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notesfromglenn My dad began slowing down around the age of 82. Severe arthritis in his hands kept him from holding and swinging a golf club, and when that miserable disease attacked his knees it made it murder for him to walk. But being one of nine kids, who spent ages five through eleven growing up in an orphanage in New Jersey, Dad had experienced a lot worse. My dad was a hard-working, creative, charismatic, blue-collar guy who woke up every morning with a smile on his face. He viewed adversity as an honest opportunity to find personal gratification in overcoming challenges. After my mother passed away in 1975, my dad moved into a mobile home in a nice middle-class community in Hollywood, Florida. My sister, Jill, who lived nearby, served as his best buddy and life support system. Jill and I tag teamed Dad with care and comfort. Jill provided the day-to-day care, checking in on Dad regularly, while I provided some financial support with occasional trips visiting from Rochester.




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Biologically, our bodies begin breaking down and failing as we get older. That process, I've learned, doesn't usually reverse itself. In 1998, at the age of 86, Dad’s bladder went south (pun intended). This became a source of embarrassment for a proud, independent man, who had taken care of himself since he was a child. My sister could not convince Dad that adult diapers or Depends, as they were called by their brand name, was an acceptable remedy to incontinence. All the discussion and persuasion in the world wouldn't convince Dad that wearing Depends was anything other than a strike against his manhood. So my sister invested in plastic sheets and a lot of laundry detergent. Being a “chip-off-the-old-block” I devised a plan to address the issue during my next trip to visit Dad. Upon arriving in Florida, I suggested to Dad that we get a good night sleep and play a round of golf the following day. Dad responded, “Glenn, you know I can’t swing a golf club,” to which I replied, “Yes I know, but I can, and you can give me a playing lesson.” He agreed. Before going to bed, I pulled out two pairs of Depends and I suggested that we both wear them the following day on the golf course under our pants. Dad looked at me with shock and stammered, “Have you got a problem too?” I laughed and assured him that I did not, but I wanted him to try them. I wanted him to give them a shot and, being his son, I would go along and wear them also. There was a good amount of discussion and resistance, but he finally agreed, being mildly comforted that he had a “partner-in-arms,” so to speak. I remember him going to bed that night shaking his head with somewhat of a disgusted look on his face. Early to rise the next morning, the two of us put on our golf gear with our Depends underneath. We had our morning cup of coffee, read the newspaper and proceeded to the course. We rented a cart and went off as a twosome. Being a rock solid 22 handicap, I proceeded to play my typical mediocre game of golf with Dad at my side giving me the same instruction he had given me for the past 30 years: Keep your head down. Keep your eye on the ball. Slow your swing down. Pretty simple…you’d think I’d have gotten it by then.

After a playing a few holes, the beer cart came around and I ordered a beer and offered Dad the same. He declined in disappointment saying, “You know I can’t drink beer out here, it will run right through me.” At that point I stopped and gave him the lecture and education on how a Depends works. My presentation was brilliant and if it had been filmed, it could have been a Kimberly-Clark commercial. But Dad wasn’t satisfied with my explanation so we continued along with me playing my game of hook-and-slice, down fairway after fairway until the beer cart showed up a few holes later. I ordered another beer for myself with Dad again declining. I could see the frustration mounting on his face. I gave Dad a second dose of Depends education diving deeper in the “wicking-away” process, but he would have no part of. Finally, nearly at the turn, I pulled our cart into the rough, close to a big tree, near my ball. I got out of the cart, walked up to the tree, golf club in hand, put my hands on my hips and stood there facing the tree. Dad asked me, “What are you doing?” “I’m taking a leak,” I replied. “But you have your pants pulled up.”

time, I ordered another beer and after a bit of hesitation, Dad ordered a beer, reluctantly. A few holes later Dad was embarrassed to inform me that he “had to go.” I pulled our cart up next to another big tree and we both got out. Apprehension was written all over Dad’s face. With both of us standing up close to the tree Dad began to reach for his fly, and I stopped him. I looked him directly in the eyes and simply said, “Trust me.” Well, there we were, father and son on a golf course relieving ourselves, standing in front of a big tree in the manner and tradition that every male golfer has come to understand and appreciate, with just a slight twist: our fly’s were up. It had to be a ridiculous sight, the two of us, hands perched on hips, staring at this big tree just inches from us, with expressions turning to gradual relief. We got back into the cart and drained our beers as we drove back to the clubhouse and then home without a word. We pulled into Dad’s driveway and I got the clubs out of the trunk. As Dad fiddled with his keys to open the front door he turned to me and said, “Well, I think that’s alright, and I’m going to have another beer.” A few days later, we got rid of the plastic sheets. Well, I’m now 65 and I’ve worn a pair of Depends, so I know what you are thinking. I’m nowhere near ready to go down that path, but when I am, I have two golf playing son-in-laws who I will invite to join me in front of some big tree on the golf course.

“Of course I do, I’m wearing Depends.” “So why are you standing in front of a tree?” “Because Dad, that’s what guys do when they take a leak on the golf course, right? It’s tradition.” I got back into the cart with Dad shaking his head in confusion and disgust. A few moments later he began inquiring about my comfort. I reassured him that I was perfectly dry and comfortable. I continued to go hook-to-slice down a few more fairways, missing multiple four foot putts…nothing had changed. When the beer cart came by a third

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crawford Roger Crawford was born with an anomaly called ectrodactyly. From a surface-level perspective, one might assume this rare congenital disorder would make playing a physically demanding sport like tennis an insurmountable challenge. Anyone with that perspective either hasn’t seen Roger Crawford on the tennis court, or was looking the other way when he crushed a backhand down the line. Raised by encouraging parents in Danville, California, and unwilling to take no for an answer, Roger picked up a tennis racquet for the first time at 11 years old. It wasn’t long before he was competing against able-bodied players, and by the end of high school, Roger sported a 46-7 record. At Loyola Marymount University, Roger became the first NCAA Division I athlete to compete with a fourlimb physical challenge against able-bodies athletes.After college he earned professional status from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Roger now brings his winning ways not only to the tennis court, but to large audiences as a motivational speaker, helping others face adversity and learn to compete at the highest level. Fortunately for us, Roger was willing to take a pit stop on his speaking tour and share more of his remarkable story with Midtown Spirit ‘s Glenn William.

(left) Recently, the remarkable Engineering Team at Wilson Tennis designed custom rackets for Roger. Wilson says he is their “second favorite Roger,” right behind the great Roger Federer.


(left) Roger competing on the Loyola Marymount University Tennis Team. (below) Roger says his greatest achievement on the football field was when he hopped in for a touchdown after an opponent pulled off his artificial leg! (below, right) Taking a break from his first job as a teaching pro in Northern California.

a passion for me. People talk about setting goals, but goals are an intellectual commitment. When you have a passion for something, that’s an emotional connection. I connected with tennis because when I was on a tennis court, I felt able-bodied; I was like all the normal kids. That was so important for me growing up. Tennis was something I could be successful at, and it wasn’t because I was fastest or most powerful, but because I focused on hitting the ball over the net one more time than my opponent to win.

Glenn William: How do you view your handicap? Roger Crawford: From my perspective this is the hand I’ve been dealt, and this is one of the challenges that I face in life. Everyone faces adversity in one form or another. I’ve grown up with the philosophy that real handicaps like mine can be overcome. I think it’s the imaginary ones in life that really hold us back. All of us, no matter who we are or what we do, are going to walk through some type of challenge. It’s all about how we respond to it.

GW: Tell us a little bit about Roger in college.

GW: Who was your favorite teacher and how did he or she impact you? RC: The most effective teachers in my life were the ones that had high expectations for me. They didn’t cut me any slack because my hands and my life were different. That philosophy really came from my parents. My father had this saying: “You don’t live in Pity City.” His point was not to spend a lot of time feeling sorry for yourself, don’t make excuses, and focus on what you can do. Teachers who didn’t look at me as disabled were the most influential and had the most impact on me. Students respond to expectations, so you get what you expect. When I was growing up I really resisted the idea that I was handicapped. I wanted to participate in sports with able-bodied students, and I didn’t want any special equipment to help me in the classroom.

“Tennis was something I could be successful at, and it wasn't because I was fastest or most powerful, but because I focused on hitting the ball over the net one more time than my opponent to win.”

GW: As you think back on the past and on the present, who was/is the most proud of you? RC: Certainly, I would say my parents. Probably my coach, Tony Fisher. He took a chance on me when I was younger and I think he’s proud of what I have accomplished. He’s an amazing person. GW: How long was he your coach? RC: From the time I was 12 years old Tony was my primary coach and lifelong mentor. Tennis was more than just a goal. Tennis became

RC: I was very fortunate to have an extraordinary college tennis coach, Jamie Sanchez, who believed in my ability to compete against able-bodied athletes at a Division I level. I admire him immensely. College life was a blast and a very unique experience because when I signed up for student housing they put me in a room with other disabled students. That was initially a tremendous setback for me. I was like, “Oh my goodness, I have worked so hard at seeing myself and having others see me as able-bodied.” But it turned out to be a great blessing because they became great friends.


(below) What a tremendous honor to carry the Olympic Torch for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

GW: Do you remember your first tennis match? RC: I remember it like it was yesterday. The first tournament I played in was in Concord, California. What I remember most about it was the other players reaction to me: "Uh, oh. I hope I don't lose to this guy." GW: How was competition for you? RC: I loved competition, I really did. I found it exciting. I approached every match like I’d already won. It allowed me to approach the match with a little less anxiety and a little more freedom. I can’t fully express all the ways tennis shaped “There are times I have felt my life, but I’ll give you a couple insecure or couldn’t find examples. Growing up I had an the strength to take my artificial leg, I didn’t want to wear shorts, and didn’t want anyone to see hands out of my pockets. my artificial leg. I struggled taking I need to be able to share my hands out of my pockets, so how was I going to find the courage to those things with the play tennis? I had to wear shorts to audience in a true and play tennis and my hands were right out there, and it was awesome. In the authentic way. If you try heat of competition, I didn’t care to portray your life as about people looking at my hands going straight up, well, or my leg. GW: When did you realize you really had a message to share?


