Page 1






May 9, 2018 | FREE |


Colgate Divinity’s Black Student Caucus Honorees Awarded at 50th Anniversary Gala Page 2

A Hat Extravaganza!

Page 7


Crisis of Fatal Police Shootings Page 4


Community’s Newest Dance Company Is A Dream Come True Page 10


The 43rd Annual Juneteenth Cultural Festival is Coming! 716-891-8801 Page 15


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

Colgate Divinity’s Black Student Caucus Honorees Awarded at 50th Anniversary


he Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrated fifty years of servicing the community by hosting a celebratory gala in April commemorating the occasion. The night was filled with alumni, family, and friends from the greater Rochester community and abroad. That evening the Black Student Caucus awarded several individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award commemorating their participation in the 1969 Lockout. These individuals included Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Hoover, Rev. James Hunter, Dr. Henry Brockenton Thomas, Rev. Dr. Bobby J. Saucer, and Rev. Dr. John S. Walker. Another award presented that evening was the Distinguished Service Award for the establishment of the nation’s first Black church studies program which went to Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell who is the first dean of the Black Church Studies program at CRCDS. The evening was a grand occasion filled with musical acts that included the Carlton Wilcox band as well as jazz artist Judah Sealy. Representatives from the community included

Left to Right: Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Hover, Robert Lawrence, Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, Elois Saucer, Rev. Dr. Bobby Joe Saucer, Rev. Dr. John S. Walker, Dr. Henry Brockenton Thomas

Sandra Simon, the Affirmative Action-Diversity/Inclusion officer for the city of Rochester, who presented a mayoral proclamation commemorating the day as “Black Student Caucus

Day.” Overall the occasion was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who were in attendance and was used as a catalyst to spark new changes for the campus in the upcoming months.

Mayor Names Kamal Crues as City Engineer Mayor Lovely A. Warren has appointed Kamal Crues as the City Engineer, the position that manages publicimprovement projects in the city. Mr. Crues will oversee the Bureau of Architecture and Engineering in the Department of Environmental Services (DES). He joined City government in 2016 as an engineer in the Architectural Services Division of the Bureau.

s k t c a o r r ready! e B

ROC into Pre-K¡

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

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

(585) 262-8140

Douglass R-Center Receives Statewide Recognition for Inclusion


ayor Lovely A. Warren recently announced that the City of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave., was awarded the “Inclusion Champion Award” at the New York State Parks and Recreation Conference earlier this month in Syracuse. “As we continue our work to create safer more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities in Rochester, we take pride in making sure our recreation facilities are accessible to all of our residents,” said Mayor Warren. “On behalf of the citizens of Rochester, we are proud to receive this honor and pledge

to continue to offer inclusive programming alongside our wonderful community partners who are helping us achieve this goal.” Anita O’Brien, Executive Di-

rector of Rochester Accessible Adventures, nominated the Frederick Douglass R-Center staff for their efforts to expand recreational opportunities at City R-Centers.


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

AREA BRIEFS Buffalo Rotary Club to Honor Betty Jean Grant On Wednesday, June 13, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will present former Erie County Legislator and founder of the We Are Women Warriors group, Betty Jean Grant, with the Paul Harris Fellow Letter and honorary Pin for her outstanding service to the community as an elected official, community activist and advocate for an improved Buffalo and Erie County. Mrs. Grant will receive the award on behalf of the We Are Women Warriors Community and Family Betty Jean Grant Empowerment group on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at a reception in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. “ It is indeed an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding civic and philanthropic group," she stated."And it really means a lot when one’s work on behalf of the community at large is acknowledged and rewarded. I look forward to celebrating this much appreciated honor with a host of family and friends."

Kirkwood to Host Free Public Speaking Workshop Duncan Kirkwood will present a free public speaking workshop at the CAO Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore, on Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To RSPV call (716)308-0506.

Rewriting The Racial Narrative: The Next Screening of The Blackness Project The first step to rewriting the racial narrative is to be informed about the history. Attend the screening of The Blackness Project. Experience the history of racial history in US. Join in the discussion. Commit to solutions. The screening and discussion will be held Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Torn Space Theater, 612 Fillmore Avenue. Admission is $10. For more information call (716) 812-5733.

Funeral Services for Frank Mesiah Funeral Services for Frank Mesiah will include a wake at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. on Friday, May 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. On the following day, Saturday, May 12, from 1011a.m. another wake will be held followed by funeral services from 11 to 1 p.m. also at St. John. In lieu of flowers, please send donation to Buffalo Branch NAACP: 395 E. Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14208

We are interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about the future of B.U.I.L.D. We encourage all stakeholders to attend for information sharing and feedback on SATURDAY MAY 12TH AT 10 A.M. in the school auditorium, 340 Fougeron Street.

Homicide Education and Prevention Workshop Focuses on Constructive Change of the Mindset of Youth in the WNY


By Marshaun L. Quinniey

n this day and age of excessive violence in our streets, one may ask “why is such a great magnitude of violence ongoing?” This question takes into account homicides from typical criminals, children harming their parents, adults abusing their children, and the excessive force used by some police. Dr. Frederick A. Gelsey recently touched on various aspects that contribute to this problem during a Homicide Education and Prevention workshop at 940 Broadway St. April 21. The workshop focused on the behavioral effects of violent media he coined as homicidal videos, games, and music. A major point of the presentation was that repetitive exposure to violent media desensitizes (brainwashes) people into adapting violent behavior. Dr. Gelsey emphasized such an outcome can happen to adults or children through media content being downloaded or absorbed into the subconscious mind. Former County Legislator and community activist Betty Jean Grant said that a great need PushBlack is a nonprofit exists for the workshop in helping youth to not dedicated to raising up Black imitate violent and inappropriate behavior. voices “Our youth must realize that the killing on TV is a fantasy kill and the victim gets up and Dr. Frederick A. Gelsey walks away. Unfortunately, real shootings in real life is real and the victim is dead forever,” she remarked. In addition, she said that this graphic, but effective workshop is needed in churches, schools, and community centers. “Dr. Frederick Gelsey's Homicide Education and Prevention seminar was effective in getting the message out that what our youth are exposed to plays a big part in shaping who they are and what they become. The video scenes were graphic and hard to watch even though they were make believe and were produced for entertainment purposes only. But I think our children are relating personally to what they see and hear whether it is reality or not. I believe Dr. Gelsey needs to take his message 'on the road. He needs to find a way to get into our schools, community centers and churches so that the parents and guardians will become educated and help to prevent the many shootings and killings we are experiencing here in Buffalo.” According to another participant in the workshop, Ms. Linda Lee, Dr. Gelsey “highlighted (how) media can unknowingly influence people to re-enact the violence they have seen, especially if these Continued Page 7

Legislature to Honor Paulette Woods for 36 Years of Service


he Erie County Legislature will honor the retirement. of Paulette Woods, Senior Budget Examiner for the Erie County Probation Department on Thursday, May 10th at 2 p.m. at 25 Delaware fourth floor. A proclamation from the Legislature honoring Ms. Woods cites “her expertise, service, and talent to Buffalo and Erie County as a dignified and influential public servant for 36 years, and in that time has made a positive impact on our community through her unrivaled commitment and dedication to the public good and those whom she served.” After graduating from Canisius College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, Paulette began studying for her Master’s Degree in Applied Public Affairs at SUNY Buffalo, and was hired by Erie County Executive Ed Rutkowski to serve in the Budget Division as a Senior Budget Examiner, the first African American to do so. She later moved to Erie County’s Youth Detention Service Department as a Budget Office trouble shooter in 1994. When the Department of Probation joined with Youth Detention, she became the Chief Fiscal Officer for all three departments. Active in the community, she is a member of the NAACP, We Are Women Warriors Empowerment Group, the Black Chamber of Commerce, and is Commander of the Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430. She is a licensed minister with Ephesus Ministries, and serves as an Elder at Fellowship World Church under Bishop John Young Sr. She currently serves as the Central District Representative on the Buffalo Board of Education.


