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Supervisor Bill Reilich is thrilled to bring back the beloved Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration this year! Last year, due to restrictions surrounding the Pandemic, Supervisor Reilich had to make the difficult decision to cancel this popular community event. Supervisor Reilich is excited to bring back all the family friendly activities this year!

The 5K Freedom Run will kick off the day’s festivities and lead into a day filled with family friendly activities including the Super Hero Sprint for kids, food trucks, musical performances, and a fireworks spectacle! The full schedule can be found below:

Tentative Schedule of Events – As of 6/7/21

7:00 AM   – 5K Freedom Run Registration

Registration forms can be found on the Town of Greece website under the “Special Events” section: https://greeceny.gov/special-events. Registration forms are also available on the Run Sign Up website: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/Greece5KFreedomRun .

7:30 AM   -- 5K Race Begins

A t-shirt and medal will be given to every participant.

9:00 AM – Super Hero Sprint

Register online here: https://bit.ly/21superherosprint . Please arrive by 8:45 for stretches and warmups!

5:30 PM -- Food Trucks Open

Food truck participants will be revealed soon.

6:00 PM – Bounce Houses and Activities for Kids

6:00 PM – Nik and Nice Guys will perform

8:00 PM – Our featured performer “Gary Lewis and the Playboys” will take the stage

9:45 PM (approximately) – Fire Works Display

“As restriction continue loosening, my team and I are working around the clock to bring back beloved Town of Greece events to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is our most popular event and draws thousands of people each year, so I am extra excited to bring back this particular event this summer! More information regarding the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will be provided over the next several weeks. Keep tuned in to my Facebook page - Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor, and the Town of Greece website for more information”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, in conjunction with Greece American Legion Post Number 468, hosted the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 31, 2021. We were honored to name our first ever Grand Marshal, Gary Beikirch.

The Memorial Day Parade kicked off at 11:00am and featured such participants as Greece Post 468 Color Guard, local legion posts and veteran groups, Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board, scout troops, community service departments, musical bands, and many more patriotic participants.  

Following the parade was the Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Campus Pavilion. During the Ceremony, Supervisor Bill Reilich and American Legion Post Number 468 incoming Commander Ed Wawrzaszek gave remarks in memory of those who served our country and paid the ultimate price. Supervisor Reilich also recognized all in the crowd who have had their names engraved on the Gary Beikirch Veterans Memorial Wall this year. This year, Gary Beikirch, who the Town of Greece Veteran Memorial Wall is named after, joined us for both the parade and ceremony. All in attendance had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Memorial Wall, located on the east side of Greece Town Hall, where 8 new veteran names were inscribed this year. Conflict names were read in remembrance of those who lost their lives serving our country. Those reading conflict names were Assemblyman Joshua Jensen, Councilman Mike Barry, Councilman Bill Murphy, Councilman Mike Bloomer, Councilwoman Diana Christodaro, and Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon. Singers and a trumpeter performed beautiful renditions of patriotic songs and Greece Post 468 Color Guard performed the Presentation of Colors and the Laying of Wreaths and Gun Salute. The ceremony concluded with a fireworks display in honor of the day.

 “Since the dedication of our Veteran’s Memorial Wall on May 31, 1999, we have added thousands of names to the wall” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “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 my 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.

“This Memorial Day drew the largest gathering I have seen in my time as Supervisor of the Town of Greece. We were humbled by the outpouring of support for our veterans and our decision to host the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. We listened to the voices in our community and worked tirelessly to bring back this event that pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We were honored to bring back the activities of this day, which we were forced to hold remotely last year. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate and honor this solemn day” said Supervisor Reilich.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 26, 2021, in San Jose, California, the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff until sunset, May 30, 2021.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board invite all to attend the Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo on Tuesday, June 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This will be in conjunction with the Town of Greece Summer Concert Series featuring Zac Brown Tribute Band.

Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 1998 until 2009 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year. Proceeds collected from the Food Truck Rodeo will go towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. There will also be a donation box at the event for anyone wishing to donate directly towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship Fund.

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. For more information, please contact the Greece Youth Board at 723-2934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“As you all know, we were unable to host this beloved event last year. I have been very excited these past few weeks with encouraging news of more opportunities for openings and gatherings. As more restrictions are lifted, my staff and I are working tirelessly to bring back the wonderful events that were not possible last year. I hope you and your family will join us for an evening of food, music, and fun!” said Supervisor Reilich.

Supervisor Bill Reilich invites all to attend the 2021 Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony co-hosted with the Greece American Legion Post #468 on Monday, May 31th, 2021. The full schedule can be found below:

11:00 AM – Memorial Day Parade, which will proceed down Long Pond Road from Janes Road to the Greece Town Hall Campus.

11:45 AM – Town of Greece Remembrance Ceremony, held at the Greece Town Hall Pavilion.

Please note that parking will be available at Greece Town Hall. Town Hall Campus Parking will be open until approximately 10:45am. The section of Long Pond Road running from Latta Road to Janes Road and a portion of Janes Road will be closed from approximately 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Both the parade and ceremony are free and open to the public.

 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board invite all to attend the Jerry J. Helfer Memorial Food Truck Rodeo on Tuesday, June 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. This will be in conjunction with the Town of Greece Summer Concert Series featuring Zac Brown Tribute Band.

Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 1998 until 2009 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year. Proceeds collected from the Food Truck Rodeo will go towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. There will also be a donation box at the event for anyone wishing to donate directly towards the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship Fund.

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. For more information, please contact the Greece Youth Board at 723-2934 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“As you all know, we were unable to host this beloved event last year. I have been very excited these past few weeks with encouraging news of more opportunities for openings and gatherings. As more restrictions are lifted, my staff and I are working tirelessly to bring back the wonderful events that were not possible last year. I hope you and your family will join us for an evening of food, music, and fun!” 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 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.

“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 and please do not arrive prior to 1:00pm. All documents will be shredded confidentially and on site”.

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.