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*Film: Flow: Living In The Stream Of Music, Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m.
Award-winning filmmaker Jim Gabour will be in attendance at this film screening.This documentary film follows famed New Orleans composer/ trumpeter Terence Blanchard as he performs on four continents with his band of young, engaging musicians. *Film:Louisiana Blues, Thursday, Nov. 10, 7pm David Johnson and wife Jackie.

Who Is “David Johnson, African American Photographer……” By Omobowale Ayorinde (Ed Note: Photographer David Johnson re cently appeared at the opening rece-

tion of “The Photography of David Johnson.” The exhibit, at the Community Darkroom713 Monroe Avenue, will run through Jan. 7. Call 585-271-5920 or go to for more in formation.)

There was a buzz that enshrouded the City of Rochester, New York, when the Community Darkroom announced they were bringing [almost completely unknown….on the east coast], African American photographer, David Johnson from San Francisco. The resounding question became, “who is David Johnson and would the east coast show him any love?” Inquiring minds quickly found out by “Googling” mostly, that David Johnson is an 84 year old African American photographer, born in Jacksonville Florida, raised by an aunt, who eventually found his way to the “Fillmore District of San Francisco and was the first African American photography student of Ansel Adams. In the history of photography, few names command such lofty notice, than that of Ansel Adams, especially in this hallowed photographic city. Let’s set the stage. Rochester represents the “holly grail” for all things photographic, including the knowledge of the history of photography, since the first permanent photograph in 1826 by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the introduction of the, “daguerreotype” by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1826, the photographic records of the expeditions that opened the west [including, San Francisco] and the history of those many initial visionary photographers who brought this form from obscurity to the current recognized art form that we share today, this is what we do in, Rochester, New York. So, the question, “who is this David Johnson,” was answered by, David Johnson himself while attending the “Little Theatre” [art theatre complex] and the screening of, a film depicting his life entitled, “Positive Negative,” directed by Mindy Steiner.” Finally we would have our answer. “Would the east coast show some love to this African American photographer from San Francisco, being brought to Rochester by the “Community Darkroom?“ The room was darkened, the screen flickered, I held my breath. There was a kind of thick anticipation wafting in the theatre. I sat transfixed. What began with an emulated slide show on film with a sound track to die for will remain embedded in most peoples minds for years to come, be they Black, White or in between; there before us, our history sensitivelyContinued Page15

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When I first heard the words, “Swamp Angel”, I didn’t know what to think. The play’s author Reverend James Evans put things in perspective for me. “Its a phrase used over and over again by elderly black folks,” he continues. “He’s a real swamp angel...this day thou shall be with me in paradise. It’s important to understand that at the end of the day; it’s a story.” RAPA has extended the play’s run until November 12, at its East End Theatre, 727 East Main Street. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for seniors and

*LAST FRIDAY HERITAGE JAZZ SERIES - A Tribute to Bird and Diz: Live Music with Culture Clash, Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm. Hosted by Dr. Carl Atkins, Professor of Music at RIT. Enjoy the polished jazz performance of local group Culture Clash, as we experience the music of Dizzy Gilespie and Charlie Parker, and learn about these jazz greats. Admission $10 per adult, refreshments served. All events at the Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. To RSVP and for more information call (585) 563-2145.

Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition Meetings 2011 Baobab Cultural Center 728 University Avenue 6-7pm Please join us for the meetings of the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition Meetings on Wednesdays November 9, 16 and 30 and December 7,14, and 21. We will plan the 2011 Kwanzaa Celebration of family, community, values and love!

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*Film And Dialogue: Morristown in the Air and Sun, November 17 at 7 pm .Anne Lewis, Director. Piece looks across national as well as racial, ethnic, and class boundaries to provide a working class perspective on globalization. It is in English with Spanish subtitles. *GUEST SPEAKER EVENT A breakfast conversation with Cameroon Ambassador Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:30 am. Hosted by the the executive committee and members of the Cameroon Association of Greater Rochester (CAGR). Please respond by Nov 10, 2011 by email to sngwese@hotmail. com or call 585-509-6018.

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Hogues, Grant Winners in Legislative Races: Poloncarz Defeats Collins in Race for the County Executive’s Seat Despite a hard fought campaign and endorsements from some of the city’s top African American political figures, former Legislative Chairwoman Barbara Miller Williams was soundly defeated by newcomer Tim Hogues for the First District Seat in Tuesday’s election. With 90% of the precincts reporting at press time, Hogues had 6,817 or 67 % of the vote to MillerWilliams 2,117 (21%) and Joe Mascia’s 1,167 (12%). Veteran politician Legislator Betty Jean Grant won a solid victory in her bid for re-lection, defeating her opponent 8,426 (87%) to 1,223 (13%) for the 5th District Legislative seat. And in the most closely watched race of the election, Democrat Mark Poloncarz defeated Republican Chris Collins 103,046 (54%) to Collins 89, 205 (46%). Samuel A.. Herbert, who ran a write-in campaign for the Fillmore District, and Rev. Dion Watkins, who ran a write in campaign for mayor Lackawanna, were apparently unsuccessful. Incumbent Dave Franczyk won in Fillmore and G. Szymanski was victorious in the Lackawanna Mayor’s race. City Court Judge Robert Russell was the top voter-getter in the race for City Court Judge, followed by J. Fiorella, S. Eagan and Diane Wray. More details and final election totals next week. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Lucky Number Luncheon Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its annual Lucky Number Luncheon at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at the Hearthstone Manor. A fashion show featuring Furs by Russell and fashions from City Fashion will be the centerpiece of the Luncheon. Luncheon guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Chinese-auction of specially-designed gift baskets and visit vendors who will set up during the Luncheon. The Luncheon is the sorority’s major fundraiser of the year. The proceeds support Sorority programs, including its Leadership Development Program for students in grades 9 through 12 and Emerging Young Leaders program for middle school young women. Both initiatives are year-long programs which expose participants to leadership development activities, community service and cultural enrichment. Tickets are $35.00 and can be obtained from any member of the sorority. Linda Seay is President of Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter and Linda Coppock is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

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Eva Doyle Announces Youth Activities Columnist Eva M. Doyle would like to encourage students in grades 5 - 12 to enter the next essay contest in the Eye On History series. Students must answer the following questions: Why Is Smoking Bad for Your Health ? How Can We Get This Message To Our Youth ? All completed essays must be turned in to the Frank E. Merriweather library prior to closing time on November 18, 2011. Flyers are available at the Merriweather library with details about the rules for the contest. There will be cash prizes and certificates for the winners. In addition, Mrs. Doyle will sponsor a series of career awareness programs for youth beginning on Saturday, November 19 at the Merriweather library from 3 - 5 p.m. A different career will be featured bi-monthly with a speaker. The first speaker will be Lt. Patrick Campbell, a pilot with a distinguished career in aviation. A question and answer period will follow his presentation. Admission is free. Parents and guardians are invited to attend. For more information you can call Mrs. Doyle at 847-6010 or 5339547.

A New Home for the Langston Hughes Center Legendary Jazz Pianist Randy Weston Kicks Off Center’s Upcoming Visiting Artist Series Fundraising Effort By J. Thorpe / outside the box


fter a tough few years, the Langston Hughes Institute is cultivating new ground for the future of Buffalo’s cultural art heritage and historic preservation. The Center, which closed in June 2010, is planning to reopen at a new site in Buffalo’s Historic Michigan Avenue African American Heritage Corridor. On November 18 and 19, the 40-year-old not for profit organization will host National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Randy Weston – octogenarian pianist, griot and author of “African Rhythms.” Weston’s visit will reinstate the Langston Hughes Institute “I Dream a World” Visiting Artists Series as a source of mission fulfillment and fund raising. “We are a community institution that has provided continuous services for more than 40 years,” says Michael Hill, who began at Langston Hughes Institute 11 years ago as a volunteer and served for many years as executive director. Langston Hughes Institute has been a resource for arts and cultural heritage learning and community development, and a community-based clearing house for the arts and culture of the African Diaspora by hosting writers, poets and exhibiting visual artists from Africa, England and the Caribbean, Hill continues. “As a leadership organization, Langston Hughes Institute has premiered Black films, launched joint media production training with WKBW television, and hosted national and international artists and community leaders,” he says. In 2008, Michael Hill lost his grandson Asa in a tragic car accident in which Michael also was seriously injured. Michael’s mother Dorothy Hill is long time Langston Hughes Institute president and CEO – now a breast cancer survivor, as vivacious and savvy at seventy-something as she likely was at age seventeen. As the organizational linchpin, Dorothy Hill remains passionately steadfast to the Langston Hughes Institution mission: “to present, promote and preserve arts and cultural heritage with an African American focus.” In 2010, after long negotiation, Langston Hughes sold its former home

at 25 High Street to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Administrative offices are now temporarily located at 136 Broadway, across the street and around the corner from the Colored Musicians Club and Michigan Avenue Baptist Church Underground Railroad site, respectively. The Nash House Museum is within walking distance. “It’s not a pretty story,” Dorothy Hill admits of the sale. Langston Hughes Institute could not find investment developers for the former location, she adds. “In moving from High Street we recognize that the place we should be is here, in the Michigan Avenue African American Heritage Corridor.” The site selected is a complex of four adjoining historic preservation buildings located between the corners of Michigan and Nash Streets on Broadway. These buildings will be completely redeveloped as a mixed use commercial, residential and arts and cultural site. The Langston Hughes Institute will be the anchor tenant of the historic buildings. The focus of the Institute’s current board of directors has been to secure the future of the institution as an income generating sustainable quality service provider in arts and cultural heritage education, presentation and preservation. To meet that objective, Langston Hughes Institute will embark on an ambitious “Sankofa Development Project,” pending purchase of the buildings at 163-173 Broadway sometime in February 2012. On Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. the Institute will host a meeting on the Sankofa Project. “Langston Hughes Institute 2020: A Shared vision: Transformational Institution Building in the 21st Century,” will be the topic of discussion at the Second Cup Café, Broadway and Ellicott Streets. “Langston Hughes Institute is using the Sankofa principle of African heritage as an organizational tool for transformational planning,” says Michael, who is the Sankofa Development Project Manager. According to, “Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to ‘go back and take’ or the Ashanti Adinkra symbol.” Sankofa symbolizes “one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.” “The Langston Hughes Institute’s

