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Beds are already full at the Open Door Mission

Oct 18, 2018

The Open Door Mission is gearing up for what promises to be a very busy winter season.

That's the word from Executive Director Anna Valeria-Iseman, who says the shelter has been unexpectedly full this fall.

"Which is actually not consistent with years previous, so that's a little bit of an alarm to us that we're going to have a really, really busy winter.  So we are doing what we can, we're staffing up, we're making sure that we have enough people on during the day as well as overnight," she said.

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A ceremony commemorated the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death Monday morning.

David Hochstein was born in 1892, later graduating from East High. He then got his masters in Europe with the help of George Eastman, and went on to play stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall.

Richard Brookins died last Thursday at the age of 96.  He was a WWII veteran but his impact as a soldier is perhaps best known for the impromptu decision to have him dress up as Saint Nicholas on December 5th, 1944, bring smiles to the children of the small Luxembourg Town of Wiltz.

Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery already has three Monet’s, and one of those paintings relates to the series the famed French impressionist did of Waterloo Bridge over a period of years. And now, the MAG has seven more Waterloo Bridge paintings on loan for an exhibition that opened last weekend.

MAG Director Jonathan Binstock says the Waterloo Bridge series really offers museum patrons a firsthand experience of what impressionism is all about.

“What it affords is this opportunity to really get into Monet’s most important contribution, which is his understanding of and ability to render light and atmosphere. Monet was an impressionist; he was interested in the effect of light on the atmosphere," Binstock told WXXI News.

Michael Benson refuses to concede defeat in a series of unsolved, half-century-old crimes – Rochester’s infamous Double Initial Murders.

“A fresh angle came up last week,” Benson says. “Life got exciting for a few days.”

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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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A dozen or so people gather in a rehearsal space at the Eastman Community Music School, near the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. They are playing an instrument called the hammered dulcimer, which requires the use of small sticks or hammers to ping against the strings of an instrument which was developed hundreds of years ago.

But except for their teacher, Mitzie Collins, most of these students are not professional musicians, nor do they plan to pursue that career.

As Collins explained, they are just taking her lessons on the instrument because it’s enjoyable. 

“I love adult learners, because they’re not doing it to make anybody happy but them. I would say a certain number of my adult students have wanted to play an instrument but just time and money and things never made that possible.”


RIT has completed another one of its “Big Shot” photographs, with the latest venue in Western New York.

On Saturday night, about 825 volunteers including 72 RIT students and 100 alumni traveled to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York.

All of those people were needed to provide the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure of the historic site.


The number of calls to Restore Sexual Assault Services in Rochester has been on the increase in recent days, leading up to Thursday's emotional testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school.

Kavanaugh adamantly denied the allegations.

Director of Education and Outreach for Restore, Mary Jo Marino, says there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people contacting her organization.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is looking to rehabilitate the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill into its new home, and it’s hoping to win a grant to help with the costs.

The Hall of Fame is one of 20 finalists in the Partners in Preservation grant program, a collaboration among the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America, and American Express. The program will grant a total of $2 million according to the results of a public vote that is taking place at www.voteyourmainstreet.org.