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Legislator Johnson Honors “Pillars” in The Community Page 3


Akoma Announces Nona Patterson Chambers Scholars Page 2


Doug Ruffin Launches The Buffalo History Channel on YouTube Page 8


Buffalo’s “Limbo Queen” Shemika Campbell Sets 3rd Limbo World Record Page 3

County Announces $20 Million BACK TO BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM for Small Businesses! Page 7




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Around the Sports World

AKOMA Announces 2020 Nona Patterson Chambers (NPC) Scholars AKOMA, Rochester’s African American Women’s Gospel Choir joyfully declares, “Still I Rise!” (Micah 7:8b) as we present this year’s NPC scholarship recipients. These young ladies have demonstrated patience, endurance, consistency and faithfulness in the face of a worldwide pandemic and racial injustice. We are confident that they will each have a tremendous impact on the world for God’s glory. Eight of the ten recipients are Rochester Urban League Black Scholars. Jada Blackmon is the daughter of Earl and Tracy Blackmon. Miss Blackmon desires to become a Physical Therapist and will attend Hampton University majoring in Kinesiology (the mechanics of body movement). Miss Blackmon graduated from The Charles Finney School. Keniya Burrows is the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Burrows. Miss Burrows will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana with Biology (Pre-medicine) as her major. She intends to become a Physician in Dermatology or Plastic Surgery. Miss Burrows graduated from Rush Henrietta Senior High School. Nasia Crawford is the daughter of Christina Crawford. She hopes to one day help young girls of color break away from the stigmas of our current world. Miss Crawford will attend Hampton University majoring in Entrepreneurship. She graduated from Greece Olympia High School. Anaya Dees is the daughter of Jack and Mae Dees. She will attend The University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology. She graduated from Hilton Central High School. Miss Dees is an AKOMA Honorable Mention Scholar at her own request. Her selfless willingness to ensure others received scholarship funding is commendable and extremely refreshing. Raven Drummond is the daughter of Michael and Leslie Drummond. Miss Drummond desires to become a Nurse Practitioner. She will attend St. John Fisher College majoring in Nursing. Miss Drummond graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School. Zaria Gibson-Stevenson is the daughter of Jonathan and Romanda Stevenson. Miss Gibson-Stevenson will attend the University of Buffalo majoring in Animation and Graphic Design. She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School. Moriah Mills is the daughter of Pastor Mark and Theresa Mills. She will attend Roberts Wesleyan College where she will major in Psychology. Miss Mills graduated from Northstar Christian Academy. Aaliyah Pennie is the daughter of Anthony and Lynie. Miss Pennie will attend Monroe Community College majoring in Business Management with aspirations of owning her own business. She graduated from Northstar Christian Academy. Kayla Wilder is the daughter of Bruce and Marisha Wilder. Miss Wilder will attend Daemen College majoring in Health Promoting on a Pre-Medicine track with aspirations to become an OB/GYN or Pediatrician. She graduated from Brighton High School. J’Anna Worth is the daughter of William and Jada Worth. Miss Worth will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University majoring in Architectural Engineering. She graduated from World of Inquiry, School #58. Congratulations to each of our 2020 AKOMA Nona Patterson Chambers Scholars. We are so very proud of each of you and we send you forth enveloped in prayer. Go Forth and Rise!

-The NBACongratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers on winning NBA Championship in dominate fashion over the Miami Heat. LeBron James is well deserving of his 4th MVP Award and Championship. I have never seen a pro athlete in any sport play so many consecutive games without injury. This was LeBron’s 17th season and we have seen him participate in the NBA Championship series ever since 2010 with 2019 being the only year his team missed playing for the title. That’s truly remarkable and his durability will probably not be seen again in our lifetime. We have not seen a Black Superstar player support Black causes and has Black men surrounded around him in business. LeBron James is about his people and we should rejoice in his social conciseness. -NFL SeasonThis NFL season is an artificial campaign with the offense dominating over defenses with no audiences or small enough crowds to not make a difference. NFL defenses have been hampered by not having a live audience at the games and has resulted with the average combined scores of games at 51 points. It’s very similar to the NBA scoring was very high with their combines scoring over 200 points per game. I would not sign Josh Allen to an extension until after next season once fans are allowed back into stadiums at full capacity. It’s a different game with live audience effecting snap counts and offensive players sometimes jumping off sides (illegal procedure). The 2020 NFL season will go down in history for many reasons however, being fair and concerned about football players health is not one of them. Bills v. Titans game should be moved to end of season instead of sending a team to a City of Hot Bed COVID – 19 to play a football game on a Tuesday night. It’s a MONEY GRAB by NFL owners trying their best

to save as much TV money as possible without regard to players health. The NFL is an owner driven league, and players are not paid if a game is cancelled. All other major sports players are still paid if a game is cancelled and they have guaranteed contracts. National Football League Players Association

(NFLPA) must do a better job of representing the players on critical life and health issues. -Major League BaseballMajor League Baseball (MLB) is having a successful bubble type playoff with Houston Astros v. Tampa Bay Rays and LA Dodgers v. Atlanta Braves. Both series are being played at neutral sites. During the 60game regular season MLB had teams get dressed at their hotels, come to stadium

and play games and immediately after return to their hotels to shower and change. That’s keeping players as safe as possible during this COVID – 19 Season. I like Tampa winning the American League pennant in six games with plenty of strong pitching from their starters and relivers. Tampa Bay can find talented players and this year was no exception with Cuban star outfielder Randy Aro-

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Erie County Legislator Howard J. Johnson, Jr. Honors Two Pillars of Greater Buffalo Community Casimiro Rodriguez And Brenda McDuffie Receive Proclamations For Their Tremendous Efforts To Support Erie County’s Minority Communities

F "Limbo Queen" Shemika Campbell 3-Time World record holder.

Buffalo “Limbo Queen” Shemika Campbell Sets 3rd Limbo World Record Buffalo’s own “Limbo Queen” Shemika Campbell, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, set her 3rd @guinnessworldrecords record for farthest distance limbo under cars live recently on ABC with Kelly and Ryan. The undisputed Queen of Limbo, is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for Limbo Dancing. In 2016 she competed in Beijing, China where she won her 2nd Guinness World Record for “The Farthest Distance to Limbo under 12 inches.” Her first record in 2010 still holds as the lowest limbo dancer in the world.

