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December 11, 2017
Supervisor's column December 11, 2017

Each year the Penfield Business Chamber receives nominations for the Penfield Pride Award category. This award recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look, and becomes a positive addition to Penfield's proud community. This year’s winner is Aspenleiter Sewing and Vacuum located at 2106 Five Mile Line Road. Congratulations and many thanks to owner Terry Williams and his team for all they do for the Penfield Community. The building looks wonderful! The business is growing and providing a valuable service to our community and beyond.

The Chanukah holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12 and runs through Wednesday, December 20. In celebration of Chanukah the Town of Penfield’s 4th annual menorah lighting will take place this Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 PM in Schaufelberger Park in the Four Corners. All are welcome to attend this ceremony. For more information, please contact Amy Steklof in the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8629 or

The latest edition of the Penfield Recreation Winter/Spring 2018 program brochure is in the mail and should be delivered to homes this week. It is also available online at Be sure to check out all of the new programs being offered in the next several months. Registration begins January 2 for Penfield residents. Early registration will be available for programs of high community interest so don’t miss out! Log on to to sign up for your favorite programs before they fill up.

I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), Zone A that everyone enjoys holiday shopping—including the “bad guys” who like to shop in our cars. At this time of year, the MCSD receives an increase in the number of reports of vehicle break-ins. They want to remind us all to make sure our vehicles are always locked, even in our driveways. Do not leave gifts or valuables in your car overnight, be aware of your surroundings, park well-lit area, and have your cell-phone in-hand. For more safety tips and information, please visit

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Why not enjoy a FREE breakfast with Santa this coming Saturday, December 16 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM at Don’s Original Restaurant? This breakfast is FREE with a donation to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). The breakfast includes two pancakes, two sausage links, juice, and coffee. The PEFS was established in 1997 to meet the emergency food needs of Penfield residents. The organization operates entirely on food and monetary donations. So come enjoy breakfast at Don’s Original with family and friends while supporting a wonderful organization—our local food shelf. I hope to see you there!

With the snow over the weekend and additional lake effect predicted for later this week, I would like to again remind all residents that snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 AM to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Thank you for your cooperation on this public safety matter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 340-8710. Additionally, if we receive shovelable snow, please remember to keep fire hydrants on or near your property clear to allow easy and unrestricted access by firefighters in the event they need to connect for a fire. Keeping hydrants clear will save valuable moments during an emergency. Our volunteer firefighters from Penfield, West Webster, and Northeast Fire Districts all thank you in advance!

Please note that all town offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas and on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Until next week, enjoy the winter weather that has finally joined us. Please drive safely and watch out for our children waiting for school buses, pedestrians, and joggers throughout our community. If you are out in the dark, please wear reflective clothing and use flashlights to make sure you are seen by drivers.


December 5, 2017
Town Board press conference to provide timeline regarding efforts to purchase Shadow Pines property

The Penfield Town Board will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium (3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526) to provide a detailed timeline of events in the Town of Penfield’s efforts to purchase the Shadow Pines property from Dolomite/Oldcastle.

The Town Board is providing this information to clarify steps the Town has taken to date to purchase the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite, supporting the Moratorium Committee’s recommendation to purchase the property in September 2016. 

The timeline identifies key milestones and communications between the Town and Dolomite, and demonstrates how the timing of critical steps unfolded in a way that led to the Town Board’s recent decision to finance the purchase by Permissive Referendum—rather than by an up or down vote through Public Referendum—as the most likely successful purchase option acceptable to Dolomite given Penfield’s legal requirements and Dolomite’s stated firm closing deadline. 

The timeline will be posted on the project page of the Town’s website following the press conference (link below). Supporting documents are available upon request. 

To learn more about The Shadows please go to the project page at

December 4, 2017
Supervisor's column December 4, 2017

Last week the five members of the Harris Whalen LEGO Team attended the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) meeting to present their tournament project on cleaning up the waterways in Penfield. The team concentrated on Harris Whalen Park to show how litter and other pollutants can find their way from a catch basins, yard inlets, and open pipe into storm sewers which flow to Irondequoit Creek, then on to Irondequoit Bay, and ultimately to Lake Ontario. They have developed a sign and other educational materials to share with the school and community. These five young men are to be recognized for their community interest and spirit; they represent our future and I am confident we are in great hands!

Friday morning I had the honor of participating in the 2017 “Drive 4 UR Community” check presentation at the Bay View YMCA. In recent years, Henderson Ford and Family First Credit Union have partnered together in an effort to help out the local community. For every test drive, Family First Credit Union and Henderson Ford donated $20 per driver towards the YMCA of Greater Rochester’s Annual Campaign up to $6,000. This was the 4th annual “Drive 4UR Community” which has now donated $23,600 to the YMCA’s annual campaign. Their support enables families and individuals who would otherwise not have the independent financial means to join the Y to do so. Many families have benefitted from this generous campaign. I would like to recognize Henderson Ford’s President Randy Henderson and Operations Manager Aki Henderson, as well as Family First Credit Union’s President/CEO Tom Dambra and Controller Pamela Ricci, for their commitment to the Penfield/Webster Communities. 

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. December proceeds will go directly to help support Cameron Community Ministries and their mission to provide hope to our community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment by offering after-school and summer programs, meals, an emergency pantry, and a clothing house. So bring the whole family! Meet up with old friends or make new ones. There will also be a special guest for this Flapjack Saturday…Santa will be joining you for breakfast! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding. For more information and details, please visit

Over the weekend, I was honored to assist in the ribbon-cutting for the opening of K2 Brothers Brewing located at 1221 Empire Blvd. K2 Brothers Brewing is a NYS Farm/Micro Brewery owned and operated by brothers Kyle and Bradley Kennedy with the support of their family and friends. I was impressed with the renovation of the property and their attention to details in all aspects of the business. Small businesses are the cornerstone of Penfield’s commercial districts and we are delighted that residents Kyle & Brad and their families are part of our great community. Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful business! 

From the date of this column there are 20 shopping days until Christmas. Please support all of our local businesses when looking for your holiday gifts. Penfield businesses stand ready to support you in so many ways with products and gift cards. Also, please remember to pick-up your tree from one of our many farms and garden centers across the town. Remember…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

A special thank you to the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) for providing the annual tree in the Four Corners at Schaufelberger Park. For more information about the PBC please visit their website at

Hopefully you have enjoyed the recent mild weather. However, all good things come to an end! As cooler temperatures and mixed precipitation arrive please drive carefully for your safety and that of the other drivers and pedestrians. We want everyone to enjoy their holidays with family and friends.

Until next week, 



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