Since first eating at Rocco shortly after the restaurant opened, we've returned time-after-time, never leaving disappointed and, nearly always, glad to have visited and eager to return. The exceptions have been when there have been too many guests or some are overly exuberant, perhaps because of the fare. Or, maybe it was Sly's libations.
The school used to have a Student & Family Support Center, staffed with RCSD and agency staff who were there, in part, to provide immidiate crisis intervention (ex - mediation for students in conflict). However because of Vargas' emphasis on expanded school day, the agency staff have been reassigned to teach classes (that's right, RTA) during the school day and are not available in times of crisis. Vargas has cut SFSCs in just about every school, and I expect to hear more about this type of incident as a result. (Keep in mind that the public hears only a very small fraction of what really goes on in the schools - those without SFSCs have been suffering tremendously).
Be there! Woof!
These treatments for drug addiction are inhuman treatment as addicts perpetuate until death usually with these regimes..
The problem with all western governments is that they are overridingly influenced by the ultra-financially powerful pharmaceutical giants. So much so that they control government policy on hard drug treatments and where of course they supply methadone et al that provides billions of dollars in revenues. But they don't care about the harm that this treatment does and only look at the bottom-line. That is why this maintenance treatment policy goes on infinitum as it creates vast profits for big Pharma. Indeed governments go out to suppress all information concerning a 'cure' for these terrible treatment drugs that enslave addicts for life through dependency. There is no humanity in this form of treatment only profits as addicts spend a lifetime on treatments that are more addictive than the drugs they purportedly try to eradicate. But wouldn't it be good for once that a western government did something out of the ordinary and stopped supporting big Pharma and introduced a 'cure' that is available at a cost of a mere 10% of present treatment regimes. Then addicts would come off hard drugs for good and thereafter lead a normal life in society and give something back. But will a single western government rebel against the powerful pharmaceutical cartel, I very much doubt it as they have our politicians and leaders in their back pocket. That is what is called democracy where big business rules supreme. For an introduction of what is going on and the 'cure' that is available readers should visit - http://worldinnovationfoundation.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/what-successive-governments-and.html
Dr David Hill
World Innovation Foundation
Your article is moving and all too real. I do believe that many people do use drugs as a form of self medication, but it is only a fraction of initial users. Probably a greater fraction of those who are already recreational users begin to use in this way. Whatever the intial reason, we have proven that that which that which alters brain function can all too often also end up controlling it.
Also, there is frequently no bright line separating prescribed drugs and illicit drugs with respect to abuse and dependancy, they are frequently part of one slippery continuum.
SOMEONE really likes the word "verdant."
IF there's an appropriate place for a casino in the Rochester area, it is the former Irondequoit Mall.
Just make damn sure Scott CONgel doesn't reap any profits.
Whatta Banh Mi foresaked their cheap eats heritage, and what made them great, popular, successful, unique, by increasing the cost of their signature sandwich by almost four dollars. It now comes with one eggroll and a soda product of some kind. As the owner, Jake, said, "it was an up-sale." Not only this, but the sandwich is now limited to lunch hours. He has increased his menu with a confusion hill of sushi rolls, vietnamese soups, and thai inspired appetizers. The new amalgamation is not without its warm surprises. Heaping skewer plates and accompanying ingredients. But, ...it is without the ability to go into this restaurant with your friends and kill some awesome sandwiches on the cheap before going out, or before going in, that makes the whole nature of my sentiments of the place slightly wilt for me .
JUST LIKE THEY DID ON THE FAST FERRY?????
So it takes a college professor to tell us how poor attendance connects to kid not learning. How did this dumb- numbing information make it to print? Nothing else going on at the lowest ranked school district?
How can this really work? Colleges are being critiqued for graduating students who are not work ready, and don't possess the skills needed for the 21st century job force. Edward snowdon ( NSA hacker) got a job without college as a IT worker making 200,000k a year. Education as a whole needs to be reworked. Specific vocational programs that focus on 21st century skills should be introduced. Many young people are skeptical of college because of the ridiculous price and lackluster job market. Jobs have changed and education needs to change with it. The math that is being taught is not used in today's work force. Why do students have to pass 2 rigorous regents social studies exams ( us history and global) what kind of job requires the knowledge of this topic unless you're going into the field? Regents is dated, unnecessary wasteful and pointless. I have to ask, does the college community or business after the RCSD purse strings? If you look at the RCSD board of resolutions, you will see that the RCSD has some of the local colleges on their payroll. Come on media - city newspaper start investigating. Follow the money, as they say.
Campos attendance or lack of attendance to board meeting should be addressed. Board members pay themselves 23k a year. The school district is at the bottom of the state and the boards pay themselves the highest of any school board member of the state. If teachers and principals have to be held accountable at the very least can the board explain how they deserve to be paid at all??
