April 16, 2019
Electric Vehicle Car Show April 27
The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 27, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. All enthusiasts are invited to participate and register for the event at https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1712 .
Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display, and members will be on-hand to answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a variety of electric cars provided by the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. The show is expected to include a the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and a strong showing from the local Tesla club. “This year’s electric car show is one of hundreds taking place nationwide on National Drive Electric Earth Day,” said Bob Kanauer, show organizer. “Each year the number of cars and visitors increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This is a great opportunity to see and learn more about plug-in electric vehicles.”
This is the eighth year the town is hosting the electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park.
Supervisor Tony LaFountain said, “This annual car show has become a wonderful tradition in Penfield. We are happy to help educate residents on the benefits of the growing electric vehicle industry and showcase the newest models along with cars owned by innovative enthusiasts.”
Event organizers include the Town of Penfield Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC), The New York State Electric Automobile Association (NYSEAA), and Greater Rochester Clean Cities (GRCC).
Direct questions regarding the event to show organizer Bob Kanauer at email@example.com or 585.377.2783.
April 16, 2019
Supervisor's column April 16, 2019
The New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a construction contract on a $4 million project to rehabilitate Empire Boulevard (also known as State Routes 941B and 404) between Helendale Road in the town of Irondequoit and Gravel Road in the town of Webster. The project, which includes the resurfacing of the road and the addition of new turning lanes and pedestrian accommodations, will improve driving conditions along this busy thoroughfare that stretches through the town of Penfield and serves a busy commercial corridor in our community.
In addition to resurfacing the road, the project will add pavement markings and turning lanes at key locations to improve traffic flow and enhance safety. These include a center, two-way left turn lane between Plank Road and the Bay/Creek Street intersection and a new left turn lane for westbound traffic turning onto Plank Road. Construction will soon be underway and is expected to last through the fall. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department. The group is in its 53rd season of providing an entertaining, welcoming, and intimate theater experience for its ensemble and audience members. They are currently getting ready for the spring melodrama entitled Peril on the High Seas, or Let's Get Together and Do Launch by Billy St. John.
All aboard the H.M.S. Majestic for a riotous adventure in this full length melodrama set in the Roaring Twenties! Little does our heroine, the heiress Merry Ann Sweet, know that she is the intended victim of the villainous Snively Swine's kidnapping plot. With his partner, the slinky and exotic Aracnia Webb, Swine disguises himself as Sir Reginald Rottentot, a British nobleman, in order to gain the confidence of Merry and her flapper friends, Mitzi, Ritzy, and Ditzy. But Merry falls for the handsome waiter, Cary de Mille. Poor Cary - he loves Merry, too, but ship's policy says he can't get involved with a passenger. Must these two ships pass in the night? Not if Merry's flapper friends can help it! Together, they transform Merry from a shy young lady into a red-hot jazz baby. Meanwhile, Swine launches his kidnap scheme. It's sink or swim for Cary. Can he save Merry and stay out of Aracnia's clutches? It's up to the passengers - movie star Mary Pickaxe, gossip columnist Hedda Hoper, detective Willy Ketchum and more - to help Cary put the damper on Swine.
Performances will be held at 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday April 26, 27 and May 3,4,10, 11. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM on May 5. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Road) and tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldrec.org. You may sign in or if you do not have a login, click "Browse Tickets," select a performance, and then follow the prompts. Tickets will be held at the door (will call) of the Penfield Community Center. Ticket pre-sales online for $12.00 will stop at 4:00 PM on Friday for that weekend's show. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. You may also purchase tickets by phone at 340-8655 between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Mark your calendars for the opening day of Penfield Little League, scheduled for Saturday, April 27 starting at 9:00 AM. This annual event attracts several thousand baseball and softball players and their families and, in my mind, truly represents the arrival of spring. While I will remain optimistic, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 if the weather on the 27th is wet, I hope to see you there…play ball!
The Penfield Recreation Department will be holding a Bike Safe Workshop for kids on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This workshop is for children ages 8 to 14. This workshop is a great way to get ready for National Bike Month, which begins May 1. Biking is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful Penfield community, save money on gas, and reduce pollution. In this three-hour course kids will learn important bike safety skills through on- and off-bike lessons, including bike basics, proper helmet usage, pre-biking safety checks, rules of riding, rules of the road, hand signals, and more. Fun games will be included to help with skill mastery.
The fee for this program is $15.00 per student and the program is open to residents and non-residents of Penfield. Participants must register through Penfield Recreation at webtrac.penfield.org, or at the Penfield Recreation office at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For questions or more information, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.
