Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just Say "NO!"


Zoning Board Meeting:  Tue, 04/02/2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Al L. Menteer (Wife is a Greece teacher)
    Location: 147 Yarkerdale Drive
    Mon. Co. Tax No.: 059.12-2-35
    Zoning District: R1-E (Single-Family Residential)
    Request: An area variance for six (6) dogs in a dwelling unit, instead of
    the maximum three (3) dogs permitted. Sec. 211-30

  • Applicant: Richard D. Antelli (Has a man-crush on the zoning board?? He's here EVERY month!!)
    Location: 3564 Latta Road
    Mon. Co. Tax No.: 044.02-1-20
  • Zoning District: BP-2 (Professional Office)

  • Cherri A. Todisco (This is a no-brainer!!)
    Location: 33 Kohl Drive
    Mon. Co. Tax No.: 075.10-1-2
    Zoning District: R1-E (Single-Family Residential)
    Request: An area variance for an existing shed (8.0 ft. x 9.0 ft.; 72.0 sq.
    ft.), to be located in a front yard, where accessory structures
    including sheds, are permitted in rear yards only.

Planning Board Meeting: Wed, 04/03/2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
    Location: 3701–3793 Mount Read Boulevard
    Request: Site plan approval for a proposed retail building (one story;
    15,000± square feet) on an existing commercial site, with
    related parking, utilities, grading, and landscaping, new
    driveway, and traffic signal improvements on approximately
    14.8 acres


    

Friday, March 29, 2013

The El Latino Back Story ...


Earlier this week, blogger Davy V. posted a story and photos showing Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Capt. Patrick Phelan departing El Latino Restaurant following a lengthy lunch. Davy V. questioned the length of the lunch (almost 2 hours), as well as the fact that the restaurant's location was outside the Town of Greece, 9 miles from Greece Police HQ on Island Cottage Rd.

What Davy V. probably didn't and couldn't have known is that this outing was likely a reward of sorts, given by Baxter to Phelan for graduating from an FBI special training program held in Quantico, Virginia.

According to this week's Greece Post, Baxter nominated Phelan to undergo the special training and Phelan was selected from the applicants to participate. On March 22, Phelan graduated from the course.

It appears that this week, Baxter rewarded Phelan's successful completion of the training with lunch out at El Latino. I guess it's like when we take the kids out for a special meal to celebrate good report cards and even let them have their favorite ice cream for dessert. The difference is, we do it on our free time, feel a sense of family pride and don't have to hide it from anyone by traveling to some obscure restaurant.

I wonder if Patrick got to choose a dessert ... I wonder if it's extra sweet when paid for by taxpayers?
  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Another Greece Cop Crashes


YNN reports: " For the second time this week, a Greece police officer was involved in a car crash.

Wednesday night, an officer was involved in a minor crash on Long Pond Road and Maiden Lane. The officer was brought to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation."

Greece Police Officer Involved in Minor Crash
GPD Cruiser Crash: YNN photo
 

Professional Development Pays Off


GTA LEARNS GANGNAM STYLE
 


BUT CAN THEY TEACH THE
NEW COMMON CORE STANDARDS??
 
DID THEY SPEND TIME OUTSIDE THEIR WORK DAY TO LEARN THIS FLASH MOB DANCE??
 
ARE THEY AS DEVOTED TO THE TASKS THEY ARE PAID TO PERFORM?
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Cops Caught "Out To Lunch"


Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Greece, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: Police Chief Todd Baxter and Captain Patrick Phelan's 9 Mile Drive and Nearly 2 Hour Long Latin Food Trip


By Davy V.
Greece, NY Police Chief
Todd Baxter

Apparently, the Rochester, NY Police department is not the only police agency which likes to waste taxpayer dollars by allowing its officers to drive their cruisers outside the city and into other towns to eat, do errands, etc.

It seems as though the Greece, NY Police department is following suit.

Case in point.

