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Annual Nona Patterson Chambers Merit Scholarship

Mayor Warren, Community Stakeholders Celebrate Start of East Main Street Revitalization Project with Groundbreaking Ceremony The Frederick Douglass Monument Ten thousand people witnessed the unveiling of a bronze monument honoring Frederick Douglass in Rochester on June 9, 1899. New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt delivered the keynote address at this important event. The sculpture that portrayed the great abolitionist, writer, speaker, educator and statesman was the first public statue in the United States to honor an African American citizen. John W. Thompson, a member of Rochester’s African American community, originated the monument project and for five years worked tirelessly to fund it and bring it to completion. Throughout the first quarter of the 20th century Thompson organized annual Douglass Day celebrations. (Source: “Images AfroRochester 1910-1935")

Mayor Lovely A. Warren joined community leaders and stake holders today to celebrate the start of the East Main Street Revitalization Project. “This is the celebration of people, not a road,” said Mayor Warren. “The revitalization of East Main Street will transform this stretch of road into a true community street and improve the quality of life for the residents of three neighborhoods that border it. Investing in our neighborhoods plays a major role in our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant and affordable neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.” The East Main Street project extends from North Goodman Street to Culver Road and follows many years of negotiations involving stakeholders in the Beechwood, EMMA (East Main Mustard and Atlantic) and ACE (Atlantic Culver East Main) neighborhoods and other stakeholders. Neighborhood leaders have been asking for a re-design for more than 10 years. The design complies with many of the initiatives adopted by Mayor Warren to focus on quality of life in construction projects. These include the Complete Streets Policy, which calls for road designs that better accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and persons with physical disabilities; the Dig Once Policy to consider future plans for underground utilities including Internet and the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan to enhance

an area’s unique sense of place.

It includes a 5-foot-wide cycle track; new sidewalks; curbs and curb ramps; tree plantings; a mid-block crosswalk with a

pedestrian island; and gateway signs. This $9.9 million project is funded with federal, state, city and county funds, including a $1.5 million Empire State Development grant and will generate 129 construction jobs. The estimated completion date is fall of 2022.

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AKOMA African American Women’s Gospel Choir is pleased to begin the process for its annual Nona Patterson Chambers merit scholarship. Part of AKOMA’s mission is to provide scholarship assistance to deserving college bound African American women who will graduate in June 2021 from an accredited high school in the Greater Rochester area; will attend college full-time in September 2021; and who are involved in community and church activities. Applicants may obtain a copy of the scholarship application from Akoma's website, www.akoma.org. Because of the current pandemic the organization is still in the planning phases of how the scholars will be presented to the Greater Rochester Community. In addition to the application, a virtual interview with our scholarship committee is required; the applicant will be notified of the interview details, if all application materials are received by April 15, 2021. Applicants should complete all sections of the application, including Application Form, Essay, Reference Letters and High School (official stamped) Transcript (no copies will be accepted). All the above completed documents must arrive on or before the application postmark deadline: April 15, 2021 and mailed to: AKOMA African American Women’s Gospel Choir Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 19627 Rochester, NY 14619 If submitting electronically, email completed documents to akomascholarship@gmail. com. To find more info go to

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NEWLY APPOINTED:Dr Richard D. Myles Sr. (left) founder and CEO of the Minor Football League along with the Executive Board are proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Patrick H. Freeman (right) as the organization's new Senior Vice President for Business Development. Dr. Myles states, “Since Patrick has joined us at the MFL he has continued to work hard at the implementation of our League’s long-range plan. Join us in congratulating him in his new role with the MFL."

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AREA BRIEFS

REMEMBERING MR BURDINE: Warren Buster Burdine Sr., affectionally. Known as “Mr. Burdine” to his countless customers, is pictured above standing outside his grocery store, “Jeff-Ferry Deli,” located at 1440 Jefferson Avenue near E. Ferry. Back in the day Burdine’s Deli was among a host of Black-owned delis and stores on the east side. Known for their delicious hand-packed ice cream, well-stocked shelves, “Wall of Photos,” and Mr. Burdine’s infinite wisdom, the friendly neighborhood establishment was a lifeline to many Cold Spring residents who had no supermarket nearby at the time. Mr. Burdine was very conscientious and knowledgeable about world events and Black history. He actively managed the business until the mid 2000’s when ill health forced him to close and sell the building - but not before he made sure that the new owner was Black and community minded. He made his transition on January 26, 2010 at age 84. Today The Ink Spot, which offers a variety of services to the community, occupies the building. Mr. Burdine would be proud! Photo Challenger Archives

Blyden Named UNIA Minister of Information Buffalo Division #433 President Lion Blyden has been promoted to the position of UNIA-ACL Minister of Information. In addition, the new Negro Voice show can now be seen on the 433TV You Tube Page. The Buffalo Division is marking its sixth anniversary this year and is changing its name to the “Montgomery-Burrows Division 433” in honor of two historical Buffalonian Garveyites - Rosa Montgomery and Percival Burrows. Congratulations Lion!

Citizens Coalition Calls on City to Take Down School Zone Cameras A coalition of concerned citizens is calling on the Common Council to take down school zone speed cameras. A certified fraud examiner and urban planner recently reported his findings to the Council - among them - that the program disproportionately targets high poverty minority neighborhoods and is “a form of systemic racism.” Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns in a Buffalo News interview, called the cameras “scam cams.” The Council will reportedly respond to the report and findings submitted to them in two weeks.

Owner Sheila Brown Responds to Ruling in A Religious Bias Suit Against the Station Sheila L. Brown, owner of Vision Multimedia Group and operator of WUFO 1080AM and Power 96.5 FM, released the following statement regarding news that a nearly $500,000 religious bias suit settlement against the station from an ex-employee. “In reference to the article in the February 15 Buffalo News, this surprise judgement was made in default and the Judge's ruling was based on a technicality that wasn’t due to any wrongdoing of Vision Multimedia Group. "As the owner and operator of this heritage station, I know full well that the workplace has to be a safe space for people of all genders, faiths, creeds and sexual preferences. I pride myself in having a very diverse team that flourishes in a work environment where evSheila Brown eryone and every idea is respected and valued. “Our lawyers are reviewing the decision and are gathering information to help us determine our next steps.” Mrs. Brown is the first African-American woman to own a radio station in Western New York. This year the “legendary WUFO” is celebrating its 60th anniversary of on-air service to Western New York and the African American community.

