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Looking for current 4th graders who will be 5th graders in August 2014 Buscando alumnos que estan en 4o grado ahora y estarán en 5o grado en agosto 2014

COME AND LEARN MORE! Thursday, March 20th • 6 pm Gantt Recreation Center 700 North Street • Rochester, N.Y. 14605

Saturday, March 22nd • 9 am – 3 pm Ryan Community Center 530 Webster Ave. • Rochester, NY 14609

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Fruit Belt/ McCarley Gardens Public Hearing

WNY WNY AREA AREA BRIEFS BRIEFS Council Member Wyatt to Host Second Round of Community Empowerment Summits in University

“SIMON SEZ”: Nationally renowned motivational speaker and Buffalo native Simon T. Bailey will help launch Superintendent Pamela C. Brown’s Community Conversations and Listening Tour during a special FREE motivational event open to all on Saturday, March 22 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Waterfront Elementary School 95 4th St. An informational fair and continental breakfast will also be featured. The community is urged to attend!

In Case You Missed It… *BUFFALO RANKED TOPS IN AFFORDABILITY BY FORBES MAGAZINE: Buffalo Niagara’s low cost of living paid off when Forbes Magazine ranked Buffalo Number One among the nation’s most affordable U.S. cities. Following Buffalo on the Top 20 List, Syracuse ranked number 19. The magazine used data that included income, housing prices and everyday expenses. *SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE ARRESTED: Buffalo School Board Candidate Gizelle Stokes was arrested last week by NFTA police after running a stop sign at Glenwood and Michigan. After pulling her over authorities found an outstanding warrant for her on harassment charges as well as a small amount of marijuana in her car. Stokes, 31 is one of 12 candidates running for three at-large seats on the buffalo School Board in the May 6 election.

University District Council member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt has announced that the second round of Community Empowerment Summits will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edward Saunders Community Center, 2776 Bailey Avenue. All block club presidents, business owners and University District residents are welcome and urged to attend. For more information call 851-5165.

Urban League Near the End of Annual Fund Campaign The Buffalo Urban League is in the final days of its first ever Annual Fund Campaign. The campaign, with its theme of “Moving Generations Forward”, has a goal of $100,000 and will end on March 31, 2014. “Presently, we are at approximately 76% of our goal,” said Mrs. Brenda W. McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League. “We are calling on all of our neighbors, friends and community members to help us reach our goal. We need a strong show of support to continue empowering children and families for a better future,” said Mrs. McDuffie. To make a donation online, supporters can visit the Buffalo Urban League’s website at Donations may also be sent to: Buffalo Urban League; 15 Genesee Street; Buffalo, NY 14203.

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Legislators (l-r) Miller-Williams, Grant and Burke.

Legislators Urge Social Services Department to Restore Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment Beds for Women in Recovery Erie County Legislators Betty Jean Grant, Barbara Miller Williams and Patrick Burke are very concerned about funding cuts to area women’s shelters that provide life-saving detox, mental health and substance abuse counseling. A resolution co-sponsored by the legislators has brought attention to the issue and important testimony before the Legislature’s Health & Human Service Committee. Here is the full text of the resolution they co-sponsored, which passed unanimously (10-1), “Ensuring the Availability of Inpatient Facilities for Women Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health Services”: WHEREAS, the availability of specialized, skilled and sheltered settings that provide substance-abuse treatment beds, detoxification facilities, and mental health services are essential and proven public policy; and WHEREAS, three residential treatment programs that help women overcome addiction and mental health difficulties, Canaan House (Walden Ave., Cheektowaga), New Life Residential Center (Memorial Dr., Buffalo), and Paradise House (Mills St., Buffalo) have announced that they will be forced to close on April 1, 2014 due to a significant reduction in funding from the Erie County Department of Social Services; and WHEREAS, such an announcement is troubling in that with Canaan House, New Life and Paradise House closing their doors, the community will be without a significant amount of inpatient beds at a time when any reduction in inpatient beds is too much to bear; and WHEREAS, New Life Residential Center announced that their closing is due to a slashing of the “shelter rate,” currently $667.00, and being reduced to $169.00, representing a 74.66% decrease in funding by the Department of Social Services; and WHEREAS, in order to transition more women into treatment, ensure a higher quality of life for these women, and at the same time reduce the expenditure of public tax dollars being spent in myriad ways when fewer treatment beds are available, Erie County must make certain that these community resources remain open, viable and strong so that more women can begin recovery, turn their lives around, secure meaningful employment and become productive members of our community; and WHEREAS, in light of an ever-increasing toll of hospitalizations and deaths attributed to drug overdoses throughout Erie County, particularly deaths caused by opioid overdoses in the form of prescription pills, heroin and increasingly, fentanyl; that this serious matter of the loss of life-saving inpatient treatment beds warrants a full public discussion in this Honorable Body’s Health & Human Services Committee. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Erie County Legislature declares that public policy Continued Page 12

Fruit Belt/ McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force to Present: “Four Communities, One Neighborhood,” a public hearing on the Medical Campus Community Benefits Agreement. What is a community benefits agreement? How will it affect your future residency? Will you have influence in shaping the agreement? Please join us for a panel discussion on Thursday March 20, at the Moot Center, 292 High Street, at 6:30p. Speakers include George K. Arthur, Duane Diggs, Voice Buffalo, Micaela Shapiro- Shellaby, Coalition for Economic Justice, and Josh Cevetti, UB Graduate Student Global Gender Studies. For more information contact Veronica Hemphill- Nichols at 716-390-5705.

