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INSIDE ROCHESTER Auditions For Dreamgirls Start Free Afterschool Program at the Urban September 23rd League Accepting Applications Anyone interested in trying out for the RAPA production of Dreamgirls should be over 16 years of age, prepare a monologue and a song. You also should be prepared to dance. Come to the RAPA East End Theater on Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The production will take place in February. For more information, call Judi Andreano, 585771-7710.

Hat-itude Struts Into Rochester September 25th

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HAT-TITUDE! (left to right) Reverend Sarah Millner and Ernesta Walker.

Hat-itude, an Epiphany Productions fundraiser to benefit the Community Place of Greater Rochester, will take place Saturday, September 25,from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. Breakfast will be served. Tickets are $35. Guest speaker for the event is Reverend Dr. Vera E. MARSHA Miller, pastor of Genesee Baptist Church. Senator Joseph Robach and 4-1-1 Columnist/author Marsha Jones will serve as co-emcees for the event. Music will be provided by the Jimmy Highsmith Trio. Spoken word by Nequa Prophecy. For more information or vendor space, call co-chairs, Sabina Wilkerson, 585-2342025 or Pat Taylor, 585-325-7500 ext, 106. Last year’s celebration was THE most talked about event. According to Wilkerson, if you missed it, here is your chance to attend this year with a few new twists. “This year’s event is a fun way to Promote Community Place. There is a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. You will see younger women with hats and men.” Co-chair Pat Taylor interjects: “It’s an event with good food, fellowship, and venrs. We had daughters who brought moms. You saw everything from fedoras and derbys to Sunday’s Best. Some women even morem e n ’ s hats. Prior to the actual event, people will be able to shop with them before the doors openfrom 8 to 9 a.m.. We have jewelers, handbags, chair massages by Wade and Me, photos that can be taken and informational vendors.

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“It’s kind of funny when people come to this event they bring a strut or a Hatitude stroll with them,” she chuckles. “I don’t have my strut down yet. All I know is I had a ball at this event last year.” This year’s raffle prizes includes an i-pod, an overnight stay at the Radisson, and a Kodak digital camera. Raffle tickets are $1. Wilkerson notes that CEO Sue Daven gets “down and dirty with her staff when it comes to getting the work done. She is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She is committed to the employees and is involved with the agency. She enjoyed last year’s event.” To learn more about Community Place, visit www.communitypl

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The Urban League of Rochester’s Afterschool Academy is now accepting applications for its three college preparation programs: Project Achieve – for 7th and 8th grade students Project Excel – for 9th through 12th graders Project Ready - for 9th and 10th grade African-American male students with at least a 2.5 GPA The Afterschool Academy is geared towards students in grades 7 through 12 who live Monroe County. The Academy provides academic support, exposure to the community’s cultural resources and intensive college preparation services. The goal of the Afterschool Academy is to help promising young men and women graduate from high school well prepared for college. The Afterschool Academy is supported by the National Urban League and the United Way of Greater Rochester. Applications can be downloaded at www.ulr. org. For more information, contact Jessica Lewis at 585-325-6530 ext. 3099 or by e-mail at jlewis@ulr.org.

AROUND TOWN * Unity Festival 2010, Saturday, Sept. 18, Flint St. Recreation Grounds, 271 Flint Street, 11 Am – 7pm; Live Music Featuring Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Swan Band, IMF, NEW Image Band, Reflekshunz Band, Queen Kijana And More; Vendors, Health Info, Games Face Painting Etc.

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We Endorse!

StatehenSenator Antoine Thompson… Antoine Thompson worked in the office of Urban Initiatives a decade

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A Win-Win Situation for Ellicott? The most difficult thing about endorsing in the Ellicott District lies in the reality that all three candidates – though markedly different in style – share the same vision for a brighter future for the residents of the Ellicott district. They all have the community’s best interest at heart and each has the very capable ability to deliver, given the opportunity. Professor Dr. Curtis Haynes Jr. , the current Ellicott District Council Member, is an outstanding individual, who’s quiet strength and unique skill as an urban economist, will go a long way in restoring confidence to Ellicott District leadership and bringing tangible change to the district and its residents. A family man with a PhD in Economics, he has demonstrated his independence from day one – something very much needed on the council. Yet he is very sensitive to the life and death issues that plague many….Critics have pointed to his lack of political connections and savvy – but that is exactly w hat makes him such a good candidate. He genuinely cares about people. He makes decision based NOT on politics, but on principle and correctness HE is approachable and clear. The Rev. Darius Pridgen, the fiery young activist/minister of the hugely successful True Bethel Baptist Church, is a leader by nature. He has proven time and again to be a voice for the voiceless and a fighter for justice. Several months ago w hen the Democratic committeemen voted to present a candidate to the Council, based on what the people wanted, their choice was the Rev. Pridgen – clearly the “people’s choice.” But politics threw him a curve, and the Council rejected his bid. Rev. Pridgen has probably done more to bring young people to God than any single religious leader in this city. And his love for his people extends beyond the boundaries of this country. He is a visionary with boundless energy and the ability to give people hope. He is also a concrete planner who knows how to implement programs and make them work. He is knowledgeable, experienced and “highly favored.” If he is elected next week, we believe he would be an uncompromising representative for the people of the Ellicott District. Bro. Bryon McIntyre is no stranger to running for political office. And the reason he keeps trying is because he believes he has something to offer, particularly to young people. A firefighter and substitute teacher, he “shoots from the hip,” but his heart is in the salvation of his people. Bryon has lived and worked in Ellicott much of his life, so he has deep roots there. He’s “high” on education and believes every child should be given the opportunity to learn. But his strongest point would be his advocacy and his independence. He wants to represent the people, and given the opportunity, he would do a good job, because he would put the people first. The hope is that we do not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” after this election, because we need the capable, intelligent leadership of Curtis Haynes whether he is a district councilman or not; we need the fire and vision and spiritual energy of Rev. Pridgen whether he is firing up the chambers of City Hall or not; and we need the sincerity and dedication and love Bro. McIntyre has for to our children and our community, whether he is continuing his fight to save them as a politician or not. Vote your choice on Tuesday, September 14, Primary Election Day. When you go to the poll and vote, please consider the good points of each one. There is not need to point to their weaknesses, as we are all human and imperfect . But each one has sincere intentions to make life better for the people they are seeking to serve. And each has the ability to work with all people, with t he clear understanding of their responsibility to the least of us. Please join us, in going to the polls and vote your choice on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, September 14.

