August 2010 - South Wedge Planning Committee

August 2010 - South Wedge Planning Committee
August - September 2010
Vol. 32 No. 4
south wedge planning committee
SWPC is a neighborhood organization funded for and by the South Wedge community
SW Farmers Market
Draws Hundreds
South Wedge Celebrates South
& Hickory Place Opening
By Nancy O’Donnell
By Sue Gardner Smith
On June 30, Konar Properties hosted a ribbon-cutting
and tour of South and Hickory
Place, a “historically-appropriate” mixed-use development in
the heart of the South Wedge.
The new four-story brick façade between Gregory and
Hickory Street resembles five
brownstones, with retail and
restaurant space occupying
the first floor, and upper floors
housing 33 apartments.
Joining Howard Konar,
President of Konar Properties, at an early ceremony were
Deputy Mayor Patricia K. Malgieri; R. Carlos Carballada, the
Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development; Council members Adam
McFadden, Carolee Conklin
and Matt Haag; SWPC Executive Director Robert Boyd plus
members of the Business Association of the South Wedge
Area (BASWA) members; city
workers and local residents.
“This is a proud day to
see something like this in the
City,” said Councilman Adam
McFadden. “This transforms
a neighborhood. You can live,
shop, visit and be entertained
here. It becomes a destination
spot for the entire City of Rochester.”
Konar Properties became
interested in building in the
South Wedge during a 2003
tour led by former SWPC Executive Dan Buyer. SWPC members were attracted to Konar
Good food, good fun and
the lively mingling of friends
and neighbors marked the
first weeks of the SWPC’s 2010
South Wedge Farmers Market
With the annual toss of
the lettuce, the market’s fourth
year was launched on June 3
and each Thursday afternoon
since, the sleepy parking lot
behind 100 Alexander has been
transformed into a bustling
street fair, complete with live
music, activities for kids and
even a juggler. Local farmers
pile their tables with colorful,
fresh fruits and vegetables each
week, starting with the spring’s
early, abundant crop of juicy
strawberries, with new offerings each week as the harvest
follows its natural course. Now
the extravagant bounty of late
summer includes vine-ripened
heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors, wonderful local
sweet corn and sweet apples
and peaches from orchards
near Lake Ontario’s shores. The
fall harvests will be available
right up until the market’s closing day on October 28.
South Wedge Farmers
Market food is special. It’s all
locally-grown and produced,
so it’s the freshest, most nutritious and tastiest food around.
You can meet and talk to the
farmers and producers. By
buying directly from them we
know the origin of our food,
and we also support the local
small farmers who make this
wonderful way of seasonal eating possible.
Food is not the only treat
at the South Wedge Farmers’
Market. Each week, musicians
get toes tapping and kids dancing. The market will be joined
in upcoming weeks by the
Wild Root String Band, Bernie
Heveron’s Jazz Quintet, and
South Wedge Planning Committee
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Rochester, New York 14620
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continued on page 5
South and Hickory Place (Photo Christopher Maggio ©)
R. Carlos Carballada, Adam McFadden, Howard Konar, Patricia K. Malgieri,
Carolee Conklin and Matt Haag (Photo by Christopher Maggio ©)
Calling all Block Clubs
By Chris Jones
The Community Engagement Committee of the South
Wedge Planning Committee
(SWPC) is working to help get
area Block Clubs organized
and meeting regularly. Block
Clubs have been organized or
continued on page 5
Hamilton Street Block members
Kristin Chajka, John Chajka, Linda
McFadden sport their street colors
Strawberry Seller (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
the Ceilidh Connection, a Scottish smallpipe ensemble (similar to bagpipes) among other
performers. Community groups
also share information about
activities in the neighborhood
and beyond. Watch for folks
from the South Wedge Victory Garden, the Genesee Land
Trust, and the Rochester Chicken Club, who will bring their
feathered friends with them to
the market. On September 23,
Artisan Church will host a community art project, and on the
last Thursday of each month the
market sponsors a food drive to
support Calvary St. Andrews
Church Food Ministry, which
in turn supports South Wedge
residents in need. Look for kids’
activities and lots of surprises.
You’re sure to see someone
you know. For many people,
the best thing about the weekly
market is the sense of community they find and the reminder
of what a great place this part of
the City is.
The South Wedge Farmers
Market is held on Thursdays
from 4 to 8 p.m., switching to 4
to 7 p.m. on September 2. You’ll
find the market at 100 Alexander Street, at the corner of S.
Clinton (behind Boulder Coffee). EBT (food stamp), FMNP,
credit, and debit customers are
welcome. The market is sponsored by the South Wedge Planning Committee.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
on South Avenue
See Special Insert for Details
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Stars of the Wedge
Jim Papapanu and Heather Penrose
Victory Garden Managers
By Nancy O’Donnell
Heather Penrose and Jim Papapanu
(Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Jim Papapanu and Heather Penrose are young, have
busy lives, demanding careers.
They’re renters. It would be
easy to stay on the sidelines,
the old “take what you like and
leave the rest” to long-time residents. But, that wasn’t enough
for the couple. Together they
leapt into South Wedge urban
village activism and took on the
hefty roles of SWPC’s Victory
Garden Managers.
Jim, a Lockport, NY, native, lived in an Averill Avenue
apartment for several years. He
met Heather, who lived in Pittsford, when she waitressed at the
former Basha’s on South Clinton Avenue.
“I was raised in the suburbs, but my father did keep
a vegetable garden,” says Jim.
“My grandparents lived outside
of Watertown, and they farmed.
My parents used to use my
younger sister and me as slave
labor at the local U-Pick farms
each strawberry season. We hated it. So my parents had a really
good laugh at me last summer
when everything came full circle, and I picked up the phone to
tell them I was going to U-Pick
that morning and that I needed
to know how to make jam.”
Heather, on the other hand,
had some gardening experience
before she went on to get a M.A.
in social work.
“I’ve always liked to garden at my parent’s house, not
vegetables, just flowers,” says
Heather. “My first couple jobs I
had were in landscaping.”
“But, I’ve always had an
affinity to nature,” Jim adds,
pointing to years of backpacking trips. Soon Heather was
backpacking alongside. One
memorable hike took the couple
on a “moonlight hike up Mount
Marcy in the Adirondacks,”
the highest point in New York
State, elevation 5,343 ft. As they
neared the summit, fog and
winds blew in and covered the
“For one second, when the
fog lifted, it was pretty,” laughs
Heather. “It took us eight hours
total. When I got back to the
tent, I just fell into the sleeping
Jim on the other hand
smoked a cigar, something he
does to celebrate.
“A good cigar is my guilty
pleasure,” says Jim, “H. Upmann Cabinet Seleccion, Fuente
Fuente Opus X and Ashton
VSG. I normally don’t have any
more than one or two a month,
unless I’m camping, and then
it turns into a nightly camp fire
In 2009, the couple who try
to eat only organic, signed on
for the Hamilton Street Victory
Garden’s inaugural season.
“We grew lettuce, beans,
peas and carrots, cukes and
broccoli,” says Heather. All we
had were the handouts that Bob
[Boyd] passed out as an intro to
all the gardeners.”
“It was a short set of rules
and guidelines,” says Jim,
“Common sense. No pesticides.”
As their enthusiasm grew,
Heather was alarmed to see
that some of the other gardeners’ interest “fizzled out.” “We
went almost every day. I was
monitoring it. It was devastating to see tomatoes rotting on
the vines.”
“I felt it was a great project,” said Jim. “It got me thinking. Even if we don’t own here,
this is my neighborhood. I was
trying to benefit from something provided to us by the
neighborhood, and I wasn’t doing anything to contribute to it.”
In January Jim went to
SWPC Executive Bob Boyd
and asked, “What can we do
to help?” By April, the couple
had a “Boulder Coffee Summit” with Boyd to finalize the
application process and add a
four-hour work requirement, a
communal upkeep promise that
would ensure the garden would
be “free of trash and watered,”
says Jim.
Under Jim and Heather’s
management, the Victory Garden has grown in both number of beds and gardeners (28
in 2009; 34 in 2010). Jim built
six new beds, added a raised
pumpkin patch “for neighborhood children” along with four
fruit trees and one “really small
blueberry bush,” Heather says.
The couple took a day off
from work (he from Leverages
Technologies, she from Rochester Rehabilitation) organized
and supervised “Days of Caring” that brought city volunteers to paint the garden’s fence,
plant flower on its edges and
help inside. “The coolest thing
is not just raising your own
food, but community building,”
says Jim.
Mid season, the couple
is even more fervent advocates of communal gardening
and a green lifestyle. Jim used
“remesh” to create a taller tomato cage; both took a Woodworking class at BOCE to learn
how to build trellises for their
climbing vegetables.
Heather finds weeding
“therapeutic” after a stressful
work day. “It gives me some
sense of satisfaction to see
things grow.”
The couple recently moved
to a larger apartment in a 19th
century home on Gregory Street
with “Ross,” the rescue dog,
and “Teeny” the Tuxedo Cat.
They’re planning a harvest celcontinued on page 6
Letters to
the Editor
Thanks for [George Lorson’s] recent article on home
Here’s a suggestion: include
web sites and/or phone numbers
so that people can more easily
follow up on your suggestions.
Just an example: the article says
inform the city about a special
pickup. Hmmm, I say, how do
I do that? You could put the information in the article or at the
end, or simply refer people to
your own web site (or SWPC’s)
where they can find everything
explained with all the extra details.
I’ve recently learned, from
reading David Allen’s Getting
Things Done: The Art of Stress
Free Productivity that anything
requiring more than one action
qualifies as a “project”. People
accomplish actions, not projects, so the question is always,
“What’s the next step?”
Putting your article together with Shawn Patrick Wallace’s
letter [Letters to the Editor, June/
July issue], which expresses his
frustration with the non-action
of some SW dwellers (and his
efforts to educate others and
thank still others), I see the need
continued on page 6
Stump the
Maybe you’re new to the South
Wedge. Maybe you’re a Wedge
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What’s the reason for...?
We’ll find the answer for
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of the entire SWPC staff to answer your questions. We’ll even
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E-mail your queries to or call 2561740, and leave your question
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The South Wedge Planning Committee, Inc.
August and September - Community Calendar
All meetings are held at 224 Mt. Hope Avenue, except when noted.
SWPC Board Meeting:
Thursday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
SWPC Executive Team
Thursday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.
Commercial & Economic
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6:00 p.m.
