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November 17, 2019

— A petition aimed at renaming International Plaza on N. Clinton Avenue after Rochester Police Officer Manny Ortiz is gaining popularity. To sign the petition or learn more, click here.

November 15, 2019

— The Canandaigua City School District phone system is down and unable to make or receive external phone calls. The district is aware of the issue and the phone carrier is currently working on fixing it. If there is an emergency, call (585) 472-5603

November 14, 2019

To apply for a Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher in Rochester, submit an application on Rochester Housing Authority’s website. Those who are unable to access the site can receive assistance through partner agencies by calling RHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List call center at (585) 697-6206 or emailing waitinglist@rochesterhousing.org.

— Foodies, listen up!  There’s a benefit tonight that will support breaking ground for Rochester’s first kitchen incubator. Fueling The Fire gives you a chance to eat and drink some of the best new foods made in our area. It’s from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. at Sibley Square on East Main Street. Tickets are $50 dollars. 

November 13, 2019

— For information on the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), click here.

November 12, 2019

— For a list of flight delays and cancelations at the Greater Rochester International Airport, click here.

— Get the latest info on snow plowing operations in the City of Rochester using PlowTrax!

November 11, 2019

— Due to bad weather, RIT has canceled its event to show people Mercury passing in front of the sun. You can still watch it live online.

— People whose secondary homes were damaged by historic flooding this year can now apply for some of the $8 million available. Applications for the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery program will be accepted through December 10. 

November 7, 2019

— If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, click here for resources to help.

November 6, 2019

— Panasonic is now occupying office space in Rochester's First Federal Building. There are several job openings for both software and hardware engineers as well as sales and support roles. Go to this website to find out how to apply.

November 4, 2019

— The Rochester police officer who died in a crash this weekend was a father and had a fiancée. The Rochester Police Foundation Inc. is collecting donations to support Manny Ortiz's family during this time. Donations can be submitted to a GoFundMe.

October 25, 2019

— Fairport’s Haley Grogan will sing in the national Celebration of Music talent show on PBS November 3 in Hartford. She needs your votes to keep going! You can show your support here.

— Thursday might be Halloween, but it’s also the last day of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. iV4 is offering a free webinar for IT professionals, sharing technologies and licensing that Rochester businesses can use to keep hackers away. More information is available here.

— It’s not too soon to think about Christmas! And it’s certainly not too soon to think about getting some tickets to next year’s CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival for the jazz fan on your list. Club Passes are on sale now and can be purchased here.

October 23, 2019 

— The Locust Club "Denny Strong" t-shirts, to support Officer Denny Wright, can be purchased here.

October 22, 2019

— The Monroe County Health Department is warning residents about blue green algae spotted in Irondequoit Bay. The algae have been reported at Ides Cove. A map showing active alerts for the algae can be found here.

October 21, 2019

— USPS is looking to hire 350 seasonal workers at local processing and distribution centers. There are openings for holiday clerk assistant and mail handler positions. Pay starts at $16 an hour. For more information or to apply, click here.

October 18, 2019

— A new fashion collection debuting at Rochester’s Fashion Week was inspired by the late Rep. Louise Slaughter. More information is available here

— For information on dates, times and locations for early voting in Monroe County, click here.

October 16, 2019

— For more information about volunteering at Special Olympics New York events, click here.

October 15, 2019

— If you're rebuilding after this summer's devastating flooding, you should make sure you follow National Flood Insurance regulations. It makes sure buildings in flood-risk areas are built to stay safe when waters rise. For more information, click here.

— The ROC Holiday Village returns to downtown again this year. For more information about attractions and hours, click here.

October 8, 2019

— A new dog park has officially opened in Pittsford. For more information on how to register your dog, visit the Monroe County website.

October 5, 2019

— For more information about ROC the Riverway events, click here.

October 2, 2019

— It's not just wine tours that'll test your taste buds this fall in the Finger Lakes— Wayne County's Orchards invite you to sample the apple crop all this month. Collect a stamp at 12 different farms and markets, and you'll qualify for gift baskets worth hundreds of dollars. If you want to download the tour passport and learn where you can take a bite out of the apple crop, click here.

