Wednesday, August 31, 2011

While You Were Buying Janitorial Supplies ...


The Greece School Board 
Approved Spending

$16,425 On Stipends

and More Than

$205,000 On Coaching Fees

At the July BOE Meeting.

They Will Do It Again
At Nearly Every Regular BOE Meeting
Over The Next Year.
 

Charlotte Area Roads Reopened

  
EXPLOSIVE DEVICE CAUSES POLICE TO CLEAR AREA

WHEC-TV reports: Four major roads in the Charlotte area are shut down. The Ontario State Parkway, Lake Avenue, Latta Road and Pattonwood Drive are closed at this time.

Not much information is being released at this time but we can report that there are many police officers in that area.

A witness tells News 10NBC they were at a store and saw a man being taken away in handcuffs. That witness was then told to get away because of an explosive device. Police told people in the area to leave.

YNN reports: Police said the incident began when an officer pulled over a driver for a seatbelt violation. According to police, the driver then became belligerent with them and was escorted away.

Police checked his vehicle and found what they said looked like a homemade stick of dynamite.

Kinney Sentenced To 7 Years

  
Former Greece Central Bus Monitor Sentenced
For Sex Abuse Of Several Students

Town & School District Still Wa$ting Our $$ ...

  
... Despite 2% Property Tax Cap!

In the past week, I received mailings in the form of multi-color "newsletters" from both the Town of Greece, as well as the Greece Central School District. Both groups sent out nice glossy multi-page publications/propaganda pieces aimed at spinning our views of what they are doing, how they are doing it, etc. Once again, both newsletters wasted our tax money!

In Greece Reports, The Town of Greece wasted one page advertising an event (Family Fun Night At Barnard Park) that ended BEFORE the newsletter was received! This was not a one time mistake, it's been habitual. Then, they wasted another page providing free advertising for the "Tastings" event held by the Greece Chamber of Commerce. Let the Chamber buy their own ad space elsewhere. It doesn't belong in this kind of mailing, period. The Town has no business giving away ad space anyway. Neither you, nor I could get our business promoted by the Town and they shouldn't either.

In The Connection, The Greece Central School District chose to print six pages listing the names of all students who graduated in June, plus another page listing all employees who retired at the end of June. Out of a 12 page publication, seven pages of old news would have been more appropriately posted on their website than printed and mailed saving some +/- 40,000 of us from having to haul it to the curb in our recycling bins! A check of the GCSD website shows that The Connection no longer appears to be posted online at all! Why not??

I'll bet that both of these institutions will be loudly belly-aching about the 2% tax cap when it comes budget time. In fact, the school district didn't quit complaining after the budget was approved in May.

These newsletters are just one more way our tax dollars are wasted. The cost of the postage, labor and materials needed to mass produce something that is meaningful to a minority of the residents might be better spent on providing educational services. I'm sure we could come up with many more examples (like the PO Box GCSD rents and then must pay couriers to retrieve their mail from North Greece), despite the claim of being on bare-bones budgets. It's time to really tighten the belts, not just give the idea lip-service.
  

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monroe County Bail Amounts Make No sense


It's NOT What You Do ... It's WHO You Know ;)
 
Case #1 ~~ Ryan Weidel, 26 yr. old worked at Sam's bakery: Charged with second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree harassment & fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (a stun gun which is illegal in NY State). Bail set at $200,000 cash, $500,000 property bond. (The excuse for the high amount was that he cashed out his 401K! WHO are we kidding?)

Case #2 ~~ Russell Liberti, 47 yr. old: Araigned on first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, DWI, reckless driving and several other vehicle and traffic violations. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

SCATS ~~ So if you steal a car ... then flee police after getting pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, then commit a DWI before crashing into another person's vehicle it's not as serious as having possession of BB & stun guns, trespassing and harassment? There just has to be some prima donna girlfriend (i.e. politically connected female, maybe a cop's kid?) involved in Case #1! Even Tia Gerstener didn't get treated so poorly after murdering her friend in a drunk driving crash.
  

