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June 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, June 29

As we head into the July 4th holiday the use of illegal fireworks is increasingly in the news. With no municipal fireworks for the public to attend this year, officials expect to see an uptick in illegal fireworks leading up to and on July 4th. Many communities are cracking down on their use and law enforcement is stepping up responses to calls. Over the weekend there were more reports of fireworks along with injuries. As a reminder, fireworks that launch into the air are illegal in New York as are firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. Sparklers, party poppers and snappers are allowed. 

In Penfield, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be on alert for illegal fireworks and will investigate complaints. They will determine the best course of action--education on the dangers of fireworks, fines, or arrest--when they respond. Additionally, the New York State Police will be running a special task force targeting fireworks that will be running from now through Sunday evening.

Along with injuries, there is deep concern of fire risk; lack of rain has left us with dry grasses and vegetation, making fire more likely. A recent D&C article stated 19,000 structure fires and 10,000 injuries are caused by fireworks each year. So please think twice if you are planning to use or be around fireworks this holiday--the dangers are real.

Our DPW brush drop-off will be closed July 2-3 in observance of the July 4th holiday. Town offices will be closed July 3. Offices and services will resume regular hours on July 6. 

The LaSalle’s Landing Park improvement project is wrapped up and visitors can now enjoy an expanded parking lot, reconfigured driveway, and improved launch access for canoes and kayaks. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 26, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 26

As you are no doubt aware, Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the Finger Lakes region can advance to Phase 4 of the New York State Forward plan starting today, Friday June 26, 2020.  In a nutshell, with the beginning of Phase 4, group gatherings can increase from 25 to 50 people, worship groups may increase to 33 percent capacity, and low-risk indoor/outdoor arts and entertainment activities can now resume. 

At the town government level, Phase 4 does not bring many immediate changes. For at least the next two weeks, we will continue to operate as we have been with appointment-only access to the town hall and no access to other Town facilities. This process has been going smoothly as we successfully conduct a range of business with residents by phone, online, by drop-box, and by mail. 

If you have business to conduct with the Town, please contact the specific department by phone or email. Staff will assist and advise you on how best to complete your business. If your needs can’t be handled remotely they will schedule an appointment. Here is a link to department contact information: http://www.penfield.org/Departments.php

Employees of the Penfield Library will continue with their curb-side service. DPW employees are busy with seasonal roadwork and special projects. 

So what is changing? I am happy to share that our Recreation Department is getting back into the swing of things. Summer camp programming will begin on Monday, June 29. After so much uncertainty and planning for various scenarios, we are excited to be able to offer some of our summer programs this year. Due to physical distancing guidelines, participant numbers are fewer this time around but our enthusiasm has not diminished! We also look to July 6 as a tentative date for other youth and adult programs to begin. We will keep you posted on our offerings. 

Earlier this week Monroe County announced that county parks are now accepting reservations for park shelters and lodges as well as reservations for use of the atrium in the Monroe County Office Building. The Town is also resuming lodge rentals on July 1. Dolomite Lodge will be available seven days a week, but because Harris Whalen Lodge will be used for summer camps it will be available Saturdays only while camps are in session. Our Facilities employees will be taking extra cleaning and disinfection measures between reservations to ensure safety for all. And lastly for recreation, starting July 6 you will start to see activity on our sports fields once again as low risk youth sports programs such as baseball and softball begin for the season. These are signs of summer we have all been eager to see!

While moving through these phases is great news for our region, we cannot forget our responsibility to continue with the four primary methods of COVID-19 containment. We must remain vigilant with physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (wear those masks!) and cleaning/disinfection practices. 

We are just one week away from the July 4 Independence Day holiday and there’s still time to join in on a new celebration called “Penfield Patriotism on Parade” to showcase your creativity and patriotic spirit. To participate in this friendly competition, decorate your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights.

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages. Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5. A voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 22, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Monday, June 22

I have a few updates to share as we begin the week of June 22.

