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Honoring Colleen Klix For Success in Nursing

Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony to honor Colleen Klix as a 2012 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction. Colleen is the Senior Director of Nursing at Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Greece. She has been in the nursing profession for 43 years. She became an LPN in 1969 and received her RN degree in 1988. Colleen has been working with Edna Tina Wilson Living Center for 13 years. Congratulations to Colleen for this achievement and keep up the great work you do for seniors in our community! Here I am photographed with Colleen and CEO of Unity Health Systems, Warren Hern.

November 1, 2012
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Greece Seniors Halloween Party

On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit with seniors at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center during their annual Halloween Party!

October 31, 2012
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Appreciating Our Monroe County Library System

I was happy to meet with representatives from the Monroe County Library system recently at an appreciation event held in Henrietta. After we discussed issues facing the library system and the patrons it serves on a daily basis, I was presented a plaque for my support of our great libraries around the county.

October 30, 2012
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Recognizing Students for Summer Reading Program

Last week I had the privilege to visit with students and their teachers at Greece Athena Middle School. Students there were recognized for taking part in the district's summer reading program. Great job by all the students for your efforts this summer and getting a head start!

October 30, 2012
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Section Five Football Semi-Finals

On Sunday, October 28th, I had the privilege to conduct the pre-game coin toss before kickoff of the Section Five Football Semi-Final game between Aquinas and Rush-Henrietta. Congratulations to the Li'L Irish from my alma mater on your 21-13 victory. Best wishes to Aquinas in the Section Five Championship against Pittsford Saturday, and continued success to all of our student athletes!

October 29, 2012
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New Bus for Seniors in Parma

Last week I had the opportunity to join with my colleagues from the Town of Parma and the Village of Hilton to cut the ribbon on Parma's new senior bus. With the help of a grant from New York State, the bus will be used to help transport seniors and other members of the community.

October 29, 2012
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Community-Wide Collaborative to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference announcing a new community-wide collaborative to prevent child sexual abuse. Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced today their official collaboration with local nonprofit and government organizations to address the epidemic of child sexual abuse. In addition to Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the Darkness to Light Collaborative includes: Center for Youth Services, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside Children's Center, Monroe County Department of Human Services, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/NY Branch, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Police Department, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, St.

October 26, 2012
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Wilson Magnet High School IB Diploma Programme Induction Ceremony

On Thursday evening, I had the privilege to speak at the 11th Annual Wilson Magnet High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Induction Ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, I also had the opportunity to meet the great young men and women who enter this program as the Class of 2014! For more information on this very successful program, visit http://www.rcsdk12.org/page/17007. Best wishes to all the students on continued success!

October 26, 2012
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Erie Harbor Apartments and Townhomes Grand Opening

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony for Erie Harbor Waterfront Apartments and Townhomes. Located on Mt. Hope Avenue, Erie Harbor is the newest urban living community unveiled by Conifer Realty. It has 131 appointed and designed apartments and townhomes, which include 28 unique floorplans. The development includes a community center which houses a fitness center. For more information on Erie Harbor, visit www.liveaterieharbor.com.

October 25, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, October 28th

It's a Halloween edition of the Community Connection! In this week's issue: safety tips for Halloween night, upcoming events in the area during the week ahead, and Greece elementary school student get new technology at their finger tips. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

October 25, 2012
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Anthony L. Jordan Health Center Opens New Access Point

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at, and help cut the ribbon at, the grand opening ceremony of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center's new access office. It is located at Glenwood Garden. AJHC is accredited by the Joint Commission and has served Rochester’s northeast area residents for over 40 years. It is uniquely positioned through its location, bilingual staff with cultural sensitivity, and center-wide commitment to high quality service to provide medical and dental care to a vulnerable and often under-insured population. For more information, visit www.jordanhealth.org.

October 24, 2012
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Visiting with Students at Stepping Stones Learning Center

On Tuesday, October 24th, I had the privilege to tour and visit with students at Stepping Stones Learning Center. Stepping Stones Learning Center, a not-for-profit, family centered program for children birth to 21 years of age with and without special needs. Through our community, OPWDD, clinic, and early childhood school based classroom programs, we have developed unique environments where an acceptance of diversity promotes an atmosphere where children learn and grow together and from each other; what a lifelong gift. For more information, visit http://steppingstoneslearning.com/.

October 24, 2012
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Grant Helps Greece Add iPads to Elementary Schools

I am proud to partner with the Greece Central School District to put technology into the hands of Greece elementary school students. In an effort to increase students' access to, and understanding of, technology, the district recently purchased 30 iPads for each school serving grades 3-5. I was able to access educational funding for this program. In addition to Buckman Heights, iPad stations have been added to Brookside, Craig Hill, Lakeshore, Longridge, Paddy Hill, Pine Brook, and West Ridge Elementary Schools.

October 23, 2012
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Visiting Students at Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester

On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to visit with children at the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The kids had great questions regarding our community, our state, and our country. I also had the opportunity to read to them before they returned to their classrooms. So many bright young minds! Thanks for having me as a guest!

October 23, 2012
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RIT Announces Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend a press conference where RIT. announced that will open a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in Downtown Rochester. RIT received the building at 40 Franklin Street, the former Rochester Savings Bank, through a donation from Rochester Historic Ventures. The university estimates it will cost about $1.2 million in capital improvements to refurbish parts of the building. Another $2-$4 million will be needed to prepare the building for programmatic needs. The anticipated opening of the center is fall 2013.

October 22, 2012
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Honor Flight Wraps up 2012 Season

On Sunday, October 21st, I had the privilege to welcome home World War II veterans at the Greater Rochester International Airport from their Honor Flight. Honor Flight flies veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. This was the 26th such trip. For more information on this great organization, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

October 22, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, October 21st

The Community Connection continues its pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Week! In this week's issue: A thank you to all of those who made the 5th Annual Women's Wellness Fair a great success; upcoming events in the community; and the R.I.T. College of Applied Science and Technology celebrates its 40th Anniversary. As always, you may click the link below to downloand a full-screen version of this week's Community Connection. 

October 18, 2012
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R.I.T. College of Applied Science & Technology Celebrates 40 Years

Earlier this afternoon, I was privileged to join my colleagues from New York State, and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Applied Science and Technology at R.I.T. for their 40th Anniversary Celebration. The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at RIT has a long-standing reputation of excellence and innovation. Established in 1972, it is one of the Institute’s largest colleges enrolling approximately one-fifth of all the students at RIT. The college offers a myriad of dynamic programs—ranging from hospitality, nutrition and service management, health systems administration, human resource development, packaging science, environmental management and safety, engineering technology, and the Army and Air Force ROTC.

October 18, 2012
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Summer of Opportunity Volunteer/Employer Breakfast

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at an appreciation breakfast for volunteers and employers of the Summer of Opportunity and Summer Youth Employment program. For more information on this great program for our youth, visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/soop/.

October 18, 2012
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Pinnacle Liquor Opens in Brighton

This past weekend, I had the privilege to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pinnacle Liqour in Brighton. Pinnacle Liquor is located at 1720 Monroe Avenue. Founded by Jim Yaeger in 1997 as Yaeger's Fine Wines and Spirits, Pinnacle Wine and Liquor is a family owned liquor and wine store that strives to give personalized service to each and every customer. For more information, visit them on Facebook at //www.facebook.com/pages/Pinnacle-Wine-and-Liquor/110721325675508.

October 18, 2012
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