Greece Dems Introduce Candidates

  
"We've talked to voters and they're tired of John Auburger and his political cronies controlling the town." ~~ Dave Garretson, Greece Democratic Committee

The Democratic candidates are: Wendy Wright for Ward 2, Rita Garretson for Ward 3 and Norma Cummings for the Ward 4, with no candidate up for the Ward 1.

Democrat Bill King, a family practice attorney, will be running for Greece Town Justice.

County legislator candidates include Nick Coffee for the 1st district, which includes portions of Parma and Greece.

"In five years when my son starts kindergarten, the county of Monroe could go bankrupt." ~~ Nick Coffee, Dem.

Democrat Todd Dunn is running for a legislator spot for the second time in the 19th district, which includes portions of Parma and Greece.

"I think the county legislature has drifted from representing the people." ~~ Todd Dunn, Dem.

STORY
  

Breaking News Re: East Coast Earthquake ...

  
Breaking News: Seismologists have confirmed that it WAS an earthquake and NOT the 14.6 trillion dollar check bouncing on the East Coast.

This just in: The Weather Channel says the earthquake was caused by an unknown fault line running under D.C. and through Virginia. It is now being called Obama's Fault. Some think it was the founding fathers rolling over in their graves! Obama will say it's really Bush's fault.
  

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As The Kids Are About To Return To School ...



SCATS ~~ I wonder how many of these fine young ladies plan to become teachers?
 

Greece Police Chase CAUSES Violent Crash

  
Driver Chased 2 Miles At 70+MPH For Not Wearing Seatbelt 
Causes Rollover Crash  & Ejection Sat. Afternoon On Rt. 104

YNN reports: A Greece man is in the hospital after he crashed his car trying to run from police late Saturday afternoon. It happened shortly after 5 o'clock.

The vehicle crashed on West Ridge Road, but police say the chase began on Mt. Read Boulevard. When police pulled Russell Liberti, 47, over for not wearing a seatbelt, that's when he fled the scene reaching speeds in excess of 70 miles an hour as he drive through residential neighborhoods.

After about two miles, the Liberti's vehicle hit another car on West Ridge Road, the suspect was ejected as the vehicle rolled several times.

"Unfortunately, this one ended with a motor vehicle crash and that's always very dangerous. Thank God the other lady was not hurt, but everything that occurs here I always say is the result of one person making very poor decisions. He could have simply stopped, taken his ticket and been on his way and yet, he almost caused a lot of mayhem in the town of Greece," said Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the wreck and police later learned the car was stolen. Investigators are working with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to work out the charges. The suspect was taken to Strong Hospital for serious head injuries. The driver of the second car was checked out at local hospital.

SCATS ~~ WARNING! THE FOLLOWING OPINION WILL NOT BE POLITICALLY CORRECT!

I suggest that EVERYONE view the video on the website to see if YOU think this chase & crash "almost caused a lot of mayhem in the town of Greece" ... or if it actually DID CAUSE "a lot of mayhem in the town of Greece." SOMETHING went dreadfully wrong here when a traffic stop for a minor infraction like not wearing a seatbelt results in such a serious consequence as the result of a cop chasing someone going over 70MPH for more than 2 miles at 5PM on Sat. afternoon! I'm perplexed by the fact that the cops didn't know the vehicle was stolen until "later" since they have some very expensive technology in their cars that scan the license plates as they cruise.

Sorry Chief Todd, but YOUR COP CAUSED THIS CRASH WITH HIS DECISION TO CHASE! It is NOT TRUE that "he could have simply stopped, taken his ticket and been on his way," because the car was stolen and the driver had drug paraphernalia with him. Thank God the other motorist wasn't killed!!
 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Greece Dems To Unveil Slate Monday

  
WHEN : Monday August 29th, 2011 @4:00 PM
WHERE: Greece Town Hall

Monday August 29 at 4:00 PM the Greece Democratic Committee will present its 2011 slate of candidates to the voters.

“The public is invited to meet our slate of candidates and size them up first-hand,” said Dave Garretson, Town Leader of the Greece Democratic Committee. “We expect to have the entire Democratic slate on hand to meet the voters. They are exceptional candidates.”

