According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, with the warm weather comes an uptick in neighborhood crimes. Captain Andrew DeLyser of the MCSO Zone A Substation has asked me to remind residents to always lock vehicles, garages, and homes regardless of how safe you feel your neighborhood may be. Recent crimes include thefts from unlocked vehicles, stolen bikes, and stolen packages from delivery services. Unlocked cars are an easy target that set the stage for break-ins and other thefts. Don’t be a target! Please make it a habit to lock your homes, garages and cars—especially overnight—and don't leave valuables in sight. Track your delivery items and bring them inside as quickly as you can or ask a neighbor to get them for you. Remind your neighbors to do this too to keep your whole neighborhood safe. We can all be “neighborhood watchers”! If you see something that looks suspicious or not right, call 911 to report it. The MCSO would like to be called sooner rather than later to deal with inappropriate or illegal behavior.
Art brings us beauty, connections to nature and people, simple moments that evoke memories, and color that can soothe or energize our spirits. In the midst of a pandemic with all its stressors, we can all use a bit of that. Right here in Penfield, starting June 8, we are invited to enjoy the work of local artists at the Penfield Art Association’s Spring Show and Sale. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s exhibit will come to you online. If you have never visited the exhibit in person, this virtual gallery experience may be your first glimpse at the talent in our area. Visit the show and sale at www.penfieldartassociation.com (go to News page) and share the link with family and friends. The exhibit features 51 paintings by 28 area artists; 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.
Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with phased reopening plans. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.
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,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain