Rochester aid groups deal with Nicaragua unrest

Rochester aid groups deal with Nicaragua unrest

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the West, a status due to factors that include natural disasters and decades of political strife, at times fueled by US intervention. Several organizations based in or deeply connected to the Rochester region help the people of Nicaragua by providing funding, services, and volunteers for such efforts as developing businesses and building houses and schools.

Rochester artists, arts groups discuss funding options

Is there a way to provide ongoing funding for Rochester arts organizations, large and small? Local artists, elected officials, and event organizers gathered in the auditorium of Visual Studies Workshop last night to discuss that question.

Rochester civil rights leader Connie Mitchell dies

An iconic figure in Rochester’s political and civil rights movement has died. Constance Mitchell was 90 years old. “Connie” as she was best known, was the first woman and the first African-American woman elected in Monroe County.

Rochester parents: we'd be more engaged, if we could

At a forum on the problems of the Rochester school district last night, parents discussed a wide range of issues, from the need to understand parents' own challenges to the importance of the city-operated recreation centers. The event was the first of three forums that Mayor Lovely Warren is holding in the wake of Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino's stinging report assessment of the district.

The city school district must change, state commissioner says

About 200 educators, parents, community leaders, and Rochester school district administrators turned out  this morning for a public forum held by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regent Wade Norwood, and Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino to discuss Aquino's report about the district's problems. The report, which was released last month, gives a frank and disturbing description of a school system that doesn't come close to fulfilling its primary purpose: educating children. 

A letter to our readers

Today CITY and WXXI Public Broadcasting are announcing a major development in local journalism: WXXI's board of directors has signed a letter of intent to acquire CITY Newspaper and its digital platforms. After the acquisition, WXXI will remain a not-for-profit public media organization while CITY will continue to be a newspaper and digital publication owned by a for-profit subsidiary of WXXI.

Douglass descendants moving legacy project to Rochester

The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, a nonprofit committed to carrying out the legacy of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, will leave its base in Atlanta and move to Rochester.

Spaull plans meeting of arts groups

City Council member Elaine Spaull is convening a meeting of Rochester arts organizations on Friday, open to anyone who wants to attend. The broad purpose, she said this morning, is to discuss their needs and the contribution of the arts to the area’s quality of life, using a recent report as a starting point.

Mayor Warren seeks public's comments on Rochester school district

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is planning a series of meetings seeking the public's opinion about the Rochester school district and how parents and others "believe City Hall can help Rochester's children succeed."

Lowengard returns as interim superintendent for Rochester district

Daniel Lowengard, the interim superintendent who led city schools following the departure of former superintendent Bolgen Vargas, is returning to the district for a second time as interim. Linda Cimusz will be his chief of staff.

City receivership schools show improvement

All nine city schools that were placed in receivership after they were identified as "struggling" and "persistently struggling" made significant  improvement during the 2017-2018 school year, according to the State Education Department. The schools include: East Upper, East Lower, School 17, James Monroe High School, School 9, School 45, School 3, Northeast College High School, and School 8.

RIT's new digital media center brings the future to the classroom

MAGIC has existed for about five years already, but with the opening of the new center, students working in film, animation, game development, and other digital media studies got a serious upgrade in their classroom environment and amenities.

Cobbs Hill Village fight continues

As one lawsuit awaits a decision, a second suit has been filed with the State Supreme Court to stop redevelopment of the Cobbs Hill Village Apartments on Norris Drive next to the popular city park. The latest legal action was taken by a coalition of the apartments' tenants, neighborhood associations, and activist groups against the City of Rochester, City Council, Mayor Lovely Warren, Plymouth Gardens, Inc., and Rochester Management, the non-profit that owns and operates the apartments.

Henrietta hopes to modernizing its zoning

Henrietta is an evolving suburb, though that may not be apparent to the people who live outside of the community. Its commercial corridors – which are often hypocritically mocked by the very people who flock to them – are an ever-changing mix of big-box stores, restaurants, car dealerships and service garages, and office complexes.

Rochester’s arts support: beyond a big-show theater

Representatives of some of Rochester's arts organizations will be meeting next week to reignite a discussion they've been having for years: creating an endowment or some other kind of ongoing arts funding. Elaine Spaull, who chairs City Council's Arts and Culture Committee, is convening the meeting, which is scheduled for December 14.

2019 Rochester Jazz Festival names George Benson and Steve Gadd Band as headliners

The 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, taking place June 21 through 29, has announced its first headliners: George Benson and Steve Gadd Band.


  • Re: A letter to our readers

    • Thank you Mr. Baker. I too am amused at your attempt to turn this issue…

    • on December 15, 2018
  • Re: Rochester artists, arts groups discuss funding options

    • Sorry, but Rochester's artists and art scene lost all credibility when they acquiesced in the…

    • on December 15, 2018
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    • All excuses. I realize that circumstances change, but if you don't have the time, money…

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