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board has engaged in strategic assessment and reached out to community leaders, technical advisors and others for several years to gain a knowledge base that enables and empowers organizational redevelopment, as well as the construction of a ‘world class’ arts and cultural heritage center,” Michael Hill says. The $8 million Langston Hughes Institute Sankofa Development Project was designed by Watts Architecture and Engineering, P.C. and is tentatively scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013, according to Dorothy Hill. In addition to new administrative offices, the proposed cultural arts center will feature an art gallery, café and gift shop, rooftop garden, artists’ lofts and meeting and business leasing space. “The plan for the art gallery was inspired by the Tegunas people of Mali,” Dorothy Hill says. Funding for the Langston Hughes Institute Sankofa Development Project will come in small part from proceeds from the Institute’s “I Dream A World” Visiting Artists Series. Following the Randy Weston visit, the next installation in the series is planned for February 2012. Michael Hill, who is a visionary, believes that the new location of the Langston Hughes Institute – within the state-designated Heritage Zone, Michigan Avenue African American Heritage Corridor – presents a unique chance to create transitional synergy. Says Michael: “A tremendous community development and economic opportunity exists in the corridor through the mutual support of all the Continued Page 15 Page 3


Russia accuses Israel of Using ‘Dangerous Prison Facts Rhetoric’ Against Iran President Dmitry Medvedev says threatening atmosphere being created by Israel, and that now is the time to ‘take a deep breath and open talks’.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Israel on Tuesday of using “dangerous rhetoric” that could lead to a war with Iran, amid rising tensions over the latter’s nuclear program. Speaking in Berlin after meeting his German counterpart Christian Wulff, Medvedev said a threatening atmosphere was being created by the Israelis, as media speculation abounded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were considering a military option against Iran. Meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, in February 2010. “The threat of a military strike could lead to a major war,” he warned, adding that it was now vital to calm the situation, “take a deep breath and open talks.” Moscow had repeatedly urged Tehran to prove to the world that its nuclear research was purely peaceful in its objectives. “Unfortunately there hasn’t been any movement in this direction,” said Medvedev, who was later to attend a ceremony to open an undersea gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday that a strike against Iran would be a grave mistake with unpredictable consequences: “This would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences,” he said. Defense Minister Barak played down speculation Tuesday that Israel intended to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, saying it had not decided to embark on any military operation. “War is not a picnic. We want a picnic. We don’t want a war,” Barak told Israel Radio ahead of the release this week of an International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] report on Iran’s nuclear activity. “[Israel] had not yet decided to embark on any operation.”

The figures here highlight America’s unique approach to crime and punishment, where race, class and corporate interests collide to make the larges and most expensive prison system in the world.

• The U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, but houses a quarter of the world’s prisoners with more than 2 million criminals behind bars. • About one of 18 men in the U.S. is in jail or on probation. • The U.S. has experienced a 500 percent increase in incarcerations over the past thirty years. Every day in the United States 200 new jail cells are built. • California has the most populous prison system in the nation, with about 170,000 inmates. Texas, followed by Florida have the next biggest prison population sin the nation with about 160,000 and 100,000 respectively. • Over the course of the last 20 years, the amount of money spent on prisons was increased by 570 percent. • An individual sentenced to five years for a $300 theft costs the public more that $100,000 • It costs $22,000 every year an inmate spends in prison. • The cost of a life term averages $15 million.


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Churches Seek to Withdraw $1 Billion From Big Banks

"If our New Bottom Line Coalition can move a billion dollars," said Rev. Ryan Bell, of Hollywood Adventist Church, in Los Angeles, "then not only does that make a fiscal impact on the banks, but to accumulate a billion dollars worth of transfers you've got to get a movement. And that's what's afoot right now." The New Bottom Line Coalition is an umbrella of 1,000 faith-based organizations. Rev. Mario Howell, pastor of the Antioch Church Family, in the San Francisco Bay area, said churches are also pressing local governments to divest from the Bank of America and other behemoths. "If you don't," he said, "we're going to remember you when it comes time to vote again."

Banks "Swindled" Residents of Mostly Black City

Protesters braved a snowstorm to demand that New Jersey's attorney general prosecute lending agencies for overpricing housing in Irvington, a 95 percent Black city of 60,000. "Price-fixing is a crime" and the banks that colluded in the crime are "swindlers," said David Hungerford, of the Coalition to Save Our Homes. The coalition demands that banks be prosecuted and forced to reduce the principle on mortgages by the amount of the over-pricing.

Police Crackdowns Only Fuel Oakland Occupation

A protester who was shot with a rubber bullet while peacefully "just taking some pictures" of police in Oakland, California, said "the movement grows every time the police come down on us; I don't know why they haven't learned that, yet." Scott Campbell added, "If there is one thing that Oakland is known for, it's police violence."

Was Protest Really a "General Strike"

"From my perspective, nothing about the situation in Oakland fits or is generally thought of as a general strike," said Melvyn Dubofsky, professor emeritus of sociology and history at the University of New York, at Binghamton. Most Oakland residents went to work or school on the day protestors called for a general strike. Prof. Dubofsky said "there is no agreed definition" of what constitutes a general strike, but that historically, general strikes involve whole sectors of industry or entire cities and "were called or directed by the local labor unions." In the final analysis, "the test is whether they achieved their objectives," he said. Dubofsky is author of The State and Labor in Modern America.

The Occupation is Not a White Thing

"When racist stuff comes up in the larger movement, we're first to respond to it," said Andrew Hoyles, of the People of Color Working Group at Occupy Wall Street, in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. One problem is that media seek out "a white face, oftentimes a white male," to interview. "That's a struggle. The issues that people of color face didn't start with college debt." It's very important, Hoyles said, "that Black people in America start to see Occupy Wall Street not as a white issue. It's very much their issue." The 99% "aren't just educated white men in debt; it is the ones who have continuously been the first to be fired and the last to be hired."

UNAC: Economic Justice and Peace are Inseparable

"The effort to end U.S. interventions abroad, to end NATO attacks against nations that are attempting to fight back against the banking elite, are incredibly strengthened by the fact that a real economic justice movement is forming" in the U.S., said Chris Gauvreau, of the United National Anti-War Coalition. UNAC is organizing protests at a summit of NATO and simultaneous meeting of the G-8 nations in May, in Chicago. Occupation Puts Dems "In a Pickle" "As far as I can tell," said Doug Henwood, editor of Left Business Observer, the ramifications of the Occupy Wall Street movement have not yet entered the consciousness of "the market. They don't perceive it as more than a curiosity, at this point." The Democratic Party is another matter. "Some of the Democrats are in a pickle," said Henwood. "It's a party of capital that has to pretend, for electoral reasons, that it's not." If the Democrats embrace Occupation issues, "it would be good electoral news for them, but their paymasters don't want them to do that."

Protesters Learn About Real Homelessness

"The people who are now part of that movement are now understanding what it means for the people who were already living on the street," said Jeremy Rosen, policy director for the National Law Center on Homelessness, in Washington. "Things like, how are we going to stay warm, and where are we going to use the bathroom." Jared Ball, BAR editor and columnist: White demonstrators at Occupation events should cease using "slave" and "slavery" metaphors that distort history. Glen Ford, BAR executive editor: Thousands of federal prison inmates are eligible for early release on crack cocaine convictions.

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Antibiotics overprescribed for children: study Pediatricians in the United States write more than 10 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions every year for conditions such as the flu and asthma, contributing to potentially dangerous drug resistance, a study said. Researchers looked at a nationally representative sample of almost 65,000 outpatient visits by children under 18 during 2006 to 2008, with findings reported in the journal Pediatrics. In total, doctors prescribed an antibiotic at one in every five visits, with most dispensed for children with respiratory ailments such as sinus infections and pneumonia. Some of those infections were caused by bacteria, warranting antibiotics. But almost one-quarter of all antibiotic prescriptions were given to children with respiratory conditions that probably or definitely do not call for antibiotics, such as bronchitis, the flu, asthma and allergies. That translates to more than 10 million antibiotic prescriptions each year that likely won't do any good but might do harm, said study leader Adam Hersh of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. "One reason overuse occurs is because the diagnosis is often unclear -- this is common with ear infections. The decision is made to prescribe an antibiotic even though the diagnosis isn't certain, just to be on the safe side," he said. Half of all the antibiotics prescribed were "broad-spectrum" drugs, which act against a wide range of bacteria -- killing more of the good bacteria in the bodies as well and perhaps setting the child up for more serious infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria later on. "Antibiotics are wonderful. There are times when you really need them, the question is just being judicious about when we use them," said Betsy Foxman, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the research. In addition, giving antibiotics to children when they aren't needed raises the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections in both the children themselves and society as a whole, she said. "We think of antibiotics as being wholly beneficial, but they are not very specific, they hit everything in your body. By making our microbes that are supposed to be with us disappear, we can be causing other health problems we don't know about." And to avoid over-prescription? Hersh said that one way might simply be to wait several days and check the child again. "If the diagnosis is still a little unclear, ask if it would be safe to wait a day or two with close follow up rather than starting the antibiotic right away," he added.

