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November 1, 2018 - 11:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Halloween, batavia, news.

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A bit of rain didn't stop 2-year-old Braxton going out trick-or-treating for the first time with his father Russell Schmidt, of Batavia.

Below are photos from Washington Avenue, Ellicott Avenue, Summit Street, and City Church's Halloween party at St. Anthony's.

The second picture is Officer Kevin DeFelice right after he ran out of candy for the kids on Ellicott. DeFelice said BJ's donated candy and he had 20 pounds to give out. He gave two pieces to each child and ran out in two hours.

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October 31, 2018 - 7:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, batavia, crime, news.

A group of youths was reportedly smashing pumpkins and yelling at people before possibly entering a blue house near the intersection of East Avenue and Vine Street in the city. Batavia police are responding.

October 29, 2018 - 1:22pm

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Batavia's Original Pizzeria hosted fun and games yesterday afternoon following the Halloween Parade in Batavia. Several children along with parents, grandparents started walking from Dan's Tire and Auto down side streets in the cool wet weather to the pizzeria.

In addition to Batavia's Original, the event was sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Batavia and Roanoke Apple Farms.

A costume contest was judged by City Church members and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley. Music was entertained by DJ Tom Mazerbo. There were various prizes for the costume contest along with pizza and cider.

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October 29, 2018 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, halloween safety tips, news, trick or treat.

Press release from the City of Batavia Police Department:

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, only. Below are some safety tips for the big night.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

  • If you plan on going door to door, make sure you are properly supervised by a parent or responsible adult;
  • Do not go to homes where the porch lights are off;
  • Use a flashlight to let drivers see you, and see where you are going;
  • To avoid tripping or injury don't wear costumes that are loose fitting and too long;
  • Don't wear masks that obscure your vision; makeup is a good alternative to masks;
  • Wear reflective, bright colors to be seen by drivers after dark;
  • Walk on the sidewalks, or as near to the curb as possible if there are no sidewalks;
  • Observe safety rules when crossing or walking on the streets, and stay clear of traffic;
  • Parents should inspect any treats before you eat them!
  • The Batavia Police Department highly recommends as an alternative to going door to door, attending one of the Halloween events sponsored by local businesses;
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant;
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood;
  • Give and accept wrapped or packed candy only;
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay;
  • Have children stay within their neighborhood; only visit homes you know;
  • All trick or treating shall be completed by 9 p.m.
October 16, 2018 - 12:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, batavia, Halloween, STOP-DWI Crackdown, news.

Press release:

In conjunction with Halloween festivities, local law enforcement will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving from Oct. 30 until Nov. 4.*

Genesee County STOP-DWI coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in the crackdown.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives.

New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. 

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol- and drug-related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.  

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home: www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

*Editor's Note: The dates have been corrected. The original press release contained the wrong dates. The above information is correct.

November 1, 2017 - 11:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Halloween, corfu, news.

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The Corfu Fire Department and Village of Corfu hosted a community Halloween party in the warmth of the Fire Hall last night.

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November 1, 2017 - 9:34am
posted by Steve Ognibene in Halloween, batavia, news.

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Various photos taken around Batavia while trick-or-treaters enjoyed this cloudy but cool evening after a full day of rainy weather. Pictured above is Otis Street. Below, more photos from around the city.

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Naramore Drive 

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Union Street 

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Bennett Heights

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Ellicott Avenue

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East Avenue

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North Street

October 31, 2017 - 6:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Halloween, batavia, news.

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From Oliver's Candies

(Please Note: We're closing submissions for the day. This is it.)

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Jayden Burns, 10 months old 

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Hendrix the octopus, 1 year old

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Staff at New York School for the Blind

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Nick Grasso, Tompkins Insurance, as "Rocket Man."

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Wilmont Cancer Center

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Stan's Harley Davidson

October 30, 2017 - 10:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, Halloween.

Press release:

The City of Batavia will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 only. Trick-or-treating activities will take place from 5 to 9 p.m.

Drivers and walkers are asked to be especially cautious during this time. Have fun and be safe.

October 28, 2017 - 8:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Halloween, YMCA, batavia, news.

