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Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, February 27 

A press conference later today will reveal the exhibit that was created out of the controversial pickaninny panel that was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park last year.

Many local residents found the panel offensive.

The exhibit will go on display at Central Church of Christ on Plymouth Avenue and at other local sites before returning to the Rochester Museum and Science Center for permanent display.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, RMSC, and the Central Church of Church of Christ will be at the 3 p.m. press conference today at Central Church of Christ, 101 S. Plymouth Avenue.

Members of Take it Down, the group that fought for the removal of the panel, will be there, too.


A program at the Penfield Public Library traces the legal history of the death penalty and places it in context of famous trials, key players, and changing social attitudes in New York. The presenters are Betsy Vipperman, Director of the Appellate Division Law Library and Assistant Librarian Andrew Kloc.

The program is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at the library, 1985 Baird Road.

The death penalty has an intriguing history in New York. Dating back to the Colonial era and peaking during the years 1900-1935, it was at one time accidentally abolished by the State Legislature. The electric chair debuted here, before subsequent use at Sing Sing prison in the first civilian execution for espionage in the United States.

Along the way our state’s high court and the US Supreme Court have both weighed in on its constitutionality.


Proposals are due by Friday for the La Marketa project
on North Clinton Avenue.

The City of Rochester is looking for someone to buy and develop a 1.7-acre site along North Clinton, between Sullivan and Hoeltzer streets. Proposals are due by March 3. The majority of this urban renewal district is in the El Camino neighborhood.

The city says that it is looking for: “a signature development of this unique asset that will possibly have a regional draw, featuring an ethnically diverse offering of food, goods/products, and service vendors. The development will feature a public open space or open air market concept, not unlike a ‘placita’”

The city owns many residential vacant lots around the district and says it will support the development of rental and owner-occupied housing on those lots as the La Marketa project takes shape.

The North Clinton neighborhood is considered the heart of the city’s Latino population, but is struggling with drug sales and use. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN


Metro Justice will hold the “People’s March for Education Justice” in Rochester on Saturday, March 4. The march is intended to raise awareness of President Trump’s and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s education agenda and what it will mean for public schools, teachers, and students.

Organizers also want to make sure that Governor Andrew Cuomo hears from Rochester’s education community as he finalizes the state budget. The march will be held at 2 pm. at 1 Liberty Pole Way (the Liberty Pole). BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO


At 9 p.m. Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver his first address to Congress. Trump will probably focus on his general direction more than specifics, says an NPR piece on the forthcoming speech. He may offer some cues on his approach to issues such as taxes, for example, but he’s unlikely to, say, elaborate on his plans for replacing Obamacare (so far, it appears he doesn’t have one).

But Politico reports that Democrats plan to “troll” Trump during the primetime address. Democratic lawmakers have invited people directly affected by the president’s early actions, including Muslim refugees and children of undocumented immigrants, reports Politico.


The Monroe County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the county’s proposed 2018-2033 Capital Improvement Program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Auditorium A at Monroe Community Hospital, 435 East Henrietta Road.

The plan lays out $381 million worth of proposed county investments in its highways, parks, public safety facilities and airport, as well as the Seneca Park Zoo, Monroe Community College, Monroe Community Hospital, and Monroe Community Hospital. BY JEREMY MOULE

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