Week Ahead: Chat with the police chief, fighting violence in Rochester, Pittsford project meeting, A Taste of Soul


Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard will hold the last in a series of one-hour Twitter town halls at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. You can ask the chief questions on any topic and offer comments on policing in Rochester.

You must have a Twitter account to participate. Follow #rpdchief.

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and Police Chief James Sheppard will host their third public forum on violence in Rochester at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, in the Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street in the Northwest Quadrant.

"I want to hear directly from our citizens about their experiences and their ideas to reduce violence,” Richards says. “I encourage everyone to take part in these community forums so we can create strategies that will have a lasting effect on decreasing violent behavior."

Citizens are asked to discuss the issue of violence under four broad categories: Open-air drug sales and drug houses; gangs, guns, and the culture of violence; bullying and truancy; and house parties.

At the meetings, RPD crime prevention officers are available at breakout sessions for each of topic and members of city staff serve as facilitators. Citizen suggestions are recorded and used to enhance the Rochester Police Department's long-term violence-reduction strategies.

The final forum is on Tuesday, February 5, in Cobbs Hill Park, Lake Riley Lodge, 100 Norris Drive. Christine Carrie Fien

The Village of Pittsford Board of Trustees meets at 5 p.m. today (Monday, January 28) to discuss an issue pertaining to the controversial proposal to put an apartment project at 75 Monroe Avenue.

A notice on the village website says trustees will discuss a “guidance memo” to the village Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals and the Architectural Preservation and Review Board regarding 75 Monroe. The memo is in draft form, so copies are not publicly available. It could be an effort by trustees to outline what the boards should focus on when reviewing the project.

The meeting is at Village Hall, 21 North Main Street. Jeremy Moule

The Rochester school board will present A Taste of Soul from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 1, in honor of Black History Month. The culinary traditions of African Americans will be prepared by the students of East High’s culinary program.

The event is at East High School, 1901 East Main Street. It’s free and open to the public, but early registration is recommended, since seating is limited. Registration: www.rcsdk12.org/atasteofsoul or 262-8621. Tim Louis Macaluso