Get Out the Vote Motorcade, Early Voting Unity Parade The Mothers 4 Justice (M4J) have announced that they will be participating in the 'Get Out The Vote' motorcade, including the “Early Voting Unity Parade” on Saturday October 24 the first day of Early Voting in New York State. The motorcade will start at MLK Park, proceed to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, and end at JFK Community Center and Park. Contact Betty Jean Grant for the start time of the motorcade at: (716) 602-5877.

Emergency Renters and Mortgage Assistance Program The Live Well Erie and City of Buffalo CARES Act Renters and Mortgage Assistance Program will provide temporary rent and mortgage assistance to individuals who were unable to pay their rent or mortgage due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency rental/ mortgage assistance will be available to cover up to 5 months of rent/mortgage payments and a maximum of $ 3,500 for households that qualify. The Live Well Erie Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program will provide a grant of up to $1,500 per month to cover the monthly lease rent/mortgage (based on the rent paid as of March 1, 2020), with a maximum of $3,500 per household. The rent subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on behalf of the tenant. The mortgage subsidy will be paid directly to the mortgage holder. The best way to apply is online at http://www.211wny.org/ All documents can be uploaded to the website. If you do not have access to the internet, simply call 211 for screening and assessment.

irst District Legislator Howard J. Johnson Jr. presented two proclamations during the October 8th session of the Erie County Legislature. The first presentation was made in honor of Hispanic Heritage month, celebrated nationally from September 15th through October 15th, and former President of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Casimiro Rodriguez, who also founded the organization. Brenda McDuffie Casimiro Rodriguez Cas has worked tirelessly to advance and preserve the rich Hispanic culture of Buffalo’s West Side and the Niagara Street corridor through his advocacy for the creation of Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage District. He also spearheaded the construction of the Hispanic Veterans’ Memorial and helped raise over $250,000 for the cause. His volunteerism is unmatched as he has served on SUNY Buffalo State’s Community Advisory Committee, Roswell Park Community Advisory Steering Committee, and the Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition. He was joined for the presentation by his family including his wife of 38 years, Bedzaida. In an additional presentation, Legislator Johnson presented Brenda McDuffie, longtime and now retired President of the Buffalo Urban League, with a proclamation commemorating her many years of service to young people of color and minorities in the Buffalo area. Mrs. McDuffie currently serves as the Chair of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and has received many accolades for her community organizing, including the NAACP Community Service award and the United Way’s Volunteer of the Year. As noted by Chairwoman Baskin, Mrs. McDuffie has taken her fight for wage equality and minority self-sufficiency all the way to Washington, D.C. and serves as a role model for many of Buffalo’s young minority leaders in the non-profit and public sector. “Both of these individuals truly exemplify the best of Erie County and the City of Buffalo, in particular. Their dedication to the communities they serve has been demonstrated in countless ways over many years, culminating in well-earned and deserved retirements. I know neither will ever truly stop advocating for the people of this great city, and I am just happy the entire Legislature was able to thank them both properly for all they’ve done and given,” said Legislator Johnson.

Early Voting Starts Next Saturday! Takes Place Oct. 24-Nov.1

The Erie County Board of Elections today released the final list of 37 polling sites that will be open for early voting from Saturday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 1. Voting hours are noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. weekends. There are 10 sites in the City of Buffalo, including one for each city council district in addition to the Erie County Board of Elections office located at 134 W. Eagle Street. There is one site for each city and town in Erie County outside of Buffalo. Voters may cast ballots at any location regardless of their address. Early voting sites are also drop-off points for absentee ballots. The locations and all other early voting information may be viewed online at: https://elections.erie.gov/Early-Voting. City of Buffalo Sites Include: Erie County Board of Elections -134 W. Eagle Street Buffalo Community Development Center - 203 Sanders Road St Columba-Brigid, RC - 75 Hickory Street Lincoln Field House - 10 Quincy Street Hennepin Center - 24 Ludington Street Delavan Grider Community Center - 877 E. Delavan Avenue Salvation Army West Side Community Center B - 187 Grant Street Northwest Buffalo Community Center - 155 Lawn Avenue Tosh Collins Community Center - 35 Cazenovia Street Gloria J. Parks Community Center - 3242 Main Street

PROFILES IN COURAGE: They Died So That You Would Have the Right to VOTE!

Rev. George Lee In 1954, Blacks in Belzoni, Miss., outnumbered Whites 2-to-1. But like all Southern Blacks, they were not allowed to attend White schools. They were forbidden to eat in White restaurants. They would be arrested if they sat in bus seats reserved for Whites. And they did not vote. The Rev. George Lee, a Black minister who also ran a local grocery store and printing press, had no illusions that change would come in his lifetime. But Lee knew where the change would have to begin; at the ballot box. With the help of his friend Gus Courts, Lee started a chapter of the NAACP. They printed leaflets and held meetings, urging Blacks to pay the poll tax (a fee for voting that was later outlawed by the Voting Rights Act) and to register to vote. Whites in town immediately organized a White Citizens Council. The names of Blacks registered to vote were put on a list and circulated to White businessmen who retaliated by firing them from their jobs, denying them credit and raising their rent. White officials offered Lee protection on the condition he end his voter registration efforts. Lee refused. On May 7, 1955 Lee was driving toward home when he was hit by gunfire from a passing car. With half his face blown apart, Lee pulled himself out of the car and made his way to a cabstand.

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

The Buffalo Center for Heath Equity is hosting a “Mental and Emotional Wellbeing During Covid-19 Series” every Thursday during the month of October at 6:30 p.m. This week, Oct. 15, the topic of discussion will be “Education” . Register today at buffalohealthequity.org. This series is free and open to the public. Future sessions will deal with: •VETERANS & OLDER ADULTS - Oct. 22 •GRIEF & LOSS -Oct. 29

Celebrating 10th Year Anniversmy As A Health Voice For Our Community. Women's Health With Dr Catherine Collins Now Heard Every Saturday At 8 A.M. On 1400 AM & 107.3 FM. She Can Also Be Heard On Think Twice Radio. Go To Thinktwiceradio.Com For Date And Airing Time.

