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June 27, 2016
Route 441 Construction, Linden Oaks to Old Penfield Road Contractor Update

Route 441 Construction, Linden Oaks to Old Penfield Road Contractor Update...

Everything appears to be on schedule for the re-opening of the Route 441 Eastbound ramps at Panorama Trail (Route 153) on June 30, most likely later in the day. As indicated previously, the right lane of Route 441 Eastbound will also be opened to traffic and the left lane closure will commence.

Project summary: there are four major stages to this project. Once this stage is complete, the left lane of Route 441 Eastbound will be closed for a similar duration. Then we will proceed to the Westbound lanes. The first stage of the Westbound closures will include the corresponding ramps at Panorama Trail. Once again, detours will be posted. There will also be weekend closures that take place at the intersection of Route 441 and Linden Avenue. A detour will be posted for this work as well. Delays should be anticipated.

We appreciate your continued patience and consideration.

Thank you.

Sealand Contractors Corp.

June 27, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/27

Last reminder: You have until Thursday, June 30 to go online to submit your thoughts and ideas regarding future land use for Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines. All comments will be collected and forwarded to the moratorium committee this weekend for review at their next meeting on July 12.

This coming Saturday, July 2, we will host Penfield’s annual Independence Day festivities starting with the parade at 10:00 AM. Food, music, and fun follow later in the day from 5:00 to 10:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park. Our ever-popular fireworks begin at 10:00 PM. Make a day of it with family and friends! This year’s parade marshal is the Penfield Fire Company, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. (Find all the details for the day’s activities here.)

The Penfield Fire Company was formed in July 1841 after the devastating loss of several homes and businesses. The company’s first engine was a gooseneck style hand pump purchased from the City of Rochester; residents fondly nicknamed it “Old Betsy.” The Penfield Fire Company is a 100 percent volunteer organization made up of 75 Penfield residents who protect 30 square miles of land in half of Penfield and parts of Perinton. These members respond 24/7, 365 days a year to support our community. As you see members of this department please stop and take a moment to thank them for their service. The work they perform makes a difference each and every day. Thank you to all the members of the Penfield Fire Company!

Mark your calendar: The Penfield Fire Company is hosting its first annual walk/run 5K on Saturday, October 15 starting and ending at Penfield Station #1, 1838 Penfield Road. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the race starts at 9:00 AM sharp. The pre-race fee is $20 ($25 the day of the race). All ages are welcome for prizes, food, and great times. The first 100 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. For more details go to

I am regularly asked about the availability of electronics recycling—especially FREE opportunities. I recently learned that Assemblyman Mark Johns will be hosting a FREE Community Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Pittsford Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road. Items being accepted include laptops, desktops, TVs, video game consoles, cell phones, printers, MP3 players, DVD players, and more. For more information on this event, please contact Assemblyman Johns at 223-9130 or

The Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) has asked me to remind residents that there are still openings for the 6th Annual PBC Golf Tournament to benefit the Shepherd Home on Monday, July 25 at Penfield Country Club. The Shepherd Home is Penfield’s comfort care home that provides compassionate end of life care in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets his or her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The Shepherd Home does not accept payment for the services it provides, nor does it receive insurance reimbursement. Shepherd Home depends on donations, memorial gifts and fundraising events like this one to maintain its ministry to the dying and their families. Consider joining in to support this very special place in our community. For more information please contact PBC at 348-8360 or

Fresh locally grown produce is starting to populate the shelves at our many home and garden businesses in Penfield. As you are shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables please consider shopping at our local famers’ stands and markets. It is important to support our friends and neighbors who run these markets and stands as they give so much back to our community. Healthy businesses make for a healthy community, please shop locally!

Until next week, I hope to see you at our Independence Day celebration this coming Saturday, July 2. Please stop me to say hello and chat about all the things going on in Penfield.


June 23, 2016
Independence Day Events

2016 Independence Day Events

Here is your schedule of events for the Independence holiday here in Penfield.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

PARADE at 10:00 AM - PHS to Penfield Community Center
**All parade route arteries will be closed during the parade**  DETOUR MAP

Parade Marshal: Penfield Fire Company
Parade Emcee: Mr. Don Alhart 

Featuring: Penfield Fire Company & Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum, Downbeat Percussion, Hit Men Brass Band, and more! 

