Mark Sweetland's Blog (59)

Music Returns to Arnett Library!

Enjoy a cello and harp concert by neighbor Ben Krug and Grace Browning, RPO musicians.  They will be putting on a family-friendly presentation on Saturday, March 26th from 1-2 pm.  Refreshments following the performance.  All are welcome!

Added by Mark Sweetland on March 7, 2022 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

Cobbs Hill Daylily Garden

A Sunday afternoon visit.…


Added by Mark Sweetland on July 26, 2021 at 4:00am — No Comments

Visit Washington Grove

With 250-year-old oaks, and other old growth forest inhabitants, visit with the SW Garden Group on May 26.  Meet at 3 PM on top of Cobbs Hill, at the bulletin board on the right.  Please RSVP to so we know who to wait for.  Also observe art on old water towers.  Should last about an hour.  Note there are some gentle hills we will  be traversing.  Hope to see you there!  

Added by Mark Sweetland on May 11, 2021 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

"Hidden Beauty of Rapids Cemetery"

See Sept/Oct issue of (585)magazine for this article on how volunteers have renovated the historic Rochester graveyard, under the stewardship of our friend John Curran.  John is a member of the 19th Ward Community Association's History and Archives Committee.  As the opening sentence says, "one of Rochester's best-kept secrets is a pioneer cemetery in the 19th Ward."  

Read history of the cemetery and recent…


Added by Mark Sweetland on September 12, 2020 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

From Flower Council of Holland

Check out this cool 30-sec. spot:

Added by Mark Sweetland on April 6, 2020 at 11:05am — No Comments

Learys, Home at Last

In case you missed the parade or news of it on Ch. 10, here's a link to a D&C article, including photos from the parade.…


Added by Mark Sweetland on April 5, 2020 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

19th Ward Community Cats Update

Recently, 19th Ward Community Cats brought in over a ton of clothing and household goods for its “Stuff the Truck” fundraiser. With a cash donation, the total earned was $485. Plans are to make this an annual event. Thank you to all who helped and donated.

This year has brought an explosion of kittens! The group purchased a kitty condo on wheels, foldable, with two doors and three shelves to care for some of them. Terri has recruited 2 more foster homes to help with our surplus of…


Added by Mark Sweetland on July 10, 2019 at 8:46am — No Comments

Mayor's State of the City Address: Focus on Schools, Police, Community Partnerships

Mayor Warren's State of the City Address includes a focus on schools, community development, and policing. 

After laying out a vision of hope,…


Added by Mark Sweetland on April 27, 2019 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Voice of the Finger Lakes, Local Resident

There is a great article in the current edition of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, featuring 19th Ward resident Michael Warren Thomas.  "His velvety rich voice fills the airwaves every weekend."  The article details how he offers "an unparalleled knowledge of all things food, wine, and gardening in the Finger Lakes... His Saturday and Sunday morning radio shows on WYSL-1040 AM are often required listening for folks who like to keep up with the region's wine and restaurant…


Added by Mark Sweetland on January 25, 2018 at 4:12am — No Comments

Keuka Day Trip


Added by Mark Sweetland on October 20, 2017 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Rapids Cemetery

During River Romance this coming weekend, visit Rapids Cemetery on Congress Ave.  John Curran has spearheaded a long invigoration of this historic area, which few know about.  Major work has been done in cooperation with a number of volunteer groups.  Check it out from Noon to 4 PM, 10/8/17.  

Here is an older description from City newspaper, interesting from an historic point of view.  John has recruited many to help transform and preserve this hidden treasure for all to see.  …


Added by Mark Sweetland on October 6, 2017 at 3:01am — No Comments

Ali's Tailor Shop on Thurston featured on Ch. 13 News

Ali's Tailor Shop, now in the former Hunts Hardware, was featured in a segment on Ch. 13 on Friday night.  To view, follow link:

Ali has long been on Thurston Rd. from his first shop opposite Rite Aid, to one across from Thurston Garage, and now in the old Hunts building.  He has invested in the…


Added by Mark Sweetland on July 29, 2017 at 12:14am — No Comments

Dirt Bikes on City Streets

There are an increasing number of dirt bikes being driven on City streets.  This is illegal.  They are meant to be driven in isolated areas on tracks or paths, not in the City, which is dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles.  The noise is also offensive as they drive back and forth in front of your house. 

