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Phil Haberstro -Founder
We are deeply saddened to announce that Our Founder and Board Chair,  Phil Haberstro,  passed away.
Phil dedicated his life to helping others. He wanted people to be happy and healthy. For 30+ years he worked to make our community a better place to live.
He took time to teach us about social capital and Phil had so much of that. Lifelong friends from all over know the legacy that he left.
We extend our condolences to his wife Bonnie and all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phil.

You helped so much more than you will ever know. Thank you Phil!

IN MEMORY AND HONOR OF PHIL HABERSTRO

We are encouraging all anyone who knew Phil to come together and help us make sure his legacy lives on by donating $30 for the 30 years he led the Wellness Institute. 
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  • Clean Sweep 2.0

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    October 1, 2020

    Clean Sweep 2.0 is an Initiative from Mayor Byron Brown’s Office, in conjunction with Citizen’s Services, to promote community engagement and well-being!

    Location: Intersection of East Street and Farmer Street
    Date and Time: Thursday October 1, at 1:00 pm
    Pre-Sweep Virtual Meeting Date & Time: 10.1.2020 at 11:30 am
    Pre-Sweep Virtual Meeting Link: https://atteetrial1.webex.com/meet/citizenservices

  • Walkability Assessment Workshop

    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    October 1, 2020

    As a part of Project REACH, we are hosting virtual walkability assessment workshops to teach our community members on how to measure their community’s walkability! Tune in for the hour-long workshop, ask questions, meet neighbors, and connect with Project REACH!

    Link: http://bit.ly/HealthyWalkingWorkshops

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  • BNMC Lung Force Walk Ends!

    All day
    October 2, 2020

    For the month of September BNMC is participating in the virtual LUNGForce walk being hosted by The American Lung Association. This normally is an in-person event, with various stops along the walk route to learn about lung health and participate in challenges. The ALA is trying a virtual walk this year and we decided this would be a nice opportunity to create a team specific to members of this group. You can sign up anytime throughout the month, but the sooner the better!

    How it works: Once you register, you have the entire month to complete the different tasks in the Action Passport (attached). The tasks include signing a petition to support lung health, completing a lung health trivia quiz, going for a walk with a friend, and more. To get credit, you can either post your completed tasks in their LUNG FORCE Facebook Group<https://www.facebook.com/groups/LFWalkBuffalo/> or email Alexis (Alexis.Gigliello@lung.org) directly. For each completed task you are entered to receive a prize.

  • Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 2, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

  • COVID Safe Senior Bingo & Health Fair Event

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    October 2, 2020

    Join us in our Senior Bingo and Health Fair event on October 2nd for food, fun, and community engagement. Seniors will park at local churches, tune into WUFO radio, and enjoy Bingo and enter to win prizes for free! Call the Richmond Summer Senior Center for more information: (716) 885-3290

    Church locations include:

    70 Chalmers Street
    907 E. Ferry Street
    1327 Filmore Ave
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  • Equitable Neighborhood Development Summit, by LISC WNY

    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    October 3, 2020
    When: Saturday, October 3, 2020; 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Where: WebEx Virtual Gathering (Registration link coming soon)
    Goal: Help chart a course for equitable, healthy COVID-19 response and recovery.
    Who should attend: Anyone is welcome to attend with special invitation to neighborhood stakeholders [residents, organizations, institutions, businesses, etc] from these three neighborhood areas:
    1. East Side neighborhoods adjacent to Main Street and surrounding Masten Park
    2. Delavan Grider/Northland
    3. Broadway Fillmore
    Why: Sources of relief funding will come available. The road map we chart will provide guidance for investment.
    How: Here is what you can expect throughout the day…
    • Hear from national key note speakers, local leaders and storytellers about their own personal experiences in equitable neighborhood development.
    • Collaborate and discuss the current and potential impacts of specific projects that can create positive change in the neighborhood
    • Learn how to maximize economic, health, and wealth opportunities for your neighborhood
    Racial equity and justice will be woven into each component of the summit, and your participation is most important to ensuring a more just neighborhood development process. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
  • COVID-Safe Community Walk!

    10:00 am-11:00 am
    October 3, 2020

    Join our community walk in Roosevelt Park! Masks mandatory, raffled prizes, and FUN guaranteed. We meet at Roosevelt Park at 10am, walk begins promptly at 10:15, and we will be wrapped up by 11am!

    Please come engage with your community to improve regular physical activity, our regional health status, and community engagement! We want to start walking clubs in your neighborhoods – tell us how we can do better!

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  • Staff Call

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    October 5, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities

    Call in #: (978) 990-5000

    Access Code: 554-793 

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  • National Night Out Celebration!

