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June 16, 2016 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia city school district, batavia, education, news.

Information provided by the NYS Education Department.

Batavia City School District was awarded a grant totaling $212,748 from the state Education Department for extended school day and school violence prevention programs.

A total of 83 school districts and nonprofit organizations statewide, out of 450 applicants, received $24 million in grants for these programs, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced Wednesday.

Batavia City School District was the only school district or nonprofit in Genesee County to receive grant money for this purpose.

“It’s a simple proposition – when students are safe and engaged in productive afterschool activities, they’re going to enjoy school more and do better,” Elia said in a press release. “The grants we’re awarding today will go a long way toward protecting and enriching our children.”

Eligible programs provide support to students through extended school day activities and/or school safety programs which promote violence prevention. Extended school day programs will increase student achievement, provide extracurricular enrichment activities, and contribute to school violence prevention. School violence prevention activities include comprehensive school-based intervention models that reduce violence and improve school safety as well as provide funding for safe corridors, diversity programs, collaboration with law enforcement agencies or community-based organizations.

Each application was evaluated and scored by peer reviewers, including experts in expanded learning opportunities; college and university faculty and administrators; professional program evaluators; community educators; community service providers; staff from foundations and charitable organizations, as well as SED staff.

Lucy N. Friedman, president of ExpandED Schools, said, “We believe in the power of an extended day to engage kids in ways that are not always possible in a traditional classroom setting. Without the fear of a grade, students are more open to explore new challenges, like robotics or debate.

"Extended day programming provides kids with more time for enriched learning and social-emotional development. These extra hours also support the working parents because they know their children are in a safe, engaging place and this strengthens communities.”

A full list of grant awards is available at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/ESDSVPR3Awardees.pdf

June 16, 2016 - 2:56pm

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) on Wednesday released the following statement after introducing a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the day the Boy Scouts of America was granted its Federal charter.

“The Boy Scouts of America have played a pivotal role in shaping millions of young lives across our country,” Congressman Collins said. “The values I learned, as a Scout, have formed the foundation of my beliefs and positioned me to succeed throughout my professional career. This resolution officially recognizes one of America’s most influential organizations and I look forward to the Boy Scouts of America continuing their good work.”

On June 15, 1916, the Federal charter of the Boy Scouts of America was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. In the past 100 years, the organization has helped shape the lives of millions of young men. There are more than 2,400,000 youth and 1,000,000 adult volunteers actively involved today in the Boy Scouts of America.

The full resolution, which has 33 original cosponsors, can be read here. The Senate introduced a similar resolution today, which was led by Senator Mike Enzi (WY).

Congressman Collins co-chairs the Scout Caucus in the House of Representatives and is a lifelong member of Boy Scouts, an Assistant Scoutmaster, an Eagle Scout, a member of the Executive Board – Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) and was chairman of the GNFC National Jamboree for 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2013 as well as the World Jamboree for 2007.

June 16, 2016 - 12:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in road work, batavia, news, South Main Street.

Press release from the city's Bureau of Maintenance:

Please be aware that all motorists using South Main Street within the City of Batavia from Oak Street Extension west to the City Line will experience travel delays and road closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21.

Roadwork involving the milling of the pavement will begin on the east end and progress west. Areas of work will be closed to all through traffic. Local traffic will be permitted to and from their residence/ property but should plan accordingly for delays.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

Once milling is complete, the roadway will be prepared for paving and then final paved. An additional media release will be issued with specific dates and times for this work.

Contact the Bureau of Maintenance with any questions at 345-6400, option 1.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

June 16, 2016 - 12:47pm

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, Inc., is looking for additional vendors and crafters for its upcoming Vendor Blender to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Batavia.

Please e-mail Kim for more information at [email protected]

 

Community Action Of Orleans & Genesee

5073 Clinton Street Road

Batavia, NY 14020

June 16, 2016 - 12:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in animal rescue, lost pets, news.

