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August 19, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 19, 2019

Entertainment reminder…Mr. Mustard, known for performing music of the Beatles, will be on stage tomorrow (Tuesday, August 20) for the final Tuesday night concert of the 2019 season. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

ATTENTION: I was just made aware that Senators Rich Funke and Joe Robach are holding an electronics recycling event this coming Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 208 Eastman Ave. Rochester NY 14652, Kodak Park lot 42. Please note that each vehicle is limited to two CRTs/TVs with no exceptions. Visit www.sunnking.com/business/acceptable-materials for more information.

Do not miss this popular event! The annual used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library to benefit the Penfield Public Library, will begin on Wednesday, September 11 and run through Saturday, September 14. All are welcome! Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (half-price day); and Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3/bag, bring your own Tops/Wegmans reusable bag). Please note: Pre-sale for Friends of Penfield Public Library is Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00 to 9:00 PM. Friends membership is $10/family, $5/individual, and $5/senior couple. Renew early or join at the door!

The next FREE scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, September 14, 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield community annual bike drop will be held on Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the community center, 1985 Baird Road. Penfield Rotary will collect used bicycles and donated them to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, and recreation. For more information about R Community Bikes Inc. please go to www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts documenting all donations will be provided. The Penfield Community Bike Drop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation.

Mark your calendars for the third annual Penfield Education Foundation (PEF) 5K on Sunday, October 13 at the Penfield High School track; start time is 9:00 AM. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run,” which will not be officially timed, will follow the running of the 5K. Register by September 25. Fees: adults $25; students (age 18 and under) $15; children’s fun run (age 10 and under) requires no registration. Please register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Penfield/PenfieldEducationFoundation5K. The first 250 registrants will receive a Nalgene water bottle. Those registering by September 25 will receive a race tee-shirt.

The Bri-Pen senior rides program continues to be a wonderful service to transport individuals to medical appointments, religious services, and to the town recreation centers. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and are given free supplemental car insurance. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674.

Until next week…this is week two of our town employees’ four-week hydration challenge—we invite you to join in as well! The challenge is designed to encourage participants to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body; every system depends on water to work properly. Regardless of health status, we are all at risk of dehydration. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 15, 2019
Penfield Recreation's DEAR to Hold Art Symposium & Show

Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will be hosting a day-long Art Symposium and Show on Thursday, September 5, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM at Penfield Community Center. The fee is $15 to attend and will include a lunch lecture at 12:00 PM.

The Art Symposium is a FUNdraising event for DEAR which offer a variety of free classes and programs throughout the year on a variety of topics and curriculums. 

“We are experimenting with the conference-style programming,” says Pamela Gerace, Recreation Supervisor and creator of the adult life-long learning program, “concentrating on a particular subject and expanding the content over the day.”  

The itinerary for the day will begin with coffee and refreshments and a program on art appreciation at 9:00 AM, which includes basic theories of symbolism, content, and perception. The programs continue with a talk, demo, and workshop of Art Trading Cards by local artist Linda Marzano at 10:00 AM, a presentation from the Penfield Art Association at 11:30 AM, lunch and lecture by Rochester Artisan Works founder and president Louis Perticone at 12:00 PM, a presentation by Beth Dilcher entitled Matisse/Picasso African Masks and Cubism at 1:00 PM, a talk on Medieval Illuminated  Manuscripts by Rick Gough at 2:00 PM, art in historical fiction book review at 3:00 PM, and Art in the News at 3:30 PM. 

Do you own a piece of art you are curious about? Bring it this day and Nancy Johnson, volunteer art accessor for local not-for-profit art sales will be on hand, not to appraise, but to help you determine the authenticity, medium, and possible historical value of the work.  

Local artists have been invited to showcase their art throughout the day. If you would like to display your work, please contact Pam Gerace at Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8664.

This day is the first themed day event for DEAR, and will be followed this fall with a Day of Mystery Murder and Intrigue on Friday, November 8. That event will also be $15 and include lunch.  

Information about new free DEAR fall classes and programs can be found online at www.penfieldrec.org. 


August 15, 2019
Mr. Mustard at Penfield Amphitheater August 20

Penfield will welcome Mr. Mustard to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 20. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

Mr. Mustard is a tribute band to the music of The Beatles. George, Tom, Mike, Sergei, and Mick always deliver superb musicianship, strong vocals, and an engaging style that will make you laugh, cry, sing along, and return you to a time when you knew all the lyrics.