St. Johns Lodge #16 to Host 49th Annual Charity Banquet And Ball Charley H. Fisher III 32 degrees Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge #16 Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation, announces the 49th Annual Charity Banquet and Ball at the lodge will be held on Friday, March 28, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Avenue. This year’s banquet and theme is “I Will Make you Fishers of Men,” and will utilize a major portion of the proceeds towards the Lodge’s new mentoring program for young African American males ages 8 to 18 and also for the Widow Fund for those widows of lodge members who have passed. Worshipful Master Fisher stated “…we are who we have been waiting for. Now is the time to step up and make a difference in the lives of our young men. We accept the challenge. We reach out to all of our young brothers to help them where they need help.”


Gala to “Roast” and Honor Willie ‘Hutch’ Jones Willie “Hutch” Jones will be “Roasted” and honored at a well deserved gala and dinner hosted by his namesake, the Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Program on Sunday evening, March 23, from 6-9 p.m. in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. The event, which marks the 30th anniversary of the unique program, will feature food, fun and friends who will tell jokes at Jones’ expense during the organization’s first Roast Fundraising Event. Admission is $40 and proceeds will benefit the program, known as Team Hutch, which provides after school and summer activities in more than a dozen sports free of charge, in addition to educational programs and the performing arts. Jones, an educator and former NBA player who holds a Physical Education degree from Vanderbilt University, has worked at several Buffalo schools including PS 76, Buffalo Academy For The Visual And Performing Arts, Grover Cleveland, McKinley, Kensington and finally, Burgard. He started the Willie Hutch Jones Sports Educational and Sports Programs 30 years ago with the help of Attorney Leroi Johnson and the late Bernard Mitchell. The program’s overall mission is to help the youth be better prepared for employment and to be productive members of society.
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National/International NEWS

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blackagendareport ment of Russia – and China – is what it’s all about,” said in Haiti Flounders.

U.S. Guilty Cholera Epidemic

SHARPEVILLE MASSACRE; WE MUST NEVER FORGET Byamadi Ajamu On March 21, 1960, in the apartheid state of South Africa, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) launched its anti-pass campaign. Indigenous African people were required to carry identity passes at all times. Under the campaign slogan “No Bail! No Defense! No Fine!” the PAC organized people to leave their passes at home. They planned to fill the fill the jails and shut down the economy. PAC organizers gathered in Sharpeville mobilizing people to participate in the non-violent demonstration chanting “Our Land” and “Down with passes!” Thousands converged on the police station, police panicked and opened fire killing 69 and seriously wounding 180. “The Sharpevillle massacre catalyzed international support for the Anti-Apartheid struggle and forced the South African liberation movement to take up arms,” explained Attorney Roger Wareham of the Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee (PASHC). “Black folks in the US faced similar responses to peaceful protests to secure their human rights. On February 8, 1968 Blacks peacefully picketing a segregated bowling alley near the campus of South Carolina State College in Orangeburg were fired on by state troopers. Three were killed and 28 wounded. And on May 15, 1970, Black students at Jackson State, an historically Black College, were killed by police while protesting the US invasion of Cambodia. These litttle-known events helped transform the movement from civil rights into one for human rights and Black Power Movement. Today the attack on African people is relentless and allencompassing. Now, more than ever we must understand what Malcolm X and Dr. King told us.”

The United States “is as responsible, if not more,” than the United Nations for the cholera outbreak in Haiti, since “it’s because of the military occupation that we have cholera,” said Dr. Jemima Pierre, professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. The U.S. backed a coup against the democratically elected government of Haiti, in 2004, and then invaded the country. “ Later, the U.S. brought in the UN “to cover this dirty work and make it legitimate,” said Dr. Pierre. UN “peacekeepers” were the vectors of the disease.

U.S. Billions for Ukrainians, Cuts for Hungry American Children Washington is offering $10 billion in loan guarantees to the partly-fascist government of Ukraine, while cutting $8 billion in food stamp benefits to Americans, said Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). “That is literally stealing food from the mouths of children,” she said. UNAC held demonstrations in 18 cities last week, to protest U.S. support for the coup in Ukraine. “The encircle-

Where Did Flight 370 Go? By Constance Boakye

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Twenty-six countries have been asked to help find the aircraft. Malaysia’s civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman announced that there can be a possibility that the plane’s last satellite contact could have been made from the ground, as long as the airplane still had electrical power; giving families and loved ones hope that the passengers are alive and that the plane didn’t crash. But, we still cannot help but ask - where is Flight 370 and where did it go? It is believed that the co-pilot of the plane was the last to have verbal communication with the air traffic controllers, which was at 1:19 a.m., saying “ All right, good night.” All civilian radar lost contact with the plane around 1:30 a.m. The military radar last detected the plane at 2:15 a.m. off Malaysia’s west coast. At 8:11 a.m. hours after takeoff, a satellite made the last electronic connection, referred to as the “handshake,” with the plane. The radar in Pakistan and India each stated that the plane did not show up on their radar. The search continues. Investigators are now looking to see if the aircrafts crew was involved in the planes’ disappearance. Police have searched the homes of Captain Zaharie Shah, age 53, and Mr. Fariq, age 27. A flight simulator was found and taken from the captain’s home and is being examined at police headquarters, by officials. The pilots are not the only ones who are being investigated; investigators are looking at 29-year-old Malaysian civil aviation engineer, Mohammed Kharrul Amri Selamat, who works for a private jet charter company. As the days go by, more information on this story appears. Malaysia stated that the plane was carrying enough fuel to fly seven or eight hours beyond its last known radar position. With a seven hour flight window the plane could be up to 7000 km from Malaysia. Somalia, East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Iran are all within a 7,000km radius. As the world continues to search for this mysterious disappearance, we wait for more clues and information.