Until next week, please be well and be safe!
April 8, 2019
Supervisor’s column April 8, 2019: Guest columnist Jim Costello, Director of Development Services
It is my pleasure to give you my annual update of construction activity and new business development taking place within the town. The most talked about topic this season is the status of the Clark House and the former Shadow Pines golf course. The Shadow Pines Land Use Committee has been working feverishly since last September to prepare and finalize its land use recommendations to the Town Board. The Committee is expected to complete its report to the board on April 9th. The report will be available to the public on the town’s website shortly thereafter. The town has also prepared a Request for Proposals (RFP) for prospective entrepreneurs who may be interested in leasing the Clark House. The RFP was made available on the town’s website (www.penfield.org) on March 7th along with an extensive video tour of the facility. Anyone interested in leasing the Clark House is encouraged to contact Anna Knapton at 340-8630 for more information and to schedule a tour of the building.
Many other projects are in various stages of development or are in review and approval phases with the Town Board and Planning Board. In the Four Corners area, Dr. Merkley is in the process of completing his new 5,000 square foot dental office at 2099 Five Mile Line Road. He will be relocating from 2084 Five Mile Line Road and we are happy to see him remain in the Four Corners. Speaking of dental offices, Dr. You Jia is finalizing work on her new 2,000 square foot dental office at 2100 Penfield Road and we wish her the best as well.
The Town Board approved the development of the Laurelton Animal Hospital at 1467 Empire Blvd. Dr. Ken Boehm is relocating his business from Irondequoit to Penfield. Construction on his new 6,000 square foot animal hospital will start in the next month or two. We welcome Ken to Penfield.
Penfield Veterinary Hospital at 1672 Penfield Road is in the process of constructing a 1,400 square foot addition to its facility. The addition will provide additional work area for staff. Between our new dental offices and veterinary improvements, Penfield residents and their pets should have the healthiest teeth in Monroe County!
Both the Ellison Height 180 unit apartment project at 1200 Penfield Road and the Waters’ Edge 339 unit apartment project on Empire Blvd. adjacent to Murphy’s Law have been completed and are occupied.
The Oak and Apple Cidery, located at 1600 Dublin Road, was constructed last year and opened last August. Owners Christian and Christina Krapf, to their amazement, had a very successful first season, selling out all of their various hard and sweet ciders. We look forward to their continued success.
Wickham Farms has received all of its approvals and is relocating its agri-business operation from 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road to 1315 Sweets Corners Road. Wickham’s agri-business continues to include his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, corn mazes, apple picking, agricultural educational events and birthday parties on the south side of Sweets Corners Road, at the intersection of Dublin Road; and yes, the giant bouncy pillow will be relocated as well.
Wickham Farms has sold its property located immediately to the north of the Eastside Y, at 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, also located in the Mixed Use zoning district, to Home Leasing and Episcopal Senior Communities. The two have partnered and have received approval from the Planning Board to construct 183 apartment units consisting of 113 independent units, 40 assisted living units and 30 memory care units as well as 7,800 square feet of commercial area. Construction is anticipated to start by the end of this year. This project was the first residential application to be approved by the town in the recently created Mixed Use zoning district.
The Planning Board has received an application for the development of an office park for 350,000 square feet of gross building space on 55+/- acres, on the west side of Panorama Trail, south of Panorama Creek Drive. In 2018, the Town Board issued a grading permit to allow the construction of an access road to allow the developers, John Summers and Rich LeFrois, the ability to market the site to interested parties. They are currently before the Planning Board to address any environmental issues relating to the project. Portions of the property include the former Camp Haccamo site and residual lands formerly owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific and the DelMonte Corp.
Penfield saw several popular businesses close in recent months. Most notably Party City, Payless Shoes, and Famous Footwear at Panorama Plaza, Bruegger’s Bagels at PenFair Plaza, Arby’s on Creek Street, Grossman’s Nursery on Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Lindburger’s Restaurant at Wegman’s Plaza on Penfield Road, Itacate Mexican Restaurant on Penfield Road, ABVI Goodwill Fashions on Bay Road, and Napa Valley Pizza at Baytowne Plaza.