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Breast Health for the Black Woman 5 Ways to Protect, Heal & Regenerate the Health of Your Breasts

“When women take care of their health, they become their best friend” Maya Angelou


lthough Black women get breast cancer at a slightly lower rate than White women, Black women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are 42% more likely to die than White women. October is breast cancer awareness month and beyond the advice of self- examinations and mammography, it is important for Black women to become aware of the other ways in which they can begin to take control of their breast health. Black women are the consummate nurturers. The quintessential core of the Black woman encompasses an unending love and devotion to the Black man, the Black child, and the Black community. The breast symbolizes nourishment, nurturing, motherhood, and responsibility to the family. Intimately connected to the womb, a woman’s breasts are a part of her life force. Given the Black woman’s sociohistorical role in American society, she has often been neglected, cast off and forgotten. This means she must do for herself what no one else can do. Breast cancer is a glandular cancer, similar to prostate cancer. This means the exit point of the cells are clogged with tumor cells. The lymphatic system plays an important role in breast health. The lymphatic system is described as a natural cleansing and watering system. It is responsible for the clearing and removal of manmade toxins and foreign agents away from cells. There are lymph glands located in the armpits and the close to the breast- bone. Keeping the lymph glands in and near the breast free from toxins is important.

The Black w o m a n must take her rightful place as self-healer. She can no longer pour from an empty cup. Here are 5 ways, the Black woman can protect, heal, and regenerate the health of her breasts. 1.Natural Deodorants Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants have very harmful chemicals such as parabens and aluminum that are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin and can clog the glands in the armpits. Sweating is a natural bodily function used to remove waste from the body. Aluminum filled antiperspirants prevent the body from doing its job while also increasing the toxins in the body. Switching to a natural deodorant without any parabens or aluminum will keep the lymph glands free and clear of toxins. My personal favorite is using limes or lemons as a natural deodorant. 2.Dry Brushing/Massaging Dry brushing is one of the best ways to stimulate the drainage of the lymphatic system. When the breasts

are dry brushed or even massaged, the toxins in the cells and glands are released and transported for removal. Dry brushing and massaging also removes excess estrogen from the glands which is believed to increase the risk of breast cancer. 3.Wireless Bras Bras constrict the draining of toxins from the lymphatic system. They also cause pain, tenderness, cysts and possibly breast cancer. Avoid wearing bras when you don’t have to. And if you must, wear wireless or sports bras. I know this may be difficult because we want the “girls” to be at attention but baring very special events where a wire bra is necessary, it’s in the “girls” best interest to be free from any constricting undergarments. 4.Avoid/Eliminate Excess Estrogen from the Diet Excess estrogen in the body may increase breast cancer risk. The body produces estrogen as needed. Much of the food we eat can disrupt the delicate hormonal balance of a woman’s body. The meat supply is often tainted with artificial growth hormones, sulfates, and genetically modified ingredients which produces an excess of estrogen in the body. Drinking a non-

dairy milk and incorporating “Meatless Mondays” in the diet are great first steps to eliminate excess estrogen from the diet. 5.Self-Care The Black woman must take her rightful place as self-healer. She must tap into the wisdom that is inherent in her DNA. Self-love and self-care must be the priority. She must understand that if she is not well, her family and community will not be well. She cannot nurture her children or loved ones if she does not first nurture herself. The airline industry has summed it up best, “secure your own mask first before assisting others.” And as Audre Lorde said, “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” To learn more about natural deodorants, dry brushing and removing excess estrogen from your diet, please visit melaninrichwellness. com

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Bessie Patterson To Be Honored With “Woman of Distinction" Award

FREE FOOD Black Churches Say Donald Trump Election GIVEAWAY Ad Incites 'White Terrorism'

Bessie Patterson will be honored by Senator Tim Kennedy with his "Woman of Distinction Award" on Sunday October 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Aaron Baptist Church, 540 Genesee St. pastored by Rev. Dwayne Jones. Ms. Patterson, co-founder of a Women’s Prayer Ministry, is one of the community’s most outstanding citizens and a devout Christian who has served her community through her music and worship over the years in numerous roles including the Music Coordinator for the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity for more than 40 years; worship leader for the Great Lakes District Baptist Congress; Coordinator of the Annual Gospel Fest since its inception in 1987; Coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Program held each year at Kleinhans Music Hall; and Director of the City-Wide choir. A recording artist, her musical talent has taken her across the country, singing and recording with her own group, “The Patterson Specials. She has opened for such greats as the late James Cleveland. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Black Achievers in Industry Awards and the Mary B. Talbert Civic & Cultural Club’s Award. Congratulations!

Metropolitan UM Church, 657 Best Street will hold a Food Giveaway on Thursday, October 22, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All are welcome but you must complete an application. Applications can be picked up at the church on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please complete the application and return it as soon as possible. Pastor Angela R. Stewart is pastor.


Black American church leaders have accused Donald Trump of inciting “white terrorism” against people of color and depicting churchgoers as “thugs” in a presidential election campaign ad. They are calling for the advertisement’s removal from display and federal protection from any bias or threats it could provoke. The video, named Meet Joe Biden’s Supporters, is online and includes violent scenes of burning buildings and police cars followed by footage of the Democratic

presidential nominee Biden kneeling in front of the altar at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church alongside Black clergy. The apparent voice of Vice-President Mike Pence is heard saying, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.” It then cuts to text that reads: “Stop Joe Biden and his rioters.”

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County Announces $20 Million Back to Business Grant Program for Small Businesses Small Businesses Encouraged to Apply at www.BacktoBizGrants.org as Soon as Possible Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Business Task Force co-chairs Scott Pallotta and Brenda McDuffie, and 43North President Colleen Heidinger were joined by multiple partners Tuesday at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance in Buffalo to announce the creation of the Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, a relief program targeting small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in coordination with 43North, Erie County is committing $20 million in U.S. CARES Act funding for direct financial assistance to eligible small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The grant program aims to disburse funds to businesses with the greatest need while distributing the aid to as many small businesses as possible in amounts that Business owner Barbara Glover (right) of Miss Bar- will create a meaningful impact. bara's School of Dance poses with Legislature Chair The program will emphasize diversity and April Baskin at the announcement of the $20 million need in the distribution of funds, prioritizing Back to Business Grant Program for small busithose that have yet to receive COVID related nesses. aid; minority and women owned businesses; businesses in highly-distressed zip codes; those seeking to hire or bring back furloughed/laid off employees; and businesses still not allowed to reopen. Grant funds can be applied to a range of eligible expenses including operations, payroll, adaptations to meet COVID restrictions, rent and more. Small businesses can learn more and apply at www.BacktoBizGrants. org . (See Page 16) Poloncarz was also joined at the announcement by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, 43North Immediate Past Board Chairman and Ignite Buffalo Co-founder Bill Maggio, President/CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara Patrick Kaler, and Erie County Legislature Chairperson April Baskin (2nd District) along with members of the Legislature’s Majority Caucus.

