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July 30, 2015 - 8:00am
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, GLOW Corporate Cup.

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More than 40 local businesses and 670 runners and walkers are already registered for the GLOW Corporate Cup on Aug. 6.

This year the Merrill Lynch team in Batavia, the premiere sponsor of the event, has been working hard to increase sponsorship and the number of runners. Joshua Dent, vice president and planning committee member, expects at least 100 more runners will sign up before the race. Businesses can form teams and register online for the race until the day of the Corporate Cup.

Runners will take their mark at 6 p.m. at Centennial Park to compete in the 5K race. The team with the lowest combined time will be awarded the GLOW Corporate Cup. First Niagara Bank's team won last year.

All the proceeds from the race go directly to GLOW YMCA, which serves the communities of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Last year, the Glow Corporate Cup raised $18,000 for the GLOW YMCA. The Merrill Lynch team hopes to exceed that amount this year.

"The GLOW YMCA was a natural fit to give back to because they provide fitness and health programs to the communities that we work and live in," Dent said.

The AfterGLOW, the county's largest office party, will immediately follow the race. To support runners, local businesses are invited to set up tents in the park and bring food to celebrate. The after-party is a social event where employees can mingle with other companies and enjoy music from a local band.

John Riter, senior financial advisor, first came up with the idea of hosting a Corporate Cup after attending the Corporate Challenge in Buffalo. Riter said he thought it would be a great way to build the community and introduced his vision to the team. The team has been working to plan and host the event ever since.

In the future, the team would like to encourage more local businesses from surrounding counties to participate in the Glow Corporate Cup. 

"The primary geographic location of the businesses participating right now is Genesee County," Dent said. "We really want to make it a regional event and we are working hard to promote it to surrounding counties."

Photo: Joshua Dent on Ellicott Avenue, at the point of the finish line for the GLOW Corporate Cup with the Cup. John Riter and Steve Tufts, co-organizers, were unavailable for a photo today. Photo by Howard Owens.

July 29, 2015 - 5:34pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, Oakfield.

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In addition to the dozens of women's shoes in Oakfield, shoes are nailed to utility poles on sections of Galloway Road and North Pembroke Road in Batavia. Much like the residents on Hutton Road, the Batavia residents said they have no idea where the shoes came from or what they mean. Whoever is responsible must have nailed all the shoes up around the same time because neighbors said they started noticing them about three weeks ago, too. I also found a sneaker and a slipper in Batavia that matched the ones in Oakfield.

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July 29, 2015 - 5:30pm
posted by Traci Turner in crime, byron, Grand Jury.

A Rochester man pled not guilty during his arraignment in Genesee County Court today.

Victor J. Grimes, 25, of Rochester, was indicted by the Grand Jury for burglary in the second degree, a Class C violent felony.

Grimes allegedly entered a dwelling on Cockram Road in the Town of Byron with the intent to commit a crime on May 28, 2013.

His attorney Lisa Kroemer requested that he be released under supervision instead of being held on bail.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman objected to Kroemer's request.

"Grimes' criminal record is long for his young age," Friedman said. "He has criminal contempt charges, false impersonation charges and he has a prior felony conviction. He also failed to appear in court five times."

Kroemer stated the felony conviction was incorrect and Grimes had no recollection of serving a year in jail for the conviction.

Judge Robert C. Noonan called for a recess to confirm the felony conviction with Monroe County Court.

Court officials did confirm Grimes was convicted of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a Class E felony, in August 2012. However, the Monroe County Court documents were incorrect and he was sentenced to four weekends in jail instead of one year.

Due to the prior felony conviction, Judge Noonan stated he would have to modify the bail status.

Kroemer asked Judge Noonan to set a reasonable bail because Grimes works full time in Rochester and supports his children. 

Friedman stated Grimes faces an indeterminate sentence of up to 15 years in state prison and requested bail be set according to the seriousness of the crime.

Judge Noonan ordered Grimes to be held on $7,500 bail. Oral arguments are set for Oct. 1.

July 29, 2015 - 3:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in spray park, austin park, batavia.

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Colin Hart, all of 1-and-a-half years old, experienced the Spray Park in Austin Park on this hot day for the first time. He was a little unsure of the whole splashing water thing. He was with mom Jill.

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July 29, 2015 - 2:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in IAFF Local 896, batavia, Habitat for Humanity, City Fire.

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Today, off duty city firefighters, members of Local 896, are volunteering their time to help work on the Habitat for Humanity house on Oak Street.

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July 29, 2015 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, east pembroke, accidents.

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A tractor-trailer's load of cargo became detached from the cab and is blocking the roadway and leaking hydraulic fluid at the Cargill plant, located at 8849 Wortendyke Road, Batavia. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: A heavy wrecker is being called in to remove the vehicle.

UPDATE: There were no citations issued. The trailer came loose as a result of a mechanical failure, according to what we were told at the scene. A State Police commercial truck enforcement officer inspected and found no violations.

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July 29, 2015 - 12:49pm
posted by Traci Turner in crime, Darien, east bethany, batavia.

