Webster Chamber News June 2018


Presidents Column

Summer is almost here!

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Business of the Month

Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore is June's Business of the Month!

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Breakfast Before Business!

The Annual Breakfast Before Business Meeting honors Chamber Members longevity in business.  

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New Chamber Members

Welcome our new Chamber members!

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Important Dates to Remember

Important dates coming up, don't miss out!

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Eat Drink & Connect

Check out our next Eat Drink & Connect dates!

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Fairport Savings Offer!

See attached ad for Fairport Savings Bank!

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Empire Blvd. Paving Project

See details of the Empire Blvd. paving project from the Open House session.

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Kuk Sool Won

See attached June special offer from Kuk Sool Won!

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Ginna Community Night

Ever wonder how nuclear power is generated or how a nuclear plant operates?

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Town of Webster Events

Summer Celebration is here!

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NYS Labor Department Hearings

Employers with tipped workers need to know...

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Super 8 Chamber Special

The Super 8 in Webster is offering a special rate.  Check out the details.

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Webster Firemen's Carnival

The 2018 Webster Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is on July 11th - July 14th.  See updates by clicking below...

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Summer Youth Theatre Experience!

The Summer Youth Theatre Experience has camp offerings in two different age levels:  Elementary, and Middle School/High School Mix.

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Chamber Members in the News


How to Avoid Fraud in Grant Writing

Free workshop will give non-profits information on how to avoid fraud.

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Not For Profit Events!

See what Non-Profit Events that are happening this month!

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Barry's Column

Summer is almost here! Summer solstice 2018 in will be at 6:07 AM on Thursday, June 21 and will mark the longest day of the year. And we all try to cram as much as possible into each of those long summer days.

There are a lot of things happening this summer in the Chamber and in the community. The Town’s Summer Celebration on June 23rd, the Chamber’s Annual Breakfast meeting on June 29th, and another noontime summertime event coming on July 13th.

There will be the Jazz Festival, movies in the Park, Friday night concerts, Wine walks and the Webster Fireman’s Parade and Carnival.

I hope you will be able to attend the Annual Breakfast on the 29th. We will be honoring Chamber member’s longevity – we celebrate Chamber businesses and organizations that have been in business for 25 or more years (in 5 year increments: 25, 30, 35, etc.). This is a special breakfast where we get to hear about the successes of long term businesses – names that you will recognize – and hear about how they started and how they got to today.

We will also be recognizing our outgoing directors and we will ceremoniously “pass the gavel” as our Chair-elect takes on the position of Chair.

The breakfast food itself always has a little something special and the networking and chance to visit with old and new colleagues and friends will, as always make the breakfast special. And, we will “pass the mic” around the room so you each get to introduce yourself and the rest of us get to connect you and a business with our Chamber family.

Please take a minute to look at the whole newsletter to get a good snapshot of the upcoming Chamber and community events. We have a lot of good information for you so don’t miss out!

Lastly, you will see some changes underway on our Chamber website. There are some incremental improvements already installed and more to come – including some e-commerce abilities and an event registration option.

Thanks for your continued support of the Chamber and we look forward to seeing you soon!



CA Consulting - A leadership coaching, consulting and training company.  Contact Cheryl Adas at 585-703-3469 or via email at cladas1@gmail.com.

Eastern Managed Print Network - a technology consulting firm specializing in workflow optimization (Managed Print Services, Production, Software Solutions), located at 1387 Fairport Road, Suite 1000A, Fairport, NY.  Contact John Bender at 585-210-4612 jbender@easternmpn.com or visit their website at www.easternmpn.com.

Inclusion Wellness Spa - A wellness spa located at 811 Ridge Road, Webster, NY.  Services include:  facial treatments, laser treatments, hand and foot treatments, makeup services, massage, waxing services and yoga.  Contact Rebecca Brown at 585-347-6100 or management@inclusionspa.com or visit their website at www.inclusionspa.com.  

Rochester Foam Dart League - A special events company that offers weekly Nerf battles, parties and special events in Rochester and the surrounding area.  Contact Justin or Anthony at 585-748-8087 justin@rochesterfoamdartleague.com, anthony@rochesterfoamdartleague.com or visit their website at www.rochesterfoamdartleague.com.

Spectrum Business - A telecommunications company located at 2620 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY.  Contact Steve Conger at 585-340-8157 steve.conger@charter.com or visit their website at www.spectrum.com.  

The strength of any organization lies in its membership. Thank you for joining. Please add these members to your directory listings.


Russell & Brenda Herman established their first store in Greece in 1994. Their Rottweiler Bucky had terrible skin and coat due to being fed poor quality pet food. Once they were educated on the advantages of feeding a great pet food and healing their dog in under a month, they decided that they needed to get this message to every pet owner. They then opened their first store.

The primary focus is on getting their customers pets on great quality foods. In addition to providing very personal customer service, they offer a full line of pet products and self-washes for dogs.

Pets make people happy and are part of the family. If they can help improve the health of those pets and improve the bond people have with their pets, that makes them happy.