Matthew Henson

Contrary to popular belief, Lewis & Clark and Christopher Columbus were not the only ones interested in exploring the world. Matthew Henson was an accomplished African-American explorer who, along with Robert Peary, was one the first men to reach the North Pole. Some accounts surmise that Henson was actually the first. Henson was practically a walking GPS. Orphaned at age 11, he found home aboard a ship in Baltimore working as a cabin helper. He honed his navigation skills while traveling to countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Taking a keen interest in Henson, Captain Childs taught him everything he knew about seamanship in addition to how to write and read. By the time Henson was 22, he had credentials that surpassed even those of men who had extensive naval experience. Notable seafarer Robert Peary caught wind of Henson’s unparalleled abilities and insisted on meeting him. As Peary was gearing up for a journey across the Arctic, he soon realized he needed Henson on his team if he stood any chance of completing the trek. Early attempts at reaching the globe’s northernmost point had ended in tragedy with dozens of crew members and over 100 sled dogs dying along the way, so Henson knew the feat would be a daunting challenge. Henson fully immersed himself Continued Page 10



Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

National Crisis of Fatal Police Shootings

Civil Rights Groups Call for Congressional Action WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF), have called on Congress to take action in response to the national crisis of fatal police shootings. The leading civil rights groups voice their concern in the wake of the killing of three Black men — Stephon Clark, Danny Ray Thomas, and Saheed Vassell — by police in recent weeks, as well as the more than 1,000 people killed by police in 2017 alone, and the 300 people shot and killed by police thus far in 2018. In many of these cases, victims were unarmed or experiencing mental health crises. Advocates submitted a letter to the congressional Working Group on Policing Strategies, which was formed in 2016, noting that “our nation’s conscience has been rocked by a series of tragic events that have resulted in the loss of too many lives.” And yet in the two years since — let alone in the four years since Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 — little progress has been made towards the Working Group’s reported goals of “ending excessive force” and “strengthening police accountability.” While the current Congress fails to advance or even consider any meaningful police reform legislation, the public continues to rely on open sources to provide a national census of fatal police shootings. According to these sources, Black people are still three times more likely than white people to be killed by police. People of color represent more than 50 percent of those unarmed during fatal encounters with police. The data indicates police violence and racial bias to be a systemic problem, not simply the result of “a few bad actors.” “One thousand people are killed by police every year, many of them of color, and many of them of unarmed,” said Jesselyn McCurdy, deputy director at the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “We cannot accept fatal police shootings of this magnitude as business as usual. The crisis we find ourselves in means everyone has new work to do, and this includes members of Congress. We are calling upon our federal lawmakers to provide the necessary oversight, resources, and policy to end this epidemic of police violence.” Todd A. Cox, LDF’s policy director, said, “The deaths of Stephon Clark, Danny Ray Thomas, and Saheed Vassell underscore the urgent need for Congress to pass life-saving policing reform legislation. Our nation’s lawmakers must finally take action to require national data collection on police use of force and de-escalation training rather than advancing unnecessary punitive measures that threaten to put Black and Brown lives at greater risk.” “Our justice system should be fair and impartial, but the sad reality is that it is still rife with systemic racial discrimination,” said Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy for The Leadership Conference. “Recent police killings of unarmed Black people and other people of color make it clear why it is imperative for Congress to act to restore the trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.”

Homeownership is important. We’re here to help first-time homebuyers navigate the mortgage process and make buying a home affordable, even if you have: • Little money for a downpayment • Little or “less-than-perfect” credit history • A recent job change To get started, call 1-888-253-0993 or visit

Equal Housing Lender. Certain restrictions apply. Subject to credit and property approval. ©2018 M&T Bank. Member FDIC. NMLS# 381076 Challenger: 5.105” x 5.5” - 4/2018


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

CAO/WNY to Host Award Luncheon CAOWNY And The Fillmore Avenue MLK Business District Will Celebrate The Successful Completion Of The Phase 2 MLK Business District Facade Projects On May 16 at 11a.m., The CAOWNY Rafi Greene Jr. Masten Resource Center and the MLK Business District Association will host a free luncheon to show appreciation to the community members, politicians, and business owners who have assisted in making the facade improvement program successful. The CAOWNY was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) for the Buffalo Main Street Initiative (BMSI). These funds were awarded to give the MLK Business District a Facelift. Phase II of the work has been successfully completed. Four property owner's buildings including one apartment received facade improvements. The pictures of African American leaders were placed on 28 banners and hung in front of stores on the Fillmore Avenue streetscape from E. Ferry to MLK Park. Five new signs were hung on five buildings. Phase I of the Fillmore Avenue revitalization went from 2012-2014 and it included a Streetscape Project that funded the paving of new streets, sidewalks, curbs, installation of planters, new lamp posts, cherry blossom trees and curbside bump outs. For additional information, please contact Pamela James at the Masten Resource Center at (716) 332-3773. The event is free and open to the public.


African Heritage Food HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING DURING RAMADAN Co-op News The month long fast of Ramadan, which begins next week, can have some surprising health

The African Heritage Food Co-op is in need of volunteers to help complete the food trailers for our mobile markets. The trailers have been designed and all volunteers will be under the direction of a master builder. All work will be done at The Foundry, 298 Northampton St. on the following Fridays May 11 (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm); May 18 (9am-12pm or 1pm4pm); June 1 (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm). We may also need volunteers for a build session on June 2nd and the 16th from 9am-12pm if the trailers are not completed. The African Heritage Food Co-op offers fresh produce at the prices listed below. Full Box: $30.00 Half Box: $15.00 ALL Organic: $60.00 Boxes can be purchased at Delivery also available for an additional $5.00 (Free for those 55+ and the disabled). If you have any questions, please call 716800-1107 or email

Keep Kaleida Nurses in Buffalo Schools! Parents, teachers, and students will join all school nurses for a press conference to demand that the Buffalo Board of Education and District keep Kaleida pediatric-trained nurses, in order to ensure continuity of care and high quality service to our schools and students. WHO: Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization, parents, teachers, students, and all Kaleida Health school nurse. WHERE: School 89, Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence: 106 Appenheimer Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214 WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

benefits. Millions around the world have successfully observed the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan for more than a thousand years. During the 30-day period Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset every day, rising an hour before sunrise to eat a morning meal, ("suhoor") before commencing fasting. The fast is broken at sunset with the evening meal ("iftar”). Check out these health benefits you’ll enjoy during and after Ramadan. Dates Although three dates are eaten at the start of every day during Ramadan for spiritual reasons, they also come with the added bonus of multiple health benefits. One of the most important aspects of fasting is getting the right amount of energy, and considering an average serving of dates contains just over 1 ounce of carbohydrates, this is one of the perfect foods to give you a boost. Dates are also a great way of getting some much-needed fiber, which will aid and improve digestion. Add to that their high levels of potassium, magnesium and B vitamins, and it quickly becomes apparent that dates are one of the healthiest fruits out there. •Boost your brain No doubt you’ll be aware of the positive effects fasting can have on your mental wellbeing and spiritual focus, but the brain-boosting powers of Ramadan are even more significant. •Ditch bad habits Because you will be fasting during the day, Ramadan is the perfect time to ditch your bad habits for good. Vices such as smoking and sugary foods should not be indulged during Ramadan, and as you abstain from them your body will gradually get used to their absence, until your addiction is kicked for good. •Lower cholesterol A team of cardiologists in the UAE found that people observing Ramadan enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile, which means there is a reduction of cholesterol in the blood. Low cholesterol increases cardiovascular health, greatly reducing the risk of suffering from heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke. •Lasting appetite reduction The reduction in food consumed throughout fasting causes your stomach to gradually shrink, meaning you’ll need to eat less food to feel full. •Detoxify As well as being great for spiritually cleansing yourself, Ramadan acts as a fantastic detox for your body. •Absorb more nutrients By not eating throughout the day you’ll find that your metabolism becomes more efficient, meaning the amount of nutrients you absorb from food improves.