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or so ago, he spent a lot of time burning the pavement along Fillmore Avenue trying to get small business people organized and making them aware of opportunities available to them. When he was unanimously appointed to the Buffalo Common Council to represent the Masten district, the community could not have been happier. After all, everyone was familiar with this young man who spent so much time working in their community. As Masten Council Member, he took that caring to yet another level. Among other things, he sponsored and passed Buffalo’s Inclusion Law which provides minority and women-owned businesses with 30% of the work on all construction projects. He then went on to secure $75 million for community development projects like the Wading Pool in MLK Park and the Frank E. Merriweather Library. The pool project really endeared him to the people, who had waited decades to be able to bring their children there again. And when he decided to run for Senate, despite the lack of support from the Democratic party and others in positions of power – the “power of the people” propelled him to an upset victory. Folks have been mad ever since at his audacity to win - and win decisively. The “slings and arrows” of an outrageous, vicious, and at times, racist media, have been never ending, yet Antoine Thompson has not only survived, but has continued to grow and produce for those who elected him to serve. His list of accomplishments are too numerous to mention – from making our drinking water safe and protecting our environment, to making sure women and minorities get their fair share of contracts and senior citizens are cared for. He has championed, along with his colleagues, some of the most historic and progressive legislative reforms the state has seen in decades, such as the NY Rockefeller Drug Law Reform and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill. His opponents in this race do not even come close to his experience, vision, tenacity and potential. Thompson, who’s motto is “making things happen, getting things done,” has proven himself time and time again to be a hard worker and a voice for all of his constituents. He delivers. And above all, he loves the work that he has been elected to do.And he does it well. That is why we have continued to support and endorse him over the years. Sen. Thompson is a progressive, tireless, visionary young leader, who is not afraid to take on the tough issues. He has earned, and deserves our vote to be returned to Albany for another term. His record speaks for itself. We are proud and honored to endorse him, and urge you to join us in voting for Antoine Thompson, the community’s “favorite son,” on Tuesday, September 14.

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researching his background and the host of progressive African Americans who are supporting him in this race, including our very own Sen. Antoine Thompson, it was not difficult to decide to endorse him for Attorney General. I was especially impressed with Mr. Schneiderman’s “national campaign for rational and effective gun laws” and his concern about the gun violence that’s taking the lives of so many young African Americans across the state. While in Buffalo last weekend he spoke as passionately about making a difference to save our young people during a gathering at Jefferson and Clinton as he did at a cookout on Grand Island. He didn’t change messages because he changed audiences. Eric Schneiderman is also founder and co-chair of Legislators Against Illegal Guns and has led a national campaign for rational and effective gun laws and promises to fight illegal gun trafficking .He has sponsored and passed the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and landmark hate crimes legislation. He is a described as a “lifelong progressive Democrat” and has been a leader in fighting corruption and abuse in state government. He has been endorsed by the likes of former Comptroller H. Carl McCall, activist Al Sharpton and The Amsterdam News. Eric Schneiderman is sincere and passionate about his work and based on his record, has the courage to do what is necessary to make his “Blueprint for Economic Fairness Social Justice and Real Reform” a reality for all New Yorkers. This is an important race, and we should do our part to impact its outcome. When you go to the polls next Tuesday, we urge our readers to join us in casting their vote for Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday, September 14, Primary Election Day.

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Judge James McLeod…

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e have been endorsing and supporting Judge McLeod throughout his career. This race is no different. Judge McLeod is running for Erie County Court, and political analysts say that this contest could be decided in the primaries. That’s why it’s so important for us to come out and vote for Judge McLeod on Tuesday, September 14. Like Sen. Thompson, he is no stranger to this community, and he has served with distinction and honor, handling over 30,000 criminal court cases over the past 10 years. In addition, Judge McLeod is already an acting County Court and Family Court Judge – placing him heads and shoulders above his opponent. His experienced legal career has provided him with the knowledge and skills to be an effective Jurist on the Erie County Court. Indeed, it is his experience that makes him the most qualified person for this important Court. He is the first African American to run with the Democratic Party’s endorsement and blessings and he was only the second African American Black attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate attorney with a major law firm. Judge McLeod is heavily involved in the community, and despite his impressive credentials, he has been passed over time and time again for higher office. But we can change all that if we would only go to the polls and VOTE. Judge McLeod possesses the integrity, experience, intelligence, compassion, and sensitivity to make a great County Court Judge. He is long overdue for such an honor. That’s why we are endorsing him and urge you to join us in voting for Judge Janes McLeod on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, September 14!

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Catholic Health brings a coordinated and connected network of services to our community when and where it is needed most - like Sisters OB/GYN Center, your neighborhood OB/GYN center. Sisters OB/GYN Center specializes in obstetrics, gynecology, and prenatal care assistance. Most insurances are accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. Healthcare assistance on a sliding fee scale is available for those who are under-insured or uninsured.

Alternative practitioners emphasize that people get colds because their immune systems are weak. They point out that everyone is exposed to cold viruses, but not everyone gets every cold. The difference seems to be in the ability of the immune system to fight infection. Prevention focuses on strengthening the immune system by eating a healthy diet low in sugars and high in fresh fruits and vegetables, practicing meditation or using other means to reduce stress, and getting regular moderate exercise. Once cold symptoms appear, some practitioners believe the symptoms should be allowed to run their course without interference. Others suggest the following: *Aromatherapy remedy: Inhaling a steaming mixture of lemon oil, thyme oil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil . *Ayurvedic medicinal remedy: Gargling with a mixture of water, salt, and turmeric powder or astringents, such as alum, sumac, sage, and bayberry to ease a sore throat. *Herbal remedies: Taking coneflower or goldenseal. Other useful herbs to reduce symptoms are yarrow, eyebright, garlic, and onions. *Chinese traditional medicinal remedies: Taking yin chiao tablets that contain honeysuckle and forsythia when symptoms appear as well as using natural herb loquat syrup for cough and sinus congestion. *Nutritional therapy: The use of zinc lozenges every two hours along with high doses of vitamin C as well as eliminating dairy products for the duration of the cold.

Women’s Health Screening Fair at the Market The City of Rochester and the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will sponsor the second annual Women’s Health Screening Fair at the Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. The fair kicks off Rochester Women’s Health Week, Sept. 11 to 18.In addition to the Women’s Health Screening Fair, other key events during Rochester Women’s Health Week are: Clinical Challenges of Women’s Health, Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Researching Women’s Environmental Health 2010: Food, Nutrition, and Obesity, Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For information call (585) 275-9182. Speaking of Women’s Health, Thursday, Sept. 16, Rochester Riverside Convention Center; WXXI’s annual conference featuring speakers on a variety of health topics and women’s issues.

