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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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More special education teachers and administrators could be coming to the Rochester City School District.

The RCSD board approved a budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year Tuesday night totaling $915 million.

Melanie Funchess is a board member as well as the Director of Community Engagement at the Mental Health Association.

She says she is happy there is more money being focused on more vulnerable students, but even more so, that the district was able to take time and really look at the special education programs and priorities.

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Area residents will have greater access to University of Rochester Medicine through a new collaboration with the YMCA.

The agreement, which runs through 2029, will make a range of health services available at YMCA locations across the region.

President at CEO of the Greater Rochester YMCA George Romell says this is to meet the increased needs of communities and bring medicine to where people are.

"As we take this to a much higher level, I think we'll see things that we've never seen before, which is where medicine and community come together."

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in town today Monday to announce her bipartisan legislation that would support small businesses.

The Main Street Employee Ownership Act would help companies transition to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), or cooperatives.

Gillibrand said its time to start rewarding work again.

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Residents of Monroe County suburbs will be among those across New York State hitting the polls Tuesday to vote on school budgets and board of education members.

Sherry Johnson, the executive director of the Monroe County School Board Association, says voter turnout has decreased over the years since the tax cap was implemented.

Spectrum News

Various reports indicate that FBI agents raided the Pittsford offices of local developer Robert Morgan on Monday morning.

An FBI spokeswoman said that agents were “conducting court-authorized activity” at 1080 Pittsford-Victor Road, but could not comment beyond that.

That location is the headquarters of Morgan Management and CEO Robert Morgan.

The raids follow a report in the Buffalo News last fall that FBI agents were examining financial transactions by his companies

For the 2018 spring commencement season, nearly 60% of speakers at the 25 schools with the largest endowments are women.

That’s the first time women have been in the majority as speakers in nearly 20 years.

Cornell University is bringing in film director Ava DuVernay, who directed "Selma" and the documentary "13th." She will be the first woman of color to give Cornell’s speech in a decade.

Urban Agriculture Working Group

The third annual Urban Agriculture Conference was held in downtown Rochester Saturday.

The event is the collective effort of the Urban Agriculture Working Group and Foodlink for green thumbs of any skill level to learn more about farming and gardening in the city.

A day's worth of workshops, demonstrations and garden tours hoped to show residents that a garden can start anywhere.

Lauren Caruso is a member of Taproot Collective, which is part of the Urban Agriculture Working Group.

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Jamie Romeo has formally announced that she is running for the 136th State Assembly seat.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who is running to represent the 25th congressional district, currently occupies that seat.

Romeo says the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has shifted the scales in Monroe County and that she is happy to see not only more women running for seats, but working mothers. Her son is in elementary school.

Rochester Cycling Alliance

Events around Rochester will be celebrating two-wheeled transportation this week.

Rochester Bike Week, started by the Rochester Cycling Alliance, wants to encourage more people to get out and ride bicycles, both as transportation and just for fun.

Jesse Peers volunteers with that group, and has watched biking change in Rochester over the years.

A historic park in Canandaigua will be getting an upgrade soon.

Sonnenberg Gardens, a historic state park built on a 19th century estate will be expanding soon, thanks to new land acquired from the nearby U.S. Army Reserve building.

Senator Chuck Schumer has been pushing the ownership transfer for over three years, saying investing in the Gardens is an investment in the Finger Lakes economy.

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