Meet Lauren

Owner, VEDA Yoga Space Being a part of CEL through the Allstate MWEE program has been inspiring in so many ways. It has sparked a perspective shift and I now feel connected to this amazing community of experts and learners immersed in the entrepreneurial spirit. I am thinking bigger, my vision is clearer, and long term goals feel entirely within my reach! I am so excited to spread wellness on a greater scale. -Lauren Willett-Benson 2018 Graduate



Zion Missionary Baptist Church Spring Revival Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a Spring Revival Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday May 9,10,11 at 7 p.m. nightly at the church, 179 E. Rev. Jenkins Ferry Street. The theme is “Step Up Your Effort,” John 9:4. Rev. C.M. Jenkins II is Pastor. -Zion missionary Briefs*Reposition Prayer is held every Monday during the month of May at 6 a.m. May 14 and 21 *A Prayer Line held every Monday at 8 a.m. at the church, 179 E. Ferry St.


Mother's Day Concert with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers will appear in a special Mother’s Day concert Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m., hosted by St. Paul’s A.M.E. Zion Church, 610 East Eagle Street (at Monroe St.) where the Reverend Xavier E. Hunter is Pastor. This choir is a cross-section of community voices – students, professionals, everyday-folk representing various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. TDCCS’s uniquely soulful blend of voices, under the direction of Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Associate Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College, has filled and thrilled venues from its home base of Ithaca, across New York State, to the Kennedy Center for the Arts in the nation’s capital. They have a wellearned reputation of presenting an awesomely powerful style of praise and worship featuring “Negro Spirituals,” and special narratives of those songs. Event tickets are $15. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the concert benefits St. Paul’s Christian Ed. Department.

Prayer Circle Held for Talented Teen

The “No More Tears” Group, along with Youth United of Buffalo, recently hosted a prayer Circle for one of Buffalo’s talented children, Jeana Clemons. Jeana, age 12, was hit by a vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The organizations are urging continued prayer for this “kind, smart, positive young lady.” For questions or more information contact Tina Sanders at 816-8264.

Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

TBBC Nurses Ministry Spa Day Fundraiser The TBBC Nurses Ministry is hosting its 2nd Spa Day fundraiser May 12 for the Mother’s Day Weekend from 1-6 p.m. featuring Spa Services and Painting with Connie B. of Spa therapy and Creations of Elegance by Shika. There will be vendors, refreshments, raffles and more. For tickets contact ay TBBC Nurses or contact the church office at (716)895-8222.



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


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

Regent Collins Delivers Remarks On Educator Diversity

Regent Catherine Collins recently delivered opening remarks at “See Our Truth: Educator Diversity in Buffalo and Erie County,” a community discussion about the state of educator diversity. Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash also delivered remarks. The event was presented by The Education Trust-New York with the Center for Urban Education at Canisius College and WNED/WBFO. The conversation was live streamed on WBFO’s Facebook page.

HOMICIDE EDUCATION contiued from page 3

COST: $40.00 NON REFUNDABLE!!! DEPART: Saturday May 19 at 9:00a.m Town Garden's Plaza (McDonald's) RETURN: Saturday May 19 at 6:00p.m Bring a Valid State or Federally I.D (Passport or Driver's License or Non drivers License) Along with your player's card from casino. For More Information Contact Bernice Jones at

(716) 602-6866

Allegany Casino: State of The Art Slots Video Machines Over 2,200 Reel-Spinning Your Favorite Table Games

people are confronted with extreme fear or outrageous anger.” She said that she was not familiar with many of the songs and video games that most young people use throughout a day, but that she is concerned because of a discussion she had with her son about Lil Durk. She never realized Lil Durk music contained explicit lyrics with the magnitude of violence in his songs that could influence her child in a negative manner. Although she has a good relationship with her son, she was surprised to learn about this “culture” that children encounter outside of adult supervision. As a result of this workshop she said she plans to supervise his use of media more closely. “I will not allow my son to play homicidal video games or listen to homicidal music, even though he is familiar with it through his friends and other family members. We as parents cannot be in denial to what our children are doing, seeing, listening to, playing with, and dancing to. These types of video games and music lyrics are harmful, desensitizes people about violence, and increases aggression.” Dr. Gelsey’s work to deter unneeded violence has the potential to help fuel greater opportunity by helping youth through adulthood without the negative labels such as felon; giving future employers an excuse for not hiring them. Ultimately he is working to save lives, create a. healthier community and promote longevity for people in the WNY community. Dr. Gelsey welcomes opportunities to share his workshops and to sell “Homicide Prevention” t-shirts to interested parties that desire to supports this efforts. Dr. Gelsey may be contacted at 852.6521.

“HATTITUDE”: The Great Lakes Baptist Association’s Annual Hat Extravaganza was all that and more as evidenced by the beautiful images above! PHOTOS RONNIE TILLMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

A Hat Extravaganza!

The Great Lakes Baptist Association’s Annual Hat Extravaganza Showcases Rich Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Black Women Wearing Hats. The Great Lakes Baptist Association’s Annual Hat Extravaganza held last Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church on Genesee Street featured a lovely fashion show with models (men and women) representing various area churches, a luncheon, door prizes and vendors to round out a beautiful afternoon. Equally impressive were many of the ladies in attendance who were beautifully adorned with a variety of impressive crowns! -History of Black Women Wearing HatsThe event also highlighted the historic cultural and spiritual significance of Black women wearing hats. The following brief history was shared on the colorful program distributed at the social: “The history of Black women wearing hats is a deeply rooted tradition in the African American community. Wearing flamboyant hats to church has both spiritual and cultural significance. The dress hat, which are beautifully fabricated and extravagantly decorated, have evolved into an art form and an important cultural symbol. Prior to the 20th century, most American Christian women commonly followed Corinthians 1:11 and covered their heads in worship. For early African Americans, God’s house was not only a sanctuary of hope and salvation in a brutal world but it was also one of the few places where they could hold important positions of leadership. Sunday was thus a day of worship and celebration. African American women traded in their drab aprons and knotted head wraps for brightly colored dresses and straw hats gaily decorated with fresh flowers, ribbons and feathers. These heavenreaching hats were designed to “catch God’s eye” in hopes He would hear their prayers.” “In addition to instilling pride and confidence, the hats remind the wearers to carry themselves like queens. Culturally, church hats became a strong symbol of the ability to triumph over hardships. Worn with the head held high, African American women strut with 'hattitude' while sporting these heavenreaching crowns.” The models represented Calvary Baptist Church, Evangelistic Temple Community Church, Mt. Erie Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, True Bethel Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Buffalo, New Hope Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, United House of Prayer, St. John Baptist Church and Bethel AME Church. Congratulations to the committee of the Hat Extravaganza, Sister Karen Peterson (chairperson), Sister Mable Andrews (co-chair), Sister Lenora Griffin, Sister Bessie Milhouse, Sister Geneva SmithJohnson, Sister Ora Smith, Sister Wilhelmina Reed and sister Lynne Baugh-Richardson. Rev. William Gillison is Great Lakes Moderator and Sister Rose M. Harmon is Great Lakes Women’s president. The lovely ladies who allowed us to photograph them, pictured above, include Wilhemina Reed, Patricia Hubbard, Emily Ridgeway, Bertha Reid, Lorayne D. Simmons, Karen Peterson, Ernestine Foster, Cynthia Dread (of Cindy’s Hats), Lethy Williams, Dorothy Fuller, Jannette Brown, Bertha Robinson, Sharon Shelton, Denise Holman, Lynn Perry and Evelyn Benton.




Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

Power conceded nothing without a demand. • Your Freedom is more important than their anger. • The purpose of freedom to free someone else. • My liberty depends on you being free too. • The time is always right to do right .Quotes found on the wall as you exit the Underground Railroad Heritage Center Tour


Last weekend's grand opening of the long awaited Underground Railroad Heritage Center/Museum in Niagara Falls was monumental. A long overdue tribute to the true "freedom seekers," it identifies those brave heroes and heroines, telling their profound stories in simple, eloquent terms and visuals. On Sunday morning Sharon Holley poured libation and challenged us all to remember those who came before us. The ancestors were pleased that that we had come to celebrate their struggles and their victories; prayerful that we would gain strength for the struggle which continues. Standing in their footsteps at the gateway to "freedom," with just "one more river to cross," is a profoundly symbolic experience in this era of 21st century "evolved enslavement." -a.b.

Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018


Buffalo Soul Rhythm & Blues Exhibit Celebrates WNY Roots in Music! Event: Buffalo Soul, Rhythm & Blues Date: May 23 – May 29 Reception: May 25, 2018 Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m. Place: Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street Buffalo Buffalo Soul, Rhythm & Blues is a solo art exhibit by Gerald Seals that celebrates the accomplishments of musical entertainers with Western New Yorker roots. Their local connection should be of great interest to visiting viewers. This solo exhibit will be on display at the Main Street Gallery, 515 Main Street in downtown Buffalo. An opening reception is scheduled for May 25 at 6 p.m. The paintings by Mr. Seals showcase Western New York’s musical performers born and raised in Buffalo NY. Through their talent, hard work, and resilience they rose to national and international acclaim. This exhibit is a celebration of some of the most recognizable names in entertainment such as Rick James, Brian McKnight, Grover Washington Jr., Lance Diamond and many others. Mr. Seals has participated in exhibitions locally for several years such as “Art from the Heart” at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, the Jefferson Ave. Renaissance Festival, the Underground Railroad Heritage Festival at Broderick Park, and most recently at the Burchfield–Penny Arts Center exhibit “Stay Gold” as part of the WNY-Urban Arts Collective exhibit, “Images of Us by Us," the Main Street Gallery anniversary celebration and the WNY-Urban Arts Collective 2018 annual exhibit. Mr. Seals was born and raised in Buffalo and upon retirement from a local telecommunications company in 2013, decided to pursue his creative passion as an artist full time, drawing and painting on canvas. For mroe Information contact Mr. Seals at 716-4454037 or email at Curator John Baker can be reached at 716 994-3584 or email: SEND US YOUR ART EVENTS WWW.THECHALLENGERNEWS.COM

*Old School B Boys w/special guest 4*B*Lo (Allen Carrier’s newest recording artist), Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration & Retirement Party, 1210 Club (Formerly The Groove Lounge), 1210 Broadway St.; tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show on sale @ the Big 6 Club, 600 North St, 1210 Club, Ansar Communications & Doris Records. See theier ad page 8. •Coming up at the Helium: •LaVelle Crawford - May 10May 13 •Arnez J. - May 24 - May 27 30 Mississippi St.: 853-1211

Uncle Willie

*BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Legendary Oscar Alston’s Back to the Community Tribute Concert, Sunday, May 27, Schiller Park Community Center, 2057 Genesee St.; 8 pm.; $20. VIP $30. Featuring The Next Level of Niagara Falls, Uncle Willie, Thomas Hall of the Exotics & Denzel Ward. 222-2939. *Tribute to Stax Vol III featuring Critt’s Juke Joint; Tralf Music Hall; Doors open 6 p.m., show 7 p.m.; $10 advance; $12 day of show. *Brian Freeman & Friends, Performing Live @ The Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St. Friday May 25. Tickets $30 @ Ticketmaster, the Tralf & Doris Records. Doors open @ 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. See his ad page 8. *Blackberry Daze on stag e @ the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, now thru May 27 (May 20 sold out); Curtain 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday w/ audience Talk Back. General admission $30; Seniors (62+) $25; Students w/ID $22. Tickets & group reservations 884-2013;




Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018


Community’s Newest Dance Company Is A Dream Come True For Amazing Founder And A Source Of Inspiration For Its Students By Nanette D.Massey

EAST SIDE BIKE CLUB'S FIRST RIDE THIS WEEKEND! The East Side Bike Club will kick off the season with its first ride Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. in MLK Park. Riders will meet in the park at the Head every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The ride begins at 12 Noon. For more information Join us! “We Keep It Rollin’!” DEVASTATION! Founder Ms. Tamee (far right) and some of her award-winning young dancers.


hen I was a little girl, I had pink slippers and black patent leather tap shoes with bows. I packed them into a white bag on Saturday mornings and did the common ritual of dance class. The Lifetime Television Network probably never imagined it would create such a gigantic phenomenon with its dance crew competition shows "Dance Moms" and "Bring it!" Dance class is an entirely different animal now. Tamara Ebo of Buffalo is the CEO, owner and artistic director of Devastation Dance Company. Her aim is to give starry eyed kids their chance at the bright lights and big trophies. On Sunday, June 10 Devastation will hold its first dance recital at Tapestry School. In addition to the talented young dancers, there will be two celebrity guests, she disclosed: King Roscoe and Flau’jae from the hit TV series The Rap Game. -From Drill to DanceMs. Tamee, as she is known, started her dance career at age 4 as a student at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance. She participated on the drill team during the years she attended Bennett High School. "The team was everything for me," she recalls sentimentally. The other members comprised the majority of her social network. She says the sisterhood among them was an important factor in keeping her out of trouble during those tenuous years, and the participating team moms kept on all of them about their homework and grades. At the urging of a cousin and sister, she began Devastation Drill Team in 1997. She missed the camaraderie, and wanted an opportunity to instill that sisterhood and unity in others. She started out at St. Gerard’s Community Center, then went on to FLARE and from there to the Edward Saunders Community Center at Kensington and Bailey, their home base for 10 years. Wherever they went they were easily recognized by their signature pink and black colors. The drill team has marked up exhibition time and competition wins at such events as Drill-O-Rama and Buffalo's annual Juneteenth parade. In August of 2013, Tamee was dealt an unexpected devastating blow of her own. She was diagnosed with stage three triple negative breast cancer. The defining characteristic of this cancer is the alarming rate at which it spreads. While she contended with chemotherapy and radiation, she was struck with awe and humility at the exertion that poured out from the entire drill team family to keep the organization going strong. "Seeing them work that hard made me want to fight even harder." Tamee has been in remission since August of 2014. She came back with a renewed sense of purpose and decided it was time to invest in a permanent studio space. The building at the corner of Bailey and the Cloverdale exit of Kensington Highway was a hard sell to the others. "There were junk cars, the space was a mess, they couldn't see the vision. People told me it's not safe to be on Bailey, but drama could happen anywhere." It was of prime importance to Tamee to be on the East Side. "I want to be a part of rebuilding this city. I wanted somewhere easily accessible by car, by bus, on foot. I love seeing buses stop at