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. The final show of the 2019 season will be Mike Kornrich, and will be a kid/family-friendly show. The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 14, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Four Corners project notification

Scaffolding is going up around the popular Four Corners clock in preparation for a planned rehab to keep the clock ticking and looking great for all to enjoy as they pass through the intersection of Five Mile Line Road and Route 441. 


August 14, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Sewer project at town hall campus

In the coming weeks, Penfield DPW will begin a sewer installation project at the town hall campus that will run through the month of September.

The town hall has been on a septic system since its construction in 1965. This project will connect the town hall to the Jackson Road sewer system using an eight inch line that will run from Jackson Road to a connection just west of the town hall parking lot.

While this project is underway, the Columbus Crossing entrance to the town hall will be closed. Please use the Atlantic Avenue and north Jackson Road (near Dolomite Lodge) entrances when visiting the town hall or Veterans Memorial Park. 

DPW will begin preparing the site August. They will clear diseased pine trees and move boulders to improve public safety and make way for sewer installation. 

Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.


August 12, 2019
Supervisor's column August 12, 2019

Reminder…the next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13 with the John Bolger Blues Band on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 20, will feature Mr. Mustard (Beatles tribute).  All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase, I hope to see you there!

The annual Tastin’ the Blues amphitheater event is fast approaching, so mark your calendars for this very popular event that includes music performed by Steve Grills & the Roadmasters, featuring Joe Beard, a chili cook-off, and a beer sampling event! The program will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater, on the Kiwanis Stage located behind the town hall.

Also at this event, we will feature the second annual Dogs Day Out. There will be an agility course to try games for dogs and their humans, and DIY healthy dog treats. Dogs must be vaccinated, friendly, and on-leash for this event. Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. The event begins at 12:00 PM and will be located across the road from the amphitheater. 

My office is starting to receive calls and emails asking when the annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste event will be held. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at the Webster DPW, located at 1005 Picture Pkwy (off Hard Road) from 7:45 AM to 12:15 PM. This is a great opportunity to clean out garages and basements of old paints/stains, thinners/solvents, pesticides, pool/photo chemicals, automotive fluids, driveway sealers, and much more. Appointments are required. Schedule your time slot online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or contact the DPW offices at 340-8710. All collected material is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

CRAFTERS WANTED…Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) invites all crafters to participate in their 2019 Holiday Craft Fair set for Saturday, November 9 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Holiday time is a great time to showcase those talents and provide a unique shopping opportunity for the public. Our DEAR program continues to grow and expand with new programs and special events; the addition of the Holiday Craft Fair is a great complement to the upcoming fall programs. Those interested in participating should fill out an application, which can be found on the website at www.penfieldrec.org (click on ‘Forms’) or visit the Recreation office. Please direct questions to Pam Gerace at (585) 340-8664. There is a non-refundable deposit of $35 to participate in the fair.

Be on the lookout for the Fall 2019 Pen-Rec brochure that will be arriving in mailboxes very soon! This edition is filled with many new programs for residents of all ages.

Registration starts September 3 for the very popular Skaneateles Lake boat cruise scheduled for Wednesday, September 18—so be sure to reserve your spot early! Transportation for this event leaves the community center at 10:00 AM and returns at 5:00 PM; the fee is $25.00. (Registration # 449449-01 online or call 340-8655.) 

Important dates and events in history: August 14, 1945 – Japan surrenders “unofficially” ending World War II; August 15, 1914 – the Panama Canal opens for business; August 20, 1998 – American forces launch air strikes at two targets in retaliation for the American embassy bombings: a terrorist training facility in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan; and August 21, 1959 – Hawaii is the 50th state admitted to the Union.

Until next week…a reminder that today our employee wellness team and town employees begin a “Drink 8 to Hydrate Challenge.” This four-week hydration challenge is designed to encourage participants to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Please join us! If you try it, you will be amazed on how much better you feel. Good luck and stay hydrated this summer…I am off to fill my water bottle!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


August 7, 2019
John Bolger Blues Band at Penfield Amphitheater Aug 13

Penfield will welcome the John Bolger Blues Band to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 13. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

The John Bolger Blues Band is a trio that plays a wide variety of rock 'n' blues, swing, and rhythm & blues, as well as late 60's and early 70's rock. Dance or sit back and listen!

