May 20, 2019
Supervisor's column May 20, 2019
Supervisor’s column May 20, 2019
This past Friday night was the 10th annual Strike Out Cancer (formerly known as Coaches vs. Cancer) baseball game between the Fairport and Penfield Baseball teams. Due to the unusually wet conditions the game was moved to the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. It was a great hard fought game that saw Fairport beating Penfield 1-0. However, the highlight of the game was when a check for $3,300 was presented to the American Cancer Society. In total, $3,800 was raised and donated by Penfield-Fairport families.
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. They are doing all of this so we can live longer—and better. There were many winners Friday night…both teams and their families, people from both communities who donated to this great cause, and the American Cancer Society. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.8 billion in cancer research to find more—and better—treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life. Thank you to all who participated, you are awesome!
Mark your calendars for the next scenic trek sponsored and guided by the Penfield Trails Committee on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Webster Arboretum. Explore this unique garden of natural beauty in a park-like setting dedicated to quiet reflection, beauty, and the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Meet at Kent Park, 1700 Schlegel Road in Webster and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. While all hikes are FREE, please register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.
The Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner. Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety or other crisis situations will be connected at the library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services.
Adventure Camp a week-long camp intended for adventurous participants ages 10 to 14 who enjoy being outdoors. Every day will include a different adventure with activities like hiking, rafting/paddling, biking, climbing, and other outdoor excursions. Every participant will receive an adventure camp itinerary one week prior to the start of adventure camp. Drop off/pick up will be at Harris Whalen Lodge. The dates and times are as follows: Reg # 313005-01, August 19-23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, fee $200.00; Reg # 313005-02, August 19-23, early drop-off 8:00AM to 9:00 AM, fee $30.00. For more information on this program and many more offered by the Penfield Recreation Department, please go to www.penfieldrec.org.
The new lineup for Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) is amazing! Programs are offered Monday through Friday on a variety of topics that include history, science, forensics, star trekking, food history, landscape architecture, art/painting, geology and much, much more. Please note that while most classes are FREE, registration is required. And remember…if you do not have a way to get to the programs, you can contact Bri-Pen Senior Rides. This service is for adults 65 and older who live or pay taxes in Penfield or Brighton. Bri-Pen also provides rides to medical appointments and religious services. Simply call 340-8674.
I just learned that Penfield Little League will hold its “opening day” ceremonies on Saturday, June 1 starting at 9:00 AM. As you may recall Mother Nature interfered with opening day on April 27 with wind, rain and a snow squall! We will be optimistic that it will be a wonderful sunny day with dry fields for the enjoyment of all the ball players and families watching the games.
Last reminder…our Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held next Monday, May 27 at 10:30 AM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans’ Memorial Park behind the town hall. If you, a member of your family, or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” ceremony to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you at this very special ceremony.
I close with a call-out for historical artifacts! Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and the local history room are continuously looking for new and different displays for those visiting this wonderful resource located within the Penfield Public Library. If you have materials that include photographs, tools, clothing, and like items please contact Kathy to see if your materials are candidates for a future display. The number of the Local History Room is 340-8740. Thank you in advance for helping to share some history of Penfield or this region with our residents and visitors to our community.
Until next week, enjoy the milder and somewhat drier weather!
May 15, 2019
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance
The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 27 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM.
“Honoring our fallen service personnel is always important,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We can never allow our heroes and their service to this country to be forgotten. Our debt to them can never be repaid, however we can honor them with our gratitude and patriotism.”
This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Director of Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency Nicholas Stefanovic, essays by middle school students, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band.
A highlight of the ceremony will be Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember active or fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans’ Memorial monument stone. Those who are interested in participating in this presentation should call 585-340-8651.
For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.
May 13, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 13, 2019
If by chance you have not seen or heard, the County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency for several waterways due to the high lake levels. Speed limit for all boat traffic is restricted to 5 MPH within 500 feet of the Lake Ontario shoreline in Monroe County, and in addition to the entirety of Irondequoit Bay, Braddock’s Bay and the Genesee River. The order effectively creates a “no wake zone” for these waterways to help minimize damage to shoreline properties and businesses from the high water levels along the lake. Penfield has a very small shoreline on the bay as compared to the towns of Irondequoit and Webster.
The current lake level is less than a foot from the 2017 high water level and the level will continue to rise over the next several weeks. The Monroe County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has coordinated sandbag delivery and filling operations in areas that have already begun to flood. Residents with requests, questions or concerns should contact their local town for a response and we will coordinate with the Monroe County OEM to fulfill those requests.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day”! One hundred twenty individuals came together Saturday morning and visited 21 properties to perform yard work and spring clean-up that included raking out flower beds, planting flowers, repairing lawn damage, spreading mulch and much more. This effort helped to carry on Terry’s legacy of friendship by continuing to help members of the community and to inspire others to do the same. A special shout out to the Rothfuss family for hosting all of the workers for light refreshments before beginning the clean-up and for Sabrina Renner from our Recreation Department who helped coordinate matching workers with neighbors who needed assistance. It was a beautiful day all around, the weather was perfect and the reward for everyone participating was priceless!
The Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance to be held on Monday May 27 at 10:30AM is fast approaching. If you, a member of your family or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email email@example.com. If honoring a specific person, when registering please provide the name of the person, military branch, rank, years served and if the person is living or deceased. The town will provide the roses at no cost to any participant. Thank you in advance and we look forward to sharing the day with you.
The 2020 budget process for the town is officially kicked-off and all department heads are working on their first draft for submission by early June. The Comptroller and myself will be meeting with all departments during the month of July and then with the Town Board. As we hit various milestones during the process, I will update our residents via this column and through supervisor messages at www.penfield.org.
Next week I will highlight the exciting line-up planned at the Penfield Amphitheater beginning on Friday June 7 with Music & Food Truck Rodeo featuring the Penfield School District Bands from 4:40 – 8:00PM. Windows up at 4:00PM with a wonderful variety of popular food trucks. The Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located behind the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.
Reminder for this Friday/Saturday…the DPW is hosting its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30AM to 5:00PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, and motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.
Until next week stay as dry as you can, hopefully the last several weeks are not an indication of the summer ahead, we will remain optimistic!
May 6, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 6, 2019
Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to grow and expand every year. The Penfield Recreation Department is excited to add to the DEAR schedule additional FUNdraising and special events. This Friday May 10 come enjoy a meal and a movie all at the same time. This special event will feature appetizers, dinner and dessert all in the theme of the film. This month’s film will be “The Man Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain”, a lighthearted British comedy based on actual events. To register please contact the Rec Department at 340-8655, the program begins at 5:00PM and the cost is $25.00.
Reminder…the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday May 18th from 8:00 – 10:00AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All May breakfast proceeds will benefit Refugees Helping Refugees, a non-profit organization that serves refugees of Western New York. RHR seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. This is the last Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser for the season - please join them again in September! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please log-on at www.fbpenfield.org.
Mark your calendars for Spring Drop-off… DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.
The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) will once again be sponsoring “Summer Food for Kids”. You can help by donating tuna, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned pasta, cheese/peanut butter crackers, applesauce, instant oatmeal packets and peanut butter & jelly in plastic jars. Please drop off your food donations in the chute at the back of the Food Shelf, located at 1618 Jackson Road, by June 1. For more information about this program and other needs of this wonderful organization, please log-on at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide PEFS.
Check out “Under the Tent” events at Baytowne Plaza, 1900 Empire Blvd. Beginning May 1 – October 30 there will be Penfield Farmers & Craft Market every Wednesday from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM; from May 15 – October 3 every Thursday will be Cruise Night from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM; beginning May 17 every 3rd Friday will feature Beats & Eats with live music and food trucks; beginning May 4th and running every other Saturday nights will be Outdoor Movie Nights with great family-oriented movies. This line-up of activities is focused to encourage family time within the Penfield Community. For more information and details about these events, please log-on at www.mybaytowne.com.
Important dates and events in history: May 8, 1792 – The United States Military Draft is established; May 8, 1794 – The United States Post Office is established; May 10, 1775 – American forces take the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York; and May 10, 1869 – the Transcontinental Railroad is completed at Promontory Point, Utah.
I close this week recognizing the life of Allan. D. Moore, father of Town Board member Andy Moore. Mr. Moore passed away on April 30, 2019. He was a graduate of John Marshall High School and Colgate University. He served in the United States Air Force and upon completion of his service he began a career in commercial and industrial real estate in Rochester, where he became owner of Moore & Bowles Commercial Real Estate and later Moore & Associates Real Estate. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield we send our condolences to the Moore family.
Until next be well and be safe!
April 30, 2019
Richard H. Vendel Memorial Rain Garden Dedication May 16
The Town of Penfield will dedicate its Public Works facility rain garden in memory of Richard H. “Dick” Vendel (1953–2017) on Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 PM at 1607 Jackson Road. The community is welcome to join the Vendel family and town officials at the dedication ceremony.
The newly named Richard H. Vendel Memorial Rain Garden was installed in 2007. It was designed by Zaretsky and Associates, Inc. with engineering by Mark Valentine, Town Engineer. Dick Vendel, a valued town employee for nearly 30 years, was the construction manager for the innovative stormwater management project and was involved in every aspect of site preparation and installation.
Rain gardens are planted areas designed to capture and manage excess rainwater run-off and melted snow. They are usually placed in low-lying areas located near an impervious surface (like a parking lot or driveway) or structure. They are designed to reproduce natural water retention and filtration.