Devastating Stretch! Teens stretch it out prior to starting class.

the light and the kids looking through the windows," she said. Tamee made the decision in 2016 to change the focus to dance. “Miss Barbara was highly motivational and inspirational in me making this move,” she pointed out. Devastation Dance Company offers classes for boys and girls in jazz, tap, hip hop and gymnastics. There are four different levels to allow your children to progress at their own comfortable pace; baby, elementary, junior and senior. If you do the math, you'll note that the organization just celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, first as a drill organization then as a dance school. By now much of her coaching and teaching staff is comprised of the very same kids she instructed years ago. They, too, returned for the camaraderie and sisterhood. That is a testament to the effectiveness of Tamee's ultimate mission for the project. She wants all the kids involved to know that they are part of a larger community that is available to each of them in matters related to dance or anything else. So in order to expand further in the community to inspire and enlighten youth, she formed the DDC (Devastation Dance Company) Foundation, a 501-3C, which is essentially the not-for profit arm of Devastation Dance, the business. Having kids regularly involved allows her staff to identify through their dance when perhaps something is not quite right in their lives outside of the studio. At these times, the youth already have connections they've built over time and know there is an adult they can talk to. "We've helped people find jobs, scholarships, career paths, build dance resumes, you name it." Tamee says her staff "all have the same purpose in our hearts- to change lives, break cycles, reinstate family values, to make sure you're o.k., to teach 'do unto others.' And to show that all that foolishness you see on social media isn't everything. You can Google anything you want, but you can't Google success or how to be a better you!" "These kids are who gave me life when I was fighting breast cancer. As hard as they worked to make me smile and give me life, it’s only right I give them my blood, sweat and tears because they deserve it,” she declared. Team mom Deidra McIlwain's daughter, Makayla, goes back years with the group between dancing and drill. Deidra expresses the same sensibility for the team and its intent. "I've grown to love these kids like they're my own. They've grown up together, we're more like a family than an extracurricular activity. On any given weekend, there will be twelve girls at my house." Locally, the team recently cleaned up several blue ribbons at the March Madness Dance Competition put on at Daemen College by Gina and Jazzae Verse of Dynasty Dance Team. In March they traveled to perform halftime and pre-game shows for the Washington Wizards basketball team in D.C. They even got a chance to strut their stuff in front of television's "Coach D" of Dancing Dolls fame at Battle Of The Buck this year in Cincinnati, Ohio., and have battled against some of the very same teams seen on the show "Bring It!" “If it wasn’t for my daughter Dajanae, this dream would not exist,” concluded Ms. Tamee. Giving heartfelt credit to her board she added, “They are my support system – my mom Denise Brown-MiddleBrooks, my dads Howard Ebo and Larry MiddleBrooks Sr., and aunt Linda Mims make it all possible when it gets rough!” You can easily find video of Devastation Dance on YouTube. Look for Tamee Ebo on Instagram and Facebook, or email her at or stop by their 2824 Bailey Ave. studio for information on how to get your child involved.

Second Sundays at Skateland Starts This Weekend! "Second Sundays @ Skateland” will host three roller skating parties, celebrating summer, family, community, and roller skating. Outside will be the Lomo Lomo food truck, as well as the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's Bookmobile! Inside DJ Sike will be playing music everyone can bounce to, and, Rebel Radio 716 will be broadcasting live on their stream at It all takes place at Skateland, 33 E. Ferry St. the 2nd Sundays of May, June, and July from 2-5 p.m.: May 13, June 10, and July 8. Admission is $7 with your own skates and $1.50 to rent skates.

Total Package Sports Inaugural BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SHOWCASE Total Package Sports will host the Inaugural BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SHOWCASE on Saturday, May 19. This event is not a tryout. It is a showcase for high school ball players (the classes of 2018 & 2019) and also for players that have graduated in the last two years 2016 & 2017.They will play several 20 minute halves (shootout style) to showcase their talent in front of college coaches. Coaches from D3 · NAIA · JUCO Programs will be in the building. No D1 or D2 coaches will at this event. On the day of the event registration starts at 8a.m. Warm-Up · Drills & Stations from 9 - 10a.m. Games from 10a.m. – 12 noon. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING A REVERSIBLE PRACTICE JERSEY. Players are encouraged to register early by sending an email to Kenneth Ferguson New Location for the Tryouts : REGISTRATION AT 8:00AM TIME : 9am - 12pm Student/Athletic Center Villa Maria College 240 Pine Ridge Rd.

BLACK HISTORY:MATTHEW HENSON continued from page 3

in Inuit Culture during the trip by learning the native language, mastering the art of training sled dogs, and hunting wild game. Peary said, “[Henson] was more Eskimo than some of them,” which was a well-deserved compliment. One early brisk morning, Henson set off on his own to explore the Arctic. With no map in sight, he stumbled within a few miles of the North Pole before running out of rations. When he returned to the camp, he told the crew what he had discovered and they left immediately. On April 6, 1909, Henson along with Peary, four Eskimos, and 40 sled dogs became the first to ever officially reach the North Pole. Unfortunately, Henson did not receive his due credit until much later in life as no one would accept (or believe) that a Black man could have possibly achieved the impossible so it was credited entirely to Perry. It took 46 years before he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leading role in the exploration. If you want to learn more about Henson’s monumental accomplishment, check out these two books: A Negro Explorer in New York and Dark Companion. Both show Henson’s undeniable determination and shine a light onto a marvelous window of little known Black history. (LOCAL HISTORICAL NOTE: Saladin Allah of Niagara Falls, one of the Center Specialists who gives guided tours at the recently opened Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, is a desendant of Matthew Henson.)


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

The Erie County Legislature is Working to Get Things Done for the Community!

T OPENING NIGHT GALA: Pictured (l-r) at the Opening Night gala for the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center last Saturday: Top photo,Ally Spongr (Curator and Director of the Heritage Center), Bill Bradberry (chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission), Karen Stanley Fleming, Antoine Thompson, and Paul Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls. Photo Below: Bill Bradberry, Linda Walker, former Niagara Falls Council Member Charles Walker, Tracey Webb, Antoine Thompson, Mayor Paul and Mrs. Dyster.

he Erie County Legislature is getting things done for our community. In April, we passed a much-needed Worker Training law and one of the most comprehensive Fair Housing laws in the nation. We also shone a spotlight on troubling conditions at the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility. The new Fair Housing bill prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental or leasing of housing to any person, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, familial status or immigration and citizenship status. Penalties for violators can include a fine of up to five-thousand dollars for the first violation and up to ten thousand dollars for repeat violations, revocation or suspension of any license or permits and up to 30 days in jail. At the most recent meeting at the Legislature’s Legislator April BASKIN Public Safety Committee, I questioned the Erie County Sheriff about the troubling findings of a recent report on Erie County jails. The New York State Commission on Corrections named Erie County as having some of the worst facilities in the state. As part of my ongoing criminal justice reform initiative, I am exploring the possibility of reinstating the Community Corrections Advisory Board. I am willing to work with Sheriff Howard, but our community demands accountability and results. Maintaining the status quo is not an option.

Former State Senator Thompson Praises Opening of Underground Railroad Heritage Center/Museum Former State Senator Antoine Thompson (2007-2010) released the following statement on the opening of the New Underground Railroad Heritage Center/Museum in Niagara Falls:" I am so happy about the opening of the Customs House as a Museum for the Underground Railroad. As a NYS Senator, I was able to secure funding from the slot machines at the Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls to help make the project a reality. There was a lot of fighting in Albany to secure the early funding for this project. Former State Assemblywoman Francine Delmonte and I sponsored the law that created the Underground Railroad Heritage Commission in Niagara Falls. Thank you to all of the people that kept the dream alive!"

national briefs Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announced Illegal Immigration Policy: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the

U.S. will have “zero tolerance” on illegal immigrants crossings at the Mexico border. “If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” Sessions said.

