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The Corn Hill Gazette – October 2014

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


The Corn Hill Gazette Cover - October 2014

River Romance Corn Hill Tours

Rochester River RomanceCHNA Historian Bonny Mayer and neighbors from the Corn Hill Neighborhood Association will provide one-hour round-trip walking tours from Corn Hill Landing to the Broad Street Aqueduct and back to Corn Hill Landing on Saturday and Sunday October 4 and 5, 2013.

The walking tours will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday (11 a.m. Sunday) and leave from the Mary Jemison dock at Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd, every hour until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, a tour of the Broad Street Aqueduct will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday October 5.

New parking on S. Fitzhugh between Troup and Exchange

Parking SignThe work on S. Fitzhugh is scheduled to be done by the end of October. When it’s complete, there will be 6 metered parking spaces situated there.

Click this link to view the plans provided by Transportation Control Board

Flying Squirrel Link to Upcoming Events

Flying Squirrel Community now has a direct link to the Flying Squirrel Community Space website from the Useful Links page on this website.

Who is the Flying Squirrel?

The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships between artists, activists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change. More about us. Check out the current Flying Squirrel Member Groups that use the space. If the Flying Squirrel’s mission interests you, then you are encouraged to view their website for upcoming events.

Flying Squirrel Website –

Flying Squirrel Facebook Page –

285 Clarissa St.
Rochester NY, 14608


Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan

Rochester Bicycle BoulevardPurpose

To develop a plan to create parallel bicycle-friendly streets along key arterial corridors characterized by high automobile traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights of way which make standard on-street bicycle lanes difficult to achieve.


The City of Rochester completed the Rochester Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) in January 2011 to guide the City’s investment in on-street bicycle facilities and bicycle-supportive services. A major product of the BMP is a prioritized list of arterial and collector streets for on-street bicycle improvements. Many of the City’s arterial and collector streets possess high traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights-of-way which make bicycle enhancements such as on-street bicycle lanes or shared-use lanes difficult to achieve. In such cases, the development of a parallel or “one-off” network of low-traffic, bike-friendly streets should be considered.

Bicycle boulevards, also known as “neighborhood greenways,” are a series of inter-connected streets which have been modified to provide enhanced accommodation as through streets for bicyclists while discouraging through automobile traffic. The BMP identified bicycle boulevards as an increasingly-popular technique nationwide and recommended that the City pursue their implementation locally. The City has engaged Alta Planning + Design to develop the Rochester Bicycle Boulevard Plan, which will make recommendations for creating a network of bicycle boulevards in the City of Rochester with a focus on alternatives to streets for which on-street bicycle facilities are challenging and/or to provide connections between key destinations. Identification of adjacent, low-volume neighborhood streets as bicycle boulevards will greatly enhance Bicycle Level of Service in these difficult corridors and in so doing, will greatly strengthen bike friendliness in our city.

Study Tasks & Schedule

Study Coordination (September 2013 – June 2014)
Develop Prioritization Criteria & Select Plan Corridors (September – December 2013)
Public Meeting #1 (February 11, 2014)
Identify Potential Bicycle Boulevards & Analyze Existing Conditions (January –March 2014)
Make Recommendations & Produce Draft Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan (March – September 2014)
Public Meeting #2 (October 2014)
Produce Final Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan (December 2014)
Public Involvement

Two “pop-up” public meetings will be held concurrently to provide an overview of the proposed bicycle boulevard route network and the preliminary prioritization of those routes.

Both pop-up meetings will be located along pilot one-mile Bicycle Boulevard routes that the City will install using temporary signage, markings, and traffic calming features. The West Pilot Route will run from Ravenwood Ave. at Genesee Park Blvd. to Frost Ave. at Rugby Ave.; the East Pilot Route will run from the Genesee Riverway Trail at Averill Ave. to Meigs St. at Monroe Ave. The pilot routes will be in place for approximately two weeks, giving residents and visitors ample opportunity to try them out.


Click Here for more information.

Free Home Repairs – Flower City Work Camp

Flower City Work CampIt’s that time of the year again that the Flower City Work Camp starts accepting referrals for free home repairs. The Flower City Work Camp is a ministry of area churches that will be in its 30th year. During the Spring recess of 2015 they will reach out, with over 700 youth and over 300 adult supervisors, to designated City locations and work for three days doing home repairs at no cost to the home owner. They are now accepting referrals due by November 1st. To best qualify the applicants must be of low to moderate income and have a owner occupied single family home. FCWC is looking for a variety of inside and outside work to keep them busy for three days. Typical work that is done includes: painting, minor plumbing and electrical repair, drywall, windows, doors, flooring, porch and garage repairs. They cannot do roof or gutter repairs that are over one story. Referrals will start to be evaluated in November/December, homes chosen in January/February and work to be completed during Spring Recess of April 2015.

