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Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Sponsored Post: Don't miss the 55th annual Popcorn Ball! Grab your tickets today!

Enjoy a Wine Dinner with food provided by Alex's Place perfectly paired with wine from Heron Hill Winery. The event will be held on Saturday, October 25th at St. Joseph School in celebration of the 55th Annual Popcorn Ball.  

The night will start with a cocktail hour followed by 5 course meal that begins with pumpkin and crab bisque followed by a brussel sprout slaw salad. Main courses will include scallop croquettes and short rib manicotti.  The meal will conclude with a fried peach cobbler.  

There will also be a DJ, chinese auction, and raffles, including a $1,000 cash raffle.  Tickets are just $55/couple and are available at Alex's Place and the school. Tickets will also be sold at the Chamber of Commerce during the Wine Walk this weekend. Samples of the pumpkin crab bisque will also be available that day. For more information, or to reserve a table, call 585-343-6154.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Firefighters wear T-shirts with pink bows for Breast Cancer Awareness month

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, City Fire, IAFF Local 896

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as city firefighters do annually, they are donning special T-shirts while on duty to recognize the fight against breast cancer.

Pictured with six firefighters today are Toni Funke and Kristen Gonter, breast cancer survivors.

From left are Capt. Mark Mikolajczyk, Chuck Hammon, Adam Polumbo, Nathan Kinne, Jeff Whitcomb and David Adams.

The IAFF Local 896 will make a donation to a breast cancer organization this month.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Two-car crash with minor injuries at car wash on Veterans Memorial Drive

post by Billie Owens in batavia, accidents

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported in the parking lot of the Classt Chassis Car Wash on Veterans Memorial Drive. There may be a "medically induced" problem regarding one of the injuries. Town of Batavia and Mercy medics are responding.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

McDonald's holds ribbon cutting for East Main location

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, McDonald's

The Batavia High School band played, the franchise owner made a speech and a longtime local employee cut the ribbon to officially open the new McDonald's Restaurant on East Main Street, Batavia.

Batavia-native Holly Carney (in purple, top photo), who will manage the new store, told the story of how her career with McDonald's started. She was 16 and her parents picked up an application for her and made her fill it out and hand it in. Her mother drove her to the store and made her turn it in. With tears in her eyes, she handed her application to Kathy Eves (top photo getting a hug from Carney). Despite her misgivings, she got the job and worked her way up into management.  

Eves cut the red ribbon to officially open the store and received as a present a palm-sized glass sculpture of the original McDonald's Restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill.

This is the 10th location for franchise owner Harry Schatmeyer (in the white shirt), who also owns the McDonald's location on West Main.

The store made a $500 donation to the Batavia HS band.

Also pictured in the top photo, assistant manager Stephanie Bouter.

City Manager Jason Molino with the Hamburglar and Grimace.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Law and Order: Attempted arson suspect accused of damaging car in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime
Brian Sprague

Brian J. Sprague, 24, of Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd. Sprague was arrested by State Police following an investigation. He is accused of breaking off the side mirror and heavily damaging the windshield of a vehicle in the Town of Batavia. Sprague was arrested last week on an attempted arson charge for allegedly trying to start a fire at an East Avenue residence.

Thomas Michael Pillo, 44, of Alexander Road, Batavia, is charged with menacing, 3rd, and harassment, 2nd. Pillo allegedly threatened physical harm to several people. He was jailed on $500 bail.

Nathen Edward Brege, 22, of South Main Street, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant. Brege allegedly failed to appear in Town of Oakfield Court on his scheduled court date. He was jailed on $1,000 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Vibrant Batavia hosts Pizza Party & Park Clean-up at Pringle Park

post by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Vibrant Batavia

Vibrant Batavia and Lisa Barrett, a resident of Pringle Avenue, will be hosting a Pizza Party & Park Clean-up at Pringle Park on Friday, Oct. 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. The forecast is not looking promising, so we have scheduled a rain date as well for Oct. 10th from 5:30-7:30. If we need to cancel due to bad weather, please check out our Web site for updates at www.VibrantBatavia.com <http://www.VibrantBatavia.com>

Residents of Pringle Avenue, Highland Park, Cherry Street, Wood Street and Central Avenue are especially welcome.

Please bring rakes and gloves for the clean-up. Vibrant Batavia will provide garbage bags.

