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.
The 2013 season of Concerts by the Shore gets underway on Wednesday night, June 5th and Ontario Beach Park. The weekly concerts are FREE for families to attend and enjoy. Parking is available at the Ontario Beach Park parking lots, and overflow parking is available on the grass fields Nola's and Abbot's.
You can download a PDF copy of the 2013 Concerts by the Shore schedule by clicking on the link below.
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!
In this week's Community Connection: highlights of anti-crime legislation passed by the New York State Senate earlier this week, funding for the City of Rochester's Summer of Opportunity Program, and upcoming events around the area in the week ahead. Click the link below to download a full-screen version of this week's Community Connection.
(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 Wednesday, April 24th, the New York State Senate held its annual West Point Day to celebrate the Class of 2013 at West Point Academy. Senator Robach joined Senator Bill Larkin Jr. to discuss the importance of this annual celebration.
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.
In this week's Community Connection: Senator Robach urges you to think pink in honor of Mother's Day; upcoming events around the area; and the Naiades Oncology Rowing Group Launches a new boat. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend a press conference to discuss details of National Crime Victims Rights Week, which will take place next week across the country. The highlight locally of this week will be a walk from the Crime Victims Resource Center, 244 S. Plymouth Ave., to the Crime Victims Memorial at Highland Park. For more details, visit http://www.4victims.org/.
Last weekend, I had the privlege to speak at the Rochester City School District Latino Parent Conference. More than 200 parents took part in this first-ever event. I thank the committee for putting on such a great and important event for our parents and families. Thank you also for the special recognition and plaque during the conference.
On April 16th, New York State Senator Joe Robach made an appearance on News and Views. He was joined by guests: Rose Feor, Outreach & Partnerships (Rochester Junior League) and Denise Murphy McGraw, NYSPAC.