Greece Town Hall has been the site for kick-offs of Republican political campaigns in the past, but this is the first time Democrats have held such an event there. “The days of one-party rule in this town are coming to an end,” said Garretson. “We’re showing the voters that Democrats belong in Greece Town Hall.”

For more information, please contact: Dave Garretson
585-752-2524
DaveGarretson363@gmail.com
  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This Should Be Posted In ALL High Schools

       
A Facebook Friend Posted This:
 
To all you guys who "sag" your pants and show your butt and underwear....did you know it originated in prison? It was a signal to the other MEN that you are "available". So if you wanna keep going around looking like your "available" for another dude to "tap that"... then keep thinking your cool while I think you look like a Fool!!! BTW they call it PBS (Prison Bitch Syndrome) :) re-post if u think this is funny!!! .......... ....AND PULL UP YOUR DAMN PANTS!!!
 
SCATS ~~ Babs, how about making this into a poster and plastering the halls of Odyssey, Athena, Olympia & Arcadia schools with it?
  

SCATS' First Flash Mob?

  
Anonymous said...

I call scats commenters and fans flash mob. Orien's cafe at 2:30 Friday.
Hey if no one else shows up still good coffee. And no dancing unless some of you are also fans of the macarena.  8/25/2011 9:33 AM



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BOE To Have Options On Goal #2 By Mid-Dec.

 
BOE Goal #2 ~ ~ Take steps to understand the issues and options related to:

  • Streamlining school and transportation operations to reduce costs.
  •  Impact of closing a school building(s) by consolidating students/grade levels or programs.
  • Study methods to align schools of choice with district demographics.
By end of Sept. ~ Transportation Specialist review bus routes for cost savings
Early Oct. ~ School & program consolidation considerations made
End of Oct. ~ School & program consolidation considerations ~ to look at impact on transportation efficiencies
Two meetings between cabinet & School Attendance Committee members
Dec. 13th ~ Options provided to BOE for consideration

"These decisions will likely involve major, major changes in the district." ~~ Don Nadolinski

SCATS ~~ Well Don, it's about time!! The last few years of foot-dragging is costing us some big bucks!
  

Do Schools-of-Choice Represent "Academic Apartheid?"


Educator Compares Schools That Work vs. Those That Don't

"When a system allows schools to be tracked while segregating its highest achievers in specialized schools or academies, schools such as Jamaica are left with a student body that is made up of lower performing students. It is academic apartheid."

SCATS ~~ That sounds like what's happened to Olympia HS!
Five things make a "failing" urban school & a "succesful" suburban school different:
  1. Parent Support
  2. Tracking
  3. Discipline
  4. Leadership
  5. Teacher Hiring Methods
   

Parents: It's Time To File Opt-Out Forms

  
  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Town & School Board Fail At Robert's Rules

  
Over the years, I've attended many dozens of Greece Town Board and Greece Board of Education meetings. In this age of internet postings, I often look at their respective websites to view proposed agendas (even though I know they are a sham, especially the Town's) and try to review their minutes, if & when they get posted (the March Town Board meeting minutes STILL are NOT posted, only the emergency meeting is). 

What I can't understand is, why is it so danged difficult for the Town Board & Greece Central (who both employ some very high powered, expensive attorneys) to get the basics of Robert's Rules of Order right? After a dozen plus years in office, I expect John Auberger to get it right!

In comparison, I belong to multiple other community, volunteer and social organizations who also use Robert's Rules of Order. They do it better and they do it relying on laymen who volunteer their efforts!

Here's but one example of how our electeds are failing to follow Robert's Rules:

Look up any posted minutes from a past Greece Town Board meeting on their website. I'll use the Minutes from the Regular Meeting held July 19, 2011. Scan through and note that you will NOT FIND any action by this governing body to vote to read and/or adopt and/or approve minutes from any previous meeting. In fact, I've never seen the Greece Town Board take care of that housekeeping chore, ever!

Here's what Section 60 of Robert's Rules of Order states should be done:
"Where the regular meetings are held weekly, monthly, or quarterly, the minutes are read at the opening of each day's meeting, and, after correction. should be approved ..."

