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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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For the first time this year, Rochester's Party in the Park concert series will offer a special section for people in recovery and their friends and families.

The alcohol-free zones will be called "Area 12".  David Attridge of the support group Recovery Now NY says you'll be able to recognize them by the purple balloons. Volunteers will wear purple t-shirts.

Attridge was inspired to create these sober spaces because of his own experiences in recovery.        

The erratic spring weather has turned out to be just what the lilacs needed.

Rochester's famous flowering shrubs will reach their peak bloom during the Lilac Festival, which starts Friday.

Monroe County Parks horticulturalist Mark Quinn was worried when the temperatures were in the 70s and 80s several weeks ago. 

“I was thinking 'Wow, these things are gonna bloom early on us.' But what happened is, we got all this cool, overcast weather and it's held them perfectly. They're going to be right on time."

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Local government leaders and medical professionals who attended a luncheon  at the Rochester Academy of Medicine Wednesday heard about how Rochester can become a "Blue Zone".

Blue Zones are parts of the world known for the healthy habits and longevity of their populations.

Tony Buettner , a spokesman for Blue Zones, LLC, a company that promotes healthy communities through individual habits and public policies, says governments can improve the health of their citizens through good planning.

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The Brighton Central School District hopes to be the first district in Monroe County to recycle most of its waste.

Superintendent Kevin McGowan said the district’s initial goal is to divert 80 percent of its waste from landfills and then reach 90 percent landfill diversion in three years to become a certified zero waste facility.

Kartemquin Films

Rochester's Reel Mind Film Series opens tonight.

The annual event showcases films and performances about mental illness, addiction, and brain disorders. The goal is to address the social stigma of mental illness while providing a message of hope that recovery is possible.

Tonight's screening is the documentary film "Unbroken Glass."

It's a very personal journey for Chicago filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu, who is trying to unravel a mystery.

TWC News

After days of laying down sandbags and pumping out basements, residents along the southern shore of Lake Ontario are bracing for more flooding in the next couple of days.

Communities in western Monroe County are expected to bear the brunt of northeasterly winds that send waves rolling in off the lake. Meteorologist Josh Nichols expects the winds to shift from the east to the northeast around 2 p.m. Friday and into early Friday evening.

Rochester now has the largest shelter in New York state for victims of domestic violence.

Willow Domestic Violence Center will stage a "virtual ribbon cutting" for its new, 49-bed facility this afternoon.  The shelter's location is not disclosed for security reasons.

Executive director Jaime Saunders says the shelter not only has more room for women, children and men who need to escape abusive relationships, it also ensures privacy and dignity.

NASA

A Syracuse native will make history next year when she becomes the first African American astronaut to join an expedition at  the International Space Station.

NASA has sent 14 black astronauts into space, but Jeanette Epps will be the first to call the ISS home since the station was founded 20 years ago.

Epps will be a flight engineer on Expedition 56, which is scheduled to launch in April, 2018. She will remain on board the space station for Expedition 57.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Epps talk about her upcoming mission.

Office of Monroe County Executive

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says she will be pushing for state and federal help to assist homeowners impacted by the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

On Sunday, Dinolfo toured areas from Hamlin through Webster.

“The devastation is absolutely incredible, from businesses to homeowners, the flooding has done significant damage and this is a situation that is not just a one day event, but certainly will be a multi-day event and actually it will be a yearly event unless the situation is rectified.”

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Local advocates for victims of domestic violence are bracing for potential federal budget cuts based on the Trump Administration's proposed spending plan for next year.

The preliminary 2018 budget proposal calls for a 4-percent reduction in spending for the Department of Justice, which funds programs under the Violence Against Women Act.

"The elimination or reduction of those services or those funds would be catastrophic,” said Jaime Saunders, executive director at Willow Domestic Violence Center. “We know lives are at risk."

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