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Blasdell joins program of nutritional support

An agreement between the Village of Blasdell and the Erie County Department of Health will bring the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program to the village Community Center.

During a meeting of the Village Board on Wednesday, trustees approved a lease agreement for approximately 540 square feet of office space in the Community Center, formerly the Blasdell Library, at 54 Madison Ave.

"We wanted the program here," Village Administrator Janet Plarr said. "Our constituents really benefit from it. Now they won't have to travel."

The program, which specializes in nutritional support for pregnant women and mothers with very young children, will move into its new location on Nov. 5. Services will be available for clients Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 6.

Mayor Ernest Jewett said that a meeting with County Executive Chris Collins had been pivotal in bringing the program into the village.

Also, the board heard from a couple of Silver Street residents concerned about gang activity at local playgrounds. One woman said her 6-year-old granddaughter was chased from a playground this week.

The mayor praised the recent action of police who, following up on a call to one of the parks, arrested someone on a drug possession charge.

"This is a great community -- I've lived here my whole life. I won't have transient people coming here letting their kids bully ours," Jewett said.

He urged residents to remain vigilant and call the dispatcher anytime there is trouble or that their children are chased away from the playgrounds. He also said he would work to try to prevent gang members who are arrested at the playgrounds from being allowed to return.

The board also adopted a penalty schedule for noncompliance with the village's garbage rules: first violation, letter of warning; second violation, $50; third violation, $75; and fourth violation, $100.

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