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April 27, 2017
New Bri-Pen volunteer senior ride service begins May 1
The Town of Penfield announces the launch of “Bri-Pen Senior Rides” on Monday, May 1.  This new community volunteer transportation service is for seniors age 65 and older who require transportation to medical appointments and religious services within Monroe County. Clients must be ambulatory (the service cannot accommodate wheelchairs, canes and walkers are fine) and are allowed one round-trip, or two one-way trips, per week. 

Seniors who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield are eligible to receive this free service. Rides are available weekdays 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) for medical appointments and weekends for religious services. For planning purposes, all appointments must be made five business days in advance. Rides are dependent on driver availability, and the service may not be used for medical appointments that require any type of sedation. 

Volunteer drivers are screened and trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and they receive supplemental insurance for their services. 

“After months of assessing the need for a senior ride service in Penfield and discussions with our good neighbors in Brighton, we moved ahead with plans to work together to provide this important service for our residents,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Just one ride to one appointment can help a resident stay healthy and engaged. Access to transportation makes it more possible for seniors to ‘age in place’ in their very own homes.” 

Please call 585.340.8674 for more information, to schedule a ride, volunteer, or to make a donation. 

April 24, 2017
Supervisor's column April 24, 2017
Normally, when spring is in the air and the snow finally melts away, all sorts of ugly debris is revealed including fast-food wrappers, beer cans and bottles carelessly tossed from car windows, stray paper from refuse trucks and recycling bins, and construction materials from winter projects. Add to that a wind storm like we had in March with 80-plus MPH winds and you have a recipe for serious litter across the community. This was certainly one of the most dramatic springs I have seen in many years in Penfield!

So what is the answer to this year’s significant town-wide litter problem? Marisa Zwick! Marisa is a sixth grader at Bay Trail School who, at a very young age, began picking up litter in her neighborhood and adjacent ponds. Her concern expanded to other areas of the town as she was very frustrated to see her community littered and impacting waterways, wildlife, and the general aesthetics of our community.

Marisa received permission to reach out to all the principals of the Penfield schools to organize a pick-up day this past Saturday, which was “Earth Day.” There was a wonderful turnout of 54 students who went above and beyond to clean up Penfield. These enthusiastic students collected so much garbage that it could not fit in the DPW truck we had located at the community center to haul it away!

The following is a summary of their great work: 
Harris Hill – 34.5 bags collected. (They win bragging rights!) Also a special shout out to the 5-Star Pilots Robotics Team that filled 15.5 bags on their own!
Indian Landing – 21 bags collected.
Cobbles – 19.5 bags collected. Kudos to teacher, Mrs. DaRin, who had a group of students meet up with her to work together!
Scribner – 13 bags collected.
Bay Trail – 8 bags collected. A special shout out to Susan Mietus, a teacher at BT, who helped make the flyers and a video for school announcements.

I have asked our DPW team to weigh all the garbage collected and will report the tally in next week’s column.

In the coming week, Marisa will be bringing prizes for each child who participated in the clean-up, as they all worked so very hard to make Penfield a cleaner place for us all. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community, I want to recognize and thank Marisa, her family, and all participants for the work they did on Earth Day. Marisa, we can all learn from your great example; thank you for being part of Penfield and caring so much about our town.

One last reminder for the final Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season which will be held Monday, May 1 starting at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. For details about this concert and PSO, please visit

With spring officially here many residents are thinking about starting outdoor projects. As a safety reminder, it is important to call 811 before you dig in your yard. Why? Because 811 will coordinate with local utility companies to locate underground lines on your property. Utility lines are damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig in their yard without knowing what was underground. By calling 811 you can reduce the risk of damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs to the person who dug without the required stakeout. Residents and business owners should call two full working days, excluding the day of a call, before digging. To schedule an appointment call 811 or go to 
Until next week, enjoy the nice weather. Let’s take a chapter out of Marisa’s book and clean up any litter in and around our home and neighborhood…it does make a difference for everyone!

