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9 August 2016

Dunkirk Historic House Tour

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5 August 2016

Info on Dunkirk Beach Bash 2016…!

The Dunkirk Beach Bash, brought to you by Presenting Sponsor, Fieldbrook Foods and co-sponsored by Community Bank, will be held Sat & Sun (August 6 & 7) from 1-8 both days.  On Sat: The Human Foosball Game Competition will take place at 3pm & you can also sign up your team on site at 2:45pm.  The Inaugural Dunkirk Boat Parade will begin at approximately 5pm led by the Lady of the Lake “MUIRGEN”, a 1927 Alden Malabar Jr Sailboat.  Boaters interested in participating in Dunkirk’s Inaugural Boat Parade should be in the water by 4:30pm and meet up near the area of Cedar Beach which is the small beach area between the NRG Plant and the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Do not attempt to reach the beach as that area is very shallow and there is an old boat ramp in that area so stay just outside of the Cedar Beach area and wait for Jim Christie’s lead. The Muirgen Sailboat will be sitting just ahead all alone patiently awaiting the orders from Captain Jim Christie.  Boaters will be using Marine Channel 9 to communicate during the Parade.  We hope to have many boaters participating. Please take pics and submit to Dunkirk Festivals for posting!       A press release regarding the Boat Parade has been sent out & confirmed by TV Stations Ch2, Ch4, Ch7, Time Warner, Buff News and Evening Observer  and Jamestown Journal of the Press.  So please wave to the cameras and don’t forget that this year’s “theme” is American Pride.  Come join us.

The Human Foosball game Competition will begin at approximately 3 pm both days.  You will see the Human Foosball Game set up near the Beach Hut.  We want to thank Tom Mleczko for building this Foosball Game from scratch.  This will be fun to watch.  We will have a “Dunk Tank” to raise some funds for Charity and the Kid’s will have Bounce Houses and a Water Slide.  There will be 4 bands entertaining the crowd during the weekend.  Sat 1-4pm THE UNTOUCHABLES, Sat 5-8pm THE LOST DOGS….Sun 1-4pm THE FREEZE, Sun 5-8pm COUNTERFEIT.  The National Guard will also be making an appearance Sunday during the Beach Bash and we have heard that a few amphibious planes will join us and make a landing in the water near Wright Park Beach.  Saturday Night there will also be a Family Movie shown immediately after the Beach Bash.  The Movie to be shown is FINDING NEMO…!!  Sunday there will be a Bike Run beginning at the Corner of Center Rd and Route 5 in the Town of Sheridan.  Kickstands go up at noon.  The Bike Run will proceed to Dunkirk, NY and up Rt 5 West through Point Gratiot and back around to Rt 5 East to Main St and onto Lake Front Blvd directly to the Dunkirk Beach Bash.  Come join us at The Dunkirk Beach Bash for some FUN!!!  Due to reasons beyond our control we couldn’t sign Mr Yara (Sand Sculptor) but maybe we have some good sand sculptors right here in Dunkirk?.  Feel free to join in the fun.  Thank you to APG, Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club, Shults Resale Center, Evening Observer, DFT, Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, Merritt Winery, Southern Tier Brewery, The City of Dunkirk, and last but not least FIELDBROOK FOODS and Community Bank.  See you all this weekend in Dunkirk at the FIRST WARD, USA!!!

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5 August 2016

Mayor Rosas issues “Breastfeeding Awareness Day” Proclamation

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4 August 2016

Salvation Army “Back to School Event”

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3 August 2016

Holiday Harbor in Dunkirk Amenities

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Effective immediately, Holiday Harbor in Dunkirk will be offering the following amenities:

  • Gas (non ethanol, 91 octane). $3.19
  • Diesel 2.99
  • Pump Out, ice, bait, soft drinks, ship store items available.
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1 August 2016

National Night Out 2016

Photo by Nicole Gugino OBSERVER City Editor

Photo by Nicole Gugino OBSERVER City Editor                                           From left to right: Officer Shane Carlson, Chief David Ortolano, Lt. Mark Timmerman, Councilwoman Stacy Szukala

On Tuesday August 2nd   the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 23rd   year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring Night Out in the City of Dunkirk.

