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Flood waters continue to pound lakeshore homeowners

Owners of homes along the Lake Ontario shoreline are dealing with water coming over their breakwalls and sandbags, as the high lake levels and winds coming from the east and northeast pushed water onto the shore on Sunday. A number of yards were turned into swimming pools, and Greece Police issued this advisory early Sunday evening: Edgemere Drive between Island Cottage Rd and Dewey Ave is now closed to all but local traffic.
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Lake Ontario is 20 inches higher than normal, and New York towns along the south shore are filling sandbags and making other flood preparations.

In Port Bay, the high water has already damaged the town’s protective barrier beach. Now, residents are scrambling for ways to hold back the lake’s waters.


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Owners of homes along the Lake Ontario shoreline are dealing with water coming over their breakwalls and sandbags, as the high lake levels and winds coming from the east and northeast pushed water onto the shore on Sunday.

A number of yards were turned into swimming pools, and Greece Police issued this advisory early Sunday evening:

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Residents along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Western NY continue to keep an eye on the winds and the waves that may bring flooding to some of their homes and other property.

On Sunday, Greece Police issued this statement: 

The Greece Police Department is asking that no unnecessary travel be made on Edgemere Drive (in the Town of Greece) due to flooding conditions; high winds may cause these flooding conditions to worsen.

And in Irondequoit, the town announced locations for residents who need sandbags:

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GiGi’s Playhouse, a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers is opening its 32nd location in Rochester.

The concept was started in Chicago by Nancy Gianni who named the organization after her daughter who was born with Down syndrome in 2003.

Chris Tumminelli is on the board for the Rochester location, and said as a father of a son with Down syndrome, spaces like these are vital.

New York State Senator Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) is calling on Governor Cuomo to help with the unprecedented flooding of Lake Ontario.

Helming is not only hoping the governor will issue a state of emergency for the affected areas so towns and villages can become eligible for FEMA assistance, but is also asking federal officials to call on the IJC to help lower the water levels.

She says regardless of how the flooding occurred, the lack of assistance doesn’t send a good message.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  The Buffalo Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley one day after the end of the NFL draft, a move that further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team.

Team owner Terry Pegula said Sunday he and his wife, Kim, reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. Whaley's dismissal completes what has become yet another front-office house-cleaning which began when coach Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season.

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Multiple tornadoes rolled through a number of small towns in Texas Saturday, in a streak of severe weather that's swept the South and the Midwest into Sunday.

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That's what a Hilton hotel employee asked one of a dozen photographers along the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner a couple of hours before the event officially started Saturday evening. But, like a blood-thirsty mosquito on a sweltering night, it was the nagging, persistent thought that seemed to plague attendees throughout the event.

The reason: the vacuum left by the absence of President Donald Trump who had decided to spend his 100th day in office rallying with supporters in Pennsylvania.

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GiGi’s Playhouse, a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers is opening its 32nd location in Rochester.

The concept was started in Chicago by Nancy Gianni who named the organization after her daughter who was born with Down syndrome in 2003.

Chris Tumminelli is on the board for the Rochester location, and said as a father of a son with Down syndrome, spaces like these are vital.

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The Arc of Monroe County held an annual event that celebrates people with developmental disabilities and their willingness and ability to get jobs within the community.

Around 100 business leaders and hiring managers attended the event, which is designed to cultivate a diverse workforce.

The Arc of Monroe's Job Path program is the region's oldest and largest training and placement service for individuals with disabilities, according to Arc CEO Barbara Wale.

Rochester is home to the nation's largest deaf population per capita, and throughout the years, the city has been praised for its efforts to promote accessibility and inclusivity among the deaf community. Kodak and Xerox provided jobs for deaf people, local hospitals led the way in staffing interpreters, and this year, NTID is teaming up with the University of Rochester to offer training and resources for deaf scientists. In 2006, the New York Times said, “It is here that the world of the deaf intersects the world of the hearing as in no other city.”

Despite all of this, there are still misconceptions among the hearing community that impede further progress. This hour, we talk to members of the Deaf community about Deaf culture, the challenges they face, and what they hope to see for a more inclusive future. Our guests:

  • Matthew S. Moore, president of MSM Productions, Ltd, author of For Hearing People Only, and publisher of Deaf Life Magazine
  • Matthew J. Schwartz, ASL teacher at Rush Henrietta High School, ASL coach, and performer
  • Darcy O'Dell, interpreter
  • Anthony Bizzarro, interpreter

This conversation is part of WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include — a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled. You can watch this conversation, with captions, on City 12 or at:

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One disability rights activist says that often people are too quick to assume someone with a disability can’t make their own decisions. Emily Ladau, a writer and editor in chief of the Rooted in Rights blog, visited Rochester recently to raise awareness about a different way of thinking called self-direction.

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