Buffalo Five Court Date Postponed By Sherry Sherrill

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ohn Walker of the Buffalo Five said news that the Tuesday Feb. 16 court date had been postponed due to winter weather was "both good and bad." Although the delay was disappointing, the fact that the Judge preferred to conduct proceedings face to face with him and Darryl Boyd instead of virtually, gave him hope that justice might finally be served. It also gives them more time to bring awareness to the their struggle and to garner more support. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is opposing their Motion To Vacate Judgement of Erie County Indictment Number 41-413. The community is asked to call D.A. Flynn at (716)858 -2424 and ask him not to oppose the Motion to Vacate Indictment 41-413. Judge Christopher J. Burns, who is presiding in Part One's Ceremonial Courtroom, will be ruling whether 1976 crime scene photographs of a lone assailant's footprints constitutes “new evidence” in the Matter(s) of

John Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd. If so, The Buffalo 5 will be set upon a path that will lead to an overturning of their indictments and convictions, and that would result in their exoneration. -Community SupportAcommunity-wide PRAYER VIGIL was held January 18 for The Buffalo 5 and broadcast live on Legendary Mix 1080AM WUFO/Power 96.5FM. -The Five CollectivelyThe members of The Buffalo 5 are: John Walker, Jr., Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson, Floyd Martin, and Tyrone Woodruff. Floyd Martin was exonerated at the initial trial, and Tyrone Woodruff was not tried. Both Walker and Boyd, and Darryn Gibson (prior to his death), persistently proclaimed their innocence of the robbery and murder of William Crawford, an elderly gentleman who wasrobbed and beaten to death,

"We Are Black History 365 Days A Year"

Know Thyself * The Ganges, the sacred river of India, is named after an Ethiopian king of that name who conquered Asia as far as this river. * Cheops, an African, built the Great Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is 451 feet high, has 2,500,000 blocks of granite, each two and a half tons, covers 13 acres, took 100,000 men thirty years to build and was completed in 3730BC. *There were at least eighteen Ethiopian or unmixed Afraican rulers of Ancient Egypt, the best known of which is Piankhi. Leaving his country in Central Africa, Piankhi conquered all Egypt to the mouth of the Nile in 750 BC.

STILL FIGHTING: John (right) and Darryl (left) outside the WUFO Studios prior to last month's prayer vigil. Challenger Photo

after leaving The Golden Nugget Bar And Lounge on January 2,1976. Crime scene photographic evidence supported the conclusion that there was a lone assailant, not five, and no DNA Evidence was never presented at time of the original 1977 trials. Altogether, the three (convicted) members of The Buffalo 5 spent over 84 years in prison for this crime that they did not commit.

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*The most ancient lineage in the world is that of the Ethiopian royal family. It is said to be older than that of King George VI’s by 6130 years. The Emperor Haile Selassi I, ruler of Ethiopia, traces his ancestry to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and beyond that to Cush, 6280 BC. *The oldest and most noted statue in the world bears the face of an African. It is the Sphinx of Gizeh, which was worshipped as Horus, the Sun god of light and Life. It was erected about 5000 BC. Continued Page 14


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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID

D’Youville Partners with African Heritage Co-Op to Address Food Insecurity

D’Youville has added a new program to help address food insecurity and provide healthy options for their students, in partnership with the African Heritage Co-Op.

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

COVID-19 testing available

To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing.

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. 2020 was certainly a challenge and we want to tell the community about how we succeeded and also let you know about all the programming and advocacy work we are working on for 2021. For more information call (716)243-8777 or email info@openbuffalo.org

The “Fresh Packs” program offers fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy options at no charge for those in need. Students can place orders by noon each Wednesday and pick up their Fresh Packs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays at The Park, D’Youville’s student advocacy center. NiK Peavy, director of student development and advocacy, coordinates the Fresh Packs program. “With the Fresh Packs, students are able to easily access food that is fresh, healthy, and nutritious,” Peavy says. “In addition, D’Youville can inject funds into the West Side and support a Black-owned business by partnering with the African Heritage Co-Op.” Alexander J. Wright, JD, who has run the African Heritage Food Co-Op for five years, says the Co-Op is “ecstatic” to be part of this new program. “We hope that many students take advantage of this opportunity,” Wright says. “It’s important for everyone to have access to affordable, healthy food. This includes those pursuing higher education who often have limited resources.” The Co-Op supplies the produce as well as staff to help hand out the Fresh Packs. Food insecurity among college students is a rising problem in the U.S. A 2019 survey found that nearly 40 percent of college students reported being food-insecure at some point during the school year. “For several years, D’Youville has run its own Campus Cupboard, which offers nonperishable food and personal items to students in need,” Peavy says. “With the Fresh Packs program, we can now offer fresh options, which are often difficult to find outside of a trip to the grocery store.” To learn more about the Fresh Packs program, contact Peavy at 716-829-7812 or peavyn@dyc.edu.

Black History Month

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.

Come One! Come All!

The First Fruits Food Pantry Is Open!

Services Held for Virginia L. Minor

Sunrise July 30,1932 • Sunset January 25,2021 irginia L. Minor was laid to rest on February 6 with a home going celebration officiated by Pastor Harry Ward of Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Originally from Bessemer Alabama she was schooled in Birmingham. After graduating from Tuskegee University, Virginia moved to Lackawanna, New York in 1944. In 1953 she Married Booker T. Minor. She was preceded in death by her husband Booker and daughter Dinah . Virginia leaves to cherish her memory four sons, Ronald (Marie) Hinkle, Reginald, Larry D. and Todd (Darlene) Minor; two sisters Devonia Blue of Buffalo and Charlene (John) Caldwell of Birmingham; seven gandchilden, nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

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Sleep: The Underdog of Health “He that can take rest is greater than those that can take cities” Benjamin Franklin