Since those who serve us on the Greece Town Board are all paid for their service, could they at least pretend to do it well? They are quick to use Robert's Rules to shutdown hearing from a resident who doesn't have a message they want to hear (think Mr. Garretson in the video I recently posted), but refuse to do the basics correctly!

While the Greece School Board does vote to adopt their minutes, they often don't follow correct procedures for other details. However, just like the Town Board, they are quick to point to some nuance in Robert's Rules to shutdown one of their own (Joe Moscato several yrs. ago) or a community member (Mr. Skeet, also a few years ago).

These folks would rather shut us up than tend to the business in front of them. How pathetic ;)
  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wandering Fire Trucks & Police Vehicles


At What Cost?

This Craigslist ad claims a North Greece Fire Dept. truck was among the many seen in the Thousand Islands last week.

This story from WHEC-TV states that Greece PD is sending two motorcycle riding officers to participate in an annual 9/11 Memorial Ride.

During a recent hotel stay at the Hampton Inn, I personally witnessed the firetruck from the GRFD station on Stoneridge Dr. "patrol" their nearby neighborhood, wandering street by street on several different days ... with no particular reason apparent to the viewer.

What the heck are our cops and firefighters doing with these roaming vehicles? How much is this costing us? With gasoline prices at current levels, the economy in poor shape and taxes constantly climbing, how can this wandering be justified?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

BOE Study Session Tues. @6:30PM

  
It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:45 pm to discuss the employment history of particular person(s) and collective bargaining.

(How can they know they need a closed door meeting until they convene the meeting, adopt an agenda & begin a discussion that leads them to a topic that necessitates closing the door? Oops! I almost forgot! They don't care about Open Govt ... or the laws!)

AGENDA ITEMS

Teamster MOA
Guss MOA

Adoption of Annual Professional Performance Review Teacher Plan (W/A)
Adoption of Annual Professional Performance Review Administrator (Principals) Plan (W/A)

Discussion of Improving Academic Performance
Opening of School Update (O/I)
Timeline of Steps/Processes for Board Goal #2 :

Take steps to understand the issues and options related to:
• Streamlining school and transportation operations to reduce costs.

• Impact of closing a school building(s) by consolidating students/grade levels or programs.

Study methods to align schools of choice with district demographics.
 
SCATS ~~ It's VERY OBVIOUS from the wording that the BOE has already determined that eliminating any school-of-choice is not an option they will consider. I'd like to see their study/data/financials that led them to this predetermined (and prejudiced?) conclusion. I know, there is NONE!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Let's Change What Greece Central Is Known For

  
Babs' Focus Group Tries To Reinvent The Wheel Instead of Recognizing What We Have & Where We Are As A Starting Point For Change!

"What do we want the Greece Central School District to be known for?" 

Here's some of what we already ARE known for:

1 - Latest suburban  "School Start" date in the county!
2 - Among the shortest suburban school years in the county.
3 - Among the shortest suburban school days in the county.
4 - Cut electives during the last two budgets!
5 - Maintains as many schools for under 12,000 students as we did for almost 15,000 students.
6 - Among the poorest performers on NY State tests in the county.
7 - Lowered graduation rates.
8 - Drop-out rates rising.
9 - Budget growing out-of-control/budget defeats commonplace.
10 - No accountability metrics for most employees to aspire to.
11 - Lack of meaningful goals that state what we want to do, how we're going to get there and some method for determining when/whether or not we've met our objective!
12 - Infighting among Board of Education members.

"What ideas and opportunities are there for improvement?"

See items 1-12 above!
  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DYSFUNCTIONAL TOWN BOARD ADJOURNS

  
Following The Vote To Deny Bryant & Stratton's Application, They Adjourn Instead Of Responding To Resident's Difficult Questions!

Read Story About Vote On B&S Application

Watch Supervisor PoutyLips & His Band of Cowardly Republican Accomplices (It's really worth the time to watch to the end!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Greece Town Board Denies B&S Application

 
Tonight the Greece Town Board voted to DENY Bryant & Stratton's application to build on Long Pond Rd. They suggested it would be better suited to a location on Ridge Rd.

