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May 14th, 2021 marks Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day. Apraxia of speech is an extremely challenging disorder in children which causes significant difficulty in learning to speak and is among the most severe speech deficits in children. While the act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, those with apraxia endure an incredible and lengthy struggle. Without appropriate speech therapy intervention, children with apraxia are placed at high risk for secondary impacts in reading, writing, spelling, and other school-related skills. Childhood Apraxia of Speech diminishes future independence and employment opportunities if not resolved or improved. Most children with apraxia of speech will learn to communicate with their very own voices only if they receive early intervention, appropriate, intensive, and frequent speech therapy.

“The Town of Greece is honored to join organizations, families, and individuals around the world as we raise awareness of childhood Apraxia of Speech” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our highest respect goes to these children, as well as their families, for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of such obstacles”.

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Town-Sponsored DMV-Approved Defensive Driving Courses have been scheduled for the months of July, August, September, October, November, and December. Each course will be held in two separate session (6:00pm – 9:00pm) on weeknights. You must attend both sessions in order to complete the course.

Greece Residents who are interested in attending Defensive Driving Courses may sign up via the Town of Greece website. Visit the Town of Greece website at www.greeceny.gov, click the “Residents” tab on the upper right hand corner of the home page, select “Defensive Driving Course”, and follow the link to submit the online registration form. You may also access the registration link directly by clicking here: https://greeceparksandrec.greeceny.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html. Please note that the online registration form is submitted through the Town of Greece Community Center. This means that a few of the registration questions may be irrelevant, but are nonetheless mandatory that you answer in order to complete the online registration process. There will be a section on the registration webpage to input your credit card information. Accepted credit cards are Visa/Mastercard/Discover. If you have any pre-registration questions, please call 723-2425.

*Please note that new online registrants to the Town of Greece Community Center must complete all required sections. Any optional questions may be left blank if the registrant so chooses.

Defensive Driving Courses are currently being offered to Greece residents only at a rate of $18/student. Class sizes are limited to the first 20 students who register, which means that registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that there are no refunds for these courses.

Defensive Driving Courses will be held at Greece Town Hall – 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece, NY 14612. Please see below for the schedule of upcoming classes:

            7/13/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            7/15/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

            8/17/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            8/19/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

            9/21/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            9/23/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

10/12/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            10/14/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

            11/16/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            11/18/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

            12/14/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (first session)

            12/16/21, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (second session)

 

All course material questions will be covered during the extensive class sessions. Additional information regarding the course and point and insurance reduction can be found on the DMV website at https://dmv.ny.gov/brochure/point-insurance-reduction-program.  

What is defensive driving? The DMV defines defensive driving as a safe driving technique that all drivers should use, which includes:

  • Looking ahead and expecting the unexpected.
  • Controlling your speed.
  • Maintaining a safe following distance.
  • Preparedness for the reactions of other drivers.
  • Driving safely for weather and/or road conditions.
  • Being alert and distraction-free.
  • Watching and respecting other drivers.

Benefits associated with completing the Defensive Driving Course according to the National Safety Council and the Department of Motor Vehicle:

  • Reduction in fines associated with a traffic ticket.
  • Offsetting ticket points on your driving record.
  • Up to a 4-point reduction with NYS DMV.
  • An insurance rate reduction.
  • Mandatory insurance premium reduction of up to 10% for 3 years.
  • Prevention or reinstatement of a suspended driver’s license.
  • The opportunity to be part of a program that sets the standard for accident prevention and vehicle safety in New York State.

Benefits associated with completing the Defensive Driving Course in the Town of Greece Police Headquarters classroom setting:

  • You will have direct access to an instructor for questions and thorough explanations.
  • You will have multiple visual aids in differing formats.
  • You will be sharing the room with other drivers you may learn and receive support from.
  • You will have a structured learning environment.

“For the upcoming Town of Greece Sponsored Defensive Driving Courses, we have secured a large room to hold classes and will be following all safety and social-distancing protocols” said Supervisor Reilich. “Bringing cost-efficient services to Greece Town residents has always been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased to offer these courses at the very reasonable rate of $18/student, which covers the cost of the materials provided. I hope you will take advantage of this great service the Town of Greece offers!”

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post #468 current Commander George Dadson, Jr. today held a joint press conference to announce plans regarding the Town of Greece Memorial Day Activities.  

As far back as anyone can remember, the Town has partnered with the Post to honor and pay respect for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while wearing the colors of our great nation. Yesterday, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the American Legion Post #468 made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in an abundance of caution of the health and safety of all who participate.

Please see Supervisor Bill Reilich’s full comments from the press conference below.

