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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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An event on North Clinton Avenue Friday night was aimed at trying to curb the heroin epidemic in that area by creating a human chain.

Kristen Cushman-Smith, an organizer for No Mas, coordinated the demonstration - said that with signs, banners, and people, the group tries to temporarily disrupt drug sales on a prominent section of North Clinton Avenue where some of the highest rates of calls for services, opioid overdoses and arrests occur.

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Wegmans is trying to make the shift to reusable bags even easier with an event at their stores this weekend.

If you bring a plastic bag filled tightly with other plastic bags, to any Wegmans store, you’ll receive one coupon for a free reusable shopping bag.

Wegmans spokesperson Jo Natale says they’re trying to get ahead of the statewide ban by banning plastic bags in their stores by the end of this year. New York state will ban plastic bags by 2020. She says they’re also doing the trade in to learn how they can help customers make the shift to reusable bags.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Skeletal remains found in Irondequoit in 1988 have yet to be identified, but hope has resurfaced thanks to newly reconstructed images by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A 12-year-old boy discovered the remains while playing in his backyard on Bay Knoll Road on July 31st 1988. They’re believed to be the remains of a young Caucasian female, approximately in their late teens to early 20s.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester will not be increasing the number of armed officers on its campuses.

But they will be giving armed UR Department of Public Safety supervisors unrestricted access to all parts of campus. 

That announcement comes after a review of the public safety department's proposal that consisted of the two parts.

UR President Richard Feldman said he recognizes that his decisions will not satisfy everyone, but said that is unavoidable in a complex situation like this one.

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American schools have a "sad" lack of play, according to new research published in the American Journal of Play.

The work done by Olga Jarrett, a professor emeritus at Georgia State University, stresses that recess should be mandated and is a right of all children.

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In recognition of Earth Day, the New York State Department of Transportation participated in a statewide "Trash Blitz" to clean local roadway.

What’s left of the Inner Loop in Rochester was closed Monday morning for the cleanup.

Jordan Guerrein, public information officer with the state DOT, said it’s the second annual event. They hope it continues every year.

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Learning how to support transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive employees in the workplace is the focus of a new queer-owned consulting firm in Rochester.

A workshop Friday by Just Roots Consulting explored the day-to-day needs of transgender employees and looked at how employers and employees can collaborate to make workplaces safe.

Highland Park Conservancy

The Highland Park Conservancy is planning to resurrect a beloved structure in the park  in the next few years.

From 1890 through 1963, the highest point of Highland Park held a three-story structure that offered panoramic views, the vision of famed park designer Frederick Law Olmsted.

The structure became known as the Children’s Pavilion, a place where children in the city could play in fresh air. It also became a popular spot for ceremonies, concerts and family gatherings.

Edna Claunch is the co-chair of the Children’s Pavilion reconstruction capital campaign. 

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The Autism Council of Rochester’s fourth annual job and career fair took place Tuesday at the Memorial Art Gallery. 

Organizers said the event is important, given the nearly 80% rate of unemployment for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Lawana Jones, founder and executive director of the Autism Council, said that’s a waste of talent.

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A professor at Nazareth College said it’s incomprehensible to think about what was lost in the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

History professor Tim Thibodeau said he felt shock and disbelief watching the images of the burning building Monday.

"It’s just such an iconic landmark not only for the French people, the Parisians, but it’s an art treasure that essentially belongs to the whole world, and it’s on the same level as something like St. Peter's Basilica or any other iconic monument that’s instantly recognizable as a wonder of the world," Thibodeau said.

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