Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Agustin”Pucho” Olivencia center will hold it annual Scholarship Fundraiser this Friday,  April 6th from 9pm – 12am.  At: The Pucho  Olivencia Center located at: 261 Swan St. Buffalo, NY 14204

at the Pucho Center located  at 261 Swan St. Buffalo, NY 14204

Admission is $5.00

50/50 Raffles

Raffle of items

Music Provided by: DJ V3RdGO

For more information Contact 716 852-1648

All proceeds benefit the Agustin Pucho Olivencia Scholarship Fund

All monetary donation are greatly appreciated  


Reuniones públicas

para revisar el Borrador

del Plan Regional de Transporte

El Consejo del Transporte Regional del área de Búfalo-Niagara (GBNRTC) estará celebrando dos reuniones públicas para que la comunidad revise y comente sobre el Borrador del Plan de Transporte Regional 2050, “Moving Forward 2050”

Martes, Abril 10, 2018 – En la Librería Publica de la ciudad de las Cataratas del Niagara.

Earl W. Brydges Building.

1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

De 5:00 pm a 7:00 pm

Jueves, Abril 12, 2018 – En la Librería Publica de Búfalo y el Condado de Erie, en el salón central de reuniones 2do Piso.

1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY

De 5:00 pm a 7:00 pm

GBNRTC presentará una visión general de, “Moving Forward 2050”, seguida de una discusión abierta para sus preguntas y comentarios

Se proporcionarán acomodaciones especiales bajo petición. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al (716) 856-2026 ext. 315

El período de revisión pública es hasta 27 de abril del 2018. Una versión electrónica del proyecto de plan estará disponible en Las copias en papel están disponibles en la oficina de GBNRTC: 438 Main St. # 503, Buffalo, NY 14202.


El Consejo Regional de Transporte de la región de Búfalo – Niagara asegura que ninguna persona por motivos de raza, color, sexo, edad, discapacidad u origen nacional, según lo previsto en el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de los Estados Unidos de 1964 y la legislación posterior, reglamentos, estatutos y órdenes, ser excluido de participar en, ser negado los beneficios de, o ser de otra manera sujeto a discriminación bajo cualquier programa o actividad de MPO.


Public Meetings

to Review the

Draft Regional Transportation Plan


The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is holding two public meetings for the community to review and comment on the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan Moving Forward 2050


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Niagara Falls Public Library

Earl W. Brydges Building

1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Central Meeting Room 2nd Floor, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

5:00pm – 7:00pm

GBNRTC will present an overview of Moving Forward 2050, followed by an open discussion for your questions and comments

Special accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information email or call (716) 856-2026 ext. 315

The public review period is open until April 27, 2018. An electronic version of the draft plan is available at Paper copies are available at GBNRTC’s office: 438 Main St. #503, Buffalo, NY 14202.

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent legislation, regulations, statutes and orders, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any MPO program or activity.

“No podemos tener a personas entrando a nuestro país ilegalmente”, añade el presidente

El presidente Donald Trump anunció planes para militarizar la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México.

“Vamos estar protegiendo nuestra frontera con nuestras fuerzas militares. Eso es un gran paso”, dijo durante un almuerzo de trabajo con los presidentes de Estonia, Lituania y Letonia.

“No podemos tener a personas entrando a nuestro país ilegalmente (…) y por cierto nunca aparecen ante los tribunales”, añadió.

Trump no ofreció más detalles sobre sus planes para militarizar la frontera con México, pero se refirió a la caravana de migrantes centroamericanos que se dirigen a este país.

“Si llegan a nuestra frontera nuestras leyes son tan débiles y tan patéticas… Es como si no tuviéramos una frontera”, indicó.

“Vamos a hacer algunas cosas militarmente, hasta que tengamos un muro”, destacó.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – A group of local, classically-trained musicians is planning an inspiring afternoon of music to support disaster relief efforts the world over.

Hearts & Hands will feature music that will appeal to a broad audience, including songs from musicals, the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, as well as lovely Spanish and French works, and American instrumental pieces, each performed by talented local artists. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo, with 100 percent of all funds raised supporting the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response.

