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July 31, 2017
Supervisor's column July 31, 2017

Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) has added a new summer program featuring Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This class will run three consecutive Thursdays at 11:00 AM beginning August 10 (August 17 and 24). DEAR instructor John Schmeelk will present an examination of the creation of the original document and its impact around the world more than 150 years later. Interesting and surprising revelations will be presented in this series. The three classes will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. While the program is free, registration is required. You may register at or stop by the Recreation Office to register in person.

Two weeks ago the Shepherd Home held its annual golf tournament; this is one of many ways supporters raise money to help fund this wonderful home that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a residential setting. 

While at the tournament I had the opportunity to meet a very energetic and outgoing Nathan Kendrick who will be going into the eighth grade at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton. Nathan was asked to join the Merton Williams Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society; as part of earning this honor, he is required to show his volunteer time in the community and leadership roles. Nathan was excited to volunteer at the Shepherd Home tournament by running the “marshmallow drive.” He has also led the drive to have a leadership role in the honor society. Remember the name Nathan Kendrick, this young man has a great future ahead and will do great things in the rest of his educational career and will leave a positive impact on his professional career...good luck and keep up the great work!

This is the last week of the 2017 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. This week’s Tuesdays Upstage features “Stay the Plow,” original Americana, country and roots music; and Thursdays Kids’ Fest will close out with Mike Kornrich, a gifted performer and favorite at our music series for many years.  

Mark your calendars for the always popular “Tastin’ the Blues” on Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4:00 PM. This is the last event at the amphitheater before we take it down and put it away for the winter. Music will once again be provided by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with Joe Beard. Genesee Brew House will be providing a lineup of locally brewed craft beer for sampling. Do you have a winning chili recipe? If so, consider entering the chili cook-off competition. I have participated for the last eight years and have had a great time. I have met some wonderful people who may not always be willing to share their recipe--but are willing to tell you what special ingredient you are missing in yours! A lot of fun is on tap with great music, craft beer, and plenty of great chili samples and other food. 

The town board has received many emails and resumes from interested residents who want to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. Thank you to all who have expressed their desire to volunteer. We are looking for residents with varied backgrounds and experiences from all parts of town who are willing to commit their valuable time from September 2017 to June 2019 to help define the community’s vision for growth, provide guidelines for development, and establish goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years that will serve as the legal foundation for all land use decisions.  

If you have an interest in serving on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update committee please send an email to stating your interest and attach a resume demonstrating your background. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in serving on this important committee.

I am reminded by our employee wellness team the August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people to make sure they are up to date on recommended vaccines. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information go to

Until next week, enjoy the summer weather. Be well and be safe!



July 24, 2017
Supervisor's column July 24, 2017

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library is hosting a series of films featuring strong women this summer. The last film of the series (which cannot be named due to a licensing agreement) will be shown on Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:15 PM. 

This film is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (up until the current leader Theresa May). One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and stars Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. (The Weinstein Company, 2012, 105 minutes, rated PG-13.) Registration begins Thursday, July 27.

The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Ellison Park. Discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. Meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for the hike signs. Consider picking up your “Passport to Wellness” to take along on your hikes. Passports are available at Penfield Recreation or either Penfield Wegmans stores (Rt. 441 or Empire Blvd.) To view trail maps on our website go to

This week’s concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage presents the following: Tuesdays Upstage on July 25 features Noble Vibes, with original reggae anthems and reggae classics (a wine tent will be available at this performance); on Thursday, July 27, Mr. Loops will entertain our youngest residents and their families; and on Saturday, July 29, enjoy a night with the Beatles when Mr. Mustard takes the stage. Music starts at 7:00 PM each night and great food is available.

The last free horticultural class at Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, is Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 AM. The subject is “3Cs of Containers” color, contrast, and container choice. Register at or 424-4476.

Do you know about PenRec’s Wednesday Tea Salon? Every Wednesday at 1:00 PM seniors enjoy hot tea, dessert, stimulating conversation, and a great escape from a busy day. Tea is always served in china and the desserts are always delectable. The first Wednesday of the month is a book review with Kim Catalanello from Penfield Library; the second Wednesday features “Tea with D” and Rochester history stories; and the third Wednesday of each month is a book discussion with Sharon Vito. Books are provided for book discussions on a first come, first served basis and are available at Wednesday Teas. The fourth Wednesday features a general social gathering for all to enjoy! Please note that registration is not required except on the second Wednesdays “Tea with D.”

