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June 25, 2010
New Traffic Signal Coming to Jackson-Atlantic Intersection

Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain is pleased to announce that the New York State Department of Transportation has notified the Town that it will install a new three-color traffic signal at the intersection of Jackson Road and Atlantic Avenue (Route 286).

The current intersection design requires traffic traveling north and south on Jackson Road to stop at the intersection with Atlantic Avenue (Route 286). East-west motorists on Route 286 have the right of way - this traffic does NOT stop.

This signal light comes after years of ongoing efforts to improve the safety of the intersection including a 2006 grade reduction to improve sight-distance, signage in 2009 to communicate that the intersection is a two-way stop, and other related actions. These efforts did reduce certain types of accidents. However, the Town of Penfield was still concerned with the number of accidents at the intersection. In response, the NYSDOT continued to study the issue and determined that many motorists incorrectly believe the intersection is a four-way stop, resulting in a chronic pattern of dangerous right-angle accidents.

"I am thrilled to receive this news from a very responsive NYSDOT. Adding a signal light to this intersection has been a priority for me and our Town Board. I have been personally tracking every incident at Jackson-Atlantic with the Sheriff's office. We knew in our gut this light was needed, now NYSDOT numbers have backed us up and a light will be installed," said Supervisor LaFountain.

He adds, "I commend past town officials and our town staff for their focus on improving this intersection. The 2006 project included building the infrastructure for a traffic signal. They saw the future, and their efforts will make the task of adding a signal light go smoothly."

The NYSDOT studied accident history and traffic volumes from May 2009-May 2010 to make their decision. Signal installation will occur as schedules allow. In the interim, NYSDOT will make additional sign improvements to the intersection including more "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" signs, flags and markers on Jackson Road.

Rob Quinn, Town Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chair, stated, "The safety of Penfield residents is my top priority. I am all too familiar with the dangers at this intersection. I have committed myself to working with Supervisor LaFountain and my Town Board colleagues to partner with NYSDOT to improve this intersection. I commend NYSDOT engineers for their hard work, and I applaud the decision to install a traffic light at one of Penfield's busiest intersections."

 

 


June 22, 2010
Call to Artists! Bicentennial Art Exhibit

The Penfield Bicentennial Committee and the Penfield Arts Center announce an upcoming Penfield-themed art exhibit entitled, "Artistic Impressions of Penfield: A Bicentennial Celebration." The exhibit will run July 28-September 24, 2010 at the Penfield Arts Center's RepARTee Gallery, 2131 Five Mile Line Road in Penfield.

Artists are invited to submit up to three original works of fine art to this juried show. There is a fee of ten dollars per entry. Artists are not required to be Penfield residents, however show rules do require entries to depict a Penfield theme. Possible themes to inspire artists include Penfield Moments, Historic Places, Sacred Spaces, Hangouts, Fun in Penfield, and Penfield in Action. Awards will recognize excellence and best of theme categories as determined by the juror.

"Artistic Impressions of Penfield: A Bicentennial Celebration" will be juried by Peter Giopulos, professor emeritus from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology and a Penfield resident. Mr. Giopulos taught art, ceramics, design and art education courses and has held various administrative positions during his career in education. He has been a set designer, painter, potter and currently is working in digital imagery. Mr. Giopulos currently serves on the board of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra.

"We are excited to present an all-Penfield exhibit to our community in celebration of the town's bicentennial," said Kristina Hutch-Matthews, Penfield Arts Center Director. "Penfield has a strong tradition of visual arts. We look forward to receiving entries for this show, and we're delighted to have Peter Giopulos as our distinguished juror."

Artists who wish to participate may download the prospectus (eligibility, fees, show rules and entry form) from the Penfield Arts Center website at www.penfieldartscenter.com or the Penfield Bicentennial website at www.penfield2010.org . Work will be judged in person, not from slides or digital files. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, July 9. Drop-off of entries for judging is Friday, July 23 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Entries will be judged Saturday, July 24 from 9 - 12 pm. Pick-up of unaccepted work is Saturday, July 24, from 1 - 4 pm. The opening reception and awards ceremony is Friday, July 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

"The Penfield Arts Center, housed in a historically significant building in our Four Corners, is a creative hub for our community and beyond," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "I thank the entire Hutch family for supporting Penfield's Bicentennial by hosting an exhibit dedicated to the visual significance of our town."


June 21, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of June 21

At the last Town Board meeting we featured Lloyd's Corners as the fourth in a series of six business district spotlights. Since we started this program we have assigned members of the Town Board as "stewards" of these districts. Councilman Rob Quinn is the steward of Lloyd's Corners and provided the voice-over introduction, and he will also provide regular updates on changes to this commercial district as they occur.