After air and water, the body’s need for sleep is most important. Believe it or not, adequate sleep is more important than food. But sleep is often the one thing we neglect the most. The human body cannot survive more than three minutes without air or three days without water. After three days of insufficient sleep, the body begins to show the signs of sleep deprivation. How long can the body survive without food? Three weeks! In our go-getter, do more, be more society, sleep is something for babies and the lazy. But one will never reach their full potential or experience true health and wellness without adequate sleep. Sleep is essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. It is estimated that more than a third (some estimate up to 70%) of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. What happens to the body while Sleeping? Dr. Frank Lipman explains, “When you sleep, your brain protects itself from toxic proteins…this overnight cleanup keeps the brain clear and healthy”. Adequate sleep improves learning, memory, decision making, and problem-solving skills. Your body goes into recovery and healing mode, repairing muscles, organs, and cells. The immune system is dependent on sleep, as certain antibodies are produced during sleep. What happens when you get insufficient sleep? The CDC has said, “Insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.”. Sounds a little dramatic right? It’s not. The impacts of consistently not getting enough sleep are extremely harmful. Lack of sleep can make you biologically older and results in a body and mind wired for stress. It also causes an increased risk of: •Weight gain •High blood pressure •Anxiety •Weakened immune system •Mood changes •Poor focus, concentration, and memory How much sleep do you need? The National Sleep Foundation has recommendations for each age group. For adults aged 18-64, the recommendation is 7-9 hours of sleep per night. For adults 65 or more, the recommendation is 7-8 hours per night. How to Improve Your Sleep? •Make sleep a priority •Stick to the same sleeping schedule every day (even weekends) •Develop a nighttime/bedtime routine •Disconnect from electronic devices at least a half-hour before bed •Don’t have caffeine after noon Remember, being healthy, happy, and whole is your birthright and good sleep promotes good health. To learn more about wellness for the melanin rich being, visit melaninrichwellness. com

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ark Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant was featured on “Restaurant Impossible” with Chef Robert Irvine on Discovery February 9th. The family owned and operated restaurant was chosen by the show based off their Google reviews. The goal of the show is with two days and a budget of $10,000, host Robert Irvine and his team renovate a restaurant that is facing challenges with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence. During this episode mother/daughter co-owners Harrita West and Schenita Williams show complete transparency, ambition, and hard work as they give their all to make the restaurant a staple in the community. As a result, the restaurant and business was entirely reinvigorated. Congratulations to the owners on their evolving business, achievements and efforts to give back to the community by providing an affordable place to enjoy exquisite soul food. Park Vue is participating in Black Restaurant Week, now thru February 21. They are located at 34 S. Crossman St. (off Genesee St.) and open for indoor dining, takeout and delivery weekly on Thursday from 4-9p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m.; Saturday 2 -10p.m. and Sunday 2-8p.m. Stop by and check out the “new” Park Vue and Support Black Businesses! -S.Clark

FULL MOON WATCH

The February’s Full Snow Moon peaks on February 27, 2021. The energy of this full Moon will be felt three days prior to its peak time and for three days afterwards. So be sure and take advantage of these powerful energies. February’s Full Moon will actually be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth, making it the largest and brightest full Moon of the year. So get ready to use all of this extra planetary energy. The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. Use you increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Use a detached approach to looking at your life as you will see it more impartial and balanced, when you view it without emotions. This full moon brings opportunities for change, romance and success. Use all these potentials to create the changes you want in your life. This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between work and service, practicality and impracticality, criticism and acceptance. It’s time to express ourselves and to let things out of our systems. It's also in time for heightened emotions. So if you are a little agitated right now, let it pass without lashing out at someone or something you will later feel sadness over. Stay in your own space during this full Moon cycle and contemplate the bigger picture of your life. Believe it or not this moon represents the coming of spring. The long sleepy winter is finally ending and the earth is in its early awakening to the longer days in the warmth of the sun. (Source: Cherokee Billie)

It's that time of year again! Black Restaurant Week in Buffalo! Organized annually by the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals, It runs now through Sunday, February 21, 2021. Here’s a list of participating restaurants so far! For more information visit their at blackrestaurantweek716.com @Eleven Wings & Cuisine 3225 Main St. = 899-2011 Brothers Takeout Café & Catering 1281 Hertel Ave. 322-0084 Buffalo Soul 454 Pearl St. 768-8549 Cake Crazy Bakery 2525 William St. 235-8002 Je Ne Sais Quoi 1633 Hertel Ave. 440-1065 Khari’s Café 128 Fargo Ave. 248-1373 La Verdad Café 1194 E Lovejoy St. 768-3150 Manna @Northland 683 Northland 253-2100 Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant 34 S Crossman St. (716) 262-0384 PhatCatz of WNY 965 Kensington Ave. (716) 235-8549 Ravelle Culinary Creations info.ravelle@gmail.com Real Life Dietetics and Consulting 1400 Jefferson Ave.(716) 402-8798 SNS Sips admin@snssips.com Sunshine Vegan Eats 893 Jefferson Ave. 725-0284 -


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Black Fact... New Hope Announces "Biggest Loser" Challenge New Hope Baptist Church, 2090 Genesee Street, is hosting it’s first “Shed Those Added Quarantined Corona Virus pounds” Challenge. The 12 week challenge began February 6 and ends April 24. There is a $25 registration fee, with a $1 per pound gain. All weigh-ins are done in private. At the end of the challenge, a cash prize goes to the biggest loser! For more information contact the new hope office at 883-0821 Tuesday thru Thursday 10AM to 1PM.

God Wouldn’t Want Segregated Sanctuaries BLACK PEOPLE, both free and enslaved, relied on their faith to hold onto their humanity under the most inhumane circumstances. In 1787, the Rev. Richard Allen and other Black congregants walked out of services at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia to protest its segregated congregations. Allen, an abolitionist who was born enslaved, had moved to Philadelphia after purchasing his freedom. There he joined St.George’s, where he initially preached to integrated congregations. It quickly became clear that integration went only so far. He was directed to preach a separate service designated for Black parishioners. Dismayed that Black people were still treated as inferiors in what was meant to be a holy space, Allen founded the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and started the Mother Bethel A.M.E..Church. For communities of free people of color, churches like Allen’s were places not only of sanctuary but also of education, organizing and civic engagement, providing resources to navigate a racists society in a slave nation. Allen and his successors connected the community, pursued social justice and helped guide Black Reverend Richard Allen congregants as they transitioned to freedom. The African Methodist Episcopal Church grew rapidly; today at least 7,000 A.M.E. congregations exist around the world including Allen’s original church.


