Mayor Rosas and the entire City of Dunkirk will honor our Dunkirk Marauder Football Team with a parade and celebration on Saturday, November 26th.
“This team has played their hearts out this past season winning their division and then moving on to the Cap where they won the Section 6, Class B Championship, followed by the Far West Regional championship and making it to the Final Four in Cicero playing the #1 team in the State, they are our heroes!” Mayor Rosas said.
A parade will honor the team beginning at Dunkirk High School at noon, and moving east on sixth street to Central Avenue where they will proceed north with the final destination in the center of town across from City Hall. Hector Rosas, Special Events Coordinator will assist Mayor Rosas in the presentation of a plaque recognizing each team member for their achievement. The Mayor will also recognize Coach Sarratori for his dedication and leadership. Additionally, on hand to welcome the Marauders will be WDOE Radio Personality Dan Palmer, and WDOE newsman Dave Rowley DHS Principal Steve O’Brien and Dunkirk Central School Administrator, Dr. Tracey, and Observer Publisher, John D’Agostino.
In addition to the celebration of these fine young men, there will be food, beverages and a local outpouring of support commemorating Small Business Saturday in downtown Dunkirk – everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Dunkirk City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Rubbish in the Thursday collection zone will be picked up on Friday and rubbish in the Friday collection zone will be picked up Saturday.
Empire State Development issues joint press release. Read Mayor’s comments below:
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that taxpayers in Dunkirk will receive assistance as part of the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program, which was enacted as part of the 2016-2017 State Budget. The $30 million fund was created to aid communities that lose property tax revenue due to an electric generating plant closure. Dunkirk was hurt financially by the closure of NGR’s Dunkirk Power Plant.
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Donations from area businesses, clubs, churches and individuals made it possible to brighten more of downtown Dunkirk with hanging flowers in 2016. Last year 21 baskets were installed on Central Ave., and 11 more were purchased this year to add color to the 4th St. business area, as well.
The all-volunteer Beautification Committee of Revitalize Dunkirk, which raises the funds for purchasing, planting and maintaining the baskets, appreciates and thanks the community for its generous, continued support. Thanks are also due to Dunkirk officials whose cooperation enables the project, as well Parks and Recreation employees who transport, hang, water, take down, empty and store the baskets each year.
A $1500 Community Pride grant from Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation jump-started the project in 2015, and additional donations have exceeded project expenses each year.
Committee members are pleased at the overwhelmingly positive response from the community. “Residents often express gratitude for this civic beautification effort, and some donors include handwritten notes of appreciation, along with suggestions for specific flower colors or species they would like to see,” says one volunteer.
While the Beautification Committee will continue paying for planting and maintenance of the existing 32 flower baskets, it has no plans to add more in 2017. Buying more baskets would require the considerable expense of purchasing more of the iron brackets from which to hang them. The City has provided all the brackets so far from ones it had in storage, but only a few more remain.
Because of cost considerations, instead of adding baskets, the committee is contemplating other beautification efforts such as sidewalk planters in appropriate locations, decorative plantings around trees on Central Ave., establishing a native perennial garden by the far end of the new seawall, or refurbishing planting areas around some of the many “Welcome to Dunkirk” signs at the entrances to the city limits.
Ground-level projects like these could possibly be watered and maintained by volunteers, resulting in a more cost-effective use of donors’ money and less additional labor for city employees, as well. The committee looks forward to bringing these proposals to city officials and cooperating with them in new and successful efforts in 2017.
The Beautification Committee of Revitalize Dunkirk wishes to thank the following for their generous contributions to the Downtown Hanging Basket project in 2016:
Add Lumber True Value, Anonymous (8), Diane Andrasik, BECC Electric, Bud n’ Bloom Garden Club, Casale Plumbing & Heating, Chadwick Bay NYS Women, Inc., Chautauqua Endodontics, David M. Civilette, PC, Columbus Club, Sue & Walt Drag, Dunkirk Animal Clinic, Dunkirk Flavors, Inc., Dunkirk School #7 PTO, The Dunkirk Senior Citizens, Inc., In Memory of Jay & Gert Finley, First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk, Foley, Foley & Passafaro, Jennifer L. Foley, DDS, Mark Forbes, G & E Tents, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carol & Thomas Gregoreski, Robert Harris, Judy & Allen Hollander, Inner Balance Day Spa, Arlene Kuhn, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Barb & Jim Lehnen, Ceila A. Lloyd, DDS, PC, Ann Marie &Thomas Loughlin, Matt’s News, Nathan Dolce, Prop., Peggy Napoli, Nichols Hometown Service, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club,North Chautauqua Dental,Roger & Mary Lou Orcutt, Mary & Bruce Patterson, Chris & Tonia Piede, Rose Marie & Marty Sanden, Shirley & John Scott, Peggy & Louis Szczukowski, Temple Beth El, Cindy Tuning & Ted Wronski, Universal Audiology, Joseph A. Gullo II, Jo Ann L. Vacanti, Donald J. Williams, Jr.
This project would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of Dunkirk City officials and Parks Department employees.
On behalf of the City of Dunkirk, Mayor Wilfred Rosas would like to congratulate the Dunkirk Marauder Varsity High School Football Team on their FAR WEST REGIONAL title WIN! Good luck at STATES! “I am very proud of you.” Keep your mistakes to a minimum, and BRING IT HOME!! YOU CAN DO THIS!! Mayor Rosas also wants to congratulate those local swimmers from the DFFSC Swim Team who qualified for STATES…Good LUCK!! Go, Fight, WIN!!
The City of Dunkirk Recycling Center on Lucas Avenue will be closed this Saturday, November 19, 2016 and next Saturday, November 26, 2016.
City of Dunkirk Public Works will be picking up bagged and loose leaves beginning Monday, November 21 in the first ward. Second, third and fourth wards will follow all week and next week, weather permitting.
Residents are asked to have leaves to the curb by 7:00 am Monday.
Mayor Wilfred Rosas would like to congratulate Coach Sarratori, his coaching staff, and especially the Dunkirk High School Varsity Football Team for capturing the Section VI Class B Championship in a sensational hard fought game (Mayor attended) against the 2x defending champions, Cheektowaga Warriors. Good luck to Dunkirk for your Far West Regional title game at New Era Field (Bills Stadium) this Saturday against Batavia. I have faith in you. Play hard, keep your mistakes to a minimum, and you will BEAT Batavia! Mayor Rosas is very proud of you, TEAM! Good Luck Marauders!
Go DHS! Go, FIGHT, WIN!!