RC: I’ll have audience members come to me afterward and say, “My favorite part of your speech is when you said this,” and give me a quote. Then later I’ll listen to my tape and I realize I didn’t say that. I learned that what the audience hears is way more important than what I say. People hear my presentation and they think about their own life and how it relates to them. GW: What is the most stressful aspect of getting up in front of a group?

RC: After I had been speaking for about 15 years, I got sick on the road. I had tremendous anxiety and I was really struggling. It’s okay to have a little bit of fear, because fear keeps you sharp. Having anxiety, which is negative, can be a real disability. I talked to a friend of mine who is a speaker and he said something that completely changed my approach to anxiety: “You’re having anxiety because you’re focusing too much on yourself. Focus on the audience.” As soon as I stopped thinking about me, the anxiety disappeared. Also, knowing a little about the group and speaking to their needs enables me to connect with the audience and work on building a bridge. I try to render value to every audience because I think it’s such a privilege to present to them. I approach it with a tremendous amount of gratitude. These people are taking an hour of their time to listen to me. I absolutely owe it to them to give them my very, very best.

nobody’s life is like that.”

RC: The turning point was when I was asked to give a speech and someone said, “What do you charge?” I said to myself, “That’s a pretty good idea.” I had given hundreds of free speeches before I embarked on this as a career. Before I knew it, I stopped teaching tennis and focused on my career as a speaker. I really approached speaking in the same way I approached tennis. I didn’t want to be a handicapped or disabled speaker. I wanted to be a speaker that had a physical challenge. When I stand in front of a group I tell a little of my story, but that’s not the emphasis. I’ve worked diligently to become an effective communicator by learning the techniques, the different ways of putting a presentation together and structuring it.

GW: What is the take-away message from these presentations?

(right) Spending time with the great Martina Navratilova at the U.S. Open. (below, right) Tennis gave Roger the opportunity to turn a limiting disability into unlimited possibility.

GW: How do you keep your message fresh?

GW: How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable with so many people?

RC: I make sure I have something new to say in every presentation. I try to find something current, something that’s topical in the news, or something I’ve read. Also, when I’m putting it together, I do it in seven minute blocks. I move those around depending on the audience. I’m continually finding ways to learn and to grow myself. Though I may tell a particular story many times, to avoid it sounding rehearsed, I find a way to restructure or refresh the story.

RC: Vulnerability, from my perspective, is about being honest with yourself. It’s being honest with the group. Whenever I hear someone speak only to their success, and present their life going straight up with no bumps in the road, that doesn’t resonate with me because I can’t relate to it. People stumble, people have pain, and people fail. I need to be able to tap into those moments in my life because it keeps me authentic, and people relate to that. When you’re standing in front of a group you can only fake it for about five minutes. You need to come from a place of authenticity and share some truth of your own life. People have walked up to me, able-bodied, attractive and successful people, and their stories are overwhelming because of the adversity they have faced and the struggles they have had. Vulnerability is about making sure you are always in touch with the

GW: How would you describe your career in the context of Roger Crawford as an individual? RC: I like to express my appreciation for my career. I’m grateful to live in a country that gives people who have a physical disability like mine an opportunity to succeed. I never take it for granted, not one bit. People ask if after so many years of doing this I’m burned out. Burned out? Are you kidding me? This is awesome, how could I be burned out? If you do something you enjoy and you feel like you make a difference and have impact, there is nothing better than that. GW: Is there a not-for-profit organization that is especially meaningful to you? RC: One I hold in very high regard is Wounded Warrior Foundation. All those who have come back from war with tremendous injuries and how they are able to recover is quite inspiring. GW: What does a “perfect day” look like for you? RC: A perfect day would be my wife and me spending the day with our grandchild. Alex Jean is three and just precious. I love children and seeing things through their eyes reminds you of that child wonder. She is amazed at so many things in life that we adults take for granted. GW: Has she asked about your hands? RC: That’s a great question. No, she hasn’t. She calls me PopDaddi and the other day she said to me, “PopDaddi, look at that foot. That’s a funny foot.” I said, “Yes, sweetie, that is a funny foot.” So, I think she notices, but she probably thinks every PopDaddi has three toes. The thing about kids is they ask and then they’re over it. Adults are different. They won’t ask, but they’ll try to catch a peek. Kids are upfront and then they’re done. I love watching Alex Jean because she loves to try new things. Kids don’t know they can fail, and she’s sure she can do anything.

truth. I struggle and I continue to struggle. There are times I have felt insecure or couldn’t find the strength to take my hands out of my pockets. I need to be able to share those things with the audience in a true and authentic way. If you try to portray your life as going straight up, well, nobody’s life is like that. GW: I would think every talk you give allows you to collect stories because of your interest in people. RC: That’s where they all come from quite frankly. It’s the experiences from meeting new groups or new people. You can learn something from everybody. It doesn’t have to be someone super successful or super powerful. Anybody can teach you something. If you take time to engage with people, you can learn something from every experience. Like you said, it’s just being interested.


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sauce ingredients 1 lb. ground beef

1 cup dry red wine

¼ lb. sopressata small diced

2-28 oz. cans San Marzano

¼ lb. capicola small diced

tomatoes (blended)

1 cup onion small diced

1 sprig each rosemary and thyme

½ cup carrot small diced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

½ cup fennel stalk diced

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon garlic minced

1 cup heavy cream

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sauce directions Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a rondeau, sauce pot or dutch oven until it starts to smoke. Then brown ground beef evenly. Remove ground beef, leaving rendered fat in pan. Sweat onion, carrot, fennel and garlic in rendered fat until onions are translucent. Add sopressata and capicola. Heat through and deglaze with red wine. Reduce by half, then add in blended tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Return beef to pan, add in herbs and let simmer for 2-3 hours. Add heavy cream, season to taste with salt and pepper. fresh pasta ingredients 4 eggs

½ lb. 00 flour

½ lb. semolina flour

1 oz. extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

pasta directions Combine semolina, 00 flour and salt in a bowl or on countertop. Make a well in the middle of flour mixture, place cracked eggs and olive oil into well. Scramble eggs and combine with flour mixture to form uniform dough. Add water if necessary, one teaspoon at a time. (Dough should spring back when depressed on.) Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least a half hour. When ready, roll out dough to .125” thickness with rolling pin or pasta machine. Cut into desired size noodles. Heat 1 gallon water and 2 ounces salt to a boil. Add pasta, return to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Strain pasta. Combine with desired amount of sauce and serve topped with 1 tablespoon ricotta per dish and fresh basil.

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Pasta makes 3 to 4 servings and sauce yields 6 to 10 servings.



by Derek Orf Director of Sales—Rochester Spectrum Reach

A multiscreen hyper-targeted approach works best If you’re a business-owner or marketer, you’ve probably heard more than once that audiences are becoming more and more fragmented every year, making advertising strategies more challenging to navigate. With all the options, where should your marketing dollars go? First, let’s set the record straight on media consumption. Adults still spend most of their entertainment time with good, “old-fashioned” television. (37% with TV, 27% mobile, 18% with a desktop or laptop.)1 TV viewership is still strong: the difference is that now, advertising in our evolving, integrated-media world means that you have to have a catchy campaign and an advanced, audience-focused media plan to match. You have to be innovative. Now, think about the fact that 81% of internet users in the U.S. use another device while watching television.2 TV consumption isn’t going anywhere, but the average time spent per day with digital devices continues to increase.3 It’s time for marketers to stop looking at the future of advertising as TV vs. digital. It’s TV and digital, integrated, focused on targeting the right audience. Scott Eifert, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Spectrum Reach, the advertising arm of Spectrum Cable, said that “precisely identifying and advertising to the ideal audience is more important than ever before.” Consumers’ media consumption today is extremely fragmented, and to accurately target you need technology that was built to counter fragmentation seen in today’s market. With digital noise taking over the marketplace, it’s also important to have clear reporting and analytics. Truly integrated campaigns need “targeting to the right audience across screens and platforms, ultimately improving campaign effectiveness,” according- to Eifert.

Twin Advertising, a long-time Spectrum Reach partner, has been impressing clients across the U.S. with Spectrum Reach’s AudienceTrak tool, calling it a “game-changer” in the industry. The AudienceTrak tool is an exclusive reporting and analytics platform that provides full transparency into TV and digital campaigns. Agency owner and Midtown member, John Galbraith, said that Spectrum Reach has always been “early adopters” of new technology and opportunities, a huge plus for his forward-thinking clients. He said his “clients love the ability to target so precisely by location.” Lynch Furniture, which has served the Finger Lakes Region for more than 100 years, has seen lasting results with precision targeting. John Lynch, the fourth-generation family owner, may call himself “oldfashioned” when it comes to the way he approaches advertising, but he’s partnered with Spectrum Reach for 15 years using targeted TV programming, advanced zoning to the ideal neighborhoods. And his business has only grown. AudienceTrak enables businesses to ensure their campaigns are effectively reaching target audiences with a customized, all-in-one dashboard. The reporting features provide real-time campaign results, screenshots of which websites your ad was displayed, impressions, brand lift and much more robust reporting. Think about seeing all your creative ads stacked next to each other and seeing which ads are performing well and which ones aren’t. Businesses can actually see their return on investment. With AudienceTrak, clients can forget the advertising guessing game. “We get to give the power back to the customer,” Galbraith said.

Spectrum Reach is the advertising division of Spectrum. Visit or call Derek Orf, Director of Sales–Rochester at 585.419.9014 for more information.

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eMarketer, March 2017. Time spent figures based on per day, US Adults TV includes “other media.” 2 “U.S. TV Second Screen Usage Reach 2017,” Statista, March 2017. eMarketer, US Digital Viewers and Penetration; January 2017.


