April 28, 2014
Supervisor's column: Week of 4/28
Last week I began sharing “The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014”activities. This week I want to remind you that the annual resident-only spring drop-off will take place Friday May 9 and Saturday, May and 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. DPW will accept furniture, appliances, lawn mowers (fluids drained) car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete and brush. DPW will not accept electronics, propane tanks, grass clippings or leaves, chemical drums, and hazardous materials. Representatives of St. Pauly Textile will be on-hand both days to build awareness of their clothing shed located at this site and to collect donations of used clothing. They will provide receipts.
Lifespan has asked me to let residents know about free workshops coming in May. Topics include an overview of services, trends in geriatric care, eldercare housing, understanding Medicare, needs of caregivers, legal topics, and so much more. See it all at www.lifespan-roch.org. Registration is required at email@example.com or call 244-8400, ext. 401.
Here’s a shout-out to Penfield resident Mary K. Sweeney, PhD, RN, who is a member of the town’s Transportation Committee and was recently inducted into the Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). The mission of the honor society is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Nurse leader candidates demonstrate achievement in nursing. The ceremony was held in Saratoga Springs, NY. Dr. Sweeney is a retired Certified Occupational Health Nurse from Eastman Kodak Co., and has been employed as Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Empire State College/Center for Distance Learning, Saratoga Springs, NY for 13 years. Mary, on behalf of the town of Penfield, congratulations on this achievement.
The Penfield Players announce “The Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig as their second production of their 49th season. The comedy opens Friday, May 2 and runs through Saturday, May 17. Directed by Jeff Moon, “The Fox on the Fairway” takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy members of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. All performances will be at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road and start at 8:00 p.m. Show dates are Fridays May 2, 9, 16 and Saturdays May 3, 10, 17. Tickets are on sale now: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Call the box office 585-340-8655 Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to charge by phone, or go to www.penfieldrec.org choose “Registration & Reservation” then “Browse Tickets” and search by date. Select a performance and follow the prompts. Advance tickets ($12) must be purchased online or called in by 4:00 p.m. of the Thursday before each show date. Learn more at www.penfieldplayers.org.
Until next week, enjoy the spring weather!
April 24, 2014
Electric Car Show May 3
The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road as part of its “Penfield Cleanup Day” activities. This event marks the third year the town has hosted an electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center. A second charging station was installed at the town hall complex in 2013.
Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, and many others. Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models—there may even be a BMW i3 at the show. A number of charging stations will also be on display including a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Vehicle Charger.
”We are excited to host the third annual electric car show in Penfield, an event that has grown year on year,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “To mark this event, during 2014 we will be installing our third charging station to be located at Harris Whalen Park. It will be available for our residents and their guests visiting the park and Harris Hill Elementary School. Additionally, we hope to see some of our businesses add charging stations throughout the community.”
To participate in the electric car show send an email to show organizer Bob Kanauer at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address.
The town’s Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (EEAC) and town board are promoting this event as part of “The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup” with activities that begin April 26 and run through May 10. For all events and details, see quick links on the home page at www.penfield.org.
April 23, 2014
First Annual Child & Family Safety Fair in Penfield
|The MOMS Club of Penfield and Penfield Recreation will sponsor the first annual Youth and Family Safety Fair on Saturday, May 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This free event is an opportunity for the whole family to learn about many different aspects of child and family safety.
Events and information will include fingerprinting & child ID, bike helmet clinic, bully-proofing and internet safety, blood pressure/stroke clinic, child predator awareness, car seat checks (weather permitting), fire & carbon monoxide safety, and water safety. There will also be games and activities for the kids, pick-a-prize raffle, bake sale, and so much more!
This event is free and open to the public. Participants will include: Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Penfield Fire Company, Bivona Advocacy Center, Penfield Ambulance, Red Cross, and more!
For questions regarding participation or activities, please contact MOMS Club of Penfield at email@example.com.
