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“Take The Chains Off the Brain” For Chris Reynolds, Black History is far more than a month-long celebration of pride. Over the past several months, the talented and visionary on-air personality and Program Director at 93.7 WBLK Radio, has single handedly revolutionized local airwaves with his “Consciousness Awakening Campaign.”

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Chris Reynolds, 93.7 WBLK Radio Program Director. Photo Xavier

Perspective/Alton Maddox: Haiti

Black Voices Must be Heard on Haiti

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Targeted to impact the teen through young adult audience, it is, of sorts, a life raft of truth: amazing and rarely shared African historical facts and positive thoughts and images that are constantly being pumped over the airwaves between rap and rhythm and blues. It’s like interrupting the listener’s everyday, unconscious life flow to drop some profound truth. “Just like the multi-genius Imhotep built the first step Pyramids in Ancient Kemet (Egypt), we’re building another 40-minute commercial free guarantee,” the announcer states. The response, says Chris, has been nothing but positive – from the young and not so young alike. “We were taught that the father of medicine is/was Hippocrates.,” explained Reynolds. “The TRUE father of medicine is the great physician and multi-genius from Ancient Kemet Imhotep. We have designed sweepers (messages that play between the songs) to transmit this message to the listener and hopefully it will spark within them curiosity to try and find out who Imhotep is and their connection to him.” There are other subtle messages in sweepers and promos with substance that have been designed to energize young listeners to begin to THINK! Words that promote self love, respect for women, and love for one another and family. Messages that speak to our collective conscientiousness about the beauty and genius of us as a people. Verbal images that seek to promote peace. But how do these positive messages fit into programming that still plays songs that some may find negative or offensive?


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INSIDE ROCHESTER From Bob Marley to The Harlem Gospel Choir: Rochester Offers a Variety of Black History Month Events Thursday Feb. 4 An Evening of Art and Jazz: Hosted by David Haygood Jr., featuring local artists. 5:30 p.m. Link Gallery, Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. Free. (585) 428-9857 or A Raisin in the Sun: Drama by Lorraine Hansberry. Presented by Aquinas Theater Department. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-6; 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Aquinas Institute of Rochester, 1127 Dewey Ave. $10; $8 seniors and students. (585) 254-2020 or www. Saturday Feb. 6 Gospel Jazz Concert: A Time for Praise: Featuring the Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Herb Smith Quintet. 6 p.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, MARSHA 141 Adams St. $10 ages JONES $20; 17 and younger. Available at Wegmans. (585) 2326742. Community Dialogue Series: Bob Marley 65th Birthday Celebration. Includes screening of the documentary film I Shot The Sheriff. Presented in collaboration with Sis Joan, Ras Courtney, and the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization. 6:30 p.m. Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. $5 suggested donation. 9 p.m. Tasting of some of Bob’s favorite Ital dishes. Catering by PeppaPot - Straight Jamaican Cuisine. Reggae music featuring Bob Marley provided by His Imperial Sound. (585) 563-2145 or

Rochester Briefs *Steve Harvey’s “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”Hosted by Reel Pages book/film discussion group. Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. $5 Open to public. Donations requested. RSVP at Vickie Winans C o m e s To Rochester : Vickie Winans will perform at Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2010 Mt. Olivet - Cyrus Chestnut TrioPage 1 2/2/2010 Gospelfest on Friday, February 5, at 7 p.m., in the Ingle Auditorium. “Tickets are $10 for the general public and $3 for students with ID. They can be obtained by calling 585-475-5210. *MACBETH The School of the Arts continues its 2009-2010 performance season with William Shakespeare’s chilling tale of war and tyranny - Macbeth. The show opens on Friday, February 5 and runs on weekends through Sunday, February 14. School of the Arts is located at 45 Prince Street. For more information call 585-242-7682 x1551 or 585-3243535.

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Feb. 9 Black History Month Oratorical Revue: Performance by Dr. David Anderson, Frederick Douglass re-enactment. Presented by the Rochester City School Board of Education. 5:30 p.m. Third-floor Conference Room. Rochester City School District, 131 W. Broad St. Free. (585) 262-8175. Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture: By Benjamin F. Payton, Ph.D., president of Tuskegee University. 7 p.m. Seymour College Union Ballroom, State University College at Brockport, Brockport. www. Feb. 13 African American Educational Awareness Film Series: Part I and II: For the Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots. Each screening will be presented by a special guest from the Rochester community followed by a discussion session. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20. WXXI Studios, 280 State St. Free. (585) 325-7500 or Redline Zydeco: Traditional Zydeco music with a discussion of the history of Louisiana music. 1 to 2 p.m. . Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., Brockport. Free. (585) 637-1050 or Conversations with Garth: A Night of Duets: Performance that combines music, dance, and conversation; Valentine’s Day-themed event with a four-course sit-down dinner. Cash bar. 7 p.m. Garth Fagan Dance, 50 Chestnut St. $100. Reservations required. (585) 454-3260 or www. Harlem Gospel Choir: 8 p.m. Wadsworth Auditorium, State University College at Geneseo, College Drive, Geneseo. $16; $8 ages 12 and younger. (585) 245-5873 or Shadows of the Lynching Tree: (60 mins.) Directed by Rochester native Carvin Eison. This movie explores the history of lynching in the United States and reveals an underlying ideology still alive today at some levels of American culture. Talk with director follows the Feb. 19 showing. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 22; noon and 9 p.m. Feb. 20; 9 p.m. Feb. 24. The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. $5. (585) 232-4699. Heart of Stone: (84 mins.) A documentary about a gutsy Newark high school principal’s efforts to stave off gang violence and boost student morale. 9 p.m. Feb. 19; 3 p.m. Feb. 20; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 25. The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. $5. (585) 232-4699 or Feb. 20 Black Heritage Gospel Concert: Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder. Presented by City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee. 6 p.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. Free. (585) 428-9587 or www. Pressure Cooker: (99 mins.) Documentary about the lives of a strict, but loving teacher of culinary arts in a Philadelphia high school and her students. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 24; 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 25. The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. $5. (585) 232-4699 or

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“Take The Chains Off The Brain” Erie County Chair Barbara

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CHESS STARS: A record number of 15 total chess players participated in the recent Jerry Eckman Memorial Scholastic Chess Stars Tournament. This is a monthly tournament hosted by the Archangel 8 Chess Academy in conjunction with Garnell W Whitfield Jr. of the Buffalo Fire Department, and The Kellogg Leadership for Community Change.The winners were Undefeated Champion Trevor D Cohn, 6th grade, member of the Urban Knights Chess Club, Kenmore Middle ; 2nd Place Matthew T. Leahy, 10th grader at Bishop Timon Chess Team; 3rd Place Miles A. James, 3rd grader, Olmsead #64 member of the Urban Knights Chess Club; and 4th Place Sean Mc Donough, 6th grader at Kenmore Middle. Other schools represented were Enterprise Charter, Charter School for Applied Technology, Charles Upman in Lockport, Chess Club of Buffalo, Pioneer Middle from Arcade NY, and The Gloria J Parks Community Chess Team. For more information, contact with reply to

Soulful Discussions Book Club Meets At The African American Cultural Center The next meeting of Soulful Discussions is Monday, February 15, at 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue. The quarterly book club is hosted by Paul Robeson Theatre Artistic Director Paulette D. Harris and Mary Craig, president of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center. February reading selections for Soulful Discussions are: Faith Under Fire: A Memoir by LaJoyce Brookshire – about a wife who discovers after the wedding that her new husband has AIDS; and Sisters and Husbands by Connie Briscoe. Soulful Discussions is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. For more information call the 716-884-2013.

Services Set for Marie Davis Wake and funeral services will be held for Marie Davis on Friday, February 5 at 11 a.m. at Elim Christian Fellowship Church, 70 Chalmers in Central Park Plaza. Mrs. Davis is the mother of community activist Darnell Jackson.

Reunion Committee Plans Valentine’s Dance The Talbert Mall Frederick Douglass Towers Reunion 2010 Committee is sponsoring a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. to midnight a t 550 Genesee Street. Tickets are $20 and not available at the door. For tickets or more information contact Helen at 583-1780.

