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June 5, 2020 - 12:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Chalk-Out, news, downtown batavia, social justice.

UPDATE 11:32 a.m., Sunday, June 7: Organizer Ken Morrocco says "due to unforeseen circumstances" the "Batavia Chalk-Out" planned for this afternoon from 2 to 4 has been postponed until next Sunday, June 14.

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A trio of organizers is planning an event Sunday afternoon, June 7, in Downtown Batavia. Lindsay Wrobel, Verneda Peete and Ken Marrocco, are holding the "Batavia Chalk-Out" from 2 to 4 p.m.

It is not affiliated whatsoever with the protest "March for Justice," which is planned roughly from 8 a.m. to noon the same day.

"We believe (the Chalk-Out) has the potential to be an important moment for the community," Wrobel wrote in an email to The Batavian.

It starts at the International Honorary Peace Garden at Batavia, located at 111 Main St. next to the Holland Land Office Museum. It is expected fan out down Main Street from there.

Here's a statement from the organizers:

"The event will allow people to express their feelings of support surrounding recent events relating to police brutality via chalk art while maintaining social distance. We hope to spark conversations among friends and families and to demonstrate that the black community has allies everywhere, including in small towns like ours.

"We ask that people wear masks to the event, and suggest bringing signs and chairs depending on how long individuals plan to stay. Chalk will be provided, but we also encourage people to bring their own."

"We're excited to see what our community can create, and hopeful that you'll find our event interesting."

June 4, 2020 - 3:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in March for Justice, news, notify, downtown batavia, George Floyd.

Organizers behind a planned protest in Downtown Batavia on Sunday, June 7th, have distributed posters announcing the "March for Justice" which starts with a gathering in front of Batavia City Hall at 8 a.m.

From that location at 1 Batavia City Centre, the plan is to march PEACEFULLY -- which is in all caps in the black, white and red poster -- starting at 11 a.m. to the City of Batavia Police Headquarters, located a short block away at 10 W. Main St.

#SOLIDARITY

#PEACEFULEQUILITY

#STANDWITHUS

Plans for the March here came together after plans for a free BBQ at Williams Park on Pearl Street -- the "BBQ for Equality" -- were nixed by city officials Tuesday. They said that the state would need to OK the event and City Council would need to approve it, too.

Earlier this week City Police Chief Shawn Heubusch expressed concern about outside agitators coming to Batavia to cause trouble if there was a protest Downtown.

Some Downtown business owners say they are apprehensive about the protest because of rioting, looting and brutalities they've seen on media and social media during similar events in cities large and small nationwide. A couple of them even say they plan to board up their storefronts.

The Batavia Post Office, at 2 W. Main St. next door to the police station, isn't taking any chances if things go awry. This afternoon they put up a sign on their front door telling people their lobby will be closed at 5 p.m. on Saturday and won't reopen until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 8.

"We're closing the lobby during those hours out of an abundance of caution," said Karen Mazurkiewicz, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, Western New York. "We apologize for the inconvenience. We just want to be sure the building is kept safe and sound."

The murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis May 25 ignited the latest protests against racial inequality, police brutality, and social injustice in America.

December 13, 2019 - 5:03pm

Submitted photo and press release:

With the YMCA fundraising underway, Tompkins Bank of Castile and Tompkins Insurance generously donated $150,000 to the Healthy Living Campus Capital Campaign in a check ceremony Thursday (Dec. 12).

Their gift is in celebration of their 150th Anniversary serving the community. The YMCA wishes continued success for Tompkins Bank of Castile and Tompkins Insurance as both of our organizations work together to provide opportunities for the Genesee County area.

The Healthy Living Campus will be transformational for Downtown Batavia and benefit community residents as the new facility will have:

• Accessibility for the handicap;

• State of the art indoor playground;

• Splash pad;

• Teaching kitchen;

• Indoor track;

• Preschool wing;

• Pickup and drop-off for kids;

• Larger gym;

• New programs with the United Memorial Medical Hospital including working with physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, survivor programing to name a few.

 

Tompkins, one of the largest employers in the City of Batavia, pledged the money this spring.

“This project will be transformational for downtown Batavia and benefit thousands of community residents for many years to come,” said John McKenna, president and CEO of Tompkins Bank of Castile, in March.

