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Rochester City Council has unanimously approved the budget for the City of Rochester for the upcoming fiscal year.  Also on Tuesday night, Council voted 6 – 3 to approve the city school district budget.

The new city budget also includes an amendment that transfers $291,000 to reinstate three community policing officers in the RPD’s new Bureau of Community Affairs and increase the size of the upcoming recruit class.

Residents near the Rochester Public Market received some free home repairs and fixes Friday. More than 100 volunteers covered four streets just outside of the market, fixing fences, planting flowers and painting siding. It was part of the annual SONYMA Spruce Up event, organized by the Monroe County Vacant and Abandoned Property Taskforce.  

The Avenue Blackbox Theatre opens on Joseph Avenue

Jun 7, 2018

Rochester’s newest theater is anything but typical.

The Avenue Blackbox Theatre is located on Joseph Avenue in the 14621 zip code. It’s the first theater on the city’s Northeast side. It features chalkboard sidewalk panels outside, 60 seats inside and parades on Sundays.  

Reenah Golden is the theater’s director. She says she grew up in the area and knows firsthand how much talent is in the neighborhood.

Office of NYS Sen. Rich Funke

Betty Perkins-Carpenter has died. The health and fitness expert and former Olympic Diving Coach was 87. She had been living in Penfield.

State Senator Rich Funke says “She taught generations of local children how to swim, trained Olympians and, in later years, published books and encouraged countless older Americans the importance of exercise.  A true patriot who loved this country, Betty was active in the veterans community for years.”  Funke notes that Perkins-Carpenter was inducted into the state senate Veterans Hall of fame in 2017.


The University of Rochester will be partnering with two Buffalo institutions in an effort to speed up the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, which will involve a partnership of the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The idea is to help move promising new drugs through the process more quickly.  Steve Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Tianna Manon

If Rene Hagins is lucky, she’ll be moving into her brand new house in about a month’s time.

Located on Parsells Avenue in Rochester, the home currently has just two bathtubs and a front porch. There's no insulation, only a half-done front stoop and there are random holes throughout the house where piping will later go.

But she says she’s extremely excited: “I come by and check it out all of the time,” she said, laughing. "I take pictures and everything. It's great."

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

More than 8,700 runners  and walkers hoofed it through downtown Rochester Tuesday night, for the 28th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. 

This was the second year the event has been held downtown; previously it was held at RIT for a number of years and before that, Highland Park.

This event features teams from more than 360 businesses and other organizations. 

The City of Rochester has filed a lawsuit against  a  landlord whose properties have come under scrutiny in recent months due to code violations.

The suit filed in City Court is against Thurston Road Realty, a company owned by Peter Hungerford.

In its lawsuit, the city says it is trying to force Hungerford to correct outstanding violations at 447 Thurston Road and 967 Chili Avenue, which it says present a health and safety hazard to the tenants.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Friday released her budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The nearly $540 million spending plan is 2.4% higher than last year’s budget.

It includes a property tax increase of just under $4.2 million. Warren says it wasn’t easy coming up with this budget, but she says it overall, is providing a balance between fiscal prudence and investment in the community.

“We are able to deliver a balanced budget that maintains services, uses appropriate fund balances, and applies efficiencies while relying on only a modest tax increase.”

Students from Genesee Community Charter School have teamed up with a local artist on a mural project to better understand Rochester’s neighborhoods. The ROC Believers join us to share what they learned about poverty, gentrification, and urban revitalization in our city.

In studio:

  • Natalia Barone, sixth grader at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Zack Nur, sixth grader at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Alexi Stubbe, sixth grade teacher at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Shawn Dunwoody, Rochester artist and designer