Civil Rights Groups Plan to Sue Ben Carson Due to Fair Housing Rule: Several housing rights activist groups

plan to file a federal lawsuit against Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson. In January, Ben Carson suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule that was put in place during the Obama Era.

The New York Attorney General Resigns After Physical Abuse Allegations: NY Attorney General Eric

Schneiderman resigned last night after multiple women came forward accusing him of physical abuse.

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

Public transit is a human right. Last month, I met with the Buffalo Transit Riders United, a group that is committed to organizing transit riders for a more equitable and responsive public transit system by pressuring decision makers and exposing injustices. Among the issues we discussed were the need for greater transparency, better communication on route changes and the need to create a voting member of the NFTA Board who uses public transit on a regular basis. I am also working closely with my colleague, Legislator John Bruso to engage the NFTA in a discussion about the impact of their policies on captive riders. I also support the efforts of the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization to negotiate a new contract with the NFTA for public school students. The Buffalo Public Schools pays the NFTA about $8 million a year to transport some 10,200 students, but the restrictions on times and routes can lead to students being late or absent and can impact their ability to stay late for academic help or activities. I was honored to attend Assemblymember Crystal People Stokes’ 8th Annual Women in the Arts luncheon at Statler City last month. Honorees included Ms. Agnes Bain of the African American Cultural Center and Ms. Julia Bottoms, a contributor to the amazing Freedom Wall project at the gateway to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The wall depicts 28 significant national and regional figures of the American Civil Rights Movement. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, the Erie County Department of Health offers nicotine replacement products for free upon request at the Nash Health Center, located at 608 William Street in Buffalo. Finally, I wanted to let you know that on Wednesday, May 23 there will be a free rabies clinic for cats, dogs, and ferrets in the parking ramp at the Broadway Market. The event is from four to seven p.m., and you are asked to bring your pets on leash or in a carrier.

"Our children are our future...our life after death." -An African Proverb

Challenger Community News P.O. BOX 474 Buffalo, NY 14209

P: 716 881.1051 F: 716 881.1053


Trump’s War Path… Dear Editor: It has to be said and there's no sugar-coating it: Donald Trump is on a path toward war. And he just took his most dangerous step yet. On Tuesday Trump announced that he will violate President Obama's historic diplomatic agreement with Iran by unilaterally imposing sanctions on the Iranian people.1 This action undermines a deal that was painstakingly negotiated by six countries— and it's a disaster for diplomacy. It puts the U.S. closer to engaging in another war in the Middle East and sends a global message that Trump does not respect—and will not support—America's agreements with other nations. Trump's decision is already being called "possibly the greatest deliberate act of self-harm and self-sabotage in geo-strategic politics in the modern era." Now that Trump has backed out of the deal, we need to work harder than ever to resist Trump's war making and prevent a disastrous, unthinkable Trump-led war.This is a huge undertaking that will last as long as Trump's presidency. The withdrawal from the Iran deal is only the latest step on Trump's warpath. Let's look at Trump's other recent actions: •He pushed out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had supported diplomacy—replacing him with Mike Pompeo, an Islamaphobic warmonger, who has opposed the Iran deal from the start and has shown no appetite for peace and diplomacy as America's chief diplomat. •He tapped John Bolton, a war hawk who peddled propaganda to push America into the devastating Iraq War and recently wrote an article about the case for war with North Korea, to be his national security adviser.

dear editor

•He launched an ill-conceived missile strike against Syria—without a larger strategy for ameliorating civilian suffering in that bloody civil war—and was only restrained from the larger strike he hungered for by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. •He has repeatedly talked and tweeted of wanting to escalate the situation with North Korea, including giving North Korea a "bloody nose"—leading many experts to worry that he's setting up the talks with North Korea to fail and positioning war as the only alternative. •He's demanding that the Pentagon plan a military parade for him in the nation's capital. If you look at all of Trump's actions and rhetoric together, you'll see a man assembling a war Cabinet, laying the groundwork to roll out military action, and hungry to push our nation into combat. Add to that the fact that Trump is a man with aggrandized notions of his own worth, a penchant for provocation and bullying on Twitter, and a record of pushing out advisers who disagree with him, and we have the recipe for disaster. The only thing standing between Trump and a war is our grassroots activism and what happens at the ballot boxes this November to change Congress. For more than 20 years, MoveOn members have resisted war. We helped lead the fight to oppose the war in Iraq. That work was fuel for our electoral work in 2006 and helped create a Democratic sweep of the U.S. House of Representatives. Then, we supported Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, setting the stage for de-escalation. Under President Obama, we led the fight to pass the Iran deal—and then worked our hearts out to defend it. Now, we face what may be our greatest challenge: helping stop another war while getting ready to put a check on Trump and his administration. We need to build an electoral program strong enough that even an "October surprise" isn't enough for Trump to keep control of the House and press forward with his radical agenda. -Anna Galland, MoveOn Political Action

• Published every Wednesday • News Deadline: Friday 5 p.m. • Ad Deadline: Friday 5 p.m. • Classified Deadline: Thursday 5 p.m.

We respectfully submit that the opinions expressed on the editorial pages of this newspaper are not necessairly those of Challenger Community News Corporation or its advertisers.

Advertising /News/ Information/Inquiries adver

Phone: 716-881-1051 Fax: 716-881-1053


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018

LEGAL NOTICE Custody Petition


To: Tiana Adamcyk Boyd A custody petition has been filed against you by Ernest L. Wright Sr. with respect to your son Emmanuel L, Adamczyck under docket no. V-17742-14/ISA in Erie County Family Court at One Niagara Plaza, Buffalo, New York 14202. The next court date is on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2 P.M. before the Honorable Kevin M. Carter on floor 6 in part 8. If you fail to appear the court could issue a warrant for your arrest or the court could issue a default order. If there is a defauh proceeding, there will be a court order and you will not be heard on the matter.

SUNY ERIE Has Full Time Career Opportunities With Great Benefits Available

Visit to view these and other postings PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT EEO Investigator Dean of Engineering & Technologies Dean of Business & Public Services Professor/Department Head for Dental Hygiene Instructor in Electrical Engineering IT Positions: ERP Administrator Coordinator of Administrative Applications Coordinator of Business Intelligence Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

The Office of the President at the University at Buffalo is seeking an Administrative Coordinator to handle a wide range of administrative activities including event preparations, communications and office operations in support of presidential priorities. The position will support the work of the office teams responsible for presidential events, presidential communications and executive searches. Details are available online at this link ( Applications must be received through the UB Jobs website by May 25, 2018. The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.



ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for BMHA Job #18-01-CF, Restoration at LaSalle Management Office The Prebid Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM local time, with all potential bidders assembled at the Capital Improvements & Development Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walk-through may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 PM, local time, Thursday, May 31, 2018 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 immediately after specified closing time. All bid forms must be filled out and returned. Sets of contract documents may only be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street, with a deposit of $100 per set. Only certified company checks, bank checks or money orders made payable to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will be accepted. This deposit is refundable upon return of complete sets of documents within 14 calendar days after the bid opening. Failure to comply with this time limit will constitute forfeiture of the deposit. 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: May 9, 2018


CITY OF BUFFALO URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SYCAMORE VILLAGE BUILD-OUT, BUFFALO, NEW YORK The City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (Agency) is seeking proposals from qualified homebuilders/developers to construct eight (8) market rate homes on eight (8) undeveloped, vacant sites located in the Sycamore Village Subdivision in the City of Buffalo. The Sycamore Village Subdivision Development is the result of a unique public and private sector partnership that has transformed a 3.86 acre blighted and vacant site into a thriving and vibrant new neighborhood. Sycamore Village is within walking distance from Buffalo’s central business district and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The overall area creates a compact, walkable, residential community. Sixteen (16) new homes have been constructed in Phase I and II, eleven (12) marketrate and four (4) affordable homes. Proposals should include all information specified in the Request for Proposal which is available in the Agency office located at 65 Niagara Square, City Hall - Room 920, Buffalo, New York 14202 or by contacting Maria Scinta at The proposal package is available on the Agency’s web-site at and the City of Buffalo’s web-site at www. The proposal submission deadline is 4:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Technology careers that make a difference and come with great benefits. It’s an exciting time to join the University at Buffalo (UB), New York State’s most comprehensive public research university. UB is central to Western New York’s revitalization and UB Information Technology (UBIT) plays a critical role in the university’s ongoing progress.

The University at Buffalo is seeking a Director of Government Relations to manage all state and federal relations for the University at Buffalo. The Director advises the president and other members of the university’s leadership team on any matter relating to state and federal policies, legislation, rules and regulations. Details are available online at this link ( Applications must be received through the UB Jobs website by May 16, 2018. The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

UBIT is seeking skilled team members with a passion for innovation and providing tools to make our students and faculty successful. We are committed to the well-being of our employees. UBIT encourages ambition by offering opportunities for advancement and professional growth in a diverse, supportive and creative environment. UBIT professionals enjoy competitive pay and a healthy work/life balance, with generous vacation and sick leave, comprehensive health coverage, tuition reimbursement for continued learning and an excellent retirement plan. Join our team:


The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants, who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

LEGAL NOTICE Nationstar v. Gutschall SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE INDEX NO. 813717/2017 Plaintiff designates ERIE as the place of trial situs of the real property SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 37 VINCENT AVENUE A/K/A 37 VINCENT STREET LACKAWANNA, NY 14218 District: Section: 142.24 Block: 2 Lot: 10 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A MR. COOPER, Plaintiff, vs. KENNETH GUTSCHALL, if living, and if she/he be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; RACHEL GUTSCHALL; CITY OF LACKAWANNA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, "JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12, “the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff the persons or parties intended being the tenants occupants persons or corporations if any having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $69,000.00 and interest, recorded on August 18, 2006, at Liber 13307 Page 5345, of the Public Records of ERIE County, New York, covering premises known as 37 VINCENT AVENUE A/K/A 37 VINCENT STREET LACKAWANNA, NY 14218. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property.

Sending a payment to the mortgcompany will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: December 21, 2017 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: IRINA DULARIDZE, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675

LEGAL NOTICE ECENS PROGRAM #1816VF LEGAL NOTICE The County of Erie, New York is seeking Proposal Statements from qualified entities interested in providing nutrition services under the Erie County Elderly Nutrition Services (ECENS) program. Proposers’ interested in providing nutrition services under the ECENS Congregate Dining Program 1816VF are invited to respond to this request. The Requests for Proposals can be found at: index.php?q=requests-proposalsamp-construction-bids and a complete copy of the packages can be obtained by contacting Timothy R. Hogues at 716-858-6046. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Timothy Hogues. Final, sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Senior Services at 95 Franklin St., Room 1335, Buffalo, NY 14202, by 4:00 PM, (EST), Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Timothy R. Hogues, Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Senior Services.

NEW BUSINESSES LLC -LEGAL NOTICEBALANCE PROPERTIES & CONSULTANTS, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/3/2018. Office: Erie Co. SSNY desi. as agt. for process & shall mail to: The LLC, 192 Stevens Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215. Any lawful purpose. April 11,18,25, May ,2,9,16 -LEGAL NOTICELEVEL UP TRANSPORTATION LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/02/2018. 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 7954 Transit Road # 252 Williamsville, NY 14221. Purpose: Any lawful purpose and any lawful activity. There is no specific date of dissolution. April 18,25, May 2,9,16,23 -LEGAL NOTICERest Alive LLC filed Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State on 3/21/18. Location of LLC: Erie County. The NY Secretary of State is designated as the agent of this LLC upon whom process may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of process to Rest Alive LLC at: P.O Box 34, Tonawanda NY 14223. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity. No date of dissolution. April 18,25, May 2,9,16,23


NFTA Procurement Invitation to Bid



Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018



COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID CLARENCE HIGHWAY FACILITY 2018 SOIL REMEDIATION & FUEL TANK REPLACEMENTS PROJECT NO. KA-17-12 Sealed bids for: General Construction work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in Suite 1400 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 until 10:30 AM EST on May 30, 2018, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE, Apprenticeship program, and Local and Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: www.


LEGAL NOTICE ECENS PROGRAM #1815VF LEGAL NOTICE The County of Erie, New York is seeking Proposal Statements from qualified entities interested in providing congregate dining nutrition services under the Erie County Elderly Nutrition Services (ECENS) program. Proposers’ interested in providing nutrition services under the ECENS Home Delivered Meals Program 1815VF are invited to respond to this request. The Requests for Proposals can be found at: index.php?q=requests-proposalsamp-construction-bids and a complete copy of the packages can be obtained by contacting Timothy R. Hogues at 716-858-6046. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Timothy Hogues. Final, sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Senior Services at 95 Franklin St., Room 1335, Buffalo, NY 14202, by 4:00 PM, (EST), Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Timothy R. Hogues, Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Senior Services.

“The Fidelis Care Mission is central to every part of our work. We really care about helping those who need health insurance, and ensuring they have quality coverage. I’m proud that we’ve grown to serve more than 1.7 million members.” Nancy Cox-Reed Associate Operational Auditor

ROOMS ROOMS FOR RENT: Delavan-Humboldt area, Bailey-Delavan. $325$480. Everything included. (716)818-3410.



1-888-FIDELIS • (1-888-343-3547)

TTY: 711


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018


MON 4/30

TUES 5/1

WED 5/2




MID-3-6-2-9 EVE-8-5-1-7







LAW OFFICE OF DARIA L. PRATCHER, PC “Everything Real Estate” 523 Main Street (716)541-8574

EMPIRE ELECTRIC (716) 634-0330

PRATCHER & ASSOCIATES Franklin Muhammad (Pratcher) Attorney 1133 Kensington Avenue (716) 838-4612

2372 Genesee St. (716) 894-3742


MAUREEN’S Flower Market 441 Ellicott St. * 852-4600

BEN’S Downtown Tire

50 Sycamore (cor. Elm) (716) 856-1066 or 894-1483

Colston Mobil Auto Repair

716 E. Ferry (Near Fillmore)

(716) 896-3910

ART GALLERY Main Street Gallery Lodina Clyburn 515 Main Street


A-1 Bail Bonds 855-2514 or 854-2128

BOOKS ALIVE CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE 2275 Fillmore Ave. (716) 837-1118 ZAWADI BOOKS 1382 Jefferson Ave. 716-903-6740


DOCTORS RAPHA FAMILY MEDICINE Frances IIozue MD 2200 Main St. (716) 200-4122

FASHION F& S Fashions



HAIR SUPPLY MAIN HAIR & BEAUTY SUPPLY 3067 Main St. (716) 862-4247


Free Roof Check, Lead Test, All Home Repairs, Payment Plans, Everyone Approved 380-3459