The Bri-Pen Senior Rides program continues to gather popularity with seniors 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield. These rides are for medical appointments or religious services only. Appointments must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674.

Reminder: The Penfield Town Board is looking for residents who would like to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. If you have an interest in volunteering your service please send an email to and attach your resume. We are looking to have the committee established by early September. The commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in working on this important committee.

 Important dates and events in history: July 24, 1866 – Tennessee is the 1st state to be readmitted to the Union; July 25, 1898 – American forces invade Puerto Rico; July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union; July 27, 1953 – Korean Conflict ends with Armistice; July 29, 1915 – American forces invade Haiti.

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about our great community. Please stop me and say hello, I welcome your thoughts about Penfield.


July 18, 2017
Supervisor's column July 18, 2017

The Penfield Town Board kicked-off the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update at its July 12 work session. The town updates this plan about every 10 years, as the plan functions as the legal foundation for land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next decade. 

A project page has been added to the town website so that residents have an opportunity to follow the progress. This page will contain all related documents and information generated throughout the process that is estimated to continue through June of 2019.

The Town Board is looking for interested residents to participate in this planning process. If you have an interest, please forward an email to and attach your resume. We intend to have the committee established by early September; the commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance for those of you who have an interest in serving.

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening of the memory care addition at Heathwood Assisted Living Facility located near Routes 250 and 441. This secure environment is designed to conjure memories of home. Residents feel relaxed in the welcoming atmosphere of a cozy country kitchen, living area, dining room and library/lounge. There is an enclosed patio and walking path with direct access from the dining room. Trained staff members employ techniques specifically designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia enjoy life. 

I would like to give a special shout-out to Carla Chur Suero, President and CEO of Heathwood Assisted Living; Bonnie Goodwin, Administrator at Penfield; and the entire Penfield team who desire to help others and provide care without compromise…congratulations on the new addition and thank you for being part of our community! 

Do you know that the Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner? Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety, or other crisis situations will be connected at the library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services. 

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

This week’s Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage concert series features Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings on July 18 for Tuesdays Upstage, and Paulsen and Baker will perform on July 20 for Thursdays Kids’ Fest. Music starts at 7:00 PM and great food is available each night. There is also a wine tent for Tuesday programs. Come enjoy the great venue in Veterans’ Park behind the town hall.

Attention young residents who play soccer! Please note the following opportunities: Penfield Strikers girls’ soccer will hold tryouts for the 2017-18 season for grades 7-12 on July 28 & 29, and grades 2-6 on September 9 & 10. Please visit for more information.

Penfield Rangers Soccer fall tryouts for boys ages 7-19 will be held September 9, 10, 16 & 17. For more information (and for parents interested in coaching) please visit

Every Tuesday lunch is available for seniors at the Penfield Community Center for $4.00. The Tuesday lunch will include a sandwich with a cup of soup or a salad. Lunch is served at noon, and tickets must be ordered 24 hours in advance at 340-8655. Menus for “Tuesday Lunch” are available at the Community Center and online at  

The next day trip with the Recreation Department will be held on Wednesday, August 9 and will feature the Canandaigua Lady boat tour. You will visit the Wine & Culinary Center with lunch on your own at the upstairs Bistro then board the Canandaigua Lady for an afternoon boat cruise. The fee is $32.00 which includes the boat cruise. Depart the Community Center at 11:00 AM and return by 5:00 PM.

Important dates and events in history: July 20, 1969 – American astronaut Neil Armstrong is the 1st human to walk on the moon; July 21, 1861 – Confederate forces win the 1st Battle of Bull Run; July 23, 1868 – The 14th Amendment is added to the Constitution. It provides that no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

Until next week be well and be safe!



