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August 14, 2017
Supervisor's column August 14, 2017

In recent weeks some residents have asked me if there is any news to share regarding Dolomite/Oldcastle’s sale of Shadow Pines Golf Course. Many have also expressed their opinions on what they think the town should—or should not—do regarding the future of use of that property. The quick answer is that, as of right now, there is no news to share. 

As you may recall the town board extended the golf course moratorium through March 2018 to allow more time for discussion between the property owner Dolomite/Oldcastle and the town. While this process has been active and ongoing it has also been slow and methodical. The town board and town staff have done their work to evaluate Dolomite/Oldcastle’s announced sale of the property. The Moratorium Committee has done its work and made its recommendations to the town board regarding the best future use of that property, including their recommendation that the town purchase Shadow Pines. For the past five to six months the town has been exploring the possible purchase of the property with Dolomite/Oldcastle. Discussions have included pricing, environmental considerations, uses, and the like. Should this move forward, there would still be many legal steps along the way including a public referendum for residents to weigh in on funding to make the purchase.  

As of now, Dolomite/Oldcastle is considering the most current volley from the town and we await their comments and feedback. You can see this has been a lengthy and complicated process. I have attempted to share a high level snapshot of where we are. 

As we have done throughout the process, when we have news to share we will update the Moratorium Committee directly and also post that information on the project page at www.penfield.org

The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Blood donors are needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients locally and across the country. This is a time of emergency need due to summer vacations when many are traveling and not able to donate. We ask all eligible donors to give blood at this upcoming local event to help offset a critical blood shortage that could leave patients without potentially lifesaving support.

To schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact 1-800-Red Cross, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword “penfieldcommunitycenter.” Thank you in advance for providing the gift of life!

Planet Fitness recently held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newest facility located in Panorama Plaza (formerly the home of Panera Bread and the Dollar Store, and for those of us who remember, the Panorama Movie Theater). Also on hand was NASCAR driver and Dayton 500 Champion Joey Logano, who signed autographs for more than two hours for eager fans, many of whom braved a rainy downpour to catch a glimpse of this star. Planet Fitness is another wonderful wellness facility in Penfield helping to grow our town as a wellness community for all ages.

If you think you recently saw many truckloads of dinosaurs—including a T-Rex—at Rothfuss Park you were not dreaming! Last week several more components of Jack’s Place, the new dinosaur-themed playground sponsored by The JACK Foundation in memory of Jack Heiligman, were delivered to their new home. Please check in at www.jack-foundation.org for the upcoming grand opening and dedication schedule. This one-of-a kind playground will draw interest from all of our youngest residents!

The 2018 budget process is well under way, with the Tentative Budget due to be presented to the town board by our town comptroller and myself at the September 6 town board meeting. As has been the case in past years, we are seeing an increase in medical coverage costs. For 2018, costs are projected to be up by approximately 10.5 percent. Workers Comp insurance will remain relatively flat due to going out for bid and selecting a new carrier, while other general insurances are slightly up. 

Several pieces of heavy equipment are being proposed for replacement in 2018. To give you a sense of the cost of some of this equipment, a new fully-equipped snow plow costs about a quarter of a million dollars! I will provide a weekly update on how the budget process is going from now through budget adoption on October 18. 

This past Saturday I had the honor of being part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program entitled “BossLift.” ESGR is the link between members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers. With almost half of our nation’s military strength residing in the National Guard and Reserve, the Department of Defense developed this program to assist the Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to provide information, resources and assistance to resolve issues.

The program began bright and early with an aerial excursion provided by the US Army 642nd Aviation Support Battalion located off Scottsville Road. Briefings were provided by an active Lt. Colonel and a retired Major General about the ESGR program and the employer resource guide. It ended with a sumptuous lunch of MREs—that’s Meal, Ready-to-Eat—an experience all its own! 

Rochester and Monroe County are fortunate to have so many members of the Guard and Reserve in the workforce. Why do they make good employees? Because they have a global perspective; are on-time, all the time; first class image; calm under pressure; can-do attitude; physical conditioning; and they understand diversity, responsibility, professionalism, and leadership. To all the men and women of the Guard and Reserve, thank you for your service, be well and be safe!

Until next week enjoy the summer, we are starting to see the fall approaching.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org         


August 7, 2017
Supervisor's column August 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for a new and exciting program to be held on Sunday, August 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Public Library. They will be hosting a “How-To Festival” where attendees can learn 20 things in just three hours. Among the topics to be covered are finding missing money, tracing a family tree, making wine at home, arranging flowers, decorating cupcakes, and much more. The Wegmans Zoo-mobile will be on-hand, and a monster truck will be on display. Cyndi Corrigan from The Art Stop will demonstrate painting tiles with alcohol inks, and Jody B’s Studio of Dance will have everyone moving to the beat. This event is family-friendly; all activities are free and no registration is required.

