Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Greece Cop Injured At Webster Fire

Shooter Shrapnel Hits Off-Duty Cop

WHEC-TV Reports: "An off-duty Greece Police officer John Ritter was also injured. He was traveling behind the fire trucks that were responding to the incident. He was struck by gunfire and Greece Police say at least one round penetrated the windshield of Officer Ritter's vehicle. Officer Ritter suffered minor injuries to his arms and chest. He was treated and released and is resting at home. He is a 20-year veteran of the Greece Police Department."

SCATS ~~ Just wondering ... why would an off-duty cop be following the fire trucks in a distant town before dawn on Christmas Eve?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Serious Problems Plague Athena

Anonymous said...

To 9:55~~ No not OA nor PB. Your assumptions just go to prove my point in 8:13 post. There is much to be gained by the schools that under report. It removes them from under the district and community microscope. With eyes on Olympia and OA, Athena is forgotten.

In the past 3 weeks alone Athena experienced the armed robbery of one student by another, a knife recovered from a student’s locker after a threat was made, and the school whose students conducted a loop party off campus (purportedly attended by a GCSD Board member’s child). It was also the school that had the main entrance unstaffed for nearly an hour one day this week.

But lets get back to the original topic. Students and staff need to be protected from internal as well as external threats to their safety. Doing the best we can to reduce internal problems now will minimize the potential for more violent future events. Only in recognizing the true extent of these current threats can we implement measures to improve our schools safety.   12/20/2012 8:12 AM


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Free At Last ...

Former Greece Police Chief Released From Prison Today.

GCSD Recycles Nelms To Deputy Supt.


Shaun Nelms named new Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Greece Central School District  effective January 14, 2013. He replaces Carol Pallas, who will become Superintendent of the Schalmont School District effective January 1, 2013.

Nelms served as a teacher and an assistant principal at Odyssey Academy and Arcadia Middle School between 1999 and 2006. He went on to become a middle school principal in the Rush-Henrietta School District and currently serves as Northeast Zone Chief of Schools in the Rochester City School District where he supervises 20 schools and principals.

SCATS ~~ So, is this an actual attempt at diversifying our district, or merely a token for appearances? Time will tell ...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mass Shootings: Obama Has Lost Count

President Obama seems to have lost count of the number of incidents in just his four years in office. In tonight's remarks, he says this was the 4th time he's had to address people after a mass shooting. Then he named the four. He seems to have forgotten Chardon Ohio from earlier this year where three died and three others were injured, one very seriously.

"Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims ... If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try." ~~ Barack Obama

GCSD: School Safety Remains Our Top Priority

Greece Central School District leaders have received a number of inquires from parents and staff members unable to reconcile the events last week in Newtown, CT. This unimaginable tragedy has left a lot of questions about school safety and emergency preparedness. As educators, ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority.

Please be assured that Greece has many safeguards in place to protect students and staff. On Sunday, December 16, the Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, her safety team and a Greece Police representative met to double check safety protocols. Our schools have centralized main offices, video surveillance cameras and well thought out emergency plans. All staff members have been specially trained to detect and respond to issues of concern and we continuously work with the Greece Police Department and other local emergency responders to ensure we are prepared for any circumstance. Officers work with district security staff throughout the year; they are familiar with each campus, building entry and exit points and classroom layouts.

In the coming days, we will carefully reevaluate our current emergency procedures and the effectiveness of those measures. The Greece Police also remain vigilant in their protection of our community. They have committed extra resources to our schools this week and we thank them for their dedication and partnership.

It is equally important that we listen to and respond to the emotional needs of our students and staff. We will support students in developmentally appropriate ways and provide age appropriate information and counseling but only when prompted by the students themselves.

Experts feel strongly that it is important for children to remain in their normal routines, therefore, we would like to keep the school day as normal as possible. Please assist us in this effort.

