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INSIDE ROCHESTER

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Dr. Walter Cooper Receives Rochester Community Foundation’s Highest Honor Rochester, NY — Dr. Walter Cooper was one of two individuals and a family honored for their philanthropy recently by the Rochester Area Community Foundation during the 2013 Philanthropy Awards and Annual Report to the Community Luncheon. The “Better Together” theme for the sold-out luncheon, which attracted more than 600 guests to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, featured dozens of partners who have worked with the Community Foundation to create positive, enduring change. Dr. Cooper, a Community Foundation founding board member, received the Joe U. Posner Founders Award, the organization’s highest honor. Scientist, humanitarian, activist, and educator Walter Cooper received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Rochester in 1956. During his 30 years as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company (he is now retired), he became deeply involved in community development, civil rights, and educational issues. His local service included the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, Baden Street Settlement, Action for a Better Community, United Community Chest, and Rochester Area Foundation, among others. Nationally, he chaired the Ralph Bunche Scholarship Committee and consulted for the Small Business Administration. He has served as regent and regent emeritus for the State of New York since 1988; in 1975, he was named to the board of trustees of his alma mater, Washington and Jefferson. A native of Clairton, Pa., Cooper has devoted himself to improving the lives of others and this community and standing up for what’s right. He was one of the founding board members of the Community Foundation when it was launched in 1972. His passion for education is evidenced by the work he does at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy – School 10 in Rochester. He buys micro-libraries for students who are struggling to help them improve their reading and their ELA test scores. He has two sons and four grandchildren. The Robert and Jane Stevens Family of Perinton, Eric Zeller of Irondequoit, were also honored with 2013 Philanthropy Awards. The Muriel H. Marshall Fund Planning Team and the Genesee County Office for the Aging were recognized for their 15-year partnership with the Community Foundation. Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer Leonard shared the story of a foundation-sponsored bus trip to the Children’s Defense Fund national conference in Cincinnati. The 35 participants included students and community leaders. “We studied, as individuals and a team, how we could make a difference back in Rochester,” Leonard said. “We learned about the special challenges for African American males, even before the Schott Foundation researchers found Rochester dead last in the country for black male achievement. Those of us who are white realized that we needed to better understand the impact of centuries of slavery and oppression on today’s disparities, despite the clear progress that has been made.” During the past year, the Community Foundation has helped to bring issues of race and equity to the forefront in the Rochester community. For more details on this event, previous Philanthropy Award recipients and our work in the community, visit www.racf.org.

Freedom Party in the Park! Freedom Part in the Park, located at Troup Street Park, will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 2 p.m until dark is a day of Edu-Tainment and stimulation of unity into our community. This day is dedicated to our elders, parents, educators and especially our youth. For ore information please e contact the Freedom Party, Rochester Chapter at 585-432-8123.

Attention Barbers and Cosmetologists

Blood Drive

Chappell’s s Barber Supply presents Wahl Education and Artistic Team Educators Garland “GWhiz” Fox and Eric “Pacinos” Roa in “Bridging the Gap” – an extraordinary hands on clipper cutting workshop for all skill levels Monday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m., 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester. Ticket price $195 and includes Wahl Senior clippers. Call 585-406-2218 or 585-319-0262. Classes also offered in Spanish. Join Roa and Whiz as they share clipper tips and techniques guaranteed to help grow your clientele. This class offers practical tapering/fading information simplified for easy understanding that will immediately apply to your daily routine, regardless of hair’s texture. Tips and techniques available for all skill levels. Garland “GWhiz” Fox, A US Veteran and Master Barber, is a Wahls Corporation International Platform Artist. Mr. Fox is the first and only barber to have Wahl Clippers created and named after him. Prominently named as the go-to barber for major television, film and record companies such as TV One, Fox, ABC, Arista and Priority to name a few. GWhiz, received a golden clipper award with Oprah Winfrey’s father Vernon Winfrey, is currently ranked as the countries top barber since 2004. Garland “GWhiz” Fox has been honored with the 2011 2nd Annual Barber’s Ball Excellence in Leadership in Education Award.

A blood drive sponsored by Rochester City Council President Lovely Washington, the Rochester Area Black 6684. Caucus, Keeler Park Tenants Association, SEIU Local 200 and WDKX and Walmart will be held Saurday, Septemaber 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Keeler Park Apartments, 501 Seneca Manor Drive. Call Tracey at 585-428-

Eric "Pacinos" the Barber is a Queens, New York native whomigrated to South Florida in 1986. He is the proud owner of Pacinos Barbershop for 11 plus years. He's been a Barber Stylist for over 15 years. He has worked with Stars/Celebrities such as Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, Jay Z, Ludacris, Kevin Hart, just to name a few. He travels the U.S & internationally as a Platform Artist & Educator for WAHL Clippers.

LIVE Jazz Friday, Sept. 27, 7 pm Join us at the Baobe Center for the return of this popular series with LIVE music by Carl Atkins and his band, Culture Clash hosted by Dr. Atkins, Professor of Music at RIT. Admission: $10. Refreshments served.

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Ancient African Sacred Knowledge: A Multimedia Production “Ancient African Sacred Knowledge, Stolen from the Books in Stone,” an intriguing, visually documented multimedia production featuring internationally recognized speaker Ashra Kwesi, will be presented on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center, 36 Kings Street. Brother Kwesi will reveal startling and compelling information from his 12 years of research, travel and conducting tours in Egypt (Kemet). Doors open at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture. Tickets for the lecture in advance are $20, $25 at the door and $30 for the lecture and dinner. Students and elders with proper ID - $10 for the lecture and $20 for the lecture and dinner. For tickets or information contact Brother Atiba at 585314-9895. Vending also available.


