Community Notes

Find out all about Recycling in our neighborhood here.

From local media:

  • The Show on Monroe highlights eclectic offerings “When artist Rebecca Lomuto’s friends from Brooklyn visit and check out the space at the Genesee Center for the Arts on Monroe Avenue, they can’t hide their jealousy. “They just come in and say ‘this is such a goldmine,’ ” said Lomuto, a Long Island native and artist-in-residence at the center’s Printing and Book Arts Center. “And the access to the community you have here, you see so many faces, people my age, older and children … you know, sometimes during the worst of winter, this place is really this area’s saving grace for me.” ” (May 30, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Community Notes:

Emergency Notification System: Register Your Cell Phone

The Director of the 911 Emergency Communications Department, John Merklinger, is encouraging Monroe County residents to register their mobile telephones to receive emergency alerts from the 911 Center.
If you haven’t already, to register your mobile telephone to receive Hyper-Reach notifications, go to and follow the Hyper-Reach registration link. Registration takes only takes a minute and all information is kept confidential. Use the same website to update your address.

The 911 Center uses the “Hyper-Reach” emergency telephone notification system. This technology is made available and maintained by Pittsford-based firm, The Asher Group. “Hyper-Reach” allows the 911 Center to quickly send a recorded message to telephones in specific areas and alert residents to any emergency situations that may require immediate action. The system is designed to deliver more than 5000 calls per hour and has been successfully used on a number of occasions for incidents such as hazardous chemical releases, missing persons and barricaded persons. The “Hyper-Reach” message delivers critical information to residents and provides guidance on what precautions need to be taken by residents during and after the incident.      All hard-wired telephones in Monroe County are automatically listed to receive these alerts, however, there is no central registry of mobile telephones so individuals need to register them in order to receive the alerts. To date, more than 10,000 mobile telephone users have signed up for the service – a small portion of the cellular telephones in use.


Operation Transformation Rochester (OTR)

Overseen by Bureau of Employment Skills Training and Youth Services, an office within the Department of Recreation and Youth Services, Operation Transformation Rochester (OTR) serves city youth and adults by offering five comprehensive programs geared toward education, vocation and employment. These programs work in tandem and are designed to be adaptable to an individual’s skill level, background, and needs. The following is an overview of each program component. More…

Single Stream Recycling Pilot Program

SSrecyclingMany in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood have been notified that they are part of a test group for this new program. If you got the flyer from the city, you’re part of the test. We are trying to find the document that describes all participants.

About the Single Stream Recycling

“Pilot Program The Single Stream Recycling Pilot Program will provide a wheeled cart to some City of Rochester residential recycling customers to determine if the cart benefits our customers and the environment. Customers from around the City have been selected to receive a new wheeled cart in place of recycle boxes. Recyclables are placed in the cart, without sorting, and the container is placed at the curb on the customer’s normal collection day. ” more…  City of Rochester

Behaviro Help LineFiber Optic Internet Service coming to Upper Monroe [Only a few more folks to sign up on the North side of Monroe Avenue (the side that Jeremiah’s Tavern is on] to get service on this part of Upper Monroe Avenue.  Tell Everyone! )  Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to get more speed out of your Internet for your home business, movies, whatever. Greenlight Network has announced that parts of our neighborhood are close to meeting Greenlight’s sign-up goals/approaching the reality of installation.  IF you are interested in faster internet service than either Time Warner or Frontier offer, do go to, learn more and sign up now.  And do talk with neighbors to encourage their following suit.  Whether your street is near the top of their installation list, or further down, Greenlight determines where to install based upon the density of homes that have signed up.