Community Engagement
(Neighbors & Block Clubs)
Mon., Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Beale
Street Cafe
Mon., Sept. 20, 6 p.m. TBA
Finance Team:
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Housing & Structures:
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
Marketing and Membership
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.
BASWA (Business Association of the South Wedge
(Visit for locations):
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m.
South Wedge Farmers Market
Advisory Committee:
South Wedge Planning Committee
224 Mt. Hope Avenue • Rochester, New York 14620
(585) 256-1740
Tanya Zwahlen, Chair
Monica McCullough, Vice Co-Chair
Donna Roethel Lenhard, Vice Co-Chair
Anthony Sciarabba, Treasurer
Sarah Johnstone, Secretary
Board Members
Rachel Chaffee, Neighbor
Felicia “Bo” Clark, Neighbor
Angela Clark-Taylor, Neighbor
Dave Halter, Business
Chris Hartman, Neighbor
Chris Jones, Business
Tom Kicior, Stakeholder
Frank Logan, Neighbor
Ben Munson, Neighbor
Cheryl Stevens, Neighbor
Michael Trojian, Stakeholder
John vanKerkhove, Neighbor
Lyjha Wilton, Business
Mitchell Dannenberg, John Dennis,
Joe DiDonato, Mack McDowell
Tony Adiutori, Jody Asbury,
John Billone Jr., Marsha Dumka,
Howard Konar, Richard Pifer,
Patrick Tobin, Len Zwas
Executive Director Robert Boyd,
Alicia “Lee” Bender, Allison Clark, Phinis
“Butch” Horton, George Lorson,
Nancy O’Donnell, Sue Gardner Smith,
Eilleen Thomas
Norm Karsten, SBDC SUNY Geneseo
Deb Ferris, Bookkeeper
Wedge Newspaper
Nancy O’Donnell, Editor
Allison Clark, Layout
Webster Printing, Printing & Mailing
Alicia “Lee” Bender, Rachel Chaffee,
Allison Clark, Chris Jones, Nancy O’Donnell,
Henry I. Padron, Sue Gardner Smith,
Tiana Stephens
Karen Avalle, Johannes Bockwoldt, Rachel
Chaffee, Christopher Maggio,
Nancy O’Donnell, Neal Rudin
To reach The Wedge,
Call (585) 256-1740, ext.. 105
Fax (585) 247-1497
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Heart of the City
Deb Zakrzewski (Photo by Nancy
by Nancy O’Donnell
Zak’s Avenue and More
Opens on South Avenue
Deb Zakrzewski’s new
business, Zak’s Avenue, becomes the first business to open
in the new South and Hickory
Place, mixed-use development
at 661 South Avenue.
Zak’s Avenue offers a gorgeous selection of sterling silver
distinctive jewelry and beaded pieces “with very special
stones,”many made by Deb and
a whole lot more.
“I’ll sell some of my Mother’s special vintage jewelry
[Mom’s an antique dealer], collectibles, just a lot of previously
enjoyed stuff,” said Zakrzewski.
Zakrzewski studied jewelry
making over the years when
she wasn’t work as a travelling
around the world--China, the
Philippines, India and all over
Europe--in her life an engineer
for RG&E. She’s also worked as
a corporate headhunter.
“I’ve had a lot of business
background in sales and buying.”
After devoting half her life
to science, Zakrzewski decided
to give the rest of her life to art.
When she began looking for a
space, she first thought of Park
Avenue, but her South Wedge
roots started tugging on her.
“I was born in Highland
Hospital. My mother used to
take the South Avenue bus to
her job at Sibley’s,” said Zakrzewski.
“I wanted a city store. I
wanted foot traffic. I’ve always
loved urban life, and what’s going on in the Wedge is incredible,” Zakrzewski added.
She wants her store to offer
“something for everyone.”She’s
been taking notes when she talks
to passersby, asking them what
they want. So, plan on finding
eco-friendly gifts, fresh flowers
and gift cards, kitchen gadgets
and stuff for kids, “some under
You can welcome Deb to the
South Wedge during Wedgestock on August 21. She’ll be
selling right outside her store.
A grand opening will be held in
October. She plans to hire three
or four part-timers and be open
seven days a week.
Neighborhood Yard
Sale to Benefit Haiti
South Wedge resident Michael Shannon Wilson travelled in May with “Haiti: A Labor of Love,” to the Caribbean
island hit by a catastrophic 7.0
magnitude earthquake. The
grassroots organization’s plans
a 10-year mission to help rebuild the island where over 3
million people are still impacted
by the devastation.
Wilson will hold a Yard Sale
on Sept. 4-5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at
the corner of South Avenue and
Hamilton Street. All proceeds
will benefit Haiti. Donations for
the yard sale are needed along
with volunteers.
“Even if you don’t want to
be part of the Haiti sale, you can
sell your stuff right next to me.
The more we have and the more
houses involved means more
people,” Wilson said.
Kurt Wilmarth, owner of
Echo Tone Music on South Avenue, is an enthusiastic supporter of Wilson’s efforts.
“The best part of a gigantic yard sales is that the money
goes straight to the people,”
said Wilmarth. “The money is
going to build eco domes, earthquake proof homes that will get
[Haitians] out of tents.”
“The [yard sale] is a great
idea. I’ll even donate the inside
of the building. Whatever he
needs,” said Wilmarth.
To learn more, call 831-6315
and visit “Haiti Alaboroflove”
on Facebook.
Colin Coffey and Michael Brundage
(Photo by Karen Avalle)
South Wedge Couple’s
Marriage Makes for
Good Listening
Renewing Massage founder
Colin Coffey and schoolteacher
Michael Brundage were married in Lee, MA, on St. Patrick’s
Day 2009. By the time the newlyweds crossed over the New
York State border to return to
their home in the South Wedge,
they were no longer legally wed.
Four months later, on the
Fourth of July, the couple found
themselves outside a NPR StoryCorp trailer parked next to
the downtown Rundel Public
Library. (StoryCorps is “an independent nonprofit project
that honors and celebrates the
lives of everyday Americans by
listening to their stories.”) Coffey and Brundage were invited
in and asked to record a conversation about their marriage.
Almost a year later, NPR called
“We heard from the VP of
Radio for WXXI that they had
selected an edited selection of
our conversation of two minutes 46 seconds for broadcast
on June 24th,” said Coffey. The
conversation was played several
times that day.
In an e-mail to the Wedge,
Coffey wrote why the couple
was happy to tell their story to
the world.
“We believe this piece puts
yet another human face to the
discrimination against lesbians and gay men in the United
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States and right here in New
York State.”
(To hear the Coffey Brundage interview, visit
The Big Cheese (Photo by Nancy
What Rat Stole the
BASWA Cheese?
Historic Houseparts coowner Chris Jones couldn’t
believe her eyes. The big hunking-chunk of Swiss cheese celebrating BASWA, (The Business
Association of the South Wedge
Area) had gone missing. What
kind of rat would nab the fromage tribute? Had it been shredded? Melted? Was it stashed in
some cracker factory?
The BASWA-commissioned
200-lb. street sculpture by artist John K. Archer had happily been bolted to the ground
near the corner of Averill and
South Avenues since its installation last year. The bolts had
loosened sometime around the
4th of July, but before BASWA
could secure it, it vanished.
Jones quickly created a
wanted poster offering a reward
and contacted the media.
Before you can say “Pass
the Chablis and crackers,” City
Newspaper reporter Christine
Carrie Fien blogged and Ch.
8 Tweeted about the missing
Kurt Johnson, a musician
in the Moho Collective, caught
the tweet and immediately
called an anxious Ms. Jones to
tell her the cheese was safe and
was ready to come home.
“I and my friend Meredith
Schreiber found it lying in the
street and took it home for safekeeping,” said Johnson. “It already had boot marks on it, and
it was getting beat up.”
“Meredith is an artist, and
we did what we hope others
would do for us,” said Johnson.
A grateful Chris Jones put
together a thank you gift basket
that included, Lux Bucks, a Historic Houseparts T-shirt and, of
course, Hedonist Chocolates,
the Goat Cheese Collection.
Amanda Jacobs (Photo by Nancy
Peace Lutheran Church
Organist’s Composition
Wins Praise
Amanda Jacobs, organist at
Peace Lutheran Church, Composer of “Jane Austen’s Pride
and Prejudice, A Musical”) and
“At Peace With Yoga” teacher recently entered her “Mass for the
Living” into a composition competition sponsored by the Foundation for the Sacred Arts. In
early June, she learned she had
won an Honorable Mention.
The musical setting was written
for unison voices and keyboard
using the New English Translations of the Bible from the Foundation for the Sacred Arts.
When Jacobs’ mother died
suddenly in January 2000, she
promised herself she would
write a Mass in her memory.
“Ten years passed and a dear
friend asked me in November
2009, “When are you going to
write it? It’s been ten years ...
almost.” That was the day I
picked up my mechanical pencil
and sat down to compose,” said
“It is thrilling to know that
the [composition] won an Honorable Mention, but it really
isn’t the winning that makes me
happy,” writes Jacob in an email to the Wedge. “What makes
me happy is that my mother
lives in that work and all of that
love and joy of her life lives in
the work too and people felt it
and they loved her and with
that, it feels like her life won an
Honorable Mention! She was
such an amazing woman, and
I weep with so much joy and
gladness. She won! “
Peace Lutheran Church is
currently using part of the composition for worship services. In
December, the work will premiere at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) Philharmonia,
an orchestra established by NIH
scientists and federal workers to
play free concerts to the public.
James Warren, Sally Ramirez and
Miche Fambro (Photo by Johannes
Miche Fambro Show
Hits Tango Café
On June 23, the multi-talented Miche Fambro brought
his travelling talk show, music
revue and soap opera spoof to
Tango Café on Gregory Street.
The crowded café was treated
to a small selection of songs by
Fambro, accompanied by Scott
Bradlye, Harry Ford and Emmett Ientilucci, before he introduced his guests. These included Rochester Food Net writer
and foodie Adam Wilcox, Latin
Jazz Vocalist and actress Sally
Ramirez, Conceptual artist and
Multi Use Community Cultural Center’s Director of Artist
Development John Borek and
magician James Warren. Later
three of the four had fun acting
in“The Old and The Useless.”
To enjoy the show again, visit
Community Builders
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By Allison Clark
nesses. It includes a map of
businesses to shop and interesting historical facts.
“We’re looking for more
good photos of Wedge businesses to use in the next printing, “
said Jones.