Yesterday morning one of Meghan Tiede's kids accidentally let out one of their indoor cats, "Tiger."

"She is a very special cat to our family and she hasn't returned home. We are all pretty upset and miss her very much," Tiede writes in an e-mail.

Tiger was last seen on June 15th at about 8 a.m. in Seven Springs Country Club on Seven Springs Road in Batavia. The family lives close to Route 5. Attached is a photo of her. I'm hoping someone may have contacted you about a cat that was found.

If you see Tiger, e-mail Tiede at:   [email protected] or call her cell phone at (716) 560-3427.

UPDATED 11 a.m.: Friday, June 24: Meghan just wrote to us, saying: "I just wanted to give you an update about our missing cat Tiger. She was returned to us last night. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out that she was missing. We are so greatful for all your help and for the readers help in finding her. We truly missed her and are very happy she returned home."
Thank you
Meghan

June 16, 2016 - 12:33pm
posted by Zachary Lee in batavia, River Street Bridge, Tonawanda Creek, news.

The River Street Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek, which is owned and maintained by Genesee County, received more than $2 million in federal aid to help develop a plan to rehabillitate the structure.

The total estimated cost to rehab the bridge is $2,155,000, divided between three seperate funds:

  • 80 percent funded by Federal Highway Administration
  • Estimated 15 percent funded by New York State Department of Transportation
  • Estimated 5 percent funded by local share (taxpayers)

At an information meeting at City Hall Wednesday night, County Highway Superintendent Timothy Hens said the project would take between four to six months and will begin next June. Construction will take place in eight-hour shifts beginning at 8 a.m.

The bridge was built in 1975. Senior project engineer Jonathan M. Walczak said one of its fault is that the joints were placed at the bottom of the beams and the saltwater and severe weather of Western New York winters took its toll on the bridge joints. He proposes raising the joints so that it's harder for salt and river water to reach them.

A River Street resident asked about raising the actual roadway of River Street and Walczak replied "It's so flat out here, the geometrics just won't let us raise the bridge." 

The engineer's team is already in contact with National Fuel talking about the eight-inch natural gas main; the gas main will be maintained.

River Street residents debated about how handicapped individuals who live at the Birchwood Village Apartments would get to work without bridge access, since several of them work at Tops Market in Batavia.

"I will try to be in touch with local employers to see if we can get an alternate way of transportation," Walczak replied.

Residents suggested installing a temporary sidewalk and Walczak seems open to such ideas.

He was also asked about the dimensions of the sidewalk, five-feet wide, and bridge railing, 45-inches high, and said both will be kept the same.

River Street resident Nann Zorn wasn't at the meeting but wrote to Highway Superintendent Hens espressing concern about the bridge's months-long closure.

"There are hundreds of pedestrains who use this bridge every day as a main route to their employment and to obtain provisions and necessities for their daily lives," Zorn wrote.

That sparked spirited debate on whether it was possible to keep a temporary path open over creek during bridge reconstruction. The proposed detour would be approximately 1.7 miles long and consist of using West Main Street, Oak Street and Pearl Street instead.

June 16, 2016 - 4:40am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Oakfield, news.

 

(Submitted photos.)

Flames and smoke are reportedly showing from the front of a house at 4 Gibson St. Oakfield Fire Department is responding. It is said to have started in the garage and now involves the house, which has been evacuated.

UPDATE 4:46 a.m.: Chief on scene reports the fire is knocked down; checking for extensions. The location is between Maple and Bennett avenues.

UPDATE 4:54 a.m.: Alabama is asked to fill in at Oakfield's fire hall.

UPDATE 5:07 a.m.: Alabama is now at the scene, instead of on standby. Town of Batavia Fire Department is asked to provide interior firefighters to the scene.

UPDATE 5:09 a.m.: Elba is asked to fill in at Oakfield's fire hall.

UPDATE 10:08 a.m. (provided by WBTA): Oakfield command said four adults and two children got out of the house safely. The structure was heavily damaged as a result of the fire.

