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An update on CrossFit Webster

31 Aug

CFWThe news of the imminent closing of CrossFit Webster (CFW) on Ridge Road took a lot of people very, very hard.

Although many people consider CrossFit a fad — or worse yet, dangerous and unhealthy — I have seen the fitness regimen improve lives, both physically and emotionally.  The friendships that are made while sweating through high-intensity workouts can become as strong as the muscles the workouts are building. More specifically, I have seen CFW help people through some tough personal challenges, and helped others gain incredible self-confidence.

So naturally when people started hearing about how CFW was closing, there was much teeth-gnashing and inaccurate news passing back and forth. I finally got the down-low from current CFA owner Laura Rice who kindly sent me a long email detailing the reasons she and her husband Jeff had to close CFW, AND how it will be reopening in a new space just down the road.

She wrote,

It had been our plan for a long time now to find a new location for CrossFit Webster once our current lease ended. For the last five years, we have been running two gyms (the other being Flower City CrossFit) and have come to realize that trying to keep up with the needs of two businesses and two communities was taking too much of a toll on us. With that in mind, we had agreed to sell CrossFit Webster to two of our trainers who had approached us about it. We were anticipating transferring the gym to them shortly after we moved to a new location.

Around six months ago we found a great new spot for the gym and began the process of getting a new lease created and working on the plan for the transition to the new owners. At the last minute, the deal to sell the gym fell through and we were left with having to make the very difficult decision to close the gym at the end of September.

Almost immediately we were approached by one of our longtime members, Rob Coffey (a CF-L1 certified trainer), who asked us about the space we were looking at. We confirmed that it was still available and told him that if he was interested in starting a gym there, we would happily endorse his efforts and would transfer the CrossFit Webster affiliate name to him.

Last weekend, Rob signed the lease for the new space and will be, as Laura said, “carrying the CrossFit Webster banner forward into its next chapter.” Laura and her husband Jeff will now be able to focus exclusively on their other location, Flower City CrossFit in Winton Place.

Word is, the new CrossFit Webster will be located just west of Lowe’s Theater on Ridge Road.

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More Webster business news

28 Aug

pickled

I had an opportunity to sit down recently with Marissa Birke, owner of the new Pickled Paintbrush studio which will be opening in September at 36 East Main Street.

The Pickled Paintbrush will be kind of a do-it-yourself art studio designed mostly for children. Classes will focus on “process artwork,” Marissa said, allowing children to explore unconventional materials, get messy, and have a lot of fun.

The studio is still in the middle of renovations, but when Marissa finally gets it up and running, it’s going to be a tremendous addition to East Main Street.

More to come on The Pickled Paintbrush soon.

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And there’s good news from CrossFit Webster!

I haven’t gotten official word from the owners yet but it looks like CFW is not on its last legs yet. While its current location will be closing, it will be reopening in a new location on Empire Blvd. near Loew’s theater and the bowling alley.

At least that’s what I’ve heard so far, but I hope to get confirmation soon.

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Hazardous waste collection scheduled

22 Aug

Here’s a quick note from the Town of Webster, just in time for that end-of-summer garage clean-out project:

The 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection has been scheduled for Saturday September 15. This event is held in partnership with the Penfield Department of Public Works and will be held at their facility, 1607 Jackson Road.

Most household hazardous wastes like paint, flammables and other chemicals, are safe when used and stored properly, but should also be disposed of properly when they’re no longer needed.

The collection will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make sure no one has to wait in line too long, appointments are required for this event, and will be accepted through September 14. Webster residents should call 585-872-1443 (Monday through Thursday 7 am. to 3 p.m.) and Penfield residents call 585-340-8710. You can also go online here to schedule your appointment.

Waste collection is open to all Monroe County residents, but waste from businesses will not be accepted.

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Tuesday Webster mailbag

28 Aug

blood dropI’m going to begin today’s mailbag with a nugget from Penfield, our neighbors to the south, in part because 1) I actually live in Penfield, and 2) I’m a big supporter of Red Cross blood drives.

Right now the Red Cross is experiencing a critical blood shortage, which I expect will grow even more dire thanks to Hurricane Harvey.

Right now, blood is being distributed to hospitals as fast as it’s being donated. We really need everybody who is eligible — even if you’ve never donated before — to step up and help save lives by donating.

The Penfield Community Center, at 1985 Baird Road, will host a blood drive this Wednesday August 30 from from 1 to 6 p.m. in the community room. Appointments are encouraged to help reduce your wait, but walk-ins will also be welcomed with open arms. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.