The other business district "stewards" are: Browncroft/Blossom/Creek and LaSalle's Landing - Councilwoman Paula Metzler; Four Corners - Councilwoman Linda Kohl; Panorama Valley - Councilman Andy Moore; and I will be the contact for North Penfield Crossroads.

Please log in to our website at www.penfield.org  (Quick Links) to view the Lloyd's Corners video and the previous videos for Browncroft/Blossom/Creek; the Four Corners; and LaSalle's Landing. Remember, healthy businesses make for a healthy community.

Several exciting events were recently held in Penfield. The first was the Bicentennial Ecumenical Prayer Service and CROP walk for hunger held at the amphitheater. This prayer service was conducted in gratitude for 200 years of sharing faith. Thank you to everyone who participated in this very uplifting service. The second item was Penfield Little League Challenger Division Opening Day, a new program for our special needs players. The only word I have to describe this experience is AMAZING! Boys and girls of all ages were playing baseball, many for the first time, assisted by volunteer buddies to coach and mentor them throughout the game. The excitement was contagious and heartwarming to see. Great job Steve Pellow and the Penfield Little League Board of Directors.

Project updates: Five Mile Line Road from the Four Corners to Whalen Road is wrapping up; Whalen Road from Five Mile Line Road to Atlantic Ave. is completed; the Commission Ditch project is finished with more than 35,000 feet cleaned and draining properly; the Humphrey House barn is down and the next phase of the Motts Lane extension project is completed; the Ruoff property on Empire Blvd. has been graded and cleaned up; and the Harris Whalen Lodge renovation is on schedule for a ribbon cutting on July 3.

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 I would like to recognize Gates McMahon, a Penfield resident who won first place in the Wellsville Idol Contest. The win provided this young man a trophy and a check for $100.00. Congratulations Gates on your musical talents, this is another reason why we "Take Note of Penfield"!

Upcoming events include: June 25 is the Opening Gala for the "Movies at Dusk" Drive-in Fridays featuring "The Blind Side" at the amphitheater; July 2 and 3 is our Independence Day Celebration at Harris Whalen Park with BBQ, Cruise Night, parade, music, fireworks and much more; July 13 is "Cool Jazz Tuesday" featuring the Bill Tiberio Band; and July 15 is the start of "Kids Fest Thursdays" with the Dinner Dogs. For more information on all these programs and the rest of the 2010 Summer Season at "Pen Rocks" please log on to the website at www.penfield.org  (Quick Links).

The Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee continues to look at programs and practices to lower energy consumption and reduce costs to taxpayers, and to promote responsible stewardship of the environment by the Town and its residents. Remember to visit www.renewpenfield.org to see what is new.

I hope to see you at one of the amphitheater programs, please stop and say hello to the Town Board members and myself.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

340-8631

 


June 16, 2010
Dayton's Corners Pie Social June 27

Bring your family to the Dayton's Corners School's annual Open House and Pie Social on Sunday, June 27 from 2 to 4 PM. Free pony rides! Enjoy pie and lemonade $1.00. Dayton's Corners School is located at the corner of Creek Street and Plank Road, one block south of Empire Blvd.

Dayton's Corners School is a historic 19th Century, one-room schoolhouse owned by the Town of Penfield. It is the only rural schoolhouse in the area that has not been converted to another use. 


June 14, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of June 14

June is Wellness Month in Penfield, and to celebrate, our Recreation Department is rolling out "Walk Around Penfield," a new program designed to help residents stay fit. I am very excited about this program; many of us just need a little push to start becoming more active. I plan on challenging my family as to who will do more steps each day. Please join me in walking at least one mile each day.

For additional information on this program please log on to www.penfield.org and click on Parks and Recreation, then click on Events. This program is sponsored by Penfield Recreation, in conjunction with Wegmans, our wellness partner.

The recent resurfacing of Panorama Trail was done using a process called "cold in-place recycling" to minimize use of energy and materials, lower costs and speed results. The Town of Penfield looks forward to repeating this success with future road rehabilitation projects.

This innovative process mills and recycles pavement right on the spot! As old pavement is scraped from the existing roadway it is immediately mixed with new materials, then reapplied to the road in a single-pass operation. The equipment is essentially a continuous on-site road-making machine.

Cold in-place recycling is beneficial because it improves the road surface without the energy consumption, expense and time typically required to haul materials to and from a job site. Additionally, the construction period is shortened which further lowers costs and minimizes and traffic disruptions. In fact, the Panorama Trail project was completed ahead of schedule. Panorama Trail resurfacing helped to "Renew Penfield."

The Taste of Penfield and the Wegmans Penfield Music Fest kicked off the 2010 Special Events at the Amphitheater last week with record crowds, great food from local restaurants, and wonderful music from the Penfield School District Music Departments. I have heard many wonderful reviews from residents and visitors who attended.

