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Where We Live: Lackawanna


The Lackawanna City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 8:15 p.m. Monday to consider amendments to the 2013-14 city budget it adopted earlier this month.

The council made several cuts to Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski’s proposed budget in adopting a $23.9 million spending plan on July 11 – and then again on July 20 to correct a procedural technicality that could have made the budget invalid.

But City Comptroller Peggy Bigaj-Sobol and City Attorney Antonio Savaglio have recommended that the Council pursue several amendments to the adopted plan to make it correct in form and substance.

Those amendments will add about $33,214 to the spending plan. The council also will consider an ordinance to appropriate $26,373 in city money for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Taurus police car to replace another police car that was totaled in an accident.

Also this week:

• Our Lady of Victory Institutions will celebrate “Father Baker Day” with a noon Mass today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.

This day is set aside each year to mark the anniversary of the saintly priest’s death in 1936.

Msgr. Paul J.E. Burkard, pastor of OLV and vice-postulator for Father Baker’s cause for canonization, will be the main celebrant.

At 11:50 a.m., about 50 dignitaries and clergy participating in the Mass will process from Baker Hall School, next door on Ridge Road, to the basilica.

Residents and employees at “Father Baker’s” will serve as gift bearers during Mass, and a wreath will be laid at Father Baker’s tomb by former orphanage residents, who are known as “Father Baker Boys.”

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