Sisters OB/GYN healthcare team includes: Chad A. Strittmatter, MD Judine Davis, MD John Hellreigel, Jr., MD Judy Pasciak, NP Cheryl Rymarczyk, NP Louise Tomczak, NP Hours of operation: Mondays: 8 am to 4:30 pm Tuesdays - Wednesdays: 8 am to 6 pm Thursdays: 8 am to 5 pm Fridays: 8 am to 4 pm

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Haynes Introduces Resolution for Community Strengthening Task Force Ellicott District Councilmember Curtis Haynes, Jr. today announced that on Tuesday he will call on the Council to establish a Community Strengthening Task Force to help develop long-range responses to crime problems. The Task Force would include neighborhood activists, clergy, business owners, academics and representatives from law enforcement, and the public is invited to join. “The root causes of crime are poverty, unemployment and underemployment,” stated Dr. Haynes. “We need a broader based approach to the problem, one that looks for solutions and outcomes. The tragedy at City Grill brought people together in their concern; residents, business owners, everyone wants to do something to be part of a solution. We need to focus that energy in a positive way.” Councilmember Haynes noted the Task Force would be more than a study group. “It will consider a broad base of issues ranging from community policing, keeping centers open, employment training, mentoring programs, initiatives in the business community, creating an environment where the media is more sensitive to community concerns….Their recommendations will be brought to the Common Council for action and legislation when applicable.” Haynes praised activist Darnell Jackson, Bishop Perry and others who “help daily to stem violent crime. But the real key is the need to bring people together with an overall plan, and not just try scattered legislative approaches that often don’t address root causes.” The Buffalo News reported that Darnell Jackson said he believes Haynes is on the “right track in attempting to cast a wider net for solutions to crime problems.” “If you don’t work closely with the community, you’re not going to get anything done,” Jackson said. Jackson also “agreed with Haynes that some of the most powerful tools for reducing crime are economic,” pointing out that you can’t just say “stop the shooting” because young people need alternatives. He added he would be willing to serve on the Task Force. Councilmember Haynes is reportedly speaking with his fellow Councilmembers to gather the necessary support for the Task Force.

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State Senator Antoine Thompson INTERVIEW

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tate Senator Antoine Thompson, often referred to as the community’s “favorite son,” is currently seeking re-election to the 60th District Senate Seat; a quest he does not take lightly. He recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk about the state of affairs in the community, his job as the Deputy Whip in the Senate , some of the criticism leveled against him, and what inspires him and keeps him grounded. When I caught up with Senator Thompson following his weekly radio show, the shooting at Buffalo’s City Grill dominated the discussion. Q. Senator, I’d like to continue the conversation about the multiple shooting at City Grill, where four people were killed and four others were seriously injured. What was your reaction to the tragedy? A. My thoughts and prayers were immediately with the victims and their family members. These were senseless killings that should not have happened. Think about it, four people are dead; for what? I attended one of the victim’s funerals and as you might imagine their family members were devastated over the loss. What happened makes you angry. However, anger alone won’t solve the problem. Q. What do you think is the solution? A. I recently came up with two ideas designed to help curb street violence in Buffalo and I’ve asked New York Governor David Paterson to join me in these efforts. One idea is to have New York State Parole officers provide public safety by conducting local bars sweeps. We also need the New York State Troopers to assist in executing the large number of outstanding violent felony warrants we have here in the city. Removing violent felons from the streets once a warrant has been issued would be a huge deterrent. Q. Some people blame the lack of jobs on the rising number of crimes. How can they be optimistic given the current economic condition of our country? A. I agree that many people are concerned about unemployment and the need for jobs. Our office

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is working aggressively in job creation. We have a job guide on my senate website. We also have job fairs twice a year and we try to bring private sector companies into the community. Our next job fair will be held on Thursday, September 9th, at the Delavan Grider Center from 10 to 2 pm. I encourage people to come prepared, because the firms that are participating have a higher percentage rate of hiring from the inner city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Q. President Obama says that small business is the life blood of the economy. What are your thoughts concerning small businesses? A. We must always look to help small businesses. When I entered the Senate I served on the Economic Development and Business committee and now I chair the Environmental Conservation Committee. Green emerging businesses are typically small businesses and I help them get access to development dollars for technology. Q. How important is small business to the WNY economy? A. It’s absolutely critical. I started an entrepreneurship school in Niagara Falls which did not exist before I was elected to the senate. Now more than 100 individuals have graduated from that school and some started their own busi-

ness. People who were already in business experienced a positive enhancement to their companies. On the state level, later this year I plan to do a sign and storefront and business assistant program, which is similar to the one I created as a councilman. I found both to be very helpful to small businesses. Q. You’ve also been a champion of minority and women owned businesses. A. Helping minority and women owned businesses is a passion of mine, going back to when I worked as a young person in City hall. I worked hard with the late Beverly Gray and then Councilmember Byron Brown. After that I headed up the Office of Urban and Minority Initiatives at UB so that firms can pursue small business loans and procurement opportunities. When I got elected to the common council I chaired the inclusion committee on the Buffalo Public School Construction Project in Buffalo and authored the inclusion law of 25% MBE and 5% for women owned businesses. I’m the author of Buffalo Minority Inclusion business law. Q. What have you done to aid Minority and Women owned businesses on the state level? When I arrived in the Senate, I discovered there was not a committee that dealt with women and minority businesses, so I wrote a letter to former minority leader Malcolm Smith, who sent a letter to former Lt. Governor David Paterson suggesting that we create a committee in the senate and a taskforce that focuses on minority and women owned businesses. As a result, we moved forward with forums and when we got the majority in the Senate in 2009, I was able to pass a MWBE mentor protégée program for each state agency. I also co-sponsored business related bills last year; one of them expands the thresholds for women and minority utilization in the state. Because of last year’s accomplishments we’ve been able to expand opportunities with investment firms, not just contractors and suppliers. Every state agency is required to have minority and women utilization goals, which is very important. When we arrived in the senate in 2007, we were in the minority with a democratic governor and we fought diligently to get a disparity study funded. In three and a half years we’ve gone from having no study to one funded and completed with MWBE goals in the state of New York. Goals are nice but, it’s nothing like a law on the books for minority and women businesses. Q. Recently you’ve been criticized for the number of pieces of mail that you send to constituents. How much is too much? A. I’m glad you brought that up, because much has been made about this issue. As you know I represent the 60th district, which covers the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda and the town of Grand Island. Not many people know it, but this district is one of the largest with a population of nearly 300,000 strong. What these pieces of mail allow me to do is keep my constituents informed about what’s

going on in Albany and in their communities. State Government allocates funds for this very purpose. So, this is nothing new. In fact, every Senator and member of the State Assembly is afforded this same privilege. I also stay connected with the people in my district by holding monthly town-hall meetings and I host a weekly radio show every Thursday at 1 p.m. on WUFO 1080 Radio. Q. Helping set policies is not your only job in the Senate, you also serve as the Deputy Whip. What does that job consist of? A. Basically, when a bill hits the floor I have to make sure Democrats have the 32 votes needed to get things passed at the time of the vote.

