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March 23, 2020
Supervisor’s column March 23, 2020
Here we are on March 23; the past few weeks have been fast-moving and life-changing as we enter new territory globally and right here in Penfield. 
 
We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Town’s primary focus is protection of staff and residents by helping to interrupt the chain of transmission in the community. 
 
What we are doing at the Town: 
 
  • Facilities/Services - Although Town offices and facilities are temporarily closed, we are maintaining essential staff and services. As always, we will respond to emergencies like fallen trees, highway and sewer issues, and wind, snow, and ice management. 
 
  • Meetings - We are working closely with county, state and federal leaders and following state of emergency directives. Near term meetings have been cancelled. Future meetings are being decided week to week, but expect them to be cancelled through the next several weeks. When we do resume, remember you can watch and participate remotely through our Penfield TV resources.
 
  • Town Staff - Town employees are working remotely, monitoring email and voicemail. They are helping residents manage as best they can over the phone and online; please be patient, we are handling the most urgent matters first.
 
 
What can wait: 
 
  • The due date for 3rd and 4th property tax installments has been extended to April 30 with no penalty. In-person payment of real property taxes at all county and town facilities is prohibited during this State of Emergency. See details at  https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9360
 
  • Non-urgent matters. Please email departments (contact info at www.penfield.org) with specific questions and be patient as we triage customer service from our homes. 
 
What you can do:

  • Use our parks and trails but observe social distancing. Walk apart and don't cluster, keep dogs on leashes and clean up after them for the good of all.
 
  • Be mindful--playing basketball is not social distancing, sharing playground equipment is not social distancing.
 
  • Report emergencies to 911. If you see any hazards or threats to public safety (like fallen trees or other unsafe conditions) do not call our DPW. Call 911 and they will contact the Town DPW. If you call DPW directly you will get voicemail and the response may not be timely because staff could be deployed to another task.

  • Submit your Census information online while you are at home practicing social distancing. Why? You will help your community. The federal and state response to COVID-19 is an example of the importance of being counted and being seen. Deployment of resources is influenced by  demographics. Be sure to include children in your count, they have historically been under-counted in previous census efforts. 
 
“Ignore the hype, don’t flush a wipe!”
Here's a critical issue we were about to address even before COVID-19, and the behavior has gotten worse in recent weeks--the flushing of wipes and other materials down the toilet. Really? Yes, really. This may seem trivial, but our sanitary sewer system is being strangled by “flushable” wipes. To be clear, ONLY toilet paper is flushable. Wipes clog and strangle pump stations no matter what a product claims to be safe. With all the cleaning and sanitizing during the COVID-19 outbreak this situation has become even worse with people flushing cleaning wipes and paper towels down their toilets. Just because a wipe appears to clear your plumbing does not mean it has cleared the town and county sewers and many pump stations along the way. Our community does not need a completely preventable sewer emergency now or ever. Please do your part and "ignore the hype, don't flush a wipe!" Learn more about the issue:
 
Lastly, I would like to recognize the efforts of town staff to serve our Penfield community while following directives to keep themselves and their families safe. We will keep the Town-related facts and essential services coming. I am proud of Town employees and their quickness to identify community needs and adapt to new working conditions. They are innovative, committed, and have your back.
 
I also want to thank all of you in the Penfield community for your patience and support. Please continue to be good to one another. Check on your neighbors (especially seniors) with a simple phone call. Follow directives for social distancing, hand washing, and the like. 
 
Down the road, when it's appropriate, please remember to support our local business community. Some local restaurants have been rapidly innovating; take-out and curbside meal delivery is available around town if you need cooked meals. When we come out the other side of this, our Penfield businesses will need your patronage more than ever -- many of them support us, children's sports leagues, and other community groups all year long. Indeed, strong businesses make a strong community.
 
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives.
 
Be well,
Tony
 
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

March 20, 2020
Prohibit in-person payment of Monroe County property taxes in County and town facilities.

Monroe County Emergency Order 3-20-2020 (Read Full Document)

Prohibit in-person payment of Monroe County real property taxes in County and town facilities during this State of Emergency.

I, Adam J. Bello, County Executive of the County of Monroe, in accordance with a declaration of a State of Emergency issued on March 14, 2020 and pursuant to Article 2B, Section 24, of the New York State Executive Law, do hereby ORDER: 

 

To protect life and help bring the emergency under control by reducing the number of individuals entering municipal office buildings, I hereby prohibit the in-person payment of Monroe County real property taxes in County and town facilities during this State of Emergency. 

