Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 3rd

53 minutes ago

First hour: Meet the YUPs

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable focuses on photonics

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The weather cooperated and that brought big crowds out to this past weekend’s Park Avenue Summer Art Festival in Rochester.

It was just over a mile of art, crafts food and music, and you had to walk relatively slowly to enjoy it,  mainly because at times, it was just too crowded to walk any faster.

Among the vendors set up along the popular Rochester avenue, Aaron Costa, owner of the Krudco skateboard shop. He just moved his shop to Park Ave recently so he felt it was vital they have a booth at the festival.

Invasive Weed Discovered In Genesee River

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Brad Mudrzynski and others pulling water chestnut from Braddock Bay. Photo credit: Katie Lovering
Katie Lovering

Volunteers this week are going into Braddock Bay and the Genesee River to remove an invasive species known as the water chestnut.

Hilary Mosher of the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management at Hobart and William Smith Colleges says now is a good time to go after this weed.

"We want to concentrate our efforts to where they're going to make the biggest impact, and right now, it's the biggest impact - removing water chestnuts from our waterways."

The City of Rochester, and other municipalities, are making the roads more friendly for bicyclists. But for those that want to commute on two wheels, there are rules that we need to follow, especially at intersections. How should we behave at an intersection when we're on a bike? We asked Shanda Lydon of Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport to give us advice.

ALBANY (AP) New York State Police say an update of the patrol vehicle fleet will be completed by the next fiscal year, removing those with more than 125,000 miles driven.

The agency, responding to a complaint by the troopers' union, says vehicles are routinely inspected, serviced and maintained, and that those with high mileage are taken off the road "as resources allow.''

ALBANY (AP) New York's health exchange reports connecting 2.1 million residents to health coverage following its second open enrollment period, including 89 percent who said they were uninsured when they applied.

Exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore says the second year's enrollment built on the first year's base.

ALBANY (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal safety officials to raise standards for stretch limousines following the fatal crash on Long Island that killed four young women.

In letters to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and to National Transportation Safety Board, he says standards need to be higher to protect passengers in stretch limos and other motor coaches altered in the aftermarket.

Schumer wants the agencies to investigate their crash worthiness and review and issue new regulations.

Swimmer Rescued From Lake Ontario

15 hours ago

Jim Cox, 62, of Holley, and his brother Bill, 51, from Albion took their boat onto Lake Ontario from Point Breeze yesterday afternoon.

The Orleans County Sheriff says they were about three miles away from the Kendall shoreline when Bill decided to jump in for a swim. Sheriff Scott Hess says that's when they turned off the boat's engine.

Trouble is, Jim couldn't get the boat's engine to restart and he and the boat drifted away so far he couldn't even see Bill.

Anniversary Of Rochester Woman's Death

17 hours ago
Livingston Co Sheriff photo

August 2 marks the 16th anniversary of the discovery of a body in a Caledonia cornfield.

Suzanne Pitcher, who was 38, of East Main Street in Rochester was last seen in the early morning hours that day.

Her body was discovered at 7 am.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office and other police agencies continue to investigate, and say someone may have information on the case, but for whatever reason hasn't come forward.

Choking Concern Prompts Cheese Recall

Aug 1, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration reports that the Kraft Heinz Company is voluntarily recalling select code dates and manufacturing codes of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed.

If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.