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A Dunkirk mother urged the Common Council on Monday to enact a 9 p.m. curfew for young people under the age of 18.

Beverly Mosier, a Seventh Street resident, said that she has witnessed acts of violence and that the current curfew, midnight, is too late.

"There are younger children running around, selling drugs, and putting knives on sticks to slash other kids," she said.

Mosier urged city officials also to consider laws enacted in other communities, where parents are fined if their children are caught on the streets after curfew.

"There are many kids that have gotten lost and shuffled around for many different reasons and now have turned to the streets of Dunkirk to call it their territory," Mosier said.

The Council took no action.

Council members and city officials praised Mosier for stepping forward on the issue. Councilman-at-Large James Muscato urged Mosier to participate in Neighborhood Watch programs.

In other matters:

A budget workshop with Council members and city department heads will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Leaf collection gets under way this week in the First and Second wards and continues next week in the Third and Fourth wards. They will continue to be collected as long as the weather permits. Residents with questions about the collection are urged urged to call the Public Works Department at 366-4411.

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