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Penfield Habitat building more than homes

Penfield Habitat building more than homes

The American Dream is finally a reality for another family, thanks to the Penfield Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH).

Through a partnership with Flower City Habitat, this vibrant group of volunteers works to raise funds and build homes in the city of Rochester.

Those involved say the results are life-changing — and not just for the homeowners.

Church support

Habitat operates through the use of financial and human resources. About one-third of Flower City Habitat’s funding comes from area churches.

Arthur Woodward, CEO of Flower City Habitat for Humanity, says the key to receiving help from churches is getting them on board in the first place.

“It’s very hard to persuade churches to take on a project or a mission,” he said. “Churches in my view are naturally conservative. Once they get involved, however, they stay involved.”

Reilich selected as Vice Chair of the Finger Lakes Region

On Monday, the Monroe County Republican Committee announced Chairman Bill Reilich has been selected as Vice Chair of the Finger Lakes Region.

Reilich said, “I am very honored to be selected to represent the Finger Lakes region. I look forward to this opportunity to promote both regionally and statewide the principles of the Republican Party which set the criteria for our primary goal of identifying qualified candidates. This new position will allow me to continue to meet with candidates at each level of government to ensure their main priority is advocating for our constituents. As Vice Chair, I welcome the chance to share ideas and listen to the concerns of the regional Republican Chairs of the adjacent Counties comprised in the Finger Lakes region.”

The region includes Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.

Free tax prep programs for seniors

Free tax prep programs for seniors

Free tax-preparation services are being offered by the AARP at several area senior centers.

Seniors are encouraged to call the AARP to schedule an appointment at the following senior centers:

Penfield Senior Center, 1985 Baird Road
Wednesdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment – Call 340-8655

Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment (call 223-1617)

East Rochester Senior Center, 120 West Commercial Street
Fridays – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. by appointment – Call 385-3643

Webster Recreation Center, 150 Chiyoda Drive
Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment – Call 872-7103

Although the AARP tax-preparation program is targeted to help seniors, all are welcome.

Penfield community offers feedback at school budget talk

Penfield community offers feedback at school budget talk

Parents and community members stressed the importance of consistency in the classroom during the first “Conversation on Education” meeting held by the Penfield school district earlier this month.

The forum served as a starting point for public dialogue as the Board of Education begins planning next year’s school budget.

With new fiscal pressures from New York State, such as rising employee health care and retirement costs, Penfield is among many districts looking to reduce spending in 2013-14.

This is the second year districts in New York will comply with the 2 percent property tax levy limit, or “cap.” New unfunded mandates like APPR and common core learning standards also place pressure on districts, explained Superintendent Dr. Steve Grimm.

“It seems really counterintuitive to be adding new things (without mandate relief),” he said. “How can we be adding more when there’s no money there?”

Local bar holds fundraiser for West Webster Fire Department

Valentines day is supposed to be about showing love to the people you care about and that spirit was in the air at Prepps on Sunday.

The bar on Monroe Avenue held a fundraiser to show love and support for the West Webster Fire Department.

There was food, drinks and live music throughout the day Sunday.

Organizers say they are thankful for everyone who came out to the bar to show their support.

“We have nurses, teachers, home owners, small business owners, anyone in the community who wanted to participate is here enjoying a couple of drinks and having a good time,” said event organizer Claire Pullano.

The fundraiser began around 12 p.m. Sunday and wrapped up at 6 p.m.