Mumia: Police Still Spreading Anti-MOVE Propaganda The Fraternal Order of Police has orchestrated a renewed campaign of hatred and disinformation against the MOVE organization in order to prevent imprisoned members from winning parole, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best-known political prisoner. MOVE members convicted in the death of a policeman during a 1978 raid have served their minimum sentences and are up for parole, and many Black Philadelphians have never gotten over the 1985 police bombing of a MOVE house that killed 11 people, including five children. A recent Philadelphia Magazine article was “full of innuendo and suggestion that MOVE folks beat and attacked their children,” said Abu Jamal – a ploy designed to focus public anger on MOVE rather than the police who actually killed so many children.

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U.S. Senate “Hypocrisy” Defeated Adegbile Nomination The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama’s nomination of NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer Debo Adegbile to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, based on the LDF’s involvement in the defense of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal. “ Black Youth More Valuable in Prison U.S. rulers “don’t want to supply jobs and education to inner city youth,” said Bonnie Kerness, of the American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch Project. “That 15 year-old in Newark is worth nothing on the streets to the United States economy.” However, “you put him behind bars and that kid is generating $30,000 a year” in contracts and wages for the prison industrial complex, said Kerness, author of the recent article, “Race and the Politics of Isolation in U.S. Prisons.”

Bayside is Worst Prison in New Jersey

Jean Ross, a lawyer and activist with the Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress, said some of her clients would rather be put in solitary confinement than be transferred to Bayside State Prison, in the southern part of the state. “The explicitness of racial epithets and the expression of racial hatred seems to be much more pervasive” at Bayside, where vicious beatings are routine, said Ross.


If you or a family member worked in the Coke Oven Division at Bethlehem Steel or any other Coke Oven Facility in Western New York or elsewhere, you should consider the following: • Coke oven emissions are a potent cause of lung cancer and other cancers; • Coke oven emissions are composed of gases and dust, which are harmful to your lungs and skin; • Former coke oven workers, even if they smoked cigarettes, may have valuable claims that can be pursued in Court against companies such as Koppers and Wilputte.

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March 21-June 20

SPRING: Time To Care for Your Liver…


n the spring equinox, occurring March 20 or 21, day and night are equal in length. Spring is a time of new beginnings, fertility, conceiving ideas and laying the groundwork for things to come It is a time to restore health, to build new relationships, to express our emotional truths, to expand o current projects and to plant seeds that may one day come to fruition. As winter’s ice breaks up the current flow, the waters of spring nourish new growth. In our bodies, one of the key organs associated with Spring is the liver. The emotion of anger strongly affects the liver, causing stagnation of energy and blood when we hold anger in or excessive internal heat if we express anger too much. The health of the liver is reflected in our eyes and ails. Blurred vision, bloodshot eyes, yellow sclera, ridged, soft or brittle nails each communicate the liver’s condition. The flavor associated with liver is sour – a little sour food improves liver function while to much can damage. The kidneys are said to be the mother of the liver. If the liver is overactive, it will deplete the kidneys; if the kidneys are deficient, the liver will lack support. The liver blood nourishes the tendons, muscles and joints. When the liver is

deficient, there may be pain, weakness and stiffness. SPRING FOODS Foods that support the liver: cabbage, sauerkraut, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, other sprouts, kale, dandelion, salad greens, beets, red peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, soy, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, spirulina, whole grains, flaxseed oil, fish oil, olive oil, apples, other juicy fruits, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, turmeric powder. Foods that remove liver

stagnation: onions, leeks, garlic, mustard greens, turmeric, basil, bay leaf, cardamom, cumin, fennel, dill, ginger, black pepper, horseradish, rosemary, mint, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets, strawberry, peach, cherry, raw vegetables and fruit, apple cider vinegar with honey. FOODS TO AVOID: Avoid the foods that cause liver stagnation – red meat, cream, cheese, eggs, butter, rich nuts, lard, margarine, most oils (except fish, flaxseed and olive oil), alcohol.

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“We invite you to share in building the vision for a world-class education system designed for all children” Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela C. Brown and the Office of School Leadership invite the community to attend informational meetings to discuss educational program changes and the restructuring of PS #200 Bennett High School and PS #39 Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute. Areas of discussion will include: school programs, student options, and the registration process. Meetings will be held as follows: Tuesday, March 25th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.: PS #200, 2885 Main Street Monday, March 31st, 4:30–6:00 p.m.: PS #39, 487 High Street


“Pathways to Success” Dr. Pamela C. Brown and Simon T. Bailey to Speak about the Brilliance and Power of Community


March 22, 2014 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Waterfront Elementary School PS #95 95 Fourth Street

Simon T. Bailey, Buffalo Native Son to Speak about the Brilliance and Power of Community Superintendent Dr. Pamela C. Brown invites parents, community partners and leaders to attend Pathways to Success, a motivating event that will serve as a platform to announce Dr. Brown’s community conversation and listening tour. This free event will be held 9-11:30 a.m., at Waterfront Elementary School PS #95 and will include an informational fair, continental breakfast and inspiring presentation by motivational speaker and bestselling author Simon T. Bailey.


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Enough is Enough!