Q. How do you bring 32 Senators with various concerns together? A. It’s a lot of give and take and I try to keep focused on the bigger progressive agenda, I try to encourage them by reducing rugged individualism and promoting the spirit of teamwork. That’s not always easy, but it’s a battle that’s worth fighting. Q. I’m sure that job requires a great deal of leadership. Describe your leadership style? A. I define myself as a progressive leader who gets results. I support social, economic, environmental and racial justice; understanding that you can’t be for justice sometime, you have to be for justice all the time, not just when it’s convenient. It’s easy to be an elected official who shows up every once and a while. I prefer a different style of leadership, keeping people engaged, passing legislation in Albany; advocacy and policy creation as well as providing leadership to our youth and families. Q. Speaking of families, you’re a husband and the father of two children. How are you handling the “work life balance”? A. It’s not always easy, because my job is very demanding. However, the “work life balance” is possible, because of the level of commitment that my wife and l have for one another. In addition to being a wife and mom, my wife also has a very successful career, so she understands my drive and focus. My time with my children is also very valuable, because they grow up so quickly. So, when I’m not in Albany, I’m up every morning getting my son off to daycare

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and on weekends I make a point to attend his soccer camp. And I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter. She’s been doing very well in school and will soon be preparing for college; where did the time go! Needless to say, I couldn’t do this job without the support of my wife and children. Q. You also have a close relationship with senior citizens. You call them “one of “life’s greatest treasure”, explain. A. I have block club leaders who have mentored me throughout the years. I learn so much from them. They were on the battle lines during segregation and stood in the gap so that we can have the freedoms we have today. So I started a senior ball a number of years ago and it has taken off on a life of its own. It’s the largest event for seniors in Western New York. This year 750 seniors attended and the love it. People don’t realize many seniors don’t have access to their families, so the seniors start making reservations months before the event. This event brings people from all over and I always look forward to it. Q. There’s an expression that says, heavy the head that wears the crown. What inspires you and keeps you grounded? A. Without a doubt, church, I come from very humble beginnings. God gives me strength and what my clergy calls “divine intervention.” So when I’m in church and hear the word of God and I’m in a log jam, God sends me a message and I’ll write it down and say, that’s what I need to do. I’m open to hear the word. A. lady gave me Psalms 141 last week and I’ve been carrying it with me. My mom is very spiritually based. My grandmother was very spiritually based. I’m not perfect, but I believe in God and believe everything is possible through him. I know I would not be in the Senate if it was not for God, because my father was in jail when I was born. He was not around 99% of my life and we had it hard. However, this was not the way the story was to be written, because God had a different plan. Hard work, lots of prayer, trial and error and guidance from people from every walk of life has helped me. I look at my life and I’m very happy about how far I’ve come and I know I’ve got a long way to go.

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Women Promoting Global Harmony

Mr. and Mrs. Talley (Conner)

The 2nd Annual Seminar entitled, “Women of Different Faiths Promoting Global Harmony,” will be held on Sunday, September 19th 2010 at The Millennium Hotel from 1-4 PM. The goal of this seminar is to underscore the vital role that women of the 21st century can play in maintaining peace and harmony within their spheres of rights and responsibilities. This seminar will highlight the lives of six women who, through their faith, courage and righteous actions became the mothers of nations belonging to the times of Prophet Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and Muhammad.

Edward M and Evelyn J. Talley (Conner) 50th Wedding McLeod Gets “Superior” Anniversary Rating from Minority Bar Edward M and Evelyn J. TalIey (Conner) celebrated 50 years of marriage on Friday, September 10th They will be renewing their vows followed by a reception on Sunday, September 12th at Calvary CME Church, 1007 Ellicott St. Buffalo, NY 14209. They have two children, Sandra and Timothy. Edward and Evelyn were married at Calvary CME Church on September 10, 1960 Edward was a production supervisor at Trico Products and Evelyn was a Teachers Aide for the Buffalo Board of Education. Both retired in 1991 and are enjoying life.

Bring your Praise! Bring Your Praise! Sunday September 12th 7pm @ Enter In Ministries FGBC 1761 Genesee. “That’s What Friends Are For”. Guest Min. Jemaine Thomas and Christ Covenant Chorale. Come and enjoy good ministry in music. Rosetta Swain, Servant/Pastor

McLeod, Ogden, Get “Superior” Ratings from Minority Bar Association The Minority Bar Association of Western New York announces its judicial ratings for the following candidates seeking election to the New York State Supreme Court Eighth Judicial District: Superior Hon. James McLeod, Hon. Kevin Dillon; Hon. Eugene Fahey; Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden Well-Qualified: Hon. Stephen W. Cass; Hon. Debra Givens; Hon. Mark Montour, Kenneth Case, Esq. Qualified: Hon. Debra Bender. Esq,; Hon. Betty Calvo-Torres; Hon. Deborah Chimes; Howard B. Cohen, Esq. John F. Collins, Esq.; Catherine Nugent Panepinto, Esq.; Mark C. Rodgers, Esq.; Hon. Jeffrey Voelkl Paul Wojtaszek, Esq. The Minority Bar Association of Western New York (“MBAWNY”) announces its judicial ratings for the following candidates seeking election to Erie County Court:

ASSISTANT MUSICIAN The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is seeking an Assistant Musician to assist the Minister Of Music in coordinating the musical programs and selections for the services and activities of the Church. This person will be responsible for assisting in the teaching of songs, and playing for assigned choirs, as well as Church Services. In addition, the Assistant Musician, will perform all responsibilities of the Minister of Music when he is on vacation, away on Church-related business or otherwise unavailable for Sunday services, rehearsals or special events including funerals, weddings, special programs, etc. Pay commensurate cummerasate with ability. Questions may be directed to Bro. Robert Bowman, Minister of Music. Applications/resumes should be submitted to the Church Office, Attn. Sis. Jerry L. Linder, Chair, Personnel Committee or e-mail: msjerryl@yahoo.com. Page 8

