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Town of Boston prepares for Memorial Day festivities

BOSTON — The end of the town of Boston’s May 15 meeting focused on preparations for the end-of-month activities, in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Supervisor Martin Ballowe invited everyone present to join the rest of the town, for Boston’s annual Memorial Day celebration, scheduled for Monday, May 27.

The day will begin with a 1 p.m. parade, which will begin at Faith United Church and proceed to the town hall.

The parade will be followed by the main program at 1:15 p.m., behind the town hall at the Cpl. David Finger Memorial Flag Pole.

Senator Patrick Gallivan will be the guest speaker, while the Boston Town Band will perform.

The main program will be followed by the placing of the wreath ceremony at 2 p.m., at the Boston Commons. “Please bring some lawn chairs and some blankets and so forth, to sit,” Ballowe added.

In other board matters:
– The board held a public hearing, regarding Local Law No. 1 for 2013, which “entitled a local law to rezone 7849 Boston State Road, which contains approximately 1.58 acres ... of land [SBL NO. 226.02-6-2.1] from C-1 (local retail business district) to C-2 (general commercial district).” There was no public comment, and the law was passed unanimously.

– Ballowe announced that the town will be hosting a coffee hour, with Congressman Chris Collins, on May 25 from 10 – 11 a.m., in the community room at the town hall.

“We will be able to share, meet, discuss topics with the congressman, that are important to our town and our citizens, in an informal atmosphere, so please mark your calendar,” Ballowe said. “It’s a great opportunity for the town of Boston to be heard. We don’t often get a congressman to come into our town, so it’s nice when you get somebody here, to discuss our drainage situations, our road situations and where our tax dollars are spent.”

Ballowe said that he looks forward to “chew [Collins’] ear,” through one-on-one interactions, “instead of a representative for him.”

– The board scheduled a bid opening for selective clearing of Eighteenmile Creek for Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Councilman Larry Murtha said that this will be done in time for the Route 219 board meeting.

– Councilman Jay Boardway reported that the town is on its way toward having its summer concert series paid entirely by sponsorship, as is usually the case.

“As of right now we’ve already received $2,150 in donations,” he said. “All of our town businesses are just tremendous. They step up, every time we ask. They realize it’s a community event.”

– The Boston Historical Society will be open every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

– The town is accepting donations for the annual July 4 celebration. Donations can be made, until the day of the holiday.

– The board approved 19 hires, for the summer recreation program, including two site supervisors (Melissa Abbotoy and Taylor Janak), 12 counselors (Max Accordino, David Diefenbach, Courtney Gorrell, Elizabeth Janak, David Kleis, Brianne Peterson, Katelin Selby, Neil Byrne, Kaelyn Gamel, Nicholas Janak, Andrew Laskowski and Sarah Telaak) and five substitute counselors (Katelin Kleis, Julie McCann, Courtney Miller, Kelly Telaak and Mary Tomani).

Boardway credited Recreation Director Tony Zeniuk with a “fantastic job,” in preparing for this summer’s program.

The next Boston Town Board meeting will be held on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.

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