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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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The Open Door Mission is looking for a new executive director.

Mike Hennessy was removed from that position by the board of directors after six years at the nonprofit that provides shelter and services for homeless men.

In a written statement, Hennessy said there was a consensus that the mission needs to focus on development to advance its goals over the next several years. He said he is “thrilled” to return to his first vocational love.

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A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users will be in Rochester next Monday to roll out a controversial plan in the battle against the heroin epidemic.

They're proposing facilities across the state where addicts would be able to shoot up or consume drugs in a safe, secure location under the supervision of medical personnel who could intervene in the event of an overdose.

The idea is drawing some mixed reaction locally. 

Dr. Neil Sheier

This spring, a plaque will be unveiled to proclaim that an early 20th century synagogue in Rochester's northeast quadrant is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

B'nai Israel is where hundreds of Jewish immigrants once worshiped when Joseph Avenue was a bustling commercial corridor.

A local group of business, cultural and community leaders has been working for several years to renovate the more than 11,000 square foot building and use it as a performing arts center.

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Applications for New York's Excelsior Scholarship Program will be available starting next month, and officials at Monroe Community College say students and parents have a lot of questions.

Melissa Jarkowski, interim director of MCC's financial operations, said people want to know about eligibility requirements and other details of the program that offers free tuition to many middle class students.

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More Rochester area residents are choosing to donate their organs after they die.

As of this month, 35 percent of those eligible in Monroe County have signed up on the New York State's organ donation registry, up from 33 percent a year ago and 26 percent in 2013.

That includes a 10 percent increase in organ donation registrations through Department of Motor Vehicle offices in Monroe County, which have been promoting organ donation awareness.

The registration rate for the 20-county upstate region served by the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is 36 percent.

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Sodus residents are trying to protect their shoreline property from potential flooding as water levels continue to rise on Lake Ontario.

Town supervisor Steve LeRoy says sandbags are being made available to homeowners so they can create a breakwall to protect their property from surges that might be created by passing boat traffic or high winds.

"If we are at flood stage, and the water is just beginning to seep up into people's lawns, and we get a 60 mile an hour north wind, it'll be devastating. And the water is continuing to rise now, so we're really in trouble."

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Four in ten adults in Rochester, Western and Central New York have completed a health care proxy form, based on the results of an online survey for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of 2,000 residents from a 39-county region.

Finger Lakes Land Trust

Commuters who travel along Route 332 from Canandaigua to Rochester every day may take for granted the view as they gaze out over the rolling crop fields on the east side of the highway just north of the city of Canandaigua.

Those scenic vistas associated with the Finger Lakes are just part of what conservationists are trying to protect from encroaching development in northern Ontario County.

Nearly 600 acres of prime farm land in the area have been preserved under a new conservation agreement announced by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Gates Police Department

Gates Police Chief James Van Brederode said in his 32-year law enforcement career, he's never seen a bigger problem facing his community than the heroin epidemic.

In 2016, police in Gates investigated more than 100 heroin-related deaths, more than the number of people who died in homicides or DWI accidents.                            

"People selling this heroin are the agents of death. The people selling it, they know this stuff is poison and they are part of the problem with this epidemic."

George Eastman Museum

Another phase of renovations is scheduled to begin at the George Eastman Museum this summer.

Starting in June, construction will begin on the east porch of George Eastman's historic home. The floor of the porch will be replaced, as well as its roof.

"And it's a flat roof, of course, so water will pool there so it will be replaced," said Kathy Connor, curator of the Eastman Legacy Collection. "And then all the spindles, the balustrades that make the decorative feature around that roof, will be replaced. And then of course, everything will be primed and painted."

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