Recently, I had the honor to speak at a dedication ceremony at Maplewood Rose Garden. The dedication was for the new TAO rose bed in the garden. TAO stands for Transplant Awareness Organization, and to learn about the great work they do in our community, visit their website at www.tao-rochester.org.
Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Benedettos Restaurant. Benedettos is located in the East End, on 289 Alexander Street. The restaurant offers casual Italian-American cuisine, and features two private dining areas across two floors and a first floor has a full bar with additional seating. Benedettos is open 7 days week, at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
This morning, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Administration Building. It is located on East Main Street. The building is named after John Doyle Jr.
On Saturday, I had the privilege to take part in the 2012 Puerto Rican Parade in downtown Rochester. This was a part of the 43rd annual Puerto Rican festival, which took place over the weekend at Frontier Field. Thank you to those who came out to support the parade and take part in this great event!
Recently, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for South Wedge Spirits and Wine. This is the newest small business to open in the South Wedge community.
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to take part in a ground breaking ceremony at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, located on 82 Holland Street. For more information on the services the Jordan Health Center provides to our community, visit their website, http://www.jordanhealth.org/.
(Rochester, N.Y.) - On Thursday, July 19th, I had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC). The new state-of-the-art building includes modern classrooms, a healthcare lab, a cosmetology salon, and a bistro. For more information on what is offered at REOC, visit http://www.reoc.brockport.edu/.
California Rollin', which has been at Village Gate since 1994, held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to unveil their newly expanded restaurant. The expanded restaurant now occupies space that was next to its previous location. The restaurant currently has one other location, at the Port Terminal in Charlotte. California Rollin' is set to open a third location later this year on Genesee Street.
On Wednesday, I had the privilege to visit with students and faculty at The Harley School in Brighton. The students are a part of Horizons Summer Reading Program. For more on Horizons and other programs offered at The Harley School, visit www.harleyschool.org.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend an open house for American Portfolios. Nationpay and American Portfolios are a local Rochester, NY company located on 350 Linden Oaks, Suite 215 in Rochester, NY 14625. Since 2010 Nationpay has been helping businesses and business owners in the Rochester, NY area, as well as across the nation, with complete and customized business solution programs. These include: Payroll, Corporate Benefits, Retirement Services and Human Resources Compliance and Administration. All services offered by Nationpay are tailor made in order to meet the demands for any size business and organizations from 1 employee to 1000+ employees.
On Thursday, July 12th, I had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, the ribbon cutting ceremony for Paul Wolk Commons. The mixed-use community facility combines affordable housing units with a mental health treatment apartment program. Paul Wolk Commons are located at 435 State Street.
On Thursday, July 12th, I had the privilege to speak at the Rib-In cutting ceremony to officially open the 2012 Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest. This year's festival takes place at Highland Park through Sunday, serving at 11:30 a.m. each day. For all the details on the great food and music that will be a part of this year's festival, visit http://www.rochesterevents.com/festivals-events/big-rib-bbq-blues-fest/.
On Wednesday, July 11th, I had the privilege to join Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and introduce Brass Taxi (pictured above) prior to thier performance at Concerts by the Shore. The free concert series takes place every Wednesday night, until the end of August, at Ontario Beach Park, beginning at 7:00. You can click on the Concerts by the Shore graphic on my homepage to see the 2012 Concerts by the Shore schedule.
Last night, I had the privilege to attend a reception to welcome the new president and CEO of Veterans Outreach Center, Col. Gary Yaple. Veterans Outreach Center is an independent community-centered non-profit providing premier one-stop supportive services to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information, visit www.veteransoutreachcenter.org.
(Rochester, N.Y.) - Recently, I had the privilege to join R.I.T. president Bill Destler on a tour to see the progress of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on the campus of R.I.T. The new headquarters of the GIS will house students beginning in September. For more information on studies available at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, visit http://www.rit.edu/gis/.
(Rochester, NY) - Recently, I had the privilge to speak at, and take part in, the ground breaking ceremony for Bryant and Stratton College's new campus in Greece. The new campus, on Long Pond Road, is expected to house classes beginning in January 2013. It will have a larger library and learning center than its current location offers, along with a medical lab, a crime lab, and computer labs. For more information, visit http://www.bryantstratton.edu/.
The new Café has doubled in size - from 4,472 square feet to over 9,000 square feet - to match the expanding size of the new Hospital that will be complete in 2014. The Café serves approximately 1,100 meals per day, servicing nearly 2,600 Unity employees on the Hospital campus.
This new bistro-style Café was created for the comfort and enjoyment of employees as visitors who need a comfortable space while waiting or in the course of visiting friends and loved ones.
Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.