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Last night, Supervisor Bill Reilich and Councilman Josh Jensen attended a recognition ceremony for Barnard Fire Department member Dean Smith. Dean was recognized for being chosen as the 2019 Fire Safety Educator of the Year.  

Dean has been a member of the Barnard Fire Department since 1984, when he joined Barnard as an Explorer. After completing high school, he joined the ranks of an active firefighter and then was hired as the District’s Fire Safety Educator in 2001. Dean retired as an active volunteer firefighter in January of 2009, but continues to be an active Life Service member. Additionally, he is a retiree of of the Ridge Road Fire District. He continues traveling to different schools to teach children about fire safety and also heads up the Fire Safety Program along with the Child Car Seat Check Program.

“I was honored to join Councilman Josh Jensen as we recognized an outstanding member of the Barnard Fire Department and celebrated his recent accomplishment of being chosen as the 2019 Fire Safety Educator of the Year” said Supervisor Reilich. “We congratulate Dean and thank him for his tireless service to our community”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite all to attend the Annual Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with activities, including a Super Hero Sprint for kids, food trucks, children’s activities, musical performances, and concluding with a fireworks spectacle. ADA compliant buses will be available at Greece Athena High School to transport people to the festivities, as there is no parking at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Shuttles will begin departing at 4:30PM and will run continuously throughout the evening until 11:30PM.  The full schedule can be found below.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration

(Pre-register at Printable registration forms can be found on the Town of Greece website at Hard copy registration forms are available at Greece Town Hall).

7:30 AM -- 5K Race Begins

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

9:00 AM – Super Hero Sprint for Kids

(All race participants must move their vehicles off the Greece Town Hall Campus by 10am)

4:30 PM – Food Trucks Open

(Current list of food trucks participating include J&S Fried Dough, Daves Fine Food, Robs Kabobs, Lugias Ice Cream, Snowie Mobile, Chefs Catering, Macarollin’, Goodes Restaurant, The Chuck Wagon, and The Meatball Truck)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Children’s Activities

(Activities include inflatables, face painting, a rock wall, crafts, and yard games)

5:30-7:30 PM – First Act Ruby Shooz

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

8:00 PM – Second Act Nik & The Nice Guys  

(Concert held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion)

Dusk – Fire Works Display

(Supervisor Reilich would like to remind all viewing the fireworks display to please bring lawn chairs or blankets)

We hope you will join us for this fun and family-friendly event!

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Greece Youth Board yesterday recognized the recipient of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. This year’s winner is Evan Anderson from Greece Athena High School. Evan received a recognition proclamation and a $2,000 scholarship check during the meeting of the Greece Town Board on Tuesday, July 18th.

The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills. This scholarship has been established by the Town of Greece to highlight Jerry’s exceptional character, virtue, and lifelong love of learning and public service. With over 25 years of public service, Jerry served on the Greece Youth Board, was elected as Town Councilman for 10 years, and served as Deputy Supervisor until his untimely passing in July of 2014.

“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend and the love he had for his community and public service are the foundations of this scholarship” said Supervisor Reilich. “Every year we had several applicants from all throughout the Greece community. Through careful consideration by the Greece Youth Board and the Helfer Family, this year’s winner provided an excellent example of leadership, public service, and volunteerism. I was proud to take part in Tuesday evening’s ceremony and congratulate Evan, who is an outstanding member of our community and who is helping to continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer”.  

Evan is a student at Greece Athena High School. He has been heavily involved in school activities, including being a freshman student mentor to help incoming freshman transition into high school, a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook editor in chief, the Production Assistant for Athena Middle Musicals where he oversaw volunteers for the backstage crew, and a performer in school musicals. In addition to school activities, Evan is also a great volunteer in the community as a student tutor, a religious education teacher, and a member of the Polish Festival planning crew. After graduating high school, Evan plans to attend the University of Kansas to study both broadcast journalism and political science. He would eventually like to run for public office.

Congratulations to Evan Anderson on being chosen as the top recipient of the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship! The Town of Greece is very proud of you and stands behind you as you continue to set examples of volunteerism and leadership in our community.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to remind residents that signup forms for the Annual 5K Freedom Run are available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website. You may also register through the Run Sign Up Website at Hard copy registration forms are also available on the second floor of Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The 5K Freedom Run will be part of the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth July Celebration.

Packet pickup will take place on Monday, July 1st, Tuesday, July 2nd, and Wednesday, July 3rd at the second floor of Greece Town Hall from 9am-5pm. A t-shirt will be given to every person who pre-registers. A medal will be given to every person who finishes the race. The cost of pre-registration is $25/person.

Check-in will take place at 7:00am on July 4th at the Greece Town Hall Campus and the race will begin at 7:30am. Day-of registration will be available. The cost of day-of registration will be $30/person. The course will begin and end near the Town of Greece Court House (4 Vince Tofany Boulevard). Timing for the 5k will be conducted by Yen Timing Services. The course map is available on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” tab on the lower right hand corner of the website.

In addition to the 5K Freedom Run, the Town of Greece will also be hosting a “Super Hero Sprint” for children. This event will begin at 9:00am and will be one mile in length. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and a super hero mask. Register in person at the Greece Community and Senior Center or online at Registration is available thru July 4th for $6/child.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Town Clerk Cheryl Rozzi would like to remind Town of Greece residents that they may obtain EZ Passes from the Town of Greece Clerk’s Office. This reminder is timely as the Governor just announced that a cashless tolling system will be added to the thruway by the end of 2020. This means that cash lanes will no longer be available – only EZ pass tags will be recognized. If a vehicle does not have an EZ pass, a picture of the license plate will be taken and a bill will be mailed to the registered owner.

E-ZPass is a program whereby a customer pre-pays funds, receives a transponder (tag) to mount on their vehicle, and as the vehicle passes through a toll plaza, an antenna in the lane “reads” that tag’s computerized information and the appropriate toll is deducted from the pre-paid funds. Currently, the benefit of an E-ZPass is that it expedites transactions at the toll plaza, thereby reducing congestion. Please note that tags sold are only for personal use two-axel cars, trucks, and vans. The tags are not for business or commercial use.  Once the cashless system is operational, use of an E-ZPass tag will be the better alternative to having a bill mailed, which then has to be handled at some point after your travel.

E-Z Passes may be purchased from the Greece Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours for $25. Once you purchase an E-ZPass, you may register the tag by visiting or by calling 1-800-697-1554.When you register your tag, you will be prompted to select one of two replenishment methods: credit card/checking account with automatic replenishment OR check or cash replenishment. Once registered, the $25 purchase fee will be moved to your account to start your toll balance.  

“As soon as I heard the Governor’s announcement of eliminating cash toll booths in 2020, I wanted to immediately remind residents that the Town of Greece has EZ Passes available to purchase in the Town Clerk’s Office” said Supervisor Reilich. “Visit the Town Clerk’s Counter during regular business hours (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) to purchase a tag and get ahead of the rush that will likely ensue as we near 2020”.