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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

Ways to Connect

A series of roundtable discussions was hosted Monday by the NYSAC (New York State Association of Counties) Women's Leadership Council, a statewide program focused specifically on providing support to women in county government. NYSAC is holding its fall seminar in Rochester this weeek.

The discussions covered subjects like women voting, fundraising, and personal and professional growth.

MaryEllen Odell is the Putnam County Executive and chair of the council and talked about a younger woman in a newly elected position she once met at an prior conference.

PR Unidos en la Distancia

This Wednesday will mark one-year anniversary of the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Irene Sanchez is the president of PR Unidos en la Distancia or United in the Distance and says the island is still in crisis, and not much has changed in a year.

"And we here, the people in the diaspora, we feel the need to step up and try to be a voice for the people who are voiceless in Puerto Rico right now.

People gathered in Washington Square Park Saturday, reading the names of hurricane victims and sharing stories from the destruction.

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Its 10 a.m. on a Saturday when Mrs. Kasha Davis takes the stage in a turquoise sequin full-length gown.

But the stage isn’t just hers, as kids roll on the floor and run around the set behind her.

This is the second season of the monthly Drag Story Hour event.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods is one-step closer to becoming a reality in Brighton.

The Brighton Planning Board signed off on site plans for the Whole Foods proposal at a meeting earlier this week.

The project has stirred quite a controversy in the town, with residents saying the store would make traffic issues in the area worse.

Howie Jacobson is the Founder of Brighton Grassroots, an advocacy group fighting the new store.

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Some community members are criticizing a draft of the police accountability board from Rochester City Council.

The Police Accountability Board Alliance and The Religious Leader Caucus of the Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society or ROC ACTS are two groups who have spoken out against certain parts of the draft legislation.

Pastor Wanda Wilson is a member of both those groups.

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A summit coming up in Rochester in October will focus on the Latino community in Upstate New York.

The event includes speakers and workshops for those looking to work with and deepen their relationships with the Latino community.

More than 60,000 Latinos live in Monroe County, and Hilda Rosario Escher, CEO of Ibero says it’s essential for organizations in the community to learn how to navigate that market.

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A parade through downtown Rochester Saturday morning celebrated voter participation and women’s suffrage.

The theme of the Suffragist City Parade was “Organize! Agitate! Educate!” and celebrated Rochester’s connection to the voting rights movement and its importance today.

Sister Donna DeSanto was marching with the sisters of Saint Joseph.

For the first time since 1990, someone other than Joe Morelle will represent the 136th Assembly District, and it will be Jamie Romeo.

The chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee fended off bids by Todd Grady and Jaclyn Richard, and with no Republican challenger in November, she will assume the seat on Jan. 2.

The 136th Assembly District includes Irondequoit, Brighton, and the east side of Rochester.

Supporters cheered on Romeo as soon as the race was called from Murph's Pub in Irondequoit.

National Toy Hall of Fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame here in Rochester has announced the 12 finalists for this year’s induction.

Chris Bensch, vice president for collections and lead curator at the Hall of Fame, says a range of toys are contenders this year, including Chutes & Ladders, American Girl Dolls, tic-tac-toe, chalk and the Magic 8 Ball.

"This year, the Susan Lucci of the toy world is the Magic 8 ball. This is its seventh time on the finalists list; it has not made it into the Hall of Fame yet."

He says this year is especially exciting because six of the 12 finalists are brand-new to the final round.


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Education advocates in Rochester met Tuesday at Writers and Books to stand against high-stakes standardized testing, a practice they say is harmful to students, teachers and schools.

Henry Padron, a recently retired teacher from the Rochester City School District, says text anxiety starts early.

"I had a kindergarten student last year whose mom came up to me and said, “Mr. Padron, he’s not sleeping well, he’s not eating well, and when we have our chats, he’s so nervous about these tests he has to take because it's touted, it's do well, get rewards at kindergarten."

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