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February 20, 2018
Supervisor's column February 20, 2018

Shadow Pines update…This will be the last update before the vote that is scheduled to be held next Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For information and history regarding Shadow Pines, please log on to www.penfield.org then click on “Information about the Shadows” at the top of the home page to view all the information and documents relating to this project.

The annual Penfield Rotary Euchre Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at The Legacy, 40 Willow Pond Way (off Rt. 441). Tickets are $20 per person if purchased by March 10, and $25 the day of the event. Admission includes water, coffee, and snacks. Other beverages and pizza will be available for purchase before and during the games. All proceeds will benefit Camp Haccamo, a place for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and other Penfield Rotary Programs. 

Buy your tickets early to ensure your seat as the tournament is limited to 100 players. In person, visit Family First Credit Union, 2520 Browncroft Blvd; buy online at www.penfieldrotary.org; purchase by mail (postmarked by March 5) at Penfield Rotary Club, PO Box 28, Penfield NY 14526; or by phone 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM call Charlie 381-8889, 6:00 to 9:00 PM call Bill at 388-8546. The Penfield Rotary will like to recognize and thank sponsors Baker Commodities, Family First Credit Union and Lotus Blossom Yoga.

The Penfield Players present their Winter Readers’ Theatre which is FREE to the public! Fools by Neil Simon will be performed on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 at the Penfield Community Center at 2:00 PM, both dates. Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives, he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with “chronic stupidity” for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays more than 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down. Fools is another winner by Neil Simon!

As the snow melts and temperatures rise this time of the year, we begin to receive calls and emails from residents asking if and when we will begin repairing snowplow damage to lawns. Yes, the town will repair any and all lawn damage from our road and sidewalk plows. We tend not to start this process until the later part of March unless long range forecasts indicate otherwise. Our crews will replace sod, bring in top soil and seed damaged areas.

This week I close my column on a sad note with the passing of Judge Donald J. Mark. Judge Mark was an amazing man and a person who many looked up to and tried to emulate. He was born in Rochester on March 31, 1926, attended St. Andrew’s School, Aquinas Institute, Syracuse University, and Cornell Law School. He served our country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War. He met and married Rosalie Lanza, they had two children Laurie and Robert and became grandparents to three. 

Judge Mark was admitted to practice on November 10, 1953. His judicial resume is extensive: he was a Justice of the Penfield Town Court from 1964 to 1973; a Judge of the Monroe County Court from 1974 to 1983; and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, elected in 1983 to a 14-year term. The Monroe County Bar Association rated Judge Mark as “highly recommended” for Supreme Court in 1983 and “superior” in 1982. In 1974 he was rated “superior” for County Court. Justice Mark pioneered multiple jury trials (five double-jury trials and two triple-jury trials); authored more than 100 decisions published in law books; and decided Dunaway v. New York in County Court which was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court and became a legal precedent nationwide and is the name of a hearing.

On a personal note, I first met Judge Mark in 1985 while I was first running for town board. Over the past 32 years I have been fortunate to get to better know this remarkable man. I have had the honor of Judge Mark swearing me in for all my elected races for Penfield Town Board, Monroe County Legislature, and Penfield Town Supervisor. On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Judge Mark swore me in, from his hospital bed, for the 14th time!

Penfield is fortunate to have had Judge Donald J. Mark as an outstanding member of our great community. I am honored to have known him and to have had his guidance and support over the years…rest in peace Judge.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


February 12, 2018
Supervisor's column February 12, 2018

Shadow Pines update…There are several items to be aware of this week. First, I will hold an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13 in the Town Hall auditorium at 7:00 PM. This presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review. Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to http://www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Secondly, for those who are not registered voters and would like to vote in the special election on February 27, there will be a registration event this Wednesday, February 14 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM to be held at the Town Hall in the rotunda.

There has been information in the news over the past six-plus months regarding odors from the High Acres Landfill in Perinton. My office has only received a few calls from residents impacted in Penfield and I have shared that information with Perinton. I understand that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a hotline (585-226-5414) to report odors from the landfill. The odors predominantly have been reported from the southeastern portion of Penfield.

This winter has been very hard on many of the roadways throughout the town with the amount of frost in the ground due to the cold temperatures, followed by short periods of mild weather, and followed yet again by another round of extreme cold. Our DPW is working closely with the NYSDOT and Monroe County DOT to document problems and damage. We have been providing cold patch repairs for potholes; this is a temporary fix only until the weather gets warmer and asphalt plants open for the season. To report a pothole, please send an email to publicworks@penfield.org and give a detailed location or you may call 340-8710 to speak with the office or leave a voice message.

