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February 24, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/24

The Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) is hosting two big events on Saturday, March 1. In the morning come to the club’s second annual pancake breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Don’s Original, 2055 Nine Mile Point Road. This year the club will be joined by two NFL guests: Don Carey, Detroit Lions safety, and retired SF 49’ers running back Keith Henderson. Both will be serving up pancakes and autographs! The cost is $5 per person and includes pancakes, sausage, and juice or coffee. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance (739-2100 or email breakfast@kmmclub.org). Proceeds will help build a new KMMC Clubhouse.

The second exciting March 1 event is “Bowling for Bucks” at AMF Empire Lanes, 2400 Empire Blvd. from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Come bowl with the pros…that’s right, Don Carey and Keith Henderson will be on hand to show you their talents off the field in “Bowling for Bucks.” The price of $50 per person includes two hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and a “team extreme platter” of chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and supreme nachos. RSVP to 739-2100 or bowling@kmmclub.org.

The town’s Employee Wellness Committee asked me to remind residents there is an opportunity to participate in an American Cross blood donation in Penfield on Monday, March 3 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Penfield Sport and Fitness Club, 667 Panorama Trail. Blood supplies continue to be an issue across this region and are at a dangerously low level. This good news is we can help. To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); they will also take walk-in’s the day of the event. Please mark your calendars, an hour of your time will make a difference in someone’s life.

The Penfield Trails Committee will host its next hike Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Sherwood Fields, located on Rt. 441, just east of Harris Road. The entrance is off the driveway into Penfield Fire Station #3. Come and try out the newest all-season park for hikers in all weather conditions. If we still have snow bring your cross country skis. Check out the Commission Ditch and see what birds have returned for the season. The hike is free and all are welcome to participate.
Has this winter seemed longer than normal? Has the snow and cold taken its toll? Are you just ready for spring to finally be here? Well, we cannot always control Mother Nature but we can start to “think spring” by registering children and grandchildren for the 2014 Penfield Little League Season. Register online at www.penfieldbaseball.com . Another fun-filled season is just around the corner!

The annual Penfield Rotary Spring Euchre Tournament is set for Sunday, March 16 at the Legacy Willow Pond, 40 Willow Pond Way; check in time is 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person prior to March 14 or $25 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at the Family First Credit Union (Browncroft Blvd. branch), Summit Federal Credit Union (Penfield Road branch), or you can mail a check to Penfield Rotary Club, PO Box 28, Penfield, NY 14526. Also, you can purchase tickets online at www.penfieldrotary.org. To learn more contact Chris at 944-0688 or Iveth at 820-6513. Proceeds benefit Camp Haccamo for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and other Penfield Rotary programs.
  
Until next week, enjoy the break in the weather!
Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 18, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/17

As of February 12, all town board work sessions are live and recorded for future reference at www.penfield.org. The town of Penfield has broadcast the town board’s two monthly legislative sessions for more than 20 years; by adding the two monthly work sessions we give residents an opportunity to view in broader detail the discussion the board has around projects and matters of interest. This is a new initiative lead by Councilman Rob Quinn to expand communications and increase transparency of your local government. Tune in from the comfort of your home on the first and third Wednesdays each month for legislative board meetings and the second and fourth Wednesdays for work sessions. We welcome your thoughts and comments on how you like this or your suggestions of what we might be able to do to make it better.

Senior Police Academy…what a great opportunity to participate first-hand in learning more about one of New York State’s leading law enforcement agencies, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD). Classes will meet for nine consecutive Thursdays at the Penfield Community Center March 20 through May 8. Participants will be bused to tour the various individual departments that make up the MCSD. Tours include the Public Safety Building downtown, the Public Safety Training Facility on Scottsville Road, the Emergency Operations Center (911), the Correctional Facility including talks by SWAT, K9, Mounted Patrol, DWI Unit, and more. Enrollment is $6.00 and space in limited. Adults 55+ can register for this program. For more information please call 340-8655 or register on-line at www.penfieldrec.org.

Last week I had an opportunity to present the “2014 Business & Commerce Update” to the Penfield Business Association (PBA). This is the fifth year I have had the pleasure to provide an update on new business development, highlight the prior year’s accomplishments, review the current year’s goals and priorities, and present a financial update of the town to the members and friends of the PBA. This presentation was recorded and will be available for viewing online at www.penfield.org.