Unfortunately, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) POPS Concert was cancelled; however, the rain date allowed the PSO to perform the concert at the new music auditorium at the High School which will be their new home for the '10-'11 season. It is a fantastic venue to enjoy great music.

 Take_Note_color_web.jpgThose in attendance were honored to hear "Penfieldia," a history of Penfield from the Big Bang to 2010 in less than 5 minutes, performed for the very first time. This wonderful piece, written by Alan Lowne with his orchestration assistant Jonathan Allentoff, is a wonderful tribute to our community during this bicentennial celebration. Both Alan and Jonathan will be recognized in a new program entitled "Take Note of Penfield" to be rolled out over the next several months.

As we move from spring and towards the summer season you have seen our various Community Gardens taking shape around this great community of Penfield. Many of our local greenhouses have donated to these gardens and I would like to recognize them for their support and interest in our Town:
-Agway Gardens on Empire Blvd. (Frank Bodine)
-Bauman's Farm Market (Jim Bauman)
-Clematis Inn Bed & Breakfast (Theda Ann Burnham)
-Hidden Hollow Farm (Lance and Melissa Iocco)
-Horticultural Greenhouse Program (St. Joseph's Villa)
-Wambach's Garden Center (Jay)
-Welch's Greenhouses (Bill and Laura Vendel)
-Wickham Farms (Bill and Debbie Wickham)

A special thanks goes out to Laurel Tarcinale, Nancy Hilt, and the Penfield Business Association for coordinating this effort on an annual basis with Jim Costello from the Development Services Department of the Town.

I look forward to seeing you out in the town!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

340-8631

 

 

 


June 7, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of June 7

The Lakeshore Kiwanis Club's Annual Law and Order/Firefighter's Day Luncheon was recently held at the Penfield Country Club to recognize those who respond above and beyond the call of duty. Representatives from Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Public Safety were in attendance, and more than a dozen plaques were presented to these brave men and women who work so hard to protect all of us in our daily lives.

Monroe County and this region are recognized for the resources and quality of our public safety personnel, equipment, and practices. Congratulations to all the recipients and thank you for all you do for our community.

The Town Hall was filled with the voices of more than one hundred second grade students from Cobbles Elementary School making their annual trek to learn a little bit about town government and our town history. I continue to be impressed with their energy and knowledge of Penfield.

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We discussed when Penfield was settled and incorporated, the different industries throughout the town, what it was like to attend school back the early 1800s, and how different Penfield is today. The students viewed a short presentation depicting life in Penfield and attempted to identify some 19th century tools and home utensils.

This is the twenty-fourth year I have had the honor and pleasure to speak with the second graders, and I look forward to many, many more opportunities. They give the town staff great joy and excitement with their presence.

The Town Board hosted an informational meeting on the current sign ordinance; this ordinance was last updated 29 years ago. The Board is committed to making sure there is a balance between allowing our businesses, not for profit organizations, and residents to advertise appropriately without making the town look trashy and cluttered.

We will concentrate on overall design, historical appearance when necessary, effectiveness, consistency, maintenance, lighting, visual pollution, use of temporary signs, and proper enforcement. Over the years the Town has become lax in the consistency of applying and enforcing the current ordinance, this Town Board wants to address this topic and more forward with a consistent approach for the good of the entire community.

Several of us attended the official unveiling of the Monroe County Hall of Towns and Villages sponsored by the County Executive Maggie Brooks. This is a program the County of Monroe started last year by gathering information and materials from all the communities to provide an overview of the rich history within this County...it is amazing!

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This mobile display will travel and reside at all the towns and villages for a period of time over the next year. I have requested that Penfield be one of the first communities to host the display in conjunction with our bicentennial celebration. We will update our website www.penfield.org when details about where the display will be located.

The Town received its permit from the DEC to begin performing more clean up work at the Ruoff property located at LaSalle's Landing on Empire Blvd. The Town is committed to clean up this environmentally sensitive area to prep it for use by the public over the next several years; this is yet another "jewel" within our great community. We will keep everyone updated on the progress through PCTV and our website.

This space always seems short to cover all the wonderful things happening in our community, so until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

340-8631

 

 


June 4, 2010
Call to Artists: Bicentennial Art Exhibit Coming to Penfield Arts Center
The Penfield Bicentennial Committee and the Penfield Arts Center announce an upcoming Penfield-themed art exhibit entitled, "Artistic Impressions of Penfield: A Bicentennial Celebration." The exhibit will run July 28-September 24, 2010 at the Penfield Arts Center's RepARTee Gallery, 2131 Five Mile Line Road in Penfield.

