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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 30th

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First hour: Who is Bernie Sanders?

Second hour: The mainstreaming of plant-based diets

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The Monroe County Democratic Committee has chosen a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, the party picked Jamie Romeo, who has been executive director of the party since January.

She previously worked as chief of staff for former State Senator Ted O’Brien until he was defeated by Republican Rich Funke last fall.

Romeo also worked on O’Brien’s Senate campaigns and previously was staff director for the Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature.

The NYS Transportation Department has scheduled some repair work on bridges in Gates that recently became a focal point for complaints by Town Supervisor Mark Assini.

The DOT says that Trolley Boulevard at I-390 will be reduced to a single, alternating lane of traffic during the daytime hours beginning Thursday. The work is to be completed next week.

Food Rodeo Wednesday in Rochester

15 hours ago

On the warmest night of the summer, many people headed down to the Public Market for the latest Food Truck Rodeo.

Dozens of food trucks offering a variety of cuisines gathered at the Market for the continuation of this series.

There was also live music from The Tommy Brunett Band.

The Food Rodeos are held on the last Wednesday of the month through October.

The Buffalo Bills have started to come into town, gathering at St. John Fisher College in preparation for training camp that starts on Friday. And the event affects this region in ways that involve more than just making sports fans happy.

The just over three weeks that the Bills spend at Fisher getting ready for their season has other types of impact than just the players mixing it up on the practice field.

Two more lawmakers, a former Senate Leader and the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate were convicted of corruption in the past week. But Governor Cuomo continues to say it would not be a good idea to call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to enact more ethics reform measures.

Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation names its 11 most-endangered historic places in America, often selecting neighborhoods, landmarks and even sports arenas. The Grand Canyon leads the 2015 list, which also includes a western New York landmark: the amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution, a short drive to our west. Some Rochester preservationists have not only taken up the fight to save Chautauqua; they've been thinking about what a list of Rochester's most endangered landmarks would look like. We'll talk about that with our panel:

The Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate has released a new draft on how to discipline students in school. It's the student portion of the Code of Conduct, and it goes to the heart of discipline questions: when is it appropriate to suspend or expel a student? The committee is asking for public feedback over the next month. We'll dig into the specifics of the proposal, and talk about what it might mean for students, parents, and teachers in Rochester. Our guests:

  • Adair Liles, a student on the School Climate Committee 
  • Jennifer Bannister, Teen Empowerment and a member of the committee
  • Spero Michailidis, a teacher who works with the Gandhi Institute and a member of the committee
  • Melanie Funchess, director of Community Engagement for the Mental Health Association

Cool Sweep Heat Emergency Operations in Effect

19 hours ago
Alex Crichton

With temperatures around 90, the city has issued a Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operation for today.

That means hydrants, spray parks, pools and beaches will be open extended hours.

During the heat emergency, the Carter Street Community Center and city library branches double as cooling centers, where people can stay cool in air conditioned buildings.

Here's the schedule from the city of Rochester:

Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m.):

. #41 School parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

. Baden Park gateway, Vienna Street

Connecting Young People with Jobs in Rochester

20 hours ago

A program of the New York State Labor Department is designed to connect young people with employers.

It's called the Urban Youth Jobs Program, and the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center hosted the job fair Wednesday in Rochester.

Young people like 20 year Schnya Edwards of Rochester was looking for full time position to support her family.

"I'm looking for something permanent.  I need something that's going to take care of me and my daughter, so permanent."


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