Friday, June 29, 2012

A Reader Asks: What Is Greece's Identity?

  
Anonymous said...

... Since we have lived here, we have had an opportunity to visit most of the smaller surrounding to towns. All seemed to have a theme or object or center piece that proudly proclaimed their existence as an independent town I have yet to locate the existence of such venue in Greece that is a point of community pride that sets Greece, the largest town,apart from the others . In short What is the one thing that that Greece residents can Identify with and distinguish us from the rest because we got something in Greece that is unique and no one else has,? Maybe I'm missing it and possibly some one on this site can tell me what it is and where to find it.

Blog master perhaps when the opportunity presents itself you can put this question to your readers in the form of a thread or something. I would be very interested in what some residents view as a resource or venue that exists in Greece that we can proudly identify with. Just a thought 
6/29/2012   1:47 PM

SCATS ~~ To 1:47PM ~~ You mean you haven't "Discovered the Promise?" yet? lol

We're known for scandals involving Town Hall, the police dept. & Greece Central, too. That's certainly unique to Greece ... er, ummm ... and Maggie, too ... ;)
  

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always thought it strange that Greece has the Charlotte lighthouse on its logo when the lighthouse is located in the City of Rochester. Greece lost Charlotte, which was a part of Greece, to Rochester in 1916. Time for a new logo?

Anonymous said...

Greece's identity? A giant, ugly, neck tattoo. Never seen so many in my life.

Anonymous said...

Greece identity-
The next City of Rochester, and we are making good speed getting there.

Anonymous said...

New resident, I think your question has been answered. Greece does not have any thing that you are interested i
As you can see, people are at loss to think of one solitary thing to be proud of in GreeceI
If as you said you'll visited some of the smaller towns, I'm sure you observed the presence of at least one high school lighted athletic field. Here we are the counties largest town and we don't even have one of those. Face it my friend, you live in SHANTY TOWN NEW YORK HOME OF THE DEPRAVED SMALL MINDS WHO DON't HAVE PRIDE IN THEIR COMMUNITY BECAUSE NOTHING EXISTS TO BE PROUD OF.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, SCATS, but what would we save as a town if we had "schools of choice" in each of the schools instead of separate schools? We could have separate programs that would offer advanced curriculum to those who could handle it and move the along in a standard, full program school without extra busing costs, etc. WE might be able to emulate OA in each of the schools without having to incur the high cost of a separate school.

SCATS said...

To 8:10PM ~~ If the BEST thing you can think of would be a lighted athletic field, then perhaps you've uncovered one of this town's bigger issues: the "S" in GCSD is NOT supposed to stand for "Sports."

To 9:03PM ~~ As long as we don't try to do the IB curriculum, I'd think the cost would be nominal. In my opinion, Greece's better performing students have had the short end of the stick for years because ALL our schools should be able to address all levels of academics, but they've turned their backs on lots of these kids.

Anonymous said...

SCATS. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THE BAIT. I KNEW THE MERE MENTION OF A LIGHTED ATHLETIC FIELD WOULD "LIGHT YOU UP" 8:10

Anonymous said...

What is it with you and sports? Geeze I've never seen some one so against sports as a part of an institution of learning. I know, your going to say the money could be better spent on more important things. But with you your opposition to sports activities goes much deeper than that I wonder why that is?

SCATS said...

To 6:05 & 10:15AM ~~ I can't believe I have to explain my position once again. Maybe it's because we value sports over education here, and some can't "get the picture" which helps hold NY state at the top of spending for education but pushes us to the bottom for educationaloutcomes.

My "opposition" is to the fact that we RETAIN SPORTS while we CUT ACADEMICS! It's a tail wagging the dog problem in Greece Central. It goes on year after year. No textbooks? No problem! We still got synchronized underwater frisbee golf!!

EXTRA-curriculars should be cut first. That's why they are called EXTRA-curriculars. They aren't essential. It's really that simple.

Anonymous said...

