Archive | March, 2020

Some levity for mask-makers (and wanna-be mask-makers)

31 Mar

In case you’re wondering if homemade masks are really needed or appreciated, please read this funny piece.

Recently my friend Mary Heveron-Smith posted the following conversation she imagined having with the piece of fabric she was preparing for a homemade mask. Mary, like many others, is working tirelessly to help the cause, making masks for medical personnel. It clearly is a very, well, repetitive task and the mind must wander a bit…

(This is reprinted with her permission.)

“A Conversation” by Mary Heveron-Smith

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Me about to cut into fabric…

FABRIC: Could I ask what you’re doing?

ME: I’m making a mask to give to a hospital.

FABRIC: You?

ME: Do I detect some sarcasm here?

FABRIC: Well, you’ve made your share of mistakes…

ME: (starting to cut again): Okay, wise guy…Bringing up history is not the way to have a good relationship.

FABRIC: Seriously, though. Is anyone going to take a homemade mask seriously? Didn’t one of the big hospitals say basically, ‘Home sewists, you can give your machines a rest. We’ve got this.’

ME: You listen to the news?

FABRIC: Hello! You put me and the other fabrics like 20 feet from the TV, and the volume…

ME: Okay, whatever. We’re in that demographic. In an ideal world, everyone who needed an N95-type medical mask would get one. And, with our own Hickey Freeman, gearing up to make medical protection equipment, we should be fine here.

FABRIC: What happened to cooking?

ME: Steve’s on it. Chicken soup yesterday to die for.

FABRIC: So, back to this MASK…

ME: Sew Creative (in Fairport) was asked the other day for 1700 masks for an area regional health network. The requests keep coming in. Medical professionals are people just like me, and they like safety nets.

FABRIC: Okay, I get that. But let’s be honest: when you make anything, your hands are all over the fabric.

ME: Fair question. First, I wash my hands a ton. Second, I’ll drop you off in a bin outside of either Sew Creative in Fairport or The Village Quilt Shoppe in Webster.

FABRIC: And?

ME: In either case, you’ll be laundered meticulously, either through a hospital service or under hospital guidelines. You’ll get a special medical filter placed inside the pocket, plus you’ll have elastic strung through you, unless I make some ties for you.

FABRIC: Will I be famous? Will I get used?

ME: My biggest hope? That this virus will die a fast death, and you’ll just be a cute historical artifact.

FABRIC: You really think I’m cute?

For more information, go to roccovid19masks.org

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I received the follow-up email from Mary:

I wrote this to address some of the skepticism I was hearing about the mask-making project at first. I read about the call for masks, watched the video done by the physician who started this, followed updates by Lisa Swisher of Sew Creative in Fairport, and donated some ready-to-sew mask-making kits to Monique Liberti of Webster Village Quilt Shoppe. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen and heard.

I knew, from my own sewing projects over the years, something about the passion and professionalism of the sewists here. So I was not totally surprised when Lisa at Sew Creative reported that 1,600 masks were sewn and donated in four days. What blows me away even more is the way that these sewists, while adhering strictly to the standards set out for the masks, are using their creativity to exchange ideas and to get all the details just right. In a mask-makers FB group I started, we’re exchanging information on how to best make the ties that hold the masks on (because elastic is in short supply); which kind of wire to use for the part that must go over the nose; and how to build for comfort and safety.

Mary pointed out that Sew Creative and The Village Quilt Shoppe are not making any money on this project, and are contributing materials and a whole lot of time. We need to continue to support them by purchasing sewing materials for your personal projects.  Check out their websites for more information.

To find out more about this effort and hear from Dr. Nick, who spearheaded the project with his wife, visit roccovid19masks.org.

You can also listen to Dr. Nick himself discuss the project in this audio clip from “The Buzz” radio.

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Another way you can help: donate blood

30 Mar

blood dropAs you can imagine, the Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood donations right now. People are afraid to go out, or can’t go out, and are afraid that perhaps donating blood will expose them to a greater chance of getting infected.  Many of their drive locations, like high schools, colleges and businesses are closed, sending a lot of potential donors home. But the need remains critical.

Here’s an email I got from the Red Cross:

Even in this unprecedented crisis, patients and hospitals still depend on lifesaving blood to treat illnesses and injuries that can’t wait: patients who need surgery, mothers facing complications from childbirth, accident victims, patients fighting cancer and countless others.

