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Greece Town Supervisor Reilich and Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon are pleased to announce that a safe lock box is now available for Town of Greece residents to drop off their seasonal tax checks.

The lock box will be located outside the Service Mall area of Greece Town Hall on the right side of the doors. The purpose of this lock box is to provide residents with a fast and secure method of paying their seasonal taxes. The only form of payment that will be accepted in the lock box must be in check form. All deposits will be collected at 9am every business day by Town of Greece Tax Department Staff and the work will be processed on the previous day’s business date. Please be sure to include a payment stub with your check in order to receive a receipt. In order to ensure resident safety, a camera has been placed in the area to monitor activity. This drop box is for payment of seasonal tax only. Tax bills will be mailed out August 31st and residents may begin using the drop box on Saturday, September 1st if they chose. Please note that this lock box is a service in addition to the tax services already provided by the Town of Greece. You may still pay your taxes in person or through the mail if you choose.

“We are pleased to offer a service to Town of Greece residents that will assist in a quick, efficient, and secure method of paying seasonal taxes” said Supervisor Reilich and Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon in a joint statement. “We are constantly looking for new and improved ways to assist residents. We are excited for this safe lock box and encourage residents to take advantage of this new method to pay seasonal taxes”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and the Greece Town Board, are hosting another free Shredding Event for residents. A Shredding Event was held earlier this year in May and was such a huge success that Supervisor Reilich wanted to offer another event to residents.

The Shredding Event will be held Monday, September 17th, 2018 from 1pm – 5pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text. For more information about the company, please call 247-5250 or visit their website at www.shredtext.com.

 “The first Town of Greece Shredding Event held this year was a wild success and we were happy to offer the free service to residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am excited to announce that we will be hosting another Shredding Event on September 17th”.

Tuesday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Councilmembers Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, and Josh Jensen, along with Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Clubhouse Fun Center in Greece. The center is located at 3340 West Ridge Road on the corner of North Ave and West Ridge Road.  

The Clubhouse Fun Center is owned by Greece natives Steven and Marsina Olschewski. The Olschewski’s have owned the Clubhouse Fun Center Henrietta Location since 2002 and purchased the location in the Town of Greece about a year ago. They are excited to be working in Greece and offer family entertainment to the community. The Clubhouse Fun Center boasts fun family-friendly activities such as mini golf and arcade games. For more information, please visit their website at www.clubhousefuncenter.com.

“Clubhouse Fun Center is a popular destination in Monroe County, and I am excited that owners Steve and Marsina Olschewski are establishing a center here in the Town of Greece” 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 in our great town!”

 

Supervisor Bill Reilich has announced that a representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be in the Town of Greece Tuesday, August 7th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. He will be giving a presentation on the topic of coyotes, which has been a topic of conversation for many residents in recent days. The presentation will be from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, with a question and answer session being held from 7:00pm – 7:30pm. This informational meeting will take place at the Greece Community and Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room.

Supervisor Reilich is happy to bring Scott R. Smith, who is a Wildlife Biologist, Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources for the NYSDEC, to the Town of Greece to address our residents. Mr. Smith has presented on the topic of coyotes in New York State in the past and is very knowledgeable in the field.

“I thought it was important to get out in front of this issue regarding the state-wide rise in the Coyote population and I wanted to be certain our Greece residents were provided with as much information as possible” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town Board and I are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to attend an informational meeting with an expert in the field from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Greece residents are welcome to join us for the informational presentation and question and answer session on Tuesday, August 7th, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Greece Community and Senior Center”.

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.