Greece, NY Police Chief Todd Baxter and his Captain Patrick Phelan were spotted at El Latino Dominican Restaurant, located at 1020 Chili Avenue in Rochester, more than 9 miles from the Greece Police department on Island Cottage Rd.

Chief Baxter and Captain Phelan arrived at the restaurant around 12:00 pm and spent nearly 2 hours eating inside, before leaving in separate vehicles, around 1:45 pm.
Greece, NY Police Captain
Patrick Phelan

The Chief left in his official police vehicle, a black Dodge Charger, while Captain Phelan left in a dark red vehicle, possibly a Ford.

A woman who answered the phone at Chief Baxter's officer confirmed that the Chief, and Captain Phelan, were on duty at the time they were at El Latino Restaurant.

So there you have it, Greece, NY residents.

Your taxpayer dollars at work.

9 miles.
 

Nearly 2 hours.

Your money.
Hey, as a Latino, I have to give it up to Chief Baxter... he likes Latin food!

Monday, March 25, 2013

You MUST Re-Register For STAR Rebate

  
UPDATE (3/26) ~ From 13WHAM: "A proposal to require all STAR taxbreak recipients in New York to re-apply would take effect next year, not this year, if the provision in the state budget passes.

The re-application requirement would apply to basic STAR program renewals. Homeowners with the enhanced STAR program already have to re-apply every year.

The state will notify homeowners who need to re-apply for the STAR program by mail, according to the state Department of Taxation.

Right now, people with the basic STAR program have their tax breaks automatically renewed annually. The proposed change would cut down on cases of fraud, as in when people receive the tax breaks on two homes that they own."


According to WHEC-TV: "All New Yorkers receiving the STAR property tax rebate will have to re-register for the local school tax breaks because of reports of widespread abuse and fraud.

The law concerning the $3 billion STAR program is part of the state budget bills now being passed in Albany.

Last month, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe reported his detectives found $679,000 of fraud or incorrect filing in just five towns.

He said the tax break was illegally applied to second homes and some landlords were taking the credit for their homes and for rental properties and rooming houses.

Officials say abuses and faulty filings cost the state $13 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year and will cost an estimated $73 million by the 2015-16 fiscal year unless changes were made."

STAR TAX FORM & INFO

 SCATS ~~ Looks like a GREAT way for NY State to fill their coffers since many will miss the deadlines! WHO expected they would have to do this??
 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Show Choir On A Budget?


Comedic Relief From Scandals, Perverts & Politics

 

Watch the Legs!

Friday, March 22, 2013

NEAR MISS, AGAIN!

 
15 Yr. Old Flees Stranger at Bus Stop
 
 
WHEC-TV reports: "Irondequoit Police are stepping up patrols after they say a suspicious car approached a teen girl. Police say it happened at the corner of Shelford and Fallstaff Roads.

This is the third time in recent weeks there have been reports of a suspicious vehicle approaching children. The other two incidents happened in Greece.

The father of the 15-year-old girl says this was a very scary event for his daughter. She was not harmed, but he says it will change some things.

The incident happened around 5:45 Thursday evening. The young lady had taken the late bus home from school and was let off at the corner of Shelford Road and Fallstaff Road. The girl told police a man driving a red car approached her and asked how old she was and where she was going. She kept walking and made it to her house. The driver then turned around in the neighbor's driveway and was last seen on Shelford Road.

This is shocking to not only the girl's father, but others who live on this street. They say this a quiet, safe neighborhood. However, now the girl's father says he and his wife will likely meet their daughter from now on when she gets off the bus.

Irondequoit Police were out Friday night. The girl's father has alerted neighbors and police are asking if you see anything suspicious to please call 911. As for students, police advise you to walk in pairs and if someone approaches you and makes you feel uncomfortable run away and tell an adult."
  

