Friday, October 31, 2014

Odorisi DQ's AQ



COMMON SENSE PREVAILS!

Battaglia does double-speak: "I wouldn't do anything different... I'd put him in shoulder pads."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween & Beware The Tricksters


NY State Parole Officers will monitor registered sex offenders statewide from 3 to 11 Halloween afternoon and night. This will include "face-to-face home visits." 

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision imposes special conditions on sex offenders on Halloween. They have to remain at home or a designated location during that time period. They can't answer the door to trick-or-treaters. They can't have Halloween candy in their possession and they are not allowed to dress up in a costume. 

BEWARE: Some sex offenders, like our very own Gary Pignato, are NOT on the registry!


I wonder if Steve Chatterton would let him visit a Greece school ...?


Aquinas Coach In Denial


Coach Chris Battaglia's statements to media shows:

  • Complete lack of personal accountability: "And I wouldn't go back and do one thing different than I did."
  • Diverts attention away from those (including him) who made the mistake : "Who's the human being who did this? How do you live with yourself knowing you did this to 50 kids."
  • Sends wrong message to athletes about the way they handled the bad news : "Lot of kids violent, a lot of kids upset in that way and I can't blame them."
SCATS ~~ Once again, a major LEARNING OPPORTUNITY was missed by the adults involved. Once again, the "message" is that winning is the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS in high school sports. This coach's lack of knowledge of the rules reminds me of our past hockey coach who admitted he NEVER READ HIS HANDBOOKS! 

Battaglia's failure at his job is what cost these kids the game. It's really that simple.
  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Other Districts Keep Non-Resident Students Out


WHY WON'T GREECE?
WHEC Reports:


The parents of a 12-year-old sent to the Rochester area from New Orleans to live with her great aunt, so she could be safe, go to school and have a better life.

That was at the beginning of October, but because of state laws, the girl is not allowed to enroll in her suburban school district and now she's going on three weeks without being in class. We are standing up for this girl and her family in a story you'll only see on News10NBC.
This could happen in any suburban school district around Rochester. It's another case where we have adults making laws and enforcing laws and we're left with a girl who wants to be in a good school but can't.
Jolie Cheramie is living with her great aunt in Irondequoit. Her parents, who are separated and struggle with drugs and alcohol, sent her here from Louisiana to get her away from the problems and to get her into a good school. But the East Irondequoit School District will not let her enroll. 
Jolie's great aunt Jodie Shaw says, "I'm at a loss that a school is allowed to do this. I thought that keeping a child from an education is against the law."
Jolie's parents signed notarized documents giving provisional custody to Shaw and they signed an affidavit saying Shaw is responsible for Jolie's education.
We asked the East Irondequoit School District Communications Director Dave Yates what's the harm in letting her come to school here.
He says, "The harm is if you were to do that than other people, who are residents here, can start bringing in nieces and nephews and things like that without having full custody of the child."
The concern is you could have thousands of parents sending their children into the suburbs to live with aunts, uncles or friends, just to go to the schools. The state rules say children have to attend school where their custodial parents live. 
Yates says, "And because the state says until that great aunt has custody of the child then we can't do anything about it."
Her aunt says, "What I'd like to see is her get into the school district that I'm paying taxes on."
Jolie can go to East Irondequoit schools but only if her aunt pays tuition which can be thousands of dollars. Aunt Jodie says she's already been paying school taxes for ten years.
SCATS ~~ Come to Greece to attend school, Jolie! We're like the border to Mexico: OPEN !   GCSD won't bother verifying anything, or make you pay tuition, either.
 



WHAT Would YOU Think?


It's an average Tuesday afternoon until ...

You finish work, arrive home and are immediately confronted by a neighbor.

They inform you that a body was found in the neighborhood. The police are investigating. They are treating it as a "suspicious death."

You listen to the news for more information. There's nothing.

The next day you check the newspaper and again, listen to the news. Again there's no word.

It's as if it never happened ...

Then you realize. The body was found within walking distance of the homes of a State Senator, a Town Board member and the Chief of the local police department.

WHAT WOULD YOU THINK ABOUT THE SILENCE?
   

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are You Willing To Pay For A Stadium?


Shouldn't We Be Closing More Schools Instead?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Special BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:15PM to discuss matters made exempt under federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). (This should be MOST interesting!!)

