Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy 'Labor' Day'!



Father: Do you know, most people don't have to work today, because it's Labor Day. 

Son: If people are not working, shouldn't we call today 'No-Labor Day?' 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Predictable Common Core Results


49.7% of teachers were rated "highly effective" 

41.8% were deemed "effective" 

4.4% were rated "developing" 

1% received an "ineffective" score

It's only the majority of students that remain incapable of "performing" in NY State!

    
Maybe it's all of those free lunches ...?
   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walking Free After Hit & Run


LAWYER: She Probably Won't See Jail Time

Mariah Eccleston, 20, Greece - Out on $2500 Bail

 
She Left A Man To Die After Running Him Over (Allegedly)
 
SCATS ~~ Where is the public outrage over this travesty of our justice system?? Dawn Nguyen gets years for "filing a false instrument" and this irresponsible murderess gets to go back to living life after taking a life!


Changes The Greece BOE Should Consider ...



FOR THE KIDS!!
(And the parents)

Pre-Assembled Kits De-Stress School Supply Shopping



Later Start Times For Teens: What The Dr. Ordered



Kids WANT To Learn Cursive ... With Good Reason

"Reasons why I want to learn cursive. To write and sign checks. To sign your legal name and to write fast," says Cameron, a fourth-grader.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Have You Seen Her?

UPDATE 8/28/14 ~~ FOUND at friend's home in Irondequoit.
Police say they returned 15-year-old Karissa Zeller to her home on Banyan Drive around 5:15 a.m. Monday. Around 6:05 a.m. Monday, police say Zeller left again and hasn't been seen since.
Police say the second time Zeller left was not reported to officers until after noon Monday. Because of that, police are attempting to find her again.
Officers believe Zeller left on her own and is not in any danger.

Zeller is 5' 2", weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

BOE Study Session Tonight, 6:30PM


WATCH YOUR WALLET ALERT!!!

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:00 pm to discuss collective negotiations pursuant to article 14 of the Civil Service Law.

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE


  • upgrade athletic facilities, 
  • build a bus wash facility 
  • & add storage! With enrollment falling under 11,000, they need to CLOSE MORE SCHOOLS! Then we will have PLENTY of "storage" space!





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Town of Greece: Atheists Not Welcome?


One More Sham ... ?
SHAME ON US!

The Washington Post: Following the Supreme Court decision regarding prayer before meetings, the Town of Greece adopted new rules for who can deliver the prayer or invocation at their meetings. The language in the rules specifically includes “religious clergy” and “religious assemblies,” but doesn't mention anything about inclusion of the nonreligious, such as atheists and humanists.


Brian Marianetti, attorney for the town of Greece, said he did not know if atheists would be permitted to give an invocation under the rules.

“I can’t say one way or another,” he said. Each speaker will be “decided on a case-by-case basis.”


SCATS ~~ What the heck are we paying this guy for if he can't respond to this question AFTER a Supreme Court decision was made? Did they allow Dan Courtney to address the Board hoping it would end the controversy so they could return to "business as usual"? Maybe Marianetti could ask Reilich!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Indeed, We ARE Over-Assessed!



Click image to read

 
 
SCATS ~~ Author says instead of raising assessments by tens of thousands on each home, Town of Greece should tighten its belt. Raising the tax rate a little would be a better alternative once they've done all they can to budget wisely. I couldn't agree more!
   
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Greece Mall "Security" ~ An Oxymoron


Berkeley Brean interviews The Jewelry Lab's owner, Mimi Salib, about the recent heist at her shop.

She quipped: "People come covering their head and gloves and it's not noticeable for the security here to stop these people? That's what's sad about it."


Greece Ridge Mall claims it "was not a breach of security" when three masked men wearing gloves entered via a public mall entrance and deactivated the security alarm on the store's entry before unlocking the store doors and carrying-off $250,000 in diamonds & gold without intervention by mall security.


In response to the owner's question, mall officials defend their lack of intervention, claiming the suspects entered the store "under the guise of store employees." The letter says the suspects de-activated the alarm and if it had gone off, it "would have alerted mall security and authorities."


Any resemblance to mall employees is purely coincidental ;)
SCATS ~~ So if you are walking at the mall before shopping hours and see men wearing masks & gloves entering a store and clearing the shelves of merchandise, don't worry about it! It's ONLY AN ISSUE if they set-off the security alarms while burglarizing the retailers!
   

