Councilman Hayes Selected 2019 Public Servant of the Year

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Councilman Michael Hayes, at left, receives the inaugural Public Servant of the Year Award from The Dunmorean, presented by publisher John M. Hart Jr.

By John M. Hart Jr.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to my community and as long as I live it will be my privilege to serve it in anyway I can.“ – George Bernard Shaw.

Councilman Michael Hayes exhibits those words to the fullest every day and deserves to be named a public servant of the year for his exemplary service to all who call Bucktown home.

Whether it’s at the Little League field, the senior center, or doing his best with his daughter to remind us of the importance of recycling, Michael shows that with whether sitting on the Borough Council or following a rich history of family business at Nardozzi’s Pizza on Blakely Street, he lives and breathes what it means to not only be a good neighbor, but a great neighbor.

In the 34 years I have been publishing this newspaper, I have met very few elected officials who can rise to the level of Michael Hayes in his commitment.

Hayes, son of Margaret Nardozzi Dee and the late William Hayes, grew up learning from his grandfather, Salvatore Nardozzi Sr., and ever since he was old enough to push a broom or wash a dish, he has worked at his family’s business, Nardozzi’s Pizza.

Michael took over as co-owner, along with his now deceased uncle, Sal Nardozzi Jr., when his grandfather passed away in the early 2000s. Michael still proudly owns and operates the family business right here in Dunmore.

Michael also serves as a Dumore Borough Councilman; past president of Dunmore Lion’s Club; past co-founder of the Dunmore Neighborhood Watch; team sponsor and volunteer for both Dunmore Biddy and Dunmore Little League.

You may have seen Michael Hayes on television recently. He, along with his wife Virginia Capo Hayes, and daughter, Bella, made regional news when they gave away free pizza to federal employees during the Government shutdown.

This was not the first time the media was able to capture him doing random acts of kindness in the community. When the water mains broke, he and his late Uncle Sal Jr. were seen handing out gallons of water to Dunmore residents with pallets in front of their family business, even coordinating water delivery by members of the Dunmore football team to those who couldn’t make it down to their store.

Always known to donate pizza trays to Dunmore organizations in need, Michael says giving back to the community is one of the most important things a local business can do.

Michael is now proud to announce the creation of the Salvatore Nardozzi Jr. and Sr, Scholarship Fund, which will be administered by his mother and chaired by his sister, Dr. Katherine Stefanelli.

Councilman Hayes: “There is No Place Like Dunmore”

Councilman Michael HayesBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore Councilman Michael Hayes, now in his second term, strongly believes there is no community like the one he serves.

“I’ve lived in Dunmore my whole life,” he said. “I was born and raised on Foote Street. I live on Rigg Street now. There is no town like Dunmore. I would not want to live anywhere else in the world.

“We always pull together as a community here. Dunmore is a great place to raise a family. There is no better place.

“We have the best service departments. We have the best DPW, fire department and police departments.

“There is a great community feeling here. We are thriving as a borough. We got ourselves completely over the stagnation from a few years back.

“When someone from Dunmore needs something, this whole town pulls together. You can see that with the turnout whenever there is a benefit or a charitable function.”

Son of Peggy Nardozzi Dee, R.N., and the late William Hayes, the Dunmore Councilman is a graduate of Penn State University where he received a B.S. in political science. Hayes, 38, is co-owner/operator of Dunmore’s famous Nardozzi’s Pizza.

Married to the former Virginia Capo, the couple has one daughter, Bella, 6, a first grade student at Dunmore Elementary Center.

Hayes talked about some of the future goals in the borough as a Dunmore Councilman.

“Well, first we want to increase public safety. We want to make sure the town is environmentally safe by monitoring water, air and soil.

“We want to expand on programs for the youth such as the summer recreation programs which currently serve over 300 children. We want to continue renovating and fixing our borough parks.

“We want to continue bringing businesses to Dunmore such as two recent ones, the Case Quattro Winery and the Spruce Time Mead and Cider Works.”

Hayes talked about the borough’s biggest accomplishments since he became a Councilman.

“The biggest accomplishment has to be the borough becoming fiscally sound. And this happened through very savy financial management.

“Borough Council was especially fortunate to have people like Mike McHale. With his finance and accounting background, he helped the borough in the past decade become financially responsible and stable.

“McHale is a financial brain. The topic of the town a few years back was the borough filing for bankruptcy. That never needed to happen. Now the town is fiscally in a great position. So that is a huge accomplishment achieved in the past decade.

“Another nice thing going on in the borough are the home town hero banners. Vito Ruggerio, of the Dunmore Borough clerical office, and his staff are doing a great job distributing them. There were 300 banners hung in the first round and it will soon expand even more.”

Hayes said his mom, a state inspector in the health care system, is currently battling Lupus. He said the community has also shown strong support for his mom.

“This is a great town to live in and to serve,” he said. “There is no place like Dunmore. Everyone knows each other here. We are all out to help each other. That’s a fact. The community rallies behind its residents all the time.”

Dunmore Lion’s Club Sets June Celebration

The Dunmore Lion’s Club will hold it’s annual summer celebration on Saturday June 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Park in Dunmore.

Michael Hayes, President of the Dunmore Lion’s Club said they are very excited to have outside food vendor’s this year and that its open to the public.

“We will have vendor’s of all types selling their goods this year to the public,” said Hayes. “From Nardozzi’s Pizza to the Sweet Lush Cupcakery even Goodwill Industries will have clothing donation bins set up for that day. We really hope the community will come out to support the event.”

The Dunmore Lion’s Club often does work behind the scenes to help with those in need in the community, from donating wheelchairs and eye glasses to giving out Scholarships to students from Holy Cross and Dunmore Highschool.

“This is a great opportunity for people in our community to come out and learn about their local Lion’s Club, all while frequenting some of our supporting vendors from the area.”

The Dunmore Lion’s Club has also donated tasers to the Dunmore Police Department and infrared cameras to the Dunmore Fire Department. Along with supporting White Cane, the Club’s mission is to continue to help those in need in the community, especially those who are hard of seeing and hearing.

“We are still accepting vendors for the event,” said Hayes. “The $100 donation goes to the clubs operating costs and all vendor sale proceeds go straight to the vendors to keep.”

Vendors that may be interested should contact the Dunmore Lion’s Club President, Michael Hayes at michaelhayes2008@gmail.com or via Facebook.