Miss Barbara’s School of Dance Founder, Barbara Glover said, "For the past 55 years, Miss Barbara's School of Dance has provided a service to the Buffalo community. Our students learn more than dance here. They learn lessons about character, grace, and poise. My business relies on people. With no one in the studio, there is no income, but the overhead continues. Receiving a Back to Business Grant would be the relief I need to help me get through this uncertain time."


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Telling Our Stories

Doug Ruffin Launches The Buffalo History Channel on YouTube ; Continuing the Mission to Tell Stories about Buffalo Through His Lens.


Outside of his last film, In reflecting on his library of work, Doug talked about an idea he had at the beginning of 2020 to create a second YouTube channel that would showcase both seen and never before seen projects he’s produced over the years. In doing a bit of organizing of content that channel eventually morphed into what is now available on YouTube as The Buffalo History Channel. “Because it was the start of the quarantine and I was going to have plenty of time on my hands…I began uploading much of my old content such as The B.U.I.L.D. Documentary Series, Model Cities, Buffalo Street Gangs, then followed it with old TV shows and never before seen interviews with Alnisa & Simba and before I knew it the channel was getting a lot of traffic because I also share the videos on Facebook. It began to take on a life of it’s own” he said. Despite the plethora of channels on YouTube that highlight Buffalo’s history, there are none that exist as up close and personal with Buffalo’s Black community than through Doug Ruffin’s lens on The Buffalo History Channel. “The Buffalo History Channel was intended to be a networking tool for me as I am looking to connect with The Smithsonian out here in DC…,” explained Doug. “ I also had a ton of work that I had never put out there.” Be it narratives or early exclusive interviews with living legends that he completed in his early 20’s, to newer compositions about people and places that are rich with history of the community, Doug’s timeline of stories presented on this new channel rolls out in a somewhat episodic manner making you want to return to see what he’s loaded, to learn more about what happened next. “It’s important to learn about where you live, You never know what you might see, you may find out something about your family members. It’s an opportunity to find out about rare stories you won’t hear anywhere else.” Since his first channel under his company Urban Legacy Filmworks and now his new adventure with The Buffalo History Channel, Doug has garnered the interest of a diverse following from all communities (Black, Brown, White ) who are taking a keen interest in learning more about the city’s Black Community History the way he tells it, including the younger generation. "Over the years I have had a number of youth say that they were inspired by my work, and throughout the years has transcended beyond the Black community… Right now the channel has garnered a tremendous amount of momentum with every piece of content that I add. Most of the footage is archival. But I am now shooting new content, I have also done a series of Zoom Interviews & Livestream interviews. I will soon be producing ‘Original Content’ on the History Channel, the first of which being on The history of The

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ince his relocation from his beloved City of Buffalo for his new digs in Prince Georges County MD., filmmaker Doug Ruffin has made some impressive strides. We caught up with him recently at The Freedom Wall, one of his favorite intersections of civil rights history told in murals. He was in town for a brief visit and was kind enough to bring us up to date since completing his last project “67:Buffalo Uprising,” a film that takes a look back on the impact of the 1967 Riot that took place in the city’s cold spring area. “Prior to COVID I had a screening for my latest film “67: Buffalo Uprising” at Buffalo State College. Once COVID-19 came into being, I had to cancel a huge screening being planned for an African American Festival in Olean, NY back in May of this year . I have held off on doing anything online or streaming because I was waiting this quarantine process out. I have received a number of inquiries about the film, especially in light of the recent unrest which took place in Buffalo at the start of the summer.”

Apollo Theatre.” With hopes for support for the channel from the City of Buffalo, the filmmaker has no plans of delaying his vision to stretch beyond the ever popular platform and become more accessible and interactive for more audience education engagement . “YouTube is just a starting point, I am currently contemplating expanding to either a website, streaming service or broadcasting. I’m considering all options. For better or for worse, this virtual space is the future and it’s here to stay. I'm trying to adapt an do my part to advance in it.” Doug said he hopes 2021 will bring back the opportunities he had lined up for speaking engagements, screenings and local festivals making sure everyone he touches is able to carry a little bit of Buffalo’s history with them . “ZOOM and Livestreaming for me has been a Godsend. I have been able to expand on a series of interviews which I otherwise would have had a hard time scheduling and taking equipment to. I have interviewed Kevin Blackford, the founder of the Buffalo Chapter for The Black Panther Party, and Jimi Lyons who talked about his Father Jimi Lyons, Sr. who was the first African American Radio Personality in Buffalo.” The Channel can be found on YouTube by searching under The Buffalo History Channel. You can also find Doug @urbanlegacyfilmworks on social media or you might catch him on one of his visits home shooting around Buffalo continuing his mission to tell factual, meaningful and inspirational stories of his beloved community and city. -l.h.

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Retired Educator Pens The Principal’s Handbook

Cynthia Mathews, a retired Buffalo Board of Education principal, is the author of The Principal’s Handbook: Practical Details for a Smooth Operation. The book was written to aid administrators with proficient organization and management tasks which enhances the learning environment. The Principal’s Handbook is ungraded. All of the routines, practices, and policies suggested can be use in all school settings. Specific information can be initiated to serve the grade level of the school environment. All of the documents are meant to be examples which could easily be transformed to meet the needs of any building administrator. This model handbook is a resource to be used by the principal to create a Cynthia Mathews similar booklet reflecting the principal’s personal leadership style. The book is available at iUniverse, Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores.