October 1, 2019

— October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Rochester’s Willow Center has a series of events on the calendar throughout the month.  A full list is available here.  The center also offers two 24 hour hotlines: 585-222-SAFE (7233), or a text line, 585-348-SAFE (7233).

— Monroe County Board of Elections is looking for more people to work the polls on Election Day. The position pays $12/hour in addition to a $25 three hour training. For more information on how to apply, click here.

September 24, 2019

— Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has launched a petition calling on Gov. Cuomo and other state leaders to fix recent changes to the enhanced STAR program. The petition can be signed at the offices of state senators Joe Robach and Rich Funke, in addition to the county office building or online. More information on the petition is available here.

September 22, 2019

— BOCES and Monroe County is now accepting applications for a commercial driver's license training program. For more information, click here.

September 16, 2019

— Flu season is just around the corner and UR Medicine Thompson Health is holding several public flu clinics over the next several weeks. For more information about times and locations, click here.

September 15, 2019

— To donate to the Trevor Irby Memorial Scholarship, you can head to click here,​ select other under the "Please use my donation to support..." tab, and type in "Trevor Irby Memorial Scholarship."

— KRS Global Biotechnology is recalling several unexpired human and animal drugs. To learn more about what products are impacted, click here.

September 13, 2019

— Interested in visiting the Field of Honor? More information can be found here

— New York officials have teamed up to offer free child seat inspections through September. To learn more about other inspections taking place in your area, click here.

September 12, 2019

— The Catholic Diocese of Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano wants to assure parishioners that all parishes are separately incorporated, and services and ministry will continue as normal. A website has been set up to help parishioners with questions.

September 9, 2019

InterVol, a not-for-profit humanitarian relief organization, is accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The organization has partnered with the Sands Family and Constellation Brands, Rochester Regional Health, UR Medicine and the Rochester community for the effort. For more information, click here.

September 9, 2019

— Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of blood donation centers and the cancellation of blood drives in its path, causing blood and platelet donations to go uncollected, according to the American Red Cross. If you'd like to make a donation, set-up an appointment on the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit a local blood drive.

— Tickets are on sale now for Disney's The Lion King. The show returns the Rochester Broadway Theatre League in December.  The popular show has been on Broadway for more than two decades and toured in 100 different cities. Tickets are available now online or at the box office. The Lion King starts December 19.

Getting into the Christmas spirit early? So is Geva Theatre. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol are just a few weeks away, and tickets are now on sale for its one day sale. Tickets are available online, by phone, or at the box office from 8 a.m. to midnight.

September 8, 2019

— If you want to create your own Rochester run in honor of 9/11 first responders who lost their lives, there's a virtual run where participants can choose their own location to run or walk a 5 or 10K. You can sign up and share times here.

September 6, 2019

A Western New York Boy Scout leader is facing sex abuse charges. Ronald Rowcliffe is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with several victims between 12 and 14-years-old who attended the Massawepie Boy Scout Camp.

The alleged abuse happened during the summers of 2017-2019. Anyone with information or who believes they may be a victim, can call New York State Police at (518) 873-2750. 

September 4, 2019

— The Junior League of Rochester is hosting a Bossing Up event this Saturday at the Strathallan on East Avenue from 11 a.m. The event is designed to help develop leadership skills in women. Tickets are $40; VIP tickets are $90 and include a meet and greet with Emilie Aires, the founder and CEO of Bossed Up. More information is available here.

— If your kids need any last minute vaccinations before heading to school this week, there are extended hours at Monroe County's Immunization Clinic. Now through October 2, the clinic on Westfall Road will be open Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday hours are also available on September 12 and 19.

Under new state law, unvaccinated kids will not be allowed in school unless they get their first shot within the first 14 days of school. Families must also show documents within the first 30 days that they have appointments for follow-ups.

