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June 2020

Hi neighbor,

Welcome to summer! We hope everyone kicks things off with a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. Here's what's new and notable for this month.

18 days, 18 donors
A huge thank you to the 200+ lifesavers who have donated to neighborhood-sponsored blood drives over the yearsway to go, NOTA!

We're fortunate to also be home to the top-notch Red Cross Donation Center at 50 Prince St., where our next drive takes place on Friday, July 17 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Will you be one of the 18 donors to help us reach our goal?

Visit our drive signup to schedule your time, make yourself a spinach and tomato salad (or steak and eggs), wash it down with a tall glass of water, grab a mask, and let's go give!

Social distancing practices, mask requirements, and temperature checks will be in place for increased safety, and all donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to let you know if you've already had exposure to the virus.   
NOTA blood drive poster with the sponsor code notaneighborhood
Jumpstarting ROC
Have questions as Rochester reopens? The city has created Jumpstarting ROC, a site focused on Response, Recovery, and Resilience, where you can:
  • Follow the reopening phases 
  • Check the plans and policies of your favorite restaurants and shops
  • Get answers related to testing
  • Find childcare, housing, food, and financial resources
  • Research programs and support for your business
  • Learn about plans for the future (coming soon)
You know, for kids 
While we await the return of Merriman Park's basketball hoops, here's some great news: the Department of Recreation and Youth Services will be giving the park a much-needed new playground in the spring of 2021!

Sample designs will be shown for public feedback in a Zoom meeting on Thursday, August 27 from 6–7 PM. The designs should also be available online, and we hope they'll be displayed at the park itself as well.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for a postcard with more meeting details, which we'll be sure to share when we get them.
Merriman Playground animated GIF transitioning from a color photo to a pencil sketch with the words "your playground idea here"
Transportation transformation 
  • The city is gearing up for the Priority Bicycle Boulevards Implementation Project, a way to redesign select local streets to better serve bicycle traffic. Visit the public input site to view the full Master Plan details and add your voice to the project.  
  • Also in the works is the Inner Loop North Study. Community groups are working on ideas to reimagine the remaining Inner Loop North section to create new spaces and reconnect the surrounding communities to downtown Rochester. The NOTA Neighborhood Association has active participation on the commission, so please reach out to us with your project questions and ideas. You can also view the meeting summaries and add your thoughts to the online survey on the site.
A stylized brick building full of tilted window openings
An African American man playing a trumpet close to the camera
These images, by Tom Credo and Bob Simon, are part of the "Black and White Invitational 2020" exhibition at the now-open (with social-distancing visitor rules) Image City Photography Gallery.

Not ready to go out just yet? You can also check out the gallery's all-virtual Through the Student Lens 2020 exhibit, celebrating photography from area high school students and the Flower City Arts Center Photo Club. Congrats to all for the fantastic shots, and especially to the students at School of the Arts, who earned Best in Show honors, natch!
Around NOTA
- So, what's happening with the NOTA Neighborhood Association Bagel Brunch Saturdays? With Merriman Park just recently reopening, we're thinking about how best to put together safe events for later this summer. Stay tuned!

- Rochester and Monroe County have come together to work at creating one equitable community. The Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) is accepting member applications until Friday, July 10 at 5 PM

- The Memorial Art Gallery is now open for members and will open for everyone on July 8. Take a look at what to expect as part of a safe, enjoyable visit. 

- Although the George Eastman Museum closed through mid-July for construction, you can still rent movies to stream from the Dryden Theatre Virtual Cinema's lineup

- Books have been good friends in these times, and Ampersand Books at Writers & Books has a Facebook book talk on July 7 at 7 PM covering Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.

- The Rochester Public Market will be open on Saturday, July 4 from 5 AM to 3 PM. The Market will also be hosting its Community Garage Sales again, starting on Sunday, July 12 and running on select Sundays through October.
Looking for up to the minute neighborhood news? Did you know that NOTA has a Facebook group devoted to happenings around NOTA?
Join the conversation here!
Get involved!

Interested in joining a Neighborhood Association committee? We welcome new volunteer committee members, and it's easy to get involved. Just get in touch with us and tell us how you'd like to contribute!
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