Weekly Happenings

Sept. 20th, 2020 – Weekly Happenings

sept 30th happenings

Flower City AmeriCorps Members Assemble Play Kits, Distribute Food for 9-11 Day of Service 

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On September 11th, the City of Rochester Flower City Americorps/DRYS and the Healti Kids Initiative of Common Ground Health partnered to assemble play kits. We put together over a 1000 play kits for neighborhood and community organizations to distribute to kids in the City of Rochester.

We even had a visit from Mr. Hanif Abdul-Wahid

Through Foodlink’s Food Distribution program that day, we also served over 300 families at one of Foodlink’s drive-through distribution locations. Monroe County’s Workforce Development Manager Richard Turner also assisted in this effort. 


Mitch Gruber  & Team (Foodlink).

 Another special thanks to Sara Scott for supporting FCA and helping us stay connected with our community during these difficult times.

Thank you for your service FCA members and team! Thank you, Jen and Common Ground Health Team. Through it all, we still serve!

Westside Farmers Market Open Through October 13

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Westside Farmers Market

While other farmers markets have closed or will close soon for the season, Westside Farmers Market, at 831 Genesee Street at St. Monica Church remains open through October 13. Market days are Tuesdays 4 to 7 pm

Local fruits, vegetables, breads, jams, soaps, baked goods, prepared foods, and other food items as well as live entertainment in a fun community gathering place for all!

We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, and SNAP/EBT.
credit/debit, and SNAP will be encouraged over cash during this pandemic.

Have you wondered whether or not the Westside Farmers Market offers safe shopping during COVID-19? Check out this video to see for yourself what we have done to follow the N.Y. Tough guidelines. We want to be safe, keep you safe, and offer you a friendly alternative to grocery stores. Support local farmers and choose the food less traveled and less handled.

Have You Gene”seen” All that the River Has to Offer? 

ROC the Riverway is This Weekend: October 3 to 4, 2020

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2020 Virtual Roc the RiverWay Weekend:  Engage the River that Runs through Rochester 

A socially distanced, covid appropriate, celebration of the majestic Genesee River.  

Roc the Riverway, October 3-4, 2020

The Genesee River is the lifeblood of the Greater Rochester Region. From the abundant farms of the Genesee Valley to the industrial heritage of the City, the Genesee River has defined who we are and how our community developed.

In 2018 the City along with our partners at the State of New York, launched an ambitious $500 million initiative to truly release the full potential of our river. The Roc the River Way riverfront revitalization program is a series of projects that celebrate the past and build for the future. They will transform this former industrial waterway into a community recreational corridor that provides opportunities for all to interact with water.

Celebrate this transformation with us! Come out, explore the river and learn more about our community’s vision for the future.

Daily: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Fall Salmon Run

Daily until November for anglers and spectators. Seth Green Dr. and Norton Street off St. Paul Blvd. This section of the Genesee River offers some of the most exciting fishing in New York State- right in the city.

Check out other events, including mini cleanups, bike tours, paddling events, historical walks and more at: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/roctheriverwayweekend/

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October 3rd, 2020 at 5:30 pm via Zoom 

Replay at 7 pm

To get tickets: landmarksociety.org/wny/lgbtqsites

This October 3rd will mark the 50th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front’s first meeting in Rochester, at the University of Rochester’s Todd Union, kicking off the local movement for LGBTQ rights 🏳️‍🌈 Join us and partners ImageOut, HRC Western & Central NY, Out Alliance, and the City on that date for a virtual tour of local LGBTQ landmarks in commemoration!

A 50th Anniversary House and Garden Tour Celebration 

From the Comfort of Your Home: 

The Landmark Society’s 50th (Virtual) House and Garden Tour

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OCTOBER 9 @ 7:00 PM – OCTOBER 18 @ 11:59 PM



is honored to present…

It’s a dream-come-true tour:  no lines, no parking issues, no weather problems, and no shoe covers or masks needed!