SCATS ~~ I guess the powers that be wanted to try to get re-elected after all ;)
   

Greece Town Board Meeting Tonight @ 6PM

  
PRELIMINARY AGENDA

SCATS ~~ What hidden ongoing expenses are included in this month's business? Last month it was a K-9 unit for Greece police. This month interpreters appear to be the soup du jour.

12. Authorization to enter into an agreement with M.E. Services Communications, Inc., to provide professional interpreting services for Town purposes. Further, authorize the Supervisor to execute all related documents. 

14. Authorization to enter into an agreement with Sign Language Connection Inc., to provide interpreting services for the deaf or hearing impaired for Town purposes. Further, authorize the Supervisor to execute all related documents.
 
What sign is Auberger giving??
 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back-To-School = Wallet Draining


< ==== NEW POLL

  
Anonymous said...

I would like to see a BOE goal to eliminate the parent supplied paper products, hand soap and cleaning products as well as community classroom supplies. Really 15 dollars a child in k-2 PLUS a small supply list. Do the schools provide any writing tools, crayons, glue, paper...

and don't even get me started on the specific items requested in high grades...it is beyond insane.   8/15/2011 8:31 PM

SCATS ~~ I agree with this 100%!! It's gone beyond ridiculous. Let's also eliminate ALL "credits" or "grades" or "bonus points" given for those who obediently send in the outrageous requests for all the items on the lists! Some of the lists are so long, the items won't fit in a backpack filled twice! And let's cap the amount a parent can be expected to spend on school supplies by board policy listing limits for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. It will cause some thoughtful review by teachers who request folders in a rainbow of colors, but then only use two.
   

Gerstner Pleads Guilty; To Do Jail Time

   
Tia Gerstner pleaded guilty today to violating her probation by driving drunk again. She's already served 6 mo. for the death of her friend,17-year-old Joseph Mueller, in a drunk-driving crash from 2009.

In March 2009, Gerstner crashed her car into a tree and a house on Ling Rd. in Greece. She was still on probation for that crash when she drove drunk again in May. That's why she'll be headed to prison. Her sentence will be two-and a third to seven years.
      

Bang! Bang!! You're Not In The Gang?

  
Was Mt. Read Blvd. Shooting
A Gang Initiation Gone Awry?

Over the weekend, I had a chance to catch up with a longtime acquaintance of mine. During a lengthy chat, I asked his thoughts about the man, Matthew Bray, who was shot twice and found collapsed on the Mt. Read Blvd. median one early morning last week. I was shocked when he told me that he knew one of the victim's family members who had shed some light on the motive for the shooting.

My friend says that family member claims that Bray was involved in a gang initiation, a motorcycle gang, to be precise. (When I asked, he could shed no light on whether it was actually a motorcycle gang, or a gang with a predilection for bikes.)  He stated that the victim had reached the part of the initiation where he was expected to shoot someone to earn his spot within the gang. Apparently, Bray had second thoughts about that task. Apparently, that did not sit well with Matthias Vella, the fellow accused of shooting Bray twice in the chest and landing him in guarded condition in the hospital.

I asked my friend if he believed this story. He said that while he can't confirm it, he had no reason to doubt it either. In my mind, it explains why the public wasn't told why Bray was shot: it's just too alarming to let the Greece community know what's happening on our doorstep. After all, not long ago we were once one of "America's Safest Towns" ... until Nick Joseph crashed into that damned car on 390 early one morning and the fairy tale ended. Thanks, Nick! Without you, Rahn would still be our top cop ;)
  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Horrific Albany Accident Has Local Connection

   
Errant Vehicle Kills 3 Women Outside Albany

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: August 10, 2011
VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An out-of-control S.U.V., its driver’s foot possibly stuck on the gas pedal, drove into a parking lot on Wednesday morning and killed three women in a walking group before crashing into a church, the police said.

The driver, Luann Burgess, 55, had just dropped off a foster child at an elementary school summer program. About 8:30 a.m., as she drove along the route she used every day, the vehicle accelerated off the road near St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, said Craig Apple, the acting Albany County sheriff.

