- Matt, Elizabeth and Maisie Alexander for the use of their backyard and their home and all that they did to make everyone feel very welcome
- Kristin & Paul Liotti for the use of their driveway for BBQ’ing and the beer tent
- Tom Pastecki for BBQ’ing the hot dogs and hamburgers on a very hot afternoon
- Peter Schreiber for wowing us again with his BBQ’d chicken
- Brian Sears for supplying the audio and music
- John Martello, who made a generous donation to the NA Association
- To all of the neighbors who supplied a wonderful array of food and drinks
- And to Marianne Pastecki who, again, organized an excellent event and sweated all of the small details that make our events special !!
- Kelvin McKnight from NSC at Village Gate Square for the shovels, rakes, brooms and gloves!
- Brian Sears for “animal control services” and photo’s!
- Dave Burnet for drone shots!
- Jackie Salsbury, Principal Engineering Technician from NYS Dept. of Transportation for helping to coordinate our project and, of course, FOR THE AWESOME OUTFITS!!!!
Beautiful summer weather brought out huge crowds to the Park Avenue Fest. The ABC Streets Neighborhood Association benefited from the hot days with a complete sell-out of bottled water (over 600 bottles). Also very popular, was our 2015 version Pint Glasses with the Rochester Skyline. If you didn’t get a chance to buy one, we will have them for sale at the Picnic on 8/30. Thanks to all the neighbors and friends who stopped by to make a donation or support our fantastic volunteers in the booth!! Photos Here.
On August 5th, National Night Out was celebrated all over Rochester. The ABC Streets NA decided this year to combine this event with our traditional ice cream social down at Morrison Park. Despite the threatening rain clouds about 25 neighbors showed up to meet with local fireman, police officers, elected officials and our bomb sniffing canine – Ram. The kids (and even some adults) had a great time climbing on the firetruck and running the lights and sirens in the police car as well learning about Ram’s role in neighborhood policing. Make your own sundaes made it all the more festive. You’ll see in the additional pictures that everyone got a ceremonial fire hat, Photos Here.
Our thanks to:
Matt Balch and Ram-canine unit
Captain Cuyler-Goodman Section
Lt. Frank Alberti-Goodman Section
Truck #4- Firefighter Wikowski
Kelvin Knight-NSC office
Harry Bronson-NYS Assembly Person
Commander List-Goodman Section
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR THIS INAUGURAL EVENT
Stroll (or bike) the ABC Streets neighborhood and experience the variety of creative approaches for city front, side and back yard spaces, perennials & annuals, inviting porches, patios & decks, shade gardens, grassless yards & tree-lawns, found objects, water features.
DATE: SUNDAY JULY 12, 2015
TIME: 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, rain or shine
PROGRAM: Garden Talk 1:00 pm – East Avenue Dentistry, 1641 East Avenue
Sara Scott, City of Rochester, Coordinator of Horticultural Programming
LOCATION: The ABC Streets Neighborhood is bounded by Culver Road, Park Avenue and Harvard Street
CHECK-IN: OBTAIN GUIDE MAP at
Morrison Park: Culver Rd & Harvard St
East Avenue Dentistry: 1641 East Ave (at Park Ave)
PARKING: Park Avenue and alternate-side street parking
East Avenue Dentistry parking lot: 1641 East Ave
OFFERING: Garden photo-greeting cards, collectible pint glasses, bottled water, snacks for sale
Vice President – Dave Burnet
Board Member – Jim Hondorf
Board Member – Marianne Pastecki
Board Member – Tom Pastecki
Board Member – Nancy Sears
It was cold outside, but the temperature in the Pastecki’s home was warm and cozy. Due, not only to the large amount of chili warming in their crock pots, but to the camaraderie among the 30+ attendees. We had 9 chili submissions plus a number of corn bread offerings and lots of cold drinks to accompany. It’s amazing how many different ways you can make chili and no two tasted alike. Our judges, Elaine Spaull and Becky Simmons had a hard time selecting but came up with our winners. A new trend in chili?? – Several of the entries contained cocoa and/or chocolate. BTW – Amy’s chili can also be made with Buffalo meat, (widely available in her home state of Wyoming), hence the name.
1st Place: Tom Pastecki (it was anonymous really) – Swamp Chili
2nd Place: Amy Rosechandler – Buffalo Chili
3rd Place: Carolyn Riley & Chris Dygert – Texas Swing Chili
And enjoy some pictures of the fun event – HERE!!
The hostas have been cleared, the sunflowers, hydrangea flowers and annuals have been trimmed and the leaves have been raked. It was time to put our neighborhood garden to bed for the winter. But keep you eyes peeled for some new decorations to brighten the nights in the garden. Thanks volunteers for keeping up the park.
OK, we didn’t have millions attending, but It was a perfect fall afternoon for the ABC neighbors to gather in the Gavin’s front yard and sip beers from all over the U.S. We tasted options from Goose Island – 312 Urban Wheat Ale to Left Hand Brewing – Milk Stout Nitro. The venue was decorated with little known beer factoids, each one getting a hearty chuckle, such as this one from Abraham Lincoln – “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.” The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” The fire pit was a welcome addition as we huddled to chase away the late afternoon breeze. Many thanks to Molly and Laramie for their hospitality. As a reminder for your favorites, attached is the list of beers that were tasted as well as a link to some photos from the event.
NOTE: There are still some Park Avenue pint glasses available. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. They’ll make a unique and thoughtful holiday gift !!!
Saturday August 16th, was the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock. Although we tried playing the “No Rain” chant raindrops fell on our picnic (recognition to Brian Sears for the sound system). But nobody seemed to mind. A good number of our neighborhood families showed up with their pot luck dishes, raincoats, furry friends and a party attitude. Thanks to lots of tents and the big shade trees on Ericsson, we managed to stay dry and still have a great meal of hot dogs, hamburgers and s’mores (thank you to our BBQ master – Tom Pastecki), do a few dance numbers, break the piñata and play a few rounds of Corn Hole. In addition, for those that arrived early, we were treated to a Thunderbirds flyover, courtesy of the Rochester Airshow. Thanks to all of our neighbors on Ericsson for lending us their street for the day and to everyone who showed up to help with the setup and stay right through to the end to take everything down in the heaviest downpour.