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1st Annual Eid-at-the-Park! WNY Imams and Community Leaders invite congregations to attend the festivities on Friday September 10, 2010 at La Salle Park H.E.A.L International Inc. leaders and the Imam’ s Council of Western New York will host this year’s Ed al-Fitr, the joyous Islamic holiday marking the end of the Month of Ramadan at La Salle Park. Ceremonials will begin at 7 a.m. and will be followed by a full day of amusement rides, outdoor games, lectures and competitions. “We invite families to wear their best clothes, exchange gifts, enjoy special meals with families and friends and most of all bring their children out to have fun on this joyous holiday,” said Daud Adeyola, a member of H.E.A.L Board of Directors and one of the organizers of the event. Helping Everyone Achieve Livelihood often known by its acronyms (H.E.A.L) is WNY’s primary Refugee-oriented Service Agency. The organization serves hundreds of refugees from Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. Imam’s Council of WNY is a commission of Imams of Western New York Mosques. By hosting the event at La Salle Park, the two groups hope it will inspire communities to unite and foster collaborations on events that benefit the wider WNY community. La Salle Park is located on Porter and AmVets Drive near downtown Buffalo. Imam Yahya Omar, Chairman of Imam’s Council of WNY is already thrilled about the occasion. “We have been planning this event for years. I am just delighted that things are falling in place this time around. This is the beginning of many more successful events to come,” Omar said. The Eid-at-the-Park event takes its name from many of its kind around the country. This year’s event will be on Friday September 10, 2010 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at La Salle Park. For more information call 716-578-0735 or 716-536-6049.

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entertaiment ON STAGE *“Ancestral Links- Love and Other Revolutionary Mumblings,” presented by The Njozi Ensemble, Friday, September 10, 8 pm, at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (716) 553-9491 or going to Doris Records located at 238 East Ferry Street. *Najee featuring Alex Bugnon & Will Holton; Sat. Sept. 25, 2 shows, 7 & 10:15 p.m.; The Tralf; tickets at all Ticketmaster locations. *Kenny Woo Entertainment, An Evening of Sax & Soul, tribute concert to Grover Washington Jr. and Ronnie Laws; Sunday, Oct. 10, The Tralf, 8 p.m.; $25 @ Ticketmaster locations. *Will Downing, Fri. Oct. 22, 2 shows 7:L30 & 10 p.m.; $49.50 presale; $52 day of show; tickets at Ticketmaster

*The Jazz Example featuring Lady Lita, 9 p.m. each Friday at The Anchor Bar. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONYA! Tyrone Daniels recently hosted a gala 40th birthday celebration and party for his lovely wife Tonya, which was attended by family and friends. Good food, great music, dancing and beautiful company made for a memorable evening! Congratulations Tonya!

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Schiller Park Music Fest! The Schiller Park Music Fest, celebrating ages 55 and better, will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Schiller Park Senior Citizens Center, 2057 Genesee Street. Admission is $2. Featured will be Count Rabbit and the Blues Men, Foxie Brown and DJ Lady J & Co. Line dancing, free snacks, 50/50 raffle. You must be 55 or above to attend. Call 895-2727.

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Love Supreme Miss Barbara’s School of Dance Fall Registration Music School Opens Miss Barbara’s School of Dance continues Fall Registration for ages 3 to adult, Friday, September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 11 from 10 Fall Season a.m. to noon at the Studio, 1832 Main Street at Delavan (in the Delavan Plaza). The Love Supreme Music School, located inside the Durham Memorial Outreach Center, 200 East Eagle Street, opens its 2010 Fall Season and registration on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 am to 3 p.m. The school also opens on that day. For more information call 856-4943 or Pappy Martin at 228-5307.

Muhammad School of Music Back to School Enrollment The Muhammad School of Music is holding enrollment on Friday, September 10 from 5:30—7:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 11 from 1-3 pm at 617 Main Street. For more information call 881-5088 or email info@muhammadschoolofmusic.net

Classes are offered in tap, jazz, African, hip hop, gymnastics, Salsa, pilates and line dance. For more information call 832-1644 or to register on line go to www. missbarbarasschoolofdance.com

“Children are the fruit of life.” -an African Proverb

Prostate Cancer Awareness March. Despite cool weather and the threat

of rain, last Saturday’s first annual Prostate Cancer Awareness March in Delaware Park was a well attended success. The march was led by State Sen. Antoine Thompson, whose office spsored the event along with Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Additional partners included Sheehan, Catholic Health, Independent Health, the American Cancer Society, Blue Cross/Blue Shied and Univera. A free prostate screening clinic was also featured. Hats off to organizer Fabiola Friot, and all the great volunteers!

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: State Senator Antoine Thompson, Ellicott District Council Member candidate Rev. Darius Pridgen, Erie County Court Judge James A.W. McLeod, and candidate for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stopped by the Unity Block Club party for a dancing good time last Sunday afternoon at the Frederick Douglass Towers. The event was hosted by Mary Walker and sponsored by the candidates, (Schneiderman does a mean Cuban Shuffle and Rev. Pridgen and Sen. Thompson didn’t do so bad themselves!) Throughout the day Schneiderman and Thompson visited various locations and events throughout the area including two churches in Niagara Falls, Trinity Baptist and Bethany Missionary Baptist, and a Labor Day picnic in Grand Island.

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EDITORIALS DID MAYOR B ROWN THROW ANOTHER BLACK No Respect for Jackson WOMAN UNDER THE BUS? (Ed Note: Karla Thomas is the third high ranking African American female in the Brown administration to either leave City Hall or be dismissed. The first Black Deputy Mayor left abruptly after several short months. Sources say the BrownCasey team was too much for her. Most recently the popular Donna Brown, the second Black woman to be named Deputy Mayor, suddenly stepped down to take another job. She has yet to be replaced. Thomas now finds herself “under the bus.” An Organization calling for justice for Thomas, the City’s first African American Female Human Resources Commissioner, has been formed and submitted the following appeal for the community to support the Public Hearing set for September 16 dealing with Thomas’ firing.) Dear Editor,

Karla Thomas

Please print this letter. It is an Urgent Call To Action to anyone who proudly calls the City of Buffalo home and is struggling to make it a better place to live, work and play. As taxpayers and registered voters in Buffalo, it saddens us to bear witness to another City Hall skirmish that is putting politics over people. On Thursday, September 2, Mayor Byron Brown announced that he is firing Karla Thomas—the City’s first African-American female Human Resources Commissioner—for inaction after a severe audit of HR’s Division of Compensation and Benefits. According to the City Charter and New York State Civil Service regulations, Thomas is entitled to a public hearing to challenge the termination and that hearing is scheduled to be held on September 16 at City Hall at 10 am in Room 209. However, Brown announced in the media that his mind is already made up, despite the many questions that remain unanswered and the fact that the main problem cited in the audit is being resolved. What purpose does the public hearing serve if Mayor Brown’s mind is already made up and he’s decided that the people’s voice in dealing with issue doesn’t count? Why didn’t he suspend her before making a decision that only leaves the department the responsible for oversight of this very issue without leadership again? Under state law, human resources commissioners do not serve at the pleasure of their mayors. They are given a six-year contract to help insulate them from exactly the kind of politics influencing this matter. The reason is so they can make impartial, independent and, therefore, more effective decisions based on what’s best for residents without the threat of losing their job. There is no doubt that politics will continue at City Hall, as at other workplaces, but it is unfair, unjust, and undeserved for an individual’s long and successful professional career and reputation to fall victim to it--especially without due process. There’s two sides to every story and I for one, would like to hear Ms. Thomas’s. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Anyone who believes politics should be taken out of the equation is urged to call the Mayor’s Complaint Line at 311 or 851-4890 and their Councilmembers to express their disapproval and request the Mayor to hold the public hearing at a location that is public friendly. After all, it was our money that was spent. This issue is too big to limit the public’s access to the other side of this story to a small room. Attend the public hearing on September 16th no matter where it is held. Sincerely, Concerned Citizens for a Better Buffalo

