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July 30, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 7/30

Penfield Librarian Bunny Brinkman recently informed me that the Penfield Public Library will host the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile on Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, from 1:00 - 7:00 PM each day. The Digital Bookmobile introduces people to eBook and audiobook titles available to borrow free of charge from the Monroe County Library System. There are also stations where visitors can try out various devices that play eBook and audiobook formats, and expert staff will be available to instruct interested users on downloading digital materials. This is another example of the Penfield Library being on the cutting edge!

The summer months tend to be a challenging time for blood collections due to travel, planned activities and the absence of high school and college blood drives. The next American Red Cross blood drive in Penfield is scheduled for Thursday, August 23 at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road from 2:00 - 7:00 PM. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for donation, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Please note that double red cell donation is available at this drive. 

And speaking of challenging times, during the summer months we tend to forget about the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Their needs continue year round for nonperishable staples to meet the needs of families who are struggling with job loss, illness and other hardships. If you belong to a group or organization and would like to adopt a shelf, please contact the Food Shelf at 234-0799. Thank you in advance for helping to support those Penfield residents who need a hand!

The Penfield Trails Committee’s next free guided hike will be August 11 in Ellison Park to walk down the Coyote Den Trail, which is always an exciting and popular hike. The hike will last about two hours and participants should meet at the south entrance to Ellison Park at 1008 Penfield Road. While the hike is free, participants should pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

The Penfield Highway Department has started the rehabilitation project of Baird Road from Atlantic Ave to Whalen Road. This town road, constructed in the 1950s, has had little work done other then patching and oil and stone coatings. Our plan is to complete part of the reconstruction this year and finish the project in 2013. The work includes new or improved drainage, milling the existing pavement and installing a new asphalt surface. Expect delays along this stretch of Baird Road over the next several months, and please drive safely to protect our employees performing the work.

The Town’s Employee Wellness Committee reminds me that August is national immunization month. As our students either ready for their first time ever in school, are returning to the next grade level, are off to college or are traveling abroad, please make sure you have consulted with your primary care physician on those recommended or required immunizations.

Important dates and events in history: August 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail to find a westward route to the east. August 4, 1790 – U.S. Coast Guard is established. August 7, 1782 – General George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart (for soldiers wounded in battle.)

Until next week, I look forward to seeing you out in our great community!

Tony

340-8631   


July 26, 2012
16-year-old's Play to be Performed by YOHP

Penfield’s Young Open and Honest Players (YOHP) will perform the original play Carnival of Dreams on August 10 & 11 at 7:30 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. The previously advertised summer musical The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) has been canceled.

Carnival of Dreams is written and directed by 16-year-old Emma Milligan as part of YOHP’s Young Playwrights Project, which included a 10-minute Play Festival, with plays written by 5 members of YOHP.

Carnival of Dreams
After being cast from his throne in a violent revolution, a young, lost prince stumbles upon an eerie carnival lorded over by a beautiful yet sadistic princess and manned by a rag tag group of carnies. After finding long lost faces from his past and falling head over heels for the princess, he realizes exactly how bizarre the bloody game they run is, and turns everything on it's head when he succeeds. Based on Puccini's beloved and incomplete opera Turandot, The Carnival of Lost Dreams takes a delectably creepy spin on a classic tale of family, blood and unrequited love. 

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.

Young Open and Honest Players is a youth drama program run through Penfield Recreation for junior high and high school students.


July 23, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 7/23

I would like to begin this column by recognizing Superintendent John Carlevatti of the Penfield School District who will be retiring at the end of July. On behalf of the entire Penfield Town Board and Town Staff I want to thank John for being such a great community partner. Over the last two-and-a-half years I have had an opportunity to work with John on several matters of school and town interest, and have found him to be a visionary who wanted to help make the school district and community better for all our residents. John, we wish you all the best during your retirement and look forward to seeing you out in Penfield on a regular basis. Best wishes and congratulations.

