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Calling All Who Are Interested In Corn Hill Public Art

public art in Corn HillA committee has been formed to plan for permanent and performance art throughout Corn Hill.

We’d love to have your input!!

If you have any ideas you’d like considered, or would like to attend an upcoming public art committee meeting, please email Joe Arena at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Think Spring … and flowers! Adopt-A-Pot program 2017

For the past 5 years, the Beautification Committee has sponsored a spring Adopt-A-Pot program, where neighbors care for matching flower pots placed throughout the streets of our neighborhood. The Committee plans to continue this project, but after 5 years of experience, we know where the most strategic pot placement is to make the greatest visual impact – and that is in our pocket parks, and on the corners of street intersections and entrances into Corn Hill.

In late May, the Committee will be planting about 2-dozen pots and placing them in Avery Mall and on the corners of our beautiful neighborhood. In April and May, we will be reaching out to past volunteers to ask for a commitment to care for these pots throughout the summer and fall. We hope you are all still interested. However, if you have never participated but would like to be a part of this project, you can contact us through the beautification email at [email protected] or complete the form below, and we’ll be sure to find a flower pot for you to nourish!

Just leave your name, address and contact information and one of the Committee members will get back to you.

This is a small way to volunteer, but provides a big impact!

Thanks to all past volunteers for making this such a successful beautification project. Our flower pots are like jewels that adorn our already charming neighborhood!

Here’s how Adopt-a-pot works:

  • Pots, soil, stones and flowers are provided by the Beautification Committee
  • Sites for pots determined by CHBC in accordance with the city guidelines for pedestrian safety
  • Pots will be planted and ready for distribution by late May
  • You will be notified in May of the exact location of your pot, and all you need to do is water regularly – volunteers may also add their own flowers to the pots they’ll tend
  • Joanie or Pete will contact you regarding your pot site and summer commitment

Adopt-a-Pot Signup

If you would like to be a part of this project, please provide the following information or contact Beautification Committee at: [email protected] and Joanie or Pete will get back to you.

Interested in Working on the 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes?

Carolers at 2011 Corn Hill Holiday Tour of HomesThe sold-out 2016 Holiday Tour of Homes was a successful and enjoyable event for our visitors and Corn Hill residents alike. What a unique way to celebrate the winter season and share our community and history with our fellow Rochester and suburban neighbors!

We are looking to build on that success, so if you are interested in being part of this Corn Hill tradition, please consider joining the Holiday Tour of Homes Committee.

Our first planning meeting will be scheduled for late April and future meetings will be determined by the preference of Committee members.

You may email [email protected] or Rob Goodling at [email protected] to submit your name for membership or to get more information.

Remember, many hands make light work!

Come See “Walk the Walk” | Friday, February 10th

walk the walk performaneEnjoy this free entertaining and moving evening of theatre, as African-Americans from Rochester’s past come to life to share their stories.

Share the experiences of Rochesterians from the past, as you meet notables such as Frederick Douglass and Austin Steward – as well as those who may not be as well known, such as Bessie Hamm.

Musical performances round out the evening.

Appropriate for adults and families – all are welcome! Click here for more information.

Friday, February 10th | 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Memorial AME Zion Church
549 Clarissa St., Rochester, NY 14608

Admission is FREE!


Corn Hill Gazette | February 2017 / March 2017

The February 2017/March 2017 Corn Hill Gazette is now available for Download.

Corn Hill Gazette Cover February/March 2017

CHNA Presents Disaster Preparedness

NYS Commission of Homeland Security and Emergency ServicesBrian J. Bennett, Master Sergeant, NYANG, Instructor/Team Leader Citizen Preparedness Corps will present the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services supported program on Disaster Preparedness at the CHNA Board General Meeting in March.

The program provides the basic fundamentals for preparing for all types of disasters. The program is part of Gov Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

The program covers a broad range of emergency-preparedness topics such as:

  • developing a family emergency plan
  • stocking up on emergency supplies
  • registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system

The program will be presented by a member of the New York Army National Guard or a member of the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps.

Please join us  March 13, 2017 at 7 pm in the lower level conference room at 133 Fitzhugh St. Rochester NY 14608 for this very important meeting. The presentation will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

First PAC-TAC Training of 2017 – Monday, January 9th

PAC-TAC LogoThe Corn Hill Security Committee will be holding its first PAC-TAC training of 2017 on Monday, January 9th from 5:45-6:45 PM. It will be at the Landmark Society Building on 133 S. Fitzhugh Street.

PAC-TAC, or “Police and Citizens, Together Against Crime”, is a program that provides citizens the opportunity to help law enforcement keep their neighborhoods safe.

