Distinguished educator will not be coming to RCSD

Ken Eastwood won't be a consultant studying the Rochester City School District after all, according to a statement today from the New York State Education Department. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia rescinded his appointment to the job, "after he could not come to an agreement with the school board on the terms of his contract," Elia's statement says.


City launches traffic ticket agency

Beginning Monday, April 23, city residents and visitors will have a chance to contest a traffic ticket, negotiate a payment plan, or plead guilty to a lesser offense. City officials say Rochester's new Traffic Violations Agency is about fairness, since suburban communities already provide drivers with this opportunity.


Poverty is still a major problem, ACT Rochester reports

ACT Rochester, which tracks the basic well-being of the nine-county Greater Rochester area, released its latest "Community Report Card" this morning. And while the report contains a bit of good news, much of the news in the report is negative.


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Urban Action 4/18

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Urban Action

Rochester district faces new charter openings

The State Education Department's Charter School Office has given its initial approval to applications for two more charters in the Rochester district.


Nazareth’s adjuncts join the labor movement

After a year of planning, adjunct faculty at Nazareth College recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to join Service Employees International Union, SEIU Local 200United.


It's a plastic planet

We need to change that
Plastics are everywhere, from shopping bags to cutting-edge medical devices. But as they've become more pervasive, they've also become more troublesome.


Who produces our news? Does it make a difference?

There's a wealth of news available – far more than 30 years ago. But we have to look for it. And we're impatient.

Urban Journal

Homeless encampment gets a reprieve

At least for now, Rochester police will not be removing people from a homeless encampment along South Avenue, according to advocates for the homeless. The encampment is at the edge of property owned by Spectrum, and police officials have informed Spectrum that it needs to seek a court order to essentially evict the residents, says Pat Dupont, a Catholic Worker at St. Joe's House of Hospitality.



Princess Palooza @ The Strong National Museum of Play

Mario the Maker Magician @ The Strong National Museum of Play

Antiquarian Photography Show and Sale @ DoubleTree Rochester

The show and sale is part of the international conference on PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture....

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  • Popular Events

    • Earth Day Celebration: This Land is Our Land @ Parcel 5

      • Sun., April 22, 3-5 p.m.
    • RYCL Youth Climate Summit @ Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center

      • Sun., April 22, 12-4 p.m.
    • Mario the Maker Magician @ The Strong National Museum of Play

      • Sun., April 22, 11 a.m. With museum admission
    • Antiquarian Photography Show and Sale @ DoubleTree Rochester

      • Sun., April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Ex Libris: New York Public Library @ Dryden Theatre

      • Sun., April 22, 2 p.m. $7/$11

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