ATTENTION…many residents and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) have reported that a number of vehicles in Penfield and surrounding communities have been entered by individuals looking for valuables like loose change, phones, laptops, purses, and wallets. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles were easy targets because they were left unlocked. The MCSD encourages us to keep our vehicles locked—even in our own driveways. Never leave valuables exposed even if it your car is locked. Also, when heading into a fitness center, do not exit your car then place wallets and purses in the trunk. You never know who is watching for an opportunity to help themselves to your possessions. There have been many incidents of thieves breaking into trunks after watching people hide their valuables away before going in to work out! Lock valuables away out of sight before you leave home. 

As a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors, I can assure you that our organization is always looking for ways to help law enforcement solve crimes across our region and, at times, across the country. This past Saturday the 4th Annual Nick K 5K was held to support the Nicholas Kapusniak Memorial Scholarship Fund and Crime Stoppers.

Nick Kapusniak was a 20 year old student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was killed on March 1, 2014 in a senseless act of violence as a drive-by shooter randomly fired gunshots into a crowd of pharmacy students. Nick grew up in Webster and is greatly missed by his family and his many, many friends all across the country. For more information on Nick, please go to www.KappysKampaign.org. I also encourage you to learn more about Crime Stoppers and the work they do to help keep our community safe at www.roccrimestoppers.org

If you have not been by Rothfuss Park lately you will be amazed at the progress of Jack’s Place Playground. The BEAR playground equipment has been placed and the other pieces are due to arrive this week. Installations are scheduled over the next several weeks to complete the project. Stay current with the construction process and the planned ribbon cutting by visiting www.jack-foundation.org and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

At this time of year many organizations apply for selling permits through the Town Clerk’s Office to allow them to go door-to-door throughout Penfield. All applicants go through a background check and those who are approved are credentialed. If someone comes to your door to sell anything or provide information about their services please ask to see their permit. If they do not have a permit, please contact our Town Clerk’s Office at 340-8629 or call 911. 

For a listing of all approved permits and authorized dates please go to www.penfield.org, click on departments on the left side, then on Town Clerk. On the Town Clerk’s page click on “selling permits” on the right side.

One last shout-out for the Penfield Trails Committee’s Ellison Park guided tour this coming Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Meet at the south entrance, 1008 Penfield Road, and look for the hike signs.

Important dates and events in history: August 8, 1786 – The Continental Congress adopts the “dollar” and decimal coinage; August 9, 1945 – The United States drops the 2nd atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; August 14, 1945 – Japan surrenders “unofficially” ending World War II. 

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


July 31, 2017
Supervisor's column July 31, 2017

Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) has added a new summer program featuring Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This class will run three consecutive Thursdays at 11:00 AM beginning August 10 (August 17 and 24). DEAR instructor John Schmeelk will present an examination of the creation of the original document and its impact around the world more than 150 years later. Interesting and surprising revelations will be presented in this series. The three classes will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. While the program is free, registration is required. You may register at www.penfieldrec.org or stop by the Recreation Office to register in person.

Two weeks ago the Shepherd Home held its annual golf tournament; this is one of many ways supporters raise money to help fund this wonderful home that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a residential setting. 

While at the tournament I had the opportunity to meet a very energetic and outgoing Nathan Kendrick who will be going into the eighth grade at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton. Nathan was asked to join the Merton Williams Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society; as part of earning this honor, he is required to show his volunteer time in the community and leadership roles. Nathan was excited to volunteer at the Shepherd Home tournament by running the “marshmallow drive.” He has also led the drive to have a leadership role in the honor society. Remember the name Nathan Kendrick, this young man has a great future ahead and will do great things in the rest of his educational career and will leave a positive impact on his professional career...good luck and keep up the great work!

This is the last week of the 2017 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. This week’s Tuesdays Upstage features “Stay the Plow,” original Americana, country and roots music; and Thursdays Kids’ Fest will close out with Mike Kornrich, a gifted performer and favorite at our music series for many years.  

Mark your calendars for the always popular “Tastin’ the Blues” on Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4:00 PM. This is the last event at the amphitheater before we take it down and put it away for the winter. Music will once again be provided by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with Joe Beard. Genesee Brew House will be providing a lineup of locally brewed craft beer for sampling. Do you have a winning chili recipe? If so, consider entering the chili cook-off competition. I have participated for the last eight years and have had a great time. I have met some wonderful people who may not always be willing to share their recipe--but are willing to tell you what special ingredient you are missing in yours! A lot of fun is on tap with great music, craft beer, and plenty of great chili samples and other food. 

