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April 22, 2019
— The Inner Loop will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for an Earth Day cleanup. On-ramps to the Inner Loop will be closed in both directions and New York State Department of Transportation officials say detours will not be posted.
— NYS Canal Corporation is closing the bicycle and foot path that runs under the 390 overpasses at the Erie Canal today. It will stay closed most of the summer due to repair work on the bridge, but is expected to reopen on Labor Day. Cyclists will have to take a detour down Trolley Boulevard and then cross Lee Road to get back on the path.
— Open house tonight at RIT’s observatory to show the community how to identify constellations. The free event goes from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the observatory on John Street. Those attending are asked to bring pencils, crayons, and a flashlight.
— The Irondequoit DMV office at Titus and Hudson Avenues will be closed this week for renovations. Customers are being redirected to the Greece and Henrietta locations. Additional appointments will be added to those branches to make up for the influx.
April 19, 2019
— A reminder that city offices will be closed today in observance of Good Friday. City Hall, Neighborhood Centers, and administrative offices are closed. City branch libraries will be open regular hours today and tomorrow, but closed for Easter Sunday. Garbage and recycling pickup will not be affected. Rochester residents can call 311 for more information.
April 17, 2019
— $4 million will be spent to rehabilitate Empire Boulevard, starting at Helendale Road in Irondequoit through Penfield, and ending at Gravel Road in Webster. DOT officials say they will resurface the road, add new turning lanes, and pedestrian accommodations. Construction is expected to last through the fall. Next spring will begin phase two of the project and will cover the Empire stretch between Helendale and Culver Road.
— Recruiting event tomorrow, tailored for young adults between the ages 17 and 24. The “Recuriting on the Road” event at East High School takes place Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Open positions includes places like Target, YMCA, Lifetime Assistance, and US Census 2020.
— Doing a little spring cleaning? Monroe County’s second annual “Free for All” is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 4 at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center on Webster Avenue. The event offers community members a chance to share items with one another for free. Those who hope to give way items must RSVP. To do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Operation Transform Rochester is hosting a job fair this evening with multiple employers in our area. It’s happening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rundel Memorial Building at the Central Public Library on South Avenue in Rochester. Employers representing fields like health care, landscaping, and government, among others, will be there.
April 15, 2019
— The Autism Council of Rochester is holding its fourth annual career and job fair tomorrow. The University of Rochester, Highland Hospital, and Wegmans are among the employers who will be there. The fair runs tomorrow from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the M&T Ballroom of the Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue. Registration is free.
— The Densmore Road bridge over the Erie Canal in Albion will close today as part of an ongoing bridge rehab project in Orleans County. Repairs are expected to last up to six months. No detour will be posted, however drivers can access canal bridges to the east and west.
— A new performing arts center in Canandaigua is taking shape and the general public is invited to start booking the space prior to their 2020 opening. For more information regarding booking, visit this website.
April 12, 2019
— Say "yes" to the dress for less next week at Heart to Heart bridal clearance sale. The sale runs from April 15 to April 20. Appointments are required. Hundreds of dresses will be on sale for as little as $99. Dresses range from size 2-32. Check it out at its Main Street, Webster location, or visit this website for more information.
— Seneca Park Zoo is celebrating with special programming for Spring Break when kids are out of school. From Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21, the Zoo will have special programming four times a day, every day. Feedings, keeper chats, and enrichment experiences are a great way to learn more about the animals at the Zoo and their counterparts in nature. The special programs are daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30. For more information or details regarding the schedule of events, visit this website.
— Looking for fun Spring Break activities? The Memorial Art Gallery is offering free admission to anyone 18 years old or younger from April 16 through April 21. The museum is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but will open Tuesday for Spring Break.
April 11, 2019
— The RBTL is holding a digital lottery to sell of 40 tickets for each performance of “Hamilton” later this month, and lottery winners will only have to pay $10 each for tickets. To get in on the lottery, all you need to do is download the “Hamilton” app. The lottery opens on April 21, two days before opening night.
April 10, 2019
— Lollypop Farm’s Kitten Shower is this Saturday. Consider donating things like food, toys, litter pans, and other kitten necessities as Lollypop prepares for the influx of kitten arrivals. To learn more about the Kitten Shower, visit this website.
