Tuesday morning, Alternatives for Battered Women held their 4th Annual Celebration of Hope. ABW exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic violence. For more information on the great work ABW does in our community every day, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.
Sunday, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester held it's 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Run and Walk. This year's event moved to Genesee Valley Park. More than 4,000 people took part in the run and walk, which raises money for breast cancer research. All of the funds raised stay right here locally. For more information on the great work that the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester does in our community, visit their website at www.bccr.org.
Earlier this afternoon, the Greece Police Department held a ceremony to name their newest Greece Police K9 dog. The dog is named 'Chip', in honor of fallen officer, Lt. Mike Chiapperini of the Webster Police Department and West Webster Fire Department. It is tradition in law enforcement to honor fallen heroes by naming a canine after them. Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, along with Webster Police Department Chief Gerald Pickering.
Senator Robach recently recognized Grace Tillinghast of Gates with the New York State Senate’s 2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.
The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.
Earlier today, I was on hand to honor 16 fallen police officers from New York State. Included in those remembered today was Lt. Mike Chiapperini from Webster, who was killed on Christmas Eve as he responded with fellow volunteer firefighters to a fire in Webster. The black granite memorial lists the names of more than 1,300 police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty in New York state.
On Sunday, May 5th, the 2013 Greece MS Walk was held, beginning at Greece Olympia High School. Funds raised give hope to the more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York, and help support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The walk has taken place since 1988 and has raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.
On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at a Boy Scouts community breakfast in Greece. During the breakfast, a local scout, Aaron Adams received the heroism award for his quick actions which saved the life of his friend who suffered a severe and life threatening injury from falling on a glass chard. Aaron is from Boy Scout Troop 99 in Hilton.
Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Rochester's College Town. College Town will be located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood, and will offer 500,000 square feet for retail, a hotel, a parking garage with 1,500 spaces, restaurants, and housing on a 14-acre development. The project received a $4 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
On Saturday morning, the Town of Gates held its Earth Week Dedication Ceremony at Lions Park. This year, a tree was planted and dedicated to the Citizens of the Town of Gates from 1813 through 2013. The town is celebrating it's Bicentennial this year.
Over this past weekend, I had the privilege to take part in Little League Opening Ceremonies in Greece and Brighton! Best wishes to all of our young little league for a healthy and successful baseball season! Play Ball!
Recently, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Energy on East, located at 320 East Avenue in Rochester. Energy on East is a new hollistic and wellness center. It offers Reiki, Healing, integrated Energy Therapy, Tarot & Spiritual Readings, yoga, and more. Best wishes to Leslie and your entire team!
On Friday, I had the privilege to help plant a tree at Barnard Park in Greece to recognize Arbor Day. This year's Arbor Day Tree Planting ceremony was in honor of Richard Roberts, who formerly served as a member of the Town of Greece Tree Council.
Last week, I had the privilege to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the newest Habitat for Humanity House. This house will be built by, and sponsored by, ESL. bout 400 ESL employees will volunteer 3,200 hours on the home's construction, which is expected to take 11 weeks. The house is located in Rochester's JOSANA neighborhood.
Recently, I had the privilege to join 3rd and 4th graders at ABC Head Start in Rochester to celebrate Clifford the Dog's 50th Birthday! In addition to a birthday cake, and a bulletin-board size card for the children to sign, there was also a book fair to celebrate the big occasion!
(Thursday, April 25, 2013) - Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that the City's Summer of Opportunity (SOOP) work and career exploration program for city youth will expand its scope due to the efforts of State Senator Joe Robach.
"Senator Robach has secured almost half of the funding for this program, which means more than 400 city high school students will have an opportunity to spend their summers in meaningful jobs or exploring modern career alternatives," said Mayor Richards. "The Senator's commitment to Rochester's future is well known, and he has demonstrated it yet again with this grant. The people of Rochester are truly fortunate to have such an effective advocate in Albany."
On Friday, April 19th, I had the privilege to speak at the grand opening ceremony for Leon's Quality Cuts Barbershop, located at 411 Chili Avenue in Rochester. Best wishes to the entire staff for your continued success!
On Sunday, April 21st, I had the privilege to welcome back veterans from our area who were a part of Honor Flight Rochester Mission 27. It is always an honor to personally thank all those who have served, and continue to serve, our Country. For more information on Honor Flight Rochester, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.
On Friday, I had the privilege to view work done by SNAP students at the Greece Central School District Re-Engagement Center. The students displayed photographs, poems, and artwork to promote the message of anti-bullying.