Mentorship Program to Honor Stop The Violence Coalition Inc. Signs F.A.T.H.E.R.S. President For Sale

The Mentorship Program Inc. of The Stop The Violence Coalition Buffalo Niagara will honor Leonard Inc. has announced that there are Lane, president of the F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Coalition signs available for sale at Organization, with the Community $5 each. Although it is Winter, these Impact Award at their annual awards signs can still be used for window and banquet on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the door placements! If you would like Adams Mark Hotel. to purchase a sign or have any other concerns or questions, please contact WNY Black Film Fest Essay Contest the Coalition at (716) 882-STVC. The WNY Black Film Festival Quantities are limited so make sure presented by Delta Sigma Theta you get yours! Sorority, Inc. and Masten District Councilmember Demone Smith presSeneca Nation Launches New FM Radio ent the annual essay contest as part of their 8th annual event. The contest is Station open to all high school students and the theme is “A Choice you made that WGWE-FM 105.9 began broad- changed your life for the better.” The casting this week from Seneca Essay must be a minimum of oneNation territory, providing Classic page typed and include your name, Hits broadcasting, Buffalo Bandits age, school and telephone number. games and Nation and local public Prizes are $100, $75 and $25 for 1st, affairs programming 24/7. 2nd and 3rd place winners and will be The first broadcast opened with announced following the presentathe traditional “Gan on yok,” the tion on Sunday February 28th at 3pm Seneca prayer of thanksgiving, at the Market Arcade Film and Arts recited on-air by Blaine Tall Chief Centre. The deadline for submission and Steve Gordon. “Gwe” in Seneca is Friday February 12th 2010 and roughly translates as “what?” or can be mailed to Delta Sigma Theta “what’s up?” station officials said. Sorority, Inc. Attn: WNY Black Film The station, with a ‘70s and ‘80s Festival PO Box 625 Buffalo, NY music format fed from Citadel 14215 or e-mailed to wnyblackfilmBroadcasting, reaches north into the southern Buffalo suburbs, west to Lake Erie, east to Jamestown and Olean and south to Bradford and give peace a chance... Warren, PA. FEBRUARY 3, 2010

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“My answer is this, there remains a demand for the music that we play and just like other forms of entertainment, one chooses how they would like to be entertained. So again, there are messages in sweepers that transmit that message. For example, ‘THE MUSIC WE PLAY IS FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY! TAKE THE CHAINS OFF THE BRAIN! THE PEOPLE’S STATION 93.7 WBLK!’ This may play just before or after a song that glorifies materialism—JayZ’s On To the Next One for instance. Our young men and women must rise above their animalistic nature. The Sphinx on the Giza Plateau is a great symbol of understanding that our ancestors transmitted to the masses in Kemet.” -The Great AwakeningThe campaign, explains Chris, got its start last summer while he worked with the Stop the Violence Coalition and their 100 Days of Peace. A few months prior to teaming up with Stop the Violence he recalls having a “breaking point” experience while watching some young men fighting from his office window in downtown Buffalo. It was 30 degree weather and they were in the middle of Washington Street stopping traffic, but by the time he got outside to try to stop the fight they had disbanded. “I made it up in my mind that it was time to begin the process of injecting knowledge (of self) into the community by way of the biggest mouth piece - WBLK,” stated Chris. Thus the station’s new slogan became “The Peoples Station” 93.7 WBLK. Armed with its new slogan that summer, the Consciousness Awakening Campaign was initially launched. “It is a program that is designed to inform, educate, and assist our community to rediscover the awareness of self,” explained the veteran radio personality. Chris has also started to implement songs with positive connotations in the hip hop style to further raise the consciousness of his young listeners. “If truth be known we are on the verge of losing an entire generation of our young people due to a distorted view of reality,” stated the Tulsa, Oklahoma native. “And if one’s reality is distorted by their lack of understanding of the world and environment they live in, it causes distorted experiences in their daily life, many times resulting in negative and self-destructive behavior often manifested in violence towards one’s immediate family and community!” Citing materialism, joblessness, lack of a proper education and many other circumstances that impact the community, he said that “WBLK is committed to doing all that we can to make a difference because we realize and understand the current crisis that we live in and the importance of saving our babies, the next generation, and making their ancestors proud!” One of the biggest problems with most young people today, continued Chris, is that they do not know themselves. “They do not know themselves because we have not been taught the truth of who we are as descendants of African peoples… I am convinced that generation to generation of being miseducated and further removed from the truth, has caused the present generation much hardship and dismay. We learn through transmitted images. If the images that our children constantly see are those that either do not resemble them, and the ones that do

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resemble them are always portrayed in a negative light, that has a negative impact on how you live your life!” Married and the father of three children Chris has a vested interest in exploring and sharing African history with his own family. He begins each day of his radio show from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a daily entry from Eric V. Copage’ book Black Pearls For Parents. Chris, who attended Tulsa University and worked at several radio stations around the country – including then emerging Radio One in Baltimore, Maryland – said that some of his favorite historians and sources of information include Ra Un Nefer Amen, George G.M. James, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Ashra Kwesi, Booker T. Coleman, Dr. Ben, John H. Clarke and Ray Hagins. “Over the last few years, I’ve been very fortunate to have had the resources and tools to research and find information that helps me to gain an insight into our great legacy,” he continued. “ I have taught myself a lot of what I practice today and I reaffirm what I have learned with those master teachers that teach the truth.” “If our young men and women think that wearing sagging pants, hat turned to the side, disrespecting their queens, kings and elders, and negative and disruptive behavior is cool, that person lacks an awareness of self and identity! They’re being educated and conditioned by a system that glorifies materialism and someone else’s image, and not their true self!” he explains. The station recently launched a Know Thyself Trivia Weekend to get listeners ready for Black History Month. And although he respects the special time set aside to focus on African History, he said he personally feels it should be a part of our lives 365 days a year. “Why should our own history be set aside for just one month? African History is American History. Africa History is your History…I firmly believe in the African Proverb that says: ‘Man Know Thyself.’” There is tons of knowledge available that most of our young men and women are not aware of that would change their level of thinking if they only had a way to receive it he says. And that’s where the Consciousness Awakening Campaign comes in – an important effort he said he plans to continue as long as he’s in a position to do so. “We must begin to liberate our people by telling them the truth!” he enthused. “Because freedom comes with understanding who you are. Hotep!” –A.B. (The Chris Reynolds show airs on 93.7 WBLK Radio Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.)

Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams has directed the Clerk of the Legislature to schedule a Public Hearing on the four Local Laws currently pending before the Legislature regarding downsizing and re-organization of the Legislature. The Hearing will take place on Thursday, February 11tat 6 .m. in the Chambers of the Erie County Legislature at 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor. “There has been considerable discussion about the size of government in our community and this Public Hearing will allow the public to be heard,” remarked Chair MillerWilliams on why she is setting this hearing. Members of the public are invited to attend and make comments to the assembled Legislative body about the several proposed Local Laws that are on the table of the Legislature. There are currently four proposals in front of the Legislature on the matter of downsizing and reorganization. The various proposed laws could reduce the number of Legislators to between 9 and 13 Members, down from the current 15 Members. One proposal would also extend the term of office for Legislators from 2 to 4 years. At the hearing, elected Members of the Erie County Legislature will be present. “As elected officials we speak on issues all of the time. This is an opportunity for the public to have their voices heard and for us to take the time to listen to our constituents,” explained MillerWilliams. “I applaud Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams efforts to move the downsizing discussion forward in Erie County. As a Legislator who has fought to downsize the Legislature to 11 Members from it’s current 15, I am looking forward to hearing the public’s input on this issue,” added Legislator Tim Kennedy.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, famed civil rights leader and Atlanta legend Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been admitted to a hospital intensive care unit, but friends say his condition is not serious.â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨Lowery, 88, who last summer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest civilian honor, was scheduled to attend an African American achievement award ceremony Saturday, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, longtime friend and fellow civil rights leader Andrew Young told the AJC late Sunday.â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was having shortness of breath, and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to the Trumpet Awards last night,â&#x20AC;? Young said, adding that Lowery â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been in and out of the hospital before. I have not heard that it was serious. I think he was having some respiratory problems.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;¨

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From now through March 31, you can still switch your Medicare Advantage plan† to Independent Health. Just stop by one of Independent Health’s conveniently located Medicare Information Centers* to receive one-on-one assistance. We offer a variety of plans,†† including Medicare Advantage plans with and without prescription drug coverage (HMO, PPO and PFFS plans).

