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Beth Adams

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Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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An event this weekend will give Monroe County residents a chance to hear directly from location organizations and service providers about the resources that are available to help them keep, maintain, or buy a home.

The first annual Home Fair is sponsored by the Monroe County Vacant and Abandoned Property Task Force.

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A grassroots community organization is reporting success with a program designed to help people trying to overcome addiction to opioids.

Over the past eight weeks, 47 individuals have been enrolled in addiction treatment programs after they attended a drop-in center in the town of Gates.

"Gates to Recovery" is a program that runs every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gates recreation center meeting room.  It's open to anyone looking for support or information. 

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Kathrine Switzer, who made history in 1967 when she became the first woman to officially enter and run in the Boston Marathon, will be speaking in Rochester this week.

Switzer is the keynote speaker at the annual gala for Baden Street Settlement on Friday, October 20 at the Holiday in Downtown in Rochester.

There’s more information about how to get tickets for the event at badenstreet.org

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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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Twenty-nine Monroe county towns and villages and the city of Rochester have plans to consolidate some services with the goal of saving tax dollars. The joint effort is a requirement in this year's state budget. 

A panel of representatives from municipalities across Monroe County has unanimously approved a series of 40 shared service agreements which they say are expected to add up to more than $7.2 million in annual savings.

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Quality of sleep plays an important role in the level of depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents, according to a recent study at the University of Rochester.

Researchers looked at the self-reported sleep habits of almost 200 high school students across the U.S. They found that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly linked to fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, and school start times played an important role.   

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A growing array of technology in new cars can pose a dangerous risk for distracted drivers.

Triple A conducted a recent study where drivers used a touch screen, voice command, and other interactive technology to make a call, send a text message, program GPS navigation, or tune a radio while driving.

Lindsay Kensy, spokesperson for the auto club in Western and Central New York, said it took the study participants more than 40 seconds to perform some of the tasks.

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The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new screening procedures at airports across the country.

Starting this month, passengers are required to place all of their personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in bins at the checkpoint. That includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and cameras.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the new procedure will be phased in over the next few weeks at the Rochester International Airport and airports across the U.S.

A Rochester native who moved to Mesquite, Nevada in 2010 lives about a half mile away from the home of Stephen Paddock, the man who police say carried out the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"As soon as we saw his picture, we knew right away who it was,” said John Lipani. “The term I've used is he has walked among us."

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Since New York State introduced a historic homeowners tax credit program in 2005, a number of Rochester neighborhoods have taken advantage of it, including districts in the South Wedge, Maplewood, Browncroft, and the 19th Ward.

Now, the Landmark Society of Western New York is helping the Park Avenue neighborhood to do the same.  If the neighborhood becomes a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places, homeowners will qualify for a state tax credit equal to 20 percent of approved repairs and upgrades to their property.

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