The 2013 budget process is underway with all the town department heads submitting their first round of numbers. I continue to be impressed with their attention to detail and efforts to maximize tax dollars for our residents. Local communities continue to be faced with double digit inflation on many fronts. New York State has informed us that pension costs are up 21 percent from last year. Early on medical projections have costs and premiums up 12 percent. Workers Compensation is projected to increase between 12 and 15 percent and we are seeing overall insurance costs up by eight to ten percent. Most of these costs are unfunded mandates that must be absorbed to comply with the two percent mandated tax cap. I have consistently shared with our residents that if the State is requiring a tax cap on all local governments, they must also cap their run away spending. The town board has been, and continues to be, committed to absorbing these costs and to look for ways to keep the tax rate flat for our residents without major impact to services. We all must continue to keep the pressure on all levels of government to reduce costs and cut spending!

All of the amphitheater music events this season have been a tremendous success with the nice weather and great talent. It pains me to say that the season is already two-thirds over…time marches on. Please plan on attending one of the final events with your family. Cool Jazz on Tuesday July 31 with The White Hots; Kids Fest Thursday with the Mike Kornrich Band; and Saturdays on Stage August 4 with Gap Mangione and his Big Band. The music starts at 7:00 p.m. and there is great food available each night. I hope to see you there!

Our Penfield Librarian reminds me that there are still many exciting children’s programs scheduled for the month of August. Many of these programs are sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Library group that provides funding to enhance the library experience. Our six-year-old granddaughter has been participating in the reading game this summer as she readies herself for first grade. For more information on all the programs or to register, please log on to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs have been a wonderful experience for those attending. Tracing the Journey of Rene Robert LaSalle has peaked the interest of local history enthusiasts as they celebrate 343 years of LaSalle’s passage in Penfield. Please join "Captain" Dick Freitas on Thursday, August 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium as he discusses the famous world explorer and his travels through our area. For more information and to sign up for this program, log on to www.penfield.org.

I mentioned this next topic in last week’s column; however based on more than six fires over the last week, it bears repeating. Recent local fires have damaged lawns, landscaping and structures. Dry weather conditions have continued across upstate and western New York. New York State has instituted a statewide residential burn ban for 90 days through October 10. Penfield residents should contact the Fire Marshals Office at 340-8643 with questions regarding recreational fires. For more details on the statewide residential burn ban, please visit www.governor.ny.gov.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631


July 19, 2012
Passport Night August 2

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, August 2, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Legislators Debbie Drawe and Dan Quatro, and Penfield Town Clerk Amy Steklof. Please call the Town Hall at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

“Passport Night in Penfield is a popular event. Residents have come to rely on the convenience of applying for passports right here at the Town Hall. If you need new or updated passport documents this is the night to take care of business,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. 

“Once again, I am very pleased to work with Supervisor LaFountain and the Town of Penfield to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports,” said County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo.  “Whether it’s Passport Night or locating our Mobile DMV Unit at the Town Hall, I commend Penfield leaders for partnering with me in order to bring these important services to the people of this community.” 

“Previous passport nights have been a tremendous success. We are thrilled to be providing this service with County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Town Clerk Amy Steklof,” said Legislators Drawe and Quatro. “We encourage everyone to take full advantage of this great and convenient opportunity.”    

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 $25 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

“I am excited to partner with County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Legislators Drawe and Quatro to make the passport process easy for our residents. Penfield residents can visit the Town Hall without disruption to their work or school schedules. They come in, process their applications, and leave knowing their documents are submitted correctly,” said Town Clerk Amy Steklof. 

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 Web site 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 $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00.  Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.

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

Passport processing time 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 or 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 their Driver License.


July 18, 2012
Residents are reminded of High Danger for Wildfires

Dry weather conditions have led to a heightened danger of wildfires across Upstate and Western New York. In addition, the state instituted a statewide residential burn ban for 90 days from July 13, 2012 through October 10.