The town board has received many emails and resumes from interested residents who want to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. Thank you to all who have expressed their desire to volunteer. We are looking for residents with varied backgrounds and experiences from all parts of town who are willing to commit their valuable time from September 2017 to June 2019 to help define the community’s vision for growth, provide guidelines for development, and establish goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years that will serve as the legal foundation for all land use decisions.  

If you have an interest in serving on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update committee please send an email to supervisor@penfield.org stating your interest and attach a resume demonstrating your background. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in serving on this important committee.

I am reminded by our employee wellness team the August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people to make sure they are up to date on recommended vaccines. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information go to http://www.nphic.org/niam.

Until next week, enjoy the summer weather. Be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


July 24, 2017
Supervisor's column July 24, 2017

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library is hosting a series of films featuring strong women this summer. The last film of the series (which cannot be named due to a licensing agreement) will be shown on Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:15 PM. 

This film is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (up until the current leader Theresa May). One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and stars Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. (The Weinstein Company, 2012, 105 minutes, rated PG-13.) Registration begins Thursday, July 27.

The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Ellison Park. Discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. Meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for the hike signs. Consider picking up your “Passport to Wellness” to take along on your hikes. Passports are available at Penfield Recreation or either Penfield Wegmans stores (Rt. 441 or Empire Blvd.) To view trail maps on our website go to www.penfieldrec.org.

This week’s concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage presents the following: Tuesdays Upstage on July 25 features Noble Vibes, with original reggae anthems and reggae classics (a wine tent will be available at this performance); on Thursday, July 27, Mr. Loops will entertain our youngest residents and their families; and on Saturday, July 29, enjoy a night with the Beatles when Mr. Mustard takes the stage. Music starts at 7:00 PM each night and great food is available.

The last free horticultural class at Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, is Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 AM. The subject is “3Cs of Containers” color, contrast, and container choice. Register at info@broccologroup.com or 424-4476.

Do you know about PenRec’s Wednesday Tea Salon? Every Wednesday at 1:00 PM seniors enjoy hot tea, dessert, stimulating conversation, and a great escape from a busy day. Tea is always served in china and the desserts are always delectable. The first Wednesday of the month is a book review with Kim Catalanello from Penfield Library; the second Wednesday features “Tea with D” and Rochester history stories; and the third Wednesday of each month is a book discussion with Sharon Vito. Books are provided for book discussions on a first come, first served basis and are available at Wednesday Teas. The fourth Wednesday features a general social gathering for all to enjoy! Please note that registration is not required except on the second Wednesdays “Tea with D.”

The Bri-Pen Senior Rides program continues to gather popularity with seniors 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield. These rides are for medical appointments or religious services only. Appointments must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674.

Reminder: The Penfield Town Board is looking for residents who would like to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. If you have an interest in volunteering your service please send an email to supervisor@penfield.org and attach your resume. We are looking to have the committee established by early September. The commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in working on this important committee.

 Important dates and events in history: July 24, 1866 – Tennessee is the 1st state to be readmitted to the Union; July 25, 1898 – American forces invade Puerto Rico; July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union; July 27, 1953 – Korean Conflict ends with Armistice; July 29, 1915 – American forces invade Haiti.

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about our great community. Please stop me and say hello, I welcome your thoughts about Penfield.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   


July 18, 2017
Supervisor's column July 18, 2017

The Penfield Town Board kicked-off the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update at its July 12 work session. The town updates this plan about every 10 years, as the plan functions as the legal foundation for land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next decade. 

A project page has been added to the town website so that residents have an opportunity to follow the progress. This page will contain all related documents and information generated throughout the process that is estimated to continue through June of 2019.

The Town Board is looking for interested residents to participate in this planning process. If you have an interest, please forward an email to supervisor@penfield.org and attach your resume. We intend to have the committee established by early September; the commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance for those of you who have an interest in serving.

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening of the memory care addition at Heathwood Assisted Living Facility located near Routes 250 and 441. This secure environment is designed to conjure memories of home. Residents feel relaxed in the welcoming atmosphere of a cozy country kitchen, living area, dining room and library/lounge. There is an enclosed patio and walking path with direct access from the dining room. Trained staff members employ techniques specifically designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia enjoy life. 

I would like to give a special shout-out to Carla Chur Suero, President and CEO of Heathwood Assisted Living; Bonnie Goodwin, Administrator at Penfield; and the entire Penfield team who desire to help others and provide care without compromise…congratulations on the new addition and thank you for being part of our community! 

Do you know that 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. 

Residents of Penfield with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a community program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, extension 1120.

This week’s Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage concert series features Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings on July 18 for Tuesdays Upstage, and Paulsen and Baker will perform on July 20 for Thursdays Kids’ Fest. Music starts at 7:00 PM and great food is available each night. There is also a wine tent for Tuesday programs. Come enjoy the great venue in Veterans’ Park behind the town hall.