LEWAC’S final free Flu Shot Clinic for adults (18 and older), H1N1 and Seasonal (“regular”) Flu Vaccines will be held on Saturday, February 13, from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wellness Medical Practice, PLLC,135 Grant Street (between Lafayette & West Ferry) Flu shots will be provided by Dr. Glen R. Smith. The program is coordinated by LEWAC Associates of WNY, Inc. Supporting physicians include Dr. Edna Adams, Dr. Kenneth Gayles, Dr. Winston Douglas, Dr. Biddappa Maneyapanda, Dr. Jesslyn Perry, Dr. Raul Vazquez, Dr. Nathaniel Webster, and Dr. Dwight Lewis. For more information call 881-4300.

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Celebrating New Location Enter In Ministries 1761 Genesee St. is celebrating a new location on Sunday February 7 at the noon service. The guest is Bishop Andrew Hottz and Pentecostal Methodist Evangelical Church . Rosetta Swain is Servant/Pastor.

“Still In Love” Pastor Melvin and First Lady Pamela Taylor of New Life World Harvest Restoration Center are hosting a Sweethearts Valentine Banquet, “Still in Love,” on Saturday, February 13 at 5 p.m. at the Classic V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd. featuring recording artists Angelo & Veronica. Tickets are $75 per couple and $40 for individuals. To RSVP and for tickets call (716) 725-6235.

bids ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive separate sealed bids for the following contract work: JOB NUMBER/ CONTRACT NAME BMHA JOB #10-04-CF, Redwood Village Site Improvements BMHA job #10-04G-General Construction DATE/TIME OF PREBID MEETING Date and time:

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM


Wednesday, February 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Prebid Conferences will be held as stated above with all potential bidders assembled at the Capital Improvements & Development Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walk through may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Sealed bid for above mentioned BMHA Job will be received until the time stated above at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time Sets of contract documents may only be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street, with a deposit of $100 per set. Only certified company checks bank checks or money orders made payable to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will be accepted. This deposit is refundable upon return of complete sets of documents within 14 calendar days after the bid opening. Failure to comply with this time limit will constitute forfeiture of the deposit. The BMHA reserves the right to reject any bid, which fails to conform to the essential items, required by the contract documents and to reject any and/or all bids submitted. Dated: January 26, 2010 Page 6

Greater Apostolic House of Prayer Celebrates Dr. Overseer Jacqueline Foye 74th Birthday Greater Apostolic House of Prayer Church will be celebrating Dr Overseer Jacqueline Foye 74th birthday. Guest Speaker: Bishop Michael A. Badger, Bethesda World Harvest International Church, at 7:30 pm. We anticipate a wonderful time in the Lord. Please come and celebrate this Phenomenal Woman of God.

“A Time for Praise” On behalf of the entire congregation, Pastor Rickey B. Harvey invites you to experience “A Time for Praise,” Mount Olivet Baptist Church of Rochester’s first gospel jazz concert. Presented on Saturday, February 6. The concert will commemorate the Church’s 100 years of service. “A Time for Praise” will feature the renowned Cyrus Chestnut Trio performing jazz interpretations of gospel music for which leader-pianist Cyrus Chestnut is a highly acclaimed composer, arranger and performer. The Herb Smith Quintet will open the concert performing original compositions by leader Herb Smith, third trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. “A Time for Praise” gospel concert will begin 5:30 PM in the main sanctuary of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street, Rochester, New York 14608. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10.00 for students under 18 (with ID); they can be purchased at the following outlets: - All “That’s The Ticket” outlets located in the Wegmans Customer Service Centers, beginning Monday, Jan.11, 2010; reference “Mount Olivet Gospel Jazz Concert”;- Mount Olivet Baptist Church - Feb. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit “

Busy Moot Seniors will celebrate Valentine’s Day with Pappy Martin Members of the Moot Senior Center have a busy February ahead with celebrations of the life of member Ruth Richardson, wear “African” Thursdays, and a special Valentine’s Day Lunch featuring the music of Pappy Martin and the Supreme Love Trio. Get in on the fun by joining the Moot Center, call 882-4637 today! The remainder of the month at Moot will include: • Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Best Breakfast in Town, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: followed by Bible Study with Deacon Manley. • Friday, Feb. 5 – 1:30 p.m. Shopping at the Broadway Market. • Thursday, Feb. 9 – Ruth Richardson Day. • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Best Breakfast in Town, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m; Bingo Bonanza at 12:30. • Thursday, Feb. 11 – “Are You Prepared?” a presentation by LaVita of Thomas Edwards Funeral Services. • Friday, Feb. 14 – Noon to 3 p.m.,Valentine Day Lunch and Party with Pappy Martin and the Supreme Love Trio. • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Best Breakfast in Town, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Everybody’s Birthday and Senior of the Month Luncheon.

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“Thy will be done”: Miss Virgina Crowned Miss America 2010 Miss Virginia, pretty Caressa Cameron, took home the title of Miss America 2010 Saturday night. Caressa was the winner in a field of 53 contestants during the live broadcast from Las Vegas and won a $50,000 scholarship in the process. The 22-year-old broadcast journalism student from Fredericksburg, Va., first wowed the audience and judges in her swimsuit and evening gown and then with her strong performance of Beyonce’s “Listen” from the movie “Dreamgirls.” The first Black Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005, she says she wants to get a master’s degree and eventually become a news anchor. When she won the Miss Virginia pageant last year – it was her fourth try – she said she experienced a quiet moment onstage after the judges’ decision. “Thy will be done,” That’s what I kept saying,” she said. “Thy will be done.”

Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Seeks Participants The Young Miss Buffalo Pageant Scholarship & Enrichment Program, Inc. (YMBP, Inc.) is currently accepting applications for its 2010 scholarship and enrichment program year. 
The program is open to any young lady who is: 1) 13-17 years of age; 2) a resident of the City of Buffalo and surrounding area; 3) a student in middle or high school; and
4) a U.S. citizen.
 The deadline for applications is FEBRUARY 12, 2010. Applications should be submitted with a photocopy of driver’s/non-driver’s license or School transcript; Birth Certificate; and most recent Report Card and mailed to YMBP, Inc., PO BOX 144, Buffalo, New York 14205-0144. 
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org/ContestantInfo.html to download an application. For questions or more information, call 641-715-3800 and enter the passcode: 56017#.

Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010

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*Black History Community Jazz Concert: Thursday, February 4 at the Buffalo Museum of Science at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, 6-8p.m. Love Supreme, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Jazz Band, Niagara Falls High School Jazz Band, Mr. Vernon James, Mr. David Blackburn and Beautiful Music. *Thursday Night Comedy: The New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Ave. 8 p.m.; tickets $15. *Open Mic & Jam Session every Friday and Saturday (Starting Feb. 5) New Musician’s Big “6” Club, 600 East North @ Fox; 896-6660. *Twelve-Eight Path Band and DJ Papa Trini @ Mardi Gras Masquerade Party, Saturday, February 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hamlin House Ballroom, 432 Franklin St. $20; 893-4737. *An Evening with Chrisette Michele, Thursday, Feb. 18, The Tralf, 
8 p.m. $30 presale/$33 day of show
 all Ticketmaster locations. *COMEDY: Mike Epps with special guest Bruce Bruce & Friends, Friday, Feb. 19, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, tickets at Shea’s Box Office, Doris Records, ticketmaser. com


*Buffalo Blues Festival 2010, Bobby Bland, Clarence Carter, Marvn Sease, Bobby Rush, Floyd Taylor, Blackfoot, Shirley Brown, Saturday, March 20, Shea’s Performing Arts Center; tickets at Shea’s Box Office, Doris Records, Ticketmaster outlets. *Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye on stage February 12- March 7, Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue. Tickets on sale now at the PRT box office and online at Opening night admission / reception is $27.50. General admission is $23.50, $19.50 for seniors and students with I.D., and $13.50 for children ages 3 through 12. Group rates available. Curtain time is 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. For reservations and more information call 716-884-2013 or email *MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, Starring Tyler Perry, HSBC Arena, Tuesday, April 27, 730 pm; Tickets on sale now at all HSBC Arena Box office; all locations incuding al Tops Markets, Doris Records or charge br phone @ 1-888-223-6000. Group seating available.

