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Where We Live: Hamburg


The Hamburg Community Playground Project will kick off its public fund raising efforts with “Pints for the Playground” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Coyote Café, 26 Main St.

The event will feature an open bar, Mexican food, basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department, 200 Prospect Ave., or at the door.

Proceeds will support the rebuilding of the Hamburg community playground between Prospect and Highland Avenues. The current wooden playground has been an integral part of the Hamburg community for nearly 25 years, but it has outlived its life expectancy. A new playground has been designed, and construction is planned this fall.

The project hopes to raise $450,000 by mid-summer to make the fall build date a reality. A matching grant of $200,000 from New York State has been secured by Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, and more than $30,000 has been donated by the community. For more details, visit

Among those recognized by the Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Service and Youth Bureau for service to youth are Dr. Ronald Santasiero and Dr. Cherie Santasiero, who received the Michael J. Dundon Service to Youth Award at the town’s 28th annual Youth Bureau Service Awards & Recognition Banquet.

Thomas Nelson and Amy Kane received the Mary T. Blakeslee service award, and Michael McGarry, Dorene Bruce and William “Fritz” Sticht were named character coaches of the year. Claire Otis was given the Donny Thiry human spirit award, named for the late Donny Thiry.

This week:

• The Hamburg Town Board meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 S. Park Ave.

• The Hamburg village Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• A forum on the heroin and opioid epidemic will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hamburg Central High School, 4111 Legion Dr. Presenters will include Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County Mental Health Commissioner Michael Ranney, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. and acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. The event is sponsored by the Parent-Child Connection and the Town of Hamburg Drug Free Communities Coalition.