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Rochester Regional Health announces green energy initiative

Rochester Regional Health says it intends to source 100 percent of the electricity it uses from renewable energy sources and carbon free production by the year 2025. President and CEO Eric Bieber says that's a big deal, and the organization will have to things differently as they go forward. But he maintains it's the right thing to do, and it equates to taking scores of cars off the road and burning many tons less coal. "It's the right thing to do not only for our community, but for all...

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Rochester Police have charged a city man with assault after his 2-year- old child was found shot, just before noon on Friday.

Chief Michael Ciminelli says that police responded to 24 Walnut Street on the west side, and found the child, Zayden Phillips, with an apparent gunshot wound. Zayden was taken to Strong Hospital where he was listed in guarded condition.

During a search of the house, police found a handgun and charged the boy’s father, 36 year old Charles Phillips with 1st degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree.

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Driving by the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester, nothing looks particularly different. But behind the health clinic is a huge hole and a lot of dirt. That hole will soon be the 3,300 square-foot clinical space, or home, for the Center’s team based care model. The model streamlines primary care by treating the patient with a whole team of medical professionals.

Hurricane Maria Brings 100+ Students to RCSD

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Hurricane Maria has brought more than 100 new students to the Rochester City School District.

100 students from Puerto Rico alone have moved to Rochester in the last month or so and a total of 110 have come from hurricane-affected areas, according to RCSD chief accountability officer Ray Giamartino. District officials have no idea how many more may come.

The candidates for Monroe County Sheriff will square off in a Voice of the Voter debate.

Todd Baxter (D) and Patrick O'Flynn (R,C,I,REF) will debate Wednesday night, and if you have a question you'd like to ask the candidates, ask it by clicking this link.

Here's how you can watch/listen to the debate on Wednesday:

Radio: AM 1370 live at 7 p.m.

Audio/video streams: on WXXINews.org live at 7 p.m.


Philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano was honored Friday at RIT for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics.

Golisano’s effort to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities is being celebrated with a special exhibit in the atrium of the College of Computing and Information Sciences that bears his name.

Golisano donated $37 million to start what is called ‘Healthy Communities ‘ five years ago, which helps screen Special Olympics athletes for a range of health issues.

Bunny announces run for Collins Congressional seat

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Former Assistant District Attorney and veteran prosecutor Sean Bunny has announced his candidacy for Congress.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Sexual assault and the dangers of victim blaming;
  • Ethics in business and the impact of lying;
  • Misconceptions about masculinity and how that can affect people struggling with mental illness;
  • What we can learn about Native American culture by studying Native objects.

Kathrine Switzer is best known as the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. Her entry was controversial, and her story became known internationally when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. That was in 1967. She was back at the Boston Marathon this year at the age of 70, and finished the course just 24 minutes slower than she did 50 years ago. 

Switzer has been an advocate for female athletes for decades, and she is also outspoken about dispelling the myths about aging. She's in Rochester as the keynote speaker of Baden Street Settlement's annual gala, but first, she joins us on Connections to talk about shifting perceptions of aging, and how seniors are reinventing themselves as they get older. In studio:

  • Kathrine Switzer, author, activist, athlete, and commentator
  • Ron Thomas, executive director at Baden Street Settlement
  • Gladys Jordan-Holloman, director for emergency and family assistance efforts at Baden Street Settlement, and supervising coordinator for Baden Street Settlement's Mature Adult Resource Center
  • Ted Hardy, member of Baden Street Settlement's Mature Adult Resource Center and honorary member of the Baden Street Board of Directors

Lebanese poet Jawdat Fakhreddine wrote his collection of poems, Lighthouse for the Drowning, while living in exile in the United States during Lebanon's civil war. The book was published in Arabic in 1996, and in 2017, BOA Editions published the first English translation. 

Fakhreddine is in Rochester for a bilingual poetry reading organized by BOA, but first, we talk to him about the story behind the collection, how poetry can serve as a symbol of liberation for war-torn communities, and how universal truths resonate across cultures. Our guests:

  • Jawdat Fakhreddine, author of Lighthouse for the Drowning
  • Huda Fakhreddine, Jawdat's daughter and co-translator for Lighthouse for the Drowning
  • Peter Connors, publisher for BOA Editions

Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health says it intends to source 100 percent of the electricity it uses from renewable energy sources and carbon free production by the year 2025.

President and CEO Eric Bieber says that's a big deal, and the organization will have to things differently as they go forward. 

But he maintains it's the right thing to do, and it equates to taking scores of cars off the road and burning many tons less coal.


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A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who is one of three Republicans and eight Democrats running in Florida's 27th congressional district, has said that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was seven years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were cancelled for 260,000 students in 600 schools.

And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many schools that may not resume classes for days or even weeks.

Across the parking lot from a YMCA in Des Moines, about a dozen men sit on black plastic chairs in the basement of a former Catholic high school.

This is a court-ordered class for domestic abusers, part of a new statewide curriculum for batterer intervention in Iowa. According to police reports, one man here kicked his wife several times in the stomach. Another threw a lamp at his girlfriend's head.

It's considered one of the world's most grueling races: a nine-month, 45,000-nautical-mile marathon around the globe, with 11 stops including Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Newport.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Individuals with autism can be at risk when law enforcement and first responders do not know how to react to them during an incident. But a recent training seminar hosted by Arc of Seneca Cayuga in Auburn was meant to bring more awareness of the autism community to first responders.

Some people call it the “daily grind,” but on this edition of Need to Know you’ll meet others who describe it as a “daily dream.” We discuss power of employment for individuals with disabilities and why this month federal and local agencies are on calling on more companies to diversify their workforce.

Also on the show, ride-hailing companies now operating in upstate New York are intended to make getting from point A to point B easier. But do their services work for everyone?

And with Halloween right around the corner we look into what it takes to make the holiday’s festivities accessible and inclusive for all kids in our community. 

Karen DeWitt

The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help parents with disabled children save money for their future.

The program is modeled on the college savings program, which also is operated by the comptroller’s office. It allows an account to be set up in the name of any New Yorker who is diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26.


A new apartment complex in the town of Sweden is providing affordable homes for people with disabilities and low to moderate income individuals and families.

The 56-unit complex is co-owned by Lifetime Assistance and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, a housing development and property management firm. 

Whitney MacIntyre, housing transition coordinator at Lifetime, says the new development is an inclusive environment where neighbors know neighbors and they can ask each other for help.

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