Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Day The Music Died ... In Greece

 
The weather is getting warmer,
 
And Auberger is gone.
 
Will the tent still go up?
 
Will the music play on?
 
SCATS ~~ Does Reilich's election mean that the Summer Concerts on Town Hall's lawn are history? He's already made other cuts that impact Greece's senior citizens. Is this next?

 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Might want to get familiar with this guy's bio. http://bendegeorge.wordpress.com/2007/09/02/peter-a-lawrence-united-states-marshal/

Anonymous said...

GPAS has formally told all the participating music groups that the Town will not fund GPAS any longer, that the Supervisors concert series this summer will no longer be held, and the tent will not be erected unless funding is provided by others. Yes, this is the day that music died in Greece. To save $4500 the Town has left the oldest (45 yrs) community music organization in the United States with a critical shortfall in its budget. No band concert, no Jazz band concert, no orchestras or chorus concerts sponsored by the town this year. The Town said that they wanted to create "more family oriented events". And the town created a bogus reason to cease the funding by saying it was an illegal gift of public funds. Of course GPAS had a contact with the Town to provide the concerts during the summer as the services rendered!
Many GPAS members now realize that the new supervisor is stupid, politically tone-deaf, hates the Fine Arts, and has no idea what it means to represent the best interests of Greece and it's tax paying residents.

Anonymous said...

Gee!
I'd come to see the Circus Tent as a symbol of the brick enclosed Circus behind it after all these years.

Bet on an antique car show on Town Hall lawn.

Honestly, was the tent and cost of the tent really necessary? Seems the concerts tended to be cancelled if it was raining.

Here's an idea GPAS, pull on your big boy pants and hold the hand full of concerts on the lawn behind Town Hall, or in one of the MULTITUDE of athletic fields such as Schools or even Bill Grae's HUGE Non Taxpaying facility.

Anonymous said...

Funny, all these years I never knew GPAS existed. with better publicity maybe they'd have more public support...

Does anyone who went to their events know how many people attended? Was this a big deal?

Anonymous said...

I warned you about this guy Relic. Give him six months and he will make Auburger look like the court jester in the Relic realm of Monroe County GOP politics. I can hear it now WE WANT JACK, WE WANT JACK!!! All you will get is Jack S--t from this pretender to the throne.

SCATS said...

To 6:24AM ~~ Yes, it kind of was a big deal, mostly for the BUS LOADS of senior citizens Auggie had driven to Town Hall to listen. He would schedule 1 concert every month from May to Sept. that featured a different group from GPAS, like the Chorale Society or Jazz Band. They would play at 2PM on a sunday afternoon under the tent at Town Hall. It was "free" including the buses that brought in the seniors from Park Ridge & the nursing homes.

Auggie used it as a chance to press the flesh of those who are MOST LIKELY TO VOTE - the seniors - and invited other local Republicans to come use it as a campaign stop, too. Reilich, Robach, Maggie & others often stopped by to say howdy. Clipboards were passed around under the pretext that you were supposed to sign your name & address so they could "keep you up to date" on town events. I believe they used those to check on party affiliation & voting records, etc. When I asked why those who didn't attend the concerts weren't going to be updated on town news, I was given the vacant stare ;)

SCATS said...

To 9:02PM ~~ I don't see how that relates to this thread. Care to give us some insight?

Anonymous said...

Comon SCATS, The Hairburger did facilitate the concerts, and GPAS damn sure dropped the ball, But the busloads of old folks came from the nursing homes on the nursing home's dollar, not the taxpayer dollar.

Geezers deserve some respect, and the ones confined to a tastefully furnished room to await the undertaker deserve some special consideration.

They paid for the road yo arrived on and the school you found so damn desirable to put your kid in!

GPAS dropped the ball here!
Truth to tell, lawn concerts for people confined to wheelchairs were a nightmare both for the people in the chairs and the people who pushed the chairs.
DAMN POOR PLANNING.

There are one hell of a lot of big lawns in Greece, from Barnard Fireman's field to Park Ridge and plenty of School and Park space as well.

Who the hell runs GPAS, and why aren't they doing something?
Honestly, spending $4,900 a year to erect & pull down a damn circus tent is a foolish spending of taxpayer funds. It's idiotic in Greece with all the facilities we already have.

SCATS said...

To 11:18PM ~~ How can you say GPAS dropped the ball when it wasn't their event? It was Auggie's concert billed as "The Supervisor's Concert series."

SCATS said...

By the way, I bet there are going to be a lot fewer "free lunches" catered by Forest Hill held on Town Hall's lawns this year. Will there be a Citizen's Police Academy session? Will they have a picnic? What about the Taste of The Town event that got FREE use of all the fine facilities including tents, chairs, lights & even the C&SC when the weather wasn't dry? ALL GONE, my next prediction ;)

Anonymous said...

