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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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Monroe County officials gathered Saturday morning for the annual “Lights on for Life" motorcade.

The event is held every year to honor victims and their families as well as raise awareness of the dangers of drugged driving and DWI.

It’s part of a national campaign in response to rising impaired driving rates. All month, drivers are encouraged to drive with the lights on in recognition of the dangers of impaired driving.

In 2016, over 2,540 people were arrested for impaired driving in Monroe County.

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Student musicians and educators are showing off their talents in Rochester this weekend at the New York State School Music Association conference.

The event takes place at the Riverside Convention Center, with shows  Saturday evening and  Sunday morning at the Eastman Theater.

The high school juniors and seniors will perform in eight ensembles and participate in professional music education development sessions.

John Gallagher, spokesperson for the association said music education is strong in New York, and this gives the community a chance to see that.

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The Special Committee of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that their investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against professor Florian Jaeger won't be complete until Early January.

The report was originally supposed to be completed by the end of this year.

The Special Committee said it has been advised by Mary Jo White, the former US attorney commissioned to conduct the investigation about the delay, and that she and her team say the will issue their report no later than January 12th.

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The Rochester charter school community came together Wednesday morning to call on elected officials for more funding for their schools.

Those who spoke said Rochester charter schools get 68% of what districts get from the state, and that they shouldn’t have to fight for equal funding.

Duncan Kirkwood, Western New York Advocacy Manager for the NorthEast Charter Schools Network said its time charter schools worked together to ask for their fair share.

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Fans of food delivery now have another option for takeout.

UberEats launches Tuesday in Rochester.

The food service is a separate app from Uber used for ridesharing, but uses the same account on both platforms. Whenever you order take out, an Uber driver in the area can claim the order and bring it to your house.

Spokesperson for UberEats, Danielle Filson said it is the future of delivery.

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Families from Puerto Rico who relocated to Rochester could still use support, especially as winter settles in.

IBERO leaders and other community agencies met to give an update on families who have relocated to Rochester after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico.

Hilda Rosario Escher, President of IBERO estimates that over 1,000 people attended an orientation they held three weeks ago, welcoming displaced families to the area.

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With the deadline for raising funds to support the Rochester Rhinos getting closer by the day, Owners David and Wendy Dworkin plan to host a rally Tuesday night to generate support.

The owners are asking fans to come to Capelli Sport Stadium on Tuesday, November 28 from 6 to 8pm to pledge support for the Rhinos to return in 2018.

As for progress on the fundraising front, David Dworkin says it’s been a mixed response.

"I mean we've certainly been able to sell some season tickets. We have some possibility for a jersey sponsor but thus far no one has stepped up."

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The annual ROC the Day donation event is Tuesday, giving the community an opportunity to support local not-for-profit organizations.

Juli Geyer, Director of Communications at the United Way of Rochester says the 24-hour giving extravaganza has 525 participants this year from the nine-county Greater Rochester area.

"It gives an opportunity to the nonprofits that are doing such great work to get an end of the year boost and to connect the donors to so many great, worthy organizations all in one spot."

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Holidays are known to be big drinking events sometimes and when one member of the family is working to stay sober, that can be a difficult situation.

Co Founder of ROCovery Fitness Yana Khashper said for sober people attending these types of gatherings its best to have a plan, for both what to do if you get triggered and what to do when family members you haven’t seen in a while asks you about it.

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Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. That was a sentiment offered from Minister Clifford Florence at the Central Church of Christ this Thanksgiving holiday.

"Certainly we all have a hand in making the quality and quantity of life better for the poor and disenfranchised."

For over 40 years, the downtown church has served a community meal for the holiday at their location on South Plymouth.

Florence said community-to-community service is of the utmost importance and that everyone can lend a hand in helping, especially during the holidays

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