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Jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman to perform in Penfield

Jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman to perform in Penfield

Next weekend, award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman will perform alongside Penfield students in a pair of special concerts.

Hendelman, who has roots in Rochester, has performed worldwide with his own trio and other big acts. He began his keyboard training at the age of 6, and moved to the U.S. from Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1984.

At age 14 he won top honors at Yamaha’s National Keyboard Competition and went on to study at the Tanglewood Institute in 1988. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, in 1993.

Penfield Music Department Chairman Jim Doser met Hendelman while directing the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. He was struck by the pianist’s talent immediately.

“(Hendelman’s) personality and his musicianship are very much the same, and that is very unassuming and polite, but with a whole lot of energy under the surface,” said Doser.

Niki Gaiter, Scott Sheils Join Mason Selkowitz Marketing’s MSM Digital Division

Niki Gaiter, Scott Sheils Join Mason Selkowitz Marketing’s MSM Digital Division

Niki Gaiter of Penfield and Scott Sheils of Wayne County have joined the MSM Digital division of Penfield-based Mason Selkowitz Marketing.

Gaiter will serve as a Digital Account Manager, while Sheils comes to the firm as a Digital Developer and 3D Animator.

Gaiter, a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Communications, previously served as project manager at Storm Frog in Victor. Sheils previously worked for the Democrat & Chronicla as a graphic artist and web developer.

The company says both bring extensive, relevant experience and education to their new positions.

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.”

"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.