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Aldi’s In ROC: Grocery Chain Eyeing North Winton As New Store Location

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Aldi is the common brand of a German family-owned discount supermarket chain with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries. The grocery chain was founded by Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother’s store in Essen, which had been in operation since 1913.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Aldi’s is making its way back to the North Winton part of Rochester. Aldi’s has tried for years to open a store in the area, but were blocked by landlords and area residents. Still, the chain has to wait for Rochester to OK the signage before they start their remodeling plans, which would involve reconstructing the former Tops Friendly Markets.

“This is where it hurts,” said Mary Coffey, a co-chairperson of the North Winton Village Association. “Although we are thrilled to death about Aldi’s, the big concern is what is it going to look like?”

North Winton residents have expressed their disappointment over how the former Tops will be remodeled. The plans involve an angled roof and a combination of aluminum and masonry for the storefront veneer. Since 50% of all customers who enter a business do so because of the signage, the visual aesthetic is crucial for both organizations and consumers alike. To put it another way, nearly 85% of people surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that signs can convey the “personality or character of the business.”

“Aldi has changed its traditional look and is going with something more modern,” added James Seitz, president of the Browncroft Neighborhood Association who opposed the original Aldi plan based on its design. “Some people have liked it, and some people think it’s too edgy for the street.”

According to Rochester City Newspaper, Flaum Management, the commercial real estate firm that owns the property, has committed to upgrading the landscaping and lighting across the plaza.

“We are committed to working with the neighborhood associations to create a property that works within the scope of the neighborhood,” said Loren Flaum, VP of finance for Flaum Management.

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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As Opioid Addiction Crisis Persists, Local Greece Dentist Takes Action

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

By Melissa Brewer

Local dentist Dr. Susan Bracker is taking action in the face of a national addiction crisis. She has vowed to run an opioid-free clinic in an attempt to lower the number of people who first experience the addictive drug through the prescriptions dentists give out after surgery.

When patients enter Dr. Bracker’s practice in Greece, the first thing they see is a sign on the door informing them of the change in procedure. Dr. Bracker believes that her small notice on the practice door is more than an indication of how that specific practice operates, but a greater sign of the times.

“I think this has affected so many people. There’s not a person out there who doesn’t know someone who has died from addiction,” Dr. Bracker told 13WHAM News.

Across the United States, overdoses from opioids have been increasing in men and women in most age groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 42,000 people died of overdoses from prescription or illicit opioids in 2016 alone.

It may seem like this addiction crisis would only affect those who struggle to manage longterm conditions, such as the six out of 10 baby boomers who are predicted to manage a chronic condition by 2030. However, a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed the unexpected risks that prescription opioids from dentists pose to teenagers.

Every year, dentists pull 10 million wisdom teeth from patients who range in age from 13 to 30. About 80% of these patients fill the opioid prescription they receive from their dental surgeon. According to the recent study from JAMA, almost 6% of patients who fill the initial prescription are diagnosed with opioid abuse a year later. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 are among the hardest hit by the addiction.

Public health officials say that the best way to combat the crisis is to tackle the opioid prescription process, which is exactly what Dr. Bracker is doing at her practice. She is encouraging patients to turn to over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol and Advil. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, a review of over 460 studies showed that taking these two medications together in appropriate doses is actually more effective than opioid medication on dental pain and leads to fewer side effects.

“I think we’ve been programmed that, unless it’s a prescription, it isn’t as good. In most of those kinds of extractions, you really don’t need it. Most kids heal really fast and easily,” says Dr. Bracker.

At Dr. Bracker’s practice, they only break their opioid-free policy in extreme cases. Even in these instances, Dr. Bracker only allows doses of the opioid medication to cover three days, well under the seven-day recommendation from the American Dental Association. When she prescribes opioids, she also educates patients on their addictive nature and advises to take them on a strictly as-needed basis.

