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As many are aware, coyotes are prevalent throughout New York State and it is not uncommon to sight them in the Town of Greece. After receiving calls from concerned residents, Supervisor Reilich wanted to make the public aware of what the Town of Greece Department of Animal Control is doing in response.

Coyotes are highly intelligent animals that adapt well to changing habitats and conditions in both suburban and urban areas. This makes their capture quite challenging. When responding to calls regarding coyotes, Greece Animal Control's first priority is determining whether the animal is an immediate threat to people or pets. Secondly, they determine if the animal is sick or injured to the point where it could possibly be captured and appropriately dealt with. Most calls received are of the nuisance variety where the animal is causing concern simply by its presence.

The following list will help educate on the behavior of coyotes and what you can do to avoid frequent encounters:

-  Be very careful with pets - in particular cats and small breed dogs. Keep your pets under close supervision and good control. Pets that roam are targets for coyotes. Larger dogs are generally safe, however they may want to chase the coyote which could result in injury.

- Make certain there are no food sources available to encourage coyotes to frequent certain areas: pet food outside, bird feeders, and garbage cans all encourage coyotes to keep coming back to the same area, and they WILL remember.

- Do not allow the coyotes to be comfortable in the neighborhoods. Harass them when they are seen. Yell, clap hands, stomp feet, make lots of noise to frighten them and chase them off. Do not let them lose their fear of humans. Wild animals are generally afraid of people and will avoid humans.

- Call 911 if you require immediate assistance with an aggressive coyotes (or any aggressive animal).

“Some residents have expressed concerns regarding coyote sightings, so I wanted to provide the public with some educational information on what practices will help in avoiding frequent encounters with the animals” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our Town of Greece Department of Animal Control is fully aware of the sightings and provides educational information to residents that address their concerns. Specifically regarding small pets, I would like to remind all Town of Greece residents to exercise extra caution when allowing their pets to go unleashed or unsupervised outdoors”.

Tuesday evening, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Town Board Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro for a proclamation ceremony celebrating the 70th year anniversary of Van Putte Gardens.

Van Putte Gardens, located at 136 North Avenue, is a well-known business in the area. They were established as a seed company in 1948 and are now in their third generation of business. This family-owned business is run by Van Putte family members Kyle and Holly, alongside their parents Sue and Carl.

Van Putte Gardens has long been serving the local area. A recent way they have impacted the Greece community is when Sue Van Putte reached out to Supervisor Reilich and offered to landscape the area outside of the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center. She designed and planted seven large concrete planters and supplied beautiful flowers for these planters.

“The Town of Greece is proud to have long standing businesses that are dedicated to serving the Greece community” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “Congratulations on celebrating 70 years of business and thank you for the contributions you make to our town!”

Thursday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Senator Joe Robach, Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, Legislators Joe Carbone and Brian Marianetti, Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Josh Jensen, and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon to host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening for the new location of TC Hooligan’s Bar and Grill in Greece. The restaurant is now located at 200 Center Place Drive in Greece.  

TC Hooligan’s Bar and Grill was established in Greece in 1999 and quickly became a staple in the community. They focus on serving great food and drinks, providing TV’s so people can keep up on the latest sports action, and hosting some of Rochester’s best bands on the weekends. For more information and to view their menu, check out their website at www.tchooligansgreece.com.

“I was excited to host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new location of TC Hooligan’s Bar and Grill” said Supervisor Reilich. “We work every day to ensure that the Town of Greece is a business-friendly place, and I am always happy when businesses chose to establish and stay in our great town. I wish TC Hooligan’s owner Joe Ferrari and his family and team great success in their new location!”

The beloved Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Event was held yesterday in celebration of Independence Day. This is the fifth year the Town of Greece has organized and hosted this celebration at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This popular event is free and open to the public.

