Here is my community update for the week ending Friday, October 1st. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins today, this week's edition is in pink. For a full screen version, click the link below.
Recently, Senator Robach attended the senior olympics, which were held at Atria Greece. This was the second year for the event in which residents competed in Nintendo Wii bowling, human horse racing, softball throw, a spelling bee, karaoke and a putting contest. Prizes were handed out during closing ceremonies, which wrapped up the event. Pictured with Senator Robach are Joan Whittenberg, Marion Woodworth, Fran Carlise, Janet Hinkel, Virginia Pletcher, Ann D'Aurilio, and Esther Gomes.
On Friday, October 1st, the Ridge Road Fire District kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by unveiling special t-shirts that members will be wearing during the month of October. Senator Robach met with members of the Ridge Road Fire District today and made remarks at the press conference prior to the unveiling of the t-shirts. The navy blue shirts feature the district's logo and writing on the back in pink. Shirts were also sold for $10 with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Saturday, October 2nd, I will be holding my Third Annual Women's Wellness Fair. Again this year, this event will take place at The Mall at Greece Ridge from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You can enter the mall through entrance #9, which is located by Liberty Travel. The health fair will feature a variety of vendors from the Rochester community who will offer information and resources pertaining to your personal health and over-all well-being. In addition, you will have the opportunity to receive free samples, breast cancer screenings, body mass index testing, blood pressure checks, and much more.
By now, I am sure everyone has heard about the individual or individuals responsible for stealing copper and releasing oil from a spare transformer at Rochester Gas and Electric’s Russell Station property.
It has been reported that RG&E found no evidence of oil along the Lake Ontario shoreline (either west or east of Slater Creek), and worked diligently to contain and clean up any oil in Slater Creek.
As a result of this crime and the environmental clean-up, this criminal (or criminals) left behind, I am proud to announce that I will introduce legislation that would criminalize intentional or reckless damage to the environment done in the course of committing another crime.
On Monday, September 27th, Senator Robach visited Northwood Elementary School in Hilton to wrap up the 2010 Dictionary Project. Over the past two weeks, Senator Robach has distributed dictionaries to third grade students in both Greece and Hilton as a part of a program sponsored by both the Greece Rotary and Hilton Rotary. Overall, third graders from 11 elementary schools received new dictionaries to use throughout the school year. Pictured with Senator Robach is third grader Lauren Morris.
On Sunday, September 26th, the 3rd Annual Ovarian Cancer Race will take place at Cobbs Hill. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Cancer Wellness Spa of Greater Rochester. For more information on the race, click on the .pdf document below. You can also receive more information on Cancer Wellness Spa of Greater Rochester by clicking here to visit their web site.
On Thursday, September 23rd, the Town of Greece celebrated the first day of fall with a Senior's Harvest. Senator Robach visited with guests as they danced to a variety of music at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center. For more information on Town of Greece events, click here to vist the town's website.
On September 25, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
Collections will take place at the following locations in my district:
On Sunday, September 19th, "Celebrate the Glen" was held in Brighton. This event featured historic photographs and film, original artwork, and nostalgic exhibits for visitors to better understand the past of Corbett's Glen. Pictured here, Senator Robach views one of the many historic photographs that were on display. For more information, you can visit www.corbettsglen.org.
On Monday, September 20th, 2010, the Greece Chamber of Commerce dedicated a new kiosk and three-panel mural underneath the Elmgrove Road bridge at Henpeck Park in Greece. The mural, located on the Erie Canal, was designed by artist Stacey Kirby and depicts three stages of the canal in Greece. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held as a part of World Canals Conference, which is taking place through Thursday this week. Events are scheduled for Spencerport, Brockport, Pittsford, Fairport, Bushnell's Basin and Buffalo.
As we enter flu season, here is some helpful information from the Monroe County Health Department:
Regardless if you got the seasonal and/or the H1N1 shot last year, you need a flu shot this Fall. This year's flu vaccine will contain H1N1 as it is believed that H1N1 will again circulate. But unlike last year, you will not need a separate shot -- 1 shot will do it. Also new this year, all persons 6 months and older are encouraged to get vaccinated.
There are numerous venues to get a flu shot -- your doctor, a pharmacy, or one of the dozens of public clinics. There are LINKS below to the major flu clinic providers in Monroe County. We encourage you to visit their web sites to find the location that is most convenient for you.
On Thursday, September 16th, Senator Robach was at Village Elementary School in Hilton to kick off the Hilton Rotary Dictionary Project. Through this project, third graders at elementary schools in Hilton will receive a dictionary to use throughout the new school year. Senator Robach also distributed dictionaries to third grader's at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Hilton on Thursday.
On Wednesday, September 15th, Senator Robach made remarks at, and helped cut the ribbon at, a ceremony to mark the opening of Ada Ridge Court II in Greece. A devastating fire in 2009 during the final stage of construction required the building to be completely razed and rebuilt from the ground up. Through the dedication of the Greece Fire Department, PathStone Corporation, the development team, and financing partners, the project was reconstructed in less than 8 months. For more information, visit PathStone's website by clicking here.
On Tuesday, September 14th, Senator Robach kicked off the 2010 Greece Rotary Dictionary Project. Throughout the next two week, Senator Robach will visit elementary schools in Greece to distribute dictionaries to third grade students. Tuesday morning, Senator Robach distributed dictionaries to students at West Ridge Elementary School.
This weekend, local Veterans took part in an Honor Flight on Saturday, September 11th. Veterans returned to the Rochester International Airport on Sunday, September 12th. Senator Robach welcomed Veterans as they returned home. For more information on Honor Flight, you can visit Honor Flight Rochester's website by clicking here.
On Saturday, September 11th, Senator Robach performed the coin toss prior to kickoff of the Marshall vs. East varsity football game at East High School in Rochester. East defeated Marshall 47-6 to move to 2-0 on the season. With the loss, Marshall dropped their record to 1-1.
On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, Senator Robach attended Reaching Out for Change's Stop the Violence Day. Reaching Out for Change is an organization whose mission is to stop violence while influencing young people to put their full energy and focus in to school.