April 18, 2017
Supervisor's column April 18, 2017

The next Red Cross Blood Drive in Penfield will be on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, in the gym. The need for blood is great and the current supply is not—please consider giving blood. To schedule your life saving appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to and use sponsor keyword: stjosephchurchpenfield. If you would like to streamline your donation experience and save 15 minutes of time go to in advance to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. This event is sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.

There are two opportunities to enjoy some great food this coming weekend—and you will not have to cook or clean up! The First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road, is hosting its Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser this Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. This month’s proceeds will go directly to help support the Fairport Baptist Home service board of volunteers who are “caring for those who cared for us.” Join them for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $5.00 per person. The Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information about this event and others, please visit

Your second opportunity for a great meal in Penfield this weekend is a homemade spaghetti dinner with desserts at the East Penfield Baptist Church, 2635 Penfield Road (just east of Salt/Carter Roads). Mark your calendar for this Saturday, April 22, from 4:00 to 7:000 PM. Bring the whole family and meet up with friends, or make new ones—everyone is welcome!

Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts! Penfield’s 5th annual Electric Car Show is this Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on hand to display most electric cars on the market today. Experts will be on hand to provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and they will conduct a question and answer session for attendees. I hope to see you there!

“Bri-Pen Senior Rides,” a volunteer transportation service, will be launching on Monday, May 1. Seniors 65+ who live within Brighton-Penfield (or pay taxes within either district) are eligible to participate. Rides will be available for medical appointments or religious services only. All appointments must be made five business days in advance. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 585-340-8674.

This Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 PM, Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Local History Room volunteer Diane Dayton Riley will share insights into the westernmost part of our town. Kathy will present a brief history of the area and Diane will relate her personal story of growing up in West Penfield. Come learn how this side of town, containing Irondequoit Creek and Bay, played an important role in the early development of Penfield. The program is a collaboration of the Penfield Library and Local History Room staff. It will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more information or to register, please go to or call 340-8720.

Save the date…the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will hold a FUNraising event on Sunday, May 21, entitled “Dancing with the Stars.” The event will be held at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 3450 Winton Place. Ten couples will compete for the best film dance sequence to win the ultimate trophy: The “Pammy Award”! Dress as your favorite star or movie character and enjoy food, dance, and drinks. The red carpet begins at 2:00 PM and the fun runs through 4:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00. For more details or to purchase tickets, please call 340-8655.

Until next week, enjoy the spring weather!






April 10, 2017
Supervisor's Column for April 10, 2017
As the warm spring weather starts to move in, so does the start of construction season. You will see contractors along Route 250 continuing sidewalk installation from the second entrance of Harris Whalen Park to the Gymnastics Training Center. This will complete the sidewalks from Whalen Road to the intersection of Routes 250 and 441. The contractor will then move over to Empire Boulevard to extend sidewalks down to the bay.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 for the 5th annual “electric car show” at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This year’s event will run from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. This show is free and open to the public. Electric cars from the following manufacturers will be on display: Chevy, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, with perhaps a few more surprises.

The New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees. To participate, contact show organizer Bob Kanauer at 585.377.2783 or with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the Penfield Recreation Summer 2017 brochure that is due out the end of this week or early next week. The publication has a new look and design, so take a close look. Inside you will find all the wonderful programs we offer to residents of all ages. And remember, popular programs fill up quickly so don’t delay! Choose your favorites and be ready to register online beginning May 1.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season will be held on Monday, May 1. The program, entitled “The Two Bs,” will feature the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition Winner. This concert is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC, and the performance begins at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. 

A prevention tip from our employee wellness team: studies show that walking is good for your bones, heart, mind, and weight. Walking also improves your mood and sleep. Experts recommend a program to reach 150 minutes of walking per week. Our employee walking challenge begins this week and will run for the next six weeks. Why not consider starting you own family walking challenge? It’s fun and healthy!  

The Penfield Players’ 2017 spring melodrama is “The Red Velvet Cake War” written by Jamie Woolen, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope, and directed by Jerry Argetsinger. Performances will be on stage at the Penfield Community Center at 8:00 PM on April 28 and 29, and May 5, 6, 12, and 13. A special matinee is scheduled for 2:00 PM on May 7. “The Red Velvet Cake War” is a hilarious comedy about three Texas women and the eccentric characters that swirl around them as they attempt to manipulate family, friends, and Texas society in their quest to finally bake the greatest red velvet cake in history. The Penfield Players are in their 52nd season of great performances, making them one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area.

Important dates and events in history: April 10, 1869 – The number of Supreme Court Justices is increased from 7 to 9; April 11, 1865 – President Lincoln gives his last speech to the nation – a speech of reconciliation; and on April 12, 1861 – Confederate forces begin an assault on Fort Sumter.

Until next week, enjoy the recent stretch of warm weather as we all think about our never-ending list of spring chores!


April 7, 2017
Electric Car Show Saturday, April 22
Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts!

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 22, 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. (This year’s event is scheduled for the afternoon to accommodate many who plan to attend the Rochester March for Science in the morning.) To participate, contact show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or ) with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address. 

This is the fifth 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. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park.

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. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and others. Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This year the New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees.
“The electric car market continues to grow and expand across the country with new models being introduced on a yearly basis,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Penfield is delighted to be a supporter by hosting this informative annual program to help educate residents on the benefits of this growing industry as well as other renewable and sustainable programs.”

April 4, 2017
Supervisor's column April 4, 2017

Recently, the Penfield Rotary Club and sponsors Paychex and Advantage Federal Credit Union hosted the sixth annual “Service-above-Self Recognition Awards.” Local businesses, professional offices, organizations, schools, and churches that serve the Penfield community are asked to nominate an employee to receive this outstanding customer service recognition.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Orsini, Assistant Recreation Director, was one of this year’s award recipients. He has been with the Town of Penfield for 27 years, providing outstanding recreation opportunities to our residents. Steve consistently makes Penfield residents his first priority—I have never known him to put his own needs before those our community. He is a team player who provides exceptional service and embraces community spirit in all he does. If you attend any of the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage music series or send your children to our summer camp program, you will see Steve quietly making sure everything is running smoothly and that everyone is enjoying their experience.

On behalf of the town board and the entire Penfield community, I want to thank Steve for all he does for Penfield residents and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award. Great job Steve!   

The Penfield Trails Committee will host their next free guided hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park this Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 AM. 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. Participants should meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge. Look for the hike signs. The hike is free; however, participants are asked to register by calling 340-8655.

Our Planning and Engineering department recently launched a new interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) “Viewer” available to the public on the department’s maps webpage.

Our town planners and engineers use this tool to manage, analyze, and present information about a specific area or address. GIS technology is powerful because it organizes many types of data into layers that analysts can query to create complex maps or reports for information sharing, planning, and decision making purposes. The Viewer can easily be used on computers and most mobile devices.

Once inside the Viewer, users (residents, engineers, surveyors, realtors, educators) may take a “digital tour” of the Town of Penfield with a wealth of data layers and information at their fingertips. They can build custom reference maps using various page layouts, data layers, and aerial imagery base-maps. Built-in widgets appear as buttons on the screen to support easy parcel searches. When using the “print” widget, the Viewer will produce a PDF of the user’s map and its selected data layers that may be saved or printed. 

If you have any questions about this tool please contact Engineering & Planning Department staff at 340-8640 or

In continued celebration of 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library and Local History Room invite you to a second “SuffraTEA” scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00 PM in the Senior Lounge. Joining us for tea and delectables will be Susan B Anthony and her sister, Mary. Miss Anthony has prepared a wonderful presentation and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to sit and visit with us for this very special hour. Susan B. Anthony will be portrayed by Susan Berardi, a talented local re-enactor with the 140th NY Infantry Civilian group.

I would like to close this week’s column by thanking all of the members of our DPW and other staff members who helped to support our residents during the recent wind storm and following significant snow storm. Our employees worked around the clock clearing roadways to assist emergency and utility crews and Penfield residents. We are fortunate to have quality personnel that can handle any emergency. Great job team, thank you!

Until next be well and be safe.











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