2019


At the Village Board meeting, Rusty Havert ceremoniously transferred Fire Chief duties to the new Chief, Kevin Velte. Also pictured are 1st Assistant Chuck Witt, 2nd Assistant Jeff Miller, and 3rd Assistant Rod Bliss.  Click here for pictures.



Often young people of middle school age are characterized as disrespectful, defiant, impulsive and selfish.  At the Village of Newark Board meeting on April 16, 2019 a young man of this age group was honored with the “Do the Right Thing” award for his thoughtful, bold, cool and heroic actions in February.  On February 11, 2019 around 3:11 p.m. while walking home from the Newark Middle School, Giancarlo J. Colon, aka John, saw that the back corner of 109 Blossom Road was on fire.  John went to the house, pounded on the door and alerted 2 unaware residents within that their house was on fire.  The residents escaped and called Wayne County E911, allowing the Newark Fire Department to respond and extinguish the blaze.  John’s bold, cool and heroic actions ensured that a life was not lost, property damage was minimal and proved that middle school aged people can “Do The Right Thing”.  Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes, Joey’s Northside Grocery, BB’s Pizzeria and Wal-Mart rewarded John with gift certificates for his unselfish and heroic actions of February 11, 2019.

"It is an absolute pleasure to recognize our youth who unselfishly go above and beyond to make our community a better place to live," remarked Village of Newark Mayor, Jonathan Taylor.

Newark Fire Chief Rustin Havert said he would like to commend John for taking notice that something was different.  He stated that John acted heroically and swiftly to notify the occupants and the quick and early call to 911 allowed the Fire Department to extinguish the fire and minimize damage to the house. He added that he is “quite proud of John Colon for his unselfish actions”.

Police Chief Mark Thoms noted, “John’s quick thinking and unselfish actions on this day showed that this young man is a role model for others his age and beyond.  His actions demonstrate his future abilities to ‘Do The Right Thing’."
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No Tax Increase for the Village of Newark!


On April 3, 2019, members of the Newark Fire Department were called to 806 Driving Park Avenue for reports of smoke coming out of an upstairs window.  Lyons Firefighters, Newark-Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance and Newark Police also responded and assisted.  Upon arrival, it was determined that the first floor fire had already extended to the second floor and attic.  While some firefighters extinguished the fire, others rescued four (4) dogs.  The cause of the fire is not yet known.  Click here for pictures.


Whatever Happened to the Newark Diner?   - An article from the Democrat and Chronicle.


At its March meeting, the Village Board recognized the outstanding achievements of both the Newark Girls Varsity Bowling Team and Trinity Wells (Indoor Track).  Click here for more information and pictures.


Here are some pictures of the Old Roosevelt School at 515 East Union being taken down to make way for a new Byrne Dairy!


AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in New York!  Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to New York! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in May 2019!  AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.  As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.  Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:  
americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST.  facebook: @GotAPick 
Click here for more information!


Due to the unpredictable weather, this year's snow sculpture contest was a difficult one. Thank you to all who participated! The winners are... 


The DEC is offering free trees for anyone who owns or manages at least 50 feet of land along a stream or waterbody in New York State.  Click here for more details.


On Sunday, February 3, 2019, while most people were spending the afternoon preparing for the Super Bowl, the Newark and Marbletown Fire Departments were busy fighting an attic fire at 5448 Wood Lane in the Town of Arcadia. A neighbor walking by had noticed smoke coming from a gable.  The investigative report is still pending, but the suspected cause of the fire is an electrical issue with a ceiling light.  Thankfully, there was no one home at the time of the incident and no firefighters were injured.  Click here for pictures.


Happy 143rd Birthday Newark Police Department!


6th Annual Snowman  Building  Contest: The Village of Newark will celebrate this winter with a Snowman Building Contest.  Snowman Enthusiasts...Winter is here so let’s play! Gather your family and friends to show your snowman building skills.  Village Residence and Businesses are invited to create a snow sculpture anytime during the month of February 2019.  Call 315-331-4770, ext. 108 to enter and let us know you will be participating and Contest Judges will take a photo of your creation.
Resident First Place $100    (Donated by Premier Martial Arts)       
Resident Second Place $50 (Donated by Premier Martial Arts)
Best Business Entry will receive the Snowman Trophy and Pizza.
Rules:   Entry must be located in the Village of Newark.  Build a snowman, sculpture or whatever you like, it’s up to you. Snow creation must be suitable for all audiences. Residential entries must be located on the property’s front lawn area in clear view from the road and may not block sidewalks or driveways. Business entries must be located in front of the business on lawn area, or on sidewalk (no more than 3 ft. from building), and may not block sidewalk or building entrance. Only food coloring can be used to color entry.  No wood or metal framework can be incorporated in the structure of the snow sculpture.  Sculptures should be of a non-interactive nature (this means no areas are intended for people to walk on, crawl, stand, sit under or climb.) Do not send your own photos.  Photos of entries will be judged on Friday, March 1, 2019.


2018


     The Village of Newark has been awarded a New York State Canalway Grant.   The program provides funding for projects that further the goals and objectives of the New York State Canal Recreationway Plan, such as raising public awareness of the historical and current impact of the canal, expanding community engagement and participation in canal programs, and increasing investment in the canal to generate economic and cultural benefits.  
     Previous improvements along the canal such as murals, a bike repair station, and an Interpretative Center with full amenities have demonstrated Newark’s commitment to canal development, which made the Village an ideal candidate for grant funding.
     In keeping with the community’s comprehensive plan and downtown revitalization efforts,
plans for the $150,000 matching grant include widening and paving the currently segmented canal trail, adding bike racks and benches, repurposing period street lights removed from South Main Street, as well as taking measures to prevent erosion.  
​     Mayor Taylor stated that he was excited to receive the grant and to further improve the experience of residents and visitors along Newark’s segment of the Erie Canal.


Mayor Jonathan Taylor, Deputy Mayor Stu Blodgett and Trustee Bob Bendix were sworn in at the Village Board meeting last night. All three were elected for their second term of office. Congratulations!  Click here for pictures.


The Village of Newark is pleased to welcome Jackson Hewitt to their new space in the Arcadia Shopping Plaza at 6788 State Route 31 East! Jackson Hewitt will be open for business starting Monday, December 17, 2018 and their phone number is (315)-267-6400.  Click here for pictures!


A Vision of the Future
On December 12, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Cornell University’s Design Connect team presented a conceptual plan of Newark’s downtown area.  The students and the Village of Newark held a well-attended outreach event at which community members participated in research activities and exchanged thoughts on the development of downtown Newark.  Based on this information and visits to the area, the students created a comprehensive conceptual plan to complement and enhance current revitalization efforts.  The plan provides recommendations such as location and addition of businesses, landscaping, recreational areas, pedestrian traffic, and seating. The presentation was held in the courtroom on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 100 East Miller Street, Newark. 
Click here to see the report and the presentation.


Newark Turkey Day Race Set for Thanksgiving Day in Newark. 


The Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce held their annual award ceremony.  Click here to for more information on recipients!


Mark Thoms has been named the new Chief of Police!  Click here for more information!


The Village of Newark is proud to congratulate Newark Firefighters Juan Ortiz, Captain Doug Velte and Captain Rod Bliss, as well as Police Officer Dan Weegar. 
The four hometown heroes recently received awards from the Northern Central Volunteer Firemen’s Association.  The firemen collectively received “Firefighter of the Year” and Office Weegar received “First Responder of the Year”.   For their lifesaving efforts, they were also honored at the Wayne County Firemen’s Association banquet with Mr. Ortiz, Captain Velte and Captain Bliss receiving the “Fireman of the Year Valor Award along with Officer Weegar receiving the “Emergency Service Valor” award. 
On March 22, 2018, moments after clearing a motor vehicle accident scene, a call came in for a possible multi-family structure fire.  Upon arriving, they found an elderly man trying to escape from a second story window.  Office Weegar and Captain Bliss lifted Captain Velte to a roof while Mr. Ortiz, driver of Newark Rescue 7, secured the ladder.  Captain Velte was able to free the victim from the window and the men guided him down the ladder to safety.  The gentleman received a medical transport and the rescuers stayed to suppress the fire and to assist in the investigation and clean up.  Thank you to these first responders for their efforts and congratulations on receiving these recognitions!
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And the winners of the Pumpkin Sculpture Contest are...



Ultralife Receives $9.5 Million Communications Systems IDIQ Contract 
Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ: ULBI) has received a fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for purchases not to exceed $9.5 million from an undisclosed major defense prime contractor for vehicle communications kits for use by the U.S. Department of Defense. The award is for one year with four option years with the amounts and timing of deliveries based on program requirements. Initial deliveries under this contract are expected to begin in 2019.  “Ultralife is a long-standing supplier of these communication kits, which include our radio Universal Vehicle Adaptor and various other components. Our kits provide flexibility in installation and improved communications capability and deliver proven performance and reliability under the toughest of conditions, making them ideal for soldier missions,” said Michael D. Popielec, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to participating in this multi-year program and continuing to offer technically advanced solutions to our government/defense customers while adding new products to our proven platforms for soldier modernization.”


Join us on October 20th, anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Newark High School Gym to share your input on the future of Downtown Newark. A group of students from Cornell University's Design Connect program currently assisting in the village's revitalization efforts will lead an open community outreach event to learn different perspectives, opinions and desires for the development of Newark. Stop by and have an impact on the future of your community.  Click here fore more information!


Carolyn Pitti has been named the new Deputy Clerk Treasurer!  Click here for more information!


Here is a look at some pre-1914 cars that came through Newark!