The following provisions shall be made to carry out the intent of this Order:

1. I hereby defer the due date of the third (394) installment of Town and County real property taxes set forth in Monroe County Code Section 673 14g from March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020. Third installment payments that are made on or before April 30, 2020 shall not accrue interest over what would have otherwise accrued as of March 1, 2020 pursuant to the Monroe County Tax Act. The intention of this deferral is that, if a property owner is current on his/her/its installment payments as of the date of this Order and pays the third and fourth installation payments on or before April 30, 2020, the property owner will pay only the sum of the third and fourth payments shown on the property's 2020 Combined Town and County tax bill; 

2. Monroe County will absorb user fees charged for online payments made through the County's vendor;

3. The Monroe County Department of Finance is directed to install a lockbox as soon as reasonably possible in the County Office Building for collecting property tax payments; and

4. Payment of Monroe County real property taxes shall continue to be accepted by mail. 

This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for five days unless rescinded earlier by my order. 

 

March 20, 2020 at 4:35 PM

ADAM  J. BELLO

COUNTY EXECUTIVE 

 


March 12, 2020
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Town facilities, programs, coronavirus protocol

Dear residents and visitors:

The health and welfare of our employees and visitors to Town facilities is our top priority; this includes maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all. 

As such, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue to update our protocol in response to the guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, and the Monroe County Health Department. We also encourage all our visitors and staff to monitor updates and take hygiene precautions as recommended by these agencies.

The Town of Penfield is implementing practices at the Town Hall, Penfield Community Center, and other town facilities. Our preparation includes:

  • Hand sanitizer at all facilities; restrooms offer hot water and soap
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing of handrails, door handles, high-touch surfaces, etc. 
  • Monitoring communications and directives from the CDC, New York State Dept. of Health and Monroe County Health Dept.
  • Staff and volunteers are reminded to consistently wash their hands and to stay home if they are sick.
  • Visitors are asked to stay home if they are feeling ill and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Parents are also asked to not bring their children if they are feeling ill.

    Learn more:

      Town of Penfield/Penfield Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and take our cues regarding programs and public gatherings from the experts. Penfield Recreation will also follow school district decisions regarding programming and cancellations.

      At this time, based on information from these and other authorities, all events are proceeding as scheduled. However, if you are registered for a Penfield Recreation program but would like to cancel, you will receive a credit or refund. In the event of a program cancellation you will receive a refund.

      This a fluid situation and subject to change at any time. Changes to programming and schedules will be communicated via email, social media, and posted on our website. Please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655 with any additional questions.

      Sincerely,

      Tony LaFountain

      Town Supervisor


      March 12, 2020
      A message from Supervisor LaFountain & Penfield Town Board: Public meetings and alternatives for participation

      Dear Penfield Residents,

      In light of public concerns regarding attending community gatherings, a growing number of people are choosing to observe ‘social distancing’ to help prevent the spread of illness as the situation regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. As such, the Town Board and I would like to remind you there are alternatives to personally attending public meetings in Penfield. Live broadcasts from PenfieldTV make it easy to follow topics of importance to you right from the comfort of your own home.

      Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other public meetings are broadcast live on Penfield TV Government Access Channel – Spectrum Cable Channel 1303. You may also watch live on your streaming media device: ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search ‘Penfield TV’ in your device’s app store, it is free. Additionally, meetings are web streamed live at www.Penfield.org. If you can’t tune in during a live meeting you can watch on demand when you like. Like and follow us on social media to be alerted to live meetings. Find those links at www.penfield.org.  (*see details below)

      During live Town Board meetings, viewers have an opportunity to share their comments in “public participation” segments by phone at (585) 340-8771, by electronic submission at penfield.org or @townofpenfield on Twitter.

      We will continue to monitor the novel coronavirus situation and take our cues from the experts. The safety and well-being of town staff and visitors to town facilities is our top priority. As such, we encourage all residents and staff to monitor updates and take hygiene precautions as suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State and Monroe County departments of public health.