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You have your Pre~Approval and now you are ready to view homes with your Real Estate Agent. The agent has already been keeping you apprised of the market with regards to: ~Available supply of homes ~Design/style trends, conditions, new construction and location ~Listing price as homes enter the sales market ~Recently closed transactions yielding valuable information on figures your agent can review with you decide to submit an offer ~Homes recently under contract ~Relationships with other agents regarding homes soon to be marketed Your goals along with your agent: ~Viewing homes within the pre~approval ranges ~Maintain a good Credit profile ~Maintain funds to purchase and of course the closing ~Be mindful, homeowners are focused on obtaining the listing price and possibly greater than. As mentioned in the previous article in January 2021, "multiple offers" on the same home do occur. Be prepared financially to come with "your highest and best offer." In this market, sufficient funds on hand would be great. Income tax time is here, so get ready to make that bid! Viewing: ~Your agent will schedule appointments to facilitate a date, time and location. The listing agent for the seller, will respond accordingly; some viewings are virtual if necessary ~ Detailed information about any property to be viewed along with the property condition disclosure (completed by the owner) should be available before the viewing ~Upon entering any property, the agent will tour with you, explaining details and answering any concerns. Feel free to record your own observations during the viewing, mainly if there are more homes to be toured on the same day ~ Certainly as the home tours are concluded, your next step is to meet with your agent ~Inquire with your agent if you may request a "pre~inspection of the home" after the viewing at the seller's discretion . Having one provides more support with making a decision. If the seller has one completed, your agent may inquire about the results. Covid19 : Agents are mindful of the health precautions regarding access to homes. The listing agent for the seller, will include any safety measures with regards to entering the property. The agent will give you access to entering the home. This will include wearing masks, no contact with items and a limit of two people with their agent entering the property. If there are more, the same information does apply. Children must remain outside for safety concerns. What happens next......Submitting an offer on your Dream Home and the Loan Process. This is where we get really excited. -A Moment in our African American HistoryRobert Traynham Coles, FAIA, (24 August 1929 – 16 May 2020, aged 90) was an architect, educator, and social justice activist. Coles was the first African American to win the Rotch Traveling Scholarship awarded by the Boston Society of Architects, the first African American Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), [ the first AIA Vice-President for Minority Affairs, and a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). In 1963, Coles opened his firm Robert Traynham Coles, Architect in Buffalo, New York, making it the first African American owned firm in New York State and in the Northeast. His first project was the commission of his thesis project, the Ellicott District Recreation Center, known today as the John F. Kennedy Recreation Centre by the city of Buffalo. Coles considered his firm's first project also his first advocacy project, emerging from conversations with a community facing the threat of urban renewal. Robert T. Coles House and Studio (Humboldt Pkwy,Buffalo NY) is significant under Criterion C as an outstanding and highly intact example of mid-twentieth century Modern residential architecture in Buffalo. Designed and constructed in 1961 by its owner, a prominent local architect, the building used prefabricated and pre-cut components in its construction that were drawn from Coles’s experience working for the Techbuilt Company, an innovative mid-century prefabricated housing manufacturer. As such, the Coles house is an excellent example of many new ideas in modern residential architecture that were developed following World War II, including mass-production, use of new materials, and modularity. However , Coles also customized the design to suit his own needs, which included incorporating both his professional office and his family home into the structure. " It's A Great Time to Market & Locate a New Home " Hawwao Wajed / Real Estate Salesperson~Notary askhawa@kw.com 716~867~4377 Cell

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ver fifty years ago, Sherill Colston had a dream to better himself, his family and his community. With his home and car as collateral for a $2,500 loan, Colston made that dream a reality when he founded Colston and Son Mobil in 1964 and subsequently incorporated in 1979. Until this day, Colston and Son Mobil was the only Black owned and operated Mobil Oil franchise in the WNY area. During the time of its operation, Colston and Son Mobil boasted annual sales of more than #$2.5 million. Colston, who came from humble beginnings, has had a storied career as a self-made entrepreneur in a White male dominated industry. The recipient of many awards, including but not limited to, Small Businessman Award ,1979 Keynote Speaker at the Mobil Oil Dealers’ Convention and Lifetime Achievement Award. Colston will be the first to tell you that at the time he began his business he had a “tough road to hoe” because of barriers and obstacles designed to limit and frustrate the ability for Black businesses to survive let alone thrive. Colston has always been steadfast in his resolve and more than willing to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. He credits that resolve to his parents, the fact that he comes from a family of fifteen siblings and last but not least his faith in God. Paying it forward is one of Colston’s tenets that he lives by and he has demonstrated that commitment in numerous ways. In his many civic duties, Colston has paid it forward by being the former treasurer of the Buffalo Chapter of People United to Save Humanity, a lifelong member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former Chairperson of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, sponsor of Black Achievers in Industry Awards and many other civic engagements.

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Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buy Black Buffalo kickoff a lineup of February events last week that focus on Black entrepreneurs and highlight careers in advanced manufacturing . The events are a series of virtual and live programs aimed at honoring Buffalo’s Black history by contributing to Black workers’ and entrepreneurs’ future. Guests can visit. buyblackbuffalo. com to register for these events. Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Buffalo, said, “Buy Black Buffalo is a communitydriven initiative that began out of the Mayor’s Office of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion." In addition to small business educational programs, Buy Black Buffalo has revived its original Facebook Live talk show, “The Lounge”with a two-part townhall and fireside chat series. At 6 PM on Monday, February 22, Tesla, will present “Building Diverse & Equitable Talent Pipelines into Advanced Manufacturing.” Guests can attend the panel discussion virtually. Repre-