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Brenda McDuffie

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Black Achievers, Inc. Announces This Years Special Award Recipients Black Achievers, Inc. Announces the 2013 Special Awards Recipient. The awards will be given out at the Black Achievers Annual Awards Dinner being held on October 5th at the Adam’s Mark downtown. The primary purpose for the awards event is to show the community the variety, and quality of achievements of African Americans in Western New York. Images are powerful in our society, and this event highlights inspiring stories of personal, professional and community achievements. Over the past 40 years, Black Achievers have honored more than 2,500 recipients. The Award of Excellence recipient this year is Steve Finch. Steve Finch is a plant manager of General MotorsTonawanda Engine plant he is also chairman of the board for the Buffalo United Way. Brenda McDuffie will receive the 2013 Community Service Award. Brenda W. McDuffie has been serving as President and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, Inc. Since 1998. She has served as Executive Director for the Buffalo and Erie County Private Industry Council, Inc. (PIC) contact Delphine Staley at 884-1490 or visit our website: BuffaloBlackachievers@gmail.com

Marc Anthony Neal to Speak at EOC During Anniversary Week On Thursday, Sept. 26 Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of Black popular culture at Duke University, will speak on Black urban and popular culture in the 21st Century economy at The University at Buffalo’s Educational Op-

portunity Center as part of the Center’s Open House and 40th anniversary celebdration. Neal, an accomplished author of four books, has written and lectured extensively on black masculinity, sexism and homophobia in the AfricanAmerican community and the history of popular music. Professor Neal is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio. He was named Hip-Hop Scholar of the Year, Words, Beats and Life Foundation in 2012.His presentation is from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. On Friday, Sept. 27: the 40th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner will be held at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, at 6pm. For more information, contact Sandra Bunkley at (716) 645-1914. For a full schedule of activities and more information, call the EOC at 645-9555 or visit the website at eoc.buffalo.edu.

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“We Stand With Pamela Brown”

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early two hundred supporters of Dr. Pamela Brown met on the steps of City Hall on last Thursday afternoon to rally on the embattled Superintendent’s behalf. “We are Women Warriors”, “Women of Worth” and “Women Organized to Mentor, Educate and Nurture” organized the rally, which was attended by a diverse group, including parents, clergy, teachers, administrators, political leaders, community activists and school board members. Their message was plain. Enough is enough. Dr. Pamela Brown is not responsible for the condition Buffalo Public Schools finds itself in today, and she deserves a chance to do her job. Placing all the blame at her feet and running her out of town before she is given a chance to get the system back on track, is unfair, shortsighted, and won’t solve anything. Buffalo Councilmember and spiritual leader Rev. Darius Pridgen delivered a stinging indictment on the negative /backwards mindset that is all too pervasive in the City of Buffalo. Noting the history of running superintendents of color out of town, he cited what he called the “Culture of One” – one subway…one cable company…one daily newspaper…one James Williams run out of town… now one Dr. Brown… “It’s a city full of people but some want to blame just one,” he continued. “I thought this was the new Buffalo. But as long as we are blaming one, we’re going back to the old Buffalo.” The blame he said, is not just one, “the blame is us all.” Charlie Fisher cited district successes under Dr. Brown’s short tenure so far, including a rise in the graduation rate by six percent, improved attendance and a reduced drop out rate. Her five year plan that is designed to see the district graduate 80% of its students can be successful “if she’s left alone,” he said. “When I started teaching 30 years ago the system was broken then,” quipped educator/historian/columnist

some time. Dr. Brown was appointed Superintendent in July 2012 and as most speakers pointed out, she has only had one year to make a difference. Even in that time, however, they noted the progress that she has obtained so far in increased graduation and attendance rates and a decrease in suspensions. We agree with Rev. Pridgen, who said: “Some want to blame just one and forget that it takes an entire village to raise a child. … We’re not blaming one person. We are blaming us all. Give her a chance to fix what we broke.”

From Top: Charlie Fisher, Charlene Miller, Angelica Rivera, and Betty Jean Grant.

Eva Doyle. “I support Dr. Brown and want her to have the opportunity to do her job without all the chaos, anger and poison in the air….Dr. Pamela Brown – Stand Your Ground!” “Enough is enough” declared former Lackawanna Schools Superintendent Nellie King. “Dr. Brown is more than qualified…she has been legally appointed and has a contract…We have to stop being backbiters and turncoats!” Speakers also included Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Charlene Miller, block club leader, Joan Simmons, Lesley Haynes, mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez, and Angelica Rivera, a parent and others. Supporters urged the Superintendent to continue to do the hard work required to turn around a school system that has been in crisis for

A curious Carl Paladino could not resist stopping to check out the rally and to seek media attention as he continued his attacks on Dr. Brown. He was ignored by most of the ralliers who chanted that Dr. Brown should “Stand your ground!” The community has another opportunity to show their support for Dr. Brown as another rally is planned for this Wednesday, September 25th at 4:00 pm on the steps of City Hall. The Board of Education meeting will be held at 5:30pm on that date and Carl Paladino is expected to make a motion to fire Dr. Brown. “This (rally) is about a woman who needs our support,” organizer and Legislator Betty Jean Grant said. “She’s qualified!..” She then led the crowd in a final chant of .“Pamela Brown! Stand Your Ground!” Supporters also encouraged the community to send a collective message to Paladino and other Board members who vote in favor of his motion: WE STAND WITH PAMELA BROWN!

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Radford, Parent Group Files Formal Complaint on School Plans Denies Calling for Removal of Any Board Member or Superintendent Brown Last Friday the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) filed a 310 legal appeal with the NYS Education Department, citing the approval of a District Comprehensive Improvement by the Board of Education on August 21st that did not include the involvement of parents as legally required. DPCC President Samuel L. Radford III, the lead petitioner of a group of parents of children at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, served a petition to the Buffalo Public Schools that requires the Superintendent and Board of Education to respond to the DPCC and NYSED. Radford said in a Buffalo News interview that his group was not calling for any board member or Superintendent Brown to be removed. “What we are saying is when they make these illegal decisions they don’t get the consequences of it. Our children get the consequences of it. But now …we can hold them accountable.” DPCC leaders say they have presented evidence to the Superintendent and Board of Education over the course of the past several years that the District is in violation of local, state and federal policies and laws (including School Choice/student transfers, Title 1 funding, and health education and physical education), meeting the needs of vulnerable students (those in poverty, English Language Learners, and Special Education students), and the District’s failure to implement family involvement and shared decision making as it relates to Continued Page 10