      To learn more, New Yorkers can call the NYS Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with any concerns about symptoms or travel. In addition, visit the NYS Department of Health's dedicated website for more resources and updates about COVID-19. https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

      *Details:

      Social Media

      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/penfieldtv

      Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/penfieldtv

      Media Streaming Device

      Roku: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/14207/penfield-tv

      Apple TV: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/penfield-tv/id1293996786

      Amazon Fire: https://www.amazon.com/TelVue-Corporation-Penfield-TV/dp/B081ZFD8XL

       

                 

       


      March 9, 2020
      Supervisor’s column March 9, 2020

      Reminder…the town board will be holding a public information meeting on the DRAFT Conceptual Master Plan for Shadow Pines this Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 PM. This is an opportunity for all interested residents to comment on the draft plan. The town board welcomes all thoughts and ideas for the overall use of this site. The plan is available for review prior to the meeting at www.penfield.org (online documents/draft documents).

      Additionally, the Penfield Trails Committee will host its next hike at Shadow Pines on Saturday, March 14. Join them from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM to walk the site. Hike guides will have copies of the DRAFT plan so you are able to see the proposed layout that engineering consultants have come up with and get a feel for how plans might fit within the overall property. Meet at the parking lot off Whalen Road and look for the hike signs. The hike is free but pre-registration with Penfield Recreation is requested at 340-8655. All hikes are held rain or shine and please, no pets on hikes.

      The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road.  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $6.00 per person. March proceeds will go directly to benefit Flower City Habitat for Humanity (FCHH) 2020 house build. FCHH brings partners together to build homeownership, communities and hope. The homeowner helps to build their own house and pays an affordable mortgage. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org. Also, mark your calendar for the April 11 Flapjack Benefit Breakfast, as there will be an Easter egg hunt in addition to the breakfast. The Easter egg hunt will begin at 9:00 AM rain or shine; it will be fun for the whole family! 

      Over the weekend, I had the honor of attending the Webster Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) 2020 Annual Banquet. The WVFD supports the northeasterly portion of Penfield. This banquet is a time to recognize all the members and their accomplishments. This committed group of men and women stand ready to support the Webster/Penfield communities for any emergencies that arise during the year. While it would be difficult to list everyone who was recognized during the evening, I would like to give you a sense of commitment this organization has for their communities. The 2020 service awards were presented in five-year increments: Robert Duthoy was recognized for 70 years of service and Mary Craft for 65 years of service. What a wonderful and special level of service to residents in our communities! Thank you Robert and Mary for giving us so much of your time, dedication, and support of emergency services. And to the entire WVFD family, thank you for your service to make our communities safe…be well and be safe!

      I am reminded that the annual Shepherd Home gala will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the Inn on Broadway. The Shepherd Home is a home for the dying and is also referred to as a comfort care home. The Shepherd Home provides support to families and friends and fosters community acceptance that dying is an integral part of living. They welcomed their first resident in November 2002 and have cared for more than 100 residents to date. This gala is a main source of funding for the year. Please visit www.shepherdhome.org for information on gala, to learn more about this wonderful resource, and to learn how you can support their mission as a volunteer, with your financial support, or by helping out at one of their many events—you can make a difference!

      Until next week, enjoy the recent taste of spring with the warm weather and sunshine!

      Tony 

      supervisor@penfield.org


      March 2, 2020
      Supervisor’s column March 2, 2020

      REMINDER…the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be hosting an open house information session regarding future intersection improvements at Atlantic Ave. and Five Mile Line Road on Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the town hall auditorium. Those interested in attending may arrive at any time during the scheduled session to review the current details of the project and provide input. NYSDOT staff will be on hand to answer individual questions. There will not be any formal presentations as part of this session. For further information or to request an interpreter, please contact Project Engineer Howard Ressel at (585) 371-9280 or howard.ressel@dot.ny.gov

      Over the weekend, I had the honor of attending the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) annual recognition and awards dinner. All active members were celebrated and thanked for the time they spend supporting the Penfield Community—in 2019, PVEA responded to more than 4,500 calls for medical emergencies. The following members received special awards: 

      The following members received special awards: 

      Outstanding Service: Christina M. Alexander. This is PVEA's highest honor, recognizing a member who, over a period of time, has consistently worked to maintain the integrity and vision of PVEA. 

      ALS Provider of the Year: Daniel J. Swingle. This award recognizes an advance life support (ALS) provider who went above and beyond to serve PVEA with exemplary dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, and skills when providing prehospital emergency medical care.

      BLS Provider of the Year: Lancye W. Douglas. This award recognizes a basic life support (BLS) provider who went above and beyond to serve PVEA with exemplary dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, and skills when providing prehospital emergency medical care.

      Explorer pf the Year: Savannah Taylor. This award recognizes an explorer who went above and beyond to serve PVEA with exemplary dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, and skills during their EMS training.

      Service hours awards: Glenn Becker – 1,251; Richard Sperduto – 1,162; Skip Sackrider – 589; Cameron Hubbard – 546, Pat Markovitz – 512, and Caleb Stamler – 510. 

      Years of service awards: Karen Manetta – 15; Mike St.Martin – 10; Christopher Szatkowski – 5; Bryan Podgorski – 5: and Paige Kuebler – 5. 

      On behalf of the entire Penfield Community, I want to recognize and thank all the members of the PVEA for their training, dedication, and time they spend supporting Penfield residents during medical emergencies. The value you provide to our town is amazing each and every day with each and every call…thank you!

      There has been a lot of news coverage lately regarding the impact of the Lake Ontario water level on neighboring towns—especially Greece, Hamlin, Irondequoit, Webster, and the City of Rochester. While Penfield is not directly on the lake, a portion of Irondequoit Bay is within our jurisdiction. New York State is providing funding for improvements along the lake known as the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Penfield was awarded $125,000 to protect our two pump stations on Empire Blvd. This work will be started in the June timeframe with completion by early fall. Additionally, when the NYSDOT milled and re-paved Empire Blvd. in 2019, they raised the lowest portion of the road by 8 to 9 inches to offer more protection from flooding. 

      The next time you visit the town hall and pop your head into my office you will notice some recent changes. Anna Knapton, who has been the supervisor’s office confidential administrator for the last three supervisors, has retired after 39 years of service to the town. Anna began her career in the Recreation Department and over the years supported many of the departments across the town. She was a big asset to Penfield residents and town staff and will be missed. I wish Anna all the best on her next chapter and plans to spend more time with family, travel a bit, and pursue her love of music. Anna, thank you for your support and enjoy your retirement, it is well deserved.

      Please join me in welcoming Lisa Grosser as confidential administrator to the supervisor’s office. Lisa has been with the town for more than 17 years and most recently served as deputy town clerk. Lisa brings a broad background of town experience to the supervisor’s office and looks forward to serving all of our residents in this new role.

      Until next week, hold tight, things are starting to look up after this cold snap. We set the clocks ahead next weekend and will start to enjoy longer days!

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org 

       


      February 27, 2020
      PTC March Guided Hike

      Penfield Trails Committee will lead a free guided hike on Saturday, March 14, 10:00AM-12:00PM, at the Shadow Pines property, 600 Whalen Road. 

      Hikers will explore the hiking trail development that has taken place so far on the property. Participants should meet at the parking lot near the Clark House. Look for the hike signs!

      Although this hike is free, participants are asked to please register ahead of time by calling (585) 340-8655, option 0.

      Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.


      February 24, 2020
      Supervisor’s column February 24, 2020

      I frequently receive calls and emails from residents asking me when the town will let Greenlight Networks expand their system in Penfield. As many of you are aware, Greenlight is a fast growing company that provides an all-fiber optic network that is faster than broadband. I have had the opportunity to meet with Greenlight on this topic and can report they are very excited about having a bigger build-out in Penfield and across Monroe County in 2020. 

      With a $100 M investment by Tom Golisano and LeChase–Joint Venture, Greenlight can concentrate on locations of build-out, network design, permits, and easements. LeChase can focus on providing construction and on-time, on-budget delivery. The company’s build-out strategy continues to be based on customer demand.

      During the first half of 2020, Greenlight will be working in the following areas of Penfield: Hilltop, Beacon Hills, Crossbow, and Periwinkle. They will also be working to complete thirteen other locations in the town by year-end. As those locations are finalized and shared with the town, I will pass that information along to all of you. It is our understanding that Greenlight plans to have around 6,300 homes connected by year-end. With the quality partnership of Greenlight, Golisano and LeChase, I am excited about the build-out of this network in Penfield!

