Village of Blasdell unveils summer concert series lineup

Diversity in terms of musical genre highlight the selection of bands playing as part of Blasdell’s 2012 summer concert series, as village officials discussed the item at last Monday’s (April 2) meeting.

Trustee Rob Hefner, who is active for the board in the areas of Blasdell’s celebrations, planning and court matters, said tweaking is still being conducted in preparing for one of the eight scheduled performances, which again will take place on Wednesday evenings at JFK Playground.

The summer concert series, a staple in the village for more than two decades, kicks off on June 13 with country music band Common Ground performing. That event is followed by Italian/Frank Sinatra style crooner Jack Civiletto on June 20, as well as Southtowns-based rock band Forever Young on June 27; The Diva Show Band, a multiple-decades covering theme group, on July 11; Jazz/swing group Pyramid Band on July 18; Mick Hayes Band, a blues specialty, on Aug. 1; and Buffalo Touch, a three-time Grammy nominee party Polka band, on Aug. 8.

Recent years have generated a revitalization of local interest in the summer concert series, which also features various food vendors and refreshment availability to those in attendance. The Blasdell Business Association has served as a primary sponsor for the concert series, helping to contribute $2,200 in donations toward the series in 2011 following a prior slashing of funds toward the event from the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County. The village organization A Better Blasdell has also donated funds toward the series. It was stated during a work session April 2 that the BBA will again likely be looked upon for financial assistance toward the concert series, as the village had budgeted $2,000 for the series, although band costs surpass $4,000.

The concert series is one of several uses scheduled for JFK and other village playgrounds this summer. A first-ever, Blasdell children ages 12 and under travel baseball team was established this season, with eight home games scheduled at JFK Playground against various teams from across the area, including a Canadian squad. Further details about the inaugural Blasdell team will come in the near future in The Sun. Also discussed as a possibility of taking place at JFK was allowing local school students to eat lunch during designated mid-day periods at the location during warm days as the summer approaches.

The village’s annual Easter Egg Hunt took place at JFK Playground on March 31, as various Blasdell departments took part in the event, which was described as successful and well attended.

Mayor Michael Petrie said promoting the utilization of the village’s outdoor resources is important.

“I would like to see the playgrounds used,” said Petrie. “It’s really nice. It’s a nice draw. Anything we can (have take place) in the playground would be fantastic.”

It was further stated that members of Blasdell’s Department of Public Works have worked efficiently to get the village’s playgrounds ready for steady use as the warm season nears.

Also, it was announced that the annual village-wide cleanup will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, with interested volunteers gathering beforehand at Fireman’s Park, located at 205 Lake Ave.

During the annual organizational meeting, also taking place Monday, appointments for official terms were approved for Board Trustee Lou McDonald, to the position of deputy mayor; Janet L. Plarr, to the one-year position of village administrator and the two-year position of village clerk treasurer; Barbara D. Sheehan, to the one-year position of deputy clerk; James M. Shaw, one-year position of village attorney; Thomas Wojciehowski, one-year position of acting village justice; Joseph Shaw Jr., one-year position of village prosecutor; Christopher Pannozzo, one-year position of deputy village prosecutor; Marie Falzone, one-year position of court clerk; H. Leroy Harmon, one-year position of historian; Joseph Fox, one-year position of Civil Defense coordinator; Norm Zakowski, three-year position of Zoning Board of Appeals member; and three-year positions as village Planning Board members for Patrick Castiglia, Kari Michalek and Natalie Sporyz.

Planning board meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month, while Zoning board meetings are held on an as-needed basis. Village Board meetings will remain taking place at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with pre-meeting work sessions being held at 5:30 p.m.

Designated department board contacts include Petrie for fire, personnel and Community Development Block Grants; McDonald for police, Industrial Development Association, CDBG and Beautification; Hefner for court, celebrations and planning; Board Trustee Matt Chandler for recreation, Youth Commission and NEST; and Board Trustee Kathy Seufert King for DPW and ZBA.


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