It’s Happening at Buffalo East *Image & Identity: Styles in the Diaspora Artspace Buffalo Gallery a three-day event at Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main Street Feb. 5-7.Kicks off Friday, February 5 from 5-10 pm, with Art

Opening, 6:30pm “Daughters of Creative Sound,” 6:45pm film, “Good Hair” w/panel discussion to follow. Saturday Feb 6, 6:30pm Hair & Fashion show featuring 5 spoken word artists. Ntare Ali Gault, Shawnell Tillery, Taharka Odinga, vonette t. rhodes, and Eve Barbour. Sunday Feb 7, 5 p.m. opening followed by JA Featuring Odell Northington – Song & Poetry, Dr. Anthony Neal. Dinner African/Caribbean/American/Vegetarian Cuisine, Dance Party w/Divi Rome Royal Afreeka Sounds. $25.00 donation includes Saturday & Sunday events. Tickets can be purchased at Elite Hair Creations, 2612 Main St Buffalo, (716) 833-8648; Iconz Hair Design 3168 Main St. (716) 834-1559 or event organizer, Erika “Aminata”at


EXHIBIT *Permanent Exhibit at the Langston Hughes Institute, 35 High Street, includes “Black Woman as Warrior” exterior murals by renowned artist William Cooper and “The Whole Story.” For more information call 881-3266

The following events will be taking place at Buffalo East, 1412-10 Main St. (nearr E. Utica). Call 713-9340 for more information. *Feb. 14 - there will be an open mic titled “Love and Change” hosted by Verneice Turner at 3pm, followed by Gospel Open Mic at 5pm, hosted by Carole Milhouse, with keyboardist, Kiko and drummer, Brother Chris. Admission: Goodwill donations *Feb. 19 to 21 - “Doug’s Place” part of BE “Theater Bites Series” stage presentations less than an hour long. featuring Alemdaedae and Artie winner Harold L. White with C. J. Tyes. A performance about a Black business man in 19th century Buffalo, along the Erie Canal. 6:30 pm. Admission: Goodwill donations *Feb 21- “Harriet Tubman Speaks” a 15 min. presentation by actress Catherine Y. Robinson. The woman who founded the Underground Railroad has her say. 5:30 pm. Admission: Goodwill donations. (Majority of the donations goes to the artists performing.)

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Colored Musicians Club Celebrates 75 Years of Music The Colored Musicians Club is celebrating 75 Years Of Music . Join Van Taylor of Taylor Made Jazz on February 7, at 9 p.m. at the Club, 145 Broadway. Upcoming celebration events include the Club’s Annual Easter Ball Concert April 4 and The CMC Queen City Jazz Festival July 31. Jam session are held on Sundays a 9 p.m. and Big Band Rehearsals take place weekly. Support the historic Colored Musicians Club!

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EXODUS: The Legacy of Bob Marley

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) (People around the world will pay tribute this weekend to the man and his music, Bob Marley on the anniversary of what would be his 65th Birthday - the Godfather of Reggae music.)


ob Marley was born in the small village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica as Nesta Robert Marley on February 6, 1945. Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love -- inspired by his belief in Rastafari -- was beginning to be heard and felt. The last Bob Marley and the Wailers tour in 1980 attracted the largest audiences at that time for any musical act in Europe. Bob was a member of the Rastafari movement, whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae. He became a leading proponent of the Rastafari, taking their music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica and onto the international music scene. Bob’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness. And his audience continues to widen: to westerners Bob’s apocalyptic truths prove inspirational and life-changing; in the Third World his impact goes much further. Not just among Jamaicans, but also the Hopi Indians of New Mexico and the Maoris of New Zealand, in Indonesia and India, and especially in those parts of West Africa from which slaves were plucked and taken to the New World, Bob is seen as a redeemer figure returning to lead this In the clear Jamaican sunlight you can pick out the component parts of which the myth of Bob Marley is comprised: the sadness, the love, the understanding, the Godgiven talent. Those are facts. And although it is sometimes said that there are no facts in Jamaica, there is one more thing of which we can be certain: Bob Marley never wrote a bad song. He left behind the most remarkable body of recorded work. “The reservoir of music he has left behind is like an encyclopedia,” says Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes. “When you need to refer to a certain situation or crisis, there will always be a Bob Marley song that will relate to it. Bob was a musical prophet.” The tiny Third World country of Jamaica has produced an artist who has transcended all categories, classes, and creeds through a combination of innate modesty and profound wisdom. Bob Marley, the Natural Mystic, may yet prove to be the most significant musical artist of the twentieth century. Bob Marley gave the world brilliant and evocative music; his work stretched across nearly two decades and yet still remains timeless and universal. Marly died of cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami on the morning of May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. His body rests in a mausoleum in his birthplace at Nine Mile, on the north of the island of Jamaica. His legend has conquered the years.

“All we are give peace a chance...” FEBRUARY 3, 2010

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Black Voices Must be Heard On Haiti
 By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.


f Blacks enjoyed political representation and not just political presence in the United States, it would be unnecessary for me to ask you to make a clarion call to get medical treatment for Haitians in dire need of medical treatment. 
Former Sen. John Edwards and actor, John Travolta, can freely travel to Haiti while the passports of our leaders have been lifted. Moreover, these leaders have refused to initiate a class action lawsuit against the U.S. State Department.
 The U.S. military is now refusing to evacuate Haitians in dire need of critical medical care to the United States. Florida has filed a complaint for having to help Haitians while Gov. David Paterson can only be found in suspect locations. Hospitals in New York are not open to Haitians. This is a shame.
 In a racist response to the flawed immigration policy towards Haiti, this country has fashioned a policy of “humanitarian parole” towards severely-injured, Haitian children. The name of the policy itself is sinister and racially-defamatory. Black faces are associated with crime even when they are children.
 When it comes to all persons of African ancestry, including Haitians, this country is invariably engaged in racism and it is of no moment that the United States is indebted to Africans for building this country and fighting off its enemies. 
If the United States is not going to grant reparations to descendants of enslaved Africans, it should, at least, be susceptible to granting humanitarian aid to afflicted Africans. Instead, through threats, intimidation and buy-outs, Blacks have no right to legal or political

-66All streams flow to the sea Because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, You must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, You must learn how to follow them. The Master is above the people, And no one feels oppressed. She goes ahead of the people, And no one feels manipulated. The whole world is grateful to her. Because she competes with no one, No one can compete with her. Page 10

representation. In other words, it is illegal for Blacks to use their tongues for their own benefit.
 This country got bogged down in a war in Vietnam. Afterwards, it airlifted Vietnamese refugees out of Vietnam. It also airlifted Albanians from Kosovo. Black people must rise up and speak out. We have no leadership. Preachers and politicians are in Uncle Sam’s back pocket. Are they in Haiti today?
 Spread the word today. Power rises up from the bottom. The cream goes to the top. “Those who fail to learn from the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.” “History is repeating itself.” Nearly a century ago, the Marines invaded Haiti and illegally occupied it for nearly three decades. Under the pretext of helping afflicted Haitians from the January 12 earthquake, the military has reoccupied Haiti.
 The situation in Haiti today resembles Iraq after the U.S.led invasion of Iraq. There is no functioning state apparatus in Haiti. The entire infrastructure of Haiti has been gutted. Looting is running amuck in Haiti and it should not be attributable to the Black masses. Haiti will be rebuilt in the image of the United States for the benefit of the United States.
 White missionaries are up to it again. This time it is happening in Haiti. Thankfully, the kidnapping scheme of the body snatchers from Idaho was foiled. Obviously, the United States is in cahoots with this illegal activity since these white body snatchers would have had to re-enter the United States with scores of kidnapped children of African ancestry. The Congressional Black Caucus is, once again, asleep at the switch. Call members of Congress at 202-224-3121. Call Gov. David Paterson at 212-681-4580. Remind him that politics is a two-way street. “If you scratch my back, I will scratch yours.”
 The following are the specific telephone numbers and websites of designated members of the House of Representatives:
Yvette Clarke
202-226-0112 (fax)
Gregory Meeks
202-2264169 (fax)
Donald Payne
202-2254160 (fax)
Charles Rangel
202-2250816 (fax)
Jose Serrano
202-225-6001 (fax)
Edolphus Towns
Nydia Velazquez
202-2260327 (fax)