GPD Cop Crashes Car, Downs Power Lines


Officer Trapped In Car Following Accident




SCATS ~~  How bad does your luck have to be when you: wipe-out one of the Dept's new cars right around the corner from HQ with just 1/2 inch of snow on the road and cause the power lines to crash on top of your car electrifying the fence you hit and resulting in an injury to your hand? This disrupted traffic & power to an entire neighborhood for 6 hours!! Let's give her an award ;)
   

Cut, Paste, Color ~ Professional Development in GCSD


Anonymous said...
All you need to know about Greece teacher dysfunction can be gleaned from the photographs in the "Envision Greece" strategic plan:

http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/files/news/envision%20greece%20final.pdf

For instance, look at the picture on page 11. These are adult professionals, college-educated and graduated, participating in a professional development seminar. And what are they doing? Making some sort of contraption out of construction paper and sticky notes, with colorful crayons or felt-tip pens to write with.

It's no wonder that my kids were still doing colorful collage projects as juniors and seniors in high school. The teachers think that this is what you do as serious professionals improving your professional leadership competencies!

Seriously, flip through the strategic plan like it's Playboy; just look at the pictures and ignore the writing. What impression does, e.g., page 14 leave you with?

I understand that there will be silly visuals when dealing with children, but the silly stuff seems to permeate everything, even the adults-only inner workings of the staff. It appears to be just children in the organization all the way from top to bottom.    3/22/2013 1:27 AM

Page 11
 
Greece Teachers ~ Cut & Paste With Supt. Babs


Page 14 pics ... Fruit of their labor??


 
 
SCATS ~~ I recall Babs had a group of parents doing the same kind of crapple about a year ago! Is this ALL she knows for her 6 figure salary??

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Odyssey Parents Befuddled By Message

 
In Greece Central, You are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The automated message shown below was received at 7PM Wednesday evening with NO reference to what class, the name of the substitute or any other info to help parents know who was involved, when the incident/s happened, which class, etc. How can a parent know if there was a potential mistake made when nothing is said to tell them specifically what their child allegedly did?

"If you are receiving this message your child disrupted instruction last week resulting in the substitute teacher withdrawing her name from working at Odyssey. As a result, There will be detention this Saturday March 23 from 9AM-12PM at Odyssey in room G35. Students will spend the morning reading, writing and discussing character, reputation and respect. In addition they will be writing letters of apology. Failure to attend Saturday's detention will result in out of school suspension for 3 days the week of March 25. If your child does not behave at Saturday detention, your child will be sent home and receive three days out of school suspension next week. A letter will be coming home with your child reiterating this message."
   
 SCATS ~~ Obviously, GCSD administrators have NO IDEA what actually happened in that chassroom. How do we know? First of all, because the incident happened last week & it took until Wednesday night of this week to respond! Secondly, the failure to mention which class on what specific day/time and exactly what misbehavior was exhibited shows this is another "too little, too late" response to this district's continued troubles with getting a handle on bullying and discipline. Parents have a right to know WHAT their student allegedly did BEFORE doling out punishment.
  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pre-Budget Hearing ...

 
... Another Laughable Moment
In Greece Central's Long History
Of Laughable Moments!

BOE Prez.

ONE resident, "Joe," came to ask a string of questions at tonight's "Pre-Budget Hearing." When he finished, he was met with TOTAL silence. With bewilderment in his voice, he asked if anyone was going to respond to him. Julia saved the day with: "Yes, we will be happy to give you an answer." (I give her 1/2 credit for at least pretending this was an actual "hearing" with two-way discussion even though I know she wouldn't have bothered faking it if any crowd had been there to speak.)

Poor Joe! He probably thought he was going to actually get some satisfaction. He talked about low voter turnout and about how many people he knows who no longer come out to vote ... because they are frustrated over continued tax increases.

Joe asked the school board: "How well are YOU representing people who don't vote? They are frustrated!"

Predictably, Julia goes on a rant "not as board president, but as Julia." She rants on about non-voters and about soldiers fighting for our rights to go to the polls ... yada, yada, yada. At the end of her rant, she sums up and tells Joe : "That's a cop-out and excuse!" that people use to not vote.

Guess what Joe? Julia answered a question you did NOT ask, instead of responding to the one you did ask! It's an old trick the "Dysfunction Junction" in Greece relies upon, especially when dealing with newbies.