July 18, 2017
2020 Comprehensive Plan Underway

 The Penfield Town Board commenced work on the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update at its July 12 work session. At that meeting, the board and town staff reviewed and accepted a draft timeline outlining milestones of the project that begins this month and is expected to conclude in June 2019. The timeline is available at

The Town of Penfield updates its Comprehensive Plan about every 10 years. The Plan functions as the legal foundation for all land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years. 

”In a continuous effort to keep the community’s needs front and center for our residents, the Town of Penfield has focused on regularly updating the Comprehensive Plan for the past six decades,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our last plan was adopted in 2010. It is now time to focus on the 2020 update and address needs and concerns that have developed in recent years to ensure Penfield remains one of the best towns in Monroe County to live, work, and raise a family.” 

Potential topics for review and update include—but are not limited to—residential, recreation, and commercial property use; the status of a new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools, rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts. 

The process will be led by town staff with a committee of resident volunteers and assistance and input from experts and consultants as needed for topics such as traffic, drainage, sanitary sewers, planning, and other infrastructure and environmental matters. 

Milestones and public participation opportunities will be communicated throughout the process on a project page at

July 13, 2017
Supervisor's column July 13, 2017

The Town of Penfield was represented at the 27th annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge this week as one of 305 participating companies and agencies. This annual event raises funds for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester-Monroe County Area. This year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council supported two projects: the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Catholic Family Center Adult Mentoring Program. I would like to recognize our team captain Lisa Grosser of the Town Clerk’s Office; Sarah Bowers – Penfield Public Library; Ken Kashman – DPW (Highway); and Amy Steklof – Town Clerk. Great job team and congratulations on your participation in the name of “wellness” for yourselves personally and for representing our town government!

If you have been by Rothfuss Park over the last few days you are starting to see the JACK Foundation Playground taking shape as BEAR Playgrounds has started installation of the swing set. Over the next several weeks construction will continue on this wonderful new asset in the Penfield Community that will serve our youngest residents for many years to come. Please go to to learn more about The JACK Foundation and to follow the progress of the construction and playground dedication later this summer.

Over the last six to eight weeks there have been a number of retirements in the town’s Building and Zoning Department. It has been challenging to fill the positions, hence we have gotten behind in building permits and code enforcement. We were able to bring back some retirees part-time to assist and have recently extended employment offers to several new people who we hope can start in the next few weeks. I want to apologize for delays in turnaround time for permits and for following up on code enforcement issues. Full staffing should be in place on or before month’s end so we can get back to a normal processing time for permits and code enforcement violations. Thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.

All counties, towns, and villages are working on the most recent “original” directive issued from the governor’s office entitled “shared services,” which is to be completed by August 1. A few years ago the same initiative was called the “local government tax freeze efficiency plan” intended to make local government more efficient in the eyes of the governor! Those plans, submitted two years ago, were never accepted or utilized. I question if they were ever even reviewed by Albany—and now here we are developing a new plan—really!

For decades, local governments in our area have done an outstanding job of sharing services with one another countywide. We regularly share equipment, personnel, materials, and more. As I have said many times before in this column, the real problem is in Albany with their ongoing lay-ons, unfunded mandates, inefficiencies, and outdated policies and practices. I might suggest the governor, working with the legislature, clean up their house before they come in to try and clean up ours. In fact, we would be would be better served, and the governor would be further ahead, to assemble a cross-section of local government officials from across the state to identify “shared services” that could be implemented in Albany that would yield greater savings for the rest of the state. However, we will never see this happen as it would expose state government for what is really is…bloated and inefficient!

We have started the town’s 2018 budget cycle. Between now and September 6, when the Finance Director and I are to share the “tentative budget” with the town board, I will cover milestones of the process in my column to share how plans are shaping up for next year.

Until next week, be well and be safe. Remember to take in one of the great shows in the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series!


July 7, 2017
Penfield Amphitheater Summer Concert Schedule

The Town of Penfield will kick off our annual free summer concert series at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage with Tuesdays Upstage on Tuesday, July 11 featuring Bobby Henrie and the Goners at 7:00 pm. 

Tuesdays Upstage series is a new music format, replacing Cool Jazz Tuesdays. There will be food available to purchase at every concert of the season, and a wine tent at Tuesdays Upstage. 