Attention young residents who play soccer! Please note the following opportunities: Penfield Strikers girls’ soccer will hold tryouts for the 2017-18 season for grades 7-12 on July 28 & 29, and grades 2-6 on September 9 & 10. Please visit www.penfieldstrikers.org for more information.

Penfield Rangers Soccer fall tryouts for boys ages 7-19 will be held September 9, 10, 16 & 17. For more information (and for parents interested in coaching) please visit www.penfieldrangers.org

Every Tuesday lunch is available for seniors at the Penfield Community Center for $4.00. The Tuesday lunch will include a sandwich with a cup of soup or a salad. Lunch is served at noon, and tickets must be ordered 24 hours in advance at 340-8655. Menus for “Tuesday Lunch” are available at the Community Center and online at www.penfieldrec.org.  

The next day trip with the Recreation Department will be held on Wednesday, August 9 and will feature the Canandaigua Lady boat tour. You will visit the Wine & Culinary Center with lunch on your own at the upstairs Bistro then board the Canandaigua Lady for an afternoon boat cruise. The fee is $32.00 which includes the boat cruise. Depart the Community Center at 11:00 AM and return by 5:00 PM.

Important dates and events in history: July 20, 1969 – American astronaut Neil Armstrong is the 1st human to walk on the moon; July 21, 1861 – Confederate forces win the 1st Battle of Bull Run; July 23, 1868 – The 14th Amendment is added to the Constitution. It provides that no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

 


July 18, 2017
2020 Comprehensive Plan Underway

 The Penfield Town Board commenced work on the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update at its July 12 work session. At that meeting, the board and town staff reviewed and accepted a draft timeline outlining milestones of the project that begins this month and is expected to conclude in June 2019. The timeline is available at www.penfield.org.

The Town of Penfield updates its Comprehensive Plan about every 10 years. The Plan functions as the legal foundation for all land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years. 

”In a continuous effort to keep the community’s needs front and center for our residents, the Town of Penfield has focused on regularly updating the Comprehensive Plan for the past six decades,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our last plan was adopted in 2010. It is now time to focus on the 2020 update and address needs and concerns that have developed in recent years to ensure Penfield remains one of the best towns in Monroe County to live, work, and raise a family.” 

Potential topics for review and update include—but are not limited to—residential, recreation, and commercial property use; the status of a new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools, rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts. 

The process will be led by town staff with a committee of resident volunteers and assistance and input from experts and consultants as needed for topics such as traffic, drainage, sanitary sewers, planning, and other infrastructure and environmental matters. 

Milestones and public participation opportunities will be communicated throughout the process on a project page at www.penfield.org.


July 13, 2017
Supervisor's column July 13, 2017

The Town of Penfield was represented at the 27th annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge this week as one of 305 participating companies and agencies. This annual event raises funds for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester-Monroe County Area. This year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council supported two projects: the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Catholic Family Center Adult Mentoring Program. I would like to recognize our team captain Lisa Grosser of the Town Clerk’s Office; Sarah Bowers – Penfield Public Library; Ken Kashman – DPW (Highway); and Amy Steklof – Town Clerk. Great job team and congratulations on your participation in the name of “wellness” for yourselves personally and for representing our town government!

If you have been by Rothfuss Park over the last few days you are starting to see the JACK Foundation Playground taking shape as BEAR Playgrounds has started installation of the swing set. Over the next several weeks construction will continue on this wonderful new asset in the Penfield Community that will serve our youngest residents for many years to come. Please go to www.jack-foundation.org to learn more about The JACK Foundation and to follow the progress of the construction and playground dedication later this summer.

Over the last six to eight weeks there have been a number of retirements in the town’s Building and Zoning Department. It has been challenging to fill the positions, hence we have gotten behind in building permits and code enforcement. We were able to bring back some retirees part-time to assist and have recently extended employment offers to several new people who we hope can start in the next few weeks. I want to apologize for delays in turnaround time for permits and for following up on code enforcement issues. Full staffing should be in place on or before month’s end so we can get back to a normal processing time for permits and code enforcement violations. Thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.

All counties, towns, and villages are working on the most recent “original” directive issued from the governor’s office entitled “shared services,” which is to be completed by August 1. A few years ago the same initiative was called the “local government tax freeze efficiency plan” intended to make local government more efficient in the eyes of the governor! Those plans, submitted two years ago, were never accepted or utilized. I question if they were ever even reviewed by Albany—and now here we are developing a new plan—really!