The concert was inspired by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.

“The images and news reports of how so many people were left to rebuild not only their homes, but their entire lives, left a very deep impact on us and got us thinking of how we could help, in some small measure,” said Rebecca Torres, one of the event organizers. “As musicians and Western New Yorkers, we know both what a moving force music can be, and also what a tremendous spirit community exists here. Our aim is to bring those forces together for an afternoon that can resonate thousands of miles away.”

Performing at Hearts & Hands will be well-known area singers and instrumentalists: Leslie Bahler (viola), Jill Buerk (voice), Roseann Deni (clarinet), Janice Dillman (cello), Maria Goodrich (voice), Linda Mabry (piano), Paul Schlossman (oboe), Karen Schmid (piano), Melissa Thorburn (voice), and Rebecca Torres (violin).

Voluntary donations will be accepted at the door, and sponsorships are available beginning at $25. For more information, contact Rebecca Torres at (716) 873-4194.

ELCA Disaster Response brings hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. ELCA Disaster Response collaborates with other disaster response organizations and

religious entities to provide the greatest stewardship of resources and maximum impact of response from immediate relief through long-term recovery.

Six months into fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has admitted roughly 10,520 refugees, a number so low that it may be impossible to reach the 45,000 target set by the administration last fall. If admissions continue at this slow pace, the United States may barely reach 20,000 refugee admissions by the end of the year.

This is a sobering number. At a time when the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, the United States is on track to admit fewer refugees than ever before.

While the number of refugees continues to grow—there are 65.5 million refugees in the world who have fled their homes because of persecution, war, violence or other disasters—our admissions shrink further.

In 2016, the United States admitted 84,995 refugees; in 2017, the target was initially set at 110,000. Ultimately, President Trump slashed that number to 50,000, although the final total for fiscal year 2017 reached 53,000. In fiscal 2018, the target was further dropped to 45,000 admissions.

Despite the low targets, the administration went further, imposing bans, travel restrictions, and new procedures that have virtually halted the program, particularly for refugees from Somalia, Syria, and other war-torn countries. For example, the Kansas City metropolitan area alone received 159 Somali refugees between October 2016 and September 2017, but since then has received only 5. Across the United States, only 44 Syrian refugees have been admitted since October 2017.

A stunted refugee admissions program places people in jeopardy, but also puts the reputation and power of the United States at risk. While the protection and resettlement of refugees is inherently a humanitarian act, it is equally a measure of more nuanced foreign policy and national security objectives. As our commitment to admit refugees appears to dwindle, so too does our stature in the world.

The world takes note when the United States backs away from its commitments. Our country had long been an international leader, contributing billions in foreign aid and technical assistance, as well as in welcoming refugees to our shores. Those countries who can accept refugees should do so in recognition of a shared responsibility to assist others.

But as the United States rejects this shared responsibility, it sends a signal to other countries that they, too, should turn their backs on refugees. Weak and selfish policies on refugee resettlement also hinder foreign policy objectives, potentially destabilizing countries or regions without the resources to handle the flow of refugees across their borders. National security experts argue that when the United States appears to turn inward, putting “America first,” it reinforces negative stereotypes and gives ammunition to those who want to do us harm.

The administration’s refugee policies are also destroying the infrastructure that supports resettlement both inside and outside the government. Many refugee service providers have been forced to lay off staff or close down completely, which in turn allows the government to justify even smaller numbers in the future based on the lack of existing capacity today.

It is critical that we continue to press the government to meet its refugee admissions target this year, and to increase that target significantly in the coming years. Slashing projected admissions to 45,000 refugees was a short-sighted decision that threatened but did not destroy the refugee admission program. Allowing the number of admissions to slip to 20,000 or fewer must be read as a deliberate effort to keep refugees out of a nation where the vast majority of Americans still believe that we welcome the persecuted and the oppressed.

Mary Giovagnoli, Esq. is the Executive Director of Refugee Council USA. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security from 2015 to 2017 and worked for legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service and U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 1996 to 2008.


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