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Central Park 5’s Dr. Yusef Salaam to Headline White Privilege Symposium

WHAT’S GOING ON @ THE BAOBAB? •Tuesdays Gentle Yoga series with JAMES THOMPSON, 5:45-7:45 p.m. •Wednesdays Kwanzaa planning, 6:30 p.m. •Fridays Film Night 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8 Film 1619 Project. $5-$7 donation. •Saturdays Drumming with FANA BANGOURA, 9:30a10:30, 10:45a.m.-12:15 p.m.

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The Privilege Institute, sponsor of the annual White Privilege Conference, is pleased to announce the White Privilege Symposium: Tools for Creating a Just Future for All. This landmark symposium will be held Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 and hosted by East High School, 1801 E. Main St. Rochester. Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Central Park 5 will headline the event. The White Privilege Conference is the premiere national equity conference, focusing on issues of systemic inequity, oppression, and injustice. For almost 20 years, WPC has offered participants a challenging, empowering, and educational experience around the country. The workshops, keynote speakers and institutes continue to inform and engage participants, as Dr. Yusef Salaam well as to provide practical tools, tips and strategies for combating systemic inequities. The White Privilege Symposium: Tools for Creating a Just Future for All in Rochester seeks to bring this robust national model of engagement and action to Western New York while we simultaneously celebrate the work and talents of our local community. Approximately 400 people from numerous sectors; are expected to attend, including high school and college students, K-12 and higher education faculty, grassroots activists, social workers, nonprofit, for-profit and government employees, members of the spiritual/faith community, among many others. A high level of diversity among the participants is part of what makes the Conference and Symposium so unique and such an inspiring area for change. For more information about the Privilege Institute, visit

Quick's Mane Event Barbershop Presents "Hair Cuts for The People" Quick's Mane Event Barbershop presents "Hair Cuts for The People" starting at noon on Friday, November 8 - 9 for 24 hours straight to raise money to feed the community for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas, 537 Dewey Ave. Rochester. Use app BOOKSY to book your haircut during Quick's 24 Hour Haircutting Marathon. Come down and make a donation, buy a t-shirt - it's all for the needy. Stop by or call 303-4409 to donate.


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-NATIONALOver 700 March in Philadelphia for Trans Justice Chanting “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous ...,” over 700 LGBTQ+ people and their supporters marched through West Philadelphia in October for Philly Trans March 2019. The march, led by Black and Brown transgender women, received wide support in the predominantly Black neighborhoods along 52nd Street. People carried signs with the pictures and names of 13 trans women of color killed in Philadelphia, six in the last six years.

New Fall Leaf Collection Schedule Begins City Department of Environmental Services crews are now collecting leaves from city streets. The leaf collection schedule began one week later than in previous years, and leaves will be collected over 3 weeks. Week 1 residents are asked to rake loose leaves into a pile between the sidewalk and the curb by 7 a.m. Monday. Week 1 includes most neighborhoods in the Southwest quadrant, along with parts of the Southeast quadrant. Residents can view the leaf pickup schedule for their address by using a new interactive map at The collection schedule is also in the City’s At Your Service Guide mailed to city homes. To ensure the most efficient collection of leaves, residents are asked to rake loose leaves into a pile between the sidewalk and the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of their scheduled collection week.



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Tremendous Progress Made On Development Of The First National Monument To Honor African American Veterans Announced Veterans Day 2017 by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, project continues toward a 2020 completion timeline



Retired educator and columnist Eva Doyle’s latest billboard project combines Black History with an anti-violence message. She has been creating Eye On History Billboards for five years. The newest billboard is located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Broadway. The second Billboard with the same images is located at 147 Niagara Street also on Jefferson and Genesee Street. “My goal in doing these billboards is to remind our community that this violence we see - the shooting, killings, stabbing are an insult to the memory of our ancestors who worked so hard for our progress in their own unique ways. As a grandmother and now great-grandmother I wanted to do my part to say that this ongoing violence is totally unacceptable. I feel very strongly about changing the images that we see and to leave positive messages for people to consider.” On the lower right hand corner of all her billboards there is the Sankofa symbol reminding us of remembering our history, to go back and fetch our history, culture, and traditions and to learn the lessons of the past. Thank you Sister Eva!

Delavan Grider Community Center To Host Town Hall Meeting With National Educational Leader Expert panel to speak with Buffalo-area families about how to get the very best education for their children The Delavan Grider Community Center will host a town hall meeting with an expert panel of educational leaders headed by Robert Giordano on November 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Avenue. The topic of the town hall will be: “How can you best advocate for your child’s education?” It is free and open to the public. Robert Giordano has been involved in the charter school movement since its early years where he worked with the highly regarded SABIS® Educational Systems an international college preparatory educational management organization at the grassroots and school operational levels. He is part of a team currently working with Buffalo community leaders to open a new public charter elementary school— the Royal Academy of Buffalo. He will discuss the school plans and share with Buffalo’s families what other communities are doing around the country to ensure their children have access to excellent educational programs. The town hall is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by November 10 to Ms. Candace Moppins at 716.896.7021 or by email to royalacademy.buffalo.

y Independence Day 2020, Buffalo will be home to the United States’ first onument that honors all African American Veterans. The African American Veterans Monument, to be located at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, will recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served and are currently serving in all five branches of the military, during war and in peace times. African Americans have fought in all 12 of the United States’ American Legion members from Jesse Clipper Post 430 military conflicts since the country’s were among those who helped break ground for a Buffalo first, whether they enlisted voluntarily memorial that will pay tribute to African American veterans. From left are: Rev. Eugene L. Pierce, past post commander; or were drafted. Perry Civils, post sgt.-at-arms; Erie County Adjutant Jim BoA committee of local African Ameri- janowski; Post Commander Paulette Woods; Paul Woods, can Veterans, African American histo- WWII coordinator; State Assemblywoman Chrystal Peoplesrians, Watts Engineering and Uniland Stokes; Henry Curtis, post adjutant and past post commandDevelopment have led the planning for er; and Deacon Michael Davis, post chaplain. the African American Veterans Monumentwith the support and convening of the office of Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “I am humbled to work alongside the tireless volunteers whose idea it was to establish the first monument of its kind right here in Buffalo,” said Warren Galloway, Chair of the African American Veterans Monument Committee and Veteran of the US Air Force. “The idea was birthed by the Erie County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, a passion project envisioned by the late Fern Beavers. Since early 2017, we’ve laid the groundwork for planning what will be the first monument of its kind in our country. With ambitious goals such as this timelines fluctuate but we are now on schedule for July 2020 unveiling.” To date, the committee has raised $1.45 million toward its $1.6 million goal that will cover incidentals, contingencies and an endowment for long-term repairs and maintenance. “The community has been very gracious and supportive of this project, recognizing the importance and gravity it represents” said Galloway. “I am confident that our small gap in funding will be closed by the end of 2019.” The design of the African American Veterans Monument is a matrix, serving as both a timeline and map of longitudinal coordinates. Each of the 12 black concrete pillars that will be 10 feet tall, and 3 feet wide, are placed in a chronological sequence, corresponding to the dates that each of the country’s 12 military conflicts took place. The matrix’s longitudinal coordinates represent the location where the war began. The spacing between the pillars represent peace times between each war. The tops of the 12 black concrete pillars will illuminate, representing the candles that families would put in their windows as a beacon to guide a soldier home. The light emanating from the top of each pillar will continuously glow as an eternal reminder of the commitments made by African American Veterans. The monument’s design was created by Solid 716. Construction of the monument will begin in the spring once the total budget for the project is fundraised. The community can honor a Veteran through the purchase of an engraved brick paver that will line the walkways of the monument for $250. For more information visit, email or call 716-800-1137.

"What Would You Like to Add to the African American Heritage Corridor" Essay Contest Winners Announced Retired Teacher Eva M. Doyle would like to announce the winners of the recent $100 Essay Contest. They are: first place Sonia Banks, second place John Coates, and third place Evangelist Gloria Caver Robinson. There are also five Honorable Mention Awardees that include Mark Overall, Gaston Cade III, Gina Price, LaToya Ranselle, and Sandra Green. The winners will receive their prizes and read the essays on Saturday, November 9 at the Merriweather Library at 3 p.m. The prizes are $100, $75, and $50. The Honorable Mention prizes are $20 each. The topic of the contest was: What Would You Like to Add to the African American Heritage Corridor? Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mingo and Sarah Lewis for their donations to the contest.