Native plant materials are selected for their water tolerance and ability to naturally filter substances like salt and solvents in rainwater. Plants are typically those you would find in a wetland setting including grasses, shrubs and trees. Rain gardens can be as simple as a few well-chosen plants placed near a home’s downspout or an elaborate large-scale design for a public or commercial setting.
The town’s now mature one-third acre rain garden has an extensive underground drainage system that directs stormwater from a high point at one end to a low point at the opposite end. As stormwater travels, it passes through plantings that filter and improve water quality before it becomes groundwater at that site, which is adjacent to the Thousand Acre Swamp.
“We periodically look at water samples from this garden. I’m pleased to share that the rain garden is working as designed,” said Town engineer Mark Valentine. “Stormwater is usually brown and murky as it enters the garden, and it’s visibly clear as it exits.”
Supervisor Tony LaFountain adds, “Dick Vendel brought the rain garden to life. His love of nature and connection to this sustainability project were key to its success. People who know about and appreciate this garden think of Dick Vendel when they pass by. It is fitting that we honor his memory with this dedication.”
April 29, 2019
Supervisor's column April 29, 2019
Mother Nature was not kind to many of the scheduled activities over the weekend. Opening Day for Penfield Little League was canceled and will be scheduled at a later date. The electric car show at the community center continued as planned in the middle of a snow storm, all the participants were dressed for winter weather and the coffee/hot chocolate was plentiful to help keep their spirits warm. The children’s bike safety program was also pushed into the gym to make the experience a bit more fun for those participating.
In a sure sign of spring despite recent weather, DPW crews are out repairing lawn damage from winter plows. And now that the asphalt plants are open for the season, crews are also beginning to permanently patch potholes throughout the town. Each year we oil and stone approximately 18 miles of town roads. Streets receiving this treatment in 2019 will receive a letter from DPW explaining the process, scheduling, and a phone number to contact the department with any questions or concerns.
I recently attended the Penfield Fire Commission’s Annual inspection of the Penfield Fire Company. I had the opportunity to say a few words to the membership and to thank them for their service to our community. This volunteer group of men and women train for hundreds of hours during the course of the year to be prepared to respond to any emergency in Penfield. Their dedication to the profession is second to none. I would also like to recognize and thank the spouses, significant others, and family members of these volunteers who support them and share them with all of us on a daily basis. To the Fire Company membership, be well and be safe on every call you respond to in Penfield or while providing mutual aid support to adjacent communities. Again, thank you for your service.
The next scenic trek hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, May 11 at Harris Whalen Park. Hike through the woods to discover spring flowers, and also learn about the park history and geology. Meet at the upper pavilion and look for the hike signs. The program begins at 9:00 AM sharp and runs until 11:00 AM. No pets please, and wear appropriate footwear for occasional steep terrain and slippery conditions. While the hike is FREE, please pre-register by calling 340-8655 ext 0.
As the Bri-Pen Senior Rides continues to gain in popularity, so does the need for “hero drivers.” If you are interested in supporting this wonderful program, please call the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8674. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and are given FREE supplemental car insurance. This program supports Brighton and Penfield Seniors to get to appointments, religious services, or town recreation centers. Also, if you want to help but do not feel like driving, you can volunteer to dispatch for the program one day a week from your home by retrieving messages and making phone calls.
The fifth annual Terry Rothfuss “Good Neighbor Day” will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Terry was a farmer in East Penfield and a friend to everyone. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. Terrry’s passing left a huge hole, not only for his family but also the Penfield Community. We are looking for volunteers to do light yard work and spring cleanup for seniors, veterans, and those who are disabled. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family. The event will take place rain or shine. If you are able to help out for even a short time, please contact Sabrina Renner at 340-8651. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road. All you need to bring are simple gardening tools like rakes, shovels, hand pruners, and gardening gloves. Garbage bags and refreshments will be provided.
I close my column this week on a sad note. Late in January, Anne Freitas passed away. Anne was involved with our Recreation program for decades teaching fitness and wellness to our residents. She was ahead of her time in the wellness movement and helped set the tone for many of our current programs. Last week, Anne’s husband Richard F. “Dick” Freitas passed away. Dick was also involved in the town in many ways including the Recreation Department, Trails Committee, Master Plans, open space preservation, and much more. I enjoyed our regular meetings when Dick would bring in a hand drawn sketch, notes listing his thoughts and ideas, or an assignment for me to work on. He was always looking for ways to improve the parks and open space experience in Penfield.
This husband and wife team of more than 59 years had a common goal…to make Penfield the best community in the county. They have made a lasting mark in our town’s history and I thank their family for sharing their time, energy, and talent with all of us. To their children Marie, Rick, Dan—and their families—our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Anne and Dick, rest in peace!
Until next week…be well and be safe!