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National/International NEWS

Update: The Kenya Mall Seige (Reuters) - As Kenya began three days of mourning on Wednesday for at least 67 people killed in the siege of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the rubble. Declaring final victory over the al Qaeda-linked gunmen from al Shabaab who stormed the Westgate shopping center on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that three floors in a part of the mall had collapsed near the end of the operation, leaving an unknown number of bodies under steel and concrete. It was not clear what caused the structure to come down. Five militants had been shot dead, Kenyatta said, and six security personnel died in the four days of fighting. Sixty-one civilians had so far been confirmed dead, Kenyatta added. Kenyan officials declined to say how many of 63 people whom the Red Cross had earlier classed as unaccounted for may also have died in a showdown with guerrillas, who had threatened to kill their hostages and go down fighting. Eleven people suspected of involvement with the well-planned and executed assault were in custody, the Kenyan president added. But he did not say how many, if any, were gunmen taken alive and how many may have been people arrested elsewhere. It was also unclear whether intelligence reports of American or British gunmen would be confirmed. Al Shabaab denied that any women took part, after British sources said the fugitive widow of one of the 2005 London suicide bombers might have some role. The shattered mall, an imposing, Israeli-built symbol of a new prosperity for some in Africa while many remain mired in poverty, lay largely silent overnight, after days of gunfire, explosions and bloodshed. An extremist group Tuesday denied reports that American citizens were among the Somali militants who stormed a Kenyan shopping mall Saturday, Reuters is reporting.

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Chicago shooting Leaves 13 Wounded: Four People Arrested CHICAGO — Two more suspects have been charged in last week’s mass shooting at a park in the Back of Yards neighborhood, including a 22-year-old man identified as the gunman, according to police. The latest charges, bring to four the number of people charged in connection with the shooting at Cornell Square Park last Thursday that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the face. The shooting comes nearly three weeks after Chicago saw an outburst of violence over the Labor Day weekend that ended with eight dead and 20 others injured. Following a surge in homicides and shootings last year, the police department stepped up its crime-fighting efforts by, among other things, paying overtime to add patrols to some neighborhoods, including the Back of the Yards. Through the first six months of the year, the department’s more than $57 million on overtime pay for officers, more than half of it from a program that saturates dangerous neighborhoods with hundreds of officers every night. In a related development, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said “no” to suggestions that his department accept help from the Illinois National Guard.McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel agree they could use some help combating street violence — but with tougher gun laws. Last year there were 500 murders in the Windy City.”

The Incredibly Shrinking Welfare State

The remnants of the federal welfare program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, “needs to be made more accessible,” said Timothy Casey, senior attorney for Legal Momentum. “Right now, two out of three families and children who are eligible don’t get any benefits.” Moreover, “benefits in every state are far below the official poverty level – typically less than half,” said Casey. Legal Momentum was formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.


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Why are Poor Kids Being Put on the Most Psychiatric Medication?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more anti-psychotic drugs are being prescribed to poorer, Medicaid-eligible children than ever before and the number of underprivileged children who are taking these drugs has tripled between 1999 and 2008. A recent story in The Wall Street Journal points out that the HHS has found that the drug Abilify, which is one of the newest class of anti-psychotic drugs and also the number one drug used in the U.S., is being prescribed to children from poorer families in disproportionate numbers. Apparently children who are on Medicaid are four times more likely to be prescribed anti-psychotic drugs than children who are privately insured, according to Stephen Crystal, a health professor at Rutgers University.

BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPEN HOUSE & ADMISSION TESTING DATES 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

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SEPTEMBER OPEN HOUSES 26

4 p.m.

Emerson School of Hospitality

70 W. Chippewa St.

816-3018

OCTOBER OPEN HOUSES 2

5 p.m.

Math, Science & Technology Prep. School

666 E. Delevan Ave.

816-4500

2

6 p.m.

Hutch-Tech High School

256 S. Elmwood Ave.

816-3888

2

6 p.m.

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts

450 Masten Ave.

816-4220

10

9 a.m.

Lafayette High School

370 Lafayette Ave.

816-4340

10

5 p.m.

Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence

106 Appenheimer St.

816-4110

10

5 p.m.

B.U.I.L.D. Academy

340 Fougeron St.

816-4140

10

5 p.m.

Burgard High School

400 Kensington Ave.

816-4450

10

6 p.m.

South Park High School

150 Southside Pkwy.

816-4828

10

6 p.m.

McKinley High School

1500 Elmwood Ave.

816-4480

15

5 p.m.

International Preparatory School

110 Fourteenth St.

816-4300

15

5 p.m.

Riverside High School

51 Ontario St.

816-4360

15

6 p.m.

Frederick Law Olmsted School #156

319 Suffolk St.

816-4330

16

9 a.m.

Frederick Law Olmsted School #64

874 Amherst St.

816-3420

18

9 a.m.

Leonardo daVinci High School

320 Porter Ave.

816-4380

22

5 p.m.

East High School

820 Northampton St.

816-4520

23 & 25

9 a.m.

Middle Early College High School

290 Main St., 4th Floor

851-3763

24

9 a.m.

Discovery School

911 Abbott Rd.

816-4922

9

9 a.m.

City Honors School

186 E. North St.

816-4230

21

5 p.m.

Bennett High School

2885 Main St.

816-4250

NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSES

HIGH SCHOOL GRADE ADMISSIONS TESTING Oct.

19 & 26

8 a.m.

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts

450 Masten Ave.

Oct.

26

8 a.m.

City Honors School (gr. 9 only)

186 E. North St.

Oct.

26

8 a.m.

F. L. Olmsted School #156 (gr. 9-12)

186 E. North St.

Nov.

6&7

8:15 a.m.

Hutch Tech High School

256 S. Elmwood Ave.

Nov.

13 & 14

8:15 a.m.

Hutch Tech High School

256 S. Elmwood Ave.

Nov.

16

12 p.m.

City Honors School Make-up Testing (gr. 9)

186 E. North St.

Nov.

16

12 p.m.

F. L. Olmsted #156 Make-up Testing (gr. 9-12)

186 E. North St.

ELEMENTARY GRADE ADMISSIONS TESTING

HEALTH MATTERS

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Cancer Walk to Be Held Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Phi Omega and Gamma Iota Chapters, Lincoln Memorial and Metropolitan United Methodist Churches, Buffalo, will hold a Cancer Walk to “Help Walk Out BREAST and PROSTATE CANCER” Saturday, September 28. The walk will be held at Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. WARM UP EXERCISES will start at 9:30 a.m. The CANCER WALK will begin at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Donations will be accepted. For further information and registration, please call (716)856-1545 or 636-3014. The Cancer Walk is sponsored as a component of the Health Initiative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s“Global Leadership Through Timeless Service”. Edith M. Terrell is president of Gamma Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Sharon M. Bradley, Vice-president; Sadie Mitchell, president of Gamma Iota Chapter. Rev. George Nicholas is pastor of Lincoln Memorial and Metropolitan United Methodist Churches. Juanita K. Hunter,PhD, a member of Gamma Phi Omega Chapter , Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ,is chairman of the Health Initiative. The CANCER WALK is a partnership and co-sponsorship of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Phi Omega and Gamma Iota Chapters, and Lincoln Memorial and Metropolitan United Methodist Churches.