August 29, 2019

— Aquinas, McQuaid will play week one at Frontier Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. General admission tickets are available for $6, suite options are being offered through the Red Wings box office. Gates will open at noon.

August 28, 2019

— You can visit the Unither Pharmaceuticals website here: https://www.unither-pharma.com/en-us/career/welcome-to-unither

August 27, 2019

— The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce released its top 100 list of fastest-growing businesses in the area. Here's the list: http://bit.ly/2019Top100List ​

August 26, 2019

— Winter is just around the corner, and the New York State Department of Transportation is hiring for the season! It's looking to fil 60 in the Finger Lakes region. For more information, click here.

 

— Lake Ontario homeowners whose property was damaged during this year’s flooding can apply for financial assistance to help pay for repairs. Applications will be released soon, but homeowners can sign up now to get on the list.

August 24, 2019

An Albany professor is walking 2800 miles to raise awareness for struggling veterans. He walked 22 miles a day to represent the 22 suicides a day statistic.

There are several local charities with the same mission:

 

August 15, 2019

— Donations for dogs being held at the Ontario County Humane Society can be sent here.

August 12, 2019

— A local artist's work will be on display at Disneyland's biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim, California. Brenda Killackey-Jones, of Penfield, is an art teacher at Nazareth Elementary School. She's also a small business owner who specializes in mythical creature creations. You can find more of her work on Etsy and on her website

August 11, 2019

New funding is available to help income-eligible Monroe County homeowners renovate their homes. Homeowners could get up to $20,000 in loans and grants. Applications are first-come, first serve. For more information about the program, click here.

August 8, 2019

— The Erie Canalway Photo Contest is up and running. The winning images, taken along the 524 miles of the canal, are used each year by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for its calendar. Photos must be submitted horizontally and are due by August 30. More information is available here.

August 7, 2019

— The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s NetzSmartz YouTube channel can be found here.

— More money is now available to help guardians in Monroe County pay for childcare. Income-eligible households could save up to $800 on yearly care costs  thanks to a $3.1 million increase in a federal-state grant. To learn more about affordable child care programs in the county, click the below links:

August 5, 2019

— Six Flags Darien Lake is starting to hire for its annual Fright Fest. Open auditions and  interviews to fill multiple postions for the halloween-themed event are Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-12 p.m. until September 21.

— To make up for lost business during the floods along the Lake Ontario shoreline, the state is offering some discounts all month long. Fishing license requirements are waived, allowing anyone to fish along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the lower Niagara River.

You can also get 50 percent off state campgrounds and entrance fees along the lake and river through Labor Day.

— The DEC and Department of Health have launched a new website about the health of our water resources. The "Know Your Water" website has information on the quality of drinking water and the health of New York's lakes, rivers, and streams. It features a map that lets you search by location.

July 31, 2019

— This fall, Rochester residents will vote on whether a police accountability board should be formed. Ahead of Election Day, city leaders released the language that will appear on the ballot. The referendum will appear as follows:

"This proposal would amend the Rochester City Charter to authorize the creation of the Police Accountability Board (PAB). The PAB would consist of nine unpaid Rochester residents: one appointed by the Mayor and eight appointed by the City Council; four of the Council’s appointees will be nominated by a coalition of community organizations. The PAB would have the power to independently investigate civilian complaints, subpoena information for its investigations, and determine whether individual officers have committed misconduct. The PAB will also create disciplinary guidelines, with an opportunity for input from the Chief of Police and the police union.  If the PAB finds, after a hearing, that an officer has committed misconduct, the Chief of Police would be required to impose discipline consistent with disciplinary guidelines. The PAB would also recommend changes to the Police Department’s policies, practices, and training."

July 29, 2019

— GoFundMe pages have been set up to pay for funeral expenses the four teens killed in a crash in the town of Burns. 

— A GoFundMe has been set up for the Keuka College graduate who was killed in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. You can make a donation here.

July 26, 2019

— Want to keep cool this weekend? Full list of city fire hydrants, pools and spray parks can be found here.

July 25, 2019

— Equifax will be paying out millions to those affected by a 2017 data breach. Go here to see if you’re eligible for a settlement.  