Town playgrounds were reopened to the public on June 15 as permitted by New York State Phase 3 guidelines. To help minimize the spread of coronavirus, our park facilities team has applied an organic sodium-based sanitizing treatment that remains effective for one month. Playgrounds are routinely inspected for safety on a monthly basis; we will now add the sanitizing application to this procedure. 

Penfield Recreation’s Summer Day Camp program is planning to kick-off the summer on June 29 at two  locations: the Penfield Community Center and Harris Whalen Lodge. With guidance from New York State, the Monroe County Health Dept., and Town of Penfield officials, the 2020 Summer Day Camp program will operate with reduced participant enrollment numbers and updated health procedures to help maximize the health and safety for all involved in the program. Weekly summer camp sessions will include outdoor and indoor games/activities with emphasis on safety and fun! Although most programs are full, you can go to www.penfieldrec.org online registration to join a waiting list at no cost. Penfield Recreation summer camp staff look forward to having a great summer with all of the new and returning campers.

If all goes well, the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County, is on track to enter Phase 4 this Friday, June 26. We will learn more from officials as the week progresses. 

The Huntington Meadows sidewalk project continues this week with concrete pouring, asphalt work, and lawn restoration. The road will remain closed to local traffic only. There may be access weeknights but the work site is subject to frequent closures until the project is complete. Please plan alternate routes.

Tuesday, June 23, is Primary Election Day. Voting hours are 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. For all voting information go to www.monroecounty.gov/elections

If you are assigned to vote at the Penfield Town Hall please make note of the following:

  • You are required to be masked
  • You are required to practice physical distancing 
  • You will enter and exit on the east side of the building only
  • You will have access to the auditorium only 
  • You may not access any other area at the town hall (no drop-in visits to any department)
  • Security staff will be at the east entrance to monitor building use
  • You must follow all Board of Elections procedures 

If you have business to conduct with the Town of Penfield please contact the specific department by phone or email. Many transactions can be handled by phone, mail or online; or you may need to schedule an appointment. Staff will assist and advise you on how best to complete your business. Here is a link to department contact information: http://www.penfield.org/Departments.php

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 19, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 19

Today, June 19, 2020, is Juneteenth, marking the 155th anniversary of the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. This news of liberation came to a quarter-million slaves in Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. 

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees this year. An excerpt from the order states, “...the observance of Juneteenth honors the history, perseverance, and achievements of African Americans, and celebrates America’s progress and continuing commitment to realizing the principles of liberty and equality upon which our nation was founded.”

You can read the entire executive order here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-204-declaring-juneteenth-holiday-new-york-state-employees

Governor Cuomo has also proposed legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday starting next year, joining other states in moving to make the day an official holiday.

On yesterday’s Monroe County conference call, Dr. Michael Mendoza shared that as a community, we are now in a “containment mode” for managing the spread of COVID-19. We have emerged from Memorial Day and subsequent gatherings without any troubling spikes of the virus. This is assuring and demonstrates that physical distancing--and especially the noticeable use of masks by many--is making a substantial positive impact. He stressed that the primary takeaway from this good news is that the practice of wearing face coverings is making a big difference and we need to keep it up. Being in containment mode means that when new cases of COVID-19 emerge, health officials will find, isolate, and work to contain the spread. When appropriate, they will issue a public advisory as they did recently when an exposure was traced to a bar in Rochester. He noted that we will see more of these containment advisories as we move forward. 

The town board adopted a resolution at the June 17 legislative meeting to amend the 2020 budget to purchase and install an inclusive playground at Rothfuss Park. This playground will replace older equipment at the park. The Town of Penfield was awarded a State and Municipal Facilities Program grant in the amount of $50,000 through Assemblyman Mark Johns towards the construction of the playground. The Penfield Rotary donated $5,000 toward this inclusive playground project, and the 2020 Budget includes an appropriation of $60,000 for playground equipment projects. Further, the town board authorized the appropriation of $25,000 from the Town’s Recreation Trust Special Revenue Fund toward equipment and site preparation. The new playground equipment should be delivered the first week of July. Installation will start upon delivery. I will keep you posted on the progress of this project.