12th Biennial Beautillion Extraordinaire Information Session Jack and Jill, Inc., Buffalo Chapter invites young men in their junior or senior year and their parents and/or guardians to attend the Beautillion information session on Sunday, September 12 from 3– 5 p.m. at the Adam’s Mark hotel. The Beautillion Extraordinaire Program will engage thirty young men to participate in a six month program focusing on; Leadership Development, Educational, Social, Cultural, Rites of Passage, Career and Vocational activities. At the conclusion of the six-month program, the Beaux’s will take part in the Beautillion Extraordinaire celebration at the Adam’s Mark Hotel on April 2, 2011.

Juneteenth Parade Committee Says Thanks

Dear Editor: I am writing regarding what occurred in the WIVB studio in regards to the accused City Grill suspect Riccardo McCray surrendering. I thought the detective that shoved community activist, Darnell Jackson was out of line! Darnell took it upon himself, along with Bishop Perry Davis to talk this suspect into surrending. I would think that instead of treating Darnell like a criminal, they should be thanking him for a job well done. I have known Darnell Jackson for many years on behalf of former Deputy Assembly speaker Author O. Eve. I have known him to be a very good and positive person. He cares about his community and the city of Buffalo as a whole. He did not deserved to get pushed around like some criminal. The Buffalo police need to understand that public communication and the way you treat law abiding citizens is the key to solving crime. My thought are, if this police detective shoved Darnell on tv with the camera rolling, what would he have dome if the camera wasn’t on? It also make you wonder how many people have he abused. This detective should of been fired for his actions that day, and charges should have been filed against him. I am not bashing the whole police dept. for what this one dectective did. The police need to cooperate with the public better, particular African Americans. You can’t expect for people to come forward if they see the police talking and treating people any kind of way. I see this happening all too often. I understand that they need the public to work with them, and that’s what Mr. Jackson was doing. his reward was to be treated like a criminal. I am asking for the mayor of this great city, as well as our police commisioner to fully look into this matter because this should not be overlooked! -David Lamont Simmons

The Juneteenth Committee of Buffalo would like to thank all of those who participated in the 2010 Parade, it was the biggest ever and included a king and queen, drill teams, step teams, local businesses, community organizations, motorcycles, antique cars and amazing floats just to name a few attractions. If you missed the floats this year, you really missed out on a great competition! This years Caribbean float impressed the judges with it’s island music, waving flags, audience participation, dancing and brilliant costumes, up-seeding the reigning champion big truck float representing Puerto Rico. Do you have what it takes to dethrone the Caribbean champions? We encourage you to bring the competition to the next level. Start planning now! All who are interested In participating in the 2011 Juneteenth parade, please call 553-3376 or 891-8801. Thank you and we look forward to a bigger and better parade in 2011! Juneteenth of Buffalo Parade Committee Nathelia Land - Chairperson Cammie Carr-Torrence - Co-Chairperson Beverly Newkirk - Co-Chairperson

My Vote Is Not Garuanteed... My vote is not guaranteed. I am very disappointed in our government in many areas. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some good things getting done, but there is a serious lack of professionalism and the “we are family” campaign that a lot of politicians ran on only seems to apply if you had a large part in their campaigns. They forget the fact that it was the people that got up and went to the poles. I will not deny that there is a certain pride in seeing politicians who look like me in office. But that feeling of pride comes because those people are supposed to understand my struggle and really be my voice. If the people who look like me are not doing that, then why not elect someone who doesn’t look like me but is willing to do the work. Specifically where is the order in the Delavan Grider community center. Since Nadia left that place has been a mad house. We need someone over there who understands our kids and can get that place up and running again. I won’t even let my son go there anymore. This has been 6 to 7 months over due. Where are those people who are supposed to be my voice? Where are the people who are supposed to care about the welfare of my children? If things like this are not handled I seriously don’t care what color the person in office is if he/she can get the work done. -CAMC

You Can’t Stop the Violence in Ghetto Streets Without Stopping the Violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Elsewhere PART II - CONCLUSION NEXT 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.)

Hua Hu Chiing

“The truth, always the truth--at all costs”

By Lao Tzu

Ten The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses, it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next, one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go. Let the senses go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Let the fiction of life and death go. Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you

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

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My Endorsements for The Primary… New York State Senate My choice for the state senate could not be much clearer. I’m endorsing Antoine Thompson for re-election for the State Senate. He has represented all of his district to the fullest. He is the most honest State Senator we have ever had that’s why the White media wants to take him out. Antoine has more support across the line than any other candidate that has ever served our community. He has to get more votes from all over the state and has been able to do it, because people of all colors like Antoine because DARNEL he treats all of us JACKSON equal. Don’t let those Tea Party fools even come close to showing they have any support. We need all of our community to come out 100% . We need to let them know they will not pick our candidate like in the past. Ellicott District I grew up in the Ellicott District in the Jefferson Clinton Projects. My mother passed this year but lived there for the last 30 years in the William and Michigan area. She still has a husband who lives there. Mostly all of my friends still live down there. That’s why I have roots there and believe I can be a voice for most of those who live in the Ellicott who don’t understand the politricks of the city. I’ve never met Professor Haynes but I feel that he’s the right man for the job . That’s why I’m endorsing him for re-election of the Ellicott District council seat. Also, he is from the outside and is very qualified and independent. I’ve watched how he votes on the council and he has brought something to the council that I haven’t seen in all my years here in the City of Buffalo. He works both sides of the Council and does not play politics when it comes to the people’s agenda. He has voted for the mayor when he though it’s for the people and voted for the majority when he felt that was for the people also. He’s not aligned with any political organization, that’s why when the group that helped him to get appointed tried to run his office he told them to beat it. It’s all about the people and I know that from the bottom of my heart. I fight for what I believe is right for my people. Rev. Pridgen is a friend of mine. But this isn’t about friendship. Rev . Pridgen is aligned with mayor brown and its no secret which has the right to be, but we don’t need another person that will be voting for the mayor’s agenda. We need someone that will vote for what’s right. When I speak, I speak the truth that’s why I’m so controversial on a lot of issues, but I promise you this, the professor will not let you down. He’s the right choice for the right job, check out his credentials .They speak for themselves. Grassroots has let us down for years to get their own agenda accomplished but what has it done for you and your community. Just look around. What have we gotten over the last 15 years? All this Black representation and still the worst September 8, 2010