Between the 4 stores, corporate office, and warehouse, they employ about 45 people.

Pet$aver’s Healthy Pet Superstore are suckers for every cause, besides being active in their local Chamber’s, Rotary, church, etc., they are very proud to be able to donate all of the dog and cat food fed at Lollypop Farm and Rochester Animal Services. With the help of the customers and pet food manufacturers, they developed a program to cover this entire cost. Doing so frees up funds for them to use for other projects such as spay/neuter programs and pet ownership education. They also sponsor running races, Veteran’s Outreach Center, CURE Childhood Cancer, many local pet rescue groups, Scouts, etc. Their family believes in serving their community and their country. Both of their children are active duty military members, so helping and honoring our veterans is one of Pet$avers major causes.

Isn’t it great to have your pet eagerly awaiting your arrival at home? That’s how they want you to feel when you come to Pet$aver. They especially love it when you bring your pet with you. There have been many times they have given customers hugs who have come into our stores to tell us that they just lost their beloved pet and knew that we would understand their loss. Then there is the customer who brings in their new puppy or kitten knowing that we would be thrilled to meet them. Pets are family and they get it. They are going to do everything that they can to make them happy.

Congratulations to Pet$avers Healthy Pet Superstore as June 2018’s Business of the Month!


Empire Boulevard Paving Project

The Department of Transportation held an informational open house for businesses and residents about its $3.35 million paving project along Empire Boulevard.

The project also focuses on easing traffic by creating a new center lane for drivers to make left-hand turns into to businesses between Plank Road and Baytowne Plaza.

In the spring of 2019, the DOT plans to repave a 3.5-mile stretch of Empire Boulevard between Helendale Road in Irondequoit to Gravel Road in Webster.

The project also focuses on creating a new left-turn lane where Empire meets Plank. Currently, there's no designated lane for drivers to turn at that intersection.

 The DOT said construction crews will work overnight to help prevent additional traffic backups.

Road work is anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2019.


Important Dates to Remember

June 14th - Eat Drink & Connect @ Dancing with Denise
June 16th - Village Wine Walk 
June 22nd - Friday Night Concerts
June 23rd - Summer Celebration (Webster Recreation Center)
June 29th - Annual Breakfast Before Business
June 29th - RobynPalooza
June 29th - Friday Night Concerts
July 11 - 14th - The 2018 Webster Volunteer Firemen's Carnival
July 13th - Noontime Networking at the Chamber (Sponsored by Rich Marlin Edward Jones)
July 14th - 15th - 50th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival (Presented by ESL)
July 17th - Movies in the Park 
July 20th - 21st - Webster Village Jazz Fest
July 23rd - 31st Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament
July 27th - Breakfast Before Business


Fairport Savings Offer

Kuk Sool Won

Super 8 Special Chamber Rate

Town Events

How to Avoid Fraud in Grant Writing



Governor Cuomo has put forth a proposal to eliminate the tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers. If enacted, this change could have a devastating impact on both local restaurants workers and owners.
If the tipped minimum wage credit is eliminated, tipped workers would receive minimum wage plus the tips that they earn. This change will increase the cost of doing business and potentially jeopardize the jobs of many hardworking waiters and waitresses who are trying to make ends meet and to provide for their families.

The Commissioner of the Department of Labor will be holding hearings on this issue. It is important that the Commissioner hear directly from you- the restaurant owners and tipped workers who will be impacted by this proposal. I urge you to consider taking the time to attend one of these hearings and share your views. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 518-457-5519 or email hearing@labor.ny.gov.

If you are unable to personally attend a hearing, please send your written comments by July 1, 2018, to hearing@labor.ny.gov.


Community Information Night July 31st!

Ever wonder how nuclear power is generated or how a nuclear plant operates? If you attend R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant’s Community Information Night, you’ll find answers to these questions and many more! You’ll get a first-hand look at how Ginna generates safe, clean and reliable power for our region. This free, public event will be held at Ginna’s Training Center on               Tuesday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Will there be a plant tour?

Due to security restrictions, we cannot offer plant tours. There will be interactive booths and tours of the training facility, including a simulated control room.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to attend the event?

There are no ID requirements or age limits for this event. It is free and open to the public.

Where is the event held? Where should I park?

The event is held at Ginna's Training Center. Please park at the main entrance, 1503 Lake Rd., Ontario, NY. (Driveway #2) You will see an Exelon Generation sign and a red barn. Parking attendants will direct traffic. From there, you can take a quick trolley ride to the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You are not required to bring a printed ticket.

Can I arrive anytime? How long should I plan to stay?  

It is an open house event, so you can arrive anytime you like. There can be a short wait to see some of the most popular demonstrations. With so much to see, plan on spending at least an hour.

Have questions about R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant's Community Night - 2018? Contact Exelon Generation



This program focuses on the process of theater, with educational sessions on the topics of auditions, acting, blocking and more. The Summer Youth Theater Experience, what we call The SYTE program, culminates with a finished production.