Buffalo Bills News The NFL Honors awards awarded Brian Daboll the assistant coach of the year but snubbed Sean McDermott for Coach of the Year as Kevin Stefanski who joined the Cleveland Browns as their Head Coach coming from the Vikings organization as a Offensive Coordinator led the Browns to an 11-5 record. The problem with this is that the Browns were 3rd in their division and their strength of schedule was in the bottom 4 in the NFL compared to the Buffalo Bills 5th hardest schedule in 2020. So wait a minute, McDermott only grasped 7 of the 50 first place votes and Stefanski got 25. Please make this make sense. He inherited a plenty decent roster and had the 4th easiest schedule and clinched a playoff berth the last week of the season and this guy landslides a coach who had a 13-3 record and if it wasn't for Hail Murray would have went 14-2 and inherited the 5th hardest schedule and he gets almost the same consideration as Brian Flores who had 6 first place votes. The same Miami team that got their cheeks clapped by the Bills 56-26 when their playoff aspirations were on the line. Come on Sports World, we have to stop with this type of bias. This is just sickening and disturbing. How can anyone be okay with knowing the facts of this matter and allowing that to happen? Then again, we are seeing this type of bias in all aspects of life, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised huh? Moving on. NFL Talk The Super Bowl 55 game this year was a real flop as many thought this would be an exciting and action packed game but only turned out to be a clear mismatch. We again saw things that usually doesn't happen like Patrick Mahomes only having 100 yards passing after 3 quarters or the 201920 Super Bowl MVP running for his life the entire game without Tampa Bay really blitzing or the fact that the Chiefs only scored 9 points and Patrick Mahomes worst defeat came as Tampa Bay beat the brakes off the Chiefs 31-9. Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown accounted for Tom Brady's 3 touchdown passes. A lot of credit needs to be given to Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles as they called phenomenal gameplans on both sides of the ball. The announcement was made that Tom Brady will be back next season and on a somber note Patrick Mahomes will have offseason surgery to fix his injured toe. NBA Talk As the All-Star game approaches Kevin Durant and Lebron James lead the voting currently in their respective conferences. Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal lead in the guards category. But wait a minute, how does Damien Lillard have more votes than Donovan Mitchell? Klay Thompson hasn't played all year but almost has as many votes as Chri Paul does? Laughable at best. Sabres Talk The Buffalo Sabres have not practiced last Tuesday as the league has had multiple additions to the NHL's COVID-related absence list. The Sabres shut down its facilities They last played on Sunday, Jan. 31 at home against the New Jersey Devils, who entered that game with six players in COVID protocol 716ers Local Sports Update The 716ers Elite are gearing up for the seventh season of their youth basketball teams in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The 716ers Elite 10u-18u tryouts will take place on the following dates and location. All tryouts will be held at Christian Central Academy, 39 Academy Street in Williamsville. -Boys Tryout InformationSat, February 20th 2021 Ages 10u-12u Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm Sat, February 20th 2021 Ages 13u-14u Time 5:15pm-7:00pm Sat, February 27th 2021 Ages 15u-16u Time: 3:30pm-5:15pm Sat, February 27th 2021 Ages 16u-18u Time: 530pm- 7:00pm -Girls Tryout InformationSat, March 6th, 2021 Ages 10u-14u Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm Sat, March 6th 2021 Ages 15u-18u Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm The 716ers Elite will field both boys’ and girls’ teams for ages 9 through 18. There will be 9 divisions for both the boys and girls: 9 years old, 10 years old, 11 years old, 12 years old, 13 years old, 14 years old, 15years old, 16 years old, and 17-18 year olds. A total of 240 youth will be selected to participate in this program. The program will feature Bryant & Stratton Collegiate Women’s Assistant Coach Tawan Slaughter. “I have seen the love and community support the 716ers have received for the last six years, and saw a need in this community for a highly competitive youth basketball program. There is a difference between playing in a house league and AAU. The 716ers Elite program has been developed to teach kids the true fundamentals and skills of the game. All of the coaches we bring in will have played collegiately, and are now coaching either collegiately, professionally, or at a high level of the game,” said 716ers Elite founder Tawan Slaughter. Parents that are interested in registering their child can send an email to 716erseliteaau@gmail. com. Please indicate the child’s name, age, grade in school, and school they currently attend Students must maintain a high grade point average to remain eligible to participate. Please contact Tawan Slaughter for additional information at 716-986-3433 or 716erseliteaau@gmail.com. For more information on the 716ers Elite visit www.716erselite.net.

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sentatives from Tesla, the City of Buffalo, and Northland Workforce Development will participate. On February 24, Buy Black Buffalo, and Leadership Buffalo will present “Black Business Leadership Perspectives: Reimagining the Culture of Doing Business.” This virtual town hall will be February’s finalepisode of “The Lounge”. It will feature a panel of Black small business owners who will address the needs and concerns of Western New York’s small Black businesses, followed by a Q&A session. Buy Black Buffalo is also partnering with Buffalo Bills’ running back Zack Moss, the Police Athletic League, and the Albright Knox Art Gallery to spotlight our youth voices. Through Instagram, Moss asks Buffalo Public and Charter School students in grades 6-12 to submit a video up to 60 seconds, digital artwork, or up to a 100-word written expression about what activism in sports means to them and the culture. For more information about the contest, please visit buyblackbuffalo.com or Instagram @buyblackbuffa-

lony and @pal_buffalo. Albright Knox Art Gallery will judge the entries and select three winners. The first-place winner will enjoy a ten-minute virtual meet and greet with running back Zack Moss. All three winners will receive memorabilia from Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills. “Amplifying the youth voice is vital to building a strong community. I enjoy seeing how young people express themselves through art; It always inspires me,” Zack Moss, running back for the Buffalo Bills said. “I hope this contest will spark conversations about how each of us can inspire change in our communities, no matter our age." Buy Black Buffalo was established in December 2020 as part of a citywide shopping movement called Buy Black Buffalo Week, which aimed to support Black-owned businesses, especially ones that suffered economic challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. For more information about Buy Black Buffalo, visit buyblackbuffalo.com.or call 716.851.4841 Additional news available at: www.buffalony.gov

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Buffalo Welcomes Renowned Author and Activist Margaret Kimberley In honor of Black History Month and President’s Day, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site ) will welcome author and activist Margaret Kimberley to its online Speaker Nite series, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23. Kimberley, who has been described by Cornel West as “one of the few great truth tellers,” will be discussing her recent book, 'Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents.' Her book uses

the lens of the presidents, who have been elected to represent all Americans, to explore the country’s relationship with race and black Americans. The talk is being co-sponsored by the Buffalo Presidential Center and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. “Speaker Nite provides the opportunity for us to consider issues that were important during Theodore Roosevelt’s lifetime and continue to be relevant today,” says Stanton Hudson, Executive Director of the TR Site. “In 'Prejudential,' Ms. Kimberley examines each of the nation’s forty-five presidents and asks readers to consider what impact their actions (or lack thereof) have had on black Americans. Her work is a critical starting point for increasing awareness and understanding, while encouraging further discussion.”