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memberprofile lesterfriedman Are you a Rochester native? I grew up downstate in the little town of Port Jervis, which sits at the point where NY, NJ, and PA meet. In fact, there is a rock in the Delaware river, that runs through the town, where you can stand in three states at the same time. My wife and I live in Rochester, while my daughter and step daughter live in NYC, and my son lives in San Diego. When did you become a Midtown member and what motivated you to join? I joined the Club six years ago when I moved to Rochester; it was the first place I joined. What activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? I participate in tennis, work with one of Midtown’s personal trainers, and swim at the Club. I enjoy going to the movies, playing guitar, writing books and attending IMPROV classes in my spare time. As a film teacher, I am committed to keeping up with the vast output from Hollywood and other sources, including TV, so I do find myself at The Little or Pittsford Plaza theaters quite often. Tell us about your career path and why you chose it, particularly what brought your focus to “media and society?” My life was saved by a high school English teacher and that event provided me with a sense of how teachers can affect the lives of students in which they come into contact… and it has proven to be true. I received advanced degrees in English literature (at Syracuse U) and taught the subject for many years, but I always loved movies and when an opportunity appeared to teach in a cinema program, I jumped at it. It’s such a blessing to be able to make a living doing something I am passionate about and that can make an impact on young lives. You published “Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media” in 2004, well before Obama and Trumpcare. How do you think the media has affected the Affordable Care Act? LOL. Not one bit. I edited three books on health care— Cultural Sutures, the Picture of Health, and the Health and Humanities Reader. They all relate to the role of the humanities in health care education, delivery, and practice. None, I fully believe, were read either by Obama or Trump.

What about Stephen Spielberg’s story made you say, “I want to write a book about this man’s films?” Honestly, my students asked me to do a class on Spielberg and I could not find a good, scholarly book; so, I wrote the first one. I became quite fascinated with his films and their impact on Hollywood and American culture. I sent a copy of the book to Spielberg and, much to my delight, his personal assistant called me to say that he loved it. What are you currently writing about? I just finished writing a volume on Clint Eastwood. Currently I am researching a book on The Sports Film and editing the series For the Love of the Game for Rutgers University Press, which will have separate volumes on baseball, basketball, football, boxing, and soccer. What book are you reading right now? The Sympathizer. It is a truly great book—a tough, but very worthwhile read. Written by a Vietnamese native, now an American citizen and English professor, the book provides a perspective on that tragic war that I have rarely, if ever, seen. Do you have a favorite author or book? Well, Frankenstein would be up there, as would Wuthering Heights, The Adventures of Huck Finn and The Great Gatsby. On the modern side, I love Richard Russo, Michael Charbon, Francine Prose, and T.C. Boyle. How do you find time to exercise at Midtown during your busy schedule? I just retired, so it’s not a problem any more. When I was working, it was a challenge. My advice is to make it a commitment and schedule things (tennis games, work with a trainer, yoga, etc.) so that if forces you to be disciplined. What do you enjoy most about living in Rochester? Rochester is a really nice place to live. It has a lot of culture for a city its size and is close enough to travel to bigger cities in a short amount of time. Even the restaurant scene is getting better —I recommend Lucano’s as the best. I love the entire Finger Lakes region with its lakes, beautiful scenery, and wineries and, of course, with the Little Theatre and the Eastman House, Rochester is a film lover’s heaven. What is still on your bucket list? Going to the US Open, beating Greg in a tennis game, playing with Glenn’s band (just once), and getting six-pack abs. Of these options, I truly believe only the first one is really possible. 15


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49. Language suffix

6. Microsoft product

51. Declares

10. Trunk growth

54. Big to-do

14. Deadly snake

57. Ranger's domain

15. Black-and-white treat 61. Military vehicle 16. Mine: Fr.

62. Masks are worn here

17. Shut-in’s anxiety

65. Largest of seven

19. Safety org.

66. “___ Kampf”

20. Bartered

67. “I’ll do it!”

21. Mascara mishaps

68. Like Cheerios

23. Dog warnings

69. LBJ or RMN, e.g.

25. That, to Juanita

70. Swings around

26. Possess


29. Switch settings

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31. Little rascal

2. Crowd sound

12. Lays down the lawn

36. Gasteyer of

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37. Peek-___

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56. "Fine by me”

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58. “___, Brute?”

43. Gov. Schwarzenegger

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26. Loud chuckles

41. Part of an e-mail

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8. Big Cup maker

46. Union member

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28. “Wheel” woman

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63. Fizzle out 64. Coast Guard

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48. “___, old chap”

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32. Cigarette pkg.

50. Dry spell

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by Ann Julien Director of Sales and Marketing, The Highlands of Pittsford

Some Things That May Surprise You Many of us have aging parents who are living alone that we worry about each day. Are they taking the right medications at the right times? Are they eating well? What happens if they need me and I am not available? These are just a few of the common worries. Just like everyone else, our mothers and fathers love their independence, their routines, and their things. Because of this, many people say they are not ready for senior living. After working with hundreds of families over the years, I’ve found that people are pleasantly surprised by a number of things when the move is over and they’ve settled into their new homes. Recently we spoke to some residents and their children at The Highlands at Pittsford to ask them about their expectations prior to the move and about their experiences afterwards. We heard that residents are busy and enjoying themselves more than ever. They are doing all of the things they did prior to moving, and even more. They are cooking for friends and family, volunteering, and attending concerts and lectures.

Jayne’s mother was an avid collector of antiques and had many things that were important to her. “Downsizing was probably the scariest part of (the move),” she recalls. Jayne went on to say that her mother moved at a time when she was fully cognizant, which allowed her to very carefully pick what she would ultimately bring with her. The result: “Her cottage was spectacular. It contained everything that was her favorite. Letting go of things that were less meaningful, she kept the things that were her true personality. It wasn’t just stuff.”

Many retirement community residents are able to do more of the things they enjoy after moving than they were able to do beforehand.

Nancy is a resident in one of the Independent Living Cottage homes at The Highlands. Last year, she served as President of the Resident Council. She has a full schedule every day. Volunteering has always been a big part of Nancy’s life. “I didn’t have to give up my volunteer life that I used to know,” she said. “I found another one here.”

The upsides to downsizing. Since moving into a senior living home or apartment usually entails downsizing and letting go of some furnishings, artwork, and decorations, there’s apprehension around this process for most people. As Jayne Van Zile recently described, downsizing can have a very positive outcome.

Doing it all—and more! Many retirement community residents are able to do more of the things they enjoy after moving than they were able to do beforehand. Dr. Sharon Humiston’s mother always had a strong sense of independence. She describes their experience with her mother living in a retirement community as “the ideal union of doing things for herself, yet being in a community that really supports her and makes it so that she can have all of the fun that she was having living on her own.”

One afternoon, Dr. Humiston invited her mother over for dinner that evening. Her mother graciously declined as she was going to dinner with her friends and then listening to a live brass quartet. Sharon shared this story with us with a big smile on her face and said, “This is exactly what a daughter wants to hear…that their mom is so busy and having fun.” The Highlands at Pittsford is the only university-based retirement community in the Rochester, NY area with all levels of senior care on a single campus. Situated on the outskirts of the Village of Pittsford, the community features independent living patio homes, as well as independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, skilled nursing home, adult day care and short-term rehabilitation.


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thedebtdilemma Balancing debt repayment with investing goals takes some strategy and planning. Some consider investing as a first line of defense while paying down debt as a second. The process of eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder whether or not they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money—the answer depends on whom you ask. Theories about balancing investing with debt vary widely. Some financial experts say freedom from debt is the most important goal, but others say it’s more about the math: Your money should go toward investing if your investments earn a higher rate of return than your debts cost you. Still others focus on the emotional aspect: How comfortable are you with a certain level of debt? Better yet, perhaps, is a balanced approach to wealth management. If you’re like most people, you’ll need to manage finances for both present and future needs, and that means paying off some debt today while simultaneously investing with an eye on the future. Although your decisions should take into account your own needs and circumstances, consider the following as guidelines for handling debt in light of investing goals: Save for a rainy day. Before paying down debt (beyond required payments) or settling on an investment strategy, make it your first priority to put funds aside for an emergency reserve. We recommend six months or more of living expenses; an absolute minimum is three months’ worth. These funds should be in traditional savings or shortterm, highly liquid, low-volatility investments. Put your future first. As a general rule, your long-term investment plan should take priority over applying extra amounts of money toward your debt. Be careful as well not to let “lifestyle creep,” a tendency toward more expensive tastes and luxury consumption, impede your investment outlook.

By contributing to a long-term investment plan as early as possible, you may set yourself up for a brighter future. If paying down debt is also a priority, you’ll want to examine your personal budget to decide how much to direct each month toward investing and how much toward debt repayment. Just remember, there are no magic numbers. In general, the best advice is to make sure your investment strategy fits your financial expectations for the future. Prioritize your debts. With an emergency fund in place and your investment strategy up and running, putting any extra money toward your debts is also a smart way to go. But how do you decide which debts to pay down first? One approach is to start with the smallest debts first to eliminate at least some of your debt burden and interest payments in a timely manner. It also makes sense to pay off high-interest debts like private student loans and credit card debt more quickly. Federal student loans and mortgages may be lower priorities, because their rates are often lower and their terms are longer. Vehicle loans might fall somewhere in the middle. Tax considerations might also come into play. It’s personal. As you divide and conquer debt, don’t forget to consider the emotional side of your strategy. If paying off a certain debt will help you feel more secure, you might want to go with your gut feeling. You’ll enjoy a growing sense of financial freedom as you stay on course and get your debt under control. As it shrinks over time, you may find you have more funds available for enjoying the present and focusing on the future. Ethan Allen at Eastview Mall, an authorized Ethan Allen retailer, is local-

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Members and Associates took advantage of the annual complimentary

Flu Clinic provided by the Nurses at Strong.

Dria Hook’s book

“You’re Stronger Than That”

included members and associates wandering the Club in great costumes, and “The Great Pumpkin”—painted in Glenn’s likeness.

Karen Zilora won the Euchre Costume Contest dressed as

Halloween creativity

debuted this past fall.

Smarty Pants.

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Ken Marvald completed the 2017

Youri Spindler spending another summer with the

Ballet Laura Alonso in Havana Cuba.