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National Expert To Headline Seminar On Role Of Research In Nursing

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) welcomes the region’s nurses to a free half-day program featuring a keynote address from a national expert. Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute, will keynote “Nursing Research: Producing Evidence to Advance Health” Wednesday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Hohn Auditorium, Research Studies Center, RPCI. Burnes Bolton, who in April was named to Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare list, is also Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing. In her address, she will share her vision of a healthcare system that makes quality care accessible to diverse populations, promotes wellness and disease prevention, improves health outcomes and provides compassionate care Linda Burnes Bolton across a person’s lifespan, detailing the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on the future of nursing and addressing knowledge gaps in nursing research. The seminar will begin with a poster session and continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Burnes Bolton’s keynote address will begin at 10 a.m., with a panel discussion following from 11 a.m. to noon. To reserve a seat, call 716-845-3436 or send an e-mail to wendy.raber@ by November 9. NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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City Urged to Release Funds for Veterans Services With over 130,000 homeless veterans nationally, according to estimates from the Department of Veterans Affairs and with more veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who will have trouble accessing a new job once they get home, veterans groups from throughout Erie County staged a rally on the steps of Buffalo City Hall on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 to bring to light the need for more services for veterans and their families.

Dubbed a “community-wide call to action”, this event focused on the need for affordable veterans’ housing and for a “one-stop” center where veterans and their family members can gain access to a single service coordination system. “Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another”, remarked Frank Dorsey, an E5 HERO of Vietnam Era Veteran. That is our motto. And, since the VA cannot and does not do

it all, it is incumbent upon the rest of us to see that the men and women, who so selflessly served this nation, are care for”. In particular, the participants of today’s rally are asking the City of Buffalo to release the funds for Veterans Village of Western New York. According to the organizers, the proposed project, slated to be located in a 25,000 square foot, two story brick building located within the Ellicott District,

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WNY Hispanic American Veterans Memorial On November 11, at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony of the WNY Hispanic American Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is scheduled for 4PM and it is expected that many elected officials, veterans and representatives of the local community will be in attendance. The memorial will be the first historical landmark of its kind for Hispanic Americans in this region. It will serve to honor the service of past, present and future Hispanic American veterans from the Western New York Region. Hispanics have been in this country since before the War of Independence. Hispanic Americans have fought in every conflict in which the United States has ever participated. According to José G. Rivera, Chairperson of the WNY Hispanic American Committee (WNYHAVC), Hispanic Americans have surmounted great social injustice and discrimination in this country but their loyalty, bravery and persistence in the face of adversity has been evidenced many times over. According to Rivera, over the years, they have been true men of honor. Two units will also be recognized and memorialized at the monument. The first is the 65th Infantry Regiment, a unit comprised almost entirely of Puerto Ricans who were called to participate in important missions during WWI, WWII, and Korea. An extraordinary number of soldiers from that outfit were decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, among others. The second is the Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post # 1928 – a post which is no longer in existence but represented the only symbol of Hispanic American participation in the U.S. Armed Forces in Western New York. The public is invited to the ceremony which will take place at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, between the Korean and the Rust Bucket monuments. models. A Home Performance with ENERGY STAR professional will make sure it is properly sized and installed correctly. Prevent ice dams: Remove leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. Make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation. Hire a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor accredited through the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to inspect your attic and seal air leaks and add insulation, if needed. During the winter months, remove air conditioning units from windows to prevent heat from escaping through and around them. If the units can’t be removed, install a cover to prevent unwanted drafts. NOVEMBER 9, 2011


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hen you think of fashion trends, what comes to mind: legwarmers and Pro Keds? V-neck tees and skinny jeans perhaps? Maybe just a t-shirt with a simple smiley face on it. Widely known as “the first graphic tee ever,” who would’ve thought that something as simple as a yellow smiley face and a “Have A Nice Day” caption would birth a fashion craze that challenges each design to become “the next big thing?” With a strong desire to make her inspirational mark on the impressionable world of steadfast sayings spread proudly across the chest, one Buffalo native is well on her way to being that next big thing. Enter: Nia McAdoo. In 2005 as a then-Buff State grad student, Nia’s protest against the disempowering and degrading graphic fashion trends of the time was the creation of Cocoa Babies. It began as an effort to provide a product that young women could, and would, proudly wear in front of their mothers. Nia (née Tillet) took her pride in her culture, mixed it with a budding business savvy, and sprinkled that with vast imagination and creativity, giving birth to a movement that continues to leave its mark on a generation (indeed a recipe for success!) I recently sat down with Mrs. McAdoo to learn more about the inception and progression of Cocoa Babies over the years. An inspiring story to share, Nia makes it clear that she loves what she does and she does what she loves:

I knew I needed help paying my heating bills—

and there wasn’t any time to waste.

Kent Olden: Where did the idea come from to start Cocoa Babies? Nia Tillet-McAdoo: I had the idea for Cocoa Babies while I was still in graduate school at Buffalo State. This was about the same time when slogan tees were really introduced and I was constantly seeing young children and teens in clothing that was either suggestive or inappropriate. I started to look at what was marketed to them in the stores and online and saw that there was a lack of positive messages and none marketed directly for children of color. I decided to create an alternative, one that would feature trendy designs and tees that children and parents could both appreciate. KO: What has been the most memorable/rewarding experience you’ve had with your product since the inception of Cocoa Babies? NTM: I think that the greatest accomplishment is that after 7 years we are still here and that we continue to grow. Having successfully transitioned the business from something that was done on the side to a full-time business is definitely an accomplishment that I am proud of. KO: Can we look forward to a Cocoa Babies store/boutique opening any time soon? NTM: That would be a great concept but right now we have plans to continue as an online retailer. We have customers around the globe and find that this is the best business model for us as we continue to meet their needs. KO: What message does Cocoa Babies want to send out to its audience? NTM: It’s important to note that children can be trendy and cute but also age appropriate. Many of the slogan and message tees that are marketed to our children are very generic and border on what many would consider inappropriate. Cocoa Babies offers a wonderful alternative at prices that are extremely competitive. It has always been our goal to promote positive images that inspire the families that purchase clothing and accessories from us. Internationally known, locally respected, with clientele that ranges from friends and family, to the likes of actress/singer Naturi Naughton and noted photographer Derek Blanks, Cocoa Babies is on the fast track to success by simply encouraging the success of Generation: Next. Their product phrases are self-esteem boosters that reinforce the notion that I AM SOMEBODY. A Cocoa Babies gift just may be what kick-starts the next person’s trek to greatness. Cocoa Babies products can currently be viewed and purchased on www., and has been featured in The Atlanta Post and The Chicago Tribune, and has been an invited gift suite vendor at the Soul Train Awards. NOVEMBER 9, 2011

Act now! This year, HEAP opens November 16. If you need help paying your heating bills, or know someone who does, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help. Applications will be accepted beginning November 16. However, funds are very limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay, get your application ready. A little help can make a big difference. For more information, or to see if you qualify, visit or call 1-877-443-2743. // 1-877-443-2743 Grant amounts vary and will be provided only while HEAP funding remains available. Additional assistance may be available for those with a heating emergency. The maximum Regular HEAP grant for customers that use natural gas to heat their homes is $300. HEAP grants are immediately posted to customer accounts when they are received from New York State.

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Revival 000Walls Memorial AME Zion Church at 455 Glenwood Avenue will host a revival Nov. 9, 10 and 11 Wednesday thru Friday. The Rev. Henrico White of Caldwell AMEZ Church of New York City is the guest preacher. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. The public is invited. For more information call 886-6527. Rev. G.M. Tydus is host pastor.

Prophetic Conference A Prophetic Conference, “Wounded But Not Dead: Why Can’t You Forgive” will be held Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at 2317 Main Street in Buffalo. Clide Davis is pastor; Sadie Davis is co-pastor. Apostle Alfred Lester is the speaker.

Winter Clothing Drive An “Everything Winter Clothing Drive” is in need of 200 coats and pairs of boots. Donation of sweaters, pants, baby items and pampers are also greatly appreciated. For more information contact Christine Lester at 602-8608.

Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church Dedication Services All are welcome to join Dr. James A. Lewis III, Senior Pastor, Lady Zandra Lewis and the Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church family for the Celebratory Dedication Services and ribbon cutting of their edifice at 4 p.m. on November 13 at 406 Sycamore Street. Senior Pastor and Full Gospel Fellowship State Overseer Darius G. Pridgen will preside over the dedication service and will be the featured guest speaker. Dr. James A. Lewis III is Senior Pastor.


Friendship Baptist Church presents: *A 2 Day Youth Explosion Friday, November 11at 7pm Tag Team Revival;3 Dynamic Speakers &Saturday, November 12 at 6pm Praise Blast *3 Day Revival, November 8, 9, 10 7pm Nightly Guest Evangelist, Rev. Deon White, Chicago, IL All events take place at Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton Street. All Are Welcome!