Our Story: Race Riots in America


*In 1887 ten thousand workers at sugar plantations in Louisiana, organized by the Knights of Labor, went on strike for an increase in their pay to $1.25 a day. Most of the workers were Black, but some were White, infuriating Governor Samuel Douglas McEnery, who declared that “God Almighty has himself drawn the color line.” The militia was called in, but then withdrawn to give free rein to a lynch mob in Thibodaux. The mob killed between 20 and 300 people. A Black newspaper described the scene: “Six killed and five wounded” is that the daily papers here say, but from an eye witness to the whole transaction we learn that no less than thirty-five Negroes were killed outright. Lame men and blind women shot; children and hoary-headed grandsires ruthlessly swept down! The Negroes offered no resistance; they could not, as the killing was unexpected. Those of them not killed took to the woods, a majority of them finding refuge in this city.

PEACE LOVE & UNITY: Our Challenge for 2010 Continues

*The East St. Louis Race Riot: Labor conflict was a source of tensions that catalyzed into the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917. White rioters killed hundreds of Black residents of East St. Louis, many of whom were women and children. *The Chicago Race Riot: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a major racial conflict that began in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 1919 and ended on August 3. During the riot, dozens died and hundreds were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer of 1919, so named because of the violence and fatalities across the nation. The combination of prolonged arson, looting and murder was the worst race rioting in the history of Illinois. Chicago was one of ethnic tension caused by competition among many new groups. With the Great Migration, thousands of African Americans from the South had settled next to neighborhoods of European immigrants on Chicago’s South Side, near jobs in the stockyards and meatpacking plants. The ethnic Irish had been established first, and fiercely defended their territory and political power against all newcomers Post World War I tensions caused frictions between the races, especially in the competitive labor and housing markets.. According to official reports, the turmoil came to a boil after a young African American was struck by a rock and died at an informally segregated beach. Witnesses pointed out the killer to a policeman, who refused to make an arrest. An indignant black mob attacked the officer. Violence broke out across the city. A total of 23 Blacks and 15 Whites were killed. *The Tulsa Race Riot: The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot grew out of Black resistance to the attempted lynching of 19-year old shoeshiner Dick Rowland. Thirty-nine people (26 Black, 13 White) were confirmed killed. Recent investigations suggest that the actual number of casualties could be much higher. White mobs set fire to the Black Greenwood district, destroying 1,256 homes and as many as 200 businesses. Fires leveled 35 blocks of residential and commercial neighborhood.

Dear Editor, The challenge continues until we can get it right. In the Bible Ephesians (4:11) reads: “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.” We are all challenged to be who we are and to do only what we can do. We need to ask ourselves, “when is the last time I did something for someone else?” When is the last time I edified someone else.? When is the last time I spoke to a young man or young woman to encourage them to do something to change their life or their situation? I’m sure there are a number of scriptures in the Bible that we can read from. But if we as leaders would wake each morning and read Ephesians chapter 4 for a period of time, it would make us the leaders that GOD would have us to be. We take a lot of things for granted not realizing today is not promised to us, regardless to what titles or positions we hold. Our young people are dying and we are sitting on the sidelines arguing with one another about nothing. There is no reason why we as leaders should be competing against one another. We are still challenged to spread more PEACE LOVE and UNITY. It starts with us as leaders first. I had a great time talking to an old friend of mine on last Thursday and he passed away on that Sunday. I had a birthday on Tuesday, and I thank GOD I am still here. We are here because of GOD’s grace, His love, His power, His joy, His forgiveness, His healing, His presence, His salvation, His mercy and His peace -which we do not deserve, but it will make us whole. Someone has to tell the people about HIM. Wy not let it be us.? We have to humble ourselves, and know that GOD is the reason why we are still here. GOD’s purpose in our lives is still the same, so we are challenge to do something different. So let us try PEACE LOVE and UNITY and know that we all need each other. We are all born to die. It’s what we do while we are here that matters and where we are going when we leave here. -Bro George Johnson

Childcare Subsidy is an Investment for the Future

Dear Editor: The story printed below is a hypothetical one. However it is not too far from being a true one. Imagine two young mothers with 2 small preschool children. One ot the moms, I will call her Susie, is a stay at home mom. Susie stays home,not because she does not need to work;she stays home because she is unable or unwilling to work. Susie and her children receive $500.00 a month in food stamps, $200.00 in WIC benefits, medical benefits from Medicaid, HEAP benefits And a childcare subsidy from Erie County. Susie is not worried about losing her childcare subsidy because she is receiving public assistance and she falls below the 125% federal poverty guidelines. Let’s now tell the other mom’s story. Her name is Joyce and like Susie, she has two young children. Joyce also has something Susie does not have and that is a job. Joyce makes good money. She does not earn enough to pay all her expenses but because she makes more than the minimum guideline for HEAP, food stamps and Medicaid, she does not qualify for these benefits. However, she does meet the 200% federal guideline for a daycare subsidy. Prior to working, Joyce was on public assistance and received all of the benefits associated with it. But guess what? Joyce loves her job and the feeling of independence and self sufficiency it gives her. Joyce does not want to return to the welfare rolls but she knows that if she does not keep the day care subsidy, she will be forced to apply for public assistance once again. Erie County taxpayers, I ask you, which person should we make sure they keep their subsidy? I bet we all would pick the mom with the job! If Joyce returns to the welfare rolls, it will cost us more than 5 times what we give her in child care benefits. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Why is it so hard for County Executive Chris Collins to do so? Betty Jean Grant 7th District Legislator Erie County Legislature The Meaning of The above image/logo, part of the Challenger flag, corresponds to one of the 81 chapters in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. This particular tetragram corresponds to number 27, defined as “The Skillful Exchange of Information.” (From R.L Wing’s book, The Tao of Power.) “The truth, always the truth--at all costs”

“What is planted cannot be uprooted.What is well embraced cannot slip away.” I CHING

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2010 Black History Month Events Honor Our Past February 4

*Senator Thompson Hosts Community Jazz Concert In Celebration Of Black History Month: State Senator Antoine M. Thompson will celebrate Black History Month with a community jazz concert at the Buffalo Museum of Science at 1020 Humboldt Parkway from 68p.m. This year’s jazz concert will feature a mix of music and poetry from Members of the Love Supreme, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Jazz Band, Niagara Falls High School Jazz Band, Mr. Vernon James, Mr. David Blackburn and Beautiful Music. Bennett Wells American Legion Post #1780 will also provide a historical art display recognizing African American Veterans.

February 12

*The Second Annual Western New York African American Arts Celebration, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Opening Reception 7 p.m. There will be a Soul Food and African potluck dinner. For more information contact the NACC office at: 282-7530

February 13

*Along This Way: Storytelling In The African Tradition ( 20th Year Celebration) Featuring We All Storytellers – Karima Amin & Sharon Holley, Percussionist – Eddie Sowande Nicholson, Vocalist – Joyce Carolyn, 2 p.m. Frank E. Merriweather Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Free Admission.

*CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY AT NASH MUSEUM: Experience Black History at the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash Street, Buffalo, NY during the month of February. Special admission of only $5 per person will be charged for tours on Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Tours begin at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. Explore the home of the late Rev. and Mrs. J. Edward Nash, pastor of the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church from 1892 – 1953. Group tours may be arranged by appointment. 716-856-4490.


February 14

*A film featuring the life of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, will be shown. The theme of the program will be, “To the Minister, With Love.” Scenes in the film will show little known facts about Minister Farrakhan. This program will also be in observance of the upcoming Saviors’ Day Convention in February. Merriweather Library from 2 – 4 p.m. For more information call Eva Doyle at 847-6010 or send an email message to

February 15

*“For Love of liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots WNED-TV.

