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.

The Cumming Nature Center is a little oasis about an hour south of Rochester. With miles of quiet trails through swamplands and towering pine trees, it’s a great place to talk about citizen science.

So what exactly does that term mean?

Nathan Hayes, the director of the nature center, says its the “crowdsourcing of scientific information. Multiple people all over the place putting the puzzle pieces together to get the picture.”

There is so much information to collect, Hayes says, that scientists alone can’t do it all. That’s where the rest of us can help. He says people can get involved and collect valuable information wherever they may be.

“We can study -- we should study -- these woods, and not worry about the Amazon. I mean, worry about the Amazon, but you don’t have to go away to contribute to important scientific base of knowledge, you can do it in your backyard.”

Why yes, that was the Goodyear Blimp you saw in the sky Sunday. It was because Monro Muffler Brake used it to promote a rebranding of its stores that starts this fall.

Also in this report, it looks like job growth remains strong for the region, and Southwest Airlines is adding a flight from Rochester to Ft. Myers, Florida.

Shares of Tesla lost approximately nine percent of their value Friday, as the high-tech company moves forward amid concerns including a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, comments made by founder Elon Musk and a report that Tesla may not, after all, purchase all the output from the Buffalo-based factory it now shares with Panasonic.

The Goodyear Blimp hovered over Rochester skies on Sunday, as part of an effort to bring attention to the rebranding and re-imaging of Monro Muffler Brake & Service and Mr. Tire stores nationwide.

The Rochester-based chain says that the local stores will be the focus of a pilot rollout in October, a total of 21 Monro and 10 Mr. Tire service centers. Nationally, there are 498 Monro and 317 Mr. Tire locations.

Alfred University has named a new Dean for its Inamori School of Engineering.  And the person filling that role has ties to Alfred and the Rochester area.

Gabrielle Gaustad is a former undergrad at Alfred who graduated in 2004 with a degree in ceramic engineering.

For the last 10 years she was at RIT, where she was an associate professor and Master of Science program coordinator at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

Gaustad says one goal of hers throughout her career has been to be a mentor for women in engineering and STEM-related fields.


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