Muhammad School of Music Presents Dr. Alim Muhammad and The Abundant Life Health Attainment Center Road Clinic If you could eliminate the root causes of your health problems instead of chasing symptoms, would you? If there was a way for you and your family to obtain vibrant health, would you want to know more? Muhammad School of Music is hosting Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad and the Abundant Life Health Attainment Center Road Clinic in Buffalo on Saturday, October 5. There are limited spots available for this one day visit. To secure your appointment, call the Abundant Life Health Attainment Center directly at (240)245-4147 today. Dr. Muhammad Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad is the personal physician of Muhammad School of Music Founder & Director, Maestro Henri L. Muhammad.  For more information, you can also contact Henri L. Muhammad, 716-570-5064  “This past year has been a year of tremendous trial in dealing with my health” Henri said. “I had taken my youthfulness for granted, and in not taking care of myself physically it eventually caught up with me. At my sickest pointed I could not even play my violin, let alone maintain my rigorous teaching and performing schedule”.  It was at this point Henri and his wife Isabel traveled just outside of Washington, D.C. to see surgeon and internationally renowned nutritional expert Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad.  Through the nutritional program prescribed by Dr. Muhammad...Henri’s recovery has been described as “phenomenal.”  On June 23 he made his comeback performing one of the most challenging concertos in concert violin literature, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

2013

The Year to Remember!

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8 a.m.

City Honors & F. L. Olmsted #156 Schools (gr. 5 only)

186 E. North St.

Oct.

19

12 p.m.

City Honors & F. L. Olmsted #156 Schools (gr. 6, 7, 8)

186 E. North St.

Nov.

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8 a.m.

Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts (gr. 5-8)

450 Masten Ave.

Nov.

16

8 a.m.

City Honors & F. L. Olmsted #156 Make-up Testing (gr. 5 & 6)

186 E. North St.

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16

12 p.m.

City Honors & F. L. Olmsted #156 Make-up Testing (gr. 7 & 8)

186 E. North St.

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Women’s Day Love Alive Church we be in Celebration of Women’s Day/ Co-Pastor’s Appreciation Day, Sunday September 28th @ 10am,  161 Germain Street. Guest Speaker, First Lady Ina Chapman, of St John Baptist Church, All are Welcome to join in the celebration! Dr. Jeffery Bowens, Pastor.

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“Follow Him Ministries”

“Follow Him Ministries” (under the auspices of) Ephesus Ministries will be having a great day of evangelism during their 2nd ‘Fishing Expedition’ for souls on Saturday October 19, noon until 5pm. we will be preaching, praying and ministering in the parking lots of Ephesus Ministries and ECMC. The location is (front) 341 Grider St. and (rear) 80 Durham Ave Buffalo NY. Please come and experience your blessing! There will be free hot dogs.


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Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals to Host Fundraiser

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The Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals will celebrate their first year of service to the Buffalo Niagara region during its 2013 Masquerade Soiree on Saturday, September 28, at Samuel’s Grande Manor located at 8750 Main Street in Wiliamsville. The recipient of the Whitney M. Young Award for outstanding work within the Young Professionals Chapter is Ms. Sherrita Crump. Also honored this year is local educator and entrepreneur Dennis Wilson, Owner of the Oakk Room Restaurant, and Community Organizer, Ms. Beth Weinberg. Brittany Smallwood of WIVB-TV Channel 4 and Adrianna “The Go Getta” Viverette of 93.7FM WBLK will preside as Mistresses of Ceremonies. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and reception, with music provided by Buffalo’s very own “The Lyfe Band,” followed by dinner and an awards presentation at 7:30 pm. The evening concludes with dancing, with music provided by DJ Illmatic. Sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $60.00 per person. For more information please contact Jamil Crews at (716) 903-4689, or e-mail him at jamil@capitalchange.org. The Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals are a unique entity of the Buffalo Urban League with a mission to support the Urban League movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. Its priority focus is on the empowerment of disadvantaged individuals and families in securing economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Stephanie Foreman, President of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals.

Architectural rendering of proposed redevelopment plans for Muhammad’s Mosque No. 23.

Muhammad’s Mosque Kicks Off Visionary Redevelopment Project! “An Afternoon Of Grace Fundraiser ” Set for October 4

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n Friday, October 4 the “5 Walden Avenue Redevelopment Project Group” is sponsoring a fundraising event entitled “An Afternoon of Grace” on the property of 5 Walden Avenue at Best & Genesee Streets.

St. Martin de Porres Gospel Choir to Present 20th Anniversary Concert St. Martin de Porres Gospel Choir’s 2-th Anniversary Concert, under the direction of Ella E. Robinson, will be held Sunday, October 13 at the Church, 555 Northampton Street at 5 p.m. Donation is $5 in advance or at the door. For more information call 883-7729.

Presently, this is the former location of Muhammad’s Mosque No. 23. When redeveloped it will house a Mosque, multi-cultural learning institution and school, as well as a community services center designed to meet the needs of the multi-ethnic community where it is located. Beginning at 1 p.m. the “Afternoon of Grace” program will present the traditional Juma prayer and Khutba (lecture) and will be followed by an enlightening Christian presentation by the Rev. Dr. James A Lewis III, pastor of Miracle Missions Baptist Church. An informative discussion on “The Impact and Influence of Islam on Modern Day Education” will led by noted historian and community leader, Dr. L. Nathan Hare. The event concludes with a buffet dinner party from 4 - 7 p.m. This event is presented in an effort to raise $50,000 or more for the first phase of the redevelopment of the

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property starting with the demolition of the old building and preparation for the final development which has been estimated at $10 million when fully completed. The afternoon prayer service and lecture presentation is free and open to the public with preference to dinner party ticket holders. Tickets for the dinner are only $25 with eat in or take out available. Ads for an “Event Journal” to be distributed at the event are also requested. Please reserve your dinner tickets early as space is limited to 200 persons. Please call Minister Dahveed Muhammad at 335-2292 or the project coordinator, Sister Bernadine X at 884-3312 for tickets or to list your business, community group or family in the “Event Journal.” If you prefer, you may also mail your donation directly to “Mohammad’s Mosque No. 23,” P.O. Box 237, Buffalo, N Y 14205. We are a 501 C 3 federal tax free corporation.


