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Monroe Branch Public Library: December Programs

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South Wedge gears up for 5th annual Wedge Waddle

WHEN: Thursday, November 23 at 10 AM

FREE 3-mile walk through the South Wedge neighborhood Thanksgiving morning

Rochester, NY – Before you stuff yourself with turkey and settle into the sofa this Thanksgiving, stroll down to Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood for the fifth annual Wedge Waddle: a free, untimed, walk/run/waddle for the whole community to enjoy, regardless of athletic ability. The event is designed to be a friends-and-family-friendly activity, so strollers, wagons, and children are all welcome. The Waddle will begin at 10 am at Abundance Food Coop (571 South Avenue) and will follow a 3-mile route. Participants can also get a head start on their Thanksgiving feasting at sponsored rest stops, featuring apple cider and donuts.

Participants are encouraged to bring a new pair of socks to donate to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, to benefit the homeless and community members in need. For anyone who is unable to attend the event but would still like to donate, sock drop boxes are available at Trillium Health, Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream, Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union, the South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC), and Abundance Food Coop. A full list of sock drop box locations & addresses is available at: www.wedgewaddle.com/sock-drive. Expressing your gratitude is the essence of Thanksgiving, and giving to those in need is a great way to show what you’re thankful for.

Registration is available online at wedgewaddle.com. The first 250 individuals registered will receive a free Wedge Waddle t-shirt. Same-day registration is also available starting at 9:30 AM.

The Wedge Waddle was created by Hungry Hedonists, a social club focused on creating fun events that benefit the community. Now in its fifth year – and with hundreds of participants every year – the Wedge Waddle is an established holiday tradition in the South Wedge neighborhood, where family fun and supporting a good cause are precursors to Thanksgiving dinner.

2017 Wedge Waddle Sponsors: Trillium Health, Highland Hospital, Highland Contractors, ABVI Goodwill, PrintROC, The Christopher Group, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Abundance Food Coop, BASWA, Butapub, CITY Newspaper, Equal=Grounds Coffee Shop, Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union, Harry G’s, The Historic German House, Historic Houseparts, John’s Tex-Mex, Kitty Box Press, Leaf Tea Bar, LUX Lounge, Peerless Events, SEAC, SWPC, Tru Yoga

Photos from the 2016 event, here

Interviews can also be arranged. Please contact Jennifer Posey, (585)355-7913, jennifer@hedonistchocolates.com

Seeking 20 Volunteers for the Webster Turkey Trot

WHEN/WHERE: Thanksgiving Morning, November 23rd, Webster Park

Please consider helping! We still have SEVERAL volunteer roles to fill! The time frame is from 7:30 am or 8:00 am (depending on the role) until about 11:00 am. Roles needed are:

  • Finish Line
  • Food Tent
  • Road Marshals
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Parking
  • Bike Zone
  • Drop Bags

If you can assist, it would be greatly appreciated! Sign-up to volunteer here

Thank you, The Team at YellowJacket Racing

RPD Notice

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I would like to report an increase in “Thefts From Vehicles” that have been reported in your neighborhood recently. I can’t call them “Car Break-ins” because in each of the reported incidents (7 in the last week) the perpetrator entered a vehicle that was unlocked and parked in a driveway.

Please do not leave any items of value in your vehicles.

Please lock all doors.

Please report any suspicious activity.

Also, why I have your attention; with the holiday season about to commence, please make arrangements to safeguard all delivered packages and do not leave them un-attended on your porch or stoop. There are those who will take advantage of your belongings when left out in the open.

Thank you,

Garth Mitchell

Crime Prevention Officer

Rochester, NY Police Department

Goodman Section NSC

320 N. Goodman Street Suite 209

Rochester, NY 14607


585-428-6572 (office) 585-428-7641 (fax)

Health Insurance Sign Up

Registration period for insurance through the ACA or Affordable Care Act is cut in half this year, only open from Now until December 15th. Some of the Rochester Public Libraries will have Health Care Navigators available to help individuals sign up. To meet with a person for assistance signing up, see attached which lists library branches, and available times and dates.

Home Heating Assistance Information

“With Winter just around the corner, I wanted take this chance to update you on the services available to help families who have a broken furnace or an older model that may need replacing.""

City of Rochester Residents

If the family resides in the City of Rochester and makes less than $54,900 for a family of four (contact us for all income guidelines) the City of Rochester’s Emergency Appliance Repair Program can help fix or replace broken water heaters and furnaces. Applications are available through PathStone at (585) 442-2030 ext.214. This program is for owner-occupied homes.

State of New York Residents

HEAP Emergency Furnace Repair opens November 6th.

If you are a homeowner and eligible, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit can help you repair or replace your furnace, boiler and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep your home’s primary heating source working.

Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace your furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement.

You must go to your HEAP Local District Contact to apply. Your local district contact will decide if you meet all the eligibility conditions, including the income and resource requirements.

Before work is started it must be approved and authorized by a HEAP Local District Contact. Payment is made directly to the vendor after all the work is completed.

View HEAP Monthly Income Limits.

State Residents who do not qualify for emergency HEAP repair

If a family is over income for HEAP, NYSERDA offers a 50/50 subsidy program that can pay for half of the cost of a furnace with low-interest loans available to use as matching funds. A family of four can make up to $70,751 and still participate in the program. Families must use NYSERDA vetted contractors. For more information on this program please contact Courtney Klee at (585) 442-2030 ext. 213. This program also covers insulation, water heaters, air sealing, and other energy-saving measures.”

Scott Oliver, Deputy for Energy Programs

PathStone Corporation, 400 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Office: (585) 442-2030 ext.204 Cell: (585) 773-4186 Fax: (585) 442-2039


11/16 - Cobb's Hill Park Meeting

Cobb’s Hill Dog Park Pilot Period Review Meeting

Thursday, November 16 | 6:30 | Tay House

Voice your opinion: Please attend this important meeting. We look forward to meeting you and welcome your comments. If you require special arrangements for the meeting (translators, handicap accessibility, etc.) or further information on this meeting, contact: Mitch Rowe, 428-7755. This notice is posted at www.cityofrochester.gov/events

Flower City AmeriCorps

Continuing: Flower City AmeriCorps is recruiting for the 2017-2018 program year

Start date: October 2, 2017

End date: September 15, 2018

Accepting applications through August 2017 with rolling admission

Living Allowance:

Full Time Living allowance: $12,530 for the year. $501.20 bi-weekly.

Half-time Living Allowance: $6265 for the year. $250.60 bi-weekly

Hours per week: 40 full-time or 20 part-time

Areas of focus:

Urban Issues, Family, Poverty and hunger, Youth, Community Engagement and Development, Human Services, Civic Engagement, Education, Healthy Lifestyles

Interested? Visit here