Marietta G. Avery

Family and friends are welcomed to attend the wake and services for our dear Marietta Avery

Date:  Monday, April 20th

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   5p – 8p

Date:  Tuesday  April 21st

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   11am

Open Registration for ArtSmart and Youth Sports Summer Camps Begins

Youth Sports Camp: located in  Genesee Valley Park.

ArtSmart Camp: held at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb’s Hill Park.

When: Both camps are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from July 6 through August 21.

Ages: Kids 6 to 13 years old.

Price: The fee for City youth is $85 per week; $130 per week for non-city youth. Siblings can join in the fun for a discounted rate of $20 per week.

To register, pick up a registration packet at any City R-Center or download one at

Registration forms and deposits can be mailed to the Bureau of Recreation, 400 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14613. Registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the Bureau of Recreation office at the address above.  The Bureau of Recreation office is open Mondaythrough Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 428-6755 for more information.

Irondequoit Police Officer Could Be Fired For Racial Facebook Posts

Irondequoit, NY (WROC)- Tough action is taken against a veteran Irondequoit police officer accused of posting racially offensive comments on Facebook.

Local blogger, Davy V., first reported on the posts, March 19.  The next day, the town put the officer on administrative leave and started an internal investigation.

“The results of the investigation show that highly offensive and inappropriate comments were posted by a member of our police force,” says Supervisor Adam Bello, at a special press conference held in the middle of tonight’s regular town meeting.

One post shows topless black women dressed in African garb, under the heading “Michelle Obama’s class reunion.”

Another mocks Mexicans saying they get a “free home and free ebt card for shopping.”  Many of the posts are profanity-laced.

Town supervisor Adam Bello and Chief Richard Tantalo insist these posts do not reflect the culture of the Irondequoit community.

“As someone who’s been in the law enforcement community for an extended period of time, something like this is certainly very disappointing,” says Tantalo.

“The whole foundation of their job and what they do relies on the ability of the citizens to trust their protectors,” says Bello.

Bello says the officer has been taken off payroll and will be served a letter stating the disciplinary charges against him. Officials would not name the officer citing it as a personnel matter.

As a civil service employee according to Section 75 of CSEA’s handbook, he will have a right to a hearing before any termination can be complete. The process could take up to two months.

Natasha Alford



All-City Clean Sweep 2015 Followed by Red Wings Baseball Game

When:  Saturday, May 2 at 8 a.m.

Where: Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way.

Registrants will receive a Clean Sweep t-shirt, have a  light breakfast, join or be assigned to a team, then board vans and buses to be shuttled to work sites throughout the city. Clean Sweepers will be returned to Frontier Field between noon and 12:30 p.m. and receive free admission to that day’s 1:35 p.m. Red Wings game as well as a voucher for a hot dog and drink. Free parking will be available in Kodak Office Oak Street Lot (Lot D).

In addition to picking up litter and debris, volunteers will plant flowers, prune trees and perform other neighborhood beautification projects across the city. Tools are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. City crews will remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during Clean Sweep.

On-site registration will be available, but pre-registration is recommended. Groups and individuals may register at or by calling 311 (428-5990 from outside city limits).