We understand why people may be hesitant to attend a blood drive or give at their regular donation center. That’s why we want to reassure you that the Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to help ensure the safety of our donors and staff, including temperature checks prior to entering the blood drive, frequent disinfection and social distancing between donation beds where possible. Learn more about why donating blood is a safe process.

Healthy individuals are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood in the days and weeks ahead.

There are three opportunities coming up locally nest week:

Town of Penfield, 1985 Baird Road
Monday, April 6, 2 to 7 p. m.

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Rd
Tuesday, April 7,  1 to 6 p.m.
Sponsor Code: StMartinsLutheranChurchWebster

American Legion, 818 Ridge Road
Wednesday, April 8, 1 to 6 p.m.
Sponsor Code: WebsterCommunity

Please consider making an appointment. It’s a wonderful and easy way to help our community during this difficult time.  Click here to schedule your appointment.

Really, it’s safe.

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Happy birthday Josh!!!

29 Mar
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Josh Nodine and his family, with some law enforcement friends, in front of their State St. home.

I was honored to participate in a very special birthday celebration yesterday.

Josh Nodine was supposed to be leaving yesterday — his 12th birthday — on a Dream Factory trip to Orlando. Thanks to the coronavirus, however, that trip had to be put on hold. So his mother Jamie tried to come up with something else that would make the day special for him.

That something was a parade. She explained her idea on her Facebook post here:

We were supposed to be leaving for Josh’s Dream Factory Trip on his birthday. His dream was to fly on an airplane and ride roller coasters at Disney World. Since that trip won’t be happening when we planned, we need something else to brighten Joshua’s birthday! Josh loves cars and trucks. He loves motorcycles and emergency vehicles. He loves buses and garbage trucks. He loves anything with an engine! He loves to wave and have people wave back. So we want to create a “parade” for him! Drive by our house and wave to Josh on his birthday! We will be in the driveway, rain or shine, watching and waving back.

The invitation was originally designed just for family and friends. But word started to spread, so much that the Sheriff’s Department was called in for traffic control, and both Webster and West Webster fire departments brought trucks.

A steady rainfall clearly did not deter anyone from coming out for the celebration. Josh, his mother Jamie, father Ben and brother Caleb were all set up by 12:30 under a tent in their driveway of their State Rd. home. The fire trucks started the parade a little before 1 p.m., lights blaring, and before it was all over (about a half hour later) more than 170 cars and trucks had passed, every one of them with people hanging out their windows, yelling their birthday wishes.

What was especially charming is that many of the families and friends who streamed by had made signs, attached balloons to their cars, blew bubbles and played kazoos. In one car, a boy was playing Happy Birthday on a saxophone. A few folks even tossed gifts out their windows (one lady assuring Jamie that “I bubble-wrapped it!”).

The delight on Josh’s face was heart-warming as he watched his friends, teachers and students from Klem South (his current school), Schlegel Rd. (his former school) and complete strangers stream by, every single one of them offering birthday wishes.

Josh often sits outside his home waving to passing cars, even on a normal day, so keep an eye out for him. And it’s never too late to wish him a happy birthday.

Here are several photos of the event, and make sure to check out my Webster on the Web Facebook page for a video of the entire parade!

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There was a lot of media representation there yesterday, so you can read more of this story here:

Democrat and Chronicle

Channel 8 WROC-TV

 

More chalking and rainbows!

28 Mar

Have you seen them? Chalk drawings are showing up all over the place, a welcome distraction from the daily stresses that we’re all experiencing. I especially love the inspirational ones sent to me by Jen DiMarzio, who wrote,

“We joined our neighbors on Hightower Way in chalking our drive to lift the spirits on everyone walking, jogging, scooting, and stroller-ing around the block.”

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I saw these drawings in my own village neighborhood, on Dunning Ave.

I’m also seeing more and more rainbows every day. Here are a few from my neighborhood:

And this one is cute — a portrait of Rebecca Orr and her coffee drawn by her granddaughter Arya.

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Please keep sending me photos of your kids’ artwork!

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Support our local restaurants and get some good eats to go

27 Mar

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Holy cow, does the Village of Webster have a lot of great restaurants. I came to that realization when I started to come up with a list for this blog.

