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New facility continues Rochester’s connection to Special Olympics

Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.

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Rochester, NY – The unlicensed driver who struck and severely injured a Rochester police officer when he suffered a seizure behind the wheel will serve 18 years in prison.

Ed Jones of Rochester was driving a car that clipped Officer Scott McLaughlin at the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue. McLaughlin was tossed through the air and suffered severe injuries that left him in a coma. The officer is recovering, but still suffers health problems and hasn't been able to return to work.

Rochester NY – Starting February 5th, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region will offer the option of medical abortion by the use of the pill known as RU-486.Planned Parenthood President and CEO Carol Love said medical abortion will give women an alternative to surgical abortion.

    Rochester NY – State Assemblyman David Koon said school districts in the 135th Assembly district would lose $ 8.3 million dollars under Governor Pataki's proposed budget. The Penfield School District would take the biggest hit, losing over $2.5 million. Other school districts losing state funding according to Assemblyman Koon includes : Fairport $1.7 million. Webster $1.6 million. Pittsford $1.3 million. East Rochester would lose over $660,000 and Victor would lose $350,000 in state funding.

      Rochester NY – The Rochester Area Community Foundation received a $12.3 million dollar gift from the estate of Nettie Bullis. This is the largest estate gift ever received by the Community Foundation. The money will go towards educational and charitable activities in the Town of Macedon and Wayne County where Bullis grew up.A note of local history : Nettie Bullis's Grandfather was a cousin of Susan B. Anthony.

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        Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes.

        This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.


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        Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Rochester on Sunday, specifically to focus on the needs of the disability community.

        Nixon met with a variety of  supporters, including those active in the disability community locally during her campaign stop at Ontario Beach Park.

        The actress and activist who is hoping to face Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a September primary keyed in on several points important to those with disabilities, including low wages for home health care aides.

        The Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series is underway. It features films and performances that address the stigma attached to mental illness and behavior disorders, while providing messages of hope.

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        • Dr. Larry Guttmacher, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the Reel Mind Film series
        • David James Savarese, poet, co-producer of Deej, and advocate for people with autism 
        • Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
        • Lynne Fisher, education program administrator for NAMI-Rochester

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