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Wishing there was a drive in movie located a little closer to home? No problem! Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board are pleased to invite Greece residents to join us for our first ever “Drive-In Family Movie Night” premiering at the Greece Town Hall Campus.
Pre-registration is required for the screening of Disney Pixar ONWARD. To ensure social distancing, we will be limiting this event to 85 cars. The price will be $5 per car, which includes a bag of popcorn to enjoy. Please also feel free to bring your own snacks and a lawn chair as well and join your neighbors for an evening of fun under the stars.
“I think we all feel a bit of nostalgia when we think of the old time drive-in movie theaters” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are so happy to be able to bring this outdoor movie experience to our Greece Residents. It’s our first official event of the summer and we have so much more in store. I hope you can join us”!
Registration will begin Friday, May 29th at 8:00 AM. Those interested may register on-line by accessing our Rec-Trac system on the Greece Parks and Recreation website https://greeceparksandrec.greeceny.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac_1
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce an effort to assist local restaurants and eateries by providing the ability for them to apply for a permit to operate with outdoor seating.
This temporary Outdoor Seating Permit will be issued by the Town of Greece Fire Marshal’s office within 24-48 hours after businesses supply supporting documentation. Once businesses have been emailed their permit, they are able to begin the outdoor seating immediately. There will be no fee for this service or the permit itself, but business owners must supply a floorplan or request a free walk through inspection in order to be certain they are in compliance with the following stipulations:
- Proof of adequate amount of social distancing between tables.
- Clear access to the parking lot or sidewalk.
- The ability to denote the area that is being used with stanchions or fencing, etc.
There is no permit fee being collected. Upon approval, the business will be emailed a permit that needs to be placed in the front window (or adjacent to the outdoor seating). Compliance will be monitored.
“As a former small business owner myself, I can relate to the struggles that many small businesses are going through right now due to the extended shut down period” said Supervisor Reilich. “I want to offer our food service industry an option to be able to serve more residents and do so safely. I am hopeful that this ability to generate more seating will help cut some of the devastating losses they have experienced”.
We are now offering patrons of our Greece Public Library 5 checked out items per visit. Our current library open hours are Monday and Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursdays from Noon until 7:00 PM.
For the past several years, the Town of Greece has been proud to partner with Greece American Legion Post #468 in purchasing flowers to be planted at the gravesites of our local veterans. The photo’s attached capture members of Greece American Legion Post #468 planting flowers at the cemetery at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Falls Cemetery, and the Greece Legion Post.
“When I was a member of the New York State Assembly, I provided the funding for the monument that sits in tribute at the legion post” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is our honor to recognize our hometown heroes not only on Memorial Day but every day. The Town of Greece is honored to have so many brave men and women who have fought for our freedom and our great Nation. It is our privilege to pay tribute to all Greece residents, and all of our military men and women throughout our country, who so selflessly served our nation”.
For anyone interested in visiting the plots of the freshly planted flowers, please visit Our Mother of Sorrows Church cemetery, located at 5000 Mount Read Boulevard, Falls Cemetery, located at the intersection of West Ridge Road and Latona Road, or the Greece Legion Post, located at 344 Dorsey Road.
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. However, in light of all that is happening in the world right now, fears of inadequate social distancing and gathering of large crowds coupled with the vast amount of planning that we typically begin several months out, Supervisor Reilich and Commander George Dadson, Jr. made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Memorial Day activities.
Due to the prohibition of large crowd gatherings, Supervisor Reilich and Commander George Dadson, Jr. worked together to host a virtual ceremony to pay homage to our great men and women of service. The ceremony was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Please click here to view the virtual ceremony: https://youtu.be/ovZ_cBWh0oI
Every year, the Town of Greece receives applications from war time veterans who’s names will be engraved on our Gary Beikirch Veteran’s Memorial Wall, located on the East side of Greece Town Hall. This year, we added eight new names to the wall. These individuals served during the Vietnam Era and the Korean Conflict.
Donald Charles Lippens
Richard Anthony D’Imperio
George P. Lewandowski
William G. Spall
Edward F. Ostrowski
Glenn Wesley Allen
Donald N. Gramlich
“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. Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision the Commander and I have had to make in canceling this year’s Memorial Day activities. The Commander and I were both proud and honored to use the alternative method of a virtual ceremony to pay tribute to the fine Americans who have selflessly served our great nation” said Supervisor Reilich.
The flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff for the next three days. The lowering of the flags is to observe Memorial Day and commemorate the men and women who died while in the military service. The flags are also being lowered to honor and remember the victims of COVID-19.
We have had a handful of residents inquire why the town made a decision to tear down School #5. This is indeed not accurate. In fact, when the Planning Board became aware of the potential for this building to be demolished, they sent a letter to Greece Central late last year inquiring as to the status of their project and the fate of this historic building.