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October 25, 2017 - 2:29pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Beggar’s Night at Premier Genesee

Friday Oct. 27 2017

Premier Genesee • 278 Bank St, Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 344-0584

Residents will be passing out candy throughout the facility starting at 7pm until all the candy is gone!

Please come in with your kids, pets & friends.

September 25, 2017 - 10:13am
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Halloween, news, Announcements.

Corfu Fire Department is hosting a Halloween Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. 

The fire hall is located at 116. E. Main St. in Corfu.

Tim Hortons is donating hot cocoa, coffee, donuts and cookies.

There will also be a live Dj, games and door prizes for the kids.

September 6, 2017 - 6:16pm

Press release:

Join us for some spooky fun on Saturday, Oct. 21st, when the Batavia Cemetery Association will host a candlelight guided ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia.

The tours will feature the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia. The guided tour will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia, who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both.

  • Philemon Tracy, one of the few Confederate officers buried in the north;
  • Ruth the unknown victim of a horrendous murder;
  • Joseph Ellicott, a man of great power and great flaws; and
  • William Morgan, the man who disappeared and was allegedly murdered before he could reveal the secrets of the Masons, are some of the ghosts who will tell their stories on the tour;
  • Also visiting will be Rev. John H. Yates, poet, preacher, philanthropist, journalist and author of nationally known hymns;
  • Civil War veteran General John H. Martindale, who was Military Governor of the District of Columbia in 1865;
  • Dean and Mary Richmond, who greatly influenced civic life in Batavia in the 1800s, will meet with guests in their mausoleum on the last stop of the tour. Dean Richmond made a great fortune in Great Lakes shipping and was the second president of the New York Central Railroad. Mary Richmond vastly expanded her husband’s fortune after his death and sat on the boards of many businesses and civic organizations.

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Some tickets may be available at the gate the evening of the event at Historic Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue, Batavia. Proceeds benefit the upkeep and restoration of the cemetery.

For more information, or to make reservations, contact 343-3220.

November 1, 2016 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Redfield Parkway, batavia, news, Halloween.

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November 1, 2016 - 10:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in east pembroke, news, Halloween.

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Trick-or-treaters in East Pembroke last night could go house-to-house, but there were also adults in costumes who parked their cars, opened their trunks full of candy, and the kids could "trunk-and-treat" along the row of cars as well. About a block of away, the East Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department provided candy and served cider and donuts.

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November 1, 2016 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, news, Halloween.

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Photos submitted by Rob Radley.

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November 1, 2016 - 9:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Imagination Station, Halloween, batavia, news.

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The parents, children and teachers at Imagination Station celebrated Halloween together yesterday afternoon.

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October 31, 2016 - 2:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, steve hawley, news.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) said the safety and well-being of trick-or-treaters must not be overlooked this Halloween, as many youngsters will be out in high volume, even after sunset. 

“Halloween is a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to show off their creativity, celebrate their favorite monsters, superheroes and celebrities, and enjoy all types of tasty treats; however, safety must come first,” Hawley said. “A little precaution goes a long way when there are so many young people out. Candy and costumes are important, but ensuring every child makes it home safely is the priority.”

Hawley offered some safety recommendations. He said flashlights for trick-or-treaters out after dusk will help them see and be seen as they move from home to home. Young children should be supervised by an adult, he said, while those old enough to go out without a parent should stay in groups. Parents should make sure their children know never to enter the home of a stranger and should set up a specific time they expect to hear from them.

Costumes should not restrict the vision of those seeking treats and if they are made of dark material, reflectors will help ensure drivers can see them crossing the street. And, for those who will be handing out candy this Halloween, be sure there is a clear walking path to your front door so revelers don’t trip over any lawn decorations.

“Fall fun is at its pinnacle during Halloween thanks to great parties, candy and the company of our friends and family. Please join me in making sure this Halloween is safe and enjoyable for everyone participating,” Hawley added.

October 29, 2016 - 8:43am

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Jackson Primary held its Fall Carnival Friday evening. Students from the school went on a scavanger hunt, ate pizza and drank apple cider. Prizes and candy were given for playing games such as Launch the Frog, Tip a Troll and candy corn bowling. There were also other fun activities like "Tape the Principal to the Wall," pictured below. 

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