Please note…February Break Adventure Camp with EarthWorks Institute has reduced the price of the camp to just $200 for a full week and the registration period has been extended. This camp is primarily outdoors and kids will enjoy stalking through the woods, finding animal tracks, stories, warmth by the fire, making a primitive debris hut, and more adventures. However, there is an indoor facility available should the weather be extreme. This camp is open to all youth ages 8-12. It will be held at Harris Whalen Park and runs February 19 to 23, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (there is also an extended care option from 2:30 to 4:30 PM). Register at www.penfieldrec.org or visit the Rec office at the Penfield Community Center. For more information on EarthWorks Institute, please visit https://earthworksinst.org.

The Penfield Public Library is also offering a number of programs during the winter break week (February 19 to 23) for our youngest residents. For more details please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

As the days are getting longer and spring seems to be a bit closer, many people are more interested in getting out and about. The Bri-Pen Senior Rides program continues to look for “hero drivers” to take residents from Penfield and Brighton to appointments, religious services, etc. If you have some spare time and would like to help out a fellow resident, please call 340-8674 for more information. Thank you in advance for considering to volunteer some of your valuable time.

Over the next several weeks I would like to recognize our sponsors who support the publication of our Pen-Rec Recreation Brochure—without them we would not be able to provide this quality information to our residents. To begin, I would like to recognize Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant, 1802 Penfield Road. Hong Wah is the Chinese Restaurant Foundation’s top 100 overall excellence award winner. Our local businesses do so much to support our community, please support them…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

Until next week, please enjoy the stretch of milder weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


February 5, 2018
Supervisor's column February 5, 2018

Shadow Pines update…In response to requests from residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting February 27 on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, I will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review. Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation. Residents are encouraged to review background information and details in advance of the meeting at The Shadows project page at the link above. 

The Penfield Trails Committee will host their annual “Indoor Hike” this Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Penfield Town Hall Auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This year’s program will center on the Irene Gossin Nature Preserve that is coming soon to Penfield. There will also be information on trails groups from around the Rochester area. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. While the event is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield Recreation Department is pleased to announce a new February Break camp for kids in conjunction with EarthWorks Institute! February Break Adventure Day Camp will be held at Harris Whalen Park, 2126 Penfield Road, Penfield, February 19 to 23, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. This camp is open to all youth ages 8-12. (Camp fee is $250 for residents and non-residents) There is also an extended care option from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Activate your student’s curiosity and love of adventure! There is so much to experience in Rochester's great outdoors, and EarthWorks Institute will be your guide during this camp for “February Break-ers” seeking a full sensory outdoor experience. Stalk silently through the woods, learn the hidden stories of animal tracks, or make a forest home in a primitive debris hut. This camp is primarily outdoors, however there is an indoor facility available should the weather be extreme. For more information on EarthWorks Institute, please visit earthworksinst.org.

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, February 17, 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. February proceeds will go directly to help support Resolve of Greater Rochester—a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org.

General info and events for adults 55+…check out games for the brain/lunch! Exercise your mind and meet new people every Tuesday. Consider stopping by the Community Center on any Tuesday around 9:30 AM to enjoy a cup of coffee and a variety of spirited games. Join a table or start a new game on your own. There is always complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. If you stay long enough, a homemade sit down lunch is served at noon for only $4.00.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


February 2, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines – Public Information Meeting Feb 13

At the request of residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting (February 27) on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, Supervisor LaFountain will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. 

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   

Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   


February 2, 2018
Public Info Meeting Feb 13 regarding upcoming bond vote

At the request of residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting February 27 on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, Supervisor Tony LaFountain will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   

“I have heard from residents who are new to the topic of Shadow Pines and would like to get up to speed before the public referendum on February 27th,” said Supervisor LaFountain. “We have provided a lot of information about the Shadows Pines property on the Town website over the course of this project. It’s a great place to stay current with this topic and many more. A public information meeting will further help to educate residents and give them an opportunity to ask specific questions to help them make an informed vote on February 27th.”  

Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php . Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Residents are encouraged to review background information and details in advance of the meeting at The Shadows project page at the link above. 




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