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Three principals retiring from Pittsford schools

The Pittsford Board of Education accepted retirement letters from three school principals at its meeting Monday night.

Those retiring, effective June 30, 2013, include Elizabeth “Liz” Konar, principal of Sutherland High School, Scott Reinhart, principal of Calkins Road Middle School and Carole Schwab, principal of Jefferson Road Elementary School.
Elizabeth “Liz” Konar – Sutherland High School
Principal Konar began her career 38 years ago and started in Pittsford 22 years ago as a Special Education teacher. She has served as principal at Sutherland High School for the past 12 years watching the school grow and undergo a major renovation. Konar said, “I began my first day of teaching knowing of my good fortune in the career choice I made. I will leave SHS at the end of June truly appreciating my good fortune. I owe all of this to the faculty/staff, students, and parents in our community. You have all taught me well.”

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"Mindful of the past," Webster Police Department promotes three

"Mindful of the past," Webster Police Department promotes three

Just five weeks after a still-incomprehensible tragedy struck the Webster community, the Webster Police Department is moving forward.

The department, and community, lost Police Lt. Mike Chiapperini, also a West Webster volunteer firefighter, to a sniper's bullet Dec. 24, as he and other firefighters responded to a fire call on Lake Road in Webster. He died a hero with firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka. Two more firefighters, Ted Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter, were seriously injured.

Lt. Chiapperini's tragic death left a hole in the police department he loved and served.

Leading a poignant swearing-in ceremony this afternoon, Monday, Jan. 28, Police Chief Gerald Pickering recalled a quote from Winston Churchill: "When going through hell, keep going."

There have been dark days following the Christmas Eve tragedy, Pickering said, calling the period "the most trying time in the Webster Police Department's history."

Catholic Schools Week is being observed January 28 to February 1

St. Rita School in Webster is among those celebrating “Catholic Schools Week: Faith, Academics, Service,”  through this Friday, February 1.

St. Rita School's theme is “Where Faith and Knowledge Meet.”

There will be special themed days and activities for students, and school visits (open to the community).

Catholic School Week started Monday, January 28.

St. Rita School will have a Family Liturgy at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, followed by a social hour for parents. Students will also be collecting donations of soup for Webster’s Hope House.

Registration for the 2013-14 year for St. Rita School begins from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Monday, February 4.

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Prepps holding fundraiser for West Webster firefighters

Prepps holding fundraiser for West Webster firefighters

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early and show your love for the West Webster firefighters.

Prepps on Monroe Avenue is holding a fundraiser on February 10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be pizza, beer, wine, live music, guest bartenders and raffles.

All proceeds will benefit the West Webster Fire Department.

Students' colorful, creative designs are used to inspire charitable giving

Students' colorful, creative designs are used to inspire charitable giving

Students in teacher Jessica Spaker’s creative crafts art class at East Irondequoit’s Eastridge High School painted and decorated recycling bin lids for an organization called Kans-4-Kids recently.

Basically, the Kans-4-Kids program is run through a committee of Xerox employees, including Don Miller, who offered her class the project opportunity, Spaker said.

The can lids top 120 collection drums that are placed in various plants around the Xerox Webster campus as well as at Xerox Square in downtown Rochester. The drums are used to collect empty soda and water bottles, which are then taken to a recycling plant.

The five cents raised from recycling each bottle and can then goes into a fund to donate to local charities, from helping children battling cancer to community groups.

Area Friendly's locations to participate in Cones for Kids campaign

Area Friendly's locations to participate in Cones for Kids campaign

Area Friendly’s Restaurant locations will participate in the upcoming Cones for Kids fundraising campaign from January 14 through February 24 to help raise money for the Easter Seals New York and individuals with disabilities or special needs.

During the campaign, customers who make a $5 donation to the Easter Seals will receive coupons for two free kid’s meals or Happy Ending Sundaes; $5 off any $25 purchase; and $3 off any $15 purchase.

For more information, visit friendlys.com.

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Road re-opened in Penfield after two-car crash

A two-vehicle crash in Penfield near Routes 250 and 441 closed a portion of the road for nearly an hour Monday morning.

The crash happened on Fairport Nine Mile Point Road at Penbrooke Drive around 7 a.m.

No word if anyone was injured.