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May 31, 2017
Petition to support legislation for local control of sex offender residency restrictions

The Town of Penfield has created an online petition at www.penfield.org for residents who wish to express support for proposed state legislation that would restore authority to municipalities to establish stricter residency restrictions for registered sex offenders. 

Earlier this month, Senator Funke announced the New York State Senate passed S.2178, his bill to restore local control over residency restrictions of sex offenders and better protect children. Now, Assemblyman Mark Johns is sponsoring the legislation in the New York State Assembly as bill A7718. The final step in the process is securing the governor’s signature.

“Resident input in support of this legislation will play an important role in facilitating deliberation discussions within the Assembly and the Governor’s Office. It will also assist the Penfield Town Board in its discussions to enact the Penfield Child Safety Act,” said Supervisor LaFountain. “I am thankful for Senator Funke’s ongoing efforts to support Penfield and all New York state communities with his bill that explicitly gives municipalities the authority to enact local laws establishing residency restrictions for sex offenders. Now it’s critical that the Assembly approve this legislation. We thank Assemblyman Mark Johns for sponsoring the proposal. Once the legislation has made its way through the governor’s office the Penfield Town Board can move forward in adopting the Penfield Child Safety Act that has been on the table since March 2015.”

The Penfield Child Safety Act, a proposed local law that was tabled after a 2015 New York court of appeals ruling that denied local control, would prohibit the residency of registered Level Two and Level Three sex offenders within designated Child Safe Zones, or 2,000 feet from any schools, parks, playgrounds, town facilities, or daycare centers. The legislation was proposed, in part, due to the discovery in 2015 that a Level Three sex offender had established residency less than 200 feet from Penfield’s Veterans Memorial Park, home to the town’s Little League and other sports fields. 

All who wish to show support for this legislation in Albany are invited to sign the petition at www.penfield.org (‘Petition - Child Safety Act’ in ‘Quick Link’ column). All signatures collected by the Town of Penfield will be forwarded to Assemblyman Mark Johns and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.


May 30, 2017
Supervisor's column May 30, 2017
Mother Nature may have dampened the morning of our Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance, but the rain did not diminish this wonderful annual event. There was “standing room only” as our community gathered inside the town hall auditorium for our ceremony. Penfield’s Memorial Day program continues to grow in popularity as we emphasize that it is a day to be with family and remember those who gave so much for our freedom…the military should be the most honorable profession we have!

I would like to recognize and thank our eloquent guest speaker, Commander Jon Allen, US Coast Guard Retired, for his inspirational words. Congratulations to essay contest winners Sam Keilman, 1st place (6th grade, Bay Trail School); Beatrice Reichman, 2nd place (6th grade Bay Trail School); and Elizabeth Turley, 3rd place (7th grade, home schooled) for their wonderful words of inspiration! Thank you Boy Scout Troop 312 for again being our helping hands setting up and taking down the venue, and leading us in the pledge and the raising of the flag. We also thank Pastor Rob Catalans from Browncroft Community Church, Broccolo’s Garden Center for providing all of the decorative flowers, and Sabrina Renner for coordinating this wonderful event.  

The very popular “Presentation of Roses” continues to be a highlight of the program as individuals and families are able to remember a veteran with a rose. At the close of the ceremony a group of Troop 312 Boy Scouts made their way to the Veterans Memorial to lay the roses and salute those fallen men and women. Thank you gentlemen for your caring support of all our Veterans. 

I would like to give a special shout-out to Betty Perkins-Carpenter, past U.S. Air Force Sergeant and resident of Penfield, who was recently selected for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame representing the 55th Senate District. In recognition of her achievements, Perkins-Carpenter was recognized among veterans from across the state at an induction ceremony in Albany. 