I would like to thank a resident who asked me to remind drivers in Penfield to “consider going slower” when traveling through neighborhoods, regardless of permitted speeds. With more people staying close to home, school officially over, and the wonderful summer weather, there are many people walking and bicycling throughout our neighborhoods. To walkers and cyclists, please take responsibility for your own safety and make sure you can see, hear, and be seen. Wear reflective and colorful clothing, keep pets on leashes, and pay attention to your surroundings. If listening to headphones, don’t let them distract you from your environment. Safety on our roads is everyone’s responsibility. 

Happy Father's Day to all Penfield dads! May you enjoy your weekend activities and family time. To all families, if you are celebrating dad this Sunday please show you care for every family member by wearing face coverings when called for. We can honor all fathers by continuing the good behaviors of masking and physical distancing. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 17, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, June 17

CONSTRUCTION NOTE: Huntington Meadows is currently closed to local traffic only because of a sidewalk installation project. This project is expected to continue through June 26. The road may be available for use weeknights and on the weekend but is subject to frequent closures until the project is complete. Please plan alternate routes.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that low contact sports like baseball, softball, crew, cross-country, gymnastics, and field hockey will be permitted beginning Monday, July 6. In Penfield, that means play may begin on Town and Little League baseball and softball fields. It will be up to individual programs how they will act on this decision. If your child participates in youth baseball/softball please follow your league for safety requirements and other details. On the Town’s end, we will have fields ready to play ball!

Have you seen the announcement for “Penfield’s Patriotism on Parade” to celebrate Independence Day 2020? Penfield Recreation has come up with a friendly “patriotic decorating” competition for all residents. 

Here’s how it works: Dress up your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights!

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages. Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5.

The voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 

Although there won’t be a formal parade, music, and fireworks this year, this new event is a great opportunity to enjoy the holiday with friends and neighbors. Thank you Penfield Recreation for imagining a new way for Penfield residents to express their creativity and patriotic spirit. I look forward to making the tour around town. Perhaps “Patriotism on Parade” will begin a new tradition in Penfield!

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 15, 2020
Penfield's Patriotism on Parade!

Hey Penfield! There won’t be a formal parade this year, but we can still celebrate and show our patriotic spirit! Join your friends and neighbors for a little friendly competition - Penfield's Patriotism on Parade! 

Dress up your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights!

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages.

Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5. 

Voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 


June 15, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, June 15

Today Penfield DPW began work on the LaSalle’s Landing Park improvement project. THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE PARK DURING CONSTRUCTION. We are expanding the parking lot, modifying the driveway, and improving launch access for canoes and kayaks. We expect the project to continue all week. Long-term plans for this park include adding a small building with restrooms and a bit of shelter as funding becomes available through some combination of budgeting and grants.

If you’ve traveled Baird Road you may have noticed roofing materials staged at the Penfield Community Center. Work will soon begin to replace the roof over the gymnasium area. This is year three of a four-year project to replace the entire community center roof. It’s a big project so we have spread the cost over four budget cycles. We expect this year’s work to be wrapped up by mid-July. The last stage of the roof replacement is planned for 2021.

Early voting is underway in Monroe County through June 21. Voters can choose to vote at any of the 12 early voting sites in Monroe County. There is one voting site In Penfield at the Dolomite Lodge in Veterans Memorial Park. For a list of the early voting locations and times please visit www.monroecounty.gov/elections. Voting hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

At this time of year Animal Control sees an increase in calls regarding the presence and welfare of wildlife. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding New Yorkers to enjoy wildlife and their young from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to wildlife safety and development. To learn more visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/117042.html

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 12, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 12

Today is the first day of Phase 3 of reopening Monroe County and the rest of the Finger Lakes region. Highlights of Phase 3 include new permissions for food services and personal care businesses. At the Town level, we will continue operating as we have been through Phase 2 with all staff reporting to offices and appointment only access to the town hall. We expect the remainder of Town facilities to be included in Phase 4 criteria. Summer recreation programs are under evaluation right now as we review New York State requirements, resources, and resident interest. Stay tuned for updates on Penfield Recreation plans. Summer day camp registrants will receive communications directly from the Recreation Office. 