Somebody asked me a little while ago if I knew of any village restaurants offering take-out. At the time I only knew for sure about a few of them, but I knew there must be many others.

There sure are. Here’s a list. I’m hoping this will be a good resource for all of us who are getting sick and tired of making dinner at home every night and REALLY need to get some take-out. You can stop by for take-out or most of these places will deliver (check the websites for details).

To make this easier on me, I did not include hours of operation or menus. You can also find that information on their web or Facebook pages.  Also remember that many of these restaurants do use food delivery services like DoorDash and UberEats, so look into that option.

First, here’s the short list of restaurants which DON’T appear to be offering take-out at this time: The Filling Station, The Coach, Golden Boys (couldn’t find any info on their websites) and Burke’s Grill (the information is sketchy. Best to call them at 585-265-1370). If I’m wrong about any of these, let me know.

Restaurants

Barry’s Old School Irish, 2 W. Main St. Offering their homemade menu and homemade Irish cream. 585-545-4258.

BC’s Chicken Coop, 159 W. Main St. They just started offering low-cost delivery even outside the Webster area. Call (585) 265-1185.

Brimont Bistro, 24 W. Main St. “We will be here for to go orders and larger take out catering orders as we have always done. Lunch menu will be served during dinner hours as well as lunch hours, entree prices will be reduced by $3 to $5 during this time.” Call
585-872-3170.

Jojo Bistro & Wine Bar, 42 East Main St. Just started up their to-go options on Thursday. Order through their website, restaurantjojo.com. They also have a wine special going on and are accepting cash tips to split among their displaced employees.

eat localMaria’s Mexican  Restaurant, 75 W. Main St. They’re open Wed. through Saturday 3 to 8 p.m. You can order on the web at mariasmexican.weborder.net, and if you have any problems you can call 585-872-1237 or 585-872-5753. They’re also preparing take-our margaritas!

Pub 235, 235 North Ave. Pick-ups will be available 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They’re also filling growlers, selling 32-ounce mason jars, and wine by the bottle. Call 585-216-1750 for delivery (Webster-Ontario-Penfield, $10) or for pick-up.

ROC Style Chicken & Burger, 5 W. Main. Webster location: “We are still doing takeout and pickup during regular hours. In both locations! Webster and Chili. http://www.roc.style for the details….we (Webster location) are also offering mix and match six packs of to-go beer/cider/white claws as well as half off bottles of wine. Call (585) 236-1902, or order online from Webster at http://www.oowebster.com

Village Bakery, 44 E. Main St. The Village Bakery is accepting online pre-orders only for pick-up or delivery, Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There’s a $10 delivery fee. They won’t be handling any payments or selling additional items at the store. Place your order at villagebakeries.com.

Waffle Factory, 30 North Ave. Accepting orders for pick up (call 585-626-1152), through GrubHub or DoorDash, or you can step up to their window and order there. Then you can sit in the park next door while you wait!

Webster Hots, 55 E. Main St. Accepting orders by phone (585 -265-0824) and online at websterhots.com. They’re open at 11 a.m. every day, till 11 p.m. on weekdays,  1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Pizzerias

Of course, pizza is always an easy go to-meal, and most of us order them by phone anyway, so not much different there. Here are some handy phone numbers for reference:

Carl’s Pizza Kitchen, 9 South Ave., 585-236-1819. “No contact free delivery, curbside pickup or take out”

Martino’s Pizzeria, 160 W. Main St., 585-872-4140. Hours for pickup or delivery are 4 to 9 p.m. daily. Curbside pick up and no contact delivery are available.

Marvin Mozzeroni’s, 27 W. Main St.  (585) 872-1990.  “Touchless delivery” and “curbside pickup” are available.

Salvatore’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria, 195 North Ave., 585-872-2210.  Until March 31, Salvatore’s is also offering 20% off orders for active military, first-responders and health workers with employee IDs.

Rhino’s Pizzeria & Deli, 85 Donovan St., 585-872-3150.

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Let’s support our local businesses

26 Mar

shop localLooking for a way to help others during this difficult time? Here’s a great one: support your local businesses by buying gift cards.

Many Village of Webster businesses are offering discounts on their gift cards, so now is a great time to stock up for later or to give to friends for gifts. Here’s the current list, and it’s being updated every day (log onto websterbid.com for the latest information).