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. Upcoming shows include Mr. Mustard and Mike Kornrich. The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 5, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 5, 2019

Reminder…the next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6 with the “Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra” on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 13, will feature the “John Bolger Blues Band.” All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a Girl Scout Recognition Tea for the Millwheel Division as three young ladies each received their Gold Award; congratulations to Megan Gearinger, Kaitlyn Hoitt, and Megan Reilly. Congratulations also go to girl scouts Lilly Beckwith and Sarah Borkowski, each of whom earned their Silver Award. Your families and fellow scouts should be very proud of this achievement. Thank you for your efforts and support of our community, you make a difference each day in so many lives…thank you! 

The Pen-Rec Fall 2019 brochure is now available online at www.penfieldrec.org. Please check out all of the NEW and favorite programs we are offering this season! Registration will begin September 3 for Penfield residents, and September 10 for all others. Early registrations for a select few programs will begin August 12. Printed brochures will be mailed to homes within the next two weeks.

Do you like wine? Do you like painting? Why not try “Pint with Wine”? The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will be offering one more painting and refreshment FUNdraising event on Wednesday, August 21 at 12:30 PM at the Dolomite Lodge. Step by step instructions, paint, brushes, and canvas bag will be supplied. A winter scene will be chosen as the canvas design. Finger food refreshments will be served. The program is $25 and all materials are included. Registration is required, please go online at www.penfieldrec.org to sign up or call 340-8655.

You may have noticed that the edges and center line of Five Mile Line Road were recently milled. This was done in preparation for a micro-paving top that will be placed on August 15 depending on weather. Five Mile Line Road is a county road and our DPW is assisting on this project.

The Penfield Wellness Committee, in conjunction with our 17-member Health Care Consortium, is excited to begin the 2019 Drink 8 to Hydrate Challenge! What is Drink 8 to Hydrate? It is a four-week hydration challenge designed to encourage you to develop the practice of drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. The challenge runs August 12 to September 15. The committee asked me to encourage all of our residents to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day throughout the challenge period. You will be amazed on how much better you feel…good luck and stay hydrated this summer!

I close this week’s column recognizing the life of Judge Richard Rosenbaum. He was an individual who was larger than life—with a smile for everyone and a voice that filled a room. He played a role in national politics, advising four US Presidents as the Monroe County GOP Chairman, New York State Republican Chairman, and then Republican National Committeeman. 

A former State Supreme Court Justice and advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Rosenbaum twice attempted to obtain the nomination for New York State Governor; first in 1982 against businessman Lewis Lehrman and again in 1994 against eventual Governor George Pataki. He was a friend to many in the Rochester legal community, having served as a long-time partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm.

Rest in peace Judge, and thank you for your service to your town, county, and state. You have left a lasting mark on both the legal and political front across this state.

Until next week, enjoy the ongoing stretch of nice weather. Stop by the amphitheater over the next few weeks to enjoy the remainder of the summer concert series.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


July 30, 2019
Supervisor’s column July 30, 2019

The first of three years of the NYS Little League Championship in Penfield is in the history books! Congratulations to Haverstraw, who will advance to play the winners from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, August 4 to 10 in Bristol, Connecticut. The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

I would like to recognize Greg Kamp, President of Penfield Little League (PLL), and the PLL Board of Directors for all their work to make this event happen here in Penfield. I would also like to thank the many PLL players and their parents for volunteering, the Penfield Business Chamber, and the Penfield DPW Parks Department for their work on the fields and complex. Lastly, many thanks to all the wonderful sponsors who stepped up to support this amazing event. Your commitment to this program and our community is appreciated…thank you!

Our goal for the next two years working in partnership with PLL is to make this championship event bigger and better so that Little League International ALWAYS wants the NYS League Championship to stop in Penfield on the way to Williamsport!

The next amphitheater event is tonight, Tuesday, July 30, as “Paulsen & Baker” (kids/family) takes the stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 6, will feature the “Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.” All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall; food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

The next scenic trek hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Ellison Park. Discover the “offbeat” pathways that reveal the natural vistas. Please wear appropriate footwear and no pets are allowed. Meet at the south entrance, 1008 Penfield Road and look for the hike signs.