communities in the City of Buffalo. If Maurice G arner-president of Gassroots, Bryon Brown-leader of Grassroots, is running Rev. Pridgen’s campaign, who do you think he will be answering to? You can always say –what’s politically correct, but the fact of the matter is if you walk like a duck, quack like a duck well you know the rest. Remember the Bible says state and church is like water and oil. They don’t mix well. I love Rev. Pridgen as a pastor but I believe he’s making the biggest mistake of his career. We need him to spend his time saving souls not fighting on the council . You see what Happened when we put him on the school board. He told us then God told him to run to help our kids and he quit. Well is God telling him to run and quit again if his agenda is not met? Rev. Pridgen it’s not about our egos .We can’t win them all. I’M ALSO ENDORSING JUDGE JAMES MCLEOD FOR ERIE COUNTY JUDGE! VOTE FOR JUDGTE MCLEOD! HE’S THE BEST ! Best of luck and may God keep you in his arms Keeping it real Darnell Jackson-- 570-9165

Below is a List of Changed Voting Places *Ellicott Districts 31 & 40 have been changed from Pratt-Willert to Pentecostal Temple; *Ellicott District 35-from School No.76 to Father Belle’s Center; *Delaware District 37-from Bennett H.S to Parkside Lutheran Church; *Fillmore District 13-from Ellicott Neighborhood Center to School No. 31; *Fillmore District 22-from School No.31 to Dulski Center; *Masten Districts 17 & 41- from Bennett H.S. to Elim Church; *North Districts 24 & 25 –from School No. 81 to YMCA and *University District 14-from Bennett H.S. to Gloria Parks Center.

Dennis E. Ward Commissioner

Ralph M. Mohr Commissioner

OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION NOTICE

Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families Parties to be held in the County of Erie on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices:

2010 DEMOCRATIC CONTESTS

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Attorney General, US Senator (TFV), County Judge Districts: 58th and 60th Districts: 144th and 146th Council Member - Ellicott District (TFV) Town Justice Town Justice Town Justice

State Senator Member of Assembly City of Buffalo Town of Elma Town of Sardinia Town of West Seneca

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MAYOR BROWN ENDORSES JUDGE McLEOD FOR ERIE COUNTY COURT

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ayor Byron W. Brown (left) has announced his endorsement of Judge James A. W. McLeod (right) for election as Erie County Court a Judge. “Judge McLeod has a distinguished career as a jurist and has demonstrated his vast knowledge of the law throughout his tenure as a City Court Judge.” said Brown, “I am proud to endorse him for election as an Erie County Court Judge and I am confident he will continue to be an outstanding public servant, demonstrating thoughtfulness, good temperment and sound judgment. Since taking the bench in 1998, he has maintained a high level of professional integrity, while also being active in a wide variety of community-based activities. He is admired for his sense of fairness and his commitment to the law. As an Erie County Judge, Judge McLeod will continue his legacy of excellence.”

Sen. Thompson to Sponsor 2nd Job Fair The second annual Job Fair sponsored by Sen. Antoine Thompson’s office will be held on Thursday, September 9 at the Delavan Grider Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of companies and agencies represented, so be sure to bring your resume. Or if you forget, there will be a resume workshop on site. Job Fairs are not only good for possible employment, but they are good for networking – with employers as well as other job seekers. Also, if you are a student, copies of your transcript may be helpful, and don’t forget a notepad and pen (it makes you look prepared), a calendar/organizer (so you can schedule that follow-up1), and your business card if you have one. And last but not least, good energy, a positive attitude, a smile and a strong handshake goes a long way!

Young Father in Fight for His Life: Community Support Urged In the community, Dorian Copeland is 42 years old, a father of three sons and has custody of his three boys. He was in a fight for his life six years ago with a battle with breast cancer and is a survivor of that. On August 17, 2010 Dorian underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor. He is presently receiving radiation to eradicate two other lesions on his brain. He has along road ahead recuperating. We are requesting your prayers for Dorian Copeland. A fund has been set up at M&T Bank located at 1877 Main Street to help with medical and living expenses. Dorian is presently unemployed. No donation is too small. Donations may be sent to M&T Bank, 1877 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208, payable to the Friends and Family of Dorian Copeland or pay to Fundraiser for Dorian Copeland. Also there is a website www.doriancopeland.com, where you can give him words of encouragement. Please keep him in your prayers.

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ENDORSED: enator Thompson Endorsed: Endorsing Sen. Antoine Thompson for re-election to the 60th State Senatorial District Friday: (l-r) Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, Board of Education Central District Representative Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Senator Thompson, State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, University District Council Member Bonnie Russell and Rev. Darius Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church.

GED Applications The Stop The Violence Coalition is now taking applications for its GED,conflict resolution and mentoring classes.There is a first come first serve placement,starting wednesday September 8Th 2010 at the YMCA 585 William St corner of Emslie. Classes are from 5 to 8pm Monday through Wednesday.and some Thursdays. and mentoring classes are Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 7pm. For more info please contact Arlee Daniels Jr at 716-4441963 or the 24 hr hot-line number 716-882-7882.you can also contact Rob Carr 716-510-8909 the GED Instructor.

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS COUNTY OF ERIE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL

95 FRANKLIN STREET BUFFALO, NY 14202

County of Erie, New York Safety Training The Erie County Department of Personnel is seeking proposals from Workplace Safety Providers approved by the NYS Hazard Abatement Board to conduct Safety Training. The RFP# 10172BC can be found at: http://www.erie. gov and a complete copy of the package can be obtained by contacting Patricia Brammer at 716-858-7675. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Patricia Brammer. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Department of Personnel at 95 Franklin St. Room 604, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on September 22, 2010. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality.

