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Corn Hill Gazette | May 2016

The May 2016 Corn Hill Gazette is now available for Download.

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Rochester Central Library Survey

Survey Link:

Corn Hill residents are requested to respond to this survey in an effort to better meet the needs of our greater community. The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County’s Programming Team is seeking community feedback about Central Library programs and would greatly appreciate our assistance. Please respond to:

The Notorious Fox Sisters–Main Topic At CHNA May General Meeting

The Notorious Fox SistersThe May 9th CHNA General Meeting will feature guest speaker Tracy Lee Murphy, Caretaker of the Hydesville Memorial Park–Birthplace of Modern Spiritualism. Her fascinating presentation relates the details of those mysterious rappings first heard on the night of March 31, 1848. The teenage Fox sisters interpreted these knockings as messages from the spirit of a peddler who said he’d been murdered some years earlier and his body was hidden in the basement. After that night, men began digging in the basement’s dirt floor but found no human remains. Shortly afterward, they moved into the Third Ward and were living at the corner of Troup and Sophia Streets (now Plymouth Avenue) when they presented their first large public demonstrations at Corinthian Hall. An impressive obelisk stands here today on Troup Street to commemorate the Fox Sisters and is now a part of our Corn Hill Historic Wellness Trail. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about this important connection to our neighborhood’s history. The 7:30 p.m. CHNA meeting will be held in the lower level conference room at 133 S. Fitzhugh Street.

Corn Hill Gazette | April 2016

The April 2016 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to Download.

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Tuesday Tech Help at Phillis Wheatley Library

Wheatley-LibraryEvery Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., adults who need assistance with basic computer and mobile device issues can join us to learn tips and tricks to improve digital literacy and to use their digital devices.

The Phillis Wheatley Community Library at 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way is accessible to people with disabilities.

To request specific accommodations, call 428-8304 at least 10 days prior to a program.

Early Reading Program at the Phillis Wheatley Library

Every Child Ready to Read at the Phillis Wheatley Community LibraryOn Wednesdays, April 6,13, 20, 27 and May 4 a series of early reading programs for families with children ages up to 5 years, “Every Child Ready To Read,” will be held at the Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Samuel McCree Way.

This FREE program has a maximum attendance of 50 (adults and children) at each session, so register now at 428-8212.

Parents will learn about the importance of reading to their children using the tools of playing, singing, talking, reading and writing.

Families will receive a free, nutritious meal at each session, have a chance to win a $25 Wegmans Gift Card at each session as well as a chance to win a $150 Wegmans Gift Card at the completion of the sessions.

Country Line Dancing at the Flying Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel Community SpaceOn Sunday, April 17, the CHNA Social Committee will host a neighborhood Country Line Dance at the Flying Squirrel Community Center, 285 Clarissa Street from 1-4 p.m.

Neighbors are asked to bring a dish to pass and a non-alcoholic beverage.

The committee will provide all other amenities. RSVP to no later than Friday, April 15th. Sadly, plans for the March Euchre Tournament did not materialize as hoped so that event had to be cancelled. The committee looks forward to rescheduling another Euchre event at some future date.

“July ‘64” Film to be shown at CHNA General Meeting, April 11

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.


ADOPT-A-POTThe 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

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: and Joanie or Pete will get back to you.

Councilmembers McFadden and Conklin Support Removal of Flood Designation in Corn Hill

CHLanding-wPedestrians-(MedCouncilmembers 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.

conklin“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.

mcfadden“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).

View Revised Flood Map for Corn Hill