THE MARCH: Scenes from the March to end Black Homicide. Bishop Gelsley is pictured far left bottom. Challenger Photos

Community Marches for Peace and an End to Black Homicide


ishop Frederick Gelsey made it clear from the start that he had a lot of respect for the Black Lives Matter movement and its non-violent protests against police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black and Brown people. However his focus, he explained, is to create an anti-violence community atmosphere and stop Black homicides committed by Blacks against one another - especially gun violence among the younger generation. After preaching the funeral of 23 year old Rashonna “Ray Ray” Johnson, the mother of three who was killed in a senseless act of violence last month when gunmen fired into a crowd of young people at an outdoor pop-up party, Bishop Gelsey’s rallying cry became, “NO MORE OF THIS!” No stranger to the pain of losing a child to violence (his son, was killed in 2012), he knew he had to do more than merely preach a sermon. “I’ ve marched with Black Lives Matter,” he said. “And I respect the movement, but I want to march to end Black homicides. When are we going to march for one another?” Last Saturday afternoon upwards of 200 people of all ages joined the Bishop and supporting anti-violence organizations for a march and rally along Jefferson Avenue from Best St. to E. Utica. Chanting “No more of this!” and “Homicide has got to go because we say so!” Saturday’s event was a sign of a community’s willingness to stand up and acknowledge the problem of Black homicide. Accordimg to news reports, as of last month, shootings in the city are up 81% this year compared to 2019. There have been 213 shootings, and 48 homicides, in Buffalo from January through the end of September. Aside from illegal guns flooding the inner city,” and a myriad of other socio-economic and culural issues Blacks have to deal with, the words in a lot of the music youth litsen to today, said Bishop Gelsley, is like adding fuel to the fire. “We have created this environment of homicides and murder in every inner city in America,” he continued. “Death and life is in the power of the tongue.” Yet despite the grim realities, Bishop Gelsey assured that things are not hopeless. “When we say there’s nothing we can do about the murders that’s going on in our community, we are without hope. We can do something! “ he said. ’” No more of this! We have hope that we will see an end to this Black on Black homicide. We won’t be quiet anymore! After today we’re standing for Ray Ray!” He told marchers that we have to “stop brainwashing ourselves” and help young kids to not fall into the same cycle of violence, death and dying…"We may not be able to stop the ones who are out there already, but can stop the ones that are coming up behind them… we’ve got to have hope…we’re got to believe we can stop this…We’ve got to change our mindset…We can stop this ourselves.Nobody else is going to do it . NO MORE OF THIS!!! Going forward organizers say they will march for every youth who is a victim of a homicide, and continue to bring attention to the reality of what is happening around us as we seek solutions and pray, for positive change.

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zarena coming over to Tampa Bay in a January 2020 trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. I see Tampa Bay facing LA Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Dodgers are loaded with the addition of Mookie Betts from a trade with Boston and the wealth of talent from their farm system like Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy will be tough to beat. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is long overdue to win a pennant with the fully loaded roster and I think they will defeat the Rays in 6 games. My hats off to Houston Astro’s Manager Dusty Baker for getting his team turned around from a mediocre start and surviving the cheating scandal from last season to being in position to win another Championship. Congrats to Quinton Byfield, Center on being drafted number 2 overall by LA Kings in 2020 NHL Draft. The highest ranking drafted Black hockey player in the history of the NHL; Only Evander Kane and Seth Jones were both selected 4ths overall in their respective draft class.


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ello, Community! This is a status update from the Mothers 4 Justice [M4J] Organization. Reaction To The Breonna Taylor Verdict and Breonna's Law Despite widespread support for charges to be filed in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March, Louisville (KY) Metro cops escaped nearly unscathed, as the attorney general announced that only one of them would face any charges. Moreover, those charges are for “wanton endangerment,” and not for murder or manslaughter. Taylor was shot to death inside her apartment during the serving of a so-called No-Knock Search Warrant. Recently, the Louisville Metro Council voted to unanimously end No-Knock Warrants. However, this arrives too late to save the life of Ms. Taylor. Mothers 4 Justice's position is that the officer whose gun fired the bullet that killed Taylor should have been indicted for her murder, and that ALL of the officers involved in the botched raid should have (also) been charged with “wanton endangerment”. Moreover, M4J supports Breonna's Law, which will officially bring an end to No-Knock Search Warrants in Kentucky, becoming adopted nationally. Position Concerning The Daniel Prude Matter Also during the month of March, but closer to home in Rochester (NY), Mr. Daniel Prude was killed by police when cops covered his head with a 'spit sock' and held him down in a prone position on the snow covered ground (until he ceased to protest or move). It seems Mr. Prude had just been released by a hospital, for a psychiatric emergency that included his having taken the illegal drug Phencyclidine or PCP. Mothers 4 Justice believes that the policy of releasing affected persons whom have had a pscyhiatric emergency from the hospital once their symptoms subside, is necessary to be upheld. That stated, however, we believe that persons who have a psychiatric incident requiring police interaction, should be encountered by police personnel fortified by mental health professionals at the time and location of said police encounter. Here, in Buffalo, this would mean an entity such as Crisis Services deploying staff to accompany police on calls involving mental health. M4J believes that the emphasis in such mental health-connected police calls should be upon: (a) Assisting police to de-escalate the encounter, (b) Attempting to calm the detainee individual, and (c) Regarding the detainee individual primarily as a patient (versus solely being approached as a suspect). Cariol's Law and The Cariol Horne Matter We at Mothers 4 Justice are supportive of former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Holloman Horne and the passage of Cariol's Law. Recently, the legislation passed in the Buffalo Common Council with only one council member not supporting it. This means that, should the mayor veto Cariol's Law, the Common Council has enough internal support to override the veto. M4J encourages the state legislature to act on and vote on and pass this crucial piece of legislation that would make it a duty for police officers to respond to incidents of police brutality, and would make it illegal for such intervention to be met with discipline (punishment). Furthermore, Mothers 4 Justice encourages lawmakers at the city, county, and state levels to do what they can to ensure that Ms. Horne is granted her full pension, and to ensure Ms. Horne is made whole for any and all lost wages. Killings-By-Police It seems as if every month since George Floyd's murder, the public has been confronted by a similar act of shocking abuse against a detainee by law enforcement. According to the Washington Post's “Fatal Force Tracker,” an online database of police killings, police in the United States have shot and killed 999 individuals in just the past year, alone. Altogether, police have slain over 5,000 (men, women, and children) since Year 2015! Incredibly, even the global outpouring of support over George Floyd's death did little to stop the incidence of police brutality. It is clear that the situation is not improving, and we at Mothers 4 Justice suspect that the exoneration of police in the Breonna Taylor Matter will only serve to embolden rogue cops, and that these (desensitized) men and women will continue to escalate potential use-of-force scenarios. Let's Energize the Biden-Harris Campaign A perhaps ironic outcome of the Black Lives Matter Movement's historic progress, has been its potential eclipsing of the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election. While defeating Trump is on the front-burner of many a good Democrat and other voters, the (arguably) lackluster Biden-Harris Campaign does not bode well for a high turnout of voters in opposition to Donald Trump. Mothers 4 Justice calls upon the Erie County Democrat Committee [ECDC] to establish high-profile neighborhoods-level campaign outposts for Biden-Harris, so that residents will encounter such proximate indicator of the importance of defeating Trump come November 3rd on a daily basis. To this end, M4J will be participating in 'Get Out The Vote' motorcades, including the “Early Voting Unity Parade” on Saturday October 24th: the first day of Early Voting in New York State. The motorcade will start at MLK Park, proceed to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, and end at JFK Community Center and Park. Contact Betty Jean Grant for the start time of the motorcade, at: (716) 602-5877. Let's increase the momentum of the Biden-Harris Ticket!