A Message From Trinity Baptist Shelter In The Storm Pastoral Anniversary Ministries On Sunday November 13 at 10:45 By Elder Vivian Carter Shelter From In The Storm Ministries, founded in October 2001 is a healing and deliverance ministry for women from all walks of life. We deal with women who suffer from brokenness and abuse (mental, physical, sexual and drugs.) Our mission is to let women know there is hope and that they too can recover. We help empower women to turn their hurts to healing and the pain into power and most of all to let them know they are not alone. We also have a safe house for women and its purpose is to help women establish morals, values and the spiritual principals they once had. We want to help women become responsible, independent productive citizens in society and to establish a faith based walk with them so that they will walk in the purpose for which they were created.

a.m. the Trinity Baptist Church, 1366 South Avenue, Niagara Falls, will observe the 53rd Pastoral Anniversary of Pastor Glen and Sister Muzella Raybon. The guest Minister will be Pastor Ruben L. Goff Jr., Pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Albion, NY. Also, moderator of The Great Lakes Baptist Association.

To advertise call Ms. Jones @ (716) 881-1051 or email:

"God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other

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Shelter From In The Storm Ministries hosted a “Woman Thou Art Loosed” Women’s Conference on November 5. The conference dealt with women issues of being “bound, stagnant or confused” in areas of their lives and letting them know they could be healed from their brokenness. God can bind up that wounded spirit! Our Ministry has a declaration, which is, “The Power of Confession.” It lets the women know that, God can heal you everywhere you hurt. We declare and decree that for all of your mourning and sorrows, God will give you oils of joy and beauty for ashes. For the spirit of heaviness, He will give you a garment of praise. We declare and decree he will break the chains of bondage and loose you from the imprisonment in your mind. We declare and decree that the Lord’s favor is upon you and that God will cover you with his wings of protection and no evil shall come near you or near your dwelling place, for he has given his angels charge over you and to keep you in all your ways. For more information call (716) 9909813. (Elder Vivian Carter is the president and founder of Shelter In

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Women’s Ministry Service The Women's Ministry of Greater Refuge Temple, 943 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY will have our 2nd Saturday Women's Fellowship Thanksgiving Service on Saturday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Our

guest speaker is Sis. Wanda Core from First Centennial Baptist Church. All women are invited to come share in this special Women's Service. Bishop Robert L. Sanders, Senior Pastor.

“That’s What Friends Are For” Enter In Ministries On Sunday November 13 at 7 pm “That’s What Friends Are For” Enter In Ministries 1761 Genesee St. The guest will be Min. Reggie Smith & his Praise Team from Jamesrtown, NY. Rosetta Swain is Servant/Pastor.

Mayor Byron W. Brown is pleased to announce a partnership with Google. Sign up for our workshop to get your business on-line.

You're Invited! Google and friends are coming to town to get your business online. New York Get Your Business Online - a new program from Google - is an easy, free, and fast way to get your business online. If you don't have a website or Google Places listing, you'll find everything you need to get started - web professionals at your side every step of the way. We'll also provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop. If your business is already online, you'll find tools and resources to help your business succeed online.

November 18th Embassy Suites Buffalo-Avant Ballroom 200 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 Sessions available at: 9 am and 12:30 pm

At these events you can    

Get a free website and Google Places listing Get 1:1 advice and tips Learn more about online marketing Network with your fellow small business owners

New York Get Your Business Online events are completely free. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Register online:

NOVEMBER 9, 2011

Please contact the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning at 851-GROW (4769) if you need assistance.

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on stage

Billy Drease Williams

Another Grammy Consideration for Billy Drease! It’s Grammy Award sseason once again....and once again, Buffalo’s own Billy Drease Williams finds himself in the running. This year, his visual masterpiece, RUN, has been selected for Best Long Form Video consideration by the Recording Academy. Although Billy Drease Williams has been compared to many in the industry (Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Kid CuDi etc.) there really is nothing else like this out there! Best of luck Billy Dreas

*Café at Masten & Eaton, 230 Masten Ave. 716-883-2311 live entertainment on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8pm. Featuring Divine Order, Artist Barry Gibbs bass player from the Bronx NY, Bobby Bonner drums, Kiko Swaine, keyboards and Singer Delane. Sunday Jazz Jam with the Tune Ups, Tommy Robinson, Marlow Wright, Jim Beishline and Barry Gibbs from 6:30 to 10:30pm. Please come out and support our local musicians!

* Women of Motown, Sat. Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall, featuring Radiance & the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, tribute to classic Motown acts like the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes, 885-5000 or

*Superior Donuts, 

A Western New York Premiere, November 11 – December 4; Directed by Scott Behrend.C omedy-drama from Tony and Pulitzer– winning author Tracy Letts celebrates the redemptive power of hope, friendship, nostalgia, and diversity.*NO PERFORMANCE on Thanksgiving. (Thursday November 24th)*

*Wu-Tang Clan, 8 p.m., Mon. Dec. 26, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., 8523900, tickets $45, box office, Tickets. com

*Holiday Concert featuring Vickie Winans & local guests Daracel Blue, Inez Kimble, David Vaughan Herring, Christ Records Camp, Union & Performing Arts / choir.Sat. Nov. 26, Kleinhans Music Hall, special guest host Rev. & Mrs. Roderick Hennings, doors 6 p.m., concert 7 p.m..; tickets @ Doris Records or St. John Baptist Church Book Store.

*Aaron Neville, Dec. 1, Conference Center Niagara Falls, Old Falls Street, downtown.

*Temptations and The Four Tops, 7:30 p.m., Sun. Nov. 20, UB Center for the Arts, Amherst, 645-ARTS. www. $49.50-$69.50, box office, ticketmaster.

*WBLK Gospel Jam, 6 p.m., Sat. Dec. 10 w/ Fred Hammond & The Nevels Sisters, Buffalo Convention / center, 153 Franklin St., www.bwblk. com $20-$45 (

*Muhammad School of Music presents Voice of My Heart, exclusive recital by violinist Henri L. Muhammad, Sat. Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. Burchfield Penny Art Center, 1300 Elmwood; tickets $100, $50, $25. Limited seating. Tickets online and at Muhammad School of Music, 617 Main St. Suite 105; 881-5088 or 570-5064. *Company A will present excerpts from the award winning play, NEGRAS EROS, at Buffalo East (1410 Main St. across from the Utica St. Train Station) on Sunday, Nov.20 at 6 p.m. Written by April A. Jones, NEGRAS EROS is a series of movements, or vignettes, which explore the sexual perceptions of women of African descent regardless of their nationality. This is a free event with adult situations and language. (716) 604-3677. Admission: FREE

 *Randy Weston, Performance, Performance & Book Signing, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 & Saturday Nov. 19 @ 3 p.m., Albright Knox Gallery, 1285 Elmwood; tickets $30 available at Langston Hughes Institute, 136 Broadway, Just Buffalo, Market Arcade, 617 Main St. and African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten.

On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

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Ziggy Marley

will be interviewed on 1080am www. with Ras Jomo Sunday, Sept 12 at 3p.m. Pass the word we should have a nice vibe.

Urban Line Dance Urban Line dance lessons are held each Monday at Pilgrim Baptist Church Hall (rear), 665 Michigan Avenue, 6-7 p.m. Urban Line dance lessons are also each Friday morning, 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Friends of the Elderly, 118 East Utica Street, E. Wilson instructor.

WELL DESERVED! A gala retirement party was held for Rosa Marie Jones Oct. 29 at the Holiday Inn Airport. “I would like to thank all who attended,” said Rosa, “and a very special thank you to my first born, Lisa Marie Hariston (Scott), who provided all of the champagne given as gifts to eveyone, courtesy of LC & J Liquors. Thank you my beautiful Lisa! I love you very much!” Above, are photos from the event.

Spotlight On Youth Open Mic With Special Guest Bruce George From Def Poetry Jam Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce SOY: Spotlight On Youth—Open Mic For Ages 12-21, a FREE open mic series for all area youth on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30—8 p.m. at Shea’s Smith Theater, 660 Main Street, Buffalo. Special Note: The co-founder of Def Jam, Bruce George, will host the event and also the pre-event writing group! Come share your creativity! Poetry, Song, Instrumental Talent, Dance, Rap, Photography, Drawings, Paintings, and any other creative talents you have are welcome! Pizza & pop will be served. Come at 5:30 p.m. if you would like to work with Bruce George on preparing your material. You do NOT need to belong to a sponsoring organization to participate. NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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Future Cool Reconditioned Appliances

357 Vermont St. 240-2881 * 912-2966

Full of Flavor 883 Jefferson * (716) 553-7050

3067 Main St. * (716) 862-4247


Loretta’s Soulful Dining 479 Genesee * (716) 381-9308


James P. Davis 181 Franklin St.* (716) 847-2606 Samuel P. Davis 534 Delaware Ave. #108 * 855-7611 Terrence D. McKelvey 181 Franklin St. * (716) 847-2606 Home Office (716) 839-3905

Matties Restaurant 1412 Fillmore * (716) 597-0755 Mr. Bones 893 Jefferson * (716) 464-6794 Nadia’s Taste of Soul 69 Allen St. * (716) 884-0482