Sheet pizza and cold drinks will be provided. Residents are encouraged to bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Event Date and Time

October 3, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

New McDonald's opens with long line

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, McDonald's

I got there too late, but Dan Fischer, WBTA, confirms there was quite a crowd lined up for the opening of the new McDonald's on East Main Street, Batavia. He said people were lined up before 6 a.m. The opening was at 8 a.m. He said at one point there were at least 100 people in line.

There is an official ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

PHOTOS: Batavia Girls Volleyball beats Olympia in 5 sets

post by Steve Ognibene in batavia, Girls volleyball, sports, varsity

Batavia came out strong the first two sets winning 25-21 & 25-9 led by Junior Tessa Engel.  Engel finished the night with 16 kills, 8 digs.  Freshman setter Taylor Stefaniak had 12 aces and 18 assists.  Pictured above is senior Allison DellaPenna serving for a point in the 1st game.  DellaPenna finished with 4 kills and 3 aces.  Tessa Engel had a spike to putaway the second set pictured below.

Then the momentum changed starting the 3rd game when Olympia came out with a 10 pt. lead.  Gabriella Alverez had 13 kills for Olympia and the blue devils lost the next two sets 15-25 & 24-26.  Pictured below was a block by Courtney Burns & Allision DellaPenna

Burns finished the night with 2 kills and 2 aces. Maria Canzoneri had 3 kills on the night.  Junior Madision McCulley had 3 kills & 4 aces.  Madision is pictured below returning a serve in the 4th game.

The 5th game was a close back & forth volley that Batavia went up as much as 4 pts. 19-15   Then Olympia battled back to tie it at 19-19.  Junior Megan Swiatowy came off the bench to serve 3 straight key points late in the 5th and the Blue Devils finished with a win 25-19.  Pictured below is Maria Canzoneri returning a hit with team mates Madision Swiatowy #21 who had 8 digs tonight & Taylor Stefaniak #4

Also contributing to the Devils win was Lexi Gloskowski with 2 aces & 3 digs.  Greece Olympia record 1-9 and Batavia improves to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in division.  The Blue Devils play away the next two games vs. Canadaiguia & Churchville Chili.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Town planners give initial nod of approval to apartment complex on West Main Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business

Two members of the Town of Batavia Planning Board said they were initially opposed to plans for an apartment complex in an area zoned commercial on West Main Street Road, but after study and consideration, decided to vote in favor of the project.

Those votes were essential last night to early-stage approvals for Big Tree Glen, a planned 136-unit complex from Rochester-based Conifer Developers.

The board approved the environmental review process, a zoning variance and a preliminary site plan.

The zoning variance is contingent on agreements in the final site plan that will prohibit Section 8 and HUD-subsidized rents in the complex, as well as continued on-site management.

Conifer is applying for a state grant aimed at encouraging "workforce housing," and that subsidy combined with putting the complex in a commercial zone were stumbling blocks for board members Paul Marchese and Lou Pagnello.

After Pagnello did some research, however, spoke with an attorney friend and thought about it some more, he decided he should support the project.

He said factors included the solid reputation of Conifer and the quality they're promising for the new complex. 

He said he also realized that as a businessman, if he were expanding or building a new business, he would apply for whatever government aid might be available. Any business owner would, he said.

"The more I think about it, the more I think this benefits the community as time goes on," Pagnello said. "I was totally against it, but after doing a little research on my own, that's how I feel about it now. We want development in Batavia and we want to work with developers who are top-notch, not like some of the others we've dealt with before."

The complex, he said, will actually help spur commercial development on West Main, which is a key development goal for the town.

Marchese said he was with Pagnello.

"I was really against it, too," he said.

Because the county planning board recommended disapproval of the project, the town board needed at least five affirmative votes to approve the zoning variance. The vote was 5-1.

Paul McCullough voted no on the zoning variance request. He didn't state a reason for his no vote.

The board will need to approve a final site plan at a later date that will include the covenants and restrictions it's looking for to ensure the complex remains a quality housing project.

The state grant Conifer is applying for requires that the apartment complex meets the residential needs of people earning 50 to 60 percent of the area's median income.

That's about $65,000 for a a family of four in Genesee County. For the Town of Batavia, the complex will actually be meeting the needs of a family of four earning about $54,000 a year in gross income.

"This is truly workforce housing for the Town of Batavia," said John F. Caruso, representing Conifer.

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