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Dear Editor: I am a life long resident of the City of Buffalo and a patron of the downtown branch public library for decades. My interaction with staff has been highly respectful until last month. On September 24 while occupying a computer, a security personnel approached me and said “Why are you looking at me like that? Is there a problem?” I said, “What did you say?” He repeated the question and I said to him, “please get away from me.” He then told the desk staff person to shut off the computer I was occupying and said, “you’re otta here!” I asked for his badge number and he refused, repeating his demand for me to leave as he walked away. There were a number of patrons who witnessed this. I went to administration and spoke with a lady, told her what happened, voiced my displeasure and…returned to a computer (I'm a member of Buffalo’s homeless community seeking housing). Shortly after, two different security personnel told desk personnel to shut down the computer I was occupying and said, “You have to leave. You are being kicked out of the library” as if I was a criminal or a menace. I then went to the Jefferson Branch and spoke with a staff member about the incident. They contacted the downtown branch to make an inquiry. Moments later I was told I had to leave that branch as well and was not allowed to enter any other branch throughout the day. I have noticed over time the highly discriminatory, disrespectful conduct by several security workers at the downtown location. These unethical individuals are conducting themselves as if the library is a correctional facility. I know this library gets its share of unruly patrons, but I am not one of them.. …These individuals (security) should be terminated before a tragic conflict occurs. I have not seen this at any other branch I’ve been to. I also want to note that on September 22 I spoke to an administrator about one of the photos on the wall on the Broadway Street side of the building which was peeling and becoming progressively worse. I also pointed out that the photo was that of Cariol Horne, a heroine and leader in this community who deserves respect (hers was the only photo out of 40 that was peeling off the wall). I was told that attention to the photo would be given with “a band aid approach.” Such an attitude is unacceptable in light of the tragic events taking place across the country and city and this region’s long standing problem with racism. This is the library’s moment to do the right thing. This is their time to become great! -Kelvin Seay

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BLACK HISTORY continued from page 3 Two Black drivers took him to the hospital where he died. Local authorities ruled that Lee was fatally injured in a traffic accident and that the lead pellets found in his face and neck were probably from dental fillings that had come loose. In 2000, FBI files were

released that detailed the murder case against two suspects, Peck Ray and Joe David Watson Sr. Both had been members of the White Citizens Council, and both had died in the 1970s. A local prosecutor refused to take the case to a grand jury. ( (The Southern Poverty Law Center)

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Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the BPS #66 – Addition & Renovation – General Trades Contract Project on 10/22/2020 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@ rpoakhill.com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes site, landscaping, fencing, playground equipment, concrete, masonry, steel, millwork, roofing, glass/glazing, metal studs/drywall, specialties, window treatments, casework, 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.

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Campus Construction Management Group 6225 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, New York 14221. Phone: (716) 239-4884 Project:Wyoming County Community Hospital – Lab Renovations Project 400 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569 Pre-Bid: A Pre-Bid conference will not be held. If a bidder is interested in reviewing the project site for the purpose of reviewing the bidding procedures, the scope of work, and inspecting the proposed work areas, please contact Allison Thomson with Campus CMG at athomson@campuscmg.com for arrangements. Bid Due: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM, location will be finalized and outlined in bidding documents. Vice President: Nicolas Humphrey Phone: (716) 523-7367 Email: Nhumphrey@campuscmg.com Project Manager: Allison Thomson Phone: (585) 397-5948 Email: Athomson@campuscmg.com Project Notes: Separate Bids are requested for Prime Contracts for: Contract No. 101 General Trades Work Contract No. 102 HVAC Work Contract No. 103 Electrical WorkContract No. 104 Plumbing/ Fire Protection Work Renovation work will take place within the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, NY. Phase 1 will consist of moving medical records out of their current locations and renovating their space into a new Laboratory Suite. Demolition of existing space, all new finishes (walls, ceilings, floors, etc.) and new MEP’s will be installed for a complete renovation of the space for a new laboratory suite. This phase will also start the renovations to their current conference room on the 1st floor. Phase 2 will consist of moving the Laboratory into their new space and renovating their existing wing into a new Medical Records Suite. Within the new suite, offices and support space for the laboratory will be constructed with demolition of the existing space, all new finishes (walls, ceilings, floors, etc.) and new MEP’s. In this phase the remainder of the renovations to their current conference room on the 1st floor will be completed. Most of the work will take place on the 1st floor of the Hospital with some work required off hours during hospital operations. Some work will need to be completed at the Roof, 4th floor, 3rd floor, 2nd floor and ground floor levels. Asbestos abatement is required at the beginning of both phases of construction work. MBE/WBE PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: It is the policy of the New York State Department of Health to encourage Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise participation in this project by contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers and all bidders are expected to cooperate in implementing this policy. The selected prime contractors must comply with the M/WBE goals and submit an acceptable MWBE Utilization plan reflective of this goal. The NYS Department of Health has established a combined M/WBE 30% participation goal for this grant funded project. Sealed bids will be received by the Owner until 2:00 PM local time, on Thursday, November 12 2020, Bids will be accepted at the Administration Office, 1st floor Room A.1520, located at 400 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569, at which time and place, all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in a location outlined in the bidding documents. The Bidding Documents and Forms of Proposals may be examined at the following locations starting Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM: 1.Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, 2660 Williams Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 2.Builders Exchange of Rochester, 180 Linden Oaks, Rochester, NY 14625 3.Campus Construction Management Group, 6225 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100, Williamsville NY 14221 Copies may be obtained from the Avalon Rochester Office, 89 Allen Street, Rochester, NY 14608 by the contractors, with a refundable deposit of $100.00 per set. Checks are to be made payable to Kideney Architects, P.C. Additional Shipping charges will apply. Please direct any questions, RFI’s or correspondence to the Construction Manager at: Campus Construction Management Group, 6225 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, New York 14221 Nicolas Humphrey (716) 523-7367 Email: Nhumphrey@campuscmg.com Allison Thomson (585) 397-5948 Email: Athomson@campuscmgcom

