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Despicable Me 2 is Thursday night's Family Outdoor Movie - 2014

Posted: 
July 29, 2014
Event Date: 
July 31, 2014

Join us Thursday night (7/31) for Despicable Me 2 - at our first Family Outdoor Movie Night of the season! Shown on a giant inflatable screen at Thornell Farm Park, the movie is free and includes free popcorn and beverages! Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the show; the movie will begin at dark.

This year we’ve added a movie to the season, for a total of three fun nights throughout the summer! On Thursday, 8/14 we’ll feature The Croods and on Thursday, 8/28 we’ll show Monsters University. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Family Outdoor Movie sponsors Pittsford Federal Credit Union, Wegmans, Sylvan Learning of Pittsford, and Pittsford Dance Studio. Family Outdoor Movie Nights are a great way to spend a fun evening with family and friends - join us for each one! Thornell Farm Park is located at 480 Mendon Road.

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Big Band music 7PM Friday with 78 RPM Band - 2014

Posted: 
July 28, 2014
Event Date: 
August 1, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert Series features the best in big band music this Friday, 8/1 at 7PM with the 78 RPM Band in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. Our concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15. PLEASE NOTE this Friday's concert begins at 7PM; the remaining concerts will begin at 6:30PM (this correction to previous information). There are only three concerts left so be sure to join us!  For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280. 

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Friday concert: great blues with Steve Grills - 2014

Posted: 
July 21, 2014
Event Date: 
July 25, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert Series features great blues this Friday, 7/25 with Steve Grills in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. Our concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15, beginning at 7PM in July, 6:30PM in August. We feature a variety of great music throughout the season. For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280. 

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First of three Family Outdoor Movie Nights is July 31, 2014

Posted: 
July 15, 2014
Event Date: 
July 31, 2014

Be sure to save the dates for the Town of Pittsford’s upcoming Family Outdoor Movie Nights – this year we’ve added a movie, for a total of three fun nights throughout the summer! Shown on a giant inflatable screen on Thursday evenings at Thornell Farm Park, the movies are free and include free popcorn and beverages. Our first movie is Thursday, 7/31 and features Despicable Me 2. On Thursday, 8/14 join us for the Croods and on 8/28 we’ll be showing Monsters University. All movies will begin at dark. Thornell Farm Park is located at 480 Mendon Road. Many thanks to our generous 2013 Family Outdoor Movie sponsors Pittsford Federal Credit Union, Wegmans, Sylvan Learning of Pittsford, and Pittsford Dance Studio. It's sure to be a great time with family and friends – bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and join us!

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Friday Summer Concert with Allegro and PYS Duck Drop, 7/18/2014

Posted: 
July 15, 2014
Event Date: 
July 18, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert this week features party rock band Allegro and the PYS Duck Drop. Concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15 in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. We’ll feature a variety of great music throughout the season. Concerts begin at 7PM in July, 6:30PM in August. For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280.  For information on the PYS Duck Drop, visit the Pittsford Youth Services website.

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Friday concert: classic R&B with Hot Sweets - 2014

Posted: 
July 8, 2014
Event Date: 
July 11, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert Series continues this week with rhythm & blues by Hot Sweets. Concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15 in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. We’ll feature a variety of great music throughout the season. Concerts begin at 7PM in June and July, 6:30PM in August. For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280.

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No concert this Friday, classic R&B on 7/11/2014

Posted: 
June 30, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert Series takes a break this week - no concert on 7/4 - but join us on 7/11 for some classic rhythm and blues from Hot Sweets. Our concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15 in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford. We’ll feature a variety of great music throughout the season. Concerts begin at 7PM in June and July, 6:30PM in August. For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280.

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Public Info meeting 7/1/2014 for Athletic & Rec Initiative

Posted: 
June 24, 2014
Event Date: 
July 1, 2014

The last public information meeting will take place Tuesday, 7/1 regarding a proposed Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative. The meeting is at 7PM in the lower level meeting room of Pittsford Town Hall (11 South Main Street) and will take place during the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting.

The Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative consists of two components: improving Town athletic fields and constructing additional fields; and repairing and restoring the Town’s Paul M. Spiegel Community Center.  The public information meeting will outline the proposed plans, cost and financing for each component and provide an opportunity for public comments on the initiative. 