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John 'Bud' Johnston retires as President of WASPS
John "Bud" Johnston recently retired from his position as president of the Webster Association of Senior Program Supporter (WASPS). Best wishes to Bud in his retirement!
John 'Bud' Johnston, the founder of the non-profit Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters (WASPS), has retired from his position as president of the organization.  Members of WASPS, the Senior Center, and Parks and Recreation, as well as local officials, celebrated his retirement on March 17.
Johnston founded WASPS in 2007.  He was president for most of the time frame between then and present day, with the exclusion of a brief period during which time another member ran the organization.  the idea to found WASPS came during the time Johnston ran the Bridge group for Webster seniors.  He saw how underrepresented seniors were in the community and decided to address this need.  The result was WASPS, which now consists of over 25 volunteers who provide transportation to senior citizens throughout Webster.
Johnston told the Webster Herald he recently celebrated his 90th birthday, which sparked his decision to retire as president.  However, he will continue to assist the WASPS board of directors.
Johnston attributes the success of WASPS to the volunteers who help run it.  "I don't care what organizations you run... Unless you have good people working for you, it's not going to work for you.  I was exceptionally fortunate to have a good group... And I want to thank all of them for their help."
The Board of Directors for WASPS is now looking for a new president to fill Johnston's shoes.  Anyone interested in the position or simply volunteering their time as a member of WASPS should call 216-7829.
Maplewood Administrator Greg Chambery Receives ACHCA's Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Gregory Chambery, Administrator at Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster, NY with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  The Leadership Award was celebrated during an awards luncheon at ACHCA's 52nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, April 24th.  Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify.  This year 1,717 facilities met the selection criteria and of those, three hundred and fifty-one administrators in 45 states were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.
Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data (SNF), including the Health, Fire Safety, and Compliant Surveys, as well as top quartile performance as designated Quality Measures.  The criteria also include an 85% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of Special Focus Facility status.  This prestigious award is made possible with the Support of ABILITY* Network Inc.  

Breakfast Before Business 

Date and Place:  Friday, June 29th, 7:00 AM Webster Columbus Center 70 Barrett Drive, Webster, NY

Menu & Cost: Buffet breakfast — $14 members (and employees of members); $19 non-members and visitors.

Click Here to email Barb if you are coming to breakfast

Door Prizes: Remember to bring business cards for the drawings. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses for providing many wonderful items at the May Breakfast: 

Door Prize Won By

Door Prize Won

Donated By

Denise Baller from Dancing with Denise

Medical Disposal System

Janine Sanger from Webster Health and Education Network 

Sarah Boddery from David H Wager Agency

Lens Towelettes

Leslie Pacer from Pearle Vision

Patrick Lydon from Sutter Summers and Lydon PC

Lens Towelettes

Leslie Pacer from Pearle Vision

Alfonso Rivera from Cricket Wireless

Lunch Tote

Karen Szembrot from Goshorn Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Terri Thon from the Bay View Family YMCA


Joe Vitello from Heartland Payroll

Penny Swingly from Mane Reflections

Credit Card Holder

Joe Vitello from Heartland Payroll

Robyn Whittaker from Beyond Cuts

Gift Bag with Goodies

Dr. Stan Drabik from Stan Drabik DDS

Peter Pellittieri from Peter J Pellittieri, DMD

½ page ad in the Webster Herald

Laurie Zahn-Herman from Empire State Weeklies

David Wolmering from Verizon

Gift Basket

Sarah Boddery and Lainey Cooke from David H Wager Agency

Jamie Vasile from Family First Credit Union

Thank You Girl Scout cookies

Rose Gabriele from ReMax Plus

David Corretore from Corretore Law Offices


Rich Marlin from Rich Marlin Edward Jones Investments

Rose Gabriele from RE/Max Plus

Gerber Daisy Plant

Laurie Zahn-Herman from Howard Hanna

Sam Schaubroeck from Heritage Christian Stables

The World’s Best Pizza Cutter

Sharon Heiligman from AmeriPrint

Tina Salvatore from NOCO

The World’s Best Pizza Cutter

Sharon Heiligman from AmeriPrint

Haley Bonczyk from Thrive Bookkeeping

Book and Pen

Webster Library

Diane McClure from Edge Advertising Group


Steve Philippone from Redstone Builders

Ty Reid from Rising Earth Massage

Gym Bag

Terri Thon and Carin Adams from the Bay View Family YMCA

Cheryl Nelan from CMIT Solutions

4 Red Wings Tickets

Peter Pellittieri, DMD

Stephanie Barry from Vision Enterprises

Grooming Kit

Tamera Carregan from MVP Healthcare

Jeff Turof from DigiSim

$20 Gift Card

Ty Reid from Rising Earth Massage

Dan Jacob from Whelpley & Paul Opticians

$20 Gift Card

Ty Reid from Rising Earth Massage

 Thank you very much.

Program: Webster Chamber of Commerce recognizes business members with the Business Longevity Award for being in business for 25 years or more.


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