NYC Marathon

▲ Yoga instructor Michelle R. Grosodonia

celebrates her engagement to Lucas Maiola.

New parents Jared and Alexandra are happy to show off their new

baby Mia Lily

The gang’s all here... at 6:00 a.m. Susan, Maria, Pam, Joan, Aqua, Ann and Pam. The Pams have been friends for 30 years and everyone else for "quite a while.” They love the club—some play tennis, others personal train or take Barre and Pilates.

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Flexing Twins Keith Burhans and Midtown Trainer Dave Statt

Spartan Beast in Spartanburg, South Carolina! Team members: Rachel Hayes, Christy Dodd, Rod Arcuri, Candi and Lorenzo Napolitano, Kate McGuinness.

Lisa and Chris Hayes at the

Step Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt in June.

▲ Natasha Scrivens and her new husband MJ celebrating their wedding

on the rooftop at the Strathallan in October.

▲ ▲ Kristin and Michael Cocquyt, on their honeymoon in Cala Morlanda, Mallorca

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hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.

Jennifer Newman and Tom Anderson hiked Machu Picchu in August. Jen posted this pic:

Joanne Hume-Nigro and Ronald Nigro on safari in Tanzania. Below, they are posing with Captian Shawn after he took them on a

Midtown member and Our Lady of Mercy student Julia Andreach won the 2017 NYSPHSAA Girls Singles

“Filthy, tired, sore and happy.”

helping to care for the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Frank Citro sports his Midtown hat while visiting Austin, Texas for

Member Aida Santiago is an RN with the University of Rochester’s Doctors and Nursing Staff Medical Mission Team. They were in Puerto Rico

music and a family wedding

Jen Aronson Jovcevski has a little something for her

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by James Briggs, MSPT, CMP Rochester Regional Health Physical Therapy Center at Midtown Athletic Club

“Movement can replace many drugs but no drug can replace movement.” — Author unknown We might be made of atoms that originated at the time of the Big Bang and are the by-product of random chemical and biological events dictated by the laws of physics. We might also be the result of a very precise and divinely inspired feat of engineering placed in a world customized to suit our needs! The basic elements (oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen) combine to form muscle, tendon, nerve, bone, ligament, and other specialized tissues making us self-aware organic beings. Our world abides by the laws of physics and we must adapt to, overcome and utilize the forces of gravity, momentum, velocity, acceleration, compression, tension, and shear to exploit it. Muscle tissue develops tensile/pulling by shortening (concentric

in blood vessels and nerve endings, can becoming painful and

contraction) like quadriceps do when you walk up stairs. Muscles

inflamed when cartilage wears away and exposes bone to force

can also lengthen in a controlled manner (eccentric contraction) like

while under weight.

quadriceps do by controlling the rate of knee flexion when walking down stairs. Muscle functions to either overcome or control the pull of gravity. When forces exceed the muscles’ contractile ability either by amount of load/weight or speed of contraction, fibers can strain or tear. Tendons transmit the tension developed by muscle to a joint, producing motion. It’s more than a simple connection of muscle to bone. Tendon is made of specialized tissue that stiffens in response to the pull of muscle. Injury to a tendon results in a strain and can range from many degrees of tearing to a full rupture or release of the tendon from the bone.

Tissue can be subjected to a single large force or to low amplitude repeated forces over a longer period of time, resulting in sprains, strains, ruptures, tears, fractures, lacerations and contusions. Function becomes compromised as we lose range of motion, strength, motor control or stability. The saying goes, “Time (often) heals all wounds,” but sometimes you need professional help to make the best possible recovery. Physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, eastern/holistic practices, pain treatment, and surgery are all options, but don’t give your trust or precious health-

Ligaments are elastic structures that connect and keep bones together

care dollars away freely based upon letters behind names or impressive

by crossing joints. When joints reach or exceed their end range of motion,

marketing strategies. Instead, make your clinician earn your trust. You

ligaments tighten to keep the joint in place. Ligaments are commonly

deserve a thorough assessment, treatment plans based upon your needs

sprained or torn when a joint moves past its end range of motion. An

and goals, and education on your condition and history behind anything

example is when a foot is planted and someone tackles that person

that is going to be done to you or asked of you.

at the knee buckling in inwards or outwards. Ligament injuries are often associated with instability at the injured joint and called sprains but can also rupture.

When you’re under a physical therapist’s care, he or she will work with you to create an individualized plan to restore your function. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. You need to take an active

Cartilage is the most precious of musculoskeletal tissues because

role in your recovery. Beware of passive treatments that seem too

it does not regenerate or have a blood supply, severely limiting its

good to be true. Various tools and technologies may exist to reduce

potential to heal from injury. It’s a specialized structure which mech-

pain and inflammation and even start the repair process, but ultimately

anically withstands compressive forces by stiffening when a joint

musculoskeletal tissue needs stress to heal. No laser, cream, pill,

is loaded. Cartilage also has no real nerve, and therefore doesn’t

electrical current, ultrasound, magnet, strap, tape or brace can match

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Squash is a fast-paced game played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball.

Designed for new paddle players, students will learn the basics: how to hit a drive, volley, lobs, overheads, serves and serve returns, and use of the screens. Session V: January 8-January 27, 2017 and Session V1: February 5-February 24.

squash in no time (pnt) Designed for new paddle players, students will learn the basics; how to hit rails, cross-courts, serves, rules of the game and how to play a squash game. Midtown membership is not required. DAY Tu W [ladies] W

TIME 6-7 pm 9-10 am 6-7 pm

DAY Th Sa Sa

TIME 5-6 pm noon-1 pm 2-3 pm

junior squash

DAY M Tu Tu Tu

TIME 9:30-10:30 am 11 am-noon 6-7 pm 7-8 pm

DAY Sa Sa Sa

TIME 8:30-9:30 am 11 am-noon 2-3 pm

junior paddle Kids play in a fun, yet challenging environment, and learn the necessary skills to play paddle at whichever level they aspire to.

Kids play in a fun, yet challenging environment and learn the necessary skills to play squash at whichever level they aspire to. Midtown membership is not required.



A pro will be on hand each week to introduce drills and create play opportunities. Play runs October 1, 2017 through March 29, 2018. $10 per member, $15 per non-member.

TIME 5:30-6:30 pm 4-5 pm 5-6 pm 4-5 pm 5-6 pm

DAY Th F [ages 5-7] Sa Sa

TIME 4-5 pm 4-4:45 pm 11 am-noon 1-2 pm

A great way to get a cardio workout in with footwork and racquet drills. The clinic will end with some game play. Three member minimum. DAY Tu Tu Th M

TIME 6:30-7:30 am noon-1 pm noon-1 pm 6:30-7:30 am

lessons Work one-on-one with a pro to raise your game to the next level. SESSION Private Semi-Private Create a Group

drill and play

LEVEL 14-10


TIME 6-7:15 pm



TIME 7:15-8:30 pm

shot of the month

early riser clinic

LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate/Advanced Beginner

TIME 11 am-noon

# PERSONS 1 + pro 2 + pro 3 or more + pro

FEE $55 per hour/$30 per 1/2 hour $30 per hour, per person $20 per hour, per person

adult/junior squash ladder & box league Challenge other players for a spot on the squash ladder. Junior box league players will play matches against other players in their level to either move up or down according to their performance.

platform tennis Played outdoors on specially constructed heated platforms, platform tennis combines the fun and challenge of tennis, squash and racquetball. $42 per member, per 3-week session; $66 per non-member, per 3-week session. Midtown membership is not required. Session V: January 8-27, 2018 and Session VI: February 5-24, 2018.

Monthly drills which focus on perfecting specific shots and tactics associated with the game. Dates to be announced. $14 per member; $22 per non-member. DAY W Sa

TIME 7-8 pm noon-1 pm


TIME 1-2 pm

lessons Work one-on-one with a pro to develop one particular part of your game or in a small group with a pro to learn positioning, strategy and tactics. SESSION Private Team Strategy Group Strategy Create a Group

# PERSONS 1 + pro 2 + pro 3 + pro 4 + pro

FEE $55 per hour $30 per hour, per person $25 per hour, per person $20 per hour, per person

tournaments Courts are reserved for in-town tournaments on Saturday mornings and afternoons during the paddle season. Midtown will host its Sixth Annual Paddles For Saddles Tournament to benefit the EquiCenter on March 6, 2018.

socials (frozen fridays) All levels are invited to join us for two hours of social round robin paddle followed by food and drinks. Don't worry if you don't have a partner, we are happy to find one for you. Kidtown available. December 1, 2017-February 2, 2018. $15 per member, $25 per non-member.



Throughout the month of October, over 125 Midtown members competed in the Amazing Midtown Race. The event, orchestrated by Midtown’s Group Fitness Director, Christine Kull, featured weekly destinations, activities, and challenges. The members were encouraged to engage with associates and recommit themselves to their physical, mental, and social goals. Divided into four legs with weekly themes—Spirit Week, Fashion Week, Think Pink Week and Bring a Friend Week—the competitors began each leg of the race by picking up a weekly challenge card consisting of 15 tasks. Tasks included taking selfies with Club associates, making donations, solving puzzles, joining in partner and small group training workouts, attending Pilates Mat and spinning classes, learning how to play paddle tennis, posting inspirational quotes on a spirit board and enjoying juice shots at the cafe, all with the aim of broadening the members’ Midtown experience. At the end of each leg, participants who completed at least 10 of the tasks returned their cards to the Front Desk “Pit Stop” to be entered into a weekly raffle. In addition to being included in the weekly drawing, participants who completed all 15 tasks were entered into the grand prize raffle held at the end of the four-week race. As a bonus, members were encouraged to seek out the roaming gnome, who was hidden in various locations in the Club to earn an extra ticket for the weekly raffle. Midtown General Manager Glenn William even joined in on the fun, performing a cannonball into the Club’s heated pool. Competing members wore commemorative Amazing Midtown Race buffs throughout the race while competing for prizes. Grand prize winners Valerie Kolossovsky, Lisa Vanopdorp and Monica Bays were announced at the end of the month at the Finish Line Celebration, where the members enjoyed refreshments and appetizers while reminiscing about their “amazing” experiences.



eventscalendar january–april 2018 Unless otherwise indicated, all events and spa appointments require registration. Register online at or with the Service Coordinator’s Office at 461.2300. New Year’s Beauty Resolution Monday, January 1–Wednesday, January 31 Start your year off right at The Spa. Book a 60-minute facial treatment this month and receive a free gift from Éminence Organics Skincare. Members and guests welcome. Contact the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment. Champagne and Rose Pedicure Monday, January 1–Wednesday, January 31 Kick off the new year with a signature spa pedicure from The Spa. Served with a glass of Prosecco sparkling wine. Contact the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment.

Come Fly With Me Fridays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26, 11:00 am–Noon Learn how to build the proper foundation handstand and fly from the beginning. $72 per member; $80 per guest. Registration required. The Midtown Plungers Polar Plunge Registration Saturday, January 6, 8:00 am–Noon and Monday, January 8, 5:00–8:00 pm Join the Special Olympic’s Polar Bear at the registration table to be on Midtown’s Polar Plunge team “The Midtown Plungers.” The Rochester Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, February 11 at Ontario Beach Park. Prizes will be awarded for all levels of donations raised. You can also register and donate online at or by contacting Midtown’s team captain, Jerome Stiller at New Year’s Three Day Juice Cleanse Monday, January 8–Friday, January 26 Start your year off right with a juice cleanse. $150 per cold press cleanse. $115 per old school cleanse. Contact Jessie at 512.2701 to discuss details and to reserve your spot.


Come Fly with Me Express Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 8:45–9:15 am Flying in action! A high-energy, fun express class centered on inversions in the power Vinyasa flow. $44 per member; $57 per guest. Registration required. Varsity Club: Kid’s Night Out Saturday, January 13, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 5-12. Kids will start with a pizza party in the Varsity Club, rotate through fun activity stations and end the night with delicious s’mores in the Adirondack Lodge. $15 per member; $25 per guest. Registration required. Camp Midtown School Break: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Got a day off school? Come to Camp Midtown, where kids can enjoy tennis, games, sports, and activities. Includes lunch and complimentary pre- or post-camp care. $53 per member, per day; $63 per guest, per day. Registration required.

Yoga For the Classroom Teacher Saturday, January 20, 2:00–4:00 pm This training program is geared toward educators seeking to help their students survive and thrive. Teachers will learn techniques to assist their students in combating anxiety in a modern school setting by instituting basic yoga and meditation practices within the classroom. The techniques may be used in elementary, secondary, high school, and special education settings. $50 per member, $65 per guest. Registration required. Family Roller Skate Night Saturday, January 20, 5:00–7:00 pm All Ages. Party the night away with friends and family for a rockin' and rollin' evening featuring dinner, roller skating, Gaga Ball, a DJ, and fun for everyone. Guests are welcome. $8 per person, $25 per family. Price includes food, drinks, and skate rental. Registration required. Reiki Level 2 Certification Sunday, January 21, 2:00–5:00 pm Join Reiki Master, Stephanie Campanelli as you expand your Reiki practice further and deepen your intuitive guidance to send Reiki energy remotely and from a distance. Level 1 certification is required. There is no set amount of time required for moving between levels. $175 per member, $200 per guest. Registration required.


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Cooking Class: Healthy Winter Comfort Food Tuesday, January 23, 6:00–8:00 pm Enjoy a glass of wine while you learn about cooking healthy, winter comfort foods. $25 per member, $30 per guest. Registration required. Euchre Night at Midtown Wednesday, January 24, 6:30–8:30 pm Grab a friend for a fun evening of euchre. Prizes awarded to top scoring players. Complimentary for member and guests. Registration required. Varsity Club Movie Night Friday, January 26, 6:00–8:30 pm Ages 5-12. You bring the kids and we’ll take care of the arcade games, pizza, and snacks. A night at the movies is on the Varsity Club. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Polar Bear Pilates Sunday, January 28, 9:00–10:00 am A mat class in the warm lodge for polar bears brave enough to head out into the snow. Participants will pose for a photo in the snow and sip on hot tea and cocoa following class. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply.

Ultimate Laser Beauty Spa’s Complimentary Cellulite or Skin Tightening Treatment Monday, January 29, 4:00–8:00 pm Have you always wanted a cellulite or skin tightening treatment? Curious about how non-surgical fat destruction really works? Jump start 2018 with a complimentary treatment on a small area and consult with one of Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa’s body shaping experts. Anyone who attends can register to win a Three Treatment UltraShape Power Package valued at $3,000 and receive a $50 Ultimate Beauty Laser Spa gift card with the purchase of any treatment. Registration required. Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient Presented by Rochester Regional Health Physical Therapist, Deanna Hayden and Midtown Yoga Instructor, Karyn P. Lederman, RN, BSN and RYT Tuesday, January 30, 7:00–8:00 pm Learn about new research findings that show exercise is safe and possible during cancer treatment while improving your ability to function physically. Complimentary for members and guests. Winter Pedicure Spa Special Thursday, February 1–Wednesday, February 28 Warm up your feet and keep them toasty when you book a Spa pedicure. As your gift you will receive a complimentary paraffin treatment. Contact the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment. 41

Bhagavad-Gita Study Group Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 7:45–8:45 pm Join us for an introductory study of the Bhagavad-Gita. In a discussionoriented format, we will explore understandings of the text and how to apply the teachings in our lives. $80 per member, $100 per guests for all four weeks. Registration required. Dance Month Thursday, February 1–Wednesday, February 28 Celebrate the art of dance throughout the month by participating in themed Group Exercise classes, special events and spa treatments. Gear up for a fun Instagram challenge too. Meditation, Reiki & Journaling with Stephanie, Michelle and Erin Friday, February 2, 6:00–7:30 pm Join Reiki Masters Stephanie Campanelli, Michelle Grosodonia and Erin Garvin for an evening of mediation, Reiki and journaling. $25 per member, $30 per guest. Registration required, space is limited.

Family Valentine’s Dance Sponsored by Allendale Columbia Saturday, February 3, 5:30–7:30 pm Come to Midtown for a family date night with a live DJ and dancing. Dress up, share the love and dance the night away! $8 per person, $25 per family. Registration required. Cycle for Hope Saturday, February 3 Join us for a six-hour spinning marathon benefitting Camp Good Days and Golisano Children’s Hospital. Simply sign up and pledge $25 or more for every hour you participate. All levels welcome. Registration required. The Highlands at Pittsford Presents Wellness Lunch & Learn Series [3 part series] “One Second to Change Your Life” Wednesday, February 7, Noon–1:30 pm What might happen to our health and well-being if we truly cultivated and lived with moment-to-moment awareness? Every moment of the day offers us a chance to rewire our brains, change our biochemistry and live into our greater self. $5 per member, $10 per guest. Space is limited. Registration required.


Happy Hour with Brennan Redmond and Sage Rutty When to Fire Your Financial Advisor Wednesday, February 7, 5:30–7:30 pm The modern financial services practice looks different today than it did even ten years ago. This presentation by Brennan is designed to provide a framework for evaluating financial professionals and firms. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Varsity Club: Kid’s Night Out Saturday, February 10, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 5-12. Make your dinner reservations early—we’ll watch your kids this Valentine’s weekend! Kids will start with a pizza party in the Varsity Club, rotate through fun activity stations and end the night with s’mores in the Adirondack lodge. $15 per, $25 per guest. Registration required. Visit The Spa With Your Sweetheart Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 9:00 am–5:00 pm Treat yourself and your valentine to a couples massage or pedicure. After your relaxing service, enjoy a chocolate covered strawberry and a glass of Prosecco. Couples massage: $200 per member couple, $210 per guest couple; couples pedicure: $110 per member couple, $120 per guest couple. Contact the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment.

Couples Massage Workshop Wednesday, February 14, 6:00–8:00 pm Discover how massage reduces stress and increases endorphins by learning basic techniques for the scalp, hands and feet. Appetizers and Prosecco will be served. $50 per member couple, $60 per guest couple. Registration required by Friday, February 9. Space is limited. Varsity Club Movie Night Friday, February 16, 6:00–8:30 pm Ages 5-12. You bring the kids and we’ll take care of the arcade games, pizza, and snacks. A night at the movies is on the Varsity Club. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Family Roller Skate Night Saturday, February 17, 5:00–7:00 pm All ages. Party the night away with friends and family for a rockin’ and rollin' evening featuring dinner, roller skating, Gaga ball, a DJ, and fun. $8 per person or $25 per family (Includes food, drinks, and skate rental). Members and guests welcome. Registration required.


Camp Midtown School Break: Winter Recess Monday, February 19–Friday, February 23, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Ages 3-13. Have a day off from school? Come to Camp Midtown, where kids can enjoy a variety of games, sports, and activities. Includes lunch and complimentary pre- or post-camp care. $53 per member, per day; $63 per guest, per day. Registration required. Cure the Winter Blues Thursday, March 1–Saturday, March 31 Let The Spa pamper you with an Éminence Organic Blueberry Soy Body Scrub and Slimming Body Wrap. This combination treatment of exfoliation and antioxidants will result in firm, hydrated, supple skin with a youthful-looking glow. It’s just what you need to get through the winter. $130 per member, $140 per guest. Contact the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment. Small Group Training: Fitness, Pilates and Barre March, April and May Work out in a fun, motivating, small group setting with a certified coach. For more information contact Hillary O’Sullivan (Fitness SGT) at 512.2784, Lizabeth Burrows (Pilates) at 512.2757 or Randi Lattimore (Barre) at 512-2799.

March is Yoga Month Thursday, March 1–Saturday, March 31 Celebrate yoga at Midtown throughout the month of March with exclusive classes, spa treatments, café specials, Out.Fit deals, and more—all designed to inspire you to practice yoga and enjoy a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Paddles for Saddles Party and Tournament Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 Join us for either one or both days at our sixth annual men’s and women’s paddle tournament for drinks, dinner, live music, fundraising and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the EquiCenter of Mendon, NY, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic equestrian programs for at-risk youth, veterans and people affected by disabilities. Perrin Yang Quartet at Midtown Monday, March 5, 6:30–8:30 pm Join us in the living room for a wonderful classical concert by the incredible violinist Perrin Yang and his group. Complimentary for members and guests.