Women of Worth Ministries

2014 Lenten Season Schedule Wednesday, March 19 Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 108 Dona Street Lackawanna, NY Pastor Sharon Baugh, Host Pastor

Women of Worth Ministries will present “Time of Refreshing: Its Birthing time, time to push,” March 21 and 22 at Holy Temple COGIC, 572 Clinton St. *Friday Night 7pm- Holy Temple COGIC- 572 Clinton Avenue *Saturday Workshop & Brunch at 9am; Saturday 3 p.m.; Topics will include: “I gave birth now what?” “Can someone help me with my baby?” “Comparing spiritual birth with natural.” Visit

City-Wide Prayer Against Violence Lenten Season Schedule “Enough is Enough” Prayer 6-7 p.m. Lenten Services 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26 Metropolitan United Methodist Church 657 Best Street -Pastor George Nicholas, Host Pastor Wednesday, April 2 Walls Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 455 Glenwood Avenue - Pastor Errol Hunt, Host Pastor Wednesday, April 9 Centennial AME Zion Church 127 Doat Street - Pastor Craig Douglass, Host Pastor Holy Week 2014 Monday, April 14, 2014 Lincoln United Methodist Church 641 Masten Avenue - Pastor George Nicholas, Host Pastor Tuesday, April 15 Methodist Episcopal Church 1007 Ellicott St. - Pastor Shirley Bell-Billups, Host Pastor Wednesday, April 16 Delaine-Waring African Methodist Episcopal Church 680 Swan Street - Pastor Gregory P. Nelson, Host Pastor

Jesus Camp

Church of Pentecost U.S.A., Inc PIWC- Buffalo District presents Jesus Camp 2014, theme: “Lord Teach us to Pray.” Luke 11:1. The event is hosted by Rev. Nana Yeboah, with chairman Rev. Seth S. Asante featuring guest speakers Rev. Bossman Asante and Elder Kwame Boateng. The camp will take place March 2123 at Spruce Lake Retreat Center, 5389 Route 447 Canadensis, PA 18325. The cost is $119, which includes meals and accommodation. For more information call Docket Okyere 347-5962959 or William Amanhyia at 703-485-5918.


T.D. Jakes:”Has The church become masterful at doing things that don’t matter”? In the first keynote address of the 2014 International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, T.D. Jakes said the church is too caught up in “tradition” and what it is used to that it is failing to fulfill its mission of reaching the world. In his message, titled “The Instinct to Shift,” Jakes said, ‘Our generation has done the worst job of winning our children’s generation [to Christ] in the history of the church since data has been collected.’ He went on to say, ‘Instead of the church affecting the culture, we are allowing the culture to affect us.’ Using Ezekiel’s vision of the waters flowing out of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 47), Jakes explained the theme of the conference — “branching out.” Other powerful statements from his message include: •I have never seen so many depressed preachers in my life…No fire, no zeal, no passion, no prayer, no looking to God. We have had more suicides among clergy in the past year than at any other time.’ •The most frightening thing about being wrong, is not being wrong — it’s refusing to change.’ •20 million people in America believe in God, but they don’t believe in us — the church.’ •A question for the church: ‘Do you want your traditions, or do you want to be effec-

tive? Are we more loyal to our traditions than we are to our God?’ •‘The church has become masterful at doing things that don’t matter!’ •‘The hardest thing in the world to do is to get people to stay in place while you are making an altar call… What is really scary is that pastors don’t even care about the altar call.’ •‘Do we care more about membership than discipleship?’ •‘If you build the people, the people will build the church… People are not going to help you build the building if the building isn’t

there to build them.’ T.D. Jakes:”The church has become masterful at doing things that don’t matter” • If the church is not saving the city and the world, it’s not a church — it’s a cult. Are you a church or a cult?’ •‘Pentecost happens when the message is put in a language that the world can understand…Your city cannot hear you because you are so churchy to the world that you are speaking in tongues.’ Jakes also criticized ‘hourlong offerings’, unnecessarily long church services, and leaders who cling to titles that may confuse or turn off those in the world.



MARCH 19, 2014

An Interview With Rachelle Ferrell


s the chorus to one of her songs says, Rachelle Ferrell is an “individual“ and that‘s in the best sense of the word. For over two decades the Berwyn, PA born vocalist with the awesome six-octave vocal range has bravely navigated the often harsh waters of the music industry with a distinctive and assured fusion of jazz, soul, gospel, blues and classical which she will be bringing to the Tralf on Saturday, March 22. Rachelle took the time to speak to The Challenger about her vocal abilities, the roots of her sound and her thoughts on the music industry. How did you discover that you had a six-octave vocal range? As a child, I would listen to the birds singing and tried to mimic the sounds of nature. Fortunately I was at the age where adults allowed people to be who they are and not question silly things, saying things like “Rachelle, you’re not supposed to sing like that,” “or you’re not supposed to make that sound.” I also lived around the corner from a fire station; the fire alarm would go off and I would try and keep up with it. I was too young to realize that there were limitations to the body: to sustain breath, to sustain a note. I was pitting myself against mechanical alarms. [laughs] Anything that I heard I would try and it wasn’t until I got to my early teenage years in seventh grade they tested everybody for chorus and choir that the music teacher, her eyes got wide when I was hitting the scale. I just kept going and going and I got kind of scared because at that age no kid wants to stand out; conformity is the rule of the day. The music teacher pulled me aside and had me stay after class. She explained to me later that I had a gift and she worked with me to teach me breath control and how to take care of my instrument. That’s how that journey began. Your last album was released in 2000. Have you done anything lately in terms of recording? Actually I have. It’s not released or complete yet. But I’m working on a new CD entitled The Heart and Soul of Rachelle Ferrell. I’m so excited and happy about how it’s turning out since it’s like the first time I’ve grown up now as

