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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 on March 13, 2017 at 7 pm in the lower level conference room at 133 Fitzhugh St. Rochester NY 14608 and 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.

Corn Hill Gazette | December 2016 / January 2017

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Recycle at EcoPark

ecopark Monroe County, NYEcoPark is your one stop drop off facility for expanded recycling options. EcoPark located at 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624, accepts a variety of items for recycling. Items include:

  • Appliances (without refrigerant)
  • Bulky Plastic Items
  • Clean Styrofoam Packing
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Cooking Oil/Grease
  • Document Destruction (Items are destroyed off site)
  • Electronic Waste
  • Flags (U.S.)
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Pharmaceuticals & Rx Bottles
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Propane Tanks (1# & 20# only)
  • Rechargeable and Button
  • Batteries (No Alkaline)
  • Recyclable Glass/Metal/Plastic Containers
  • Sharps & Syringes
  • Scrap Metal

These items can be dropped off without an appointment Wednesday’s 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. or Saturday 7:30- 1:00 p.m.

For a list of additional fee based items or appointment based items or for more information, go to

2017 Winter Adventures Garden Talks

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Winter Adventures Garden Talks. The City has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County Master Gardeners to offer FREE garden talks at Rochester Public Library locations around the city.

Check out the offerings below and expand your gardening knowledge this winter!

Winter Adventures | Rochester, NYSaturday, January 7 |10:30-11:30 a.m.
Birds, Bees and Butterflies Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscapes
Charlotte Library, 3557 Lake Avenue

Saturday, January 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m
Gardening with Perennials
Lyell Library, 956 Lyell Avenue

Saturday, February 4 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Getting Down and Dirty: Composting in your Home Garden
Arnett Library, 310 Arnett Blvd

Saturday, February 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Preserving Nature’s Bounty: Soups, Dips and Sauces from Dried Plants
Monroe Public Library, 809 Monroe Avenue

Please contact Sara Scott at 585-428-8820 (office) if you have any questions

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Corn Hill Gazette | November 2016

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November 2016 Corn Hill Gazette