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Men’s Swim Team Spruces Up People’s Park

The Men’s Swim team picked up where the women left off last week and continued to plant, weed, paint and spruce up the People’s Park.  The community garden houses a free little library,  garden beds, ornamental flowers and many locations to sit and enjoy the trees and flowers.   Many thanks to Scott Vandezell, the coach of the swimming team, for encouraging participation from his squad.

Community members from the New Buffalo Institute also showed up this past weekend to help turn the beds at the Jefferson Avenue garden.  Thanks to Amun Heru Ra for organizing and for the effort from all of the residents of Hamlin Park who came out to help.  If you are interested in learning more about gardening, check out this series of free courses sponsored by Freedom Gardens.


Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., Director, The New Buffalo Institute

Join Slow Roll

Slow Roll is a free and inclusive Monday night community bike ride.  On Monday, May 16, the ride takes place in Hamlin Park! The 10-mile round-trip route has two stops, returning to Em Tea Cup Coffee Cafe for food, drinks, music and fellowship.

Meet at Em Tea Cup Coffee Cafe, 80 Oakgrove Ave. corner of Hughes Ave. for Slow Roll at 6:30 p.m.  Wear your Canisius gear!

Our 311 Ride will spotlight a city service Slow Roll squad uses along every route we ride, and show how everyday residents can help improve the state of our streets. “The City’s of Buffalo’s 311 Call and Resolution Center provides residents with fast, centralized access to city services.”   Learn more during the ride!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., director, The New Buffalo Institute



Campus Candids

Many thanks to the women’s soccer and basketball teams for helping The New Buffalo Institute at the Hamlin Park clean-up this past Saturday, April 23.  Thank you to Stan Martin of REACH Buffalo, Council member Ulysses Wingo’s representative Tim Brown,  Sen. Tim Kennedy and Zeneta Everhart, for organizing the event and hosting the students for lunch.

Concentrating on Wohlers Ave and Florida Streets, we filled at least 40 large garbage bags.  Neighbors came out to support and members of the Buffalo Police Department also rolled up their sleeves.   It was a great effort!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., director, The New Buffalo Institute

Volunteer for Waterkeeper’s Spring Sweep

The New Buffalo Institute has reservations available for volunteers to help with Waterkeeper’s Spring Sweep.  Join residents from all over Erie County to clean up our parks and rivers for Earth Day.   There are five places available at Hoyt Lake, five reservations at MLK Park and five reservations at Tifft Nature Preserve.  

If you are interested in signing up for one of the spots, Email Mary Rockwell at

More information can be found here.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute


Community Clean Ups Continue

Great turn out for the campus and neighborhood clean up!  Many thanks to USA, Honors Students, Sustainability Club and the Men’s baseball team for coming out to help us beautify the campus and Hamlin Park.

The next event – the Hamlin Park Community Clean Up – will be on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.  We will meet at the corner of East Ferry and Wohlers Ave to check-in and receive clean-up supplies.  Join our neighbors and friends to spiff up the neighborhood in honor of Earth Day.

Contact or for more information.

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, Ph.D., director, The New Buffalo Institute