      I am reminded by our IS/IT service providers that they are seeing an increase in cases of “phishing”—fraudulent  emails, texts or phone calls designed to trick you into providing sensitive personal data. Scammers may impersonate companies or people you know in an attempt to trick you into sharing sensitive information like social security numbers, account numbers or passwords. Some scams get you to click on links to malicious attachments. 

      What are some things you can do to help prevent the infection and spread of phishing? Never provide sensitive information to an unsolicited call, text or email—even if the communication appears to be legitimate. Be cautious of any unexpected requests or demands that claim to be urgent or require immediate action. Do not use the same password across multiple sites. When in doubt and if you question the legitimacy of any request, contact the source directly. Taking a few extra minutes to verify a request may save you many hours sorting out problems with accounts and other personal information.

      The days are getting longer and there is a hint of spring in the air. Now is the time many of us start thinking about a new deck, putting a pool in the backyard, or maybe adding on some extra space for the family’s use and enjoyment. Regardless of your project, now is the time to start taking action to secure necessary building permits. At this time of the year our Building Department can turn a permit around in a week or less based on volume. In another month or two, that turnaround time will increase up to two to three weeks. For more information on permits go to www.penfield.org, choose Departments, then Building/Zoning. Here you can find brochures, forms, and links to Town Code to help you understand the process and secure necessary permits. You may also call 340-8636. Good luck with your new project! 

      A representative from the U. S. Census Bureau visited our last town board meeting to provide an update on the upcoming 2020 Census. Between March 12 and 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. Counting every person in the United States in a census every 10 years is a challenge; counting every infant and toddler in the country may be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Parents and adults with young children often don’t realize they need to include all children who live with them full-time or at least most of the time. In the 2010 Census, nearly one million children (4.6% of children under the age of five) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age five are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States. Counting young children will be vitally important in the 2020 Census because population statistics are used by local, state, and federal lawmakers to determine how to spend billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually over the next 10 years. Locally, we rely on census data to develop plans and projects in our own community. 

      Until next week, enjoy the milder weather!

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org 


      February 18, 2020
      Supervisor’s column February 18, 2020

      The Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support (NEQALS) voted for its board of directors at its annual meeting on February 12. Returning to the Board are President and CEO, Syed Ahmed Mustafa; Vice President Michael Pope; and Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Montgomery. Joining the board are Chris Smith and Maureen Wilbert. These board members join remaining board members John Beldue, Raymond Camp, George Glessner, Phyllis Lochner, Robert Meddaugh, Richard Prinzing, and Jan Thompson-Hinz.

      Chief Executive Officer Mustafa also announced a reorganization of the operations staff of NEQALS. Appointed as Chief of the Agency is Jerry Fedele. Reporting to Chief Fedele are Deputy Chief of Operations Matt Lloyd and Deputy Chief of Administration Julie Jordan. Deputy Chief Lloyd will have Captain Corey Best and Lieutenant Nate Hinman reporting to him. Deputy Chief Jordan will have Captain Kayleigh Hodge and Lieutenants Kirsten Hurlburt and Keisha Betances reporting to her. 

      "I am delighted to have this very strong, energetic and forward-looking operations staff managing the day-to-day operations of NEQALS starting today," said Mustafa. "They are a great complement to our very diverse and active Board of Directors. One team gives us a clear and strong strategy and the other executes it. Together this make us, what I personally believe, one of the best EMS agencies in the area."

      After working with the Town of Webster to secure the permanent authority to provide EMS service through Webster Emergency Medical Service, NEQALS is now working to finalize plans for its new base on Jackson Road. Mustafa added, "We have lived in a variety of places, none of which have ever been ours for 33 years. I am looking forward to having a base that we can call home, which gives our staff, board members and guests a proper place to operate out of, train and rest in between calls." Mustafa says the hope is to move into the new base before the fall of 2020. NEQALS provides service to the northern portion of Penfield. This volunteer organization of dedicated women and men is a wonderful resource for the east side of our county for EMS and advance life support.

      The town board will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM to extend the moratorium on the redevelopment of public golf courses in the town. This extension will allow the completion of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update currently underway and due on or before year-end 2020.

      The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be conducting a public information meeting for a project designed to enhance safety and reduce congestion at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Five Mile Line Road. This open-house style informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3 between 4:00 and 7:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Those interested in attending may arrive at any time during the scheduled session to review current details of the project and provide input. NYSDOT staff will be on hand to answer individual questions. There will be no formal presentation as part of this session. For further information, or to request an interpreter, please contact Project Engineer Howard Ressel at (585) 371-9280 or Howard.Ressel@dot.ny.gov .

