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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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Developers released plans for the former Medley Centre mall in Irondequoit on Tuesday morning. The team of Angelo Ingrassia, Frank Perticone and Robert Morgan announced Phase one of the long vacant property, which they are calling Skyview on the Ridge.

Work will begin this fall, with plans to make the former mall into a space that can be adapted for whatever a company needs, in what is known as “flex space.”

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Uber is now the second ride hailing company to operate at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

The Monroe County Airport Authority and Uber and reached an agreement about a week ago while Lyft began operations at the airport the day ride hailing became available in New York State on June 29th.

New York State law created when ride hailing became available allows airports to negotiate agreements for transportation network companies to operate on airport property.

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A pilot program is giving kids the chance to play in the streets safely this summer.

PlayROCs Play Streets is a resident driven program that turns neighborhood blocks into safe play areas.

Jackie Graham helped get Treyer Street closed for a few hours each day for the last two weeks; she said she saw kids in her neighborhood not having much to do in the summer.

"I notice that when we're not organizing a play date, they're sad, they're mopey, they're sitting around. But as soon as they see us they're excited they're ready to come play."

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The blue sky matched the blue playground at the ribbon cutting for Jack's Place at Rothfuss Park in Penfield.

The playground was built in memory of three-year-old Jack Heiligman who died in a lawnmower accident last October. Jack’s favorite things were dinosaurs and the color blue.

Jack's Mom Anne Heiligman said opening the park is bittersweet, but gave the family a place to focus their energy.

As waters continue to rise in Houston and surrounding towns, local American Red Cross volunteers are making their way down to Texas to help.

14 volunteers from the Western and Central New York region are deploying to the Gulf Coast.

One of those local volunteers is Sarah Perkins, she said the rains are catastrophic in Texas, and expects relief efforts to go on for several months.

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The weather was perfect for a ball game as Challenger Miracle Field in Webster celebrated it’s grand opening Saturday morning.

The inclusive multi-use field is specifically designed for individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges. The cushioned, turf field has wheel chair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers.

Barriers which Wendy McCarthy's son Liam had trouble with at other fields.

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the site of a local YouthBuild project Wednesday.

The home building project helps at-risk youth successfully transition from school to the workforce while rebuilding their communities, helping participants work toward a high school diploma or GED while gaining experience in the construction industry.

Congresswoman Slaughter said everything about this project is positive.

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The Movement for Anti-Racist Ministry (MAMA) in collaboration with the Faith Community Alliance and Take It Down Planning Committee are calling on the Rochester City School District to hire more teachers of color, as well as race and class conscious teachers.

The groups say the lack of transparency about the hiring process is troublesome. Minister Clifford Florence of the Take It Down Committee says that not only the hiring but also the retention of teachers of color is important.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Henrietta on Tuesday to announce that Paychex will be moving some operations from leased facilities around Monroe County to a new multi-building campus in Henrietta.

As part of the $58 million project, Paychex is expected to create 625 new full-time jobs over the next five years, adding over 100 each year.

When the project is finished, more than 2,000 of the 5,000 Rochester-based Paychex employees will work at the new campus.

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The lawn surrounding the Rochester Museum and Science Center building looked more like a small festival than a museum. Eclipse watchers had blankets, chairs, snacks, and plenty of protective eyewear, waiting for the big moment to arrive.

The museum was completely out of glasses early in the day, but the generosity of others let Amanda Kenny and her children watch the eclipse safely.

"They gave it to us because we were in line just before they ran out, so somebody shared it with us and said they were going to share amongst their family, so we’re really grateful."

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