February 26 & 27

*8th Annual Conference on African and African American History and Diversity, McKinley High School.

February 28

*AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN: Kenneth and Sharon Holley with the cooperation of Tradition Keepers:Black Storytellers of Western New York and the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library will host a community African American Read-In on Sunday, February 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. The community is invited to attend the Read-In at the MerriweatherLibrary and to bring a passage to read or share written by an African American author. Maximum reading/speaking time is 3 minutes. If you are interested in participating, contact Sharon or Kenneth Holley at 886-1399 or send e-mail to Or contact Mrs. Bush at the Merriweather Library at 883-4418.

*Celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Eye On History column. It will include a tribute to the late scholar and historian, Dr. Asa Hilliard with a film called “Return to the Source.” 2 - 4 p.m. at the Merriweather library. Free and open to the public. For more information call Eva Doyle at 8476010 or send an email message to *“For Love of liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” WNED-TV. T:8 in “Our history did not begin in chains. It will not end in chains.”


award honorees are committed to changing lives 365 days a year.

February 5

*Image & Identity: Styles In the Diaspora Art Exhibit: Artspace Buffalo Gallery, a three-day event at Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main Street Feb. 5-7. $25 Tickets can be purchased at Elite Hair Creations, 2612 Main St (716) 833-8648; Iconz Hair Design 3168 Main St. (716) 834-1559 or Erika “Aminata”at 381-8691.

February 6

James Clyburn

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*Image & Identity: Styles In the Diaspora Art Exhibit: Artspace Buffalo Gallery, a three-day event at Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main Street Feb. 5-7. $25. Tickets can be purchased at Elite Hair Creations, 2612 Main St. (716) 833-8648; Iconz Hair Design 3168 Main St. (716) 834-1559 or Erika “Aminata”at 381-8691.

Alonzo Mourning Frank Mason

February 7

*February 7: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali at the Merriweather Library from 2 - 4 p.m. A special film will be shown to highlight one of his greatest fights called “Rumble in the Jungle,” which took place in Zaire, Africa in 1974 between Ali and George Foreman. Free and open to the public. For more information call Eva Doyle at 847-6010 or send an email message to ewriter52@ *Image & Identity: Styles In the Diaspora Art Exhibit: Artspace Buffalo Gallery, a three-day event at Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main Street Feb. 5-7. $25. Tickets can be purchased at Elite Hair Creations, 2612 Main St. (716) 833-8648; Iconz Hair Design 3168 Main St. (716) 834-1559 or Erika “Aminata”at 381-8691. BLACK FACT 1900: Pan-African Congress met in London. W.E.B. Du Bois was among the leaders of the Congress. FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Earl Graves

Soledad O’Brien

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The Groundhog Has Spoken: Six More Weeks of Winter

bidS LACKAWANNA MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY NOTICE TO BIDDERS BAKER HOMES APARTMENTS WATERLINE IMPROVEMENTS The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority (LMHA) requesting bid proposals for Waterline Backflow Prevention Improvements at the Baker Homes Apartment Complex. Improvements include the addition of (2) aboveground heated enclosures, backflow prevention devices, metering, and associated piping to replace the existing meter pits in two separate locations within the complex. Bids are requested for an all-inclusive contract to install said improvements and restore surrounding site conditions. Project documents may be obtained beginning January 28 at LMHA, 135 Qdell Street, Lackawanna, NY with a deposit of $100.00. Check made payable to Tredo Engineers. Requests for information may be forwarded to LMHA at least five (5) days prior to the fixed date of bid opening. Any addenda, if issued, will be forwarded to prospective bidders not later than three (3) days prior to bid opening. At the time of bid opening, each bidder will be presumed to have inspected the site(s) and be familiar with the Project Documents (including all addenda). Bidders shall agree to hold their bid price for ninety (90) days after the actual date of bid opening. Bid Bond 5% of contract. Sealed bids sha1l be received at the LMHA office located at 135 Odell Street, Lackawanna, NY 14213. Attn: Mr. Tom Burke (716) 823-2551, no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. to be considered for this project. Walk thru will be held at 135 Odell on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m. An estimate of construction costs for each service location, based on recent work performed on a similar project is approximately $45,000 (x2) = $90,000. The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bide and to waive any informality or technicality in any bid in the interest of the owner, By order of Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority Lackawanna, New York ROBERT McMANUS Interim Executive Director

bidS Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585 **Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. local time for RFP #09-10-063 BID for EXTERNAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM AUDIT Specifications and bid forms are available in Room 816 City Hall; and on website Jennifer LoTempio Purchasing Agent

Scrufari Construction Co.

seeking M/WBE subcontractors to quote New York Power Authority Security Gates Improvement Project, bid date February 12, 2010. EEO Employer. 282-1225.

LACKAWANNA MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK NOTICE TO BIDDERS Seated bide for the “Parkview Towers Senior Apartments Re-Roofing Project” under the Federal Stimulus Program will be received by the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, in their office at 135 O’Dell Street, Lackawanna, New York, until 11:00 a.m. February 23, 2010 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. Attendance is highly recommended at a Pre-Bid Walk Through Meeting at the Parkview Towers Senior Apartment Building at 600 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, New York beginning at 1:00 p.m. on February 9, 2010. The area of the site included under this re-roofing project will be open for inspection to bidders at that time. The Project Coordinator will be present. Inspection at any other time will require prior approval by the owner. The work includes the removal of an existing membrane roof system and installation of a new membrane roof system at the Parkview Towers Senior Apartment Building located at 600 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, New York. The Bidding Requirements, Contract Forms, General Conditions, Specifications and plans may be examined, or obtained, at the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, 135 O’Dell Street, Lackawanna, New York 14218. Contact Tom Burke, 823-2551, for more information. Bidding documents may be secured beginning February 3, 2010 at the office Daryl K. Martin, RA. Project Architect, 3625 Eggert Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127 upon receipt of a $100.00 deposit, payable to: Daryl K. Martin, Architect, The full deposit may be returned upon return of all bidding documents in useable condition, Bid documents may also be delivered by FedEx upon request and receipt of a $100.00 deposit plus an additional non-refundable delivery and handling charge of $50.00 by certified check (payable to: Daryl K. Martin, Architect). Bids are to be valid for sixty (60) days. No bidder may withdraw or change their bid within sixty (60) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. Each bid shall be accompanied by an acceptable form of guarantee in an amount equal to at least 5 percent (5%) of the amount of the bid payable to the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute the contract agreement and file acceptable Performance and Labor and Material Payment Bonds within ten (10) days after the award of the contract or certified check for 10% of the construction amount. By submission of a bid, each bidder agrees, if its bid is accepted, to enter into a contract with the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, in the form included in the contract documents for the price bid and within the contract time indicated in the contract documents. Bidders are advised that installation work must be performed by contractors licensed in the City of Lackawanna in accordance with General City Law. The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informality or technicality in any bid in the interest of the owner. By order of Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority Lackawanna, Now York ROBERT McMANUS Interim Executive Director