      Mark your calendars…the town board will be holding a public information meeting on the draft conceptual master plan for Shadow Pines on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium. The board received the draft at its work session meeting last week from the engineering consultant BME Associates. BME will provide an overview of the draft plan to those on hand at the meeting; there will also be an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the draft plan. Those interested may review the draft plan on the town’s website, www.penfield.org. From the home page, click on Online Documents, then choose Draft Documents. The town board will receive comments on the draft plan for two weeks following the informational meeting to allow residents ample time to comment.

      Until next week, be well and be safe!

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org

       

        


      February 10, 2020
      Supervisor’s column February 10, 2020

      I would like to recognize all the members of the Department of Public Works for their extra efforts throughout last week’s storm event. Many of our employees spent 18-plus straight hours plowing and salting to make the roads safe for travel—and after just a few hours of rest were back in Saturday morning to deal with more of the same to clear roads and sidewalks. This dedicated group of employees provides a valuable service to our community by plowing 449 lane miles of 540 different town, county, and state roads. Additionally, they plow 69 miles of sidewalks and parking lots of all our facilities. Great job all, thank you for your service to Penfield!

      The recent snow did bring some fun with it, as it helped make the Family Winter Snow Night Out last Friday a big success. Harris Whalen Park was filled residents of all ages sledding, snow-shoeing, hiking, and much more. Hot chocolate and snacks provided warmth from the cold and the energy to take “just one more” ride down the hill. This event was another great effort by our Penfield Recreation team!  

      At this time of year when we are all chilled by the weather, our thoughts go to comfort food! Consider this opportunity…on Saturday, February 22 the Penfield Knights of Columbus is hosting its annual pasta dinner. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. So if you are hungry for pasta and meatballs and want a break from the kitchen, you can feed your family and help those in need of assistance in our community. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM in the gym at St. Joseph’s Church on Gebhardt Rd. The cost per person is $10.00 at the door or $8.00 pre-sale. The cost per family is $25.00 at the door or $20.00 pre-sale. Please note that you may receive the pre-sale price at door with non-perishable food donation. Contact Ben Ryck for pre-sale thickets at (585) 698-9699.

      It’s that time again—every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. One new opportunity for the 2020 Census is the ability to complete the census survey online! Amazing, right? The federal government is finally embracing digital. In fact, the bureau hopes that 55 percent of responses will be submitted via computer or mobile phone. Most households will be contacted by snail mail that will provide a unique code to complete the survey online. Participating in the 2020 Census is in everyone’s best interest because decision-makers use the data to determine which communities, schools, hospitals, and roads will receive federal funding. When you receive your survey, please take a few moments to complete and submit your response…it does make a difference in your own community!

      As I mentioned in last week’s column, the DRAFT Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan will be submitted to the town board this Wednesday (February 12) at the work session. The plan will be posted at www.penfield.org following the work session for all to view. The board will be looking to schedule a public information meeting in March. I will keep everyone updated on dates and times for any and all meetings. You may watch town board meetings on Spectrum channel 1303 or streaming video from the town website.  

      Reminder… Penfield Recreation has new extended hours. To better serve you, Pen-Rec is now open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by to register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or to chat about a program. We look forward to serving you!

      Until next week, get ready for the next storm front approaching mid-week with a snow/rain mix and a significant temperature drop.

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org  


      February 3, 2020
      Supervisor’s column February 3, 2020

      I begin this week’s column with an update on the Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan. Our consultant, BME Associates, has completed a draft of the conceptual master plan. They will submit the draft plan to the town board at the February 12 work session and provide a high level overview. The draft plan will be published on the town website following the work session for all to view. After that, I expect the town board to pass a resolution at the February 19 legislative meeting to schedule a public information meeting regarding the draft plan for Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Any and all interested residents will be able to comment on the draft plan at the public information meeting. The town board will also accept emails and other written comments prior to the information meeting and for a week following the meeting to ensure residents have the ability to provide input and feedback. 

      Next Monday, February 10, is the last day to pay Town/County taxes in full without interest. The Tax Receiver’s Office in the town hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to accept payments. If you cannot make it in during business hours, you may deposit your payment after hours using a drop box located near the door on the east side of the town hall. The box is secure and it is checked several times a day. A receipt will be mailed to you once your payment is processed. If you have any questions about your bill, please call the Tax Receiver’s Office at 340-8626.