The good news is that there are several new businesses that have opened or are about to open such as Secret Ingredients Cupcakes at 1991 Empire Blvd., Verizon Wireless at 1930 Empire Blvd., Ferrari’s Pizza and Shoe Dept. at Baytowne Plaza, Spiedie Restaurant at 1998 Empire Blvd., Cam’s Pizzeria at 2487 Browncroft Blvd., Board and Brush at 900 Panorama Trail South, and Planet Fitness at Panorama Plaza. Also, Quicklee’s is in the process of purchasing the former Penfield Service Center at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, the former Schoenhardt Mobil at the intersection of Penfield Road and Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, and the former Hess station at Panorama Plaza. Upgrades are proposed for all three sites. The Four Corners has recently welcomed several new businesses as well. Among them are Joey Gatt’s Food and Cocktails, Aspenleiter Vacuum and Sewing Machine Sales & Service, Gurcan Tailors, the relocation of Panorama Oral Surgery, Radiant Sun Acupuncture, and Whitman Art Works.
There are several residential projects under construction. Most notably, Abbington Place, located on the west side of Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, is starting its sixth, and final phase of construction this summer. This 14 lot phase will complete the 102 single family patio home project constructed by Crosstown Construction. Redstone Builders has requested approval to construct the final phase of the Crown Pointe subdivision, consisting of 7 lots located on the south side of Plank Road, east of Shoecraft Road. This will complete the 88 lot subdivision. Construction is expected to start this summer. Redstone Builders is also currently before the Planning Board requesting approval of a 13 lot subdivision at 1725 Scribner Road. Mascot Homes has received approval to construct a 16 lot subdivision, known as Capstone, on the east side of Creek Street, north of Bunker Hill Drive. The developer has completed the roadway, drainage system, and construction of new homes is underway.
Ryan Homes has met with the Planning Board to discuss the conceptual development of a 75 lot subdivision on the southeast corner of Plank and Jackson Roads. The Planning Board is preparing a response to the developers as of the date of this article.
Finally, Heritage Christian Services has acquired the former Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1280 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. The site has been vacant for some time and they intend to use the building for day habilitation programs for their clients and are currently before the Zoning Board of Appeals seeking approval for the use.
I hope this helps to inform you to what is happening in the areas of new construction (both proposed and underway) and business development in Penfield. Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding any of the projects discussed in this article.
April 3, 2019
Solar array at DPW now online
The Town of Penfield has completed installation of a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic array at its DPW complex at 1607 Jackson Road. The solar array was tested and commissioned by RG&E on March 29; it is now online and delivering renewable power to the grid.
The solar array consists of 3,648 solar modules (each 345 watts) driving 38 inverters. The system is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually. Solar panels are attached to pile driven racks and the entire array is fenced in.
The energy produced by this array is directly connected to RG&E’s utility grid and is expected to offset approximately 75 percent of the Town of Penfield’s overall electrical usage at its main facilities (town hall, community center, DPW). This production is the equivalent of powering 120 households for one year.
“The Town of Penfield has a goal of achieving long-term energy cost reductions and price predictability using clean, sustainable energy for the benefit of the environment and Penfield taxpayers,” said supervisor Tony LaFountain. “The town board, Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC), and staff began working with Larsen Engineering in 2013 to explore, then pursue, this solar project.”
Since then, the town has been working with Larsen Engineering to design, fund, and implement a ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the DPW complex. Larsen engineers studied the town’s historical electric billing records and property assets to identify optimal locations for developing a solar project. Technical and economic criteria were considered for site evaluation, and ultimately Larsen proposed a solar array at the Jackson Road DPW.
The project is being funded through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun solar PV incentive program for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems.
Like many municipal solar installations, the solar array is being financed through a solar power purchase agreement (PPA)—an agreement in which a developer arranges for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar energy system on a customer’s property at little to no cost to taxpayers.
The system is entirely designed, engineered, installed, and funded by developer. The developer sells the power generated to the host customer at a fixed rate that is lower than the local utility’s retail rate.
The customer and developer both benefit from the PPA. The customer benefits short- and long-term from lower, predictable electricity compared to electricity purchase directly from the grid. The developer benefits from income received from the sale of electricity and any tax credits or incentives generated from the system.
PPAs typically range from 10 to 25 years. Throughout the contract period, the developer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system. At the end of the PPA contract, the customer may opt to extend the PPA, buy the system from the developer and receive the direct benefit of the low-cost electricity, or have the developer remove the system.
In this case, the customer is the Town of Penfield, the site is the DPW complex at 1607 Jackson Road, the designer is Larsen Engineering, and the developer/provider is Tesla.
