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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board and the Greece Community and Senior Center today hosted the Town of Greece Senior Picnic. The event was held under the Pavilion and included live music and a buffet lunch.

“Today we hosted our Town of Greece Senior Picnic under the Pavilion, where we had the opportunity to sit and talk with some of the vibrant seniors in our community”. said Supervisor Bill Reilich “It was nice seeing people dance to the live music and enjoying the picnic”.

The Community and Senior Center hosts several events for senior citizens throughout the year. If you are interested in more information, please call 723-2425. 

Supervisor Bill Reilich and Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Kirk Morris were recognized at Tuesday night’s Greece Town Board Meeting by the Grand View Beach Association (GVBA). GVBA President Greg Pien, Suzanne Albright and several members of the neighborhood association presented Supervisor Reilich and Commissioner Morris with pictures of the sunset over Lake Ontario. The pictures were donated by lakeshore resident and professional photographer Jim Montanus. GVBA President Greg Pien gave a moving speech recognizing all the efforts of Supervisor Reilich, the Greece Town Board and Commissioner Morris and the crews at DPW have put forth to assist water front residents with the recent high water issues.

“I was humbled and honored to receive this beautiful picture from the GVBA”. Said Supervisor Reilich. “As your Supervisor, I could not be more proud of your efforts to step up, stand together, and work together during this time. It is my goal each and every day to advocate for the people I represent, and I will continue to review all possibilities and do everything I can to bring resources and assistance to each of you”. 

Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Greece Parks and Recreation Department today held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the dedication of the Greece Police Athletic League (GPAL) Fields at Badgerow Park South, located at 1120 Latta Road in Greece. A dedication sign was hung on the fence of the first baseball field in the park.

The Greece Police Athletic League is an organization that aims to bring the community and the police department together while allowing police officers in the community to build relationships with the people in the neighborhoods they police. The GPAL was founded by retired Greece Police Chief Gerald Phelan and is now run by his son, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan, who has been with the Greece Police Department since 1989. Chief Gerald Phelan's goal was to keep children off of the streets through encouraging them to participate in sports with officers from the department. Since its founding, the program has grown to offer many different sporting leagues, including softball, football, basketball, and boxing. The police officers within the department act as instructors and mentors for the kids, while striving to teach them a new sport or helping them to become more proficient within a sport they currently participate in. The program, which is free of charge and remains the only completely free Police Athletic League (PAL) program within New York State, is intended to be more than simply learning about or playing a sport; it is about building good relationships with police officers in a positive environment and promoting healthy youth activities. In order to raise funds, the GPAL organizes an annual mailing campaign, where they distribute letters asking for donations from the community to keep the program running strong for another year.

Police Athletic League registration is held in late June. Please see below for the 2017 PAL schedule:

Ages:

6, 7 & 8:

10:00am Monday and Wednesday @ Badgerow South Park

First day of play is July 10th, 2017

9 & 10:

1:00pm Monday and Wednesday @ Badgerow South Park

First day of play is July 10th, 2017

11-13:

10:00am Tuesday and Thursday @ Badgerow South Park

First day of play is July 11th, 2017

14-16:

1:00pm Tuesday and Thursday @ Badgerow South Park

First day of play is July 11th, 2017

“The Greece Police Athletic League is a fantastic program that supports positive community involvement with the Greece Police Department”. Said Supervisor Reilich. “I am honored today to dedicate the fields at Badgerow Park South to the GPAL. I am sure these fields will be used for years to come as an environment that encourages police and community engagement”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Town of Greece will be recognizing the Greece Police Department on Sunday, August 13th, at the Town of Greece Police Recognition and Appreciation Event. This event, which will be hosted at the Greece Town Hall Campus from 2:00pm-4:00pm, will be in conjunction with the last Town of Greece Summer Concert Series featuring country tunes from 90 West Band. There will be chicken BBQ meals available for purchase at the event, and proceeds collected will go towards the Greece Police Athletic League.

Please be aware that if you pass by Greece Town Hall Campus today, our Safety Zone Summer Program will be talking about fire safety and we will have one or two trucks in front of our building.

The Governor has ordered that the flags be lowered to half-staff as we and our entire nation mourn the loss of 16 individuals who were killed when a military refueling aircraft crashed Monday, July 10th, in Jackson, Mississippi. The KC-130 air tanker was carrying members of a marine unit cross country for training when it went down. 15 Marines and a Navy Sailor were killed. Please join us in remembering all those who lost their lives, and praying for their friends and families during this tragedy.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board and the Greece Community and Senior Center today hosted the Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Greece Town Hall Campus. The event was held under the Pavilion and included live music and an ice cream social.

“Today we hosted our Town of Greece Volunteer Ice Cream Social under the Pavilion, where we had the opportunity to recognize all those who generously give their time to make a positive impact in the community”. said Supervisor Bill Reilich “Volunteers are absolutely critical to all of the great programs and events we host in Greece. The efforts and support you pour into your community helps make the Greece a wonderful place to live. On behalf of the entire Greece community: Thank You! We truly appreciate your efforts and all you do for the Town of Greece!”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Town of Greece for future events and programs, please contact the Community and Senior Center at 723-2425.

Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Community and Senior Center today hosted the “Beat the Heat Summer Carnival” at the Greece Town Hall Campus. The Beat the Heat Summer Carnival is the second of three Wild Over Water (W.O.W.) Zone special events of the summer. The first event was the Summer Kick-Off, and the third event is the “Dog Days of Summer”, which will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd from 10:00am -1:00pm. For all events, normal splash pad rules apply. For more information regarding summer activities for kids, please call the Community and Senior Center at 723-2425. 

There were more than 500 participants at this year’s Beat the Heat Summer Carnival. The carnival, which was free to W.O.W. Zone patrons, had several traditional carnival activities available, including face painting, a dunk tank, and pizza for sale.

“We were thrilled to see so many young residents at this year’s Beat the Heat Summer Carnival”. Said Supervisor Reilich. “It’s great seeing the community enjoy the carnival activities, splash pad, and our new Kids Canyon Playground”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by the Greece Town Board and the Library Board for the unveiling of the new paludarium display in the Greece Public Library, located at 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard in Greece.

A paludarium is a part aquarium, part terrarium ecosystem composed of such plants as Malaysian driftwood, moss, and orchids. This biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment are becoming popular as a tool to teach biology and earth science. Being the first of its kind in the area, the Greece Public Library’s paludarium features technology that allows it to simulate weather events, including lightning storms, fog and rain. It holds about 350 gallons of water and features a waterfall on each side. The paludarium contains several fascinating specimens, one of the most interesting being the freshwater fish from Lake Malawi in Africa. A unique feature of these fish is that they are mouth brooding, which means that the mother fish protects her young by keeping them in her mouth. The paludarium is an ideal habitat for mouth brooding fish, as the terrarium elements provide hiding spaces for the mother fish.

The library’s new paludarium was previously an aquarium. Most of the fish that were in the aquarium now live in the paludarium, along with some new friends. A few of the larger fish that were in the aquarium – including the fish that visitors to the Greece Public Library affectionally named “Nemo” – have retired to bigger homes at ABC Aquarium.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 AT 4:00pm at the Greece Public Library for the unveiling of the new paludarium display.

WHAT: Supervisor Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Greece Public Library Paludarium

WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

WHERE: Greece Public Library

                 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard

                 Greece, New York 14612