Harris Whalen Park, 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Great food and kids activities!
Music: Black Rabbit and Dog House  

FIREWORKS at 10:00 pm


Parking Restrictions

July_4th_park_no_parking.jpgTo guarantee safe passage for emergency vehicles during the Town's Independence Day Celebration, parking restrictions will be enforced. "No Parking" signs will be posted on Friday, July 1, and removed after event. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department will be monitoring compliance. Tickets will be issued and cars will be towed at owner's expense.

Harris Whalen Park Neighborhood
Parking will be prohibited on one side of these neighborhood streets adjacent to Harris Whalen Park:

  • Avonmore Way
  • Hidden Meadow
  • Hillrise Drive
  • Lazy Trail
  • Timber Glen Trail
  • Valley Green Circle
  • Valley Green Drive
  • Maple Hill Farm Road
  • Maple Leaf Circle


Baird Road Neighborhood
Parking will be prohibited on one side of Wheelock Road and the southern portion of Peachtree Road.
Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the following streets:

  • Baird Road north of 441 to Whalen Road
  • Hotchkiss Circle
  • Henderson Drive
  • Kenmont Drive
  • Peachtree Road (northern portion)

Fireworks Traffic Flow & Parking
To provide for a smooth traffic flow and pedestrian safety after the fireworks at Harris Whalen Park, the Town Board has established the following parking facilities and traffic restrictions:

Wegmans Parking Lot -Vehicles using the main exit to Penfield Rd at the light across from Harris Whalen Park will be directed west toward the city. There will be no right-hand turns allowed. Both exits onto Rt. 250 will be limited to right-hand turns only. All traffic will be directed south toward Fairport. There will be no exit allowed at the Penfield Rd exit at HSBC Bank.

Parkside Commons/ESL/Dunkin Donuts -All traffic will exit onto Rt. 250 and be directed north toward Webster. The southern exit onto Penfield Rd. will be closed.

Penfair Plaza -The south exit onto Penfield Rd. will be limited to left-hand turns only toward Walworth to the east. The Hess Station exits will be closed. The west exit onto Rt. 250 will be directed north toward Webster. The Rt. 250 exit at the Post Office will be closed. 

Platinum Complex -All traffic will be directed north toward Webster. 

Willow Pond Way - All traffic will be directed west toward the city.

** Traffic pattern goes into affect at 9:45 PM **


** Traffic pattern goes into affect at 9:45 PM **

June 21, 2016
A message from Supervisor Tony LaFountain regarding former Town Supervisor Irene Gossin
Yesterday we learned of the passing of former Town Supervisor, Irene Gossin. 

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board, town staff, and the Penfield community, I wish to extend our condolences to the Gossin family. 

Irene served the Town of Penfield as a five-term supervisor from 1972-79 and 1982-83. She was Penfield’s 35th town supervisor and first female leader. Irene later served Penfield as our Monroe County legislator for the 15th legislative district. 

Irene is regarded for her passion for environmental preservation, especially for the lands around Irondequoit Bay. 

I had the honor of working for Irene when she hired me into the building & zoning department when I was a fresh college graduate. I thank Irene for her public service and sustained commitment to our great town. 

June 20, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/20

Supervisor’s column for the week of June 20, 2016

One last reminder to those interested in commenting on the future land use of Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines properties: All parties are invited to a public information meeting Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Ave. Public comments are welcome throughout the moratorium period and may be submitted using an online form on the Town of Penfield website. Comments received by June 30 will be provided to the moratorium committee for their next meeting. Please contact the Planning Department at 340.8640 for further information.

This past March, Sunnking Recycling invited Penfield town employees, along with municipal employees from other towns and villages, to participate in an electronic recycling fundraiser called “e-Scrap 4 camp” to support Camp Good Days. Sunnking informed us last week that Penfield employees donated 9,349 lbs. of e-Scrap, contributing to a total donation of $11,219.94 to Camp Good Days & Special Times. I would like to recognize Jim Kreckman from our DPW Facilities Department for coordinating this effort. Many thanks to employees who cleaned out their basements, garages, and homes to donate unwanted and unused electronic devices for a great cause.

I am reminded by our town Employee Wellness Committee that June is “National Great Outdoors” month. Members encourage us all to get outside and walk, hike, or bike for our overall wellness. They also want to remind us to stay hydrated and use sunscreen. Practicing good health and wellness today will pay big dividends in the future.

