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August 25, 2014
Be an H20 Hero: Swimming Pool Tip

Drain your swimming pool only when a test kit does not detect chlorine. This generally takes about 24 hours. Pool water should be directed to a level, highly vegetated section of your lawn so that it can infiltrate into the ground rather than contribute to stormwater pollution. Pool chemicals should be stored in a covered area to prevent leakage and stormwater pollution.

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August 25, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 8/25

Mark your calendars for the 38th annual used book sale hosted by the Friends of the Penfield Library, September 9-13 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. More than 85,000 items will be for sale including books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Items are conveniently sorted by category. The sale begins with a members-only pre-sale on Tuesday, September 9 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Not a member? You may join at the door, but because of crowds, the Friends recommend joining or renewing in advance of the sale at the Penfield Library. A one-year membership is just $5.00. The general public is invited to attend the sale September 10-13. Hours and daily specials are as follows: Wednesday and Thursday (9/10-11) 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, 9/12, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (half-price day), Saturday, 9/13 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ($3 bag). Bring your own bags but no food or drinks. Because of narrow aisles, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts. Proceeds from the book sale go to support programing for all ages at the library. Please come join the library staff and the Friends of the Penfield Library for this exciting event.

As a member of the board of Crimestoppers, I attended the “Nick-K 5K” last week in Webster along with several colleagues to support the family of Nick Kapusniak. Nick was a 20-year-old student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was killed on March 1, 2014 in a senseless act of violence as a drive-by shooter randomly fired gunshots into a crowd of pharmacy students. Proceeds of this event went to benefit Crimestoppers and the Nick Kapusniak Memorial Scholarship Fund. To learn more about what Crimestoppers does in the Rochester community to support law enforcement and to help get criminals off our streets, please log on to

Are you looking to try something new? Why not hop aboard our PenRec van and take a lovely fall ride to the Medina Railroad Museum? At the museum you will find food trucks with delicious lunch options (to be purchased separately), a farmers’ market, and wineries selling wine. The group will board the Medina Railroad Train at 1:00 p.m. for a two-hour train ride to Lockport. Relax and enjoy the scenery along with music, hors d’oeuvres, and wine samples on board from the Niagara Wine Trail Wineries. The train returns to Medina at 3:00 p.m. with time to tour the museum before heading home. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 18. The fee is $25.00 and includes the van ride, winery train excursion, hors d’oeuvres and wine sampling aboard train, and admission to the museum. Adults only. The van departs the Penfield Community Center at 10:30 a.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m.

2015 budget update…this is the last column before I present the Tentative Budget to the town board on September 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. Each year the process becomes more difficult with more mandates pushed down to local governments and residents wanting lower taxes with the same, or enhanced, services. Working with town department heads and the Town Comptroller, I believe we have prepared a solid budget that provides most of the same services, has absorbed many of the unfunded mandates, and has cut costs in the appropriate areas. The complete budget will be available online Wednesday, September 3 as we are presenting it to the board. We welcome your thoughts, comments, and recommendations as to how the budget could be revised and improved. All comments will be accepted through Friday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. The board is scheduled to adopt the final budget on Wednesday, October 15.

Until next week, enjoy the Labor Day holiday! The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths and contributions to the economy of the United States. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Enjoy your family and friends throughout this long weekend.


August 21, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency reports polluted stormwater is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water. When it rains, stormwater flows from rooftops, driveways, lawns, sidewalks, roads, and parking lots into the storm sewer system. Along the way, it picks up soil, chemicals, bacteria, litter and other pollutants. In most neighborhoods, the stormwater system discharges this polluted runoff directly to the nearest waterway with little or no treatment.

Pollution also comes from illicit discharges such as dumping of paints, hazardous wastes, wash-water, and pools, as well as improper connections of sanitary sewer lines or laundry waste to the stormwater system.