Senior Programmer: Sr. Programmer/Analyst (multiple pos.) Buffalo, N.Y.: utilize prog. languages and tech. To analyze, design, develop, modify software applications; maintain applications; perform database design for sys. conformance/optimization. Req: Bachelor’s deg (or equiv.) in Comp. Sci., Comp. Applications, Technology, Engg. or related with minimum of 5yrs of IT exp. including the following technologies: AS 400, Cobol 400/ILE, OS/400, DB2/400, SQL/400, Query/400, XML, ALDON-CMS, Java, C/C++, HTML and WINS Applications. Send cover letter/resume to: Send/Fax resume in confidence to: Merchants Insurance Group, 250 Main St., Bflo., NY 14202, ATTN:HR-KR or fax 849-3388, email hr@merchantsgroup.com. EOE

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Request for Proposal Multimedia System and Support Services The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) requests sealed proposals to provide all engineering, design, and implementation of a multimedia system to be used in the 300 Perry Board Room. Proposal must address the capture and digitized recording of audio data as well as installation of all equipment, server/ software setup, maintenance costs and end-user training on system utilization. The Request for Proposal may be obtained from the BMHA office located at 300 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 by contacting Susan Kane, (716) 855-6711 ext. 237 or by e-mail at skane@bmha.ci.buffalo.ny.us. Sealed proposals will be received until 3:00PM, local time, September 22, 2010 at the above address. Proposals received after this time will not be accepted. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively solicits the same conduct from all firms interested in this opportunity.

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Catholic Charities seeks Site Facilitators for the Closing the Gap program responsible for identifying needs of students, families and school personnel and gaps in resources and opportunities for collaboration. Assures and enhances communication among school personnel, health and human service providers, community, parents/ guardian and students. The ideal candidate will possess urban/city school and community experience, a BA/ BS in Social Work, Human Services, Education, or related degree with at least 5 yrs experience working with educational systems and/or human service organizational management, or Master’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Education, Guidance or a related degree with at least 3 years experience working with educational systems and/or human service organizational management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc.) database management. Interested & qualified candidates may forward resume & cover letter with Job #201053 to: Catholic Charities, 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Human Resources. EOE/M/F

Administrative Asst: Large city apartment complex. PT. 20-25 hrs./wk. Sales, Computers, People Skills, General Office Work. Organized, cheerful, and reliable. Some college helpful! Send resume/ references to Human Resources, 215 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14204 or fax to 854-2981. EOE. Catholic Charities has an excellent professional development opportunity available for the following position:

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Seeking individuals to work F/T in Erie County to provide community based treatment to families with youth with delinquent behaviors. Service is delivered according to a specific model that is evidenced based. Basic knowledge in social ecological theory, family therapies, cognitive behavior therapy and behavioral therapies preferred. Ideal candidate will possess an MSW, MA/MS in related field, or BA with equivalent field related experience. Reliable transportation and willingness to work non-traditional hours required. Bilingual (Spanish/ English) speaking are encouraged to apply. Interested & qualified candidates may forward resume & cover letter with Job #201052 to: Catholic Charities, 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Human Resources. EOE/M/F

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bidS Board of Education Buffalo, New York Advertisement for Bids Sealed proposals for the following projects will be received at the office of the Board of Education – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, 14202. On Monday, September 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud: Project 10-10 BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT P.S. #200 300 MANHATTAN AVENUE BUFFALO, NEW YORK 14214 The instructions to bidders, bid forms, drawings and specifications may be examined and copies thereof may be obtained at the above listed office. Please note that required bid bond is 20%. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. A $100 deposit will be required for each project. If the bidding documents are returned in good condition, and returned at least 30 calendar days from the date of bid opening, deposits will be returned by mail. If the documents are not returned in good condition or after such date, all deposits shall be forfeited. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to: MEL L. ALSTON, A.I.A. ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT 716-816-3748

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE - KEYBANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, AGAINST CHERESE M. ABRAM, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 1/23/2009, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the 92 Franklin Street, Erie County Hall, at Buffalo, New York, New York, on 9/22/2010 at 10:00 AM, premises known as 94 IVANHOE ROAD, CHEEKTOWAGA, NY 14225. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of CHEEKTOWAGA, County of Erie and State of New York, Section:90.76, Block: 2, Lot: 3. Approximate amount of judgment $51,969.88 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #08-6356. Deborah Becerra, Referee, FRENKEL, LAMBERT, WEISS, WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff 20 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Dated: 8/12/2010

State University of New York ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE A nnouncement of Professional Vacancy

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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 *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 www.africancultural.org 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 and Thursday 6-7:30 pm; $2 *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. *Urban Ballroom Stepping, Swing, Beginners Salsa (all classes $3, 633-7813); Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Urban Line Dancing; 7-8 p.m. Ballroom Stepping; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Ballroom Stepping, West Coast Swing, Beginners Salsa. *Urban Line Dance: Learn some of the latest hot line dances,Mondays Old 600 Club, Mondays 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays 6:15-8 p.m., ,St. Philips 15 Fernhill.

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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.

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*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.

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Westminster Community Charter School Board Meeting: 3 p.m. One M&T Plaza, 19th Fl; call 842-3352. Board of Education Regular Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Thursday September 9 VA Health Care System 3rd Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness Fair: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 3459 Bailey; call 862-8753. Fall Into Success Job Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Delavan-Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave.; call 854-8705. Friday September 10 1st Annual Eid-at-the-Park: LaSalle park, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; marks the end of Ramadan, hosted by HEAL; 578-0735 or 536-6049 for more info. Muhammad School of Music Registration: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 617 Main St.; call 881-5088. Saturday September 11 The Schiller Park Music Fest (Celebrating Ages 55 and Better): 3- 7 p.m., Schiller Park Senior Citizens Center, 2057 Genesee Street; $2; line dancing, entertainment, snacks and more; 895-2727.

Muhammad School of Music Registration: 1-3 p.m..; 617 Main St.; call 881-5088. Monument Dedication Forest Lawn Cemetery: 3 p.m.; Forest Lawn Cemetery Field of Valor, call 472-6728. 8th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade “Remembering Our Heroes”: 1-3 p.m., starting from Niagara Square in front of City Hallcall 583-3291. Love Supreme Music School Registration Fall Opening: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Durham Memorial Outreach Center, 200 East Eagle St.; call 856-4943 or 228-5307.

Tuesday September 14 Urban League Pre-Purchase Home Orientation Workshop, Delavan Branch library, 1187 E. Delavan; free; 250-2429. Dine Out For Uganda: Betty’s Restaurant, 370 Virginia St; hosted by Global African village for victims of recent landslides. Wednesday September 15 Urban League Pre-Purchase Home Orientation Workshop, Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson; free; 250-2429.

World of Girls Empowerment “Sisters United”: 12 Noon-3 p.m.; Daemen College Campus, 4380 Main St.; donation $8; call 362-1242. 100 Black Men of Buffalo Education Fest: 1-4 p.m.; Westminster Community Charter School; free for parents and students. Sunday September 12 Umoja’s 10th Anniversary “We Honor The Best In Each Other”: 6-10 p.m.; JKF Center, Clinton & Hickory Streets; tickets

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