Ms. Burgess’s foot or flip-flop apparently interfered with the gas pedal, he said.

The vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Highlander, went through part of a parking lot and hit the women as they waited near the church for a companion, officials said. The S.U.V. continued 70 or 80 feet, dragging two women as it went under a covered church entryway, smashed iron railings and crashed into the brick wall of the bell tower ...

Ms. Burgess was being treated at Albany Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening.

David Soares, the county district attorney, said at the scene that it was too early to say whether Ms. Burgess would be charged ...

The three victims were part of a group of 40 or 50 on a guided walk organized by the Empire State Capital Volkssporters, which sponsors outings in the Albany-Troy-Schenectady area.

The victims were identified as Carol Lansing, 66, of Green Island, and Rosemarie Hume, 79, and Fran Pallozzi, 81, both of Waterford.
      

Saturday, August 13, 2011

District & Board of Education Goals

  
District Goals for 2011-12:

1. Improve student achievement and district performance in all areas.

2. Ensure high quality instruction and leadership throughout the Greece Central School District.

3. Ensure economical and effective business and support operations with an emphasis on quality, service, and efficient use of limited resources.

4. Ensure a positive, safe, and secure work and school environment with a focus on prevention and effective intervention.

Board of Education Goals 2011-12

1. Establish a strong governance team with the Superintendent, Cabinet, and District.

2. Take steps to understand the issues and options related to:
  • Streamlining school and transportation operations to reduce costs.
  • Impact of closing a school building(s) by consolidating students/grade levels or programs.
  •  Study methods to align schools of choice with district demographics.

3. Initiate and support the development of a 5 year strategic plan to become high achieving and fiscally stable and cost effective.

4. Build effective and transparent communication strategies to establish common support for goals and strategic initiatives.

5. Improve communication and long-range planning.
  

Friday, August 12, 2011

Northgate Walmart: "40% For, 60% Against" ...



Sadly Predictable ...

   
SCATS:

There was a time when it was exciting to look up the standardized test results for the Greece Central School District. Are we going to be seventh from the top or maybe we made it to sixth from the top? Are we trending in the right direction for the last three years or are we remaining in the same rank position?

Sadly, that excitement is gone. Without even looking at the current state test results published in this week’s D&C, I knew where Greece would be ranked. This is one time I wished I would be wrong. The results are as follows:

Greece Grades 3-8:  53% are “Deemed Proficient” in reading. That means that almost 1 out of every 2 students or half of all students, in grades 3-8, are “Deemed NOT Proficient” in reading. Only East Irondequoit is lower than Greece at 50% deemed proficient. In summary, Greece ranks second from the bottom in Monroe County Suburban School Districts.

Greece: Grades 3-8: 70% are “Deemed Proficient” in math. That means that approximately 1 out of every 3 students in grades 3-8 are “Deemed NOT Proficient in math. Only East Irondequoit 60%, Gates Chili 66% and Wheatland-Chili 68% are lower than Greece Central. In summary, Greece ranks fourth from the bottom in Monroe County Suburban School Districts.

Our new school superintendent has her work cut out for herself. Changing Greece Central’s academic ranking will not be done over night nor will there be a quick fix, but it has to start now or we will loose another generation of students, as we have for the last 12 years.

Sincerely,
Doug Skeet
   



Thursday, August 11, 2011

GCSD Fails With Latest ELA & Math Scores

   
"Despite (districtwide) efforts, the NY State test scores were disappointing." ~~ GCSD Administrator

Greece Scores Grades 3-8, ELA & Math (starts pg. 533)

HOW DID YOUR KID'S SCHOOL PERFORM?

SCATS ~~ It appears that the longer a student remains in the Greece Central School District after 3rd grade, the dumber he/she becomes, especially in reading! Perhaps longterm exposure to a Greece teacher is detrimental to learning and/or literacy ... ?
        

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Greece Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

   
WHEC-TV reports: Greece Police have made an arrest in the shooting of a 25-year-old Rochester man who was left in the median on Mt. Read Boulevard.