The Highlands at Pittsford Presents Wellness Lunch & Learn Series [3 part series] “You Are The Storyteller Of Your Life. What Story Will You Tell?” Wednesday, March 7, Noon–1:30 pm We are constantly perceiving and interpreting the moment-to-moment events and interactions of our lives. Recognizing and shifting these stories we tell ourselves can have a profound impact on our emotional and physical well-being. $5 per member, $10 per guest. Space is limited. Registration required. Better Vision Seminar Brought to You by Cornerstone Eye Associates Wednesday, March 7, 6:00–8:00 pm Near through far–learn how Cornerstone Eye Associates can improve your vision for life and lose the hassle of wearing contacts and glasses. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Kidtown Bunny Brunch Saturday, March 10, 11:00 am–1:00 pm Join Bunny and Mother Goose for a delicious brunch at Kidtown with balloon animals, bubbles and fun for the whole family. Members and guests welcome. $12 per adult, $6 per child (ages 2-10). Complimentary for children ages 2 and under. Registration required.

Varsity Club: Kid’s Night Out Saturday, March 10, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 5-12. Kids will start with a pizza party in the Varsity Club, rotate through fun activity stations throughout the Club. $15 per member, $25 per guest. Registration required. St. Patricks Day Euchre Night at Midtown Wednesday, March 14, 6:30–8:30 pm Dress in green, grab a beer and have fun playing euchre in our progressive euchre tournament. Prizes given to top scoring players. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Saint Patty’s Celebration Thursday, March 15, 5:00–9:00 pm Whether you are a vegetarian or a carnivore, come celebrate the holiday with an Irish meal! Enjoy your choice of either a vegetarian, gluten free Shepherd’s Pie, or a traditional corned beef dinner. $10.95 per person. No registration necessary. Cycle Soundtrack Week Monday, March 19–Sunday, March 25 Try one of our themed rides for a new spin on your favorite cycle class. Let the beat of the music move you with a variety of classes featuring themed soundtrack. The featured classes will be posted by the cycle studio as well as the TV screens by the café. 45

Overuse Injuries and How to Recover and Regenerate Presented by Physical Therapist Rick Fame, Rochester Regional Health Physical Therapy and Midtown Fitness Director Sam Owens Tuesday, March 20, 7:00–8:00 pm Struggling with an overuse injury? Learn the strategies and activities necessary to get back on your feet. In this workshop you’ll learn the valuable principle of regeneration, rest in training, how stress affects the way we recover, and the importance of nutrition and hydration. Registration required. Spring Makeup Event Friday, March 23, 11:30 am–2:30 pm Let our professional makeup artists show you the latest spring makeup tips and trends. $20 per member, $25 per guest. Registration fees are redeemable in makeup products at the time of the event. Registration required. Varsity Club Movie Night Friday, March 23, 6:00–8:30 pm Ages 5-12. You bring the kids and we’ll take care of the arcade games, pizza, and snacks. A night at the movies is on the Varsity Club. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required.

Family Roller Skate Night Saturday, March 24, 5:00–7:00 pm All ages. Party the night away with friends and family for a rockin’ and rollin' evening featuring dinner, roller skating, Gaga ball, a DJ, and fun. $8 per person or $25 per family (Includes food, drinks, and skate rental). Members and guests welcome. Registration required. Camp Midtown School Break: Good Friday Friday, March 30, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Ages 3-13. Have a day off from school? Come to Camp Midtown, where kids can enjoy a variety of games, sports, and activities. Includes lunch and complimentary pre- or post-camp care. $53 per member, per day; $63 per guest, per day. Registration required. Pilates Month Sunday, April 1–Monday, April 30 Celebrate Pilates at Midtown throughout the month of April with exclusive classes designed to inspire you to practice Pilates and enjoy a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Midtown Member Spa Appreciation Week Monday, April 2–Friday, April 6 The Spa would like to give you a heartfelt “thank you” for your continued support by offering you $10 off any one hour or more spa service and 20% off all retail purchases. Call the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment. Camp Midtown School Break: Spring Recess Monday, April 2–Friday, April 6, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Ages 3-13. Have a day off from school? Come to Camp Midtown, where kids can enjoy a variety of games, sports, and activities. Includes lunch and complimentary pre- or post-camp care. $53 per member, per day; $63 per guest, per day. Registration required. The Highlands at Pittsford Presents Wellness Lunch & Learn Series [3 part series] “Stress as Opportunity” Wednesday, April 4, Noon–1:30 pm Self-awareness is key to shifting stress reactions and positioning ourselves to move towards healing. Learn what happens when you shift your perception towards stress and use it as a wake-up moment towards self-awareness. $5 per member, $10 per guest. Space is limited. Registration required.

Blue Whale, Blue Lips Pool Opening Party Saturday, April 7, Noon–2:00 pm Where else can your family swim outdoors in April? Be among the first to take a dip in the pool and enjoy food fun and prizes with your friends. Complimentary for members, guest fees apply. Craft Beer Tasting Wednesday, April 11, 6:30–8:30 pm Enjoy a selection of locally crafted beers and delicious complementing appetizers prepared by the Bon Marché café chefs. $20 per member, $25 per guest. Registration required by Friday, April 6. Adrian Jules Trunk Show at Midtown Saturday, April 14, 8:00 am–Noon Monday, April 16, 8:00 am–7:00 pm Join us in the café and let the men’s fashion experts from Adrian Jules help create your best look for spring and summer. Complimentary for members and guests.


Improve Your Posture Through Massage Saturday, April 14, 11:00 am–2:00 pm Having good posture can relieve neck and back pain, reduce headaches, and help you look and feel better. Learn how massage and exercise can improve your posture and help you achieve more productive and efficient workouts. $20 per member, $25 per guest (redeemable in massage services). Call the Service Coordinator’s Office to reserve your appointment. Camp Midtown Sneak Preview Saturday, April 14, 1:00–4:00 pm Ages 3-13. Preview the variety of fun games, sports, and activities we offer all summer long to help kids build self-confidence and learn to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Register early and receive $10 off each week of camp. Complimentary for members and guests. Registration required. Varsity Club: Kid’s Night Out Saturday, April 14, 5:00–9:00 pm Ages 5-12. Kids will start with a pizza party in the Varsity Club, rotate through fun activity stations throughout the Club and end the night with s’mores by the pool! $15 per member, $25 per guest. Registration required.

Perrin Yang Quartet at Midtown Monday, April 16, 6:30–8:30 pm Join us in the living room for a wonderful classical concert by the incredible violinist Perrin Yang and his group. Complimentary for members and guests. Hip and Knee Replacements: What to Expect Before and After Surgery Presented by Physical Therapist Rick Fame, Rochester Regional Health Physical Therapy, and Midtown Personal Trainer Steve Lopes Tuesday April 17, 7:00-8:00 pm Recovering from hip and knee replacements can be quite challenging, but with proper exercise and technique they can be less stressful. If you know someone or are going through these types of surgery yourself, join us and learn about what to expect prior to and after surgery and how to quickly get on the path of recovery. Registration required. Happy Earth Day Sunday, April 22 Purchase any Éminence Organic skincare product worth $38 or more and receive a special Earth Day gift. With every retail purchase, Eminence Organics will plant a tree. Éminence products are available at The Spa or Out.Fit. 49

givingisbetter thanreceiving Giving back is important to Midtown and its advertising partners, whose business cultures are rooted in philanthropic endeavors. Look for stories about the great work they do in our community in each issue of Spirit—and be inspired! For the past few years The Rochester Yacht Club has implemented an initiative with its junior members to coordinate the collection and donation of toys for the Christmas season to the Pirate Toy Fund. Toys donated by the club’s members are passed onto the Pirate Toy Fund who distribute the toys to needy children in our area. Along with the toy drive, RYC organizes a Pearl Harbor ceremony on December 7th every year to honor local World War II veterans, and gives them a warm place to gather and enjoy some coffee. “The large patio area with the flagpole facing the Genesee River and Lake Ontario provides an ideal gathering place to remember this tragic day, complete with a Coast Guard vessel standing by offshore,” says RYC member and veteran Stan Wright, “Giving back to the community is important to us as sailors, whether it’s on the water or off the water; we are here to help.”

didyouknow… …The total number of American health club consumers reached an all-time high of 66.5 million in 2016—a 26.7% growth since 2009. …22.2% of New York’s population belongs to a health club. Connecticut ranks number one in the U.S. with 26.4% of their population. …Nationwide, visits to health clubs or studios totaled 5.7 billion, a 31% increase since 2009. Although Midtown’s membership has remained static since 2009, Club usage is up 28.5%. Last year over 542,000 people visited the Club. …The gender split of health club members in the U.S. in 2016 was equal, with 49.8% male and 50.2% female. The gender breakdown for Midtown is 52% male and 48% female. …Nationally, the average age of a health club member is 39. Treadmills remain the number one equipment preference of members. …Last year Midtown purchased over 26,000 towels, almost 2,000 gallons of body wash, and almost a half million equipment wipes last year. Data from the 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report

Morgan Communities has partnered with Community Place again to host a holiday toy drive across 18 apartment communities throughout the Greater Rochester area. Toys collected at the drive will go to families in the Northeast Rochester neighborhoods. Waverlywood, Webster Manor, Oakmonte, Saratoga Crossing, Villas of Victor, Imperial North, Newcastle, Gateway Landing, Westview Commons, Tower 280, Elmwood Terrace and Henrietta Highlands are just a few of the locations that residents and locals can drop off new toys. Adrian Jules has been actively engaged with The Center for Youth, raising over $9,000 for the organization by participating in Midtown’s Hot Summer Night Fashion Show, Fashion Week of Rochester at Midtown, and hosting an exotic car show at their boutique. In addition to supporting over 20 Rochester area charities and organizations this year, Adrian Jules staff visited the Crisis Nursery Center of Rochester, which is dedicated to providing safe, professional and temporary care to children during family crises. Peter Roberti, President of Adrian Jules, says, “Giving back to the community is a core value for Adrian Jules. The Center for Youth has a great impact on the community and is an organization that we are proud to continue to support year after year.” 51

strengthtrainingafter50 It’s About Making Adjustments I have been working at Midtown as a personal trainer for more than 26 years. I started when I was 24 and now I am 50 years old. My favorite thing to do is lift weights, train hard and challenge myself. I am a true believer that anyone can train intensely as they get older. Of course the definition of “intense” differs for a 24-year-old compared to a 50-year-old. However, if done correctly and adjustments are made, training can be safe, effective and fun. Having been in the profession for over 30 years, I can’t stress enough how important it is to challenge yourself with strength training. It is one of the best activities you can do for yourself as you age to allow you to lead an active lifestyle. Using the information I’ve collected from the clients I’ve worked with since they were in their 40s and now in their 70s, I’ve seen what occurs first hand; in their physical changes, their abilities and limitations, what orthopedic issues arise and how their fitness programs and routines need to be adjusted after they reach the age of 50. As people age, men and women lose muscle mass, hence their metabolism gets slower. Lifting weights can attenuate those effects and is highly recommended as you age. Muscles and tendons become stiffer as you get older, you don’t have the same pop in your step and aches sometimes occur for no reason. There is a proper balance for exercise and rest. Do too much or go too hard, you will ache—too easy, you will gain weight. It is challenging even for fitness professionals to figure out what to do. In addition, women have to battle the effects of menopause. “I originally started lifting weights at age 50 to increase my metabolism and help prevent osteoporosis. I’m 65 now and I have the bone density of someone in there 20s,” says Midtown member and professor Mary Maida. I highly recommend reading Younger Next Year. The authors talk about aging versus decay. Aging is going to happen, but what we actually dread about getting older is decay. It’s what happens if we don’t take action. We send signals to our bodies to decay through lack of exercise, poor nutrition, stress, etc. The single most powerful signal we can send to our bodies to prevent this decay and promote true cellular change is exercise. The authors state that aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you. “I am amazed that as I have become older, lifting weights has slowed down the natural decay of aging. I actually think I am stronger now than when I was in my 20s,” says Midtown member and attorney Steven Schwarz. The book goes on to say that the critical decade for exercise is between 50-60 years old. Apparently this decade and being fit has the most influence on your health the last third of your life. I have been active my entire life playing many sports. The one constant form of activity I have done since I was 12 years old has been lifting weights. It has allowed me to do what I do and I believe that you can keep doing sports and activities into your 90s, especially if you stay strong. “I really enjoy the physical strength I have. It gives me stamina for work and play. And as a generation that is living much longer, making physical fitness a priority allows me to travel, play sports at a higher level, and enjoy outdoor activities,” says Sharon Napier, Midtown member and advertising agency president. 52

Change up your routine by contacting Dave Statt, Personal Trainer, at or 512.2803

Most of my clients agree that lifting weights has helped them. Adding a few modifications as you age and being consistent will make strength training more safe and effective. Here are a few tips: Move from heavy weight strength training that isolates joints (body building) to functional training that utilizes the entire body. “As I have gotten older my training has shifted from a traditional approach to a more functional approach,” says Midtown member and medical doctor Annette Sessions, age 50. “It’s really allowed me to still train hard, but not wear down my joints.” Don't just warm-up on a cardio machine before you do an activity, use movements and mobilize joints with dynamic flexibility exercises. When doing a strength day workout, build up to heavy weight by starting light and adding weight to each set. Lift weights two to three times a week; the aging body doesn’t recover and repair itself as quickly. “I have less strength than I did when I was in my 20s but I still train hard. However, nagging little pains do occur, so I need more time to recover,” says Midtown member and investment specialist Todd Green, age 52. Cycle your workouts, alternating hard and easy activities. When I’m stiff and sore from an intense workout, I do an easier workout to make me feel better, looser and in less pain. Listen to your body. If you feel you need a recovery type workout, but are scheduled for a strength day, then opt for the easier workout. Recovery workouts use lighter weights, more mobility/flexibility, light cardio, foam rolling, etc. You’ll feel better and will be able to go harder at your next workout. In addition, do some recovery type activities after a hard workout. Participate in a variety of activities. Change the exercise and don’t repeat the same activity over and over. It’s not good for the body or the mind,” says Midtown member and attorney Brian Zorn, age 64. “I have switched to a comprehensive program that includes non-impact cardio (spinning), alternated with strength training six days per week. I have reduced sprains and strains and my back has never felt better.” Do non-traditional workouts like yoga or Pilates. Pilates and yoga complement weight lifting, can strengthen and lengthen your muscles and really hits your core without stressing your back. Stay consistent with the weights. Consistency is the most important aspect to be effective, making it easier to maintain strength as you age. Stopping or skipping workouts will get you way behind. If you have a nagging pain, work around it by performing alternative activities which may make the affected joint or particular region feel better. Work with a professional to strength train correctly. Trainers can find exercises that are appropriate for your age and joint structure.“Good form and technique are important to preventing injury and improving so working with a personal trainer, by far, has been the most important thing I have done as I age,” says Midtown member Brian Zorn.


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Velocity is the complete tennis program for your child’s development. In the ever-changing landscape of player development, lessons alone cannot meet the needs of players or parents. Kids want to play the game quickly, and parents need to see a clearly defined pathway along which their kids are progressing. Velocity aims to provide the best tennis instruction in tactical and technical skills, athletic skill development, supervised practice, and competitive skills training. Plus, the Club hosts social events and competitions to enhance your child’s experience. While some programs focus on just tennis lessons, Velocity connects kids both on and off the court to make their tennis experience the best possible one. Velocity also works to keep parents involved in and informed of their child’s progress. Parents will receive regular progress reports on their child’s development as well as opportunities to connect with the coaches. Parents are also be invited to social events to play with their kids but also for a chance to connect with other parents who are also navigating the world of being a “tennis parent.” Our coaches are here not only for your child, but also to provide guidance to you along the way. The Winter, 11-week session runs from Tuesday, January 30-April 17, 2018. No credit given for missed classes. Make-ups are offered but not guaranteed. All make-ups must be completed by end of session. For additional information regarding fees, registration requirements and forms for the junior tennis programs, look in the brochure rack near the tennis pros offices or go online at tennis-lessons. Please contact Jason Stephens, Junior Tennis Director, at or 512.2773 to register for any of the programs or if you have any questions.


Jason Stephens, Junior Tennis Director, 512.2773

level 7 (red ball–micro court)

level 2 (green ball–78’ court)

Ages 4.5-5. This introductory program focuses on coordination training, movement and balance skills, as well as skills for sending and receiving.

Ages 9-12. Children will adapt to tactical play and technical skills as they transition from the 60’ to the 78’ court. Situational and competitive play in the five play situations will be planned in the curriculum as greater defensive demands on the player present themselves. Players in this level should be competing regularly in sanctioned events.


TIME 3:45-4:30 pm 1-1:45 pm 3:45-4:30 pm

DAY TIME Sa 10-10:45 am Sa 11-11:45 am

DAY TIME Su 11-11:45 am Su noon-12:45 pm

level 6 (red ball–36’ court) Ages 6-7. A program of movement, balance, coordinated and motor skill development with a focus on self and partner rallying skills on the 36’ court. Children will learn how to initiate a rally, move and judge a ball (reception and centering skills), control the racquet at the contact point and control the height, direction and depth to be successful on the 36’ court. DAY M Tu W

TIME 4-5 pm 4-5 pm 4-5 pm

DAY Th F* Sa

TIME 4-5 pm 4-6 pm 10-11 am

DAY TIME Sa 11-noon Su noon-1 pm

level 5 (red ball–36’ court) Ages 6-8. By the end of this program, a child will be able to start a point with a full service motion and will be able to move their opponent intentionally by controlling the direction of the ball. They will know how to adapt to different situations and should be competing regularly in 8 and under events. DAY M Tu W

TIME 5-6 pm 4:30-6 pm 4-5:30 pm

DAY Th F* Sa

TIME 4:30-6 pm 4-6 pm 10-11:30 am

DAY TIME Sa 10-11 am Su 11:30 am-1 pm

level 4 (red & orange balls–60’ court) Ages 7-10. Children will adapt to tactical play as they transition from the 36’ court to the 60’ court in both singles and doubles. Changes in lengths of swings as well as the addition of top spin will be emphasized. A greater development of net play and open racquet face skills will also be focused on. Serves will progress to include greater pace as well as spin. DAY M Tu W

TIME 4-5:30 pm 4:30-6 pm 4-5:30 pm

DAY TIME Th 4:30-6 pm F* 4-6 pm

DAY TIME Sa 11:30 am-1 pm Su 11:30 am-1 pm

level 3 (orange ball–60’ court) Ages 8-11. Children will experience the five play situations on the 60’ court and will refine their tactical/technical skills. Concepts of offense/defense will be introduced in both singles and doubles. Ball control exercises that enhance consistency, direction, depth and spin will be stressed. Players in this level should be competing regularly in 10 and under events. DAY TIME Tu 4:30-6 pm Th 4:30-6 pm

DAY TIME F* 4-6 pm Su noon-1:30 pm

DAY TIME Tu 4-6 pm Th 4-6 pm

DAY TIME F* 4-6 pm Su 1-3 pm

jv intermediate (red, orange, green & yellow balls– 42’ to 78’ courts) Ages 12-18. For players with limited tennis experience who are looking to play on their school team, this is the perfect class. The students will be exposed to all the basic skills of tennis including ground strokes, volleys, overheads and serves. The class will stress cooperation and competition in many of the drills and play situations. DAY TIME Tu 6-8 pm Th 6-8 pm

DAY TIME F* 4-6 pm Su 1-3 pm

level 1 (yellow ball) Ages 12-15. Children will adapt to tactical play and technical skills as they transition from 78’ green to 78’ yellow play. Situational and competitive play in the five play situations will be planned in the curriculum as greater defensive demands on the player present themselves. Players in this level should be competing regularly in sanctioned tournaments. DAY TIME Tu 4-6 pm Th 4-6 pm