Bri-Pen Senior Rides…this community volunteer transportation service is for adults age 65 and older who require transportation to medical appointments, religious services and town community centers. Clients must be ambulatory and not on oxygen (Canes and walkers are fine. Service cannot accommodate wheelchairs.)

Older adults who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield are eligible to receive this client donation-based service. Rides are available 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) on weekdays for medical appointments, on weekends for religious services, and any day for community centers. For planning purposes, ride requests must be made one to three weeks in advance. Rides are dependent on driver availability, and the service may not be used for medical appointments that require any type of sedation.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND DISPATCHERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteer drivers are screened and trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and they receive supplemental insurance for their services. Dispatchers work out of their home one day a week for three hours or less. Please call 585-340-8674 to request enrollment in the program, to schedule a ride, or volunteer.

Looking for a unique and always appreciated gift for someone? Give your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Road, or over the phone with a credit card: (585) 340-8655, option 0. Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use—the gift of wellness!

Until next week, enjoy the latter part of the week…warm temperatures, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine. This is what we wait for every year!

Tony 

supervisor@penfield.org


July 25, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Come support NYS Little League Championship in Penfield

If you don’t already know this, the New York State Little League baseball championship tournament for 10-12 year olds is underway this week at the Penfield Little League Complex at the town hall. This is an exciting event for Penfield Little League to host and great fun to watch. The fields are in top condition and the volunteers at Rose’s café are busy serving hungry fans, families, and players. With this event comes many visitors to Penfield. If you see teams and their families out and about at hotels, restaurants, stores—or just about anywhere—please say hello and welcome them to Penfield.

Today (Thursday) the teams have a break from playing and are out in the community attending camps and doing other activities. However, players will be back at the complex to compete in a home run derby today at 3:30 PM. Games resume Friday and continue through the championship game on Sunday. I encourage you to come out to the ball park to enjoy the atmosphere and take in a game or two. 

If you can’t get there in person, you can watch the games live from behind home plate on Zabkar field courtesy of Penfield Community TV. Here’s how:

Streaming live from www.penfieldtv.org and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield Television”)

If you live in the town of Penfield you can watch on Penfield Community Access TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1301

If you are not a cable subscriber or live outside Penfield and have Roku TV, you can install the free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV)

Thank you to our team at Penfield Community TV for this coverage.

Penfield Little League was awarded a three-year contract to host this New York State Little League Championship Tournament, so mark your calendars for this same week over the next two summers to support and enjoy this great event.

Also, congratulations to the Penfield Little League 8-10 Girls Softball team for winning the New York State Championship for their age group last Sunday. The team went undefeated in four games and now go on to compete in the Eastern Regionals in Jenkins Township, PA. Good luck ladies!

I hope to see you at the ball park this weekend!

Tony


July 23, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Roadway improvement project along Old Penfield Road

If you live or travel along Old Penfield Road from Brookhill Apartments up to Gentles Farm Market you will soon see a road improvement project underway. DPW crews have already cut back vegetation along this stretch of road to prepare the work area. In the coming days, the road will be milled and a new base added to the current road. After a curing period (about mid-August) a new top will be added and the road will be striped. The schedule is weather-dependent. This work is long overdue and a portion is being paid for by a grant given to Penfield by Assemblyman Mark Johns. Construction signs and flag people will help direct traffic. Please drive safely in this construction zone and all construction zones as fines are doubled for violations.


July 22, 2019
Penfield Players' Readers' Theatre: Story Theatre

The Penfield Players will present a free readers’ theatre performance of Paul Sills’ award-winning play, Story Theatre, at the Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m.

Directed by Carl Del Buono, Story Theatre retells famous fables from the Brothers Grimm to Aesop in a ground-breaking style that became a hallmark of Sills’ career. Audience members will be reintroduced to Henny Penny, the Golden Goose; Venus and the Cat; the Fisherman and his Wife; and the Robber Bridegroom among many others.

The cast features:

•Julia Coffey

•Doug Curry

•Kenya Malcolm

•Donna Nauman

•Gary Nauman

•Brent Neeley

•Maria Sanguedolce

•Karen Wilson 

“I am so pleased to have been invited to direct this classic, funny show—and in a welcoming community venue like the amphitheater, no less,” says Del Buono. “With over 60 characters performed by eight actors, this is going to be an incredibly fun evening for all.”