Supervisor LaFountain adds, “I have been asked why we chose solar, and how this system can possibly work in our cloudy, snowy climate. We chose this path because sunlight is a renewable energy resource. Solar electric systems convert energy from the sun into electricity even on cloudy days. Compared to electricity generated by fossil fuels, electricity generated by solar arrays are sustainable and create no noise, air, or water pollution. Importantly, solar-sourced electricity and the ability to lock in electricity costs over a period of time through a PPA will reduce energy costs and save taxpayer dollars.”
To date, the town has successfully implemented three other solar projects. The first is a small self-sufficient sewer pump station that went online in 2012. Next, a solar powered crosswalk signal was installed at on Scribner Road at Scribner Road elementary school in 2013. That was followed in March, 2014 with a solar panel array installation on the roof of the Harris Whalen Lodge that provides nearly half of that facility’s annual electric needs. This installation has the ability to expand in the future.
The Town of Penfield will continuously look for more ways to reduce energy use through energy efficient lighting (including LED streetlight replacements), HVAC upgrades, improved insulation, window replacements, electric vehicle charging stations, and other sustainable practices.
April 1, 2019
Supervisor's guest column from Chris Bilow, Recreation Director, April 1, 2019
It is a pleasure and privilege to guest write for the supervisor’s column on behalf of the Recreation Department.
The summer period is a busy time for all and the Recreation Department is no different! We have many programs and events planned for this summer, so be sure to check out the summer brochure which will be available in early April. Look for several NEW formats to a number of the regular seasonal events and programs.
To begin, the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage the concert series format has changed. All performances will be on Tuesday nights (except the Food Truck Rodeo and Tastin’ the Blues). The season opens Tuesday, June 11 and extends all the way through the summer with the final concert on August 27. This expanded season now provides 13 concerts plus two special events; the Food Truck Rodeo on June 7 will kick off the season and Tastin’ the Blues on September 14 will again be our finale.
We are also making some changes to our Summer Camp session format to give busy families more flexibility. We are offering NEW one-week sessions to better match family schedules, and our Scribner Road Elementary School camp will join the Penfield Community Center as a second location offering “before” and “after” programs to accommodate the need for early drop off and late pick up.
I am excited to share that we are launching a NEW program for our youngest campers with Pee Wee Summer Day Camp at Scribner Road Elementary School. This program is for children ages 3 to 6 who might not be ready for regular Summer Day Camp. Campers will enjoy a wide range of age-appropriate activities and experiences. Pen-Rec Pee Wee participants can registered to attend morning, afternoon, or full day.
In March, the Recreation & Parks Five Year Master Plan Update committee finalized its draft of the update. A public hearing on the draft is scheduled for May 15 at the Town Hall beginning at 7:00 PM. The committee solicited opinions and ideas on recreation needs through a community survey, community input session, electronic input submissions, and general feedback. We also gathered information from a variety of community stakeholders as they relate to the recreation field.
I would like to thank the committee volunteers who worked diligently to collect and review community input; we could not have developed a Master Plan Update without your commitment.
I feel that this plan will serve the town well for the next five years as it clearly has identified several recommendations to work towards to provide recreational opportunities for all in the Penfield community.
Be on the lookout for a NEW logo from Penfield Recreation. This new logo will be highlighted in everything we do as a department. Our focus was to create a logo that depicts Penfield Recreation and the wellness theme that drives our programs. I anticipate the logo to be revealed by the summer season.
Please mark your calendars with these key spring and summer program dates:
• Good Neighbor Day: May 11
• Memorial Day: May 27
• Summer concert series begins: June 7 (Food Truck Rodeo)
• Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: June 29
As always, the “Passport to Play” and “Hit the Trail Passport” are available year-round at Penfield Recreation
For details on any of the above special events or programs please contact us at www.penfieldrec.org, email@example.com or 340-8655.
We look forward to seeing you at an event this summer! I am always available to discuss any questions or comments you may have that relate to the Recreation Department and our many programs and events.
Penfield Recreation Director
March 25, 2019
Supervisor's column March 25, 2019
Last week, I had the honor of attending the 52nd Annual Awards Banquet of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA). This 100-member organization responds to more than 4,000 calls annually and logs 55,000+ volunteer hours of service to provide high level emergency response to Penfield and surrounding communities for mutual aid support.
Many members were celebrated at the banquet; I would like to highlight a few special awards. Hugh Franklin received the 2018 PVEA Outstanding Service Award; Evan Fendt received PVEA Employee of the Year Award; Richard Sperduto was recognized for logging more than 979 volunteer hours in 2018; and Anne Krutell completed 35 years as a valued member of the organization.
