Monday, March 30, 2015

Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, March 30

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The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a review of “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Stevenson’s book is a coming-of-age story involving a young attorney’s reflection on the lives of the individuals he has defended in the pursuit of justice. Monroe County Public Defender Timothy Donaher will review the book. The event will be held at the Central Library in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center or RoCo will hold its opening reception for “Ride It: Art and Bicycles in Rochester” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The show combines Rochester’s bike culture, art, and history. The event will be held at RoCo, 137 East Avenue. Admission for RoCo members is free. Admission for nonmembers is $2. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

Rochester City Council will begin discussing a proposal for a six-month moratorium on applications for establishments that serve or sell alcohol in certain districts. According to the legislation, the moratorium would give the city a chance to review the implications of a recent court decision.

State Supreme Court Justice John Ark ruled in 2013 that the City of Rochester improperly restricted the operating hours for Obsession Bar and Grill, 564 Chili Avenue. The decision was upheld on appeal in June in 2014. 

According to the city's zoning code, bars and restaurants with a certain commercial designation must close at 11 p.m. The C1 designation is meant for low-intensity businesses that are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood, the code says.

But the court ruled that the city cannot supplant state law, which permits the businesses to stay open until 4 a.m. (State law does allow a county to request an earlier closing time. Monroe County has set a 2 a.m. closing time.) 

Council members will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, to begin discussion of this month's proposed legislation, including the moratorium. The meeting is held in room 208-A in City Hall, 30 Church Street. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN 

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