Continued From Page 3 *Africans lived in America thousands of years before Columbus. Central American monuments show numerous carvings of them as gods. When Columbus came to the New World, Africans had been crossing from Africa to South America a distance of 1600 miles. The first White men to reach the American mainland, tell of seeing Negroes. Columbus who visited South America said that he heard of them there. *On April 6, 1909, Matthew Henson, a New York Black man, was the first of a party of six to do so. Years later he was noted (in 1943) to be the only human being alive at that time to have stood there. The first Artic explorer was Pytheas, a Greek, who perished in the attempt in 325 BC. * Jan Ernest Matzeliger, a Dutch West Indian Blackliving in Lynn, Mass., invented the first machine for sewing the soles of shoes to the uppers. This invention, which was eleven years in the making, revolutionized the industry and gave shoe

Margaret Kimberley

Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer and activist for peace and justice issues. She has been a columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006, and was for four years the weekly columnist for Black Commentator. She is also a member of Clergy and Laity Concerned About Iraq. Admission is $5 per person. Members of the sponsoring organizations as well as students enjoy free admission. For more details and to get tickets, visit: https:// www.trsite.org/events

supremacy to the United States. It made several millionaires, one of whom left $4,000,000 to Harvard University. Overwork and privation hastened Matzeliger to his grave in 1889 at the age of 37. He left a few shares of stock to a White church, which later saved it from being sold for debt. * Imhotep of Ancient Egypt, was the real Father of Medicine. He lived about 2300 BC Greece and Rome had their knowledge of medicine from him. In Rome he was worshipped as the Prince of Peace in the form of a Black man. His Ethiopian portraits show him a Black. Imhotep was also Prime Minister to King Zoser as well as the foremost architect of his time. The saying, “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die”, has been traced to him. Hippocrates, the so-called “Father of Medicine” lived 2,000years after Imhotep. (From "100 Amazing Facts about the Negro With Complete Proof " By J.A. Rogers.)


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Haiti: Black Despots and White Rulers Erie County Democratic Party Treats Black

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since 2004 is not really about despotic Black government, but is the consequence and crime of global white rule. The past week has seen growing protests against the contested presidency of Haiti’s Jovenel Moïse. An unpopular figure who has ruled without a mandate, and, increasingly, by decree , Moïse refused to relinquish power when his presidential term expired on February 7, 2021. While claiming that his term ends in February 2022, Moïse has lashed out against his political rivals, arresting his critics, members of opposition political parties, and supreme court judges, all the while consolidating his draconian, some would say dictatorial, rule over Haiti. How Haiti arrived at this moment is predictable and unsurprising. Moïse’s election was marred by fraud , extremely low voter turnout, and protests challenging his candidacy. He was handpicked by his predecessor, Michel Martelly, a neo-Duvalierist and former member of the notorious tonton macoutes who himself was installed by the Obama administration. As with Martelly, Moïse’s path to the Haitian presidency was paved by U.S., Canadian, and French funding and support. And like Martelly, Moïse has been credibly accused of corruption , embezzlement, and the theft of national funds . Moïse has also followed Martelly’s lead in expanding the revived Haitian military. He refused to organize parliamentary elections, allowing the terms of parliament to expire in January 2020 in order to rule by decree. Moïse’s administration has been exceedingly brutal in its repression of Haitian activists groups, widening and deepening death squad style repression across the country, allegedly funding and emboldening groups such as the “G9” – a violent gang led by former police member, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier – which has been terrorizing prodemocracy activists. Yet, it is all too easy to demonize Moïse. As calls for his removal increase, many critics have fallen into a typical trap when it comes to Haiti: focusing on one individual – the invariably “Black despot” – as

I the source and root of all evil in Haiti’s politics. By doing so, rarely are important questions asked about how Moïse came to power, how he has been able to get away with his increasingly autocratic actions and, until now, how he has survived calls for his ouster, let alone the curtailment of his powers. To ask such questions is to recognize that Moïse is not a sovereign political force. Instead, Moïse is the product of a broader system blocking Haiti’s democratic path and sovereignty, a system that is built and maintained by the white rulers of the world. To understand how white rule functions in Haiti is to recognize that Haiti is and has been under foreign military and political control. The second occupation , following the first occupation from 1915 to 1934, began in 2004 soon after the U.S.France-Canada-backed 2004 coup d’état against the popularly elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide. This coup d’état led to the establishment, in June 2004, of a multinational military occupation force under the auspices of the United Nations (with changing acronyms and shifting mandates over the years). It is an occupation that is led and controlled by a group of white nations and White-dominated institutions: the United States, France, Canada, the United Nations, and the OAS. This is in conjunction with the CORE Group – a group composed of special representatives from the UN Secretary General and the Organization of American States, as well as ambassadors from Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the European Union, and the U.S. The Core group appointed itself as arbiters of Haitian politics. “It is an occupation that is led and controlled by a group of white nations and White-dominated institutions.”

It is these White rulers of the world who continue to fund and supply the Moïse government with arms, ammunition, and tear gas. It is the White rulers who spent millions building prisons in Haiti and funding and training the Haitian police and military. It is the whiter rulers who have turned a blind eye to the atrocities of the Moïse administration. It is the White rulers who have condoned the lack of parliamentary elections, the ruling of the country by decree, and the rewriting of the Haitian constitution. Most importantly, it is the white rulers who have affirmed Moïse’s illegal extension of his ruling mandate. The fight for Haitian sovereignty is against these white rulers of the world. Indeed, it is easy to focus on the Black despot – Moïse as the dictator in the making. But we cannot ignore that there is a global white supremacist structure that creates the condition of possibility for someone like Moïse. This is the structure that exacts its power with laser precision, without regard to human rights or sovereignty. Especially when it comes to Haiti. It is also a structure that can easily replace Moïse with another despot when he is no longer useful to the white rulers.