July 23, 2019

— The Irondequoit Police Department is looking to partner with homeowners and businesses who have installed privately-owned security camera systems such as Nest, Ring and Arlo. More information on the Surveillance, Mapping and Reporting Technology (SMART) Program can be found here.

July 17, 2019

— The Webster Central School District's website, with information on new start times and bus schedules, can be found here.

July 16, 2019

— Do you have an idea on how to make the Erie Canal better? You can share them with boating experts from Boat U.S., the country's largest recreational boaters advocacy group, and the New York State Canal Corporation. You can post your thoughts here.

July 15, 2019

— Climbing Vines in Chili is offering a new drop-off camp for the summer. The cost is $30 per child for a three-hour session including snacks, water and crafts. There are discounts available for families who need care for multiple children.

July 9, 2019

— Those wishing to help the family of Tammy Shears, the Wayne County woman killed in an ATV crash last week, have two ways to provide support: A Go Fund Me page has been created for the family, and friends are setting up an online wine and bourbon auction. Proceeds from both will go toward medical care for her daughter, Bailey, who was seriously injured in the crash.

— The American Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of blood available after donations were down last week due to the holiday. More information on how and where to donate can be found here or calling 1-800-733-2767.

July 8, 2019

— Thinking of getting a motorcycle license and starting to ride? Take a safety course first. Find more information, along with class listings, here

July 3, 2019

— Tickets for the Great New York State Fair go on sale July 8. Anyone looking to purchase them can click here.

June 28, 2019

— For a limited time the Rochester Public Market is allowing people to purchase custom engraved bricks for the wall. To order a brick of your own, click here.

June 27, 2019

— Big changes are coming to public transportation in and around Monroe County, as the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the final plan for Reimagine RTS. For more information on how these changes will affect your transportation, click here.

June 26, 2019

— East Irondequoit Central School District has named its new superintendent.

Mary Grow was approved by the board of education on Monday. She's been serving as interim superintendent since Susan Allen retired in January. Grow began her career with the in 2002 as a social studies teacher at East Ridge High School.

—The future of the former Irondequoit Mall may be decided in a little more than a month. On July 30, voters will decide whether they want the town to move forward with plans to develop what is now-Skyview On The Ridge. Angelo Ingrassia purchased the property in 2016 and envisions a mixed residential and commercial space.

Voters will decide whether the town should borrow $7.25-$8 million for the project. Town hall information sessions on the project will take place July 10 and 25.

June 25, 2019

— The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has launched a new service to help you get to, from and around some of the biggest events in the region. Event-Reach can give you event details, traffic issues, weather delays, cancellations, venue changes and emergency situations. To get updates text the event code to 618-589-1337. Once the event is over you'll automatically be deleted.

Event Codes:

Balloons2019: New York State Festival of Balloons, September 1-2

June 24, 2019

— Anyone interested in Thursday's job fair at CDS Monarch can head to their website for a look at open positions.

— A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of the 3-year-old who went missing, and was later found dead in Casey Park. If you'd like to make a donation to help cover funeral expenses, click here.

— Five RIT professors are among the 33 finalists for the National Science Foundation Big Ideas Competition. Finalists are competing to set the agenda for science, engineering and STEM education research. You can weigh-in on which entries will advance towards the $26,000 grand prize. 

RIT's video pitch is on Integrated Human Machine Intelligence. 

The winners will be announced this fall. 

June 22, 2019

— If you're not sick of the water after all the heavy rain this week— it's opening weekend at Roseland Waterpark.

The summer season kicks off with a discount on tickets. It costs $20 now but the price jumps to $30 in July. The park is now open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will stay open until 7:30 p.m. starting July 1.

For more information, click here.

June 19, 2019

— For more information regarding hours for the Genesee Valley Pool, click here.

June 18, 2019

—  It's almost summer! That means it's time to get ready for summer camp season. More information on the city's Art Smart and Youth Sports camps is available here

 

June 17, 2019

— For more information on the proposal to designate a portion of Lake Ontario as a national marine sanctuary, click here

 

June 13, 2019

— For more on community garage sales at the Public Market, click here.

