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On any given night in Rochester, as many as 100 families with children are homeless.

Kim Hunt-Uzelac of the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) says 50 percent of those families do include a working adult.

"They're just at the line where they make too much to get services from the government - rental subsidies - but they don't make enough to sustain housing," she said.

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The head of the Rochester Monroe Anti Poverty Initiative says they're moving from the planning to the implementation phase.

Leonard Brock spoke at a town hall-style meeting at the Adams Street Recreation Center in Rochester, addressing a question that has plagued the initiative since it's inception.

"What exactly is the product? We're not a service provider, not a funder... What good are you? What's the point of you existing if you're not doing what I need you to do?"

The latest report card from the community group ACT Rochester on how the Greater Rochester region is doing  shows gains in some areas, and ongoing struggles in places you might expect them.

The annual survey looks at quality of life in the region, comparing this area against New York State as a whole, and it also looks at how various parts of the local community are trending.

The Board of Trustees of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies has named a new president. Thomas O'Connor will fill that role, effective in June, replacing Dan Meyers who is retiring after 30 years with the organization.

O'Connor is a Rochester native who joined Al Sigl in 2008 and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2011. He recently led a number of modernization projects for the agencies.

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A Monroe County legislative committee on Monday night voted down a proposal to investigate COMIDA’s role in the I-Square controversy along party lines. It was rejected 3 to 2, with Republican members of the committee voting against the measure.

According to Time Warner  Cable News,  the Chair of the Agenda/Charter Committee, Tanya Conley, said that she believes the proposed panel would be politically motivated, and she’s recommending that the COMIDA probe be referred to the newly-created Office of Public Integrity.


Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says she is being treated for cancer. Her office released a statement on Monday saying that she has advised county and city officials as well as members of the judiciary that she has started treatment for a recent cancer diagnosis.

Doorley is being treated for Multiple Myeloma, a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells.

Doorley says she is being treated at the Wilmot Cancer Institute and is continuing to fulfill all her duties and responsibilities as District Attorney and will do so throughout the course of her treatment.

Senator Michael Nozzolio is recovering from successful open heart surgery.

The Seneca Falls Republican had surgery at the Celeveland Clinic last week to repair and replace his faulty heart valves.

In a statement from his office, Nozzolio and his wife, Rosemary, thanked friends and constituents for their prayers and words of encouragement in recent weeks.

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"Building a Culture of Trust" is the theme of a workshop in Rochester Monday evening.

Sherry Walker, president and CEO of the Center for Dispute Settlement, says the goal is to teach skills to avoid or resolve disputes between neighbors, family members, or law enforcement and the community.

Walker says political conversations, for example, don't have to be a debate.  They can be civil if the participants approach the conversations as an exchange of information.


Monday, April 25th, marks seven years since Brittanee Drexel vanished in the Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina.

The Chili teen was 17 years old and had traveled without her parents’ consent on Spring Break.

On Sunday night, a candlelight vigil was held on a soccer field at Davis Park, and another vigil will be held Monday night in Myrtle Beach.  The activity there was put together with the help of the CUE Center for Missing Persons.

Chad and Dawn Drexel say that Myrtle Beach Police with the help of the FBI are still searching for their missing daughter.

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More than 3,000 runners enjoyed sunny cool weather on Sunday for the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge.

About 2,000 ran the half-marathon, which began in downtown Rochester and wound its way through a number of streets and avenues, and others took part in the Wegmans Family 5k. There were also river challenge races and a paddle triathlon.