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November 13, 2018
Supervisor's column November 13, 2018

As we prepare for the 2018-19 snow season, the Department of Public Works and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind homeowners that Section 1219 of the Vehicle and Traffic law and section 214 of the Highway Law of New York State specifically prohibit placing snow, ice or other substances upon the highway, including pavement, shoulders, and ditches. These restrictions include pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac. 

Many neighbors complain about violations of these laws during the winter months. Failure to comply with these laws may result in response, tickets, and fines from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Please help keep our roadways safe for all residents in our community by plowing, blowing or shoveling snow only onto your own property. If you contract with a snow plowing service please share this communication and ask them to ensure you are in compliance with the law. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Bri-Pen rides is a community volunteer transportation service for seniors age 65 and older who require transportation to medical appointments, religious services and town community centers. Clients must be ambulatory and not on oxygen (canes and walkers are acceptable; however, this service cannot accommodate wheelchairs). This service is available to seniors who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield. Rides are available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) weekdays for medical appointments, weekends for religious services and any day for community centers. For planning purposes, ride requests must be made one to three weeks in advance. Rides are dependent on driver availability, and the service may not be used for medical appointments that require any type of sedation.

Please note that VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND DISPATCHERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteer drivers are screened and trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and they receive supplemental insurance for their services. Dispatchers work out of their home one day a week three hours or less. If you are interested, please call 585-340-8674 to request enrollment in the program, to schedule a ride, volunteer, or make a donation.

Tonight (November 13) at 7:00 PM the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee will be holding a public information meeting to give residents an opportunity to offer up their ideas on how the property should be used in the future. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may go online and fill out an electronic form to submit your ideas to the committee. This form will be available until December 4.

As you can imagine, there are a number of rumors and false statements on social media about what will or will not happen to the property and buildings. As I have stated before, please refer to the town’s website for the most accurate information about this project and other projects in our community. Some misinformed individuals are intentionally or unintentionally sharing inaccurate details about the Clark House, overall use of the property, and are making other generally false statements. Complete details on the current status of the property can be found by logging on to, and clicking on Shadow Pines. 

The holidays are fast approaching—are you looking for a unique and always appreciated gift for someone? Give your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Road, or over the phone with a credit card at (585) 340-8655, option 0. Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use, the gift of wellness!

Important dates and events in history: November 11, 1918 – the Allied and Central Powers sign an Armistice, ending World War I, now celebrated as Veterans Day. I hope everyone took a moment to reflect on this 100 year anniversary. November 17, 1869 – the Suez Canal opens for business, in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and Red seas; November 18, 1805 – Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean.

Until next week be well and be safe!


November 13, 2018
Recreation Master Plan Community Input Forum

Penfield residents and organizations recently completed a Recreation Input Survey as part of the public input on the 2018 Penfield Recreation Master Plan Update. The Master Plan Update Committee invites residents and organizations to participate in the next step in the process—a Community Input Forum—on Thursday, November 29, 7:15 to 8:30 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield.

“The more input we receive from the community, the more efficient the plan we can put in place for the next five years,” said Penfield Recreation Director Chris Bilow. “I encourage folks to come and participate in person, however, we realize not everyone will be able to attend, so there is also an opportunity to give input through our website.” 

This event will allow an informal opportunity to interact with town staff, as well as the Master Plan Committee members, and share their vision for the future of recreation in Penfield. The focus of this session will be to gather input on the four core areas of the Master Plan: Facilities, Programs, Parks and People.

November 6, 2018
Supervisor's column November 6, 2018

With the heating season upon us, RG&E has asked me to remind residents to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas that can quickly harm you and your family. Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and loss of muscle control. Prolonged exposure to CO can lead to serious illness and even death. CO is produced by incomplete combustion from boilers, furnaces, water heaters, gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and natural gas ranges. The incomplete combustion of charcoal, oil, wood or propane also can produce CO, which may reach dangerous levels in enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces and poorly ventilated areas. To help keep you safe, RG&E recommends that you:

Use CO detectors. (New York state law now requires CO detectors in most residences.)

Have a professional check heating systems, chimneys, flues and vents once a year.

Always read, understand, and follow manufacturer’s instructions when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters or fireplaces.

Never use an emergency generator indoors, including the garage.

Never use a natural gas stove, oven or charcoal grill as an indoor heat source.

It is hard to believe we are starting to discuss the 2018-2019 snow season! Please note 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 AM and 7:00 AM to allow highway crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support!

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and school officials are concerned about the growing dangerous behavior of drivers not stopping for school buses that are picking up or dropping off our children and grandchildren. Please save yourself the price of a ticket and points on your license and stop for stopped school buses. Most importantly, protect the safety of our children! 

Residents may begin reserving the Penfield lodges and shelters for 2019 on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 AM. Lodges and shelters may be reserved online or in person; however, we highly recommend reserving online. You will need a Penfield Recreation household account in order to reserve, so please make sure you do this BEFORE December 5 to avoid reservation delays. For more information and to obtain a household account, please go to

The Penfield Public Library offers many wonderful children’s programs throughout the year. The one that recently caught my eye that I would like to share with you is the Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM and 2:00 to 3:45 PM. This program is for children in first through fifth grades accompanied by an adult. For more information on this and other programs please visit These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

Keep an eye out for the Pen-Rec “Winter/Spring 2019” brochure due out in the next week to 10 days. This edition will feature many seasonal favorites along with a number of new programs. Remember to register early as our programs are very popular and tend to fill up quickly. 

Another reminder…with the heavy rains this past week and with more rain in the forecast, please remember to clean the leaves from catch basins and yard inlets in front of your home. Do not pile leaves in swales or drainage ways and never pile leaves in roadways. Thank you in advance for helping to minimize flooding in your neighborhood.

Until next week, be well and be safe. Please remember to watch out for stopped school buses with their warning lights on. It is against the law to pass a stopped bus with the lights on; violations result in a significant fine and points on your license.



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