 

June 11, 2019

— A new app promises to help travelers with vision issues navigate the Greater Rochester International Airport. Blind and low-vision travelers can download the Aira app and have access to agents who can help give them information.

 

June 10, 2019

— The operators of Regional Sports Center in Henrietta are expanding to another facility in Irondequoit. Officials say they will revitalize the former All-Star Sports facility on East Ridge Road with close to a $1 million renovation. It will ultimately be called the Irondequoit Sports Center and plans include a new parking lot, new turf field, LED lighting systems as well as new insulation and heating.

 

June 8, 2019

— Summer is a crucial time as students in need lose out on regular breakfasts and lunches when they're not in school. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an anti-hunger initiative.

To find the nearest locations offering free healthy meals for children, text “Summer Meals” to 97779. You can also call 1-866-348-6479.

 

June 5, 2019

—A 13-part TV-series featuring our state's craft beer boom was recgonized at the New York Emmy's.

"Brewed in New York" took home two Emmys for its writing and production. The show features a number of breweries across the state, including Rochester's Genesee Brewery. You can watch the series online.

 

June 4, 2019

— Windstream is moving all of its employees to one building, meaning about 350 employees will go from their former office building on Monroe Avenue to the Seneca Building on South Clinton Avenue in downtown. Officials say the move doesn’t mean any job losses yet while the company begins bankruptcy proceedings.

 

June 3, 2019

— If you're trying to find a safe way to discard of your unused medications,  Monroe County officials and Wegmans have the perfect solution. You can drop off medications during upcoming collection events at the following Wegmans stores from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • Saturday, 7/27 at 525 Titus Avenue in Irondequoit
  • Saturday, 9/21 at 3177 Latta Road in Greece

You can also drop off medications at police departments in Fairport, East Rochester, Greece, Brighton, Ogden, Webster, Irondequoit and Gates anytime. The Monroe County Ecopark is also a drop-off location. It's open on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

— In Rochester the average cost of a gallon of gas is $2.87, dropping a penny since last week. AAA officials say drivers can expect the prices decline to continue for another week or two. The average cost of a gallon of gas this time last year was $3.09.

 

May 31, 2019

— If you're interested in helping Guilian Farms rebuild, click here.

 

May 30, 2019

— Zweigle’s Hots unveiled its new JUMBO hot dogs. The local company says these quarter-pound dogs will be available on Wegmans’ shelves this week, and in Rochester tradition, they’ll be available in both the red and white variety.

 

May 29, 2019

— Scam warning from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say scammers using local phone numbers are calling people and threatening to arrest them if they don’t pay a fine. Police say one victim reported the scam after purchasing $900 worth of Google Play cards and giving them to the solicitor. Sheriff’s office officials remind residents that it does not solicit money, nor threaten arrest over the phone.

— Shakespeare’s The Tempest is among the shows taking the stage at Nazareth College for its 2019-2020 Art Center School Series. There will also be a stage adaptation of Charlotte’s Web and several Eric Carle favorites, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The shows are put on by professional threatre companies exclusively for K-12 students.

 

May 28, 2019

— After a nationwide search, the University of Rochester appointed Mercedes Ramírez Fernández its first Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. The new position is named in honor of president Feldman who is stepping down at the end of june. Fernández is coming to U of R from Virginia Tech, where she is a leader in the college's Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

 Want to become a lifeguard? The Rochester Recreation and Youth Services department offering lifeguard training courses. Sessions take place through Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. There are also classes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Adams Street R-Center. For more information, click here.

 

May 24, 2019

— Friday marked the opening of spray park season in Rochester! For a full list of spray parks in the city, click here.

 

May 23, 2019

— This Friday, the Genesee Brewery, in collaboration with the City of Rochester, will kick off Memorial Day weekend with their first ROC the Falls event! The event will celebrate the Genesee Brewery’s 141st Birthday and include a 100 percent all New York state beer — a first for the state's oldest brewery.