      Now that we are all getting back to our normal routines after the holidays, I’d like to remind everyone that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf continues to work hard to help support those less fortunate in our community. The PEFS is always in need of food donations to help keep the shelves stocked. To learn more about this wonderful community organization and their current wish list of needed items, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Thank you in advance for your support, it does make a difference!

      The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $6.00 per person. February proceeds will go directly to benefit Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR). RHR seeks to foster the growth of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is an accessible facility and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details visit www.fbpenfield.org.

      Reminder…the next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Visit www.penfieldsymphony.org for more information about the PSO and this concert. 

      Penfield Players, your community theatre, announces its “winter readers’ theatre.” This season’s production is the Cinderella Waltz by Don Nigro on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. In this play, Rosey Snow is trapped in a fairy tale world that turns funny and a little frightening…and who can blame her? She is faced with a demented stepmother, a possibly homicidal village idiot, a fairy godmother who sings salty old sailor songs, and so much more! This production combines numerous versions of the world’s most popular fairy tale into a hilarious, yet sometimes dark, retelling. Equal parts farce and romantic fantasy…get ready for a truly entertaining fairy tale for adults. This program is FREE to the public, look for more information on at www.penfieldplayers.org

      Until next week, be well and be safe!

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org  


      January 27, 2020
      Supervisor’s column January 27, 2020

      We are always looking for residents with some available time to sign up as a volunteer driver for the senior transportation program known as Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Drivers and dispatchers are needed for this very important program to get seniors who do not drive to medical appointments, religious services, or town recreation centers. Drivers will be thoroughly trained through Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and will receive supplemental insurance. For more information about volunteering, please call Pam at 340-8664. Thank you in advance for helping a neighbor!

      The next “Nels Carman Big Band Night” will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 7:30–9:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center. The Penfield Rotary Band will play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. Everyone is welcome, the fee is $2.00 and you pay at the door.

      Join the Penfield Trails Committee for their next guided hike on Friday night February 7, 6:30–7:30 PM. Yes…that’s right…Friday night! Join the committee for this full moon hike as part of the Recreation Department’s “Winter Woods Hike.” Listen for screech owls as you hike through the Harris Whalen Park trails. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the upper pavilion parking lot at Harris Whalen Park and look for the hike signs.

      Winter break is the week of February 17–21. If you are looking for some different activities for our youngest residents, please see the program offerings in both the Penfield Public Library and the Recreation Department. There is a complete lineup in the 2020winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure in print or online at www.penfieldrec.org or www.penfieldlibrary.org

      The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert is February 24 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School auditorium. The program is "Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines." Commencing with local composer Verne Reynolds’ rarely-heard Celebration Overture, the concert then features local Eastman faculty jazz pianist Tony Caramia presenting American female composer Dana Suesse’s jazz nocturne Afternoon of a Black Faun, her romantic piece My Silent Love, and her energetic Jazz Concerto in D. The second half is a symphonic celebration of the popular, tuneful music of Richard Rodgers (Oklahoma, The King and I, Victory at Sea, South Pacific.)  

      Tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldsymphony.org, by phone at 585-872-0774, in person at the Penfield Recreation Department or Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert. Advance tickets cost $15 for adults ($16 at the door), and $12 for senior citizens 60 and over ($16 at the door). For students of any age with a student ID, advance tickets are free or $1 at the door. 

      The Penfield Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the Rochester community for over 60 years. Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. For information on concerts and highlights, follow the Penfield Symphony Orchestra on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PenfieldSymphonyOrchestra, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PenfieldSym, or visit the website at http://www.penfieldsymphony.org.

      Important dates and events in history: January 29, 1919 – the Eighteenth Amendment is added to the Constitution. The Eighteenth Amendment declared the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors illegal, though it did not outlaw the actual consumption of alcohol. Shortly after the amendment was ratified, Congress passed the Volstead Act to provide for the federal enforcement of Prohibition. Note…The Eighteenth Amendment is the only amendment to ever have been repealed from the United States Constitution–via the inclusion of the Twenty-First Amendment; January 30, 1964 – The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America abolished the poll tax for all federal elections. A poll tax was a tax of anywhere from one to a few dollars that had to be paid annually by each voter in order to be able to cast a vote; February 1, 1865 – The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 

      Until next week, enjoy the mild break in the weather, I’m sure it will not last!