“We’re excited to play a pivotal role in a project that is going to bring such positive change to the community,” David Boyce, president and CEO of Tompkins Insurance, added at that time.

The donation will support a $22.5 million land redevelopment project that includes the current YMCA and United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) Cary Hall on Main Street in Batavia. The initiative will have a substantial impact on Main Street, which is home to the headquarters of Tompkins Bank of Castile and Tompkins Insurance Agencies.

This community initiative is expected to boost the regional economy by about $60 million over the course of its first decade, including jobs at the new campus and during construction, according to the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Top photo, from left: John McKenna, president and CEO of Tompkins Bank of Castile; Rob Walker, GLOW YMCA chief executive officer; and David Boyce, president and CEO of Tompkins Insurance.

May 31, 2018 - 3:00pm


Downtown Batavia Public Market Opens on Friday, June 8th!

The Public Market located at Bank Street and Alva Place parking lot will welcome back more than 20 vendors again this summer and fall, along with some brand-new vendors. Market hours will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s market will host a special Kids Day on Aug 10th.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Downtown Batavia Public Market please contact Mike Bakos at [email protected] or 716.866.4958. Follow “Genesee Country Farmer’s Market” on Facebook for updates on produce and specialty items available.

June 6, 2017 - 12:00pm


Any nonprofit or service agency that would like to host a night and set up to sell drinks or snacks can contact Beth Kemp, executive director at the BID. Any business interested in sponsoring a night/band in the Square can also contact Kemp at 344-0900 or via email at [email protected]

December 3, 2016 - 10:03am

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Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Downtown Batavia on Friday night for the Christmas parade that was the highlight of a successful Christmas in the City for 2016.

Many businesses opened their doors for activities and food to celebrate the annual event.

To view photos and purchase prints click here:  steveognibenephotography.com

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One of the many floats in the annual parade.

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Bradley Winslow, local musician.

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10-year-old Ryan Cox getting his face painted sponsored by T-Shirts Etc.

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Batavia Concert Band

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Students and staff from Batavia City School District singing carols at the Holland Land Office Museum.

May 25, 2016 - 12:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, downtown batavia.

Batavia is competing with other municipalities for $10 million to revitalize Downtown.

"Bet on Batavia" -- a Downtown Revitalization Initiative Community Forum -- and the premiere of a community video will be the focus of panel at the Generation Center, 15 Center St., Batavia, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6.

Come hear what it's all about from these panelists:

  • Jason Molino, city manager
  • Jay Gsell, county manager
  • Julie Pacatte, Batavia Development Corp. director
  • Steve Hyde, president/CEO of the GC Economic Development Center

City Councilman Adam Tabelski will serve a moderator.

All community residents are invited to come and learn about Batavia's efforts to win $10 million for downtown revitalization projects.

April 19, 2016 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in BID, news, downtown batavia, business.

Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to highlight its accomplishments for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at its 17th Annual Luncheon & Awards from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd at the City Church Generation Center, 15 Center St., Batavia.

Please join us to meet and hear from Laurie Oltramari, the new executive director of the BID, who holds a master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University at Buffalo and previously worked as the BID assistant director for the three years.

In attendance will also be representatives from the offices of Congressman Chris Collins, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley as well as Genesee County legislators and Batavia City councilpersons. The newly elected board members for 2016-2017 will be announced by Freed Maxick, CPAs. A buffet will be served by Downtown restaurant, T.F. Brown’s.

This year’s guest speaker will be Felipe Oltramari, director of the Genesee County Planning Department, presenting on “The Value of Downtown and Secrets of Urban Design.” Oltramari was the leading voice in introducing Genesee County to the concept of “Beer-Oriented Development (BOD),” which spurred the interest and growth of breweries seeking to come to Downtown. He is also credited with educating municipalities in Genesee County on the idea of form-based codes which is a less restrictive and more intuitive land development regulation that fosters predictable building results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses/zoning types) as the organizing principle for the code.

This year’s recipients of the Batavia Business Improvement District awards includes Java Farm Supply, T-Shirts Etc., and Kristen Merriam. 

Java Farm Supply (45 Center St.)  -- Spirit of Downtown Business Award 

Java Farm Supply first opened its doors in 1951 in the basement of a small tire shop. Its founder, William Bookmiller, wanted to offer customized solutions to help local farmers by providing innovative products, many of which were manufactured right here in Batavia.  

