Fifteen students in RIT’s Industrial Design program will spend this semester designing products for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. It’s part of the university’s annual Metaproject, which pairs students with a different industry partner each year.

Ontario County health officials say that Deep Run Beach in the Town of Gorham and Onanda Park Beach in the Town of Canandaigua have reopened their swimming areas.

Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake remains closed for the swimming season due to algae blooms.

Officials say that it is safe to swim and boat in areas of the lake without visible algae. Blue-green algae occur naturally in bodies of water in low numbers, but during prolonged hot weather the algae can become abundant.

Tops Markets is announcing plans to close 10 stores it says are underperforming as part of its effort to restructure and emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed for earlier this year.

The stores identified for closing include three in the immediate Rochester area:

  • 710 Lake Ave.
  • 175 N. Winton Road.
  • 6720 Pittsford/Palmyra Road, Fairport.

The founder of a business that has been a fixture on Park Avenue for nearly 50 years has died.

George Gines, the original owner of Jines Restaurant, died Sunday at the age of 84.

Mr. Gines immigrated to Rochester from Greece when he was 20 years old and opened the family restaurant in 1971, before Park Avenue was the kind of destination it is today.

Two years ago, James Klenk of Freehold, N.J. suffered a heat stroke and went into renal failure after several days sorting and unloading heavy boxes in the back of a UPS truck. He had been a driver for UPS for 14 years and almost died that day.

Klenk is one of countless workers across the country enduring symptoms of heat stress. High temperatures can pose health threats on a daily basis, including confusion, fatigue, and dehydration. More extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and organ failure, depending on a worker's environment and how quickly treatment is administered.

A local floral workshop for city youths got a new home Monday morning,

A ribbon cutting was held for a new floral design space and shed in the JOSANA neighborhood for the local project Green Visions.

But it wasn’t outside a building, it’s outside a repurposed shipping container. The 800-square-foot space is on Whitney Street.

Michael Phillipson is the co-founder of Greentopia, which runs the project.

The City of Rochester has adopted new, accessible construction guidelines.

Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

"It was certainly a windy road to get here, but the point is that we got here."

Woodward says the CDR has been working tirelessly with the city in order to make sure people with disabilities have access to accessible, affordable, and integrated housing in Rochester.

Sears Holdings is closing more stores including one in the Rochester area.

The company this week announced another 46 locations to close, including 33 Sears stores and 13 Kmart stores.

The latest list will include the Sears store at Eastview Mall in Victor. It will close down in November. Also, the company says the Sears Auto Center at that location will close in late September.

Sears was an original anchor store at Eastview when it opened in 1971.

Sears issued this statement:

For all the #MeToo allegations that have come pouring out in the past year, sexual assaults and harassment are still underreported. The vast majority of survivors never report what happened to them. But now "there's an app for that." Actually several.

While much of the focus to date has been on college campuses, developers are now bringing their high tech tools to the work place, hoping to encourage more reporting, and to hasten the identification of repeat offenders.

There may not be a settlement yet between New York State and Charter/Spectrum. But it appears the two sides are at least willing to talk a little longer.

Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable TV and internet, has been in danger of losing its ability to operate in New York State.


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