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4:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Assignment At RCSD For Barbara Zelazny

Barbara Zelazny

The Rochester City School District has found a new spot for Barbara Zelazny. She is the former Avon High School principal who was originally going to become principal at Monroe High School. Zelazny will now be principal at Northwest College School at the Douglass campus.

She replaces Mary Aronson at Northwest, which provides instruction to students in grades 7 and 8.

District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas earlier  named Vicky Ramos to the Monroe H.S. principal post, replacing Armando Ramirez.

New assignments for Aronson and Ramirez have not yet been announced.

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Arts & Culture
3:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Talking With The New RPO Music Director

(Watch an interview WXXI's Randy Gorbman did with Ward Stare just after his appointment as the new RPO Music Director was announced at City Hall)

After 18 months of searching and interviews, the RPO has a new music director.  

His name is Ward Stare, and he has ties to the Rochester region. The 31 year old is a Pittsford native, a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School who also played trombone with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the age of 11, later going on to Juilliard, and eventually, even at his very young age, to conducting opportunities around the world. He is currently a frequent guest conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In terms of his vision for the kinds of music the RPO will play, Stare sees a mixture of old and new.

"I look forward to investigating more opportunities for world premieres and for commissioning young composers especially, but also looking at the old classics and finding a way that we can put our own stamp on it and find our own style and our own sound together."

RPO Board Chair Dawn Lipson says they had a lot of candidates to consider, but says that Stare really stood out especially in terms of his guest conducting with the Rochester Philharmonic.

'When he came and he conducted here we could see very clearly he had strong attachments to the musicians, he understood them. He was able to speak to them and get a good performance out of them.”

The RPO has not had a music director since Arild Remmereit's contract was terminated a year and a half ago. Stare will start his new post September 1st, and will conduct two concerts in the upcoming season, and then a full schedule the following season.

Connections
2:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Connections: Talking Landscaping

Tree and landscaping questions answered.

The good people from Ted Collins Tree and Landscape are with us to discuss landscaping trends locally and regionally. With us on the show are Greg Frank and Mike Tanzini.

Connections
2:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Connections: Social Media Marketing

Understanding social media marketing with Jon Alhart.

The landscape of social media marketing is changing, as are the tools and techniques of the industry itself.

Perceptions of the value of a  social media campaign, however,  in terms of helping an organization achieve it's objectives, often remain rooted in one's assessments and opinions formed while the industry was still in its infancy. Misconceptions and folk knowledge about social media marketing,  continue to circulate on social media itself, adding to the confusion.

We try to clear the confusion up with Jon Alhart, director of social and digital media at Dixon Schwabl

Health
2:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Yorkers Lag as Potential Organ Donors

Credit npr.prg

Just 22 percent of adult New Yorkers are registered organ donors.

Compare that with a national average of 48 percent.

That's according to a new Excellus BlueCross BlueShield study that also reveals 539 New Yorkers died last year waiting for an organ transplant, while another 381 became too sick to be eligible.

Martin Lustick is corporate medical director and senior vice president for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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WXXI Local Stories
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Boating Restrictions On Honeoye Lake

Credit gflrpc.org

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a boating advisory that restricts boat traffic on Honeoye Lake to emergency boats and vessels that are involved in removing debris or making dock repairs.

Officials say that due to Monday’sheavy rains and water washing into Honeoye Lake from surrounding hills, large amounts of debris, including full-sized trees are now in the Lake. 

Several docks have also washed from shore and some residential docks are submerged or at lake surface level. 

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WXXI Local Stories
12:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voters Have Mixed Feelings About Expansion of Gambling Upstate According to New Poll

Credit casino.org

Voters across New York have mixed feelings about the expansion of casino gambling Upstate.

A new Time Warner Cable/Siena College Poll surveyed voters in the three regions earmarked for new casinos.

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Tue July 29, 2014

RPO Announces New Music Director

Credit www.wardstare.com

After a search that has been going on for about a year and a half, the Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced it has hired a new music director.

He is Ward Stare, a 31 year old Pittsford native whose recent work included conducting with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also served as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:33 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Local Event Raises Awarness About Human Trafficking

Credit globalgiving.org

When you hear the term "human trafficking", you may think of victims in Asia or Africa.  But that's because of a lack of awareness about the scope of the problem, according to the head of a local group.

Renee Minarik is chair of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She says there are local victims of this 32-billion dollar criminal industry. 

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WXXI Top Stories
10:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Around the State 7-29-14

The WXXI news staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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