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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.

 

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The Rochester Homeless Union and its supporters are demonstrating outside the Cadillac Hotel Tuesday afternoon in downtown Rochester.

The Homeless Union wants the hotel to be used as housing for the poor.

Don Adams is with that group and says the issue hits close to home for him.

"I was homeless, I’m part of the Homeless Union here from the House of Mercy and I want them to know that because we're homeless were not different, people look down on us."

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The Landmark Society of Western New York on Tuesday announced its Five to Revive, a list that calls attention to historical properties and resources in the region that need investments.

Tom Castelein is the president of the board of trustees for the Landmark Society and kicked off the announcement.

"The most effective strategy to preserve a historic resource is to infuse them with a current purpose. Its care then becomes self-sustaining, and through thoughtful redevelopment, preservation becomes economic development with catalytic impact."

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Celebrations were held around town Monday to celebrate both Indigenous People and Christopher Columbus, on what has up until recently been traditionally know as Columbus Day.

To kick off Rochester's First "official" Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, Ronald Garrow, who is Akwasasne and Mohawk, told the story of the peacemaker's journey, on the shore of Lake Ontario.

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A series of listening sessions are being held across the state on regulating marijuana.

The sessions hope to garner input from community members and key stakeholders on the implementation of a regulated marijuana system in New York.

Fifteen events will be conducted around the state, wrapping up this month.

In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo commissioned a multi-agency study led by the Department of Health to assess the impact of such a program.

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The winners of the "Reimagine the Canals" Competition were announced Wednesday.

The contest sought the best ideas to spur economic development along the canal corridor, as well as boost tourism and recreation spending

The first winning entry seeks to build pocket neighborhoods along the canal, with homes surrounding a common green space with direct access to the canal.

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A major disaster declaration has been issued for seven counties that sustained serious damage during severe storms and flash flooding in August.

The FEMA Assistance can be used towards funding for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repairs to public infrastructure.

State and local estimates were at more than $36 million in response costs and infrastructure damages.

FEMA generally covers 75 percent of approved recovery projects 

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ROC the Riverway Weekend is coming up, October 5th through 7th, and will feature more than three dozen events highlighting the Genesee River in Rochester.

There will also be events to help visitors learn about the ongoing ROC the Riverway riverfront development program.

A snapshot of some things going on this weekend:

Buskers will perform Friday on the Pont de Rennes Bridge followed by couples renewing the vows at 7:30pm.

Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge, Guided Paddle on the river and a pop-up skatepark all go on on Saturday.

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Officials from Willow Domestic Violence Center and all levels of local government stood in purple in support of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month

With that proclamation from the mayor, the Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium released their annual report to the community.

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Young adults with disabilities now have a new internship opportunity to join in Rochester.

Two organizations, Jewish Senior Life and Heritage Christian Services will offer Project SEARCH - a nationally recognized work prep program for people 18 to 35 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Mike King is the president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life and says as a parent of an individual with disabilities, this age can be a scary time.

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A pocket park on the corner of Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue was dedicated to Latasha Grayson Shaw.

She was shot and killed on this corner in broad daylight 11 years ago Saturday.

Family members, supporters and local leaders made a call to stop the violence in the city

Chanette Grayson is Latasha’s sister.

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