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October 15, 2018
Supervisor's column October 15, 2018

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, October 20 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. All October proceeds will go directly to benefit 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 log-on at

Last week, I had the opportunity to join the Penfield Business Chamber in a ribbon cutting cutting for Orangetheory Fitness Baytowne, located at 1900 Empire Blvd. just down from DiBella’s Subs. Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. Increase energy, get visible results, and burn more calories—even after leaving the studio. That's the Orange Effect! Please stop in and visit one of Penfield’s newest businesses and sign up for a class.

Seats are still available for the November and December AARP Driver Safety Program through the Penfield Recreation Department. This program is designed for the mature licensed driver to tune-up driving skills, update knowledge of age related physical changes and adjust driving for these changes. Upon completion, participants may receive up to a 10 percent multi-year discount on auto insurance and DMV may assess up to a four-point reduction. The program is $20.00 for AARP members and $25.00 for non-members. Program dates are November 13 and 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and December 11 and 13 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. For more information, please go to or call 340-8655.

Pen-Rec‘s next van day trip is Wednesday, November 14 for a visit to Vidler’s Five and Dime! Take a trip down memory lane as you walk down the store’s wooden floors and eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Vidler’s is much more than a store…it is shopping entertainment at its best! So relax and take a step back in time as you stroll through this amazing five and dime. Lunch is on your own in town. After lunch there will be a quick visit to the Copper Shop Gallery on the Roycroft campus for a little more shopping before heading back to Penfield. The van departs the community center at 9:30 AM and returns at 4:30 PM. The fee is $20.00.

Two reminders: The first is the Family Halloween Fun event this coming Friday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the community center. Come enjoy games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, and more!

Next, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2018-2019 season at the Penfield High School Auditorium with “Wonderful Williams.” The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information about this concert and the season, please visit

The Penfield Library has many programs for our youngest residents to enjoy including Spooky Halloween Snacks, Little Maker Mondays, Pumpkin Science, Nutcracker Storytime, Tales for Tails, Library Lego Lab, Gingerbread House, Doll’s Winter Tea Party, and the New Year’s Eve Family Game Day. For complete details check out the Pen-Rec Brochure page 43, log-on at, or call 340-8720. 

Important dates and events in history: October 15, 1991 – National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial dedicated; October 17, 1946 – Winston Churchill proclaims “an Iron Curtain” has swept across the continent (Europe), beginning the Cold War; October 19, 1845 – US Naval Academy at Annapolis is founded; and October 22, 1861 – the transcontinental telegraph is complete.  

Until next week…as the leaves fall and collect in gutters and catch basins, please help keep these areas clear to avoid flooding of your property and that of your neighbors. Thank you in advance for your attention and assistance on this matter.


October 9, 2018
Supervisor's column October 9, 2018

Join our annual Family Halloween Fun event on Friday, October 19 at the Penfield Community Center. Enjoy the free activities from 6:00 to 8:00 PM including games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, music, and more! A special thanks to Woody Acres and the Rothfuss Family Farmers for their generous contributions to this event.

Also on Friday October 19, the Penfield Local History Room and Penfield Recreation will host Penfield's annual Ghost Walk in Oakwood Cemetery. Guided tours will begin at 6:00 PM; tickets are $5.00 per person and are available in advance at the Penfield Recreation office. Tickets may be purchased the night of the event, but they are limited.

This year’s theme will be historical ghost stories about Penfield. The guided walk will be held in the oldest section of the cemetery. Park at Penfield Community Center then follow the sidewalk along Baird Road to the marked ghost walk entrance. The last tour of the evening will be at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit our online registration site, or call (585) 340-8655.

Looking for a great idea for a group or special party? Consider “Escape the Spirit Room” on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, at the Penfield Community Center. The cost is $10.00/person; please register at Penfield Recreation Department. For more information call 340-8655 or log-in at

At the last town board meeting, the board held a public hearing on the 2019 budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget for 2019 is $17,300,547; with all the special districts (water, lighting, drainage, and sewer) the total is $20,259,606, an increase of $1,120,212 from 2018. The 2019 town tax rate is $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 9 cents from 2018. At this tax rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will pay $528.20 for general governmental services, which is an increase of $17.10 over last year. Adoption of the 2019 budget is planned for Wednesday, October 17 at the regularly scheduled town board meeting.

The Penfield Players present their fall comedy, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe DiPietro and directed by Tom Bigongiari. Evening and matinée performances will run October 26 through November 10 at Penfield Community Center. “Over the River and Through the Woods” is the story of a family and how they deal with one another with love, support, and humor. In the story, Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job as a marketing executive in Seattle. The news doesn't sit so well and thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around, including introducing him to the lovely, single Caitlin! “Over the River and Through the Woods” is guaranteed to make you love your family all over again.