Beyond Cuts Salon: 15% added to all Gift Certificates and Gift Cards .. Available in any amount. Call or text 585-872-5531 to purchase.

Savage Chef, A weekly service that provides fully prepared fresh healthy meals for delivery or pickup: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Order directly through their website.

Yesterday’s Muse Books, used, new, rare, and collectible books in all subject areas and age ranges: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount.
Digital gift cards available in the shop’s online shopping cart and redeemable on their website. Print gift certificate orders taken by phone (credit card) or email (PayPal), and redeemable in-store once quarantines are lifted. Use this link to order gift cards to use online. Order by phone at (585) 265-9295, Monday-Saturday from 10-1, and leave message if no answer. Or by email: yesterdays.muse@gmail.com

Barry’s Old School Irish gift certificates and gift cards available in any amount. Phone  (585) 545-4258, from Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.  to 7 p.m. You can email them at
barrysirishpub@gmail.com

Webster Hots: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Purchase by phone at (585) 734-5620. They’re open Monday 4 to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Furnari Jewelers, specializing in diamonds and custom made jewelry: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Contact Mark at: mark@furnarijewelry.com or call (585) 683-9917.

Finns Garage: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Call (585) 265-9620 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Performance Hobbies: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Available by calling (585) 872-4990, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also email tmcp51d@aol.com.

Chandeliers Boutique, boutique shopping at affordable prices. Clothing, jewelry, purses, accessories, gifts and more: save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount.  Order by calling (585) 622-1266.

Professional Nutrition Services/Holistic Health Center, alternative/holistic therapies to help you achieve your best health: Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Order by calling (585) 787-4251 or emailing Profnutritionstore@yahoo.com. 

Webster Interiors Home Furnishings & Decor, home furnishings, window treatments, and design services. Save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Order by calling (585) 545-4503 or emailing ric@websterinteriors.com

R Salon, save 10% on all gift certificates and gift cards, available in any amount. Email  scott@rsalon.com.

Also, stay tuned everyone, because I’m compiling a list of all of our village restaurants that are offering take-out. I’ll post that in a day or two.

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A masks update from the Quilt Shoppe

25 Mar

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Vanetta and Monique at The Village Quilt Shoppe are sending out daily updates for seamstresses (and seam…sters?)  interested in making masks for medical personnel. Today’s update will cheer anyone who wants to help but doesn’t want to (or can’t) leave the house to get materials or deliver masks.

The shop now  has a person who will pick and deliver masks and materials for anyone who needs that service. Just email them with your name, address — and number of kits you would like if that’s what you need — and the volunteer will drop things off or pick things up from your front porch, or anywhere else you specify.

The email is villagequiltshoppe@gmail.com.

They also remind us that “the kits from the RGH nurses need to come back to the store. WE do have other kits you can have to send to other locations if you prefer.”

They also received this letter from RGH which tells about other ways you can help:

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We are grateful for the many offers of help. As you can imagine, it means the world to our health care teams to know that they have the support of our entire community. 

Here’s how you can help: 

Donate to our COVID-19 Support Fund – one of the best and quickest ways that you can help right now is to give to RRH COVID-19 Support Fund. This virus is difficult to predict, so donations will be used to meet our most pressing needs. 

Restaurant gift cards are a great idea – our hospital leadership teams can easily order meals before and after long shifts for our front line care providers to take home. 

If you are interested in donating food to RRH to support our clinical teams, please email Julie.hamil@rochesterregional.org. Please be aware we are unable to accept homemade food items. Food must be prepared in a commercial grade kitchen and packaged in individual servings 

Send encouraging messages to our patients – we suggest using social media. You can post videos and photos with #RRHspreadjoy, and we’ll share them with people who could use a smile. Or, if you’d prefer, send your messages to rrhfoundation@rochesterregional.org

As always, we appreciate messages of support for our health care teams. You can email messages to rrhfoundation@rochesterregional.org or post them on Rochester Regional’s social media channels. 

Donate face masks and other medical supplies. We are accepting masks that meet FDA/CDC guidelines as well as sewn masks. We aren’t particular about the color or pattern for sewn masks – we just appreciate your generosity. Additionally, we are accepting other medical supplies, like latex-free gloves and face shields. 