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ENTERTAINMENT on stage

Saturday LIVE @ The Historic Colored Musicians Club, Vengance, Sept.28, 8:3010:30 p.m., followed by open mic; host Larry Salter.Admission $5.

Comedian Charlie Murphy Sept. 26-28, Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St..

Genuine & Lil’ Mo LIVE live Villa Maria College, Oct. 26, 240 Pine Ridge Rd; Tickets @ Doris Records; 8 pm. showtime.

Tommy Davidson from “In Living Color” Oct. 10-12; Helim Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi; 853-1211; www.heliumcomedy.com

Herbie Hancock

October 9, UB Center for the Arts; tickets @ Center Box Office; for info; 645-2787 or visit UBCFA.ORG

Wayne Shorter

November 21, UB Center for the Arts; tickets @ Center Box Office; for info; 645-2787 or visit UBCFA.ORG

World Blues

Featuring Taj Mahal, Nov. 1, UB Center for the Arts; tickets @ Center Box Office; 645-2787

Booker T. Jones

one of the architects of the Memphis soul sound of the 1960s as the leader of Booker T. & the MG’s, Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., The Bear’s Den @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel; 1-877873-6322; SenecaCasinos.com

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Funnyman Charlie Murphy at The Helium

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uffalo welcomes funnyman Charlie Murphy who will grace the stage of the Helium Comedy Club September 26-28; Thursday at 8 p.m.; ,Friday and Saturday for two shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Charlie Murphy’s rapid evolution from “Chappelle’s Show” cast member to topbilled international comedian, playing to sold-out audiences around the globe, has been remarkable. He has spent the past 8 years performing his critically acclaimed stand-up show and solidifying his position in Hollywood as a true acting, writing and producing talent, in his own right. Charlie has toured nationally w/ the “I’m Rich Bitch” comedy tour, featuring fellow “Chappelle’s Show” cast members Bill Burr and Donnell Rawlings. “Charlie Murphy and Friends” and a co-headlining tour with Mike Epps followed. Next, Murphy co-headlined the 20-city “Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy Tour” with Joe Rogan and John Heffron. Soon after was the headline tour “I Will Not Apologize” for which Murphy filmed his first DVD special of the same title. Distributed by Image Entertainment, this special premiered on Comedy Central in the #1 slot and is available in stores, Amazon.com and iTunes.. Internationally he has invaded Europe and Canada, an accomplishment very few American comedians can boast of. A career spanning 2 decades, Charlie has worked with top Hollywood talent such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Danny Aiello, Terrance Howard, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Rip Torn, Peter Falk, Redd Fox, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson and Sammy Davis, Jr. His feature films include: The Guys Who Move Furniture (Will Sasso) Lottery Ticket (Bow Wow, Ice Cube), Our Family Wedding (Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia) A Perfect Holiday (Gabriel Union, Latifah), Kings Ransom (Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Donald Faison), Roll Bounce (Bow Wow, Mike Epps), Chris Rock’s classic hip-hop parody CB4, Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever and Mo’ Betta Blues, Unearthed, Night At The Museum & Harlem Nights. Charlie’s screenwriting credits include Norbit, Starring Eddie Murphy, which opened #1 at the box office, a remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man, Vampire In Brooklyn, Paper Soldiers for Jay-Z’s Rockafella Films and Tales of the Dogg, an animated pilot for Snoop Dogg and MTV. His voice is a favorite as Ed Wuncler III on Adult Swims Boondocks, A Cat Named Rolo in the Black Dynamite animated series and Freaknik The Musical (T-Pain, Snoop Dog) as The Perminator. His autobiographical book entitled The Making of a Stand Up Guy, was published by Simon and Schuster and is available on Amazon.com. For tickets to his show this weekend call 853-1211 or log on to www.heliumcomedy.com; or stop by the box office at 30 Mississippi Street.

Chris Brown Upset that Jay Z’s ‘Criminal Past’ Gets a Pass and He Doesn’t

Chris Brown is the media’s favorite target to beat up on, but he’s put himself in that position time and time again. On the other hand, in a recent interview with Jet Magazine, the trouble prone singer/dancer raises a point about him and Jay Z, who’s seen as devoted husband and family man and an acclaimed artist . At least that’s his image now. But not too long ago, that wasn’t the case. You see, when Jay Z raps about dealin’ cocaine, he wasn’t just making it up. Also, back in 2001 he pleaded guilty to stabbing a record executive two years earlier (Hova blamed the producer, Lance “Un” Rivera, for bootlegging his “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter”). So maybe you should cut Breezy some slack when he points out the perceived double standard. “No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that (Jay Z) stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.” Brown also addresses his own angermanagement problem. “You have to go through the struggle before you can get to the good part. I don’t try to lash out at people, or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be.”


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Big Brothers Partners With Local Barbershops & Alpha Phi Alpha To Recruit Mentors Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) has partnered with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and local barbershops Styles of Man and Signature Cutz to host a volunteer recruitment event, Grooming Men of the Future, on Saturday, September 28th. Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of a potential Little Brothers but not enough Big Brother volunteers to fill the demand. “We are very excited to have the support of both barbershops and Alpha Phi Alpha,” shared Thomas Guagliardo, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “There are so many boys in the community that have asked for a mentor and we would like to move them from our waiting list to a match with a male role model. We applaud the owners of Styles of Man and Signature Cutz, as well as, Alpha Phi

Alpha for volunteering to help us find these mentors.” The event on Saturday, September 28th is an opportunity for local men to stop by either Styles of Man at 1348 East Delavan or the Signature Cutz locations at either 2335 Main Street or 304 Breckenridge at Grant Street to learn more about volunteering. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., along with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, will be on hand from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with an information table to answer questions about becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Additionally, men who stop by the event to learn more about mentoring will be entered to win a free hair cut by the barber of their choice, donated by each of the barbershop owners, and also into a grand prize drawing. “Alpha Phi Alpha has part-

nered with Big Brother Big Sister organizations in other cities to hostsimilar events and we were excited to become involved in this unique opportunity in Buffalo,” explained Alpha Phi Alpha member and Big Brother mentor, Edward Jackson. “The time you share as a Big Brother is minimal yet really rewarding and can make a significant impact for a young man. This event is a way to make it convenient and easy for men to stop by on a Saturday at a local barbershop for just a few minutes to learn more about a great volunteer opportunity.” Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie Couty has been providing carefully screened