SCATS ~~ I heard on the news tonight that this shooter used his weapon to shoot through the door, to gain entry. The building had a buzzer system in place. They had done their lockdown drills. Things were pretty much on par with what GCSD offers for security. Obviously, security isn't working. Even a cop inside with a weapon can't stop this kind of rampage. The focus MUST turn to some other solution. Should the emotionally disturbed be "mainstreamed" within our society? Should we limit who gets weapons, the types and the numbers?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

School Absences: Students vs. Teachers

Over the years, I've heard lots of discussion about the negative impact of student absences on school achievement, test scores and graduation rates.

Little is ever mentioned about the impact of teacher absences on those same parameters.

It seems likely that when a teacher misses attending school that his/her students suffer.

Substitute teachers are often ill-prepared to manage the class, let alone teach the subject at hand.

Has your child ever had difficulty that you believed was connected to an absent teacher?

Aldis Purse-Snatcher Still Sought

I have it on good authority that the purse snatched from an elderly woman at the Mt Read Aldis involved a FEMALE SUSPECT who had two kids in her vehicle.

Greece Police Snatch Purse Snatcher

Arrest Accounts For Just 4*
of 6 Reported Incidents
Nicholas A. Bloom, 21, Greece

13WHAM reports: " Police say Nicholas A. Bloom, 21, was arrested on Dec. 14 in relation to a purse robbery on Dec. 9.

Police say Bloom was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree for the Dec. 9 purse robbery.

Bloom was also charged with two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree in relation to two other purse robberies that occurred on Dec. 10, according to police.

Police say Bloom is additionally charged with criminal possession of stolen property for another alleged purse robbery on Dec. 7.

Bloom was arraigned in Greece town Court and remanded to Monroe County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond."

SCATS ~~ While it's great that Greece cops caught this creep, it should be pointed out that his arrest doesn't clear all of the other purse-snatching incidents reported earlier this month in the Town of Greece. In general, there were at least six incidents and this accounts for just four*. In particular, a purse was grabbed Dec. 5th from a customer at Aldis on Mt. Read Blvd.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Greece Fires K-9 Cop, Sam Ross

Following completion of a police department internal investigation, the Greece Town Board fired Sam Ross, the K-9 cop. The firing came at the recommendation of Greece Police Chief, Todd Baxter. Ross is accused of providing alcohol to a minor on three different occasions.

The dog that trained with Ross will be returned to its orig. owner and a new dog & trainer will be sought.

SCATS ~~ KUDOS TO BAXTER!! This was the ONLY decision that could possibly retain the community's trust in GPD. 


Anti-Bullying Rally in Greece, NY
Thursday Dec. 13, 2012

Barnard Park 410 Maiden Ln. 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Prostitution Charge Against 'Wife Swap' Star Dropped

WHEC-TV Reports: "Alicia Guastaferro's attorney, Dan Killelea says the Genesee County District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the charge during a court appearance Tuesday. The 21-year-old still faces misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation and possessing a controlled substance outside the original container.
She's due back in court March 12.

Guastaferro was arrested with Rochester attorney James Doyle at a New York Thruway travel plaza in August. Doyle initially was charged with soliciting a prostitute, but that charge was dropped last month. He still faces a drunken driving charge. He and Guastaferro have pleaded not guilty."


Greece Purse Snatcher Targets Elderly

WHEC-TV reports: "Police in Greece are investigating six purse snatchings since Thanksgiving.

Greece Police Captain Patrick Phelan says four of the victims were elderly women who were at the grocery store and two victims had just returned home from grocery shopping. In one instance, police say the victim was pushed to the ground. She was otherwise uninjured.

The two instances that happened at private residences occurred in the parking lot of apartment complexes – one on Falmouth Street and the other on Kingsberry Drive.

Police say they have a general description of a suspect – a man in his 20s, approximately 5’10” with an average build. Police say they have not released a description of the vehicle as they have received conflicting descriptions."


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Karen Klein's Anti-Bullying Foundation ...

UPDATE 12/11/12 ~~ The Karen Klein Foundation canceled an interview scheduled with 13WHAM today. They stated: "We can't advocate for personal bullying stories. That's not what we do."