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

BOE Recognition Week (They will be patting themselves on the back with BOTH hands)

Capital Project Update

Enrollment Projections 2015-16 (A.K.A.: While the free fall continues ...we're down to under 11,200 & projected to fall to 10,450 by 2019.)
  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Beware Phony School Fundraiser


No mention of needing to obtain a solicitor's permit

Door-to-door hucksters purporting a book sale to benefit Greece's Holmes Road School aren't legit, police warned Thursday afternoon.
In a news release, Greece police Sgt. Jared René said the Greece Central School District has fielded numerous calls from worried residents complaining of salespeople on their stoops hawking "Around the Town" books and saying the tomes are aimed to raise funds for the neighborhood school.
"There is NO such fundraiser going on for Holmes Road School; it is a hoax to obtain money from residents under false pretenses," he wrote.
District spokeswoman Laurel Heiden said there were reports of a mother-son team visiting residences near the Holmes Road school, telling their targets they were selling coupon books and asking for a $20 payment up front.
The police department is asking anyone who's been contacted by the sellers to call 911.
It is illegal to sell items door-to-door in Greece without a solicitor's permit. Rene said this group of sellers does not have a permit. (SOURCE)
SCATS ~~ Since when did Greece school students have to get a permit to fundraise for their schools, sports programs, music and drama groups or other activities? From now on we should ask to see their permits or else not buy ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Resident Questions Library Bookstore

 
Asks Same Questions SCATS Asked
 
For years the dedicated volunteers and those of us who look for used books were in the terribly tight space just inside the entry door to the library. When the library was renovated a lovely space was created for the used book department in recognition of the revenue it brings in, for its integral part of the library and for the many citizens it serves, young and old. Now the used books enterprise will be moved and the lovely space given up for a coffee shop.

Where did this idea come from? Were there public discussions as to why and to justify costs of renovations? Was this a unilateral decision or the efforts of a committee?

I am truly disappointed with this short sighted direction.

Sue Whan

Greece Post Editorial
  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leo Carroll Responds To Letter

 
Greece Post Letter To The Editor, Oct. 22, 2014
 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Town Board Meeting Tonight, 6PM


Zoning Board Meeting Tonight, 7PM ~~ AGENDA


Friday, October 17, 2014

Town Addresses Library Concerns



In response to the October 2 Letter to the Editor regarding the Greece Library –

Contrary to what the letter states, the used bookstore is NOT being closed down, nor is it being replaced by a coffee shop. The bookstore will be moved – right next door from its current location, and plans are in place to renovate the space to keep the area updated for library patrons and those choosing to browse and purchase the used books.

The plan for a coffee shop at the Library is two-fold. As we all have realized, the library has taken on a changing look and function with the advancement of technology. While there are indeed books still available, the usage of the computers and attendance of programs is the main draw of folks utilizing the library. We see the future of the library as moving toward a community based library – where patrons/residents can come not only for information access, but also for continued learning while utilizing access of the changing technologies.

One needs only to visit a Barnes and Noble bookstore to realize the popularity of the concept of beverages and light snacks being paired with books and learning materials, and how well it fits in with a model of a community gathering and reference destination. Our interest and goal is in getting the next generation of our residents to take advantage of the library and its resources. The coffee shop fits this vision.

It is important for town residents to understand that the only required financial support required from the town toward the operating of the Library is approximately $50,000. However, because of the Towns commitment to our library and our residents that utilize it, the 2014 budget included over $3 Million in funding.

As the Town continues to look for new sources of revenue through these difficult times, the leasing of this space in the library will serve as a financial benefit as well.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Friends of the Greece Public Library; they are a very generous group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to running the used bookstore and contributing approximately $50,000 per year to enhance programs offered by the library. After meeting with their executive board, they were indeed receptive and understood that in exchange for moving just over the wall from their current location that they would continue to have a dedicated “storefront” without cost to them to operate in the library.

So in closing, we envision our residents browsing the vast bookshelves of our library and proceeding to relax with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Book clubs and other organizations will be able to hold meetings in a central location that is naturally tranquil, and this will inevitably increase traffic to the library in the long run. The future of libraries is changing, and the Town of Greece public libraries deserve to stay on pace with these advances.

Michelle Marini Deputy Supervisor Town of Greece 




 
 

SCATS ~~ So then ... methinks this sheds insight on Reilich's poor view of Greece's Library operations!
  • It is true the CURRENT bookstore will be closed and moved. Is the new space smaller?
  • WHERE ARE THE NUMBERS to support the claim that library users want computers and programs over loaned materials??
  • WHERE & WHEN was the public discussion/input on this idea?
  • Are we trying to compete with Barnes & Noble? This concept did NOT work for the library before, even though it was already working for B&N at the time. What makes it workable now?
  • WHY would the Town tell us their only "required financial support" is a mere $50,000, unless that was intended as some veiled threat to REDUCE FUTURE FUNDING??
  • Is there ANY NEARBY TOWN that is only funding its library at the required minimum?
  • How much income does the Town anticipate it will receive from leasing this space for a coffeeshop?
  • What if there are no interested parties? Is there a Plan B?
  • Who will provide security services for this operation?
  • WHERE/WHEN will sufficient added parking be provided to accommodate the teeming throngs of the groups Reilich has KICKED OUT OF TOWN HALL MEETING ROOMS?
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just In Time For Halloween ...



