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RECRUITING DRIVE TO BEGIN FOR EAST SIDE COOPERATIVE

The supporters of a proposed community-owned cooperative supermarket at East Ferry Street and Fillmore Avenue will hold a series of events next week to recruit members and expand community awareness about plans for the former General Electric Co. site

The cooperative market, along with a new police station, have been proposed for the site between East Ferry and Woodlawn Avenue. The steering committee for Our Market is seeking to recruit at least 2,000 members at $25 each to finance construction of the facility. The group plans an Education Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Buffalo State College followed by a town meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in Evening Star Church, 1552 Fillmore Ave.

A Harvest Festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. A farmers market and vendors will be set up at Woodlawn and Fillmore, and cultural events will be featured at the Masten Community Action Organization, 735 Humboldt Parkway. The Buffalo Inner City Ballet, and African-Brazilian Martial Arts are scheduled to perform about 2 p.m. A cooperative spaghetti dinner at 3 p.m. will follow at the community center.

Also in support of the market recruiting effort, a live jazz and mini buffet featuring the Tony Gloster Jazz Ensemble will held from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 in O'Boys Restaurant,3250 Bailey Ave.

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