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Community Connection for Week Ending Sunday, July 15th

In this week's Community Connection, details regarding the Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive; upcoming events around the community; looking back at the Fourth of July Brighton Memorial Stone dedication. Click on the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen.

July 12, 2012
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2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest

On Thursday, July 12th, I had the privilege to speak at the Rib-In cutting ceremony to officially open the 2012 Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest. This year's festival takes place at Highland Park through Sunday, serving at 11:30 a.m. each day. For all the details on the great food and music that will be a part of this year's festival, visit http://www.rochesterevents.com/festivals-events/big-rib-bbq-blues-fest/.

July 12, 2012
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Brass Taxi Performs at Concerts by the Shore

On Wednesday, July 11th, I had the privilege to join Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and introduce Brass Taxi (pictured above) prior to thier performance at Concerts by the Shore. The free concert series takes place every Wednesday night, until the end of August, at Ontario Beach Park, beginning at 7:00. You can click on the Concerts by the Shore graphic on my homepage to see the 2012 Concerts by the Shore schedule.

July 12, 2012
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Veterans Outreach Center Names New President/CEO

Last night, I had the privilege to attend a reception to welcome the new president and CEO of Veterans Outreach Center, Col. Gary Yaple. Veterans Outreach Center is an independent community-centered non-profit providing premier one-stop supportive services to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information, visit www.veteransoutreachcenter.org.

July 11, 2012
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Golisano Institute for Sustainability Tour

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Recently, I had the privilege to join R.I.T. president Bill Destler on a tour to see the progress of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on the campus of R.I.T. The new headquarters of the GIS will house students beginning in September. For more information on studies available at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, visit http://www.rit.edu/gis/.

July 10, 2012
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2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive

I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 17th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.

 

Supplies needed are include

Backpacks
Pens (blue and black)
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads
Composition paper
Folders
Post-it-notes
Basic calculator
Glue sticks
Highlighters

 

If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop them off at either of the following locations:

 

Office of Senator Joseph E. Robach

2300 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY 14626

July 10, 2012
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Bryant & Stratton Breaks Ground

(Rochester, NY) - Recently, I had the privilge to speak at, and take part in, the ground breaking ceremony for Bryant and Stratton College's new campus in Greece. The new campus, on Long Pond Road, is expected to house classes beginning in January 2013. It will have a larger library and learning center than its current location offers, along with a medical lab, a crime lab, and computer labs. For more information, visit http://www.bryantstratton.edu/.

July 9, 2012
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Unity Hospital Opens New Cafe

Unity Hospital opened its new bistro style Café.

The new Café has doubled in size - from 4,472 square feet to over 9,000 square feet  - to match the expanding size of the new Hospital that will be complete in 2014. The Café serves approximately 1,100 meals per day, servicing nearly 2,600 Unity employees on the Hospital campus.   

 

This new bistro-style Café was created for the comfort and enjoyment of employees as visitors who need a comfortable space while waiting or in the course of visiting friends and loved ones.

 

. Park Place amenities include:

 

July 9, 2012
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce Memorial Stone Dedication

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.

July 4, 2012
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Pickleball Courts Open in Monroe County

On Tuesday, July 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first Pickleball courts in Monroe County. The courts are located next to the Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte. For more information on Pickleball, visit http://www.usapa.org/. Following the press conference, I gave Pickleball a try!

 

 

July 3, 2012
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Jam & Jemz Opens in Greece

(Rochester, N.Y.) - On Saturday, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jam and Jemz studio, located on Long Pond Road in Greece. Their mission is to enrich the lives of girls, through a variety of activities, including music, movement, peer building exercises, games, creativity, and fun. For more information on Jam & Jemz, visit their website, http://www.jamandjemz.com/HOME1.htm.

July 2, 2012
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2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Unveiling

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at the unveiling of the offical poster for the 2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival. The unveiling was held aboard the Mary Jemison boat, which will be used as a shuttle for this weekend's festival. The 2012 Corn Hill Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th. For more information on the festival, visit http://cornhillartsfestival.com/. Great job by artist Lisa Robinson on this year's poster!

July 2, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending July 1st, 2012

In this week's July 4th-themed Community Connection, facts about Independence Day, events around the community on Wednesday to celebrate Independence Day, and Tops Supermarket reopens in Hilton. Click on the link below to view this week's community connection in full screen.

June 29, 2012
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Academy Building Renovations Begin

On Thursday, I spoke at a cermeony to announce the renovation of the Academy Building downtown. The $5.8 million dollar project will transform the building into commercial and residential space. An $800,000 grant from the Restore New York fund was secured for this project. Located at 13 Fitzhugh Street, the building housed Rochester's first high school.

June 29, 2012
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School Modernization Program Kicks Off

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the Rochester City School District's ground breaking ceremony to launch the schools modernization program. Five schools will mark the beginning of a $325 million dollar construction program. Overall, 15 projects are to be completed by September 2015 as phase one of the schools modernization program. Today's ceremony was held at School No. 50, where work is underway.

June 28, 2012
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2012 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

On Wednesday night, I had the honor to introduce Fred Costello and Company prior to their 7:15 p.m. performance at the 2012 Rochester International Jazz Festival. Thank you to the all of those who work behind the scenes to make this event so successful each and every year. For more information and the remaining schedule to this year's Jazz Festival, visit http://www.rochesterjazz.com/.

June 28, 2012
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Tops Reopens in Hilton

On Wednesday, I was a part of the grand reopening ceremony at the Tops Supermarket in Hilton. The store recently underwent renovations, and used to be Furnal's Fresh Market. Tops is also celebrating its 50th year. To learn more about the grand re-openings, visit https://secure.topsmarkets.com/departments/Grand_Re_Openings/.

June 28, 2012
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Greece Central School District Summer Reading Initiative

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to record a segment to discuss the summer reading initiative sponsored by Greece Central School District. Greece-Turning Pages encourages students from kindergarten through high school to take an active participation in summer reading to help them maintain their reading skills and return to school in the fall, ready to learn. For more information about this program, visit http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/community.cfm?subpage=38411.

June 27, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Workplace Training for Women

The New York State Senate today announced legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would expand workforce assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying careers. Senator Robach was joined by Jean Carroll, CEO of YWCA of Greater Rochester and Monroe County.

 

“Women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families, yet working women earn 80 percent of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs that predominantly employ men,” Senator Robach said. “Expanding the state’s workforce training, counseling and referral efforts to help women get higher paying jobs will help women and their families.”

 

June 26, 2012
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Rally for Karen Klein

On Friday evening, June 22nd, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a rally for Karen Klein. As many of you know, Karen is the bus monitor from Greece who was the victim of bullying by middle school students. The video of the event has become a national story. Over 100 members of the Greece community also came out to the rally.

June 25, 2012
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