Governor Cuomo stated yesterday that public playgrounds may be opened at the discretion of municipalities. We are preparing Town playgrounds for reopening and look to have them ready for use on Monday, June 15 following sanitizing treatments. Public restrooms in Town parks are also scheduled to reopen sometime next week. 

If you plan to use playgrounds, please follow these recommendations from the CDC:

Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.

In communities where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19, playgrounds can be hard to keep safe because:

  • They are often crowded and could make social distancing difficult;
  •  It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
  • SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread when young children touch contaminated objects, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you choose to visit a playground:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    •  Children under age 2;
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

The continued success of reopening is dependent on personal behavior. Health department officials credit physical distancing and universal masking for our progress to date. Dr. Mendoza has stated that physical distancing and use of face masks will be with us for some time. His advice is “if you have to ask, wear a mask.” 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org . Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org        

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 


June 10, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, June 10

Phase 3 of un-pausing New York begins in our Finger Lakes region this Friday. Guidelines for this phase are now available and we are reviewing details to determine how they may affect Town facilities and operations. We will provide general information on Phase 3 and the Town of Penfield in the next day or two.     

If you’ve driven by or visited LaSalle’s Landing Park recently you may have noticed DPW equipment staged and ready to begin a new project. We will be expanding the parking lot, modifying the driveway, and improving launch access for canoes and kayaks. The betterment of this park has been an ongoing project. We also have long-term plans to add a small building with restrooms and a bit of shelter as funding becomes available through some combination of budgeting and grants.

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 8, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, June 8

SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE UPDATE: all voting will take place via absentee ballot. Governor Cuomo extended the annual School Budget Vote and Board Election to Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Ballots must be mailed in by June 16; however, hand-delivered ballots must still be returned by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9 to be valid. 

Here is some contact information if you need additional ballots for qualified voters in your household: 

Penfield Schools - contact Sharon Urckfitz at 249-5702 or SUrckfitz@penfield.edu . Budget information: https://www.penfield.edu/schoolnews.cfm?subpage=2009701 

Webster schools - contact Cynthia Cushman at 216-0001 or Cynthia_Cushman@webstercsd.org. Budget information: https://www.websterschools.org/

Earlier today Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo made a few announcements regarding the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), other county clerk services, and changes to vehicle and traffic laws. Following the directive of the New York State DMV, Monroe County DMVs will reopen to limited in-person transactions by appointment only starting in Phase 3 of the Finger Lakes region reopening. The exact date of Phase 3 is yet to be determined. In addition, a number of new transactions have been added to what can be processed through the U.S. Mail or secure drop box at three local DMV branches. As a reminder, all mobile DMVs (including Tuesdays in Penfield) are cancelled through 2020.

The Downtown County Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the County Office Building does reopen to in-person transactions on June 8. This office houses the land and court recordings, pistol permit counter, and several other services. Monroe County DMVs are not open to in-person transactions this week.

 

Through Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders and Department of Homeland Security directives, the following changes to vehicle and traffic laws remain in effect:

 

  1. All licenses, non-driver IDs and registrations expiring March 1 or later have been extended until further notice.

  2. All inspections expiring March 31 or later have been extended until further notice.

  3. The REAL ID enforcement deadline has been delayed until October 1, 2021.

To stay up-to-date with all the new policies and procedures at the County Clerk’s Office, go to https://www2.monroecounty.gov/clerk-COVID-19