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    October 6, 2020

    The Office of the Mayor and The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board Of Block Clubs, would like to inform the community that there will be a National Night Out Celebration this year on Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00-8:00 PM. This year The Wellness Institute’s new Executive Director, Lucy Connery, will be a Guest Speaker addressing the community on how the organization’s goals and objectives relate to Crime Prevention and Safety. More information will be released closer to the event’s date. In the meantime, please contact The Division of Citizen Services at (716-851-4890) or 311@city-buffalo.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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  • National Walk to School Day!

    All day
    October 7, 2020

    It’s almost time to lace up our shoes for National Walk to School Day! Communities across the country will be celebrating the 24th annual event together – from a distance – on Oct. 7, 2020. Families, neighborhoods and schools can all register this year, so you can participate whether your school is meeting in-person or online.

    Get in on the excitement by registering today! While Oct. 7 is officially Walk to School Day this year, you are welcome to celebrate any day in October that works best for your schedule.

    To continue the tradition of togetherness that makes Walk to School Day so powerful, we’re inviting kids and adults from across the country to film a 15-30 second video describing why they plan to walk, whether the goal is promoting physical activity, advancing road safety, celebrating the benefits of walking, strengthening community connections or something else.

    To join the fun, record a 15-30 second video answering the following prompt: “This is [NAME(S)] from [STATE] and I’m walking because…” Then, post the video on your social media account and tag us on Facebook (@walkbiketoschoolday), Instagram  (@walkbikeschool) or Twitter (@walkbikeschool). Include #WalktoSchoolDay in your post to contribute to the digital Walk to School Day 2020 community.

    Join the movement

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  • Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 9, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

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  • COVID-Safe Community Walk!

    9:30 am-10:30 am
    October 10, 2020

    Join our community walk in MLK Park! Masks mandatory, raffled prizes, and FUN guaranteed. We meet at MLK at 9:30 am and be wrapped up by 10:30 am!

    Please come engage with your community to improve regular physical activity, our regional health status, and community engagement! We want to start walking clubs in your neighborhoods – tell us how we can do better!

     

    Pre-register HERE!

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  • ITE Tonawanda Rail Trail Bike Tour

    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    October 12, 2020
    NFTA LaSalle LRT Station Parking Lot, 3030 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14215

    Join ITE Upstate NY, Buffalo Section, for a bike tour and explanation of the Tonawanda Rail Trail.

    Please bring your bicycle and related riding gear. We will meet up in the parking lot to ride both the North Buffalo Rail Trail and the Tonawanda Rail Trail from LaSalle Station to the Empire State Trail at the Erie Canal in the City of Tonawanda. The ride will be 14.4 miles round trip. COVID-19 practices will be expected and respected. MASKS MANDATORY. We have 10 planned stops, each 8-10 minutes, along the route to review project history, background, planning, funding, design, coordination, construction, operation, and how the facilities are serving the community now and in the future. Presentation questions and answers will be integrated with the tour. Riders can return to point and place of beginning at the end of the tour.

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  • Staff Call

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    October 13, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities.

    Call in #: (978) 990-5000

    Access Code: 554-793

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  • Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 16, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

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  • The Urban Monks

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    October 18, 2020

    This is a free and public peer facilitated group that offers silent meditation.(Sundays at the Japanese Gardens @ 10:00 am). After the meditation, there is a dharma talk that covers the principals of Buddhism and mindfulness @ 10:45 am. Social distancing and masks are required.

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  • Staff Call

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    October 19, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities.

    Call in #: (978) 990-5000

    Access Code: 554-793

     

     

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  • WNY Anti-Vaping Coalition Virtual Meeting

    2:00 pm-3:15 pm
    October 22, 2020

    Join the meeting where agencies and community organizations collaborate to reduce the vaping epidemic by providing current evidence-based education and resources for schools, youth, and families.

    For detailed information about the meeting, contact the BWELL4@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us Or  Jenna.Brinkworth@RoswellPark.org

    See you there!

     

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  • Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 23, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

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  • The Urban Monks

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    October 25, 2020

    This is a free and public peer facilitated group that offers silent meditation.(Sundays at the Japanese Gardens @ 10:00 am). After the meditation, there is a dharma talk that covers the principals of Buddhism and mindfulness @ 10:45 am. Social distancing and masks are required.

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  • Staff Call

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    October 26, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities.

    Call in #: (978) 990-5000

    Access Code: 554-793

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  • Senior Halloween Drive-Thru Party

    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    October 29, 2020

    Common Council President Darius Pridgen is hosting his annual Halloween Party to connect with and serve our older adult population. To follow national COVID guidelines, the event will look different this year. Seniors will drive through a tent at the William-Emslie YMCA to receive free candy, lunch, and health information! Older Adults who choose to dress up for the Halloween Costume Contest can ever into a raffle to win prizes!

    For questions, comments, or concerns regarding the event, please contact the YMCA at (716) 845-5440

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  • Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 30, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

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