For decades, local governments in our area have done an outstanding job of sharing services with one another countywide. We regularly share equipment, personnel, materials, and more. As I have said many times before in this column, the real problem is in Albany with their ongoing lay-ons, unfunded mandates, inefficiencies, and outdated policies and practices. I might suggest the governor, working with the legislature, clean up their house before they come in to try and clean up ours. In fact, we would be would be better served, and the governor would be further ahead, to assemble a cross-section of local government officials from across the state to identify “shared services” that could be implemented in Albany that would yield greater savings for the rest of the state. However, we will never see this happen as it would expose state government for what is really is…bloated and inefficient!

We have started the town’s 2018 budget cycle. Between now and September 6, when the Finance Director and I are to share the “tentative budget” with the town board, I will cover milestones of the process in my column to share how plans are shaping up for next year.

Until next week, be well and be safe. Remember to take in one of the great shows in the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    


July 7, 2017
Penfield Amphitheater Summer Concert Schedule

The Town of Penfield will kick off our annual free summer concert series at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage with Tuesdays Upstage on Tuesday, July 11 featuring Bobby Henrie and the Goners at 7:00 pm. 

Tuesdays Upstage series is a new music format, replacing Cool Jazz Tuesdays. There will be food available to purchase at every concert of the season, and a wine tent at Tuesdays Upstage. 

A complete schedule of this season’s concerts follows, and is available on our website at www.penfieldrec.org. All concerts begin at 7:00 pm.

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield.

2017 Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage schedule

Tuesdays Upstage

  • July 11 – Bobby Henrie & the Goners 
    Authentic old-school Rockabilly and roots rock & roll
  • July 18 – Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings
    Original songs based on blues, swing, and good old rock & roll
  • July 25 – Noble Vibes
    Original reggae anthems and reggae classic
  • August 1 - Stay the Plow
    Original Americana, country & roots music 

Thursday Kids Fest

  • July 13 – Dady Brothers
  • July 20 – Paulsen & Baker
  • July 27 – Mr. Loops
  • August 3 – Mike Kornrich

Saturdays On Stage

  • July 15 – Zac Brown Tribute Band
    Premiere tribute to the chart-topping Zac Brown Band
  • July 29 – Mr. Mustard
    Enjoy a night with the Beatles

July 7, 2017
Penfield Recreation Announces a New Way to Play in Penfield

The Town of Penfield and Penfield Recreation are pleased to announce the new Passport to Play!

Playgrounds are a great way for children to get active, have fun, and play! The passport is a great tool to highlight all of the playgrounds the Town of Penfield maintains. Penfield has some of the best park land in Monroe County, and our playgrounds enhance the overall enjoyment of these parks.

“This is another way we are encouraging families to ‘Be Active, Be Well, Enjoy Life’,” said Chris Bilow, director of Penfield Recreation. “The amenities our parks provide, as well as opportunities to play and stay active, are a true benefit to residents. The Passport to Play was created to emulate the success of the very popular Penfield Trails Passport program. I’d like to extend our thanks to Wegmans for their continued support in making Penfield a healthy and active community.”

The Passport to Play is a FREE program which highlights the ten playgrounds that are located in Town of Penfield parks. As an incentive to participate, children who visit each playground and log it in their passport will receive a token for their efforts. 

Passports are available at the Penfield Recreation office and Penfield Town Hall.


July 5, 2017
Supervisor's column July 5, 2017

Mother Nature has dealt her share of wet weather this spring and early summer, and Saturday’s Independence Day celebration was not any different. The morning parade saw participants and audience look for creative ways to stay dry. However, that did not deter many hardy souls from coming out for the annual celebration. As the day went on the weather got better and the music played for five hours at Harris Whalen Park. The exceptional fireworks display went off in its usual fashion lighting up the sky for miles around. 

I would like to recognize and thank parade emcee Don Alhart; the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf and Dave Woodward who were this year’s parade marshals; all the organizations that participated in the parade considering the damp weather; and our Penfield Rec, Parks and Security staff for all their support in making this year’s event the best it could be…great job to all!

The clock in the Four Corners is now right more than just twice a day! As I reported months ago, the March wind storm damaged the clock. When the clock manufacture started making repairs technicians found “more than some damaged parts.” The electronics also required some significant upgrades. The work was completed more than a week ago and the clock is once again providing everyone traversing through the Four Corners the correct time. Thank you for your patience during the repair process; I received many comments, emails and phone calls asking about the status of the clock.

One last plug! The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee is scheduled for this Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 to 11:000 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. Meet at the playground parking lot off Empire Blvd, and look for the hike signs. 

The Penfield Players Readers’ Theater presents “Farce of Nature,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy on Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, August 2 at 7:30 PM. Performances are free and will be held at the Penfield Community Center. The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways! 