A complete schedule of this season’s concerts follows, and is available on our website at All concerts begin at 7:00 pm.

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield.

2017 Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage schedule

Tuesdays Upstage

  • July 11 – Bobby Henrie & the Goners 
    Authentic old-school Rockabilly and roots rock & roll
  • July 18 – Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings
    Original songs based on blues, swing, and good old rock & roll
  • July 25 – Noble Vibes
    Original reggae anthems and reggae classic
  • August 1 - Stay the Plow
    Original Americana, country & roots music 

Thursday Kids Fest

  • July 13 – Dady Brothers
  • July 20 – Paulsen & Baker
  • July 27 – Mr. Loops
  • August 3 – Mike Kornrich

Saturdays On Stage

  • July 15 – Zac Brown Tribute Band
    Premiere tribute to the chart-topping Zac Brown Band
  • July 29 – Mr. Mustard
    Enjoy a night with the Beatles

July 7, 2017
Penfield Recreation Announces a New Way to Play in Penfield

The Town of Penfield and Penfield Recreation are pleased to announce the new Passport to Play!

Playgrounds are a great way for children to get active, have fun, and play! The passport is a great tool to highlight all of the playgrounds the Town of Penfield maintains. Penfield has some of the best park land in Monroe County, and our playgrounds enhance the overall enjoyment of these parks.

“This is another way we are encouraging families to ‘Be Active, Be Well, Enjoy Life’,” said Chris Bilow, director of Penfield Recreation. “The amenities our parks provide, as well as opportunities to play and stay active, are a true benefit to residents. The Passport to Play was created to emulate the success of the very popular Penfield Trails Passport program. I’d like to extend our thanks to Wegmans for their continued support in making Penfield a healthy and active community.”

The Passport to Play is a FREE program which highlights the ten playgrounds that are located in Town of Penfield parks. As an incentive to participate, children who visit each playground and log it in their passport will receive a token for their efforts. 

Passports are available at the Penfield Recreation office and Penfield Town Hall.

July 5, 2017
Supervisor's column July 5, 2017

Mother Nature has dealt her share of wet weather this spring and early summer, and Saturday’s Independence Day celebration was not any different. The morning parade saw participants and audience look for creative ways to stay dry. However, that did not deter many hardy souls from coming out for the annual celebration. As the day went on the weather got better and the music played for five hours at Harris Whalen Park. The exceptional fireworks display went off in its usual fashion lighting up the sky for miles around. 

I would like to recognize and thank parade emcee Don Alhart; the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf and Dave Woodward who were this year’s parade marshals; all the organizations that participated in the parade considering the damp weather; and our Penfield Rec, Parks and Security staff for all their support in making this year’s event the best it could be…great job to all!

The clock in the Four Corners is now right more than just twice a day! As I reported months ago, the March wind storm damaged the clock. When the clock manufacture started making repairs technicians found “more than some damaged parts.” The electronics also required some significant upgrades. The work was completed more than a week ago and the clock is once again providing everyone traversing through the Four Corners the correct time. Thank you for your patience during the repair process; I received many comments, emails and phone calls asking about the status of the clock.

One last plug! The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee is scheduled for this Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 to 11:000 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. Meet at the playground parking lot off Empire Blvd, and look for the hike signs. 

The Penfield Players Readers’ Theater presents “Farce of Nature,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy on Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, August 2 at 7:30 PM. Performances are free and will be held at the Penfield Community Center. The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways! 

Build a better world at the Penfield Public Library…there is still time to sign up for some of the wonderful programs sponsored by the library, the Friends of the Penfield Public Library, and many local businesses throughout the town. Please check out for all the program listings or go to page 41 of the summer 2017 Pen-Rec brochure.  

Important dates and events in history: July 8, 1775 – the Second Continental Congress passes the “Olive Branch Petition.” This was a letter to King George III, from members of the Second Continental Congress, which represented the last attempt by the moderate party in North America to avoid a war of independence against Britain. July 11, 1798 – The United States Marine Corps is established. July 11, 1955 – US Air Force Academy dedicated. July 14, 1862 – Congress creates the Medal of Honor.

Until next week enjoy this short stretch of nice weather, and be well and be safe!



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