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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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Local leaders and residents celebrated the opening of Landmark at Sibley Square, 72 affordable apartments for seniors 55 years of age or older in the historic downtown building.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said in its prime, the building was a point of pride for the city, and reflected on its legacy.

"I know as a little girl coming here this was the building we used to, you put your fancy dress on, Mom would have a pair of gloves on for high tea. This is where you really felt like a grown up I loved coming to this building."

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About 40 students attended the Genesee River High School Water Quality Summit, working in groups to study environmental and human factors that affect the river.

The field trip was a collaboration between Allendale Columbia, World of Inquiry School and the Genesee RiverWatch, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting and celebrating the Genesee River and its tributaries.

Chris Widmaier is a teacher at World of Inquiry School and works with RiverWatch. He says this day is part of a pilot program to get more curriculum into schools focused on the Geneese River.

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The Annual Memorial Day Parade in Rochester marched through the center city Monday morning.

It couldnt have felt more like summer, under a big sun and blue sky marking the unofficial start of the season. Main Street smelled like kettle corn and sunscreen as families lined the sidewalks of downtown.

Local Veterans Joseph Jones and Nathan Harris took a moment to reflect on their years of service.

Samuel Lotemple was parked on State Street and Main watching his son who was in the parade, and is a member of the Sea Cadet program.

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The urban agriculture group 490 Farmers debuted their new community garden Sunday afternoon.

The aim of the project is to create a hub of activity, learning and neighborhood collaboration in a previously unused space, and to supply those who are food insecure with access to free and healthy food.

The Broadway Community Garden is at the corner of Meigs and Broadway in downtown Rochester.

Chloe Smith, Director and Co-founder of 490 Farmers and says they’ve had their eye on this empty lot for a while.

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An organization to help city youth celebrated 20 years of work Wednesday.

Pathways to Peace engages youth on the streets in the City of Rochester, helping them find alternatives to violence.

Commissioner with the City Department of Recreation and Youth, Danielle Lyman-Torres, says it’s a boots on the ground effort, all about building relationships.

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Paychex founder Tom Golisano challenged his property tax assessment Tuesday afternoon as part of the annual statewide Grievance Day.

Golisano was the first to challenge his assessment right at 4 p.m., carrying with him a life-size plastic goose as a visual aid. The philanthropist and billionaire now has his primary residence in Florida.

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After eight months of work, the University of Rochester Commission for Women and Gender Equity in Academia has released its preliminary report.

The group formed last fall, after sexual harassment allegations were made against professor Florian Jaeger.

The report says that while the university has made a number of changes already in the spirit of their motto “Meliora,” there is still room for more work.

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The Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for the Town of Ontario.

The New York State Department of Health has given the all clear for residents to resume their normal water use.

Repairs to the broken water main have been completed and service has been restored, according to the NYDOH.

It states bacteriological samples collected from the public water system on May 20th and 21st do not have coliform or E.coli bacteria present.

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Grievance Day is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities. That day is May 22nd this year.

Tentative assessment rolls, which list the assessed value of each property, are generally made public in the beginning of May. You can access the rolls on your town’s or city’s website, or by visiting your local assessor’s office.

Cary Ziter is a spokesperson for New York State tax department.

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The YMCA broke ground on a new branch in Pittsford Monday.

It will be one of the largest in the country by the time it’s completed in the fall of 2019. The new facility will replace an older building from the 1970's.

George Romell is the President and CEO of the YMCA Greater Rochester and says there is a strong sense of civic pride that comes with having a Y in your neighborhood.

"People says ‘that’s my Y.’ And so this is going to be their Y, and we're moving a little further west and we should be able to engage other communities around us that we'll help grow."

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