Build a better world at the Penfield Public Library…there is still time to sign up for some of the wonderful programs sponsored by the library, the Friends of the Penfield Public Library, and many local businesses throughout the town. Please check out www.penfieldlibrary.org for all the program listings or go to page 41 of the summer 2017 Pen-Rec brochure.  

Important dates and events in history: July 8, 1775 – the Second Continental Congress passes the “Olive Branch Petition.” This was a letter to King George III, from members of the Second Continental Congress, which represented the last attempt by the moderate party in North America to avoid a war of independence against Britain. July 11, 1798 – The United States Marine Corps is established. July 11, 1955 – US Air Force Academy dedicated. July 14, 1862 – Congress creates the Medal of Honor.

Until next week enjoy this short stretch of nice weather, and be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


June 26, 2017
Supervisor's column June 26, 2017

You may have recently seen a news release from the JACK Foundation announcing that construction has begun for “Jack’s Place Playground” at Rothfuss Park. We are delighted to have been able to designate a site in this wonderful park that has become a weekly destination for hundreds of children of all ages and their parents to play sports, have picnics, walk the trails, and enjoy nature.

This dinosaur-themed playground will be taking shape over the next several weeks and later this summer Jack’s parents, Anne and AJ Heiligman, will host a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. JACK Foundation is selling engraved bricks that will be installed on the path leading to this wonderful new playground. For more information about the foundation and to follow the construction of the playground, please log on to www.jack-foundation.org and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

The Town’s employee wellness committee asked me to remind everyone that July is “UV Safety Month.” The need to protect skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. Harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning “sunlamps” can cause many other complications besides skin cancer, such as eye problems including cataracts and macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss among older adults.

During these warm summer months we spend most of our time outdoors with friends and family. Some sun exposure is recommended because it’s our primary source for vitamin D which helps absorb calcium for stronger and healthier bones; but like with everything else, moderation is key.

The medical community will tell you that there are four ways to prevent UV damage: go for the shade, wear protective clothing, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and wear sunglasses. Also, it is recommended to routinely check your skin for any changes. Birthmarks—especially new moles and marks—should be consistently examined for any alterations in size, shape, or color and if they look or feel differently from other moles and marks on your body. 

The 2017 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage gets in full swing on Tuesday, July 11 with “Tuesdays Upstage” featuring Bobby Henrie & The Goners, an authentic old-school Rockabilly and roots Rock’ n’ Roll band. Later that week kicks off “Thursday Kids Fest” on July 13 featuring the ever- popular Dady Brothers. Finally, to round out that week, gather your picnic basket and cooler and enjoy “Saturdays on Stage” on July 15 with the Zac Brown Tribute Band. 

The music starts at 7:00 PM, with great food available each night. The amphitheater is located at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Ave, directly behind the town hall. I hope to see you at our concert series events.

There are still some openings in various Recreation Department programs for residents of all ages. Please review the 2017 summer edition of the PenRec brochure or go to www.penfieldrec.org to see all of the offering for the summer months.

One last reminder…Independence Day 2017 activities will be held this Saturday, July 1 with the parade scheduled for 10:00 AM. Parade marshals are the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf and Mr. Dave Woodward, owner of Woody Acres Farm. Come to Harris-Whalen Park from 5:00 to 11:00 PM to enjoy music, food, and fun! Penfield’s popular fireworks display begins at 10:00 PM. 

Mr. Woodward and his family are a three-generation Penfield farm family who have supported this community in countless ways for more than 100 years. As part of his continuous give-back to Penfield, Dave will have a wagon at Harris Whalen Park during the festivities to collect non-perishable foods and personal care items for donation to Food Shelf. When you come to the park for the music and fun, please consider bringing a canned good, a box of cereal, shampoo, cake mixes and frosting, pasta, coffee or other food goods. Your donation will make a big difference to many Penfield families. I hope to see you there!

Until next week, enjoy the start of your summer and the various programs Penfield will offer in the coming months.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   


June 19, 2017
Supervisor's column June 19, 2017

The Strong Women Film Fest in honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State continues at the Penfield Library with the next film on Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please contact the Penfield Public Library for the title of the film as the movie licensing requirements do not allow us to publicize the titles. (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003, 117 minutes, rated PG-13.) Set in 1953, Katharine Watson (played by Julia Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. The film, directed by Mike Newell and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, also stars Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, and Marcia Gay Harden. Registration began June 15.

Last week, County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo kicked-off “Jobs One,” a job creation leadership forum, in Penfield. Several county, town and business representatives came together to discuss how Monroe County can best encourage economic development in our community. I am delighted the county executive is taking the initiative to seek out information from business communities county-wide to continue to grow and expand jobs…IMAGINE MONROE!  

The next guided hike with the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come and explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the Irondequoit Bay shore trail connections. Meet at the playground parking off Empire Boulevard and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate footwear, no pets are allowed. Please pre-register by calling 340-8655, option 0…all hikes are FREE.