Today, Java Farm Supply remains focused on the same purpose and has expanded its scope to include application, dairy, fruit, turf care and row-crop equipment. Its new location in Batavia compliments an expanded product offering and helps its dedicated associates and mobilized fleets deliver these solutions all over Western New York and beyond.  

Java Farm Supply and its associates are proud members of the community, supporting and participating in many local events and organizations. "We are honored to serve the community that has so graciously welcomed us."  

T-Shirts Etc, Inc., (35-37 Center S.) -- Spirit of Downtown Business Award

T-Shirts Etc. is a family owned and operated local screen-printing company that was established in 1997 and began its operation in the Industrial Building on Harvester Avenue, right here in Batavia. After several moves to accommodate the growing industry, T-Shirts Etc. made its way to Downtown Batavia in January of 2012 and became a permanent resident of Downtown after purchasing the building at 35-37 Center St. in 2015.

T-Shirts Etc. provides quality screen printing, embroidery, artwork and logo design, banners, promotional products and decals. They currently serve more than 2,000 customers within the Genesee County area as well as several customers in other counties and out of state. 

As the company hits its 19th year in business, T-Shirts Etc. currently employs five full-time people and is proud to contribute to several local charities and organizations in our community. 

T-Shirts Etc. is a proud member of the Batavia Business Improvement District, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Genesee County Business Education Alliance, and the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Kristen Merriam -- Spirit of Downtown Volunteer Award

Kristen Merriam graduated from Churchville Chili High School in 1999 and then attended Monroe Community College in 2002. She is the proud mother of three children and an avid gardener. Kristen was nominated for the volunteer award because although she does not serve on any committee, she is the first to volunteer to help for any event including promoting events, volunteering at the Batavia Wine Walk, Beertavia, the BID’s Annual Downtown Clean-up, and even staying nearly all day to help with the BID’s largest festival, Summer in the City.

She works at Charles Men’s Shop and although sometimes volunteers only do so in order to promote their business, Kristen works hard and selflessly because she sees the value of helping the community. She has worked behind the scenes for several years. It is likely that board members or committee members do not know the extent of her help. It is with great honor that we bestow the Volunteer Award to Kristen.

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Contact: Laurie Oltramari

E-mail:   [email protected]

Phone:  (585) 344-0900 office                                                                                                                                    

July 14, 2015 - 9:23am
Event Date and Time: 
August 15, 2015 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Summer in the City

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) will once again host the 13th Annual Summer in the City Festival in Downtown Batavia on Saturday, Aug. 15th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Last year, the event brought in more than 5,000 people from all over Western New York with over 200 classic cars. This year is expected to be even bigger and better.

June 19, 2015 - 9:36am
posted by Traci Turner in public market, BID, downtown batavia.

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The Downtown Public Market opened yesterday on Bank Street and Alva Place parking lot. The public market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday through the end of September. The public market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, maple syrup, crafts, flowers and homemade dog treats, and more. Stop by for lunch -- Alston's BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs are also available for sale.

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June 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Support your local farmers at your downtown farmacy in Downtown Batavia!

The Public Market is held on Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday from June 18th - Sept. 24th.

There you'll find fresh baked goods, vegetables, fruit, fresh cut flowers & herbs, dog treats, maple syrup, homemade sausage, jerky & smoked meats, handmade clothing, quilts, wooden toys & planters, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs & BBQ sauces, and much more...

We'll have Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, drawings every week for a free gift basket!
 

SPONSORS: Java Farm Supply, DelPlato & Casey Law Firm
Interested vendors should call 585-344-0900
Market brought to you by: Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District

July 8, 2013 - 2:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in BID, downtown batavia, feet on the street.

Press release:

Starting this Thursday, July 11, and thereafter on the second Thursday of the month for August and September, there will be a "Feet on the Street Sidewalk Sale," sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District's Promotional Committee.

It goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature goods and services from the following participating businesses:

  • Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles
  • Alberty Drugs
  • Amy's Fluffy Friends
  • Artemis Day Spa
  • Blue Pearl Yoga
  • Charles Men's Shop
  • The Enchanted Florist
  • Gamzilla
  • GO ART!
  • Karen's Yarn, Paper, Scissors
  • Marchese Computer Products
  • T-Shirts Etc.
  • Valle Jewelers

For more information, call 344-0900 or visit   downtownbataviany.com

November 5, 2012 - 10:24am

Amy Worthington and Stacy Mullett celebrated the opening of their respective businesses, "Amy's Fluffy Friends" and "Phoenix Creatives," on Saturday.

