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March 28, 2013
A Message from the Town Tax Receiver

The Tax Bill Payment for March with 3.0% interest is Due on Sunday, March 31st.  Due to this date falling on a Sunday, therefore you have until MONDAY, APRIL 1st to make the payment.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: You are always welcome to come to the Tax Office and pay in person. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (except for Holiday Closings).

PAYMENT ON-LINE: As a convenience to the taxpayer, the Town Of Penfield is now offering you the ability to pay your property taxes with either an electronic check or a credit card at
You may pay with Visa, Master Card, or Discover. Please note there is a service fee (3.0%) if you choose to pay by credit card. New York State law mandates that the Town receives no portion of the fee and that the fee is retained by the payment processing vendors enabling the transaction. There is a minimal fee to process electronic checks.   ALSO, for your added convenience payments may be deposited in the DROP BOX located next to the main entrance of the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

For additional information please call (585) 340-8626.

March 28, 2013
FREE Guided Hike at Philbrick Park

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park on Saturday, April 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

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. This 19-acre park features trails along Irondequoit Creek, several waterfalls, and remains of old mills along the creek banks. 

Channing H. Philbrick Park is located at 1 Linear Park Drive, off of route 441. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge. Look for the “Hike” signs.

While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

March 28, 2013
FREE Spring Lecture Series

Penfield Recreation Department’s DEAR (Daytime Education at Recreation) program will begin a free spring lecture series on Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 PM. 

The first lecture of the series will be on the life and times of the beloved author of the novel Little Women, Louisa May Alcott.  Other lectures will include ‘”More Ideas for Using Your Computer” on 4/18, “Crafting Heirlooms with Your Computer” on 4/25, “Remembering Rochester with Doris Adamek” on 5/2, “Gatsby Through the Lens of the 21st Century” on 5/9, “Remembering Our Heroes” on 5/16, “Revving Up Your Metabolism” on 5/23, and “Handwriting Analysis” on 5/30.  

All lectures are FREE and held on Thursdays at Penfield Community Center beginning at 12:30 PM. Registration is required. A sit down lunch at 11:45 AM is available for $6.00; tickets must be purchased at least twenty-four hours in advance. 

For more information or to register please call 340-8655, or visit our website.

March 28, 2013
YOHP to Hold Auditions for 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'

Penfield’s Young Open and Honest Players (YOHP) will be holding auditions for teen actors ages 13 – 18 on Wednesday April 3 at 4:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Actors will be auditioning for a part in Brighton Beach Memoirs.

The story of Brighton Beach Memoirs follows a 15-year-old boy named Eugene Jerome as he grows up in 1937 Brooklyn. Eugene learns about girls, family, relationships, and the impending war. Eugene makes many witty observations about life and need for family throughout the play as he interacts with his Brooklyn family. 

Cast requires three males and four females. Actors will read scenes from the script for the audition. 

Performances are scheduled for June 7 & 8.  For more information please call 340-8664. 

March 25, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 3/25

I would like to start off by thanking Jim Costello, our Development Services Director, for being last week’s guest columnist and giving everyone a wonderful overview of Penfield as a popular place to dine with 83 eateries across six business districts. As always, as you make choices about where to shop or dine, please remember that “investing in Penfield businesses is an investment in our community.” Bon appetite!

The town board recently presented certificates of recognition to the Penfield Patriots Varsity Cheerleaders for capturing their first Section V title and their second national title. This energetic and talented group of young ladies took the competition by storm to make their families, school district and community proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations ladies and thank you for being such great ambassadors for Penfield.

This week the town’s employee wellness committee reminds us of what we can do to prevent kidney disease. Our kidneys perform vital functions to help maintain overall health, including filtering of waste and excess fluids from blood. The two leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. Careful control of blood sugar in diabetics helps to prevent complications such as kidney disease, coronary heart disease and stroke. A healthy lifestyle including appropriate weight and regular exercise can help control, and may even help prevent, high blood pressure. If you are interested in starting some regular exercise or a wellness program but you’re not sure where to start, consider logging on to the Penfield Recreation website at to view the many different programs we offer for all ages.

This is one last reminder to mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. for “Living Next to Stormwater Ponds IV.” With more than 130 ponds in our community, many residents are impacted by water quality and stormwater management. The program will provide information on green practices and maintenance techniques to minimize algae, erosion, weeds, invasive species, and nuisance wildlife at ponds. Speakers will also provide an update on Penfield’s efforts to improve water quality and recent stormwater regulations. The program will be held at the Town Hall in the auditorium; I hope to see many of you in attendance.

Congratulations to the Penfield School District for being named to the 2013 list of best communities for music education by the North American Music Merchants Foundation. As a parent of two daughters who were heavily involved in music throughout their school experience, Penfield has consistently been recognized for its music education. A special thank you to all teachers, students and parents who make this program so successful!