April 23, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee report received
The Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee members submitted their final report to the Penfield Town Board at its April 17 legislative meeting. The committee was formed in July 2018 following the town’s purchase of the former golf course. Since commencing its work about seven months ago, the committee has toured the property, shared information, solicited community input, discussed and vetted ideas. Now, as charged, the committee has reported back to the Penfield Town Board with its final recommendations on possible land uses and how each use might be supported, implemented, and funded.
The Town Board will review and discuss the report at a future work session, and will look to hold a public hearing in the fall to review the recommendations and allow residents to comment. The Town Board is also awaiting the Recreation Master Plan Update (public hearing May 15) and the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update due this fall. After the Town Board receives these plans it will work to align the recommendations for Shadow Pines in context of the goals set forth in all plans.
This means no final decisions will be made for Shadow Pines land use until all this plays out. In the meantime, the public may enjoy passive recreation activities at Shadow Pines.
On behalf of the Town Board, town staff, and Penfield residents, I thank the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee members for their earnest commitment to this process for the benefit of the Penfield community.
April 22, 2019
Supervisor's column April 22, 2019
There have been several reports from residents hiking at Shadow Pines of dirt bikes/motorcycles riding throughout the former back nine of the property. Motorcycles and four wheels are not permitted on any town property. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of this concern and those hiking the property are asked to call 911 to report with a description of bikes and individuals. We are concerned for the safety of hikers and we are also concerned about damage caused by a few misguided individuals. Anyone caught violating this restriction will be issued the appropriate tickets and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
At the last town board meeting, the board set a public hearing for May 15 to hear public comments on the final draft report of the Penfield Five-year Recreation & Parks Master Plan Update. This citizen driven plan is updated every five years to help establish a clear direction to guide staff, committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community’s parks and recreation programs. It provides information to help identify facilities and resources that are needed to meet the town’s short-term goals while providing a long-term foundation for future generations. Additionally, this master plan is a key reference document that will influence the Town of Penfield’s broader 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. The plan is available at the Recreation Department, Penfield Public Library, town hall, and will soon be online for your review. We welcome any and all comments at the public hearing.
Last week, the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee submitted its “final report” to the town board. This twelve-member committee worked for more than seven months to prepare this document. They held a public information meeting, brought in different groups and organizations to discuss needs and interests, and reviewed hundreds of written comments via email from our residents. I would like to recognize and thank those residents for making the commitment to prepare this plan. Over the next several months the town board will review the plan and look to hold a public hearing in the early fall. This report will also be a key reference document that will influence the Town of Penfield’s broader 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update.
Final construction of the solar project adjacent to the DPW Facility on Jackson Road has been completed and accepted for permission to operate by RG&E. The goal of this facility is to generate approximately 75% of the total electric used for the town hall, DPW, and community center facilities. We are working to set up information on the town’s website to share updates on generation as compared to usage for residents to view. Stay tuned.
The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2018-2019 season will be held on Monday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. This concert entitled “Winners and Pictures” is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC and will feature the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition winner. For more information on this concert and the PSO, please go to www.penfieldsymphony.org or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/penfieldsymphonyorchestra/.
A reminder of several events coming up in Penfield this weekend: First, the Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 27, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. All enthusiasts are invited to participate and register for the event at https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1712. Next, also on April 27, is the annual opening day of Penfield Little League that begins at 9:00 AM with the traditional parade followed by an opening welcome, comments, and the familiar call of “play ball!” I hope to see you at these community events.
Until next week, enjoy the start of the spring weather!
April 16, 2019
Electric Vehicle Car Show April 27
The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 27, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. All enthusiasts are invited to participate and register for the event at https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1712 .
Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display, and members will be on-hand to answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a variety of electric cars provided by the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. The show is expected to include a the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and a strong showing from the local Tesla club. “This year’s electric car show is one of hundreds taking place nationwide on National Drive Electric Earth Day,” said Bob Kanauer, show organizer. “Each year the number of cars and visitors increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This is a great opportunity to see and learn more about plug-in electric vehicles.”
This is the eighth year the town is hosting the electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park.
Supervisor Tony LaFountain said, “This annual car show has become a wonderful tradition in Penfield. We are happy to help educate residents on the benefits of the growing electric vehicle industry and showcase the newest models along with cars owned by innovative enthusiasts.”
Event organizers include the Town of Penfield Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC), The New York State Electric Automobile Association (NYSEAA), and Greater Rochester Clean Cities (GRCC).
Direct questions regarding the event to show organizer Bob Kanauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.377.2783.
April 16, 2019
Supervisor's column April 16, 2019
The New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a construction contract on a $4 million project to rehabilitate Empire Boulevard (also known as State Routes 941B and 404) between Helendale Road in the town of Irondequoit and Gravel Road in the town of Webster. The project, which includes the resurfacing of the road and the addition of new turning lanes and pedestrian accommodations, will improve driving conditions along this busy thoroughfare that stretches through the town of Penfield and serves a busy commercial corridor in our community.
