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Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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Since COVID-19 vaccines became available, government leaders, non-profits, health authorities and others have looked for ways to inform and encourage people to overcome their hesitations to get the shots.

The Golisano Children's Hospital pediatric practice recently found some success by offering the vaccines to not only eligible children, but also the parents and caregivers who bring them in for their office visits.

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Fears about inflation, supply chain problems, and negative news in general are eroding people's confidence in the economy.

According to a new poll from Siena College, consumer sentiment among New Yorkers dropped nearly 12 points since the second quarter.

"These are the worst results in memory, and we've been doing this since 1995," said Doug Lonnstrom, founding director of Siena's Research Institute.

High Falls and several prominent buildings in Rochester will be lit up in green, teal, and pink Wednesday night in recognition of National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

It's the form of breast cancer that is most advanced and causes the most deaths.

Andrea Reynolds of Fairport, 39, said her initial diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer in 2013 was shocking, and to learn in 2019 that cancer had spread through her body was truly devastating.

The mother of two has lesions in her spine and sacrum and cancer cells scattered throughout her ribs, pelvis, and skull.

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The University of Rochester is participating in a national study on concussions in pre-adolescents and teens. 

Researchers want to understand why 30% of this age group experience prolonged symptoms following a concussion.

"Headache is probably the most common, but also problems with concentration and memory," said Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, a URMC emergency medicine physician and local study leader. "Those things in and of themselves really interfere with academic productivity and being able to participate in school and activities of daily living."

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Amie Richards is from Massachusetts, and Reese Gieger lives in Atlanta.

They have traded a few letters, but recently, they met virtually for the first time.

Connected through the Disability EmpowHER Network’s “Letter from a Role Model” program, they both have spina bifida, a birth defect that causes a person's spine to develop abnormally.

Amie, who is 32, told 9-year-old Reese that she could ask her anything.

"It can even be a silly question,” Amie said.

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 Before COVID-19, it wasn’t a big deal to see a kid with a runny nose at school.  

But today? A trip to the nurse's office – and then home for several days – is more likely. 

 

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EstroFest is back in front of live audiences this weekend, and the ladies are ready.

"I prefer to create sort of like a little world of weirdness and absurdity,” said Allison Roberts. “That's just what I love doing."

It’s been two years since the all-women comedy troupe last performed in front of live audiences. They're returning as part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.

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Jon Getz used to begin his days writing to-do lists in his head as he walked along the west side of the Genesee River. 

"I would start usually around 5 or 5:30 in the morning, making sure that I didn't miss any conferences, court appearances and then even meetings,” he recalled.

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Widespread worker shortages have more local business owners considering a concept known as open hiring.

"I think it has opened up their eyes that maybe they need to look at their hiring practices and think of other innovative ways they can get people into the door for their open positions," said Mubarak Bashir, director of the Greyston Center for Open Hiring of Rochester.

The open hiring model does away with interviews, background checks, drug tests and other traditional screening methods.  

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Kristen Flores-Fratto could not figure out why Grubhub drivers were arriving at her restaurant, The Gate House, to pick up orders and her staff was fielding calls from upset customers complaining that their orders were wrong.

The Gate House, a gourmet burger and wood-fired pizza café in the Neighborhood of the Arts, does not contract with Grubhub or any third-party food delivery service — and does not want to.

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