Here is the Community Connection for the week ending St. Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17th. In this week's issue: legislation which would allow New Yorkers to receive their tax refunds in a timely manner, upcoming events around the area in the week ahead, and Greece churches partner with Habitat for Humanity for their latest home project. Click on the PDF for a full-screen view of this week's issue.
Recently, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the dedication ceremony for a Habitat for Humanity Home in Rochester. Seven churches were involved in fundraising and volunteering to build the home.
The churches involved in this home were Aldersgate United Methodist, Bethany Presbyterian, Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist, Hope Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, with help from Holy Cross Roman Catholic.
In this week's St. Patrick's Day-themed Community Connection: Upcoming events around the area; details regarding the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act; School 36 concludes Black History Month with student productions and a luncheon. Click on the PDF link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.
On March 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the 30th Anniversary of The Battery, located in Gates. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.
Last Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence. Here I am with Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Town of Gates Police Chief David DiCaro.
In this week's Community Connection: Updated information regarding the availability of income tax instruction manuals and forms; upcoming events around the area; and Prevention 1st hosts a home fire drill poster contest for students. Click on the PDF link below to read this week's Community in full-screen view.
Recently, I had the privilege to help judge student poster submissions in the annual Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Conest. The posters were on display at the Memorial Art Gallery. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the students for their great submissions!
On Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak to the crowd prior to the Rochester Lancers home game, where the team honored Abby Wambach. It was Abby's first public appearance since she joined the WNY Flash in January. Wambach was chosen as FIFA Player of the Year last month. She also signed autographs prior to kickoff. Here I am photographed with Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, Founder, CEO, and GM of the Rochester Lancers.
On Thursday, February 21st, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State and budget messages at Kilbourn Hall at the University of Rochester. I had the privilege to speak at the event. Photo courtesy: Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor
In this week's Community Connection, an update on the availability of income tax forms and instruction booklets; upcoming events around the Rochester area in the week ahead; and the Greece Rotary Club serves over 1,900 ziti dinners in their largest fundraiser of the year! Click on the PDF link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.
Last Sunday, I had the privilege to help serve, and visit with, guests at the annual Greece Rotary Ziti Dinner. The dinner was held at the Diplomat Party House in Rochester. The rotary served 1,990 dinners in their largest fundraiser of the year. Great to see so many families out last Sunday!
Rochester Academy Charter School administrators, parents, and students visited Albany on Tuesday, February 5th for Charter School Advocacy Day. RACS met with New York State congressmen and women to celebrate the successes of New York State Charter Schools, and specifically Rochester Academy Charter School. Senator Joe Robach also took some time out of his day to speak with Rochester Academy. Some key points from Charter School Advocacy Day include:
• 75,000 students are enrolled in 209 New York State Charter Schools
• More than 52,900 students are on waiting lists for New York State Charter Schools
• 84% of Charter Schools statewide are exceeding the average Math proficiency of their local district