Exactly WHAT DO they do? Other than dodge the media?
It seems as if some very reasonable requests were rejected!
Listen to the audio with Klein's daughter, Romig


Click in middle to start/stop audio

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM
WHAT: Press conference
WHO: Michelle Hare (Mother of Alex Hare), Family, and Supporters
WHERE: 207 Tremont Street (Suite 110), Rochester, NY

Anti-Bullying Rally in Greece, NY
Thursday Dec. 13, 2012
Barnard Park 410 Maiden Ln. ~ 4PM

BOE Meeting Tuesday @ 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.


Budget Update/Revenue Information
School Facilities / Building Reports
STLE Grant Overview
Strategic Plan Update
2011-12 Audit - Corrective Action Plan

2011 -12 ECA Audit - Corrective Action Plan

2011 - 12 Contract for Excellence Agreed Upon Procedures

Approval of Purchase & Sale Agreement for Hoover Dr

District Vision

Every student will be prepared to meet and exceed academic standards. Students will acquire academic, cultural, and technological literacy, respect and value diversity, be deeply engaged in learning and demonstrate high standards of behavior. Every district employee will be highly qualified, accountable, and continuously improving. The district will implement a strategic framework with annual goals established to measure improved results. A Strategic Plan will be designed to guide continuous improvement through 2014.

SCATS ~~ Only through 2014? Why so short-sighted?


Monday, December 10, 2012

GPD Arrests Teen For Posting Video Threats

Nicholas Robare, 18, has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after posting a link to a video onto another teen's Facebook page. The video showed images of burning clothing and made verbal threats & racial slurs.

Police chief Todd Baxter said: "The derogatory racial statements and profanity is disturbing and has no place in our society. The actions of the defendant reached the level of criminal behavior and will be dealt with as such.”

Average Educator Salaries Examined

D&C article discusses educator salaries and provides searchable databases

NY Educator Salary by District

Educator Salaries in NY

For 2011-12, GCSD employed 1695 teachers whose salary averaged $46,778.

For 2010-11, GCSD employed 1786 teachers whose salary averaged $44,788.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Bullying, Racism Are Alive & Well In Greece

A Facebook friend brought the video shown below to my attention. Another blogger "Davy V." says he has tried to get media attention brought to it. He also claims that Greece police ultimately arrested and charged one Greece teen connected to making the video and posting it to the victim's Facebook page.

If the video and what has been written about it are all true (and I have no reason to doubt the authenticity at this point) then our town has a very long way to go before we get any handle on the insensitivity, racially-charged and violent attitudes our youth are showing to others of all ages, races and backgrounds. What a sad commentary for our community at this time of year. 

Just as Davy V. has already asked, where is Karen Klein's anti-bullying group when this kind of behavior is still going on in the Twon of Greece?

Video contains hate speech, racial slurs, swearing and other difficult to listen to verbiage.

The "victim" in this video is teen Alex Hare, an African-American. A hoodie given to him by Noel Parcells was a gift he received before Noel & her sister were killed by their father in a widely reported murder/suicide . A group of other teens ( Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella) apparently stole the hoodie from Alex, then made this disgusting video as they burned it, threatened to urinate on it ... all while calling Alex the "N" word and worse. How odd is it that the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Group is nowhere to be seen in relation to this incident that's happened in Greece NY.


WHAT: Press conference

WHO: Michelle Hare (Mother of Alex Hare), Family, and Supporters

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: 207 Tremont Street (Suite 110), Rochester, NY

WHY: To demand justice for the Hare family, especially for 16-year-old Alex Hare, the latter of whom was publicly subjected to blatant, vicious, threatening, racist, bullying behavior by three white teenagers from Greece, New York.

Alex's mother, Ms. Michelle Hare was quoted as having said: "I don't understand the difference between the bullying that happened to Ms. Karen Klein, 6 months ago in Greece, New York, and what happened to Alex recently, also in Greece, New York. I don't understand how the bullying against Ms. Klein drew international attention, and netted her nearly one million dollars, but no one, including the anti-bullying foundation that Ms. Klein has established and mainstream media, wants to deal with what happened to my son. This cannot stand. It will not stand."

