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South Plymouth Avenue Improvement Project

South PlymouthIn conjunction with a street resurfacing treatment, South Plymouth Avenue will receive traffic calming features intended to slow vehicles down and make the area safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

  1. Installing a curbed median with grass and trees extending from South Fitzhugh Street to Exchange Boulevard. The medians, along with the addition of a tree canopy, will add to the historic appeal of the Corn Hill neighborhood.
  2. Installing bike lanes and shared use bicycle lane markings (also called “sharrows”) on South Plymouth Avenue.
  3. Narrowing of South Plymouth Avenue at South Fitzhugh Street and Atkinson Street with the use of curbed bumpouts.
  4. Installing pedestrian crosswalks at South Fitzhugh Street.
  5. Replacing the brick crosswalk on South Fitzhugh Street at South Plymouth Avenue with a durable, brick-patterned stamped asphalt product.


For more information from the City’s website, including photos, a schedule and contact information, please click here.

19th Ward Community Association House Tour

19th Ward House TourDon’t miss this house tour on Saturday October 18 from 11am to 3 pm.

By most people’s reckoning it is the 38th tour sponsored by the 19th ward Community Association.

Co-chair Mitzie Collins guarantees that “This tour will surprise, enlighten, amuse and amaze you”. Co-chair Dewain Feller adds “If you have lived here for twenty-five years, or for just one year, there is something for you to find fascinating and intriguing in the five houses and two neighborhood landmarks that are featured.” There are buzzing bees, stalwart lions, a bronze dipped statue, an interior design based on fung sui, a school in a house and a lighting system turned on by cell phone. That short list is designed to whet your appetite for the creative lives and lifestyles of our 19th ward neighbors that will be on display. Headquarters for the tour is St. Monica’s Church, newly renovated to greet her second century. Come to the church at 10 am for a free talk on the theme of the tour, “Sustainability and Creativity.”

Both of these qualities are on display on the tour. You can purchase tickets ahead of the tour at the 19th ward Community Association Office for $10. All tickets the day of the tour are $12. In addition to showing off our neighborhood to ourselves as well as to the larger community, the House Tour has always been a major fund raiser for the Association.

We hope that members of the Community Association will invite friends from all over the city…indeed the entire region …to come and visit us. Engine 7 Firehouse is our other landmark on the tour. Have you ever wondered what the inside of a fire house would be like? Wonder no longer, as we will be invited in to see their remodeled quarters and meet the firemen on duty that day. A new feature this year is a special group rate for 10 or more tickets bought by October 10th.

The tickets, at $8 each, are sold as a group and are non-refundable. Co-chair Mitzie Collins comments “We hope to interest organizations to include the 19th Ward Community Association house tour as a club or church activity.“

There is still time to sign up to be a volunteer host at one of the houses. We are also encouraging folks to be Patrons of the tour. You get some very special perks, as well as recognition in the tour booklet that serves as a ticket.

For most information on hosting or being a patron please contact Mitzie Collins at 585-747 1219 or


Corn Hill Yard Sale

Source: Flickr, IntangibleArts

The CHNA Social Committee is sponsoring a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Advertising will occur in local newspapers as well as on Craigslist.

Corn Hill neighbors are invited to set their sale items out at their own residences—the Gazebo area will NOT be utilized for this event.

The sale will be “Rain or Shine” with discretion left up to each individual neighbor. Here’s an opportunity to rid your attic or basement of those items you no longer find necessary or useful.

Public Design Workshop – West River Wall Study

West River Wall StudyCorn Hill neighbors are invited to attend join a Public Design Workshop to discuss Rochester’s West River Wall.  

We are seeking public input to better understand the needs and visions of the community as they relate to the site.  Using material produced for the 2012 Corn Hill Neighborhood Charette, we hope to further solidify and align design concepts with the needs of the community.

The Public Design Workshop is scheduled as follows:

September 9, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Church of Love Faith Center
700 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester, New York  14613

Please accept this invitation to join us on September 9, 2014.  It is important that this study reflect the needs and visions of the community, therefore we would like to hear from each and every one of you, your voice is important to us.

