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Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is reaching out to residents to ask ideas for items to be included in the Town of Greece 200-year anniversary time capsule!

One hundred years ago, the US flag had forty-eight stars, the $5 bill featured a portrait of 23rd President Benjamin Harrison and the fountain pen was still present on many desks. What do you think we should include in a time capsule for future Greece residents to open in 2122?  Our current flag?  A computer flash drive?  A smartphone?  Coins? 

Please submit your suggestion of one item to be included in our message to future residents by emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Mike Bloomer, and Diana Christodaro for several proclamation ceremonies during the Town Board Meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

The first proclamation ceremony recognized two outstanding members of our community: Ali and Joyce Farrokh. Dr. Alinaghi Farrokh and Edna Joyce Baker were married in 1962. In 1967 “Ali” and “Joyce” moved to the Rochester area, at which time Dr. Farrokh began practicing medicine. In 1968, they purchased their first home on Mt. Read Blvd. in Greece. In June of 1968, Dr. Farrokh opened his medical practice at 2080 West Ridge Road. The office remained at that location until 1988, at which time the practice relocated to 1790 Long Pond Road. Joyce Farrokh served as bookkeeper for the practice for a half century and office fill-in whenever needed. It is likely that over five decades the number of people served was well over 1,000. In 2017, Dr. Farrokh retired after 50 years of local medical practice. During that time, he was affiliated with Unity Health and Rochester General Hospital, and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Ali and Joyce have four grown children: David, Fred, Zahra, and Aaron. All are Greece Arcadia graduates. They also have eight grandchildren: Tanya, David, John, AnneMarie, Grant, Daniel, Claire, and Paul. The Farrokhs were among the early members of the Islamic Center of Rochester, which met in various locations prior to finding its current home on Westfall Road. Joyce has been an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Dewey Ave, volunteering as a lay preacher, as well as a Crop Walk and craft show organizer. The couple are avid golfers and were members of Ridgemont for many years.

“I was proud to acknowledge Ali and Joyce and present them with a proclamation celebrating their lives and their positive impact on the health of many people in Greece and Greater Rochester” said Supervisor Reilich.

The second proclamation ceremony of the evening recognized a local dance studio that was celebrating its 50th year anniversary. Marilyn Caccamise is the owner and director of the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance, located on Long Pond Road in the Town of Greece. Marilyn and her husband, Jerry, raised their family in the Town of Greece and Marilyn chose to locate her dance school in our great town as well. The importance of family and community is emphasized through Marilyn’s studio. Community projects Marilyn has lead and participated in include a food drive for local food banks, delivering goodies to health care workers, presenting many shows at local nursing facilities during the holidays, honoring past dancers that are no longer with us by creating scholarships in their names, and hosting a benefit show for the hospice Journey Home. In addition to her family and community involvement, Marilyn is also a creative and innovative teacher. For example, during the Pandemic, her school never shut down. Marilyn embraced alternative options and technology to help the show go on by transitioning to online lessons. The Marilyn Schneider School of Dance offers a strong commitment to artistic integrity taught in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. The dance program Marilyn established blossoms talent and instills self-confidence and poise in all of her students. Marilyn’s students go on to do great things – including being featured on Broadway! This Thanksgiving season, Marilyn’s dancers will be performing at Disney World to kick off the holiday season.

“I was honored to recognize Marilyn and present her with a proclamation celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Marilyn Schneider School of Dance” said Supervisor Reilich.

The final proclamation recipient of the evening was Warren Crandell. Mr. Crandell was celebrating a special birthday milestone: 95 years! He reached this milestone on July 27th of this year. Mr. Crandell was born on July 27th, 1926. He is a lover of music, children, literature, politics, and people in general! He also loves to dance, travel, sing, and ski. Having been an educator for 40 years, he understands the importance of knowledge, and he never wants to stop learning. He graduated from Oswego College and taught at Allendale Colombia School. He also helped establish the Industrial Arts Program at Olympia High School and helped expand the Industrial Arts Program at Britton Road School. He donates towards the Greece Teachers Scholarship Fund to help students who want to become teachers. Even after he retired, teachers would ask him to come and talk to their students and encourage them to go on and become teacher. Mr. Crandell’s love of music developed from his mother, who taught music in schools. His love of literature and poetry can be traced back to his mother’s side of the family as well, as there is a connection in the family to the family of William Shakespeare! Mr. Crandell is a proud supporter of the Eastman School of Music and loves to hear the students perform and grow as musicians. He is also a supporter of WXXI Public Television. Mr. Crandell has also been a member and program chairperson of the Retired Men’s and Women’s Club of Greater Rochester. Throughout his life, he has been a member of the Genesee Valley Barber Shop Group. Mr. Crandell is a veteran and served in the navy from 1944 -1946. He was married to Marion on December 26, 1958 and was married for 47 years before her passing.

“I was honored to present Mr. Crandell with a proclamation wishing him a very happy 95th Birthday” said Supervisor Reilich.

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 announce Free Fall Shredding Event for Greece residents.

This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text.

“I am excited to join our Greece Receiver of Taxes and the 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. All documents will be shredded confidentially and on site”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that the Town of Greece will be publishing a commemorative 2022 calendar in celebration for the Town’s 200 year anniversary. The community is invited to submit photographs to be featured in the calendar!