Does your yard need weeding?
Attention Seniors and
Disabled Residents
If you need help with yard
or basement cleaning, please
call the SWPC office at 2561740, ext. 102 and let us know.
A number of student volunteers
from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music are willing to help the South
Wedge community on August
27 and August 30. Let them help
Tri-Parish Picnic
Planned for August
St. Mary, Blessed Sacrament and St. Boniface Churches
will hold a tri-parish picnic at
Ellison Park on Sunday, August
15. Contact any of the three Parish offices for more info.
Opa! Greek Festival Set
for Four Days in August
Mark your calendar for the
South Wedge’s favorite Greek
Festival set for August 26-29
on the grounds of The Greek
Orthodox Church of the Holy
Spirit at 835 South Avenue.
Greek food, music, art, dancing
and boutique items. Thurs.-Sat.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.
– 8 p.m.
Interfaith Lecture and
Discussion Scheduled
for September
The Second Annual Brennan Interfaith Lecture will be
held on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7
p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. The
focus this year will be on young
people and interfaith issues.
Young adults from the Catholic,
Jewish and Muslim traditions
will lead the discussion. This
event is free and open to all.
Father Joseph Brennan, a
Rochester area priest, was an
outstanding educator in the
field of Hebrew and Christian
Scripture studies and a pioneer
in developing interfaith understanding. An annual lecture
is held each September to celebrate and continue his work
through education, scripture
study and interfaith inquiry.
St. Mary’s Annual Red
Cross Blood Drive
St. Mary’s will host an
American Red Cross blood
drive on Sunday, Sept. 26 from
9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Dugan Center. (The Dugan Center is located beneath the church and may
be entered from the gardens to
the north of the church.
New BASWA Brochure
is Here!
Chris Jones, President of
the Business Association of the
South Wedge Area, was happy
to deliver the new South Wedge
business directory to area busi-
St. Francis Day Blessing
of the Pets October 3
Pack up Mr. Fuzzy and
Sport and bring them to St.
Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
for the annual St. Francis Day
Blessing of the Pets in the Dugan Center gardens on Sunday,
Oct. 3. All pets and animal companions are welcome. St. Mary’s
is located near Geva Theatre in
downtown Rochester, NY, opposite Washington Square Park.
Convenient garage and surface parking is available at no
cost adjacent to the church. St.
Mary’s Church and Dugan
Center are handicapped accessible. For more info, call 232-7140.
Paul Urai (Photo by Beth Urai)
Adam McFadden Honors Three for Community Service
Adam McFadden presented
his annual Community Service
Awards earlier this year to BASWA President Christine Jones,
PAC-TAC Organizer Paul Urai
and Beale Street Café owner
Terry Bauer in April.
Jones received the South
District Community Service
Award for South East Rochester. The award noted her “dedication to the well-being of the
community, her neighborhood
leadership of BASWA and her
mentoring of other business all
contribute to the growing and
thriving South Avenue commercial corridor.”
Paul Urai was awarded for
his “commitment to the public
safety of the residents of the
neighborhoods of South East
Rochester,” noting that it “set a
high bar for service to the District.”
The final award went to
Terry Bauer who was “acknowledged for being a tremendous
culinary and social asset to the
community of the South District. And for their fine food that
Adam truly enjoys. “
Councilmember Adam McFadden’s South District Awards
ceremony took place at the Kornberg Medical Research Building at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Highland Park Library
August Kids’ Programs
Special calendar pages to
help kids keep track of how
much they read or are read to
this summer are available at
the library. The library is giving
out small prizes to reward their
Books in Park – Wed.
mornings at 11:30 a.m. through
August 11 (weather permitting).
Join us for stories, songs,
puppets and more. Bring a blanket to sit on. We’ll meet near the
Poet’s Garden, across from the
Conservatory on Reservoir Ave.
Ages 2-6. If weather is questionable, call Alexandra at 428-8227
to confirm.
Nature Craft – Tues., August 3, 2:00 p.m. Meet in Highland Park in front of the Conservatory. We’ll take a short nature
hike and collect materials to
build a fairy house or a bug village. Parent or guardian must
attend. In case of rain, we’ll
meet in the library. Ages 5 and
up *Please register.
Jewelry Making – Tues.,
August 10, 2:00 p.m. Make
some beaded jewelry or braid a
friendship bracelet. Ages 6 and
up. *Please register.
Mystery Scavenger Hunt –
Tues., August 17, 2:00 p.m. Once
again we’ll meet in Highland
Park in front of the Conservatory. Look for clues to solve a
mystery! Parent or guardian
must attend. In case of rain we’ll
meet at the library. Ages 6 and
up *Please register.
Be Red Cross Ready- Monday, August 23, 5:00. Find out
what to do in emergency situations. Basic health and safety
skills will be demonstrated.
Plan ahead for emergencies and
be prepared. For students in
6th-8th grade. *Please register.
Space is limited.
two weeks in August from
3:00-5:00. Try your hand at Wii
Irish Dance School
Moves to New Address
Local Irish dance studio,
Rince Na Sidhe, recently moved
to new digs at South Clinton Avenue and Gregory Street (in the
space that formerly held Urban
Village Scooter. They are all so
celebrating their new Irish certification that will allow them to
compete in dance contests local,
regional and international.
The studio’s name is also
changing said Mary Canton,
one of the school’s directors.
Nina Piccini and Wendy Michaels make up the other members of the team.
“We’re using our mother’s
maiden names for the name,”
said Canton.
The studio runs classes for
children three and up and has
pen enrollment all year. They
also offer one free trial
So welcome to “McLaughlin, Goodwin-O’Shanecy Irish
Dance & Ashford Ballet Company on 700 South Clinton Avenue.
Taste of the Neighborhood Sept. 19
The Highland Park Neighborhood Association is holding its wildly successful Taste
of the Neighborhood on Sunday, Sept. 19. Good food, good
music, good company. Visit
their web site at for details.
Shop Westside Farmers
Market on Tuesdays
The Westside Market is
open for business every Tuesday 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. St. Monica Church parking lot, 831
Genesee Street. For more info,
Think Global
Eat Local
Shop Local
Planned for Sept. 9
Remember the Wedge Recession Procession? BASWA’s
Wedgeducation will be all that
and more. Details at www.
417 South Avenue
Rochester, New York
Primary Health Care
Personal & Family Counseling
Literacy & GED Tutoring
Where Health Is A
Community Effort
Health care for the uninsured
For more information,
call 585-325-5260
Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph
The Wedge
August - September 2010
Block Clubs
Konar Open House
continued from page 1
are already active on the following blocks: Cypress-Linden,
Sanford Street, Gregory Street,
Hickory Street, Averill Avenue, Hamilton Street, Wedgepoint (Alexander and Comfort Streets) and Bond-Whalin
Streets (see contact info below).
The South Wedge Block
Clubs, once formalized, will be
a resource for residents in each
block to work together on issues and projects and have a
voice in local government both
through SWPC and directly
within the Southeast Quadrant.
Formalized Block Clubs will
also be able to take advantage
of the SWPC’s organizational
resources, which can help with
newsletters, mailings, web sites,
leadership training, grant writing and block parties. To form a
block club simply means creating a leadership team of up to
four people, submitting by-laws
and a minimum of two meeting
dates per year to SWPC and requiring at least one member of
the leadership team to attend
the monthly meetings.
Block Club Leaders, and
any interested residents from
each block, are invited to meet
with the Community Engagement Committee on the third
Monday of each month at 6:00
p.m., where we will share information, resources and project
assistance. The July 19th meeting was held at Beale Street,
future meetings will be held
at different area businesses.
Topics at upcoming meetings
include: traffic issues, crime
trends, problem houses, block
party planning, newsletters,
community gardening projects,
communicating with landlords,
welcome baskets and a holiday
decorating contest where the
winning block wins a Block Par-
continued from page 1
ty stipend of $250.
A table will be set up at the
South Wedge Farmer’s Market
each week where people can
come and sign up to join or
learn about active block clubs.
Interested residents can also
visit to learn
who their Block Club Leaders
are and find their contact information. People can also contact
the Community Engagement
Committee if they would like
help in setting up a Block Club
on a street not listed below. Our
contact information is also on
the SWPC web site.
Current Block Clubs
Averill Avenue Block Club
Jamie Johnson
Cypress/Linden Block Club
Anne Kingston
Gregory Street Block Club
Angela Clark-Taylor
Hamilton Street Neighbors
John & Kristin Chajka
developments after watching
the construction of its Elmwood
Manor townhouses on Highland Avenue. SWPC encouraged
Konar to add new residences to
the Wedge with the request that
they blend with the turn-of-century buildings on South Avenue
and provide parking behind the
Under the name of Gregory
Street Transfer, LLC, Konar acquired seven separate parcels to
assemble the site over a period
of several years. Along the way
the City provided a $1 million
low interest loan to the company in anticipation that 14 of
the apartments would conform
to the City’s Affordable Housing Program. Construction began in July 2009. In the end, the
$4.8 million, 40,000 square foot
residential and retail building
blends with existing neighborhood buildings to everyone’s
After the ribbon-cutting,
the public was invited to take a
peek at several of the studio and
two bedroom apartments above.
Singer Teagan Ward performed
while visitors enjoyed food and
drinks provided by Beale Street
Cafe, Solera Wine Bar, Hedonist
Artisan Chocolate, Cheesy Eddies, Mise En Place and the Coffee Connection. Throughout the
event, visitors toured several of
the apartments above.
Howard Konar said he was
especially heartened by the success of other South Avenue businesses.
“The success and growth
of business owned by Casey
Holenbeck [Mise En Place] and
Nancy Sawyer Molina [The Coffee Connection] re-enforced our
feeling that the area was good
for retail.”
Already, 11 of the 33 apartments are rented and retail businesses are being courted.
Wedgepoint (Comfort and Alexander Street)
Mr. Tracy Saville
After the event, SWPC’s
Robert Boyd was still glowing.
“Wow! The gap on South Avenue is filed. This is an exciting
time for the Wedge.”
Apartments and retail space
in South and Hickory are shown
daily by appointment. For more
information, call 334-4110.
Zak’s Avenue
South and Hickory Place’s
first retail shop, Zak’s Avenue,
will open in September. Owner
Deb Zakrewski will be selling
during Wedgestock (8/21) outside her new shop. Stop and say
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Hickory NUTS (Neighbors
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Sanford Street Block Club
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Letters to the Editor
continued from page 2
for education and the potential
for offering more ways to make
more of the South Wedge as
beautiful as a lot of it already
is, especially more easy ways -ways that only need one action
at a time.