June 15, 2016 - 9:22pm
posted by James Burns in genesee, American Legion, Boys State, news.

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Above, the 11 students representing Genesee County in Boys State pose at the Botts Fiorito American Legion post in Le Roy during Wednesday evening's meet and greet. They will be heading to Morrisville for a weeklong educational experience starting June 26th. 

American Legion Boys State is an educational program for students to learn and experience government legislation. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. 

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. Expenses associated with attending this program are paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post.

The high school students representing Genesee County are:

From Sackett-Merrill-White Post #575 -- Brandon Burke, Russel Cunningham, Ryan Richardson, Colin Noeth

From Hiram G. Luhman Post #626 -- Campbell Andersen, Christopher Lemley, Jacob Walton, Caleb Walcott

Botts Fiorito Post #576 -- Joshua Laurie, David Privatera, Jacob Steffenilla

For more information on the Boys State, contact Dennis McCumiskey at the American Legion Post in Le Roy at 585-768-8597.

There is also a Girls State. For more information, click here.

 

June 15, 2016 - 4:40pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, genesee county emergency dispatch center, 9-1-1.

Press release:

The Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center now offers text to 9-1-1 services. Below are a few guidelines for the use of text to 9-1-1.

  1. Call 9-1-1 when you can, text when you can’t.

    1. Calling 9-1-1 is always your best option as our dispatchers have a better chance of locating you and

      recording background noises or conversations that can be used as evidence if you are a victim of a crime.

    2. Text to 9-1-1 provides better access for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or may have trouble

      speaking especially in a mobile environment.

    3. Text to 9-1-1 is appropriate for victims whose hiding location may be revealed by speaking on the phone.

  2. How to text 9-1-1 in an emergency:

    1. Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field;

    2. The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of

      help needed;

    3. Push the “Send” button (if hiding, ensure phone and text alerts are silenced).

    4. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.

    5. Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations or emoticons.

    6. Keep text messages brief and concise.

  3. Below are a few things to know if you need to text 9-1-1:

    1. Text location information is not equal to current location technology.

    2. As with all text messages, 9-1-1 messages can take longer to receive, can get out of order or may not

      be received; this may significantly delay response times.

    3. Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.

    4. A text or data plan is required to place a text-to-9-1-1.

    5. If texting to 9-1-1 is not available in your area, or is temporarily unavailable, you will receive a message

      indicating that texting 9-1-1 is not available and to contact 9-1-1 by other means.

    6. Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1 at this time.

    7. Text-to-9-1-1 cannot include more than one person. Do not send your emergency text to anyone other

      than 9-1-1.

  4. Do not text and drive!

  5. Prank calling or texting 9-1-1 can be considered falsely reporting an incident or aggravated harassment; you may be arrested and prosecuted for abusing the 9-1-1 system.

  6. Additional information regarding text to 9-1-1 can be found at the Web address immediately below: http://www.nena.org/?page=textresources 

June 15, 2016 - 4:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Summit Street, news, street repair.

Press release from City Department of Public Works:

The contractor for the Summit Street reconstruction has begun work, and as a result, traffic access will be limited during this project.

Please observe the posted detours, and use caution when traveling in the construction zone.

The initial phase of this project will impact the Summit Street sidewalk on the east side of the road, but the west sidewalk will be open and passable for pedestrians.

June 15, 2016 - 4:20pm

Whatever differences of opinion may exist about how to address the problems faced by small, rural volunteer fire companies, one thing pretty much all the stakeholders agree on is this: they are struggling and need help.

So said Emergency Services Manager Tim Yaeger at Monday afternoon's Public Service Committee meeting.

He asked for permission to apply for a state Management Performance Grant offered as part of the 2015-16 Municipal Restructuring Fund Program. Permission was unanimously granted.

The aim is to secure funds to contract with a consultant to assess the county's firefighting needs.