Donation drop off locations: Starting Friday, March 27th you’ll be able to drop off masks, gift cards and other supplies at three locations. Supplies will be distributed across Rochester Regional as needed to support our patients and care teams: 

RRH Administrative Offices Riedman Campus – North Entrance 100 Kings Highway South, Rochester Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am -2pm 

Newark Wayne Community Hospital Receiving Dock – North Side Entrance 1200 Driving Park Avenue, Newark Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm 

United Memorial Medical Center Jerome Center Loading Dock (off Wiard Street) 16 Bank Street, Batavia Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm 

Remember, you’re already helping our health care teams by staying home and by washing your hands frequently. Thank you for caring enough about your friends and neighbors to support their good health, and thank you for believing in us. You are now part of our team and together we can overcome this challenge.

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WHAT am I going to do with these kids? (Part 3)

25 Mar

Now that we’re into our second full week of no school, I imagine things are going to get a lot more challenging for parents with kids, and even for those of us without kids who just need to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND GO ANYWHERE, while still practicing safe social distancing Here’s a great idea to try, especially for those of you who need a P.E. component for your home lessons:

Did you know that there’s a disc golf course at North Ponds Park?

The nine-hole course was installed in 2013. Here’s a map borrowed from the Greater Rochester Disc Golf Club:

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I wrote this blog about the new course shortly after it opened, which will tell you more:

The North Ponds Park Frisbee Golf Course is ready to play. But before you go out there, you have to know that there’s good news and bad news about the course.

The good news is that it’s been set up in a beautiful park, surrounded by calm, picturesque ponds.

The bad news is that it’s been set up in a beautiful park, surrounded by calm, picturesque ponds.

The new 9-hole course is 3,150 feet long, with three holes less than 300 feet long, five holes between 300 and 400 feet, and one hole longer than 400 feet.

On the face of it, those numbers really don’t look so bad. But then when you look at the course map, you see that three of those holes run perilously close to the water, and two more actually cross it. Yikes.

The course was designed by Ryan Hand, president of the Greater Rochester Disc Golf Club. He and club members finished installing the Innova Discatcher baskets last week, and expect to erect permanent tee markers sometime this fall. For now there are small flags and numbers painted in the grass, marking recreational and intermediate tees for each hole. He also plans to add a third “professional” tee for each hole sometime in the future.

So the new course is designed to be a challenge, especially for those of us who might attempt it with a recreational (read “cheap”) Frisbee. I’m going to stock up, because guaranteed I’ll be putting several into those ponds.

Sounds like something you and/or the kids might want to try?

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The sidewalks are blooming

24 Mar

Thank you to everyone so far who has sent me photos of the beautiful chalk drawings that are appearing around our neighborhoods. I am happy to share those emails with you now!

First, here’s Anna E. outside her north Penfield home, where she made this incredible creation on her driveway last Thursday night. “Before the rain washed it away,” her mom said.

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Scott on Crest View Drive sent this picture of a 540-space hopscotch game, made by the kids in the neighborhood, which stretched the length of the whole street.

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Little Michael chose to make his drawings on the deck, away from the street. Practicing proper social distancing!

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This series of photos was sent to me by Jennifer Ashton, from a Facebook post by TeeJay Dill. Jennifer wrote,

“Not a kid, but a local artist and small business owner (she started and owns both White Tiger tattoo shops) trying to brighten up her neighborhood! TeeJay Dill is a gift to the Rochester community.”

TeeJay herself accompanied her Facebook post with,

“Froze myself trying to do this but felt like the neighborhood could use a little cheer. Supposed to rain (snow?) tomorrow so I will make a new one after this one washes away.”

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Finally, this series of photos was sent to me by … well, frankly, I can’t find the original email/message, so I don’t remember, nor do I know what street they’re from!! Please email me again to remind me what great children created this delightful garden!

 

Do you have some children’s artwork you’d like to share? Let’s keep the smiles going! Email me!

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Chalking the walk

22 Mar

I saw this happy sight as I was heading home from Wegmans this afternoon (which was not as bad as I thought!) My neighbor Cindy, chalking her sidewalk along South Ave. with her children Connor and Celia.

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Is anyone else taking advantage of this very sunny but cool day to get out and making art? Did your kids make rainbows to hang in the windows?

Please email me your photos of how your family is trying to brighten everyone’s day and I’ll post them in my blog!

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