Pratcher & Associates 1133 Kensington * (716) 838-4612

Nette’s Fried Chicken 3118 Main St. * 715-9592

Daria L. Pratcher 136 Broadway * (716) 541-8574

West African Int. Market & Take Out 3125 Bailey * (716) 507-2329


Tomatoes 1393 Kensington * (716) 835-3663

Automotive Battery & Tire 3218 Bailey Ave. * (816) 838-0263 First Klass Muffler & Brake Inc. 779 Genesee St. * (716) 362-0450

BANKS Citizens Bank NA * 414 Main St. Chiquita Rodgers * 855-2532


FINANCIAL ADVISOR Albert C. Erni, CRPC Merrill Lynch * 716-849-2009

HAIR SALONS Althea / Hair to Go Natural 727 Main St. * (716) 883-2000

Klassic Kuts 1471 Kensington * (716) 836-3260

Compositions Professional Hair 143 Kenmore Ave. * (715) 995-3450

Master Touch 1283 E. Delavan*570-7234/846-5956

Excellence Hair Design 59 Kenmore Ave. * (716) 835-2036

Precision Cutz 87 Cleveland Dr. * (716) 603-1477

Hair Changers 1787 Hertel Ave. (716) 602-6561


Hersha / Hair to Go Natural 727 Main St. * (716) 563-1734

Queen of New York 2868 Bailey * (716) 602-8662


Majestic Eloquence 20941/2 Eggert Rd. * 308-4873

Main Hair & Beauty Supply

Don “The Furnace Guy” (716) 465-2411

Zenner & Ritter 3404 Bailey * (716) 833-2463

HOME IMPROVEMENT Franklins Interior /ExteriorCocepts 105 Commonwealth * (716) 235-8818 Jones Hardwood Flooring Alton Jones* (716) 903-5320

INCOME TAX SERVICE L. Sessum Income Tax Service 1650 Fillmore * 716) 894-4904


Able Insurance Jeff Moore/Broker 1798 Main St. * 883-5212 Geico 1330 Niagara Falls Blvd. (716) 832-3253 Hopkins Insurance 1193 Jefferson * (716)-886-8880

LIQUORS & WINES Bellamy’s Liquor Store 405 E. Ferry * (716) 884-4066 Ideal Liquor 1341 E. Delavan * (716) 893-0967 One Mo Shot Liquors 2612 Bailey * (716) 464-3299

Miss JacQuis ExQuizit Beauty 2250 Main St. * (716) 833-2250

Main Pediatrics 2800 Main St. * (716) 837-0995

King City Fashions 2660 Bailey * (716)480-8406

More Hair Care Clinic 72 Allen St. * (716) 886-7960

Rapha Family Medicine 2200 Main St. * (716) 200-4122

Level’s Apparel & Footware 1455 Kensington * (716) 832-0284

Peachies 3098 Main St. * (716) 462-6296



Home Away From Home 84 Courtland Ave.*(716) 238-1455

Promise Hair Studio 87 W. Cleveland Dr. * 835-0250

My Precious Angels 2946 Baley Ave. (716) 896-3800

Serenity Hair Boutique 221 Jefferson Ave. * (716) 812-0663


Golden Cup Coffee Co. Inc. 883 Jefferson * (716) 883-7770 AJ Jamaican Kitchen 209 Massachusetts Ave. * 886-9555

Studio U Hair Loft 1286 E. Delavan Ave. * 894-8737


Beauty Plus Beauty Supplies 3121 Bailey * (716) 446-9292 Glamorous Beauty 1281 E. Delavan * (716) 892-5821

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Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced a gigantic economic opportunity for small businesses in the Buffalo area that don’t have a website but want to establish an online presence. Google, one of the biggest names in the internet business, will make a stop in Buffalo to offer free web tips to small business owners. The Buffalo workshop will be held on November 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at the Avant Building, 200 Delaware Avenue from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. “97% of people who use the internet research local products and services on line,” said Mayor Brown. “52% of small businesses in New York have no website. Google will help small businesses in Buffalo get online quickly, easily and for free.” The Google Team will help small business owners create a website at the workshop. A free customized domain name, and hosting for a year, will also be offered to participants. Space is limited to only 120 businesses for this free event. RSVP at: www. or call Google: 1-800-986-4790. Google is coming to Buffalo as part of ‘New York Get Your Business Online’, a Google-led program dedicated to driving economic growth by providing New York’s local businesses the tools and resources to get online, and succeed on line.

Boys Scouts Troop #139 - Commemorate Veterans Day On Sunday November 13, St. Martin de Porres Scouts Troop #139 in conjunction with Masten District Councilman Demone Smith will honor our Veterans with a Flag Retirement Ceremony at 1 p.m. at Police Station District C - East Ferry & Fillmore Avenue. The flag is a reminder of our National Pride and helps instill the values brought forth in developing good citizenship in our youth. With this in mind, the retirement of our nation’s flag then becomes a heavy responsibility that must be addressed with the proper respect and dignity it deserves. The scouting program at St. Martin de Porres was re-established in September 2007 through support from St. Martin de Porres RC Church. Our program is open to the community and consists of a Cub Scout Program for boys between the ages of 5 and 10 and a Boy Scout Program for boys between the ages of 11 and 17. Currently, we have over 60 registered scouts, 10 registered leaders and host of volunteers committed to making our scouting program a complete success. Troop meetings are held Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm during the school year at St. Augusta Boys School formerly Catholic Central School on Kensington and Bailey


Fashion Town 1339 E. Delavan* (716) 894-1111

Peaches & Keys Unisex Salon 883 Jefferson * 603-6506

Google Offers Free WorkshopFor Buffalo Business Owners to Get Online

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Princess Photography *563-0994 Love Well Lifestyle Imaging Info@Love-Well.Com*430-8645


Tuesdays 12 NOON - 1 P.M. TAILORS F&S Tailors 2930 Genesee St * (716) 894-3742

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Ann Rhod’s Tailoring 3185 Bailey Ave.*(716) 838-5633

Jeanette Lane * (716) 846-5065 Doris Records 286 E. Ferry St. * (716) 883-2410


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The “GradsUP 2020” Initiative


he “GradsUP 2020” initiative was sponsored by New York State Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes. Recently, the SUNY 2020 plan was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Cuomo. The passing of this historical legislation allows the University at Buffalo to implement its vision to regenerate the economic future of this area. At the Peoples-Stokes present time, UB is in the midst of implementing a phase of this plan that is focused on “enhanced educational and research excellence, improving, health care for Western New York and creation of a regional economy that will enhance job growth,” stated UB President Satish K. Tripathi. Under this plan, UB will substantially increase its enrollment and expand to three campuses; the pre-existing campuses North & South, will be reorganized and a third campus will be added downtown as part of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Corridor. The “Grads UP 2020” initiative targets students in the Buffalo Public Schools that are currently in the fourth grade. The students will be graduating in the year 2020 and will be able to take full advantage of the UB 2020 plan. Our goal is to have a 100 percent high school graduation rate in Buffalo Public Schools by this date. Collaterally, President Obama has set the year 2020 as the date for a national goal to become a global leader in post-secondary education. Presently, Buffalo’s high school graduation rate is 47.7 percent. An “Adopt a Class” initiative which supports teacher educational plans, improving parent engagement to develop relationships with children and connecting families with needed services are directives in place to contribute to the overall academic improvement and success of our students. We are currently in the planning states of implementing various phases under the “Grads UP 2020” initiative to reach this goal. We are seeking to partner up with community organizations that work directly with our youth and are concerned about their education. We understand that a united force to help our kids would be the most beneficial. Thus, we extend this invitation to your organization to join us so we may pool our resources together to help our children to receive the best education possible. A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. at the CAO Masten Resource Center, located at 1423 Fillmore Avenue to discuss the plan in detail. NOVEMBER 9, 2011

Fidelis Care invites you to join us for a Health Insurance Open House Thursday, November 17, 2011 • 4-7PM Fidelis Care Office 480 CrossPoint Parkway (CrossPoint Business Park) Getzville, NY 14068 (Accessed from Millersport Highway or North French Road) Fidelis Care offers FREE or LOW-COST coverage through New York State’s Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid Managed Care programs.