As a reminder, a few weeks ago the Town of Penfield joined other neighboring communities and cancelled Independence Day activities for this year. Parades, fireworks, picnics, and all the festivities that come with celebrating Independence Day, do not align with public health standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a strong consensus amongst local governments that coordination is critical to public health—and that is why Penfield joined our neighbors in our decision to cancel Independence Day events. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

 

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 


June 8, 2020
A Message from the Penfield Town Board

In response to the unwarranted murder of Mr. George Floyd, the Penfield Town Board believes it is important to state our position denouncing any abuse of power against our community members. We, as your leaders in Penfield, stand for rightful and fair justice for all. Senseless acts of violence towards any individual, group, or organization should never be tolerated. We denounce any discrimination and violence against any members of our community.

We stand for our neighbors, family members, and friends in Penfield who should not be fearing for their lives based on the color of their skin, culture, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, or any other facets of their identities. Our community is enriched by all our residents. We value and support a culture of inclusion and diversity in Penfield—for that helps our understanding of each other and the world.

We all must stand united against discrimination and bigotry on all fronts.


June 5, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 5

At the town hall we are wrapping up our first week of working under Phase 2 procedures. The week went smoothly as staff returned to their physically distanced and shielded workspaces. To be sure, It’s a different experience as we wear masks, make phone calls to each other instead of visiting, and conduct virtual meetings where possible. Strict cleaning regimens are in place and we are using plenty of soap, water, and hand sanitizer.

 

For the safety of all, public access to the town hall is by appointment only with individual departments, no walk-ins. In some cases people only need to drop off documents to the town hall; that’s easy to do at the east entrance where a security guard will receive your materials. If you need town hall services please begin by calling the department directly (phone numbers are at www.penfield.org ). Staff will assist you and try to take care of your needs remotely. If that’s not possible they will make an appointment and explain procedures.

 

Although access to the town hall is limited, our attention to your needs is complete. Staff is working at other town facilities but buildings remain closed to public access until we move into future phases. We will keep you posted. For details, see the facilities and services matrix under COVID-19 Community Resources at www.penfield.org.

 

A reminder...the Penfield Art Association’s Spring Show and Sale begins online starting June 7. The public is invited to enjoy more than 50 paintings by 29 artist members. If you have never seen their exhibits in person, this virtual gallery experience may be your first glimpse at the abundant talent in our area. Visit the show and sale at www.penfieldartassociation.com and share the link with family and friends. Need a wedding, graduation, father's day gift this summer? Consider giving a gift of art to mark the occasion. You are likely to see some familiar Penfield scenes among the work. 

 

The Spring Show and Sale show is one of three annual exhibits presented by the Penfield Art Association. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has more than 80 members from throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. If you’ve tried your hand at painting while social distancing and discovered it’s something you enjoy, perhaps you would like to become a member. of the PAA. For more information, visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

 

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

 

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 




June 4, 2020
Supervisor Update: Thursday, June 4

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo stated that summer day camps can begin operation as of June 29. That’s news we at the Town and hundreds of Penfield families have been eager to hear. 

 

Throughout the pandemic Penfield Recreation has been planning for a range of scenarios as we awaited directives from New York State and the Monroe County Health Department on the fate of summer programming. Besides staff and programs, our summer day camps are dependent on the use of Penfield Central School District school facilities and a permit to operate from the Monroe County Department of Health. All those variables that will determine what programs Penfield Recreation can offer this summer. Like many other groups, Penfield Recreation has been in the mode of making plans while at the same time getting prepared for them to be changed or cancelled.  

 

Weeks ago when we realized all summer recreation programs were vulnerable to change we cancelled plans to print the 2020 Summer Brochure and made the decision to go to a digital-only format. We have also been editing and adapting the digital edition to reflect changes to programs and facilities.  

 

The all-digital 2020 Summer Brochure will be published at www.penfieldrec.org on June 5. Online registration will open June 10. Even as we move ahead, please understand that all our plans are subject to change or cancellation based on location availability, health guidelines, and operational restrictions. 