Simply throwing more money at the problem at the cost of the arts, music and sports programs is not the answer and will not change a damn thing in efforts to better educate or kids or increase graduation rates as some have suggested.
The Glory Days of GCSD are over. Ever since the coming of Steve Walts, this district has been spiraling downward out of control academically . Now a new road block has been created to stifle any chance of an overall turn for the better. That is of course the arrival in Greece the influx of former city residents in ever growing numbers. This road block also includes the illegal free loaders from the city.
The district can't stop the migration from the south but it could do more to get rid of the estimated 5 pct of student population that are illegals and putting a considerable drain on our resources as well as our teachers to effectively teach as these five percentors are the disrupters in our schools
The presently employes one private investgator to weed out the illegals. While over the past several years he has produced results it is not a one man job because of the man hours required to prove his determination.
The district needs to shore up this program in two way
First, change the current proof required to qualify for a free education by requiring a more restrictive qualification process. Secondly, hire more investigators to more efficiently speed up and expedite the ridding of these illegals. The benefits to these changes would have a huge positive impact on the learning experience of others and make it possible for teachers to teach without the distraction of those trouble makers who are only interested engaging in unacceptable behavior

SCATS said...

To 7:03AM ~~ I've heard that certain other area districts have been fairly successful in doing what we can't seem to get a grasp on. Maybe they should ask how other administrations curbed the problem ... but then that assumes that Greece administration actually thinks it's an issue. I'm unconvinced that they feel it is ;)

Anonymous said...

Greece, home of strip malls and plastic houses.

Anonymous said...

Greece: the largest town in NYS.

Anonymous said...

.11:02 you forgot to include one fact in your post. we maybe the largest town but we also are the most scandal ridden town in the state.on top of that, because of recent events we have been DISCOVERED.

Anonymous said...

How about "Greece, the town with the most negative population"

SCATS said...

To 7:16AM ~~ Have you overlooked the impact of cause & effect?

Anonymous said...

7:16. That slogan is spot on and one that works.

Anonymous said...

how about this oneGREECE THE TOWN THAT TIME FORGOT.OR GREECE,LAND OF THE MEDIOCRE. OR GREECE TOWN OF THE DAMNED OR SIGNS THAT SAY " WELCOME TO GREECE DISCOVER THE DEAD ZONE OF NEW YORK STATE.
Possiblities are infinite if one really wants to spend considerable amount of time defining the identity of this town.

Anonymous said...

In the beginning, Greece was a farming town and one huge apple orchard. It included the Charlotte area until annexed by the city in a land swap with Greece. In return, the city agreed to provide free education for residents in that area and became none as" The free school district which now due to politics is part of GCSD.
Overtime, the farmers sold their land to developers and the residential and commercialization of Greece was under way. The biggest expansion came during the post WW 2 housing boom in the mid to late 40's. And continues to this day.
It was during these early periods is when the town government failed to protect and preserve the towns greatest natural resources buy buying these properties for future public use. I'm speaking of course of our seven miles of pristine Lake Ontario shore line and the pond s bays and their tributaries that were carved out by the glaciers from the last ice age.No other area in this state had the abundance of natural resources that blessed our part of the south shore.However, the powers that be never had the foresight to preserve these resources with the development of a master plan to protect them from private developers .
Because of this short sightedness then, which by the way continues today, We now have seven miles of lake shore with private development with no public access with exception of a small area located in Braddocks .In fact if you drive the length of Edgmere Dr you are denied even a view of the lake due to the fact that residences are stacked so close together that they obstructed visual access to the lake.
My point is just this in view of the subject of an Identity attached to Greece. If town leaders years ago had taken action to prevent what we now are stuck with, one could only imagine the possibilities for public development of these natural resources , properly developed, Greece could have had the jewel and the envy of the county as well as the state. A fact our generation and generations to come would be proud to say " I LIVE IN THE TOWN OF GREECE"

Anonymous said...

Kent Graham, Superintendant , and former Greece administrator, at RH effectively dealt with same problem several years ago instituting a new policy for qualification.Im sure if some one from Greece asked, he be glad to tell them how he was able to do it. My fear is that. Some in our administration would never admit they don't have the answer and to ask another district for advise is unheard of.

SCATS said...

To 5:36PM ~~ I think you mean KEN Graham ;)

Yes, I've yet to hear of GCSD ask any other district for input or advice. It might be a nice change if they did.