April 21, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/21
In September 2013 Frances and Larry Grossman of Grossmans Garden & Home presented “Penfield Farmers’ Market” to our community. The market ran through December and enjoyed great success in a short period of time. The Grossmans will now present a year-round market to begin this May following a very long and cold winter. Vendor spaces are filling up quickly and 2014 promises to be a wonderful experience to shop for local fruits, vegetables, breads, preserves, wine, eggs, dairy and meat products, homemade foods, and more. If you have home grown or homemade products and want to be part of this growing farmers’ market in Penfield, please contact the market manager, Rebecca Ward, at 377-1982 x224 to reserve your spot! The market runs Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Grossmans Garden & Home, 1801 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. I hope to see you there!
The American Red Cross is coming to Penfield on May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, to offer lifesaving blood donation opportunities. Nearly 6,000 times a day, someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor, and yet only three percent of the population donates. It is important to expand the number of donors so that blood products of all types are available whenever and wherever they are needed. Please consider taking an hour out of your busy schedule to donate…it does make a difference. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment or log on at www.redcrossblood.org.
“The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014” is underway. Please mark your calendar for the next few dates to participate: Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off at the DPW Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. This is for Penfield and Webster residents only. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 340-8710. Saturday May 3, from 9:00 a.m. to noon is “Penfield Cleanup Day” to beautify Penfield by cleaning up litter and debris from roadsides and parks starting from the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Sign up by calling Sabrina at 340-8651 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is one last plug for Boy Scout Troop 310’s pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, May 3 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Community Center to feed the hungry workers who will be participating in Cleanup Day as well as any other residents who would like to enjoy a hot breakfast. No registration is required, only an appetite for good food! A special shout out to Troop 310 for all you do to support the Penfield Community… your efforts do not go unnoticed!
Do you like cars? Do you like technology? If the answer to one or both of these questions is “yes,” please join us for the third annual Penfield Electric Vehicle Car Show on Saturday May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the south parking lot of the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. 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. If you would like to bring your electric car, motorcycle or other type of electric vehicle, please contact Bob Kanauer at 377-2783 or email@example.com.
The annual “Ride of Silence” will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:15 p.m. starting from the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. This ride is held in silence allowing participants to memorialize loved ones and friends who have suffered death or injury while cycling. Traffic control will be handled by a professional motorcycle escort service. The event is free and the only requirements are a helmet, the desire to honor fallen riders, and the understanding that the silence will be loud. For more information, please contact Andy Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rideofsilence.org.
The summer Pen-Rec brochure recently hit our mail boxes and the 47 pages are filled with great programs for all ages. Our popular programs tend to fill up quickly so don’t delay in registering. Stop in at the Penfield Recreation Department, or better yet, go online at www.penfieldrec.org and sign-up from the comfort of your home. Many of our programs offer a discount for registering online.
Until next week…be well and be safe!
April 14, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/14
The Penfield Rotary Club held its third annual “Service Above Self Recognition” luncheon this past week to recognize individuals in our community who excel at serving others and aspire to high ethical standards. The honorees were: Darrek Brantley/Advantage FCU, Lisa DeClerck/Eastside Y, Susan Kummer/Penfield Central Schools, John Bernhard/Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, the Staff of the Penfield Public Library, Bonnie Sunderville/Penfield Sport & Fitness, Mary Malone/St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Michele Scarlata/Town of Penfield, Tracy Schuhmacher/Wickham Farms, Katie Schell/Don’s Original Restaurant & Pub, and Steve DeVries/Family First of NY Federal Credit Union. Congratulations to all of the honorees; the work they perform each and every day to support their businesses and customers is a benchmark for all of us!
Mark your calendar for “Civil War Day” on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Activities will include Civil War artifacts to see and touch, a storytelling performance of “Children of the Civil War” by the Genesee Storytellers, letter writing to soldiers along with examples of actual Civil War letters, re-enactors, bugle calls, flag signals, soldiers camp, genealogy, a travelogue of some Civil War sites, and much more! The event is free and pre-registration is not required. Find complete details and lecture times at www.penfieldrec.org.
If you travel Rt. 441 you may have noticed that road construction is underway opposite Liberty Street. This is the completion of Mott’s Lane extension that has been in the works for more than four years. The last piece of property was acquired, allowing us to obtain our NYS Department of Transportation permit and begin construction. Once completed, Mott’s Lane will wrap around behind the businesses in this area and provide access out to Five Mile Line Road. Construction wrap up by the end of June.