Robert B. Hansen III, 52, of Colby Road, Darien, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Hansen is accused of making debit card purchases and cash withdrawals totaling $17,753 drawn on his mother's checking account.The purchases and cash withdrawals were made in 2013 between February and November. The alleged purchases were not made for the benefit of his mother who is living in a Medina nursing home.

Matthew M. Maniace, 32, of Fargo Road, East Bethany, is charged with: aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle; DWAI drugs; criminal contempt, 1st; criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th; harassment, 2nd; endangering the welfare of a child; and unlawful imprisonment. The charges result from an investigation into an alleged domestic incident by Batavia Police. Maniace is accused of driving a motor vehicle in the City of Batavia while under the influence of drugs with a 5-year-old child in the vehicle. He was put in Genesee County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Richard G. Hafford, 37, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, following a reported physical altercation that happened on Maple Street. Hafford was put in Genesee County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Bobby L. Mobley, 30, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 3rd, and menacing, 2nd, following an alleged disturbance that occurred on Hutchins Street on July 10. 

Kristine M. Smart, 39, of Dellinger Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Smart allegedly stole $135 worth of merchandise from Kohl's Department Store in Batavia.

July 29, 2015 - 11:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in chris collins, business.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing the Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act, which will reduce excessive regulations hurting small businesses.

“Small business is the economic engine that drives our economy,” Congressman Collins said. “To unleash the good-paying job opportunities and economic benefits small businesses provide for Western New York, we need to reduce burdensome regulations. This common-sense legislation eliminates duplicative regulations, while incentivizing agencies to eliminate rules that hurt small businesses.”

This legislation is the companion bill to S. 846, which was originally introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).

“Small business is the engine of the American economy, and it is clear that the burden current regulations are placing on business owners is disadvantaging new innovations,” Senator Kirk said. “The Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act will help correct this problem for small businesses across the country so that they can focus on product creation instead of compliance.”

The Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act of 2015 aims to address the lack of accountability federal agencies face under current law. Federal agencies currently must review rules that have a significant economic impact on small businesses, but there is no current enforcement mechanism to ensure that. This legislation works to correct that by:

·         Adding several critical factors that agencies must consider when promulgating a rule, including the complexity of the rule, complaints from small businesses, Small Business Administration comments, and the continued need for the rule.

·         Implementing an enforcement mechanism: if an agency does not properly perform the required reviews as determined by the agency’s Inspector General, the agency would face a 1-percent cut in funds appropriated for the agency’s salaries.

·         Introducing an automatic sunset provision for new covered rules. Seven years after a final rule is published, it will automatically expire, unless an agency takes action to renew the rule through the existing rule-making process.

July 29, 2015 - 10:57am
posted by Traci Turner in Le Roy, business.

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Le Roy salon owner expanded her one-woman hair salon into a full-service salon to meet the demands of her growing business.

Nanette Chiulli, owner of Nanette's Hair & Now, had always dreamed of owning a hair salon and made her dream a reality when she opened her small salon on Mill Street in Le Roy in March 2013. In less than two years, Chiulli's business became a success and she was looking to move into a larger location so she could offer her clients more services.

Chiulli didn't think she would find a location for her hair salon in Le Roy until Amy Whitmore-McClellan, former owner of Hot Heads Salon, asked if she would be interested in taking over the salon six months ago. After some thought, she decided to take Whitmore-McClellan on her offer and started the process. 

With the help of family and friends, Chiulli moved to 25 W. Main St. in Le Roy and remodeled the salon to fit her style. Her stepfather, Paul Walton, built the styling stations and her brother-in-law, Tom Sherman, built a coloring table. For a finishing touch, her favorite quote from C.S. Lewis hangs on the wall "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

"My goal is to have a professional fun environment," Chiulli said. "I want my clients to feel comfortable. They love the bright lighting and the openness of the salon." 

In addition to offering hair styling and coloring treatments, she now has room to offer nail and waxing services. Chiulli also asked Whitmore-McClellan and her assistant Kelley Brackett to continue working at the salon. The salon has been open at the new location for about three weeks now.

Keeping up with the latest hair styles and coloring techniques is important to her. She takes styling classes regularly at Goldwell, a salon products distributor and education center, in Rochester. She also took a DevaCurl class in New York City to learn different techniques on how to cut and style curly hair.

"I like making clients feel good and giving them a change," Chiulli said. "It never gets old when I get a message from a client saying they love their hair."

Chiulli has been working as a stylist for 25 years. Before owning her hair salon, she worked at variety of salons including Shear Ego Salon and Spa in Rochester and Personal Preference Salon and Spa in Le Roy. In addition to her local clientele, she gets clients from Rochester and Geneseo, where she currently lives. She plans on continuing to grow her business in Le Roy because it's a central location for her clients.

In the future, Chiulli hopes to turn one of the salon's back rooms into a spa and offer massages.

July 29, 2015 - 5:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

A caller reports that there is something vibrating her apartment building. She cannot find the source.

