Shadow Pines update…Who is eligible to vote in the Public Referendum on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road for bonding to finance the purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club?
In order to vote, residents must meet the following criteria:
• You must be a US citizen
• You must have lived in Penfield at least 30 days immediately prior to February 27, 2018
• You must be at least 18 years old as of February 27, 2018
• You must be a registered voter
Please note, if you are not a registered voter, you have an opportunity to register on February 14, 2018 from 12 noon to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Official election inspectors will be on hand to register new voters.
Further, if you cannot attend the February 14, 2018 voter registration event at the Town Hall, you may still register to vote for this Special Election with the Monroe County Board of Elections. Applications must be received (in person or by mail) by February 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM. (Reminder, the Board of Elections and US Post Office are closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day.)
I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. I will provide updates to Shadow Pines each week in this column as the lead story, as well as regular “Message from the Supervisor” postings on www.penfield.org.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a joint Penfield/Webster/Brighton Chambers of Commerce presentation by Monroe County’s Chief Economic Development Officer and Executive Director of Imagine Monroe, Jeff Adair, to learn more about the various economic development programs that have been revamped and added to recruit, train and help retain employees for businesses across Monroe County. Many business owners across the three communities came together for the presentation to learn what’s new to help support small businesses. Healthy businesses make for healthy communities!
The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) – “Celebrating 20 Years” has come up with 20 ways supporters can help them over the next few weeks. Here are a few highlights: drop off non-perishable food in the chute at the rear of the food shelf (1618 Jackson Road) seven days a week; donate through U.S. mail or use the PayPal button on their website; honor someone by making a gift to the food shelf in their name; or drop off empty returnable bottles and cans at Barisco Redemption Center, 1694 Penfield Road, and mention PEFS. Thank you in advance for supporting this wonderful resource in our community…it makes a difference to so many lives.
The next Nels Carman Big Band Night is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 6 at the Community Center from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Come enjoy the Penfield Rotary Band as they play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. The fee is just $1.00 and is paid at the door.
Important dates and events in history: January 30, 1964 – The 24th Amendment is added to the Constitution. The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America abolished the poll tax for all federal elections. A poll tax was a tax of anywhere from one to a few dollars paid annually by each voter in order to be able to cast a vote; February 1, 1992 – The United States and Russia sign a treaty officially ending the Cold War; February 2, 1943 – 200,000 German soldiers surrender at Stalingrad.
Until next week be well and be safe!