5/6 – Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep in Upper Monroe – TWO Neighborhood Worksites Need YOU

Saturday | May 6 | 9:00

Meet at the Corner of Monroe and Laburnum or at Wide Water Gardens 

Our Neighborhood Flower Beds along Monroe Avenue need a good Spring Clean-Up to get the season off to a good start.  These beds are maintain by a few dedicated volunteers all season long. They would love your help on May 6.  Meet at the flower bed at Monroe and Laburnum at 9:00.  Bring your own tools and garden gloves if possible.

Our Community Garden, Wide Water Gardens, at the end of Rosedale Street also needs volunteers, to join those with who have rented garden plots this season, for Spring Clean-Up and other projects.  Celebrating its 7th anniversary, Wide Water Gardens is a community treasure for all of us to enjoy.  Meet there at 9:00 to help with this great neighborhood transformation.

Clean Sweep is a City Wide Program.  We invite you to come directly to either of our two sites to join neighbors and lend a hand.  Alternatively, you may head first to Frontier Field at 8:00 if you’d like a Clean Sweep t-shirt, ticket for the 1:35 Red Wings game and a food and drink voucher for the game.  Then come on back to either site.

The Rochester Red Wings is partnering with the City on Saturday May 6th for this year’s Clean Sweep, starting at 8am going to 12pm starting and ending at Frontier Field. Participants will get a ticket for the game later that day at 1:35pm. They’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts. NOTE:  You will have to go to Frontier Field at 8:00 if you want to receive the t-shirt, ball game ticket and food voucher.

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Spike in Package/Mail Theft

Our Crime Prevention Officer Garth Mitchell reports a spike in package/mail thefts in our Goodman Section.  Please see attached bulletin with some tips on preventing these types of larcenies. RPD flier: package flyer

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Unused Bikes taking up space at your place?

R Community Bikes is a grassroots organization that collects and prepares used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester’s most needy children and adults.  With Spring upon us, reclaim some space in your garage or basement and consider donating bikes you no longer use to this great local organization.

See flyer for details: Community Bikes

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Announcing “Fine Free” at Rochester Public Libraries

It’s new:  The Rochester Public Library (Central and City Branches) does not charge late fines on items coded for Children and Teens.  For details ask at the Circulation Desk

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Stretch Your Food Dollars at Curbside Market

For SNAP Benefit Users

Get double the fruits and vegetables for your money when you use your SNAP benefits at Foodlink’s Curbside Market locations.  Wednesdsays, 12 – 12;45, Trillium Health, 259 Monroe Avenue.  Other sites and times available.

See flier: 2016_Double Up Food Bucks_handout_8.5×11

See schedule: 2017 Curbside Market_Spring Schedule_Monroe

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4/26 – Rochester Job Fair & Home Leasing Information

Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced two upcoming events aimed at connecting residents to local employment opportunities.

The City has partnered with Home Leasing and the RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) to host a job fair from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26 at the RIT CUE, 40 Franklin St. The job fair will feature employment opportunities with Home Leasing Construction LLP and its subcontractors in construction trades, management, property maintenance and more. Entry level and apprenticeship positions will also be available in some fields. Many positions will be at Warfield Square, a $17 million development at 1337 East Main Street in the EMMA neighborhood with others at sites throughout the city and adjacent suburbs.

In anticipation of this event, the City’s Operation Transformation Rochester (OTR) team will host an informational session at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 at the Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave. in the Beechwood neighborhood. This session will highlight OTR’s services including application completion, resume writing, interview preparation and employment readiness training to help residents prepare for the job fair. Tony D’Arpino from Home Leasing will be present to answer questions specific to the job fair and available positions.

Both the informational session and job fair are free and open to the public. Interested participants may pre-register (not required) for the April 26 event by calling (585) 475-6199 or sending an email to yjmvpr@rit.edu.

“These two, dynamic events will help our residents connect to local job opportunities,” said Mayor Warren. “We are pleased to partner with Home Leasing and provide a vital link between residents and employers. Partnerships such as these bolster our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens

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3/29 – Redevelopment Potential at 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

Residents’ Input Sought:  Redevelopment Potential at 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

Wednesday, March 29 | 6:00 pm |  Hamilton Tower Meeting Room | 185 Mt. Hope Avenue

News Release:  City Seeks Community Input on Redevelopment Potential for 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

(Friday, March 17, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren invites community members to a public forum seeking community input on the redevelopment potential of a vacant, City-owned site located at 151 Mt. Hope Ave. The 1.8-acre site is located near the east bank of the Genesee River, south of I-490 in the South Wedge neighborhood.

“The future of this site is a critical piece to building on the momentum we’ve had in repositioning and connecting our Mt. Hope Avenue corridor, the Genesee River waterfront and our Center City,” said Mayor Warren. “As we work to transform our city, creating safer more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our children, we are here to listen to what residents and business owners have to say about opportunities in their neighborhood.”

The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 29 in the meeting room of Hamilton Tower, 185 Mt. Hope Ave. The forum will include a brief informational presentation regarding the site, followed by input from the community.

For more information, Contact Bayé Muhammad, Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development at 428-6883.

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4/3 – Public Meeting – Cobbs Hill Village Construction Plans

Monday | April 3 | 7:00 PM | New Life Presbyterian Church, Monroe Avenue at Rosedale

Learn about Rochester Management Inc. plans for

Cobbs Hill Village on Norris Drive.

Provide informed concerns or support.

Rochester Management Inc. currently plans to demolish the existing brick one-story buildings that comprise Cobbs Hill Village within Cobbs Hill Park and:

  • Construct two three-story and three two-story buildings in their place.
  • Increase the number of units on the site from 60 to 98.
  • Create a number of fully handicapped accessible apartments.
  • Continue construction on the site from August 2017 through completion in 2021.
  • Remove some large trees on the current site.

 

The plan would result in approximately 10 studios, 60 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom apartments, and 18 two-bedroom town houses.

Our concerns include:

  • Rents will rise from the current average of $414 a month to an initial estimated cost ranging from $657 per month for studios to $1,000+ per month for town houses (plus electricity), diminishing Rochester’s stock of low-income housing.
  • The buildings will be a much more visible presence within Cobbs Hill Park.
  • New construction will require extending the date when this property reverts to the city (and can possibly again become park) well beyond 2041.
  • Increased traffic on Norris Drive, which is heavily used by children & youth.
  • Sturdy buildings that appear to have years of service remaining will be lost, diminishing the stock of Rochester’s low-income senior housing.

 

Neighbors, Park Users, Rochester Residents invited.

Sponsored by The Coalition for Cobbs Hill Park

For further information contact: savecobbshill@gmail.com

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NO April UMNA Meeting

Next Monthly Meeting Tuesday, May 2 | 7:00 | New Life Presbyterian Church

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Summer Employment Opportunity

Continuing: Summer Employment Opportunity for Youth ages 14 – 20 Must apply by March 24

Don’t let these jobs go unfilled!  Call 428-6366 or visit www.summeryouthemployment.org

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