Our 50th Anniversary House & Garden Tour will take the format of a narrated video tour:  you will be able to purchase an electronic “ticket” to access the tour on a date and time of your choice between Friday October 9th and Sunday October 18th. You can enjoy the tour from the comfort of your favorite computer, laptop, or phone. You will be able to enjoy the tour in one sitting, or in smaller segments during the tour time period.

New York State Extends Protection of Residential and Commercial Tenants from Eviction and Late Rent Fees Through October 20

E X E C U T I V E  O R D E R 

WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, I issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York; and  

WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, or to provide any directive necessary to respond to the disaster, do hereby continue the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives not superseded by a subsequent directive contained in Executive Order 202.22 through 202.26, 202.32, 202.33, 202.34, 202.35, 202.44, 202.45, and 202.53 as continued and contained in Executive Order 202.57 for another thirty days through October 18, 2020, and I hereby temporarily suspend or modify the following from the date of this Executive Order through October 18, 2020: 

Section 522 of Labor Law is modified to exclude from the definition of “total unemployment” per diem, part-time work performed between September 18, 2020 and November 3, 2020 for the New York State Board of Elections or a local board of elections where the total earnings for the week from all work performed for any employer do not exceed $504.00 and the employer is not the separating employer identified in the original claim, and not to require claimants to report such part-time work when certifying for weekly benefits. 

IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, I do hereby issue the following directives through October 18, 2020: 

The directive contained in Executive Order 202.48, which modified the directive in Executive Order in 202.28 that prohibited the initiation of a proceeding or enforcement of an eviction of any commercial tenant for nonpayment of rent or a foreclosure of any commercial mortgage for nonpayment of such mortgage is continued through October 20, 2020. 

G I V E N   under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this eighteenth day of September in the year two thousand twenty. 


Secretary to the Governor 


Mental Health Association Now Offering Phased-In

Virtual and In-Person Services

The Self-Help Drop-In Center re-opened at 539 South Avenue on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Need to talk to someone but your therapist’s office is closed? It’s not an emergency room situation yet, but if you don’t find someone to talk to it could be?  Our Self-Help Drop-In Services may be just what you need!

The Drop-In Services is open seven days a week from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No referral or appointment necessary. Simply drop-in!

The South Avenue Bus will bring you right to our door at the corner of South Avenue and Hamilton Street

Support is provided by individuals who have overcome mental health concerns and now offer support to others as they find their own path to mental wellness.

Our services are confidential.


Creative Wellness Opportunities re-opened at 320 Goodman Street on Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Click for Creative Wellness Center hours and events


Life Skills Services re-opened at 344 Goodman Street on Monday, July 13, 2020.

The Mental Health Association’s Life Skills services are a stepping-stone on your path to mental wellness.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to mental wellness, Life Skills may be the starting point for you.

With Life Skills you can participate in workshops that assist and guide you as you work through your recovery.  Call 585-325-3145 x215

Life Skills can help connect you to resources in the community.

Give us a call at 585-325-3145!

Front Desk:  x210
Hope Johnson, Program Coordinator:  x113


Update from the ABC Neighborhood Association

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Through a generous grant from the William C. Pomeroy Foundation, we installed our Historic Designation Marker sign at Morrison Park, designating the ABC Streets as being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Park Avenue Historic District.   

The NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit Program offers a state income tax credit equal to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses associated with repair, maintenance, and upgrades to historic homes. The value of the credit is applied to your NYS tax liability to reduce the amount you owe. The program covers 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses up to a credit value of $50,000 per year.  

We extend special thanks to Caitlin Meaves and staff at the Landmark Society, staff at Clinton Brown Company for all of their research in helping us achieve this goal, and especially all neighbors that generously contributed to our fundraising efforts to make this possible. 

Marianne Pastecki, VP

ABC Streets Neighborhood Association

51 Calumet Street

Rochester, NY  14610


CDCR Strategic Planning Survey 2020

Dear Friends,

The Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR) is investing time and energy into strategic planning. We would like your input as we consider our programs and services as well as CDCR’s role in our community. Causewave Community Partners is conducting a survey to help us collect this input. The survey should take 10-12 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Your response by Wednesday, October 7 is appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us at admin@cdcrochester.org if you have any questions or concerns. We know your time is valuable​. ​Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts.