Crispus Attucks

Black Man First Patriot to Die for America Crispus Attucks, born enslaved around 1723 in Boston to an enslaved father and Indian mother (he later escaped), has been immortalized as the first casualty of the American Revolutionary War and the first patriot to die for America. He was in the front line of a group of 50 patriots defying British troops when suddenly shots were fired. Crispus was the first person shot and killed with two bullets in the chest in the historic event that became known as The Boston Massacre. Four men died and six were wounded, one man died later from his wounds. As an African American patriot Crispus Attucks represents the 5,000 African American soldiers who fought for an independent America. Attucks was celebrated as “the first to defy, the first to die” by poet John Boyle O’Reilly. In 1888 a monument was built on Boston Common commemorating the death of the five men who died in the Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, James Caldwell, Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr. The five men brought a preliminary victory to the American Revolution. Crispus Attucks continues to be honored by the American public. In 1998, to commemorate the 275th anniversary of his birth, the US Mint issued a silver dollar coin in honor of Attucks. Many schools, children centers, foundations and museums are named after him representing the struggle and heroism of a Black man searching for freedom.



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Three Reasons You Don’t Need a Multivitamin “Nature is so smart, it put the medicine in the food”


early half of all Americans take a supplement or vitamin daily. Either a doctor recommends a multivitamin, or an individual believes that taking a multivitamin is a simple and easy way to lead a healthier lifestyle. Do you really need a multivitamin? Unless you are very young, very old, very sick, have a very limited diet, and have a clinical deficiency, you do not need a multivitamin. In this article I will discuss 3 reasons you don’t need a daily multivitamin. 1.It’s a Money Grab The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of individuals in disease prevention and evidence- based medicine has analyzed studies that include data for nearly 450,000 people. It found no clear evidence that multivitamins prevented cancer or heart disease, helped people live longer, or made them healthier in any way. Yet, by the year 2024, the vitamin and supplement industry is estimated to be worth $300 billion. If vitamins and supplements aren’t helping people live longer or preventing cancer or heart disease, what exactly are we spending billions on? 2.The Science of Nutrition is Flawed Western modern medicine operates under a paradigm called reductionism. From a nutritional standpoint, reductionism looks at food as specific vitamins, minerals, nutrients, grams of sugar, fat, protein and our all- time favorite, calories. The thought is that food can be broken down into individual components. Then we focus on one component to increase health and wellbeing. This thinking is flawed. T. Colin Campbell does an excellent job explaining the fault of reductionism in his book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition”. He explains, “the proportion of a nutrient that is digested, absorbed, and provided to various tissues and the cells in those tissues is mostly dependent on the body’s need for that nutrient at that moment in time…it also means reductionist supplementation with large doses of discrete nutrients does not guarantee the utilization of those nutrients”. In other words, just because you consume a multivitamin with 100mg of Vitamin C, doesn’t mean your body will absorb 100mg of Vitamin C. It all depends on what your body needs at the moment. 3.Nature is Smarter than Man We’ve placed our greatest asset; our health and wellbeing in the hands of a system that has no clue what it’s doing when it comes to preventing and maintaining health. We have ignored the inherent and timeless wisdom of nature and our bodies. Mother Earth has provided everything we need to be healthy, happy and whole. The wholesome foods that come from the earth have every vitamin, mineral, and nutrient we will ever need. These foods interact within our bodies in an almost miraculous way to determine what and how much we need. T. Colin Campbell explains, “The body reigns supreme in choosing which nutrients it uses and which it discards unmetabolized”. There is nothing made by man in a laboratory or production facility that will ever compare to what comes from Nature. A whole- foods, plant-based diet is all that we need. Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, herbs, and roots. Rethink your decision on taking a daily multivitamin. Remember, “Nature is so smart, it put the medicine in the food”. Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator and Certified Yin Yoga Instructor. She is the owner of Melanin Rich Wellness Inc., whose mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African (Corner Bailey Kensington) Holistic Health. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men, women, healers and warriors she lovingly calls her ancestors. For more information, email

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to Host Care for the Caregiver Since more and more people are falling into the category of caregiving, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is emphasizing the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving. It is just as important to plan to take care of oneself as it is to create a caregiving plan for others. A "Sip and Chat" for caregivers will be hosted by Gamma Phi Omega Chapter on Friday, November 15 from 6 -8p.m. at 802 Kenmore Avenue. Erie County Senior Services will share information on care for the caregivers. This event is open to the public.

UB Dental School Offers Free Services to Vets The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host the 5th Dentistry Smiles on Veterans Saturday in the UB Dental Clinic on the South Campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual program welcomes veterans to get a day of free dental screenings, cleanings, extractions, restorations and denture repairs. The program is a partnership between UB Dental, the state dental association and foundation and the Eighth District Dental Society. Appointments are limited. To schedule a visit call 829-2780.


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Meet The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. NYS Marketplace Insurance Navigators! Lynn Crumpler and Monique Benefield are NYS Certified Marketplace Insurance Navigators. They joined the staff of the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. on October 10 As NYS Certified Marketplace Insurance Enrollers they are authorized to provide assistance to anyone looking to obtain medical insurance. If you are without medical insurance, these ladies are available to help get you signed up through the New York State Marketplace. They are stationed at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., 34 Benwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. They take walk-ins and no appointment is necessary. You can reach them at (716) 986-9199, ext. 1010 or ext. 1011.

Public Meetings for East Side Commercial District Program for MLK & Broadway Fillmore


roadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services (BFNHS) is pleased to announce a new East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP). With funding from Empire State Development, this program will offer grant assistance – to a maximum of $50,000 - for commercial building improvements in the MLK and Broadway Fillmore commercial corridors. The MLK program area is Fillmore Avenue between East Ferry and North Parade. The Broadway Fillmore program area is Fillmore Avenue between Sycamore and Paderewski as well as Broadway between Reed and Memorial. The kick-off meeting for the Broadway Fillmore commercial district will be held on: November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Jericho Road CHC - 1021 Broadway The kick-off meeting for the MLK commercial district will be held on: November 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm – Merriweather Library – 1324 Jefferson For additional information, contact the BFNHS Commercial District Program Manager, Brianna Byandagara at

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GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW EAST BUFFALO RESTAURANT: Buffalo’s newest restaurant, Manna@ Northland, celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, November 4. Combined, the Manna / Culinary Team, which consists of Dale Holt, Tina Grant-Holt and Reginald Ingram, represents more than 80 years of professional food service and catering experience. In keeping with their commitment to economic development and job creation, 22 new employees have been hired! The restaurant is located inside Northland Central at 683 Northland. It’s hours are Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed weekends for exclusive bookings only). Pictured from left: Chef Dale, his wife Chef Tina, Chef Reginald, Mayor Byron Brown and Council President & Ellicott representative Darius Pridgen. Congratulations!

