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New Kensington adds dinner to holiday celebration

New Kensington officials plan to add a light-up night and community dinner to New Kensington’s holiday celebrations this year.

Mayor Tom Guzzo said several organizers were hoping to host a free dinner at Thanksgiving, but decided to push the event back once they realized several turkey dinners already were planned in the area.

Instead, Guzzo said organizers decided to combine the dinner with the annual holiday parade and have an extended celebration.

The Mayor’s Community Holiday Dinner will begin about 5:30 p.m. Friday at the New Kensington Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 fire hall on Fourth Avenue.

Guzzo said the evening will start with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at Central City Plaza about 5 p.m. Then officials will walk down the block to the fire hall and serve dinner until about 8 p.m.

“There are so many people who don’t have somewhere to go during the holidays,” Guzzo said. “It’s our way of letting the community know the City of New Kensington is there.”

Guzzo said city officials, firefighters, members of The River and Mount St. Peter churches and others will volunteer to cook and serve the meal.

By moving the dinner from Thanksgiving, Guzzo said they also will be able to serve a larger variety of food.

“We are all very fortunate in our lives,” Guzzo said. “We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to share a nice meal, have a few laughs.”

Guzzo said he hopes senior citizens from the high rise apartments across from the fire hall and elsewhere in the city will attend.

The city’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a children’s event with Santa at city hall.

“I’d like this to be an annual event,” Guzzo said. “Everyone we’ve talked to has just been tremendously enthusiastic.”

Additional Information:

If you go

What: New Kensington holiday celebration

• Tree lighting, 5 p.m. Friday, Central City Plaza

• Mayor’s Community Holiday Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Friday, No. 1 fire hall, 785 Fourth Ave.

• Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown

Details: To volunteer or donate, call city hall at 724-337-4523


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