Don't let her rant fool you, Joe! Ms. Van Orman certainly does NOT want everyone coming out to vote their minds on this budget because if they did, it would GO DOWN IN FLAMES!

What Julia does NOT understand is that the masses in this town, from union leaders to resident taxpayers, do NOT want to waste their time on her, the Supt. or this BOE group any more. Over the last few years, union leaders stopped addressing the Board during their time slot at monthly meetings. Residents stopped signing up for resident's forum. Attendance at board meetings, hearings and the like has plummeted. Turnout at the polls is on a continued and embarrassingly large decline, just like district enrollment figures!! People have fled the boardroom and the polls in the same way that parents are now fleeing the Greece Central School District!

Ms. Van Orman's idea about how to micro-manage BOE meetings & this district has sent the masses away from wasting their time on a group who DO NOT REPRESENT THE MAJORITY IN GREECE. Worse yet, they don't care!
   

Animal Lover Or Dog Hoarder?



BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS AGENDA

March 19, 2013

2. Applicant: Al L. Menteer

Location: 147 Yarkerdale Drive

Mon. Co. Tax No.: 059.12-2-35

Zoning District: R1-E (Single-Family Residential)

Request: An area variance for six (6) dogs in a dwelling unit, instead of the maximum three (3) dogs permitted. Sec. 211-30 A.


SCATS ~~ JUST SAY NO! There should be NO reason to revisit this request at more than ONE meeting! Despite our long winters, no one needs a dogsled team living in a residential neighborhood.
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

GCSD Prelim. Budget Hearing*

 
Mar 19, 2013 @6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 6:00PM to discuss getting sued up the ying-yang ... yet again.

To get up to speed on GCSD's budget propaganda: BUDGET INFO  (Note Scott Hoot's "resignation" effective March 23.)


* The offering of this"hearing" in no way implies that you will get ANY response to any question asked ... especially NOT a response that will go on the record!
   
 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Pi Day


From YNN:
"People who love math are also loving Pi Day today. It is not the delicious dessert, but rather the date 3.14.
In case you need a math refresher, the relationship of a circle's circumference to its diameter is 3.14.
Many schools use it as a day to celebrate math. At Rush Henrietta they are also using it as a fundraiser for the Wilmot Cancer Center.

For every $40 a math class raises, they earn a pie they get to push into their teachers' face on stage during lunch.

As of Tuesday, Rush Henrietta had already raised more than $2,000."

SCATS ~~ Now that's a fundraiser idea I could get into! I'd gladly pay $40 for a pie ... if I could push it into the face of the BOE Prez ... how about it, Julia?
  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ka-Ching!! Watch Your Wallet Alert!!


2013-14 School District Budget Tops $206 Million
 
"The good news is the programs remain the same ... but at a higher price." ~~ Most ridiculous BOE comment of the night! TY Joe Quirk.
  

Town Board Meeting, 6PM


NO AGENDA POSTED...

... so much for "Sunshine Week"!

Monday, March 11, 2013

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.


AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

EXCEL Project Update
Budget Presentation
 
Approval of Resolution Annual Meeting (W/A)

Another Incident Reported


According to WHEC-TV: "There has been another incident in Greece involving a suspicious vehicle. Investigators say a young girl reported an SUV followed her on the way to school Monday morning near Beverly Heights and Willis Avenue.

Officers say the vehicle description is similar to an incident that happened last week where a a young boy says a man tried to approach him while he was waiting for the bus outside his home on Maiden Lane. Police say the vehicle was a red Ford Explorer.

Greece Police say they have stepped up patrols and are monitoring the area. Anyone with information is asked to call 911."
 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stupid People Rescued By FD


MORONIC BEHAVIOR = WALKING ON POND ICE

YNN reports : "A man was rescued after falling through the ice in Braddock Bay Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters say two fishermen fell through the ice on the bay near the marina.

One was able to get himself out. The second man, 54, had his feet stuck in the mud on the bay floor. He was in the water for about half an hour until a crew could rescue him.