We are so fortunate to have this amazing organization supporting and serving Penfield and our residents. On behalf of the entire community, I want to recognize everyone who is part of PVEA. Thank you for your service, you make a difference each and every day!
I recently reviewed the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) 2018 Annual Report and want to share some of the wonderful things they do to support Penfield residents in need. Last year, they distributed 35,100 pounds of fresh produce, provided 485 holiday “dinners with fixings” to families, served 98 families each week, and supported 103 children with additional summer food. PEFS could not do the work they do without a group of about 70 motivated volunteers. Their annual operating budget is $35,000. PEFS relies on private donations from local businesses and individuals to purchase foods including fresh meat, produce, eggs, cheese, and milk. Their local retail partners include Penfield Aldi’s, Penfield Wegmans, Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster Target, Wickham Farms, and the Penfield Walmart.
If you would like to learn more about PEFS and the work they do for our Penfield Community, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org, check them out on facebook.com/penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf, or contact them at 234-0799. Thank you in advance for any financial or food donations you are able to provide in support their mission “to alleviate food insecurity in the Penfield community by providing nutritious food to those in need in a compassionate, respectful and non-judgmental manner.”
Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, April 4, 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 Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8629 to sign up in advance; however, registration is not required.
The Penfield Public Library is offering a number of children’s programs during spring break week (April 15-19). Please visit https://penfield.libraryweb.org/ for a complete listing of these programs and others offered by Penfield Public Library.
The next scenic trek hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Channing H. Philbrick Park. Come celebrate Daniel Penfield’s selection of “The Hollow” as the best mill site in all 97,000 square miles of the Genesee lands in 1795. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bride and look for the hike signs.
Even though the weather has not yet been ideal for yard work, my office has received several calls asking about the availability of mulch. As in past years, we have placed mulch in the parking lot west of the town hall for Penfield residents to pick up. We will keep this pile stocked now through early summer…help yourself! The mulch pile gets many visitors when warm weather sets in, please supervise children and pets at all times.
Important dates and events in history: March 25 – Celebration of National Medal of Honor Day; March 29, 1973 – the last of American forces leave Vietnam; March 30, 1867 – the United States purchases the Alaska Territory from Russia for 7.2 million dollars; and on March 30, 1870 – the 15th Amendment is added to the Constitution. The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Until next week enjoy the start of some nicer weather, it is just around the corner!
March 22, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield April 4 (updated)
Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, April 4, 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.
March 18, 2019
Supervisor's column March 18, 2019
Penfield is home to remarkable people who have achieved incredible accomplishments in school, business, sports, and more. In this spirit, I would like to introduce you to Sung Kim. He is probably better known as Master Kim of Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute, located in the heart of Panorama Plaza.
In 1992, at the age of nineteen, Master Kim’s father (Grand Master Kim) told him to teach others what he knew. Heeding this advice, Sung Kim opened up his Tae Kwon Do Institute headquarters in Penfield, NY. He did this as he personally trained at a high level and also graduated from the State University College at Brockport. Today, there are three Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute locations in the Rochester area Penfield, Irondequoit, and Greece.
Families that attend classes at Master Kim’s are very familiar with “Super Cup,” “Kick-a-Thon,” “Bully Awareness,” “After School Care,” and other popular programs.
What many may not know is that Master Kim is an Olympic Medalist! Also, he and his family will travel to Seoul, South Korea in a few short weeks to test for his 8th Degree Black Belt at KUKKIWON, The World Taekwondo Headquarters. At 45 years old, he will be the youngest 8th Degree Black Belt in the United States certified by KUKKIWON, which is the only rank accepted by the International Olympic Committee.
So what is involved and what is required of Master Kim to purse his 8th Degree Black Belt? All of his documents have been received by KUKKIWON: an application, curriculum vitae of his taekwondo career, and his 10-plus page thesis on effective taekwondo teaching methods. I understand he is really looking forward to the physical exam, which begins with a four-hour training session with a KUKKIWON Grandmaster. All of the content will have to be demonstrated and he will have to pass an interview. Ultimately, this test is the culmination of 40 years of commitment to the art that has given him so much. I have heard Master Kim say that he has the greatest job in the world, and there hasn’t been a time that he did not have Taekwondo in his life.
On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize Master Kim for his accomplishments and wish him well as he and his family travel to Seoul in April to be part of this history-making event. Thank you for everything you do to support our community and residents, you make a difference each and every day!
