City neighborhood group has two speakers

The June meeting for Academy Heights Neighborhood Association will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This is a change in date but the meeting place is the same at 16 West Fourth St. in the Fellowship Hall of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. The public is invited to attend to hear two different speakers.

The new Executive Director of Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation, Joshua Freifeld, and his associate, Mayra Alvarado, Home ownership Program Manager, will be present to learn about the needs and interests of Dunkirk individuals and neighborhoods and to share how CHRIC might ramp up services in Northern Chautauqua County once again. Come and help develop the dialog.

Also in attendance will be Andrew Dickson, representing Creating Healthy Places, a New York State Health Department initiative, who will share a recent assessment of the safety of some of Dunkirk’s sidewalks and street crossings.

“Complete Streets” is the term used to refer to planning that takes into account the one third of Americans who do not drive, and which encourages walking and cycling on streets designed for safety and convenience. Immediately following the meeting Andrew will plan a short walk around the neighborhood with members who would like to see some examples of good and not so good streets, sidewalks and intersections.

He will be seeking volunteers from the area to help with additional walkability assessments in neighborhoods around the city. If you wish to help, please call Dickson at 499-6657

Information will be shared about progress in Bicentennial Park, community gardens, neighborhood signage and the Historic House Tour in Dunkirk on Sept. 7 .

The group encourages wide participation of residents in order to move forward on revitalization of our neighborhoods. All city officials are invited to join the discussion and become part of the action.

For questions about the meeting, please call Skeeter Tower at 366-3738