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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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Next week, Monroe County will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

This year’s theme is "Honoring our past, creating hope for the future.”

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked about why awareness for victims’ rights and promoting resources benefit the whole community.

"When victims are standing shoulder to shoulder and we are supporting them, and their voices are heard, this community does wonderful things," Dinolfo said.

Deputy Chief of Police LaRon Singletary said the term “victim” knows no bounds.

Nigel Kent / Finger Lakes Land Trust

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired 11 acres on Bare Hill overlooking Canandaigua Lake

Andrew Zepp, executive director of the trust, said they are acquiring land along the shoreline as development pressure moves down the lake.

"We're working with willing landowners who are interested in selling their property to acquire these and dedicate them to conservation rather than development," Zepp said.

He said if the steep and eroding hill were developed, the runoff could contribute to the algal blooms the lake already sees.

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The Seneca Falls Town Board on Tuesday night rejected a resolution to end funding for the Women's Hall of Fame if it inducts Jane Fonda.

But that was only after over an hour of passionate debate between Hall supporters and Vietnam veterans on Fonda's actions in the 1970s.

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By this time next year, single-use plastic bags will be officially banned in New York state.

Legislation was passed in the state budget early Monday. Individual counties will have the option of charging 5 cents per paper bag, with 2 cents going to local governments and 3 cents to the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

But Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo already has said she's not planning on adding that fee. She said that while environmental protection is a “worthy priority,” the bag tax "is an insult to every New York family."

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This February, Boy Scouts of America made a major change and started allowing girls to join the club. And while some young girls flocked to meetings with dreams of hiking and shooting guns, Girl Scouts of America thinks there is some misinformation about what being a member of their club really means.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday morning for the Golisano Autism Center and the University of Rochester’s Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building.

The new buildings will serve as a one-stop shop for families of children with autism, allowing them to access all the services they need under one roof. It also will provide pediatric mental health services for outpatient care in the community.

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is awarding $75,000 in breast cancer research grants to two University of Rochester researchers.

The coalition has been awarding these grants since 2003. Executive Director Holly Anderson said it’s because they wanted to see the money that gets raised in the region stay here.

"It was very frustrating to breast cancer survivors, and I’m included in that population, to raise millions and millions of dollars and see this money actually leave the region,” Anderson said. “This happens all across the country."

Airbnb

Airbnb is expanding a program that allows hosts to offer their homes for free to people traveling for medical treatments.

In September, Airbnb launched the medical version of its Open Homes program, which gives patients traveling for treatments access to free housing.

Liz DeBold Fusco is with Airbnb said this is a pretty big deal for those going through serious medical issues.

New York Association on Independent Living

A task force in New York has released a report recommending ways ride-hailing services could improve access for people with wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

When legislation was authorized allowing Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, it included the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Accessibility Task Force to improve the services for people with disabilities.

Sands Constellation Theatre at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center

A place for community arts will be reopening next year in the Finger Lakes.

The space that will be the Sands Constellation Theater at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center has been dormant for years, but will be hosting community arts events early next year.

Holger Stave, Executive Director of the center, says the process began when the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra was looking for a permanent home.

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