In addition to resurfacing the road, the project will add pavement markings and turning lanes at key locations to improve traffic flow and enhance safety. These include a center, two-way left turn lane between Plank Road and the Bay/Creek Street intersection and a new left turn lane for westbound traffic turning onto Plank Road. Construction will soon be underway and is expected to last through the fall. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department. The group is in its 53rd season of providing an entertaining, welcoming, and intimate theater experience for its ensemble and audience members. They are currently getting ready for the spring melodrama entitled Peril on the High Seas, or Let's Get Together and Do Launch by Billy St. John.
All aboard the H.M.S. Majestic for a riotous adventure in this full length melodrama set in the Roaring Twenties! Little does our heroine, the heiress Merry Ann Sweet, know that she is the intended victim of the villainous Snively Swine's kidnapping plot. With his partner, the slinky and exotic Aracnia Webb, Swine disguises himself as Sir Reginald Rottentot, a British nobleman, in order to gain the confidence of Merry and her flapper friends, Mitzi, Ritzy, and Ditzy. But Merry falls for the handsome waiter, Cary de Mille. Poor Cary - he loves Merry, too, but ship's policy says he can't get involved with a passenger. Must these two ships pass in the night? Not if Merry's flapper friends can help it! Together, they transform Merry from a shy young lady into a red-hot jazz baby. Meanwhile, Swine launches his kidnap scheme. It's sink or swim for Cary. Can he save Merry and stay out of Aracnia's clutches? It's up to the passengers - movie star Mary Pickaxe, gossip columnist Hedda Hoper, detective Willy Ketchum and more - to help Cary put the damper on Swine.
Performances will be held at 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday April 26, 27 and May 3,4,10, 11. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM on May 5. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Road) and tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldrec.org. You may sign in or if you do not have a login, click "Browse Tickets," select a performance, and then follow the prompts. Tickets will be held at the door (will call) of the Penfield Community Center. Ticket pre-sales online for $12.00 will stop at 4:00 PM on Friday for that weekend's show. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. You may also purchase tickets by phone at 340-8655 between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Mark your calendars for the opening day of Penfield Little League, scheduled for Saturday, April 27 starting at 9:00 AM. This annual event attracts several thousand baseball and softball players and their families and, in my mind, truly represents the arrival of spring. While I will remain optimistic, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 if the weather on the 27th is wet, I hope to see you there…play ball!
The Penfield Recreation Department will be holding a Bike Safe Workshop for kids on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This workshop is for children ages 8 to 14. This workshop is a great way to get ready for National Bike Month, which begins May 1. Biking is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful Penfield community, save money on gas, and reduce pollution. In this three-hour course kids will learn important bike safety skills through on- and off-bike lessons, including bike basics, proper helmet usage, pre-biking safety checks, rules of riding, rules of the road, hand signals, and more. Fun games will be included to help with skill mastery.
The fee for this program is $15.00 per student and the program is open to residents and non-residents of Penfield. Participants must register through Penfield Recreation at webtrac.penfield.org, or at the Penfield Recreation office at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For questions or more information, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.
Until next week, please be well and be safe!
April 8, 2019
Supervisor’s column April 8, 2019: Guest columnist Jim Costello, Director of Development Services
It is my pleasure to give you my annual update of construction activity and new business development taking place within the town. The most talked about topic this season is the status of the Clark House and the former Shadow Pines golf course. The Shadow Pines Land Use Committee has been working feverishly since last September to prepare and finalize its land use recommendations to the Town Board. The Committee is expected to complete its report to the board on April 9th. The report will be available to the public on the town’s website shortly thereafter. The town has also prepared a Request for Proposals (RFP) for prospective entrepreneurs who may be interested in leasing the Clark House. The RFP was made available on the town’s website (www.penfield.org) on March 7th along with an extensive video tour of the facility. Anyone interested in leasing the Clark House is encouraged to contact Anna Knapton at 340-8630 for more information and to schedule a tour of the building.
Many other projects are in various stages of development or are in review and approval phases with the Town Board and Planning Board. In the Four Corners area, Dr. Merkley is in the process of completing his new 5,000 square foot dental office at 2099 Five Mile Line Road. He will be relocating from 2084 Five Mile Line Road and we are happy to see him remain in the Four Corners. Speaking of dental offices, Dr. You Jia is finalizing work on her new 2,000 square foot dental office at 2100 Penfield Road and we wish her the best as well.
The Town Board approved the development of the Laurelton Animal Hospital at 1467 Empire Blvd. Dr. Ken Boehm is relocating his business from Irondequoit to Penfield. Construction on his new 6,000 square foot animal hospital will start in the next month or two. We welcome Ken to Penfield.