Yesterday our current Commander Dadson, Jr. and incoming Commander Ed Wawrzaszek and I announced the painful decision we had come to regarding the Memorial Day events in the Town of Greece. We made the decision based on the ever-changing COVID rules and regulations, the fact that the City of Rochester had already cancelled their event in March and that the last several weeks we have seen local parades and festivals cancelled as well as County wide festivals cancelled because of the uncertainty of the State and Federal Rules and Regulations. Indeed we erred on the side of caution not wanting to cause any risk or harm to our residents.

Late yesterday, however, I carefully watched as our Greece residents expressed their grave disappointment in the decision. While there were several residents that were thankful for the decision, the majority, whether expressed politely or not, did not want Memorial Day to pass without gathering with their friends and neighbors. There was one resident in particular that asked if we could somehow “meet in the middle”.  I held her comments close in making the decision to meet about whether we could now pull this event together in such a short span of time.

What also played an important factor in changing our decision was that someone on the page shared a statement from the Director of the Veteran’s Service Agency, and he stated:

“I’ve gotten a few messages about the cancellation of a Memorial Day event in the Town of Greece. I don’t know the logistics for specific towns nor do I know their internal decision, however I can say with great confidence that Monroe County is encouraging people to enjoy Memorial Day outdoors and to have events in a safe manner. There are many towns that will be holding Memorial Day events and I hope to see you at all of them. Again to be clear, there is no restriction that results in the cancellation of outdoor Memorial Day events”. 

This was music to my ears and the first clear statement that we could attempt to move forward with a plan. In our county-wide group Supervisor’s email questions were being posed as to whether any towns were having their celebrations or not, I guess his response helps us answer the very question of what we can and can’t do.

As I have often shared, I am the proud son of a twice-wounded WWII veteran, though my dad seldom spoke of his days in service, my dad landed on the 2nd day of Normandy and I grew up in a household that valued those freedoms he fought to protect. I love this town and I have the utmost of respect for our men and women in the military. 

I always appreciate hearing from everyone on any variety of topics. Yesterday, my social media was loud and clear; the residents in the town of Greece want to gather and give thanks and appreciation for those members of our armed forces that paid the ultimate sacrifice, they faced adversity and yet still saw and felt the passion to serve. Today in a very small way we too will stand up to the adversities brought about by the pandemic. We will choose to push ahead and we will host both a parade and our ceremony and in doing so we will try to make it worthy of the sacrifices made by those we have lost.

In short, we have listened to the loud cries in support of these events and the Commander and I are committed to making it happen. The Memorial Day Parade will commence at 11:00 am on Monday, May 31st. The parade will be followed by our Memorial Service at 11:45. 

While much work will need to be done, we are up to the challenge.  Please stay tuned for our schedule and bear with us as we prepare to seek permission for the road closures from the County, prepare invitations to our participants and prepare the necessary Town Board actions that will need to occur.

For those that are uncertain about gathering at this time, we understand and we will certainly make available a remote ceremony. And we are hopeful that each and every resident that wants to participate with us “in person” joins us.  If we even have half of the folks show up on Memorial Day that made comments on the post, it truly will be one of the largest celebrations in support of our fallen heroes the town has seen in decades.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post #468 Commander Ed Wawrzaszek have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. As far back as anyone can remember, the Town has partnered with the Post to honor and pay respect for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while wearing the colors of our great nation.

Health and safety is our priority. Our participants, our veterans, many of whom are in their senior years, are health and safety conscious of all who participate and we thought it best to air on the side of caution.

“As the son of a twice-wounded WWII vet myself, I know the importance of this day and the lifelong impact the loss of these fine men and women takes on a family and an entire community. American Legion Post #468 Commander Ed Wawrzaszek and I will be paying tribute to these fine Americans by bringing you a remote ceremony. I had hoped that more restrictions would be lifted by this point, and I thank all of you for your understanding of this decision. Please stay tuned in coming days for details about the remote ceremony. God Bless our men and women on our front lines” said Supervisor Reilich.

Earlier this year, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich invited Greece Town residents to submit original renderings for the official logo to be used as we prepare to celebrate the Town’s 200th Birthday.

March 22, 2022 marks the two-hundred-year anniversary of the Town of Greece! Originally called Northampton, the town was named after the country of Greece, which was fighting a war of independence from Turkish rule. Planning for this historic bicentennial celebration has already begun and we look forward to celebrating Greece's rich history as one of the largest municipalities in New York State. 

To officially kick things off, Supervisor Reilich opened an opportunity to all Greece residents and businesses who were interested in submitting a logo idea to be used on all official literature, documentation and social media relating to the Town’s plan to celebrate this historic event. 

In the upcoming months we will begin to organize activities and events all in honor of the Town of Greece 200th birthday celebration. Keep tuned to Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor Facebook page and the Town website for future announcements as we work to celebrate 200 years together.

We received amazing submission from all ages – from school-aged children to seniors and everyone in between! Many designs were submitted and each one was unique. It was certainly difficult to narrow down a winner!