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org 


      January 24, 2020
      Family Winter Snow Night Out

      The public is invited to join Penfield Recreation for a Family Winter Snow Night Out on Friday, February 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park. Come play in the snow under the moon!

      This unique nighttime experience at Harris Whalen Park will include snow games, building snow sculptures, sledding in the moonlight, and staying warm by a fire. Participants are asked to bring a sled for sledding, or other snow toys they would like to use. Warm refreshments will be available!

      Penfield Trails Committee will hold their monthly free public hike during the event, leading hiking or snowshoeing on the trails through the Harris Whalen Park woods. Snowshoes will be available to borrow and participants are asked to please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

      “With the winter season’s colder weather keeping many people indoors more often than not, this family winter event will showcase options to explore the outdoors at our local parks,” said Chris Bilow, Penfield Recreation Director.  “Bundle up and beat the cabin fever with fun a winter snow night out in Penfield with your family!”

      This event is free and all ages are invited. Sponsored by Penfield Recreation and Wegmans, our wellness partner.

      For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


      January 22, 2020
      Notice Regarding Cross-Country Ski Trails at Shadow Pines Property

      Please be advised that there will be a high school cross-country ski meet at Shadow Pines on Thursday, January 23, 3:00-4:30PM. The trails will be unavailable to the public during this time.


      January 21, 2020
      Supervisor’s column January 21, 2020

      The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will once again be offering free income tax preparation on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center—by appointment only—January 29 through April 8, 2020. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program was designed to provide free income tax preparation services for low to moderate income households, with a focus on seniors 60 and older. While the program is available to anyone, its intent is to help those with limited resources who can’t afford to have their returns prepared by a private person or company. For more information please go to page 24 of the winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure or www.penfieldrec.org. To make an appointment you must call 340-8655, x-0. AARP membership is not required.

      The next Red Cross Babysitting program is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed to provide youth (ages 11–15) who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and help children behave. Through hands-on practice, the successful candidate will receive certification as an American Red Cross babysitter. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. If you have questions, please contact Domenic at 281-4208.

      CBD 101…Meredith Dawes, RN, CBD and Medicinal Cannabis Educator will teach you about what CBD is and how it works in your body. Learn about the body’s endocannabinoid system and the health benefits and conditions that can be treated with CBD. The program will be held on Monday, January 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the community center. The registration number is 131025-A, the fee is $20.00, and you must be 18 years of age to participate.

      The next AARP Smart Driver course is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed for the mature licensed driver (however, any age may attend with a NYS license). Tune up your driving skills, learn the newest laws, and understand how to adjust to age-related physical changes. Upon completion, participants may receive up to a 10% discount for multiple years on auto insurance; and the DMV may allow up to a four point reduction. The cost is $20.00 for AARP members or $25.00 for non-members payable by check only made out to AARP. For questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655.

      DOWN size to RIGHT size! It is so easy to collect many things during our life time, all of which have some special meaning; however, have you taken a step back and said to yourself…HELP! In the DOWN size to RIGHT size program, you will learn how to liberate space in your home in this three-class course that looks at the rewards of real-world decluttering. Each one-hour class builds on the previous one with information and assignments designed to meet your needs. Interactive class discussions focus on decisions and challenges you may encounter. By the last class you will have determined a custom plan to declutter your space based on your own situation. Make your home your sanctuary and experience more inner peace and improved health habits. These FREE classes are scheduled for three consecutive Thursdays: February 13, 20, 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the community center. 

      Christmas tree recycling is still underway at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the town hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year. Thank you in advance for not sending your tree to the landfill.

      With the recent snowfall, I want to remind everyone that winter parking rules are in effect and run through Wednesday, April 1. This means NO PARKING is allowed on any roadway in Penfield from 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM to allow our DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt roadways. Thank you in advance for observing these rules, it gives us the opportunity to get through the town more quickly and it avoids the potential of you receiving a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office!

      Lastly, please remember to clear snow from around fire hydrants if you have one in front of or near your home. This important task will assist emergency responders if they need to respond to a call in your neighborhood.

      Tony

      supervisor@penfield.org 




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