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City Hallways (Aug. 17) Kindness lasts forever

 A lasting legacy

The Police Athletic Club’s Tennis Camp celebrated the memory of Natalie Lewis Wednesday during its award ceremony at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts.

The camp was renamed “Love to Serve” in honor of Ms. Lewis, a noted local athlete who died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014 at age 24.

Ms. Lewis was an intern in Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment program. For five years in the program, she was a tennis instructor at PAL’s tennis camp.

“It’s great that the PAL tennis program that Natalie was such an important part of is being renamed in her honor,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “It’ll be called Love to Serve, and it will have a logo with Natalie’s name on it.”

Ms. Lewis’ parents and siblings also attended the celebration.

Her mother, Trish, said it was wonderful to see three instructors - who were coached by her daughter- become coaches themselves at the tennis camp.

“She loved this program and giving back to youth,” her mother said.

“She was so happy all the time and was so generous and would give everybody a hug because she loved to be loving with people and loved life and just wanted to help people in any little way she could,” said Ms. Lewis' father, Evan.

“Her legacy still lives on,” he said.

Lunch alert

Food Truck Thursdays is on the move again.

The trucks will be located next to the Michael J. Dillon federal courthouse across from Niagara Square – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The lineup for this week includes:

  • Tuk Tea
  • Rudy's Kitchen
  • Hawaiian BBQ
  • Niagara Cafe
  • OG Woodfire
  • The Cheesecake Guy

The lunchtime event usually is held at Niagara Square downtown, but because of a restoration project going on at the McKinley Monument the meal mobiles had to motor over to its temporary spot at W. Genesee Street next to the Statler Towers.

The restoration project is expected to be finished by Sept. 6.

Mayoral debate reminder

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is hosting a mayoral debate at the Burchfield Penney Art Center this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and City Comptroller Mark Schroeder have confirmed their attendance.

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.

 

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