LACKAWANNA MUNICIPAL HOUSING AUTHORITY LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids for the “Baker Homes Kitchen Renovations/Lead Abatement Project” under the Federal Stimulus Program will be received by the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, in their office at 135 O’Dell Street, Lackawanna, New York, until 10 a.m., February 16, 2010 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. Attendance is highly recommended at a Pre-Bid Walk Through Meeting at the offices of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority at 135 O’Dell Street, Lackawanna, New York beginning at 10:00 a.m., on February 4, 2010. The areas of the site included under this kitchen renovation project will be open for inspection to bidders at that time. The Project Coordinator will be present. Inspection at any other time will require prior approval by the owner. The work includes the removal of existing kitchen cabinetry and flooring, plumbing upgrades, lighting upgrades, installation of new kitchen cabinetry, countertops, sinks, lighting, exhaust hoods, linoleum flooring and painting of full apartment interior walls, ceilings and trip in Buildings C-I, C-2, C-3 and C-4 of the Baker Homes Apartments in Lackawanna, New York, approximately 45 apartments. Copies of the Bidding Requirements, Contract Forms, General Conditions, Specifications and plans may be examined, or obtained, at the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, 135 Street, Lackawanna, New York 14218. Contact Tom Burke, 828-21551, for more information. Bidding documents may be secured beginning January 28, 2010 at the office of Daryl K. Martin, RA, Project Architect, 3625 Eggert Road, Orchard Park, New York 1412l upon receipt of a $100.00 deposit, payable to Daryl K. Martin, Architect. The full deposit may be returned upon return of all bidding documents in useable condition. Bid documents may also be delivered by FedEx upon request and receipt of a $100.00 deposit plus an additional nonrefundable delivery and handling charge of $50.00 by certified check (payable to: Daryl K. Martin, Architect.). Bids are to be valid for sixty (60) days. No bidder may withdraw or change their bid within sixty (60) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. Each bid shall be accompanied by an acceptable form of guarantee in an amount equal to at least 5 percent (5%) of the amount of the bid payable to the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute the contract agreement and file acceptable Performance and Labor and Material Payment Bonds within ten (10) days after the award of the contract or certified check for 10% of the construction amount. By submission of a bid each bidder agrees, if its bid is accepted, to enter into a contract with the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, in the form in¬cluded in the contract documents for the price bid and within the contract time indicated in the contract documents. Bidders are advised that installment work must be performed by contractors licensed in the City of Lackawanna in accordance with General City Law. The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informality or technically in any bid in the interest of the owner. By order of Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority Lackawanna, New York ROBERT MCMANUS Interim Executive Director


CALL (716) 897-0442 * (716)464-3738 FAX (716) 897-3307 EMAIL:

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The groundhog has spoken. And it’s bad news. Punxsutawney (puhnksuh-TAW’-nee) Phil has emerged to see his shadow meaning winter will last another six weeks. Phil’s announcement came before hundreds of onlookers who huddled as temperatures hovered in the teens Tuesday (Feb. 2) in Pennsylvania. The Groundhog Club says since 1887 Phil has predicted more winter weather by seeing his shadow nearly 100 times, but there are no records for nine years.

Full Time Theatre Position Open

Buffalo Seminary offers a warm and collegial working atmosphere, professional development opportunities, and a competitive salary and benefits package. One Full Time Theatre Position is now open. Requirements: BA or BFA in Theatre, MA or MFA preferred. Description: - Play Producer: candidate should be capable of selecting, producing, and directing two productions each year. The candidate will serve as designer and technical director. - Classroom Teacher: candidate should have exceptional knowledge to teach classes including Foundations of Theatre, Theatre Appreciation, Acting, Make-up, Play Production, Improvisation, and more. Candidates, please send your curriculum vitae with references and a cover letter to: Jody Douglass, Head of School Buffalo Seminary 205 Bidwell Parkway Buffalo, NY 14222 or Jody Douglass at Phone number:


EAST SIDE APARTMENTS AVAILABLE *Two and Three Bedroom Apartments starting at $395 plus security. Apartments Section 8 Ready. Call 836-8686.

CONVENIENT LOCATION Downtown Buffalo 2 Bdrm Apts. Heat, Water, Laundry Facility, Carpet, Blinds VOUCHERS WELCOME!



4647 Southwestern Blvd Hamburg, 648-6444. This is it! A section 8 community ideally suited for people over 62 who enjoy country charm. 1 / 2 bedroom spacious apartments designed for the lifestyle you deserve. Elevators, courtesy shopping van, appliances, laundry facilities… Expect to be impressed. EHO 1490 ESTATES

842-9528 SHILOH SENIOR HOMES The feeling of Home Owning Without the Care 2BR, appliances, carpet Attached garage



Accepting Applications for: Spacious 1 Bedroom Apartments for anyone 62 or Older Appliances, Carpeting includes Off-Street Parking, Free Heat & Hot Water. Rents based on Income. For Information Call 881-6654.

bids LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. announces that bid packages for the Weatherization Program are now available. Sealed bids must be returned before opening date which is Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Niagara Community Action Program Inc.’s Main Street office for the following: 1. Combustion Appliance Tune and Clean / Hot Water Tanks and Chimney Liners** 2. Infiltration (Building Materials) 3 Windows 4. Refrigerators 5. Wall Insulation Bid packages can be requested from: Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. 1521 Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14305 (716) 285-9681 (716) 285-9693 Fax (e-mail) **THERE WILL BE A PRE-BID MEETING FOR HEATING & CHIMNEY LINER CONTRACTORS ONLY ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010 AT: 9:30 A.M. TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BIDDER ALL HEATING & CHIMNEY LINER CONTRACTORS SHOULD ATTEND!! FEBRUARY 3, 2010

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BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: BPS #84 ERIE COUNTY HEALTH CARE CENTER FOR CHILDREN Bids: Sealed bids will be received at the office of LPCiminelli, Inc., 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 at 2:00 PM, on Thursday, February 11, 2010 for the contracts listed below. Pre-Bid Meeting: A pre-bid meeting will be held at LPCiminelli, Inc. on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM, located at 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. All bidders are urged to attend. Site Tours & Information Sessions: Tours of BPS #84 will be available immediately following the Pre Bid Meeting. Contracts: The Project will be constructed using a multiple subcontract format. The following subcontracts will be bid at this time: *901-84A – Building Systems **901-84B – Balancing * “Bidders on Contract 901-84A Building Systems MUST BE a Certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise as defined in Specification Section 00900 Development and Diversification Plan for Workforce and Business, Section II Business Development and Diversification Rules”. ** “Bidders on Contract 901-84B Balancing MUST BE a Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise as defined in Specification Section 00900 Development and Diversification Plan for Workforce and Business, Section II Business Development and Diversification Rules”. The following Contracts were

previously bid:

Contract 100 – Asbestos Abatement / Demolition *Contract 101 – General Construction Contract 102 – Masonry Contract 103 – Roofing Contract 104 – Aluminum Windows *Contract 105 – Drywall/Acoustical **Contract 106 – Painting *Contract 107 – Plumbing Contract 108 – HVAC *Contract 109 – Electrical Contract 916 – Electrical / Data (DWT) (Alternate Bid to Contract 109 Electrical) The following Contracts will be bid at a later date: Contract 906 – Flooring Contract 920 – Security (DWT) Coordination between Contracts 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, and 109 and Contracts 901A, 906, 916 and 920 will be required. Workforce and Business Diversification: It is the policy of the Program Provider to provide equal opportunity for all qualified individuals and businesses, to prohibit discrimination, and to promote full realization of equal opportunity through positive continuing programs. Refer to Section 00900 of this Project Manual, Development and Diversification Plan for Workforce and Business. Definitions: The Owner shall be defined as the City of Buffalo City School District as Agent for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA), Buffalo N.Y. and the Joint School Construction Board. The Owner has retained the services of LPCiminelli, Inc. as Program Packaging and Development Services Provider herein after referred to as the Program Provider. The Architect for BPS #84 shall be defined as Kideney Architects, PC. Opening of Bids: The proposals will be privately opened. Consideration of Bids: The Program Provider reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bid proposals, to reject any or all bids, or to issue any contract which it deems to be in the best interest of the Project. Bidding Documents: The Bidding Documents may be obtained starting on Friday, January 29, 2010, through Reprocraft located at 282 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202, upon the deposit of $100 per set, by check made payable to LPCiminelli, Inc. Bid deposit will be refunded to bidders returning the Bidding Documents in good condition within 30 days of the Bid Date. To obtain Bidding Documents contact Reprocraft at (716) 847-6262. Bidding Documents may be examined at the following locations: LPCiminelli, Inc. – 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 Buffalo Board of Education Plant Services Department – Room 406 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202 Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, 2660 William Street, Cheek towaga, NY 14227 Builders Exchange, Inc., 180 Linden Oaks, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14625- 2837 The Outsource Center, 1649 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211 Other locations where contractors and subcontractors normally view plans. Plan Holders List: An updated Plan Holders List may be obtained by accessing LPCiminelli’s website at The list is updated on a daily basis and can be found under “Bidding” and the school name. Request For Information: Request for information regarding BPS #84 Bid Documents shall be submitted in writing to the Attention of Ms. Mishelle Smith at LPCiminelli’s Office, Fax: (716) 854-6655 or email: msmith@lpciminelli. com END OF SECTION 00100 FEBRUARY 3, 2010

employment LPN & Medical Assistant: Immediate FT & PT openings, conveniently located downtown medical center. Apply on-line at: 