Penfield Veterinary Hospital at 1672 Penfield Road is in the process of constructing a 1,400 square foot addition to its facility. The addition will provide additional work area for staff. Between our new dental offices and veterinary improvements, Penfield residents and their pets should have the healthiest teeth in Monroe County!
Both the Ellison Height 180 unit apartment project at 1200 Penfield Road and the Waters’ Edge 339 unit apartment project on Empire Blvd. adjacent to Murphy’s Law have been completed and are occupied.
The Oak and Apple Cidery, located at 1600 Dublin Road, was constructed last year and opened last August. Owners Christian and Christina Krapf, to their amazement, had a very successful first season, selling out all of their various hard and sweet ciders. We look forward to their continued success.
Wickham Farms has received all of its approvals and is relocating its agri-business operation from 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road to 1315 Sweets Corners Road. Wickham’s agri-business continues to include his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, corn mazes, apple picking, agricultural educational events and birthday parties on the south side of Sweets Corners Road, at the intersection of Dublin Road; and yes, the giant bouncy pillow will be relocated as well.
Wickham Farms has sold its property located immediately to the north of the Eastside Y, at 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, also located in the Mixed Use zoning district, to Home Leasing and Episcopal Senior Communities. The two have partnered and have received approval from the Planning Board to construct 183 apartment units consisting of 113 independent units, 40 assisted living units and 30 memory care units as well as 7,800 square feet of commercial area. Construction is anticipated to start by the end of this year. This project was the first residential application to be approved by the town in the recently created Mixed Use zoning district.
The Planning Board has received an application for the development of an office park for 350,000 square feet of gross building space on 55+/- acres, on the west side of Panorama Trail, south of Panorama Creek Drive. In 2018, the Town Board issued a grading permit to allow the construction of an access road to allow the developers, John Summers and Rich LeFrois, the ability to market the site to interested parties. They are currently before the Planning Board to address any environmental issues relating to the project. Portions of the property include the former Camp Haccamo site and residual lands formerly owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific and the DelMonte Corp.
Penfield saw several popular businesses close in recent months. Most notably Party City, Payless Shoes, and Famous Footwear at Panorama Plaza, Bruegger’s Bagels at PenFair Plaza, Arby’s on Creek Street, Grossman’s Nursery on Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Lindburger’s Restaurant at Wegman’s Plaza on Penfield Road, Itacate Mexican Restaurant on Penfield Road, ABVI Goodwill Fashions on Bay Road, and Napa Valley Pizza at Baytowne Plaza.
The good news is that there are several new businesses that have opened or are about to open such as Secret Ingredients Cupcakes at 1991 Empire Blvd., Verizon Wireless at 1930 Empire Blvd., Ferrari’s Pizza and Shoe Dept. at Baytowne Plaza, Spiedie Restaurant at 1998 Empire Blvd., Cam’s Pizzeria at 2487 Browncroft Blvd., Board and Brush at 900 Panorama Trail South, and Planet Fitness at Panorama Plaza. Also, Quicklee’s is in the process of purchasing the former Penfield Service Center at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, the former Schoenhardt Mobil at the intersection of Penfield Road and Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, and the former Hess station at Panorama Plaza. Upgrades are proposed for all three sites. The Four Corners has recently welcomed several new businesses as well. Among them are Joey Gatt’s Food and Cocktails, Aspenleiter Vacuum and Sewing Machine Sales & Service, Gurcan Tailors, the relocation of Panorama Oral Surgery, Radiant Sun Acupuncture, and Whitman Art Works.
There are several residential projects under construction. Most notably, Abbington Place, located on the west side of Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, is starting its sixth, and final phase of construction this summer. This 14 lot phase will complete the 102 single family patio home project constructed by Crosstown Construction. Redstone Builders has requested approval to construct the final phase of the Crown Pointe subdivision, consisting of 7 lots located on the south side of Plank Road, east of Shoecraft Road. This will complete the 88 lot subdivision. Construction is expected to start this summer. Redstone Builders is also currently before the Planning Board requesting approval of a 13 lot subdivision at 1725 Scribner Road. Mascot Homes has received approval to construct a 16 lot subdivision, known as Capstone, on the east side of Creek Street, north of Bunker Hill Drive. The developer has completed the roadway, drainage system, and construction of new homes is underway.
Ryan Homes has met with the Planning Board to discuss the conceptual development of a 75 lot subdivision on the southeast corner of Plank and Jackson Roads. The Planning Board is preparing a response to the developers as of the date of this article.
Finally, Heritage Christian Services has acquired the former Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1280 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. The site has been vacant for some time and they intend to use the building for day habilitation programs for their clients and are currently before the Zoning Board of Appeals seeking approval for the use.