If you have been by the town hall and the Little League fields you may have noticed projects underway on fencing, back-stops, cutting in of a warning track, and other improvements. This work and more is being done in preparation for hosting the 2019, 2020, and 2021 New York State Championships for Majors 10, 11, and 12-year-olds. Penfield Little League and our community were honored to receive this award. This means that any team from New York State that wants to get to Williamsport for the World Series must come through Penfield. Many changes will be occurring this spring and summer to improve and upgrade this already wonderful facility. Now, if this is not a sure sign of spring, I don’t know what is! I am excited for the first pitch of the season and to hear the familiar call of “play ball!”
Please be on the lookout for the Summer 2019 Pen-Rec Brochure that is on its way to Penfield homes in the next few weeks. There are a number of new programs offered for all ages. I want to recognize the Recreation Team for another great job…thanks all!
Bri-Pen Senior Rides is very active in supporting Brighton and Penfield seniors by getting them to medical appointments, religious services or to town recreation centers. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674.
Until next week, be well and be safe; I hope to see you out in the community!
March 12, 2019
DEC Announces Brush Burning Prohibited in New York State March 16 through May 14
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminds residents that with spring approaching conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.
"While many people associate wildfires with the western United States, the start of spring weather and the potential for dry conditions increases the risk for wildfires in New York," Commissioner Seggos said. "New York prohibits residential burning during the coming high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources. The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first."
Even though much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise.
DEC posts daily a fire danger rating map and forecast during fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App available on DEC's website. Currently, wildfire conditions in the state are low risk.
Historically, open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall's debris, dead grass, and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.
New York first enacted strict restrictions on open burning in 2009 to help prevent wildfires and reduce air pollution. State regulations allow residential brush fires in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires in New York occur. Since the ban was established, the eight-year annual average number of spring fires decreased by 42.6 percent, from 2,649 in 2009, to 1,521 in 2018.
Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave such fires unattended and must extinguish them. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.
Wildfires can be deadly and destructive, and the national annual cost of their consequences can range anywhere from $71.1 to $347.8 billion, according to recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Last year's Camp Fire in northern California destroyed the city of Paradise and killed more than 80 people, making it the nation's deadliest wildfire in more than a century. This year, the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the launch of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history.
"Smokey Bear has educated generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires," Commissioner Seggos said. "Smokey's words are still an urgent and relevant reminder for all of us to follow-'Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires."
Some towns, primarily in and around the Adirondack and Catskill parks, are designated "fire towns." Open burning is prohibited year-round in these municipalities unless an individual or group has a written permit from DEC. To find out whether a municipality is designated a "fire town" or to obtain a permit, contact the appropriate DEC regional office. A list of regional offices is available on DEC's website.
Violators of the state's open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.
March 11, 2019
Supervisor's column March 11, 2019
As the weather begins to warm up in the coming weeks and we see signs of spring, the town will begin to receive calls regarding lawn damage from our road and/or sidewalk plows. It is our policy and practice to go throughout the town and repair this damage. Please allow time during March and April for us to complete this work as weather permits. If you have any questions you may contact our DPW at 340-8710.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) would like to remind residents that there are individuals who like to “shop” our vehicles for valuables such as loose change, purses, computers, cell phones, GPS, radar detectors, and more. In many cases, as officers are taking reports following a theft, they discover the vehicles were unlocked! To protect yourself, do not leave valuables in your car. If for some reason you feel you need to leave valuables in your vehicle, keep them hidden and lock your doors. Also, do not put valuables in your trunk in open view at the gym or shopping center—you never know who is watching. The Sheriff’s Department has had great success in arresting a number of these individuals; however, it seems as though there are others willing to take up this illegal occupation…please do not make yourself a victim!
If you are senior in need of tax help please note that the AARP/Tax Aide is offering FREE income tax return preparation to seniors once a week on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center through April 3. Appointments are required. Their goal is to provide FREE services for low to moderate income households with an emphasis on assisting seniors 60 and older. (AARP membership is NOT required). To make an appointment you must call 340-8655, ext-0.
The Recreation Department has asked me to remind parents and campers that the 2019 Pen-Rec Summer Day Camp 2019 is filling up quickly. If you have not signed up, please consider doing so before all your favorite dates and locations are taken. New items to summer camp 2019 include one-week sessions, a weekly bounce house, special theme days, and the former 10 percent online-only discount is now built into the fee for all! Our summer camp is certified by the NYS Department of Health and participants must provide current immunization records. The participant’s up-to-date records must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 585-340-8617, or be mailed/hand delivered to the Penfield Recreation Department on or before your child’s first day of summer camp.
The Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) will be holding a blood drive this Friday, March 15 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at their base, 1585 Jackson Road. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To schedule your life saving appointment please call 1-800-RED-Cross or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: PVEA.
Mark your calendars: the Town of Penfield will be hosting Passport Night in Penfield on Thursday, April 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the town hall auditorium. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8629 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
One last reminder…the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held this Saturday, March 16, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All March proceeds will go directly to benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information and details, please visit www.fbpenfield.org.
Until next week, enjoy the longer days. It looks as though we are starting to see some glimmer of spring!
March 5, 2019
Supervisor's column March 5, 2019
Reminder…”It’s your lucky day,” the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All March proceeds will go directly to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org.
Last week I had the honor of attending the first annual pasta dinner fundraiser for the Penfield Community Victory Garden at the Penfield Community Center. This dedicated group of gardeners and friends worked with about a dozen businesses to have all the food goods donated for this event and they prepared a wonderful dinner complete with trimmings. Despite some foul winter weather, the group was able to raise approximately $1,800 that they will put back into this community resource by way of a building, fencing, and other improvements to add value to the program. Congratulations on a very successful fundraiser, I look forward to next year’s event.
The Penfield Rotary Club held another successful Brew & Dinner Pairing at the Penfield County Club with proceeds benefitting Camp Haccamo and Honor Flight Rochester. Chef Matthew Lott and his team prepared four amazing tapas style courses inspired by and paired with K2 Brothers craft beer. Bach to Rock Music School provided some wonderful entertainment and Iron Smoke Distillery was on hand providing samples. Congratulations to Marie Cinti, Club President; Steve Lawrence, Membership Chair; and Keith Rose, Event Coordinator on another great event in support of two very special and deserving organizations.
Yesterday, the town of Penfield hosted an eastside “town hall” style presentation about the ongoing opioid crisis affecting our neighborhoods. The presentation was informative and eye-opening but also gave practical advice to employers on how to best respond to the needs of employees who may be dealing with opioid addiction or the challenges of a loved one with addiction issues.
During this 90-minute presentation we heard from local dignitaries, business leaders, treatment professionals, and law enforcement on ways we, as town and village leaders, can address and help with the crisis, not only in the workplace but in our communities and personal lives. Attendees were provided with resources and strategies as well as a “Toolbox to Recovery” that can be used in our town and village offices and beyond. The opioid crisis has a significant impact on workplaces, the local economy, families, and our communities but we can all play a part in helping those in need.
Are you looking for some fun activities with your youngest Penfield resident? If so, come join in on “single servings” on March 21, April 25 and May 16. This program is for children ages 2-6 with an adult. March 21 is entitled “Something Good.” Is your family brave enough to sign up for a mystery class? We will read Mrs. Murray’s favorite children’s book, make her favorite snack, and participate in some of her favorite crafts and activities, registration # 112413-03. April 25 is “Messy.” Come have fun and leave the mess here! We’ll listen to the book “Pigsty” and explore paint, fizz, foam and shaving cream together. Everyone will make a messy snack and have some fun projects to take home, registration # 112413-04. May 16 is “Celebrate the USA.” Let’s have a night of red, white and blue! Our snack and all of our projects will revolve around the colors of the flag. Let’s be patriotic and have fun together, registration # 112413-05. All programs are at the Penfield Community Center and run from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The fee is $15.00 per session.
Reminder…set your clocks ahead this weekend. Sunday, March 10 is the beginning of daylight savings time. This is a sure sign of spring, and with the weather we have experienced in recent weeks I think we will all happily take the longer daylight hours to help move us closer to spring!
Until next week…stay warm, turn your clocks ahead, and think spring!
February 25, 2019
Supervisor's column February 25, 2019
I hope everyone came through this weekend’s significant wind event with minimal impact to their property. RG&E and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) did an excellent job communicating with the media, towns, and villages regarding available resources to support communities impacted by this event. Hundreds of line and tree crews were brought in from other parts of New York and out of state to support local crews and minimize the amount of time that residents were without power. We will continue daily conference calls with RG&E and Monroe County until all power is restored across the county. If you are still without power or have other hazardous electric or gas situations, please contact RG&E directly at 1-800-743-1701.
The AARP/Tax Aide service is once again offering FREE income tax return preparation to seniors once a week on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center, by appointment, through April 3. The goal is to provide FREE services for low to moderate income households with an emphasis on assisting seniors 60 and older. (Please note that AARP membership is not required). To make an appointment you must call 340-8655, ext. 0.