April 9, 2019
— The New York State DOT will begin construction on a $7.4 million improvment project along Mt. Read Blvd, from Buffalo Road to Lyell Avenue in the city of Rochester. Crews will resurface and rehab that one-mile stretch, and build a new roundabout at the intersection of Buffalo Road. Sidewalks will also be re-done to meet current ADA standards. Work will begin this spring, and be completed by next fall.
— East Rochester Police are warning folks about a phone scam where people are receiving phone calls identifying themselves as a member of the ERPD, and it even appears the call comes from the department to the people they dial. The call either tells the person that he she has warrants and needs to pay or face arrest, or the scammer says they are with the Social Security Administration and that the target’s credit cards were use in Mexico or New Mexico. ERPD officials say do not send any money if you receive a call like these.
April 8, 2019
—The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and Finger Lakes Opportunity for Tourism is hosting a panel to teach business owners how to get their message noticed by the media. The event takes place Tuesday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
To register, click here.
April 5, 2019
— Marcus Whitman Youth Baseball needs your help. They recently lost their practice and playing space due to a capitol project in the Marcus Whitman Central School District. They were able to secure a new location at a park in Rushville, but it needs renovations and the league didn’t budget for the unanticipated expenses. They will have to suspend their operations unless they can raise enough funds for the kids to play ball. If you’d like to contribute, visit this GoFundMe site. The league is also holding a BBQ fundaiser at the open field next to the Bagley Building on Main Street in Rushville. It's on Saturday April 20, and starts at 11 a.m.
— The Rochester area is performing worse than other regions in New York when it comes to economy, education, health and public safety, according to the ACT Rochester annual report card. However, our region is performing slightly better in state ranks when it comes to housing, community vitality, and children. If you’d like to read the full report, visit this website.
April 4, 2019
— Meigs Street will be closed both today and tomorrow for an emergency valve replacement. Northbound traffic will be stopped on Meigs at the south end of the 490 overpass. Closures are in place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. one lane on the bridge will open for each direction of travel.
April 3, 2019
— The City of Rochester is now accepting merchant, vendor, and restaurant applications for the second annual ROC Holiday Village. The event runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from December 6 through December 29. Companies interested in becoming a merchant or vendor can apply through this link. Restaurants interested in becoming a featured pop-up vendor can apply through this link. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 1.
— Good Luck, a popular Rochester restaurant at the Village Gate, is opening a new event space, adjacent to their current location on Anderson Avenue. It's called "The Jackrabbit Club" and is slated to open in May 2019. The space will be able to host parties ranging from 25-350 guests, with a full on-site kitchen. The menu will feature seasonal items from around the Finger Lakes region. For more information, visit this website.
— Rochester’s annual Clean Sweep Saturday will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday May 11, beginning at Frontier Field. Volunteers will gather to collect a free Clean Sweep T-shirt, eat a light breakfast, and get their assignments before heading out to project sites in city neighborhoods. Volunteers participating will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, a voucher for food and drink at the game, and free parking for those wearing Clean Sweep T-shirt. For more information, visit this website.
— The Wayne County Jail has a new centralized arraignment court so arraignments can now be held during off-hours with area judges assigned to the facility on a rotating basis. The idea is to cut down on suspects being held for longer than 12 hours. The seventh judicial district eventually wants to have centralized arraignment court in each of its eight counties.
April 2, 2019
— Bishop Kearney's presentation of "The Addams Family," the musical, is this weekend. Shows run on April 5 at 7 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be held at the Bishop Kearney Auditorium, and tickets can be purchased online.
— Brockport police are warning residents of potential phone scams. If you fall victim, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or online.
— Spectrum is looking to hire 500 outside sales positions across the country, and a hiring event will be held on Wednesday, April 3 to fill up to 15 of those positions locally. For more information about those positions, click here.
April 1, 2019
March 31, 2019
— The Seneca Park Zoo celebrated frog conservation efforts this weekend. To learn more about how you can support the National Citizen Science's "Frog Watch USA" program, click here.
— Family members are raising money for funeral expenses following a fatal fire in Batavia. Robert John Sherman, Sr. died in the fire Saturday morning. You can support the effort by making a donation on the family's GoFundMe.
