Cole Avenue Block Party Sept. 9By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Monday, September 04, 2006
Williamstown - First, town police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians will mingle with town residents at the town elementary school campus on Sept. 9; then, those who deliver the town's emergency services and Cal Ripken youth league baseball coaches will face off for a benefit softball game.
|A Sept. 9 Cole Avenue Block Party plans to offer opportunities to meet "Blue" the police search dog, "Blue's" police officer partner Michael Ziemba, and "Sparky the Fire Dog."[Photo from 2005 Cole Avenue Block Party]|
The third yearly Cole Avenue Block Party is set to kick off at 11 a.m., and the softball game is slated to begin soon after the block party concludes at 4 p.m..
The block party sponsors include the town police department, volunteer fire department, Village Ambulance Service, and other participating entities include the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and the Radio Shack Corporation.
A highlight of the event includes an opportunity to meet "Blue," a police department-owned bloodhound trained by his law enforcement partner police Officer Michael Ziemba. "Blue" has been called upon numerous occasions to put his talented nose to work and participate in missing persons searches and the tracking of those suspected of criminal activity. Another popular town personality, "Sparky the Fire Dog," is expected to be on hand during the block party.
A children's bicycle rodeo has been scheduled as part of a Cole Avenue block party.[Photo from 2005 Cole Avenue Block Party]
A Fire Safety House, which offers children techniques and tips about how to evacuate smoke-filled rooms, is expected to be on scene, and a bicycle rodeo is also on the party agenda. A "bouncy-bounce," cotton candy, silent auction, face-painting,and child safety seat inspections are planned as part of the fun.
Police Officer Amalio Jusino has agreed to test pitching arms and sharp-eyed aims by taking a seat inside a dunking booth.
There is no charge to enter the party or to watch the softball game. All monies raised by the event will be donated to the Williamstown Food Pantry.
The Williamstown Elementary School is located on Church Street.
Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or at 802-823-9367.