As 99.7% of adults believe that a healthy smile is socially important, avoiding procedures that cause dental pain is nearly impossible. However, Dr. Susan Bracker has demonstrated that avoiding the use of dangerously addictive medications is entirely possible when those giving out prescriptions take control.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Bike Share and You

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Map of potential bike share stations [PHOTO: Zagster]
By Matthew Denker

As some of you may have heard, bike shareexternal link is coming to Rochester.external link I’ve considered writing about it all sorts of ways. I thought about mentioning how manyexternal link other cities have it. Or how safeexternal link it is. Or even the specific plansexternal link for Rochester (warning: PDF). As you may have already guessed, I’m not about to do any of that. Instead, I’d like to discuss what bike share has meant for me over the past decade, and what it might mean for you too.

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Monday, January 9th, 2017
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RocLinks 10/29/16

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Rendering of Parcel 5 Proposal by Fraser Smillie [PHOTO: DeWolff Partnership Architects]
By Matthew Denker

50 Shades of Eh?

Somewhat unexpectedly, a fifth proposalexternal link for Midtown Parcel 5 was submitted. Spoiler alert, it’s, how to be polite about this, different. Ok, fine, it’s terrible. It’s bad. It’s terribad. It might even be a false flag operation to make the submitted proposals look better. I don’t know, but inexplicably it’s being taken seriously by parts of the city which is creating unrestexternal link with other parts of the city. I’d be calling for the popcorn if this weren’t the future of the middle of our town on the line.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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RocLinks 10/15/16

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Belnord Apartments in 1921 (now the Rite Aid at Monroe and Goodman) [PHOTO: Rochester Museum and Science Center
By Matthew Denker

Baby Steps

If you spend any amount of time looking at real estate in Rochester, you might discover that there are a non-zero number of vacant properties (although not as many as you might think). Others have noticed too, and a reportexternal link on them has been written by Monroe County. While some of their solutions are laudable, it seems that access to capital for renovations isn’t there. This is one of the biggest problems, whether it’s for home owners themselves or investors.

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Saturday, October 15th, 2016
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Not In My Front Yard

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Some neighbors who live along this road in Irondequoit would like sidewalks. Others would not. [IMAGE: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

When Andrea Chervenak received a letter earlier this year from the Town of Irondequoit notifying her that a sidewalk was being proposed for her street, she was thrilled. Unfortunately for Andrea, her neighbors’ front lawns are more important than her children’s safety. To hammer this nonsensical point home, some people even made lawn signs…

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Sunday, September 11th, 2016
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RocLinks 9/3/16

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Excerpt of full page ad showing the soon to be completed Lincoln Tower downtown [PHOTO: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1/25/1970]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
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RocLinks 8/20/16

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Lincoln Rochester Trust Branch [PHOTO: Rochester Daily Record 6/9/1958]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Midtown Plaza Under Construction [PHOTO: Buffalo Courier-Express 6/4/1961]
By Matthew Denker

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RocLinks 8/6/16

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Broad Street Bridge under (re)construction [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library, Division of Local History
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016
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RocLinks 7/9/16

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Excavating for the War Memorial Arena in 1952 [PHOTO: RPL Local History Division]
By Matthew Denker

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Sunday, July 10th, 2016
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RocLinks 7/2/16

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

MLK Park née Manhattan Square Park Playground in 1983 [PHOTO: City Hall Photo Lab contemporary collection]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
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Special Weekend Events Mark 60th Anniversary of Rochester Subway Closing

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The Rochester subway station at Monroe Avenue (June 1956). The Rochester subway ended passenger service on June 30, 1956. [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Mike Governale

The Rochester Subway stopped passenger service on June 30, 1956. To mark the 60th anniversary of the subway’s closing the New York Museum of Transportation external link will host a two-day weekend event filled with talks, trolley rides, demonstrations of the Subway’s fully restored “Casey Jones” speeder, food, and vendors…

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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RocLinks 6/18/16

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

A repairman works on the Sibley Building clock tower [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, June 18th, 2016
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RocLinks 6/11/16

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Looking towards the Hungerford Building in EMMA [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Matthew Denker

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Saturday, June 11th, 2016
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RocLinks 6/4/16

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

St. Boniface Church in 1911 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 4 Comments »

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