Summer Picnic 2015 Wrap-Up

The ABC Streets NA Summer Picnic was held on Sunday, August 30th in our new backyard venue.  The response to our move to a neighborhood backyard was very positive.  We had a large turnout which worked well with the use of two side-by-side backyards.  This event was made possible by the assistance of many people and we’d like to thank them publicly.
  • 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 !!
We would also like to thank all of the ABC Neighborhood Association Members who make our neighborhood such a great place to live and support our organization in so many different ways !!  See Photos Here

490 Ramp Clean-Up

August 27, 2015 – What can happen when you put together 20 determined volunteers with the right tools and some nifty outfits?  You can go from an iSore to this clean space. 
     
A huge thanks go out to our neighbors and the Volunteers from Wilson Commencement Day who made this 490 Ramp Project happen (in only 3 hours).  And a big shout out to Marianne and Tom Pastecki who sponsored and organized this project. 
Additional credit and thanks goes to:
  • 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!!!!
Next steps will be to “landscape” the space.

Park Avenue Fest 2015

Beautiful summ2015 Pint Glass_2 small - Copyer 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.

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National Night Out – Ice Cream Social – 2015

IceCreamSocial15On 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:

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Captain Cuyler-Goodman Section
Lt. Frank Alberti-Goodman Section
Truck #4- Firefighter Wikowski
Kelvin Knight-NSC office
Elaine Spaull
Matt Haag
Harry Bronson-NYS Assembly Person
Commander List-Goodman Section

 

Garden Walk 2015

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Hundreds of visitors strolled the neighborhood Sunday afternoon July 12th for our first annual Garden Walk – featuring 15 locations hosted by our gracious Garden Walk hosts – who shared their garden spaces and chatted with the steady stream of interested visitors from throughout Monroe County and even served refreshing lemonade and cucumber water.

Thanks to the garden hosts; to the planning committee: Kathy Gardner, Carrie Riley, Ellen Rosen, Aaron Rosen, John Rudy, Nancy Sears, Esther Brill; to volunteers Maureen Duggan, Marie McEneaney, Betsy Kubick, Sarah & Katie Pastecki, Marianne & Tom Pastecki; to East Avenue Dentistry: Drs. Harry and Aaron Rosen, Bruce Davie: Useless Objects, Michael Hannen Plants, Chris Froehlich: Rochester Civic Garden Center; and appreciation for all the support and encouragement we received from the City of Rochester: Nancy Johns-Price, Sara Scott and Jim Farr.

We received a full-page photo spread in the Democrat & Chronicle: Nancy Sears is quoted: “This is our neighborhood – we wanted to do something to promote our neighborhood as walkable, cycle-able… We have a very strong neighborhood association – we do a lot of events just to get all the neighbors knowing each other and building a sense of community.”   http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/07/12/abc-streets-garden-tour-park-avenue-rochester-new-york/30053709/

ABC garden photo greeting cards and Park Avenue 2015 pint glasses  (thanks Jim Hondorf and Kevin Hamblin!) were offered at the event, and are still available for sale. Photos from the garden walk are HERE.

ABC Streets Neighborhood Association Spring Meeting Recap

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The ABC Streets NA Board Elections and Meeting was held on April 23rd. After voting, we present the current ABC Streets Board Members who will serve for a two year term:
President – Susan Glenz
Vice President – Dave Burnet
Board Member – Jim Hondorf
Board Member – Marianne Pastecki
Board Member – Tom Pastecki
Board Member – Nancy Sears
Susan has reappointed Esther Brill as Secretary and has appointed Sarah Pastecki as Treasurer.  In addition, we have late interest in the last open board position and will report on this when it is finalized.
We want to thank Mike Pretty who has served us well as Treasurer.  Unfortunately for us, he will be moving into his new home in the 19th Ward and we wish him and Parker the best of luck.
Erick Frisch, City Transportation Specialist, advised us about the Harvard Street Milling Project which is part of a larger project to designate Harvard as a Rochester Bicycle Blvd. We will give you a full update you on the project details shortly.Thanks to Elaine Spaull and Matt Haag who attended and updated us on their current projects. We should hear shortly about the results of the Wegmans parking lot meeting and Elaine encourages you to contact her with your ideas or comments about this.
Lastly, we were updated about the Rochester Police Department reorganization by Lieutenant Frank Alberti.  Of note, he told us that if you buy/sell goods on Craig’s List you can use the SE Neighborhood Service Center on Goodman Street as a safe haven for meeting your buyer/seller and closing the deal.  This is a result of some “deals gone wrong” leading to theft and/or assault (especially with electronics).

Chili Cook-Off 2015

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

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WinningChiliRecipes here.

And enjoy some pictures of the fun event – HERE!!

Morrison Park Clean Up

20141115-_MG_9463 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.

2014 Halloween Parade

20141026-_MG_7548The ghosts and goblins – and, superheroes, princesses, ninjas, witches and wizards — of the ABC Streets gathered on Sunday, October 26th for an afternoon of parading and merriment. The festivities started at David and Irene Burnette’s house for the Harvard Street Halloween parade. Then everyone moved onto Barb Kraus’s spooktacular graveyard for family photos. All of the heroes and villains then made their way over to the Hasman Haunted House, to warm their bellies on a feast of donuts and warm mulled cider (cold cider was also available for the non-adventurous types).  Go HERE for a gallery of photos of the event.