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March 30, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 3/30

Congratulations to the two Bay Trail Middle School teams that competed at the Science Olympiad Midwestern Regional Competition at St John Fisher College in March. The two teams earned 23 medals in 21 events. Of the 30 students who participated, 26 earned at least one medal. Team 8 brought home the second place trophy, while Team 7 finished tenth out of 20 teams. This means that for the eighth time in the last nine years, Bay Trail will be sending a team to the New York State Tournament, which will be held in Syracuse on April 17 and 18. Congratulations to all of the Olympians, their teacher volunteer, and community member coaches. Good luck in the state tournament!

I recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor for Edmund Stubbing of Troop 360 at St. Joseph's Church. Edmund's Eagle Project consisted of removing, designing, and rebuilding the boardwalk on the Red Trail in The Writing Road Nature Preserve. The old boardwalk was in a state of disrepair and unsafe. Edmund's new blueprint was designed so that the boardwalk could be raised off the ground and the old boardwalk removed. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, I want to congratulate Edmund on attaining the rank of Eagle.

The Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) held its annual awards banquet celebrating forty-eight years of service. I had the honor, on behalf of the town board, to present a recognition award to George (Tom) McCollough for Outstanding Service. This is PVEA's highest award that recognizes a member who, over a period of time, has consistently worked to maintain the integrity and vision of the organization. Additionally, Clancy McMahon was recognized as member of the year. This award recognizes a member who went above and beyond to serve PVEA during 2014. The 2014 Service Hours Award went to Richard Sperduto, who logged 1,206 volunteer hours, and the Years of Service Awards went to Marv Bielicki and Hugh Franklin for 45 years of service. The next time you see one of these individuals or any member of PVEA, please take a moment to say thank you for their service to our community.

I ask that you join me in congratulating the Woodward family and Woody Acres Farm for recently celebrating their golden anniversary. The Woodward family acquired their Harris Road farm in 1915. Dave and his family have grown and expanded the operation over the years to provide much enjoyment to the Penfield community. During the various season you will see many of your friends visiting the farm for a Christmas tree, pumpkins, and many other wonderful products. Dave Woodward continues to support many of our community functions from hay rides at our family Halloween gathering to participation in the July fourth celebration. He is also active with several committees and boards to help Penfield be the best community in Monroe County. Thank you for all your family does to support this great community!

Until next week, don't get to discouraged, spring is on the way!


March 23, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 3/23

I would like to recognize and thank Tom Tette, Dir. of Building & Zoning, Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement, and Ronnie Williams, Director of Public Works, for being guest columnists the past two weeks. Their seasonal messages were important and timely as we hopefully wrap up winter and move into spring.

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Trails Committee's next "Scenic Treks" on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Channing H. Philbrick Park. Come 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. The hike will be held rain or shine, so please wear appropriate footwear for weather, occasional steep terrain, and slippery conditions. While the hike is fee, participants are encouraged to pre-register by contacting the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655. Look for the hike signs!

One last shout out for the free AARP Tax Preparation program that runs Wednesday mornings through April 8. An AARP Tax Aide will be offering free income tax preparation at the Penfield Community Center to low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Every AARP Tax Aid preparer receives annual IRS training and certification. This service will be available by appointment only. Please call 340-8655 and select option 6 to make an appointment.

The Penfield Library still has some program openings for our younger residents during the upcoming spring break, March 30 to April 3. For more information please contact the Library at 340-8720 or go to to register.

The next Penfield Rotary Band–Nels Carman Big Band Night will be Tuesday, April 7 at the Penfield Community Center. The band will play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. The fee is just $1.00 and you may pay at the door. Also, I would like to bring your attention to an article in current issue of "55 Plus Magazine." It is a wonderful piece on 'Big Bands Still Swingin' in Rochester – The Music," which is all about the Rotary Band. Please check it out at Congratulations to Nels and the Band!

The annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will be hosted this year by the Webster Highway Department, located at 1005 Picture Parkway. This appointment-only service is provided by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES), and is for the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster only. For details on permitted materials or to make an online appointment, go to or call Penfield DPW at 340-8710 through 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 17.

Important Dates and Events in History: March 27, 1794 – The United States Navy is established; March 29, 1973 – The last of American forces leave Vietnam.

Until next week, be well and be safe!


March 16, 2015
Guest Columnist Ronnie Williams, Dir., Department of Public Works

On behalf of the DPW, it is a privilege to be the supervisor’s guest columnist and share seasonal information with Penfield residents.

First, as this year’s long winter season slowly melts away, I would like to solicit the help of residents to assist the DPW in keeping roadside storm sewers (catch basins) free of ice and debris to prevent local flooding. Once the snow is finally gone and the ground thaws, our crews will be out repairing mail boxes, lawn damage, and potholes. DPW will also inspect sidewalk plow routes to verify winter damage caused by plows and schedule restoration work.

Please make note of the following spring events to help you dispose of hazardous materials and unwanted household items, and watch the town website for other upcoming cleanup activities.