As the school year winds down and family vacations get underway, please remember that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) operates 52 weeks a year and needs the community’s help to keep their shelves stocked all summer long. If you plan to attend Penfield’s Independence Day celebration at Harris Whalen Park on Saturday, July 1 you can easily help PEFS by bringing along donations of non-perishables food and personal care items to contribute to a collection hosted by Woody Acres. (The PEFS and Dave Woodward of Woody Acres are this year’s Independence Day parade marshals.) For more information about PEFS please log on to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Your support and generosity does make a difference to your Penfield neighbors in need!

Do you need a ride to a medical appointment or religious service? If you are a senior 65-plus years old and live or pay taxes in Brighton or Penfield “Bri-Pen Senior Rides” can help you. Appointments for rides must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674. 

Penfield Coach George Steitz was honored over the weekend by the class of 1962 at their 55th class reunion. Coach Steitz was presented with a proclamation from Monroe County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo declaring June 17th as “George T. Steitz Day in Monroe County.” George was a teacher, coach, and mentor for 47 years and continues as a mentor and friend to many today. At 92, Coach Steitz is still active in Section V athletics and continues to referee. Congratulations Coach, you are a remarkable man and a good friend to all!  

Important dates and events in history: June 21, 1788 – The United States Constitution goes into effect with ratification by a necessary nine states. June 22, 1942 – “Pledge of Allegiance” to the Flag is officially recognized by U.S. Congress. June 22, 1944 – GI Bill signed into Law – a great reward for returning WW II Heroes. June 25, 1950 – The Korean War officially starts as North Korea invades South Korea.

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors– you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Best wishes on your next chapter as you pursue college or the workforce!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


June 13, 2017
Supervisor's column June 13, 2017

Last call…the American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road on Wednesday, June 14 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact 1-800-Red Cross, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: penfieldcommunitycenter. You can also just stop in—donating blood does make a difference in so many lives!

You may recall the Four Corners Clock was damaged in the March 8 windstorm. We have been waiting for a manufacturer’s representative to assess the problem, and last week a specialist spent a half-day working on repairs. It appears as though the windstorm did more damage than originally thought. Some of the clock’s hardware has since been updated and a more significant re-build is necessary. We have asked to have the work completed by June 30 as we ready for the July 1 parade and celebration.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 1 for Independence Day 2017 in Penfield. The parade will begin at 10 AM and will include the Penfield Fire Company Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, Downbeat Percussion, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum, Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band, The Savannah Cellar Savers, and more! Mr. Don Alhart will once again be our Parade Emcee. This year’s Parade Marshals are the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS is being recognized for 20 years of service to the Penfield Community) and Mr. Dave Woodward, owner of Woody Acres. Dave and his family have been farming for more than 100 years in Penfield. 

Enjoy music, food and fun at Harris Whalen Park from 5:00 to 10:00 PM with Rochester Blues Revue and Dog House. Fireworks will be at 10:00 PM. Watch for details at www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org.   

Congratulations to the Penfield Art Association (PAA) on their recent Spring Art Show and Sale at the Penfield Community Center. This annual event showcased more than 120 paintings by the membership of this 54-year-old club. I would also like to recognize Betty Bird, this year’s Spring Show and Sale Chairperson, and all of the members of PAA for another successful show.

I recently had the honor of attending a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rochester Regional Health (RRH) grand re-opening of their newest “Immediate Care” at 2226 Penfield Road. This new center has broadened RRH services to support the residents of Penfield and surrounding areas with emergency and non-emergency care. Thank you for being part of the Penfield community!

The last Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 17 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road. Come get cozy with an awesome all-you-can-eat breakfast of delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more—all for just $5.00 per person! All June proceeds will go directly to help support Resolve of Greater Rochester, a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women.

The ever-popular PenRec summer day camps are filling up fast. If you want your child to join the program now is the time to act! The first camp session begins Monday, June 26; four sessions are offered this year. For more details or to register your child please go to www.penfieldrec.org

Also, the Penfield Library is offering a number of wonderful programs for children this summer including such favorites as Library Lego Lab, Tales for Tails, Crafty Fun Fridays, Build a Better World Through Music, and much more. For more details on all library programs go to www.penfieldlibrary.org or call 340-8720. 

Until next week, enjoy the warm weather and finally dry conditions. I hope to see you out in our great community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


June 5, 2017
Supervisor's column June 5, 2017

The next FREE guided scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held this Saturday, June 10, at the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve and then to Veterans Memorial Park. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM at the west end of Brougham Drive (Brougham Drive is off Jackson Road, south of Atlantic Ave.) Please look for the hike signs. Join our community naturalists in exploring pathways along preserved flora habitats unique to Penfield. This hike will follow the Wild Iris Trail in the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve. The trail displays a variety of wetland plants including blue wild iris.