In addition to our correspondence to the Greece Central School District (GCSD) we are including the link to the "Talk of the Town" which was sent to every household in the Town of Greece in October of 2019 and has been posted on the Town of Greece website since that time (Volume 6, Issue 3): https://greeceny.gov/residents/talk-of-the-town-newsletter
This information is also posted below. We thought at this particular juncture that the residents would like to share in a bit of the history of the first school - Greece District No. 5 School (this information is also posted in the photo's below).
A 1929 fire of the one room Greece District No. 5 School caused significant damage and resulted in the construction of a new, four room brick building across the street that still stands today. Located at 1790 Latta Road, the new District School No. 5 was built in 1930 at a cost of $50,000. It included a gymnasium, auditorium and started with a student body of seventy five pupils. The cornerstone houses a time capsule that includes an April 30, 1930 Democrat & Chronicle, some old coins and a list of ceremonial attendees present at the laying of the cornerstone. By the mid 1950’s, the population boom in Greece required the building of a new, eleven room school on the southwest corner and the District School No. 5 building was used as an administrative building. Currently, it is occupied by the Greece Central Professional Learning Center.
This "page" can be seen below in addition to the letter that was sent on behalf of the Planning Board and the associated response that was received by the Planning Board from GCSD.
The Town of Greece will be opening its buildings on Monday, May 18, 2020 so our workforce can assist our residents by providing essential services.
At this time we are asking any residents that enter any of our buildings to wear a face covering. Any employee that works directly with a resident will have one on as well because the nature of the transactions at our service counters would not allow the 6-feet distancing that is required.
Some important information for our residents:
The Service Mall Entrance will open at 9:00 AM on Monday May 18th. All of our counters will be partially opened and staffed. We have put in place many protocols for the safety of our residents and our employees. Our buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each evening and at several points during the day. There are hand-sanitizing stations placed at all entry/exit doors throughout our entire campus and residents are encouraged to stop and hand sanitize upon entering or exiting our buildings.
Anyone that needs the assistance of the Receiver of Taxes, the Town Clerk or the Assessor will enter the Service Mall Entrance and immediately take a number and wait to be called forward. Chairs will be placed several feet apart in the waiting area. As is the case will all our interaction with the public at our service counters, everyone will be expected to wear a face covering, our employees at these service counters will as well. Please note in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, face coverings will be required when the 6-feet social distancing guideline cannot be achieved. We appreciate everyone adhering to this policy until it is determined that this protocol no longer needs to be in effect.
Our Town Clerk will begin scheduling marriage license appointments starting Monday, May 18th.
We were notified by the Monroe County Clerk that the mobile DMV service that used to travel to towns outside of Greece, and the remote passport services that were offered at Greece Town Hall each Thursday have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Please note we do NOT control these services nor did we have any input in the decision not to offer them.
Anyone that needs assistance at our building counter is asked to keep their 6- feet distance and follow any instructions given by our employees to keep order at the counter. We will monitor this counter and if necessary work on an appointment only basis for assistance if there is too much activity occurring at the counter. We are hopeful that people can be patient as we try to help our residents who are anxious to get moving on projects that require permitting.
We are asking for patience as we adjust to all of our new procedures.
We will not be opening the exterior doors of the Meeting Rooms nor will the meeting rooms be open for public use. We are monitoring guidelines on the number of people who can gather safely and we are not able to adequately monitor the use of these rooms by the public and their adherence to current suggested protocols. We will notify the public as soon as we are able to begin the process of allowing local Greece groups to once again reserve the spaces. If you have a room currently scheduled through the end of May please considered your meeting room reservation cancelled.
Our Court employees will all be reporting to work, however NYS has not given any authority for any trials to be scheduled at this time. We will, however, have staff available to answer calls, process payments received from our Drop Box or the US mail and answering email from 7:00 am on Monday, May 18th through 7:00 pm each day until such time that a court schedule is approved and at that point we will revert to our regularly scheduled hours.
Our Drop Boxes for the Town Court and the Receiver of Taxes remain open and available to our residents as always.
Our Library will also offer modified services. The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) has extended the due date on all currently checked out materials until June 29 and has suspended until further notice the delivery service that moves materials between libraries in the county. As a result, please continue to hold these items until such time that they clear us to accept returned items. Additionally, our Library is not able to offer public access desktop computing at this time. The Library is working with MCLS to restore public computer security and function as soon as possible.
We will be open to the public Monday and Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. We will also be open on Tuesday and Thursdays from Noon until 7:00 PM. On Wednesdays, our staff will be reporting but our building will be closed to the public. This will give staff an opportunity to work on programming and also to assist with cleaning protocols.
