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July 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 29

I recently had the honor of attending the unveiling of two wheelchair accessible planting beds for the residents of the Mary Cariola Group Home on State Road. The project was identified, designed, and built as a team service project by a Leadership Rochester team known as “Seeds of Change.”

These new beds will allow residents to plant vegetables, herbs, and flowers of their choice to enhance their meals and their home. The beds provide an outdoor activity for children who respond well to sensory stimulation and who love to get their hands in the dirt. The feel of the dirt and seeds, along with the plants and flowers, enhances the residents’ enjoyment of their senses of touch and smell.

In addition to these two planting beds at the Penfield residence, the team also constructed and delivered two wheelchair accessible planting beds for use at the Elmwood Campus.

Established in 1991, Leadership Rochester is a small nonprofit with an immense impact on, and deep connection to, the Rochester community. Founded by leaders across the business, nonprofit, and government sectors, they were established on the belief that, as a collective, their leaders could better serve and strengthen our community if given the opportunity to grow as a collaborative, and learn about Rochester’s strength and issues together.

Congratulations to Leadership Rochester team “Seeds of Change” on your 2020 graduation and for the difference you are making in so many lives.

Please 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


July 20, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, July 20

With so much focus on the pandemic, it’s been a while since I provided an update on Census 2020. My most recent communication from the NYS Comptroller informed me that as of July 13, response rates in New York are at 57.6 percent, which is below the national self-response rate of 62 percent. A low response may have negative impacts on federal and state funding, and representation in government. The Census will have a significant and long lasting impact on New York’s finances and governmental representation, and it will impact the flow of funding to local municipalities like the Town of Penfield. If you have not yet responded to the Census, please do so now. Starting August 11, the 2020 Census will begin a new phase – the follow-up interviews with non-respondents. A strong response before this date best positions New York for a complete final count. 

Preparation of the 2021 Town Budget is underway. By the end of this week the comptroller and I will have met with every department to review their needs for 2021. It will be a challenging year as we work through a reduction in revenue from items like sales tax, county projects, and state funding. The town board has aggressively worked to reduce spending, delayed filling open positions, and looked for alternative revenue streams. The comptroller and I will be reviewing all aspects and details of submitted materials to prepare for meetings with the board and presentation of the “Tentative Budget” to residents on September 16. 

Please be advised that RG&E and NYSEG have resumed some customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work includes indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete. All inspectors will have badges identifying them as NYSEG or RG&E employees and contractors and will follow CDC best practices and recommendations. Learn more at www.rge.com or www.nyseg.com. 

Join us for the music of Paulsen & Baker at Penfield Amphitheater Tuesday, July 21. The music will begin at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public. This is our second performance in the 2020 Summer Music Series.

John Paulsen and Keith Baker make up the group Paulsen & Baker. The music of Paulsen & Baker has been described as "Country," "Folk," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Bluegrass," and even "Buffoon"(comedy), but whatever they are, they want you to have a good time, so they are best described as GOOD TIME MUSIC! Their humor creates a fun atmosphere during every performance.

The following guidelines will be enforced at the event so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on.

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert (and while on site, if possible.)

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.

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


July 15, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Meteorologists are calling for heavy rain Thursday afternoon and evening with a possibility of a bit more on Friday. This will follow on the heels of last weekend’s extreme rain event that our town engineer says measured 3.75 inches in the town hall rain gauge in six hours—making it a rare 75-100 year storm event. 

That downpour fell on parched ground that could not absorb the water, leaving it to run off directly into storm sewers. Some of that water ponded and created flooding where it could not reach drainage systems. Please help to keep the rainwater flowing where it needs to go by keeping drains, swales, and ditches free of debris. Also, check gutters and downspouts to be sure water is directed away from house foundations. Let’s keep the water flowing to avoid flooding in our neighborhoods.

Last night was our first event of the Penfield Amphitheater Summer Music Series. The performance of Five Second Rule went well, and I want to thank all who attended for contributing to the success by practicing masking, physical distancing, and using hand sanitizer. Because of last night’s success we will move forward with Paulsen & Baker on July 21 with the same expectations for safe, responsible behavior. We will evaluate the Summer Music Series week-to-week; if all goes well performances will continue. If not, we will sadly be forced to cancel future events. However, I do have faith that Penfield residents who wish to enjoy a summer night of music at the amphitheater will continue to make the safety of their families and neighbors a priority.   

