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Pittsford officials discuss selling old library and wooded land; residents upset

The Town of Pittsford held a meeting tonight to discuss plans to sell the Janes Branch Library, and the land behind it, to developers, but this discussion had some residents fired up.

Officials say they would like to sell the property and have five new homes built. They say the new homes would have to match the current persona of the neighborhood, but residents say the woods are the persona. Residents that live near the property say the land is home to a lot of wildlife, and they want it to stay the way it is.

“I played and grew up in those woods. Now the neighborhood children play there,” said one resident.

The Janes Branch Library has been a familiar building in Pittsford and East Rochester for decades, but it has sat vacant since 2005.

Town Supervisor Bill Smith says that the town needs to maximize on the property.

Community Sponsors

8th Annual Daystar Derby

Daystar invites you to be part of the fun and fashion of the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Officials say you can celebrate in style with southern hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, Kentucky Derby pie and the finest Derby hats.

The event will be held at the Equestrian Meadow at Nazareth College.

For more information, please call 385-6287.

Pittsford Garden Club Plant Sale

The annual Pittsford Garden Club Plant sale will be on Saturday May, 17 at Copper Beech Park from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. For more information, click here

Local unemployment rate drops in March

More people are finding jobs in the greater Rochester area. The New York State Labor Department released preliminary unemployment numbers for March. The Greater Rochester area unemployment rate is 6.7%, which is down from 7.7% a year ago. 

The unemployment rate in February 2014 was 7.2%

Harley School holds grand opening of The Commons

It could be called the “barn of the future.”  In honor of Earth Day, the Harley School held an official grand opening of its latest facility called The Commons.

The Commons is a place to learn about solar energy. School leaders say the goal is to have students from Pre-K to twelfth grade operate the facility with net zero energy use.

Ward Ghory, Harley School, said, “We thought we’d bring a barn into the future. So what we have here is a structure. One wall is a greenhouse and it's got solar chimneys.”

The facility is 15, 000 square feet.

     

Brush fire on Pinnacle Hill threatens broadcast equipment

Crews worked to put out a brush fire on Pinnacle Hill in Rochester near an area where TV and radio transmitter towers are located, including one for News10NBC.

Neighbors called 911 around 11 p.m. Monday after seeing the flames. Firefighters say because it is a remote area and the road that leads to it is small, it was a challenge getting trucks to the scene. Officials say a back up crew was called to help. News10NBC has learned firefighters were able to put out the fire before any broadcast equipment was damaged.

Investigators are trying to figure out how the fire started.

Harley hosts press conference and public opening of The Commons, a “Living Building”

The Harley School will hold a public opening and press conference of The Commons Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The ceremony will begin the public opening in the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, located on the third floor of the building.

The Commons, which opened to students in January 2014, is the first PreK-12 education space in the country designed to put multiple tools for creating a sustainable future directly into the hands of students. Systems of The Commons include solar panels, geo-thermal wells, VRF heating and cooling, solar chimney, and state-of-the-art construction and insulation. The Commons houses three new educational resources for the school. The Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education (CMEE), and a state-of-the-art Science Center are among the three.