Have you ever thought about becoming a Notary Public or do you need a refresher on Notary Law and the duties/responsibilities afforded to you? If so, this comprehensive class on the Notary Public License Law is for you! The class will provide all the information necessary to pass the Notary exam, ways to shield yourself from liability in the execution of your duties, and will cover appointment, testing, and renewal policies and procedures. You must be at least 18 years old to attend the two classes on March 4 and 11 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at the Pittsford Community Center, room 206, 35 Lincoln Ave. in Pittsford. The fee is $50.00/person.
The next “Out to Lunch Club” van trip is scheduled for March 6 when the group will travel to the Maple Tree Inn, Angelica, for the 56th season of pancakes at their best! Enjoy Cartwright’s Buckwheat Pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup along with maple sundaes. The fee is $26.00/person and includes transportation and pancakes. The van departs the Penfield Community Center at 9:30 AM and returns at approximately 2:30 PM.
A reminder from DEAR…Daytime Education at Recreation, wisdom at its finest hour! Please check out pages 36 – 42 in the Winter/Spring 2019 edition of the Pen-Rec brochure or go online at www.penfieldrec.org. We are excited to offer classes and lectures to our consortium of lifetime learners. Join the national movement to learn and share life experience with others, exploring the multitude of FREE programs available through the Recreation Department, you will not be disappointed!
Be sure to check out the many Penfield Public Library programs sponsored by the Friends of the Penfield Public Library for our youngest residents. Librarian Bunny Brinkman and her staff are very creative with their program offerings, please take a moment to go online at www.penfield.libraryweb.org to review and register.
A last reminder for the next Penfield Trails Committee scenic trek to be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Shadow Pines property. Meet at the parking lot near the Clark House and look for the hike signs.
Important dates and events in history: February 25, 1913 – the 16th Amendment is added to the Constitution – this amendment allows the federal (United States) government to levy (collect) an income tax from all Americans, other taxes, such as taxes on houses or other property are considered “direct” taxes by the Constitution and would have to be divided back among the states; February 26, 1951 – the 22nd Amendment is added to the Constitution – this amendment limits the president to only two four-year terms in office. Before the 22nd amendment, presidents traditionally served two terms, following the example of George Washington. This led to the 22nd amendment, which was passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified by the states by 1951; February 27, 1869 – the 15th Amendment is passed by Congress – this Amendment to the Constitution granted African-American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Until next week, be well and be safe!
February 24, 2019
Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Storm Update as of 2:30 PM
I have just completed a conference call with RG&E and representatives from State, County and other municipalities regarding the current Storm Preparedness. Due to the fact that the wind event is coming into our area later than initially planned, RG&E will be operating in a “make-safe” mode during the non-daylight hours. This means that any downed power lines will be made safe. Customers should call 1-800-743-1701 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations. Restoration will begin in the daylight hours tomorrow (Monday) starting with transmission lines and substations that bring electricity to the local distribution system that serves the customers. Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, will be opened as a warming center as outages may occur. DPW crews will be on duty to assist RG&E to clear downed trees in roadways to ensure emergency vehicles can get through to all areas of the community. If you see a tree down in a roadway, please call DPW at 340-8710 to report.
Please be safe…
Penfield Town Supervisor
February 24, 2019
Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Storm Preparedness
Town of Penfield staff and officials continue to communicate with the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness and RG&E to ensure our residents are safe. Penfield Community Center will be open as a warming center as needed in the event of power outage. In the event of a long term power outage, the Town of Penfield will work with Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness to assess community needs.
Please be safe,
February 22, 2019
High Winds Projected for 2/24 in Penfield
Sunday and Monday's weather looks to bring 70+mph winds according to the National Weather Service, which could lead to downed trees and power lines. Should this occur, please call 911 and RG&E if power lines are down. NEVER approach tree limbs or branches that may be entangled within power lines, nor attempt to move any lines that are on the ground as electricity can still be active. Fallen trees can also cause damage to underground gas lines if the base of the tree is uprooted. Please call 911 and RG&E if you smell gas in your home.
Should a power outage occur in your neighborhood you can report the outage to RG&E
If a tree falls within a neighborhood right-of-way (roadway), please contact (585) 340-8710, dispatchers are on duty.
These are the times when our elderly neighbors and those needing care are especially vulnerable. Please check on your neighbors when possible to ensure that they are safe.
For additional safety tips, including the use of generators and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning precautions, visit our website page.