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Vision Quest Community School may provide an answer to charters

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A group of RCSD parents and teachers is seeking to open a new elementary school called Vision Quest Community School.
A group of concerned parents and teachers from the Rochester City School District is seeking to open a new kind of elementary school. Their idea is to build on the success of School Of The Arts (SOTA) by offering a similar interdisciplinary curriculum in the K–6 grade levels; a curriculum that is “rich in creative expression” and with a greater focus on the individual child.

Their proposal is being called Vision Quest Community School and the group will make a presentation to Superintendent Vargas on April 21…

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Monday, April 7th, 2014
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IRBIR the Alien says, “I’d Rather Be In Rochester”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Wheeler Dealer board game, Rochester edition. c1980. [PHOTO: Laurie Dirkx]
A RocSubway reader is looking to sell this old Rochester “Wheeler Dealer” board game ($50). Wheeler Dealer is a game of two parts. First, players travel the world while buying, selling, bargaining and trading products. In part two those products are sold back to the bank or auctioned to the highest bidder. Licensed versions of the game were produced for many cities around the world in the 1980s, including this one for Rochester…

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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The VERY Tall Tale of Jack & His Beanstalk… Now at the Sibley Building

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

'Balloon Manor: The Very Tall Tale of Jack & His Beanstalk' at the Sibley Building, Rochester, NY. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Local balloon artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle are hard at work right now constructing an enormous, 5-story tall beanstalk entirely out of balloons in the atrium of Rochester’s landmark Sibley Building.

Unlike previous haunted “Balloon Manors” you may remember at area shopping malls, admission is completely free for the public to come and enjoy this one. Balloon Manor: The VERY Tall Tale of Jack and his Beanstalk is due to be completed today, and open for viewing thru Sunday, February 9…

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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Meet Walter, Rochester’s Accordion Man

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Walter, Rochester's accordion man, performing underneath the Freddie-Sue bridge in Corn Hill as a crowd gathers for the Eddie Money 'Party in the Park' concert [PHOTO: Jeff Gerew, C7Photo.com]
Walter has been a fixture at local sporting events and concerts for decades. Known to most Rochesterians as “The Accordion Man,” Walter plays his squeezebox (and sings) outside most hockey, basketball and lacrosse games… at music events all around the city… and of course, a Redwings game would not be the same without Walter’s rendition of Take Me Out To The Ballgame playing in the background as fans line up at the turnstiles.

In a recent phone conversation with him, Walter told me he’s been playing around Rochester for three decades. He’s missed only one game in the past 15 years. And he’s gone through 83 accordions. His latest one is currently out of commission with broken keys and a worn strap…

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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RGRTA Digs Up More Buried Treasure: Seven Masonic Stone Carvings

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A stone from the Masonic Temple that once stood at Clinton Avenue and Mortimer Street. [IMAGE: RGRTA via Democrat & Chronicle]
In 2012 we were surprised to learn that RGRTA had dug up the foundation of the RKO Palace Theater while excavating for the new transit terminal. This week, Jim Memmott reported on some more fantastic treasures external link that were unearthed at the same site. Some time last year seven heavy stones (some weighing a ton) were pulled up from depths of up to 30 feet below street level. Each stone bore a symbol of the Freemasons…

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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Hide Your Kids, Krampus is Coming to Rochester

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A FREE community event, 'Breakfast with Krampus' will bring subversive holiday humor to Rochester. [PHOTO: Provided by Eric Rezsnyak]
Are you sick of the crass commercialism of Christmas? Looking to add a little edge to your holiday festivities? Here’s a free event you won’t want to miss. On Saturday, December 7, at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.) snag breakfast with everyone’s favorite holiday demon, Krampus, and help some needy kids at the same time.

Who the hell is Krampus? I’m glad you asked…

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Happy Holidays! Save on Rochester Subway Posters and Framing

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Get 20% off the Rochester Subway or Rochester Neighborhoods maps, then take it to Black Radish Studio for 25% off a custom framing job! Happy Holidays! [PHOTO: Black Radish Studio]
If you’re camping outside some big box store in the freezing cold waiting to get trampled in an attempt to grab a “Black Friday deal,” here’s something that may just save your life.