The Town of Pittsford has been working for the past two years on developing a solution to resolve issues related to unsatisfactory athletic field conditions stemming from overuse/excessive demand, the inability to take fields off-line to “rest” and regenerate, and grading/drainage issues while also addressing a need for improved handicapped accessibility to town athletic fields.   Over the past several years the Town also has been dealing with increasing maintenance issues at the Spiegel Community Center and the necessity to address the long-term needs of the building.  An overview of the Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative is below and additional information may be found in the following documents:

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project Summary

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project: Background Information

Athletic Fields Concept Drawings: Great Embankment Park, Hopkins Park, Thornell Farm Park, Willard Road property.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project Summary

Athletic Fields

To address overuse and increased demand, needed offline time for field regeneration, grading/drainage issues, and handicapped access, the Town Board engaged LaBella Associates to assist in preparing a concept plan for the improvement and upgrading of the town’s athletic fields, with input from town staff, board members, community groups and the Pittsford Central School District.  The athletic fields plan takes into account information gathered and assessed by the Pittsford Central School District’s Athletic Fields Use study.  

The town’s athletic fields plan was developed in collaboration with the School District’s own fields upgrade project, which is currently underway; improvements to Town athletic facilities, in combination with the improvements at two Pittsford Central School District athletic fields, are being proposed to meet the overall current and future athletic fields needs of the Pittsford community in a cost-effective manner.  Various stages of the athletic fields preliminary plan were presented to Town Board, with opportunity for public questions and input, in 2012, 2013 and earlier this year (see Athletic Fields Improvement Project Background sheet for further details).

The proposed improvements to athletic fields support the Town’s commitment to providing high quality athletic facilities and offering increased access to playing fields for youth and adults throughout the community.  The project would improve athletic fields at the Town’s Great Embankment Park (631 Marsh Road), Thornell Farm Park (480 Mendon Road) and Hopkins Park (5 Barker Road) and create new fields at the Town’s Willard Road property.  The proposed improvements include constructing or reconfiguring athletic fields, playgrounds, parking areas, sidewalks, drainage and restrooms and providing increased handicapped accessibility.  A synthetic turf field with lights is also proposed at Thornell Farm Park.  A more detailed description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Athletic Fields Improvement Project summary sheet.

“The major problem with existing fields involves intensity of use, which impedes adequate preventive and ongoing maintenance,” said Town Deputy Supervisor Jared Lusk, who has overseen the fields project from its inception, as the Town Board’s point person.  “In order to be in fit condition, athletic fields need to rest and regenerate.   Due to the level of demand, that doesn’t happen. This plan will help correct that problem, providing more fields, and correcting drainage issues that frequently take our fields off-line.  The upgrades will bring our fields to the standard demanded by current and anticipated use.”

Town athletic fields are used by a variety of youth sports leagues including those for football, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse.  Teams need fields for practice times as well as games, therefore athletic fields in Pittsford are in high demand.  For example, Mustangs youth soccer includes 1,600 youth from ages 5 – 19, the Youth Lacrosse program in Pittsford serves 300 youth in kindergarten through 6th grade and approximately 200 junior high and high school youth, and the Pittsford Youth Football program involves six teams and six cheerleading squads. Adult sports leagues are also in need of field time.  The proposed plan for athletic fields improvements includes charging a field use fee to groups using the fields; currently the Town does not charge any usage fees.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvements

The Town of Pittsford is committed to providing safe, comfortable and enjoyable facilities for its residents.  After many years of deferred maintenance, repairs and improvements must be made to the Spiegel Community Center (35 Lincoln Avenue) in order to continue its role as the Town’s recreation center.  The proposed Spiegel Center Restoration and Improvement project includes repair and renovation of the building and its infrastructure, including the heating and cooling system, plumbing, the roof, the elevator and other items.  Exterior repairs and renovation of interior space is also proposed.  “We’re at the point where repairs and upgrades have to be made in order to keep this building open to public use,” said Town Supervisor Bill Smith.  “Doing this gives us the opportunity to bring the building’s appearance up to the standard of our other public facilities in Pittsford,” he continued. The Town has engaged Bero Architects as consultant on the project.  A brief description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement project summary sheet.

Cost and Finance

The entire Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative, comprising both the athletic field upgrades and improvements to the Spiegel Community Center, would be funded by two separate bond issues totaling $9.5 million, subject to approval of each bond issue by voters.    Should the Town Board decide to move ahead with the Initiative after the public information meetings conclude, the proposed projects and funding would be put to a public referendum for approval, likely to be scheduled for September of this year.

If Pittsford residents voted to approve bonding the complete initiative, in the amount of $9.5 million, the cost to the average home assessed at $272,500 would not exceed $67 per year for 15 years.  Looking at each of the separate components comprising that total, bonding for the athletic fields portion would be $6.0 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $47 per year for 15 years; bonding of the Spiegel Community Center restoration and improvements would be for $3.5 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $20 per year for 15 years.