We will not be allowing unlimited time in our building there will be no gathering or any prolonged visits. We ask that you quickly browse through our collection materials, make your selections and then check out. Our preference is that anyone that is able would use the self-check stations but if they are backed up then of course our check out desk will be open and staffed. The self-check stations will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day and there will also be cleaning materials provided for use by the public. Initially we will not be allowing usage of the quiet study area or any of the work spaces that have become a favorite of our residents, this includes any and all seating areas, the Children’s Library play areas or any place in the building that would normally be used for a prolonged visit. Because we will be restricted to only the books that are currently in our building for distribution, we will be limiting residents to two checked-out materials per library cardholder. Again, because our counter interactions with residents do not allow for 6-feet of social distancing, face coverings will be required by residents and staff.
The Barnard Crossing Library Branch will be closed until further notice. We cannot staff a second branch with the current restrictions adequately and we will be moving as many of the current materials as possible over to the main branch to increase the availability of materials to be checked out. Thank you for your understanding as we try to put in place protocols to keep our residents and our staff safe while we transition into these opening procedures.
Our Parks and Recreation Staff have worked to provide limited services at our Community and Senior Center, in particular we are trying to reinstate our Senior Nutrition Program. We are hopeful this will be a welcome opportunity for our Senior population, many of whom have been isolated at home for several weeks.
Our initial plans are to have our Senior Nutrition Program offer Outdoor dining under the pavilion to be served on the following days:
Thursday May 21
Friday May 22,
Wednesday May 27
Thursday May 28
Friday May 29
We will also have meals available for pick up between 11:30 and noon on the above dates.
As is always the case, pre-ordering is required please call our front desk at 723-2425.
Also in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines we will begin to offer low activity, outdoor fitness classes. Current offerings below are available to Greece Residents who are registered members of our Community and Senior Center.
Starting Monday, May 18th at 9:00, Greece residents can call our front desk at 723-2425 to make reservations for the fitness classes, as spots will be limited.
Tuesday May 26th at 9:00 AM
Outdoor Yoga in the pavilion
Wednesday May 27th at 10 AM
Gentle Stretch and Strength in the pavilion
We will continue to assess the success and interest in these programs and we will share new programs as they are added. We are starting slowly so we can adequately assess our programs and our ability to keep our staff and residents safe.
Our building will be closed to the public outside of the times listed above, again, we will move to have more in house services added as we are able to do so.
The ability to rent out our Lodges and Pavilions has been and will continue to be monitored. We have tried to avoid canceling any reservations unless it becomes essential that we do so. We are keenly aware of the many events and celebrations that have been put on hold and we join you in a desire to have our facilities available for your celebrations.
While we have been closed to the public our Parks and Recreation Staff have been working remotely. Our Parks staff has been busy maintaining fields and performing required mowing and work in and around our Town parks.
You may have noticed that new playgrounds were installed at Beverly Pappas Park and Columbus Park. These projects were deemed essential due to scheduling and availability of the equipment and installation teams. We are thrilled that both will be ready for the warmer weather to be enjoyed.
Our Department of Public Works was 100% fully returned to work effective April 27th. They continue to perform essential services on behalf of our taxpayers while following all safety protocols. Our Road program work will begin shortly and residents will be notified of the schedules if their roads are included in the 2020 road program.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board announce a "Fuel the Frontline" event in conjunction with a mask distribution event that will be launching this Saturday. The Town of Greece will be joining towns throughout Monroe County for a mask distribution effort.
The first mask distribution for Greece residents will take place this Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. We will be issuing masks for our residential households and will be distributing them from our DPW facility. A subsequent event will be planned for Wednesday, May 13th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. We have staggered the times to allow for both essential and non-essential working households to participate.
We are hopeful that while you or your neighbors are stopping by to pick up your masks that you might consider helping us help those who are on the front lines. Greece residents and sister-in- laws Melissa and Michelle Yeager started Fuel the Front Line when COVID-19 first started to be realized as a mounting concern. They have been collecting items and delivering them to local hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities as a way of saying “thank you” to those that are tirelessly taking care of people affected by the virus.
The target of this collection drive will be supporting frontline workers in Greece. Contributions will be taken to Hamilton Manor, Wegman Family Cottages at Park Ridge and the Latta Road Nursing home.
Items that are particularly needed include:
- Individually wrapped snacks (i.e. chips, nuts, protein bars, single serve cereals, fruit snacks, wrapped candy, gum, etc.)
- Cases of single-serve drinks (i.e. Gatorade, soda, iced tea, seltzer water, etc.)
- Cards and notes of thanks and encouragement – so you can get your kids involved as well.
"This is the perfect time to come together and support another great effort that has been put forth during this COVID crisis" said Supervisor Reilich. "Please consider helping out by dropping off any items you’d care to contribute while you visit us on Saturday to pick up your mask. Just put the items in a bag or box and place them either in your trunk or your back seat and we will have someone remove them from your car for you. I will keep you posted for further specifics of the distribution plan".