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


July 10, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Friday, July 10

Another week has passed and we are in the prime of summer mode, although we are all dealing with new norms in our various activities: respecting masking guidelines, disinfecting hard surfaces and high touch points, and physical distancing. 

The Recreation Department is completing their second week of summer camp with our youngest residents, and those programs have gone very well. Penfield Little League is back on the fields playing baseball for the first time this season and following some new guidelines with the number of spectators per player. It is good to see and hear the energy at the various buildings and fields. I would like to thank all the staff members, coaches, and parents for helping to follow all the guidelines to allow more of these activities take place during the Phase 4 opening; continue to be well and be safe!  

Beginning next week you will see our DPW removing the older playground equipment at Rothfuss Park to make way for a new inclusive playground at that location. With an inclusive playground, the objective is to include everyone. They are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together, and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities. This project is in collaboration with the Town of Penfield, a grant from Assemblyman Mark Johns, and the Penfield Rotary Club. The plan is to have it completed by early August or sooner. I hope this is the first of many locations across our community that will support our children with and without disabilities.  

The Penfield Trails Committee will resume their guided hike program this Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 – 11:00AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. Meet at the Smith Road trailhead off Empire Blvd. and look for the hike signs.

Beginning the week of July 20 the DPW will be placing a top coat of asphalt on Harris Road from Atlantic Avenue to Plank Road, following up on the initial shoulder expansion work completed last year. Harris is a county road and Monroe County is contracting with Penfield DPW to perform this work. We are compensated for our employees’ wages and equipment use, which helps bring in much needed revenue during this COVID pandemic. Our overall revenue stream has been impacted with reduced sales tax income and short falls from recreation programing.  

The first concert of 2020 at Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will feature the band 5 Second Rule on Tuesday, July 14. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm at Penfield Amphitheater, located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 5 Second Rule is a collaboration of budding stars 15-year-old Max Doud and 14-year-old Brennan Dornberger. The teens are a product of Elvio Fernandes’ Camp Roc Star Academy, where they met and learned about music, performing, and collaborating. 

The following guidelines will be enforced at Penfield Amphitheater so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

-       Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on. 

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert 

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.

Many residents across our community and surrounding communities know of Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute and the amazing work they do to build confidence, teach respect, stay fit, and teach self-defense, especially with our children and grandchildren. Grandmaster Kim and his staff work closely with the schools in the area to support, educate, and protect our youngest residents. Beginning July 15, GM Sung C. Kim (Master Kim) will serve as President of the World Ohdokwan USA Federation. Ohdokwan is one of the nine original Kwans (or schools) of Taekwondo. Founded in 1953 as part of the Republic of Korea Army’s Physical Training Program. It also taught Korean Police throughout South Korea, and instructed at some universities. Ohdokawn is Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute’s original school of Taekwondo. Grandmaster Kim—congratulations on this appointment, and thank you for being part of the Penfield community and for everything you do to support our residents.

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


July 9, 2020
5 Second Rule at Penfield Amphitheater July 14

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will host the band 5 Second Rule on Tuesday, July 14. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm at Penfield Amphitheater, located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. The concert is free and open to the public.

5 Second Rule is a collaboration of budding stars 15-year-old Max Doud and 14-year-old Brennan Dornberger. The teens are a product of Elvio Fernandes’ Camp Roc Star Academy, where they met and learned about music, performing, and collaborating. The boys also have a full rock band through Camp Roc Star, which plays gigs monthly with other academy bands.

The following guidelines will be enforced so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on. 

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert (and while on site, if possible.)  

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.


July 7, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Tuesday, July 7

The impact of COVID-19 meant cancelling our normal Independence Day parade, music, and fireworks activities this year. As a way to keep the patriotic spirit alive, however, our Recreation Department developed a creative program--“Penfield’s Patriotism on Parade”. Residents had an opportunity to participate in a friendly patriotic house-decorating competition during the Independence Day weekend. Participants dressed up their homes in their patriotic best. They were encouraged to use recycled/upcycled materials in the displays, and to choose a unique patriotic theme. The public was invited to view and vote for their favorite patriotic house over the holiday weekend. I am pleased to share with you that, with 44% of the vote, 28 Woodside Dr. was the winning home. Congratulations to the Brenneis family, and thank you to all those who participated in this new Independence Day tradition.

