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‘Love Massena Day’ set for July 27 at Alcoa Field

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MASSENA — A local church is spearheading efforts to celebrate the good in Massena.

New Testament Church plans to sponsor a community event it is calling “Love Massena Day” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 at Alcoa Field. The church is coordinating with the Massena Recreation Commission for use of the field that day and has a number of activities planned.

“The idea wasn’t mine,” said the Rev. Donald C. Curry, pastor of New Testament Church. “Several people from the church said in light of what’s happened on the Alcoa side of town, some of the negative things that have happened, let’s do something positive for the community.”

Leaders from the planning group have held an organizational meeting to coordinate the event as a way to give back to the community, he said. They’ve received the support of village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier and members of the Greater Massena Ministerial Association, the Rev. Mr. Curry said.

Three tents will be set up that day, according to the Rev. Mr. Curry: one for food, one for music and one called “Lots for Tots,” which will feature slightly used children’s clothing that can be purchased for $1 apiece.

The music tent will include live tunes from Massena musicians as well as a professional disc jockey. The food tent will feature free hot dogs and drinks.

There will be other activities, such as face painting and balloon creations, and artist Marion Bradish will have a collage in which children can draw lines.

“She did a huge 24-foot by 4-foot collage for the town of Canton. We asked her if she would do one for us. The little kids can draw lines. It’s a huge art collage creation that people can add to. It’s symbolic of your community,” the Rev. Mr. Curry said.

Organizers plan to have a tennis clinic with local tennis pro Bruce Beckstead, as well as a free basketball clinic at the courts next to the tennis complex.

The Rev. Mr. Curry said they plan to have a car wash and, if time allows, a soccer game at Alcoa Field.

“We’re doing this because we love God and we love Massena and we’re trying to bring hope to Massena in a tough time,” he said.

Massena Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey told the Massena Joint Recreation Commission on Tuesday that it would help in any way it could, including ensuring the grass is mowed and picking up any trash where activities will be held that day.

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