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Urban Action 8/26

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Penfield town code meeting

The Town of Penfield will hold a public hearing to share information on proposed updates to the town code at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9. Mark Valentine, town engineer and planning department director, will discuss the changes, which include proposed revisions to parking standards, shed regulations, and construction requirements. No action will be taken at the meeting, which will be held at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Information: 340-8640.

A white journalist's account of racism

Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 14. The book is a nonfiction account of the author's experience on a bus journey through segregated Southern states in the late 1950's. The group will meet at Barnes & Noble in Pittsford Plaza.

A different take on Huck Finn

The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a discussion about "Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped his Masterpiece," on Tuesday, September 15. The book by Andrew Levy gives a view of the work that is completely different from traditional interpretations. Reviewers include Jim Kraus, retired RCSD English teacher, and Malik Evans, city school board commissioner. The event, which kicks off the "Books Sandwiched In Fall Series," will be held at the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.

Parent input needed

The Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate has extended the deadline for public comment on proposed changes to the Rochester school district's Code of Conduct policy to Saturday, September 19. The 50-plus member task force released for public review a draft version of the revised policy last month, which is intended to help reduce the high number of suspensions in city schools. The task force is hoping to receive more input from RCSD parents and families. The proposed policy can be found at An online survey is available for comments, which can also be emailed to