Area News Briefs

Public Meetings for East Side Commercial District Program for MLK & Broadway Fillmore

Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services (BFNHS) is pleased to announce a new East Side Commercial District Program (ESCDP).  With funding from Empire State Development, this program will offer grant assistance – to a maximum of $50,000 – for commercial building improvements in the MLK and Broadway Fillmore commercial corridors.  The MLK program area is Fillmore Avenue between East Ferry and North Parade.  The Broadway Fillmore program area is Fillmore Avenue between Sycamore and Paderewski as well as Broadway between Reed and Memorial.    


The kick-off meeting for the Broadway Fillmore commercial district will be held on: 

November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm – Jericho Road CHC – 1021 Broadway 

The kick-off meeting for the MLK commercial district will be held on: 

November 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm – Merriweather Library – 1324 Jefferson

For additional information, contact the BFNHS Commercial District Program Manager, Brianna Byandagara at 



UB Dental School Offers Free Services to Vets

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host the 5th Dentistry Smiles on Veterans Saturday in the UB Dental Clinic on the South Campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual program welcomes veterans to get a day of free dental screenings, cleanings, extractions, restorations and denture repairs. The program is a partnership between UB Dental, the state dental association and foundation and the Eighth District Dental Society.

 Appointments are limited. To schedule a visit call 829-2780.


“What Would You Like to Add to the African American Heritage Corridor” Essay Contest Winners Announced

 Retired Teacher Eva M. Doyle would like to announce the winners of the recent $100 Essay Contest. They are: first place Sonia Banks, second place John Coates, and third place Evangelist Gloria Caver Robinson. There are also five Honorable Mention Awardees that include Mark Overall, Gaston Cade III, Gina Price, LaToya Ranselle, and Sandra Green. 

 The winners will receive their prizes and read the essays on Saturday, November 9  at the Merriweather Library at 3 p.m. The prizes are $100, $75, and $50. The Honorable Mention prizes are $20 each. The topic of the contest was: What Would You Like to Add to the African American Heritage Corridor? Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mingo and Sarah Lewis for their donations to the contest.


Delavan Grider Community Center To Host Town Hall Meeting With National  Educational Leader 

Expert panel to speak with Buffalo-area families about how to get the very best education for their children. 

The Delavan Grider Community Center will host a town hall meeting with an expert panel of educational leaders headed by Robert Giordano on November 12, from 6   to 8 p.m.  at the Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Avenue. The topic of the town hall will be: “How can you best advocate for your child’s education?” It is free and open to the public.       

Robert Giordano has been involved in the charter school movement since its early years where he worked with the highly regarded SABIS® Educational Systems an international college preparatory educational management organization at the grassroots and school operational levels.  

 He is part of a team currently working with Buffalo community leaders to open a new public charter elementary school—the Royal Academy of Buffalo. He will discuss the school plans and share with Buffalo’s families what other communities are doing around the country to ensure their children have access to excellent educational programs.      

The town hall is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by  November 10  to Ms. Candace Moppins at 716.896.7021 or by email to 


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to Host Care for the Caregiver 

 Since more and more people are falling into the category of caregiving, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is emphasizing the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving. It is just as important to plan to take care of oneself as it is to create a caregiving plan for others. 

A “Sip and Chat” for caregivers will be hosted by Gamma Phi Omega Chapter on Friday, November 15  from 6 -8p.m. at 802 Kenmore Avenue. Erie  County Senior Services will share information on care for the caregivers. This event is open to the public. 



Retired educator and columnist Eva Doyle’s latest billboard project combines Black History with an anti-violence message.  She has been creating Eye On History Billboards for five years.   The  newest billboard is located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Broadway. The second Billboard with the same images is located at 147 Niagara Street also on Jefferson and Genesee Street. “My goal in doing these billboards is to remind our community that this violence we see – the shooting, killings, stabbing are an insult to the memory of our ancestors who worked so hard for our progress in their own unique ways. As a grandmother and now great-grandmother I wanted to do my part to say that this ongoing violence is totally unacceptable.  I feel very strongly about changing the images that we see and to leave positive messages for people to consider.” On the lower right hand corner of all her billboards there is the Sankofa symbol reminding us of remembering our history, to go back and fetch our history, culture, and traditions and to learn the lessons of the past. Thank you Sister  Eva!


Raul Vazquez, MD Honored as EPIC Hero EPIC

– Every Person Influences Children has announced that Raul Vazquez, MD will receive the Robert M. Bennett Award for Service to Community. Dr. Vazquez is founder of Urban Family Practice and Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN). As president of GBUAHN, he leads a team of experts with 40 years of combined medical experience providing care to the poor through a single physician-patient relationship. Dr. Vazquez and other EPIC Heroes will be celebrated at the EPIC Heroes Awards Reception on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at the Atrium @ Rich’s. More information is available at Other awardees include: Sandra B. Rifkin, Lifetime Achievement Award; Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D., Robert L. Wilson Award for Exceptional Service and Leadership; State Farm, William B. Hoyt Award for Service to Families; and The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, Eugene T. Reville Award for Service to Education


Event Marking the 25th Anniversary of Genocide  In Rwanda to be Held at Daemen College 

Dr. Aimable Twagilimana of Buffalo State College, will be the keynote speaker at the 25th Anniversary event marking the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda at Damen College. The program will be held Thursday, November 7 from 7-8:30 p.m.,  in Rosary Hall, 4380 Main Street. The theme is “What Happened Then and Why it Matters Now.”  The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the History Science Department, the African Student Association and the Black Student Union at Daemen. For more information contact Dr. Joseph Sankoh at jsankoh@daemenedu


Celebration of Life for Black Chamber VP Sister Crystal Austin-Seymore 

 Join us as we celebrate the life of our beloved Sister Crystal Austin-Seymore, Vice President of the Black Chamber of Commerce of  WNY  and owner of Kaleidoscope Competitions. Service to be held at Ephesus Ministries 341 Grider St.   from 3  to 7pm on Saturday, November 9th . Please continue to keep this family lifted in prayer.

The mission of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York (BCCWNY) is to promote the economic empowerment of Western New York’s Black community and its sustainability through emphasizing the importance of recycling Black dollars within our community. To join or for more information call (716)995-0622 or visit