Yaeger said he and Bill Schutt, the West Battalion coordinator for the Genesee County Emergency Management Office, have talked with County Manager Jay Gsell about bringing a consultant on board. Schutt, a volunteer for more than 25 years with Alabama fire, also works full time as general manager of Mercy EMS, where he manages a staff of more than 60 and its fleet of vehicles.

"We want to look at fire services in Genesee County -- how do we provide that service in the future in a very efficient and professional manner," Yaeger said. "As you know, we've had conversations before, we're struggling, in some places more than others."

The amount of funding available to conduct such a study is "kind of open-ended."

Schutt said the grant is designed for consolidation-of-services projects, but fire service was listed as eligible and after confering with state officials, it was deemed that assessment and evaluation of Genesee County fire services would fit within that scope.

"The 10,000-foot view of what we'd like to look at, is what this grant is asking us to apply for, and it kind of goes down from there," Schutt said. "A lot of it is based on what you'd save for money. I don't think this project is going to be looking at saving money directly, but in the long term it will, so there's a way of working it in there in terms of the long term."

Committee Chair Marianne Clattenburg asked how long the process will take.

A timeline is not known. It would be a process of stages, perhaps two or three studies or consultations. 

"It's not going to be 'here's your information' and we're going to walk away," Yaeger said, "because it's such a vast program. There's so many moving parts to this."

If, say an initial study is done and that takes six or seven months just to identify what they true issues are, that may constitute the first step.

"This is not going to be done in a year or two and find a solution," Yaeger said. "I think it's going to take a few years to get to a position to where we can make some decisions."

It was asked, when looking at the big picture, if there is consenus amongst those in the firefighting community about what the future is and what changes may be forthcoming.

"I think today more than ever, there's a level of agreement that a level of government beyond the local fire company has to find some solutions for them," Yaeger replied. "I think they'll all agree to that -- that they are not able to find those long-term solutions for themselves and they need assistance.

"And the next step up would be to the county, because obviously we're going to be able to benefit everybody here. The issue with the volunteer fire service is you may have consensus today, and then two or three elections from now, the consensus changes."

To that, Clattenburg deadpanned: "Exactly."

"So it's a moving target," Yaeger reiterated, adding that no one should expect sweeping changes anytime soon and noting that Oswego is looking at this issue, but the problems in volunteer firefighting companies are statewide.

Thus he's meeting with fire associations of NYS this week to get the them moving toward a solution. He's already met with WNY fire personnel and emergency coordinators, "all agree...we have to start addressing these things."

"So some may go screaming, but some don't really have much to defend. In many cases, they should be the first to tell you they need assistance," Yaeger said. "They need to be doing something different than what we've been doing right now because it's not working. Right now it's primarily daytime, but we're seeing nighttime problems as well."

Gsell said, actually this is a national issue: "Volunteer fire companies are the backbone, particularly in rural jurisdictions, like ours to some extent, versus urban areas, where they have not just a full-time department but a number of them surrounding in a ring of suburbs.

"In talking with others, they have been able to find solutions that in New York State are not yet on the table, because the state has certain issues and preclusions built into statutes that say 'you just don't do it that way here.' So this (study) might be part of what the future might hold as far as prospective legislation that might need to change."

Any consultant up to the task, Yaeger said would "have to work with us and realize this is going to take some time. The more grant money that becomes available, the more services can be done. The preliminary numbers we were talking about on the phone were good numbers. I think we're trying to keep those numbers small, but understanding that if we expand it to $150,000 that may complete the entire project. ....But it's hard to say exactly what the total will come to."

Committee Member John Deleo asked about the scope of a grant-funded study.

"We're not talking about just two outfits combining together," Deleo said. "Is there a chance we could look at a whole big umbrella? I'm not advocating anything. I'm just asking."

No, this is not about just looking at how to combine or consolidate services.

"There's so many moving parts -- locations of fire stations, response times, and combining -- in some cases there's an opportunity but in our county, not many, because we're fairly spread out already," Yaeger said.

