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Re: “Another waltz

The first I became aware of Andy's talent was when we saw him as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof. I believe there were two Hammonds in lead roles in that show. The talent , along with Keith Parsky, Karin Kasdin, and Anna Lank,was beyond impressive. So when I joined the cast of JB with Andy, I was so intimidated. however, he made all of us feel that we had equal amounts of talent. I didn't, but he made me feel special. We went on to many more Tom Avery productions together both in BHS and summer programs..... Andy coached us thru our million runs of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". He was a pleasure to work with as well as a privilege to have shared a stage with .
A gentile soul who found love in his music. RIP Andrew Hammond.

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Posted by Deborah Zwick Rosenberg on 02/23/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Kudos on the evocative article about my brother Andy. He was indeed a unique and talented individual, and it would have pleased him very much to know that people are remembering his music and his stories.

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Posted by ghsobota on 02/22/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Another waltz

So very sad. I'm glad I had a chance to know Andy. Love and condolences to his brother Chris - my classmate - and the rest of his family.

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Posted by WriterRuth on 02/21/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Andy was the kindest upperclassman at BHS when we were aspiring Thespians. Always had kind words and a smile for all. RIP my highschool friend and please continue to entertain all of our classmates. Give Mr.Avery a big hello.

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Posted by Cindy Blair on 02/21/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Oh, what a sweet man. We'll miss him.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 02/21/2015 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Another waltz

I met Andy during the production of Mercury Opera Rochester's production of Showboat. He was just one of the nicest people I ever met, very down-to-earth, very smart, and very talented. I would see him whenever I went past Javas and I always worried if he had had enough to eat, was he warm enough. He would never ask anyone for anything, but sometimes I would get him a coffee and one of javas jumbo-sized cookies. I have no idea if he even liked sweets, but he always graciously accepted it. I'm really sad to hear that he passed on.

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Posted by Lynn Zicari on 02/21/2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

I don't have to do a thing to help my neighbors. Just by living here, the property values around me are increased. It is because I pay for food, rent, utilities, and car expenses from money I get from my job.

A few years back, I owned a house. When I stopped working, my neighbors worried that I would lose the house and a welfare family would move in. The next-door neighbors put forth a great effort to sell their house before I sold mine.

It's important to get people who aren't contributing to the problem of concentrated poverty to stay. Of course, I help my neighbors when I can; as long as it doesn't involve giving them money.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/21/2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Johnny: in order to do that, the GOP would have to bother to put forward candidates for school board, city council, and mayor. They don't.

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Posted by Mark McKinzie on 02/21/2015 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Andy was a very beautiful person. When I was teaching at Brighton High School through the artist in residence program in the early 70's, I had the privilege of having him in my class. Hem, even then was supremely talented person. He shall be missed/

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Posted by Michael H. Arve on 02/21/2015 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Another waltz

Nice article - beautiful art work

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Posted by Michele Sacc on 02/21/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

"Young people growing up in impoverished, segregated neighborhoods are less likely to have jobs available to them as teenagers."

Dr. Walter E Williams, who grew up in the projects of Philidelphia, reminds us that before the minimum wage laws there was higher unemployment amongst white teens than black, yet Mary Anna always advocates for a higher minimum wage.

Puzzling!!

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Posted by johnny on 02/20/2015 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The 2nd Annual "Lubies"

OMG Too Many Cooks is my JAM!

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Posted by Jessica Wilkie on 02/20/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The future of film

Interesting article with current information. I'm doing my master degree in a research program and my thesis is about film photography in the digital era so all this information is valuable for me since I live in a context where it's all about the latest technology and rarely about handcrafted but most of all human processes. So reading all this has made my day.

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Posted by Cristina Parra on 02/20/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

Well written opinion filled with facts Mary Anna ... and it tells all of us that we need to continue advocating for all people in Rochester Monroe County. Until all of us begin to regularly write letters to Cuomo, Gantt, Morelle, Funke, Robach, Warren, Brooks and Bronson not much will change.

We have to give concrete ideas for change that will work for the benefit of all !!!

With a $142 billion dollar budget proposed for NYS; a billion dollar budget for the County Of Monroe as well as a large budget in the City of Rochester... there has to be a better way to help make change in Rochester Monroe County. Our leaders are trying and it is no easy task unless we encourage, participate and actually take action by volunteering to get in there; roll up our sleeves and do some of the work with our representatives. Throwing more money is not the answer... but actual participation is the answer.


Since Brighton, Henrietta, Gates and Irondequoit directly surround the City of Rochester we need to begin to strategize together in legal finances and ideas to combat poverty. It is not just the City of Rochester's problem... we are all responsible in my opinion.

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Posted by crm135790 on 02/20/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Warmth and Waffles

Yes, thank you! (No "fiddle dee dees" here.)

Posted by Laura Rebecca Kenyon on 02/20/2015 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

"In 1970, 2,693 residents of the city and close-in suburbs lived in census tracts with a high poverty level. In 2010, that number had grown to 37,670."

This pretty much follows the "war on poverty" initiative.

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Posted by johnny on 02/19/2015 at 8:16 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

Luxembourg: Single women with children need good jobs. That will make a dent in poverty.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 02/19/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

Stockholm's Carbon Conservation for Heat, Home & H2O Health

Bloomberg Philanthropies, no less, reports;
Stockholm, one of the five winning cities in the 2014 Mayors Challenge prize competition, Are planning:
District Heat & Biochar production.
(Note to Companies send your proposals, they are choosing partners)
Biochar in return for Citizen's garden waste.
Use for storm water cleanup.

What A great, and engauging, way to run a "Biomass Railroad".
(Note to Stockholm; In the mean time promote TLUD Char-B-Qs, Wassail/Tea parties with community gardening folks.)

Biochar-ging Ahead to Engage Citizens in Combating Climate Change
http://www.bloomberg.org/blog/biochar-ging-ahead-engage-citizens-combating-climate-change/

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DC Farm Site Eco-Disaster

Stockholm's Carbon Conservation could be a model for a District of Columbia Carbon Conservation, thus a world urban model. This Nouveau brown field the perfect challenge for Biochar remediation.

DC farm site is ecological disaster
http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-dc-farm-ecological-disaster-164534203.html

The team at BrightFarms has been working in commercial scale urban agriculture since 2006 and claim "Revolutionary" zeal. (I hope zeal enough to read my char soils presentation)
http://www.brightfarms.com/s/#!/about_us

The city department of general services could hook-up with the White House.
The first lady's garden I recall had some lead issues,
I have seen two videos of the president congratulating Biochar science fair winners on the White House lawn.,
The Smithsonian Institute has a Terra Preta Soils display.
http://forces.si.edu/soils/02_08_04.html
Plus, I have copied the USDA Biochar research folks.

City of Trees is a former nickname of DC,
Contact Bartlett Tree Arboricultural Researcher Kelby Fite, about their Biochar product.
http://www.bartlett.com/tips/Biochar.cfm

But if ya'll can't work it out....Welcome to Virginia!

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Posted by Erich J. Knight on 02/19/2015 at 5:17 AM

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