SCARY!!
Now he has "answers" lol

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One Home Invasion Suspect Arrested


Clarence Lambert, 22,  is charged with obstructing commerce by robbery and with possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Lambert and a woman tried to sell a $4,800 watch at a Rochester pawnshop. 

Lambert is accused of participating in a home invasion at a house on Polo Place in Greece on October 7. According to the complaint, Lambert and others took $200,000 in cash, diamonds and watches from the house. WHEC-TV


Greece Central Slips In Rankings


Buffalo Business First has published the rankings for 67 Rochester area school districts for 2014.

Greece Central slipped down to #38.


SCATS ~~ Great news! Raises for everybody!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oberg Schools Julia


He explains to her that school board's job is to make policy (i.e. write policy compelling Supt. to do the survey), not write & review athletic/coaching surveys about specific coaches and their performance.

Discussion on this topic provided much insight into the firing of the soccer coach several months ago.
  

District's Radio Station Losing $$



An internal audit of the Greece Central School District reveals that WGMC, the district's radio station, CONTINUES to lose money, as we reported back in Nov. of 2012. 

At that time, we were told that a corrective action plan was being developed to ensure the $107,792 that WGMC owed to GCSD would be repaid AND that the station could survive financially on its own. They reported a decade's worth of losses back then. Currently, their deficit fund balance totals $90,930 almost 2 yrs. later.

When will GCSD cut bait on this losing enterprise? Or does Rob Linton own the Greece BOE?
  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOE Regular Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM



No Official Posting 
or 
Agenda On GCSD Site

Thursday, October 09, 2014

HOW MANY VOLUNTEERS IN GRFD?


HOW MANY ACTUALLY RESPOND TO CALLS?

"Each year at this time we humbly ask you to 
make a contribution to yet another community 
based organization. From your generosity of the 
past, it is obvious that you care about your fire 
department and its few remaining volunteers."
 ... "Your fire department is a combination of both 
volunteer and career firefighters." ... 


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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Measure & Monitor Assessment Process - In Public




Letter to editor - Greece Post 10/08/14

In his letter, “Assessments in the Town of Greece are unfair” (Aug 21st), D. Schaeffer served up a hot topic.

A Greece website says the goal is to, “Maintain assessments as close to full market value as possible.”  So, what’s close… and what’s possible?  Is the goal being met?  Is the public being told?

A sample of 124 recent sales shows an AVERAGE sale price of $120,000 and an AVERAGE assessment of $121,000.  These averages are very close - a variance of -$1,000 (-0.8%).  But, small variances are not the norm when analyzing sales one-by-one.

For example, address ‘162 Rhe...’* assessed at $136,000 sold lower by $19,000 (-14%).  Twenty-one sales ranged -10% and lower.  By contrast, ‘191 App...’**  assessed at $129,900 sold higher by $20,100 (+15%).  Twenty sales ranged +10% and higher.  Overall, variances for 83 sales (two out of three) exceeded +/-5% from their assessed value.  Of course results may vary for other samples.

Homeowners should not be surprised when their home sells for less than its assessment… and then realize they had been paying high taxes… while also being among those paying extra to make up for homes selling above their assessment.

Taxpayers may want to urge their Town Board representatives to set policy in the form of measurable goals for the assessment process, and to monitor results with timely public reports.

George Hubbard
Greece Resident

Info. below provided by SCATS
* 162 Rhea Crescent (sold for $117,000 on 9/11/14)

** 191 Applewood Drive (sold for $150,000 on 8/1/14)
  

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Two Injured In Home Invasion



Greece police report that two people were injured during a home invasion on Polo Ln. (English Rd. near Long Pond) around 4PM Tuesday afternoon.

Three black males armed with hand guns entered the home and forcibly removed property.

Both victims were transported to the hospital with non-life- threatening injuries.
  

Friday, October 03, 2014

Influenza ... Enterovirus 68 ...


EBOLA
 



TRUST?
 
 


 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Library Bookstore On Reilich's Hit List


According to an editorial that appeared in today's Greece Post, Supervisor Reilich has slated  for closure the used bookstore located in the main branch of the Greece Public Library.

Apparently, he thinks a coffee shop would make a fine substitute.

I'm wondering if this is another area where the activities permitted & promoted by a former administration border on the illegal ...

Mr. Reilich, does this mean you will fund the Greece Public Library to a realistic level for the size of our community, instead of expecting a bunch of PTA-type volunteers to fund-raise $50,000+/year to purchase items and provide programs our tax dollars should cover?