This week in the City of Tonawanda
A hot dog eating contest to benefit Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America, begins at 2 p.m. Monday at Old Man River restaurant, 375 Niagara Street.
The chapter is raising funds to create a new monument in Veterans Park featuring a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter shot down in Vietnam in 1968. Entry forms are available at the restaurant or chapter, 47 Main Street. There will also be live music and an hourly 50/50 split.
For contest entrants who prefer a vegetarian option, there will also be marinated, grilled carrots served on hot dog rolls.
Clarence artist Blair Rusin last week painted an American flag mural on a wall in the restaurant’s outdoor patio specifically for the event. Each of 14 stars in the mural includes the name of a Twin Cities resident killed during the Vietnam War.
• Fourth of July festivities begin at 7 p.m. Monday with a concert by Sugar N Jazz at the Niawanda Park’s Miller Bandshell. The annual T-NT fireworks follow at dusk from Tonawanda Island. Niagara Street between Bouck and Gibson streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. until the conclusion of fireworks. Rain date is Tuesday.
• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session begins at 6.