March 29, 2019
— A Rochester couple, away on their honeymoon, lost everything in an apartment fire on Monroe Avenue Thursday night. The blaze destroyed the home and claimed the life of one cat. The community is now coming together to support the newlyweds with multiple fundraisers. You can make a donation at the following links:
March 27, 2019
— The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester has begun accepting donations for Jamielath Kabba's memorial services on the family's behalf. The 8-year-old girl drowned at a Henrietta hotel pool last weekend. Donations can be brought to the Genesee Street location in Rochester, or made online in her memory. The center says all of the donations will go directly to the family.
March 26, 2019
— We're still eight months away from the holiday season, but the popularity of the first ever ROC Holiday Village has prompted city leaders to already start planning for this December's celebration. The 2019 ROC Holiday Village will open on Friday, December 6th and run all the way through Sunday the 29th. This year they added an extra day and extra hours and events. Organizers say some 120,000 thousand people came downtown last December to visit the holiday market, ice skate or meet Santa. Along with the events in leading up to Christmas, this year's holiday village will include a New Year's Eve party.
— Fairport School District leaders are considering merging Minerva DeLand and Fairport High School. Currently, only ninth graders attend Minerva DeLand. Two public meeting have been scheduled to discuss the matter: The first will be tonight at Fairpoirt High School and the second is set for next Wednesday, April 3rd, at Minerva DeLand. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. The board is expected to make a final decision by the end of April.
March 25, 2019
— The Village of Seneca Falls plans to give its annual Antonio Varacalli Day Award to a good citizen and a hero. The award is named after an Italian immigrant who drowned while rescuing a woman in the canal there back in 1917. Each year a committee works to name a local hero who emulates his actions. If you want to nominate a hero, you can pick up a form at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center — nominations are due by April 10.
March 20, 2019
— Victor residents have voted in favor of establishing a new fire district. The measure passed late Tuesday night, 210-94. The district will be governed by a board of commissions initially appointed by the Town Board, and then voted in. It would also include a new tax.
March 19, 2019
— Rochester Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Young is retiring. The 30-year veteran made the announcement yesterday. Young started his career in 1989 before he was promoted to a lieutenant six years later. He was then made battalion chief in 2007, working with the Fire Academy, overseeing the Health and Safety Division and more.
— Cub scouts will be heading across Rochester this week, collecting food for families in need as part ofthe organization's annual Scouting for Food Drive. One official says they hope to collect more than 100,000 pounds of food this year. The drive will last until 3 p.m. Saturday. If you want to donate, drop off your non perishable foods at Tops markets, Dibellas Subs, H&R Block, and Block Advisors.
March 15, 2019
— The Rochester Red Wings are looking for two bat boys or bat girls for this upcoming season. They must be at least 16 and available to work at least 40 games. The club is also looking for a club house assistant. Those applicants must be at least 18. Anyone interested can come down to Frontier Field March 23rd, that's next Saturday at 12 p.m.
March 14, 2019
— Rochester's A-list, which releases email lists of restaurants, events, and acitivies in town, says its time to sign up for its golf leagues. Spots are available for doubles or singles leagues, and for tee times after work at courses around the area. For pricing and league information head on over to Rochester A-List's website.
March 13, 2019
— The Chili's in Henrietta is shutting down by the end of the week. An employee said the owner sold the restaurant back to corporate, which will close the location on Marketplace Drive. The Chili's will be open for their regular hours through 9 p.m. Sunday.
March 11, 2019
— The Walworth community is mourning the death of a Gananda Central School music teacher. Kelly Joy Witter, 42 of East Rochester, had been a teacher at Gananda for 17 years. Family and friends are gathering Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Norman L Waterman Funeral Home in Newark. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at one at Saint Mark's Church. Instead of flowers the family is asking for donations to Wilmont Cancer Center and Ovarian Cancer Research.
March 5, 2019
— Looking for a summer job? Darien Lake is hiring for more than 1,500 positions. The park needs employees 14 years and older for positions in admissions, food services, ride operators, and lifeguards for its 2019 season. Hiring events are going on both this Saturday and next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the on-site hotel. Prospective employees are asked to apply online before scheduling an interview. The park opens Saturday, May 4th.
February 26, 2019
— A family day will be held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility today. The event is hosted by the sheriff's office, is open to the public, and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Resources will be available for families of people transitioning back into the community and for those who have lost loved ones dealing with substance abuse. Food trucks will also be on hand until 1 p.m.