The day kicked off at 7:30am with the Town of Greece Freedom Run 5k. Supervisor Reilich would like to thank all who braved the heat to participate in the 5k. Congratulations to first place male runner Jason McElwain (aka J-Mac) and first place female runner Laurie Weidert! Following the 5k was the Super Hero Sprint for kids. Every kid was a super hero that day as they followed Batman, Captain America, and Super Mario in warm ups and a fun run around the Greece Town Hall Campus. Congratulations to our young resident, Jared Wade, on finishing in first place!

Evening festivities picked up around 4:00pm with the opening several food trucks, including local favorites Lugia’s Ice Cream, Rob’s Kabob’s, J&S Fried Dough, Sully’s, Red Osier, Macarollin’, and Dave’s Fine Food. Family-friendly and children’s activities were in full swing  as kids enjoyed bounce houses, games, and were treated to a free book from the Library Book Mobile “Free Books for Kids” Cart!

At 6:00, the first act of the night – Josie Waverly – performed at the Greece Town Pavilion. Josie Waverly has performed all over the United States as a headliner as well as an opening act for many of Nashville’s leading entertainers. Heavily involved in the Greater Rochester community, Josie has been named “Hilton’s Citizen of the Year”, was featured in the Rochester Women Magazine, established the late “Josie’s Country Jukebox” in Spencerport, and much more!

Following Josie Waverly, Supervisor Bill Reilich took the stage and recognized local representatives who were present at the celebration and introduced the main act of the night: Orleans. Orleans actually performed the first year Supervisor Reilich held the 4th of July Celebration and they were so popular he wanted to bring them back! The unique pop/rock band has been entertaining fans since 1972.

The huge celebration ended with a bang – literally! The Town of Greece is proud to have one of the best firework displays in Monroe County, and this year did not disappoint. Supervisor Reilich would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy Independence Day in the Town of Greece!  

The Town of Greece would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to our celebration: Wegmans, M&T Bank, Mark IV Enterprises, Campobello Construction, and Bob Johnson Chevrolet.

“The Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations draws thousands every year” said Supervisor Reilich. “From the 5k in the morning to the fireworks display at night, the day is filled with fun activities for people of all ages. Thank you for all who came out to celebrate with us! I am happy to announce that for the 5th year in a row, we have been able to provide the best fireworks show around and at no cost to taxpayers”.

Please note that our flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of New York State Police Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, who died in the line of duty in Steuben County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers of Trooper Clark.

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite all to attend the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration this Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. This annual family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with family friendly activities, including a Super Hero Sprint for kids, food trucks, children’s activities, musical performances, and concluding with a fireworks spectacle. ADA compliant buses will be available at Greece Athena High School to transport people to the festivities, as there is no parking at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Shuttles will begin departing at 4:30PM and will run continuously throughout the evening until 11:30PM.  The full schedule can be found below:

Schedule of Events:

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Day-of registration will be available)

7:30 AM -- 5K Race Begins

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

9:00 AM – Super Hero Sprint for Kids

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

4:30 PM – Food Trucks Open

(Food trucks participating include Lugias Ice Cream, Macarollin’, Robs Kabobs, J&S Fried Dough, Sully’s, Daves Fine Food, and Red Osier)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Children’s Activities

6:00-7:30 PM – Opening Act Josie Waverly

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

8:00 PM – Main Act Orleans

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

Dusk – Fire Works Display

(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)

The Town of Greece would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to our celebration: Wegmans, M&T Bank, Mark IV Enterprises, Campobello Construction, and Bob Johnson Chevrolet.

For more information regarding the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, please contact the Town of Greece at 225-2000.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind residents that there is still time to register for the 4th of July Freedom Run 5k. Signup forms for the Fifth Annual 5K Freedom Run are available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website. Hard copy registration forms are also available on the second floor of Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration.

Packet pickup will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd at the second floor of Greece Town Hall from 9am-5pm. A t-shirt will be given to every person who pre-registers and a medal will be distributed to everyone who finishes the race. Check-in will take place at 7:00am on July 4th at the Greece Town Hall Campus and the race will begin at 7:30am. Day-of registration will be available at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 4th. The cost for registering the day of the race will be $30/person. The course will begin and end near the Town of Greece Court House (4 Vince Tofany Boulevard). Timing for the 5k will be conducted by Yen Timing Services. The course map is available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website.