We are very fortunate to have the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) providing support and care to residents in our community. Like your insurance policy, you hope you never have to use this service, but are glad it is there when you have a problem. The PVEA recently recognized its members with service awards. Karen Manetta was honored as “Member of the Year” for going above and beyond to serve PVEA in 2012. Mark Harris received PVEA’s highest honor with an award for “Outstanding Service.” This award is given to a member who, over a period of time, has consistently worked to maintain the integrity and vision of PVEA. Congratulations to Karen and Mark for their accomplishments and service to the Penfield Community.

Until next week, let’s be optimistic that spring truly is just around the corner!




March 21, 2013
“Living Next to Stormwater Ponds IV” April 9

Penfield residents are invited to a community presentation entitled “Living Next to Stormwater Ponds” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. The presentation, hosted by Town Engineer Geoff Benway, marks the fourth straight year of programming to increase awareness of the function of stormwater ponds and to present proper care and maintenance techniques to minimize common issues like algae, erosion, weeds, invasive species and nuisance wildlife. The evening will also include information on green infrastructure practices to help residents reduce their water quality impacts.

“This program is well suited for people who live on or near ponds and other water bodies, and those who care about preserving water quality. Residents who want to better manage their property and protect water quality will find this information practical and helpful,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Experts will give homeowners strategies to benefit their own properties and regional watersheds.”

The program will include a presentation on town efforts to improve water quality by Town Engineer Geoff Benway and an overview of the most recent stormwater regulations from Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation district staff.

For questions or more information, contact Geoff Benway at 585.340.8683 or

March 20, 2013
Youth Sports Now to Feature Local Recreation Departments

Penfield resident Greg Kamp is the host of a new radio show on 1040 AM/92.1 FM called Youth Sports Now. This show airs every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Tonight (3/20) Greg will feature local recreation centers, including Penfield. Directors Chris Bilow (Penfield), Mark Yaeger (Webster) and Anthony Jordan (City of Rochester) will talk with Greg about the importance of recreation programs in the development of youth sports and overall youth development, from basketball and tee ball to summer camps and theater training. 

Be sure to tune in tonight to hear a great discussion. You can also listen live online at - click on "Listen Now".

March 18, 2013
Supervisor's Column week of 3/18: Guest columnist Jim Costello

Let’s Eat!

When Supervisor LaFountain asked me to guest-write this column I thought to myself, what should I write about? What would interest Penfield residents? I decided to write about the two things I know best—the town of Penfield and eating!

For those who haven’t noticed lately, Penfield is becoming a popular place to open a restaurant. In the last two years alone the town has approved 23 new eateries and has recently approved the reopening of a couple of Penfield’s favorite long-time dining establishments. Five more restaurants have been approved and proposed to open in 2013.

In all, 83 eateries in Penfield’s six commercial districts serve the culinary needs of 36,242 residents and countless visitors that make a pilgrimage from other communities to enjoy our endless variety of cuisine.

I am constantly asking restaurateurs why they choose to operate in Penfield. They tell me Penfield is their choice because it is a family-oriented community (that’s true, we are 92% residentially zoned). When I explain there isn’t a lot of late night activity in Penfield they are fine with that knowing they can expect steady business throughout the week.

I would like to use this column to express my gratitude to restaurant-owners for continuously showing their commitment to our community. They are asked to support every charitable and not-for-profit organization in town—and they do so proudly. They are asked to support every student fundraiser—and they do so without question. Restaurant-owners support our little league teams, youth soccer, youth lacrosse and other programs so numerous that there isn’t enough space to list here.

I urge you to get out and experience the Penfield restaurant scene; we are lucky to have a variety of cuisines at our finger tips and the tip of our tongues. Try a new cuisine, stop in “that place” you have been curious about, or invite a friend to dine with you in Penfield. With so many options you are guaranteed to find a favorite spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a special occasion. Your stomach will thank you and you will feel especially good supporting those who support our community every day.

Do you have a favorite Penfield restaurant? Tell me about it and I will pass along your “compliments to the chef.” Heck, you may even see me there checking it out.

Jim Costello
Business Development Director
Town of Penfield


March 11, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 3/11

Mark your calendars for our annual “Living Next to Stormwater Ponds IV” presentation on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. This marks the fourth straight year of programming to increase residents’ awareness of the function of stormwater ponds, including proper care and maintenance techniques to minimize issues like algae, erosion, weeds, invasive species and nuisance wildlife. The meeting will be hosted by Town Engineer Geoff Benway in conjunction with representatives from the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District. They will present information on green infrastructure practices to help residents manage stormwater and reduce water quality impacts. The program will also feature videos from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a presentation on Penfield’s efforts to improve water quality, including an overview of the most recent stormwater regulations. This meeting will be recorded for download and playback on Penfield TV.

The Penfield Green Initiative, a group of Penfield residents who want to promote positive environmental action, will be hosting a program entitled “Controlling Pests Effectively and Safely” on Monday, March 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. Lynn Braband and Brian Eshenaur, Extension Educators for the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University, will be on hand to discuss how you can eliminate pests in your home and garden without hurting the environment or your health and the health of your family and neighbors.