Wildfires can start easily from many types of causes and can spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Residents take extra caution and do the following:

• Refrain from starting any type of outdoor fire and in cases where a fire must be started, take extreme caution.
• Be watchful and keep a close eye when grilling outdoors.
• For those who smoke, make sure a lit cigarette is completely extinguished.
• Use a cooking stove instead of a campfire to prepare meals.

NYS DEC issued an emergency regulation on (July 13, 2012) implementing a statewide ban on residential brush burning through October 10. Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation will suspend all burning permits previously issued. A moratorium on new permits is now in effect through October 10.

Penfield residents may contact the Fire Marshals Office at (585) 340-8643 with question regarding recreational fires.
Read the presses release from NYS Governor (here) http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/07132012-high-danger-wildfires


July 16, 2012
Supervisor's column: Week of 7/16

Within the town of Penfield there are three separate Fire Districts. A portion of northeast Penfield falls in the North East Joint Fire District (NEJFD) that also includes some of the eastern part of Webster and Union Hill. The commissioners of the NEJFD have identified a need to construct a north station located at 600 Phillips Road to improve emergency services throughout the district. The overall project cost is $5,600,000 with a bond amount of $4,900,000. The bond vote will be held on Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Webster Presbyterian Church, 550 Webster Road (Rt. 250). All registered voters residing in the NEJFD will be eligible to participate in the bond vote. For more information on this building project and a map of the district log on to www.nejfd.org. You may also contact the Monroe County Board of Elections at 428-1505 to see if you live in the district. Be informed and always exercise your right to vote!

Last week Bryan N. Podgorski of Troop 310 joined the Eagle Rank in a ceremony held at the Penfield Fire Hall. Over the past several years I have had many opportunities to speak with this young man and I must say he is driven. Beginning his scouting career in June 2006 and advancing to Eagle in May of 2012 is amazing. In that time Bryan received 23 merit badges and held many leadership positions. His Eagle project involved the building of a foot and horse bridge over a stream in Mendon Ponds Park. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to congratulate Bryan on this achievement and wish him all the best as he readies for his senior year at Penfield High School. Remember his name—he will be one of our strong and dedicated future leaders!

I recently had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting and tour of Nucor House on Embury Road which was developed by CDS Monarch for the Warrior Salute program. This unique program helps service members and their families with personalized life and jobs transition support. Warrior Salute is a progressive service that helps veterans, our heroes and their families affected by post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to regain their lives and dreams. Penfield is synonymous with community and the Warrior Salute program and Nucor House is all about community. To the residents of Nucor House, welcome to Penfield! To learn more about this cutting edge program, please visit www.cdswarriorsalute.org.

Finally its official! The town’s bicentennial celebration ended in December of 2010, and after a lengthy environmental review of Schaufelberger Park the Daniel Penfield statue was installed in the late fall of 2011. On a beautiful warm and sunny evening last Thursday, dozens of supporters gathered in the historic Four Corners to celebrate and formally dedicate the statue of our town’s founder to our community. I would like to recognize and thank the following for making this dream a reality: the bicentennial committee; sculptor Don Sottile; Town Historian Kathy Kanauer; NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton; Southpaw Designs; the Town’s Parks and Facilities Department; and all the residents and friends in and around the Penfield community for their generous donations. This wonderful sculpture installation will be a point of destination and reflection for generations to come.

I am reminded by our local Fire Departments that we need to be very careful and mindful of our potentially dangerous habits during this lengthy stretch of dry weather. If you park your car on grass, be aware that heat from catalytic converters and exhaust systems can initiate fire. If you’re a smoker, please be sure to extinguish cigarettes properly and do not throw them out of a car window along the highway or an on/off ramp. Finally, make sure your charcoal or gas grill is cool before storing in a garage or on a lawn area. Fire safety is always critical, and it is even more so during current drought conditions!

Important dates and events in history: July 20, 1969 American astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first human to walk on the moon.

