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Scouting for food

Did you find a bag on your door knob last Saturday? The Boys and Girls Scouts are hoping you will fill them up with canned goods and/or used clothing and put them out on your porch.

Scout troops will be back around starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday to pick up your donations. It's expected that 100 tons of food and clothing will be collected this weekend and then sorted and distributed to area food pantries and goodwill stores. It's a perfect time for re-stocking pantries that haven't had big donations since the holidays.

If scouts did not hang empty bags on your door, you can take your donations to any TOPS store on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m., you'll see scouts at the stores. Also, area Wendy’s Restaurants will accept donations through March 30.

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Electrical issue caused deadly fire in Penfield

News10NBC has obtained new information involving a deadly fire in Penfield back in January. Investigators say they now know more about what happened just moments before the fire that killed nine-year-old Tyler Doohan and three other family members.

Tyler Doohan will forever be remembered as a hero. The East Rochester fourth grader died trying to rescue his grandfather from a fire at his home in Penfield. Penfield’s fire chief says an electrical issue caused that fire.

It was January 20 when nine-year-old Tyler Doohan was spending the night at his grandfather’s mobile home in Penfield. 

Fire officials say Tyler was the first to notice the fire while his family was sleeping. He helped five of them make it out alive. Even Tyler made it out, but went back inside to save his grandfather, Lewis Beach. That’s when fire officials say the young boy died. Steven Smith and Barbara Beach also died.

Woman charged with DWI in deadly Webster crash appears in court

A Webster woman accused of hitting and killing a retired Xerox scientist in January pleaded not guilty in Monroe County Court Wednesday morning.

Cheryl Tobin is facing seven charges including manslaughter and DWAI.  Police say she was high on drugs when she drove off Holt Road, hitting Martin Abkowitz.  He was taking a walk at the time. 

Rollie Abkowitz came face to face with the woman accused of taking her husband's life. 

The prosecution says Cheryl Tobin was high on prescription drugs including oxycodone at the time of the crash. 

The victim, Martin Abkowitz was an avid runner and loved to walk to the local YMCA almost every day. He was hit and killed on January 30 on Holt Road not far from his own home. Abkowitz was also an esteemed scientist at Xerox for 35 years and was recently a visiting scientist at the University of Rochester. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Town of Webster has teamed up with the Town of Penfield, Village of Webster and Monroe County to hold an appointment-only household hazardous waste collection.

Appointments will be accepted until April 18. To schedule an appointment, Webster residents should call 872-1443, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or go on-line to to schedule an appointment.

This collection is open to all Monroe County residents.

The event will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Penfield Department of Public Works.
 

Webster CSD to hold Community Arts Day

Webster Central School District is holding a Community Arts Day on April 5.

The event will offer a variety of entertainment and activities and a myriad of arts and crafts to browse and purchase.

The event will be held on Webster Schroeder HS from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

 

Schlegel Road School Artisan Craft Fair

More than 50 artisans and crafters from around the area will take part in the Schlegel Road Beautification Craft Show on Saturday, March 22 in Webster.

In addition to dozens of vendors, there will also be raffles.

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Schlegel Road School which is off of Phillips Road.
 

New York State Exposed: State rules for children in school

Local school districts tell News10NBC it is time for Albany to give them back control. Every time the state government passes a new mandate, it has the potential of costing your schools more money and it can affect your property taxes. That’s one of the reasons why we are doing our exclusive series, New York State Exposed.  

A group of local school leaders went to Albany Monday to lobby the state for more funding. The leaders also want the state to reduce the number of mandates it places on local districts, including what some call excessive regulations on special education.

This is not a critique of special education, a vital part of our school system to help children with special needs. This is about the state telling local districts, whose school boards you elect, how to do its job and spend its money. In this category, New York is number one in the country, by a long shot.