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City Hallways (Aug. 15): Hertel highlights, peace prayers and the campaign

Happenings on Hertel

Did you hear Hertel Avenue is getting 27 new, custom-made corrals to be installed along the busy business district? Each of the black, iron corrals will hold one garbage tote and one recycling tote?

One of them was unveiled yesterday, and they look pretty cool.

While I was checking out the new corrals, I noticed a couple of new businesses along Hertel – new to me, that is.

Mimo Decor has been at the corner of Hertel and Commonwealth avenues for the past five months. It sells vintage furniture.

“Our focus is mid-century modern,” said Jessica Buscaglia, who owns the shop with her father Joe.

Jessica’s specialty is making pillow using vintage fabrics.

Joe mostly does the restoration work.

“Hertel has a lot of potential. Business-wise we like this corner, and we know this is a tight-knit community,” Jessica said.

A few blocks over at 1685 Hertel is the recently opened New Moon Cafe. It serves breakfast and lunch, but it was closed Monday. The sign in the window says it’s open Tuesday through Sunday.

Guess I’ll just have to go back and check it out.

Elsewhere on Hertel, the Lexington Co-op Market at 1678 Hertel is up and running.

The plan to open a Dash's supermarket at 1764 Hertel Ave. is moving along.

And another mural may go up to complement the one that went up in June on the Joe's Deli building.

“Not here, not ever”

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Durham Memorial AME Zion Church will hold a prayer vigil in response to the deadly protests last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

The vigil also will commemorate the lives of Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. All three lost their lives during the violent protests.

Organizers of the Buffalo event say government officials, clergy, the business community and community leaders will stand with the community at-large to “denounce violent racism and bigotry” and to say to those who may wish to spread hate and violence, “not here, not ever.”

Durham Memorial is located at 174 E. Eagle St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Talking politics

A Town Hall meeting for candidates running for Buffalo mayor begins at 12:30 p.m. today.

All three candidates – Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and City Comptroller Mark Schroeder – were invited to take questions from the community, and so far Grant and Schroeder have confirmed their attendance.

The information session will be held at the Northwest Community Center located at 155 Lawn Ave.

Then on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is hosting a mayoral debate at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Brown, Grant and Schroeder will field questions on critical issues ranging from education and economic development to workforce diversity and making sure all segments of the city share in Buffalo’s growth.

Channel 4’s Al Vaughters will moderate the debate.

Burchfield Penney is located at 1300 Elmwood Ave.

And in case you missed it, a recent Siena poll puts Brown ahead of his opponents.

 

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