Referendum

Upon completion of the public information meetings the Town Board will consider whether to move ahead with the Pittsford Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative; this decision most likely will be made at a Town Board meeting in July.  If the board decides to move ahead with a final plan, both the fields and the community center components of the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative will be submitted to Pittsford voters in a referendum anticipated to take place in September of this year (2014).  There will be two separate items in the referendum – one for the athletic field improvements at a cost of $6 million; the other for the Spiegel Community Center improvements and restoration at a cost of $3.5 million.  Therefore, voters would vote separately on each of the two components of the overall plan, with one vote on the field improvements and another on the Spiegel building improvements.

Public Information Meetings

Public information meetings regarding the concept plans for the proposed Athletic Fields Improvement Project, a preliminary plan for the proposed Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project, and financing details for the overall Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative have been set for the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 12 – 7PM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, June 17 – 7PM, Pittsford Fire District Station #2, 465 Mendon Road
  • Saturday, June 21 – 9AM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, July 1 – 7PM, Pittsford Town Hall, 11 South Main Street - newly added meeting

Members of the public need only attend one meeting; each meeting will include a review of the proposed plans and provide an opportunity for public comment.

Mr. Mustard Beatles tribute band this Friday - 2014

Posted: 
June 23, 2014
Event Date: 
June 27, 2014

The Town of Pittsford's Summer Concert Series continues this week with Mr. Mustard - a Beatles tribute band! Concerts are held Friday evenings through August 15 in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford (no concert July 4). We’ll feature a variety of great music throughout the season. Concerts begin at 7PM in June and July, 6:30PM in August. For a complete schedule, see our online Community Events schedule. Many thanks to our generous 2014 Summer Concert Series Sponsors: Doyle Chevrolet Subaru, Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, Messner Carpeting-Rugs-Flooring, Pittsford Federal Credit Union and Rotolite-Elliott.

For additional information, contact the Town of Pittsford Recreation Department at 248-6280.

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Public Info meetings 6/21 & 7/1/2014 for Athletic & Rec Initiative

Posted: 
June 19, 2014
Event Date: 
June 19, 2014

The next public information meetings will take place 6/21 and 7/1 regarding a proposed Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative.  The 6/21 meeting will be at 9AM in the Fisher meeting room of the Pittsford Community Library (24 State Street).  An additional meeting has been set for 7/1 at 7PM in the lower level meeting room of Town Hall (11 South Main Street).

The Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative consists of two components: improving Town athletic fields and constructing additional fields; and repairing and restoring the Town’s Paul M. Spiegel Community Center.  The public information meetings each will outline the proposed plans, cost and financing and provide an opportunity for public comments on the initiative. 

The Town of Pittsford has been working for the past two years on developing a solution to resolve issues related to unsatisfactory athletic field conditions stemming from overuse/excessive demand, the inability to take fields off-line to “rest” and regenerate, and grading/drainage issues while also addressing a need for improved handicapped accessibility to town athletic fields.   Over the past several years the Town also has been dealing with increasing maintenance issues at the Spiegel Community Center and the necessity to address the long-term needs of the building.  An overview of the Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative is below and additional information may be found in the following documents:

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project Summary

Pittsford Community Athletic Fields Improvement Project: Background Information

Athletic Fields Concept Drawings: Great Embankment Park, Hopkins Park, Thornell Farm Park, Willard Road property.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project Summary

Athletic Fields

To address overuse and increased demand, needed offline time for field regeneration, grading/drainage issues, and handicapped access, the Town Board engaged LaBella Associates to assist in preparing a concept plan for the improvement and upgrading of the town’s athletic fields, with input from town staff, board members, community groups and the Pittsford Central School District.  The athletic fields plan takes into account information gathered and assessed by the Pittsford Central School District’s Athletic Fields Use study.  

The town’s athletic fields plan was developed in collaboration with the School District’s own fields upgrade project, which is currently underway; improvements to Town athletic facilities, in combination with the improvements at two Pittsford Central School District athletic fields, are being proposed to meet the overall current and future athletic fields needs of the Pittsford community in a cost-effective manner.  Various stages of the athletic fields preliminary plan were presented to Town Board, with opportunity for public questions and input, in 2012, 2013 and earlier this year (see Athletic Fields Improvement Project Background sheet for further details).

