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May 28, 2015
Music & Food Truck Rodeo Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015
4:30 - 8:00 pm
Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage

This annual event will kick off Penfield’s summer Amphitheater season and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

The event will feature eight local food trucks – Tony Tomatoes Wood Fired Pizza, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Cheesed and Confused, The Meat Ball Truck Co., Stingray Fusion, The Dough Boys Fried Dough, Smoothie Horizontal, and Macarollin’. The trucks will have windows up at 4:30 pm. Food will be sold at the food trucks’ prices.

The music will be performed by Penfield School District music groups, beginning at 5:00 pm. These groups will play a wide variety of musical genres, something for everyone’s taste. The music is free.  

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655, option 6. 

May 26, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/25

Penfield was honored once again to be the host site for the annual “Ride of Silence.” Local cyclists join more than 12,000 others in a worldwide event to honor those who have been injured or killed while riding their bikes. The “Ride of Silence” is unlike any ride individuals may have done before. Sharing the road with like-minded cyclists as they roll along quietly, with only the sounds of their thoughts to be heard. The first “Ride of Silence” was organized in 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. The importance of this ride is to remind everyone to safely share the roadways, it is the law in New York State. We look forward to supporting this annual event for many years to come. I would like to recognize and thank Andy Stewart for organizing this event.

If you enjoy the music of the Penfield Pops Band, their first performance of the 2015 season at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will be Monday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for their second performance on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or two, a picnic basket, and enjoy some wonderful entertainment from this very talented band. The Penfield Recreation food cart will be on hand to serve up some of their famous hots!

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike will take place on Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will feature Wild Iris Trail & Veterans’ Memorial Park. Come join our community naturalists in exploring the pathways along preserved flora habitats unique to Penfield. Meet at the west end of Brougham Drive off Jackson Road and look for the hike signs. This event will be held rain or shine. For more information you may contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

Construction has begun for the new Auto Zone store located in Panorama Plaza next to Burger King (this was the site of the former Roadhouse Grill). We have been told that their goal is to have the store open by early fall to serve the residents of our community. Also, you may have noticed construction taking place behind the new Panera’s and adjacent to Doddle Bug’s Daycare on Fairport-Nine Mile Point Road; this will be a new medical facility. Over the next several months I will provide more detailed highlights of the various new business construction projects underway in the town’s business districts.

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance and Presentation of Roses on May 25. This has become a very special event and continues to grow year on year. I would like thank Penfield resident and guest speaker Laura Stradley, Director of the Veterans Services Agency for Monroe County, for her keynote address. Also, I would like to recognize and thank Sabrina Renner from our Recreation Department who continues to organize this unique and wonderful program for our community.

Until next week, please remember to share the roadways with all the cyclists in our community for everyone’s safety.




May 18, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/18

I would like to give a big shout out to Sarah Jane Clifford and The Gymnastics Training Center for winning a 2015 Telly Award. The Telly Award is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Sarah Jane submitted their "Grow through Movement" video because she was convinced it had winning potential and it turns out she was right! GTC was a “Silver Telly” winner (the highest honor) in the “Health and Fitness” category. Congratulations to Sarah Jane and her entire team for receiving this award and for being such a positive influence on Penfield and the surrounding communities.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for the Penfield Pharmaceutical Waste Collection to be held at Wegmans, 2157 Penfield Road. No appointment is necessary. The purpose of this event is to collect pharmaceutical waste only. This includes controlled substances and any pharmaceutical or over-the-counter waste that is no longer needed, wanted, or has expired. Please note, no household hazardous waste will be accepted. This collection event is a residential collection only; therefore, pharmacies, veterinarians or any other pharmaceutical business wastes will not be accepted. Privacy issue: The medications and containers will be incinerated under the supervision of law enforcement, you may block out any personal information on containers if you so choose. Through these types of collections with local law enforcement agencies, the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and the Sheriff’s Department have collected more than 82,000 pounds of pharmaceutical waste and serviced over 31,000 residents. The information for this event is on our website at

I hope to see you at the Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance to be held on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park. If you would like to present a rose in honor of a veteran, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 to participate in the Presentation of Roses.

Last Saturday a group of 35 family members and friends gathered for the inaugural “Terry Rothfuss Good Neighbor Day.” These volunteers visited five properties in Penfield to lend a helping hand to neighbors who needed support cleaning up and clearing out debris. The event coincided with Penfield spring drop-off days and the group was able to bring over many truckloads of debris, branches and other old household items for disposal. This event was a wonderful tribute to a man who helped define community involvement in Penfield—neighbor helping neighbor! As we approach the first anniversary of the passing of Terry Rothfuss, we should all challenge ourselves to continue to look for ways to make a difference each and every day in whatever we do—that would be a celebration of Terry’s life and would help to keep his legacy alive and growing in Penfield. Terry always made a difference!

Until next week, please be well and be safe.