Please follow the guidelines below when submitting a photo:

  • Submitted photographs must be taken within the geographical boundaries of Greece and taken no later than 1989.
  • You must own the photograph and have the rights to publish it.
  • Photographs must be in landscape orientation and of high resolution suitable for printing.
  • Images will be accepted from August 18th through October 30th.
  • Photographs of interest include (but are not limited to): historical figures, prominent local families, buildings that no longer exist, community events, Greece schools, Greece sporting events, local businesses, churches and Greece landmarks will all be considered.
  • Photographs can be submitted digitally at greeceny.gov/200calendar.
  • Photographs can also be scanned by appointment at the Office of the Town Historian. Contact Keith Suhr by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For examples of historic photos visit greeceimages.org/.

 “We are so excited to begin creating a calendar in celebration of our great town’s 200th birthday!” said Supervisor Reilich. “We need your help finding the best historical photographs that depict the long and rich history of the Town of Greece. Follow the guidelines above to submit any photographs you may have – they may be selected to be featured in the calendar!”

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, announce Free Fall Shredding Event for Greece residents.

This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text.

“I am excited to join our Greece Receiver of Taxes and the 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”.

This morning was a very special morning in the Town of Greece. Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich officially cut the ribbon in celebration of the first inclusive playground in the Town of Greece. Joining Supervisor Reilich for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Mike Bloomer, Parks and Recreation Director Peter O’Brien, Assistant Director Lisa Letta, and Parks Forman Marc Piccone.

The inclusive playground, located at Basil Marella Park, was built in partnership between the Town of Greece and Endless Highway. Endless Highway, led by Rob Tortorella and Caralie Fennessey, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring children and young adults with physical disabilities have opportunities to participate in adaptive and inclusive sports, recreation, and arts. This organization raised $50,000 with an aggressive fundraising campaign for the We-Go-Round swing and partnered with our young Greece resident, Santii Patel, who wanted something for kids with disabilities to play on. The Town of Greece contribution to the project was over $165,000. The Town of Greece led the rest of the way, supporting the remaining development of the playground, which includes a sensory center, swings, and the We-Go-Swing. The We-Go-Swing was introduced in January of this year and is one of the first in the country to be built and debut at this playground! It is the first wheelchair platform swing to meet all playground safety codes. This amenity allows a person in a wheelchair to swing with their friends and family without restriction and without having to leave the main play area.

Development and implementation of this playground was a community collaboration. On June 11 and 12 of this year, volunteers participated in a Community Build where they helped to assemble and install the majority of the playground equipment. This playground also features “poured in place” rubber surfacing, which is a unitary surface that allows for ease of mobility. Other site amenities include benches, shade systems, and a fence which is important for safety and security. The goal of this playground is to maximize the play value for those of all abilities. Additionally, the restrooms have been adapted to incorporate a changing table that is designed for both kids and adults to be changed with minimal challenges.

“We are fortunate to live in such a supportive community” said Supervisor Reilich. “Stay tuned as future improvements, designed for comfort and accessibility, are planned”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the members of the Greece Town Board hosted a Food Truck Rodeo yesterday, August 10th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This was held in conjunction with the final Greece Summer Concert Series featuring The Skycoasters!  

Food Trucks that participated included local favorites Lugia’s Ice Cream, Wraps on Wheels, Terry’s Tips and Beef, Mary’s Food, Mr. Squeeze Lemonade, Kona Ice, Macarollin’, Agatina’s, and J&S Fried Dough. The Skycoasters entertained guests with a variety of songs, many of which inspired people to dance!

“I was happy to see so many community members come out to enjoy an evening of fun, food, and music” said Supervisor Reilich. “We had a variety of food trucks participating to feed the crowds and a fantastic performance by The Skycoasters!”

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Council Members invite all to attend a Summer Concert and Food Truck Rodeo on Tuesday, August 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. The concert that evening will feature the Skycoasters.

Food trucks participating include local favorites Meat the Press, J&S Fried Dough, Mary’s Food, Robs Kabobs, Lugias Ice Cream, Wraps on Wheels, Macarollin’, Mr. Squeeze Lemonade, Kona Ice, Terry’s Tips and Beef, and Agatina’s.

“Come out to the Greece Town Hall Campus evening of food, music, and fun! There is no admission or parking fee” said Supervisor Reilich.

This morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Margarita’s Mexican Cantina, located at 2525 West Ridge Road in the Town of Greece.  

Margarita’s Mexican Cantina is owned by Jose Castaneda. Jose is originally from Saltillo, Mexico. He and his family and associates have been involved in the culinary business for over 20 years and have 12 restaurants across the state. Jose has had his eye on a location in Rochester for quite a while and found the perfect spot in Greece. Jose’s daughter, Brenda Castaneda, will be the manager of this location and will be assisted by General Manager’s Marissa Salazar and Jose Avalos.

“The Town of Greece is proud to be home to Margarita’s Mexican Cantina” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are very excited that Jose Castaneda and his family and associates are expanding to Greece, and we wish them great success in their newest location!”

 Earlier this year, 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! With 273 votes, Billy Box Turtle won by a landslide! On Thursday, July 29th, Supervisor Reilich officially unveiled the Billy Box Turtle Aqua Spout.

As an added surprise we are adding another new feature. Larry the Lion will have your little ones sliding into the fun! Come see both of these new features that we welcomed to the WOW Zone. Free for Greece residents and open Sunday – Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 7:00pm through Labor Day, September 6th, 2021.

“Last week, we officially unveiled the Billy Box Turtle Aqua Spout” said Supervisor Reilich. “Stop by this summer to say hello to Billy Box Turtle at the WOW Zone! While you’re cooling off, be sure to check out the other new addition to our WOW Zone: a lion slide!”