Story Theatre will be performed at the Penfield Amphitheater at 3100 Atlantic Avenue in Veterans Memorial Park behind Penfield Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, and enjoy a picnic supper before and during the show. In the event of rain, the reading will take place in the Penfield Community Center at 1985 Baird Road.

Readers' theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors, rather than memorizing lines, interpret them while holding their scripts. Like storytelling, readers' theatre frees audiences from the physical limitations of conventional theatre, letting imaginations soar.Admission to Story Theatre is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, please visit www.penfieldplayers.org or visit The Penfield Players Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PenfieldPlayers.

About Carl Del Buono

Carl Del Buono is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NYC. Regional acting credits include: INDECENT (Sholem Asch/Others) JCC CenterStage, THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie) JCC CenterStage, MY FAIR LADY (Quartet) Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (George) Blackfriars Theatre, ROMEO AND JULIET (Friar Laurence) WallByrd Theatre Co., LITTLE WOMEN (Prof. Bhaer) Blackfriars Theatre, ANGELS IN AMERICA (Prior) Method Machine. Mr. Del Buono is a freelance theatre artist with work and interests spanning the fields of acting, directing, singing, private coaching, classroom instruction, voice-over work, and writing all with a heavy emphasis on language and literature.

About the Penfield Players

The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theatre organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, now in its 54th season of great performances. It’s one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theatre, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome.


July 22, 2019
Supervisor's column July 22, 2019

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” this Thursday, July 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. The County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.

Reminder…the next amphitheater event is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23 with the “Jumbo Shrimp” on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, July 30, will feature “Paulsen & Baker” (for kids/family).  All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall; food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

I have completed the first review of expenses and anticipated revenue for the 2020 budget with our Comptroller and all department heads. We continue to “scrub” the numbers based on continual input and updates on health care, retirement, Workers Compensation, and insurances. We will begin meeting with the town board over the next several weeks to review all of the department requests. We are scheduled to release the Tentative Budget on September 18 and will hold a public hearing on October 2 for residents to comment. The board will adopt the Final Budget at the October 16 meeting.

Adventure Camp for ages 10 to 14 begins August 19 and runs through August 23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This week-long camp is intended for adventurous participants who enjoy being outdoors! Every day will include a different adventure with activities like hiking, rafting/paddling, biking, climbing, and other outdoor type excursions. Every participant will receive an adventure camp itinerary one week prior to the start of adventure camp. Drop-off/pick-up is at Harris Whalen Lodge and the fee is $200.

“Under the Tent” events at Brandt Point Park at BayTowne Plaza, 1900 Empire Blvd. are underway every Wednesday and Thursday. Penfield Farmers & Craft Market runs each Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:30 PM through October 30. Cruise Nights run every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM through October 3. For more information about these and many other events at this location go to www.mybaytowne.com

Important dates and events in history: July 21, 1861 – Confederate forces win the first Battle of Bull Run; July 23, 1868 – The 14th Amendment is added to the Constitution. (The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” One of three amendments passed during the Reconstruction era to abolish slavery and establish civil and legal rights for black Americans, it would become the basis for many landmark Supreme Court decisions over the years.) July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union.

Until next week, enjoy the less humid weather ahead. Please remember all the great baseball games scheduled this week at the Penfield Little League complex as teams from across New York State are competing for the opportunity to go to Williamsport, PA to compete in the Little League World Series. Come watch a game or two if you can…good luck to all!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


July 19, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield July 25

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, July 25, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.” 

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/health-vitalrecords.php. Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process. 

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.


July 18, 2019
JUMBOshrimp at Penfield Amphitheater July 23

Penfield will welcome the band JUMBOshrimp to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, July 23. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

JUMBOshrimp was created in 2006 and has been entertaining Rochester for more than a decade. Billed as ‘The Biggest Little Band in Rochester,’ two guys do it all—Tom on vocals and guitar and Ian on the ‘Clamsteamer’ (cocktail drum kit of his own creation). They have a wide repertoire, something for everyone.

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. Upcoming shows include Paulsen & Baker, Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, John Bolger Blues Band, and more! The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.




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