Police say 27-year-old Mathias Vella of Rochester shot Matthew Bray two times on August 8 on Mt. Read Boulevard. Bray was found in the median of Mt. Read Boulevard around 5 a.m. He was taken to Strong Hospital with serious injuries.

Vella is charged with first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

Vella is currently in the custody of the Greece Police Department.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

BOE MEETING TONIGHT 6:30PM

Coming soon ...

... Board Goals ...
... District Goals!

Faster Than A Speeding Motorcyclist ...

  
Baxter Chases Speeder Exceeding 100MPH on Route 390

From WHEC-TV: Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter says he not only had to chase a speeding motorcyclist down in his car, he had to also chase him on foot.

Just before 8:00am, Chief Baxter was in a police cruiser on 390 north, between West Ridge Road and Latta Road, when he clocked a motorcycle driving more than 100 miles per hour.

When Baxter caught up with him, lights on, the motorcyclist sped off, exiting the highway at Latta Road, running a red light and then getting back on 390. Then Baxter says, the driver jumped off his bike, running into the woods along the road. Another police officer caught him, just off Latta Road.

The driver, Rob Martin, 25, of Rochester, was charged with reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also issued several traffic tickets and was served a warrant for unlawful possession of marijuana in the City of Rochester.

SCATS ~~ Kudos to Chief Todd. One question: why was the warrant for marijuana possession specific to the City of Rochester when he was caught in Greece??
   

Monday, August 08, 2011

Victim Shot Twice In Greece Parking Lot

  
MAN FOUND LYING IN MT. READ BLVD. MEDIAN

13WHAM news reports he was shot twice in the torso

WHEC news reports: " ... uniformed police officers and plain clothes detectives scoured an empty parking lot behind a bar -- which faces the median where the body was found.

Police have not commented on what they found, but based on the little yellow pylons placed in the parking lot, it appeared that they located some evidence. We clearly saw police take a jacket that was lying on the ground and put it in an evidence bag. (The rest of the parking lot is littered with cigarette butts and bottle caps).

The owner of the bar said neither she nor her bartender remember any shooting last night. The bar closed at 2am.

The body was discovered on the road after 5am.

Greece Police believe the man was shot in a part of the parking lot that sits in the town of Greece. So it will likely be a Greece Police case."

SCATS ~~ All morning long, we were told this was a city case, that he was shot in the city and now we're told differently. THAT'S TYPICAL RAHN-STYLE  HANDLING BY GPD!! Will we get to hear what actually happened in this case? Or will it be treated like the body found in the parking along Mt. Read Blvd. last winter when we were never told what caused that man's death?

COMING SOON: GREECE GETS "SAFEST TOWN" AWARD UNDER BAXTER'S WATCH ;)
    

Sunday, August 07, 2011

BOE Monthly Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

   
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session  @6:00 PM to discuss collective bargaining & the employment history of particular person(s).

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Establish 2011 - 2012 Tax Levy (W/A)

Future Capital Project (W/A)

Assessment Results (W/I)

Fire Inspection Report (W/A)

Finance - Budget Status Report (W/I)

Board Goals (W/A)

District Goals (W/A)

Organizational Chart (W/A)
   

Friday, August 05, 2011

Walmart Ground-breaking Planned

  
The Northgate Walmart construction project will break ground Thursday August 11th at 1PM in the plaza.

WILL YOU ATTEND?
  

Babs To Hold Community Focus Groups

  
Babs plans two focus groups "to allow residents to give input on what the Greece School District should be known for, how to increase achievement and to share ideas for improvement."

When: Wednesday, Aug. 17 & Thursday, Sept. 1 @ 6:30PM

Where: Apollo Middle School, room E50.

She will lead the meetings as part of her "100 days of listening and learning process."

Residents must register to attend by calling 966-2301.

SCATS ~~ Why in Heaven's name would people have to register to attend? IS THIS LEGAL? Isn't this an "open meeting?" Wouldn't she want as many to attend as possible, if only to listen in?
   

