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Corn Hill Neighbors Yard Sale

Corn Hill Yard Sale

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Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Set up your pre-loved treasures in front of your house or bring them to the gazebo at Lunsford Circle Park and sell from there!

Clarissa’s Cafe will be at the gazebo from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. selling food and drinks.

Stroll our neighborhood for things you didn’t even know you needed.

SouthWest Quadrant “CROP Walk in Corn Hill”

Corn Hill Neighbors AssociationSouthWest Quadrant “CROP Walk in Corn Hill”  on Sunday, May 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Carlson Commons, 70 Coretta Scott Crossing (Ford & Plymouth).

Contact Mary Ann at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 328-0856.

The CROP Walk benefits those in need in the SouthWest Quadrant of the City of Rochester, as well as in developing countries around the world. It’s an opportunity to act locally and globally at the same time. In addition, you get some exercise (short walk is 1.6 miles/long walk is 2.25 miles) and you’ll learn about historic Corn Hill as neighbor Bonny Mayer guides you through our Historic Corn Hill Wellness Trail.

Rochester City “Clean Sweep”

Rochester Clean SweepCome join Bonny Mayer and other Corn Hill Neighbors in this year’s Rochester City “Clean Sweep” on Saturday, May 3″ from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We’ll meet at Frontier Field. To register, call 311.

Free parking is available, a light breakfast will be served and volunteers will receive a free ticket to the 1:05 p.m. baseball game.

Meet Theresa Bowick, local author of “Collard Green Curves”

120913_TheresadressWednesday, May 21st, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
(This event was originally scheduled on March 12, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Meet local author, Theresa Bowick, a registered nurse, motivational speaker, and radio talk show host. Theresa will share her story of weight loss, exercise, and paying forward the message of getting healthy. Taste testing of several collard green and corn bread recipes will be part of the fun and learning.

Book description from

“Collard Green Curves” takes the reader on an incredible, tear jerking, journey of a misguided little girl so consumed with self- hate, misinformation, and distrust that it catapulted her into a life filled with unbelievable challenges. Repeated rejections, major disappointments and misunderstandings contributed to distrust of everyone she would encounter throughout her life, including her family. In her search for love, fulfillment and acceptance, the author depicts a life turned upside down through a confusing series of curves and detours destined to destroy her and anyone in her path, until she found the right recipe for healing which comes with “forgiveness of self and others.” Forgiveness is presented as the key to putting the past in perspective, finding a way to emerge from the depths of despair, then, shifting the focus to overcoming addictions, moving forward, and living a healthy, God directed, victorious life.

This book, an inspirational, lifeline for anyone trying to find themselves, quickly captures and holds the reader’s attention. The author demonstrates ways for individuals to conquer their fears and fight, perhaps for the first time in their lives for well-deserved, overdue new beginnings. The book reminds us to let, no man or woman hinder us from achieving our ultimate goal(s).

Valuable Social Security Training

Social Security LogoRegister for valuable training from the Department of Social Security concerning the departments transition to a technology based customer service process.

Engaging Customers and Community through technology

The Department of Social Security (“DSS”) will be engaging in new business solutions by automating services that deliver social security numbers, social security cards and disability verification letters in the immediate future. These services affect a large portion of our community. COTSNA is ready to engage the DSS and lead the discussion/training for community leaders. In this symposium we will explore using the Department of Social Security’s website to achieve measurable results by enhancing local customer response centers to allow residents, not otherwise efficient in navigating the web, to receive assistance in obtaining information from the department of Social security.

June 9, 2014
2:00pm -4:00pm
Arnett Branch Library

310 Arnett Boulevard
Rochester NY 14619

Please Contact Lynnette Robinson 585.325.4170 X327 to register


Beginning August 2014, will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in our field offices.Beginning October 2014, the field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card, will need to apply on line for a replacement card.


Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account located, or requested through our national toll-free number: 1(800)772-1213.

Ecological Gardening Series – Phillis Wheatley Library

Wheatley-LibraryThis 6-week series at Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, begins on Thursday April 17 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and runs through May 22.