Artists are invited to submit up to three original works of fine art to this juried show. There is a fee of ten dollars per entry. Artists are not required to be Penfield residents, however show rules do require entries to depict a Penfield theme. Possible themes to inspire artists include Penfield Moments, Historic Places, Sacred Spaces, Hangouts, Fun in Penfield, and Penfield in Action. Awards will recognize excellence and best of theme categories as determined by the juror.

"Artistic Impressions of Penfield: A Bicentennial Celebration" will be juried by Peter Giopulos, professor emeritus from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology and a Penfield resident. Mr. Giopulos taught art, ceramics, design and art education courses and has held various administrative positions during his career in education. He has been a set designer, painter, potter and currently is working in digital imagery. Mr. Giopulos currently serves on the board of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra.

"We are excited to present an all-Penfield exhibit to our community in celebration of the town's bicentennial," said Kristina Hutch-Matthews, Penfield Arts Center Director. "Penfield has a strong tradition of visual arts. We look forward to receiving entries for this show, and we're delighted to have Peter Giopulos as our distinguished juror."

Artists who wish to participate may download the prospectus (eligibility, fees, show rules and entry form) from the Penfield Arts Center website at www.penfieldartscenter.com  or the Penfield Bicentennial website at www.penfield2010.org . Work will be judged in person, not from slides or digital files. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, July 9. Drop-off of entries for judging is Friday, July 23 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Entries will be judged Saturday, July 24 from 9 - 12 pm. Pick-up of unaccepted work is Saturday, July 24, from 1 - 4 pm. The opening reception and awards ceremony is Friday, July 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

"The Penfield Arts Center, housed in a historically significant building in our Four Corners, is a creative hub for our community and beyond," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "I thank the entire Hutch family for supporting Penfield's Bicentennial by hosting an exhibit dedicated to the visual significance of our town."


June 1, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 31

This past Monday we celebrated Memorial Day. I hope everyone took a moment from their day to pause and remember those who have done so much to ensure our freedom and quality of life. This week's column is dedicated to all the men and women of the armed forces; past, present, and future...the Penfield Community thanks you for your service and sacrifices!

At the last Town Board meeting we featured LaSalle's Landing in the third of six spotlights on Penfield's business districts. LaSalle's Landing, located along Empire Blvd. at the south end of Irondequoit Bay, offers more than dining, retail, service businesses and commercial establishments. This part of Penfield has a rich history. LaSalle, a Frenchman, first explored Irondequoit Bay in 1669 while seeking the Ohio Trail, hoping it would lead to a water route to the Orient.

The Bay was the gateway from Lake Ontario to the continent's interior water routes. LaSalle would visit this area twice more between 1670 and 1679. The Town Board encourages all Penfield residents to visit this area to support our local businesses. Healthy businesses make for a healthy community. Our June business spotlight will feature Lloyd's Corners...stay tuned!

(see the LaSalle's Landing video)

The Town Board recently hosted a public information meeting on the Comprehensive Plan. The intent of this meeting was to give a bit of history around the process and to explain the next steps for adoption of the plan. There are many opportunities to comment on the plan between now and the end of October, which is the anticipated completion.

The plan is available for review on line at www.penfield.org  (see ‘Comprehensive Plan,' quick links, left side of homepage). You may also review a copy at the Library, the Town Hall (Town Clerk's office), or the Planning office. Finally, if you would like to speak with me, the Town Board, or a member of the Planning office, please contact the Town Hall at 340-8600 and we will schedule an appointment at your convenience to discuss the plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is the Town's road map for the next decade, affecting how our community will grow and develop. Your thoughts and comments are key to a successful final document.

A workshop was held by the Monroe County Parks Department to draft and design a pilot program for off-road bicycling in Monroe County. Pilot sites are to be located at Tryon Park and Irondequoit Bay Park West. Penfield was honored to host the program at the Dolomite Lodge at Veterans' Memorial Park. Approximately 75 county residents came together to see what progress has been made to date.

The County, working with their consultant, has completed all the topographical work and has begun to prepare plans for parking facilities and rough out trail locations. They are also identifying work to be done by interested parties.
I would like to recognize Parks Director Larry Staub and his entire team for their efforts to make this pilot program, which was supported by the County Legislature, a reality.

I learned this week that the Rotary Club of Penfield-Webster (Pen-Web) was admitted to membership in Rotary International on May 20. This young club consists of residents and business people located in northern Penfield and southern Webster who want to foster and encourage business growth and success in the area. Pen-Web Rotary also works to support the community with their key initiatives: providing humanitarian service, and building goodwill and peace in the world. Their motto is "Service above Self"!

Congratulations Pen-Web Rotary, the Town of Penfield is a little better place with your club as part of this great community.

Enjoy your week...

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

340-8631




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