Buffalo, NY – Deputy Mayor Ellen Grant today officiated at the closing ceremony of the Buffalo Police Athletic League’s six-week Love to Serve’ tennis camp at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts.
“This summer PAL’s ‘Love to Serve’ tennis camp gave a record-breaking and diverse group of more than 500 youngsters the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis and develop an appreciation for the life-long fun and competitive sport. That’s the largest number of young players to ever come through this wonderful summer program,” said Deputy Mayor Grant.
The ‘Love to Serve’ tennis program provides an introduction to tennis for first-time and novice players, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The tennis camp took place at the City’s McMillan Courts, as well as at the Riverside Park tennis courts.
“Every summer, we have the opportunity to teach a diverse group of youth how to play tennis and help them develop an appreciation for the life-long sport. By attending this program, youths are able to engage in summer outdoor fitness programming that exposes them to a sport that is fun and social. That is was PAL is all about,” PAL Executive Director Nekia Kemp said.
The closing ceremony also honored the memory of former PAL tennis coach Natalie Lewis, who passed away in a 2014 hot air balloon crash at age 24. Mayor Brown renamed the tennis program ‘Love to Serve’ her memory. Lewis’ brother and sister joined today’s awards ceremony and pizza picnic.
Sponsors of the PAL ‘Love to Serve’ tennis camp include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, United States Tennis Association, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the Edith Wilson and Linda Bogdan Garden and Tennis Fund.
The City’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has moved into the Fillmore District and will be collecting curbside bulk trash through Saturday, August 21.
Curbside bulk trash piles cannot exceed 12 ft. long, 3 ft. wide and 3 ft. high. Tires and Electronic trash, such as televisions and computers, are NOT allowed to be placed in bulk trash.
Residents are also asked to follow all posted parking restrictions to give crews access to curbside bulk trash.
The Upcoming 2021 Late Summer/Fall Bulk Trash Schedule is:
Niagara District – Week of Aug. 22
Masten District – Week of Aug. 29
Lovejoy District – Week of Sept. 12
South District – Week of Sept. 19
Delaware District – Week of Sept. 26
North District – Week of Oct. 3
University District – Week of Oct. 17
The dome of Buffalo’s City Hall and the City’s BuffaloLIT partners will light up their buildings in Blue and Yellow tonight, Wednesday, August 18, to mark National Senior Citizens Day, which is officially celebrated on Saturday, August 21.
National Senior Citizens Day is a day to let the seniors in our lives know how much we care about them and to recognize their accomplishments. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life. Many seniors are still very active in their communities as well as continuing to have a strong presence in the workforce. For all they do and have achieved for the good of their communities, senior citizens deserve our thanks!