Congratuations to Quinnae “Peaches” Thompson and Willie Ray Folmar, our “Barber & Beautician of the Year!” Pictured above hard at work, Peaches can be reached at 603-6506 and Ray at 783-0099. You can also catch Peaches this Friday night Sept. 27 at the New Humboldt Inn where she’ll be one of the performers (yes she sings too!) at the big birthday bash for Barbara and Ronke! Congratulations again to these two talented hair care professionals!

and trained volunteer mentors for local children for over 40 years. Currently, 80% of the children the organization provides services to reside in the City of Buffalo. At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, of the children in a match with a Big Brother or Big Sister, 98.4% were promoted to the next grade level. Additionally, Big Bothers Big Sisters outcomes indicated that 82% maintained or showed improvement in their attitude towards avoiding risky behaviors like truancy and 76% improved or maintained positive feelings regarding their ability to achieve future educational outcomes.


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National School Attendance NaTania Parker Competes Awareness Month For The Miss Teen Buffalo/ Rochester Title

NaTania Parker of Buffalo was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Buffalo/Rochester pageant competition that will take place on Sunday October 13, 2013. NaTania will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts. She will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 thru 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, NaTania will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Buffalo/Rochester judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each Children from Miracles Day Care on Eggert Road in the City contestant is judged on during all phases of competition. If NaTania were to win the title of Miss Teen Buffalo/ of Buffalo are doing their part to recognize September as national School Attendance Awareness Month.  The initiative Rochester, she would represent Buffalo/Rochester and the locally is being sponsored by the Buffalo Public Schools, surrounding communities at the National Competition that Erie 1 BOCES, Read to Succeed Buffalo, the City of Buf- will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000.00 in prizfalo, Say Yes to Education Buffalo and the United Way of es and awards will be presented at the National Competition Buffalo and Erie County. Row 1 left to right: Savannah Car- while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights ey, Gabriel Kelly; Row 2 left to right: Prince Nubine, Elisha and six days in Orlando, Florida. Community businesses, organizations, and private inMcClinton, Ja’Liyah Nesbitt, Thymir Loman, and Diamante dividuals will assist NaTania in participating in this year’s Young. competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. For more information on how you or your organization can be“Our Children are our Future, Our life CHS-4452-9 | Challenger | 5” x 5.5” | B&W | 300 DPI to NaTania, contact the Miss Teen Buffalo/ come a sponsor After Death.” -African Proverb Rochester pageant coordinator, at 1-877-403-6678. OPEN HOUSE

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Earth Day Blessings! Happy Birthday to Gail “Gi” Lyons (9/23), who, along with the most celebrated djembe drummer to grace the City of Buffalo, the nationally renowned Emile Latimer, founded Sounds and Echoes of Yemenja in the late seventies; a group dedicated to teaching West African dance and musical traditions in Buffalo though classes and performances at festivals, theaters, schools, community centers and nearby Attica Prison. Gail’s love of music was a vital family tradition, it was in her genes, passed down from her father, Jimmy Lyons, the first Black radio DJ in Buffalo. Her love of music led her to dance and she traveled the east coast with the dance company Boka n’daye and then to Senegal with her teacher Ibrahima Camara. Talented and gifted, the still beautiful Gi - writer, artist, dancer & choreographer; mother, grandmother, archivist, keeper of traditions and the Spirit, resides quietly and productively in her Northland Avenue home. “Earth Day Blessings” to our beloved Gi! A true Buffalo treasure! (Background info from the Recollective blog, tribesmagazie.com/ Jeremy helton Gi adn Emile pictured top right).

After School Program After School Program-Metro CDC Delavan Grider Community Center will be holding an after school program Monday thru Friday for children ages 5-18. The charge for the program is $25 week. Children who attend will be provided with a daily snack, dinner, homework help, tutoring services and engaged in various enrichment and fitness activities. Children may be dropped off at the center by bus starting at 2:45 p.m. and must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. To register your child visit the center at 877 E. Delavan Avenue. For more information call the program director Nicole at 896-7021.

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applications that have repeatedly been rejected by NYSED. “While some efforts have been made to engage parents in assisting to move the District forward, there is a continued violation of policies and laws as they relate to parental involvement and student rights. In line with the DPCC mission, we cannot remain complicit with the District willfully violating multiple policies and laws that are designed to protect the rights of parents and students,” said Sam Radford, DPCC President. The DPCC says that the legal action on the DCIP is the first of three petitions they plan to file regarding what they perceive to be “flagrant and persistent violations of parent and student rights.” Parent leaders are also planning to file petitions on alleged violations by the Buffalo Public Schools of school choice law/class scheduling and state requirements for physical education in schools.

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SPEAK OUT / by Kat Massey

No Debate? How About a Community Dialogue?

Support for Superintendent Brown Must Continue

Mayor Byron Brown has said he won’t debate Republican mayoral (L-R) Miller-Williams, Sergio, Brown candidate Sergio Rodriguez before the November general election. But how about a “Community Dialogue?” We Are W omen Warriors will host such a “Dialogue” on Wednesday, October 2 at the Merriweather Library, Jefferson at Utica from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The invited guests: Mayor Brown and Sergio Rodriguez. “Since no formal debates have been scheduled, come and hear what the two mayoral candidates have to say abut how they envision turning the City of Buffalo around,” a flyer announcing the event reads. :”This will be a round robin type of discussion and both candidates have been invited to participate.” For more information call 400-1817. The event is free and open to the public.