Pictured are Katie Chapell-Vaught -- proprietor of "Athena's Bakery," which specializes in dog treats that are sold at "Amy's Fluffy Friends" -- Worthington (holding Clifford) and Mullett at the grand opening. It was held at the two businesses' shared space at 238 Ellicott St. in Batavia. 

"Amy's Fluffy Friends" offers grooming services for canines of all sizes, including (but not limited to) baths with massage, premium shampoos and conditioners, brushing, nail trimming, hair removal and sanitary trim, as well as skunk and flea treatment.

Worthington carries a variety of shampoos, including kinds that are designed for dogs with sensitive skin. She is open to customers bringing in their own shampoos if they prefer to do so.

In honor of the opening, she will offer free nail trimming for the first month.

"Phoenix Creatives," meanwhile, features custom printing, art, beaded jewelry, painted glass and secondhand items.

Mullett is offering 50-percent off of custom printing orders and "U-Pick" T-shirt designs for the first month.

Worthington and Mullett were friends and coworkers well before they decided to share business space.

"(Then one day) we said, 'We should go into business together,' " Worthington said. "It was almost like a joke. But then the thought stuck in our heads. It was a good idea."

"Amy's Fluffy Friends" is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (Worthington said she will stay until 5 p.m. if need be) and on Saturdays by appointment only. For more information, call 300-8765.

Hours of operation for "Phoenix Creatives" are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon until 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 298-2045.

December 8, 2010 - 3:55pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in BID, shopping, downtown batavia.

Shoppers have until Dec. 24 to enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree in downtown Batavia.

The Business Improvement District -- better known as the BID -- Promotions Committee started "Shop in the Zone for the Holidays" on Dec. 1. Participating downtown businesses will be handing out shopper's cards to anyone who asks for them. No purchase is necessary.

Shoppers have to visit at least 12 of the 30 participating businesses, and then deposit their tickets at one of the following drop-box locations:

  • Adam Miller's Toys & Bicycle, 8 Center St.
  • Marchese Computer Products, 220 Ellicott St.
  • O'Lacy's Irish Pub, 5 School St.
  • The Daily Grind, 85 Main St.
  • Valle Jewelers, 21 Jackson St.

On Dec. 27, a lucky winner will get $500 to spend at the participating businesses.

BID officials see this as a two-way benefit. Executive Director Don Burkel said that it attracts business in the downtown area while familiarizing people with available services.

"I encourage people to participate," Burkel said. "500 dollars is a fair amount of money, and there are a lot of goods and services (at downtown Batavia businesses) that everyone can use."

Krysia Mager, a member of the BID Promotion Committee, calls this " a chance to get people to shop and dine in downtown for the holiday season."

You can find all of the businesses taking part in "Shop in the Zone for the Holiday Season" at www.downtownbataviany.com.

Again, shoppers must visit at least 12 of them and collect a shopper's card from each one.

For more details, contact Burkel at 344-0900.

July 5, 2010 - 3:45pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:44pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale.

Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:42pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 15, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:40pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 8, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

May 31, 2010 - 4:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, music, downtown batavia.

The 13th annual "Friday Night in the Square" concert series begins June 18 and ends Aug. 27.

The free, public concerts take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jackson Square in Downtown Batavia, located in the alleyway of Jackson or Center streets. Bring your own seating. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. If it's raining, venue changes to Batavia City Centre, inside the mall.

"Friday Night in the Square" is sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District. For information on this or any other downtown event, contact BID Director Don Burkel. Visit on the web at <www.downtownbataviany.com>.

Here's the lineup folks:

  • June 18 -- The Bedrock Boys (polka)
  • June 25 -- Jack Civietto (Sinatra)
  • July 2 -- Ramblers (variety)
  • July 9 -- Ghost Riders (country)
  • July 16 -- Bluesway Jam (blues)
  • July 23 -- Red Creek (rock)
  • July 30 -- Stone Row (Celtic rock)
  • Aug. 6 -- OHMS Band (rock)
  • Aug. 13 -- The Formula (Italian)
  • Aug. 20 -- Phoenix (country)
  • Aug. 27 -- John Cole Blues Band (blues)
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