"But we're looking at the entire fire service. What does the city provide? What do the remaining volunteer fire companies provide? And they're all in different categories of capabilities, based on their manpower and their budgetary constraints. We're going to look at this whole thing, absolutely."

The thing that won't be done is approaching the issue with any preconceived notions about a solution.

"The first thing is, everybody understand," Gsell said, "and maybe start developing some consensus around all the constraints there are, and then, how do you address those going into the future."

June 15, 2016 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in Gillibrand, education, news, business.

Press release:

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate today passed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s bipartisan legislation to help universities in New York and throughout the country strengthen their engineering programs to meet the demands of the modern manufacturing industry.

The "Manufacturing Universities" legislation, which was led by Senators Gillibrand, Chris Coons (D-DE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), passed as part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This provision authorizes the Department of Defense to support training at U.S. universities to help equip students with skills to compete in the 21st century manufacturing workforce. Universities would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and would tailor their educational curriculum to the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers.

“I am so pleased that the Senate came together to pass our bipartisan Manufacturing Universities bill as part of this year’s NDAA,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This legislation gives our universities access to new resources that can help them prepare more engineers, more product designers, more innovators, and more men and women to drive our economy forward.

"No job should go unfilled and no company’s expansion should ever be inhibited because there aren’t enough trained workers ready to work, and this legislation takes important steps to give students the skills they need to compete in the 21st century manufacturing workforce.”

The Manufacturing Universities legislation would establish a program within the Department of Defense charged with designating schools as ‘Manufacturing Universities.’ Designated schools would receive federal grant funding to meet specific goals, including focusing engineering programs on development of industry-relevant advanced manufacturing skills, building new partnerships with manufacturing firms, growing hands-on training opportunities for students, and fostering manufacturing entrepreneurship.

This bill was endorsed by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Precision Metalforming Association, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Missouri System, the University of Illinois, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Irvine, Boston University, the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the State University of New York (SUNY) System, Kent State University, the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Connecticut, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, The Ohio State University, Dow, DuPont, and Siemens.

June 15, 2016 - 12:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, downtown revitalization.

Press release:

The City of Batavia has been selected as a finalist in the Finger Lakes Region $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Competition.

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will invest $10 million in one community that is ripe for development within the Finger Lakes Region. The DRI will transform the selected community into a vibrant downtown where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work and raise families. The program emphasizes using investments to reinforce and leverage additional public and private commitments.

The City has submitted a DRI strategy that encompasses 366 acres of the central business corridor and nearby neighborhoods. The DRI award would be a catalyst for the Batavia Opportunity Area plans to materialize.

“This is the most positive momentum during my time in Batavia. I believe the unprecedented collaboration is a good reason for the Finger Lakes Region to “Bet on Batavia”, said Jason Molino, city manager.

Please show your support and “Bet on Batavia” by participating in a “Sidewalk Chalk Campaign” in front of City Hall today (June 15)Chalk your ideas down on how you would place your $10 million “Bet on Batavia”!

The award winner will be announced by New York State Regional Economic Development Council on Thursday, June 23rd.

Please come out and “Bet on Batavia”!

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:

From the City of Batavia:

Batavia Downtown Revitalization Initiative -- Target Area and Nearby

By the Numbers:

$109 million -- Investments in a decade

$88 million -- Investments planned in five years

$4 million -- Building and facade renovations

$2.5 million -- Multi-modal improvements

10,000 -- Workers at WNY STAMP

25 Mllion -- Travelers through Batavia

5 percent -- Unemployment

Need to Address -- POVERTY

Living in poverty -- City of Batavia

Children under 18 years of age

  • 2014  --  34.9 percent
  • 2000  --  16.5 percent

Individuals

  • 2014  --  22.2 percent
  • 2000  --  12.3 percent
June 14, 2016 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, news.