At this moment of intensifying crisis, the questions confronting us should be: what does it mean to speak of elections, the rule of law, democracy, and constitutional mandates in Haiti when its people have no rights – the Haitian nationstate, no sovereignty – that the white rulers are bound to respect? What is a constitutional crisis – what are elections – when a nation is under full political and military occupation?

wish I did not have to write this, but I have come to the conclusion that the Erie County Democratic Committee is not going to respect Black Democrats as a political force to be reckoned with, until we realize our worth and the power we give to the party here in Erie County. Black Erie County voters vote almost exclusively democrat. But when we Blacks run for a countywide position, we are either discouraged from running or, if we do snag the endorsement, we are not supported financially as much as non-Black candidates. Look at the Bernie Tolbert and Vanessa Glushelski elections, and you will see what I am talking about. Simply stated, Kimberly Lynn Beaty can win the Erie County Sheriff's race. All it takes for that to happen, is for the Democrat Party to give their endorsement to the most qualified candidate running: Kim Beaty, and for our democratic political leaders, especially those that represent Buffalo residents, to officially endorse her. But sadly it does not appear that is going to happen. In a statement shared with Channel 2 just days ago, Beaty wrote in part:"...For personal and professional reasons, I will no longer seek endorsement from the Erie County Democratic committee. This experience has been eyeopening. I am hopeful that someday, the party boss will truly work to advance the needs of our whole community." As a candidate who has run and won, sometimes without party backing, I speak from a position of knowledge, experience and also as a casualty of backroom dealings. I also speak from a policy of transparency, and a commitment to always speak truth to power. If I were advising Ms. Beaty, I would have advised her to (1) officially announce her candidacy, (2) launch her political website, and (3) widely publish her platform and the reason(s) she wants to run for an office and position that has been grossly mismanaged for years! I would also tell her to run to win, with or without the Erie County Democrat Committee's endorsement for Erie County Sheriff. Finally, I would have advised her to call all those elected officials who have come, time and time again, to Buffalo's Black democratic bloc of voters to ask for our support. Now is the time that we ask for their political payback to our community. Kim Lynn Beaty is experienced, educated, community-connected, and possesses another great attribute in addition to these - she can actually win!

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Beyond a Housing Crisis: “Race for Profit” Takes a Critical Look at Black Home Ownership Race for Profit an acclaimed book penned by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, reveals how banks and the real estate industry undermined Black homeownership in America. “Black homeownership is now at a 50-year low,” she pointed out in a recent interview in Mother Jones Magazine. “It’s down to 40 percent, with no apparent recovery in sight. It’s as if we’ve just accepted this inequality that’s embedded in our society.” Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining’s end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. Meanwhile, new policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners. Race for Profit, called “a groundbreaking new book by The New Yorker, was a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History finalist as well as a 2019 National Book Award Finalist, among a host of other awards and distinguished acknowledgements. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University .

HAITI continued And how do Haitian people demolish this diabolical system and banish its White rulers once and for all? Jemima Pierre, a member of Black Alliance for Peace, is also a professor of Black Studies and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.This article is from Black Agenda Report.


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he new class of Hall of Famers are Guard Alan Faneca, Coach Tom Flores, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, safety John Lynch, quarterback Peyton Manning, Contributor Bill Nunn, wide receiver Drew Pearson, and cornerback Charles Woodson. Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning are obvious first ballot electors. We all also remember Mega Tron Calvin Johnson dominating for the Detroit Lions. He played 9 seasons and 135

games starting 130 of them. He had eight consecutive games of over 100 yards or more and held NFL receiving yards record in a season (2012) with 1,964 yards. Drew Pearson was one of the first Dallas Cowboys wide receivers who made clutch catches throughout his career He teamed with QB Roger Staubach for the most memorable 50-yard touchdown reception in a divisional playoff game against Minnesota Vikings, such the name “Hail

Mary” was born from this play. I think Drew Pearson should have already been in NFL Hall of Fame almost 30 years ago. It’s a shame that quiet guys that go about their job without fanfare are overlooked for this long of a period of time. My favorite selection of this years class is Mr. Bill Nunn, who was a Sportswriter and Managing Editor for The Pittsburgh Courrier. The Pittsburgh Courrier was and still is one of the most influ-

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ential Black newspapers in the country. Mr. Nunn developed relationships and became very knowledgeable with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He especially became very familiar with HBCU coaches and players. His knowledge was so strong that The Pittsburgh Steelers organization hired him as a scout and he eventually became known as “the Architect” of the dominating Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 70’s. He recruited players like John Stallworth (Alabama A & M), Mel Blount (Southern), and Donnie Shell (South Carolina State). Mr. Nunn also had a knack for going to the tiny schools and coming back with Hall of Fame talent like Jack Lambert (Kent State). Nunn was the man behind the scenes that helped draft many players who played integral roles in leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to six Super Bowl appearances during his tenure. Mr. Nunn spent 47 seasons with The Pittsburgh Steelers organization contineud from page and it was a time well spent on being very productive The Steelers scouting Department continues today to use the skills and techniques developed Bill Nunn. The

Pittsburgh Steelers Scouting Department has been k n o w n league wide as the Best Scouting Department in the NFL for the past 30 years. Mr. Nunn was enshrined in the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor in 2018. Bill Nunn was born September 30, 1924 and made his transition on May 6, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thank you, Bill Nunn, for being an excellent Journalist, talented Scout, and a strong Black Man that left us a road map to follow! Follow me on Social Media, FACEBOOK, Twitter: @georgeradney@ georgeradman, RADIO: WLGZ HD-2, 105.5 FM The Beat of Rochester, Pro Talk Plus, Live call-in show 585 595 1055, Every Saturday Morning 7 AM – 8 AM, Sunday Morning WHTK FOX SPORTS 1280 AM 8 AM – 9 AM, Rochester,