The study will develop and strengthen the framework for conversion of this space into one that connects and engages the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and educational institutions with our vibrant riverfront. This community based study will serve to promote and guide us as we continue to discuss and define the next chapter.

Should you require additional information prior to the September 9th meeting, feel free to call Thomas Hack at (585) 428-6852 or via email  With your continued help, we can truly make a difference.

Click here to view the study.

2014 Fairy Houses Tour Winners Announced

2014 Fairy Houses TourRochester, NY July 16, 2014 – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association is excited to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Fairy Houses Tour at the 46th Corn Hill Arts Festival.

Over 50 creative Fairy houses built by Rochester area families, individuals and teams were submitted, displayed and judged. Awards were given in three categories, “Most Unique,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best Use of Natural Materials.” A “People’s Choice” winner was decided based on votes by visitors who viewed the exhibit.

The winners are as follows:

Most Unique

  • Foehner and Leupold
  • Lyla & Violet Grills
  • Brett Family

Most Whimsical

  • Liza Sommers
  • Natalie Banister & Barbara Swinton
  • Marshall Family

Best Use of Natural Materials

  • Fen Hailfrost
  • Suzi Poluzi
  • Alyssa & Jose Fernandez & Family Ann

People’s Choice

  • Destiney & Douglas Schultz

The winning Fairy Houses will be on display at The Strong, from Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 27, 2014.

For a complete look at the winning Fairy Houses, click here.

Additional photos from the tour can be seen by clicking here.

The Corn Hill Gazette – August 2014

The August 2014 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.

The Corn Hill Gazette Cover August 2014


Neighborhood Events at Clarissa’s Café Lounge




Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders

Corn Hill Recreation Ski 2014All the talk about Christmas in July is a reminder that it isn’t too early to start planning for the upcoming ski season. August is a big month for ski shops to kick off their retail season with promotional sales and ski centers offer their best discounts in the summer.

Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation will be sponsoring neighborhood ski outings to Bristol Mountain and Holiday Valley during the 2014-2015 ski season. We need a minimum of 15 people to qualify for discounted lift tickets and a minimum of 35 people to make bus transportation affordable. Don’t downhill? Bristol and Holiday Valley have cross country trails for you to enjoy.

Lift ticket prices are $52 for weekend and $40 for weekday. Bristol Nordic passes are $12. Holiday Valley trails are free but there is a $14 lift fee to get to the trails. Prices are subject to change. Bus transportation will be $20 or less depending on the number of participants.

For more information including dates, sign up and deadlines visit the Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation Facebook page at or email Marty Petrella at

National Night Out in Corn Hill

National Night Out 2014National Night Out in Corn Hill will take place on August 5th from 5 p.m. until dark.

The official National Night Out parade will come down Clarissa Street from Troup to Dr. Samuel McCree Way sometime between 5-5″30 p.m. Corn Hill neighbors are urged to line the street for the parade and are then invited to attend the 6 p.m. Southwest Quadrant Picnic at the Canalside Shelter in Genesee Vally Park or they may gather to in their own yards to show solidarity for this “Night Out Against Crime.”

All Corn Hill neighbors are invited to meet at the Lunsford Circle Park gazebo for a free, old fashioned Ice Cream Social at 7:30 p.m.

Guided Corn Hill Historic Trail Tour

Bonny Mayer, Corn Hill Historian and Tour GuideOn the first four Sundays of August, CHNA Historian Bonny Mayer will lead guided tours of our Historic Trail.

These tours begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Avery Mall trail marker and will conclude at the Lunsford Circle trail marker just in time to enjoy our 4 p.m. Gazebo Concert Series.

Historian Mayer has researched additional information about these sites and about our neighborhood that she will share along the way.

Bring your Wellness Passport to make rubbings on the markers or a Passport will be provided for you at the start of the tour. This is an opportunity to get some exercise, learn about our neighborhood and enjoy a wonderful concert.