Lessening Power Outages In Greece

RGE To Upgrade Manitou Rd Substation
Addition of new circuit breakers to harden circuits prone to outages
SCATS ~~ FINALLY!! RGE has really dropped the ball on maintaining their equipment since the acquisition by Iberdrola. Getting them to clear tree limbs after years of neglect is a MAJOR undertaking ... I know, because I tried.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

All Greece Fire Districts Holding Elections

TUESDAY DECEMBER 11th at the following locations & times:

Barnard Fire District
 2 to 9 p.m.
3084 Dewey Ave.
CANDIDATE:  Ronald Wood

Lake Shore Fire District
 2 to 9 p.m.
 1 Long Pond Road at the corner of Edgemere Drive
CANDIDATES: James Camiolo, Randy Jensen

North Greece Fire District
 2 to 9 p.m.
1766 Latta Road
CANDIDATE: Joseph Meath

Ridge Road Fire District
 6 to 9 p.m.
 1299 Long Pond Road
CANDIDATE: Kenneth Bowers

One of the five members of the Board of Fire Commissioners in each district is up for re-election annually, according to state rules. They serve five-year terms. Their responsibilities include overseeing financial operations within the fire districts, including the salaries of paid staff, building maintenance & equipment purchases. Voters MUST be register with the Monroe County Board of Elections.

SCATS ~~ I wonder why RRFD, one of the most expensive fire districts in Monroe County, has such limited hours for voters to have their say. It appears they do NOT want people voting on something that has a great impact on their taxes. Better plan on parking at the park on Long Pond Rd. and walking over, just in case you can't get access to their lot ;)

Friday, December 07, 2012

BOE Gets Purchase Offer

Sale Pending for 
Hoover Drive Property

The sale of the building is pending Greece Board of Education approval. Members will consider approval of the offer Tuesday night."

List Price: $3,160,000       Taxes: $3031

ASSESSMENT: $7,362,500    LAND: $132,800

According to the Sales Agreement, sale includes "personal property" ... i.e. building contents of furniture, equipment, etc. for $2,472,000.

SCATS ~~ Looks like this "gem" was significantly over-priced & over-assessed. I'm told it might be used to open a charter school. GCSD could use some competition ;)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Congratulations Greece Central Schools!

The Greece Central School District's
Karen Klein/Bullied Bus Monitor Video
Ranks #3 On

"When a cell phone clip of four teenagers bullying Karen Klein aboard a school bus went viral, it became the purest example of the Internet rallying behind what’s right. Reddit users created a fund to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on a vacation. They intended to raise $5,000, but the video of the cruelty Klein experienced while chaperoning the teens for the Greece School District in upstate New York was so infuriating that donations poured in, eventually totaling more than $700,000. The Greece Police Department disciplined the kids involved, and the 68-year-old grandmother has since started a foundation to combat bullying."

SCATS ~~ Yup, we finally made the big time.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

"To Serve & Protect": NYPD vs GPD

NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo buys shoes & socks for homeless man, using his own money and expecting no recognition.
Photo: Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes, “Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”
Our thanks to the Fosters for their attention and appreciation, and especially to this officer, who remains anonymous.  

Send us your NYPD snapshots via Facebook message, and/or email the Department through http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html.

*image cropped from the distance at which it was taken
Jennifer Foster/NYPD Facebook Page

SCATS ~~Greece New York cops take kids shopping ("Shop With A Cop"), making it a media/publicity event after sending out fundraiser letters raising money to pay for their "generosity." So tell me, which cops have a better understanding of the meaning of "To Serve & Protect" ?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

BOE Prez's Kid Gets Special Tutor

Anonymous said...
Off topic but my son told me today that Board President VanOrman's son is being privately tutored by a district administrator at district office for the social studies regents. Her son was bragging about how his mother was making sure that he will get a passing grade on the regents. How nice that this opportunity is available to Board Members, and the rest of us have to pay for tutoring. And do you honestly think anyone at the district is going to let a Board Members child fail the regents for a third time. Once again Board Members children get special attention and the rest of use struggle through the system.   11/30/2012 7:51 PM

SCATS ~~ This kind of underhanded activity doesn't surprise me in the least. It's part of what gives Greece its well-deserved reputation for corruption ;) Add closed and clubby, you have our Town and School Boards.