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He said he has noticed other businesses scaling back their celebrations this year, too.
Iosua said he is disappointed the city doesn't still offer the event.
He said the slowdown in activity is not related to the economy, but rather people just wanting to have a day off to relax.
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Activity from the city government in Fitchburg and Leominster has slowed down.
He said such a festivity that could provide a trolley service or some type of transportation between the Fitchburg and Leominster downtowns could help unite businesses in the cities.
"It's hard to get volunteers for that night," Mazzarella said.
"Cost was a factor," Mylott said. "I think first nights across the country have slowed down, people have found other things to do."
"I was a cop for 15 years before I was mayor and I remember everyone used to do something, but that's not the case anymore," he said. "If people go out, they go out and eat, then they come back and watch the ball drop on TV."
"I think there's a benefit whenever the public and private sector can unite," he said.
"We have a community we cater to that loves to dance, and that's what they wanted, was a place to dance on New Years," he said. "We got a lot of requests for it."
2005 was the last time the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce organized a FirstNight celebration after 11 years of hosting the event.
He said the city offers families other events throughout the year as a way for the community to come together and said it is unnecessary to run such an event for the city.
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He said if the city approached him about doing the event, he would likely be receptive to the idea.
Leominster Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella agreed, saying he has noticed that this year, and in the past couple of years, there is less interest in New Year's Eve parties.
"It seems pretty flat this year," he said.
He said the dance floor at Leominster Eagles Hall will be open and feature the Mr. Nick Band with tickets on sale for $15.
"I think people are able to find things that are meaningful to them to do," he said.
hard to do something big this year," he said. "With the high expenses of gas and heat, businesses just don't feel consumers are interested in a big party like that."
"A benefit of that combination is that it will keep more people in this area," he said. "One challenge is that many people leave this area for their entertainment, our goal is to do what we can to encourage them to stay local."
said while his business has been planning to host a New Year's Eve party tonight, other area businesses are facing a crunch.
great loss to residents.
Fitchburg Mayor Dan H. Mylott said interest in the First Night celebration decreased in the final years.
"The first one I did two years ago was all out," he said. "The second one last year was a little less, and with the economy this year, I think it's a good idea to do an inexpensive New Year's thing."
"Now everyone sees it as a night and a day to turn their cell phones off, relax, take a day off," he said.
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