Corn Hill has had a robust PAC-TAC program over the years, but we’re looking to supplement our strong group of volunteers with additional groups of vigilant neighbors.

Once trained, you can volunteer as often or as infrequently as your schedule permits.

Mayor Warren Unveils Adopt-A-Hydrant on Corn Hill Street

Rochester Adopt-a-hydrant Program

December 6, on Greenwood Street, Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced that the City has launched “Adopt-A-Hydrant,” a new tool to encourage citizens to play an active role in snow removal and clearing operations in their neighborhood or near their business.

Rochester’s Adopt-A-Hydrant is based on a plan already underway in Corn Hill. Our very own Barbara Kennedy of Greenwood Street was highlighted on WHEC news for her role in participating in this program. When asked why this snow removal is important, she responded, “I feel it’s pretty important that the fire people are able to put out the fire rather than shovel out the snow first.”

“When you walk down the street after a heavy snow and you see hydrants that have been shoveled out and sidewalks that have been cleared, you see a neighborhood whose residents care about their neighborhood and their neighbors,” said Mayor Warren.” This program provides the motivation to sign up for/adopt a hydrant to shovel to accomplish that goal.

The Mayor also announced the designation of 65 parking emergency streets, where on-street parking will be prohibited when a parking emergency is declared. Signs have been posted on those streets. Free parking will be provided for the residents at the Mortimer Street Parking Garage and Rochester Transit Service will provide free service between the garage and the affected streets.

— Please note that South Washington Street is the only street in Corn Hill with this designation —

The City-County 911 Call Center will notify residents of these streets when a Parking Emergency has been declared. Residents who do not have a landline telephone should be sure to register their mobile phone number with 911.

Visit the following links for more information about:

Please note: Corn Hill will use the city’s new Adopt-A-Hydrant program and not the one that’s been on the Corn Hill Website in past years.

Walking Tour – Dec 29: Memories of a New Year’s Day

New Years Walking Tour Corn HillNew Year’s Day Tradition Remembered in Corn Hill

“Memories of a New Year’s Day” will be performed in Corn Hill on Thursday December 29 at 7:00 p.m.

This walking tour, beginning at Ralph Avery Mall at the foot of Frederick Douglass Street between Plymouth Avenue and Adams Street, uses songs, readings and stories about the old Third Ward, as the neighborhood was known before it acquired the Corn Hill name.

Historical Third Ward figures represented during the hour-long presentation include Katherine Rochester Montgomery, Virginia Jeffrey Smith, Charles Mulford Robinson, Samuel Hopkins Adams, and a curious person known only as “A Bachelor.” Corn Hill historian Jim DeVinney serves as narrator.

The free tour, which premiered last year, is inspired by a chapter in Adams’ book Grandfather Stories. A popular journalist and author during the first half of the 19th Century, Adams’ father was pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church that once stood at the corner of Plymouth and Troup Street. Grandfather had been an official in the early days of the Erie Canal.

In the story, Adams describes how he and his cousins visited a series of open houses that took place on New Year’s Day in the famous Ruffled Shirt District, especially at homes with daughters of a marketable age. The boys were too young to be interested in anyone’s daughters but they were eager to sample the wonderful food served on this occasion. Before the day is done, they experience both adventure and misadventure.

The tour provides stories that are humorous, nostalgic and, in one case tragic, as it defines the rise and fall of the Third Ward and its rebirth as Corn Hill. Performers include Ira Srole, Sally J. Millick, Katrina Grbesic, Kevin Petrichick and Shawn Gray.

James A. DeVinney has been Corn Hill’s historian for the past two years. In that capacity, he leads tours through the historic neighborhood and writes a monthly column for the Corn Hill Gazette. Before he retired, he was a TV producer and filmmaker, earning four television Emmys, four Peabodys, an Academy Award nomination, and numerous journalism awards.

2016 Corn Hill Holiday Open House

corn hill holiday open house 2016Join us for the annual Corn Hill Holiday Open House Sunday, December 11, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Hervey Ely House, 138 Troup Street.

There will be an eclectic menu and drinks. Free for all Corn Hill neighbors, Non-resident guests are welcome for $10.

There will be cookie decorating for the children and in-house caroling led by Rob Goodling at 6:30 p.m., followed by neighborhood caroling.

Neighbors who are aware of someone who is housebound should contact the Social Committee at [email protected].

Please bring an unwrapped donation of underwear and other clothes items size 3T, 4T, 5T; iTune cards for the purchase of educational games; or various art supplies for the Community Child Care Center, located at 170 Troup Street.