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The Rochester Rhinos do not have to pack up their gear and leave Capelli Sport Stadium at this point, even though Monday had been a deadline originally set by the city to vacate that facility.

March 12th had been the revised deadline for the team’s owners, David and Wendy Dworkin, to move the team out of  the stadium after city officials originally  said the Dworkins’ defaulted on their lease when they announced they wouldn’t be fielding a team this year.

The initial eviction date was February 28th, and then that was extended by the city as negotiations continued.

NYS Labor Department officials say that newly revised data shows that New York State’s economic expansion continued last year, with the annual private sector job count exceeding eight million for the first time.

But the figures also show a small increase in jobs for the Rochester Metro.  In 2017, the number of private sector jobs totaled 455,400. That was up just 900 jobs from the previous year.

Still, State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says that was coming off two very good years for the local job market.

Organizers of the Rochester Lilac Festival have announced a dozen headliners and special guests who will be performing free shows at that festival in May.

Festival Producer Jeff Springut  says they include Roomful of Blues, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Third World, and several others. 

“We’ve got some blues, we’ve got a little bit of country, we’ve got some reggae, we’ve got some Dave Matthews, we’ve got a nice variety.”

City of Rochester/LaBella Associates

The development project at Parcel 5 in downtown Rochester is moving forward, and a familiar face is driving the effort.

Sandy Parker, the former president of what’s now called the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, will lead the team responsible for developing the empty lot into a mixed-use complex. She will work on a volunteer basis.

The complex will be anchored by the Golisano Arts & Entertainment Center, the projected new home of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

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The City of Rochester is implementing new security measures for parades, special events and other large gatherings.

Officials say it’s not because of any particular threat, just a need to deal with the reality many cities are facing now.

Rochester Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander, a former city police chief and former police official in Georgia, says he isn’t trying to scare people by announcing these new procedures.

It appears both sides are still talking in the dispute surrounding the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester.

This Wednesday, February 28, had been the deadline set by City Hall for the owners of the Rochester Rhinos to vacate that stadium. City officials had said the previous announcement by team owners David and Wendy Dworkin that they would not field a team for the upcoming season means that they have defaulted on their lease.

But on Monday a spokeswoman for City Hall released a statement which said:

A new report on economic growth around the U.S. shows a mixed picture for the Greater Rochester area.

The Metro Monitor report is done annually by the Washington-based think-tank, the Brookings Institution.  This latest report actually covers a one-year period from 2015 to 2016.  It shows growth in the U.S. economy overall, with most of the larger metro areas showing an increase in jobs and other expansion in their local economies.

Office of NY Gov. Cuomo

During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $50 million in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

Speaking at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Cuomo noted that other cities around the U.S. have seen great success in taking advantage of their waterfronts and he wants to see Rochester do the same.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation

The man who has led the Greater Rochester Health Foundation since its inception in 2006 is stepping down. John Urban, who before he joined the foundation as president and CEO led the HMO Preferred Care for 21 years, will be leaving the health foundation effective at the end of July.

Urban says since the Health Foundation recently adopted a new long term strategy, it's a good time to retire so that a new leader can get on board.

Rochester students celebrate World Hijab Day

Feb 2, 2018
Tianna Manon

Students and staff at 15 local schools and universities sported hijabs Thursday in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide. It’s part of World Hijab Day, which takes place every February 1 and began six years ago. The goal is to educate people about the discrimination and prejudice Muslim women face.

It’s the third year students at World of Inquiry have participated. Roughly a dozen gave up their lunchtime to hand out hijabs, wrap them properly or simply ask questions about being Muslim.

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