Until next week, I hope to see you out in this great community!

Tony
340-8631


July 11, 2012
Free Guided Hike - Abraham Lincoln Park

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free public hike at Abraham Lincoln Park (formerly Bay Park East) in Penfield on Saturday, July 14, starting at 9:00 AM.

Hikers will meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Smith Rd. (Off Empire Blvd., between Plank and Creek St.).

The guided hike at this Monroe County Park will be through the heavily wooded shoreline along Irondequoit Bay. It will traverse the slopes and ravines that lead into the bay.  There is even a possibility that you may see the eagle that has been nesting in the area.  The hike is expected to last about two hours. It will be led by Penfield Trails Committee members.

While event is free, participants must register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655 or registering online.


July 11, 2012
Penfield Players Summer Readers' Theatre

The Penfield Players announces its first summer Readers’ Theatre with a performance of Blackpool & Parrish, by David Belke, on Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center.

Directed by Stephen Wegman, Blackpool & Parrish is about the end of the world as we know it. Harry Blackpool is the representative of all that is Evil on the planet Earth. Rachel Parrish represents the Good. After 2000 years of rivalry, they are ready to pass their roles onto their children. With the Apocalypse due tomorrow at tea time, is there any way to save the world? And doesn't humanity get any say in the matter?

Readers' theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors, rather than memorizing lines, interpret them while holding their scripts. Like storytelling, reader's theatre can create images by suggestion that could never be realistically portrayed on stage. Readers' theatre frees audiences from the physical limitations of conventional theatre, letting imaginations soar.
Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. There is one performance: Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

For more information, please visit www.penfieldplayers.org, or call Producer Jeff Siuda at 585-472-5530.


July 9, 2012
Supervisor's column: Week of 7/9

I received a reminder from the Penfield Business Association (PBA) that they are hosting their second annual golf tournament on Monday, July 16 at the Penfield Country Club to benefit the Shepherd Home. There is still room for interested golfers and "wannabe" golfers. The tournament is a scramble format that starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes golf, prizes, lunch and dinner. If you have questions or would like additional information, you can contact Laurie at 202-7564 or log on at www.penfieldbusiness.org.

The town board recently approved Mathnasium, a math learning center to be located at 1802 Penfield Road in the Four Corners behind Dunkin Donuts. Mathnasium Learning Centers specialize in teaching kids math the way that makes sense to them. Students can go to Mathnasium year-round to catch up, keep up and to get ahead in math. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 and Sunday July 22, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Stop in to see the facility, or log on at www.mathnasium.com/penfield .

The 2013 budget process is underway. Department heads have submitted first drafts of their budgets and the comptroller and I will begin review meetings next week as we prepare for the "tentative budget" submission to the town board at the September 5 meeting. The board's goal is to manage costs, control spending and look for innovative ways to work smarter with fewer resources. Three areas I am watching very closely are: increased health care costs estimated to be up 12 percent; New York State pension costs up 20-plus percent; and workers compensation costs up 12 to 15 percent. The potential total cost impact to the 2013 budget is more than $300,000 above the 2012 budget. Our challenge is to look for ways to absorb the mandated costs, preserve services and not increase taxes.

The next "Passport Night in Penfield" is Thursday, August 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. This program, sponsored by Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and supported by Penfield Town Clerk Amy Steklof, is very popular and gives our residents the convenience of filling out applications, having photos taken and speaking with experts regarding what needs to be done to issue new or updated passports. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 340-8629.

Dates for your calendar: Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage Series - July 16, Penfield POPS Band; July 17, Rod Blumenau; July 19, Bart and Kevin. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Registration for "Hunter Safety Education" began on July 11. Class size is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. These courses are FREE and held in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. You must be at least 11 years of age to take these classes and at least 12 to obtain a hunting license. For more information check out page 37 of the summer 2012 Recreation Brochure or log on at www.penfield.org .