Do you know someone who is thinking about becoming a lifeguard for a summer job? Please tell them about the Red Cross Certified lifeguard class through the Recreation Department. This program includes training in first aid, CPR and AED. It is recommended that you have a minimum of “Level 5” swimming skills to participate. For details on this program and many other aquatic wellness opportunities, log on to . The program begins March 21, so do not delay! The course number is #211240-A. Participants must attend all sessions and successfully complete all requirements to become a certified lifeguard.

The staff of the Penfield Library and the Friends of the Penfield Public Library asked me to remind families to join them during the April recess for some great events including the Lego lab, scrap art fun, Star Wars meet and greet, tales for tails and more. Please log on to for details and program offerings.

The fifth annual intergenerational fishing derby will be hosted by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks along with the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau and Monroe County Office for the Aging on Friday, April 5 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Powder Mills Park, 154 Park Road, Pittsford, NY. The Intergenerational Fishing Derby provides an opportunity for youth to meet our community's senior citizens and enjoy a morning of fishing and fun. This free event allows students from all grade levels to take part in a friendly day of fishing while forming new friendships and learning about our environment from biologists of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Please contact Sean Delahanty at 585-753-6460 if you would like to pre-register, or arrive at 7:30 a.m. for check-in at the Powderhorn Lodge.

I have asked Jim Costello, Business Development Services Director, to guest-write the supervisor’s column next week to update residents on what’s new in our business districts. One of Jim’s many duties is to attract and retain a variety of businesses to support our community’s needs. Jim will highlight recent and current projects.

Fun and special dates in March: 14 is Pi Day; 17 is St. Patrick’s Day; 18 is Johnny Appleseed Day; 22 is National Goof-off Day; 25 begins Passover; 31 is Easter.

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


March 4, 2013
Facilitators Needed

Penfield Recreation is offering several topics from The Great Courses this spring – “The American Civil War”; “Emerson, Thoreau, & the Transcendentalist Movement”; and “The Cathedral”. Each program is lead by a guest facilitator who initiates conversation after the presentation. We are looking for people to facilitate future series in a variety of topics. Facilitators will have the opportunity to view the video prior to the presentation to prepare for the discussion. If you have an interest in a particular topic please contact Pam Mount at (585) 340-8664.

The Great Courses bring engaging professors to you remotely through recorded DVDs. Since 1990, great teachers from Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 390 courses for lifelong learners. Penfield’s DEAR program has secured permission to offer The Great Courses at Penfield Community Center. Participants will spend an hour once a week viewing and then discussing a selected course.

March 4, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 3/4

I have been contacted by the American Red Cross asking that I remind Penfield residents that March is Red Cross Month—and they need your help! Last month much of the northeast was hit with severe winter weather causing a significant number of blood drive cancellations and fewer blood donors keeping their appointments. All blood types are needed now, with an urgent need for types O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative. Thousands of blood donations are needed each day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and more. One of the next blood drives in Penfield will be held on Monday, March 18 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave. You may also schedule your appointment to give blood through the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit . Please consider donating to celebrate Red Cross Month and help make a difference in our community.

Honor Flight Rochester (HFR) is seeking men and women who served in the armed forces during the Korean War (1950-1953) to sign up for a free Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Korean War Memorial. The program also remains open to World War II veterans. There are 5,384 Korean War Veterans in the Monroe County area. This is the 60th year of the armistice that ended the fighting, but not the hostilities. The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 when North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) attacked South Korea (Republic of Korea). The war stemmed from the attempts of both countries to reunify Korea. The United States, along with other NATO countries, supported South Korea while Russia and China aligned themselves with North Korea. During the 37-month conflict, 36,526 Americans were killed in action with another 103,000 wounded, 7,140 captured and 8,177 reported as missing in action. The war lasted until an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, and as a result a Korean Demilitarized Zone was established. Korean War veterans are encouraged to register for an Honor Flight Rochester mission by going online at .

If you have spent enough time inside this winter, why not plan to join the Penfield Trails Committee in their series of guided hikes. The next hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Sherwood Fields. This is the town’s newest all-season park for hikers. Meet in the parking lot next to the fire house on Rt. 441 east of Harris Road. The hike runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If you cannot make this hike, mark your calendar for Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon for a hike through Channing H. Philbrick Park. 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 bridge.

I am reminded that the St. Patrick’s Day Party for adults (ages 55-plus) is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 at noon at the Community Center. Stop in for corned beef and cabbage and some St. Patrick’s Day fun! You may purchase tickets in advance for $4.00 at the Recreation Department offices. That’s right, just $4.00 for a fantastic corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment. I attended last year and found it to be the best deal in town!

The Penfield Library celebrates its 12th annual “Spring into Arts” series with several exciting programs planned including Opera Guild of Rochester – Telling Tales with Art Axelrod on Sunday, March 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Gardening with Native Plants by Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden (this program is co-sponsored with the Penfield Hills Garden Club) Wednesday, March 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; and a Mexico Travelogue with Tom DeClaire on Sunday, March 24 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information on these library programs and many more, please log on to .

Until next week, I hope to see you out in our great community.



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