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There are changes ahead for the downtown soccer stadium in Rochester.

On Wednesday, David and Wendy Dworkin, who own the Rochester Rhinos, say that they have received approval from the United Soccer League to join USL Division III by the 2020 season. Division III is a new division in the soccer league, targeting communities ranging  from 150,000 to one million in population, and it set to get underway next year.

In a letter released Monday, Pope Francis referred to the acts are "atrocities" and says that the "wounds never disappear."

Tim Thibodeau is a History and Political Science professor at Nazareth College, specializing in the history of the Catholic Church.

He believes social media has helped these issues come to light.

Rochester Housing Authority

The Rochester Housing Authority is opening a property that will serve as the regions first dedicated emergency housing for families affected by fire damage.

Interim Executive Director of the Rochester Housing Authority, Shawn Burr said this project started earlier this year, when he got a call from a board member on a Saturday morning. A family, a single mother Rachael and her two children Maddie and Aiden, had reached out asking RHA if they had any housing available, after they lost everything in a fire.

Spectrum News

We’re learning more about the show that was being filmed recently at Eastman Business Park.

Netflix says the film shoot that involved race cars at various hours of the day and night was for a show called Hyperdrive, billed as a “high stakes tournament series where daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed.”

Netflix says it will be a 10 episode production that will launch in 2019.

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Major changes are slated for the Genesee Riverway and one of them is the upgrade of the High Falls Terrace Park. Located right next to the Genesee Brewery, the park includes a walking path that connects to the Pont de Rennes Bridge and an observation deck closer to the waterfall.

On Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced ROC the FALLS, a new festival scheduled for the evening of September 7.  She says the festival will feature music, live interactive art and food trucks. The goal is to recognize changes to the area and build on the growing momentum surrounding ROC the Riverway.  

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Poor communities of color in Rochester are  harder hit by nuisance laws.

That’s according to a report exploring nuisance laws across the state for the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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The annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest is expected to draw more than 250,000 people this weekend.

The 42nd annual festival along Rochester’s Park Avenue includes more than 250 artists from 22 states and Canada.

Organizers say to be part of the festival, artists must be part of a juried process and they have to have made the pieces that they are selling. Work is represented in 14 categories including jewelry, woodworking, metalwork, ceramics and fiber.

Memorial Art Gallery/Gift of Rosamond Tota, daughter

Eight years ago, Jessica Marten – Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery – was poking around among the paintings in a museum storage space when a small piece caught her eye.

It was many things. The artist’s medium, egg tempera and gold leaf, suggested medieval paintings, and the illuminated manuscripts of monks. The extensive use of borders is what might be seen on a tapestry. And the central figure looked like an image from Frida Kahlo: A woman in pain, clutching her head. Her eyes are bleeding.

RTS moves on to Phase 2 of Reimagine RTS

Aug 3, 2018

Rochester's Regional Transit Service is one stage closer to finishing a multiple year-long overhaul, Reimagine RTS. The transformation includes changes to bus routes, frequency and streamlining the schedule so users who ride during the week can rely on that same route on the weekends as well.

Neighbors have more tools to renovate and fill empty homes in their community.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced a new program Thursday that allows city residents the opportunity to purchase a neighboring “zombie” or vacant home, receive a subsidy to fix it up and then rent it out at an affordable rate for families.

The program is called Neighbors for Neighbors. The City of Rochester has partnered with the Rochester Land Bank Corporation to administer the program and it’s funded through a state grant.

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