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Supervisor Reilich is excited to announce that this year the Town of Greece will be launching a “Giving Tree Project”. This project will provide an opportunity for community members to help families in need during the holidays.

The “Giving Tree” will be located at Greece Town Hall in the atrium from Friday, December 1st – Monday, December 18th. Tags will be placed on the tree indicating the specific item or items needed. Community members are invited to take a tag off the tree, purchase the item, and return the unwrapped item to the boxes located by the tree. At the conclusion of the project, the donated items will be given to Mission Share Outreach Center of Greece, NY.

Mission Share Outreach is a collaborative effort of 13 churches in the Town of Greece to serve those in need year round. If you are interested in learning more about Mission Share Outreach and volunteering with the organization, please visit their website at http://missionshareoutreach.org/.

“I am thrilled to be launching the “Giving Tree Project” this holiday season” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the Walmart in Elmridge Plaza for donating the pre-lit tree for the project, and would also like to thank Mission Share Outreach for partnering with the Town of Greece as we bring the spirit of Christmas to those in need this holiday season. Time and again, I have witnessed residents in the Town of Greece stepping up and coming forward to help their neighbors in need. This is truly a caring community and I am so blessed to live in this Town”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Chamber of Commerce yesterday welcomed 5-Star Urgent Care to Greece. The new business is located at 3648 Dewey Avenue.

5-Star Urgent Care has facilities all around New York State. Their goal is to provide a quick and convenient ER alternative for non-threatening ailments and injuries such as sprains and strains, bumps and bruises, and respiratory infections. Professional staff are equipped and available to treat patients without an appointment. 5-Star also performs on-site x-rays, stitches and lab testing for added convenience to patients.

 Supervisor Reilich was joined by Greece Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Lentini and several members of 5-Star Urgent Care to cut the ribbon and declare that their newest facility was open for business.

“I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the Town of Greece”. said Supervisor Reilich. “The Dewey Avenue corridor continues to host vibrant new businesses, and we welcome further development to both existing vacant spaces and new constructions. I wish 5-Star Urgent Care great success!” 

Supervisor Reilich will be hosting the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party on Thursday, December 7th, 2017. The tree lighting ceremony will take place just outside the back entrance of Greece Town Hall in front of the decorated pine tree. Attendees will be treated to a performance by the Greece Arcadia Middle School Choir, where complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa will be available.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, attendees will have an opportunity to join our friends at the Community and Senior Center for their annual Family Christmas Party. The festivities will feature light refreshments, a DJ, crafts, music by the Greece Concert Band, and a visit by Santa Claus himself! Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and outside under the Pavilion. All events are free to the public.

Please see below for the timeline of events:

5:45pm – Greece Arcadia Middle School Choir performance.

6:00pm – Welcome address and Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:15pm – Festivities at Community and Senior Center begin

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to join the Greece Public Library in announcing that the 2018 Glimpses of Greece Wall Calendars will be available Friday, December 1st, 2017. The calendars, which celebrate the beauty of the Town of Greece and the creativity of its residents, will be available at both branches of the Greece Public Library on a first-come, first-served basis (one per family, please).

Images featured in the 2018 Glimpses of Greece calendar were submitted to the Greece Public Library’s 3rd annual Glimpses of Greece Photography Contest in August of 2017. Contest judges were local photographers Robert Bilsky, Jim Montanus, and Dick Bennett. Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich chose a “Supervisor’s Favorite” that also appears in the calendar.  All the winning images will be on exhibit at the library through December 31st, 2017. 

 “With 17 municipal parks and 8 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline, the Town of Greece has something for every resident whether you want to walk, bike, canoe, play on a playground, host a family gathering, play sports or cool off in our Wild Over Water Zone Splash Park” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank library staff and the Friends of the Greece Public Library for their coordination and sponsorship of this contest celebrating our great town!”

The Friends of the Greece Public Library sponsored the contest, including the printing of the calendar and photography workshops at the library. Questions about calendar availability and next year’s contest can be directed to the library at 225-8951.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society has declared that the Town of Greece has won the 2017 Exceptional Park Design Award for the Kids Canyon Playground! This award is given annually to projects that demonstrate excellence in design of park amenities such as playgrounds, sports fields, trails, and linear parks.

The Kids Canyon Playground, which officially opened in July of 2017, is a 11,000 square foot nature-themed playground featuring precast cement sculptures, rocks and log climbers. The playground utilizes “linked play” which allows children to move across from feature to feature, encouraging more active, physical games than other types of standard playground equipment. Everything on the playground can be climbed on, which lends itself to “taking chances and building confidence”.

The latest technology was used when designing this playground to ensure the safest, most accessible surface while maximizing the level of fun. For example, the playground is installed with Hydro Chill, which is a synthetic turf cooling system that can reduce surface temperatures by 50 degrees. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the turf is released, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface. This allows for increased playing time and greater comfort and safety for playground users.

The Kids Canyon Playground is also the first playground in our region to use BIBA, which is interactive technology of augmented reality, imagination-driven playground games for parents to play with their children. The BIBA app is available on both iTunes and Google Play and is free to download. The app offers games such as treasure hunts and obstacle courses to keep kids engaged and active. Custom designed for our playground, BIBA follows a strict “90/10” rule, which ensures that kids are physically active for at least 90% of the game with only 10% of their attention being spent on the screen. There are “markers” installed on the playground, which are considered “play stations” where BIBA users can unlock new content, activate mini-games, and reveal new treasures, as well as enjoy obstacle courses.

“In July of 2017, we unveiled a one-of-a-kind playground to the community with the goal of creating a destination playground experience that would encourage families to come outside and play” said Supervisor Reilich. “Today, I am thrilled to receive on behalf of the Town of Greece and all of our wonderful residents the 2017 Exceptional Park Design Award for the Kids Canyon Playground!”

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that a new salt barn is being constructed on the Department of Public Works site. The new building will replace an aging salt barn that was constructed in 1991.

The new salt barn is 124 feet in diameter, with 10 feet of poured concrete walls that are 12 inches thick. The building is shaped like a dome with the highest point being 61 feet tall. The original salt barn was only able to hold 3,500 tons, whereas this new salt barn has the space capacity for 13,000 tons. The construction is projected to be completed by the end of the year.

“When I first took office, I was surprised there was no 5-year CIP. That changed immediately as I worked with our department heads and in conjunction with our Finance Team on how to begin to prepare for our CIP. One result of that planning is our new Salt Barn, which was put in as a request by DPW. Resident safety is always a priority, and the new salt barn gives us the ability to have quick and easy access to the salt in order to keep roads free from snow and ice and to keep it from bonding to the road. I will keep you posted on a regular basis as we did for the new Police Headquarters with regular updates and photos of the progression” said Supervisor Reilich.

Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by the Greece Town Board and the Library Board for a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the new Reader’s Corner at the Greece Public Library, located at 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard in Greece.

The Reader's Corner at the Greece Public Library is located near the Adult Fiction Collection. Designed with readers in mind, it includes comfortable seating, "What to Read Next" brochures, bulletin board space for postings about upcoming literary events, and book displays for browsing. The creation of the space was made possible by a Mario D'Aiuto Management Trust donation to the library's gift fund. The space was designed to encourage and entice library visitors to discover new genres, literary events, authors and reading formats.    

“The library as "Center for Readers" was identified as a priority in the library's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, which was developed with in depth community input” said Supervisor Reilich. “The goal is for library visitors to find the materials they are looking for in a timely and convenient manner, have help choosing among the options, and have programs and services designed to engage them in the wider community of readers”.