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Danielle Douglas

New numbers from television networks show that Sunday’s world cup final was the most watched soccer game ever on U.S. television. It's estimated there were nearly 23 million viewers by the end of the game.

The U.S. win is inspiring young soccer players across the Rochester area and the nation.

Bree Chisolm, a camper at Brighton Soccer Camp, told WXXI News on Monday that she thinks the success of the U.S. squad will make more Americans appreciate women’s soccer.

Camp Good Days and Special Times

It's the opening of another season today for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

This year, organizers of the camp - which provides support to kids and adults with cancer - are hoping to avoid the flooding issues they had to deal with last summer.

Chairman and founder Gary Mervis said engineers have shored up the area around the creek that runs through the camp and so far, that seems to be working.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI and  and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend.

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County Executive Maggie Brooks announced Ontario Beach Park is open for the season.

From now until the end of summer, if you call the Ontario Beach hotline (585-753-5887) after 9:00am, a recorded message will give you beach conditions, water temperature, and whether or not the beach is open that day.

Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00am-7:00pm, and people are invited to swim if the conditions allow it.

This year is the first year since the 1940s that you can legally buy and use fireworks in some parts of the state.

If you travel westbound on the 104, just past the Monroe/Wayne County Line, you'll see what looks like a circus tent, multicolored and a little out of place in a strip mall parking lot. The sign reads, "Barely Legal Fireworks," which is appropriate not just because of the new state laws but because the owner, Jason Guck, is just 21-years-old.

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The founder of a community bicycle program says police are still investigating a break in last week that cost the group its entire fleet of bikes.

"The children that are in The Conkey Cruisers are children that I love. If it turns out that the persons or people responsible for this are part of our program, that love has not changed," said Theresa Bowick, a registered nurse who started the program three years ago to help city residents of all ages stay fit.

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(WXXI News & AP) A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. A retired Livonia volunteer firefighter was on board that ferry and tried to save others. He was with his wife and mother-in-law.

48 year old Larry Drake used to be a member of the Livonia Fire Department and also was an EMT. He tells WXXI News he served there for 13 years and he now lives mostly in the Philippines after just having gotten married to a Filipino woman earlier this year.

He says the boat capsized soon after it left port.

"A big gust of wind, a big wave hit the left front of the boat and the boat started tipping up like it was going to tip over so everybody went flying to the front and on to the left side and tried to push the boat back down but it was way too late. And it just went around and within 6 to 7 seconds it went from normal to upside down within seconds."

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MANILA, Philippines (AP & WXXI News) — A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. A retired Livonia volunteer firefighter was on board that ferry and tried to save others.

They said at least 127 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.

Clergy On Patrol Looks To Build Up Trust

Jun 29, 2015
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'Clergy on Patrol' was back in Rochester on Monday. Area religious leaders went on foot patrols in the El Camino neighborhood to focus on connecting with young people.

The goal of these patrols is improve relations between officers and the local community.

"Connecting means we get the police involved, we get the citizens involved and the community becomes involved. It's a win-win situation," said Rev. Roosevelt Dixon, of the Grace Unity Fellowship Church.

The Rochester Gay Alliance is moving to a new location after 10 years.

Executive Director Scott Fearing says the new space is more handicap accessible, and allows them to provide more services for the community.

"It allows us to provide some meeting room spaces, we'll have a gallery, we'll have a community center, we'll have a classroom, we'll have a cyber center where people can come in to use the computers to do job searches or whatever they need to do."

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