Annual Holiday Party

_MG_7797The swirling snow softly fell on the party-goers for the annual ABC Streets Holiday Celebration.  Suspended icicles twinkling with color, beckoned all from behind a veil of sparkling snowflakes.  The warm and inviting home of Nancy & Brian Sears greeted the revelers dressed in full holiday regalia.  Winter greenery adorned the fireplace mantel and lights danced on the decorated glass ornaments and dangling faceted crystals.  A vintage toy train traveled around the decorated Christmas tree and completed the holiday ensemble.

Festive finger foods, dreamy deserts and bubbly beverages kept the revelers happy in catch-up conversation.

As the celebration concluded, a winter wonderland lay waiting.  As all walked out of sight, the winter winds whispered “Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.”  Submitted by: Barb Kraus

Photos of this great event are HERE

Fall Clean Sweep

The weather cooperated on Saturday with bright sunny skies and warm temps as a troop of neighbors, armed with rakes and trimmers, got together to put Morrison Park “to bed” for the Winter.  The hostas were cropped and the leaves were raked and some new tulip bulbs were planted so that we can capture the first hints of Spring.  Thanks to everyone from the neighborhood who participated and thanks also to Nancy Johns Price and her city team that lent us the gear and made sure the street got cleaned up when we were done.MiniCleanSweep

Halloween Parade 2013


šGhouls and goblins swooped in Saturday last to Castle Alexander for their annual parade through the town.  The leaves were swirling and the winds carried the witches, fairies, dragons, princesses, super heroes and their guardians down the cobbled street toward the foggy Kraus family cemetery where their images were captured for all eternity.  The howling hound called them to Herr Hasman’s cozy Inn for a feast of mulled cider, mummified remains, newt’s eyes, and sweet black spiders.  View their images, if you dare…….  .  šPhotos HERE

Movie Night

On August 27th about 30 neighbors met up at the “Hondorf Drive(way)-In” to enjoy a movie and a short.  Jack Garner, our local movie expert and film critic, selected and introduced the two films – a 1938 Mickey Mouse short entitled The Brave Little Tailor (Mickey Mouse was voiced by Walt Disney himself) and Fantastic Mr. Fox – a stop action animated movie directed by Wes Anderson, based on a novel by Roald Dahl .  Both films suited and entertained both the adults and kids that attended.  No movie event would be complete without fresh popped popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.  Big thanks to the Pasteckis for manning the food counter, Kevin Hamblin for AV services, and the Hondorfs for the use of their driveway.

Summer Picnic

On August 17th, our neighbors on Ericsson Street warmly welcomed our annual Summer picnic.   On a picture perfect Summer day, over 60 neighbors (and many of their furry friends) gathered for an afternoon of socializing, playing, and eating.  The day started off with a visit from Mayor Tom Richards and neighbor/politician  Lois Geiss, who took the opportunity to listen to our neighborhood concerns.   In addition to our standard grill fare, Peter Scribner of Park Avenue, added to the feast with his movable grilling station providing scrumptious chicken legs, veggie and kosher options.   As usual, the neighbors pitched in with an assortment of appetizers, side dishes and desserts.  Two standout desserts were the sunflower/ladybug cupcakes (Sue Hondorf) and the Canadian Flag themed sheet cake (Allison & Libby),  in honor of their move back to Canada – we wish them well.  Several new activities entertained both the kids and adults –  garden tours, a hula hoop contest and learning some new dance moves courtesy of Esther Brill.  This was in addition to a traditional favorite – the balloon toss.  Later in the afternoon, our Board President, Susan Glenz, publicly recognized the service of our outgoing board members  – Tom Hasman, Maureen (Mo) Duggan,  George & Lorrie Lorson, and Matt Alexander – by presenting them with plaques designed by Dave Burnet.  Lastly, as a new fundraiser to support our neighborhood activities, we held a silent auction with items donated by both the board and our neighborhood businesses.  We are happy to report that with your generous support we raised over $300.  A big thanks to everyone who helped organize, setup, takedown, cook, greet and entertain.  A fun day which we look forward again to next year !!

Park Avenue Fest Recap

On August 3 and 4th the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association participated, for the first time, at the Park Avenue Festival with a booth at the corner of Park and Culver.  Our objectives were for neighborhood recognition, attracting new members and fund raising.  And we met ALL of our goals.  The fundraising benefited Project Scion, Foodlink and 20130804-_MG_9164 20130804-_MG_9165Morrison Park.  Over the weekend, through sales of water, hosta plants  harvested from Morrison Park, and a 50/50 raffle, we raised a little over $400 – $100 will be donated each to Project Scion and to Foodlink with the balance to be used for Morrison Park maintenance and upkeep (new plants/trees/annuals, mulch, fertilizer, signage).  The Board would like to publicly thank all of neighbors who volunteered during the weekend – Tom Pastecki, Sue Hondorf, Brian Sears, Tom Hasman, Kathryn Gardner, Tom Groff, Marie Maloney, Parker Ormerod, Barb Kraus – and all of those that stopped by the booth to offer support and make a donation. We look forward to this event again next year.

Pathstone Corporation Energy Efficiency Program

Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY) is a statewide program, that promotes energy efficiency, reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, supports sustainable community development, and creates job opportunities through free/reduce cost energy audits and program incentives such as On-Bill Recovery!

PathStone Corporation is operating the Green Jobs – Green New York Outreach program in the Finger Lakes Region to provide outreach, education, financial assistance, technical assistance, and enrollment into New York State Energy and Research Development Authority energy programs.

The following outreach program goals are below:

1. Increase the number of residents, businesses, NFP owners, and multi-family building owners making energy efficiency improvements
2. Increase energy efficiency knowledge in Finger Lakes Region
3. Increase awareness of GJGNY audit and financing programs
4. Increase availability of programs to communities
5. Increase accessibility to GJGNY programs

Pathstone is currently helping home owners access free/reduced cost energy audits, identify energy loss areas, address health issues, and education of the programs.  They are hosting a workshop at the Housing Council at 75 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 on March 28 and April 25.  See this flyer for more details.

ABC Streets Board Elections = It’s time to let us know if you plan on running!

Elections for President, Vice President and five board members will be held at our Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting on April 25th. Membership Director Maureen Duggan is now accepting nominations (yes, you can nominate yourself) for these positions between now and March 26, 2013. At that time, Maureen will announce the candidates for each office and open e-mail voting.  Members can also choose to vote in person at the April 25 ABC St. Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting.

Per our bylaws, the current President and Vice President having served two 2-year terms (4 years total) are “termed out” and cannot run for those offices this time around.

Please note the following:

  1. Only paid members can be (a) nominated for office, and (b) vote in the election (feel free to check your status with Maureen by e-mailing her
  2. Please e-mail Maureen the full name of the nominee and position for which they are being nominated (President, Vice President or at-large board member)
  3. If you are nominating anyone other than yourself please make sure  they will accept the nomination before submitting their name (Maureen will also verify their intent to run)
  4. Please send all nominations to Maureen at  Note that this is a separate mailbox that the ABC Streets use for the elections to ensure the nomination and voting process is transparent.  Only the Membership Director can access to this email account.