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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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rochesterhousing.org

Over 100 fast tracked Section 8 housing choice vouchers have been handed out to Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico in Rochester.

That’s according to John Hill, executive director of the Rochester Housing Authority.

He says one stop housing fairs, where people can apply for vouchers and get help finding apartments are the best way to serve the increased need in the city. The Housing Authority held one this weekend.

Eastman Community Music School

New studios and classroom spaces are coming to the Eastman Community Music School.

That’s because the school announced it has received $2.8 million to renovate Messinger Hall

Currently, Associate Dean of the Eastman Community School Peter Kodzas says that space isn’t designed to host a music school. The school is spread out across the Eastman block on Gibbs Street.

Andrew Young

After seeing his grandmother burn herself on a toaster, Andrew Young had an idea. It led to an invention - the "Toaster Shooter." It's now a $250,000 winner.

14-year-old Andrew Young from Batavia was announced as the winner of the Frito-Lay "Dreamvention" contest for his toaster that shoots toast into the air and onto your plate. Young beat out four other teen inventors from across the country.

The toaster is tilted to the side and has bigger springs, so when your toast is done it shoots into the air and falls onto your plate.

Members of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and Rochester Rotary Club met to share economic highlights from the last year in Rochester.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Mayor Lovely Warren both spoke at the event.

Warren focused on the addition of Uber and Zagster to Rochester, saying it’s important to continue to develop different options for transportation.

Canandaigua Republican Brian Kolb says he will be running for New York Governor next year .

Kolb spoke with WXXI News Tuesday morning, saying he believes his blend of private and public sector experience make him the best candidate.

"Going forward, you really have to want to make the dedication and sacrifice required to serve our state on a 24/7 basis."

Kolb says he believes New Yorkers want a governor who will listen to them despite party affiliation, and that most are worried about the same issues.

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Inside what used to be the Irondequoit Mall, it seems like not much has changed. The playground is still in the middle of the building, store signs are up on the walls and the carousel sits in its window.

Here, near where Macy’s used to be is where the Town of Irondequoit plans to build a two floor, 50,000 square foot community center, with the help of $2.1 million of state funding it just received.

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley said the community center is essential for a town like Irondequoit.

RMAPI

New data released by the US Census Bureau for the most recent five year period indicates a slight decline in overall poverty rates and child poverty rates throughout the City of Rochester.

The data, updated from 2015 shows the overall poverty rate dropped from 33.5% to 32.8% meaning there are 1,200 fewer people living in poverty, including 876 fewer children living in poverty.

Ann Johnson, Senior Director of ACT Rochester says we haven’t turned a corner quite yet, but it’s good to recognize any change.

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Residents from communities along the Erie Canal are protesting tree removal between Medina and Pittsford.

Elizabeth Agte organized a rally for Sunday afternoon saying they are worried about the lack of habitat for animals and lack of shade for those who use the trail.

"We’re concerned about the fact that they’re taking away all of our beautiful, shady, tranquil canal path and replacing it with grass."

Agte lives near the canal in Perinton, saying she can see the trees the State Canal Corporation plans to cut from her kitchen window.

dutchessny.gov

ThinkDifferently is an initiative started by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro to change the way individuals, businesses and organizations relate to people of all abilities in their community.

Molinaro was in Rochester Wednesday, meeting with Senator Rich Funke, as well as a number of community organizers to talk about ways to be more inclusive to people with disabilities.

Funke said we have great awareness here, but can always do more.

rochestersubway.com

The City of Rochester commenced its wildlife management program Monday night to disperse a murder of 20 - 30,000 crows.

Wildlife biologists from the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program used a number of methods to disperse the crows including spotlights and lasers, but no harm was done to the birds.

Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Norm Jones says it’s just something that will have to happen every year to break up the large groups that descend on Washington Square Park.

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