Now thru next Saturday, you can take 20% off the 24×36 Rochester Subway Map, 1928 Rochester Subway Map or the Rochester Neighborhoods Map. But wait, there’s more…

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013
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13 T-Shirts

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

13 Rochester T-shirts [PHOTO: Tiny Fish Printing]
In 2013 I gave myself a photo assignment. Pick 13 subjects, and take 13 snapshots of each… 13x13x13. Turns out this was much more work than I thought. So I’ve been accepting submissions from others. Today’s series of 13 comes to us from Tiny Fish Printing external link, a custom apparel printing company located near the public market.

T-shirts are an American staple. We all have our favorite one that we wear until our belly button shows through. They’re a great way to show our support for our favorite local institutions… restaurants, bands, clubs, etc. They allow us to show off our creative side, even we don’t have a creative bone in our body. And best of all, they keep us from being naked.

Uh, ok… Let’s just take a look at 13 awesome local t-shirt designs…

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Sculpey House Ornaments

Friday, November 8th, 2013

This holiday, why not give the gift of Sculpey... house ornaments by local artist Kimberly DiPietro.
Are you looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Here’s one that’s sure to fill any proud homeowner with good cheer. Local artist Kimberly Kllc DiPietro makes awesome little house ornaments out of Sculpey®! There can’t possibly be a better way to commemorate one’s home than with America’s favorite oven-baked clay…

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Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Durand Eastman Park and the Lady In White

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Durand-Eastman Park, Rochester, NY. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Durand-Eastman Park. So peaceful and picturesque. This time of year the autumn colors are brilliant. And the water is so calm and reflective; the landscape seems to gently float up into the sky. This could be heaven.

On the edge of one great Lake Ontario, two much smaller lakes, Durand and Eastman are named for the two men who donated the land for this beautiful park. In the early 1900′s Dr. Henry S. Durand owned a summer camp here. He and his friend George Eastman saw a need for a public park with access to the beach. So they bought a number of farms around the Durand property, and in 1907 they offered the land to the City of Rochester.

But to willingly give away this place, I have to believe Dr. Durand knew contained something that was not quite right. Maybe something terrifying…

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Friday, October 25th, 2013
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Take the “Slow Road” Across New York

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Benjamin Woelk wants to produce a grassroots travel documentary series called 'Slow Road.' [PHOTO: Provided]
If you’re like me, and you enjoy exploring local places most people overlook, here’s a neat project external link you might want to support. Benjamin Woelk (30, Rochester) and Jason Darnieder (Flower City Media) are working on a documentary travel series that focuses on exploring upstate and western N.Y. He’s calling the project “Slow Road” – a documentary series dedicated to sustaining community, preserving the past, and exploring America’s roads less traveled…

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
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FUN FOTO FRIDAY: RachBarnhart Makes the Men’s Room Wall

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Writing on the wall of the men's room at the Rochester Public Market. [PHOTO: RocPX.com]
My friend over at RocPX.com external link snapped this photo in the men’s room at the Rochester Public Market. Now, I know Rachel Barnhart and I consider her a good friend. So I really don’t want to spread rumors… NAAAH! That’s what the internet is for. Here’s what it says..

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Friday, September 20th, 2013
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Greentopia Film Festival Returns; Bigger & Better

Monday, August 26th, 2013

This year's Greentopia Film Festival will feature an array of unique films and equally unique screening locations; such as the roof of 1 Capron Street. [PHOTO: Jason Schwingle, TheRochesteriat.com]
In just its third year the Greentopia Film Festival external link (September 10-15th) has grown to become the second largest documentary film festival in New York State. Filmmakers’ submissions to the 2013 event were triple the number of those received in 2012, coming in from 31 countries on six continents. Of those films selected as features, four will have their New York State premieres at Greentopia – revealing themselves to Rochester audiences even before New York City moviegoers can see them…

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Monday, August 26th, 2013
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The Rochester African-American Landmarks Project Needs Your Help

Monday, August 19th, 2013

African-American dancers among the performers at Bardos' Inn in Gates, N.Y. c1930-1935 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Collection]
The Landmark Society is reaching out to the Rochester community to gather facts, events, places, and stories that have been important in the lives of ordinary African-Americans in Rochester. We need your help with this important project…

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Monday, August 19th, 2013
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