Classic illustration of whose calling the all the shot again in Greece, is Relic's penny pinching stupidity and his decision to repaint all GPD cars black and white. Gone will be the more effective stealth grey color that is less detectable in high crime areas Does any one believe Phelan as our professional chief had any say in this backward move by a politician with no law enforcement experience. In my opinion a direct shot at Baxter for initiating the new color scheme and a set back to effective law enforcement in this increasingly troubled town as well as placing officers in increased danger in some if these situations.
Relic is a total jerk and should stick with what he knows best, What Colors to paint his classic car collection and let the professionals do their jobs.

Anonymous said...

11:18 AM - Really! The rest of the country that has a variety of color police cars must not be on to Grey being stealthy. Oh by the way I followed one at night. The back end is taped up with reflective red and white tape and the sides of the car glow as all the lettering is reflective. Give me a break. PS Adam 12 never complained about black and white cars! Heck in the day time the white is stealthy and at night the black. :-)

Anonymous said...

Your making my point, Everybody can recognize a traditional B&W cop car from a mile away. Not so with the Grey ones with the roof hugging light bars.
As far as reflective tapes, that's for officer safety at night during a traffic stop or accident investigation. again, officer safety.
Because violators complained about even the Black and Whites working traffic enforcement while even marked were not visible enough for the them to see. so the state requires that even the side graphics on the cars be reflective as though this was a game if hide and seek. This is not a game played out on our roadways , It's about public safety and crime prevention . Regarding 1 Adam 12 that was 4o yrs ago. You need to join today's real world my friend.

Anonymous said...

This is in reference to 4/09/2014 9:02PM comment. According to the article in the City Newspaper,Peter Lawrence is running for Assembly in the 134th district.
What else to we know about this individual?

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/NewsBlog/archives/2014/04/11/two-former-lawmen-fight-for-reilichs-old-assembly-seat

Anonymous said...

11:18 you are obviously not a color visibility genius . Just reverse your color rational to white at night and black in daylight and you will see how foolish your thinking is.
Actually, the MC sheriffs and Irondequoit cars, all black, are better color scheme at least after dark.

SCATS said...

To 7:18AM ~~ TY for making the connection to the previous poster! VERY interesting, indeed!

Regarding cop car color choice ~~ What difference does it really make anyway? Unless you do something REALLY stupid in Greece in front of a cop who is actually on "traffic enforcement" you aren't going to get stopped or ticketed anyway!

Anonymous said...

04/09/2014 @9:02PM

RJ, is that you????



04/12/2014 @6:09AM

Marked patrol cars are just that, marked patrol cars. They are marked to show presence, to be seen, not to be "stealthy". That is the job of UC(UnderCover) cars, and unmarked traffic enforcement vehicles.

The agency I retired from (out here in Arizona) switched to ALL black patrol vehicles starting about 10 years ago. Even w/ the low profile light bars, it's easy to tell that it's a marked patrol unit by all the badging/stripes that most agencies seem to want now days.

As far as "today's real world"; there are several agencies here (in AZ) that are now switching to B/W patrol cars, because they are noticeable. Believe me, "showing the flag" can help deter and prevent crime.

As far as "Adam 12"...yes, that may have been over 40 years ago. I just got back from a trip to California, and guess what? They still use B/W patrol cars for a reason. They are still effective.

SCATS, as long as the new color scheme is done through attrition, it shouldn't be an added expense. Many agencies will order cars together, to help keep cost down. The factory can build/paint patrol vehicles in different colors w/ very little inconvenience. As a matter of fact, it's easier for LE/gov to get cars built & equipped the way they want than it is for us "civilians".

My $.02

SCATS said...

To 5:06PM ~~ RJ?? THE RJ we all know and fear??? lol

Yes, I know attition would be the way to go, but in this town, they often don't care about the bill because only the poor slobs that live here will be paying. TY for the 2 cents. I'll put it in my IRA.

Anonymous said...

Maybe in Arizona but not here pal . Unmarked traffic enforcement cars have been banned for over 15 yrs by NEW YORK STATE LAW. T he days of the " plain wrappers" have gone down the highway into the sunset.
They must be visible to give violators an even break. Complainers said it wasn't fair and our stupid politicians listened to them.
However I do agree with your contention of marked cars being a deterrent regarding accident prevention . But like some one said earlier, it's not a game out there. Besides, the local State Police, who only have V&T and accident responsibilities and nothing else, must meet their quotas or be reassigned .Thats the name if their game.