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City Hallways (June 20): Celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month

Helping others

For the last four years, volunteers from Burmese Community Services have been helping many of the 9,000 Burmese refugees and immigrants now living in the City of Buffalo.

At a City Hall reception on Monday, the nonprofit organization celebrated its four-year anniversary and was recognized for its work, which includes assisting newcomers with translation and connecting them with legal, educational and employment services.

But the help that the volunteers provide is not limited to Burmese people only.

Last year alone the organization handled 700 individual cases for refugees and immigrants from countries other than Burma, including Laos and Vietnam, said Jessica Lazarin, director of the Mayor's Office of New Americans.

Waiting game

Inquiring minds will have to wait a while longer to find out what's going to happen with 15 Allen St.

The Buffalo Preservation Board already approved demolition of the Allentown building to make way for construction of a new one to replace it.

But the style of the proposed building hit a bump in the road at last week's board meeting. Board members felt the design for the new building was too modern-looking for historic Allentown. They tabled the project and sent the architect back to make some adjustments.

Stay tuned.

In case you missed it

My colleague Susan Schulman had an eye-opening story about Buffalo's rental boom and low-income residents.


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