You can prevent stormwater pollution by practicing household habits that keep automotive fluids, detergents, pesticides, fertilizers, grass clippings, and pool discharges out of the storm drain. Remember, only rain down the drain!

Learn more here.

August 18, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 8/18

Penfield’s Rothfuss Park had the honor of being chosen as the site for AutismUp’s second annual KiteFlite Parade, Festival and Expo on August 9. AutismUp is an organization whose mission is to support local individuals with autism and their families by enriching lives and providing opportunities in the Greater Rochester area. I would like to recognize and thank Penfield resident Sarah Milko, Executive Director of AutismUp; Lisa Fetkenhour, President of the Board of Directors; Beth Ciardi, Manager of Special Events and Fundraising; and their entire team for their work. This successful event raised more than $50,000. Fundraising proceeds will be used to support the expansion of AutismUp’s unique education programs for those living with autism in our community. On behalf of our town board, I extend an invitation to hold your KiteFlite Festival in Penfield next year and for many years to come!

Sadly, last week we completed the 2014 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. It was a wonderful season with “Cool Jazz,” “Kids Fest,” “Saturdays on Stage,” and more. For the most part the weather cooperated and our Recreation Department is already working on the 2015 concert series. Thank you to this year’s sponsors for their commitment to Penfield: M&T Bank, The Bonadio Group, Heathwood Assisted Living, Baker Commodities, Family First, Synergy, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, and the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton. These businesses and organizations make it possible for the town to offer quality programs for our residents and families.

Here is a reminder and a challenge…do you think you have a great chili recipe? Do you want to have some fun? Well, bring it on and let’s see what the judges and attendees think! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. for the eleventh annual “Tastin’ the Blues.” Let’s go head-to-head for either the “People’s Choice” or “Judged” category for best chili! As I did last year, I am challenging all participants to consider using Penfield-grown products in their recipe. Visit your favorite farm stand or farm market for choice onions, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and other special ingredients. This is a wonderful event with great music by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, sampling of Dundee Ales & Lagers, great food throughout the day, and of course a host of many outstanding chili recipes to sample. Mark your calendar, it is only three weeks away!

“Passport Night in Penfield” has been extremely popular with the County Clerk’s Office setting up office hours in the town hall auditorium. Have you been thinking about getting a passport or updating one that has expired? If so, join us Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This event is hosted by Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Town Clerk Amy Steklof, Councilwoman Linda Kohl and Councilman Rob Quinn. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 340-8629. You are encouraged to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

RG&E recently asked the town to help warn customers about a phone scam in which callers who say they represent RG&E or NYSEG warn of an urgent billing matter. Customers are told that to avoid having their service shut off, they need to purchase a “Green Dot MoneyPak Card” and then provide the caller with card information. RG&E has repeatedly warned its customers about this scam and urges people to never let their guard down. RG&E and NYSEG offer these tips to keep account information secure: RG&E and NYSEG will not call a customer for payment if an account is in good standing. RG&E and NYSEG will never ask a customer to purchase a debit card to make a payment. Customers who need to make an urgent payment should do so by calling RG&E directly at 1-800-743-2110 or NYSEG directly at 1-800-600-2275 to ensure their account is properly credited. Customers who have any questions about a call they have received for an overdue payment are urged to contact RG&E at 1-800-743-2110 or NYSEG at 1-800-572-1111. If you believe you have been scammed, immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission ( and local police.

Until next week, be well and be safe!


August 14, 2014
Friends of the Penfield Library Used Book Sale Sep 9-13

The “Friends of the Penfield Library” (FPL) will host the group’s 38th Annual Used Book Sale September 9-13 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

More than 85,000 items will be for sale including books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Items are conveniently sorted by category.

"With their proceeds from the book sale, the Friends generously support programming for all ages here at the library," said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. "The Friends also pay for enhancements to library service for the community beyond the provisions of our operating budget. This year we have the Friends to thank for our new Library Document Station that augments our self-service printing with self-service faxing. We have been able to expand our book discussion kit offerings to include some for poetry, and new seating has also been purchased for use in teen and children's programs."