LEGAL NOTICE BIDS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Project No. M3115C, comprising separate contracts for Construction Work, Abate ACM Plaster, Buildings, 10/Block B, 11/Block A and 13/Block D, Wende Correctional Facility, 3040 Wende Rd , Alden (Erie County), NY, will be received by the Office of General Services (OGS), Design & Construction Group (D&C), Division of Contract Management, 35th Fl., Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services, until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, when it will be publicly opened and read. Each bid must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and must be accompanied by a bid security (i.e. certified check, bank check, or bid bond in the amount of $67,800 for C). All successful bidders will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Bond pursuant to Sections 136 and 137 of the State Finance Law, each for 100% of the amount of the Contract estimated to be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 for C. Designated staff are John Pupons, Jessica Hoffman and Pierre Alric in the Division of Contract Management, telephone (518) 474-0203, fax (518) 473-7862 and John Lewyckyj, Deputy Director, Design & Construction Group, telephone (518) 4740201, fax (518) 486-1650. Pursuant to Public Buildings Law § 8(6), effective January 11, 2020, for any projects where the project design commenced on or after January 1, 2020 and for any contracts over $5,000 for the work of construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, or improvement of any State building, a responsible and reliable NYScertified Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise that submits a bid within ten percent of the lowest bid will be deemed the apparent low bidder provided that the bid is $1,400,000 or less, as adjusted annually for inflation beginning January 1, 2020. If more than one responsible and reliable MWBE firm meets these requirements, the MWBE firm with the lowest bid will be deemed the apparent low bidder. XX Project commenced design before January 1, 2020. Not subject to provision. _____Project commenced design on or after January 1, 2020. Subject to provision. Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Article 15-A and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, OGS is required to promote opportunities for the maximum feasible participation of New York Statecertified Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (“MWBEs”) and the employment of minority group members and women in the performance of OGS contracts. All bidders are expected to cooperate in implementing this policy. OGS hereby establishes an overall goal of 30% for MWBE participation, 15% for Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (“MBE”) participation and 15% for Women-Owned Business Enterprises (“WBE”) participation (based on the current availability of qualified MBEs and WBEs). The total contract goal can be obtained by utilizing any combination of MBE and /or WBE participation for subcontracting and supplies acquired under this Contract. The Bidding and Contract Documents for this Project are available on compact disc (CD) only, and may be obtained for an $8.00 deposit per set, plus a $2.00 per set shipping and handling fee. Pursuant to State Finance Law § 143(1), effective January 11, 2020, the required deposit will be waived upon request by any Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise certified pur-suant to Article 15-A of the Executive Law or any Service-Disabled VeteranOwned Business Enterprise certified pursuant to Article 17-B of the Executive Law. Contractors and other interested parties can order CD’s online through a secure web interface

available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please use the following link at the OGS website for ordering and payment instructions: https://online.ogs.ny.gov/ sdnc/contractorConsultant/esb/ESBPlansAvailableIndex.asp. For questions about purchase of bid documents, please send an e-mail to DCPlans@ogs.ny.gov, or call (518) 474-0203. For additional information on this project, please use the link below and then click on the project number: https://online.ogs.ny.gov/ dnc/contractorConsultant/esb/ESBPlansAvailableIndex.asp. John D. Lewyckyj, C.S.I., C.D.T. Deputy Director, OGS Design & Construction Group

LLC's NOTICE of FORMATION of a DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CCP Buffalo LLC, filed its Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State on 09/04/2020. The LLC is located in Erie County at 210 Southampton Street Buffalo, NY 14208. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 210 Southampton Street Buffalo, NY 14208. CCP Buffalo LLC was formed for any lawful purpose permitted for LLCs under NY Limited Liability Company Act. Oct. 7,14,21,28 Nov. 4,11 NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY The Articles of Organization of Lamont J Musiq LLC were filed with the NY Secretary of State (NYSS) on June 10, 2020. Office location: Erie County, New York. The NYSS has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served . NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 11 Hoyt St, Buffalo, NY 14213. Purpose is any lawful act permitted under the NY Limited Liability Company Act; initially with a focus on content creation. September23,30 October 7,14,21,28 NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Complete Difference LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 8/03/2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may, be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 5500 N. Bailey Ave. Ste #74 Amherst NY 14226. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. September 16,23,30 October 7,14,21 NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Hair By The Sisters LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/1/2020 Office in Erie County SSNY is the designated agent of LLC whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to 240 Niagara Falls Blvd. Buffalo NY, 14223 Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. September 16,23,30 October 7,14,21

Limited Liability Company Freedom Culture Technologies LLC flled articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State NYSS 06/25/2020.Office located in Erie County. The NYSS has been designated as the agent upon whom the process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 753 Kensington Ave. Buffalo, New York 14215. Purpose is any lawful act permitted under the NY Limited Liability Act. Focus on understanding production. October14,21,28, November 4,11,18

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Limited Liability Company G.M.S. Transportation, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on September 23, 2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 540 Woodlawn Avenue Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. October14,21,28,November 4,11,18

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Limited Liability Company Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: RISE UP FAMILY ORGANIZATION LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/25/2020. Office location: Erie County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O RISE UP FAMILY ORGANIZATION LLC, 17350 State Hwy 249 #220, Houston 77064. Purpose: Any Lawful Purposes. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. October14,21,28, November 4,11,18 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: Khari’s LLC, Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State on June 12, 2020, Erie County. SSNY has been designated as the agent upon whom processes may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to 128 Fargo Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Oct. 7,14,21,28 Nov. 4,11


NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/07/2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 5500 N. Bailey Ave. Ste. #74 Amherst NY 14226. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act or activity. September 23,30 October 7,14,21,28

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY KRUPTOS INDUSTRIES, LLC Articles of Organization filed with The New York Secretary of State: 07/27/2020.Office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. New York Secretary of State may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 282 15th Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. September 9,16,23,30 October 7,14

NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY CGN Services, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on September 3, 2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 80 Parkview Avenue Buffalo, New York 14210. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. September 23,30 October 7,14,21,28

BuyBlocks Properties, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the NY Department of State on 08/19/20. Office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY has been designated as the agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any process to the LLC at: PO Box 1763, Amherst, NY 14226. Purpose: Any lawful activity. September 9,16,23,30 October 7,14,