If you are looking for something different to try this summer consider joining one PenRec’s van trips.  Upcoming outings include:

“Out to Lunch” at Connelly’s Cove in Wolcott on Friday, July 15. (Depart the community center at 11 AM and return by 3 PM, the cost is $10.00 for transportation, lunch is paid on your own.)

A Day in Skaneateles on Wednesday, July 13. Time on your own for strolling the shops and lunch on your own before an afternoon sightseeing cruise. (Depart the community center at 10:30 AM and return at 4:30 PM. The cost is $25.00 to cover transportation and the boat cruise.)

For more information on these programs and many more van trips offered through October, see page 26 in the Summer 2016 PenRec brochure or go to

The next Penfield Trails Committee guided hike is scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at Abraham Lincoln Park on Empire Boulevard south of Plank Road. Meet at the playground and look for the hike signs. Come explore the ups and downs of this county park from the wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. All hikes are FREE, however please register by calling 340-8655, option 6. Please no pets and wear appropriate footwear as there is some steep terrain and conditions can be slippery.

There will be no Penfield Town Board meeting on Wednesday, June 29 as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month. Also, the town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The Penfield Library will be closed from Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4. 

The 2017 budget process is underway. Over the next several months I will provide updates as to how things are shaping up, the impact of unfunded New York State mandates, and any new wrinkles involving the “affordable health care act,” insurances, and more.

Until next week, enjoy the nice summer weather, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen!





June 14, 2016
Public information meeting on The Shadows moratorium 6/22

The Penfield community is invited to attend a public information meeting on ‘The Shadows’ golf course moratorium and future land use on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting is to share information on the moratorium, provide an update from the moratorium committee, and receive input from Penfield residents regarding ideas for future land use for ‘The Shadows’ properties (Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines). No actions will be taken at this meeting.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain will moderate the meeting, town staff will provide background information, and a moratorium committee representative will provide an overview of committee work to date. The public will then be invited to speak and contribute ideas and comments.

Public comments regarding this information meeting can be submitted online through June 30 to be provided to the moratorium committee for future meetings. Please contact the Planning Department at 340.8640 for further information.


‘The Shadows’ background information

Online submission form

Town of Penfield meetings are broadcast LIVE on Penfield Television Government Access digital cable 12, 1303, and standard cable 5.12; and streamed via You Tube on the Town of Penfield's website .  

June 14, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/13

Since last week’s column, it has been a very busy week across town. I participated in the official ground-breaking ceremony for Heathwood Assisted Living’s new addition to the north side of their facility that will include more apartments and a memory care unit. Their goal is to complete construction by the spring of 2017. Heathwood is a third generation of caregivers who provide unwavering dedication to exceptional senior living. Their company continues to thrive because of their passion for excellence. Congratulations to Heathwood for being part of the Penfield community and for the support you provide our seniors.

I had the honor of presenting a certificate of recognition to Robert Meddaugh who is retiring as President of the Board of Directors of the North East Quadrant Advance Life Support (NEQ-ALS). Bob has been with the organization since its inception serving as medic, assistant chief, chief, board of director member, and since 2001 has served as President and Board Chairman. During his more than 28 years of dedicated service NEQ has grown from an all-volunteer agency responding to approximately 600 calls a year to one that now covers 24x7x365 and answers more than 2,700 calls a year for Ontario, Webster and Penfield. A very special congratulations and thank you to Bob Meddaugh for his service to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in our community.

I also attended the annual Penfield Public Library Volunteers’ Lunch on Friday sponsored by the Friends of the Library to thank the many volunteers who provide thousands of dedicated hours each year in support of the best library in the Monroe County Library System lead by Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman and her dedicated staff. As Bunny indicated at the luncheon, “…our volunteers are shining stars”!

This past Sunday I helped to kick off the 6th annual Millwheel Girl Scout Recognition Tea by congratulating the girls and their families on behalf of the Town of Penfield and presenting gold, silver and bronze award certificates of recognition. These awards represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. The 43 young women in this impressive group have done so much for our community, I was honored to be in their presence and learn more about their projects.