The sale begins with a members-only pre-sale on Tuesday, September 9 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supporters may join at the door, however because of crowds, the Friends recommend joining or renewing in advance of the sale at the Penfield Library. A one-year membership is $5.00 (the same low fee for many years).

The general public is invited to attend the sale September 10-13. Hours and daily specials are as follows:

Wednesday, 9/10 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/11 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9/12 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (half-price day)
Saturday, 9/13 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ($3 bag)

Shoppers should bring their own bags. Food and drink are not allowed. Also, because of narrow aisles, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.

August 13, 2014
Penfield Library Open House Sunday, August 17
The Penfield Library invites you to an open house Sunday, August 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The library and the Local History Room will be open for business as usual, and there will be demonstrations of improvisational theater, karate, and dance in the Braman Room. Enjoy a variety of short concerts in the Community Room and stories for children in the Storyhour Room. The Commuinty Center grounds will feature an electric car demonstration and the Zoomobile. There will be drawings for door prizes, and refreshments will be available. To see the program of events, click here .

August 12, 2014
Fall Recycling Day October 4

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Penfield residents may recycle metals, destroy confidential documents, dispose of residential brush, and donate clothing, purses, linens, blankets, towels, and drapery. Electronics will not be collected at this event. Instead, Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis will host an electronics recycling event to benefit Golisano Children's Hospital at the DPW complex on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

August 11, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 8/11

The Recreation Department will mail the 2014 fall PenRec Brochure to all town residents in the coming week. The brochure contains hundreds of programs for the entire family that run from September through the end of the year. Registration begins on September 2. We encourage you to register early as many of our programs fill up quickly. You may be eligible for a discount by signing up early or registering for multiple programs. For more details, please log on to

Summer is flying by, and it seems everyone is looking for a few more barbecues, more time in the pool, campfires under the stars, or a little more baseball. Summer provides a chance to clear the calendar for what really matters, spending time with family and friends. Something else that truly matters in summer months is blood donation. Donations typically decline in summer, this year is no exception. Since May, the Red Cross has experienced a shortfall of almost 80,000 donations. Your donation of blood or platelets could help save up to three lives. Please consider donating, and bring a friend! Penfield is hosting a blood drive Friday, August 22, from 1:00 to 6:00p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Schedule an appointment by visiting or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Thank you in advance for helping someone in need.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has shared with me that speeding across the county continues to be a huge problem and has resulted in many accidents, including several fatalities. They are writing record numbers of speed violations and are asking drivers to obey posted speed limits for their own safety and the safety of others. The higher the speed, the more points you receive on your license. Do not become a statistic or jeopardize your license…please slow down!

The Penfield Library invites you to an open house on Sunday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The library and the Local History Room will be open for business as usual, and special events will include demonstrations of improvisational theater, karate, and dance in the Braman Room. The community center grounds will feature an electric car demonstration and the Zoomobile. There will be door prizes throughout the event, a variety of short concerts in the Community Room, and stories for children in the Storyhour Room. Refreshments will be available. See the full program of events at

Town budget 2015 update…we are another week closer to the presentation of the 2015 “Tentative Budget” to the town board and Penfield community on September 3 at 7:30 p.m. We are still looking for ways to trim $1.2 million of additional costs from 2014 to 2015. I can assure you that the Town Comptroller and I have left no stone unturned as we review materials submitted by department heads. The New York State tax cap rate for 2015 is 1.56%. The state is requiring all towns to budget for a 20 percent increase in pension costs. I still struggle with New York State “talking out of both sides of its mouth.” We hear the state budget is on time and balanced, and living within the tax cap. So why is it so hard for local government to do the same? Well, if you are pushing your costs down to others to deal with, no wonder you can claim success. Now the state’s problem becomes a local problem, as we can only pass these costs on to our residents. In Penfield, we have made some hard decisions in the past to keep the tax rate flat. We will have to make even harder decisions in the future. We have been fortunate to keep services at the same level year on year; however, in the future we may have to change the way services are delivered or even cut services in some areas. Please stay engaged with the budget process. Once the “Tentative Budget” is released on September 3 it will be available for your review on our website. You will then have until October 10 to comment and recommend changes and updates.