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NOTICE Of FORMATION Of A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Sonia’s Expressions of Love, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on September 14, 2020. Office in Erie County. SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 94 Wilkes Avenue Buffalo, New York 14215. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Oct. 7,14,21,28 Nov. 4,11


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155734 Reverse Mortgage vs. Stull

SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS– SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF ERIE – REVERSE MORTGAGE FUNDING LLC, Plaintiff,- against -FRANK EDWARD STULL; if he be living and if he be dead, the respective heirs-atlaw, next-of-kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, Defendants-Index No. 810663/2019 Plaintiff Designates Erie County as the Place of Trial. The Basis of Venue is that the subject action is situated in Erie County. 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(s) 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); the United States of America may appear or answer within 60 days of service hereof; 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. That this Supplemental Summons is being filed pursuant to an order of the court dated September 3, 2020. 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 mortgage company 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. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE; New York State law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the Summons and Complaint in this Foreclosure Action, you may lose your home. Please read the Summons and Complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney of your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services’ at 1-800-269-0990 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful

about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Catherine Nugent Panepinto, J.S.C. dated September 3, 2020. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 84 Hiler Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217 located at Section 78.33 Block 3 and Lot 4 Dated: September 21, 2020 Filed: September 22, 2020 Greenspoon Marder LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff, By: Raspreet Bhatia, Esq. 590 Madison Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10022 (212) 524-5000 Please respond to Cypress Creek office: Trade Centre South, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 700 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (888) 491-1120

LLC Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company Chi-Lo Group LLC Articles of Organization filed with the New York Secretary of State on 09/21/20. Office in Erie County SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon process to 3842 Harlem Rd. Suite 400-224 Buffalo, NY 14215. Any lawful purpose. October14,21,28, November 4,11,18


EMPLOYMENT Director of Independent Living Services. Responsible for supervision of various specialists in dept., overseeing billing, monitoring outcomes, developing programming, identifying consumer trends & addressing advocacy issues. Buffalo. employment@wnyil.org EEOC. www.wnyil.org Health Homes Care Coordinator. Coordinate services w/ the Health Homes for the purpose of decreasing high risk medical and/or behavioral health costs for individuals being served in this Health Home. Batavia. employment@wnyil. org EEOC. www.wnyil.org HAWNY Program Specialist (PT). Coordinate the Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Continuum of Care and maximize community participation. Increase homeless services in general, including prevention, shelter and permanent housing. Batavia. employment@wnyil. org EEOC. www.wnyil.org Chief Organizational Equity Officer. Responsible for establishing overarching goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, including WNYIL’s governance, administrative, and programmatic policies, procedures, and practices; to eliminate any existing systemic organizational marginalization; while promoting inclusion and anti-racist practices to lead WNYIL’s efforts to provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices delivered in individuals’ preferred languages. Buffalo. employment@wnyil. org EEOC. www.wnyil.org Housing Specialist. To assist individuals to apply for, and navigate, the programs and services offered through Independent Living, including but not limited to, coordinating housing evaluations and program options for persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Batavia. employment@wnyil.org EEOC. www.wnyil.org

Unlawful discrimination. "This institution· is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimi­ nati;m Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 6329992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, D.C. 20250 - 9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@ usda.gov."

Olmstead Housing Specialist. Assist individuals seeking eligibility for housing subsidy to transition from institutional setting to the community. Work as part of a coordinated Independent Living services team. Buffalo. employment@wnyil. org EEOC.www.wnyil.org


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HR Benefits Specialist Job Developer Data Entry Clerk Intake Clerk Substance Abuse Counselor Case Manager Health Coordinator/License Practical Nurse Family and Community Partnership Coordinator Program Secretary Food Pantry Clerk/Van Driver Family Partner Home Visitor Youth Services Counselor Teacher (Certified) Teacher I/II/III Nutrition Associate Maintenance Associate Substitute Teacher Visit us at www.caowny.Org to learn more about the requirements and to complete an online application LEGAL NOTICE BId COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDDERS Ketchum Rd. (CR 501) Slide Remediation PROJ# CAP-CR501-1-2020 The Department of Public Works (DPW), Division of Highways, seeking sealed bids for Slide Remediation project. Sealed proposals must be received at the DPW, 95 Franklin St, Room 1404, Buffalo, NY by, and opened at 11:30 am local time, Thursday, October 29, 2020. Bid deposit of $45,000.00 is required with bid submittal. Pre-let meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:00 am local time at the Rath County Office Building, DPW, 95 Franklin St, Room 1404, Buffalo, NY. Minority Workforce, MBE/WBE participation, Apprenticeship goals, and Local & Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: http:// www2.erie.gov/dpw.

Medicaid Facilitated Enroller. Educate, engage and enroll individuals who are aged, legally blind, or disabled; while addressing needs for health insurance by addressing levels of eligibility, type of insurance that he or she is qualified for, prepare the application, and diligently follow through to collect information needed to fulfill eligibility requirements set by Local Social Services (LCDSS). Batavia. employment@wnyil.org EEOC www.wnyil.org

Community Access Services is Hiring! Harm Reduction Counselor The Harm Reduction Counselor is responsible for providing risk reduction programs and services to people at risk for HIV/ STI/HCV infection/transmission, according to the agency’s established protocols. Correctional Services Specialist The Correctional Services Specialist is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of HIV prevention activities specifically targeted to high risk, incarcerated men and to engage the target population into the interventions offered in the Criminal Justice Initiative. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits and a generous paid time off package. To apply, visit https://www. evergreenhs.org/careers/


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There will be a meeting of the Board of the Westminster Community Charter School on Wednesday, October 21. If you are interested in participating, please email info@buffalopromiseneighborhood.org for further details.

'Get Out The Vote' Motorcades & “Early Voting Unity Parade' A "Get Out The Vote" motorcades and “Early Voting Unity Parade” on Saturday October 24 the first day of Early Voting in New York State. Motorcade will start at MLK Park, proceed to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, and end at JFK Community Center and Park. Contact Betty Jean Grant for the start time of the motorcade, at: (716) 602-5877.

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Every First and Third Thursday from 2:30 – 7p.m. The African Heritage Food Co-op will be holding a farmers market at Gates Vascular Institute at the corner of Goodrich and Ellicott Street. Every 3rd Thursday will be pay as you can during the COVID crisis.

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