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Baldwin Community Day pushed to later in the year

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:02 p.m.

The carnival rides, meatball hoagies and sky-illuminating fireworks that fill Baldwin Borough's annual community day on the first Saturday of June will have to wait a couple of months this year.

Borough leaders on Tuesday agreed that the annual community day event, typically held in the municipal building parking lot off of Churchview Avenue the first Saturday in June, should be delayed until later in the summer, or possibly fall.

No date was set for the 2014 Community Day.

“I don't know what your choices really are: you move forward and put together something that is shoddy and haphazard at best at this point and time and throw it out there and really it's just another year of the same old, or you try and delay it, see what you can come up with, but at least maybe bring some new ideas and forces together to try and make a better day, no matter what it is,” Councilman Kevin Fischer said.

Borough leaders and members of the independent Baldwin Borough Community Day association on Tuesday discussed ways to bolster attendance and add new events for community day.

Members of the Community Day Association held their first meeting this week to begin planning for the event. They were unable to hold earlier meetings due to the weather, association President Darlene Schrello said.

“In years past, it's already done and we're just finalizing everything at this point in the game,” Schrello said.

Putting together an event for early June would be difficult.

Baldwin Borough contributes about $7,500 for the event, plus costs associated with staffing.

“I think everyone on this council wants community day, but they want the taxpayer dollars to be spent wisely,” Councilman Michael Ducker said.

Attendance at the day-long event, which starts with the Baldwin Mile, a parade, children's rides and entertainment and ends with fireworks — has been minimal during the daylight hours, officials said.

A plea for volunteers to assist drew one person.

Some council members suggested members of the Community Day Association work with Brentwood recreation director Paula Simmons, who is sharing services with Baldwin Borough, to help come up with ideas to draw new crowds.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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