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“Occupy The Hood” Calls Young People of African Descent to Improve Their World


By Phillip Jackson

he Occupy Wall Street Movement has captured the imagination of the world. We now have Occupy Tokyo, Occupy Berlin, Occupy Mexico, Occupy Australia, Occupy Brazil, Occupy Denmark, Occupy Asia and even Occupy Antarctica. But where are the voices of young people of African descent and why are their voices silent? On Saturday, November 19, 2011, people of African descent are being encouraged to join the Occupy Wall Street Movement in their cities and in their communities. But before occupying Wall Street or any street, we need to properly and successfully occupy the minds and spirits of people of African descent with thoughts of improvement, achievement, excellence, progress and cooperative labor. We must do this every day until we have created a new world in which people of African descent will thrive! To look at the evening news on the occupations, it would seem as though young White men and women suffer most from the problems of our societies and the world in which we live. That is absolutely not true! In fact, the suffering from social and economic ills of people of African descent around the world is hugely disproportionate. So why has the “Occupy Movement” not inspired more young Black people across the globe to demand change and improvement in their world? Some say Black people have too many “real” problems to be concerned about the volatility of the stock markets or whether Fortune 500 companies will each capture another billion dollars. Some say that Black Americans have forgotten the lessons learned from the civil rights movement. And others say that young Africans and young Black Americans today have been reprogrammed with technological toys, various forms of entertainment and other relatively mindless distractions. Regardless, young Black people around the world do not understand that decisions that govern the quality of their lives are being made without their input. But a glimmer of hope has come to us in the form of a spinoff from Occupy Wall Street. It is called Occupy The Hood. While Occupy Wall Street addresses the viciousness of capitalism, uneven distribution and control of world resources, corrupt and ineffective governments, lack of human well-being across the world, climate change and the environment, wars and global violence and other dire issues, Occupy The Hood is being led by young people of African descent and addresses issues that cause people of African descent to suffer. And while we must absolutely stand in solidarity with our White, Asian, Arab and Hispanic brothers and sisters working to change the world, we must also organize to directly improve the conditions in our “hood”. If things are going to change for us for the better, young people of African descent around the world must begin the real work of nation-building. This work begins by getting in action in their communities, in their villages, in their cities and in their countries—to generate and ensure safe and prosperous places for us. We cannot wait for our parents, our leaders, Wall Street or those who occupy Wall Street before we take control of our futures and our destiny. We must organize and get into action now doing the work to save our race! On November 19, people of African descent around the world will join in this work to Occupy The Hood. This work calls us to mentor youth in schools and in communities, assist and support senior citizens, work with men in jail, prison and ex-offenders, clean up neighborhood paper, trash, etc., walk safety patrols in communities, take youth to faith-based services, read to children at local schools, organize community health walks/runs, hold community-wide voter registration drives, organize men to take their children to museums, parks, sporting events and cultural events, organize volunteers to help at local hospitals, shelters, recreational and park-district facilities, shop at Black-owned stores, and design and develop additional community-building direct actions. For young people of African descent, Occupy The Hood is this generation's civil rights movement! Launching Occupy Wall Street took only three days. How long will it take us to Occupy The Hood? Phillip Jackson is founder and executive director of tThe Black Star Project, 3509 South King Drive. Chicago, Illinois 6065. Phone 312/771-1010 or email at Page 14


When a country obtains great power, It becomes like the sea: All streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, The greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, Thus never needing to be defensive. A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults As his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy As the shadow that he himself casts. If a nation is centered in the Tao, If it nourishes its own people And doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others, It will be a light to all nations in the world.

SWAMP ANGEL continued students. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 3253366. Tickets also can be purchased at Wegmans. Evans was inspired to put his thoughts to paper after watching August Wilson’s Jitney. “These characters decided to be born. I just sat down and started writing; they wouldn’t let me sleep. I took my finished piece to Mr. Shakes and he felt music should be included. Swamp Angel is a story set in the black community and the church like Frank’s Place and it examines our humanity towards each other. It examines what we overcome, our joys, and celebrations. It will uplift audiences.” If you want to hear some singing in this show, this cast delivers. Patricia Starks is absolutely brilliant. She was under the weather the night I sawe her, but you couldn’t tell or even noticed. She sings and looks like an angel and has an octave range and verbatto that would bring singer Mariah Carey to tears. The sister is just that bad. I could listen to her all night. James Kates is no slouch in the singing department, either. And Deborah Crews, as the long-suffering minister’s wife, is a delight to listen to and watch on a stage. She brings a certain prestige to her role. I can’t put my finger on it. The lady has something.

Black New Yorkers React to Col. Qaddafi’s Assassination


large segment of Harlem residents identify with the vision and work of assassinated Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, and freely expressed their feelings last Saturday as a memorial march, organized by the December 12th Movement for the slain “revolutionary Pan-Africanist”, proceeded along Harlem’s main business corridor, 125th Street. Attorney Roger Wareham, a spokesperson for the December 12th Movement, said the march was in honor of the legacy of Colonel Qaddafi, “who, contrary to western media, was a fighter in the interest of African people. It’s important for us to take a stand because media is LEROY lying about what he did for his people. By exposing the BAYLOR lies we keep our people from falling into what Malcolm warned; namely, taking our enemies for friends and mistaking our friends for enemies.” Zinda Williams expressed sorrow over the death of Qaddafi. She said it was tragic for him to die in such manner as shown on YouTube videos. “He was uniting Africa,” Ms. Williams stated, “and this is something the 1% couldn’t allow.” Another on-looker, Imam Talib, spiritual head of Harlem’s Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, observed that Qaddafi, as a human being, may have made some mistakes, in some cases, terrible mistakes. “But, he did a lot of good for the continent of Africa and for the Libyan people, as time will tell,” the Imam continued. “I pray that the Libyan people have not gone from the frying pan into the fire.” The organizers of the march led a call and response of the marchers and onlookers with the chants of, “Libya today, Zimbabwe tomorrow.” This prompted Mr. Seydou Njoya of Brooklyn to offer that the current leadership ranks in Africa may not be strong or willing enough to withstand the encroachment of western nations. “Leadership in Africa has gotten worst since the 60’s, “ he began, “because their definition of a head of state is a financial person. It’s not about building their countries, it’s about building their pockets which makes them easily capitulate to the western nations.” Other marchers and on-lookers voiced disappointment with President Barak Obama “signing off on,” they said, the NATO onslaught that has killed thousands of Libyans with relentless bombing, the use of depleted uranium, and, the genocide of Black African workers and Black Libyans by racist elements of the “rebels”. “They tied the man’s hands behind his back, “offered Osman Karriem, “then they proceeded to bomb the hell out his country and it took them months to get him even though he couldn’t defend himself against rebels aided by unthinkable air power. What’s even worst is that you have a presidential race where Herman Cain is offering himself up to be used in the same manner Obama has been used.”

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Director David Shakes agrees. “It is “What is planted cannot very revealing and layered. I agreed to be uprooted.What is well embraced cannot slip away.” direct because I look for good drama and this brings out great elements. It reaches back to Africa, our church community and how all of that is interconnected.” Published Every Wednesday He has a winner on his hands and more “We wish to plead our own cause. too people need to see this show. The show’s long have others spoken for us.” last run is this week at RAPA and you -John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal, 1827 don’t want to miss this one. Catch it America’s First Black Newspaper quick! I think these two have something We respectfully submit that the opinions expressed on the editorial pages of this newspaper are very special on their hands. You’ll be not necessairly those of Challenger Community News Corporation or its advertisers. mad, if you miss this! NOVEMBER 9, 2011 CHALLENGERCN.COM • (P) 716 881-1051 (F) 716 881-1053 I CHING

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The Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Celebration of Eid Al Adha Muslims have two main Holidays that occurs each year. One is the Eid al Fitr which takes place at the end of the month of Ramadan signifying the completion of the one month of fasting. The other is the Eid al Adha which commemorates the completion of the pilgrimage season (Hajj) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This past Sunday November 6th, nearly 3 million Muslims were in Mecca to offer the rites of Hajj and fulfilled one of five pillars of faith in Al Islam. Eid Al Adha is also celebrated by all Muslims in their local Masjid (Mosques) all over the world. Imam Fajri Eid means reoccurring happiness. It is a time for forgiveness, moral victory and festive remembrance as Muslims celebrate for three days. The Eid al Fitr represents victory over the human nature, having fasted during the Month of Ramadan for 29-30 days abstaining from any food or drink during the day light hours. The Eid Al Adha represents the victory of the intellect, overcoming social difficulties in order to have unity amongst the human family. (The Hajj season last for a period of 10 days) Eid al Adha is best defined by the story of Prophet Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Due to both of their uncompromising faith Prophet Abraham (or Ibrahim) received the vision to sacrifice a lamb instead. In keeping with that tradition one of the rites of the Eid al Adha is to make a sacrifice of a lamb or Egyptian kindergarten children in Cairo,Egypt,whatever you can afford, to share hold their mock passports as they simulate with your family, relatives and a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. the needy. It is noted by Prophet Muhammad that whomever completes the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) that all of their previous sins in life will be forgiven. Once a person fulfills the rites of the pilgrimage they become known as a Hajji as popularized by Malcolm X becoming El “Hajj” Malik Shabazz. On the Eid day early morning prayers are offered, followed by a Khutbah (sermon) by the Imam or leader of the prayers. The talk usually focuses on faith and sacrifice as demonstrated by Prophet Abraham and his son. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of unity. Prophet’s Abraham and Adam are considered in Al Islam as well as in Christianity/ Judaism, as Father’s of the people of the Book. Muslims must believe in all of the revealed Books and Prophet’s to humanity and is not to make any distinction among them. Holy Qur’an 3:3 “He has revealed to you The Book with the truth, confirming the scriptures that preceded it, for He has already revealed the Torah and The Gospel for guidance of mankind and He revealed the Criterion for distinguishing between right and wrong.” 2:136 “We believe in Allah (G-d) and what is revealed to us and in what was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes and what Moses and Jesus received and what other Prophets received from their Lord, we make no distinction among any of them and to Allah (G-d) we have surrendered ourselves” During the pilgrimage Muslims interact with believers from all over the world and there is no superiority of race, gender or status. The Qur’an mentions that it is not the “blood or meat” of the sacrifice that reaches your Lord but instead it is your piety or consciousness of your duty to humanity that is noted. In order to perform the Hajj and to avoid chaos with so many people in one location there has to be unity and cooperation. Nearly 3 million people have to obey the commands that they are taught in prayer. When this is not followed it can start a stampede which on a few rare occasions happened in the past. (You can research on the internet images of the Hajj and see millions of Muslims offering prayers together and see a magnificent picture of beauty and unity.) The Qur’an highlights this unity 24:41 “Have you not seen that unto Allah (G-d) glorifies whosoever is in the Heavens and the Earth, and the birds with wings outspread in their flights? Each one knows its mode of worship and praise. And Allah (G-d) is fully aware of all that you do.” Muslims will celebrate for three days sharing gifts with family and friends. Muslims are to always remain conscious of their duties and the plight of the needy. Eid Mubarak! Blessed Eid to all!


