Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Greece Council Members Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Josh Jensen and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, along with representatives from the UR Medicine Home Care Program participated today in a nationwide March for Meals campaign, which is a part of the Meals on Wheels Program.
Establish during the 1970’s, the Meals on Wheels Program has grown to become one the largest volunteer-based programs in the country. Every day, millions of meals are delivered across the country to senior citizens who are unable cook for themselves. Every March, the Meals on Wheels program kicks off a month long campaign to help encourage local organizations to get involved and assist in delivering meals to senior citizens in the community. This will be the 16th year the March for Meals Campaign has been organized locally.
“Again this year I was joined by the Greece Town Board Members, the Greece Receiver of Taxes, and representative from the UR Medicine Home Care Program for the March for Meals Campaign, where we helped to deliver food to senior citizens in the Greece Community. This wonderful program helps to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation and to celebrate the critical role the Meals on Wheels Program has in our community. I would like to encourage all municipalities and residents to step up and volunteer their time in participating in the March for Meals Campaign and help bring meals to their community’s senior citizens” said Supervisor Reilich.
Wednesday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Councilman Bill Murphy, Councilman Josh Jensen, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, and Mark’s Pizzeria owner Mark Crane and many of his family members and staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the facility expansion of Mark’s Pizzeria in Greece. Mark’s Pizzeria is located in North Pointe Center at 3670 Mount Read Boulevard.
Mark’s Pizzeria is owned and operated by Mark Crane. He opened Mark’s Pizzeria in Greece back in 2002 and has expanded the facility to triple its original size. The expansion includes new bathrooms and a seating area with several tables and chairs. The walls in the expanded seating area are decorated with Greece School sports logos.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the expansion of Mark’s Pizzeria” said Supervisor Reilich. “We work every day to ensure that the Town of Greece is a business-friendly place, and I am always happy to welcome new and expanding businesses to the area. I wish owner Mark Crane and his team great success!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is creating signs for Greece Town Parks that will provide relevant contact and location information in the event of an emergency.
The first sign has already been installed at Badgerow Park South. It features the Town of Greece seal and reads “In The Event Of An Emergency Call 911 – Your Location Is Badgerow Park South 1120 Latta Road”. The Town of Greece Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the Department of Public Works, are working on creating and installing similar signs for all Greece Town Parks.
“After hearing such positive feedback from our recent installation of Internet Purchase Exchange Location signs, I wanted to explore additional ways to help keep our residents safe and informed” said Supervisor Reilich. “At the suggestion of a resident, I began working with our Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works to create and install emergency information signs in all Greece Town Parks. The first sign has already been placed at Badgerow Park South, and we are in the process of installing additional signs at all Greece Town Parks. These signs will provide emergency contact and location information in the event that a resident needs to contact authorities while at that location. I am always interested in suggestions and feedback from Greece Town Residents, and I believe that these signs will help to keep our residents educated and safe”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was recently contacted by the President of the Arbor Day Foundation congratulating the Town of Greece on earning recognition as a 2017 Tree City USA. The Town achieved this recognition through our commitment to effective urban management and by meeting the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“I am proud to live in a town that participates in sustainability through the planting and caring of trees” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town’s dedication to effective urban forest management is helping to provide our community with better air quality, water resources, energy use, and many other benefits. Thank you to all who help us in being a community committed to keeping our environment healthy!”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. More information about the program can be found at arborday.org.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Medal Presentation Ceremony at Monday evening’s Town Board Meeting. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.
“It is an honor for me to be able to present these medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At Monday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting proclamations and medals to two young men who recently received the rank of Eagle Scout. I would like to congratulate Christian Patterson of Scout Troop Number 195 on his achievement of Eagle Scout ranking through his dedication to renovating Salem Nutrition Center. I would also like to congratulate Zackary Ferris of Scout Troop Number 48 on his achievement of Eagle Scout Ranking through his efforts in restoring sections of Adeline Park”.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.
Thursday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Wood Kettle Brewing in Greece. The new business is located at 1192 Manitou Road at the corner of Latta Road and Manitou Road.