I am a former homeowner
(in Brighton) who just moved
to a South Wedge apartment to
reduce my living costs. Being
used to having to do everything
myself, I started cleaning up
the yards in front and behind
my new residence. I noticed as
I walked my dog where people took care of the outsides
of their residences and where
they didn’t. I have to assume
that people who don’t, either
aren’t aware, or are distracted
by other worries in their lives,
or are just plain tired by the
other work they do to make a
living in this difficult time. For
me, the presence of the beautiful gardens, well-kept houses
and swept streets and sidewalks
were enough to raise my awareness. But I would still need help
in actually making the plantings
and doing some of the other
things that would create a more
inspiring view of my residence.
So, there are likely other people
in the same position. I’d like the
garden posse to descend and
say, “Here’s what you have to
do, and we’ll help you get started!” I’d learn alongside people
who already have the knowledge. I’d be willing to pay something for this help -- in fact; I’d
be willing to help organize it.
(Did I just say that? Yikes! I’m
struggling to build a business
over in NOTA, the Neighborhood of the Arts! I don’t need
any sidetracks!) I guess I just believe that people are affected by
their physical environment, and
beauty is a basic human need.
I’m grateful to those who are offering this to the South Wedge
environs and hope to join them.
City Advises: Be A
Good Noise Neighbor
Homes in older neighborhoods are quaint, affordable
and close together, and they
have few noise barriers (insulation, thermal paned glass and/
or central air conditioning). Tenants who like their music loud
and late should strongly reconsider before moving into such a
Music should be considered personal entertainment,
not to be shared with the neighbors. Loud voices and amplified
sound (stereos, radios, T.V., etc.)
should not be audible 50 feet
beyond the property line between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and
10:00 p.m. Between the hours of
10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., sound
should not be audible beyond
the property line. Music from a
motor vehicle should not be au-
dible from more than 50 feet at
any time.
City residents have empowered local officials to take
action against those who are
not good neighbors. Those actions include warnings, fines
and court ordered evictions. If
a property has numerous unabated or chronic violations, the
property may be seized after
court action. The fines for these
violations range from $200 for a
1st offense to $600 for 3rd + offenses. Vehicles involved in the
violation will be towed at the
owner’s expense.
Be courteous to your neighbors! A polite notice of a special
party with a phone number to
call if it gets too loud can go a
long way toward good neighbor
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Stars of the Wedge
continued from page 2
ebration for this year’s gardeners. Now Jim has a hanker for
raising chickens if his “landlord
doesn’t mind” (and adding a
goat later). Heather is ready to
manage the Hamilton Street
Garden and any other ones that
may be planned for next year.
They also want to open the application process earlier next
Most important, Heather
and Jim have discovered a different rhythm to life.
“You get tuned into the
rhythm of the garden,” says Jim.
“We knew nothing. We were
brand new. We learned if you
put in [a seed], it will grow.”
For that, Jim might just light
up a cigar come harvest time.
Victory Garden members share their
herbs (Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Garden tips for Newbies by Jim Papapanu
1. Don’t be afraid to take the
plunge. Just do it! Have fun!
2. You don’t need a huge
amount of space. You’d be
surprised at how much food
people get out of their 4’ x
8’ raised beds in the South
Wedge Victory Garden.
3. Your soil is to your plants
what the foundation is to
your house. It’s the most important part of your garden.
Invest in learning about a
vegetable garden’s basic soil
4. Pick a site that gets a lot of
sun. More than six hours a
day is recommended, eight
or more hours a day is ideal.
5. Tap the wealth of knowledge
that’s in the people around
you. Gardeners aren’t secretive. We love to share information. Five minutes of conversation and Q & A with the
manager at a garden center
or the farmer that you’re buying seedlings from will be as
or more useful than a few
hours with a book.
6. Start small your first season.
Plant vegetables that are relatively easy to maintain and
forgiving, and that you’ll
make the most use of in your
kitchen: radishes, spinach,
lettuces (especially leaf lettuces), tomatoes, beans, beets
and chard.
7. Plant from already started
seedlings bought from a
farmers market or garden
8. Check your garden at least
every other day. You’ll be
aware of problems like under
or over watering sooner this
way, and you’ll be on top of
harvesting when the moment
is right.
Recommended reading list:
Small Plot, High Yield Gardening
by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan. “It was a very informative
read and in my opinion would
be a perfect all around guide
for novice gardeners. It gives
great background on how to get
started. The author is from the
Northeastern U.S., so the guidelines and planting times he lists
are fairly close to what you’d
want to practice here in Rochester.”
Eat Local
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge
Nadia Eve Fanning
John Fanning and Evvy
Gordon, owners of Solera Wine
bar on South Avenue, recently
welcomed their first child, Nadia Eve Fanning. Nadia was
born at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26th. Utterly beautiful
Nadia at birth was measured at
21” and weighed in at 8 lbs. reports the proud parents.
who donated $2,405.00 to the
South Wedge Planning Committee
Their generosity will help SWPC’s projects and
programs including:
Munson & Cox
Nadia Eve (Photo and production by
Fanning & Gordon )
Thanks to Lyjha Wilton
and the many
Boulderfest Festivalgoers
Kristin Michael Cox and
Benjamin John Munson were
married at 4 p.m. on July 3,
2010. The wedding took place at
a family farm house near Potsdam, N.Y., which has been in
Ben’s family since the late 1800s.
The ceremony was performed
by Rev. Judy Lee Hay of Calvary St. Andrews (She made the
ride up from the South Wedge.)
Mr. and Mrs. Munson (Kristin is taking Ben’s name) are
postponing the honeymoon for
a few months so they can focus
on getting their business, Newdigs, “up to speed,” reports Ben.
Newdigs is an online apartment
web site that matches renters
and landlords.
“Since we actually threw
the wedding ourselves (Kristin
cooked most of the food from
scratch), we took a lot of time
away from the company,” says
Munson is a member of the
SWPC Board.
• South Wedge Block Clubs
• Wedgestock 2010
• The South Wedge Farmers Market
• The South Wedge Victory Garden
• House Repairs for Residents
Throughout the Year
Your contributions demonstrate why the South
Wedge Urban Village is the place to live, work
and play. We can’t do it without you!
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge Farmers Market
Opening Day - June 3, 2010
(l-r) Rev. Ghislaine Cotnoir (Peace Lutheran Church), Rev. Judy Lee
Hay (Calvary St. Andrew, Scott Austin, (Artisan Church) and Fr.
Richard Brickler (St. Boniface Church) gave blessings for all the
market bounty. (Photo by Christin Boggs)
Flower vendor. (Photo by Christin Boggs)
Pinnacle Apartment Shoppers took the inaugural SWPC shuttle
ride to the Market (Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Strawberries and rhubarb make a great pie. (Photo by
Christin Boggs)
Kit Miller from Edible Rochester talked to
marketgoers about all things sustainable.
(Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Marilyn Anderson and Jon Garlok
(Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Good feelings abound at the Farmers Market. (Photo by
Christin Boggs)
Charlie Clark post strawberry nosh. (Photo by
Johannes Bockwoldt)
Mighty Liberators (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
More fun at the Market (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
SWPC Executive Director Bob Boyd opens the Market (Photo by
Johannes Bockwoldt)
Chris and Vicki Hartman toss the traditional lettuce
(Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Market kids build a better pea (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Mini Mighty Liberators wait their turn. (Photo by Christin
City of Rochester Rec center high steppers (Photo by Nancy
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge Urban Ar t
Traffic Control Box Public Art Project 2010 was produced by the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) and funded in part
by the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester in conjunction with the New York State Council of the Arts. (Photos by Chris Jones)
Howie Green – “Peace, Love,
Allison Roberts “Juggling Hearts”
Krysia Mnick - “Persistence of Abundance”
Jill Gussow – “A Celebration of Birds”
Rachel Fox – “Farmer’s Market”
Yolanda Daliz – “Let’s Play”
Joe Guy Allard “Zombie Emergency Box”
Eric Cady – “Unite”
Stephen Dorobiala – “Son House”
Third Thursdays
The Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) announced the winners of the Public Art Project 2010 at a Third Thursday event at Star Alley. Musician Fred Vine and CASH Back entertained the crowd of artists, artist’s family and friends and people
looking for a good time in the South Wedge.
SWPC Executive Director Bob Boyd welcomed the
crowd (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
(l-r, front row) Jose Fernandez, Taylor Whitney,
Eileen Fernandez, Kathy Green (l-r, back row) Sue
Sanford, David Sanford and Kevin Dineen (Photo by
Nancy O’Donnell)
(l-r) Jessica Klick, Katie Libby, Phil Rawleigh, Ben Turiano, and Paul Binetti (Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Singer and Fingerstyle guitarist Fred Vine headlined
the evening’s celebration of art and music (Photo by
Johannes Bockwoldt)
T.J. Ricer, singer and bassist, of CASH Back, Johnny
Cash Tribute band (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Early arrivals wait for the music (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Son House gives 6-year-old Mekhi Stephens something to ponder. (Photo by Tiana Stevens)
Chris Stringer and “Athena”
(Photo by Nancy O’Donnell
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge Business Buzz
Tommy Plantone and Tony Sciarabba
(Photo by Neal Rudin)
Mt. Hope Ave. Rubino’s
Under New Management
Combine a former nightclub
owner now business broker and
a South Wedge Planning Committee Board member/ tax preparer/MBA, and you’ll get the
new partnership running the
popular Rubino’s Italian Food
in Mt. Hope Plaza
SWPC Board member Tony
Sciarabba approached Tony
Plantone, founder of AMD Business Broker, who was listing
Rubino’s for sale.
“The more I looked at it, the
more I liked it, “said Sciarabba.
“Finally I decided it was too
good to pass up, so on April
16th (the day after tax season
ended), we bought the place.”
“We both like food and we
both like meeting people,” said
Plantone, adding additional motivation for their new restaurant
Sciarabba has been a board
member of the South Wedge
Planning Committee (SWPC)
since 1993. He also serves as
SWPC Treasurer.
“I’ve spent most of my career in the banking world as a
commercial loan officer and a
credit analyst,” said Sciarabba. “I’ve worked with many
small businesses over the years
whether it was giving them a
loan, helping them apply for a
loan, or preparing a business
plan and financial projections
for them. I have also been a
professional tax preparer since
More important, Sciarabba
was “always a Rubino’s fan.”
“I loved going into the main
location on East Ridge Road and
smelling all the Italian food and
seeing the big cheeses and salamis hanging from the ceiling.
And, I’ve always enjoyed cooking and certainly enjoy eating especially Italian food. The location on Mt. Hope Ave being so
close to the South Wedge was an
added bonus,” said Sciarabba.
menu goes beyond a takeout
with menu of subs and wraps.
The menu offer pastas such as
Broccoli Alfredo, Stuffed Shells,
Lasagna and Rigatoni, salads,
soup and chili and “Malta’s
Massacre,” hot dog or hamburger platter with home fries,
macaroni or baked beans.
The walls are freshly painted, and tables and chairs offer
dining in.
“I’m so excited about the
energy on Mt. Hope Avenue…
the City’s Master Plan, the University of Rochester’s College
Town, the reconstruction of the
road, landscaping, bicycle lanes,
the upgrading of existing businesses, the new businesses,”
said Plantone. “Park Avenue is
out! Mt. Hope Avenue is in!”
The shop is also adding
Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters
(beans and cups) to the mix.
Rubino’s Italian Food, 1659
Mt. Hope Ave., 271-0110. Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fri.
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday 9
a.m.- 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
--Nancy O’Donnell
Natural Pet Foods Company Moves to Swillburg
Natural Pet Foods Company which began with a vendor’s
stall at the Rochester Public
Market in 2000 has outgrown its
space on Alexander Street and
opened at 766 South Clinton Avenue on August 2. Stella the cat,
who has been with the company
since the market days, will also
be relocating.
Owner Mario Cerasuolo is
partnering with See Spot Think
owner Cindy Harrison of Penfield. (
to offer a new dog training service at the shop, along with the
high quality pet food and treats.
For the opening on Aug. 2,
Mario will offer free trial size
items for pets.
766 South Clinton Avenue,
530-3371. Hours Mon.Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10
a.m. – 5 p.m., Closed Sundays.
--Rose O’Keefe
Napa Wood Fired
Pizzeria Heats Up
on South Clinton
By Rachel Chaffee
Napa Owner Dave Enos (Photo by
Rachel Chaffee)
(l-r) Evan Freuder, Guinness Distributor Manager, Taylor Whitney,
Wolfgang Rietz and Kate Green at
BASWA’s Taste the Beers of Ireland
at the German House (Photo by
Nancy O’Donnell)
German Club Hosts
BASWA Tastings
Ed Schram of The German
House on Gregory Street joined
with The Business Association
of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) for a series of wine, beer
and mojito tastings over the
last few months. In April, Taste
the Beers of Ireland night was
held at the Keg. Along with a
hearty sample of Irish classics:
Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s
beers and Magners Hard Cider, imbibers also enjoyed men
in kilts and the Gates Keystone
Police Pipes and Drums whose
members include Jeanine Rietz, Loraine Rietz, Pete Nowak
and Mike Ritchie. To sign up
for more fun, visit or www.baswa.
--Nancy O’Donnell
(l-r) Mike Ritchie and Pam Revard of
Gates Keystone Police Bagpipers
(Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
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One of the South Wedge’s
old homes has been converted
into the neighborhood’s newest
restaurant, Napa Wood Fired
Pizzeria. Located next door to
Boulder Coffee Company on
South Clinton Avenue, Napa
provides a completely new dining experience to the Wedge
with a mix of casual and fine
dining for brick oven pizza lovers. In additional to a delectable
menu, Napa’s unique interior
and exterior space is a welcomed addition to a neighborhood that loves to gather outside and eat good food.
Napa combines the 20-year
restaurant experience of owner
Dave Enos with the creative design of Lyjha Wilton, owner of
Boulder Coffee Company. The
two met last spring when Wilton was looking for a tenant interested in opening a brick oven
pizzeria in the mid-nineteenth
century house, which was rezoned for mixed use four years
ago. Enos was looking to open
a second Napa location in the
city. His other restaurant is in
Perinton Hill Plaza in Fairport.
Wilton has long felt that a
brick oven pizzeria would be a
perfect fit for the South Wedge
corner: “Not too fancy, not too
casual, and very affordable.”
“I wanted something
unique, and I wanted to be
where the action was,” said
Enos, who explored several locations around Rochester before
deciding that his vision and
Wilton’s were a perfect fit for
Napa’s II. Enos felt that the extensive seating options Wilton
had in mind for the renovation
offered “another great space
[for people] to watch the oven,
relax, and enjoy the outdoor
The newly-renovated interior seats 70 and includes a
lofted dining space with second
floor balcony and a handcrafted
oak bar, soon to be stocked with
a wide selection of beers and
wines. The restaurant also has
a covered patio facing South
Clinton Avenue, a covered back
deck and shared courtyard with
Boulder and seating at the restaurant’s large brick oven.
The brick pizza oven is Napa’s centerpiece. Designed and
built by Brennan Egling of Slatestyle Masonry and Wilton, the
oven offers a unique twist on
the traditional brick oven styles
in most pizzerias.
“I told [Brennan], not to
think like a mason, but think
like an artist,” said Wilton.
The oven is located on the
courtyard’s south end, next to
Napa’s deck and outdoor seating, allowing diners to watch
the firing process. It also has
two extensive concrete counters on each side, providing bar
seating where diners can get up
close and personal watching
chefs create their own artisan
A mix of brick, stained
concrete and steel, the oven anchors the shared courtyard by
also providing a fire pit for both
Boulder and Napa customers to
Enos describes the courtyard as “amazing,” and said he
plans to keep the ovens burning
year round. “I’ll just put canvas
around it [in the winter].”
Napa specializes in thincrust pizzas with a focus on
unique pesto and cream sauces.
The menu includes a wide selection of topping combinations
to fit a variety of palettes with
many pizzas for those interested
in venturing beyond traditional
pepperoni and cheese toppings.
A Tex-Mex pizza includes
grilled chicken, salsa and guacamole. Others combine a sweet
and salty blend of prosciutto,
figs and artichokes. Napa’s
Kid’s Menu features mac-andcheese pizza. Vegetarians, too,
won’t go away hungry. Napa
offers a variety of gourmet salads and signature rappinis.
“The menu is constantly
developing,” said Enos, pointing to his two chefs: Bridgette
Pendleton and Kayleigh Sherwood. Sherwood studied at the
Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. Pendleton is self-taught.
Enos reports that the Napa
has been “extremely busy” in
the short time it’s been open.
“It was way more busy than I
thought it would be.”
Enos has been collecting
e-mail addresses from his first
customers, and he plans to send
“thank you coupons” to all of
them. He also is planning a
grand opening later in the summer.
Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria is
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The Wedge
August - September 2010
Frederick Douglass Club Hits the Road for a
History Lesson
By Tiana Stephens
Students visit Frederick Douglass Circle in Harlem (Front row, l-r) Chaperone
Millie Bermudez, Eric Daniels, Aniayah Johnson, Jayde Lucas, Campbell McDade-Clay, Riane Pares-Kane, Sarah Petrichick, Katiana Conde (Back Row, l-r)
Emmalee Jessie, Chyna Stephens, Brittany Read, Sibo Simkin, Khaleef Reed,
Casey Sheils, Justus Lucas, Xavier K. Anderson, Dezmir Phelps, Autumn Ellis,
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Wearing shirts that read,
“Frederick Douglass is my
Homeboy,” a group of eager
5th and 6th graders from James
P. Duffy School #12 boarded a
charter bus headed to places
they’ve been learning about all
year in a unique after-school
“It was really exciting because you get to learn about
stuff that you don’t normally
talk about at school,” said 6thgrader Chyna Stephens.
The Frederick Douglass
Club, founded by Michelle
Garcia-Daniels three years ago,
embarked on a whirlwind trip
across Western New York and
down to New York City. In
some instances the students experienced the very places that
the great abolitionist himself
had visited.
The first stop--Seneca Falls,
where the first Women’s Rights
Convention was held in 1848,
followed by a visit to the home
of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, famous abolitionist and women’s
rights advocate. Fifth grader
Campbell McDade Clay recalled
the trip fondly; “I liked going to
Stanton’s house. It was really
cool to be in her house, not only
because it was her house, but
because it was so small. I loved
the wallpaper because it had
such pretty designs.”
Douglass himself may have
stepped foot in that very home.
He was one of the few men who
attended the historic meeting
of the first convention, and he
would continue to fight for several more decades for women to
gain the right to vote.
The home of Harriet Tubman, former slave and rescuer
of over 70 slaves herself was
next on the tour. “The best part
of the trip for me was spend-
ing time with the club playing
games and learning about Harriet Tubman. I learned that she
lived in Auburn, New York,”
said Justus Lucas, a 6th grader.
From Auburn the group
travelled to New York City. In
keeping with the theme, the
next day started early with a
ferry ride over to Lady Liberty,
followed by a tour of the CBS
building in Manhattan where a
very special guest came to meet
the kids—the great, great, great,
granddaughter of Frederick
Douglass, Faythe Weaver-Skinner and her family. And, just
in time for the Club’s arrival, a
monument in Harlem, (years in
the making) of Frederick Douglass had just been dedicated.
This was a truly a “Kodak moment” for the kids from Rochester, New York, to take pictures
with relatives of Frederick Douglass.
“Spending the day with the
Frederick Douglass Club was
awesome. It’s amazing that in
using Frederick Douglass as a
source of inspiration, the children have each become individual sources of living inspiration.
I felt nothing short of blessed by
their presence,” said WeaverSkinner, who resides about an
hour outside of the city.
Even at dinner that night,
the students were given a history lesson. Just up the road from
the monument, is “Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too,” a popular soul food restaurant owned
by Norma Jean Darden. Darden
stayed late that day to give the
children a firsthand account of
how her grandfather--born a
slave, and freed as a child--was
able to pull himself up through
hard work.
The students who took
part on this exciting road trip
can really appreciate the notion of hard work. Each had to
earn participation in the tour
by practicing good citizenship,
participating in workshops,
performing reenactments and
volunteering in the community.
It’s only fitting that the History
Club is from School #12, built
on the site of Douglass’ former
Rochester home, which burned
down in a suspicious fire in
Garcia-Daniels is already
busy planning next year’s trip,
says “It was a necessity for me
to arrange this trip for the F.D.C.
students. Often when students
read about historical places and
people, it doesn’t resonate with
them. This trip allowed them
to touch artifacts, see personal
belongings and hear stories of
great trailblazers. Our club has
discussed the importance of the
women suffrage movement and
abolitionists and it was important for me to have them walk in
their steps,” said Garcia-Daniel.