(Fajri Ansari is the Resident Imam Masjid Nu’Man- Buffalo, New York) NOVEMBER 9, 2011

“Read to Succeed” at School 53! On October 6 the Pre K-2 Students at Community School 53 had a very special guest read to them. Longtime story teller and Buffalo talent Karima Amin read to the children, Llama Llama Red Pajama. This event was sponsored by “Read to Succeed Buffalo.” The book came to life by the skillful artistry of Ms. Amin. She has been a story teller for more than 17 years and is a retired Buffalo schools educator for 25 years. Amin has a long and celebrated history of serving the Buffalo community having spoken her craft at WBLK for 10 years; at the studios of PBS on Buffalo television and at the Buffalo Philharmonic. Karima is a published author in her own right having written two stories in anthology form in the books Grandma Loves You and Treasures and Traditions in Pride. In 1998 she wrote a book entitled, Brer Rabbit and Friends, which is a retelling of original African American Folktales. Earlier in the day, the kindergarten class attended the SPCA to hear an educational program and to touch a live llama. A second group of kindergarteners


stakeholders in fueling an historical cultural and artistic renaissance in Buffalo’s African American community.” The Langston Hughes Institute contact number is (716) 844-8831 for further information. Schedule of Events Randy Weston’s schedule will include a Friday, November 18 performance/meet the artist and book signing event at the Albright-Knox Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue at 7 p.m. Admission is $30. On Saturday, November 19 he will be featured at a Music Symposium at 11 a.m. in Allen Hall on UB’s Main Street Campus, 3435 Main Street. Advance registration is required. Call 844-8831 to reserve a space. And at 3 p.m. an Art & Music Lecture and performance by Weston will be held at the Albright-Knox Gallery. Admission is $30. Tickets are available at the Langston Hughes Institute, 136 Broadway (844-8831);l; Just Buffalo Literary Center, Market Arcade, 617 Mai Street Suite 202A (832-5400); the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue (884-2013); and Doris Records, 286 E. Ferry St. (883-2410).

attended on the 11th of October. Readers like Karima Amin, read to Buffalo school children throughout the day on October 6 via a program called “Read for the Record.” We would

like to thank her for her participation and to acknowledge our appreciation of her time, talent and service to our students.

DAVID JOHNSON continued revealed, photographed and preserved documents of times past, starting in what has become to be known as the, “Golden Decade” [1945-55]. David, being interviewed in the film, was “dropping it” in a continuous stream. This 84 year old, going on 50, was smooth, articulate, precise in his recollections and his generosity, and recollected to a fault. He spoke of the early migration of “Negroes ”[a politically correct term of that era] from Arkansas, Mississippi, filtering into what was known as the “Fillmore District” a portion of San Francisco vacated housing, resulting from the interment of Japanese people during, World War II [another ugly chapter of this country’s history]. Consistent, with what we now know of most early cities and towns receiving an influx of African Americans or “Negroes” in those times, these towns began to flourish with Black culture, small businesses and the history of the, “free bBacks” was being written through these replicated living patterns and David was there, with his camera, documenting. Thank you David. The silver screen was now popping and the period music of the, “juke joints” had many in the audience, totally uncharacteristic of Rochester audiences [both black & white and in between] screeching, “Whoa! Heeye, Alright Now.” This writer, with a personal photographic history background remained transfixed, watching everyday early Black people in San Fran, going about their daily doings, the barbershops, people strolling and girls playing, hop-scotch and of course, David’s photographs of legends like, Nat King Cole, Eartha Kit, A. Philip Randolph, W. E. B. Du Bois, Aaron Thibadeaux “T-Bone” Walker, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson and many others. I didn’t want to blink. These were not just documents, which would have been enough for some but David, after all he was the first, African American photography student of Ansel Minor White [zone system] was his printing mentor and Edward Weston, was the lead instructor, when David attended the, California School of Fine Arts. This writer observed the master printing technique, the modulation of light found on Black skin of images like that of Nat King Cole.

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Calling All Job Seekers! Over 1,200 Jobs Available At Mayor’s Job Fair


n Thursday, November 10th, Mayor Byron W. Brown will host a Job Fair at the Buffalo Museum of Science, where leading local employers and organizations are ready and looking to hire people Mayor Byron W. Brown today invited Buffalo residents to attend a Job Fair, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, on Thursday, November 10th. It will be held at the Buffalo Museum of Science, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. “As I travel throughout Buffalo, on any given day, I often hear from people who tell me they can’t find a job,” said Mayor Brown. “So I decided to reach out to area employers, and I am pleased to announce that 1,200 good paying positions are now available, with more than a dozen leading local employers

LEGAL STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Index No.: 2011-001958 CLARENCE WEATHERSBY v. Plaintiff ELIZABETH BOLDEN Defendant TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a Notice of Appearance, on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service [or within thirty (30) days after the service is completed if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York]; and in case of your failure to appear; judgment may be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Notice set forth below. NOTICE: The nature of this action is to obtain a personal injury judgment based upon the Defendant’s negligence in her operation of a motor vehicle that injured the above-mentioned plaintiff on July 13, 2008. The relief sought is an amount that exceeds all jurisdictional limits of courts below together with costs and disbursements of this action. DATED: September 14, 2011 Buffalo, New York STEINER & BLOTNIK Attorneys for the Plaintiff 300 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14202 (716) 847-6500 Page 16

and organizations ready and looking to fill these jobs.” The following businesses and organizations are hiring: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), the City of Buffalo, ECMC, Embassy Suites, First Niagara, Geico, M&T, New York State Department of Labor, NFTA, The Statler, WNY Immediate Care, Buffalo Medical Group, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “I want to thank participating employers for taking part in a Job Fair that I would like to see become the single best hiring day ever in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “What a great opportunity for job candidates to meet with employers face-to-face, and possibly walk away with a job.” There will be hundreds of middle and entry level career openings, ranging from lab technicians and physician assistants, to nurse practitioners, assistant bank managers, tellers, cooks, banquet managers and restaurant servers. While the U.S. economy as a whole continues to struggle to create jobs, with an unemployment rate at 9.1%, Buffalo’s unemployment rate currently

stands below the state level at 7.3%, but unemployment among African Americans in Buffalo is listed at 23.9%. Since 2006, Mayor Brown has made job growth a priority. Investment and development continue to move forward throughout the city, with new businesses and back offices re-locating to Buffalo, and creating jobs. To help employers fill positions, Mayor Brown has coordinated a number of smaller scale job fairs that have connected job seekers with businesses. The Mayor’s Job Fair on November 10th is free and open to all job seekers, but attendees wishing to stay to enjoy the museum’s exhibits will be required to pay admission. The Buffalo Employment & Training Center and University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center will also be on hand to provide job training information. Professional/business attire is recommended. Participants are also urged to bring updated copies of their resume. “I look forward to seeing city residents at the Job Fair,” said Mayor Brown. “I am glad that I can help people find work, and employers fill those vital positions.”

Pursuant to Education Law §211(c), the Buffalo City School District (BCSD) is required to solicit comments from the community in connection with the 2011-2012 Contract for Excellence Plan.

The Contract for Excellence (C4E) is a requirement for districts receiving an increase in New York State aid for the 2011-2012 school year, and who have at least one school determined to be in need of improvement under the No Child Left Behind legislation. The contract requires that the new funds be spent in accordance with allowable programs.

• The continuing programs included in this year’s plan will address: * Class size reduction. The BCSD has increased the number of schools to receive funds to reduce class size from 11 to 33. * Programs for students with limited English proficiency. The ELL funding will be used to fund the aides and assistants who provide native language support to our students. • The new programs supported in the plan will address: * Buffalo Public Schools Alternative Instruction Program. In this program, students in elementary, middle and high schools grades, who are suspended, can remain current with their schoolwork in a supportive setting. * The Counseling Department. Funds will allow for a full-time counselor in each school. • The BCSD is a high needs District as evidenced by our Extraordinary Needs percent of 85%, which includes poverty and ELL factors. As such, any program implemented will serve a large portion of the targeted students, as calculated by C4E. The C4E requires that 75% of the C4E funds support 50% of the schools with the greatest needs. The BCSD has more than met this requirement. • The C4E ELL funds target schools with high ELL enrollments: #3, #6, #18, #19, #30, #33, #45, #76, #94, #95, #198, #204 and #205. The BCSD invites the public to attend a hearing Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00p.m. The meeting will take place at EPIC, located at 1000 Main St., Buffalo. For those unable to attend the hearing, please email comments to or mail to Superintendent’s Office, Attn: C4E, #712 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202 To view the entire Contract for Excellence Narrative, please visit