The victim was taken to Strong Hospital for possible hypothermia."

13WHAM reports: "Three men were safely rescued from Long Pond Sunday afternoon.

They were reportedly fishing on the pond, just off Edgemere Drive, when they fell in. One climbed out of the water onto ice.

It took 20 firefighters to rescue the men. One firefighter injured his back.

Chief James O’Coin of the Lake Shore Fire Department said ice can be deceiving, and it’s best to stay away from it when the weather warms up like it did Sunday.

“This time of year, the ice is changing,” he said. “We're a proponent that no ice is safe. The problem we have is that the ponds might not be deep, but what you have is the water is very cold, so you get the initial shock of going in the water and hypothermia. The pond base is all muck – at that point you're struggling to get out. The harder you struggle, the deeper trouble you're going to get yourself into."

SCATS ~~ Contrary to rumor, the FBI were NOT searching for a white vehicle sunk in Braddocks Bay! Kudos to Lakeshore FD for endangering themselves to ensure the local gene pool retains a wide variety of low IQ types!!

How Much With NO Experience??



The Minutes from the Feb. 26, 2013 BOE meeting show that Lynne Armstrong has moved from the position of GCSD Board Clerk to the Supt's Administrative Assistant with NO change in salary ($70,162 in 2012) on 2/27/13.

The Minutes from the Feb. 26, 2013 BOE meeting show that Julia Van Orman's PTA pal Ann Barrows assumes the BOE clerk position "At will" (but permanently on 3/11/13) for a starting salary of $50,000, with NO prior experience in this area.

The Minutes from the Feb. 26, 2013 BOE meeting show that Kevin Boivin moved from the position of Network Administrator making a salary of $70,576 to become the new Director of Information Technology on 2/27/13* making a salary of $90,000. That's a mere $20K bump in salary!!

SCATS ~~ The above info proves once again that it's not what you know, but who you know in GCSD ;) Ain't graft a wonderful thing??

* The minutes pre-date the change!
  

Are YOU Satisfied With GCSD??



Take their "Satisfaction Survey" 
Tell them what's on YOUR mind!!
 
SCATS ~~ From the numerous complaints I receive each week, it should be renamed the DISsatisfaction Survey!
  

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

PARENTS BEWARE!!


UPDATED: 3/8/13, 1AM ~~ I just love how it takes parents & a BLOG to get this info into mainstream news ... who wait to post it AFTER the regular newscast ;)

13WHAM finally obtained & posted the story.

Posted to Facebook:

"I just heard there is a sicko in Greece. Tried to take a kid waiting for the bus. Happened right in the driveway while the mom was watching. He is bald and drives a red SUV. According to Greece police has happened before. Please spread the word and watch out for the kids. Cause no one is making us aware, we have to make each other aware."

SCATS ~~ Why hasn't GPD put the Greece community on alert so we can catch this creep?
  

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Chief Todd's NINJA Training


Many Thanks to Friends of SCATS ;)
 
Slumped for action!
 
 
 
Brought to his knees!
 
 
 

Discovery School Hearing ~ Q & A


Kudos to Discovery School for demonstrating to the Greece Board of Education that a bonafide public hearing is a TWO-WAY PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION: QUESTIONS ARE PERMITTED AND THEN ANSWERED ON THE SPOT! How refreshing!!!!!!

Discovery School Founded December 2010.
 
Opened as a K-2 school in 2011, added 3rd grade in 2012.

Will add one grade level per year to become a K-6 school.

Currently employs 20. That will grow to 40 next year.

To provide students "Real Skills for the Real World."

Education based upon "Model of Inquiry." (Sounds like West Ridge's original premise)

Students learn to read, write, reason, calculate ... and other skills.

Expectations are set higher ~ 100% of kindergarten students met or exceeded expectations.

After just 1 year, student work displayed by National Center for Student Work.

School year is 200 days from 7:30AM -3:30PM plus after school activities.

ABVI provides breakfasts, lunches & after school snacks.

Seeks impoverished students who are on the free & reduced lunch program.