 

Back to day camps...now that we have a “go date” from New York State, what’s next? We are reviewing and sorting out programs, facilities and other resources to satisfy guidelines. What can we offer, at what scale, and where? Our Recreation staff is finalizing those details now and will communicate directly with camp participants. 

 

We do know that the first round of directives call for a reduced number of enrollments, no field trips to off-site locations, and the counselor-in-training (CIT) program is cancelled. 

 

Penfield Recreation will continue to monitor directives from New York State and Monroe County Health Dept. officials regarding summer camp safety. Once we can confirm and review all health and safety requirements we will know how we can move forward. When we have the facts in hand we will share next steps with residents. If you have any questions please contact Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email recreation@penfield.org

 

Our Penfield Recreation team is certainly eager to deliver some summer fun to all our residents. I thank them for their commitment to the Penfield community. We all thank you for your patience and understanding at this unusual time. Stay tuned for more details and follow www.penfieldrec.org.

 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

 

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

 

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 


June 3, 2020
Supervisor Update: Wednesday, June 3

If you’re one of thousands already using the ROC COVID symptom tracker you can now sign up for a new free texting feature designed to remind you to submit your daily survey. Prior to this feature, participants could only receive email reminders. Current participants will be given the option to switch to text reminders in an upcoming email. New participants can opt-in when they register for ROC COVID. 

The daily survey is designed to collect data to help identify COVID-19 outbreaks and help stop the spread of the virus in Monroe and 11 other counties in the Finger Lakes region. 

Today’s announcement stated that more than 20,000 people are participating in symptom tracking, and they have completed more than 317,000 daily screenings. Public health officials are using the data to understand how COVID-19 symptoms are showing up in our region. If hot spots appear, resources will be deployed to the specific areas to stop outbreaks quickly and effectively.

I signed up weeks ago when it was first released. The survey is quick and easy. There are just a few questions that you are encouraged to answer daily, even if you have no symptoms. Questions include whether you have a fever, a cough, chills or other primary coronavirus symptoms, as well as basic demographic information. You are not asked to submit identifying information, such as name or address. The data is encrypted and stored in a secure environment by Common Ground Health, the region’s health research and planning agency.

To participate, go to ROCCOVID.org

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

 

supervisor@penfield.org      

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 2, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, June 2

Today I’m passing along this voting information from the New York State Board of Elections:

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Board of Elections encourages eligible voters to vote by Absentee Ballot for the June 23, 2020 state and local primary election. Residents who are eligible to vote on June 23 should have received an absentee ballot application to vote by mail. To obtain an absentee ballot, a voter must first submit an application to the Board Of Elections. Absentee ballot applications are also available at the BOE. The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot is June 16.

After you receive your absentee ballot, completed ballots must be postmarked by June 22 or dropped off at the BOE at 39 W. Main Street before 9:00 PM on June 23.

Another way for voters to avoid crowds and assist in social distancing is to take advantage of the nine (9) days of early voting from June 13 through June 21. Voters can choose to vote at any of the 12 early voting sites in Monroe County. 

The Town of Penfield will host early voting at one location only: the Dolomite Lodge in Veterans Memorial Park. 

For complete details regarding this process, a list of early voting locations, and voting dates and times, go to www.monroecounty.gov/elections.

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org      

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 


June 1, 2020
Supervisor Update: Monday, June 1

A reminder that as of today, under New York State’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines, professional services located within the Town Hall are accessible to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; no walk-ins are allowed. Masks/face coverings are required. 

If you have business to conduct with the Town, please call ahead or send an email to the department you wish to contact. A lot of business can be done by phone, mail, or online. Staff will guide you through whatever it is you need to do. If you do need to visit us in person at the Town Hall, you MUST follow the above protocols and use the door on the east side of the building where you will be greeted by a security officer. For the safety of all, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time, so please be patient as we manage this process.

Other Town facilities will remain inaccessible to visitors until further notice. However, you can continue to work remotely with staff in those departments. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain




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