Creating smaller neighborhood schools should be the focus for RCSD. It builds strong community/family bonds that can raise these children together with a vested interest in seeing them succeed. This is how we can but a FACE on the problem and when we have that, people take action. It's easy to point fingers at others and not do anything with the problem is just "a number."
It is clear to me that the Seneca Nation is trying to sneak a casino into Henrietta. Although the specifics have not been released, a casino would be built first, followed by a hotel, restaurant, etc.
The slot machines and gaming tables are the core money makers. A hotel, restaurant, bars and entertainment are primarily a draw to get people into the actual casino. Please, please, please do not believe promises from out-of-state gambling interests that surrounding businesses will benefit. They will indeed be hurt by the unfair competition.
Are we really becoming a society of mindless minions unable to resist an ever more greedy overclass? Who amongst us wants this overpowering juggernaut to be built; wiping out the surrounding entertainment landscape like an atomic bomb?
Anyone with any ethical integrity at all knows that building this is wrong. With regard to this issue, we should all see Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as the political cowards they really are.
It is easy to feel depressed by all the bad news. It's also possible to miss some of the good things that are happening. The key to long term solutions may be to draw energy from the good to overcome the bad. It was heartening, for instance, to hear of the adoption by Action for a Better Community (a long standing force for good in Rochester) of the Cure Violence model developed in Chicago. There are programs focused on students, like Rochester Mentors and the Borinquen Dance Company. As Martin Edic mentioned, there are federal funds coming in for revitalizing the spaces cut off 50 years ago by the Inner Loop. Young entrepreneurs are staying in the area, starting companies and getting support and mentorship from established business people.
Yet, as you say, here are problems that seem intractable, and may well be if we don't come together. What's missing is a collective sense of being in this together and a leadership voice that says, "Let's declare what we are FOR and work together on building energy and support for that. " There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss what we are against.
What if City were to call for a gathering of all segments of our community into a very large scale conversation, in the form of a Future Search or a World Cafe? I imagine one to two-thousand people in the Convention Center all invited to come together to answer a few basic questions: What do we want for our community? What do we share in common with each other across all our differences? What are we willing do together to bring about a future worthy of us and our children's, children's children?
Other cities have done this (Seattle comes to mind). We can too.
My Mom always said if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all!
I would like to know the real reason that kids who create violence in city schools are not sent home. I'm not buying the " they miss instruction" scapegoat. If a child acts like this in fairport or penfield what happens? It doesn't happen as frequently but when it does - they are sent home. Nobody cries about that student missing out on instruction. Does the district lose money when students are sent home? Should city students have to endure violent predators because " they should be used to this?" - staff as well? Why not create an alternative program specifically for this rising problem? I wish one form of media would follow the money and find out what's really going on. That melee that occurred at the college prep campus was wayyyyy worse than reported. Why is it that nobody is connecting the dots? I guess Vargas is too busy trying to oust president school board member Can White to really give a damn . Remember this guy urges the community not to get "distracted". Funny how he doesn't listen to his own advice. The recent display of RCSD obvious display of raw inept leadership, wretched politicking and blatant disregard of playing fair is very telling and should elicit fear for the future for all. Most media outlets are suspiciously silent. This too will get swept under a bulging, filthy rug. School board are you watching? Are you finally going to stand behind your president and our children? Or is it politics as usual? How many red flags will it take to completely destroy this district? And you're one of the few school districts that have the nerve to pay yourselves? Almost 30k a year? My god, I can go on and on. Shameful.
The greater Rochester region has segregated the poor and institutional policies allow the concentration of impoverished children to attend a small number of schools. It denies access to an eduction burns out teachers and is shameful in 2014. Repeated focus and blaming of the poor or children of poverty or the teachers who struggle to provide an education is a distraction from larger systemic problems. Today cities like Richmond Virginia, Jacksonville Florida, Austin Texas have better educational realities for all.
I just want to mention that the neighborhood association along with the Mt. Hope Business Ass. worked hard at trying to control the number of drive thrus. We spent over $8000 in lawyer fees from money we raised but unfortunately it was the city and the corporations that had other ideas.
Sure you may get some more channels, but major communications mergers are bad for a democracy and diversity.
Those big media corporations tend not to place a high value on communicating Climate Change to the public—critical information we need in our media. On FCC net-neutrality rules, ‘we the people’ face some serious threats as to how our news—information we need to know that’s in the public interest—will get limited to only a few voices with an agenda perhaps quite different from our own.
If you are interested in addressing this issue, then go here: Comcast + Time Warner Cable = Disaster http://www.freepress.net/blog/2014/02/13/c…
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