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite all to attend the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. This annual event takes place on July 4th and is free and open to the public. The 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with family friendly activities, including a Super Hero Sprint for kids, food trucks, children’s activities, musical performances, and concluding with a fireworks spectacle. ADA compliant buses will be available at Greece Athena High School to transport people to the festivities, as there is no parking at the Greece Town Hall complex. Shuttles will begin departing at 4:30PM and will run continuously throughout the evening until 11:30PM.  The full schedule can be found below:

Schedule of Events – As of 6/22/18

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration
(Registration forms can be found on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab, on the Run Sign Up website at https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun., or in hard copy form on the second floor of Greece Town Hall)

7:30 AM -- 5K Race Begins

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

9:00 AM – Super Hero Sprint for Kids

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

4:30 PM – Food Trucks Open

(Food trucks participating include Lugias Ice Cream, Macarollin’, Robs Kabobs, J&S Fried Dough, Sully’s, Daves Fine Food, and Red Osier)                  

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Children’s Activities

6:00-7:30 PM – Opening Act Josie Waverly

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

8:00 PM – Main Act Orleans

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

Dusk – Fire Works Display

(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)

The Town of Greece would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to our celebration: Wegmans, M&T Bank, Mark IV Enterprises, Campobello Construction, and Bob Johnson Chevrolet.

For more information regarding the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, please contact the Town of Greece at 225-2000.

As the days get warmer, the spray park buzzes with happy children of all ages enjoying the spray park. And since we always encouraged our residents to be active and healthy, we have this year decided to permanently pave our walking trail around the Greece Town Hall Campus. Two years ago we thought we would give an outdoor walking trail at the Town Hall Campus a try, and it has grown in popularity. The total path brings you around the pickleball courts, the spray park, the playground, and our retention pond. The total path marked in 1/8 mile increments is ½ mile long. The paving will be done just in time for our July 4th Super Heroes Run and will be enjoyed by thousands of residents who visit and walk their way around the Town Hall Campus. Additionally, to help folks navigate all of the great features, we have we have installed directional signs on the walking path. 

When using the walking path, be sure to take advantage of our outdoor fitness stations! The exercise equipment available includes an Ab Toner, Lateral Pull Down, Chest Press, Double Leg Press, and Rower. These pieces are designed for all fitness levels.

“According to the calendar it’s the first day of Summer, but the Town of Greece has already had many of our summer enhancements under way” said Supervisor Reilich.  “The Town Board and I would like to invite Greece residents to take advantage of all the amenities that we have to offer not only at our wonderful parks and trails, but also right here at Town Hall Campus”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind residents that signup forms for the Fifth Annual 5K Freedom Run are available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website. You may also register through the Run Sign Up Website at https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun. Hard copy registration forms are also available on the second floor of Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The 5K Freedom Run will be a part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration.

Packet pickup will take place on Thursday, June 28th, Monday, July 2nd, and Tuesday, July 3rd at the second floor of Greece Town Hall from 9am-5pm. A t-shirt will be given to every person who pre-registers and a medal will be distributed to everyone who finishes the race. Check-In will take place at 7:00am on July 4th at the Greece Town Hall Campus and the race will begin at 7:30am. Day-of registration will be available at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 4th. The cost for registering the day of the race will be $30/person. The course will begin and end near the Town of Greece Court House (4 Vince Tofany Boulevard). Timing for the 5k will be conducted by Yen Timing Services. The course map is available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website.

In addition to the 5K Freedom Run, the Town of Greece will also be hosting a “Super Hero Sprint” for children. This event will begin at 9:00am and will be one mile in length. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and a super hero mask. Registration will take place at the Community and Senior Center and the registration fee will be $6 per child. Please call the Community and Senior Center at 723-2425 to register.