Tiana Stephens and husband
Erick Stephens have four children
at School #12: Mekhi, 6, Tian-Xing
8, Kaori-Mei, 10, and Chyna, age
12. She accompanied her two oldest daughters, who are members of
the Frederick Douglass Club, on
this year’s trip. Last year, Tiana, the
Assignment Editor at WROC-TV
Channel 8, rode along for the club’s
Washington D.C. trip, blogging for
the station’s web page and sending back photos and video between
stops. The Stephens’ son, Tian-Xing,
recently competed in the Frederick
Douglass Oratorical Contest at the
Douglass home site in D.C. Tiana, a
South Wedge resident, is originally
from Denver, Colorado. This is her
first article for The Wedge.
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The Wedge
August - September 2010
Enjoy a Locavore’s Summer Salad
By Lee Bender, South Wedge Farmers Market
Hearty salads make an excellent side dish or a quick, light summer meal. Try the following
recipe sometime. It’s packed with nutrients and flavor! All the ingredients you’ll need are available at the South Wedge Farmers Market every Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
SW Farmers Market
Manager’s Q & A
By Sue Gardner Smith
Locavore’s honey-glazed chicken and chard salad
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. shallots
1/4 lb. chicken (boneless)
3/4 cup honey
1 bunch radishes
2 bunches chard
1/2 cup snap peas
3 radishes, one cucumber
1/2 cup blueberries
Blue or feta cheese.
(Substitutions and additions could include tomato, carrots and basil).
Wash chard thoroughly and tear into bite-sized pieces, discarding the stems.
Wash snap peas and cut into thirds. Peel cucumber if desired, and cut into quarters lengthwise. Chop quarters into thin slices. Wash and slice radishes.
Toss all ingredients and set aside.
Next, heat a frying pan with enough oil to coat the pan. While doing so, slice chicken into
strips and chop shallots. Add chicken strips to the skillet, pouring half of the honey, shallots, and
black pepper over the chicken.
When the honey has melted around the chicken, turn it and repeat the previous step.
Keep turning the chicken periodically, until it turns golden brown.
Allow chicken to cool if desired, or serve on top of salad immediately.
Add blue or feta cheese.
Top with the vinaigrette of your choice.
Gaga Look-a-likes at the SWFM
By Nancy O’Donnell
The South Wedge Farmers
Market celebrated Gay Pride
Week 2010 with a Lady Gaga
look-a-like contest and a dance
off at the Market on July 15.
While some might think
the idea of combining Lady
Gaga and a Farm Market would
be a Bad Romance, Anne Semel
kept a Poker Face about it. As
did Kristen Lartson. And while
the organizer hoped someone
would Just Dance, no one did.
Eh, eh, nothing else I can say.
Anne Semel can’t keep a Poker Face
during South Wedge Farmers Market
fun (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Kierra Lartson waits for the Paparazzi (Photo by Johannes Bockwoldt)
Rochester Indie Fest Returns to
Rock the South Wedge
September 16-19, 2010
For more info,visit
The word “sustainable” seems to be everywhere.
What does it mean at the South
Wedge Farmers Market, and
why should I care?
A: A major goal of the
South Wedge Farmers Market is
to promote a more sustainable
food system, one which uses
methods that allow food production to continue indefinitely
into the future. A sustainable
system works with nature rather than fights against it. Waste
from the farm goes back into the
soil to replenish it, and a healthy
cycle of renewal and regeneration allows the land to remain
productive indefinitely – the
system is sustainable. Farming
operated in this harmonious
way for thousands of years.
Over the past several generations, however, farming
transformed. Many people have
become very concerned about
the current food production
system, which relies heavily on
toxic chemicals and petroleum
products for production and
transportation. Soil is depleted
of nutrients; water, air, and soil
are polluted; food is less nutritious and is contaminated with
toxins; and workers and consumers are exposed to harmful
chemicals. Food is grown by
giant corporations and transported thousands of miles. Animals are raised in enormous
factory farms, in crowded and
inhumane conditions, and are
treated with antibiotics and
hormones to promote unnatural faster growth and to treat
sickness arising from unhealthy
conditions. Ever-larger quantities of waste are produced
which pollute rather than enrich. Resources are used up
and not replaced. At some point
such a system breaks down and
cannot be maintained – it is unsustainable.
This may seem irrelevant
when you stand in the supermarket and see vast quantities
of food, much of it very cheap
because of the industrial methods used to grow it and because
it is heavily processed and treated with cheap chemical additives. But as consumers come to
understand the true cost of that
food, in harm to the food, the environment, customers, and farm
workers, they are choosing to
buy food from sources that they
know use sustainable methods.
Here’s why buying from farmers at the South Wedge Farmers
Market is a great way to support
sustainable agriculture:
• You’re buying directly
from small-scale, local farmers,
so food is fresher and requires
minimal transport to get to market.
• Several farmers at the
market are either certified organic or use the same growing
methods; such food has not
been grown with toxic chemical
• It’s healthier for you
and your family, for the farmers
and for the environment. Buying food from farmers markets
is one of the best ways to reduce
your carbon footprint. Waste is
recycled, and soil is replenished.
• Every dollar paid to
these farmers helps assure their
economic survival and thus our
ability to access this precious resource. It also contributes to the
health of our local economy.
And in case you’re still not
convinced, fresh, local food,
bought from the farmer who
grew it and harvested it shortly
before market, is bursting with
flavor—the most delicious food
you’ll find! The sweetest peach,
the juiciest tomato, the most
deeply flavored meat -- visit the
South Wedge Farmers Market
and cast your vote for sustainability.
urtsey of South Wedge Farmers
The Wedge
August - September 2010
Meet our South Wedge Farmers Market Vendor
By Sue Gardner Smith
Barrita and Jeff Shanks
Seven Bridges Farm
Barrita Shanks and her husband Jeff live on the same farm
in Lima that Jeff’s grandparents
purchased in 1942. The farm,
now known as Seven Bridges
Farm, has grown from the original 100 acres to about 500 acres.
Jeff’s grandparents lived in
Rochester and bought the land
to establish a farm, but they remained in Rochester during the
week. They left their three boys,
ages 12, 13, and 15, on the farm
during the week to run the operation, and with their daughter, visited the farm on weekend. The boys, including Jeff’s
dad, successfully ran the farm
while still attending school.
They named the cows after the
prettiest girls in their classes.
On one occasion the boys
thought they had lost the cows,
but eventually found them in
the house! The experience of
running a farm, which Barrita
says taught the boys industry
and self-reliance, seems to have
cemented Shanks family ties,
because most of the family still
lives on the same road today.
Jeff built the house in which he
and Barrita now live.
Seven Bridges Farm now
raises about 200 head of cattle,
30 pigs and over 100 chickens.
Barrita and Jeff raise all their animals from birth, and grow most
of the grain and hay that the
animals eat, without antibiotics
or pesticides. The animals are
never treated with growth hormones and are never fed animal
by-products. The beef, pork,
chicken, and eggs produced on
the farm can be purchased at the
South Wedge Farmers Market
every Thursday.
pesticides and other chemicals
traditionally used on farms. As
he explains, “I wanted to be
comfortable in my work environment.”
The birth of son Jack, now 2
½, reinforced his conviction that
to protect his son and wife Andrea, his business needed to be
more environmentally sustainable.
“I embrace a diverse ecosystem within my greenhouse.
In doing so, I try to seek balance
rather than just trying to kill insects, “ said Todd. “You can’t
have just good insects without
the bad. I attempt to embrace
the whole and maintain a desirable balance without too much
of a detrimental effect on the
Todd believes that if he provides his plants with all the essentials they need, they will be
able to defend themselves.
He’s developed a unique
potting mix that he feels is his
secret weapon in providing his
plants with all their nutritional
needs. He’s seen a dramatic
improvement in the health and
vitality of his plants since he
developed the formula which,
as he says, “mimics mother nature in a container.” He sells the
mix at the South Wedge Farmers Market and at his farm.
His product is enthusiastically
endorsed by the several other
farmers at the Market who now
use the mix on their farms.
Todd’s customers appreciate his approach to sustainable
growing; his business has expanded every year since his first
selling season in 2007. In 2008 he
built a 3,200 square foot greenhouse, in which he grows the
annuals, perennials, herbs, and
vegetable plants that he sells at
farmers markets. Although an
avid proponent and practitioner
of local agriculture, Todd has
the unusual hobby of collecting
rare plants from the Amazon,
an interest inspired by his studies of ethno botany in college. A
visit to Todd’s booth at the market will reward you not only
with a wonderful assortment
of beautiful, sustainably-grown
plants, but also with a conversation with a thoughtful farmer
whose intelligence and passion
informs all his efforts.
Todd Lighthouse
Lighthouse Gardens
Todd Lighthouse of Lighthouse Gardens in Honeoye Falls
has built a reputation as this region’s premier grower of garden plants, using only the highest standards of sustainability.
Todd started his farm as a
conventional operation, but he
soon realized that he was uneasy using the many fertilizers,
Jill and Bill Stackpole
Bloomfield Honey
Jill and Bill Stackpole of
Bloomfield Honey have a pretty
keen sense of what it takes to
create a happy home for bees.
In 2004, Bill was given some old
beekeeping equipment, and he
set it up. Almost immediately,
the bees moved in. Bill and Jill
claim that they knew nothing
about beekeeping, but the success of their honey business
suggests that they were either
quick learners or very gracious
hosts to the bees that colonized
their hives.
The Stackpoles now have
100 hives in Bloomfield, Honeoye, Mendon, Victor, Rush,
and Naples. They set up their
hives on farms, under contracts
with farmers to pollinate their
crops. Unlike some beekeepers, Bill and Jill keep permanent
hives on farms, rather than moving the bees from farm to farm.
Moving bees stresses them,
making them more susceptible
to disease. Keeping bees healthy
and happy is a top priority for
the Stackpoles, especially given the growing concern about
Colony Collapse Disorder,
which has caused bee colonies
throughout the world to shrink
and disappear. Although not
well understood, experts believe
a combination of factors is responsible for the disappearance
of these colonies, including mite
infestation, disease, and stresses
caused by pesticides and other
environmental toxins. Because
of the vital role bees play in pollinating food crops throughout
the world, this threat to bees
could have consequences far
beyond the threat to the bees
themselves. The Stackpoles’
bees flourish under their careful
nurturing, and show their appreciation with an abundance of
golden honey, flavored with the
nectar of our local flowers.
