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News: December 2020 Newsletter

Date Published Author
11/19/2020 12:00:00 AM  Lauren J. Masset 

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Important Dates:

  • Please see the second page of this document for information on the west seneca sevice clubs holiday event.
  • Reminder the west seneca youth & recreation department is closed on CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEARS DAY. THE DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSE AT 12:00 PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE. A CLOSING TIME FOR NEW YEARS EVE IS TBD.
  • CCL Youth Gym programs have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We will re-evaluate this decision AFTER THANKSGIVING. ALL PROGRAMS ARE CONTINGENT UPON PROPER STAFFING LEVELS. We are still collecting employment applications for these programs. Please see BELOW for more information REGARDING OPEN JOBS.
  • Open Skate, Adult Skate, and Over 30 have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We will re-evaluate this decision after January 1, 2021. ALL PROGRAMS ARE CONTINGENT UPON PROPER STAFFING LEVELS. We are still collecting employment applications for these programs. Please see BELOW for more information REGARDING OPEN JOBS. AS OF 11/4/2020 ERIE COUNTY IS NOT ALLOWING OPEN SKATES OR FIGURE SKATES AS PER NY FORWARD COVID-19 GUIDELINES.
  • Due to COVID-19, ALL E.S. partner organizations who offered service opportunities have canceled these opportunities indefinitely. We are continuing to reach out to our current partners and hoping to find new partners. Due to this, the Y.E.S. program is suspended until further notice. This includes events and orientations.
  • "WSREC@HOME" Check out our social media accounts for our FREE daily recreation at home activIties. These run WEEKLY AND WILL NOW FEATURE IDEAS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUTH MOVING BETWEEN VIRTUAL LEARNING CLASSES! check us out on facebook "West seneca youth & Recreation" and twitter "WS_REC."
  • West seneca youth & recreation is pairing with the friends of the burchfIEld nature and art center to bring you the "discover west seneca series." this is a collection of scavenger hunts that take place around town. check out our website for more information.
  • West seneca youth & recreation is pairing with the friends of the burchfIEld nature and art center to bring you "CRAFT KITS." CrAFTS KITS ARE FREE, ONE PER YOUTH and CAN BE PICKED UP OUTSIDE OF OUR OFFICE WINDOW WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • the department is excited to release our newest project, the town of west seneca parks tour and activity book. The book includes details on each town park, with activities that each household can participate in while practicing social distancing from others. Activities list adaptive suggestions (as needed). When the book is completed, there is a certificate parents can fill in and give their children. The book includes the NYSDOH "Guidance on How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19 When Enjoying the Outdoors" memo stated March 18, 2020. Recreation > Other INFORMATION > Town of West Seneca Parks Tour & Activity Book (PDF)) DIRECT LINK http://www.westseneca.net/application/files/9515/8558/9434/2020_Town_of_West_Seneca_Parks_Tour__Activity_Book___2.pdf
  • JOB POSTINGS - all recreation programs are contiNgent upon proper staffing levels. we are now hirIng:
    • for fall – spring 2020-2021 programs. we cannot run programs without qualified staff. for more information on open jobs, please visit out website.
    • youth service coordinator part-time (year round), $16.00/hour. please visit out website for more information.
Continues Application Accepted For:
Recreation Attendant, Part-Time
various positions such as but not limited to ice rink guard (16+), youth gym attendant (18+), camp staff (18+), certified aquatics staff (16+).
we need rec attendants pt for 2020-2021 programs (adult skate, open skate, ADULT pickleball, ADULT/TEEN/YOUTH basketball, open gym, and more)!
Clerk, Part-Time:
Requirements include being proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.

Send completed application along with a current resume to The Town of West Seneca, Recreation Department, 1250 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
APPLY TODAY! offering & Running safe & successful Recreation programs is dependent upon OUR STAFF / STAFFING LEVELS!
this document does not contain all department information. For more information on any of the above-listed items and/or for additional information regarding other department programs, items, job postings, e.T.c… please visit www.west.seneca.net.
For many years, West Seneca’s community organizations — the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and Woman’s Club — would host an annual Community Holiday Party highlighted by a dinner gathering at Kloc’s Grove. With government and health department officials continuing to place restrictions on indoor gatherings due to the pandemic, the event’s planning committee has decided to take the holiday festivities in an entirely new direction this year.
Instead of the annual dinner, the committee is creating a new event called “A Very Merry West Seneca” that the entire residential and business community can enjoy and participate in. Festivities will include:
  • A tree-decorating competition between the service organizations and several local companies. Ten decorated trees will be on display Dec. 4-12 in the main atrium of the West Seneca Community Center & Library, located at 1300 Union Road. During that period of time, residents and visitors can stop to vote for their favorite tree. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on each of the decorated trees, with the highest bidders winning their favorite trees and a portion of the proceeds donated to two West Seneca nonprofit organizations — Kids Escaping Drugs and the SPCA Serving Erie County. Spot Coffee in the Community Center will also have special offers on hot chocolate throughout the event.
In addition to the five community organizations listed above, other businesses and organizations decorating trees include: Kids Escaping Drugs, SPCA Serving Erie County, West Seneca PBA, GEICO Local Office West Seneca and Western New York Federal Credit Union.
  • Also from Dec. 4-12, residents and visitors will be encouraged to shop, eat and play local! Restaurants, stores and entertainment venues in the town need your support now more than ever, and businesses will be encouraged to get into the spirit by decorating their establishments and offering special discounts during the nine-day period. Any businesses that would like to take part in the shop, eat and play local festivities Dec. 4-12 are encouraged to contact the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce at 674-4900 with their special offer.
  • And finally, residents and businesses throughout the town will be encouraged to light up West Seneca by decorating for the holidays. Organizers would like to see as many homes and businesses decorated as possible to lift community spirit and attract visitors from nearby communities to our town to see the lights and visit our businesses. Judges will award prizes to the best-decorated homes and businesses. Residents and businesses interested in participating in the lighting/decorating competition are encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 674-4900 with their address and contact information.
“While we’re sad that we are unable to continue the holiday dinner tradition this year, our service organizations are thrilled that the new approach will lift spirits during this difficult time and also support our businesses that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing pandemic,” said Joe Kirchmyer, executive director of the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce. “And who knows? If this event is a hit with our residents, businesses and visitors, it may be the beginning of a brand new West Seneca tradition that everyone can look forward to, participate in and enjoy!”
Culminating the festivities on Dec. 12 will be a Firetruck Parade through the town. More details will be announced at a later date.
Event sponsors include Western New York Federal Credit Union, GEICO Local Office West Seneca, Gardenville Blooms, Jerry and Arlene Hathaway, and Shell Fab Countertops & Casework. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact event chair Amy Thompson at amy.thompson25@gmail.com or the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce at 674-4900.