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GPD Arrests Three


Home Invasion/Jewelry Store Heist 
Suspects Arrested

Thomas Pryor, 29, of Spencerport, Qzay Clark, 28, of Farmington and Alexander Kates, 23, of Rochester are facing numerous charges, including kidnapping,first degree robbery, first degree criminal use of a firearm and burglary.

The three suspects are currently being held for arraignment in Greece Town Court in the morning.

( SOURCE )
  

Common Core Comparison 2014


City of Rochester Charter School 
vs 
Greece Central School of Choice

Discovery Charter School:
Grade 3 ELA: 40 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
68%         23%           8%            3%                  274

Pine Brook Elementary School:
Grade 3 ELA: 94 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
   14%         30%       49%            7%                 317

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Discovery Charter School:
Grade 3 Math: 40 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
    73%       18%         0%             10%                 276

Pine Brook Elementary School:

Grade 3 Math: 93 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
    8%        34%          45%         13%                   315

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Discovery Charter School:
Grade 4 ELA: 39 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
    49%        38%        10%          3%                   281

Pine Brook Elementary School:



Grade 4 ELA: 95 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
    13%       33%          35%          20%                318

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Discovery Charter School:
Grade 4 Math:  38 students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
    47%       42%          8%            3%                   279


Pine Brook Elementary School:

Grade 4 Math: 95  students tested

Level 1    Level 2     Level 3      Level 4     Mean Score
   5%          27%         38%         29%                   327
     

Monday, August 18, 2014

Think School Supplies Are Expensive?


The cost to raise a child to age 18 now approaches $250,000!!

And that doesn't include funding for college.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Greece Cops Injured At Mall*


UPDATED: WHEC-TV reports: "Police say two officers were injured while making an arrest outside of Greece Ridge Mall on Saturday afternoon.
Investigators say the officers were called to the mall for reports of a domestic dispute, and they sustained minor injuries while trying to arrest James Pallifrone, 54, of Gates outside of Benucci’s Italian Restaurant.
Pallifrone was arraigned and remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of bail. He’s facing multiple charges including assault and resisting arrest.
Police say the injured officers are ok."
James Pallifrone, 54, of Gates


13WHAM news reports: 

Greece, N.Y. - Two Greece Police officers were hurt while responding to a call Saturday afternoon. The officers were responding to a disturbance at Bar Louie at the Mall at Greece Ridge. Police said that two were hurt when a man they were trying to take into custody resisted arrest. The officers' injuries are considered minor. The suspect was eventually taken into custody.

   * Updated story states it was outside of Benucci's, instead of Bar Louie, as originally reported.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Role Model? NOT!!!






Teachers union honcho Michael Mulgrew unleashed a venomous screed directed at anyone who would dare threaten his beloved Common Core agenda.

“I’ve heard the stories about how Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Joel Klein and a flying saucer full of Martians designed these things to brainwash us all.” ~~ Michael Mulgrew

(SOURCE)

SCATS ~~ Where do the teachers' unions find these semi-psychotic, bullying personalities to "lead" and represent them? WHY??
  

Monday, August 11, 2014

BOE: WHEN Will You Fix What You've Broken??


BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM



Executive Session -  It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale, and/or lease of real property.


 Anonymous said...

You do realize that executive session on the lease is illegal, right? See http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/openmeetlaw.html#s103

h. the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.   

8/11/2014 7:14 PM

So Many Public Hearings ...


BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM


Executive Session - It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale, and/or lease of real property.


Public Hearing - District Safety Plans

Public Hearing - District Code of Conduct

Public Hearing - Student Attendance Policy #7110


SCATS ~~ How about a "do over" on the hearing to have a charter school at Kirk Rd?  
     
 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

John DiTullio On Hueber ...



From The Rochester Press Box on 13WHAM:

"I'm embarassed to be a Greece resident ... the Bill Hueber situation still burns me ... A couple of board members had it in for Bill Hueber ... 

Why would you want your son or daughter to be part of that community out in Greece when we got a mess with the Board of Education?" ~~ John DiTullio, sportscaster & Greece resident


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Charter School Leases Kirk Rd.



RENAISSANCE ACADEMY 
CHARTER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Agrees To Lease Kirk Rd. School
From 7/14/14 to 7/13/15 for $150,000 ($12,500/mo)



An Option For Greece Central ...


Friday, August 08, 2014

SWAT Raids Spencerport Home


Jewelry Heist Suspects Sought



Thursday, August 07, 2014

Road Construction Scamming Greece Taxpayers


From Craigslist: 

Greece Road Repairs. 