If you happened to miss the Skycoasters’ Community Independence Day Celebration concert on WXXI on Saturday, sponsored by the Monroe County Supervisor’s Association, you missed a wonderful event. However, you can still view this program and enjoy the music of a premier band in this region. There are several ways you can view this event on-demand: Visit www.PenfieldTV.org and click on Categories, then choose Community; on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire—search Penfield TV in the app store—then choose the Community category

This week is the second week of our Recreation Summer Day Camp. While the camps are hosting a much smaller capacity this year, the energy of those attending is as vibrant as ever. It is clear that children are eager to join friends and peers to participate in games, arts and crafts, and general comradery. I want to thank our Rec staff for ensuring we are following all the CDC and health department guidelines for the safety of all participants and staff. As a few campers and camp staff have shared with me…it is good to get back to some normal summertime activities! Enjoy and be well and be safe!

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


July 1, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 1

We are now in Phase 4 of New York Forward, and currently our region’s statistics are favorable. With that, daily and weekly briefings from New York State and Monroe County regarding COVID-19 have eased off, and municipalities will receive updates as deemed necessary. Starting next week, I will follow suit and return to my weekly town news updates including details of reopening milestones at the town government level. I will share COVID-realted news as it impacts Penfield as needed. This doesn’t mean Phase 4 is the end of the process and that we can relax our safety practices.

We have all heard repeatedly from public health officials that we have achieved our region’s favorable status through our collective responsible behaviors of physical distancing and wearing face coverings around others, especially when in public. Seeing coronavirus outbreaks in other states right now is enough to remind us of our fragile status. Even today Governor Cuomo closed down indoor dining in the NYC area because of concerns for compliance and indoor air quality management. 

We need to remain committed to our personal safety and the safety of others, especially those who are most vulnerable to the worst COVID-19 can bring to bear. Please continue to wear masks, follow physical distancing guidelines, hand-washing, and sanitizing practices. Compliance with these behaviors lifted us out of our worst coronavirus trends and will help to keep us strong.   

While July Fourth celebrations are largely being put on hold this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Monroe County Supervisors’ Association announced a joint effort to provide some familiar Independence Day entertainment. The group has sponsored a performance by the Skycoasters, which will air on WXXI on the evening of July 4th.

The Association, comprised of every town in Monroe County, banded together to sponsor and produce the performance. A mainstay at local July Fourth celebrations, and one of the region’s most well-known performing acts, the Skycoasters pre-taped a show at the former Water Street Music Hall in downtown Rochester earlier in June.

The Town of Penfield and Town of Irondequoit’s media departments joined together to film the performance, which WXXI graciously agreed to broadcast. The Town of Brighton, which traditionally hosts the band on July Fourth, helped facilitate the performance.

The concert will air on Saturday, July 4th at 6:00 PM on WXXI-TV Channel 21.3 and Cable 1276 - Rochester’s Public Broadcast Service member television stations. It will also be broadcast on the Town of Penfield’s streaming app, as well as the Town of Irondequoit’s Facebook page.

Penfield TV is also presenting Independence Day programming this weekend with highlights from past parades, festival entertainment, and fireworks. Tune in to Penfield TV this weekend on cable channels 1301 and 1303. 

A reminder about the use of fireworks this holiday week...law enforcement agencies are stepping up their response and investigations into reports of uses of fireworks as we head into the July 4th holiday. A special New York State Police task force is targeting fireworks purchases and use now through Sunday evening. Every year, illegal use of fireworks leads to about 10,000 injuries and 19,000 structure fires. Dry grasses and vegetation this year make fires even more likely. Please take care and choose to responsibly celebrate Independence Day.

If you’re up late Saturday night you can try to catch a penumbral lunar eclipse. This type of eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow. It’s a subtle effect but one you can see with your own eyes. It begins about 11:00 PM and lasts through 2:00 AM. Here’s a link to details: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/rochester

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




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