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Honor Flight Rochester Mission 28

On Sunday, May 19th, Honor Flight Rochester welcomed home veterans who were a part of the organization's 28th Mission. It is always and honor and a privilege to take part in this great ceremony to welcome back those who sacrificed so much to make our country what it is today and allow us to enjoy each and every day.

May 20, 2013
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Ray Melens

Ray Melens, a native of Rochester, graduated from Greece Arcadia High School in 1968. Following in his father’s and stepfather’s footsteps, who both served in the United States Armed Forces, Ray enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to South Vietnam. Seriously injured during his tour of duty, Ray received an honorable discharge. For his service, Ray earned a National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Unit citations and the New York State Medal for Merit. 

May 20, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, May 19th

In this week's Community Connection: details regarding Senator Robach's upcoming Career Fair in June; events around the area in the week ahead; and a big turnout on Mother's Day to support the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen. 

May 17, 2013
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Honoring Veterans in Hilton

This weekend, Vay-Schleich & Meeson held a veterans ceremony at their Hilton chapel. During the ceremony, their new flag pole and Veteran Memorial was dedicated.

May 14, 2013
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Alternatives for Battered Women Celebration of Hope

Tuesday morning, Alternatives for Battered Women held their 4th Annual Celebration of Hope. ABW exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic violence. For more information on the great work ABW does in our community every day, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org.

May 14, 2013
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2013 Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Pink Ribbon Run and Walk

Sunday, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester held it's 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Run and Walk. This year's event moved to Genesee Valley Park. More than 4,000 people took part in the run and walk, which raises money for breast cancer research. All of the funds raised stay right here locally. For more information on the great work that the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester does in our community, visit their website at www.bccr.org.

May 13, 2013
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Greece Police Name K9 Dog After Fallen Webster Police Officer

Earlier this afternoon, the Greece Police Department held a ceremony to name their newest Greece Police K9 dog. The dog is named 'Chip', in honor of fallen officer, Lt. Mike Chiapperini of the Webster Police Department and West Webster Fire Department. It is tradition in law enforcement to honor fallen heroes by naming a canine after them. Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, along with Webster Police Department Chief Gerald Pickering.

May 10, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, May 12th

In this week's Community Connection: new legislation to provide more resources for breast cancer research, the New York State Senate honors Women of Distinction, and upcoming events in the week ahead. To read this week's community connection in full-screen view, click on the link below.

May 10, 2013
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Senator Robach Comments on Casino Gaming

Senator Robach discusses the possible expansion of casino gaming in New York State, and why it is important to keep the Finger Lakes region in mind for expansion.

May 9, 2013
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Grace Tillinghast Honored as NYS Woman of Distinction

Senator Robach recently recognized Grace Tillinghast of Gates with the New York State Senate’s 2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.

 

The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

 

May 9, 2013
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2013 Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Earlier today, I was on hand to honor 16 fallen police officers from New York State. Included in those remembered today was Lt. Mike Chiapperini from Webster, who was killed on Christmas Eve as he responded with fellow volunteer firefighters to a fire in Webster. The black granite memorial lists the names of more than 1,300 police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty in New York state.

May 8, 2013
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Walkers Raise Money to Help Fight MS

On Sunday, May 5th, the 2013 Greece MS Walk was held, beginning at Greece Olympia High School. Funds raised give hope to the more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York, and help support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The walk has taken place since 1988 and has raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.

May 8, 2013
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Gates Resident Honored as Woman of Distinction

SENATOR ROBACH HONORS GATES’ GRACE TILLINGHAST

AS A NEW YORK STATE SENATE ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

 

Senator Robach will recognize Grace Tillinghast of Gates with the New York State Senate’s 2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Albany.

 

The “Woman of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month and honors New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

 

May 7, 2013
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2013 Career Fair for Business and Technical Professionals

Looking for employment or a career change? Come meet prospective employers in the fields of health care, manufacturing, engineering, professional services industries, and more! Sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, Monroe Community College, RochesterWorks!, Time Warner Cable, The August Group, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time: 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. 

Location: Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Monroe A & B, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Parking: Use Lots M and M1 (to the rear of the campus, follow signs)

Employers Scheduled to Participate:

May 6, 2013
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Boy Scouts Community Breakfast

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at a Boy Scouts community breakfast in Greece. During the breakfast, a local scout, Aaron Adams received the heroism award for his quick actions which saved the life of his friend who suffered a severe and life threatening injury from falling on a glass chard. Aaron is from Boy Scout Troop 99 in Hilton.

May 6, 2013
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, May 5th

In this week's Community Connection, the deadline to apply for college scholarships being offered by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators; upcoming events around the area in the week ahead; and the University of Rochester breaks ground on College Town. To read this week's edition in full-screen view, click on the link below. 

May 3, 2013
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May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month

Earlier this week, the New York State Senate passed a resolution which declared this month as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York. Chronic viral hepatitis due to Hepatitis C has been a disease that has little or no public awareness due to its nature as being largely asymptomatic until irreversible liver damage has occurred. Hepatitis C currently infects nearly four million Americans, including an estimated 158,000 New Yorkers, and there are about 30,000 new cases and approximately 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.

May 3, 2013
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University of Rochester Breaks Ground on College Town

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Rochester's College Town. College Town will be located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood, and will offer 500,000 square feet for retail, a hotel, a parking garage with 1,500 spaces, restaurants, and housing on a 14-acre development. The project received a $4 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

May 2, 2013
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2013 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

The 2013 season of Concerts by the Shore gets underway on Wednesday night, June 5th and Ontario Beach Park. The weekly concerts are FREE for families to attend and enjoy. Parking is available at the Ontario Beach Park parking lots, and overflow parking is available on the grass fields Nola's and Abbot's. 

You can download a PDF copy of the 2013 Concerts by the Shore schedule by clicking on the link below.

May 1, 2013
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Town of Gates Earth Week Celebration

On Saturday morning, the Town of Gates held its Earth Week Dedication Ceremony at Lions Park. This year, a tree was planted and dedicated to the Citizens of the Town of Gates from 1813 through 2013. The town is celebrating it's Bicentennial this year.

May 1, 2013
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