Congratulations to our logo contest winner: Sarah Pearlman Ventura. Sarah is actually an award-winning graphic designer and owns a business: https://www.pearlmangraphicdesign.com/

“Since announcing the logo contest earlier this year, we have received many designs from Greece residents. Each and every design submitted was creative and wonderful. The time and effort these individuals put into the designs was obvious. I would like to congratulation Sarah Pearlman Ventura, our logo contest winner! Thank you to everyone who participated in this unique opportunity to celebrate our community’s historic milestone” said Supervisor Reilich.

Every year in observance of Arbor Day, the Town of Greece plants a tree to both honor a member(s) of the community and to promote the importance of trees for our environment. The Town of Greece has been named a Tree City USA every year since 1998 by continued commitment from Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the dedicated members of our Tree Council.

This morning, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Mike Bloomer for the Annual Town of Greece Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony. This year’s tree was planted in memory of past Greece Volunteer Ambulance (GVA) members.

The tree planted in honor of Arbor Day this year was the Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac. This tree features dark green foliage throughout the season and produces white blossoms in early summer. The tree is located along the Greece Town Campus Walking track on the North end of campus. The monument that is placed at the base of the tree was provided by GVA.  

“Today, we were proud to honor past members of the Greece Volunteer Ambulance” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “With GVA headquarters no longer in the Town of Greece, a part of the history can be seen and appreciated by every resident who visits the Greece Town Hall Campus. We appreciate the service GVA has provided the Town of Greece over the past 60 years – and in particular the dedicated service of those individuals who are no longer with us”.

Greece Volunteer Ambulance began operation in 1959 at 867 Long Pond Road. In July of 2019, the GVA and CHS Board of Directors voted to merge their operations and close the Long Pond Road base. 

Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Mike Bloomer, and Diana Christodaro remind Greece residents of free Spring Shredding Event.

This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text. For more information about the company, please call 247-5250 or visit their website at www.shredtext.com.

“I am excited to join our Greece Receiver of Taxes and Greece Town Council Members in scheduling another free shredding event for our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “I, our Greece Council Members, and our Receiver of Taxes will all be on hand to assist residents with unloading their vehicles throughout the duration of the event. We ask that each participant limit the number of boxes they bring to the shredding event to 5 boxes. All documents will be shredded confidentially and on site”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Town of Greece Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce a survey opportunity for Greece residents. The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback to establish priorities for the future improvement of recreation facilities and services within the community. The survey will be open Wednesday, April 21, 2021 thru Friday, May 7, 2021.

The survey will be available on the Town of Greece website under the Department of Parks and Recreation webpage: https://greeceny.gov/departments/parksandrecreation . The survey will also be available in print copy at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center – 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The direct link to the survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaOSMiwrJ_gp2bDS-0vZrD1Wk9oiSnUmAXLRia8PLvKqhLkA/viewform

The survey will also be available on 3 Facebook pages:

Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Reilich-Greece-Town-Supervisor-488197104572689

Greece Department of Parks and Recreation Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/greeceparksandrecreation

Town of Greece Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfGreece

“Throughout my time as Supervisor, I have greatly valued Greece resident input in the programs and activities we bring to the community” said Supervisor Reilich. “Your participation in this survey will help us gauge the preferences and potential usage of various types of recreational amenities. We hope for widespread resident participation, as residents are the driving force to help us determine how to best serve the community through recreation facilities and programs. Please follow the links provided to share your opinion and have a voice in which services we will focus on bringing to the Town of Greece!”

Earlier this month, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich opened a survey to Greece residents to help the Town of Greece choose the next aqua spout to be placed in the popular Wild Over Water (WOW) Splash Zone. The WOW Zone is located on the Greece Town Hall Campus to the left of the Community and Senior Center and is the region’s largest municipal splash pad.

The survey, which was available on Facebook, offered participants two options and prompted them to choose their favorite. The options were between a Sally Spider Aqua Spout and a Billy Box Turtle Aqua Spout. Over 400 residents participated in the survey!

“I am excited to announce the winner of the survey” said Supervisor Reilich. “This summer, you can say hello to Billy Box Turtle at the WOW Zone! With 273 vote, Billy Box Turtle won by a landslide! Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey and helped us choose the next aqua spout”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Mike Bloomer, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Award Presentation Ceremony during the Town Board Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.

“It is an honor for me to present proclamations and medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At Thursday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Nick Novellin who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 48. For his Eagle Scout Project, Nick decided to pursue a project that would benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Nick spent several hours coordinating, organizing, and helping to produce over 500 cloth masks that were needed by Golisano Children’s Hospital. During the height of the pandemic, Nick organized volunteers to sew the masks, collected them, packaged them, and presented them to the hospital. Helping the hospital was near to Nick’s heart, and he was thankful to have the opportunity to help in a very significant way. Thank you for choosing a project that helped benefit and protect our essential healthcare workers!”

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.