TAILORS ANN RHOD’S Tailoring 3185 Bailey Ave. (716) 838-5633

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES MEREA WORLD Transportation Service Specializing in Round Trip & Over Night Trips Text or call 716 939-8892





FRI 5/4






MID-9-6-8-4 EVE-4-2-0-1

MID-5-8-2-7 EVE-5-7-6-1

MID-4-2-5-6 EVE-3-9-0-3

MID-2-2-6-5 EVE-9-3-4-7

MID-7-8-7-3 EVE-0-7-3-9








04-09-21-25-37-39 #16







Zakiyyah’s Rundown (ZR) 875-579-103-076-423-568-909-096-534-546-789-358-219-765187-890-919-953-542-438-910-680-194-234-567-891-908-026436-580-178-356-217-678-910-065-843-468-451-910-065-843648-468-107-432-304-567-729-865-790-085-333-465-789-423567-543-196-745-890-965-435-679-510-764-570-152-468-392MA RUTH SPEAKS THE TRUTH! SURE HITS! 890-219-345-476-578-768242-000-111-777-989-123125-436-515-600-349-675652-986-568-853-578-168

MAY Vibes 579-143-182-243409-374 quick money 189-809-444 886-980-422 322-522-355 800-592-390 394-833-924 127-909-418 927-313-466 124-550-098 511-005/201

“It’s In The Stars”

Aquarius -496-235-165-579 Pisces - 056-362-237-694 Cancer - 482-372-895-718 Aries - 289-946-034-594 Taurus -258-231-026-695 Gemini-495-257-694-508 Leo-345-213-157-201 Virgo 385-291-431-170 Libra -247-723-179-501 Scorpio - 453-253-571-597 Sagittarius - 389-701-234-924 Capricorn:893-275-342-506



542-893-659-757-783-492 MAY Best Triple -888

MAY Special Doubles 776-001-557-338


As long as you hold positive thoughts you will be supported.

SAT 5/5


EVE-0-7-1 MID-4-5-7-7 EVE-2-3-3-8 02-30-23-31-33

02-16-17-38-41-42 #51




Challenger Hits MIDDAY 4-9-3 Ma Ruth Speaks, Quick Money (box) 2-1-3 Ma Ruth Speaks, Taurus, Leo, Luckie Duckie (box) 9-1-0 ZR (straight) 2-7-5 Gemini, Luckie Duckie (box) Capricorn (straight) 1-8-4 Quick Money (box) EVENING 1-5-4 ZR, Luckie Duckie (box) 0-1-2 Leo, Quick Money, Lucky Duckie (box) 0-4-1 Hot Tips, Luckie Ducky (box) 9-8-2 Aires (box) 3-0-9 Luckie Duckie (box) 6-9-5 ZR , Gamma’s Picks (box) 0-7-1 ZR, Virgo, Sagittarius (box) LUCKIE DUCKIE

133-202- 335 -2015-4444-1871-0978 134-431-143


980-422-809-981-989-970-990-080800-515-996-390-196-102-581-752-319408-378-352-126-189-444-886-514- 332522-112-432-421-423

4 WAY YOUR WAY! *1027 -0743 1928 5468 - 8471 6798 0907 -3333 1971 BABA SIMBA SEZ:



Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018


UNIA-ACL Buffalo division #433 will present a Malcolm X birthday Observance on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the CAO Rafi Greene Center.




Screening of The Blackness Project : Torn Space Theater, 612 Fillmore Avenue. 8125733.Time: 7 p.m. $ 10.00

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

Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5

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


Public Meeting Notice: Board of the Westminster Community Charter School 3:00 p.m. M&T Bank, One M&T Plaza - 19th Floor. Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010

THURSDAY MAY 10 Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY MAY 11 Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor

African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series: ”Brother Minister Malcolm X” : Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue, 5:50-7:50 P.M., 716-883-4418. Free admission. WEDNESDAY MAY 16 Award Ceremony Luncheon: CAOWNY And The Fillmore Avenue MLK Business District, 11a.m. – 1p.m., 1423 Fillmore Avenue. Free and open to the public. (716) 332-3773. Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566. Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702. THURSDAY MAY 17 Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY MAY 18 Chicago Steppin’: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E. Ferry Ernestine, Instructor

-PUBLIC NOTICEI Kevin Ottey Bey and Zoha Khalid El whose address is 645 East 232 St, Apt 1 B Bronx NY 10466, 4016 car­ penter ave, Apt B1 Bronx NY 10466 proclaim our Free National Name as Moorish Science Temple Of America according to the rules and usages of such MOORISH SCIENCE TEMPLE OF AMERICA. The Moorish Science Temple Of America deriving it's pow­ er and authority from the Great Koran of Mohammed to propagate the faith and extend the learning and truth of the Great Prophet of Alli in America. To annoint, appoint and consecrate missionaries of the prophet and es­ tablish the faith of Mohammed in America.

The 43rd Juneteenth Festival Inc. is Coming June 16 & 17! Malik and Malika Pageant 2018 Calling all High School Students! Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival Inc. will select a young man and a young lady to be King and Queen. Essays must be turned in June 1st to Juneteenth Office by mail to 1517 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211. Malik and Malika 2018 will be crowned at the Landmark, located at 318 Pearl Street at 6pm on June 14th. The Malik and Malika will also participate and grace the Juneteenth 2018 parade.

The Countdown to the Juneteenth has begun!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Interested in being a part of the celebration? Sign up today! We need volunteers of all ages with a heart for history, family and community!!! Call Today! 716-891-8801 Juneteenth Festival Inc. Headquarters: 1517 Genesee Street • THE CELEBRATION The Buffalo celebration will include the following events: •Liberation Flag-Raising: Fri., 6/8/18 - Niagara Square, in front of City Hall •Sankofa Days: Sat., 6/9/18 – Fri., 6/15/18 – locations TBA •43rd Consecutive Festival: Sat., 6/16– Sun., 6/17 MLK, Jr. Park •Maafa Memorial – Thurs., 6/19, 2018 – Broderick Park The festival’s committees meet at JuneteenthFestival of Buffalo’s headquarters, 1517 Genesee St.,Call for more information,@891-8801. CALLFOR ART WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc. Juneteenth Sankofa 2018 Theme: Preparing to Receive the Generational Torch Date: June 6th – June 12 Reception: June 8 from 6-10pm @Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street Information: John Baker • (716) 994-3584


Challenger Community News • t hec •May 9, 2018



MOTHER'S DAY FLOWERS & PLANTS CALL 852-4600 For Pick Up or Delivery




2227 Genesee Street • Buffalo Adults

$24 Children $10. 95 (Up to 10 years old)


11 A.M. - 1:30 4:30 - 7

P.M. • 2-4 P.M.


Menu: Ham, Chicken (Baked And Fried), Turkey & Dressing, Yams, Fried Fish, Pepper Steak & Rice, Greens Mashed Pota­ toes, Green Beans, Fried Corn, Shrimp Stir Fry, Ribs, Mac &

441 Ellicott St. Buffalo, NY 14203

Cheese, Beverage, Salad and Desert and Much More! (Take Outs Are Not Available)

(716) 248-2667 (716) 563-5048

For Reservations Please Call The Restaurant@ Martrice

(716) 602-7536

Main Pediatrics Integrity Health Group

Emily Friedan, MD • Jonathan D. Daniels, MD Constantina Spiropoulos, MD Christine Scime, CPNP • Patricia Polowy, CPNP

(716) 837-0995 2924 Main Street Fax: (716) 837-1203 Buffalo, New York 14214


"Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and by her kindness, wisdom and counsel, remove the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

Challenger Community News May 9, 2018  
Challenger Community News May 9, 2018