First, the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster, have joined forces again this year to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste collection at the Webster DPW Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Schedule your appointment and learn more at

DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road facility on Friday, May 8, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer (see above for hazardous waste).

I recently had the opportunity to join a statewide group of town highway superintendents in Albany seeking additional funding for town and local roads improvement projects and capital funding for bridges and culverts. The group is seeking a five-year extension to the current highway program called “CHIPS” and an increase in funding by $200 million to help fix many of our deteriorating local roadways, bridges, and culverts. The group is also seeking a capital fund of $100 million to support major local road and bridge projects over a five-year period for a total of $500 million.

If you are not satisfied with the condition of local roads, we need your support now as the legislature establishes the budget over the next few weeks. Your voice will help us secure funding for these two important programs and improve the roads you travel every day. Please write or contact your New York legislative members and ask them to support these efforts and fund these programs. Local taxes alone are not sufficient to maintain the safety of our roadways and bridges.
Safety is our number one goal every day. We strive to make sure our community is well maintained and protected from any possible hazards. You can help us by driving at reasonable speeds through work zones and following road work signage instructions. If we all work together we can make the coming “construction season” productive and safe for all.

If you have any questions on any topics in this column please call 340-8710 or email You may also check out our webpage (, Public Works) for upcoming projects.

March 12, 2015
“If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book”

The signature event of Penfield Public Library’s annual Spring into Arts Festival, “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book,” will be held Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.  In its 15th season of cooperation with Writers & Books, the library welcomes visiting author Karen Thompson Walker to discuss her debut novel The Age of Miracles, which has been nominated for several literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize. The novel describes a young California girl coming of age in a dystopian near future and is about the existence of hope and whether it can prevail in the face of uncertainty. Books will be available for purchase and signing at a reception around the library fireplace after Ms. Walker’s talk. This event is sponsored by the Gift & Memorial Fund of the Penfield Public Library and the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

In conjunction with “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book,” Penfield Public Library is planning many special programs on several themes found in the novel, including a showing of the film Chasing Ice on Tuesday evening, March 24, with a discussion facilitated by 13 WHAM News chief meteorologist Glenn Johnson.

Learn more about all programs at Penfield Pubic Library.


March 10, 2015
Help prevent flooding: Clearing snow from neighborhood catch basins

A message from the Town Engineer: 

With the weather finally turning warmer, snow piles are beginning to melt. Help prevent street flooding and icing by clearing snow away from storm sewer catch basins near your home. It's important that the runoff water gets into the storm sewer and does not begin to pond in your driveway or the street. If the catch basin is fully or partially covered by a buildup of snow and ice, street flooding can occur. When temperatures drop again at night, the ponded water will freeze and create a dangerous situation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the DPW Department at 585.340.8710 for additional information. Thank you in advance for your help opening up catch basins and keeping streets safe.

March 9, 2015
Guest Columnist Tom Tette, Dir. of Building & Zoning, Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement

It is a pleasure to be a guest columnist on behalf of the Building and Zoning, Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement department. We serve the community in many ways, some more visible than others. It is our job to ensure homes, businesses, and projects small and large, come to fruition in a way that meets compliance requirements and keeps our community safe.

To do this, we issue permits for construction, renovations, and operations as required by New York State and international building codes. The Town of Penfield has additional building and code compliance regulations for the well-being of all who live in, work, and visit our town.

Although there is still snow on the ground and winter hasn’t let up, warmer weather will come, and so will “building season.” Before the season hits, I would like to remind everyone of the necessity for building permits.

What projects require permits? Anything you wish to build or erect—sheds, decks, pools, home additions, and new homes. We receive applications year-round, however most permitting for new builds or remodeling projects in our region occurs in the warmer months. That’s when our department gets busy and the processing time for permit applications can become extended.

If you are already planning a project for this spring or summer, I encourage you to begin the permitting process as soon as you can. Permits are valid for one year from date of issuance. We process applications in the order they are received. Typical turn-around time on review and issuance of permits is two-to-three weeks. Depending on the queue this can take less or more time. Turnaround time to issue a permit is important to you and our department. We want to deliver prompt customer service, and you want to get started on your project as soon as you can. So if you have a project in mind, we look forward to seeing you at our counter on the second floor of the town hall very soon!

With spring comes yard sales and other events that generate temporary signs. If you are planning a sale or other activity, please review Town of Penfield rules for placement of temporary signs before your event. (See the “Rules for Temporary Signs” flyer online at, under Building and Zoning, Documents.) You want your signs to be seen, and we don’t want to remove them because they are creating a hazard to motorists or pedestrians.

I’d like to reinforce the importance of the visibility of house numbers. Not only is visibility important to the U.S. Post Office and other delivery services, it is critical to emergency responders. Emergency agencies may be called to your home for police, medical, or fire emergencies. Clear, visible, contrasting colors for house numbers are required by law. So please take the time to make sure your house numbers are unobstructed and visible from the road.

