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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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A number of events took place Monday morning to remember the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

At the University of Rochester, NROTC midshipmen took turns standing at attention in the quad holding the American Flag.

UR Freshman Elijah Muñoz said it was important for him to be a part of this vigil because the events affected him personally

"I had family involved helping others and the stories that they brought back home was devastating."

Muñoz was young and living in New Jersey at the time, he had family in Manhattan as well.

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, now a tropical storm, the U.S. Virgin Islands are trying to clean up after its devastating impact on the region.

This was the first big storm for Laura Strickling and her family, who have lived on the island of St Thomas for three years.

"I didn’t really sit down and say what do I need, how much do I need, I just started grabbing. But it’s really expensive to stock up for this sort of thing. So as I’m filling my cart I'm thinking, we can't afford to spend $500."

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As Hurricane Irma makes its way across Florida, people in Texas are still cleaning up after Harvey.

In response to that record flooding in Houston, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust is partnering with Leonard’s Express of Farmington to collect funds and distribute needed supplies to the affected area.

All 24 branches of Canandaigua National Bank will be collecting funds that will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank for disaster relief. They are also donating physical items that will be sent to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

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Over 200 American flags are currently waving on the lawn of Mercy Bridges on Blossom Road.

The weekend long ceremony celebrates and remembers the service of veterans, firefighters, law enforcement, EMTs and military members.

Linda Almeter is a volunteer coordinator with Mercy Bridges and says this is the third year of the event that means many things to different families.

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As Hurricane Irma makes its way towards Puerto Rico, residents in its path are boarding up windows and stocking up on supplies.

Expected to make its way through Florida this weekend, people are collecting canned goods and wood, many of which Josh Pies says are already hard to come by.

"Just to give you a picture down here, there's no bread, no water, no propane. Gasoline is in short supply, all of the plywood is rationed and it will be gone probably today."

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It was the perfect September morning for the first day of school, sunny but a bit chilly, reminding us that with the first day fall is just around the corner.

Mayor Lovely Warren, Superintendent Barbara-Deane Williams and a hallway filled with teachers at School 17 cheered and welcomed students as they hopped off the bus and walked to class Wednesday morning.

Warren spoke on some of her key education initiatives including giving away more than a million books through a number of city projects, and lobbying the state for more pre-k funding.

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The Monroe County's Immunization Clinic on Westfall Road is extending its hours in an effort to get all students up to date with the vaccinations they need to attend school.

If lacking the proper immunizations, students are given a 14-day period to get them before being asked to leave school.

Erin Graupman, Coordinator for Health Services for the Rochester City School District says on average they see 300-400 students reach the last day of that period, and have to leave school until they receive those vaccinations.

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Mayor Lovely Warren is announcing a plan to demolish all vacant homes in Rochester.

Currently, that list includes 175 properties, many that have been vacant for years.

"The houses on our demolition list are beyond repair. They are unsafe and often contaminated with asbestos and lead. They can be a magnet for drug users and crime."

Standing outside one on Ames Street, Warren said these properties bring down the surrounding homes values and community morale, and that neighbors deserve better.

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Restaurant workers stood in the courtyard of the Village Gate on Labor Day afternoon to announce a citywide campaign against sexual harassment in their workplaces.

Mohini Sharma organized the event with MetroJustice, saying it’s unacceptable that this type of behavior can sometimes be "considered part of the job" by some managers.

"That can be anything from being hit on, comments about their appearance, being asked for their number incessantly, being touched, being grabbed."

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Rochester fast food workers joined nationwide Labor Day strikes, demanding union rights and a $15 minimum wage. 

Outside the McDonald's on Monroe Avenue, fast food workers and labor supporters gathered in solidarity with the movement.

Fast food workers won a significant victory three years ago, when it was announced New York State would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, but some say this needs to happen sooner. 

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