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Blasdell playground to run free lunch program this summer

Parents whose children play at JFK Playground in the Village of Blasdell will not have to worry about making them lunches this summer.

As part of a partnership with the Frontier Central School District, free lunches will be offered each day at the park beginning July 11.

“It’s open to anyone,” Village Administrator Janet Plarr said during Wednesday’s Village Board meeting.

She said the village qualifies for the program “based on need and free and reduced levels.”

However, she stressed that the program is not income-based.

Plarr said from June 27 to July 8, a census will be taken daily to get an idea of how many children play at the park each day. The number of lunches made will be the average number of children plus an additional 20 percent. The program is open to anyone age 19 or younger and the children do not have to be Blasdell residents to qualify.

In other news, Mayor Michael Petrie said it appears Lake Avenue from Route 5 to South Park Avenue is headed towards a total reconstruction in the future.

“Lake Avenue is owned by Erie County,” Petrie said.

The mayor said Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, who represents the village, told him that the county is aiming towards 2017 for the project.

“They’re doing preliminary (plans) for the reconstruction of Lake Avenue,” he said.

Petrie joked that Plarr will be happy because she fields many calls from unhappy motorists driving along that stretch of road.

“Lake Avenue really hurts us with the condition it is in,” Petrie said.