A police officer is dispatched.

July 28, 2015 - 4:00pm
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July 28, 2015 - 3:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in salvation army backpack program.

The Salvation Army's Backpack Program is coming to a community near you to distribute free backbacks and school supplies on a first-come first-serve basis. You must provide proof of address, proof of income, a supply list from your school, and picture ID.

Only parents, guardians or an adult can pick up items. If a parent or guardian cannot attend the distribution event, a flier from the Salvation Army must be completely filled out and presented. To get one, call 343-6284 or stop by the Salvation Army headquarters at 529 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia, or e-mail:  [email protected]

Distribution events will be held as follows:

Aug. 17  --  10 a.m. to noon:

  • Batavia Central School District and Safety Fair, at The Salvation Army headquarters, 529 E. Main St., Batavia

Aug. 18  --  9 a.m. to noon

  • For Le Roy, Pavilion and Stafford school districts, on the front lawn of Wolcott Street School

Aug. 18  --  1 to 3 p.m.

  • For Corfu, Pembroke, Alexander and Darien school districts, on the front lawn of St. Maxillian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main St., Corfu

Aug. 19  --  9 a.m. to noon

  • For Elba, Byron-Bergen, Oakfield-Alabama school districts, in Elba Park
July 28, 2015 - 3:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Union Avenue, batavia, infrastructure.

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City crews are just finishing up water main repair work on Union Street. The leak location was just yards from a leak that occurred during the winter.

Water service was restored to the area about 2 p.m.

Union Avenue should reopen shortly.

July 28, 2015 - 11:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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July 28, 2015 - 11:43am
posted by Traci Turner in crime, Darien, Bethany.

Steven N. Zink, 24, of Tinkham Road, Darien, is charged with aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or greater, DWI, resisting arrest, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and operating an unregistered ATV. Zink is accused of operating an unregistered ATV while in an intoxicated condition. When Deputy Joseph Corona attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop on Warner Road in Darien, he allegedly fled. After a foot pursuit, he was taken into custody and put in the Genesee County Jail on $1,500 bail.

Martin E. Slaymaker, 41, of Bethany Center Road, Bethany, is charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, 2nd. Slaymaker allegedly tattooed a child under the age of 18 years old. 

Three subjects from Ontario, Canada are charged with trespassing. Ryan N. Purcell, 19, of Baden, Jesse M. Fitzsimmons, 18, of Waterloo, and Spencer R. Story, 22, of Ajax, are accused of trespassing inside of Darien Lake Theme Park after hours early this morning.

July 28, 2015 - 10:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.

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The first race of the 69th season at Batavia Downs turned into a coast-to-coast cruise by the #3 horse, Lima Playtime, with a career-best time of 2:00.4. Lima was driven by Rick Zeron and paid $4.20.

It should be both a fun and exciting racing season at the Downs, said Marketing Director Ryan Hasenauer. There are special promotions throughout the season, but the remodoled gaming floor is also bringing in bigger crowds, which generates more revenue, which translates into bigger purses for harness racing. The bigger payouts will draw even higher quality horses to the track.

"Better horses make for better races and better wagering, and bigger pools means bigger winners," Hasenauer said.

The track is in great shape, Hasenauer said, which also helps draw drivers and trainers throughout the season.

"We already have a great reputation among trainers and owners as one of the best-manicured tracks in the industry," Hasenauer said.

Promotional highlights this season include Craft Beer Fridays, running into August, and Sunday wine tastings, and starting in August, Dollar Days, with dollar drafts and dollar hot dogs.

"People really like getting a good dollar hot dog or a cold draft beer at a decent price," Hasenauer said.

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July 28, 2015 - 10:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, batavia.

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Spike is missing.

The tortoise belongs to a local family who's owned him for 16 years. He escaped from their yard around 2 p.m., Friday. A neighbor on Summit Street, trying to be helpful, thought Spike was a turtle and took him to the Tonawanda Creek behind the courthouse and released him. It's possible two kids who were there fishing took him home.

Family friend Mike Hilchey is fielding tips on Spike's whereabouts. He can be reached at (585) 344-0931.

July 28, 2015 - 6:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in infrastructure, batavia.

Press release:

There is a water main break on Union Street in front of Notre Dame High School, and a Water Department crew has responded to begin repairs. Water service on Union Street will be affected in this area, and water discoloration may be noticed in the surrounding areas. Union Street will be closed to traffic between Richmond Avenue and Soccio Street until repairs are complete.

July 27, 2015 - 7:06pm
posted by Traci Turner in crime, bergen.

Bergen resident Shane P. Buyck, 26, was sentenced today by Judge Robert C. Noonan to three-and-a-half years to seven years in state prison. Buyck pled guilty to third-degree burglary earlier this month. He is a second felony offender.

Buyck burglarized a residence on North Road in Bergen on May 25. After the homeowner found Buyck in the house, he fled on foot leaving his car in the driveway. Deputies located Buyck lying in thick brush in a wooded area near the house.

The homeowner filed an order of protection against him.

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