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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

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The Rochester Institute of Technology is looking for the next great game.

Submissions open Monday for the first ever New York State Game Dev challenge.

The competition is an opportunity for students enrolled in New York State colleges and universities, as well as indie developers above the age of 18 residing within the state to bring their game ideas to production.

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An annual event in Rochester wants to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.

Stand Against Racism runs through the month of April and is organized by the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

The event will work with a number of schools, houses of worship, government agencies and other organizations to promote inclusive and proactive conversations about race in Rochester.

Jean Carroll, President and CEO of the YWCA  says racism and segregation can be found in a number of forms.

The Second Annual Celebrate City Living Housing Expo will take place at City Hall this weekend.

The event is a one-stop shop to help people find the Rochestser neighborhood that's right for them.

Home hunters will be able to meet with representatives from each neighborhood to find a place that suits their needs.

Realtors and lenders as well as schools and non-profit agencies who specialize in serving city customers will also be available.

City Council Vice President Dana Miller said Rochester is a very neighborhood focused city.

In the wake of recent threats to the Jewish Community Center in Rochester and other Jewish institutions across the country, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle announced on Sunday that he secured $200,000 in funding for improving security at the Brighton facility.

Morelle said the funding is intended to proactively respond to the threats, and to help ensure and restore a sense of safety to the center and its members.

RIT University News

The Rochester Institute of Technology is bringing back a sound many alumni may remember.

A new carillon bell system has been installed and will ring for the first time in nearly three years Friday afternoon.

Amar Bhatt is the Student Government Vice President at RIT and helped create a petition to bring back the bells in 2015. He said the revival of the bells was heavily based in nostalgia.

Roberts Wesleyan College

Cox Hall on the Roberts Wesleyan College campus was named a local historic landmark by the Town of Chili.

The building, named after its donor Edward Cox, now houses Roberts Wesleyan's Department of Music and Performing Arts. But College President Deana Porterfield said it’s served a number of uses since it was built in the early 1890s.

"Anything from classroom space, faculty offices, coal storage, because if you think this was the 1800s, it had coal. Carpentry shops, book store, registrar, administrative offices. It’s really moved throughout the years."

Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations.

Damita Peace works with the Regional Center for Independent Living and said most importantly, they’re asking for the continued right that people with disabilities can live and receive necessary care in their homes, rather than institutions.

The Rochester City School Board is now reviewing the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. It was released Tuesday night by Superintendent Barbara-Deane Williams.

It adds 144 teacher positions in reading, special education and social work. Rochester City School Board President Van White says the proposal is encouraging.

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A panel being held Sunday afternoon in Rochester had a goal of trying clear up any misunderstandings about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Speakers included the Pastor of Salem United Church of Christ Reverend Julius Jackson, Jr, Monroe County legislator and mayoral candidate James Sheppard and the President of the Interfaith IMPACT for New York State Richard Gilbert.

The main focus of the discussion, Gilbert said, was to try  and answer questions about the Black Lives Matter movement and what its goals are; as well as how it relates to issues in the prison system today.

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Rainey Walker had been out of work for about four years.

But that all changed when he partnered up with the Arc of Monroe’s Job Path program, which works to find jobs for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

After completing development training and assessments, Walker decided to give being a cashier a shot.

Walker has been working at Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester for about three months now. He said there’s a lot about his job that he likes.

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