National Night Out is designed to give strength to neighborhood crime and drug prevention efforts and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and not afraid to fight back. Our National Night Out program is directly correlated to our neighborhood watch programs that are active throughout the community. nextdoor

On Tuesday August 2nd   citizens in Dunkirk will be locking their doors, turning their lights on and spending the evening with their neighbors, Police Officers, Firefighters and City Officials.  Again this year we will have one centralized Night Out location at Washington Park. This will be the fifth year we have done the central location and we encourage everyone to come to Washington Park for the evening. Our mcgruffcoordinators will be working together on this event and we ask that anyone who can assist to please come to the Park before the event begins to help with set up. Also as in the past we also appreciate anyone who can to bring a desert to pass. The coordinators, who are the same dedicated citizens who work on our neighborhood watch program, donate a tremendous amount of time and work to this program every year, my hat is off to them as they make it all happen. The coordinators along with the support of the local businesses who donate to our program truly make Night Out the success that it is.

The Police Department will be at Washington Park during the evening with patrol cars, McGruff the crime dog you can meet our K-9 Nico as well. Everyone from our Senior

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K9 Officer Matt Hazelton with K9 Nico

Citizens down to small children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our Police Officers, this emphasizes the importance of the Police community partnership and pride in the community and allow for positive interaction between our citizens and our Police Officers. Also participating again this year will be the Dunkirk Fire Department. The Fire Department has joined forces with us and their participation is a huge success, it is important to show that we all are committed to making our community a safe place. The interaction between the Police Officers, Firefighters, City Officials and community residents build positive relationships that will benefit the entire community.

As an added bonus again this year we will have music by Nick and Andy and we have coordinated with the Recreation Department to have the Movie in the Park series at dusk to cap off our Night Out event. This year the movie will be Zootopia. We will have picnic tables to sit on or you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Park to sit on and enjoy the Movie.

***Again this years celebration will be held at Washington Park and we encourage everyone from all Wards of the City to attend. Night Out celebration will start at about 6:30PM with our usual activities and then cap off the night with a movie in the park featuring Zootopia at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).

zootopia**Washington Ave. will be barricaded between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Fifth Street will be barricaded from Washington Ave. to Park Ave. to allow those attending Night Out a place to park. There is also plenty of parking in the surrounding area around Washington Park for everyone to attend the celebration.

Also as a reminder the coordinators could use a little extra help and we ask anyone with a few minutes to show up a little early and help with set up or stay a few minutes afterwards and help with clean up. We also stress that parents do not send their children alone to the events, this program in devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.

A strong Police/Community partnership within the community is the best weapon we have in keeping our City safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. We have seen a very large change in the program over the years and more families are becoming involved, that is what this program is all about. As the program grows so does our commitment to working together to keep the community safe.

The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and dedication over the years. Our many thanks to Tops Markets – manager Jay Knavel, WalMart-manager Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs- Cody Britton,  P&G Foods- Gary and Patty Damico,  Paper Factory- Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Save A Lot- Kevin Connelly, McDonalds Restaurant, G&E Tents- Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Music by Nick&Andy, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Atlas Comfort Cabins – Roger Gloss and Dave & Gina Kron from Tim Hortons. Many of these sponsors have been part of National Night Out for a very long time and they donate services, food & refreshment items or financial support for our program, we could not have the success we do without their support.  A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM , Access 12, The Observer, the City Administration and our DPW and Parks Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event, together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.

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1 August 2016

Dunkirk High School grads receive first two Rosas scholarships

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Melanie Morales and Isaiah Dipini of Dunkirk High School are the recipients of the Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship at Jamestown Community College.

Miss Morales will study early childhood education and Dipini will pursue a degree in nursing at JCC.

Named after Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, the first elected mayor of Hispanic heritage in New York state, the scholarship represents JCC’s commitment to cultivating diversity as well as investing in the community, according to Kirk Young, JCC’s vice president of enrollment management and institutional advancement.

“Mayor Rosas has paved the way in Chautauqua County for previously underrepresented populations in leadership positions,” said Dr. Young.

Along with $2,000 awarded toward tuition at JCC, the scholarship provides the recipients with an opportunity to participate in JCC’s Presidential Ambassador Program, which focuses on leadership development.

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1 August 2016

The VA…Proudly serving America’s Heroes in Dunkirk, NY!

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22 July 2016

Hydrant Flushing

The City of Dunkirk Water Department will be flushing hydrants next week in the City and Town starting Sunday night at Nevins & Talcott, south to Tenney, Hoyt Street, Ruggles Street. Monday night: Lincoln & Doughty, south to Tenney and north on King Street, Doughty & Rt. 60, south on Rt. 60 to the Thruway east and west sides, Chadwick Way and Arrowhead Drive. Tuesday night: Middle Road, Town of Dunkirk and Town of Sheridan. Wednesday night: Progress Drive and Chadwick Drive. Thursday night: Werle Road, Farmingdale, Urban, Franklin, Greenhurst and Williams.

Residents may experience cloudy water and are advised to run cold water until clear.

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20 July 2016

Beach Bash Schedule Released!