A couple of corrections : The Group I started in Rochester in 1980 was Masque Enterprises. Rainbow Theatre was the group I started in Knoxville in 1994. I moved to Knoxville in 1994
I wish Senator Schumer would work to force the monopolistic cable companies to offer an à la carte channel option. Of all the causes he champions, this would easily garner the most popular support. Let's see if he's truly interested in helping the "little guy" (just don't hold your breath)...
RCSD has to face this "invisible elephants" in the room; namely, that 10% of the students are sucking 100% of teacher/administrative energy; that RCSD clerical staff do NOT make folks feel welcomed (not in schools or in Central Office); that many if not most employees are exhausted, demoralized, and uninspired due to the overwhelming challenges they face every day; and that the center of gravity for student performance is very low due to poor parental involvement and commitment to education. RCSD does teach values (honesty, integrity, kindness, etc.), but city streets do not. Kids are only in school 6 hours, 5 days a week; the rest of the time The Street is their teacher. I hope more time and space in City will be devoted to how this very sad and serious problem can be better addressed.
Thank you Mr. Raymond for a fine article.
Clearly Ms. Raethka's worst decision in 2015 was to write this opinion blog contributing to the negative media coverage of the RCSD. Personal decisions are one thing but sharing it with media and discouraging families from moving into the city? Shame on her.
A year or two after the fast ferry disaster, the town of Irondequoit was toying with the idea of building a 200 slip marina on the bay. There was no business plan - no proof or even a hint that there was demand for another marina. I visited the town hall and asked to see any research which supported the need for the project. They foolishly referred me to the Army Corps of Engineers, an agency which doesn't get involved with evaluating business viability.
At one point, a reliable source explained to me that a construction company was owed a favor by a town board member, and in fact, there WAS no sound reason for a new marina. The idea quietly faded away.
Is there actually enough demand to support the marina described in this article? Does anyone know, or even care?
Different people obviously have different types of programs on Connections that they find interesting, or not.
Personally, I do not miss whatsoever the garden shows, the antiques/collectibles shows, and the home repair shows. Whenever I tuned in and one of those three topics was on, I found a different station to listen to.
Frank I bet the reason Pike did not speak out is because the city threatened to sue if they speak out. This would not be the first time that the city gagged the contractor on this project. There is a serious problem at the site. More information on the issue will come out after the bid conference on Tuesday.
I am disappointed with Evan Dawson. He has dropped the three monthly topics that I and many others found most useful as witnessed by the many phone calls that came in on these. Specifically these are the garden segment, the home repair segment, and the antiques & collectibles segment. I have a feeling that Dawson is angling for a position in a larger market and doesn't want to do topics that won't contribute to his resume. It's only three hours a month. That leaves at least 37 other hours to fill with subjects that he thinks will advance his career. I think he owes the listeners that.
Great news! These are dedicated people who exemplify what can be accomplished with a positive vibe, a sense of social awareness and the energy to make good things happen.
If you have ever experienced loss like the main character Kate has portrayed, this movie touches deeply, and could possibly save your life as well.
The Seneca's seemed to be doing more schmoozing than anything else. Do we really need a nearby casino to tempt people? 50% of casino revenues are from problem gamblers. What about problem drinking and all the trouble this causes?
There is no need for casino critics to wait for a long and drawn out sales pitch to finally end. Silence is oftentimes misconstrued as approval. The problem was that Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore didn't take an anti-casino stand early on. I guess he liked being schmoozed.
There was a slight effort by the Seneca Nation to get a casino in Henrietta during the past year... and it was swiftly stopped by the same PAC organization as well as the Henrietta Town Board and the County of Monroe and Maggie Brooks.
Most businesses that try to set up anywhere in Monroe County get the opportunity to present the entire plan to the Town in which they would like to be fairly considered to operate in that Town. The Nation did not get this fair chance as all other business does indeed get a fair chance to present and hear the entire presentation... then the Town Board says yea or ney.
I CANNOT EVEN TELL WHAT THE ENTIRE DEAL WOULD HAVE BEEN AS THE NATION WAS RUN OUT OF HENRIETTA AND MONROE COUNTY BEFORE FAIR CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN. THAT IS NOT PROPER NOR FAIR IN MY OPINION. WE , IN HENRIETTA, NEEDED TO HEAR ALL THE FACTS BEFORE A DECISION WAS MADE. 1600 SIGNATURES AND 100 PEOPLE AT A BOARD MEETING IN 2014 IN HENRIETTA WAS NOT FAIR TO THE SENECA NATION.
I DO NOT KNOW WHAT OR HOW TO BE FAIR IF I CANNOT LISTEN TO ALL THE FACTS FIRST...CAN YOU BE FAIR FIRST AND THEN MAKE A DECISION. THERE ARE 43,000 RESIDENTS IN HENRIETTA NOT 1600 TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
Geeze, how difficult can it be to dig a hole in the ground? Is this is any indication of how the rest of the project will go?
What are the chances of finding a replacement contractor that wouldn't think exactly like Pike? The whole thing is in a state of limbo that could last years.
I think it is not surprising that both the Mayor and the Governor continue to cling to the fantasy hope that if we just have Mayoral Control, all education problems will fall by the wayside. This is in spite of the fact that little connection has been made between fundamental changes for education when mayoral control is adopted. One of the primary interests of mayoral control supporters is the continued belief and political agenda that views the corporate some get richer model must dominate education as well. Just look around---the role of development in Rochester and upstate in general relies on both tax breaks for investors and their political contributions to assure their continued dominance.
The corporate organized plan which threatens the current environment to 'restore ' the Charlotte park and beach area has no real interest in listening to the City community at large. In addition to the stronghold the corporate community has, much of the say is given to local agencies Realizing the concentrated power that results -- Why would we expect a value for meaningful citizen involvement? There is no mere coincidence that these two aspects are key to the fundamental problems related to economic inequality, racial oppression, separate but unequal segregated housing , feet dragging regarding moving to an alternative energy system and of course quality education for all. The real changes needed to address these more fundamental problems lies with our willingness to change what we do both politically and at the grass roots organizing level across the community. Bonnie Cannan
The only contractor interested in completing this is Edgewater as they have a special interest in having boats to bring in people to their disaster ridden hotel. Unless someone is completely transparent about the how and why Pike was let out of a contract with no consequential damages, I don't believe we will find another interested general contractor.
Thanks for highlighting the good here in our community.
With our poverty level over 34% and our children poverty level at 54% perhaps it is time to start accepting that these are the reasons our city schools are failing. This is exactly what the mayors of our city should be focusing on as this would improve our schools. Yet in the last 15 years poverty has increased more than 25%. If our mayors fail so badly to deal with poverty why would we trust them with the schools?
The city needs to provide more details. Why wouldn't they be more transparent?
Very cool people!
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