with the athletic events. New York State though was amongst a minority of states doing this. So the disapproval and future impeachment of the Governor for such an act seemed certain. Now isn’t that ironic(if you get it you get IT)!!! LEGAL NOTICE RFP ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for Elevator and Wheelchair Maintenance at Various Federal Developments and Marine Drive The Prebid Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:30 AM local time, with a limited number of five potential bidders assembled in the Board Room at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, 300 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walk-through may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Sealed bids will be received until 1:30 PM, local time, Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud virtually at 2:00 PM after the specified closing time. All bid forms must be filled out and returned. Instructions for the virtual Prebid Conference and Bid opening are listed on the BMHA website at www. bmhahousing.com. Electronic contract documents may be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street. 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: February 24, 2021



pictured above l/r : Amari DeBerry from Williamsville South High School signed to UConn. Malik Jemison from Canisius High School committed to play at Fredonia ,JaVaughn Jones from Health Science Charter High School earned Buffalo News player of year honors last season. Photos by A. Dorcely

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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 Scial Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide The East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP) is providing funding to (8) Traditional and Intensive Preventive Services (RFP #2021-007VF) commercial building owners on Bailey Avenue toward the cost of renovations and Independent Living and Youth to their commercial buildings. The work is mainly exterior renovations to small Engagement Services (RFP # 2021016VF) in Erie County. The RFP can scale buildings with one general contract for construction for each building. The be found at http://www2.erie.gov/ contract for construction will be between the general contractor and the building purchasing/index.php?q=requestsproposals-amp-construction-bids owner starting on February 26, 2021. A complete copy of the package can The ESCDP grant is administered by the state agency Empire State Developalso be obtained by contacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716-858-7932, or via ment (ESD) and the local University District Community Development Assoemail at Judith.Kolmetz@erie.gov on ciation. (UDCDA). They encourage participation of designated Minority- and or after February 26, 2021. All correspondence, communications Woman-owned Business Enterprises in State-funded projects. The Contractor, and/or contact with the County in reby bidding on the contract, acknowledges understanding and support of this gard to any aspect of this proposal policy and pledges to fully cooperate with ESD and UDCDA to provide MWBE shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. firm participation. The State of New York Dept. of Labor Prevailing Wage Rate Prospective proponents, or their repSchedule DOES NOT apply to this project. resentatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including Clinton Brown Company Architecture pc (CBCA) is sub-contracted by ESD to employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard provide Design Concept Documents and manage the bidding process and buildto any aspect of this proposal. ing project. Effective February 16, 2021, the documents may be purchased and/ One copy of the final sealed proposal or examined free of charge at online plan rooms: Construction Exchange of Bufis due to the Erie County Departfalo & WNY (conexbuff.com); Avalon (www.avalonbuff/plan); or the NYS Contract ment of Social Services, ATTN: JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Reporter (www.nyscr.ny.gov). Sets of the Design Concept Documents may be Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New purchased from the Construction Exchange and Avalon. York 14202, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on April 9, 2021. An electronic version of the submission must be submitted There will be Pre-Bid Meetings scheduled for individual properties as according to the instructions contained in the proposal. listed on each bid form. All bidders are encouraged to attend and NYS COVID19 Erie County reserves the right to reSafety protocols will be followed with Masks required and physical distancing. ject any and all proposals and waive Bidders must submit their bids via email to almabrown@cbca.email and they are any informality. due on March 18, 2021 by 5pm. Marie A. Cannon Commissioner of Social Services

B&B FUNDING, LLC, Plaintiff against - BYRON E. COGDELL A/K/A BYRON COGDELL A/K/A BRYON COGDELL, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on January 31, 2020. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in the Closing Room of the Erie County Clerk's Office, 92 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Buffalo, New York on the 18th day of March, 2021 at 11:00 AM. All that tract or parcel of land situate in the Village of Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda, County of Erie and State of New York. Premises known as 243 Washington Avenue, Kenmore, (Village of Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda) New York 14217. (Section: 66.69, Block: 5, Lot: 11) Approximate amount of lien $141,224.93 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 816343/2018. Philip Abramowitz, Esq., Referee. Davidson Fink LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 28 East Main Street, Suite 1700 Rochester, NY 14614-1990 Tel. 585/760-8218 Dated: January 22, 2021 During the COVID-19 health emergency, bidders are required to comply with all governmental health requirements in effect at the time of sale including but not limited to, wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing (at least 6-feet apart) during the auction, while tendering deposit and at any subsequent closing. Bidders are also required to comply with the Foreclosure Auction Rules and COVID-19 Health Emergency Rules issued by the Supreme Court of this County in addition to the conditions set forth in the Terms of Sale. 2/18/21, 2/25/21, 3/4/21, 3/11/21