After this short hike, you will re-group at Veterans Memorial Park behind the Penfield Town Hall on Atlantic Ave. to explore wooded trails and open areas of the park. Total time for the morning will be about two hours and mosquito repellent is recommended. While the hike is free, please register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655.

Barbara Quinn, coordinator of Daytons Corners School/Museum, and her staff held another very successful “annual pie social” this past Sunday, providing tours of the historic one-room schoolhouse and museum, free pony rides for children, music, activities on the playground equipment, and of course the wonderful pie from Baker Street Bakery. This annual fundraising event is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Mark your calendar now for next year on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM—but get there early as the pies seem to go very quickly!

The June “SuffraTea,” sponsored by the Penfield Local History Room and Library, will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 2:00 PM. This program will focus on a strong Penfield woman, Irene Gossin. The program will highlight Irene’s accomplishments that include being the first female supervisor in Penfield and all of the work she did for environmental causes. 

The Local History Room (LHR) is seeking information related to town residents on two topics. The first has to do with the fact that women were granted the right to vote in New York State in 1917, and we are approaching the 100th anniversary of this milestone. The Penfield LHR is trying to locate information on town residents, especially women, who were involved with women's suffrage in the early 1900s. If you have family letters, diaries, or other information on this topic, we would love to hear from you!

Secondly, do you have photos or information on a family member from Penfield who served in WWI or WWII? The LHR is collecting this information for the archives and would love to include whatever you have. We can scan photos or documents, so you will still have your originals. Please call Historian Kathy Kanauer at 340-8740 or stop in to the LHR if you have material to share on either topic. 

Last week, the Friends of the Penfield Library along with librarian Bernadette Brinkman and her staff held a luncheon to recognize the amazing volunteers who provide thousands of hours each year to enrich the library. Volunteers support the annual book sale, repair books and other media, file and organize shelves, and so much more. Great job everyone and thank you for all of your support. Because of you, the Penfield Library is a jewel in our community for everyone from our youngest residents to our seniors. To learn more about the Friends of the Penfield Public Library or how to get involved, please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.    

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) also hosted an appreciation luncheon last week to recognize its volunteers and donors as they celebrate 20 years of supporting the Penfield community. This amazing group gathers food from supermarkets and the public market, organizes shelves, prepares weekly boxes for pick-up, and provides some home deliveries. Several families came to speak about the difference PEFS has made in their lives…they shared some amazing stories. For more information on the PEFS, their current needs or how to volunteer, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org 

Until next week, consider joining the hike on Saturday, June 10. Our employee wellness team reports that spending time in nature may improve your brain’s memory functions!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   

 


May 31, 2017
Petition to support legislation for local control of sex offender residency restrictions

The Town of Penfield has created an online petition at www.penfield.org for residents who wish to express support for proposed state legislation that would restore authority to municipalities to establish stricter residency restrictions for registered sex offenders. 

Earlier this month, Senator Funke announced the New York State Senate passed S.2178, his bill to restore local control over residency restrictions of sex offenders and better protect children. Now, Assemblyman Mark Johns is sponsoring the legislation in the New York State Assembly as bill A7718. The final step in the process is securing the governor’s signature.

“Resident input in support of this legislation will play an important role in facilitating deliberation discussions within the Assembly and the Governor’s Office. It will also assist the Penfield Town Board in its discussions to enact the Penfield Child Safety Act,” said Supervisor LaFountain. “I am thankful for Senator Funke’s ongoing efforts to support Penfield and all New York state communities with his bill that explicitly gives municipalities the authority to enact local laws establishing residency restrictions for sex offenders. Now it’s critical that the Assembly approve this legislation. We thank Assemblyman Mark Johns for sponsoring the proposal. Once the legislation has made its way through the governor’s office the Penfield Town Board can move forward in adopting the Penfield Child Safety Act that has been on the table since March 2015.”

The Penfield Child Safety Act, a proposed local law that was tabled after a 2015 New York court of appeals ruling that denied local control, would prohibit the residency of registered Level Two and Level Three sex offenders within designated Child Safe Zones, or 2,000 feet from any schools, parks, playgrounds, town facilities, or daycare centers. The legislation was proposed, in part, due to the discovery in 2015 that a Level Three sex offender had established residency less than 200 feet from Penfield’s Veterans Memorial Park, home to the town’s Little League and other sports fields. 

All who wish to show support for this legislation in Albany are invited to sign the petition at www.penfield.org (‘Petition - Child Safety Act’ in ‘Quick Link’ column). All signatures collected by the Town of Penfield will be forwarded to Assemblyman Mark Johns and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.




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