The first microbrewery to open in Greece, Wood Kettle Brewing offers a variety of beer, wine and food. The business is owned and operated by Mark Miles and Jeff Allen. Mark and Jeff, along with their late partner, Bill Allen, worked for the past year and a half to establish this business. Their goal was to establish a family-friendly business that would serve the Greece community. For more information about Wood Kettle Brewing, check out their website at www.woodkettlebrewing.com.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Wood Kettle Brewing” said Supervisor Reilich. “We work every day to ensure that the Town of Greece is a business-friendly place, and I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the area. I wish co-owners Mark Miles and Jeff Allen and their team great success!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Community and Senior Center this week hosted the first annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance.
100 dads and daughters turned out for a magical evening of dancing, crafts, food and photo opportunities. Participants danced throughout the night to the YMCA, hokey pokey and more while enjoying their special night out.
“We are happy to offer great programs like the Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “A special thanks to the Recreation Team and volunteers who helped make this night possible. We were happy to see so many fathers and daughters participate in this fun event!”
For more information about events at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center, please call 723-2450.
Supervisor Bill Reilich was happy to co-host the Grand View Beach Association’s Lake Level Update Meeting Tuesday evening. When Supervisor Reilich heard that over 200 attendees were expected, he offered to have the meeting held in the Greece Community and Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room, which is designed to hold a large capacity of people.
The meeting began around 7:00pm with opening remarks by the Grand View Beach Association (GVBA) President Greg Pien. A lake level update was then given by GVBA member Dan Barletta. Following, Senator Joe Robach gave an update from the State level. Assemblyman Peter Lawrence also gave remarks.
Supervisor Reilich also spoke during the meeting and gave updates on the flooding from the Town level. He spoke of the new installation of shut-off valves, piping, and a new berm structure in flood risk areas. He opened the floor up for questions afterwards, listening to many express concerns regarding the IJC and Plan 2014, new protection available this year for waterfront residents, and other flooding-related questions. Supervisor Reilich reassured residents that in addition to the new piping, berm structure, and shut-off valves, the aqua dam would also be available this year if needed. He also addressed questions from residents regarding their concerns and frustrations with Sheen Housing. Sheen Housing is contracted through the State, but Supervisor Reilich is fully aware of all of the issues residents who have experienced damages are having with their representatives. He has reached out to Sheen Housing, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Governor, and other State Representatives on behalf of water front residents expressing their frustrations with the organization and asking for more promptness and professionalism from the representatives.
Questions regarding State Aid were also addressed. During the meeting, attendees were informed that there is a potential $31 million funds available to replenish the exhausted residential fund. However, the State has not yet made those funds available for residents. All who have been affected by the flooding were encouraged to join Supervisor Reilich in reaching out to the Governor in advocating for the funds.
“I was grateful for the opportunity to join the Grand View Beach Association, Senator Joe Robach, and Assemblyman Peter Lawrence in providing updates to water front residents at Tuesday’s informational meeting” said Supervisor Reilich. “There was an open forum where residents were able to express their questions, concerns, and frustrations with topics surrounding the flooding. We were able to address questions about Sheen Housing, funding, IJC Plan 2014, protection available for waterfront residents, and much more. I am reaching out to both the Governor and officials on every level to advocate for our water front residents. I ask you to please join me in contacting the Governor - the more people who reach out, the more likely we are to be heard”.
In honor and memory of the victims and families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we are lowering the flags at Greece Town Hall until sunset on Monday, February 19th. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board are pleased to announce the official kick off the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 2004 until 2013 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend,” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is an honor for me to announce this scholarship in memory of Jerry. His respect for public service and his love for learning are the foundations of this scholarship. Jerry loved his community and we want to be able to engage our youth to enable their participation in local government and community service. This will be our third year awarding this scholarship to a student from the Greece community who shares the same values of community service as Jerry did. I encourage all seniors in high school to apply for this scholarship and continue on Jerry’s lifelong legacy of public service and learning”.
The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills.