Grassroots group plans arts series at Parcel 5

Grassroots group plans arts series at Parcel 5

A new arts-focused, grassroots campaign wants to put a community vision for Parcel 5 into practice. The Parcel 5 Community Programmers, spearheaded by arts activist Ray Ray Mitrano, will collectively organize and fund a series of monthly events at the controversial downtown space.

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 Commissioner MaryEllen Elia rescinded his appointment to the job, "after he could not come to an agreement with the school board on the terms of his contract," Elia's statement says.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.

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.

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.

Candidates file for Congressional races

Four Democrats could square off in a primary over the late Louise Slaughter's House of Representatives seat. Yesterday was the deadline for House and Senate candidates to submit petitions to get on the ballot.

Day of Science set for Saturday

The original March for Science and its companion marches, including one in Rochester, rallied more than one million people to show their support for science and its role in government decision-making. The national march, now in its second year, is set for April 14, and Rochester will again hold parallel events.

Family Court race spotlights diversity

If you talk to judges who have worked at the local level, many will tell you that Family Court can be the most challenging court to serve on because the cases often involve complex, emotional issues like divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic violence. And, some of them say, there are few courtrooms where diversity on the bench matters more.

RIT hosting major photography event

Rochester didn't invent photography, but it's one of the key places that popularized it. "And I think it remains true today that we're among the places on the planet that are leading the way to the future as well," says Bruce Austin, director of Rochester Institute of Technology's RIT Press.

Bail trap: Poverty keeps thousands behind bars

Activists have been pushing for bail reform, and Governor Andrew Cuomo supports it. But so far, the state legislature hasn't acted.

Nazareth's adjunct faculty continue a push to unionize

A group of Nazareth adjunct faculty members, tenured faculty, and students held a rally at the main entrance to Nazareth College today to support the adjunct faculty's right to unionize. Adjunct faculty members typically teach part-time on a contractual basis with no benefits or job security.

County begins reviews in aftermath of child's death

Hanane Mouhib has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 7-year-old son, but county officials said this morning that Child Protective Services staff had never received any reports about Mouhib acting violently toward her children. At a press conference this morning, that's about the only direct clarification county officials were able to give about whether CPS had any contact with Mouhib.

Homeless camp could be shut down

The remaining residents of a homeless encampment face an April 16 deadline, set by property owners, to move out.


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

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  • Re: It's a plastic planet

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    • on April 20, 2018
  • Re: City launches traffic ticket agency

    • I am not sure I understand this. Instead of negotiating a payment plan or pleading…

    • on April 20, 2018
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