Case Manager

PT – 21 hours per week Provide case management services, advocacy, intervention and referrals to individuals, children and families. BSW or BS Human Services; 1 yr. exp working with families and individuals. Job is temporary. Possible end date of 6/30/10 Visit for more info. Resumes to: Child & Family Services, Job #1904, 330 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202 OR M/F/D/V/EOE Catholic Charities has an excellent professional development opportunity available for the following position:

Outreach Supervisor

F/T Outreach Supervisor position to supervise outreach in the 5 primary groups of sites in Niagara & Erie Counties. Schedules staff for community activities where outreach can be conducted. Provides training on cultural diversity to all WIC staff at least yearly. Prepares press releases, be available for interviews & related media events & make regular contacts with community organizations. Approx 10% of time will be training, 35% on information tracking, 20% on scheduling staff outreach, 15% on community contacts & 15% on development of public relations materials. Candidate must possess a Masters Degree in Social Work or related human services field & at least 1 yr experience in conducting outreach for social service programs & in community collaborative work. Training & experience in data analysis, computer database use. Interested & qualified candidates may forward resume & cover letter with Job # 201006 to: Catholic Charities, 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: HR. EOE/M/F

bidS Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585 **Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. local time for RFP # 09-10-064 BID for AHERA TRIENNIAL RE-INSPECTION Specifications and bid forms are available in Room 816 City Hall; and on website Jennifer LoTempio Purchasing Agent

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                                                                                                                         

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

                                                           

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*Stop The Violence Coalition Meeting: 5:30 p.m. 742 Delaware Ave. 882-7882. Fridays. *Buffalo Local Action Committee Meeting (BLAC): 6:30 p.m. Pratt Willert Center, 422 Pratt St. Thursdays *TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 6 p.m.; Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.; 834-6095. Mondays *African Consciousness Workshop: 6-8 p.m.; Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Mondays *The Israel of God Bible Study Class: 6 p.m.; 372 Feugeron Ave.; 897-2270. Wednesdays *Health and Healing Circles: 3:30-5 p.m.; CAO, 70 Harvard Pl.; 903-3290, Wednesdays *Moot Senior Center “Best Breakfast in Town”: 9-10:30 a.m. 292 High St., Wednesdays *Men and Women Support Groups: 5:30-7 p.m.; 1333 Jefferson Avenue; hosted by Group Ministries, Inc. Thursdays *Alcoholics Anonymous First Step Group: 8-9 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St. Niagara Falls. Fridays *Narcotics Anonymous: 5-7 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10t St. Sundays *Senior Bridge Club/Poker Club: 1-4 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021.


*The Café at Masten & Eaton Presents “Friday Evening Jazz”: 8 p.m.; 230 Masten Avenue; 883-2311. Fridays *Swinging Sundays: 8:00 p.m.-12 p.m.; Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway; 855-9383. *“Classic Soul Mixer”: 7-10 p.m.; Pandora’s Restaurant & Bar, 2261 Fillmore Ave. Fridays. *Dinner & Live Jazz at Hot Stuff Southern Cafe, 829 Main St., Niagara Falls; featuring Diana M. Reeves Fridays 6-9 p.m. and “Gumbo, Grits & Gospel on Sundays 2-6 p.m.; (716)282-7883.


*Muhammad Study Group Lunches & Dinners: 579 Jefferson Ave. (corner of Jefferson & Frost); $10; 436-1460. Saturdays. *St. John’s Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons Charity Fish Dinner Fundraiser: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 17 Kingsley Street; $7; 885-5009 or 200-9129. Fridays


*EOC Open Computer Lab: 4-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021.Wednesdays

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Passport Applications Accepted: Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes office, 792 E. Delavan Ave; 897-9714 for more info.

ACT-SO Orientation Session: 110:L309 a.m., Merriweather Library.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4 Community Jazz Concert: Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, 6-8 p.m. (See Black History Events Pg. 11)

Balloom Steppin’ West Coast Swing Classes Ballroom Steppin’, West Coast Swing and hot new line dance will be taught February 20, 27 and March 6 at CRUCIAL Center, Moselle and Urban. Call (716) 200-9702 for more information.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13 Talbert Mall Frederick Douglass Tower Valentine’s Party & Dance: 550 Genesee St., 7 p.m. - midnight; $20; (716) 583-1780 for tickets and info. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 Miss Barbara’s School of Dance Grand Opening: 4-6 p.m., 1832 Main street. (See ad page. 16) MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 Soulful Discussions Book Club Meeting: 7 p.m., African Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. Free and open to all. 884-2013; See Page 3

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Dance Lessons with Smooth Steppers: Urban Line Dance, smooth style Ballroom, Steppin’ and Swing; CRUCIAL Center, 230 Moselle St., Saturdays at noon; Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $3; 633-7813. *Line Dancing With Pearl Harris: 6-7 p.m. Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St. donation $2. Wednesdays *Tango/Jazz with Orquesta Equinox and Tango maestro Travis Widrick, 2nd Cup, 36 Broadway St., 840-0048, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. *Community Dance and African Drumming Classes: African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $15 monthly; visit more information *Line Dancing Lessons, First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., 6:30 p.m. Fridays. 847-6555. Free. *Line Dance Lessons: 10 a.m.-Noon; Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont St.; 444-2046 or 833-1038, Tuesdays Wednesdays *Line Dance by George Patterson: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 896-7021, Mondays & Thursdays. *June-Teenth Afrikan Family Time Drum Dance and Song: 6-8:30 p.m.; GatewayLongview Family Resource Center, 347 Ferry Street. Fridays * Argentine Tango Every Monday with Travis Widrick 7 - 10 p.m. 1st hour beginners lesson,The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat, 731 Main St. *Salsa Night Every Wednesday with Calvin and Fanny 7 - 10 p.m .1st hour beginners lesson The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Latin Night 1st/3rd Friday with Chun Poh, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Bachata 8 p.m.- midnight, Chow Chocolat 731 Main St.


*Open Mic Poetry: 6:30-9 p.m.; EM Tea Coffee Cup Café, 80 Oakgrove St.


*EOC Making College Connections: 4-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Wednesdays *Girl Scouts of America: 5-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 8967021. Wednesdays



*Senior Fitness Class: 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021; Wednesdays *Exercise for Health: 9:30-10:30; Edward A. Saunders Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue; 332-4381 Thursdays *Open Gym: 5-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Fridays *Tae-Kwan-do: 6-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Mondays & Fridays *Senior Fitness Class: 9:45-10:30 a.m.: Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Mondays


*Sen. Antoine Thompson Radio Show, Thursdays 1-2 p.m.; WUFO Radio 1080AM. *Pro-Ject Access To A-Free-Ka Radio Show: 3-6 p.m. 1080 AM WUFO; hosted by Ras Jomo; call in 837-111,, Mondays. *Khametic Ascendants Buffalo: 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (nite); Buffalo Channel 20 Video showings; live speakers. Wednesdays *My Time To Be Blessed! Channel 20, Cable TV, Evangelist Gloria Caver-Robinson Gill; Mondays and Fridays 2 to 2:28 p.m. Sundays. *Umoja Presents: 10:30 p.m.; Channel 20. *Jazz Favorites: 9-10 p.m. WBFO Radio 88.7 AM with host/producer Macy Favor and guest. *What’s Happening Buffalo and WNY: 8:30 a.m. MYTV Buffalo; host Esther Smothers.Sundays. *WHLD 1270 AM Real Distinguished Speakers Series: 3-4 p.m.; hosted by Marc L. Fuller, with guest speaker. Saturdays. *Affordable Homes Presents “Mo’ Money “Mo’ Money: 8-8:30 p.m.; WHLD 1270 AM Radio Ministry. Ssturdays. FEBRUARY 3, 2010

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Start Early! Start Strong! KING CENTER CHARTER SCHOOL Celebrating a decade of education excellence!





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FEBRUARY 3, 2010

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Challenger Community News :: February 3, 2010  

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