Just give me a name, address and phone number and I will contact the person, explain the program and submit the referral. This program really helps some of our most neediest people and really gets results. Last year they worked on over 60 homes. Please help pass the word. If you would like more information please reply to this e-mail or contact me at Councilwoman Carla Palumbo’s office at 428-5982.

Chuck Stechna
Legislative Aide to Carla M. Palumbo
Rochester City Council
North West District Councilwoman
City Hall Room 303A-3
30 Church Street
Rochester, New York 14614
(585) 428-5982 Office
(585) 428-6347 Fax

CHNA PAC-TAC Training Sessions

PAC-TAC LogoThe CHNA Security Committee is looking for more Corn Hill neighbors who are willing to be trained to walk PAC-TAC patrols in our neighborhood.

Crime Prevention Officer Vincent Agnone will join with Security Chair Marty Petrella for training sessions on Tuesday, October 14 and Tuesday November, 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room at 133 S. Fitzhugh Street prior to the neighborhood’s General Meetings.

Please RSVP to, sign up to train and help keep our neighborhood safe.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2014

Alzheimer's AssociationThe walk to end Alzheimer’s will return to Corn Hill for the 4th year on Saturday October 11th from 9 AM to 1 PM.

85 Adams Street, Rochester, NY

For more information click on Event Details ›

The Corn Hill Gazette – September 2014

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

The Corn Hill Gazette Cover September 2014


MS ROC the Ride Bike Tour Will Include Corn Hill

BikeMS Corn Hill RochesterThe inaugural MS “ROC the Ride Bike Tour” will include Corn Hill. CHNA Historian Bonny Mayer will greet participating bicyclists at noon in the gazebo at Lunsford Circle Park on Sunday, September 7 to offer neighborhood history and information regarding our Historic Wellness Trail.

ROC the Ride’s start and finish location is in Genesee Vally Park at 133 Elmwood Avenue. It is anew, one-day, Rochester-centric ride that brings you by some of Rochester’s points of interest and gives a fresh look at some interesting spots around the city. The 15 mile Tour of ROC ride for Bike MS is totally different from the usual bicycling event. You won’t be continually riding – it is a tour of the city. This is a ride for people who don’t usually do charity rides. You don’t have to be an athlete, wear bike clothing, know how to follow a bike route, have a fancy bike, or have a lot of experience. This is really an opportunity for people to take an organized, sponsored, guided, informative tour of their community, to make a modest donation to a worthwhile charity by doing so, and to come away with the impression: “WOW! I learned that …, I never knew that. And, you know what, I did it on my BIKE and it was FUN!”

There are 8 stops on the tour; there will be a historian at each stop to give information — it’s amazing how many connections there are between these locations and bicycles. It sounds really fun. We are estimating the ride will be about 3 hours total. And there will be separate groups leaving the park. Each group will have 10 riders, a ride leader and a ride “sweep” (total of 12 people in each group). The sweep makes sure no one is left behind. There are only a few miles between each stop. The historian will not begin until all riders in the group have arrived. The stops are:

  1. Mt Hope Cemetery – ride past gravesites of the Rochesterians who made our city great.
  2. Highland Park Arboretum – Our parks include designs by Frederick Law Olmstead and provided nearby bike destinations for recreation
  3. Cobbs Hill — Rochester City Water bureau and the historic Rochester water system (don’t worry, not climbing the big hill!)
  4. George Eastman House — (George Eastman was an avid cyclist and a bicycle commuter whenever the weather was good!)
  5. Wall Therapy artists / Rochester Public Market — this will be an official rest stop with snacks and public restrooms
  6. RG&E Water Power on the Genesee — High Falls at the Pont Du Rennes bridge
  7. Susan B. Anthony House – the bicycle and empowerment during the Women’s Rights movement in the 19th century
  8. Corn Hill neighborhood – Rochester’s first and most historic residential neighborhood

In addition to the Tour of ROC, several other routes for all cycling abilities allow you to choose the ride that challenges or inspires you! Options include a 30-mile cruise along the Rochester waterway paths; a 45-mile trail ride through the Genesee River Trail, Lehigh Valley Trail, Auburn Trail and more; and a metric century and century ride along the beautiful lakeshore. Each route is fully supported so whichever ROC the Ride route you choose, you will be sure to have a wonderful ride while helping your friends and neighbors who live with the challenges of MS. Register today!

The ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike mechanics, full meals and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line, and then enjoy a wonderful afternoon celebration with great food, music, adult beverages, messages, and fun! Bike MS will take you further than you’ve ever gone before. It’s not the miles that matter — it’s the unforgettable journey. Join us for an event that’s more than a ride — it’s anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that you’re changing lives…making every mile that much sweeter.

Registration Fee: $25,
Fundraising Minimum: $250,
Route Options: 100 miles, 62 miles, 45 miles, 30 miles, and 15 mile tour,
Age Minimum: 12,
Event Manager: Katie Wells
Phone: 518-464-0850,
Tour of ROC organizer: Scott Wagner
Phone: 585-880-7643