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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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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an $11 million project to replace the Route 31 or Lyell Avenue Bridge over Route 390 in Gates.

The project is the first phase of a larger initiative to improve traffic flow at the convergence of interstates 390 and 490 and routes 390 and 31.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lori Maher says this week they will be working on shifting traffic and reducing the number of lanes in the area.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on a $153 billion state budget proposal this weekend, which included increases to direct care funding, the arrival of Uber and Lyft ride-share services in upstate New York and one of the most talked about - free college tuition for middle class families.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said over 30,000 families in New York will qualify.

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An organization in Rochester is working to establish real time access to recreation and sports for people with disabilities.

Rochester Accessible Adventures is about a year old, and Executive Director Anita O’Brien says their mission is to train recreational businesses to offer their services to everyone.

"I love the idea of adventure and that each person is able to choose what that means to them in life. Particularly in RAA it really is focused on recreation, active healthy lifestyle opportunities."

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The Rochester People's Climate Coalition is kicking off its Earth Month with a forum Monday evening.

It’s titled the New York State of Climate Action and will include guest speakers Mark Dunlea from the Green Education and Legal Fund and Elizabeth Broad from the New Yorkers for Clean Power Campaign.

Susan Hughes-Smith is a member of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition and says New York still has a number of issues they could work on when it comes to energy initiatives.

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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.

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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."

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