Our annual appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off at the DPW Complex, 1607 Jackson Road is Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to clean out all your old paints, lawn and garden chemicals, cleaning products, and more. These materials should not be thrown in your weekly trash collection, dumped down your house drain, outside catch basin, or yard inlet. Please call 340-8710 to schedule your appointment, and thank you in advance for being environmentally responsible. Find details on this service at www.monroecounty.gov/des-hhw.php.
Where can you go to have a fantastic pancake breakfast, help clean up our great community, and take in an electric car show? Well, on Saturday, May 3 you can do all this and more at the Penfield Community center! The “Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014” kicks off with Boy Scout Troop #310 hosting a pancake breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Then you can join hundreds of our residents to help pick up litter and winter debris throughout the town or choose a beautification project of your own. Learn about local watersheds and sign up for the rain barrel seminar sponsored by the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition by calling 340-8651. Finally, visit the displays and the various vehicles on hand for the third annual electric car show that will be located in the parking lot on the library side of the Community Center. I hope to see you there!
Until next week, enjoy what looks to be spring…finally!
April 11, 2014
Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014
The Town of Penfield and its Energy and Environment Advisory Committee invite residents to join in “The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014” with free events planned in April and May. This is a unique opportunity for residents to pitch in to clean up around town and clear unwanted materials from houses, garages, basements, sheds, and more. Together, these events will beautify the town, responsibly dispose of hazardous materials, and redirect materials from landfills to recycling centers.
“The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014” is also a time to learn more about living a sustainable lifestyle. The town will host its third electric vehicle car show with the New York State Electric Auto Association and the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition will share information on watershed management.
The first event is a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Penfield DPW Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. This appointment-only service is hosted by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster. For details on permitted materials or to make an online appointment go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw or call Penfield DPW at 340.8710 through Thursday, April 24.
Saturday, May 3 is “Penfield Cleanup Day” from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Participants go to the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, to check-in and get supplies. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to participate. Those who wish to begin the day with a hearty breakfast can attend Boy Scout Troop 310’s pancake breakfast, also at the Community Center, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. The cost is $5 per person.
The Monroe County Stormwater Coalition will also be at the Community Center during “Penfield Cleanup Day” with educational displays and a hands-on demonstration rain barrel creation class. The free class is limited to 20 participants who will take their rain barrels home; others are welcome to observe. To register call 340-8651.
Also on Saturday, May 3 the town is hosting its third electric vehicle car show from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Members will be on-hand to answer questions. To participate, call or send an email to show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or email@example.com ) and include your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address.
Events conclude Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a resident-only Spring Drop-off at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. (See details below)
“Each year our Spring Cleanup events continue to gain popularity with residents. These are great opportunities to dispose of unwanted and no longer useful items around the home, while being sensitive to the environment and recycling rather than just landfilling,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “The Town Board and our Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee welcome thoughts and ideas on more ways the Penfield community can provide leadership in sustainability and environmental awareness.”
“The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup 2014” Activities:
Saturday, April 26
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
What: The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES)and the towns of Webster, Penfield and the Village of Webster host an appointment-only household hazardous waste collection.
When: Saturday, April 26, 7:30 AM-1:00 PM
Where: Penfield DPW Complex, 1607 Jackson Road
Who: Penfield and Webster residents by appointment only
How: To see details on permitted materials or make an online appointment go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/des-hhw.php or call Penfield DPW at 340.8710 through Thursday, April 24.
Saturday, May 3: Multiple activities
PENFIELD CLEANUP DAY
What: Families, groups, organizations, clubs, teams, individuals team up to beautify Penfield by cleaning up litter and debris from roadsides and parks.
When: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 AM-12 noon
Where: Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, sign-in in Senior Lounge
Who: Entire community – families, friends, groups, teams, organizations
How: Sign up by calling 585.340.8651or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Boy Scout Troop 310 will prepare and serve pancake breakfast
When: Saturday, May 3, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Where: Penfield Community Center, Community Room, 1985 Baird Road
Who: Entire community
How: No registration required
PENFIELD ELECTRIC VEHICLE CAR SHOW
What: Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Members will be on-hand to answer questions.
