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!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to partner with Monroe County and announce that Recruiting on the Road will be in the Town of Greece on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Greece Town Hall. The mission of Recruiting on the Road is to connect employers in our region with local job seekers.
Please see below for a listing of the benefits associated for both the participating business and the job seeker:
For the Business:
- Event promotion through participating partners, employers, and host location – at no cost to your business.
- Opportunity to network, screen and/or interview with committed job seekers.
- Premier opportunity to showcase your current job openings.
- Special access to the community’s talented workforce through Recruiting on the Road’s enhanced recruiting tools.
For the Job Seeker:
- Exclusive opportunity to connect with employers in their communities.
- Businesses in attendance are hiring and may interview applications on site.
- Variety of public and private sector businesses ranging from civil service to advanced manufacturing to health care and other industries.
- Attendees are asked to come prepared for an interview, bring extra copies of their resumes and dress for success.
- Referral to job placement and job readiness programs.
To date, the following programs are scheduled to participate: Monroe County Civil Service, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Wegmans, Greece Central School District, Rochester Regional Health, LiDestri, Rochester Central School District, Kodak, Bryant & Stratton, Manpower, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, H&R Block, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Private Label Foods, Boon and Sons, Hammer Packaging, Qualicoat, Klein Steel, Home Instead Senior Care/Professional Assistance for Seniors, and Yeti to Work.
“I am proud to partner with Monroe County in bringing Recruiting on the Road to Greece”. said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “Bringing jobs to this region has been a top priority since taking office, and I encourage all Greece residents seeking employment to take advantage of this great opportunity to explore jobs in this area”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Addison Precision Manufacturing is making the Town of Greece their new home. They are currently located on Avis Street in the City of Rochester. They have grown too large for their current facility, so they are building and moving into a new facility on Gates-Greece Townline Road. This new facility will begin with 128,000 square feet, with the ability to expand by about 30% if needed. The site is on land owned by Munipro, Inc., a public benefit corporation of the Town of Greece.
In the summer of 2016, Supervisor Reilich heard that Addison Precision Manufacturing was looking to expand their business. He visited their current facility and met with them, sharing what the business-friendly Town of Greece has to offer. Supervisor Reilich shared that Greece was “Open for Business” and that we had a great location for their expanding business. Their application was received late Friday, and their new facility is expected to be opened by 2018. Addison Precision Manufacturing will offer job opportunities and increase the tax base.
Addison Precision Manufacturing will be building a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in high-precision machine components. They deploy the latest technologies to meet the highest standards of any industry requiring precision machined components, including customers in the aerospace, aircraft, medical and precision manufacturing industries. For additional information, their website is http://addisonprec.com/.
“I was very pleased when the Town of Greece received an application from Addison Precision Manufacturing in Greece.” said Supervisor Reilich. “I recognize that they could have established their business anywhere in Monroe County, but chose to expand in the Town of Greece. I am incredibly proud that they chose our Town, and wish them great success in their new location!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Brett Granville, Andrew Conlon, and Diana Christodaro for an official ceremony at the October Town Board meeting recognizing the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. for 40 years of service.
The Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. is an organization that helps provide food to families in need living in the Greece and Charlotte areas. Their purpose is to acquire, warehouse and distribute donated and purchased food and household products to benefit the needy people residing in the Town of Greece and the City of Rochester, north of Ridge Road West and west of the Genesee River, including Charlotte.
This past year, the Greece Food Shelf has assisted 5,559 people. The Food Shelf is operated solely by volunteers, who generously donate their time and efforts to service. The Town of Greece is thankful to the Greece Food Shelf and all of the volunteers for the hours they dedicate to helping those in need in our community. If you are interested in volunteering with or donating to the Greece Food Shelf, please call 585-277-5370.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is continuing the annual food drive this holiday season. From now until November 17th, there will be 2 bins located at Greece Town Hall: one in the atrium and one in the Service Mall area. You can drop donations in these bins, which we will give to the Greece Food Shelf. Please see below for the list of items most needed:
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Chunky soups
- Tuna and canned meats
- Canned pasta
- Jelly (regular and sugar-free)
- Toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels