Churches vow vigilance in wake of Lovejoy incident
The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo and its affiliated ministries are vowing to work more intently on promoting cultural diversity following recent reports of violence and property damage against a black family in the city's Lovejoy neighborhood.
Members of the North West/Central Vicariate of the Buffalo Diocese issued a statement Friday expressing what they said was their "sincere disappointment, displeasure and disapproval" over the actions.
"We feel that any attitudes that disrespect the dignity of any person, whether it is prejudice against race or cultural diversity, will not be tolerated," the statement read.
"In order for our city to grow, thrive and indeed become what we say we are: 'A city of good neighbors,' we need to be vigilant with regards to attitudes of disrespect or apathy within us."
Ann Cooper, an African-American woman, last week said she relocated her children to a relative's West Side home rather than risk being pelted with rocks and enduring racial taunts as Cooper said the family had done since they moved to Benzinger Street on Jan. 11.
Sixth poetry marathon expected to attract hundreds
The sixth annual Urban Epiphany, Western New York's largest poetry marathon, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.
Hundreds of readers and performers will speak for two minutes each in a celebration of art and diversity. The suggested donation is $5.
Job fair on Monday is open to city residents 18 to 24
A job fair will be held Monday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.
The event -- a partnership between the Buffalo Employment & Training Center, state Department of Labor and Buffalo Public Schools -- will be open to city residents ages 18 to 24. The job fair runs from 1 to 4 p.m.
Some of the companies that will be there include GEICO, Rite Aid, Ingram Micro, Tops Markets and Delta Sonic.
There are more than 200 job openings, according to organizers. The jobs range from sales representatives to manufacturing positions.
For more information, call 856-5627.
Interest rates for bond sales fall below 3 percent threshold
The City of Buffalo last week borrowed money at the lowest interest rate it has ever received, City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's office announced.
Raymond James and Associates was the low bidder for two bond sales held Tuesday, while USB Financial Services was the low bidder on a $5 million bond for capital projects for Buffalo Public Schools.
The two bond sales won by Raymond James are for $21.6 million in city capital projects, and the refinancing of $13.2 million in previous debt.
All the interest rates were below 3 percent, a level the city has never come close to before, Schroeder's office said.
In refinancing the previous debt at a lower interest rate, the city will save about $1.6 million in interest, according to Schroeder's office.