There is some road rebuilding on Old School House Road in Greece.


It runs between the Greece Central Office and the Paddy Hill Fire department off Latta Road.
This road leads to the school bus garage and employee parking.
This roadway has also held the Soap Box Derby regional races.
The road gets well traveled most of the year and has been in need of repair.
I think its great that the Town of Greece is taking care of their roads.
What is not great is the manner of this repair is being done.
Tax dollars spent with no oversight of the actual project.
This means the contractor has the opportunity to make up some of the monies he was loosing trying to get the low bid in for the job. It Happens,not always ,but it happens.
This is a contract job and not being performed by the towns regular road crew,which by the way do a nice job.

Shhh.Don't tell anyone that the contractors have run into an underground stream.
It's a secret..ALMOST..
If compaction tests were properly completed,they would of shown the underlying problem.
Where the hell is the road inspector that oversees these projects?
Is there one in Greece ? Is he on vacation ? Somebody has to take a look at this.
The City of Rochester has an inspector assigned to each road project it has to maintain the citys interests and to be a liaison in case of unforeseen problems like this one.
The towns contractor has poured 3X the amount of road base stone on top of that stream and water is still gurgling to the top.The normal amount is around 11 inches of stone on a complete dig out.
Thats not the contractors fault,he was doing this job according to the prints which of course did not include a stream...They are still going ahead with the asphalt until some one stops them. They will still be paid due to the poor land survey and prints of the area by the Town Of Greece and get more money to correctly repair the problem.
All because no one gives a rats ass,even if the project is wrong,just hide it and get it done..
The deal is to look the other way and get the job done by putting asphalt on top.
It won't last even to winter. The job should be stopped, the water issue dealt with even if piping is involved then fix the roadway
Why allow half assed repairs.
Do it right or don't do it at all.
Allowing faulty repairs by "looking the other way" just isn't right.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
SCATS ~~ Apparently, Kirk Morris (head of Greece's DPW) is too busy writing editorials to the Greece Post to "correct" (and silence?) those who publicly complain about the wrongs in Greece to bother with this sort of project! His editorial left a really bad taste in my mouth ... and that was before I knew about this scandal in the making!  Are we paying him to write editorials rebutting citizen complaints? OR should he be overseeing such projects as these contracts? Personally, I don't give-a-damn about his opinion, but I would like to see him do the job he's paid to do.
 

Home Invasion, Burglary: "Targeted"


Family Held Hostage, Jewelry Store Burglarized

  • Jewelry Lab store manager followed home from mall Wednesday. 
  • He and his family were held hostage in their apartment overnight. 
  • Keys taken & used to rob store early today.
  • Police searching for suspects and victim's stolen car.
WHEC-TV ~ DETAILS

SCATS ~~ In Greece, it's ALWAYS "targeted." Is this supposed to make us feel safer? Is this supposed to ease our concern it could happen to us or our family? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? It's still a nightmare for the victims!

  

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Handler Says GPD's K-9 Isn't "Man-Eater"

  
"When I get out of the car, a lot of times, he gets a little aggressive. When I get out of the car and he's going bonkers, people get afraid. To come to an event like this (Natl Night Out - Greece) and have people see hes a normal dog and wants to play, it shows them he's not a man-eating animal that people think police dogs are." ~~ Officer Jeff Phillips, GPD's K-9 Cop


See "Chip" with Off. Phillips in video clip



SCATS ~~ TY for that info! We can ALL breathe a big sigh of relief now :)
   

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The Typical Animal Hoarder Is Female


As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Every wife carried seven sacks.
In every sack was seven cats.
Every cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, wives -
How many were going to St. Ives?

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Applicant: Patricia Kendrick
Location: 224 Mount Ridge Circle
Mon. Co. Tax No.: 075.14-3-2
Zoning District: R1-E (Single-Family Residential)
Request: An area variance to allow seven (7) dogs to be kept at a residence, where not more than three (3) dogs shall be permitted per dwelling unit. Sec. 211-30 A

ZONING BOARD MEETING ~ Aug. 5th @6:30PM 

BOE Calls Special Meeting


Wednesday August 6, 2014 @6PM 

It is anticipated that the Board will go into Exec. Session to discuss the employment history of a particular person

SCATS ~~ Gee, I wonder who they are after now??
  

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Poll Re: Coach Hueber



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