WEEK AHEAD: Common Core hearing, Highland Market open house, public meeting on Irondequoit library plan, much more


The New York State Assembly Office of Public Affairs will hold a forum to hear testimony on the recent statewide implementation of the Common Core curriculum. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. Information: (518) 455-5073.
Bolgen Vargas. - FILE PHOTO
  • Bolgen Vargas.

Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will hold a walk-in “Coffee and Conversation” meeting from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19.

Parents, teachers, and students can come to these informal meetings to discuss concerns about city schools. The meeting will be held at the district’s  central office, 131 West Broad Street. Tim Louis Macaluso 

The South Wedge Planning Committee will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, to discuss local traffic concerns on the streets running parallel between Mount Hope and South Avenue. The meeting will be held at Calvary St. Andrews, 68 Ashland Street.

At the meeting, SWPC and local block club leaders will convene with neighbors and community leaders to address these challenges. Information: information@swpc.org or (585)256-1740.

An open house on a proposal to turn Highland Market in the South Wedge, a former convenience store, into a full-line grocery store will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 18, at the market, 830 South Avenue.

Owner Danny Stefanou needs approvals from the city’s Zoning Board and Planning Commission to proceed with the plan. The Zoning Board's meeting on the project is at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, in room 223B at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

The Rev. Lewis Stewart, president of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, to address violence in the City of Rochester. The conference will be held at the First Church of God, 334 Clarissa Street.

According to a press release, the purpose of the event is “to address the deplorable condition of black-on-black violence and to announce a plan of action that the community may participate in.” Information: (585)254-3034 or 451-6982. Christine Carrie Fien

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Irondequoit Library Board of Trustees will hold a public information meeting on the proposed re-vote on the town library proposal. It’ll be held in the Broderick Room at Town Hall, 1280 Titus Avenue.

Earlier this year, town residents overwhelmingly passed a measure allowing the town to borrow $13 million to build a new library on the Town Hall campus. The town’s two library branches would be consolidated into the new building.

After the vote, however, a group of residents sued the town, claiming that the board didn’t complete an adequate environmental review. The town completed a new environmental review and passed a new bond measure, which was subject to permissive referendum. At the end of August, a group of town residents, led by Richard Barone, submitted petitions to force a public vote. That vote will happen on December 14.

Organizers of Tuesday’s informational meeting say that it’ll provide residents with a chance to ask questions and to learn about the proposal. Jeremy Moule