Rochester seeking to build urban skate park
A skate park in Rochester. It’s something that’s been in demand for years, but now it’s finally starting to come together. Skateboarding is a fun activity for people of all ages but unless you know where to go, there are not many options locally… at least for now. The... Read more
Five-year-old child’s body recovered from Erie Canal
Greece police say the body of a five-year-old girl was recovered from the Erie Canal in Greece Thursday night after she had been reported missing earlier in the evening. Police were dispatched to Henpeck Park around 7 p.m. for the report of a missing five-year-old. Investigators say the child... Read more
Sears at The Mall at Greece Ridge to close Sunday
Time is running out before an iconic department store shuts its doors in Rochester for good. The Sears at The Mall at Greece Ridge in Rochester is set to close down for good Sunday, July 15th. According to Business Insider, the Rochester location is among at least 24 Sears... Read more
Owner of Bills and Amerks will start running Blue Cross Arena next month
Mayor Lovely Warren announced at a 1 p.m. news conference that Pegula Sports and Entertainment will take over management of Blue Cross Arena beginning Aug. 1. The owners of the Rochester Americans, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills could take over interim management of Blue Cross Arena as soon as... Read more
Deputies: Inmate accidentally released from custody
A 30-year-old Rochester man was “inadvertently” released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s office following a court appearance this morning, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies. Around 11:15 am, deputies said Elvin Medina-Bauza walked out of Rochester City Court, after one of his cases was dismissed. Deputies said Justice Teresa... Read more
Rochester Fringe announces 2018 lineup
The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival keeps growing. The 2017 Fringe broke its previous records, attracting more than 78,000 people — a 15 percent increase from the year before. And audiences packed Parcel 5 both nights of “Friday & Saturday on the Fringe” to see the US debut of French... Read more
New program at RIT helps students with autism prepare for jobs
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but for people with autism, they can be even tougher. However, a new program at RIT is making that process easier. The Career Ready Boot Camp and Neurodiverse Hiring Initiative at RIT are giving students with autism the confidence they need to land a... Read more
Department of Labor awards Urban League of Rochester $2.5 million
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Urban League of Rochester $2.5 million to implement two reentry programs.The first program, “Project Steps to Success,” will serve 125 young adults who have been involved in the justice system. The second program, “Project B.E.A.M.” (Build, Educate, Advance, and Motivate) will... Read more
Principal refuses to allow first black valedictorian to give speech, so Rochester mayor intervenes
When Jaisaan Lovett graduated last month as his high school’s first black valedictorian, he prepared a speech — but he says his principal wouldn’t let him give it. So someone else stepped in who wanted to hear what he had to say: the mayor of Rochester, New York, Lovely... Read more
Painting for the People
Rochester loves its murals. Art adorns walls all over the city, from the sprawling, eccentric images created by WALL\THERAPY’s annual roster of visiting and local artists to Shawn Dunwoody’s inspirational community projects in the Fruit Belt and JOSANA neighborhoods. There’s something seemingly simple about putting paint on a wall,... Read more