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Hundreds of teens explore careers in construction trades as unions seek a new generation of workers

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 4:47pm
Justus Singleton, a 16-year-old who attends UPrep High School, was one of hundreds of students who got to hammer nails, drill screws, and fit pipes at the 23rd annual Rochester Construction Career Day. Monroe County and local trades unions hosted the event at the county’s Fleet Center near the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

Remembering Rochester philanthropist Sheila Konar

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 8:34am
A well–known local philanthropist is being remembered for her devotion to the Rochester community, and to supporting education about the Holocaust. Sheila Konar died last Saturday at the age of 87. Konar and her late husband Bill, were leaders of the William and Sheila Konar Foundation which donated to numerous local causes, but was also instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Bill Konar was a Holocaust survivor. The CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, Meredith Dragon, said that Sheila Konar shared her husband’s passion for educating people about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. “One of the things that she really felt very strongly about is ensuring that people understood the evils of anti-Semitism and what it meant and how important it is today to understand that hate gone awry can look like the Holocaust,” said Dragon. Dragon said that one of the Rochester-based philanthropic efforts that Sheila Konar was

Black, armed and aware: Club provides gun, self-defense training to African Americans

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 7:47am
Paul Adell stood in the shooting stall wearing earmuffs atop his Chicago Bulls baseball cap. He fired a Canik TP9 Elite Combat pistol a half-dozen times, hitting a target 10 feet away with almost surgical precision. He pressed the safety on the gun and placed it on a table in the stall before turning to me and the rest of the group. “Praise God and pass the ammunition,” he said.

Labor crisis in veterinary medicine leaves pets at risk

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 5:00am
Bethany Mosher's 18-year-old cat, Booga, was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer last winter. In June, when Booga’s quality of life suddenly declined, Mosher called the Pittsford practice where her cat was a regular client. "I believe it was on a Wednesday, and said, 'He hasn't eaten for a couple days. I think we're at the point where he's at the end of his life here,' and they said 'We can't get you in until next Tuesday.'" The vet's office told Mosher that they sometimes have cancellations and to call back the next day. "So I called every morning for the rest of that week," she said, "asking if they had cancellations and they didn't." But they did have emergency hours on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. Mosher said she arrived a few minutes early and the parking lot was already packed. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, all of those people couldn’t pile into the animal hospital at once, so Mosher and Booga had to wait their turn. They were in her car for three hours before the vet was

Fire destroys back porch at Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester

Sun, 09/26/2021 - 8:10am
Fire destroyed the back porch at the historic Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester early on Sunday. The museum's president & CEO, Deborah Hughes, credits the Rochester Fire Department for working swiftly to contain the flames to the porch area and preserving all of the important artifacts inside the building.

Community members, government look for creative solutions to busing problem

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 4:48pm
Robin Lavergne, a retired Rochester City School District counselor for 30 years, lives in the 19th Ward neighborhood. These days, when she’s not visiting family or friends, she’s busy helping students by taking them to and from school in her car. “I’m just blessed to be able to provide this support," Lavergne said. "For me, if my community isn’t doing well, then I’m not doing well.”

Firefighter Stair Climb event at Frontier Field raises money and awareness

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 1:21pm
Dozens of firefighters and other first responders gathered at Frontier Field on Sunday for the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. If you’ve gone to a baseball game at Frontier Field, you may have climbed up and down the stairs in the bleachers a few times, but you probably haven’t done that repeatedly in full firefighter turnout gear with another 40 pounds or more of equipment on your back. But that’s what some of those who took part in Sunday’s event did in an effort to simulate what it took to try and climb the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The event also benefits programs that help firefighters and their families through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Bill Ingram, a fire marshal in New York City, was a guest speaker at Sunday’s event. He was a marshal on 9/11 when his battalion was called to lower Manhattan. He remembers walked near the Twin Towers just before they started collapsing, and being enveloped by the smoke and haze. Ingram said that a lot of

Rochester remembers lives lost on September 11, 2001

Sat, 09/11/2021 - 1:02pm
It was a day of remembrance around the Rochester area and all over the country Saturday as the nation marked the 20 th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people. A concrete memorial at the Brighton campus of Monroe Community College was built in 2002, not long after the attacks. While there is a ceremony there every September 11 th , Saturday’s event drew a larger crowd — a mix of first responders, veterans and active military members, and students, some of whom were not even born when the attacks happened. That’s why people like Keith Dawson, who spent 25 years in the Army working as a flight medic and is now a nursing student at MCC, tries to educate his fellow, younger students on what 9/11 and its aftermath meant to a lot of people. “A lot of them don’t know what this was about, and all they see is what’s in the news, and Afghanistan, Iraq, why we were there,” Dawson said. “This symbolizes why we were there because they came onto our soil and they

Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur services adapt to delta variant

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 4:21pm
This week marks the second year that Jewish High Holidays are affected by the pandemic. At one local synagogue services have adapted to account for the delta variant of the coronavirus. At Temple B'rith Kodesh in Brighton, Rosh Hashana services will be celebrated in person and virtually this year. “A synagogue like ours is a place for people to find emotional connection to find support and sometimes that’s in creative ways like doing things online,” said Rabbi Peter Stein, “but it is a way of hopefully comforting people whether it’s directly with a loss or whether just living with the stress and uncertainty.” All congregation members attending in person must be vaccinated and wear a mask. Children who are too young to be vaccinated and their families will be welcome outside under a canopy tent. The decision stems from consults with medical experts within the congregation, and from CDC guidelines, said Stein. “Anything and everything should be done to save life and that’s really what

Inner Loop project may happen in phases, Warren says

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 4:26pm
Just weeks after lawmakers in Washington shrunk one of its potential funding sources , Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the city is considering replacing the Inner Loop in phases. The project would be one of the largest in the history of Rochester, spanning 22 acres with cost estimates ranging between $70 million and $300 million.