After graduating from Franklin High School, Perkins-Carpenter enlisted in the Air Force at age 17, where she excelled on the aquatic diving team and was assigned to teach swimming and survival techniques to Air Force personnel. She completed her service in the Air Force in 1950 as a Sergeant. Upon returning to Rochester, Perkins-Carpenter went on to coach swimming and diving at the University of Rochester. She later opened Perkins Swim Club in Penfield and coached men’s and women’s diving teams at national and international competitions and the 1976 Olympic Games as the only woman to ever lead both men’s and women’s diving teams in Olympic competition. Perkins-Carpenter is a published author on the topic of lifelong physical fitness, has been featured in top national publications, and is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, recognitions and commendations. Betty continues to volunteer her time and talents to the Veterans Memorial & Executive Council, the Veterans Wellness Advisory Board, The Monroe County Veterans Advisory Committee, and the Korean War Veterans of Rochester. 

On May 20, the Town of Penfield, along with family and friends of Terry Rothfuss, hosted the 3rd annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day. Approximately 120 volunteers came out to help with spring yardwork at the homes of 21 Penfield residents. Those helped were either senior citizens or disabled. Volunteers included families from the Penfield community and beyond; friends, family, and neighbors of the late Terry Rothfuss; a kindergarten lacrosse team led by Coach Heidi Rothfuss Rasmussen; and the entire Penfield High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse team, led by Coach John Schembri.

“You hear so much about kids not having any respect these days,” said Amy Kotzin, who was helped by the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team. “Those young men were nothing but respectful and courteous while they were here. They even went above and beyond what I expected, then asked what else they could help with.” 
Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day was created to honor the legacy of Terry Rothfuss, a farmer in Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. Terry passed away in 2014, and a huge hole was left in the community. His family and friends wanted his legacy of friendship to continue to help his community and inspire others to do the same, so working with the Town of Penfield, Good Neighbor Day was created. Good Neighbor Day is an annual event held in May.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library is holding a series of three films featuring strong women this summer. All will be held on Thursday evenings. (Please contact the Penfield Public Library for the title of the film as the movie licensing requirements do not allow us to publicize the titles.) The first film will be held this Thursday, June 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2015, 87 minutes, rated PG-13)

This film, inspired by true events, is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, an ordinary wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the UK’s growing suffragette movement. The film directed by Sarah Gavron and the screenplay written by Abi Morgan, stars Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep.

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

May 22, 2017
Supervisor's column May 22, 2017
It is hard to believe that Memorial Day is next week. I invite everyone to the annual Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 AM at Veterans Memorial Park located behind the town hall. Consider placing a rose in memory of a deceased veteran in our “procession of roses.” To make arrangements for a rose, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 or srenner@penfield.org.

Mark your calendar for the annual Music & Food Truck Rodeo on Friday, June 2 at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. Penfield schools performing groups include the Bay Trail 7th Grade Orchestra, Penfield High School Jazz Democracy, Penfield High School Monday-Wednesday Jazz Ensemble, Penfield High School Concert Band, and the Penfield High School Wind Ensemble. This event runs from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. Food truck windows open at 4:30 PM with the following on hand to serve up their tastiest treats: Cheesed and Confused, The Meat Ball Truck Co, Sonny’s Landing – Eat Greek, Smoothies Plus, Tony Tomatoes, Macarollin, Abbott’s, and The Dough Boys. I hope to see you there, it is always a wonderful evening of music and food!

During our recent “spring drop-off” many residents asked about plans for the annual household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off that is normally held in the spring. The good news is you did not miss it! The County of Monroe changed the date to Saturday, September 16. As you may recall, we share and alternate hosting this event with Webster. This year it is Webster’s turn to host at their DPW. As we get closer to the date we will share more details in the Pen-Rec brochure, on our website, and through this column.

A message on the health benefits of walking from the Town Employee’s Wellness team: Walking strengthens your heart and it reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control high blood pressure that can cause strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent. Track your steps with a pedometer, smart phone app or wrist-band tracking device. The ideal goal is to try to attain 10,000+ steps each day. It is a wonderful time of the year to get out and walk in one of our many parks and trails across this great community—not only are there some great things to see, you will achieve your daily steps.

The annual Penfield Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Penfield Sewer Operations Center, 1595 Jackson Road (DPW complex). Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. All pets must be at least three months of age. For more information please contact Animal Services at 340-8616. This FREE clinic is courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Health Department. 

This past weekend Linda Kohl, town board member and deputy supervisor, attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for David P. Brown and Eric A. Hettel. For their projects, David made repairs and upgrades to St. Jerome’s church in East Rochester, and Eric improved and enhanced trail conditions in the Thousand Acre Swamp sanctuary. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield I would like to congratulate David and Eric on becoming the newest Eagle Scouts in Troop 312.   

Until next week enjoy the spring weather!

Tony

May 15, 2017
Rabies Vaccination Clinic June 3
The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. The free Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old. 
This clinic is a courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. Parking on-site. Call 340-8629 for more information. 

May 15, 2017
Supervisor's column May 15, 2017
The Town of Penfield’s annual spring drop-off will be held this Friday, May 19 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road. This event is for Penfield residents only. Services include brush, tires, appliances, batteries, metals and general household debris. No chemicals or electronics will be accepted at this drop-off.

Last Thursday, May 11, Senator Funke announced that the New York State Senate recently passed S.2178, his bill to restore municipal authority to establish stricter residency restrictions for sex offenders. I am thankful for Senator Funke’s ongoing efforts to support the Penfield community and all New York state families with this bill. Now that the Senate has passed the bill it is critical that the Assembly take action to approve this legislation; Assemblyman Mark Johns will sponsor the proposal. Once the legislation has made its way through Albany with the governor’s signature, the Penfield Town Board will be able to move forward in adopting the Penfield Child Safety Act that has been on the table since March 2015 because of a court decision limiting a locality’s ability to set such
restrictions. 

The Penfield Child Safety Act would prohibit the residency of registered Level Two and Level Three sex offenders within designated Child Safe Zones, or 2,000 feet from any schools, parks, playgrounds, town facilities, or daycare centers. The legislation was originally proposed, in part, due to the discovery that a Level Three sex offender had established residency less than 200 feet from Penfield’s Veterans Memorial Park, home to the town’s Little League fields, in February of 2015. 

Town of Penfield Animal Services will host the annual rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Penfield Sewer Operations Center, 1595 Jackson Road (part of the DPW complex). Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months of age. For more information call Animal Services at 340-8619. This FREE clinic is sponsored by the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. 

Penfield Recreation offers many interesting and educational day trips. The next outing is scheduled for Friday, June 9 for a morning tour of the Mercy Flight operational center in Canandaigua. After the tour the group will enjoy “lunch on your own” at Inn on the Lake. The fee is $15.00. Vans depart the community center at 10:00 AM and will return by 3:00 PM. For questions, please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655. 

The next scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Wild Iris Path and Veterans Memorial Park. Join our community naturalists in exploring 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. All hikes are FREE and held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

Residents of Penfield with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, ext. 1120.

I close this week’s column recognizing two long-time town employees who recently retired to move on to their “next chapters” that will include more family time, travel, and pursuit of hobbies. Harold Morehouse was a member of our Building/Zoning & Fire Marshal’s Office for more than 30 years. He reviewed plans, issue permits, made inspections on thousands of shed, pools, additions, homes and businesses. Additionally, Harold supported the Zoning Board of Appeals as liaison to the board. 

Bob Garbeck spent almost 36 years in the Parks Department, retiring as the Parks Foreman. Bob told me he started cutting grass at the town hall and Veterans Memorial Park complex before there were any baseball fields or other facilities at this location.

Penfield has been fortunate to have long-tenured, high quality employees like Harold and Bob over the years. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank both of these gentlemen for helping to make Penfield the best community in Monroe County!   

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
  

May 12, 2017
Recreation Now Hiring for Summer Positions
Penfield Recreation is now hiring for summer positions, including day camp counselors, lifeguards, and water safety (swimming) instructors.
Please apply immediately. Application is available on our website--http://penfieldrec.org/docmanager/rec_employmentapp17.pdf—or at the Penfield Recreation office at 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. 
Interviews will begin May 20. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.