 

May 21, 2019

— Seneca Park Zoo's popular 21+ happy hour event is back for summer 2019. Zoo officials announced the dates and details for this year's Zoo Brew events. The first Zoo Brew is this Friday, May 24. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., close at 7:30 p.m. and guests can stay on zoo grounds until 9 p.m.  The event features animal experiences, live music, unique food, and, of course, some brews. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased online.

— The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has started training its newest group of aspiring officers and forest rangers. There are 58 recruits from 31 NY counties and they train in everything from combat, to swiftwater rescues, and wild fire response. If you're interested in joining their ranks, visit these websites:

 

May 20, 2019

— Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced summer employment opportunities for seasonal and part-time positions available in various county departments, including Monroe County Parks, and the Seneca Park Zoo. With close to 90 positions still available, those interested in applying are encouraged to visit this website for more information, or to request an application by emailing MCParks@MonroeCounty.gov

— The four baby falcons who hatched on the Times Square Building need names! Click here to submit your choices.

 

May 17, 2019

— Seabreeze Amusement Park opens for the season with all of it's famous staples and an updated Soak Zone attraction that has a new pipeline water slide. To see all of the rides and attractions, plus pricing, visit this website.

— Interested in what firefighters do? You can see and hear directly from them tomorrow as part of the City of Rochester’s Imagine Your Future series. It starts at City Hall tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and runs until 1:15 p.m. If you or your child is interested, call 585-428-7192.

 

May 15, 2019

— The family of Louise Slaughter is donating her Congressional papers to the University of Rochester. The River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation will house the archive. Slaughter served in the House of Representatives from 1987 until her death in 2018.

 

May 14, 2019

— The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester kicks off their annual fundraiser sale tomorrow, with an exclusive shopping day for donors and early admission ticket holders. The early sale session is tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Skyview on the Ridge, and the sale opens up to the general public Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the former Medley Centre. All proceeds benefit families and children supported by the organzation's programs and services. For more info, visit this website.

— An equestrian therapeutic program in Mendon is helping to make a difference in veterans and horses' lives. Mission Mustang connects wild mustangs from Wyoming and Nevada with local veterans at the EquiCenter. The program's six horses are paired with 10 veterans. For more information about suicide prevention resources available to veterans, click here.

 

May 13, 209

— MCC is seeking nominations for its Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominations may be submitted online by Saturday, June 1. Nominees must have completed at least two semesters at MCC and "demonstrated professional achievement" to be considered.

— A State of Emergency has been declared in the town of Kendall. It comes as water levels on Lake Ontario continue to rise amid continued calls for rain in the forecast.

Kendall residents can protect their property with sandbags made available by the town highway department. For more information, call (585) 659-2650.

 

May 10, 2019

Rochester's peregrine falcon family is growing! Three of four eggs have hatched as of this morning. You can watch their interactions from the top of downtown's Times Square Building 24/7, thanks to R-Falcon's livestream.

— Two Hochstein School of Music recital competition winners will perform a free concert this evening. Sam Reeder of Pittsford and Andrew Guo of Brighton will take the stage inside the Hochstein Performance Hall at 7 p.m.

 

May 7, 2019

— The Livingston County Department of Health says a fox in Mt. Morris has tested positive for rabies. DOH officials say they offer free rabies clinics for dogs, cats, and ferrets, every year and the next clinic is Wednesday, May 15 in Caledonia. Pre-registration is available on the county’s environmental health website.

— Need help spring cleaning? One local entrepreneur has you covered. Lynne Maher of Supportive Organizing Solutions helps folks declutter their homes, and guides them on a path to keep it that way. Call 585-413-4348 or visit this website for more information.

— This evening, residents in Farmington have a chance to learn more about a proposed solar farm project. Staff from Delaware River Solar will be at Farmington Town Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight to answer questions about Yellow Mills Solar Energy Systems. The plans are still under review by the planning and zoning boards.

