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”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that the Town of Greece will be composing a webpage on our website that residents can use as a reference to find other Free Little Libraries around the community. This decision came after receiving an outpouring of positive community feedback and support regarding the recent announcement of a Free Little Library to be temporarily placed at the Greece Community and Senior Center before making its way to the Spray Park/Playground Area in the Spring. Supervisor Reilich is asking folks in Greece to take photos and send in location information for Free Little Libraries around our community which we can put up on our website. Please note that if you do not own the Little Library, we ask that you get permission from the owner before forwarding to us. Supervisor Reilich would also like to encourage neighborhoods and local businesses who may want to construct their own Free Little Library to participate and notify us so we can share the information with our residents.
The concept of a Free Little Library is that families and children get a book from the “library” and also drop off books that they have already read for someone else to enjoy. It is set up so people can keep the books, pass them along, and/or share them as a community – no one is ever required to return the books and it in no way replaces all of the great opportunities to borrow books from our amazing Greece Public Library Branches.
“Our Library Director and library staff are ALWAYS supportive of any initiative that works to instill the love of reading”. said Supervisor Reilich. “As you know, our library buildings provide an opportunity for you to borrow so many books both physically, in the library, or electronically as part of our e-books subscription. You can also borrow videos and of course there are numerous programs to take advantage of. This Free Little Library initiative I believe is another way to instill a love of reading no matter where you are, and that path may just bring you into one of our libraries to explore even more”.
The “Free Little Library” on Town Hall Campus, which was modeled after Greece Town Hall, was kindly built by the Department of Public Works staff using leftover materials from Town jobs. The materials used in building the model were plywood, roofing shingles, oil base paint and Lexan plastic for the see-through doors. The dimensions are about 50” long X 17” wide X 25” high.
“We have received such wonderful feedback from Greece Residents about our Free Little Library” said Reilich. “I take resident feedback very seriously, and when some mentioned that they would be interested in a reference sheet for other Free Little Libraries around the community, I looked into what could be done. I am happy to report that we will be creating a link on our webpage for residents to locate other Free Little Libraries around the community. I would like to encourage all Greece Residents and local community Businesses to send pictures and locations of the Free Little Library in their area to the Town of Greece so we can upload them to the webpage!”
Photos can be uploaded to Supervisor Reilich’s Facebook page and, once received, we will start to compile the information to share with the community.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased announce that planning is underway for Senior Citizen games! These games are in the preliminary planning stages right now, and will be officially offered next year. The “Senior Olympic Games” will be hosted right here in the Town of Greece.
Registration for the Senior Olympic Games will take place in the Spring of 2018. Events will include Bocce, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Bridge, Euchre, Bowling, Table Tennis, and a 5k Walk/Run. More information will be available soon.
“I am very excited to offer this fun and active program for the seniors in our community”. said Supervisor Reilich. “As your Supervisor, my priority has always been to make the Town of Greece a great place to live. One of the ways we accomplish this is by offering new programs and expanding on current programs for our citizens. Stay tuned for more information about the Senior Olympic Games!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that the Greece Town Hall Campus now boasts a “Free Little Library” from which residents can borrow books. The concept is that families and children get a book from the “library” and also drop off books that they have already read for someone else to enjoy. It is set up so people can keep the books, pass them along, and/or share them as a community – no one is ever required to return the books. Please note that this in no way replaces all of the great opportunities to borrow books from our Greece Public Library!
The “Free Little Library”, which was modeled after Greece Town Hall, was kindly built by the Department of Public Works staff using leftover materials from Town jobs. The weather-resistant model will be permanently placed outside near the Kids Canyon Playground in the Spring. It is currently in the Greece Community and Senior Center and will remain there this Fall/Winter season. The materials used in building the model were plywood, roofing shingles, oil base paint and Lexan plastic for the see-through doors. The dimensions are about 50” long X 17” wide X 25” high.
“I have wanted to bring the “Free Little Library” to the Greece Town Hall Campus after seeing them pop up in other communities” said Supervisor Reilich. “Parents and kids can read the books available while enjoying all of the fun outdoor activities available on Campus!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcomed Pure Bliss Salon and Spa to Greece. The new business is located at 4343 Dewey Avenue.
Ashley Arnold, owner of Pure Bliss Salon & Spa, brings over 12 years of experience to the Rochester/Greece area and specializes in Aveda Hair Color. Ashley and her trained staff take pride in providing excellent services to their many loyal guests. The salon offers haircuts, coloring, perms, waxing, manicures, pedicures, make-up application, microblading and eyelash extensions. They also offer a wide variety of Aveda haircare products. The salon is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00AM to 8:00PM, Fridays 9:00AM to 3:00PM and Saturdays 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Call the salon at 585-434-4618 to schedule an appointment or book online at Vagaro.com.
Supervisor Reilich was joined by Councilman Andrew Conlon, Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, Judge Barry, owner Ashley Arnold, and many of her friends, family and staff to cut the ribbon and declare that Pure Bliss Salon and Spa was open for business.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pure Bliss Salon and Spa”. said Supervisor Reilich. “I am always happy to welcome new businesses to the Town of Greece. I wish owner Ashley Arnold and her business great success!”