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by Matt Bauer

an artist. [laughs] It’s the result of my maturation, not only in the business and the industry but of my life. My mind body and spirit. My heart and my relationships. You’ve been in the business for over twenty years. How do you define your sound at this point? Very eclectic. Very adventurous. Cultural and historical. A journey through our world since it touches on the evolution of music in the United States. There are strains of blues, field songs, jazz, gospel. When the middle passage occurred and slaves were brought from Africa to this country, one of the few things that was maintained as part of the cultural identity of the people was music. Of course, it had to be adapted and modified within the majority culture of this country at the time. So it became a hybridization of what was allowed and sanctioned and what was not allowed and not sanctioned. The last time that you performed at The Tralf in 2012, you said something that I thought was a very smart critique of the mainstream music industry to which you referred “not having a marketable skill has become a marketable commodity.” Can you elaborate on that? You remember that! [laughs]. Ok, you got me in a little spot. I said it then and I do mean it now. It goes back to that argument that I was talking about. You’d hear about all these great artists who we felt we’d lost because they didn’t do the music that we expected. Artists like Deniece Williams, who now sings only gospel music or Stephanie Mills who only sings gospel music as well and there’s this sinking feeling in our hearts because she’ll never sing “Home” again. [laughs] There was this huge tug of war between sacred and secular music but that’s not so obvious anymore. What’s more obvious or not is whether you’re making money. If you’re not making a whole lot of money and noise on the popular music scene in terms of someone’s bottom line, you’re not worthy of discussion. So the whole value system has changed and the entire way of determining what is valuable and thus what is marketable. You can’t even Continued Page 9

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Orchestra Rehearsal Rehearsal for The Larry Salter Soul Orchestra is held every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. The pubic is invited. Call first. 855-9383.

@ TRALF MUSIC HALL TWO SHOWS: 8pm & 10pm $45 Advance | $50 Day of Show

Tickets at / Walmart / Tralf Box Office 716-852-2860
Doris Records *Tyler Perry’s Hell “Hell Hath No Fury” ROCHESTER April 9, The Auditorium Theatre, BUFFALO April 10, 7:30 p.m. Shea’s *The George Caldwell Quintet Saturday March 29 Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst Street 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Playing the gig are Tim Clarke (trumpet), Miles Tucker (tenor saxophone), Jim Colemon (contrabass) and Darryl Washington (drums) led by Grammy Award winning pianist George Caldwell. Cost: $5.00 . For more informatoin call the Sportsmen’s Tavern at (716) 874-7734

Robeson Theatre Audition Notice The Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center will be holding auditions on Fri. March 21 at 6:30 p.m for their May Production of:“Gee’s Bend” By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder Directed by Thomas W. Jones II.Rehearsals start March 23, “ Gee’s Bend depicts the turbulent history of African –Americans in the 20th century by focusing on a single family in the real community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, which is now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. Gospel songs weave in and out of this hauntingly beautiful work. Seeking: 3 Women 1 Man All women must be able to sing a cappella – prepare two gospel songs.Call 884-2013 to schedule an appointment The Paul Robeson Theatre is located at the African American Cultural Center 350 Masten Avenue Buffalo, New York 14208 884-2013.


come up with that equation anymore. What’s marketable may not be what is valuable and what’s valuable may not be what’s marketable. We’ve become so splintered now in our interests and likes that it’s become a game of Russian Roulette for some of us, how we get the pitch on the world marketplace for any group of people. In my flippant and quirky way, I’ll say that you can get more attention by not knowing how to do anything because that whole work ethic and the valuing of the extraordinary in terms of art or skill, whether it be music or anything else has gone underground.

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“Homegoings” Friday, Mar. 21, 7 pm. Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, HOMEGOINGS takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.” $5 suggested donation. “Every Child is Born a Poet” Friday, April 4, 6-9 pm Special Film Screening begins at 7 pm. A fiery mix of documentary, spoken word poetry, and dramatizations, Every Child is Born a Poet explores the life and work of Piri Thomas, the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS (1967).



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“Imagine That!” : TedX Youth Conference will feature AKA’s to Host WNY youth speakers and community leaders Emerging Young Leaders BUFFALO, NY - What do a “creativepreneur,” Miss Youth Summit New York High School America and a professional dance artist have in common? All three will share the stage on March 27, at SUNY Buffalo State, for this year’s TEDxYouth@ Buffalo conference entitled “Imagine That.” The conference, an independent TED style event, is the first of its kind in Western New York to focus on the needs of a young adult audience. “Imagine That,” will feature seven amateur speakers including Fatoumata Barry, a student at SUNY Buffalo State, Marivi Howell-Azra, a three time pageant winner and Jimmy “BigRook” Hawkins, Jr. a professional freestyle dancer. Tickets to the March 27 event are free and can be applied for online at www. Barry, an immigrant from Guinea and current student at SUNY Buffalo State will speak on “The Unconventional Gift,” a topic that encourages young adults to focus on the beauty of living outside of the box while working to embrace all the quirks and “special gifts” that make us unique.

IMAGINE THAT! (l-r) Fatoumata Barry, Jimmy “Big Rook” Hawkins, Jr. and Marivi Howell-Azra.

Howell-Azra, TEDxYouth@ Buffalo’s youngest speaker at 16-years of age, current reigning Miss New York High School America and student at Buffalo Seminary High School will speak on “Confidence is the Key: Unlocking the Door to Your Dreams.” Her speech will examine the stages of life and how self-esteem and optimism change over time. “BigRook” Hawkins, a professional dance artist and youth advocate, whose work has been featured in music videos and commercials nationally, will offer a speech and performance entitled “Breaking Down Barriers.” His performance will provide an introspective on how dance can be utilized as an outlet for those who have trouble expressing themselves conventionally,

while working to eliminate judgment. This year’s TEDxYouth@ Buffalo conference will also feature Tracy JordanCardwell, Public Affairs Manager and Producer and Host of LP Ciminelli’s “Making It Happen,” as this year’s host. Well known for her work amongst Buffalo Public Schools and throughout the community, JordanCardwell’s involvement makes an impactful addition to this year’s youth centered conference. “There’s no better way to empower our youth than to give them a stage to shine,” said Jordan-Cardwell. “As emcee for this year’s TEDxYouth@Buffalo conference, I am excited to help showcase the creative and amazing talent that lies within our community.”

Nationally-Renowned “Hip Hop Preacher,” And Activist, Eric Thomas Will Energize CAO Youth Power Summit Buffalo, New York –The Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. is proud to present its first Youth Power Summit and Mentor Forum on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 located at Bennett High School, 2885 Main Street. Doors open at 11am. Nationally-renowned motivational speaker, Eric Thomas aka ET – The Hip Hop Preacher will share his inspiring story of triumph over adversity when he speaks to hundreds of youth and adults about rededicating themselves to their academic, personal and spiritual growth and how to overcome barriers. Thomas’ will deliver his firsthand experiences in a high-energy message that tells kids how to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness, despair and the threat of academic failure that many youth and young adults face on a daily basis. Thomas is no stranger to the ills that plaque our communities. Born in Chicago and raised on the streets of Detroit, he grew up without a relatio nship with his biological father. At the age of 16, defiant and hard-headed, Thomas left home and dropped out of school, choosing to live on the streets of Detroit. By divine intervention at age 17, Thomas met a pastor who saw a young man with tremendous, unrealized potential. The Mentor Forum, for parents, educators, caring adults and youth organization leaders, will begin with a mini-workshop presentation by Dr. Keli-Koran Luchey, award-winning Success Coach, Educational Consultant and Founder of Lucid Pathways, LLC. The day will culminate with the CAO Youth Power Summit located in the school’s auditorium, hosted by WBLK/WDKX air personality “Adri V” with music by DJ Kholes. A urage families, youth and community organizations to attend. Admission is absolutely free but pre-registration is required. To register for the Youth Power Summit and Mentor Forum, interested individuals and organizations can log onto or call the CAO Youth Power Summit Hotline at 881-5150

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Phi Omega and Xi Epsilon Omega Chapters, will host their Emerging Young Leaders Youth Summit for boys and girls, in Grades 6 to 8 on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University at Buffalo (Main Street) in Diefendorf Hall. The them is “Building Your Future to Change Your World.” The summit is under the umbrella of Alpha Kappa Alpha EYL (Emerging Young Leaders Youth) Initiative, which is a signature program of the international service organization. It is a forum for middle school students to equip, excite, and connect young people. Its purpose further is to help them organize, network, learn new things, and share their hopes and concerns in a public setting.

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Marcus Garvey Day Planning Meeting: 2014 The Marcus Garvey day Organizing Committee is extending an invitation to all Revolutionary and Progressive organizations and individuals to come out for the first Marcus Garvey Day Planning meeting for 2014. The meetings will be held at the Edwards Saunders Community Center at 2777 Bailey Avenue on Friday June 8 & 22 at 6pm. Marcus Garvey was one of the most dynamic and visionary African leaders of all time. Garvey demonstrated the need for PanAfricanism, organization and collective economics. Garvey influenced Malcom X, the Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam and many, many others. Garvey gave us the Red, Black and Green flag, demonstrated the need for organization by organizing one of the largest PanAfrican groups in history the U.N.I.A (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and African Communities League. Had his own newspaper the Negro World, had a fleet of steamships ready to take African people forward to Africa. The Marcus Garvey Day Organizing Committee would like to use some of Garvey’s tactics and philosophies to help uplift our communities today. Come and join us in making history this year with a Garvey Day that will help our struggling people Educate, Agitate, and Organize. For more information call 716381-1676.

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” - John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal. 1827 America’s 1st Black Newspaper

This week, parents turbo-charged the relentless drive to end unfairness and sub-standard education in our city’s schools. We’re taking direct aim at the insult – the abomination of “criteria based” schools, which exist to provide a high quality education for the select few who are deemed worthy of one. We have filed a Civil Rights complaint with Federal authorities, asking them to explore our curious case: that in a majority minority city, where White students make up 22% of the student body, 66% of the students at City Honors are white. Similar stats exist at the other high-performing, criteria based schools. It’s worth clarifying, once again, why this two-tiered system of “education” is so harmful, so diabolical in its very origin and intent. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs the Board of Educations of Topeka Kansas case. That decision spurred massive white flight in order to keep the best resources for white children, and lock black children out Sabirah of a quality education. What we’re looking at today – as the stealing of Muhammad black Buffalo is well underway – is not flight. It’s a small set of beautiful, well-equipped, successful schools, right up in the ‘hood, and we’re still locked out! It’s an in-your-face insult that we truly need to wake up to. Have you heard the news about Bennett High and the Martin Luther King school? Administrators sent in a required plan to the State Education Department to restructure the buildings as educational partnership schools – without any partners. Faculty at the schools had rejected the potential partners. The parent group had already sent a letter on November 20th, warning that the district had neither the capacity nor the resources to effect the proposed plan. Now the state is saying the same. Now, parents and children - families who have been at MLK for generations will be thrust out of their neighborhood space. That might be a good thing if they were being transferred to schools in good standing. Instead, they’ll be able to choose from a vast array – of failing schools. It’s proven to be a windfall for the district, however, which had been looking for a location for a Medical Campus School, to link up with the already established medical corridor. As a community, we’re supposed to believe that students who have been perpetually underdeveloped academically are suddenly going to be positioned for high-tech careers in medicine. If our eyes are open, we know it’s another jewel in the crown of gentrification. –The school named for Martin Luther King. Did we say in-your-face? As for Bennett High, this school was one of those infused with $2 million a year for 3 years in order to bring up scores and improve its outcomes. The scores went down. As parents continued to agitate, representatives from the state went to observe the classrooms at Bennett. What they witnessed and documented is the two-tiered system in action. They observed classrooms that had 35 children on the roster, but few had more than 14 in attendance, and even those students weren’t being taught! They described classroom work that wasn’t rigorous, being taught from worksheets. Some teachers moved along through the sheets, simply disregarding incorrect questions and answers from students. They reported seeing one classroom where actual instruction was going on. One. That’s how you get 45 schools failing out of 57. That’s how you get 75% of black and brown boys not graduating. That’s how you get an overall graduation rate in the forties. That’s how you can create a test for City Honors and DaVinci and Tech that you know the majority of students can’t pass. – You make sure that they can’t. Think about it. These “teachers” didn’t even bother to put on an act – didn’t even pretend to actually teach temporarily in the presence of State Department representatives! They were so confident in their rock solid teacher contract, and so comfortable in their contempt of our children that they didn’t even muster the energy for pretense. They will suck up $6 million dollars and look for more, but they will not teach our children. Can we as a family muster the energy for change? We hear the family on our radio talk shows. We hear the clamor over the upcoming school board election, and all the commotion around maintaining this system as it is. We bristle as we listen to paid negroes sell out our children, and we grieve over the anguish of those with a sincere desire to fix the schools, because we know they’re not broken. We know they’re doing exactly what they were designed to do. In the state of Georgia alone, 58,000 inmates are working for corporate America for .23 cents an hour. That’s going on in every state in the country, and that future workforce is being prepped right now, right here, in 45 failing schools. How else could statisticians use third and fourth grade reading scores to plan prison space? Beloved family, this is diabolical. It’s time to expand our Frederick Douglass quotes beyond the well worn “Power concedes nothing without demand.” We can’t be of those who “profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation.” We can’t continue to “want crops without plowing up the ground.” We can’t keep looking for “rain without thunder and lightning, or a beautiful “ocean without the awful roar of it’s many waters.” True enough, the exact measure of injustice and wrong imposed on


Minorities,Like Other Ethnic Groups, Have A Right to Have Representation in the NYS Senate! In 2012, the New York State Legislature added an additional district to the New York State Senate. This new district, the 63rd Senate district, is comprised of the entire Eastside of Buffalo, a small portion of the Westside, all of Cheektowaga, several Wards in Lackawanna and the South Buffalo Council district. The new district was drawn in such a way that it would allow a minority citizens of African American or Hispanic descent a viable chance of running for and winning the seat.

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GRANT Prior to the drawing of this new district, the only Buffalo region district that has been represented by a minority was the 60th Senate District that is now represented by State Senator Mark Grisanti, who defeated former Senator Antoine Thompson in 2010. That district that Senator Thompson lost had the whole East side in it. The Republican senators who were in control of the redistricting, made sure that they drew a district that was almost impossible for Senator Grisanti to lose. They took out the minority Eastside population and put it in the newly created 63rd district. The current 60th District has Senator Grisanti representing people from Grand Island, to the West side to Hamburg. Grisanti’s district by passes South Buffalo and is linked by a small strip along Route 5 to Hamburg, completely by passing the minority-laden first and second wards in Lackawanna. This district was hand created for Grisanti and in essence, Senator Kennedy was thrown into a district where he would be forever fighting every two years to retain his seat, because of the diversity of the district and the willingness of candidates from those diverse areas to challenge him. Two years ago, I stepped into the senate race when former Senator Antoine Thompson dropped out for personal reasons. I saw an opportunity to seek higher office and the fact that the State Legislature drew the line to give a minority a fighting chance to win the seat was not lost on me. I did not listen to the naysayers and those of little faith who said, “she can’t win” or “no African American candidate can win the district!” I stepped into the race two years ago because I saw a chance for minorities to remain an integral part of state government in the New York State Senate. I looked at the numbers and saw that I, or any other minority candidate, had a realistic chance to win. In the September 13, 2012 Primary, our campaign came within 139 votes of winning that election and this candidate being declared the victor. The progressive people of Rochester, New York are elated and proud that a minority female, Lovely Warren represents them as their newest mayor. I wish to make the voters of the New York State Senate 63rd District as elated and as proud when I am elected to represent them as the first minority and the first female in the state senate in the September 9, 2014 Primary! (County Legislator Betty Jean Grant is a candidate for the New York State Senate, 63rd District.)

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legal SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS. Index No. 2013606519. STATE OF NEW YORK. SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF ERIE. HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -vsCHERYL ALLEN, INDIVIDUALLY AS HEIR AND AS ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE A. ROBERTS, DECEASED; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; TODD C. ROBERTS A/K/A TODD ROBERTS, SR., AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE A. ROBERTS, DECEASED, if living and if he be dead, and all persons who are wives, lienors, heirs, devisees, distributees, successors in interest of such of them as may be dead, and their husbands and wives, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest all of whom and whose names and places are unknown to Plaintiff; TIMOTHY J. ROBERTS, AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE A. ROBERTS, DECEASED; CAPITAL ONE BANK; TARGET NATIONAL BANK; LVNV FUNDING, LLC; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE CIVIL ENFORCEMENT-CO-ATC; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE CCEDCHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SECTION; THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK O/B/O CHIEF CLERK OF THE CITY COURT OF BUFFALO; “JOHN DOE” AND “JANE DOE” said names being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, Defendants. Mortgaged Premises: 15 LINWOOD TERRACE, BUFFALO, NY 14209. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other 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. Your failure to appear or answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you, unless the Defendant obtained a bankruptcy discharge and such other or further relief as may be just and equitable. 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. That this action is being amended to include the possible heirs of Todd C. Roberts a/k/a Todd Roberts, Sr., as said individual could not be located. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. Dated: February 12, 2014. /s/________________ Mark K. Broyles, Esq. FEIN, SUCH & CRANE, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff Office and P.O. Address 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800 Rochester, New York 14614 Telephone No. (585) 232-7400 (SECTION: 89.79, BLOCK: 3, LOT: 14). NATURE AND OBJECT OF ACTION The object of the above action is to foreclose a mortgage held by the Plaintiff recorded in the County of ERIE, State of New York as more particularly described in the Complaint herein. TO THE DEFENDANT, the plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Michael Pietruszka, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N.Y., dated February 24, 2014 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 certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 63, Township 11, Range 8 of the Holland Land Company’s Survey and according to map filed in Erie County Clerk’s Office under Cover No. 852 is known as Subdivision Lot No. 15, described as follows: COMMENCING at a point in the northerly line of Linwood Terrace one hundred (100) feet west of the west line of Linwood Avenue; thence west along the north line of Linwood Terrace thirty-six (36) feet; thence north at right angles and along the east line of Lot No. 16 on said map one hundred twenty and forty-three hundredths (120.43) feet to the north line of lands owned by said James W. McKay; thence easterly along said McKay’s north line of forty-two and eighty-one hundredths (42.81) feet to the northwest corner of Lot No. 14 on said map; thence southerly one hundred nineteen and thirty hundredths (119.30) feet to the north line of Linwood Terrace at the place of beginning. Premises known as 15 Linwood Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14209.

INDEX NO.: 800370/2013. Filed Date: 2/27/2014. PROPOSED SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS. MORTGAGED PREMISES: 137 CLARENCE AVENUE, BUFFALO, NY 14215. (SBL #: 90.31 – 1 – 21). STATE OF NEW YORK. SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE. MIDFIRST BANK, Plaintiff, -againstUNKNOWN HEIRS TO THE ESTATE OF CHARLIE SHAW, if they be living and if they be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the Complaint, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, DEBORAH MERRIFIELD, COMMISSIONER ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ARROW FINANCIAL SERIVCES, LLC, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, PEGGY BELK, ADRIANNA PORTER, JOSEPH PORTER, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): You are hereby summoned to answer the Amended Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Amended Complaint is not served with this Proposed Supplemental Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Proposed Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within (30) days after the service is complete if this Proposed Supplemental Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Amended 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. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. February 17, 2014. Signed Pursuant to 22 NYCRR Section 130-1.1-a /s/_________________ Jonathan Pollack, Esq. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street, Ste. 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 p. 914-636-8900 f. 914-636-8901 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONSAND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-226-5697 or visit the Department's website at FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to "save" your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner's distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.


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our community is in proportion to what we have quietly submitted to. We can’t keep looking to superintendents and board members and mayors and administrators to do what only we, a wide-awake community can do. It’s time to break up some ground, y’all. See you at the “Rafi,” The Masten Park Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore near Utica, Mondays, 5pm.

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Learn More About Babies, Birth And Breastfeeding At The Central City Baby Café : free drop in center at the Durham Outreach Center, 200 E. Eagle Street every Wednesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free Dinner. Call Doris 885-6348

City of Buffalo Public Schools Construction Career Fair: 10 a.m to noon, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for juniors and seniorsl.

701 E. Delavan Ave; Open to the public; for info 856-5627 or go to

Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Application Meeting: 6-8 p.m. Hutch Tech High School, 256 S. Elmwood Ave. . 247-5310 for info. SEE YOU AT THE EVENTS!

Thursday March 20 Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Application Meeting: 6-8 p.m. International Preparatory School, 110 14th St. 247-5310 for info. Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force Public Hearing on Medical Campus Community Benefits Agreement: 6:30 p.m., Moot Center, 292 High St 390-5705 for more info. University District Community Empowerment Summit: 6-7:30 p.m., Edward Saunders Community Center, 2775 Bailey Ave; hosted by Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt; 851-5165 for info. Buffalo United Charter School Open House: 9 – 10 a.m., 325 Manhattan Ave. Friday March 21 Free Career & Jobs Information Workshop: 11-2 p.m., Mount Olive Baptist Church,

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Seneca-Babcock Community Center’s Pot O’ Gold Open Mic and Raffle Fundraiser: 7 p.m.; for $10 tickets call 822-5094 or visit the center @ 1168 Seneca St. Saturday March 22 Roses for Outstanding Women Awards: 2:45 p.m. Central Library Auditorium; hosted by Eva Doyle. AKA’s Young Leaders Summit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., UB (Main St. campus) Diefendorf Hall. “Pathways to Success” w/ School Superintendent Dr. Pamela C. Brown and Simon Bailey: Free, 9-11:30 a.m. Waterfront School, 95 4th St. (see page 3). Educational Screening of Film “American Promise” (Complexities and obstacles in steering Black boys to success): 10:30 a.m., Burchfield Penny Art Center; free and open to the public. SEE YOU AT THE EVENTS!

UNIQUE: Unique Sisters (U.S.) will be having a grand opening on March 27 from 7-9pm at the Pratt Center 422 Pratt Street. The U.S. program focuses on empowering life skills and concentrates on six areas of well development: etiquette, self esteem, education, empowerment, employment and inner-beauty. For more information contact Rhodesia Jackson 716-948-4275. SEE YOU AT THE EVENTS! Sunday March 23 Willie “Hutch” Jones Roast: Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, 6-9 p.m.; tickets $40; 715-4980 or WHJSC.ORG

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