Minority and Women-Owned Business Events Promote Inclusion and Representation Chairwoman April Baskin held two recent events in October that focused on Minority Business Owners and Artists as part of her “Occupy Local Arts” agenda for her second term. Chairwoman Baskin has noted that she will look for ways to expand and rework the Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) guidelines for Erie County to create a more comprehensive law with more opportunities for minority business to contract with Erie County and close some of the loopholes that currently create barriers. A revised law should be clocked in by Spring 2020. The first event, held on October 7th, fo- Chairwoman Baskin cused on exposing and breaking down barriers many minority business owners face when securing contracts from Erie County or other governmental agencies. A diverse, expert panel, including representatives from Erie County Department of Public Works and Purchasing, were able to answer questions and offer feedback to the audience about best practices for success in these areas. The second event, co-hosted by New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson, featured an all-day format on October 26th. A grant writing workshop was held with Gwen “The Grant Lady” Curry and the latter portion allowed for questions and answers regarding minority inclusion in local arts initiatives. Agencies who participated were: Erie County Arts Advisory Board, Buffalo Center for Art and Technology, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo Public Schools, Albright Knox Art Gallery. Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, Arts Services Initiative, CEPA Gallery, Get Focused Productions, El Museo, Buffalo Society of Artists, Western New York Arts Collective “The “Buffalo Renaissance” should reflect the people who have built these communities, those who live here, and I’m striving to make sure there is fair and equitable inclusion where minorities may have previously been underrepresented. We need to have these important conversations as elected officials so we know where to start to make things better for our local artists and business owners,” said Chair Baskin. For more information on contracting in hiring or becoming a certified MWBE firm, please visit Erie County’s Equal Employment Opportunity website at

*DR. ANNE-MARIE JOHN is the new dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, at Trocaire College. Dr. John most recently served as an associate professor of nursing , clinical simulation/nursing lab director and assistant dean of nursing at Northern Virginia Community College. She is a seasoned nurse leader and an advanced practice nurse. *ATTORNEY COURTNEY WILLIAMS was named a “Legal Elite Rising Star” by Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal. An Associate attorney with Gross Polowy LLC in Williamsville, her practice area is bankruptcy. She joined the firm in 2016 and holds a B.A. in political science from Canisius College and a J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of law. Born in Nashville, she lives in Buffalo. *LEGAL ELITES: LEROI JOHNSON, owner, Law Office of LeRoi. C. Johnson PLLC on Franklin Street, CHRISTOPHER HAYES, Special Counsel, Phillips Lytle LLP, and JOSEPH HANNA, Partner Goldberg Segalla LLP were among those cited in the special “Legal Elite of WNY 2019” by Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal. *DAMIAN O’MEALLY of Keller. Williams Realty, Buffalo Northtowns was cited in Buffalo Business First “Spotlight: Who’s Who in Residential Real Estate.” *SAMUEL BORBORSAWYER has been hired as an Associate at Phillips Lytle LLP. Based in the firm’s Buffalo Office, he concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation.

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Macedonia Senior Choir Anniversary Concert

Mount Moriah to Host 5th Anniversary Celebration


On Sunday, November 10 at 4p.m. the An niversary Concert in recognition of the Senior Choir at Macedonia Baptist Church, 237 East North Street, will be held, featuring Pastor Julian Armand Cook and First Lady Sirgourney Cook. The guest MC will be Deacon Darrell Saxon, CEO/Owner Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home. The guest accompanist will be Sis. Karen Saxon, Minister of Music, First Shiloh Baptist Church . There will be a free will offering.

Pastor Jeffrey C. and First Lady Clarisse Y. Chambless anounces the Mount Moriah Baptist Church 5th Anniversary Celebration Banquet continues with the following anniversary services and guest speakers at the church located at 400 Northampton: November 8 @ 7p.m. Pastor John W. Williams and New Zion/ Memorial Baptist Church November 11 @ 7p.m. Pastor Edward Jackson Jr and Friendship Baptist Church November 15 @ 7p.m. Pastor Wendell Hamner and Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Lincoln Memorial UMC Spiritual Arts and Culture Ministry will present “Seven Faithful Mary’s” Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 at Lincoln Memorial, 641 Masten Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 for seniors and students. A Q&A will follow each performance. The production was written and directed by Akua Kamau Harris with music and choir arrangements directed by Catherine Sharpe. The cast includes Akua Kamau Harris, - Mary the Mother of John Mark; Isabella Travis – Mary Magdalene; Marcia Noel Callendar – Mother Mary; Dyanne Johnson – Narrator; Vonetta T. Rhodes – Osi – The Other Mary; Venecia “Goodne$$” Green – Mary Salome; Dayatra Hassan – Mary of Cleophas; and Latisha Walker – Mary of Bethany. For more information and/or tickets contact Akua at(716)587-1099 or call the Church. Secretary Peggy at (716)884-7664 Tuesday or Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HYMNS 4 HIM The Adult Choir of Calvary C.M.E. Church ,1007 Ellicott Street, invites the community to join them for “HYMNS 4 Him” on Sunday, November 10 at 4 p.m. This worship experience is an evening of Praise-Prayer-Love centered around the hymns of the church. Guests will include Bro. Charles Everhart, Bro. Douglass Goston, Rev Keith Harris, Sis. Cecelia Lawson, Bro. Mitchell McCleod, Bro. Henri Star Muhammad & Students, Sis Denise Smith-Mullen, Sis. Elise Russel, and the Williams Ensemble. Donation – $5 Rev. Brandon K. Baum is Pastor

Clothing Giveaway at Hopewell Baptist Church Annex

There will be a clothing giveaway Saturday November 9 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church Annex, 1307 Fillmore Ave. at Urban (use side entrance). Rev. Dr. Dennis Lee, Jr. Pastor. All Are Welcome. Donations of usable, clean clothing, shoes, etc. and small household items (dishes, linens/blankets, small working appliance etc.) may be dropped off at the annex Monday – Thursday November 4 – 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Friday November 8th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

UB Gospel Choir Annual Fall Concert The University at Buffalo’s Gospel Choir presents their Annual Fall Concer,t GOD’S PLAN, js Sunday November 10. Doors at 4:30 p.m. show begins 5 p.m. at the Student Union theater. Admission is Free.

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With The Name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful

The Straight Path

-A Message of Divine GuidanceShalom, There is much that can be said of the messengers but to understand them, their role needs to be explained. There are those of us who believe that the duty of the messenger is gathering people (Surah 2:213). It is in fact the Book that gathers people. What is significant is that mankind was already established but evidently became separated because some of us strayed from the Book of the Most High. The opinion of some of us is that their duty is forming another religion (Surah 71:1-4). Noah did what he was told in the same Surah, verses 21-26 and Surah 29:14-15 . The fact is, the Creator chooses whom he pleases. We as mortals do not know what the future holds. (Surah 28:68-70), (Surah 7:35-37). The words and the observance of messages is what does the gathering. Another aspect of the messenger is that when one comes to us, it is a sign from the Creator that something is about to happen (Surah 9:70-71) and (Surah 17:15-16), but because of his love and mercy for mankind he gives us respite (Surah 28:59). Surahs 5:109 and 29:18 are more proof that messengers do not gather. They all came with the same message and no harm ever came to most them at the end of their term (Exodus 20:1-6) (Surah 112:1-4) (Leviticus 18:1-5) (Surah 21:25-29). Messengers are also plagued by the devil and his followers, (22:52-53), being called liars (enchanters) (Surah 28:36-38), threatened, and sometimes even killed. They rely on the Creator.They did not use websites or modern technology to spread His word and (Surah 72:25-28) they did not go after the spotlight or for human recognition as they knew who they were and what power guides and protects them (Surah 2:272). And when they are amongst those to whom they are sent (8:33) their most important duty (Surahs 18:56), (3:164, 5:110, 62:2) and (Surah 2:129) is a prayer made for a messenger fulfilled (Surah 62:2). My dearly beloved brothers and sisters of the scattered people of the book. This message is for you. (Surah 3:102-104) (3:19, 42:13-14). Without unity we are nothing but a scattered group of people going about our personal desires. We should take heed of (Surah 7:146-147). (7:168-171) This was the result but therein is hope. It is up to us to conform and act in accordance as for time, none of us know, but to reform now is our best decision. For more information call 716 830-6297.

Free Sewing, Computer Classes for Adults at Our Savior Lutheran Free learn to sew and basic computer classes are being offered at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 26 Brunswick Blvd. Sewing classes are held Thursday at 2 p.m. November, December 5, January 9 February 6 and March 5. Free computer classes for Seniors will be held November 14, December 12, January 16, February 13 and Nch 12. All classes open to men and women. All (716)885-1108 to register..