When: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Where: Penfield Community Center, south parking lot, 1985 Baird Road
Who: Entire community, electric vehicle owners
How: To participate, call or send an email to show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or email@example.com ) and include your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address.
May 9 & 10, (Friday-Saturday)
RESIDENT-ONLY SPRING DROP-OFF
What: An opportunity for Penfield residents to dispose of household materials and brush
When: Friday (5/9) 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, Saturday (5/10) 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where: Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Rd
Who: Penfield residents only
How: Drive in with materials and follow directions at site
MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush
MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Household electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, driveway sealer (see household hazardous waste event April 26). For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County ecopark “prospector” at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark .
April 11, 2014
Passport Night April 22
Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, April 22, 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 and Town Clerk Amy Steklof. Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.
“We’ve been hosting “Passport Night in Penfield” a few times each year since 2009,” said Town Clerk Amy Steklof. “Residents love this service because it is quick and convenient. I’m looking forward to helping more Penfield families manage their passport needs on April 22.”
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 again 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 Penfield Town Hall, I commend Penfield leaders for partnering with me in order to bring these important services to the people of this community.”
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 $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 website 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.
April 11, 2014
Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 26
|The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster will host an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Penfield DPW Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. For details on materials that will be accepted, or to make an online appointment, go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw. You may also call Penfield DPW at 340.8710 through April 25.
April 7, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/7
I would like to recognize and thank Dave Ewell for his 20-plus years of dedicated service with the Town of Penfield as B-shift security, maintenance, and animal control response. Dave recently retired to enjoy the next chapter of his life of travel, time with grandchildren, and finishing projects around the home. Dave was a jack-of-all-trades and a key “go to” person after hours, which saved many overtime call-ins and helped to manage costs for our residents. Congratulations Dave, may your retirement be full of happiness and good health for many years to come!
I was honored to attend a recent Eagle Scout court of honor for three young men from Troop 260 located at St. Joseph’s Church. Over the last six months Penfield troops have produced 12 Eagle Scouts, which speaks highly of the young people involved, their leaders, and family members. The latest trio includes: Javier Perez, who organized and directed the “Run of Gratitude 5K and 1 Mile Family Run” held on June 1, 2013 to benefit St. Joseph’s School. The event drew 170 participants and raised funds to purchase a smart board for a first grade classroom and build two new benches for the playground at the school. Brian Crowley, whose project benefited St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality that was recently purchased the Dorothy Day House in Rochester. This special 12-unit home provides housing for men and women wrestling with homelessness, addiction, and other significant life challenges. Brian gathered donations, cleaned, and caulked, primed and painted the outside of the first floor of the house. Our third new Eagle Scout, Andrew Kurzweil, made enhancements to the Mary Beth Carey Memorial Garden located within the St. Joseph’s Church courtyard. This project involved fundraising, planning, designing, and building a gazebo for the garden, creating a covered space for all to enjoy. On behalf of the Penfield community, congratulations Javier, Brian, and Andrew on achieving the rank of Eagle. Your hard work and dedication to scouting is a benefit for many scouts who follow in your footsteps. You should be proud of your accomplishments.
The next “Passport Night in Penfield” is Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. For more information please contact Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8629 or go to www.penfield.org and click on the Town Clerk’s page and then ‘Passport Application Requirements.’
Last reminder…the next Penfield Trails Committee hike is this Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Philbrick Park. This guided hike will follow the trail along Irondequoit Creek to see rapids, gentle falls, artifacts of some old mills, the kingpost bridge, fishermen in this famous trout stream, spring wildflowers, and much more. Come prepared for spring weather, sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended. Philbrick Park (formerly known as Linear Park) is located off Rt. 441 west of the Four Corners area. Follow the “hike” signs. The hike will start at the kiosk near the Washington Street Bridge. The hike is free; however, participants are asked to pre-register by calling the Penfield Recreation Office at 340-8655, option 6.
The Town Board proclaimed April 13-19 as National Libraries Week in Penfield. Residents of every age and interest are fortunate to have an outstanding team of library professionals who take pride in excellent customer service, outstanding programs, and demonstrate leadership in their field. Please take a moment to thank Bernadette Brinkman and her team for everything they do for the Penfield community.
Until next week, hang tight, spring is almost here!