You can sign a petition urging the Mayor to enforce the law against driving these and ATVs on City streets.  See:  …


Added by Mark Sweetland on April 25, 2017 at 1:10am — 1 Comment

James Farr - A story Worth Reading

From Rochester Business Journal:

Tending to a Rochester jewel

Rochester Business Journal
January 6, 2017

For 40 years, James Farr has been a champion of Rochester, helping the city’s parks and public market thrive by connecting the right people to the right project, all united under one vision.

As director of…


Added by Mark Sweetland on January 16, 2017 at 8:49am — No Comments

"Love Where You Live" Takes to the Streets

The Southwest Garden Group, Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, and Lowe's are teaming up in a project called "Blocks in Bloom."  Lowe's wants to help people "Love Where You Live."  And this year, along with the City of Rochester, all will help bring front-yard gardens where none existed in City neighborhoods.  The uplift provided by front-yard gardens is considered helpful to stabilizing neighborhoods.

Homeowners or renters were identified who…


Added by Mark Sweetland on May 15, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Health Care Navigator

I have been informed that a Health Care Navigator will be at the Arnett Branch Library on Dec. 11 from 11 to 4 PM.  A navigator can be most helpful in showing you what plans would be most beneficial for you.  Some people have deadlines of Dec. 15 to be able to renew NYSofHealth plans.  You must if you have not received notice that your current plan has been renewed.  I have been informed mine was not renewed as they did not have enough information, due to household changes (or incompetency,…


Added by Mark Sweetland on November 30, 2015 at 1:58am — 1 Comment

Farmer's Markets

Congratulations and thanks to Jackie for running another fantastically successful Market at St. Monica's.  My Tuesday would not have been complete without a visit.  What a great community service.

Sad that the season has ended, but you can visit the Brighton Farmer's Market during the winter.  The winter Market opens November 1 and meets every Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, through May 17 in Brighton’s Brookside Center, 220 Idlewood Rd.  Even though it's not the same, good for getting…


Added by Mark Sweetland on October 29, 2015 at 1:40am — No Comments

Challenge! Best Photo, Special Fall Photo Feature

Who has the best seasonal photo for the next header for Location19?  Winner gets $15 free food at Deli Sandro's, a great favorite in neighborhood wonderful food.  Send your submission to John Boutet.  See top of site for info --- best format is horizontal. 

Maybe get that last Farmers Market shot on Tuesday next week, or capture some fall foliage the following in a trip to a favorite Finger Lake.  Visit a winery, enjoy the harvest.  Share your enjoyment with your neighbors and send in…


Added by Mark Sweetland on October 8, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Liason from Mayor's Office

E-mail received tonight:

Good Evening Community Groups – Block Clubs – Business Associations,


I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as I have not had the pleasure of meeting everyone.  As many of you know, Jermayne Myers has moved into a new…


Added by Mark Sweetland on September 16, 2015 at 9:09pm — 4 Comments

SW Merchants

Information Links

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To report animal cruelty, call 911 or  THE ANIMAL CRUELTY HOTLINE: (585) 223-6500

City of Rochester Low-income Spay/Neuter for pet Dogs and Cats

Rochester Community Animal Clinic - low-income spay/neuter for pet dogs and cats, and feral cats

PAWS, Inc.Providing Animal Welfare Services

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Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County 



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Arnett Public Library

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WDKX Urban contemporary 103.9 FM

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Rochester Prep Charter School

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St. Monica Church


El Latino Restaurant
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