Winter continues to grip our region and I want to again remind residents of actions we can all take to help get us through the next four to six weeks of the season. First, please have all vehicles in driveways and off the road after 2:00 a.m. so plows can clean all roadways. Second, if you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please help to keep it clear and accessible for emergency responders. Next, if our snow crews damage your mailbox, it is certainly not intentional. Our drivers are maneuvering trucks that are more than twelve-feet wide with plows and wings, and more than 30 tons in weight. To report mailbox damage, please call our DPW offices at 340-8710 and we will have it repaired or replaced. Lastly, our region is experiencing a salt shortage and most towns are cutting back the amount of salt used per lane mile to maximize supplies. I know everyone has busy lives with a need to get to the next function or event as quickly as possible. Please exercise caution at all times when driving in adverse weather conditions. Thank you in advance for your assistance on these very important items.

Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to receive high marks for the variety of programs and overall interest. Programs are available Monday to Friday at various times to fit many schedules. If you have attended programs in the past we hope you enjoyed them and look forward to seeing you again. If you have not had the opportunity to attend, please join us. I think you will find the topics interesting and informative. For more information on the DEAR program please log on at www.penfieldrec.org. Some of the programs offer a lunch prior to the lecture for a small fee of $6.00. I have participated in a few of these programs and they were wonderful. I hope to see you there!

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org 


February 10, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/10

RG&E/NYSEG have informed the town of fraudulent activities targeting energy consumers. People are contacted by email, phone, or in person, and are asked to pay current or past due charges. “Payments” end up with scammers. Utility customers are a convenient target for scammers because most people are energy customers who pay utility bills. Please take precautions to avoid falling victim. You can read a full article on the topic at www.penfield.org.

Here are a few highlights:
Always type the RG&E or NYSEG Web address when making an online payment; do not rely on links. When paying by phone, always confirm the RG&E or NYSEG phone numbers. Do not make payments by phone to anyone who has contacted you or asked you to dial a number other than NYSEG or RG&E. Do not trust links in emails when paying RG&E or NYSEG by credit card, go directly to www.rge.com or www.nyseg.com to complete credit card transactions. Never provide Social Security or credit card numbers or bank information to anyone requesting it (over the phone or in person) unless you initiated the contact and feel confident that the transaction is legitimate.

To confirm the identity of any RG&E or NYSEG employee ask for a photo ID or employee number. Contact RG&E (1.800.743.2110) or NYSEG (1.800.572.1111) to verify the individual’s identity and purpose. RG&E and NYSEG employees will happily comply. If you are concerned about a call you have received for a payment contact RG&E at 1.800.743.2110 or NYSEG at 1.800.572.1111.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has asked me to make residents aware of other scams and illegal activity. The first involves burglaries of residences when occupants are attending a funeral. If you are attending a loved one’s funeral and you have been listed in the obituary, consider asking someone to keep an eye on your house and report suspicious activity to 911.

Another current scam is a phone call claiming a spouse or grandchild has been in an accident or arrested and they need money for bail or treatment. The person is urged to wire money to help. Before you consider wiring money verify the story by making a call to that loved one or call 911 for a report. Sadly, many scammers prey on our senior population. Let’s watch over aging parents, senior citizen neighbors, and other friends and loved ones to help keep them from being victimized.
Lastly, the Sheriff’s Department reminds us burglars target homes with unlocked doors and windows, so please make sure yours are locked. Be aware of unusual vehicles or individuals in the neighborhood who appear to casing homes. If you have concerns or something does not seem right, call 911 and a Sheriff will follow up. Report details like a license plate number, vehicle make and model, description of individuals including clothing, age, height and weight. Do not make yourself or neighborhood a victim.

On a lighter note, mark your calendars for the next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert on Monday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. entitled “All Things Scottish,” music by Bruch, Arnold and Mendelssohn at Penfield High School. Find details on this concert and the 2014 season at www.penfieldsymphony.org.
Until next week please exercise good judgment in dealing with shoveling snow, below normal temperatures, and wind chill. The days are getting longer and hopefully we soon will see more signs of spring in the coming weeks.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  


February 4, 2014
News from RG&E

NYSEG and RG&E Urge Customers to Beware of Bill-Payment Scams

Rochester, NY NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, continue to learn of fraudulent activities where customers are contacted – by email, phone or in person – and asked to pay current or past due charges. Any “payments” then end up with scammers. Utility customers can be a convenient target for these scammers because unlike retail business customers, most everyone is a customer of an energy company and pays utility bills.

NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to take the following precautions to avoid falling victim to a scam:

· Always type the NYSEG or RG&E Web address when making an online payment; do not rely on email links. At nyseg.com and rge.com, customers can check account balances and any past-due amounts.

· When making a payment by phone, always confirm the NYSEG or RG&E phone numbers. Customers should not make payments by phone to anyone who has contacted them or asked them to dial a number other than a NYSEG or RG&E number.

· Don’t trust links in emails when paying NYSEG or RG&E by credit card – go directly to nyseg.com or rge.com to complete credit card transactions.

· If paying by mail, the addresses are: NYSEG, P.O. Box 11745, Newark, NJ 07101-4745; RG&E, P.O. Box 11747, Newark, NJ 07101-4747.

· NYSEG and RG&E bills may be paid at an authorized pay agent, at a Walmart location or at a company walk-in office.

· If paying using an online payment service (for example, through a bank), always follow the payment service’s instructions to ensure account security.

· Never provide Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or bank information to anyone requesting it (over the phone or in person) unless the customer has initiated the contact and feels confident that the transaction is legitimate.

· NYSEG and RG&E will never ask customers to purchase a debit card to make a payment.

· To confirm the identity of any NYSEG or RG&E employee: ask for a photo ID card (if in person) or ask for their employee number. Then contact NYSEG (1.800.572.1111) or RG&E (1.800.743.2110) to verify the individual’s identity and the nature of their business. NYSEG and RG&E employees are happy to comply with an identity confirmation request.

It is also important to note:

· NYSEG and RG&E will not call customers for payment if an account is in good standing.

· Customers who need to make an urgent payment should do so by calling NYSEG directly at 1.800.600.2275 to ensure that their account is properly credited. RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.2110.

· Customers who have any questions about a call they have received for an overdue payment are likewise urged to contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1111; RG&E at 1.800.743.2110.

To avoid scams entirely, and remove the worry of a missed payment, NYSEG and RG&E customers may want to consider enrolling in our Autopay service, where each month’s payment will be automatically deducted from a designated account. More information about Autopay is available at nyseg.com or rge.com.

If customers believe they have been scammed, they should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/) and their local police.  


February 3, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/3

Although there has been a short break in plowable snow, we still have a lot of winter weather ahead. When that next round of snow does hit, please remember to keep hydrants free for easy access by fire fighters responding to emergencies. Also, please do not plow snow from your property onto the roadway or sidewalks; doing so creates driving hazards and safety issues for those walking to school and businesses. Thank you in advance for making a difficult season safer and a bit easier to handle.

Councilwoman Paula Metzler recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor for Jacob Emery of troop 310. Jacob’s Eagle project included extending the Irondequoit Creek trail past Panorama Plaza and up towards the Genesee Conservation League. He included a small bridge to cross a stream along the way. The Penfield Trails Committee helped to sponsor the project. Jacob’s commitment to scouting and troop 310 extends beyond attaining the rank of Eagle; he has signed on to become an Assistant Scoutmaster with the troop. Penfield is fortunate to have young adults like Jacob who give so much back to the community, thank you and congratulations on this honor.

I am reminded by our Tax Office that you have until February 10 to make your first payment and to pay your taxes in full without penalty. After February 10 interest is assessed to any outstanding balance as follows: February 11-28 adds 1.5%, March 1-31 adds 3.0%, April 1-30 adds 4.5%, and May 1-31 adds 6.0%. Payments made from May 11 on will also be charged a $1.00 late notice fee. Full tax payments can be paid at Penfield branches of M&T Bank; 2201 Penfield Rd., 625 Panorama Trail, or 1838 Empire Blvd. If you have any questions regarding you tax bill, please contact the tax line at 340-8626.

This is the last shout out for the 3rd annual “Hiker’s Jamboree” on Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the town hall auditorium. The featured speaker will be Robert R. Torzynski, Program Manager/Planner for the Genesee Transportation Council. Mr. Torzynski will discuss our regional trail initiative and the closing of gaps and connecting one trail system with another. This free public program is sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee.

AARP Tax Aide will be offering free income tax preparation to low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older, at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Every AARP Tax Aide preparer receives annual IRS training and certification. This service will be available by appointment only on Wednesday mornings between February 5 and April 9. Please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 6, to make an appointment. Taxpayers should bring their 2012 tax return, all 2013 tax documents, as well as a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and social security cards for themselves and anyone they claim on their taxes.

Until next week, be well and be safe!
Tony
supervisor@penfield.org




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