On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I want to recognize the following girl scouts for their award achievements:

Gold AwardNatalie Costanza;

Silver Award Katelyn Cook, Ashley Cook, Emma Stein, Audrey DeVault, Sydney Gallo, Olivia Borkowski, Kaitlyn Hoitt, Naomi Urban, Casey Kocher, Rebecca Klein, Sam Szulgit, Maddie Kennedy, Jessica Dawson;

Bronze Award –  Katie Baumer, Sarah Baumer, Lauren Castellani, Madelyn Cutter, Meaghan Davis, Izabelle Khan, Nicole Leute, Katie McGann, Lindsay Pearlman, Zipporah Sparkman, Amanda Horrocks, Emma Conway, Isabelle Quinmore, Lauren Franklin, Rae Friberg, Sara Perkins, Zephira Ford, Natalie Stinehour, Madison Long, Grace Alexander, Mary Rose Lennox, Marisa Zwick, Hannah Hochadel, Evelyn Bishop, Natalie Banister, Danielle Kress, Emma Natale, and Lilah Harvey.

Great job ladies, you are our future leaders!

For your calendar: The Town of Penfield’s annual Independence Day activities will be held on Saturday, July 2.

          10 AM

The parade starts at 10 AM and runs from the Penfield High School down Five Mile Line Road to Rt. 441 up to Baird Road, ending at the Community Center

5 PM, 10 PM Harris Whalen Park/Fireworks

Music, food and fun at Harris Whalen Park begins at 5 PM with music by Black Rabbit and Dog House. Fireworks begin at 10 PM sharp.

Independence Day details including parking and traffic information

All residents interested in commenting on the future land use of Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines are invited to attend a public information meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to share information on the moratorium, provide an update from the moratorium committee, and receive input from Penfield residents regarding ideas for future land use for The Shadows properties. If you have ideas to share but cannot attend the meeting please submit your comments online by June 30 for the committee's review and consideration.

Learn more here: The Shadows background information

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about our great community!







June 10, 2016
Tennis and basketball courts at VMP to be resurfaced
A project to resurface the tennis and basketball courts at Veterans’ Memorial Park will begin Monday, June 13. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by Monday, June 20. 

June 6, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/6
This past Sunday may have been a bit dreary with spotty showers and gray skies, but the sun was shining on Dayton’s Corners School for its popular annual pie social. This authentic 1857 Sunday social was another hit for all who attended. Baker Street Bakery provided 25 of the most delicious pies you could have imagined and kids of all ages delighted in free pony rides, music, and fun playground equipment. Many families toured the schoolhouse/museum and spent time with the teachers on hand. 

A special thank you to Dayton’s Corners School coordinator Barbara Quinn and her team of teachers who make visiting the schoolhouse a wonderful event for fourth grade classes each year and fun for the rest of us at the annual pie social. Mark your calendar for the first week in June 2017 — I am already trying to decide which kind of pie(s) I’ll try next year! 

As another school year winds down and we start thinking about graduation parties, vacation plans, and all of the other fun activities that go on during the summer months I would like to remind everyone that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) — which operates entirely on donated food and monetary gifts — serves members of our community 52 weeks a year. Historically, each summer as we all get busy their shelves tend to become a bit bare. Please do what you can to help keep the shelves stocked for our neighbors in need. For more information about the PEFS and their current wish list, please go to Thank you in advance for all you do to support this wonderful facility in our great community.

It seems like more and more people are talking about wellness whether at home, work, with friends, at sporting events, or while shopping the aisles of our local supermarkets. Wellness is a great topic for residents of all ages. Penfield Recreation has put together a variety of programs for the summer months to suit many age groups and schedules. One of the newest offerings is “Penfield’s QR F.I.T. Trail” located along the paved path at Rothfuss Park. Signs display QR codes that link to fitness videos. Users can simply scan the codes with a smartphone QR code reader app and view the videos for a guided workout. Videos change monthly so you will not get bored. For more information on QR F.I.T. Trails, go to

Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to be a big hit at Penfield Recreation. Popular offerings include the Wednesday tea salon, Friday film marathon, pickle ball, euchre instructions for beginners, cyber security 101, e-commerce 101, history, and the history of religion and politics. See what you find interesting in the Pen-Rec brochure pages 29-35 or visit

Penfield Librarian Bernadette Brinkman reminds me that the 2016 Children’s Summer Reading Game begins Monday, June 27 and runs through Wednesday, August 3. For complete Reading Game and all summer program information, please contact the library at 340-8720, x4016 or visit Many thanks to the Friends of the Penfield Public Library and the many local businesses that are providing prizes for the summer reading program. 

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike is Saturday, June 11 at the Wild Iris Trail & Veterans’ Memorial Park. Please 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. The hike runs from 9 to 11 AM; although all hikes are free, you are asked to register by calling 340-8655, option 6.

Until next week be well and be safe!



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