May 8, 2017
Supervisor's column May 8, 2017
Many residents and visitors passing through the Four Corners in recent weeks have called to ask why the town clock in Schaufelberger Park is not working and if it will be repaired. Unfortunately, the clock’s electronic computer system was damaged in the March windstorm. Our maintenance staff attempted to make repairs with guidance from the manufacturer, but we soon learned there was more damage than originally thought. Now we are waiting for a technician from the manufacturer to identify the broken parts, order replacements, and make repairs. We are all eager to see the clock running smoothly again. Thank you for your concern and understanding!

Last week, council members Linda Kohl, Paula Metzler, Town Clerk Amy Steklof, and I attended the Mary Cariola groundbreaking ceremony for their newest home in Penfield located at the intersection of State and Jackson Roads. Mary Cariola has operated a home on Browncroft Boulevard in Penfield for more than 38 years. The Browncroft site was a retrofit of an existing home and provided residents with a wonderful care setting for those years. However, limited space, increased traffic, and important infrastructure requirements made it necessary to look for a new location to best meet the current needs of residents. 

We are delighted that Mary Cariola was able to find a site in Penfield to build a new home. For more information about the Mary Cariola organization and the great things they do to provide education and life-skill solutions for individuals with complex disabilities, please go to www.marycariola.org.  

Bri-Pen Senior Rides is now up and running for their second week. To date, many residents have taken advantage of this volunteer transportation service for medical appointments and religious services. Who is eligible? Seniors ages 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield townships or pay taxes to either district. Clients must be ambulatory and they must schedule a ride at least five business days prior to their appointment. Rides are provided within Monroe County only. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 340-8674.

REMINDER: Please plan ahead…Monroe County’s mobile DMV normally scheduled for Tuesdays at the Penfield Town Hall is cancelled for Tuesday, May 23 due to “grievance day” reviews in the town hall auditorium. Normal DMV services will resume on Tuesday, May 30.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.
 
If you have signed up for the third annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day” on Saturday, May 20, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, thank you for participating! If you are curious or have not yet had a chance to sign up, we are still looking for volunteers for this wonderful community event. This program is intended to help out seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled, with light yard work and spring cleanup. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family. Come and join “Terry’s Team” to help your neighbors! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road, at 8:00 AM for coffee and to pick up their assignments. Once again, thank you in advance for supporting this very worthwhile community event.

I close this week’s column recognizing the life of Richard H. “Dick” Vendel. He was a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. I had the honor of knowing and working with Dick during his more than 28 years of service to the Town of Penfield before he retired from the highway department. After retirement, Dick continued to serve our community as a member of the town’s Watershed Management Committee. In this role, Dick shared his vast knowledge of watersheds, drainage ways, and encyclopedic understanding of the drainage history of Penfield. If you were fortunate to have known or interacted with Dick you knew he was a true gentleman in all he did. Our hearts are heavy with his loss and our thoughts are with his family.

Until next week, please consider performing a random act of kindness for a family member, friend, neighbor, or stranger—you will be amazed at the difference it will make!

Tony

May 5, 2017
Irondequoit Bay High Water Advisory for Boaters
Due to high water levels, there are navigation hazards in the Bay including sunken docks, floating logs and driftwood.  Further, invisible hazards may be present as underwater sandbars can shift under these conditions. 

Reduce speeds throughout Irondequoit Bay and observe the “no wake” advisory within 500 feet of the shoreline.  Water levels in Lake Ontario and the Bay are much higher than the long-term average for this time of year and are expected to rise.  High water levels coupled with wave action are causing significant erosion, damage, and flooding along the shoreline and adjacent properties.

Reminder: Every boater is always responsible for any damage their wake creates.

May 2, 2017
Good Neighbor Day Scheduled for May 20
Join your Penfield community on Saturday, May 20 to help your neighbors do some spring cleaning! We are looking for volunteers for the 3rd annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and spring clean-up. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family!
Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Farm at 8:00 AM for refreshments and to receive assignments. Volunteers should plan to work until noon at the latest.Also, are you someone who could use the extra hand, or do you know someone who could? Let us know! We will bring scrap to the Penfield Drop-off, rake out flower beds, plant flowers, fix lawn damage from plows, and much more!
To sign up to help or be helped, please call Sabrina at 340-8651, or email srenner@penfield.org.
Terry Rothfuss was a farmer in east Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in the community. His friends and family are carrying on Terry's legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same.