Bill and Jill produce seasonal honey, and the flavor
and color varies as the flowers
change through the growing
season. Their spring honey is
light-colored and delicately flavored. With summer’s arrival
and the blooming of clover, the
honey darkens to a deeper amber. Fall honey is even more
richly-colored and flavored, resulting from the darker nectar
of the buckwheat flower. Jill
says that a strong hive requires
plenty of room, or the bees will
swarm and leave. When it’s
time to extract honey, the Stackpoles cut off the wax capping of
the honeycomb and spin it to
remove the honey. They remove
the big chunks of wax but leave
in the pollen and small bits of
wax, which they have learned
their customers prefer, especially those seeking relief from
seasonal allergies.
In addition to selling their
raw honey at the South Wedge
Farmers’ Market, the Stackpoles
offer creamed honey, beeswax
candles, and a number of honey-based all-natural skin care
products, including lip balm,
cuticle cream, skin toner, and
soaps. Each year they train and
mentor new beekeepers, and
they are working with other
local beekeepers to breed pestresistant, hardy bees that will
flourish in our challenging climate. They also sell beekeeping supplies to others who wish
to follow their lead in creating
hives where bees can thrive,
continue the important work of
pollinating crops, and create delicious fresh, local honey for all
to enjoy.
ery day for the rest of his life.
That passion is evident in the
high quality product that Andrew and his fellow farmers
bring each week to the South
Wedge Farmers Market.
Julia Sargent and Andrew Dygert
Phil and Sandi Munson
Fisher Hill Farm
East Hill Farm
East Hill Farm in Middlesex, NY, is the home of the
Rochester Folk Art Guild, an
intentional community of crafts
people known for their beautiful pottery, woodworking,
weaving and other crafts. The
365-acre property also includes
a seven-acre vegetable farm, run
by three permanent East Hill
residents and three interns.
Andrew Dygert, one of the
young farmers who is a permanent resident, says that he
and his fellow farmers strive to
use the best agricultural practices they can to make the farm
sustainable ecologically, economically, and physically for
the people working there. This
means that no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are
used on the farm.
The Guild moved from
Rochester to the scenic Middlesex hills in 1967. In the early
years, the farm grew grain, using conventional growing methods, raised sheep and cattle and
operated a large vineyard. In
the late 1980s, agriculture was
phased out. About five years
ago, a vegetable operation was
started, using all-sustainable
methods, and it has grown every
year since then. The farm grows
a wide variety of high quality vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, swiss
chard, onions, leeks, potatoes,
beans, peas, squash, cucumbers,
beets and greens. The farm also
grows apples, peaches, pears,
and plums in an orchard, again
focusing on sustainable methods. As Andrew says, “we try
to maintain the soundest agricultural principles possible, not
only to ensure the health and
safety of our customers, but to
provide the best stewardship of
the land possible. Our primary
defense against pests and disease is striving to grow healthy
plants that will be naturally resistant to both.”
Andrew, farming for about
five years, started by working
for an organic farmer in the
area. He says he never thought
about a farming career, but
when farming for the first time
he realized he could do this ev-
Phil Munson of Fisher Hill
Farm in Bristol has been farming his whole life. He started
driving a tractor at age 5 (not a
misprint!) on the 100-acre farm
that his parents purchased in
1978 in the rolling Bristol hills.
His parents raised mostly pigs
and cash crops, and still raise
some pigs on the farm today.
Phil grows vegetables on 20
acres of the farm, and plants
cover crops on the fallow land
to replenish the soil, which he
describes as heavy clay with lots
of stones – certainly a challenge
to a vegetable farmer. Nevertheless, Phil, who says he always
wanted to be a farmer, grows
a wide variety of vegetables
on the land, including many
fall vegetables such as squash,
potatoes, cauliflower and enormous pumpkins. Phil practices
Integrated Pest Management on
his farm, which is a technique
farmers use to minimize pesticide use.
Phil usually brings the first
strawberries to market in the
spring. He tells how this year
on Mother’s Day night, the
temperature dropped to 26 degrees, a freeze that would have
destroyed the strawberry crop.
Phil irrigated his strawberry
fields with water for frost protection. In the morning, everything was completely covered
with a blanket of ice, which
must have been an alarming
sight. But the ice coating created
a protective shield, and the tender strawberry blossoms survived, yielding a bountiful crop
of beautiful sweet berries this
past spring.
Phil has been selling his
vegetables, fruits, and flowers
at farmers markets in the area
for 10 years. This is his first
season as a vendor at the South
Wedge Farmers Market. Phil
is often joined at this booth by
his wife, Sandi, who, when not
working on the farm, is the business manager at a Rochester day
care center. Phil and Sandi are a
welcome addition to the South
Wedge Farmers Market, where
their wide variety of crops, offering good value, have been
enthusiastically received by
SWFM customers.
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge Arts & Leisure
By Nancy O’Donnell
Tango Café Dance Studio Expands Offerings
Third Thursday Music on August 19.
Third Thursdays Free
Music in Star Alley
BASWA brings The Hi-Risers to Star Alley on August 19,
8 – 10 p.m., presented for your
enjoyment by Historic Houseparts. On September 16, The Lobster Quadrille will perform 8-10
p.m. through the generosity of
John’s Tex Mex. To learn more,
Rose O’Keefe (Photo by Nancy
South Wedge Author
Promotes Newest Book
Author Rose O’Keefe sat a
spell at the recent Cornhill Festival to autograph her new book,
Historic Genesee Country: A Guide
to its Lands & Legacies, and promote the South Wedge Planning
Committee and the Business
Association of the South Wedge
Area (BASWA). And sell some
BASWA Swag as well.
Other books by O’Keefe include Southeast Rochester, N.Y.
(Images of America) and Rochester’s South Wedge, N.Y. (Images
of America). All are available at
Barnes & Noble and on
Warner Castle Sunken Garden
(Photo courtesy of Rochester Civic
Garden Center)
Rochester Civic Garden
Hosts Harvest Party
Christine Froehlich, executive director of the Rochester
Civic Garden Center, invites
all to “Revisit a bygone era of
wealth and elegance” at the
Center’s Harvest Party. The
event takes place on the grounds
of Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park,
4 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, September 19.
“The Sunken Garden, commissioned in 1932 by then-owner Merry Dennis, is still a highlight of the Castle grounds,”
said Froehlich. “Designed by
renowned landscape architect
Alling DeForest, its elegant
curved staircases lead down
to grass parterres outlined in
DeForest’s signature pattern.
The Castle courtyard garden is
believed to have also been part
of this commission, and has recently been rehabilitated to echo
DeForest’s hand. And today the
Castle boasts a beautiful front
garden and perennial borders
that line the back lawn.”
through the gardens with wine
and hors d’oeuvres, a seasonal
dinner, followed by excerpts
from the musical “Castles That
Crown the World,” presented
by The Outer Loop Theater Experience.
4-5 p.m.: Magic hour in
the garden with wine and hors
5-6:30 p.m.: Seasonal dinner
6:30-8 p.m.: “Castles that
Crown the World”
Tickets, $45 per person, are
available by phone (473-5130),
fax (473-8136), at the Castle, and
online ( Casual
Tango Cafe Dance Studio
on Gregory Street are offering a
lot more than dance class. Each
Monday, swing to the New Orleans sounds of Crescent City
Connection (and friends). 9 - 11
p.m. $5 cover ($3 if you’re enrolled in Tango Cafe dance or
fitness classes. On Tuesdays,
Poetry and Spoken Word Open
Mic, 8 p.m. Other events include: comedy competitions,
women’s musician and artist
showcase and much more.
Visit www.tangocafedance.
com to see the whole schedule
of events and classes available.
389 Gregory St., 271-4930,,
Facebook: Tango Café Dance
Darren Stevenson, Johannes Bockwoldt and Derrick Petrush (Photo by
Nancy O’Donnell)
South Wedge Filmmaker Wins First Prize
360/365 Film Festival
Indie filmmaker and director Johannes Bockwoldt’s short
film, Special Delivery, won first
prize in the short film contest
in the 360/365 Film Festival
(formerly the Rochester High
Falls Film Festival). Along with
a cash prize, his film was also
screened at the Little Theatre
during the May festival.
Appearing in the film were
dancers Darren Stevenson and
Johanna Bystrom of PUSH
Physical Theater and Bockwoldt. Cinematographer Derrick Petrush of D Train Media
completed the crew.
The Cornhill location for
the 15-hour film was provided
by South Wedge developer
John Trickey. To view the film,
visit Youtube (“Special delivery.
Small Business Aid
By Eilleen Thomas
The City of Rochester recently released program guidelines and applications for the
Small Business Matching Grants
program and a new program
named for the late Phil Banks,
who was the Assistant Commissioner of Economic Development.
“The City has expanded the
matching grant program and is
introducing the Philip J Banks
Small Business Assistance program to try and meet the needs
we’ve heard expressed by our
small market customers over the
past year,” said Matt McCarthy,
Senior Economic Development
Specialist with the Department
of Neighborhood & Business
The new program is designed to assist small business
owners who are investing in
real estate. Those investments
must lead to job retention, an
increase in the tax base and revitalization of neighborhood
commercial corridors.
The Banks program provides 50/50 matching grants of
up to $15,000 and/or loans of up
to $50,000 to assist with the cost
of interior and exterior building renovations, improvements
and/or additions. The typical
grant will be $10,000. The loans
have a maximum 10-year term
and a very low interest rate.
Loans secured by a lien on assets have a fixed 3% rate; loans
secured by a bank letter of credit
have a fixed rate of 1%. In both
cases, there is a 1% closing fee.
Banks program funds cannot be used for correcting code
violations, consolidating debt or
paying business overhead. Taxexempt and home-based businesses are not eligible for this
The City’s Matching Grants
program can provide business
owners with a dollar-for-dollar
match for a wide range of expenses related to build-out, advertising and security. The maximum amount available varies
by the type of grant.
To be eligible, business
owners must meet the federal
government’s definition of an
“Essential Neighborhood Service” or have a low-to-moderate
income (80% or less of median
family income). Home-based
and tax-exempt businesses are
not eligible.
Grants of up to $5,000 are
available to assist with architect and interior design costs,
purchase and installation of
computer systems (including Point of Sale systems) and
major advertising campaigns.