Performance dates for “Over the River and Through the Woods” are October 26, October 27, November 2, November 3, November 9, and November 10 at 8:00PM. There will also be a special matinée performance on November 4 at 2:00 PM. Advance tickets are $12 and tickets at the door are $15. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online at; online sales will end at 4:00 PM on Friday for all of that weekend's shows. Ticket availability may be checked by calling (585) 340-8655 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM; group discounts for purchases of ten tickets or more are also available by calling this number. All tickets are general admission and all performances will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

About the Penfield Players: The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, in its 53rd season of great performances. It is one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theater, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please visit, or The Penfield Players Facebook page.

We recently lost a good friend of the Penfield Recreation Department and the Penfield Senior Citizens with the passing of Gary L. Perkins. Gary was the warm and friendly face that greeted the seniors at the weekly lunch program at the community center and was the driver for many van trips throughout the Finger Lakes region for fall foliage, performing arts, out to lunch, and much, much more. Although Gary was born in the Town of Silver Springs, Wyoming County, he called Penfield home. He will be missed but will remain in everyone’s heart…peace be with you.

Until next week, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and please visit Penfield’s many farm markets to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, great baked goods, special gifts, and fall flowers.


October 1, 2018
Supervisor's column October 1, 2018

Last week I had the honor of attending the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton’s annual Community Awards Dinner. Kiwanis International, founded in 1915, is a global community of clubs, members, and partners totaling more than 600,000 members dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children through local service projects and fundraising. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year. The Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club was founded in 1962 by a small group led by Robert A. Calabrese, a Charter Member and Legion of Honor 56-year member.

The dedicated men and women of the Penfield-Perinton Club host several fundraisers annually and give back 100 percent of funds collected. The membership supports programs and projects aimed at the youth, seniors, and troubled areas of our community. Administrative operational costs of the club are paid for by the members themselves. 

This year, the following organizations received contributions from the club in recognition of their service to the broader Monroe County community: East Rochester Resource Center, Fairport Food Pantry, Flower City Outreach, Golisano Children’s Hospital, MDA Rochester, Mary Cariola (Memorial Garden), Multiple Sclerosis, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, Penfield High School Key Club, Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance, Penfield Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherd Home, Villa of Hope, Bethany House, Don Mack Scholarship Fund, and Saint Peter’s Kitchen. 

Additionally, the Robert A. Calabrese Award was presented to Betsy Inglis who retired as the Director of the Shepherd Home at the end of 2017. Betsy became the first Executive Director of Shepherd Home when it was being built in 2005 and helped to establish the facility as one of the most recognized and respected comfort care homes in our region. This award recognizes Betsy’s leadership, dedication, passion for making a difference, and support of the community, families and individuals faced with a terminal illness. Betsy, congratulations on receiving this award! By recognizing you with this award, the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club truly honored an individual who models their organization’s values; I cannot think of a better person to receive this very prestigious award! 

The employees of our Building/Zoning/Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Department have placed a food collection bin in the town hall rotunda to collect non-perishable food for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Donations will be delivered to stock shelfs on a monthly basis. This spirit of giving by our employees is what helps make our community so special. If you have business to conduct at the town hall, please feel free to drop off a donation. The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf supports more than 85 families every week and they are always in need of your generous donations. I would like to give a special shout-out to our employees who have organized and coordinated this effort: Heidi, Kristine, Kathy, Andy, Luke, Phil, and Jeff…great job team!

Last reminder…the Town of Penfield’s sixth annual “Fall Recycling Day” for residents is Saturday, October 13 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations at the on-site St Pauly textile shed. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event due to the ever-changing electronics recycling market. Monroe County’s “ecopark” will accept electronics for a fee, please go to for more details.

I close this week’s column on a sad note as we have lost two individuals who have had a lasting impact on East Penfield and the entire Penfield community. First is G. Peter Wilbert of Wilbert’s, Inc. This family business started in 1952 and spans more than three generations with four automotive recycling facilities, the original operation in East Penfield, and Wilbert’s Christmas tree farm. Pete was known for his love of his family and extended family—the employees of Wilbert’s businesses. He had an amazing work ethic and a great sense of humor. Penfield’s second loss is Rosario A. “Ross” Schillaci. I knew Ross and his family for 40 years. He served our community in countless ways on many committees and boards. Ross was active in farming, construction, and much more. I would often hear him say, “you always look to give back to the community you live in, that is what helps it be a great community.”

Both Pete and Ross will leave a lasting mark on Penfield through their hard work, family involvement, and community involvement. Peace be with both of you and your families.

Until next week and in honor of both Pete and Ross, please consider performing a random act of kindness for a family member, a neighbor, or someone who may need a helping hand. It will make a big difference in their life and yours.



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