Jim Pitts to Receive Buffalo Urban League's Highest Honor at 2019 Gala The Buffalo Urban League will host its 2019 Gala on Saturday, November 23 at the Buffalo Grand Hotel. The annual affair is one of the premiere black tie events in the Buffalo Niagara region. Inspired by the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” the gala will celebrate the work the organization does together with the community as well as honor community leaders. While the League celebrates positive changes in our community, there is a lot further to go to ensure all people are part of the exciting new era of opportunities in the Buffalo-Niagara region. "As we experience successes, we must always reach back until everyone is included. This can happen if we work together,” stated Brenda McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League. The gala is a perfect mix of a fundraiser that supports the programs and services the League delivers in the community to more than 25,000 individuals, and it is a party to celebrate their work. An important part of the celebration is recognizing extraordinary individuals and organizations that make positive contributions in the community. The Buffalo Urban League is proud to honor the following individuals and organizations at its 2019 Gala. *James W. Pitts will receive the highest award given to an individual, the esteem Williams L Evans and Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award. *Shamark and Nicole Dalton who have three birth children and opened their home with love, as foster parents for 10 children, will receive the Family Life Award. *Buffalo Peacemakers a coalition of organizations made up of: Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc., Buffalo FATHERS Group, Buffalo United Front, Inc., Buffalo SNUG, No More Tears and Stop the Violence Coalition will receive the Community Service Award. *Jamil Crews a founding member of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and now leading the National Urban League Young Professionals as the Eastern Regional VicePresident of the Young Professionals, will receive the Emerging Leader Award. *Jeremiah Isiah Chapman, City Honors School at FosdickMasten and Rahim Dunston, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts will represent the Class of 2020 receiving Outstanding Youth Awards for their exemplary academic achievements, community service and character. The Gala begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, cash bar, silent auction, art show by the Urban Arts Collaborative of Western New York with music by violinists Jaliyah and Johnny Linton, the Hutch-Tech Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Amy Steiner and the Muhammad School of Music lead by Maestro Henri Muhammad. At 7:30, awards, and dancing will take place in the ballroom with the New York City Dimension Band and continuing outside the ballroom with the Bilal Negrave Band.

The 2019 Gala event sponsors are Independent Health, National Fuel and Northwest Bank. The media sponsors are WKBW-TV 7 and WBLK. For sponsorships, to make reservations, or to purchase raffle tickets to support scholarships for the Class of 2020 please go to or call the Buffalo Urban League at (716) 250-2400.

Free Breakfast for our community youth every Sunday. Adults a small donation. All Are Welcome! Youth Church/ Sunday School – 10am Sunday Service – 11:45 am


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Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

ON STAGE •The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park presents “New Works at New Phoenix” with the staged reading of the new play, “Tolley’s Place” written by Shirley Sarmiento and directed by Verneice Turner Sunday, November 10 at 3p.m.The New Phoenix Theatre is located at 95 Johnson Park in Buffalo. Call 716-853-1334 or visit www.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING! Ed Smith and a few cast members from the production, Two

Trains Running stopped by last Saturday's grand opening of Linda's Bean Pie Cafe at Utica and Jefferson. Pictured from left is Roosevelt Tidwell III, Fisher, Director Ed Smith, and Al Garrison. The much anticipated August Wilson play opens on stage at the Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue on Friday, Nov. 15 and runs thru Dec. 8 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. The production will also star Debbi Davis, Hugh Davis, Michael Hicks, Vinceno Mitchell and Russell Holt. For tickets and more information call 884-0279. See You There! Challenger Photo

* The staged reading of a new play, “Tolley’s Place” on stage at the New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, Sunday, Novembet 10 at 3 p.m.Written by Shirley Samiento and directed by Verneice Turner. For mor iformatiom call (716)853-1334 or visit www.newphoenitheatre. org

•A Tribute To Stevie Wonder Saturday November 23 @ TRALF MUSIC HALL Featuring Daniel Powell, Jesse Miller, Lee Spight, Will Holton and more! 7p.m. Doors |8p.m. Show. $30 Advance | $35 Day of Show VIP Tickets $35 - Available by calling 716.308.2435 ONLY / Tralf Box Office 716.852.2860 /

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Thu, Nov 21, 7:00pm Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY Starts at $27.50

Insightful Essays, Poignant Life Advice, and Pithy Pearls of Wisdom from One of Comedy’s Brightest Rising Stars Small Doses, a new release already on the Barnes and Noble Best Seller list, is by comedian, writer, actress, and social media star Amanda Seales. Seales is a force of nature who has fearlessly and passionately charted her own course through life and career. Now, in her one-of-a-kind voice that blends academic intellectualism, Black American colloquialisms, and pop culture fanaticism, she’s bringing her life’s lessons and laughs to the page. This volume of essays, axioms, original illustrations, and photos provides Seales’s trademark “self-help from the hip” style of commentary, fueled by ideology formed from her own victories, struggles, research, mistakes, risks, and pay-offs. Unapologetic, fiercely funny, and searingly honest, Small Doses engages, empowers, and enlightens readers on how to find their truths while still finding the funny! You can find Small Doses on and also find book tour datesand more info on

•Rickey Smiley Thanksgiving Weekend Comedy Jam featuring Bruce Bruce, Red Grant & B-Simone, Saturday, Nov. 30 Kleinhans Music Hall, 8 p.m.; Tickets at Kleinhans Box Office, Doris Records or on line at www.

Action-Thriller 21 Bridges Stars Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman took a break from the majesty of Wakanda to head over to the Big Apple as the star and producer for STXfilms' action-thriller 21 Bridges. Boseman will be joined by familiar Marvel Cinematic Universe personnel in the creative department. 21 BRIDGES follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. In theaters November 22.

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Black Violin Impossible Tour, Thursday, Nov. 7, Kodak Center, 200 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14615. Phone: (585) 254-0181

Nipsey Hussle’s Accused Murderer Wants two Charges Dropped in Case The Griot - Attorneys working on behalf of Eric Holder, the man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle, are requesting that two of his charges be dismissed after he appeared in a pretrial hearing in Los Angeles recently. Prosecutors say Holder fatally shot Hussle, 33, after having an argument with him in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in South L.A. earlier this year. He was ultimately charged with one count of murder as well as two counts of attempted murder for shooting a man named Kerry Lathan and his nephew. Holder was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Holder is set to appear in court on November 11 where prosecutors will most likely formally object to his motion to dismiss the attempted murder charges. If that happens, a judge is expected to then set a date for his trial in the case.



Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

Mr. D Wilson: The Man Behind Buffalo’s Adult Night and Day-Life Playground By Shola Clark



ennis “D” Wilson, 43 years young, and a Cold Spring neighborhood native, is the creator of Buffalo’s adult night and day-life “playground. ” The man behind the popular Presidential All Black and The Miami All White Parties, Dennis, co-owner of The Oakk Room eatery bar and lounge, creates an environment unmatched in this city through his successful entrepreneurships. D Wilson offers an array of affairs from simply eating and having drinks at his establishment and various “dress to impress” local upscale events, to traveling to other cities and countries to party VIP style! It was his personal lifestyle that led him to create venues and activities catering to young African Americans. Never being the type to go out because he didn’t like the “drama,” Dennis stylized his own environment for partying. He reflected on his first party in 1999, a high school event at the Pratt Willert Cen-

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Photo by: Blanc Photographie ter, that he says, wasn’t a huge success. He and his partner each made $76. He later had the opportunity to run the 550 Banquet Hall where he was able to really put his vision in motion and he began promoting his own events. Both The Presidential All Black and The Miami All White Parties started there and morphed into the huge events they are today. With growth, maturity, and partnerships, Dennis continues to enhance these events by adjusting the time it starts and ends, expanding on the variety of things to do while in attendance, and planning to take events from one night to a weekend experience. The opening of The Oakk Room was a result of the success from his events and promotions. Dennis and business partner Curtis McCutcheon put their resources together to establish ownership in the bar and restaurant. They have both used their education and professional experiences to make The Oakk Room a staple in the community where good food, great company and a positive atmosphere prevails. “When I walk into a room it’s different being an owner than just a promoter,” Dennis reflected. This also sets the tone for how he conducts business, as he feels a responsibility to be more aware of his behavior, how he conducts himself and handling his patrons responsibly because “people are watching you.” This same energy marks his events as the expectation is set high, attendees anticipate

getting dressed up, they feel safe, and respect the environment. “It’s like going to prom every year,” he continued. Of all his endeavors D. Wilson gets the most fulfillment from putting on events, as well as marketing and promoting them. The focus of his promotions is showcasing people or businesses. “Sometimes people don’t get their thanks or their shine,” he states. His quarterly publication, Panoramic Magazine, will celebrate its one year anniversary in February. Panoramic is also a tool he uses to “showcase the people.” -Driven By SuccessA product of both the Catholic and public school systems, D Wilson attended Turner Carroll High and graduated from Riverside High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Education from Canisius College. An educator in the Buffalo Public School System for 20 years, he currently teaches print and graphic design at McKinley High School and is the owner of Mr. D Wilson Corporation (graphic design & entertainment). He is the proud husband of Rhonda Wilson, a father and step-dad. At a young age Dennis was driven by success, as he was always told he would be something and reminded of how smart he was. His goal has always been to make his family proud. Quoting