February 19, 2019
— State officials have outlined a bold agenda called the 2019 Women's Justice Agenda.
The detailed proposal includes plans to allow all employees, even those under non-disclosure agreements, to file complaints of sexual harassment and to allow them to participate in government investigations. It also eliminates statutes of limitations for prosecuting rape cases. The full list of proposals is available online.
February 18, 2019
— Tickets are on sale for the sixth annual Rochester Young Professionals Gala at City Grill. Attendees get to network, win prizes and even get their fortunes told with palm readers and tarot cards. The gala raises money for Junior Achievement, a group that helps students prepare for the workforce. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday night and runs until 10 p.m. You can buy tickets through the Rochester Young Professionals' website.
February 14, 2019
— How about some ice skating with your Valentine tonight? The city has open skate at the MLK Park ice rink from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m including music by a DJ. It's $3 for skate rental per person, but couples dressed in red pay just $2 each!
February 12, 2019
— Brighton Volunteer Ambulance responds to an average of 6,000 calls every year, and it needs volunteers. Officials are holding an open house this evening so you can go in person and see what volunteers do. That's at its headquarters on South Winton Road and it starts at 7 p.m.
— Tickets are now on sale for a major concert package going on this summer at Darien Lake that allows people to see multiple shows for one bundled price. You can buy your Ticket to Rock for $59 dollars. Each ticket gets you into either three, or four shows at Darien Lake. Bands include Slipknot, Breaking Benjamin, Alice in Chains and more. You can buy those tickets online.
February 8, 2019
— The Rochester Youth Sports Foundation will hold an event to get more children up and moving! A Youth Sports Expo will be help Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Armory. The event will include a bounce house, obstacle course, a rock wall and demonstrations on a variety of sports.
February 5, 2019
— The longest running American musical in Broadway history opens tonight in Rochester. Chicago takes the state at the Auditorium through Sunday. Tickets range from $40 to $83 and can be purchased online.
— Hobart and William Smith Colleges will announce its new president on Friday. Officials say the incoming president was unanimously recommended by both the college’s presidential search committee and a board of trustees. The new president will replace interim president Patrick McGuire, who took over after Gregory Vincent resigned following accusations of plagiarism.
— The Rochester City School District has invited parents and community members to get in on the ground floor of a plan to help improve 12 schools.
The schools have been downgraded into state receivership at various levels, which means they need to show immediate improvement in the next school year or face increased state intervention.
Several meetings are slated to take place over the upcoming weeks.
February 4, 2019
— A four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer is speaking this Monday evening at RIT. Carol Guzy will be giving a free lecture as part of RIT's Charles Arnold Lecture Series.
The talk will be held in the Carlson Auditorium at the RIT Center for Imaging Science from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to attend.
January 25, 2019
— Hope Ministry in Webster is helping those affected by the government shutdown. They're offering food, clothing and other assistance to federal workers.
If you're in need, you're asked to bring proof of Webster residency and your federal ID. Also, as of February 7th, Hope Ministry is increasing their Thursday hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
January 15, 2019
— John’s Tex-Mex is moving, but not very far. The popular Rochester restaurant is leaving is 489 South Avenue spot and heading up the road to 429 South Avenue in March. The restaurant will close for a week to prepare its new home.
— The Irondequoit Town Hall Skating Rink is officially open. Town supervisor Dave Seeley says warm weather and New Year's wind delayed the opening. Anyone can skate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all week long, with dedicated hockey hours starting at 4 p.m.
January 14, 2019
— A Rochester restaurant is offering free meals for federal workers affected by the government shutdown. The Hideaway on Park Avenue is letting government workers who are not getting paid eat for free.
You must bring a valid form of government ID to receive the offer.
January 4, 2019
— Still got that Christmas tree in your living room? Monroe County’s tree recycling program helps residents dispose of the trees in an environmental fashion, with several drop-off locations throughout the area.
January 2, 2019
— There is a boil water notice in the village of Albion. A ten-inch water main break is affecting the Main Street Business District, from north of the Erie Canal to Bacon Road South. People in the village should boil water for at least a minute before using it. Crews say it could be three or four days before the problem is fixed.
December 21, 2018
— Brighten up your night with a drive through the Rochester area’s most festive neighborhoods. Here’s a map of the holiday lights around the city.
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