May 11, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/11

Matthew Thomas Streit of Troop 363 had his Eagle Court of Honor last week and is now one of Penfield’s newest Eagle Scouts. Matthew has been continuously active in scouting for 12 years. He joined Cub Scout Pack 463 and achieved all the requirements for the Arrow of Light, then in 2008 crossed into Boy Scout Troop 363. For his Eagle project, Matthew cleared and widened the Elmer Smith Nature Trail at the Webster Union Cemetery. Matthew logged 127 hours for this project and dramatically improved the condition of the trail and the wildlife in the area. Matthew exemplifies leadership and scout spirit by maintaining an active role in his troop and community. On behalf of the entire Penfield Community, congratulations to Matthew on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Mark your calendars for exciting early June events. First up is a tour of Oakwood Cemetery with Kathy Kanauer, Town Historian, on Friday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. Kathy will share interesting facts and stories about Penfield residents interred at Oakwood (located at the corner of Baird and Whalen Roads). This program is sponsored by the Penfield Heritage Association. Meet at the flag pole in the cemetery. Go to for details.

The next event is the ever-popular, and always delicious, annual Pie Social at the historic Dayton’s Corners School/Museum located at the corner of Creek Street and Plank Road on Sunday, June 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come try a taste of an authentic 1857 Sunday social. There will be free pony rides for the kids, music, playground equipment, tours of the schoolhouse, and an opportunity to spend time with the teachers. A large piece of pie and a cup of cool lemonade is only $2.00. Come join in the fun. For more information, please contact Barbara Quinn at 385-1491.

Last week I had the honor, along with good friend and colleague Supervisor Mike Barker of Perinton, to throw out the first pitch for the annual Penfield vs. Fairport “Coaches vs. Cancer” baseball game. Each year players, parents, and the communities of Penfield and Fairport look forward to this important game because it allows them to come together to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. I would like to recognize and thank chairperson Peggy Kalbfus and her team for putting together another wonderful event. Unfortunately, Penfield lost to Fairport in extra innings by a score of 5-2. However, everyone was a winner in this game, especially the American Cancer Society!

Recently I attended the 7th Annual Bivona Child Abuse Summit welcome ceremony and keynote address. The presentation was delivered by Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant US Attorney from Detroit, Michigan. He told the story of his childhood sexual abuse; it was one of the best and most moving presentations I have ever attended. Bivona Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that is a safe and welcoming place where children who have been sexually or physically abused can begin their journey to recovery. For more information about Bivona and the services they offer, please go to

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather, and consider doing a random act of kindness for a neighbor—it will make a difference in their life and yours!




May 5, 2015
Memorial Day Presentation of Roses

Reserve a rose in honor or memory of a friend or loved one who has served or is serving in our nation's armed forces. THe Presetation of Roses takes place during Penfield's Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 25, 10:30 am at Veteran's Memorial Park.


May 4, 2015
Supervisor's column: Week of 5/4

Last week the Penfield Fire Commission held its annual dinner to recognize members of the Penfield Fire Company for their commitment to provide public safety support to the residents of our community. I was honored to attend this event to express the appreciation of our Penfield community. Each year, this dedicated group of men and women spend hundreds of hours continuously training to meet the demanding certification requirements of New York State firefighters. They also respond to calls for fires, rescues, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material releases, and much more. It takes a very special person to make this volunteer commitment for no pay to help support their community during emergencies. On behalf of all the residents of Penfield, a special thank you to all the members of the Penfield Fire Company. Your actions do not go unnoticed…please be well and be safe!

I also recently stopped by the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf’s (PEFS) annual volunteer luncheon to say thank you, on behalf of our community, to the many individuals who prepare baskets of food for our neighbors in need. Each week, these dedicated volunteers coordinate monetary and food donations to prepare baskets of fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and baked goods, canned goods, and other non-perishable items. The Town of Penfield is delighted to partner with the PEFS by providing the facility at 1618 Jackson Road. For more information about the PEFS or how to become involved in any way, please go to

Well, it is officially spring…members of the Penfield Little League kicked off the season with their 2015 Opening Day Ceremonies last Saturday. Participation was fantastic, the weather was perfect, and the energy was amazing. I want to wish all the players, coaches, and families a wonderful season…good luck all!

There is still time to join in on the Ellison Park canoe/kayak paddle down Irondequoit Creek on Saturday, May 9 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. You need to provide your own canoe/kayak and wear a mandatory personal flotation device. Meet at the south Blossom Road entrance to Ellison Park, and follow the hike signs. This is a free event! For more details, please go to

Reminder...registration for PenRec summer programs begins May 4. If you have not registered for your favorite aquatic program, summer camp, sports activities, or field trips do not delay, our programs fill up quickly! Also, you may be able to receive a discount with early registration. For more information on all of our programs, please review the most recent PenRec brochure mailed to your home or go to

Important Dates and Events in History: May 8, 1792 – The United States Military Draft was established; May 8, 1794 – The United States Post Office was established.

Until next week, I hope you are enjoying the nice spring weather we have been enjoying. I hope to see you at our baseball and softball complex here at Veterans’ Park at the Penfield Town Hall!



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