- 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
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.
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.
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.