Submitted photo and press release:

A local pastor is embarking on a 300-mile bike ride to benefit Crossroads House. Rev. Jim Morasco, (inset photo, right) is pastor at the Morganville United Church of Christ in Stafford. He is taking on the Great Alleghany Passage from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Washington, D.C., in honor of his mother, Margaret Morasco, who passed away at Crossroads House in October.

Since his mother’s passing, Rev. Morasco and his family have been finding creative ways to give back to the organization that cared for Margaret in her last days.

The family funded a new medication/nurses room that was moved from a cramped closet into a spacious room complete with counter space, cabinets, enhanced security for medication storage and administration. The room is now known as the Margaret Morasco Nurses Station, fittingly so since Margaret was herself a nurse.

Recently Rev. Morasco and his granddaughter Ella teamed up to write and illustrate a book of poems called “Changing Season and the Circle of Life.” The book contains poems and short stories that reflect the legacy of Margaret and her family. Copies are available at Crossroads House for a $5 donation.

On July 9th, Rev. Morasco will depart for Pittsburgh to begin the Great Alleghany Passage. He chose this particular journey since his mother was from Pennsylvania. The ride will take him southward with notable crossings of the Mason Dixon Line and the Eastern Continental Divide.

You can sponsor Rev. Morasco’s journey by making a one-time pledge toward the ride in honor of Margaret. He has raised money for charities in the past through cycling and donors have pledged from $5 to $400 in support of the organizations. Crossroads House is a 501(c)3 Non-profit and donations can be tax deductible.

To partner with Rev. Morasco and make a pledge, contact him at [email protected]

June 14, 2016 - 2:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, sports, Announcements, basketball.

Press release:

A 2016 Summer Basketball Camp will be held July 18-22 in the Batavia High School Auxiliary Gym. 

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday.

The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Cost of the camp is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt. Participants are asked to bring their own basketball every day and have their name on it.

The camp will feature Coach Jim Fazio, Batavia Jr. Blue Devil Youth Director, coaching intern Antwain Richardson, youth coaches, and current and former Blue Devil players.

Camp benefits: The camp will focus on the offensive fundamentals of the game including shooting, passing, dribbling, and ball handling, with a major emphasis on shooting. Sportsmanship, fair play, and safety will be emphasized all week. There will be daily contests with full and half court games.

Batavia City Schools are not responsible for injury that may happen during camp. Please enter and exit the high school in the front circle.

Contact info: [email protected]    585-356-0901

Make checks payable to: Batavia Boys Basketball Boosters.

Mail to: Jim Fazio 5190 Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

Also, provide this information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Town
  • Age
  • Grade entering in Fall
  • School
  • Phone #
  • Medical concerns
  • T-shirt size (Youth S-XL; Adult S-XL)
  • Parent/Guardian signature
June 14, 2016 - 1:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, news.

Press release:

The following arrests are reported following a neighborhood complaint of drug activity on Union Street:

Clifford A. Keene, age 38, of Pratt Road in Batavia, was arrested on June 9 by Sgt. Dan Coffey and Officer Frank Klimjack following a traffic stop of a vehicle in which he was a passenger. He was found to be in possession of a number of prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with: one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree (Class C felony); one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); and one count of possession of a controlled substance not in original container (violation). Keene was processed and arraigned before Judge Balbick then committed to the Genesee County Jail on bail. At the time of his arrest, Keene was under the supervision of Genesee Justice on unrelated charges.

Madelyn R. Muntz, age 30, of Central Avenue in Batavia,  city was arrested June 9, by Officer Frank Klimjack following a traffic stop. She was found to be in possession of a narcotic substance. Muntz was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th degree (Class A misdemeanor). Muntz was processed and released with an appearance ticket to appear on June 21st in City Court.

The Batavia Police Department is committed to working with the community to respond to illegal drug concerns and request that anyone with information on drug or criminal activity in their neighborhood contact our dispatch at 345-6350. Information can also be left confidentially by calling the Confidential Tip Line at 345-6370 or by email at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicio....

