As a 15 year business owner, constantly located at Village Gate, and the father of a son who now lives and works in the complex (at another company) I became fast friends with Gary. He was a kind, smart, funny and responsible man. His loss is a loss to the community of Rochester as a whole. He was a patron of the arts, a visionary, and had a vast understanding of the complex nature of building a community rather than a development. Rochester in general should be emulating the model of what he did at Village Gate throughout the entire downtown area.
Steve - you are misinformed about the constitutional purpose in guaranteeing freedom of religion. The fact is that freedom of religion was SPECIFICALLY put into the constitution to protect minor religions from the predations of major religions like Christianity. That specifically large orthodox churches of various denominations could not jam THEIR Christian beliefs down others throats. The freedom of religion clause specifically forbade the government from adopting a single religion of any sort as their "base" religion. In that way the very people you named guaranteed that people like yourself could not - even if they were in the majority - dictate what religion people were exposed to as part of government. In the case of freedom of religion the majority most certainly should NOT rule.
I would like to call out our good friends at the Greece town board. They claim to universally accept faiths, and indeed spent (how much?) money taking a claim to the supreme court to support their stance that prayer belongs at a governmental meeting. Their claim was that they allow "all faiths" to offer up a prayer and yet they ridicule faiths such as Paganism and Pastafarianism in the public media claiming they're not going to allow members of those faiths to provide opening prayers. Apparently they get to decide what are "serious" faiths. I am an ordained pastafarian minister, and yet they didn't even deign to give my application to offer up a prayer a reply. Another friend with pagan beliefs got a similar shrug off.
Freedom of religion does not mean free to be Christian or not religious. It means ALL religions are treated equally - whether YOU happen to believe in them or not. This is a lesson the Greece board still needs to learn. Their insistence at being inclusive of religion in the town of Greece, means they must be inclusive, not exclusive. ALL religions, regardless of their "seriousness" in their eyes.
Halal market makes some pretty fine meatballs - cooked in the café or raw for takeout.
I believe that Black and Blue still has some pretty awesome kobe beef meatballs on their menu too.
Rubino's pre-made meatballs are also pretty awesome in their own right.
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