Until next week, be well and be safe!
Tony 340-8631

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 


July 3, 2012
Free Guided Canoe/Kayak Adventure

Join Penfield Trails Committee as they guide you down Irondequoit Creek in your canoe or kayak. Saturday, July 7 they will host a free guided paddle, beginning at Ellison Park’s south entrance and ending at LaSalle’s Landing Park on Irondequoit Bay.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak and personal flotation device. Meet at Ellison Park’s south entrance off of Blossom Road – follow the signs to the boat launch location.

While event is free, participants must register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655 or registering online.


July 3, 2012
Summer Amphitheater Concerts Kick Off July 10

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage summer concert series will begin July 10 with “Cool Jazz” Tuesdays. Performing on July 10 will be Gap mangione and his New Blues Band. The following Tuesdays will feature Rod Blumenau, Mark Cassara, and The White Hots.

“Kids Fest” Thursdays will kick off on July 12 with a favorite - The Dinner Dogs! The following “Kids Fest” Thursdays concerts will feature Bart & Kevin, The Dady Brothers, and Mike Kornrich Band.

And finally, Saturdays on Stage will feature 2 acts this year - on Saturday, July 21 Coupe De Villes, and Saturday, August 4 Gap Mangione and his Big Band. 

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield.

See the complete Amphitheater 2012 schedule here.


July 2, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 7/2

I hope everyone enjoyed the parade, music and fireworks at the town's annual Independence Day celebration last weekend. The weather was warm, the food and entertainment were wonderful and the fireworks always cap off a great event. I wish to give a special thanks to our Recreation and Parks Departments for their efforts to make this another successful celebration.

I had the honor of presenting Baywinde Senior Living Community a certificate of recognition for celebrating its 10th anniversary of operation last week. Penfield is very fortunate to have Baywinde in our community supporting independent living, assisted living and memory care. Residents, families and staff enjoyed a beautiful evening filled with music, laughter and hors d'oeuvres. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, congratulations Baywinde on your 10th anniversary!

The town Employee Wellness Team reminds us that the theme for the third quarter of the year is "Preventative Care," and July is dedicated to ultraviolet (UV) safety month. Sun exposure causes many of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's UV light damages the fibers in the skin. When these fibers break down, skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place. The skin also bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life. What SPF do you need?

Two very popular musical events are coming up at the Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage, so mark your calendars. "Cool Jazz" Tuesday on July 10 is Gap Mangione and his New Blues Band, and "Kids Fest" on Thursday, July 12 the popular Dinner Dogs will be on hand. The music for both these events starts at 7:00 p.m. Great food is available both nights!

The Penfield Public Library is offering many teen programs in a summer series known as "Own the Night." The next program, "Creatures of the Night" fantasy drawing class, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Artist and game designer Chris Pallace will show you some of his creations, including a sneak peek at his new game "Deck of the Living Dead." Chris will help you draw zombies, vampires, werewolves and other nocturnal nasties. Registration is required; the program is for students entering grades 6 through 12. For more information on this series and many more exciting programs offered by the Library this summer, please log on to www.penfieldlibrary.org .

Many scenic treks are coming up in July that you may wish to join: Saturday, July 7 is the Ellison Park Canoe/Kayak-enjoy a paddle down Irondequoit Creek! Meet at the south entrance of Ellison Park where you will paddle to LaSalle's Landing Park on the bay. Please provide your own canoe or kayak; personal flotation devices must be worn. On Saturday, July 14 explore the ups and downs of the county's Abraham Lincoln Park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. For more information on these programs and many more, please log on to www.penfield.org .

Important dates and events in history: July 4, 1776 - The United States declares its independence from Britain by approving the Declaration of Independence; July 6, 1965 - The 25th Amendment is passed by Congress which deals with succession to the Presidency and establishes procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of the vice president as well as responding to Presidential disabilities.

Until next week, enjoy the wonderful summer weather and don't forget to use your sunscreen!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 




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