June 14, 2016 - 1:44pm

Press release:

Independent Living of the Genesee Region will be holding a series of FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops for the community beginning June 20th.

Those who attend will be shown practical steps to gain control of their daily health concerns. Participants will learn about healthy eating, problem-solving, action plans, medications, weight management, physical activity, sleep, and relationship communication skills.

The workshop information is relevant for those experiencing chronic conditions such as: Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Eating Disorders. The workshops are taking place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Independent Living of the Genesee Region, 113 Main St., Suite 5, Batavia, over six Mondays, but skipping the Independence Day holiday. 

The actual dates are June 20th and 27th; July 11th, 18th and 25th; and Aug. 1st.

Registration priority is given to Medicaid recipients, but Medicaid eligibility is NOT required for attendance. Pre-registration IS required. You can receive more information, and sign up for the workshops by contacting Patricia McAllister at [email protected] or (585) 815-8501, ext. 402. Again, please be sure to RSVP if you are interested!

June 14, 2016 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, bergen, news.

From left: Counselor Mrs. Feeney, seniors Nick Dubois and Aaron Holley, Dr. Moscicki, and Principal McGee at a new marker and flower bed leading into the Tamra Troke Memorial Trail.

Submitted photo and press release:

Byron-Bergen Central School seniors, Nick Dubois and Aaron Holley, rebuilt wellness trails on the Byron-Bergen school grounds as part of their work-based learning hours associated with the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential.

Nick and Aaron completed an 11-day work experience on the Tamra Troke Memorial Trail. They cleaned out all the fitness stations, cut and lined all of the hiking trails, made benches and a new flower bed, and constructed a campfire area.

Vocational Coordinator Roxanne Noeth, CSE Chairperson Dr. Donna Moscicki, Jr./Sr. High School Principal Patrick McGee, and School Counselor Andrea Feeney were all thrilled with the hard work and effort the two students put into this project. It was wonderful to see them take such pride in their work.

The Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential is part of the four Regents exams and one project-based program to graduation.

The project-based program requires: students complete a career plan; demonstrate attainment of commencement level learning standards in the areas of career exploration and development, integrated learning, and universal foundation skills; satisfactorily complete two units of study (216 hours) in Career and Technical Education coursework and work-based learning; and have one completed employability profile or have met the criteria for the national work readiness credential.

June 14, 2016 - 1:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, Announcements, audit advisory committee.

Press release:

The City of Batavia Audit Advisory Committee was established to provide oversight to the financial and compliance reporting process, external audit process and control environment. 

If you are interested in serving on the Audit Advisory Committee, please submit your application (which can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office or found on our website, www.batavianewyork.com) to the City Clerk’s Office by June 30th.

The Committee aids in the communication between the City Manager and the independent auditor in areas including integrity of the City’s financial statement, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and the performance, qualifications and independence of the auditors.

The Committee will be responsible for meeting with the auditor’s prior to the audit, reviewing risk assessment, reviewing the draft financial statements and making a recommendation on acceptance of the external audit reports to the City Manager. Additional responsibilities include reviewing the management letter and establishing internal controls. The Committee is made up of three City residents and two Council members.

Thank you for your interest!

June 14, 2016 - 1:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, news, batavia, deer management committee.

Press release:

The City Council is seeking interested individuals to take part in a Deer Management Committee. The committee will be comprised of both citizens and city staff members and will seek to identify and quantify the deer problem within the city and explore all deer management techniques.

The outcome will be a definition of the problem, an outline of all techniques utilized by other communities and identified as best practices to deal with the problem, and a comprehensive list of resources including costs associated with each management practice.  From there, City Council will decide which, if any, deer management practice to initiate for the City of Batavia.

Council is seeking individuals from a diverse background and who are interested in this subject matter. Individuals should reside within the City of Batavia. All interested individuals should submit their application, which can be obtained from the City Clerk’s office or online at www.batavianewyork.com, by June 30th.  Thank you for your interest in this committee!

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