Frederick Douglass he said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Dennis attributes these words of wisdom to his own success. “Any process you go through you’re going to struggle…in school and in your career…but as long as you finish the process everything will turn out for the good.” At one point Dennis aspired to be a basketball player and someday go to the NBA. He played in high school, Division I with Canisius, and trained to play overseas until he was injured and that ended his career. Fortunately, Dennis had already created a niche for graphic design in high school while working on the yearbook. In college he expanded

his self-taught skills and began doing graphics for local clubs and parties, as well as projects for clients internationally. He gives back to the community and his patrons in the form of monetary gifts to organizations such as D.A.D.S, Little League Teams, Dr. Holley’s Race and Black Nurses Rock, just to name a few. However Dennis firmly believes the most valuable form of giving back is through educating, spreading knowledge, and helping people prepare for their futures. He refers to himself and his partner, Curtis, as liaisons, as they are always available to give advice and guide people in the right direction. Dennis encourages the urban community to seek ownership. He believes this is the gateway to creating more opportunities for ourselves. “If we own the venues we can bring in the different entertainment that appeals to us,” he said. As an advocate for education, he also urges people to become more educated, because in his words, “In order to make money you have to have some type of knowledge.” Mr. D Wilson is a true testament to what he affirms. His knowledge, experience and self-branding has evolved him into the successful entrepreneur that we are witnessing today.


Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

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Omega Psi Phi Achievement Week Activities


he Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Omega graduate chapter, is proud to announce their annual Achievement Week activities. Achievement Week, observed in November of each year, is designed to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals and causes that are improving the quality of life for African Americans. The community is invited join us as we celebrate 108 years of service by participating in the following events: •Tuesday, November 12 at Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave. between 6 -8 p.m. “Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men” called Brother, You’re on my mind. This is a national initiative in conjunction with the National Institute of Mental Health to address suicide, the third leading cause of death African American men between the ages of 15-14, depression or mental illness. The program will feature Dr. Alvin L. Turner, Ph.D., Dr. Leeland Jones, MD and more. •Wednesday, November 13 at the Frank Meriwether Library,1324 Jefferson Ave. 6:00-7:30 p.m. workshop on Domestic Violence: Effect on Children. The program will feature attorneys, prosecutors, and more. • Saturday, November 16 Rules of Engagement: Saving Our Young Men Summit, Johnnie B. Wiley Center, 1100 Jefferson Ave. 1-3 p.m. (The target audience is African-American males between the ages of 10 and 22.) The summit will bring together law enforcement, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and community activists to discuss how young men should conduct themselves when confronted by the police. •Sunday, November 17 Arise: Praise Worship Service at the Greater Works Christian Fellowship Church, 210 Southampton Street, featuring Dr. James Evans, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Dr. Evans is the author of We Shall All Be Changed (1997), Modern Christian Thought: The Twentieth Century (2nd edition, 2006), and Playing: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (2010). All programs are free and open to the public. Phi Omega chapter is under the leadership of Daren R. Thomas, Basileus.

You Don’t Know My Story " A Soldier’s Story" Breakfast Symposium Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE Buffalo Inc.) will host You Don’t Know My Story " A Soldier’s Story" Breakfast Symposium Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue . Veterans from various branches of service will share their story, before, during and after military life. There will be awards given to veterans who are serving their community in an outstanding way; an honor guard ; a full breakfast, vendors and a panel discussion. The MC is Veteran Sandy McIsaac. There will also be a special presentation by Young Miss Buffalo, Zeuriah Shadwick. Attendees are asked to wear camouflage or patriotic colors. The community is encouraged to attend and hear stories from those who have fought for the freedoms we have today. Veterans are urged to attend as we celebrate you in honor of Veterans day.. Guest Veteran speakers include: Dani Peters, Andersen C. White (Butta), Henry Zeigler, Janet Smith, Marilyn Young, and Sam Murphy. The event is $25 for adults, $15 for youth 17 under, Veterans $15. Tickets can be acquired on Eventbrite or call 716-848-0515 or 716-201-7146. Proceeds benefit Veterans of WNY Heroes, Homeless Veterans and Youth Mentoring Programs.Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE Buffalo Inc), a nonviolence organization that serves the needs of at-risk young women.

The City of Buffalo continues its outreach workshops for the 2019 Senior and Enhanced STAR exemptions ahead of the Dec. 1 filing deadline.Homeowners who are at least 65 as of Dec. 31 and people with disabilities and limited incomes can save up to 50% on property taxes. Military service veterans also are eligible for property tax exemptions. Homeowners at least 65 are eligible for Enhanced STAR Exemptions. There is help for eligible residents who sign up for the tax savings program.The last two workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon ThursdayNov. 7 at Tosh Collins Community Center, 35 Cazenovia St. and Nov. 13 at Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave. For renewals, bring a copy of 2018 federal income tax return, renewal application and proof of 2018 out-ofpocket medical expenses. First-time filers should also bring copies of proof of age, residency and ownership.

NATIONAL Oklahoma Frees 527 Inmates, Setting U.S. Single-day Commutation Record Oklahoma recently freed 527 inmates who were incarcerated for minor drug and nonviolent offenses– the largest single day of commutation in U.S. history. Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed off on freeing the inmates last Friday, granting the historic commutations backed by voters. Three years ago, Oklahoma voters approved two ballot measures, State Question 780 and 781. This action lowered low-level crimes, such as simple drug possession and nonviolent property crimes under $1,000, to misdemeanors instead of felonies. The rationale for doing this boils down to dollars and cents. The state factored in all of the money it will save on incarceration, and how those dollars could be redirected to drug treatment and rehabilitation services, according to the Star Tribune.

Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books NNPA NEWSWIRE — Officials at the Danville Correctional Center removed about 200 books from a prison library and banned their use in an inmate education program because they said the books were “too racial.” The catalog ban included several classic books related to African American history like, “The Souls of Black Folk,” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” According to published reports, three out of every four inmates in Illinois prisons are African American, causing some to conclude that banning the books was a means for prison officials to deprive Blacks of learning their history

Racist Attack

The police in Milwaukee on Monday were investigating an attack on a Hispanic man as a possible hate crime after the victim, who was severely burned on his face and neck, reported that his attacker threw acid on him and told him to “go back to your country.” The victim, Mahud Villalaz, 42, was assaulted outside a Mexican restaurant in the Lincoln Village neighborhood of Milwaukee on Friday. He described being attacked by a White man who hurled racist insults at him and accused him of being an “illegal” before splashing acid on him. The police said they had arrested a 61-year-old White man in connection with the attack, but as of Monday night they had not announced any charges nor released the suspect’s identity. Mr. Villalaz, an American citizen who came to the United States from Peru 19 years ago, said the episode began when he parked near the taqueria and was confronted by the man about how close his pickup truck was to a bus stop. Mr. Villalaz returned to his vehicle and moved it about a block away. As he walked toward the restaurant again, he said, the man said, “You came here to invade,” before throwing the acid.

Rallyl at Niagara Square last Sunday. Challenger Photos

Rally Brings Attention to The Crisis Situation in Iraq: Hundreds Killed, Thousands Injured in Recent Anti-government Protests


ast Sunday afternoon, local Iraqi families held a vigil at Niagara Square to support families in Iraq. According to organizers of the event, more Than 275 Iraqis have been Killed and thousands injured in Anti-Government protests there since October 1st 2019. Organizers are hoping Sunday’s rally will help to bring attention to the dire situation in their homeland, and said they are calling on the US government to “help our children.” Those who gathered downtown last weekend said they cannot sit idely by, enjoying the comforts in America while their families ae suffering in Iraq. A spokesperson Sunday said that Iraq basically “got rid of one dictatorship” and traded it for another and called the current government’s leadership very corrupt. “We have a very rich country….Iraq is full of oil..and our kids are eating out of garbage,” he said citing poor education, hospitals and lack of basic services . “This is not what you would expect 16 years since the ‘war in Iraq…” The protesters in Iraq are rallying against what they see as the government's rampant corruption and its failure to provide basic services and create jobs – despite the country’s oil wealth. They are calling for the end of a political system which has existed since the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 - a system which, they argue, has failed them. They are also strongly rejecting and speaking out about the powerful foreign influence of Iran.

Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

Quid Pro Quo Politics Buffalo Style Some place, at a certain time, certain selected groups met privately. Some Black and some White. They made certain decisions. When the meeting concluded, a certain people had been placed on the bottom, another group on top. At the bottom they received and experienced all that was not good for them - guns to kill their own, drugs to use for their misery, children living without fathers or mothers at home, high prison population of Blacks, Black youth gangs killing each other, disproportionate number of Black men killing Black women, and a daily dose of ignorance because they could not see the harm for the trinkets. *** lthough free of criminal charges, at least for the moment, Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo’s future depends on Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn’s personal and political feelings. Less spoken about, is that the DA can refile those charges against Mr. Wingo at any time as long as the statute of limitation has not expired. But chances are the DA will not refile because Black Baptist preachers carry on a rather quid pro quo relationship with the D.A. and other Whites of authority such as police officers and the police commissioner. I know. I use to work in the detective division. In politics quid pro quo is boss; where one favor demands another in return. In Mr. Wingo’s case as a minister, District Attorney Flynn benefits more by allowing him to remain free from jail and possibly work with other clergy who Ted have also found themselves in hock to the DA. KIRKLAND Their numbers are unknown and kept confidential by the DA, but having been a police officer and parole board commissioner I personally came in contact with countless Baptist ministers. But Mr. Wingo has one good choice. He could seek a leave of absence from his church to prevent this conflict of interest between his church duties and his role as the DA’s man in the church. He could regain his position after having served out his time with the DA. There are other choices, but this is the best. It’s no secret that the Irish political machine has as its number one goal, to keep the DA’s office under the control of the Irish. In the majority of political occasions, they have been successful. So what does this have to do with Blacks, one may ask? The group that gains the Black vote wins the prize. The Irish are the most powerful political group in Western, New York followed by the Italians, both of whom benefit from a quid pro quo relationship with Buffalo Blacks. This may explain politically why former Mayor Anthony Masiello was seated on the dais at the Black Achievers Award Dinner, making him the first White, to my knowledge, to receive such an honor. This could be a signal that the Italians are preparing to make an at-


tempt to retake that seat or some other power seat. Yet Blacks haven’t gained any semblance of political power from the Italians or from Irish by way of quid pro quo or bare knuckle politics. And unlike the Irish and Italians who seek real political power, Blacks appear to have settled for fancy titles, even though titles do not denote power. Some place in my background of Black history I remember reading that Whites found out that Blacks loved seeing other Blacks with titles. So regardless to which party, the Democrats or Republicans, they would have a Black on their ticket in national elections just to be seen in order to make Blacks think they were included in the decision making process. The following is not meant to embarrass anyone, but the truth must be told for how much further down can we fall living with the psychology of lies. So I speak the following out of love and out of the desire for us to live knowing what we are up against, for lies told continuously has a strange way of becoming words of truth. When Arthur O. Eve was Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, George K. Arthur Common Council President, Florence E. Baugh, president of the School Board, Roger Blackwell, Chairman of the Erie County Legislature, and James Pitts, leader of the Common Council, all of them together did not represent political power. It’s a shame to say it but they did not have enough power to have one White racist cop removed from the Black community nor one bad teacher. Today we have Byron W. Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Majority Leader, Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen, President of the Common Council, Ulysses O. Wingo, Masten District Council Member, Rasheed Wyatt, University District Council Member and Byron Lockwood, Police Commissioner. If we add up all these people with fancy titles together, they still would not represent real power. Believe it or not this all has historical roots that began during enslavement and the various methods the slave master used to keep Blacks under control. Beyond all of the above, the most important aspect of the District Attorney’s office is that he “decides” who is charged with a crime and who is not. Before I graduated from the police academy, the message was clear: you don’t lock up Catholic priests. When I was a rookie cop in the academy, I heard that no one liked to work in South Buffalo; it was too political they said, because before you could get to the station with your prisoner, the word would came that “so and so” knows “so and so,” so turn him loose. But on the East side of Buffalo, the police could lock up all the Blacks they wanted to without any hassle, neither from Blacks nor Whites because Blacks still had no power. Theodore Kirkland:

Black Teen Suicide Reaches Historic Highs

NNPA NEWSWIRE By Stacy M. Brown African American teenagers in the United States historically have had lower suicide rates than their White counterparts – until now. A new study analyzing suicide among American teens by a team led by researchers at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University have uncovered several troubling trends from 1991 to 2017, among Black high school students in particular. Researchers discovered that between 1991 and 2017, there has been an increase in the number of African American teens who said they had attempted suicide in the past year. Suicide rates for teenagers of other races and ethnicities either remained the same or decreased over that period. The researchers did not cite a reason for the trend. Bill Prasad, a licensed professional counselor with Contem-

“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

porary Medicine Associates in Bellaire, Texas, cited what he believed are some reasons. “Lack of accessibility to mental health care, the inability to pay for medications and healthcare coverage, the lack of acceptance of mental illness among some members of the Black community, and the availability of firearms,” Prasad stated. Prasad was not among the researchers involved in the study. Researchers in the NYU study noted that suicide is the secondleading cause of death for teens from all demographics. They found that only accidents kill more young people than suicide. The study also revealed that, in 2017, approximately 2,200 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 died by suicide. Researchers gathered information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 198,540 high school students from 1991 to 2017.Among high school students of all demographics, 1 in 5 said they were thinking about suicide, and 1 in 10 said they had made a plan to end their lives.

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11 VOICES On The Dr. King Monument Issue: Realism Matters... Dear Editor, I wish to provide some perspective on The Challenger News editorial, “Realism: vs Symbolism: Petition to replace local Martin Luther King monument launched” (10 January 2018) and also to voice my disappointment at the Common Council’s decision to table Samuel A. Herbert’s petition to replace the “head” in Martin Luther King Park as reported in The Challenger News (17 October 2019). Realism is the quality of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life. Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In an artistic movement, a symbolic image is used to express ideas, emotions, and states of mind. The Eastside Park located at 77 Best Street in Buffalo, was renamed in 1977 to pay homage to slain Black civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a result of this, in 1983 the park was given a memorial sculpture to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The monument in Martin Luther King Park, however, lacks both realism and symbolism. The monument is downright disgusting and a harsh reminder that nobody takes African Americans seriously. Dr. King should be celebrated. Black people in the community should see this monument and be proud; not disappointed and confused. Although the symbolism may have been from the artist’s heart and conceived with good intentions, this is not good symbolic form to represent a man who was so influential. This monument is a joke and an embarrassment to the Black community. It should be recognizable. We should not have to second guess whether or not it is Dr. King! Why should we as a community, even have to go around collecting signatures to remove a Martin Luther King monument that is clearly not Martin Luther King? On those grounds alone the monument should be replaced with the “REAL” Dr. King Face! Honestly, this “big, black head” is a poor representation of Dr. King. I don’t believe funding is the issue. I believe location is the issue. Why would anyone want to fix up anything in the “hood’? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. should be represented accurately, in his own image, and especially not in the image of a “huge, black, head” that looks like Kunta Kinte! If this was any other monument—that is, any other monument erected in honor of a white person—I strongly feel that it would be beautiful and recognizable and that anyone, would be able to recognize the face. Take for examples, the City Hall monuments of Presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, and any of the countless others throughout the city to include—but by no means limited to—Commander Oliver Perry, Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, Tim Horton, Theodore Roosevelt, and General Daniel Bidwell. Even the (William) McKinley monument, though “symbolic,” is appropriately symbolic. If Black people don’t start coming together and speaking out against this kind of disrespect and ignorance, the continued butchering of the legacies of our great, iconic, historic, leaders, as it has historically, will be an ongoing problem for generations to come. Domanique Davis

