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In This Issue    Keeping the Neighborhood Clean | Home For Sale
Peace Bridge Meeting | Volunteer Opportunities | B District Meeting
Bulk Trash Schedule  | Belle Center Enrolling | Hispanic Heritage Month Event




A new volunteer based initiative has started in the community! Keep Our West Side Beautiful (KOWSB) is working to keep the Lower West Side clean by picking up trash and debris and creating a block adoption program to encourage resident commitment to keeping blocks clean. KOWSB volunteers have collected over 72 bags of garbage, to date! That's a lot of trash!

"We started a community initiative to clean up the garbage from the streets of the Lower West side," says Sheryl Brooks, founder of KOWSB. "The goal is to not only to actively clean the streets but to raise awareness and pride in the neighborhood."

KOWSB is currently targeting Porter to Niagara to Virginia to Allentown, as seen in this map on their Facebook page.  Streets lined in green have been adopted, which means that someone has agreed to go out once or twice a week and clean up.

How can you help? Adopt a block! "This involves going out once or twice a week and picking up new garbage on your street.," says KOWSB's Facebook Page.  "It will feel good, and your neighbors will love you. We all need to work together to keep our neighborhood clean!" For more information or to adopt a block, contact Sheryl at KOWSB by sending a message on their Facebook Page.

Heart of the City is happy to have adopted our office block, Virginia Street between Tenth and Whitney. We hope to see you out on the street picking up trash, too! Adopt a block today!


HOCN is pleased to announce that we have another beautiful single-family home rehab in the works- and that home is for sale to a first-time, income qualified homebuyer!

Under our H.O.P.E. Program, we will be rehabilitating 178 Whitney Place. This stucco exterior, three bedroom, one bath, single family home is perfect for a small family! The home features a full basement and a large amount of attic storage. It's located just a few doors down from another renovation HOCN is working on, 192 Whitney Place. Construction is slated to be complete in the spring of 2014. Like all H.O.P.E. homes, this home will include new mechanicals, roof, windows and doors.

If you're interested in learning more about this home, contact our Programs Director at (716) 882-7661 ext. 203 or by email. For more information on 178 Whitney Place, visit our Property Listing.




The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) invites residents to  to learn about the latest developments in the NY Gateway Connections Improvement Project to the US Peace Bridge Plaza. This proposed project will alter the layout of Front Park and Porter Avenue near Fourth Street, aimed to improve the flow of traffic to and from the Peace Bridge. If you live, work, or play in the Lower West neighborhood, these changes will affect you. It's important that you make your voice heard.

This Public Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in the Connecticut Street Armory at 184 Connecticut Street. The open-house style meeting will begin at 4:00pm and end at 7:00pm, with presentations at 4:30pm and 6:00pm.

For more information, please email  A Spanish translator and a sign language interpreter will be available.


Looking for ways to get involved in the neighborhood this month? The Kleinhans and Allentown community have some great volunteer opportunities coming up!

On Saturday, October 5th at 9:00am, a clean up will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Symphony Circle.  Volunteers will be cleaning up the garden, rototilling, and preparing the garden for a big planting.

On the following Saturday, October 12th at 9:00am, a planting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church.  Volunteers are asking all gardener friends to donate divided perennials and/or show up to help get the perennials in the ground.  This is the large open space on the Wadsworth side of the church. Contact Krista Palgutt, President of the Kleinhans Community Association, for more information on these events.

On Saturday, October 21st, the last Buffalo Litter Mob of the year will take place.  Clean up a street for an hour between 6:30 and 7:30 than drop your bag of litter off at Fat Bob's and enjoy a beer and food for $5 with fellow litter haters.

Next month, get ready to take part in the annual tree planting on Saturday, November 9th!  Volunteers will meet at the Wadsworth side of First Presbyterian Church at 9:00am.  They have a lot of trees this year and always need help. Cookies will be provided for all the hard workers!

And don't forget- City of Light is coming to the neighborhood! The B Team Buffalo is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club on Tenth Street to decorate homes in the surrounding neighborhood, free of charge, on Saturday, December 7th. If you're interested in volunteering for this great event with our staff as an HOCN supporter, please contact our office! You can also contact Elizabeth Callahan at B Team Buffalo at (716) 984-7660 or by email.


The next B District Police meeting will tentatively be held on Monday, October 7th at 10:00am in 695 Main Street. To confirm, please contact the District's Community Police Officer (CPO), Officer Quintana.


While Fall Bulk Trash dates have passed, you can still place two pieces of bulk trash per week out with your totes. Leaves and yard debris can be placed in clear bags and left by your totes.
Click here for more information.




The Belle Center, located at 104 Maryland Street, is now enrolling for their child care programs. These programs are a great resource to neighborhood parents, and best of all- they're free!

For free Fall/Winter/Spring After-School Care Grades K-8th, contact Donna Glasgow at 716-845-0485 x. 223 or by email.
For Universal Pre-Kindergarten, free to any Buffalo resident who is 4 years old by 12/31/13, contact Laurie Beck at 716-845-0485 x. 217 or by email.

Don't miss out! Contact The Belle Center today!



On Friday, October 4th at 7:00pm, all are invited to join the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York at Kleinhans Music Hall to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance from Johnny Olivo Jr. con su Herencia de Plena. While this event is free, donations of non perishable foods and toys will be accepted to go to the Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo Food Bank and Pucha Social Club Annual Three Kings Celebration. For more information, contact the Hispanic Heritage Council.

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