Lottery system used to fill vacancies if they receive more applications than openings.

Lottery priortizes by income, sibling status and district of residence.

NY State Board of Regents and NYSED must both approve for the school to open.

Transportation to be provided by students' home district (95% are RCSD residents, 5 are from Greece and 1 from Irondequoit).

SCATS ~~ Why was Lynne Armstrong playing Board Clerk tonight? Inquiring minds wanna know ... ;)
    

Chickens 'N Charters

 
MEETINGS TONIGHT!
 
Discovery Charter School ~~ 7PM
Odyssey Academy, 750 Maiden Lane,
Room E46 ~ Enter through Door #5
 
Board of Zoning Appeals ~~ 7PM
Town Hall Community Room
1 Vince Tofany Blvd

  

Monday, March 04, 2013

BINGO WORLD CLOSES!


BINGO WORLD ANNOUNCES CLOSING!
 
BLAMES ST. JOHN'S


YNN reports: " Players and volunteers alike are devastated that Bingo World is closing it's doors.

Finding out the owner of Bingo World had decided to close and then St. Charles Diocese would no longer be sponsoring Bingo was a shock to everyone.


Volunteers with the Diocese receive a portion of Catholic School tuition in exchange for their time.

And some parents, without bingo to offset the cost, will no longer be able to send their children to Catholic School next year. From the players perspective, their entertainment is closing.

Individuals come to Bingo World weekly to meet up with friends and play the game.

"Last week we were in tears. Some of the regulars wanted to come up and speak in the mic, they started a petition circling to try to hopefully get enough signatures to bring it to the churches attention that this isn't something that any of us want," said Bingo World Volunteer Mio Cantero.

Cantero says there were plans to move bingo to a Gates Center location but they fell through."

Just one month ago, WHEC-TV reported that St. John the Evangelist Church stopped supporting Bingo programs. After media questions, the church ultimately paid $95 per credit to volunteers, instead of the $250 they previously received.

SCATS ~~ Greece seems to have ongoing difficulties attracting and/or sustaining most types of businesses. Even the Greece Ridge Mall fell short of offering up the 5 "more upscale" restaurants we were promised and has settled for three more mediocre chains to adorn Ridge Rd. West. Bingo World's demise shows once again that the Dewey corridor's planned revitalization remains an uphill battle.
 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bishop Kearney Charter Wants To Open @Hoover

  
Discovery Charter School seeks approval to move from its current location at Bishop Kearney's campus to the former GCSD Odyssey Academy building at 133 Hoover Dr. Classes would start next  fall.

According to the D&C website: "Discovery Charter School is an elementary charter that admits students via a lottery (non-discriminatory) and gives priority to children living in poverty. School officials have said they plan to add one new grade level each year, up to sixth grade."

Discovery Charter School has 160 students enrolled currently in kindergarten to 3rd grade at its Irondequoit campus. Their school day is from 7:30AM to 3PM with after-school programs held until 4:30PM.
  
SCATS ~~ GCSD NEEDS COMPETITION!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!
  

Saturday, March 02, 2013

To the Greece Board of Zoning Appeals


This sign contains ALL of the info you need to know to decide on whether or not Greece should go to the birds!
 Keep the chickens out of Greece!

 

GOP Candidates for Greece Govt


Greece Town Supervisor ~~ Bill Reilich

Greece Town Board ~~ Incumbents Andrew Conlon, Shannon O’Keefe, Kirk Morris and Brett Granville

Greece Town Justice ~~ Gino Nitti, Vincent Campbell & former state Supreme Court Justice David Michael Barry

Greece Receiver of Taxes ~~ Rick Antelli, now a county legislatorand

Monroe County Legislature ~~ Current Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor

SCATS ~~ More of the SAME old crapple! If you like scandals, you'll LOVE these candidates!

Friday, March 01, 2013

PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY, 7PM


Public Hearing for:

Discovery Charter School,

Odyssey Academy, 750 Maiden Lane, Room E46, Enter through Door #5