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SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE TBG FUNDING LLC, Plaintiff -against- MAZEL ON MAIN LLC, et LEGAL NOTICE RFP al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated COUNTY OF ERIE October 20, 2020 and entered on DeDEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL S cember 9, 2020, I, the undersigned ERVICES Referee will sell at public auction 95 FRANKLIN STREET at the Erie County Clerk’s “Closing BUFFALO, NEW YORK Room”, located at 92 Franklin Street, County of Erie, New York 1st Floor, Buffalo, NY on February 26, RFP RELEASE 2021 at 10:00 a.m. premises to be The Erie County Department of So- sold in individual parcels or in bulk by cial Services is seeking proposals the Referee: Said Referee shall offer from qualified not-for profit agencies Parcel I and Parcel II as follows: to provide Emergency Services PARCEL I (RFP #2021-017VF) in Erie County. situate in the City of Buffalo, County The RFPs can be found at http:// of Erie and State of New York, being www2.erie.gov/purchasing/index. part of Lot No. 120 of the Stevens php?q=requests-proposals-amp- survey, described as follows: BEGINconstruction-bids starting on Febru- NING at a point of the intersection of ary 19, 2021. A complete copy of the the southerly line of Delavan Avenue package can also be obtained by with the westerly line of Greenwood con-tacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716- Place; being a plot 65.40 feet by 858-7932, or via email at Judith.Kol- 74.50 feet by 56.84 feet by 75.00 feet. metz@erie.gov on or after February Section: 88 Block: 83 Lot: 6-7 19, 2021. Said premises known as 277 WEST All correspondence, communications DELAVAN AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY and/or contact with the County in re- PARCEL II: gard to any aspect of this proposal situate in the City of Buffalo, County shall be with the ECDSS contact of Erie and State of New York, being person listed on the specific RFP. part of Lot No. 121 of the Stevens Prospective proponents, or their rep- survey, described as follows: BEGINresentatives, shall not make contact NING at the point of the intersection with or communicate with any repre- of the southerly line of Delavan Avsentatives of the County, including enue with the easterly line of Greenemployees and consultants, other wood Place; being a plot 80 feet by than the designated person in regard 100 feet by 80 feet by 100 feet. Secto any aspect of this proposal. tion: 88 Block: 83 Lot: 5-1 One copy of the final sealed proposal is due to the Erie County Depart- Said premises known as 283 WEST ment of Social Ser-vices, ATTN: DELAVAN AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY amount of lien JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Approximate Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New $1,035,499.16 plus interest & costs. York 14202, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on Premises will be sold subject to proMarch 26, 2021. An electronic ver- visions of filed Judgment and Terms sion of the submission must be sub- of Sale. mitted according to the instructions Index Number 807975/2018. DARIA L. PRATCHER, ESQ., contained in the proposal. Referee Erie County reserves the right to re- KRISS & FEUERSTEIN LLP ject any and all proposals and waive Attorney(s) for Plaintiff any informality. 360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1200, Marie A. Cannon New York, NY 10017 Commissioner of Social Services Jan. 28,Feb. 4,11,18

LEGAL NOTICE LeChase Construction Services, LLC, an EEO employer is currently seeking interest from qualified and certified NYS M/WBE subcontractors/vendors for The Strong National Museum of Play Expansion & Renovation project. Scope of work includes but is not limited to: concrete systems, structural steel framing systems, exterior enclosure systems, interior fit-out and finish systems, intricate curtain wall assemblies, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, fire protection systems, electrical systems, and site preparation and development work, etc. as indicated on the documents. MBE Goal: 15% and WBE Goal 15%. Bids are due on March 11, 2021 by 2 p.m. Plans and specifications are available through Building Connected. For more information or if interested in bidding, please contact Kailly Mintel at 585-469-5895 or kailly.mintel@lechase.com.

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Name of LLC: Ethnic Lines LLC./ Art.of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/23/20./ Office: Erie county/ SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 2316 Delaware Ave #253, Buffalo NY 14216/ Purpose: Any lawful purpose January 14,21,28 February 4,11,18 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

EMPLOYMENT Seeking Full Time Chief Executive Officer The Resource Council of WNY is seeking a full time Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to positively impact the lives of deserving families in Buffalo and move the organization forward, by leading with an innovative spirit and commitment to and passion for the agency’s mission. A minimum of five years of senior-level nonprofit management experience, leadership and fund development experience, financial acumen, strong communication skills, a collaborative work style and experience working with a Board of Directors are required. Educational background: College degree, preferably a Masters’ Degree. Please send a letter of interest and resume to email: careers@resourcecouncilwny.org by February 26, 2021

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Accounting. CDPAS MCO Quality Assurance Specialist. Responsible for monitoring/ corrective action w/in CDPAS accounts receivable ledger. Ensures billing done accurately & completed timely. www.wnyil. org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $31,500 to $33,500. Department Assistant in Human Resource/Corporate Compliance. Responsible for assisting the Human Resource (HR), Compliance, & Quality Assurance teams with the production of reports, projects & paperwork completion & submission. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil. org $32,000 to $34,000. Director of Independent Living Services. Responsible for the supervision of the various specialists w/in the department, overseeing billing activity, monitoring outcomes, developing programming, identifying consumer trends & addressing advocacy issues. Oversee & supervise Ticket to Work (TTW) & New York State Employment Service System (NYESS) activity. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $60,000 to $70,000. ILC-Open Doors Transition Specialist. Assists individuals in re-entry from institutional settings to the community. Facilitate & coordinate, for individuals residing in institutions, a comprehensive plan to re-enter the community. www.wnyil. org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $33,000 to $35,000. WNYIL- Youth Peer Advocate. Provide peer support in person & online. Coordinate independent living skills, evaluations, & trainings for transition-age youth with disabilities w/in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming Counties. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $32,080 to $37,080.

ILNC- NY Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist. Work with the NY Connects Team in participating counties to connect aging/disabled individuals & their families to established support programs, critical pathways to providers to help facilitate access to needed home & community-based supports & services. Streamline access to public benefits & application assistance. www.wnyil. org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $33,000 to $37,000. MHPC Peer Support Specialist. 2 full time positions open. To provide peer support to individuals, with lived mental health experiences, in obtaining their goals related to Independent Living, vocations, & improve Quality of Life. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $17/hr to $18/hr. MHPC Peer Support Specialist @ Renewal Center (PT). Work w/in the Renewal Center, serving guests of the living space, in overcoming immediate, emotional crisis, of which may alternatively result in emergency room visits. To connect, engage, & orient guests to the Renewal Center. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil.org $17/hr to $18/hr. ILGR- Health Home Care Coordinator. Batavia. To coordinate services with the Health Homes for the purpose of decreasing high risk medical &/ or behavioral health costs for individuals being served in this Health Home. www.wnyil.org EEOC. employment@wnyil. org $32,080 to $37,080.

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