I hope this helps to inform you to what is happening in the areas of new construction (both proposed and underway) and business development in Penfield. Please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding any of the projects discussed in this article.
April 3, 2019
Solar array at DPW now online
The Town of Penfield has completed installation of a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic array at its DPW complex at 1607 Jackson Road. The solar array was tested and commissioned by RG&E on March 29; it is now online and delivering renewable power to the grid.
The solar array consists of 3,648 solar modules (each 345 watts) driving 38 inverters. The system is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually. Solar panels are attached to pile driven racks and the entire array is fenced in.
The energy produced by this array is directly connected to RG&E’s utility grid and is expected to offset approximately 75 percent of the Town of Penfield’s overall electrical usage at its main facilities (town hall, community center, DPW). This production is the equivalent of powering 120 households for one year.
“The Town of Penfield has a goal of achieving long-term energy cost reductions and price predictability using clean, sustainable energy for the benefit of the environment and Penfield taxpayers,” said supervisor Tony LaFountain. “The town board, Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC), and staff began working with Larsen Engineering in 2013 to explore, then pursue, this solar project.”
Since then, the town has been working with Larsen Engineering to design, fund, and implement a ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the DPW complex. Larsen engineers studied the town’s historical electric billing records and property assets to identify optimal locations for developing a solar project. Technical and economic criteria were considered for site evaluation, and ultimately Larsen proposed a solar array at the Jackson Road DPW.
The project is being funded through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun solar PV incentive program for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems.
Like many municipal solar installations, the solar array is being financed through a solar power purchase agreement (PPA)—an agreement in which a developer arranges for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar energy system on a customer’s property at little to no cost to taxpayers.
The system is entirely designed, engineered, installed, and funded by developer. The developer sells the power generated to the host customer at a fixed rate that is lower than the local utility’s retail rate.
The customer and developer both benefit from the PPA. The customer benefits short- and long-term from lower, predictable electricity compared to electricity purchase directly from the grid. The developer benefits from income received from the sale of electricity and any tax credits or incentives generated from the system.
PPAs typically range from 10 to 25 years. Throughout the contract period, the developer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system. At the end of the PPA contract, the customer may opt to extend the PPA, buy the system from the developer and receive the direct benefit of the low-cost electricity, or have the developer remove the system.
In this case, the customer is the Town of Penfield, the site is the DPW complex at 1607 Jackson Road, the designer is Larsen Engineering, and the developer/provider is Tesla.
Supervisor LaFountain adds, “I have been asked why we chose solar, and how this system can possibly work in our cloudy, snowy climate. We chose this path because sunlight is a renewable energy resource. Solar electric systems convert energy from the sun into electricity even on cloudy days. Compared to electricity generated by fossil fuels, electricity generated by solar arrays are sustainable and create no noise, air, or water pollution. Importantly, solar-sourced electricity and the ability to lock in electricity costs over a period of time through a PPA will reduce energy costs and save taxpayer dollars.”
To date, the town has successfully implemented three other solar projects. The first is a small self-sufficient sewer pump station that went online in 2012. Next, a solar powered crosswalk signal was installed at on Scribner Road at Scribner Road elementary school in 2013. That was followed in March, 2014 with a solar panel array installation on the roof of the Harris Whalen Lodge that provides nearly half of that facility’s annual electric needs. This installation has the ability to expand in the future.
The Town of Penfield will continuously look for more ways to reduce energy use through energy efficient lighting (including LED streetlight replacements), HVAC upgrades, improved insulation, window replacements, electric vehicle charging stations, and other sustainable practices.
April 1, 2019
Supervisor's guest column from Chris Bilow, Recreation Director, April 1, 2019
It is a pleasure and privilege to guest write for the supervisor’s column on behalf of the Recreation Department.
The summer period is a busy time for all and the Recreation Department is no different! We have many programs and events planned for this summer, so be sure to check out the summer brochure which will be available in early April. Look for several NEW formats to a number of the regular seasonal events and programs.
To begin, the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage the concert series format has changed. All performances will be on Tuesday nights (except the Food Truck Rodeo and Tastin’ the Blues). The season opens Tuesday, June 11 and extends all the way through the summer with the final concert on August 27. This expanded season now provides 13 concerts plus two special events; the Food Truck Rodeo on June 7 will kick off the season and Tastin’ the Blues on September 14 will again be our finale.
We are also making some changes to our Summer Camp session format to give busy families more flexibility. We are offering NEW one-week sessions to better match family schedules, and our Scribner Road Elementary School camp will join the Penfield Community Center as a second location offering “before” and “after” programs to accommodate the need for early drop off and late pick up.