ATTENTION ALL TEEN MOTHERS & FATHERS OR EXPECTING TEEN PARENTS! Teen Parenting Program information. Spring workshops for our pregnant and parenting students will begin on Friday, March 20th. The Pathways to Success Program Wants to HELP you!  Beginning Friday, March 20, 2015 (and each Friday through 6/12/15) Location: 30 Hart Street, 3rd Floor, OACES entrance, (entrance 2) Time: 3:30 pm-5pm  THESE WORKSHOPS ARE FOR TEEN FATHERS AND TEEN MOTHERS Referral Form English | Spanish

Did icicles get you down this winter? Icicles are a sign of heat loss and many times can be reduced by proper insulation and air sealing. Come to a PathStone Home Energy Workshop to find out how a home energy assessment can help you with your home. PathStone is your “Energy Coach”, helping you to sign up for a free or reduced cost energy audit, letting you know how to qualify for income based matching grants, and helping you get low interest energy improvement loans. We’re there to give you non biased advice at every step in the process of increasing your home energy efficiency and comfort. If you are interested in attending a workshop call us at (585) 442-2030 ext. 213 to register.

Got Animal Issues?

Rochester Animal Services (RAS) is a municipal animal care and control agency committed to helping city residents and their animals, promoting appropriate pet care and pet retention, and reducing pet relinquishment to reduce shelter intakes. RAS enforces all New York State laws and City of Rochester ordinances pertaining to animal control. We operate an animal shelter for stray and disowned animals that serves as a pet lost and found site, pet adoption center, and low-income spay neuter clinic.


Animal Services Center
184 Verona Street
Rochester, NY 14608

Free Lead Training The Monroe County Dept of Public Health offers FREE one-day classes to get EPA certified in Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). Please find attached the April-May 2015 course schedule.  The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) went into effect in 2010 and requires that anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 become RRP certified. This includes: residential rental property owners/managers, general contractors, maintenance personnel and trade contractors including: HVAC, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This class is open to the general public (parents, do-it-yourselfers, tenants, etc) interested in working safely with lead paint hazards. Classes are free but space is limited. You must pre-register by calling (866) 850-5280 x109. For more information, please go to or

NeighborWorks Programs available: “Home Improvement Loan Orientation” Every Wednesday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. “Homebuyer Orientation”, First Monday of each month 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.   All programs held at NeighborWorks Rochester, 570 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. Call 325-4170 for more information.

Wide Water Gardens/New Life Presbyterian Church Lot: Parking   The small lot at the north end of Rosedale Street is leased by New Life Presbyterian church, exclusively for their use, the use of their tenants, and the use of Wide Water Gardens.  Parking for neighborhood residents is not available in the lot at any time, and overnight parking is not permitted. We have been asked to pass along notice that due to continual misuse of the lot and disregard of reminders, the church has contracted with a towing company to begin enforcement. Please be considerate and park elsewhere unless you have business at the church or at Wide Water Gardens.  Thanks for your cooperation!

Trees Along Our Streets: Do you have a tree gap?  Many of our neighborhood trees along the street were pruned this past week by the city.  This reminds me, do you have a gap, where a tree perhaps used to be but was never replaced?  The spacing of trees between the street and sidewalk makes it pretty obvious if one is “missing.”  Whether the tree was removed recently, or has been gone since before your time, the only way to have the city replant and keep our neighborhood beautiful is if YOU call in the request. Yes, even if the city removed the tree, and even if it was removed years ago, they need to hear from you.  Call 3-1-1 to request a tree in the public right-of-way.    Now is a great time to call in to get added to the list for replanting.

DigHydrantAdopt-a-Hydrant North Greece, NY has an ‘Adopt-aHydrant’ program for the winter months, where folks “take on the responsibility of any cleaning (of snow or other debris) from around their hydrant.” We may adopt a similar program here in Upper Monroe next winter. In the meantime, while you pine away for the snows to come again, for the safety of all, you can help keep our neighborhood re hydrants free of parked cars. Simply call 911 for those illegally parked cars that could hamper the work of the re department and endanger lives. The City of Rochester takes parking in front of our fire hydrants seriously: the fine for parking less than 15 feet from a hydrant is now $100.

When is trash day?  In the Upper Monroe Avenue Neighborhood, and the City of Rochester, we have one trash day per week.  This keeps our streets free from garbage and noise.  Putting your trash out to the curb only on trash day helps our streets looking nice and keeps litter from blowing off.  Usually, if the Monday is an official holiday (check here for the City of Rochester Environmental Services Guide to be sure) pickup will be one-day later than the usual pickup day.


An amazing winter day on Belmont Street.

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