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Bills Defeat Hapless Washington 24 – 9 It was a cold and very windy day once again at The ERA Field. The Bills defense once again was pushed around upfront with Star Lotulelei and Ed Oliver continuing to get manhandled, this time by the Washington offensive line. The Bills defense played a bendbut-don’t-break game against Washington defeating them 24-9. Washington future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson had 101 yards on 10 carries in the first half. The 34 year old veteran of 13 NFL seasons seems to have young legs against the Bills as offensive coordinator Brian Daboll continues to make bad play calls and allows Josh Allen to not progress in his 2nd NFL season of learning how to play QB in a very competitive league. Brian Daboll seems not willing to use all offensive talents like keeping TJ Yeldon inactive which makes no sense at all. YJ could be used on bubble screens, draw plays and short passes out in the flat. Instead Brian Daboll is using three tight ends - Lee Smith, Dawson Knox, and injury prone Tyler Kroft. Keep in mind Duke Williams was inactive and once his shoulder heals up he will return to the line up. The Bills have four tight ends and none of them stand out as a true starter and game breaker down field. They have no speed and all play the same type of game. Tyler Kroft is being paid 9 Million a season as a free agent and is stealing money from the Bills organization. The rookie from Boston College, Tommy Sweeney, is a better player and should be seeing more playing time during the second half of the season. The Bills should cut their losses and get rid of Tyler Kroft. Bills running back Devin Singletary is a good player but due to his small size can he survive in the NFL running in between the tackles? He’s off to an excellent start and we will see in the upcoming second half of the season. Josh Allen can only get better but only if offensive coordinator Brian Daboll continues to place him in a better position to win games with the tough schedule of the second half of season. The Bills defense continues to play steady and fast. Bills cornerback Levi Wallace is quietly having an outstanding season by doing his job. He may have gotten trucked by future Hall of Famer Washington running back Adrian Peterson, but he did not let that bother him and continued to play his usual steady shut down type coverage. Levi : “We did exactly what we practiced and we finished the tackles and held our opponent to 9 points. It’s important to go outside and practice to get use to cold weather and high winds. We look forward to the challenge of going up against a great back (Adrian Peterson), and now we must adhere to the 24 hour rule and on Wednesday start preparing for Cleveland.” Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier made a critical adjustment by inserting newly signed free agent Vincent Taylor at defensive tackle position and it helped stop Washington’s running game in the second half. Bills kick returner/wide receiver: “Coming back from Injury and getting my explosiveness back is a good thing.” Yes, expect big things from Andre Roberts in the second half of the season. He’s starting to jell and and with his explosive first step should be able to set the Bills up in good field position. NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders said it best: “The Bills are a scary team to deal with and I would not want to play them in the playoffs, but QB Josh Allen must become a game manager and not turn the ball over and the Bills will be a tough out in 2019 playoffs.” The Bills travel to Cleveland on Sunday for a game with the struggling Browns. The Bills defense will force Cleveland Browns QB and Progressive Insurance spokesman might need to use some of his own product after the Bills defensive front dominate a mediocre Browns front line. Once again Josh Allen must not turn the ball over and the Bills can come away with a 20 – 17 win off Lake Erie. Follow me on twiter: georgeradney@georgeradman, FACEBOOK, Instagram, Cable TV in Buffalo & Rochester, NY, Radio: 105.5 FM 7 AM – 8 AM Every Saturday Morning Pro Talk plus Rochester, NY

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Rise Up Right Highlights In Sports Welcome to Rise Up Right, where we give you the best sports highlights, taking full circle in the sports world. Thank you for your continued support....and with that being said Let's Rise Up.... Buffalo Sabres News The Buffalo Sabres have lost the 3 straight games in different ways. The most current loss was against the Islanders. Here's the last four games played by the Buffalo Sabres. NFL The 49ers are the only undefeated NFL team. The Ravens monster handled the Patriots on Sunday Night behind Lamar Jackson and Baltimore's stingy defense. The Bills 6-2 record is their best start since 1993 when the Bills were 7-1 at this point in the season. UB Bulls Football Buffalo 43 E. Michigan 14. This game was plenty much decided after the second quarter when the Bulls scored 27 unanswered points and Jared Patterson ran for 160 yards and scores plus Antonio Nunn had 7 catches for 87 yards and a score. Kyle Vantrese threw for 208 yards and a touchdown. Next Week, the Bulls will look to build on their three game winning streak as they face Kent State on the road on 11/14. Bryant&Stratton Bobcats Basketball; BOBCATS WIN! Women's Team Bobcats 69 Fisher College 64. Alissa Johnson led the Bobcats with 21 as they collected their first ever program victory under Brittnee Perry. Men's Team Bobcats 73 BSC Syracuse 71. Jordan Street led the Bobcats with 22 points and the bench scored 59 points as the Bobcats defeated the Bryant&Stratton Syracuse Team. Head over to and check out my lates scoreboard under the Rise Up Right tab. Follow me on Facebook @D'Andre Torch Robinson. Watch Rise Up Unlimited TV Show every Thursdays at 1;30pm and Saturdays at 7;30am on Channel 1302 ( Spectrum ) and tune in to Power 96.5FM every Sunday 6 to 7pm as I Co Host on the WUFO Sport Report.

Local Pro Boxers Go Undefeated at Seneca Fight Night Friday, October 18, 2019, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Niagara Falls, New York – It was a beautiful night for boxing at the All Star Boxing, Inc. promotion, professional boxing event in Niagara Falls, New York. The Western New York fans came out in support of professional boxing coming back to the region. There were 8 fights on the card, that did not disappoint. The sold out event was Charles Garner lll (CG3) on right broadcasted live on national network, NBC Universal, subsidiary BOXEO Telemundo. Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino has partnered with All Star Boxing, Inc. to bring professional boxing to Western New York on a more consistent basis. Christian Printup, Sr. Executive Director of Entertainment & Special Events, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, and Ruben De Jesus, Operations Director, All Star Boxing, Inc. represented their respective companies in a leadership capacity. They both should be commended for their hard work in putting on this successful event. The Fight Card Seneca Fight Night was a demonstration of Buffalo/Niagara vs The World. Local pro boxers put on a show seldom given to hometown fans. Buffalo went 7-0 against game completion. The presentation of the event was out of the playbook of highlevel productions. From the theatrical ring walks, beautiful ring card girls, lighting schemes, to the big screen televisions; it was worth the price of admission. It was uplifting to see our local pro prospects up-close and personal. This is a winning formula for future events. A job well done!! Read my "In the Ring, Recap's" in the full article one line at

Protesters Call for Howard to be Dismissed as Sheriff and Held Accountable for Deaths at Holding Center By Malik Patterson Gray On October 30 the day before Halloween. A group of protesters stood outside of the Erie Country Holding Center located at 40 Delaware, Ave. Protesters stood in the cold for hours to bring attention to the recent deaths of inmates while in the care of the jail under Sheriff Timothy B. Howard's administration. There have been 31 deaths since Howard became sheriff in 2005 and the community has had enough. I spoke with, two protesters, Monica Lynch, the sister of Connell A. Burrell, 44, and Donna RobinMONINCA LYNCH son a community organizer for RAPP (Release Aging People In Prison). RAPP is an organization that works to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice by getting inform and elderly people out of prison. “I don’t buy into this suicide theory,” said Robinson. I don’t buy into the heart attack diagnosis, that they have been putting on these certificates. This is murder.” She further went on to say, “For you not to get off your couch and support this cause it’s clear that you have blinders on because this is not a ‘me’ problem, not a ‘she’ problem but a everybody problem.” Robinson’s daughter was at the holding center the night India Cummings was arrested and murdered. Lynch’s brother Burrell was an inmate who died at Buffalo General Medical Center two days after medical emergency on July 31, 2019. When asked if Sheriff Howard and his team have been supportive with providing information in regards to her brother she answered, “No I have not received any information at all… I have not received any recordings or medical paperwork since my brothers death.” The community is asking for Howard to be dismissed from his current position as Sheriff and to be held accountable for the unprecedented large number of deaths at the holding center.