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Town Board Brings Back K-9 Unit & Loszynski

     
Greece Town Board "Openly"
Conducts Business In Secret

I was rather taken aback when I read the news that the Greece Town Board approved the addition of a K-9 unit to the Greece Police Dept. at their July meeting. It's reported that the donated German Shephard will assist with patrols, perform security checks, track fleeing suspects, support officers while apprehending criminals, search for narcotics & help with special events.

I'm aware that GPD had a K-9 unit about a decade ago. I'm also aware that it became victim to the budget ax, because such canines are very costly to obtain, train and sustain over the long haul. GPD has been utilizing the services of the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.'s canine unit in the interim.

In looking at the minutes for the July Town Board meeting to see where this addition was "approved," all I find on the agenda is: item 19 (O'Keefe/Bilsky) "Acceptance of the donation of a German Shepherd Dog from Carol Zona, and further authorization for the Supervisor to execute all related documents." There is NO MENTION AT ALL of having a K-9 unit return to the Greece Police Dept. There is no mention of the anticipated substantial expense associated with training officers to handle and care for such a dog either. I'll bet my lunch there was NO public discussion of it, too!

On the same agenda, I also see another item that just screams for further explanation: item 15 (Conlon/Morris) "Authorization to enter into an agreement with Joseph Loszynski to provide consultant and audit services. Further authorize the Supervisor to execute all related documents."

What the heck?!? I thought Loszynski had taken his last road trip to town months ago! It's not like this guy lives nearby! What will he be auditing? Who will he consult with? About what? At what rate of pay? For how long?

I'm hoping Chief Todd will do the Greece taxpayers a favor and use the new K-9 to sniff out the "secret" deals Auberger and his corrupted gang approve at future meetings. The entire Greece community could use a break from this scandal-ridden and corrupted regime.
  

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Judge Judy's Message To Congress

Uncovering The Promise?

   
"The neighborhood is changing. The houses are reasonable and people want to come from the city and want to live here to go to Greece schools, but they don't know exactly what to expect here. We want to make them feel they are part of this neighborhood." ~~ Bill Selke, regarding National Night Out/Dewey Avenue Family Festival

SCATS ~~ They don't know what to expect here? How do we know this? What should we tell them?
 
   

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Kinney Takes Plea Deal

  
A former Greece school bus monitor accused of sexually abusing four girls under the age of ten, has pleaded guilty.

Paul Kinney, 68, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, dating back to November 2010.

Kinney had originally faced up to 32 counts of sex abuse.

Kinney faces up up seven years in state prison and 10 years post-release supervision when he is sentenced in September. ( YNN )
  

Closing Schools MUST Precede Capital Repair/Bus Purchase Plans

  
The Greece Central School District's Board of Education appears to be heading down yet another slippery slope in avoiding the pain of doing what they should have started at least two years ago: CLOSING SEVERAL SCHOOLS!

Before deciding which buildings to close, they are now contemplating a 3-phase, 10 yr. plan to catch up on $150+ million in delayed repairs/projects and want to ask voters to approve $35.4 million in a vote before year's end as the first such installment. They are also contemplating the need to ask voters to OK a bus purchase plan at the same time.

How the heck can you know how many buses you need to buy or which buildings to repair if you haven't already decided which schools to shutdown? Without that decision under their belt, they will be wasting money yet again, even if they don't anticipate the need to raise taxes!!

"This will be a big challenge for us, and we are going to have to go through it step by step and make sure we have the community with us along the way." ~~ Julia VanOrman, Greece BOE Pres.

Julia's quote about the "challenge" to the BOE in deciding what buildings to close shows the BOE is NOT up to the tasks they face! They can NOT expect the community to back closing a school when in reality a knee-jerk emotional reaction is to be expected by those families affected by such tough decisions. The BOE can't hope for a pat on the back no matter how they go about doing it. They weren't elected to become our buddies, but to do a job that is sometimes hard.

At this point, the BOE needs to take action quickly, logically and methodically to get a handle on a looming budget crisis. THEY MUST CLOSE SCHOOLS FIRST. Capital repairs & transportation needs should only be assessed AFTER those decisions have been made. Any other process should be rejected loudly by the community as wasteful. Time is wasting while we wait their decision ...