All presenting donors will receive a $5 Target e-card.

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village band

Your last chance to see our Webster Village Band this summer is Thursday night, August 31, at the band shell on Phillips Road.

This is the last of the band’s summer concerts, in this their 50th anniversary season. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, and a cooler with snacks and drinks, and make it a family event.

In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Cherry Ridge Senior Center, 900 Cherry Ridge Blvd., across from Webster Schroeder High School.

And stay tuned for more details about the band’s annual Christmas Concert, held every holiday season at Schroeder, usually in early December.

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Here are some notes from the Webster Public Library:

Thursdays are extra special every week at the library. For starters, every Thursday night is Family Night, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These events feature new crafts and activities every week. Plans for September include a family LEGO night, making clothespin airplanes, galaxy bottles, and dragon eggs. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

The first and third Thursdays every month are also “Tween Thursdays,” especially for students in grades 4 through 7. Meet in the Teen Lounge (or Meeting Room) from 4 to 5 p.m. for fun events and snacks.  On Thursday September 7, you’ll be creating miniature circuits with Little Bits. Registration is requested.

Check out the library’s website or Facebook page for more information.

If you’ve ever wanted to become more involved in the library, here’s a great opportunity:

On Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Friends of the Webster Public Library will host a free workshop for members of Friends of Libraries groups, interested community volunteers, library administrators and staff, and library trustees.

The presentation will offer ways that participants can develop their library’s Friends group, working to sustain the organization long-term. Discussion will center on continuous membership recruitment, engaging volunteers, and revitalizing the core members of the group to carry on their crucial advocacy work for their community libraries.

There will be opportunities to network with members of other Friends organizations after the presentation concludes at noon.

Please feel free to bring a lunch. Get more information and register here.

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This also from Penfield:

Penfield’s annual Tastin’ the Blues will be held on Saturday, September 16 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12 – 4 p.m. This free event will include chili judging, beer sampling, and blues music.

Anyone who has a favorite chili recipe is invited to enter the chili contest. Chili entries will be judged by a panel. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three winners, and the first place package will include a $100 cash prize. Registration forms and rules for the chili contest can be found at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or at www.penfieldrec.org.

The Genesee Brew House will be on hand to provide samples of its top micro brews, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, with special guest Joe Beard, will provide entertainment.

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.penfieldrec.org.

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Dinosaurs, laughter and play keep a boy’s memory alive

28 Aug

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The memory of young Jack James Heiligman is alive and well, embodied in the smiles and laughter of children at our area’s newest playground, Jack’s Place.

Jack’s Place is a a blue, dinosaur-themed playground at Penfield’s Rothfuss Park on Five Mile Line Road. It was built by a terrific organization called the Jack Foundation, in honor of 3-year old Jack Heiligman, who lost his life tragically last October.

Hundreds of people attended the official opening ceremonies Sunday afternoon, where Jack’s mother Anne spoke emotionally about her son and how the playground has helped fulfill the dream she and her husband AJ had to keep Jack’s memory alive.

She said,

We knew we could never forget Jack, but we didn’t want anyone to forget him. With that in  mind, we started the Jack Foundation the weeks after he passed and were overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit and resources. We encouraged acts of caring and kindness in Jack’s memory and the caring people jumped in and helped. 

People would ask them how they were able to continue after such a devastating loss, to which she responded with a quote from Fred Rogers:

When disaster strikes, look for the helpers. You will always find caring people in this world who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong. 

When the idea came to them to build a playground to honor their son, the support doubled-down. Friends, neighbors, family members and local businesses donated their time, effort and services to help make it a reality. Individuals, local companies, whole families, even children, all started raising money for the project, collecting more than $175,000 in just ten months.

The result of that outpouring of love and effort is a beautiful new play facility which incorporates all of the things that Jack loved most: dinosaurs, climbing and sliding, and the color blue. There’s even a Little Free Library, because Jack also loved books.

There are slides, of course — six of them by my count; spinny, merry-go-round thing that’s quite a bit updated from my day; a bouncy thing; a sand box where kids can “dig” for dinosaur bones; and lots and lots of places where kids can climb and crawl. There are also eight benches, where parents and grandparents can relax.

As I watched countless kids (young and old; I saw a few adults taking to the slides as well) clambering around the playscape, I could imagine Jack playing, smiling and laughing right along with them. I know that Anne and AJ imagined that as well, and I hope the thought gave them some comfort.

Here are some photos from the opening:

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