Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

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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Voters in Brockport are not unique in their rejection of a plan to dissolve their village government.

Tuesday's vote marked the second time in six years Brockport residents have said no to a proposal to consolidate with the Town of Sweden.

Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester, says of the dozens of dissolution votes held in New York State in the past six or seven years, a relative few have been approved.

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San Diego's Little Italy district has inspired a local attorney to bring a similar concept to the town of Gates, on a smaller scale.

Silvano Orsi has registered a nonprofit corporation, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, to seek an initial $500,000 in funding for the project from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. He says that could bring some much-needed redevelopment to the Lyell Avenue/Spencerport Road corridor.

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You might spot a non-motorized go kart traveling through various Rochester neighborhoods starting today and through the rest of the spring and summer.

It's a vehicle for a series of community-based art projects, but it's about much more than art.

A group of students from Alfred University called "Art Force Five" hope to tap into people's creativity to find solutions to social justice issues ranging from poverty to criminal justice and education.

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For the second time this year, area high school students are taking part in a Student Summit on Race. The first summit was held in the Irondequoit school district in January, when approximately 180 students from 13 local high schools met to explore race, racism and privilege in our community.

This time, students are meeting in Penfield on Friday, where senior Ranita Williams characterizes race relations at her school as "okay".

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Representatives from Rural/Metro and the University of Rochester are asking residents to stop by Rochester City Hall this afternoon to learn CPR and other first aid skills. More than a dozen stations are set up in the atrium where people can learn hands-only CPR on a mannequin.

Rural/Metro spokesperson LaShay Harris says someone who experiences cardiac arrest in our city has only a 10 percent chance of receiving CPR from a bystander.

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The $10 billion federal program that was designed to address long waiting time for care and Veterans Affairs clinics across the country has not lived up to its promise.

That's the finding of an NPR report this week, which found that nationally, veterans are waiting even longer to see doctors -- more than a month in many cases.

A local organization serving people with Autism opened a new 5,000 square foot center in Webster this morning.

AutismUp executive director Sara Milko says it's designed to provide social, recreational, and fitness opportunities for people of all ages.

"We like to think of ourselves as a kind of incubator where individuals with autism can come and gain the fitness and the social skills they need and learn how to overcome their challenges, so they can go out into the community and be successful there."

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With transgender rights making national headlines for the past several weeks, members of Rochester's transgender community and their supporters are weighing in on the conversation.

Psychologist Emma Forbes-Jones says her private practice focuses on young people who perceive themselves to be outside traditional gender norms.

She says laws that restrict the use of municipal public bathrooms by transgender individuals, like those recently passed in North Carolina, are the result of fear based on the false belief that transgender people are somehow sexually deviant.

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As the Obama administration directs school districts around the country to make sure they protect the rights of transgender students, local education officials say that's already happening in Monroe County.

Sherry Johnson, head of the Monroe County School Boards Association, says school districts in Monroe County started adopting policies as early as 2012 to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity.              

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A local nonprofit that provides support for young people battling cancer is expanding its mission.

13thirty Cancer Connect is the new name of the organization that used to be known as Melissa's Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation.

Executive director Lauren Spiker says the new name reflects the age range of the young adults and teens they're serving.

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