Matching grants of up to $1,000
are available for exterior signs
and $2,000 for security-related
purchases, including alarm systems, exterior lighting, cameras
and fencing.
A new component to the
Small Business Matching Grants
program this year is the matching grant of up to $2,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment.
This grant assists with the cost
of items that do not require installation.
An application must be
completed and documentation
that taxes are filed and/or paid
must be provided. Proof of
workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage
are also required, as are copies
of permits and applicable licenses. All business owners must
consent to a credit check as part
of the application process.
Start-ups and businesses
that have been operating for less
than one year must also provide
a business plan.
SWPC assists start-up and
new business owners with
developing a business plan
through our partnership with
the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Geneseo.
Call 585-256-1740, ext 103 for
information and appointments.
Copies of the applications
and program guidelines for
these two business assistance
programs are available at the
SWPC office (585-256-1740 ext.
103) or on the City of Rochester
web site. If you have questions
about either program, call Matt
McCarthy, Senior Economic
Development Specialist, at 585428-6920.
New York Stare Mandates Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A new New York State Law,
Amanda’s Law, which mandates the installation of carbon
monoxide (CO) detectors in all
homes in the state became effective on February 23, 2010. The
law is named after a teenager
who died in January 2009 of
CO poisoning from a defective
boiler while she was sleeping at
a friend’s house.
Under Amanda’s Law,
homes built before January
1, 2008, are permitted to have
battery-powered CO alarms.
Homes built after this date are
required to have the alarms
hard-wired into the building.
Additionally, Amanda’s Law
will require property owners in
New York State to install a CO
alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home
is not equipped with an alarm.
law requires existing one- and
two-family residences to have
at least one carbon monoxide
alarm installed on the lowest
floor of the building having a
sleeping area. The alarm must
be clearly audible in all sleeping
areas over background noise
levels with all intervening doors
CO poisoning is the num-
ber one cause of poisoning
deaths in the United States. It
can be produced when burning
any type of fuel including gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural
gas, kerosene, oil, wood or coal.
If any flammable material burns
incompletely, carbon monoxide
is produced. Carbon monoxide
can kill in minutes depending
on the levels in the air.
The symptoms of CO poisoning are often mistaken for
the flu and can include dizziness,
throbbing headache, nausea,
vomiting, irregular breathing,
sleepiness and confusion. By
the time people realize there is a
problem, they are often too sick
or too disoriented to get out of
the house and get help.
In addition to installing carbon monoxide alarms, homeowners are reminded to take
these steps to reduce their risk:
• Test and/or replace
alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions;
• Have heating systems,
vents, chimneys and flues tested, inspected and cleaned by a
qualified technician each year;
• Never leave a car running in an attached garage;
• Regularly
vents and chimneys for improper connections, rust, soot or
other debris;
• Never run a vehicle,
generator or other fuel powered
motor indoors, even if garage
doors are open to the outdoors;
• Never use a gas oven to
heat a home, and only use barbecue grills outdoors – never in
a house or garage; and
• Remember that carbon
monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Smoke
alarms should also be installed
on every level of a home as well
as in or outside all sleeping areas.
The Wedge
August - September 2010
South Wedge Church’s Food
Ministry at The Market
By Sue Gardner Smith
Joan Hendrick and Robert Lauterbach collect donations for the hungry at the
South Wedge Farmers Market (Photo by Nancy O’Donnell)
Calvary St. Andrews Presbyterian Parish Food Ministry
volunteers, motivated by compassion and a desire to serve
those who need a little extra
help, are making a big difference in the lives of South Wedge
residents. Clients include people who are poor, disabled, elderly, newly unemployed, the
working poor and families in
In 2009, the church’s Food
Ministry, located at the corner
of Ashland Street and Averill
Avenue, delivered over 100,000
pounds of food, or the equivalent of 45,000 meals, to low-income residents in the 14620 zip
code area. As Pastor Rev. Judy
Lee Hay describes it: “The Food
Ministry is a program of neighbors feeding neighbors.”
Fourteen volunteers assist
with the Food Ministry, providing 50-60 volunteer hours per
week. Many other individuals,
community groups, corporations and churches donate food
and cash to help in the effort.
“It takes a network of individuals, businesses and block
clubs to really feed people, and
as we build that network, we’re
really building a community
of care and compassion,” says
Rev. Hay. “The volunteers really want to serve; it comes out
of their faith.”
Volunteer Barbara Mitchell
confirms this. “I see how people
are helped on a daily basis, and
it makes me feel good to be a
part of that.”
Robert Lauterbach, South
Wedge resident and the Food
Ministry Coordinator, explains
that clients “rely on us to be
here and support their needs…
we know what people need.”
The Food Ministry has two
main programs. The Emergency Food Cupboard offers emergency provisions of staples,
such as canned vegetables and
fruit, soups, rice, peanut butter
and canned tuna that provide
nine meals per family. A client
can receive a distribution from
this ministry once every three
months. This ministry serves
100 families per month. The
other weekly program distributes mainly fresh foods such as
vegetables, fruits, meat, bread,
cheese and yogurt.
Clients have come to appreciate the ministry’s focus on
healthy food and especially look
forward to the fruit and meat
distributions. Approximately
50 families attend on Tuesday
mornings. Food baskets are also
available during the holidays.
This past Christmas, 60 families
received baskets that included a
ham or turkey. Most of the food
distributed, approximately 7580%, is purchased from Foodlink, the local food bank that
also works with 450 agencies
in the 10-county region. Lauterbach says that Foodlink has
done a great job of providing an
abundance of high-quality food
to the ministry. Other churches
and organizations have also donated, including the Pittsford
Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church Home, and Rochester Children’s Nursery (now
Rochester Childfirst Network).
“Lots of neighborhood people will stop in and drop off a
bag,” said Rev. Hay.
Another important source
are food drives organized by
the Boy Scouts and the U.S.
Post Office workers. During the
holidays, some companies organize food drives to support the
ministry. A young member of
the church’s congregation, Taylor Morisey, organized a food
drive in her third-grade class. A
group of young people from St.
Joseph’s Villa helped store the
bounty gathered from a large
food drive.
At Easter, the church congregation had a drive to collect
toilet paper, an item not covered
by food stamps. Other items
always needed are shampoo,
laundry and dish detergent and
women’s feminine products.
Bus passes are also appreciated.
The Food Ministry welcomes
any donations, including cash,
which will allow them to expand their services to offer some
of the above items.
On the last Thursday of
each month through October,
a food drive to benefit Calvary
St. Andrews Food Ministry will
take place at the South Wedge
Farmers Market.
“Joan Hendrick and I spent
four hours at the South Wedge
market recently,“ said Lauterbach. “We had many food donations from people just walking
up and saying thanks for what
we do. We also had nearly $50 in
cash donations. At the end of the
event, Market Coordinator Sue
Gardner Smith collected several
donated bags of lettuce, English
muffins and snap peas from the
vendors. The whole event was a
great success.”
Among the items needed
are pasta, peanut butter, toilet
paper, tuna fish and canned
items: beans, stew or hash, fruit,
pasta and soups. Market items
are also welcome. Interested in
volunteering at the Food Ministry or organizing a food drive
(consider workplace, family,
or birthday party food drives).
Please contact Robert Lauterbach at 325-4950.
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August 26-29
Thu/Sat: 11 am to 11 pm
SUnday: 11 am to 8 pm
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Information and food take out: 271-3150
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The Wedge
June - July 2010
School #12 Celebrates Poets in La Cuña
By Henry I. Padron, HOLA Kindergarten Teacher
at Tango Café to an eager audience of families, siblings and
friends. A special thanks to Kerri Vaughn and Ruben Fuentes,
owners of the Tango Café, for
permitting us to use the space
for rehearsals and the final performance.
The students voted on the
name: “2 kool for 1 language.”
This was a very cool reading.
Following is a sampling of the
work presented. I joined the students in one poem.
School #12 “2 Cool for 1 Language” include (l-r)Emmet Lewis-Mackenzie,
Lily Kegl, Campbell McDade Clay, Claire Janezic, Meredith Sheils, Sarah Rule,
Piper VanKerkhove, Devin Hull, and Frieda Jones (Photo by Henry I. Padron)
The School #12 Spanish
Club is made up of students
from grades 4-5. This is the
second year that the club is in
existence under my direction.
It came about as a result of parents and students desiring to
maintain the Spanish they had
learned in the HOLA program.
(HOLA is a two-way Immersion English/Spanish program
at School #12.)
The students who participated are now in the MAP
(Major Achievement Program)
program and value the Spanish
When the group met in
April 2010, it was decided to
focus and write about the community from an artistic per-
ception. I was inspired by the
Wedge newspaper edition that
focused on neighborhood art.
The group met on Fridays from
3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Tango Café. We
would walk to the Café and talk
about the visuals. We did make
a tour to get a deeper feel for the
businesses in The Wedge or La
Last year we concluded the
club in May with a performance
for children from Rochester
ChildFirst Network and kindergarten classes from School #12.
Approximately 200 students
participated. The performance
was based on an interpretation
of five children’s stories written
in Spanish and translated into
English. This year we presented
La Cuña
Been to the Wedge?
That slice of life
in Rochester...
The place is thriving
businesses jumping
people wanting to be a part
a slice of the action
in the midst of it all
we decided to come together
and celebrate it with words.
Has visitado La Cuña
ese pedacito de vida
en Rochester
El lugar late con
negocios nascientos
y un público deseoso de ser
de una cuñ activa.
Entre tod@s
decidimos unirnos
para celebrar con nuestras
Information and food take out: 271-3150
sponsored by the
greek orthodox church of the holy spirit
Pottery, Fountains, Birdbaths & Houses,
Decorative Pieces, Japanese Garden Ornament, Gifts,
Books and More!
Ornament & Decor for Home and Garden
Garden Design for Everyone
Tu, Th, Fri: 11 - 6; Wed & Sat: 9 -5; Sundays by Appointment
Library Hours
South Wedge Planning Committee
Office 224 Mt. Hope Avenue
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information,
call 256-1740.
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T he best stores on every street
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August 26-29
Thu/Sat: 11 am to 11 pm
SUnday: 11 am to 8 pm
A Time to Relax, Have Fun, Express Yourself,
Enunciate Your Style, add a Little Flair!
Poet Frieda Jones spells out the
great things in the South Wedge.
Seventh Annual
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The Artful
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New Look, Same Neighbor.
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