Final Count Gives Miller-Williams Victory Barbara Miller-Williams has come out on top in her primary against incumbent Tim Hogues for the 1st District Seat on the Erie County Legislature. Forty-three votes were reportedly added to Miller-Williams 20-vote election night lead. The increase was through the count of absentee, affidavit and other outstanding ballots, according to the Board of Elections. About 7,500 votes were cast in total. ArtVoice pointed out in their most recent edition that among the Miller-Williams team at the Board of elections were staffers for Sate Senator Tim Kennedy. Kennedy, as it has been pointed out, donated some $85,000 to the WNY Progressive Caucus (originally thought to be $45,000), a PAC responsible for the vicious negative campaign literature mailed out against Hogues and Legislator Betty Jean Grant (who nearly beat him in last year’s race). Whether Miller-Williams deserves the victory or not is no longer an issue at this point. The election is over. The question is whether or not she has changed her Republican-collaborating ways and will righteously serve (and not sell out) the people who amazingly – put her back in office…

Voters Stay at Home For Brown-Tolbert Primary: 20% Turnout at the Polls Lowest in Recent Memory The race for the highest office in the city – the mayoral primary – only brought out 20% of the city’s registered democrats – or 21,000 – the lowest showing at the polls in recent memory. And while political analysts pointed to a number of possible reasons why – from the polls consistently reporting that Brown had an insurmountable lead, to a lack of Council elections to the fact that both candidates were Black – Republican candidate Sergio Rodriguez said that “historic low turnout” was a sign of Mayor brown’s failure to “uplift, inspire and motivate: people to go vote for him.” “There was no reason to vote,” Sergio said.

Not to be Out Dunn… Burt D. Dunn, candidate for Erie County Sheriff, announced at a news conference Monday that he will appear in the general election on the Law and Order Party line in the upcoming November general election. Dunn, who was recently defeated in the Democratic Primary by Richard E. Dobson, gathered enough signatures before the primary to establish the new minor-party line. He lost to Dobson by less than 700 votes. His announcement sets up an interesting potential political vote-splitting scenario: now two Democrats – Dunn and Dobson – will face incumbent Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, who is seeking re –election. Dunn criticized the “selfishness, the nastiness” he encountered during the primary election and made reference to Dobson’s campaign, which he said coordinated with the WNY Progressive Caucus – a fund run by associates of former Democratic Chairman G. Steven Pigeon. Dobson’s campaign denied the charges.

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Let’s continue the positive momentum that was generated by the recent rally to support Superintendent Pamela Brown and her efforts on behalf of the students. (Graduation rates markedly increased in 2013.) Towering compliments to County Legislator Betty Jean Grant who spearheaded the event! It was a much needed positive contrast to the relentless volley of unjustified criticism Dr. Brown has received. A veteran among the critics – though just elected, in May 2013, as a school board “member” – Carl Paladino. His antics suggest he mistakenly deems the Board of Education to be the “Board of Paladino.” Negative coverage, from the local daily newspaper, even disrespectfully appeared in the “Sunday Gusto.” John King, State Education Commissioner, has been theatrical in his unfounded, demeaning expressions about the superintendent’s one-year leadership. Suggestion: send cards and notes of encouragement to her office at City Hall, Niagara Square, Room 712, Buffalo, NY 14202. We can all be cheerleaders with a few kind words, a postage stamp and some ink. (P.S. Attendance at the School Board meetings is vitally important. It’s an on-going necessity.)

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very year, in the month of September, Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. plans for its monthly meeting to re-visit the Attica Rebellion of 1971, when a courageous group of incarcerated men took the initiative on September 9 to stand up for the few constitutional rights and human rights that incarcerated people have in the United States. They seized control of the prison, Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, NY, took 42 staff people hostage, put forth their grievances and demands, and in the end, on September, 13, 29 prisoners and 10 officers were killed in a massacre which occurred when Gov. Rockefeller called in the NYS Police Troopers and the NY National Guard to quell the uprising. 42 years and counting….and conditions at Attica haven’t improved much since 1971 and prisoner justice seems to be an area of advocacy that only appeals to the diehard few who believe that “prisoners are people too.” So many of us, unfortunately, are stuck in a place that only allows for us to see the stereotypes that define how we view a group of people known as felons, offenders, and lawbreakers. They are people….2.4 million in America, which has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. Everybody knows at least one confined person. Every family has at least one person under correctional supervision.  We shun these men, women, and children and demean them and too often believe that we could never end up behind KARIMA bars. There are people in our prisons and jails today that never thought AMIN that life’s circumstances would take them there. The 1200 prisoners who rebelled at Attica in 1971 had tried to make their grievances known through the proper channels by writing to officials who were responsible for medical care, and adequate food and clothing, but they were ignored and there was no redress. They complained about pervasive physical abuse and racially discriminatory treatment from guards.  They hoped that Gov. Rockefeller would be concerned enough to come to Attica for the negotiations. The Governor refused and sent in firepower instead with drastic results. In 2011, the University at Buffalo Law School and its Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy convened a conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Attica uprising. This conference brought together prisoner advocates, legislators, policymakers, corrections professionals, activists and people who were on the front lines of the conflict, on both sides. This 2-day event reminded us, “Attica is all of us” and afforded us an opportunity to examine Attica’s legacy. Prof. Teresa A. Miller, an Associate Professor of Law at UB, who was the chief architect of this conference, will be PRP2’s guest speaker this month.  Prof. Miller is a filmmaker, currently working on “Attica: The Bars That Bind Us,” which is scheduled for release this Fall. Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. will meet on Monday, September 30, 6:30-8:30 at the Pratt Center, 422 Pratt Street in Buffalo. The Circle of Supporters for Reformed Offenders and Friends of BaBa Eng are the sponsors of this program. For further information, contact Karima Amin, 716-834-8438 or karima@prisonersarepeopletoo.org  or G. BaBa Eng, g.babaeng@yahoo.com.