The proposed improvements to athletic fields support the Town’s commitment to providing high quality athletic facilities and offering increased access to playing fields for youth and adults throughout the community.  The project would improve athletic fields at the Town’s Great Embankment Park (631 Marsh Road), Thornell Farm Park (480 Mendon Road) and Hopkins Park (5 Barker Road) and create new fields at the Town’s Willard Road property.  The proposed improvements include constructing or reconfiguring athletic fields, playgrounds, parking areas, sidewalks, drainage and restrooms and providing increased handicapped accessibility.  A synthetic turf field with lights is also proposed at Thornell Farm Park.  A more detailed description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Athletic Fields Improvement Project summary sheet.

“The major problem with existing fields involves intensity of use, which impedes adequate preventive and ongoing maintenance,” said Town Deputy Supervisor Jared Lusk, who has overseen the fields project from its inception, as the Town Board’s point person.  “In order to be in fit condition, athletic fields need to rest and regenerate.   Due to the level of demand, that doesn’t happen. This plan will help correct that problem, providing more fields, and correcting drainage issues that frequently take our fields off-line.  The upgrades will bring our fields to the standard demanded by current and anticipated use.”

Town athletic fields are used by a variety of youth sports leagues including those for football, baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse.  Teams need fields for practice times as well as games, therefore athletic fields in Pittsford are in high demand.  For example, Mustangs youth soccer includes 1,600 youth from ages 5 – 19, the Youth Lacrosse program in Pittsford serves 300 youth in kindergarten through 6th grade and approximately 200 junior high and high school youth, and the Pittsford Youth Football program involves six teams and six cheerleading squads. Adult sports leagues are also in need of field time.  The proposed plan for athletic fields improvements includes charging a field use fee to groups using the fields; currently the Town does not charge any usage fees.

Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvements

The Town of Pittsford is committed to providing safe, comfortable and enjoyable facilities for its residents.  After many years of deferred maintenance, repairs and improvements must be made to the Spiegel Community Center (35 Lincoln Avenue) in order to continue its role as the Town’s recreation center.  The proposed Spiegel Center Restoration and Improvement project includes repair and renovation of the building and its infrastructure, including the heating and cooling system, plumbing, the roof, the elevator and other items.  Exterior repairs and renovation of interior space is also proposed.  “We’re at the point where repairs and upgrades have to be made in order to keep this building open to public use,” said Town Supervisor Bill Smith.  “Doing this gives us the opportunity to bring the building’s appearance up to the standard of our other public facilities in Pittsford,” he continued. The Town has engaged Bero Architects as consultant on the project.  A brief description of the project’s proposed elements can found on the Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement project summary sheet.

Cost and Finance

The entire Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative, comprising both the athletic field upgrades and improvements to the Spiegel Community Center, would be funded by two separate bond issues totaling $9.5 million, subject to approval of each bond issue by voters.    Should the Town Board decide to move ahead with the Initiative after the public information meetings conclude, the proposed projects and funding would be put to a public referendum for approval, likely to be scheduled for September of this year.

If Pittsford residents voted to approve bonding the complete initiative, in the amount of $9.5 million, the cost to the average home assessed at $272,500 would not exceed $67 per year for 15 years.  Looking at each of the separate components comprising that total, bonding for the athletic fields portion would be $6.0 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $47 per year for 15 years; bonding of the Spiegel Community Center restoration and improvements would be for $3.5 million, representing a cost to the average home no greater than $20 per year for 15 years.

Referendum

Upon completion of the public information meetings the Town Board will consider whether to move ahead with the Pittsford Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative; this decision most likely will be made at a Town Board meeting in July.  If the board decides to move ahead with a final plan, both the fields and the community center components of the Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative will be submitted to Pittsford voters in a referendum anticipated to take place in September of this year (2014).  There will be two separate items in the referendum – one for the athletic field improvements at a cost of $6 million; the other for the Spiegel Community Center improvements and restoration at a cost of $3.5 million.  Therefore, voters would vote separately on each of the two components of the overall plan, with one vote on the field improvements and another on the Spiegel building improvements.

Public Information Meetings

Public information meetings regarding the concept plans for the proposed Athletic Fields Improvement Project, a preliminary plan for the proposed Spiegel Community Center Restoration and Improvement Project, and financing details for the overall Community Athletic and Recreation Facilities Initiative have been set for the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 12 – 7PM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, June 17 – 7PM, Pittsford Fire District Station #2, 465 Mendon Road
  • Saturday, June 21 – 9AM, Fisher Meeting Room at Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street
  • Tuesday, July 1 – 7PM, Pittsford Town Hall, 11 South Main Street - newly added meeting

Members of the public need only attend one meeting; each meeting will include a review of the proposed plans and provide an opportunity for public comment.

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