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Tyler Perry Studios to Host the Nov. 20 Democratic Presidential Debate Situated on what was once the Fort McPherson Army base—where southern soldiers who defiantly fought to keep Black people enslaved during the Civil War were trained and housed—the 330acre lot will be the place Nov. 20 when presidential hopefuls Joe Biden, Julian Castro, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, and Tom Seyer have their next showdown at Tyler Perry Studios



COUNTY OF ERIE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Services for 11580 Walden Avenue, Alden, NY Project No. 2019HOME The County of Erie is seeking proposals from qualified licensed commercial real estate firms to provide commercial real estate brokerage services for the former Erie County Home. Proposals 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, New York 14202 until 4:00 PM local time on Friday, November 15, 2019. RFP submission instructions may be found at:

Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Grand Island Town Hall – Elevator Addition Project on 11/13/19 at 10am. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@ prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes selective demolition, millwork, roofing, carpentry, terrazzo work, flooring, painting, masonry, steel, elevator, M/E/P, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is prevailing wage. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

LEGAL NOTICE Nationstar v. Gonzales SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF ERIE NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, V. SANDRA G. GONZALES; ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 17, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Erie, wherein NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY is the Plaintiff and SANDRA G. GONZALES; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the FORECLOSURE ALCOVE FIRST FLOOR, ERIE COUNTY HALL, 92 FRANKLIN STREET, CITY OF BUFFALO, STATE OF NEW YORK 14202 on November 25, 2019 at 10:00 am, premises known as 47 EDEN AVENUE, TONAWANDA, NY 14150: Section 53.37, Block 4, Lot 14: ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE IN THE TOWN OF TONAWANDA, COUNTY OF ERIE AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 816296/2018. Etido Udousoro, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

LEGAL NOTICE BID Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the WNY Human Services Collaborative Project on 11/14/19 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@ prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes select demo, millwork, roofing, glass and glazing, carpentry, painting, flooring, wood flooring, specialties, M/E/P/FP, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is open shop. ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.


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Notice is given that articles of incorporation that will incorporate Tiffany's Operational Center for Youth T.O.C LLC have been delivered to the secretary of state for filing in accordance with the New York state non profit corporation code.The initial registered office of corporation is located at 73 Lemon st. Buffalo NY 14204 and it's initial regestered agent at such address is Tiffany Chapman. Oct. 9,16,23,30 Nov.6,13


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the County Legislature of the County of Erie, New York, shall be held in the Chambers of the Legislature at Old Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York, in said County, on the 18th day of November 2019, at 6:00 P.M., for the purpose of conducting a public hearing to hear public comment on the County Executive’s proposed 2019 Erie County Budget. The County Executive’s proposed 2020 Erie County Budget was submitted to the Legislature on October 24, 2019. Copies of the proposed 2019 Budget are available for public inspection at the Office of the Clerk of the Legislature at Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York. DATED: October 31, 2019 Buffalo, New York

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LEGAL NOTICE BID REQUEST FOR BID Mark Cerrone, Inc. is requesting bids for the following projects for all scopes of work detailed in contract documents. Optional MWBE Pre-bid meetings will be held interested firms at MCI Office upon request. Documents can be obtained by contacting the associated estimator, Phone 716-282-5244, Fax 716-282-5245 or iSqFt®. Bids due electronically or in person at 2368 Maryland Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Certified firms for associated goals are strongly encouraged. East Side Transfer Station Rehabilitation Contact: MBE: 25% WBE 5%. Proposals due to MCI by 11/08/19 at 2:00PM. Project 4 Granular Activated Carbon and Carbon Filter System Gravel Replacement in Niagara County. Contact: MBE 10%, WBE 20% overall goal of 30%. Proposals due to MCI by 11/8/19 at 12:00 PM Tonawanda Creek Road Rehabilitation and Tonawanda Creek Slide Stabilization in Niagara County, NY. Contact: DBE 11% WBE:6.9%. Proposals due to MCI by 11/18/19 at 12:00PM.

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Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

Diamonds In The Rough,Group, Inc. - Girls Mentoring Program Is Recruiting Girls Ages 10 - 18 Diamonds In The Rough,Group, Inc. - Girls Mentoring Program is recruiting girls ages 10 - 18. Orientation and Registration, Saturday November 9th from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. at Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242Main Street. Light Refreshments will be served. For more info please call 715-8580.

Wednesday November 6

Thursday November 7

Monday November 11

Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11am- 12pm. FREE for 55+ Call 716 832-1010 .

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

Community Thanksgiving Dinner : Hosted by and held at the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion 1100 Jefferson Avenue 1- 4 p.m. free and open to the public; special Veterans Day presentation from the Jesse Clipper #430 Unit Auxiliary. For more info call Theresa Land @ (716)4442179.

The Durham Central City Baby Café Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 200 Eagle (716) 427-0566. Thursday November 7 Event Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide In Rwanda to be Held at Daemen College: 7-8:30 p.m., Rosary Hall, 4380 Main Street. Free and open to the public. Grief Support Group: Delaine Waring AME Church, 680 Swan Street, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 716-842-6747. Northland Workforce Training Center. “Salute to Our founders”: 6-10 p.m., 683 Northland Avenue Entrance A. For more info, tickets or sponsorships and click on “Learn More.” Yoga: Thursdays 5:30 p.m. Gentle Chair Yoga $7; also Yoga & Meditation, 6:30 p.m. $10. Juneteenth Headquarters, 517 Genesee St. SEE YOU AT THE EVENTS!

Friday November 8 WNY PEACE CENTER 52ND ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS: Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center, 5-8 p.m.; (716)332-3904. Fitness Friday: Hosted by Hustle for Health, Urban Line daning, Goria Parks, 3242 Main St. 12noonn – 1 p.m. 832-1010. Saturday November 9 You Don’t Know My Story " A Soldier’s Story" Breakfast Symposium: Hosted by Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE Buffalo Inc.) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue .

Tuesday November 12 Delavan Grider Community Center Hosts An Educational Town Hall Meeting 6-8 p.m. 877 East Delavan. Topic: Free and open to the public. 716.896.7021 or by email to royalacademy.buffalo.ny@

Celebration of Life Set for Crystal “Mama Crystal” Austin-Seymore A memorial service to celebrate the life and legacy of Crystal "Mama Crystal" R. Austin-Seymore, will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Ephesus Ministries 341 Grider St. from 3-7 p.m. with the program from 3:30-5 p.m. “Mama Crystal” transitioned October 8th after a courageous battle with cancer.

Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11a.m.- 12p.m.. FREE for 55+ Call 716 832-1010 .

Free Black Holiday Film Festival Movie Matinee: Jefferson Library 1324Jefferson 3.30pm for a complete list of PG-13 movies shown please email Dr. Sylvia Black,PhD at

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


Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St. 11a.m.- 12p.m.. FREE for 55+ Call 716 832-1010 .

Wednesday November 13

Free Fitness. Class

Free fitness classes with instructor Peter Margulis will be held at the Delavan Grider Community Center on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. starting November 9. The workout will be a challenging 55-minute class set to music.Everybody is welcome.

People Inc. Grant Street Apartments LOCATION: 25 Grant Street, City of North Tonawanda ACCOMMODATIONS: Currently under construction, these 2-story apartment buildings are for head of household being 18 years and older, with 44 one-bedroom apartments and 8 two-bedroom apartments will be ready for occupancy in March 2020 Professional on-site management Handicapped accessible or adaptable apartments Two blocks from a major bus route • Smoke-free living Community Room • On-site laundry facilities • Central air conditioning Attractive grounds and outdoor space MONTHLY RENT:


1 Bedroom: (44) $545.00 – $695.00

1 person: $26,950 – $32,340 2 people: $30,800 – $36,960

2 Bedrooms: (8) $600.00 – $825.00

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Applications will be mailed on November 8, 2019 to those individuals interested in keeping with approved affirmative marketing plan and due back by December 13, 2019 opened by lottery at Highland School Apartments Community Room 105 Highland Avenue, Tonawanda, NY on December 13, 2019. For more information or an application, email,visit or call 716.880.3890.


Challenger Community News • t hec •November 6, 2019

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