Buffalo City School District Request for Qualifications Professional Architectural & Engineering Services The Buffalo Public Schools Division of Plant Services and School Planning is soliciting Letters of Interest and Statement of Qualifications proposals for professional architectural and engineering services. The intent of this RFQ is to generate a “pre-qualified” architecture and/or engineering firm list to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFP) for professional services for specific projects to be performed under contract with the during the January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014 time period. Please note that no firms will be exempted from this RFQ evaluation, regardless of past or current involvement with BPS Division of Plant Services and School Planning. Beginning Monday, November 7, 2011, the RFQ document may be viewed and printed from the Buffalo Public Schools Division of Purchase website, web address, under the above title. Letters of Interest and Statement of Qualifications will be received at the office of the Plant Services and School Planning – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, 14202, on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Joseph P. Giusiana, P.E. Chief Operating Officer ADVERTISING DATE: Monday, November 7, 2011. GROUP Ministries, Inc. 1333 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY 124208 716.883.4367 Current Volunteer Opportunities Agency wide Receptionist/Office Assistant (1-position) 1 year commitment – to provide assistance at the main reception/lobby area, answer multi-line, assist with bulk mailing projects,maintain/update the contacts database, be familiar with using MS office and internet. Preferred Schedule: 3 times per week, 3 hours per day (Mornings preferred) Agency wide Maintenance (2-positions) 6-month commitment- to assistance with upkeep and maintenance of multi-level buildings, including floors, glass windows/doors, trash & recycling receptacles, moving various office goods and boxes and be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Preferred Schedule: 2 times per week, 4 hours per day (Afternoon) Fed-Co Food Pantry Assistant (2-positions)- 6-Month Commitment- to assistance a diverse clientele with the completion of initial intake forms, prepare food bags, assist with managing inventory and help to enter client data on a monthly basis. Preferred Schedule: 2 times per week, 3 hours per day (morning) All programs Outreach Team (4-positions) 6-Month Commitment- to assistance with the promotion of GROUP Ministries, Inc. programming and services to a diverse client population in various areas of WNY; must be comfortable working outside , talking to different people and providing information about various health disparities. Preferred Schedule: Weekly Flexible Agency wide Fundraising/ Capital Campaign-(4-positions) 1-year Commitment - to assistance with the creation of promotional messages and information about GROUP Ministries, Inc. programming and services to potential donors throughout WNY; aid in the development and management of donor listing, and attend organization sponsored fundraising events/activities and assist with the promotion and branding of the organizations capital campaign. Be familiar with using MS office and internet. Preferred Schedule: Flexible All program Special Events Staff (4-positions) 1-year Commitment to assistance at various events sponsored by the GMI programs, areas of assistance include: Greeter, Ushers, Ticket Collector, and assistance with traffic control, the area of assistance will be determined by the event/activity. Preferred Schedule: Varies based upon the event/program Please note; all volunteers are required to attend an agency orientation session and program specific training, in addition to any other trainings that are deemed most appropriate for success in the position.

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Catholic Charities has an excellent professional development opportunity available for the following position:

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Full-time Program Assistant responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating individualized client plans of care. Under the guidance of the Program Supervisor provides direction to Program Aides in implementing scheduled daily activities. Communicate effectively with caregivers, service vendors, and staff/ co-workers and complete all assigned documentation as required. Facilitate large and small group, individual activities in accordance with the program activity calendar and assist with food serving and one-on-one client feeding assistance. Provide personal hygiene assistance including toileting and incontinence care. Associate’s Degree with Personal Care Aide (PCA), Home Health Aide, and Nurses Aide Certification with one year direct care experience with age 60+ population. This position is ideal for someone looking for day shift, no on-calls or weekends. Catholic Charities offers the following compensation package: ▪Medical, dental & vision. ▪Paid sick time, personal, vacation & holidays. ▪Summer flex time hours. Interested, qualified candidates may forward resume cover letter with Job # 201138 to:

State University of New York

ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ECC is seeking dynamic, workplace engaged, technologically oriented, Part-Time faculty members who will enjoy working with our diverse student population. Our college fosters excellence in the classroom with a focus on student learning. We presently have potential Part-Time openings in: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SALARY - $600 PER CONTACT HOUR MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy OR Bachelor’s degree in Occupational therapy with a Master’s in related field OR Associates degree in Occupational Therapy with a Master’s degree in related field; in addition to above qualifications, must have NYS license as an Occupational Therapist or NYS certification as Occupational Therapy Assistant. Specialization in physical disabilities is required. TO APPLY TO THE POSITION ABOVE AND TO VIEW ADDITIONAL DEPARTMENTAL QUALIFICATIONS GO TO: Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) is requesting public comments regarding its proposed 2012-2013 Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps Employment Plan. The Plan will be available for public review upon request from November 4, 2011 – December 3, 2011. Interested parties may contact Judith Kolmetz at 858-7932 or via email at Staff members will be available to discuss the proposal in person in Room 805 of the Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY on November 28, 2011 from 09:00 am - 10:00 am. CAROL DANKERT Commissioner, ECDSS NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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Wednesday November 9

Sunday November 13

Thursday November 17

Medicare Information, Chronic Disease Screening, African Dance Demo at African American Cultural Center: 6-8 p.m., 350 Masten Ave. 884-2013.

AKA’S Lucky Number Luncheon: 2 P.M., Hearthstone Manor; $35.

Aloma D. Johnson Charter School Open House/Ice Cream Social: 5-7 p.m.; 833 Michigan Ave.

A Jazz Marketplace: 6-9 p.m.; 2nd Cup Café, 36 Broadway (downtown); jazz; shopping, raffles and more; free; for more info call 818-0946.

Open House Adoption Awareness Hillside Children’s Center: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 70 Jewett Parkway; 848 -6419.

Regular Meeting Board of Westminster Community Charter School: 3 p.m.; M&T Bank, One M&T Plaza 19th Fl; call 842-5342 for more info. Board of Education Regular Board Meeting:5:30p.m.;City Hall,. 801 SEPAC: 9:30 a.m.; Roosevelt Academy No. 65, 249 Skillen. Resource Fair Growing Older Has Its Advantages: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Second Temple Baptist Church, 812 E. Delavan Ave; lunch $7; call 897-1271 or 8363719 for more info or tickets. UB Law School “Why I Became a Lawyer” Event: 5:30 p.m.; O’Brian Hall RM 107 North Campus; public is invited; for more info call 829-3497. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 21st Annual Banquet: 5:30; dinner 7 p.m.; Hyatt Regency; 888-2977.

Monday November 14

Fall Christian Institute of Classes & Workshops: 6-8:30 p.m.; St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. : Theme “Fasting.”

Saturday November 19 Career Awareness Program for Youth: 3-5 p.m., Merriweather Library; speaker, free; hosted by Eva Doyle; 847-6010 or 533-9547. Urban League Gala: 6 p.m., Buffalo Convention Center Black Tie.

Tuesday November 15 Fall Christian Institute of Classes & Workshops: 6-8:30 p.m.; St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. : Theme “Fasting.”

An event your family will enjoy:

Focus on Family for the Holidays

Wednesday November 16

A free health fair and much more.

Fall Christian Institute of Classes & Workshops: 6-8:30 p.m.; St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. : Theme “Fasting.”

Join us for an evening of fun, with a focus on your total health and wellness. • Free health screenings • Healthcare vendors • Tasty cooking demos • Q&A sessions • Get moving activities

Puddinhead Series Book Signing: 6-9 p.m.; Shea’s Performing Arts.

Enjoy delicious snacks and prizes!

Mon., Nov. 14; 5:00-7:30 pm

see you at the events!

Please call 848-2124 if you will attend.

425 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY

Thursday November 10 Job Fair Buffalo Museum of Science: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1020 Humboldt Pkwy; call 480-9044 for more info. Friday November 11 The Golden Cup Documentary Series “Noam Chomsky in Buffalo”: 5-7 p.m.; 883 Jefferson Ave.; free; 883-7770 Erie County American Legion Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Forest Lawn: 8:30-9:45 a.m. Main St. Gate; free; for more info call 472-6728. Veterans Day Celebration at the VA: 2 p.m., 3495 Bailey Ave. Saturday November 12 “Know Your Rights”: A Civil Liberties Clinic On Police Stop and Searches: 1 p.m.; St. John’s Baptist Church, Goodell & Michigan; email aikeemco@ if attending. Heart 2 Heart Event “Got Next Spades Tournament:” 11 a.m.; Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr. (Northtown Plaza-Bailey side); 838-2449 for more info. NYS AIDS Institute Public discussion: HIV Prevention, Health Care and Services, 11am-1pm, Best Western, 510 Delaware; 847-54511 to RSVP. NOVEMBER 9, 2011

The following organizations are hiring:           

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) City of Buffalo ECMC Embassy Suites First Niagara GEICO M&T New York State Department of Labor NFTA The Statler WNY Immediate Care

Dress professionally, network, meet top employers, bring updated copies of your resume, and position yourself for career advancement.

Job openings available for Full Time and Part Time positions.

Entry-Level and Management positions open to job seekers.

The Buffalo Employment & Training Center (BETC) will be on hand to provide job training information.

For more information email Kenya Hobbs at or call (716)851-5133

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see you at the events!

Mayor Byron W. Brown invites all Buffalo residents to attend an exciting job fair at the Buffalo Museum of Science and take advantage of available job openings.

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Line & Swing Exravaganza!

The 2nd Annual Dan & Joanne Workman Line and Swing Dance Extravaganza was held on Saturday, October 29 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Princess Photography did a fine job of capturing the fun filled evening – a fitting and much deserved tribute to our beloved Dan and his lovely wife Joanne! PHOTOS PRINCESS PHOTOGRAPHY Page 20

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