Until next week, please enjoy your summer and consider donating (the gift of life) blood on August 22!


August 4, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 8/4

Last week I visited the Penfield Community Center for “Art Day” at our Summer Day Camp program and watched several plays performed by the children. The energy and excitement filled the halls and gymnasium, and everyone participated in some way to make the day memorable. The Recreation Department conducted six sessions this year with more than 1,000 children who participated in sports, crafts, educational games and all-around fun. Day Camp is one of our most popular programs, and I would like to recognize all who participated. To all the kids involved, what a wonderful way to spend part of your summer enjoying a variety of opportunities and meeting new lifelong friends. To all the camp counselors and directors, thank you for keeping the kids entertained, engaged, and safe. And to the Recreation Department staff, congratulations on another very successful program. I am already looking forward to next year’s camps!

I want to remind everyone about some exciting hikes coming up in the Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary. Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00 p.m. – Perseid Meteor Shower Over the Swamp. Bring a flashlight and lawn chair, and dress for a cool evening. Friday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. – Space Junk Over the Swamp. Friday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Terminator Over the Swamp. Bring a flashlight for both programs. Leaders will provide telescopes, your own binoculars or telescope are welcome. Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m. – Returning Migratory Birds. Binoculars will enhance your sightings. Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. – Fall Wildflowers. Hand lenses are helpful. All hikes are free and open to the public. Hikes begin in the sanctuary parking lot located at 1581 Jackson Road (between Atlantic Ave. and Plank Road, opposite Penfield Center Road. The driveway is adjacent to the Penfield Volunteer Ambulance.) To learn more call Marie Heerkens at (585) 773-8911. Private hikes for Scout groups, clubs, and other organizations are available. To schedule a private hike contact Sue Pixley at (585) 586-6677.

I like to remind residents from time to time about “ecopark” as I continue to be amazed at the number of people who do not know about this recycling facility. "ecopark” is a public/private partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management of NY to provide county residents with a central “one-stop drop-off” to manage certain difficult-to-handle material. The facility is located at 10 Avion Drive and operates Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (closed holidays). Our family (three households) makes a quarterly trip to drop off electronic waste, Styrofoam packing, fluorescent lights, document destruction, scrap metals, printer cartridges, sneakers, bulky plastic items, and more. Additionally, ecopark holds special collections for household hazardous waste (HHW) and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For details log on to

As promised, here’s an update on the 2015 Town budget. Last week I met with Debbie Drawe, one of our two County Legislators, for coffee as I do quarterly to discuss county and town issues, projects and programs. As you may imagine, budgets were the main topic. Federal pushes to state, state pushes to county, and county pushes to town! However, I pointed out to Debbie, that our local residents see it more as federal, state, county, town and school districts pushing everything to them with no relief in sight.

All government entities need to look for ways to reduce spending and cut costs. Hard decisions need to be made and no one wants to be the “bad guy” by cutting programs, services, or in some cases, headcount. We cannot continue to run status quo and hope issues go away or get better. We need leaders who are willing to address waste, cut costs, and reduce spending on all fronts. Many leaders will say they can or will manage and cut costs, but rarely does it happen because there are so many special interests. I want to give a special thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello to Debbie and me. Not one person said to us, “Please raise my taxes!” Instead, we were asked, ”What are you doing to lower my taxes?” That was a great reminder for us as we are working on our respective 2015 budgets!

Until next week, I welcome your thoughts and ideas regarding the 2015 budget including ways to reduce costs, improve services, and address rising costs.



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