LEGAL NOTICE BIDS Kulback’s Construction is requesting bids from qualified M/WBE, SDVOB and Section 3 subcontractors for the construction of a multifamily project, La Plaza located at 254 Virginia Street Buffalo, NY. For more information contact: Marty at 716 681-1600 Marty@kulbacksconstruction.com Feb.18,25 Mar.4

LEGAL NOTICE COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Rath Building Garage Rehabilitation PROJECT NO. 2019-816-03 Sealed bids for: General Construction work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Suite 1400, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 10:30 AM local time on Thursday, March 25, 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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LLC'S Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company

Walking Goldmine, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State: October 6, 2020Office Of the LLC: 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 any process to the LLC at: 444 Westgate Rd, Kenmore, NY 14217. Purpose of LLC: any lawful purpose.

1339 Jefferson, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/11/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. February11,18,25 March 4,11,18

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company

Name of LLC: G. Wealthy Living, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State: November 12, 2020 Office of LLC: 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 any process to the LLC at: 1339 Borden Rd, Depew NY 14043 Purpose of LLC: Property Management

NataniaBParker, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/15/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. February11,18,25 March 4,11,18

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Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Rosy's Garden, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/22/2020. Cty: Erie. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 450 Clinton St, suite 3 Buffalo, NY 14204. Purpose: diverse range of custom and original products. February 4,11,18,25 March 4,11 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Isaiah & Lula B Enterprise LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State: Sept. 30, 2020. Office of the LLC: 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 any process to the LLC at: 72 Verplanck St., Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose of LLC: merchandise reseller. February11,18,25 March 4, 11, 18

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FDEMKIDZ CLOTHING LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State of New York on 7/17/2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY has been designated as the agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY may mail a copy of any process to 29 Girard Place, buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: to showcase a diverse range of products for customers for different situations and seasons. January 21,28 February 4,11,18,25 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Addie Vinta, LLC filed Articles of Organization with the New York Department of State on December 1, 2020. Its office is located in Erie County, New York. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 365 Lakefront Boulevard, Buffalo NY, 14202. The purpose of the LLC is any lawful business or activity, with an initial focus of online retail. January 21,28 February 4,11,18,25 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company JCB CUSTOM DESIGNS, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/22/20. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, P.O. Box 426, Buffalo, NY 14240. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. January 21,28 February 4,11,18,25

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: Unique Peak Nutrition LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State: December 1, 2020. Office of the LLC: 905 Delaware Avenue, Apt 11, Buffalo NY 14209, 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 905 Delaware Avenue, Apt 11, Buffalo NY 14209. Purpose of LLC: nutrition counseling. January 21,28 February 4,11,18,25 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company GOLD DIAMOND HOMES, LLC. Art of Org filed with the SSNY on 1/20/2021. Office: Albany County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 2316 DELAWARE AVE UNIT 172 BUFFALO,NY 14216. Purpose:Any lawful purpose.

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Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Buffalo Convention Center – Lobby Renovation Project on 3/11/2021 at 10:30am. Please fax bids (716822-4367) or email (bids@rpoakhill. com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes demolition, asbestos, masonry, steel, millwork, carpentry, flooring, painting, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange. This project is prevailing wage. ***W/MBE participation is encouraged. Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Evergreen Health Services Project on 3/1/2021 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716-8224367) or email (bids@rpoakhill.com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes carpentry, demolition, millwork, doors/frames/hardware, glass & glazing, flooring, painting, specialties, plumbing and electrical, etc. This project is open shop. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged. Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the ECC North Campus – ADA Work Project on 3/4/2021 at 10:30am. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@ rpoakhill.com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes demolition, concrete, doors/frames/hardware, glass & glazing, carpentry, flooring, painting, specialties, site work, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange. This project is prevailing wage. ***W/ MBE participation is encouraged.