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LEGALS FILED: ERIE COUNTY CLERK NYSCEF DOC. NO. 14 INDEX NO. 800104/2013 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 09/13/2013

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Plaintiff, SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS -againstChristopher S. Bowman, if living and Plaintiff designates Erie County as the if any be dead, any and all persons place of trial. Venue who are spouses, widows, grantees, is based upon the mortgagees, lienor, heirs, devisees, County in which distributees, or successors in interest the Mortgage of such of the above as may be dead, premises is and their spouses, heirs, devisees, situated. distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residences are unknown to Plaintiff, The People of the State of New York on behalf of Chief Clerk of the City of Buffalo, United States of America-Internal Revenue Service, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the attorneys for the plaintiff within twenty (20) days after service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT

THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $51,120.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of ERIE on June 15, 2007, in Book 13355, Page 8189, covering premises known as 212 Sycamore Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this Summons and Complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the Mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the Summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your Mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Williamsville, NY August 6, 2013 By: Stephen J. Wallace, Esq. Frenkel, Lambert, Weiss, Weisman & Gordon, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, New York 11706 (631) 969-3100 Our File No.:01-059770-FOO

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AMENDED SUMMONS. ORIGINAL FILED WITH THE CLERK ON 2/8/2013. INDEX NO.: I2012608105. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 16 Gold Street, Buffalo, NY 14206. (SBL #: 112.58-3-28). STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 2929 Walden Avenue, Depew, NY 14043, Plaintiff vs. The unknown Representative(s) and/or Heir(s) of the Estate of William Wunderlich; and John Doe (Unknown Tenants/Occupants of the subject property being set forth to represent any and all occupants of the subject property being foreclosed herein, and any parties, entities of any kind, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged property) Defendant(s) TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Amended Complaint in the above captioned action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Amended Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises foreclosed herein. Date: 01/23/13. /s/____________________________ BY: STACEY A. WEISBLATT, ESQUIRE Stern & Eisenberg, PC 485A US Highway Route 1 South, Suite 110 Iselin, New Jersey 08830 (732) 582-6344 Fax: (732) 726-8719 Counsel for Plaintiff To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Penny M. Wolfgang, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N.Y., dated September 9, 2013 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Erie County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage. The premises is described as follows: All that tract or parcel of land situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 41, Township 11, Range 7 of the Holland Land Company’s Survey according to map filed in Erie County Clerk’s Office under Cover No. 9 is known as parts of subdivision lots Nos. 26, 27 and 28 in Block No. 30, described as follows, Beginning at a point in the westerly line of Gold Street at the distance of one hundred twenty (120) feet northerly from its intersection with the northerly line of William Street; running thence northerly along said westerly line of Gold Street, thirty (30) feet; thence westerly parallel with William Street, one hundred (100) feet; thence southerly parallel with Gold Street, thirty (30) feet; thence easterly parallel with William Street, one hundred (100) feet to the place of beginning. Premises known as 16 Gold Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14206.

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Wednesday September 25

Saturday September 28

Veterans Small Business Workshop: 1280 Main S, 2nd Floor; 10a.m. – 2 p.m.; lunch provided; 878-4030.

Juneteenth Festival Inc. Volunteer Thank You Meal & Annual Meeting: 3—7 p.m., Juneteenth Headquarters 1517 Genesee; 891-8801.

Board of education Meeting: 5:30 p.m. City Hall Rm. 801. Family Fun Bowling Day: Every Wed. Kerns Bowling, 163 Kerns, 5-8 p.m. Hosted by Buffalo United Front.

Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers Scholarship & Awards Dinner: 5:30 – 11 p.m., Holiday In , 620 Delaware Ave. Guest speaker Rod Watson; 884-4725.

Durham’s Central City Baby Café: Every Wednesday & Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free supper; experienced moms and certified counselors available; bring the kids; for info call Doris @ 885-6348.

Monday September 30

Thursday September 26

Community Dialogue with Mayor Byron Brown and Sergio Rodriguez: 5:30-7:45 p.m., Merriweather Library; hosted by We Are Women Warriors.

Are You Concerned About Flipped Properties? An important Seminar, 13th Floor, City Hall, 2 p.m. free, sponsored by Majority Leader Demone A. Smith. EOC Presents Mark Anthony Neal: 6-8 p.m. 645-1914. Or sbunkley@buffalo.edu A Tribute to Mary McLeod Bethune: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Merriweather Library, Jefferson & Utica; theme “Educating Our Children”; hosted by Eva Doyle. Buffalo Public Schools Strategic Plan Public Meeting: 5:30 p.m., Waterfront School #95, 95 Fourth St.; view the plan at www.buffaloschools.org Girl Scouts Leadership Speaker Series Featuring Judy Smith: 6:30 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall. Saturday September 28 “Helping Your Business Secure Its Future”: 11:30 a.m., Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson, free. 995-0622 or 768-1958 ext. 239. AKA Cancer Walk: MLK Park, 8:30 a.m. – noon. 8561545 or 636-3014. Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers Awards Dinner Dance, Fundraiser: 5:3011 p.m. Holiday Inn Downtown, 62-0 Delaware; $40 per person, $70 Couples; 8844725. African & African Diasporic Film Festival: 2-4 p.m., Merriweather Library; free & open to public.

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Prisoners Are People Too Meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pratt Center, 422 Pratt Street Wednesday October 2

Friday October 4 Muhammad’s Mosque No. 23 Fundraiser: On the property of 5 Walden Ave.; Bro. Dahveed 335-2292 , Sis. Bernadine 884-3312.

Central Park Postal Employees Honored U.S. Postal Service Central Park Station Employees will be honored with the Corporate Caring Award from the Family Help Center at its Volunteer Recognition Reception September 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at its 60 Dingens Street headquarters. The award is being presented to the employees for their outstanding work to make the holidays special for hundreds of children and families the Family Help Center serves. Deborah Merrifield is Executive Director of the Family Help Center.

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MIX 1080 ON THE MOVE!!! WUFO has been on air Since 1961. After 46 years at 89 LaSalle Ave, the 52 year old station is relocating to downtown Buffalo at 143 Broadway. Their first day in their new studio will be October 1.Staff pictured from left to right : Anita Williams, Doug Ruffin, Dianna Hobbs, LCH Roberson, Rubeana Harris, General Manager Sheila Brown, Curtis Black, LeeAnn Carr, Lee Pettigrew, Porsha Coaxum, Thomas Harris, Janine Kelly Missing From Photo:Pat Freeman, Donald Suarez, DJ Hassan, Ras Jomo & Ras Muata.

TRIBUTE: Renowned author/poet/social commentator and Buffalo native Ishmael Reed returned here recently to speak at a memorial tribute for his friend, the late Walter Cotton, actor and playwright (also a Buffalo native), who made his transition on July 5. The event, held at the Merriweather Library included excerpts of the film “Personal Problems”, testimonials and a performance by Ann Faith Harris, Mr. Cotton’s sister, who sang, “New York City is closed.” Pictured above, Ishmael poses with members of Walter’s family. (Inset: Ishmael Reed with Ann Faith Harris.)

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