May 2, 2017
A message regarding drainage from Supervisor LaFountain
ATTENTION PENFIELD RESIDENTS:

The volume of rain from recent storms has saturated the ground, creating ponding and drainage issues throughout the region. It is critical to keep stormwater flowing into catch basins to relieve neighborhoods of local flooding.

What can you do to help your property and neighborhood? Keep drains, swales and catch basins free from debris. In most cases, simple maintenance with a rake will direct water through the stormwater system. Swales are designed to catch and move water – they are not places for storage of leaves, clipping, mulch or plants.

As we receive more rain this week please make a habit of checking and clearing gutters, drains, and swales.  

Thank you in advance for your support on this important matter!

May 1, 2017
Supervisor's column May 1, 2017
I was asked by Penfield Librarian Bernadette Brinkman to remind everyone of a wonderful event coming up on Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 PM when the Penfield Public Library will screen an episode of Live From Lincoln Center entitled “Sinatra: Voice for a Century.” Seth Macfarlane hosts Christina Aguilera, Bernadette Peters, Sting, and other performers paying tribute to the Chairman of the Board in honor of his 100th birthday. Those interested may register in person at the library, by visiting the library website at penfieldlibrary.org, or by calling (585) 340-8720. Do not delay, this program will fill up quickly due to Mr. Sinatra’s popularity!

Last Friday, April 28, was the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day. How did this tradition begin? Nebraska was a largely treeless prairie region when, on April 10, 1872, it became the first state to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees. The celebration came a few months after J. Sterling Morton, a vice-president of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, first proposed to the board that the day be set aside for tree planting and that they should offer a "special premium" or prizes for the county and individual that planted the most trees on that day. The board approved his resolution and it was reported that more than a million trees were planted in the state that first year.

Closer to home, I have had the honor of planting several trees at Atria Penfield over the years to enhance their beautiful grounds for residents and visitors to enjoy. This year Atria planted the official tree of Penfield, the red maple. Members of the Atria staff, lead by Executive Director Charlene Wiwel and Engage Life Director Merica Fingar, gathered with many of their residents to plant and dedicate this year’s tree. Atria Penfield is an assisted living facility that offers activities to allow their residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers. We are fortunate to have these type of facilities in Penfield to support our senior population, thank you for all you do!

Stella Maliborski, a resident at Sage Harbor at Baywinde in Penfield, celebrated her 104th birthday on Sunday, April 30. I stopped by to present her a certificate of recognition only to be told she is out to lunch and an afternoon of activities…I’m thinking this is the main reason she is 104…active and on the go! Stella, on behalf of the Town Board and the entire Town of Penfield, happy birthday and wishes for many more.

In my previous column I told you about Marisa Zwick, the sixth grader who organized a Penfield clean-up on Earth Day. My action item was to report back to you with the amount of garbage and trash that participants collected around the town. Everything was loaded into one of our DPW trucks and we crossed the scale to learn that the group collected an impressive 1,360 pounds of garbage that we were able to send off to the landfill. Once again, many thanks to Marisa and her family, 54 students from Penfield schools, several teachers, and many parents.

Last week, Town Board member Linda Kohl and I had the honor of attending an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scout in troop 260, Michael R. Dedee. For his Eagle project, Michael constructed a boardwalk over a swale near the south boundary of Finn Park to make a trail safe and passable year-round. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to congratulate Michael on this achievement. Your commitment to scouting is a benchmark for your fellow scouts. You should be proud of your accomplishment, I know your family, friends, and community are!

Veterans Park and the Penfield Town Hall complex was full of noise and excitement with the opening day of Penfield Little League (PLL) last Saturday. It is a sure sign of spring when all our ball fields fill up with eager athletes! We are fortunate to have some of the best facilities in Monroe County and a great partnership with Penfield Little League. I look forward to many hots and innings of baseball over the next three months!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony



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