The 7:30 p.m. April 11th CHNA General Meeting will be held in the fellowship hall at the Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa Street. The agenda will feature a showing of the one-hour film, “July ‘64” presented by the film’s director, Carvin Eison. This film, produced by Chris Christopher, boasts a score by Duke Ellington and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (“Night Creature”) and is narrated by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Roscoe Lee Browne. “July ‘64” contains historic archival footage, news reports, interviews with witnesses and tells the story of the three-day rioting in sections of Rochester (including Corn Hill’s Clarissa Street) when our northern, mid-sized US city made national news. This film reveals new information and provokes the question of why race, and the entitlement it does or does not carry, remains a potentially destructive issue today. The CHNA offers its sincere appreciation to Memorial AME Zion’s pastor, Kenneth James, and to its Board of Trustees for their gracious hospitality of this very important neighborhood meeting.
The recent weather reminds us that spring is just around the corner and thoughts turn to FLOWERS!! You can contribute to what is now a signature sign of spring in Corn Hill – the neighborhood flower pots.
Begun as a Beautification Committee pilot project in 2012, this will be the fourth summer that neighbors have been invited to care for large flower pots distributed throughout Corn Hill. The blooming pots look so beautiful in spring and summer, so once again, we ask for volunteer “parents” who will commit to plant and maintain each of our two dozen flower pots in the neighborhood.
This is a small way to volunteer, but provides a big impact!
Here’s how it 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
If you would like to be a part of this project, please provide the following information or contact Beautification Committee at: Beautification@cornhill.org and Joanie or Pete will get back to you.
Councilmembers Adam C. McFadden (South District Representative) and Carolee A. Conklin (At-Large Member) are grateful that after years of work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finally corrected the Special Flood Hazard Area designation that was wrongly placed on the Corn Hill Neighborhood.
In 2008, FEMA released a map citing Corn Hill to be a community that required additional flood insurance in conjunction with normal home owners insurance policies, costing homeowners in Corn Hill thousands of dollars each year.
“I am a resident of Corn Hill and have been advocating for my neighbors for years and am thankful to Bergmann Associates for the work that they did in 2015 to verify that this designation was an error and ultimately resulted in this correction,” said Councilmember Conklin. “The homeowners in Corn Hill will be thrilled to hear that this has been rectified and their insurance rates can return to normal. Some Corn Hill residents have had to pay $4,000 – $5,000 for flood insurance because of the error.”
This legislation along with additional back up materials (link) were submitted to the Council on March 8th.
“As the South District Representative, I have fought for years to have this map corrected. It has been unfair to my constituents that they had to pay for FEMA’s mistake,” said Councilmember McFadden. “On the 22nd of this month, this legislation will be one that I will be voting in favor of, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
The Rochester City Council will vote on this legislation first at the Parks and Public Works Committee Meeting on Thursday, March 17th at 4:35pm, and upon discharge from Committee, the Council will vote on this legislation on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting. Both meetings will be held in the Council Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall (30 Church Street, Downtown Rochester).
At 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, February 11th, a free evening of theater, “Walk the Walk: Encounters With Rochester’s African American Ancestors” will be presented at Corn Hill’s Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa Street.
Share the experiences of Rochesterians from the past as they come to life in this entertaining and moving performance. You’ll meet notables such as Frederick Douglass, Austin Steward and Bessie Hamm.
This presentation, which includes musical performances, is appropriate for adults and families and free on-site parking is also available. All are Welcome!
The CHNA Social Committee will be presenting a “Meet & Greet” evening for Corn Hill neighbors at our newest restaurant, “The Black Sheep,” in the Corn Hill Landing on Monday evening, February 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Beat the winter blahs and socialize with your neighbors by enjoying Hors d’oeuvres and a featured cocktail tasting. All attendees are requested to RSVP to Social@cornhill.com no later than February 12.
The Rochester Police Department has provided a list of suggestions and techniques to assist Corn Hill neighbors in preventing theft of personal identity information.
Now that the Corn Hill neighborhood has ratified a revision of our By-Laws, an amendment of our Certificate of Incorporation is also necessary before we can petition to change our Not-For-Profit organization from a 501-C4 to a 501-C3 status.
These changes, required by the recent New York State Revitalization Act, were voted on and passed by the CHNA board of directors at their December meeting but still require a neighborhood vote, which will occur on January 11, 2016 at our General Meeting in the lower level conference room of 133 S. Fitzhugh Street at 7:30 p.m.
Neighbors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the changes in this amendment so that they can offer an informed vote at this meeting.
You can read the amendment changes online by clicking this link.
On Sunday, December 27th, CHNA Historian Jim DeVinney will lead a “Memories of a New Year’s Day” walking tour, starting in Avery Mall (Adams & Frederick Douglass Streets) at 2 p.m.
This free-of-charge holiday event will feature a script performed by a group of actors and singers who will portray personalities of the 19th century—Samuel Hopkins Adams, Katherine Rochester Montgomery Osgood, Virginia Jeffrey Smith, and a Third Ward bachelor.
Bundle up and spend an hour celebrating “Auld Lang Syne.”
On Wednesday, December 9, the Community Design Center of Rochester announced the winners of its fifth “Reshaping Rochester” awards during a luncheon at Temple B’rith Kodesh. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association was presented with the “Betty Strasenburgh Honorable Mention Award for Activism” among a field of nine exceptional nominees.
CHNA President Rob Goodling accepted the award “on behalf of my colleagues on the board of directors, our fourteen Committee Chairpersons, and the more than three hundred volunteers who work throughout each year to preserve, maintain and improve Corn Hill, Rochester’s oldest historic neighborhood.”
The board especially offers its appreciation to the Development & Outreach Committee and its Assistant Chair Bonny Mayer for preparing and submitting our application, and thanks Wayne Goodman of the Landmark Society of Western New York and Elaine Lennox of Archer Communications for their gracious support of our petition.