Topics include ethics and principles of permaculture, ecological gardening, garden design, site analysis, garden building, pest management, garden prep, planting, and maintenance. The sessions will be taught by Patty Love and sponsored by Lots of Food and Rochester Permaculture Center–programs of Seeking Common Ground.

To register or for more information, call 428-8212.


Corn Hill Adopt a PotIn 6 short weeks it will be planting season – and what a welcome thought after our long and COLD winter! Help us celebrate spring by volunteering to take part in Corn Hill’s Adopt-A-Pot program. We need to find “parents” who will commit to plant and maintain each of our 20 flower pots or one of the flower beds around our Wellness Historic Trail Markers.

Here’s how it works:

  • Pots, soil, and stones purchased by the Beautification Committee
  • Flowers and accent plants provided by the city’s spring flower give-away
  • Sites for pots determined by CHBC in accordance with the city guidelines for pedestrian safety
  • Pots will be set up and/or beds ready for planting by mid-May
  • A May weekend will be chosen for pick-up of flowers and accent plants at Avery Mall
  • Joanie or Pete will contact you regarding your commitment, pot-or- flower-bed site and flower pick-up

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: Beautification and Joanie or Pete will get back to you.

Citizens Police Academy 2014 Registration

Rochester Police DepartmentIt’s time to register for the Citizens Police Academy (application attached). Return all applications to P.D.S. by April 17, 2014. The Dates of this training are April 22nd to June 24th. Classes meet every Tuesday from 6 to 9pm at the Public Safety Training Center.

The Citizen’s Police Academy (C.P.A.) provides a broad based look at the policies, procedures and operations of the Rochester Police Department. At its conclusion, you will be more familiar with law enforcement in our city neighborhoods and also with the training currently being provided to police recruits. You will have opportunities to offer comments and suggestions on police procedures and the recruit academy curriculum.

The Citizen’s Police Academy Instructors will include experienced trainers and operational personnel from several units of our organization. Upon your graduation, you will return to your community with greater knowledge and a unique perspective of the Rochester Police Department. This increased familiarity and interaction helps to improve police-community relations, recognizing the partnership between the citizens and their police force.

Classes are held at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road. Please contact Officer Lamar Cousins (428-1220) if you have any questions.

Please download the application here. 

RTS Changes and Transit Center Opening

RTS BusRTS is excited to present a series of public information sessions on proposed RTS changes that will occur with the opening of the new RTS Transit Center, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

We encourage all residents to attend the sessions to learn about the changes, weigh-in and ask questions about how customers will be affected. Findings will be presented at a Public Hearing on May 8. Complete information about the sessions and hearing also is available at and a RTS Transit Center information page is located on our website at

RTS Transit Center Public Information Sessions:

Thursday, April 17, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Gleason Auditorium, across from street from the Rochester Central Public Library, in the Bausch & Lomb Building, 115 South Avenue, Rochester
Accessible via RTS Route 5 – South Ave, RTS Route 11S – S. Clinton Ave, RTS Route 24 – Marketplace

Monday, April 21, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Neighborhood Service Center North East, 500 Norton Street, Rochester
Accessible via RTS Route 7 – Clinton

Thursday, April 24, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
RGRTA Administration Building, 1372 East Main Street, Rochester, Board Room
Accessible via RTS Route 8 – East Main St.

Thursday, May 1, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Conference Room ACS C&D (on second floor off of main lobby of hospital)
Accessible via RTS Route 5 – South Ave

Thursday, May 1, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Maplewood Public Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, Rochester
Accessible via RTS Route 10 – Dewey Ave, RTS Route 10 – Portland

Date, time and location for the Public Hearing is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at S.U.N.Y Brockport Metro Center, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester (1 Block North of Main St on St Paul) Accessible via all RTS Routes heading to Downtown Rochester.

The Corn Hill Gazette – March/April 2014

The March/April 2014 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.

The Corn Hill Gazette Cover March/April 2014