Check out the fantastic cars that were at the Legendary Auto Car Show!


The Village of Newark would like to thank Eleanor Palermo for her 15 years of service as the Deputy Clerk/Treasurer.   There will be an open house August 21, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village of Newark’s third floor conference room, located at 100 East Miller Street, Newark, New York 14513 to give residents and friends an opportunity to express their appreciation for her dedication to the Village.  Click here for informationClick here for picture.

 

The Macedon Public Library has partnered with Finger Lakes Community College to offer a series of technology training workshops each Wednesday evening through the month of September.  Click here for more information.



Taste of Wayne County is held annually along the banks of the Erie Canal at the Port of Newark, and each year the booth collecting the most tickets wins a trophy.  The Village of Newark and the Newark Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that Mary Fitch, owner of Nana’s Village Restaurant and Catering, was crowned this year’s champion.  Members of the Taste of Wayne County committee were on hand to present her with the winner’s trophy Friday night, August 3, 2018, prior to the start of the weekly Music on the Erie performance.
Chamber President, Jessica Wells, stated that, “Mary and the entire staff of Nana’s puts tremendous effort into Taste of Wayne County. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate them for being the Taste of Wayne County winner for the second year.”
Village of Newark Mayor, Jonathan Taylor added, “Congratulations to Nana’s and thank you to the over 1200 people who attended this year’s event to help decide who should be ‘The Taste of Wayne County’.”
Mary Fitch said that “her whole staff does a great job and they work well as a team, but this would not have been possible if it were not for the help of her daughter, Kayleigh.”
Nana’s, located at 212 North Main Street in the Village of Newark, will proudly display the trophy for the next year and is already looking forward to defending their title in 2019.



The Village of Newark is pleased to announce it will be receiving a $40,000 grant to defray the cost of three new police vehicles.  The grant and a low interest loan awarded by USDA Rural Development allows the Village to purchase all three vehicles with a total initial expenditure of only $23,000.  Funding such as this helps the Village to purchase new, energy-efficient vehicles without the need for a tax increase or use of reserve funds.  The Village also purchased a Police Chief’s vehicle from Lyons, and earlier this spring, upgraded the department’s computers.  Mayor Taylor said, “We are thrilled to be able to make significant improvements in our Police Department without impacting the budget.  This grant, as well as our investment in new computers and a Chief’s vehicle, will greatly enhance our ability to ensure public safety.”  Police Commissioner Stu Blodgett added, “Public safety has always been a priority of this administration.  Providing our men and women with the best tools possible without burdening the residents is a win-win for everyone!”



Our LED pilot starts tonight. After dark, we would like you to take a look at some sample lighting and tell us what you think. Please consider the brightness and the look of the light itself but disregard the fixture that holds it. Which light would you like to see in a residential area? Two (4000 K) samples are located on West Miller Street, fairly close to South Main Street. Two other (3000 K) samples are located on Mason Street, close to West Miller Street. The lights are numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 and are marked with orange tape. Check them out and let us know which light you feel we should use in the residential areas of our village. Please pick only one number out of the four!  Thank you for your participation!  Click here to vote! ** Please noted: this survey has ended.


This video was used as part of our presentation to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Thank you to our most important presenters, OUR COMMUNITY!! Now we wait to see if they #CHOOSENEWARK!!   Click here to view video

With the help of an Erie Canalway grant, the Village of Newark, Newark Central School District, and Mural Mania are working together to create additional murals along Newark's canal corridor. Students are working in a day camp setting over the summer to create this museum without walls.  
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With the intention of improving public safety and protecting first responders, Wayne County, in cooperation with the Village of Newark, will be locating transmitters on the rooftop of the Village Municipal Building at 100 East Miller Street.  
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Dillon VanDemortel was recognized by Mayor Taylor and the Village Board for his outstanding athletic achievements. 
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Newark Pilots play in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball All-star game and win!  Allen Murphy of the Pilots also won the Home Run Derby!  
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​Treasures Along the Erie Community-wide Garage Sales: Newark will be having a Community-wide Garage Sale Day on Saturday, August 4th, 2018. On August 4th only, no garage sale permit is necessary so gather your goodies and prepare to have a garage sale at your home or mark your calendar so you can hunt for treasures. Businesses are also encouraged to hold sidewalk sales. Clyde, Lyons, and Savannah will also be having community-wide garage sales the same day. Treasure-hunters put your running shoes on!! A list of garage sales and sidewalk sales will be placed on the Village website and Facebook page the morning of Thursday, August 2nd. If you are a Village of Newark resident and would like to be included in the list, please call Robbin at (315)-331-4770, ext. 108 by noon on Wednesday, August 1st. There is no charge for listing.  
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Take a survey for Wayne County regarding derelict properties by 
clicking here.  **Please Note: This survey has ended.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Business owners may be interested in these
 workshops conducted by Rochester SCORE.

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recent projects within the Village of Newark.


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