I am excited to share that we are launching a NEW program for our youngest campers with Pee Wee Summer Day Camp at Scribner Road Elementary School. This program is for children ages 3 to 6 who might not be ready for regular Summer Day Camp. Campers will enjoy a wide range of age-appropriate activities and experiences. Pen-Rec Pee Wee participants can registered to attend morning, afternoon, or full day.
In March, the Recreation & Parks Five Year Master Plan Update committee finalized its draft of the update. A public hearing on the draft is scheduled for May 15 at the Town Hall beginning at 7:00 PM. The committee solicited opinions and ideas on recreation needs through a community survey, community input session, electronic input submissions, and general feedback. We also gathered information from a variety of community stakeholders as they relate to the recreation field.
I would like to thank the committee volunteers who worked diligently to collect and review community input; we could not have developed a Master Plan Update without your commitment.
I feel that this plan will serve the town well for the next five years as it clearly has identified several recommendations to work towards to provide recreational opportunities for all in the Penfield community.
Be on the lookout for a NEW logo from Penfield Recreation. This new logo will be highlighted in everything we do as a department. Our focus was to create a logo that depicts Penfield Recreation and the wellness theme that drives our programs. I anticipate the logo to be revealed by the summer season.
Please mark your calendars with these key spring and summer program dates:
• Good Neighbor Day: May 11
• Memorial Day: May 27
• Summer concert series begins: June 7 (Food Truck Rodeo)
• Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: June 29
As always, the “Passport to Play” and “Hit the Trail Passport” are available year-round at Penfield Recreation
For details on any of the above special events or programs please contact us at www.penfieldrec.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 340-8655.
We look forward to seeing you at an event this summer! I am always available to discuss any questions or comments you may have that relate to the Recreation Department and our many programs and events.
Penfield Recreation Director
March 25, 2019
Supervisor's column March 25, 2019
Last week, I had the honor of attending the 52nd Annual Awards Banquet of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA). This 100-member organization responds to more than 4,000 calls annually and logs 55,000+ volunteer hours of service to provide high level emergency response to Penfield and surrounding communities for mutual aid support.
Many members were celebrated at the banquet; I would like to highlight a few special awards. Hugh Franklin received the 2018 PVEA Outstanding Service Award; Evan Fendt received PVEA Employee of the Year Award; Richard Sperduto was recognized for logging more than 979 volunteer hours in 2018; and Anne Krutell completed 35 years as a valued member of the organization.
We are so fortunate to have this amazing organization supporting and serving Penfield and our residents. On behalf of the entire community, I want to recognize everyone who is part of PVEA. Thank you for your service, you make a difference each and every day!
I recently reviewed the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) 2018 Annual Report and want to share some of the wonderful things they do to support Penfield residents in need. Last year, they distributed 35,100 pounds of fresh produce, provided 485 holiday “dinners with fixings” to families, served 98 families each week, and supported 103 children with additional summer food. PEFS could not do the work they do without a group of about 70 motivated volunteers. Their annual operating budget is $35,000. PEFS relies on private donations from local businesses and individuals to purchase foods including fresh meat, produce, eggs, cheese, and milk. Their local retail partners include Penfield Aldi’s, Penfield Wegmans, Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster Target, Wickham Farms, and the Penfield Walmart.
If you would like to learn more about PEFS and the work they do for our Penfield Community, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org, check them out on facebook.com/penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf, or contact them at 234-0799. Thank you in advance for any financial or food donations you are able to provide in support their mission “to alleviate food insecurity in the Penfield community by providing nutritious food to those in need in a compassionate, respectful and non-judgmental manner.”
Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, April 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8629 to sign up in advance; however, registration is not required.
The Penfield Public Library is offering a number of children’s programs during spring break week (April 15-19). Please visit https://penfield.libraryweb.org/ for a complete listing of these programs and others offered by Penfield Public Library.
The next scenic trek hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Channing H. Philbrick Park. Come celebrate Daniel Penfield’s selection of “The Hollow” as the best mill site in all 97,000 square miles of the Genesee lands in 1795. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bride and look for the hike signs.
Even though the weather has not yet been ideal for yard work, my office has received several calls asking about the availability of mulch. As in past years, we have placed mulch in the parking lot west of the town hall for Penfield residents to pick up. We will keep this pile stocked now through early summer…help yourself! The mulch pile gets many visitors when warm weather sets in, please supervise children and pets at all times.
Important dates and events in history: March 25 – Celebration of National Medal of Honor Day; March 29, 1973 – the last of American forces leave Vietnam; March 30, 1867 – the United States purchases the Alaska Territory from Russia for 7.2 million dollars; and on March 30, 1870 – the 15th Amendment is added to the Constitution. The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Until next week enjoy the start of some nicer weather, it is just around the corner!
March 22, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield April 4 (updated)
Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, April 4, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.
“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof. “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.”
Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."
Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.
The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.
For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/health-vitalrecords.php. Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance. Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .
Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.
Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.