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Hamburg playground wins $20,000 grant, thanks to video

The great debate between Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses and a student from Union-Pleasant Elementary School did the trick.

The two are featured in a video that helped the Hamburg Community Playground win a $20,000 Kaboom grant – with the help of residents who voted on Facebook.

The mayor and the student, Jacob, are in a mock race for election, and “debate” the most important changes they would make as mayor: A new playground, or more business.

“You can’t have too many pizza places, or hair salons,” Moses says in the video, which doesn’t thrill the audience of students.

“I plan to build a new community playground,” the student candidate proclaims to the delight of the audience.

Hamburg was one of five playgrounds to win equipment in the Facebook contest sponsored by Kaboom, a nonprofit company that helps communities build playgrounds.

The playground committee has raised $300,000 of its $450,000 fundraising goal.

Also in Hamburg, village residents can comment on changes in the law requiring garbage totes during a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St. The board will hold a work session prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The board decided months ago the only way to combat the growing rodent problem was to require garbage to be put in closed totes.

Each property will receive a 95-gallon garbage tote and a 65-gallon recycling tote. The total cost for both is about $93, but the village has applied for a grant that it hopes would shave about $20 off the cost. Property owners will see a fee on next year’s tax bill for the totes.

The totes are to be distributed at the end of August and beginning of September.

This week in Hamburg:

• The Frontier School Board will hold its annual reorganization and regular meeting, as well as a Code of Conduct Hearing, at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave.

• The Hamburg Central School Board will hold its reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road.

• The Blasdell Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Shoppes at Lake Avenue (the Save-A-Lot Plaza.)

• The Blasdell concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Heard of Buffalo at the JFK Playground at the corner of Avon Street and Grafton Avenue.

• The Road Runners will play at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park as part of the Village of Hamburg summer concerts in the park. The rain site is Union-Pleasant Elementary Auditorium.

• Elderwood is looking to build a three-story addition onto its Hamburg Skilled Nursing Facility at 5775 Maelou Dr. The facility is seeking site plan approval from the town Planning Board, and will speak to the board during its work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The new construction would add 28 skilled nursing beds.

During the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., the board will discuss a request from Colley’s Pools on Camp Road for site plan approval of a 17,600 square-foot retail/restaurant building and related parking area.

West Herr Ford is seeking site plan approval for a proposed parking lot expansion ad 4781 Camp Road.

• The Hamburg village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.

• The Hamburg village Recreation Commission will meet in the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.

• The Hamburg Farmers Market runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot with entrances on Union and Main streets.


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