Maria Furgiuele
CDCR Executive Director

Bill Price
CDCR Board President


Update From the Lilac Neighbors

From Joan Gray Lindberg: 

The great cookie and lemonade sale happened last Friday (9/18). The goal was to earn money to purchase art supplies for three young scholars who are home schooling this year. 

From Susan Mandl, art teacher and neighbor: 

Over the last week, the kids created fliers and hand delivered them to nearby streets. With the help of long time neighborhood leader, Joan Lindberg, announcements were emailed to an even larger area. We now had BUZZ :)) and were ready to kick into gear. In addition to the cookies we baked, a number of neighbors contributed their own homemade cookies. One neighbor, Sue Rodio (Pavilion) baked over 3 dozen cookies even though she was going out of town! Another, a new friend, Monica came from Brighton to deliver hers.

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By a little after 4:00 we were practically sold out.

Our talented and generous neighbor Paul Gardner (Reservoir) built this bird house. He then came up with the idea of raffling it off.  That increased our profits substantially.

The Roc Rascals (Beckett and Clara Geise and Max Bohn) pose with the bird house. After picking out the winning ticket, they called the lucky winner. Denise and her husband Skip (Pavilion) appeared minutes later to pick it up. They were very excited to have won.

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Thank you, everyone, for a very successful day. 


Voter Registration Deadlines

November 3, 2020 General Election Deadlines

MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 9, 2020. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 9, 2020, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 24, 2020.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 14, 2020 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines:

October 27—last day to apply online, fax, email or postmark an application. Please note: the Post Office has said they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before election. 

November 2—last day to apply IN-Person for absentee ballot

Last day to postmark ballot—November 3. Must be received by local Board of Elections no later than November 10. Military ballots must be received no later than November 16. 

November 3—last day to deliver ballot in-person to the local Board of Elections or any poll site.   

New Lessons Developed by Rochester Educators, Doctors

Aim to Help Students Understand the Science Behind Covid-19

University of Rochester faculty and physicians have joined forces with grade 7-12 teachers to give local students the opportunity to learn about and cope with the virus in real time as part of their in-class and remote science instruction this fall.
A new partnership between the University’s Warner School of Education and School of Medicine & Dentistry and a diverse network of secondary science teachers and their schools will help Rochester-area youth amplify their voices in explaining why and how COVID-19 is impacting their communities and what they, together with their community, can do about it. 

This summer, the local team, which also includes nine teachers and three University doctoral students, created a COVID-19 unit that will teach science concepts, aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to build students’ understanding of the science around COVID-19. The culture-setting unit will position youth as informed science advocates in their circles and their community, including but not limited to churches, extended families, neighborhoods, and peer groups, to help slow or stop the spread of the pandemic. This approach comes with the push to prepare students to become informed citizens, critical thinkers, and communicators in solving complex ideas and relevant problems impacting their communities.  

Embedded in the middle school science curricula this fall at four different school districts—RochesterEast IrondequoitBrighton, and Naples—the COVID-19 unit will be implemented by 14 teachers who will be working collaboratively with 25 doctors, acting as medical mentors to more than 750 students and their teachers. In addition, the unit will be implemented by University master’s students in their teacher education program through Science STARS, an out-of-school time program for the Rochester City School District’s World of Inquiry School No. 58.

For the complete article, click here

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Join us for a socially distant outdoor artist market Friday Oct. 2. from 4-8pm outside the Hungerford Building, 115 Main Street East.

Artists include:
Ferg Studios and Rotondi Creations
Muze Gallery
Long Studios
Type High Letterpress
The Tea Potter
Natalie Rae NY
Sable Craft
Victoria Savka Art
Making Things With Stuff
MTC Pottery

Refreshments from:
Seed and Stone Cidery
Eat Me Ice Cream
Happy Gut Sanctuary

As always, Masks Required while attending the market.