Nov/Dec
2014

When the cheering stops

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Written by Debi Neville

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The road home can be a long one for women who have served in the military. The transition is wrought with challenges common among all veterans, yet female service persons face unique challenges. The women featured in this article have had varying experiences, but they share a common thought: Each is glad she served our country and notes the strength it took to transition back into civilian life. The landscape of returning to “everyday routines and responsibilities” presents numerous hills and valleys of opportunities, concerns and physical and emotional adjustments.

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Environmental Affairs

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Written by Jennifer Gangloff

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Flo Sandok’s mission to protect the earth

 

As a young girl concerned about the world, Flo Sandok used to pick up litter she found scattered around the New York City neighborhood where she grew up. But it would be years before she considered herself an environmentalist.

Today, having spent more than 40 years in Rochester, Sandok has sealed her place in the community as a leader in environmental concerns. “Our own well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of others, everything we share with the earth,” she says.

 

Nov/Dec
2013

The Place for everyone to call home

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Celebrating Rochester’s new neighborhood-based family and youth center

September marked the long-awaited opening of the new neighborhood-based family and youth center: The Place. The 55,000-square-foot facility is the incredible outcome of collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (B&GCR) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R). A nine-year vision, the new center is now home to both organizations where they simultaneously carry out programs for youth and families, help kids and ensure positive beginnings.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Art Imitates Life

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

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Touching Lanesboro production echoes familiar experiences

Memories…sibling rivalry… life choices…are some of the universal themes explored in the Commonweal Theatre’s production “The Memory of Water,” a heartfelt, inspiring comedy that runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 10 in Lanesboro.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Seeing Purple

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Written by Bob Freund

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Pursuing a Cure For Pancreatic Cancer at the PurpleStride Walk

Purple will be the color of the day on Sept. 21, when hundreds of walkers, runners, supporters and cancer survivors gather at the Regional Sports Center at University Center Rochester. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a rallying color against pancreatic cancer.

Tens of thousands of lives each year are devastated by cancer of the pancreas: 73 percent of patients die within a year of diagnosis and only about 6 percent survive for five years.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Homeless in Rochester

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Written by Amanda Wingren

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Seeking Shelter, Rebuilding Lives

Crystal Bartz and her three children, Temperance (age 6), DaCorey, (age 4) and Darius (7 months), have been situated in transitional housing through the Salvation Army for two months—a place they are relieved to be even if it is only temporary.

When Crystal was four months pregnant with Darius, she encountered health problems that required her to be on strict bed rest, which meant she couldn’t work. A domestic dispute and subsequent breakup left Crystal and her children without a home.

 

May/Jun
2013

Fifty Years Never Looked So Good

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Written by Debi Neville

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Kellogg Middle School celebrates the half-century mark

The doors of Frank B. Kellogg Middle School in northeast Rochester first opened in late fall 1962 to a flood of seventh through ninth grade students. Known then as Kellogg Junior High, the building was designed for 1,200 students on 17 acres and built for only $13.81 per square foot (which included cost of equipment).

Tucked into a wooded hill, it still glistens inside and out and is now home to about 900 students grades six through eight.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Breaking the Chains of Modern-Day Slavery

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Written by K.L. Snyder

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The slave trade, an ages-old enterprise, has updated its modus operandi, added the internet to its dealings and undergone a name change: human trafficking. Modern-day slavery—sophisticated but still nefarious—perpetuates its ancestor’s evil.

Human trafficking is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor),” according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Freezin' For a Reason

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Written by Amanda Wingren

freezin-for-a-reasonPlunging into frigid waters to support Special Olympics

Every February at Foster Arend Park, they come as groups and alone, in costumes and swimsuits, as coworkers and friends. They all have the same plan: a bone-chilling plunge into an icy lake to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Kevin Torgerson organized and founded the first Polar Bear Plunge in Rochester in 2002, with 25 plungers pledging to take the jump for charity.

“We decided we wanted to make a splash, and, hey, we could do this,” says Torgerson. Since then, the Plunge has grown steadily in numbers and popularity, and in 2012, over a thousand people pledged and plunged, raising over $250,000 for Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with disabilities.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Moments of Shared Learning

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Written by Debi Neville

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When the Diversity Council of Rochester and Rochester Civic Theatre partnered five years ago, their main goal was “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”  The long list of events that has been presented has received overwhelming support from both presenters and participants. Fundamentally, the partnership has lead to looking at injustice from a theatric point of view. The goal is to sustain a welcoming attitude to all people, keeping that in mind when making decisions for the Rochester community. 

 

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