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City Hallways (May 27) When world's moral compass went haywire

Memorial and remembrance through art
I can't even count the times I walked past the bronze plaque hanging in the City Hall lobby, the one with a relief-style sculpture of a soldier, never stopping long enough to learn what it was about.

But when I heard yesterday that the artwork was recently restored, and was being rededicated as a Memorial Day commemoration, I made a point of attending the ceremony.

It was an emotional and historic reminder of a time when much of the world lost its soul, when its moral compass went haywire.

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Rededication of the recently restored Katyn Forest Massacre memorial hanging in City Hall. Buffalo's Arts Commission and Polish community members, including Polish-American WW II veterans as well as local residents whose family members died in the massacre,  joined Mayor Brown for the ceremony.

The piece, by Buffalo artist Jozef Slawinski, is a memorial to the Katyn Forest Massacre, which occurred in 1940, when Communist Party Leader Joseph Stalin ordered the execution of more  than 22,000 Polish officers, soldiers and others taken prisoner when the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939 - turning Poland's Katyn Forest into a Stalin killing field that the Soviet Union did not acknowledge until 1990.

Neighborhood News
From last Wednesday's Zoning Board meeting:

  • Establish service station and auto sales at 290 Kenmore Ave. - adjourned.
  • Convert church into multi-family residential at 340 Bird Ave. - adjourned.
  • Establish rear patio at existing bar at 317 Hopkins St. - denied.
  • Establish grocery store at 540 Grant St. - approved.
  • Establish bottle redemption business at 320 Connecticut St. - adjourned.
  • Establish used auto sales at 708 Tonawanda St. - approved.
  • Establish restaurant/retail business at 110 Merrimac St. - approved.
  • Establish health care hospitality house at 766 Ellicott St. - approved.

Planning Board meeting next week, Tuesday instead of Monday, because of Memorial Day holiday.

Here are some public hearings on the agenda:

  • Construct one-story retail  building and parking lot, 127 Skillen St.
  • Construct one-story retail building and parking lot, 1756 Genesee St.
  • Construct 1,850-space parking garage, 854 Ellicott St.
  • Construct 31-space parking lot, 938 Kenmore Ave.

In today's Buffalo News and on buffalonews.com, I have story Common Council getting involved in  Shoreline Apartments

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