EMPLOYMENT Taking Control: Personal Assistant (PA) Specialist. Perform onboarding activities for Personal Assistants (PAs) for the Taking Control program. Assist Consumers/Employers, or their Designated Representatives (DRs), in the recruiting of individuals for employment. Perform backup duties as part of the PA Specialist Team. Must be able to independently travel between counties for this position. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $34K$36K annual. LEGAL NOTICE

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks candidates for the position of Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. For a full job description and to apply: https://jobs.buffalostate.edu.

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

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 So•HR Benefits Specialist: A broad knowledge of retirement, cial Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide life and medical insurance plans, leaves and the ability to explain Comprehensive Psychiatric Emerthese plans and policies to employees. Associates Degree, Bachgency Program Diversion Services elors preferred with 5 years’ experience in Benefits Administra(CPEP) (RFP #2021-005VF) in Erie County. The RFP can be found at tion. Full Time $38k – 48k (depending on experience). http://www2.erie.gov/purchasing/ •HR Assistant: Perform day-to-day HR task, such as clerical index.php?q=requests-proposalsamp-construction-bids starting on duties, record keeping, receptionist duties, data entry and preparFebruary 22, 2021. A complete copy ing a variety of complex documents and carrying out secretarial of the package can also be obtained functions. Associates Degree w/2 yrs. exp. or equivalent combiby contacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716858-7932, or via email at Judith.Kolnation of education and experience. $14 - $16 per hour. metz@erie.gov on or after February •Data and Assessment Coordinator: Tech-savvy, exp. 22, 2021. with compiling and generating high level reports that produce All correspondence, communications data driven outcomes. Extremely organized with a great attenand/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal tion to detail. Associates degree with a minimum of 2 years shall be with the ECDSS contact related exp. Full Time $18 - $23 per hour. person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their rep•Program Coordinator (Req. #1233): Developing, coordiresentatives, shall not make contact nating and implementing programs, activities, events and social with or communicate with any repreinitiatives, educational projects and youth mentoring programs sentatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other for both the Center Services Senior program and the Sport. than the designated person in regard P.L.US youth sports program. Associates degree, minimum 3 to any aspect of this proposal. yrs. exp. supervising senior and youth sports activities (Pratt One copy of the final sealed proposal Community Center). Full Time $13.73 per hour MUST have is due to the Erie County Department valid NYS Driver’s license. of Social Services, ATTN: JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Street, •Teacher III & Teacher IV: The incumbent of this position Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, assists in performing educational work that ensures a healthy, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on March 26, 2021. An electronic version of the safe facility and a conductive educational climate for infants/ submission must be submitted actoddlers. Bachelors or Associates degree in Early Childhood cording to the instructions contained Education with 2-3 years’ experience teaching preschool age in the proposal. children. $15.23 (Teacher III) – $18.23 (with UPK stipend) per Erie County reserves the right to rehour. ject any and all proposals and waive any informality. •Certified Teachers (Req. # 1057): Primary Function of Marie A. Cannon this position is to ensure quality academic and enrichment proCommissioner of Social Services

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 | www.thepikecompanies.com | info@pikecos.com

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•Erie County Stay Fit for Meals for Seniors: Feel free to call us 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 so that your order will be ready for the following Monday @ 10 AM. EBT cards accepted. •Join us for our Virtual Book Club February 26 from 11am - 12 noon. For information or to register call 882-0602 or email DOROT H Y J C O L L I E R C E N TER@GMAIL.COM

Open Buffalo To Host Annual Sankofa Celebration! The community is invited to an entertainment-packed, virtual evening of song, poetry, inspirational words, and more during the 2021 Open Buffalo Sankofa Celebration Friday, February 26 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. It is a “virtual with link provided pre-event.” RSVP tickets are $25. This annual fundraiser supports Open Buffalo's work towards racial, economic, and ecological justice. For more information call (716)243-8777 or email info@openbuffalo. org

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