Before you begin any project, we welcome your questions to help ensure your safety and success. Drop in and visit us on the second floor of the Penfield Town Hall or call us: Building Department 340-8636, Code Enforcement 340-8635, or Fire Marshal 340-8643. Also visit the Building and Zoning section of for forms and documents.

Tom Tette

March 6, 2015
Spring Forward and Test Alarms

On Sunday, March 8, be sure to "spring forward" your clocks by one-hour while also taking the time to TEST your smoke and CO alarms. These alarms save lives; replacing the batteries and pushing the test button ever so often is more guarentee that they will work during an emergency. Smoke and CO alarms should be replaced every 7-10 years. Daylight savings is also an excellent time (at least twice a year) to review, update and practice your emergency escape roots with all household members. 

March 5, 2015
Public Hearing held for proposed Local Law: Child Safety Act

Message from the Supervisor: 

Last night, March 4, the Penfield Town Board held a public hearing on the proposed Penfield Child Safety Act that would strengthen existing laws by preventing level one and two sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of parks, playgrounds and community centers. 

Close to 20 people attended the public hearing, three spoke in favor of the proposed local law.

The Penfield Town Board is accepting comments on the Penfield Child Safety Act through April 3.

Submit comments to or by mail to Penfield Town Board, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526.


The town board proposed the Penfield Child Safety Act on February 4 following a situation in which a level three sex offender was allowed, under state law, to reside in Penfield just hundreds of yards away from Veterans’ Memorial Park, home to Little League and many other youth activities. 

If you have been following this situation you may know that the State Court of Appeals ruled on February 17 that local governments no longer have a say in where registered sex offenders are allowed to live. That decision struck down more than 130 existing local laws across the state and jeopardized our efforts to enact the Penfield Child Safety Act.  

In response to that ruling, and in support of our town, on February 23 New York State Senator Rich Funke announced his co-sponsorship of bill S.3925 to grant municipalities the authority to establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders.

Three days later, on February 26, the NYS senate passed S.3925. The bill will now go before the New York State Assembly and Governor Cuomo.


Those who wish to support Senator Funke’s legislation should contact their

New York State Assembly representative and Governor Cuomo’s office. 

March 3, 2015
Supervisor’s Shout-out: Master Kim's Taekwando Institute of Penfield wins award

Congratulations to Master Kim's Taekwando Institute of Penfield for winning News10NBC’s Rochester Rocs Award for best martial arts studio. Thousands of votes were cast, and Master Kim’s won the honor with 34% of votes.

Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute is expanding in a few months and moving to a 7,000 square foot facility in Panorama Plaza, doubling the size of the school to offer even more great support and services to its students. This studio promises to be one will be the best benchmark martial arts studio you will find anywhere!

Link to News10NBC story

March 2, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 3/2

Soon you will see some familiar Penfield businesses take on new locations. First, Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute will be relocating to a new space in Panorama Plaza that will double the size of the school to offer even more great support and services to their members. I have heard Master Kim say several times that he has been in hundreds of studios over the years, and this one will be the best benchmark martial arts studio you will find anywhere! Next, Mathnasium will be relocating from the Four Corners behind Dunkin Donuts to the Wegmans Plaza next to City Mattress. Aline Nguyen, owner and operator, will continue offering support to many of our children working to advance or enhance their math skills. We are fortunate to have these two wonderful businesses continue to grow and expand in our community. Best wishes to both Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute and Mathnasium in your new locations, and thank you for all you do for our residents and community.

Recently the Town Board reviewed and approved a name change and new signage for the Angus House in the Four Corners. Soon you will be introduced to ChaCha’s Wood Fired Bar & Grill. The owners want to expand their menu offerings to attract a broader family base. They promise the same great service and quality foods, and look forward to supporting Penfield.

The Penfield Trails Committee invites you to their next hike on Saturday, March 14 at Sherwood Fields. Come try out this all-season park for hikers. See the Commission Ditch flowing and find out if the robins have returned. If this snowy weather continues, bring your cross-country skis and snowshoes. Either way, it will be fun for all ages. The hike starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs till noon. Meet in the lot next to Fire Station 2 located on Rt. 441 just east of Harris Road. While the hike is free, we ask that you please register by calling 340-8655. Look for the hike signs.

I recently attended the fourth annual “Service Above Self” luncheon sponsored by the Penfield Rotary Club. This luncheon recognizes employees who go beyond their normal work and gain the respect of their employers and fellow workers. The program was emceed by Dee Alexander, who described why each recipient was nominated as awards were presented. This year’s recipients were: Tatiana Clader of Family First of NY FCU; Rick Cognata of Paychex; Kathy Cummins of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf; Rick Giesselman of the Town of Penfield; Arlene Griffin-Coyne of Advantage Credit Union; Kim Hinckson of Bill Gray’s; Coleen McGreer of the Eastside YMCA; and Donna Spinella of the Shepard Home. Congratulations to all award winners, you make a difference each and every day…thank you!

I have been asked to remind you to “save the date” for the annual Penfield Clean-up Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is a great community service project! Students, clubs, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to join in the effort to spring-clean our community. To sign up, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 or



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