— If you feel your property is overtaxed, there is something you can do about it. For most towns, Tuesday May 28 is Grievance Day, the deadline to submit Form RP-524 and the day when you can present your case to the Board of Assessment Review. Most appointments are about 15 minutes, but check with your town’s website in advance. For more information, visit this website.

— https://villaofhope.org/

 

May 6, 2019

— Rochester Institute of Technology will soon have a new resident on campus. School officials have ordered a statue of Frederick Douglass to be placed in a prominent location on campus. It will celebrate the abolitionist's 200th birthday and the 50th anniversary of RIT students establishing the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee.

 

May 3, 2019

— The George Eastman Museum revealed the list of films that will be showcased at this weekend’s Nitrate Picture Show, which features 18 full-length feature and short films dating back to the 1930s. The fifth annual event is happening all weekend at the Dryden theatre, staring today at 4:30 p.m.. Click here for a schedule of film showings.

— City of Rochester is currently accepting applications for all three of the city’s uniformed public safety departments: The Rochester Police Department; the Rochester Fire Department and the Department of Emergency Communications (911). All three jobs require applicants to take a written exam and successfully complete a background check. The police and firefighter jobs also have physical fitness requirements. Each job has a different residency requirement. Deadlines for applications are:

  • 911 Dispatcher: Application deadline is June 30; exam dates are August 12 through 23.
  • Police Officer: Application deadline is August 5; exam date is September 14.
  • Firefighter: Application deadline is September 18; exam date is November 2

Applications can be filled out online.

 

May 2, 2019

— You’ll once again be able to take a swing of Rochester’s favorite flower. Black Button Distillery is set to release another batch of its Lilac Gin next Friday to mark the start of the Lilac Festival. The distillery first released the floral-flavored spirit four years ago. Distillery officials say the gin is made from locally sourced ingredients.

— Town of Greece is hosting a public discussion to talk about money available for homeowners looking to make improvements to their properties. HUD finances the Greece Residential Improvement Program (GRIP), that offers income-eligible homeowners up to $4,800 to make repairs and improvements. Tonight’s public discussion is for those who live in Greece’s first and fourth wards and gets underway at 6 p.m. at the Greece Public Library.

— cityofrochester.gov/publicsafetyjobs/

 

May 1, 2019 

— St. John Fisher College is hosting two weeks of overnight camp on the campus. More than 200 spots are open for high school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years this fall. Select students will be able to choose from 10 different academic camps to participate in during their stay, which will be July 22 through August 2. Find more information on pricing and scholarships by visiting this website.

 

April 30, 2019

— Hunters will hit the woods tomorrow morning for spring turkey season. The State DEC estimates some 90,000 hunters will take to the field during the month-long season. Hunters can take two "Tom" turkeys through the season, but not on the same day. Hunting hours run from 30 minutes before sunrise until 12 p.m. everyday in May.

— $4.3 million is on the way to Steuben and Yates Counties to fund Head Start programs there, according to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand. The money will go to Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. to support child care and other services for low income families.

— St. John Fisher College is hosting a free webinar about fraud in family business. Experts from the Bonadio Group will present information and answer questions about cybersecurity fraud risks that family firms face. The webinar is next Tuesday, May 7, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants must register online and can do so by visiting this website.

 

April 26, 2019

— New York State is offering free first-time camper weekends throughout the summer. NY families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to see if they enjoy the great outdoors before investing in their own gear by registering in a lottery drawing for a fully stocked campsite at select campgrounds. All you need to do is register online. Lottery runs May 10-12.

 

April 23, 2019

— The Martin Road Bridge in Henrietta will be closed for the next month as the state DOT works on road repairs. A detour is in place for traffic to use Middle Road, Erie Station Road, and West Henrietta Road.

 

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 amycavalier@hotmail.com.

— 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

— Map of Rochester City Council Districts

— 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

— A Rochester man is homeless after a fire claimed his wife's life and home. Family members are now raising money to help Michael Warney get back on his feet. To make a donation, click here.

 

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.

More info

 

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.

Details and drop-off locations.

 

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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