DAY TIME F* 4-6 pm Su 1-3 pm

high performance Practice is geared towards the more serious team athlete or tournament competitor. Competitive drills and situational point play will be used to reinforce sound tactics and to achieve peak performance. Sessions will also include off court conditioning with our Sports Performance professionals to help players perform better on court. Admission is at the discretion of the Junior Director. DAY M Tu W

TIME 4:30-7 pm 4:30-7 pm 4:30-7 pm

DAY Th Su Su*

TIME 4:30-7 pm 1-3 pm 3-5 pm

*Weekly Play

DAY TIME Su 11:30 am-1 pm


feedyourspirit laurie taillie, bon marché chef

vegan vegetable stew ingredients 1 large onion, chopped

1½ teaspoons tarragon

1½ teaspoons garlic, minced

2 golden beets, peeled and julienned

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and julienned

1 large bunch red Swiss chard,

2-16 ounce cans cannellini beans

leaves loosely chopped and stems

2 ears corn, kernels cut from cob

sliced into ½ inch increments

8 cups vegetable stock

and put into separate bowls

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons thyme

salt to taste directions

Over medium heat, sauté onions, garlic and Swiss chard stems in olive oil until onions are soft (about 5 minutes). Add thyme and tarragon. Cook 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings as needed. Makes 8 servings. nutritional information 228 calories, 3.9 grams fat, 243 milligrams sodium, 38 grams carbohydrates,11 grams protein


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Whether or not you’re familiar with Rochester resident and Midtown member Ron Mesh, the bands he’s traveled with might strike a chord—a rock guitar chord, to be specific. As tour manager, Ron has worked with a number of bands including Steven Tyler, Evanescence, Blondie, The Kings of Chaos, Collective Soul and Maroon 5. What role does a tour manager play behind the scenes? If you’re picturing someone in a suit asking a grungy, longhaired guitarist not to throw a TV set out the hotel window again, you’re not alone. But what is life really like for a tour manager on the road with a rock band? Fortunately, Ron Mesh agreed to share a first-hand account with his fellow Midtown members. Glenn William: Tell me about this “supergroup” you’re traveling with. Did I hear Guns N’ Roses? Ron Mesh: Before Guns N’ Roses reunited, I worked with Slash and Duff along with Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke also from Guns N’ Roses and Steve Stevens of Billy Idol in The Kings of Chaos. They have a rotating cast of singers like Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Chester Benninton of Linkin Park, Corey Taylor of Slipnot, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. They all play each other’s songs. It’s been called “The Billion-Dollar Supergroup” in Classic Rock Magazine. GW: Who are some of the bands you have managed over the years? RM: For 2016/17 I toured worldwide Steven Tyler, Evanescence, Blondie, The Kings of Chaos and Steel Panther. Previously, I toured extensively with Maroon 5, Collective Soul, The Ataris and The Romantics. GW: How did you get started in the tour management business? RM: After finishing the Music Technology program at Capitol University in Columbus, OH I started out as an audio engineer but always had my sights set on management/tour management. One day the tour manager didn’t board the bus. I think we were in Phoenix and he just checked out, packed his bags and left. So there I was, suddenly the tour manager for a band called The Samples.


GW: What are your responsibilities? RM: The biggest part is managing the accounting, and orchestrating all the logistics. Travel, hotels, when we're coming, where we’re going. I manage scheduling, the press, radio interviews, meet and greets, guest lists and the day-to-day stuff. GW: When did you figure out you were a master multitasker? RM: I think it's a specific skill set that people either have or they don’t. I know people who have tried and they only get to a certain level and seem to hit a wall. I never really turn it off. Sometimes things will wake me up in the middle of the night and I’ll just start my work day. I don't sleep much, so I get more hours out of the day than most people. GW: Do you keep a pad and pencil next to your bed to take notes like I do? RM: I usually don't write anything down. That’s another thing that just came kind of naturally to me. I may have to look at a couple emails now and then, but I just seem to remember. GW: Who's your boss? Who do you report to?

“ I just missed a lot of the ’80s craziness like TVs thrown out hotel windows and that kind of stuff. Now I see guys get up early, go to the gym, shower, sound check and perform sober.”

RM: I’m my own boss, but there is typically a manager either in a New York or Los Angeles office that handles several bands and oversees everything. And of course, if you look at it, all the band members are bosses. I’m working for all of them. GW: What changes have you seen in the live music scene over the last decade? RM: Touring is very serious business these days as it’s where most of the artists’ revenue comes from. Live shows are much more elaborate with new technology in audio, lighting and visuals. The whole experience is incredible. GW: Do band members understand the business aspects of touring better now than they did 20 years ago? RM: Yes, everyone is on it more. Most people I work with are very involved in every part of the business. They ask a lot of questions like, "Is the show sold out today?” or “What’s the venue capacity?” I started in the early ’90s, so I just missed a lot of the ’80s craziness like TVs thrown out hotel windows and that kind of stuff. Now I see guys get

up early, go to the gym, shower, sound check and perform sober. GW: Any offbeat stories about your experiences in the music business? RM: What stands out for me are the experiences and friendships formed over the years. Things like: sending handwritten letters (pre-email days) back and forth with Bo Didley talking about his Dingo, and swapping seeds from our pepper gardens at home; tracking down yoga studios in different countries with members of Guns N' Roses and Maroon 5; African safaris with The Kings of Chaos; trying to decipher menus and order adventurous meals in counties we had never been. GW: Are you a Rochester native? RM: Yes I am. I grew up on the East Side of the city and graduated from East High School. I moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1999 and then in 2011 began splitting my time between the two cites. GW: How long have you been a member of Midtown? RM: Since 2011. I had my nephew in Florida, who was a senior in college majoring in criminal justice. He landed an internship at the Monroe County District Attorney’s office. I wanted to give him a gym membership as an incentive to move to Rochester (it was January), so we toured a number of places around town. When we found


(left to right) Nuno Bettencourt, guitarist for Extreme; Duff McKagan, bassist for Guns N’ Roses; Billy Gibbons, vocalist and guitarist for ZZ Top; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick; Matt Sorum former drummer of Guns N’ Roses and The Cult and Gilby Clarke, guitarist formerly of Guns N’ Roses.

Midtown, the search was over. We sat down with Robert Jakobi, had a tour, ate at the café and he loved it. I liked the experience so much that I decided to join too. GW: What athletic activities do you participate in at Midtown and outside of the Club? RM: Mostly yoga and the workout floor. The yoga classes and the instructors here are amazing. I can show up to whatever class meets my schedule without even thinking about type of class or who is teaching it. It’s always such a great, positive and welcoming environment. Midtown’s a first-class facility, cutting-edge classes and a constantly changing workout floor. Nothing boring here and seriously the friendliest place in town. GW: What do you like most about living in Rochester? RM: Since I have been back, watching and experiencing the city’s growth is amazing. Restaurants, museums, summer festivals, the lakes, the county parks…if you can’t find something to do here, you’re not looking! GW: Do you have a favorite historical building or landmark in Rochester? RM: The Powers Building on the corner of West Main and State Street. It was built in 1869. If you look above the 5th floor, each level is unique. Local legend tells the story that Daniel Powers wanted his building to retain its status as the tallest building in Rochester, so he just kept adding floors.


GW: I was the tour manager for a short time in the mid-’70s for the J. Geils Band. Are the headaches and last-minute challenges as frequent now as they were 30 years ago? Like when a tech doesn’t show up, the equipment doesn’t make it, or the venue isn’t ready. RM: Always. That’s why I'm there. Equipment sometimes gets there late because of bad weather and delays in freight. Sometimes, but not too often, we’ll have to hustle to find local gear and still make everything happen on time. If a tech doesn’t show up, he’s replaced that day. You can’t not show up. GW: Do you get to enjoy the music once the show starts? RM: Not usually. Once the band is on stage, I start doing show settlements and preparing for the next day. I pop in now and then to see what's going on. I try to watch a whole show at least once during a tour. Sometimes I'll even sit in a seat. GW: Do you enjoy listening to the music? RM: Yes, especially if it's a band I haven't worked with yet. I like to listen and get familiar with it. It makes them feel better when you know who they are. GW: Is it a challenge to work with a band when you can’t stand their music? RM: That's never really happened but as long as they’re nice people I’ll make it work. I’ve heard the stories, but in 20 plus years I really haven’t

worked with many a**holes. Yeah, someone can have a bad show, but I haven't seen people getting guitars thrown at them in quite some time. Everyone seems to be pretty cool, and just content and grateful for their careers.

her to go on the road. I don't push it, but if she's invited, she's there. They like her, and they sometimes travel with their dogs. I remember going to Cabo for a show and sitting in first class with five band members’ dogs sleeping at our feet.

GW: Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist?

GW: I know you’re an animal lover. Does that drive some of your volunteer and philanthropic work?

RM: Not really but I don't leave anything to chance. If there’s a weak link it usually shows up, so I definitely double and triple-check everything. GW: Help me understand the financial breakdown. Let’s say a band books a $100,000 gig. How much does the band actually take home? RM: I can break it down for you in a general sense. The band manager can get 15% of the gross, booking agents 10%, and business managers 5%. So, that's 30% gone off the top. Then there is payroll, flights, buses, trucking, freight and hotels. A $100,000 band may stay at a Ritz Carlton and fly first-class, whereas a band getting $40,000 might fly coach and stay at a Radisson. I iron all that out in the beginning. GW: Do you play a role as a part of the budgeting process?

RM: I’m passionately involved with animal rescues both locally and nationally. I also support Adopt the Arts, spearheaded by Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses, which brings arts education into Los Angeles public schools, and Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson started the Rock Your Speech project, which uses music to help children with autism on a national level. GW: OK, some quick questions. What book are you reading right now? RM: Just finished Nile Rodgers’ autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny. GW: If you could have dinner with any three people in the world (from past or present), who would they be? RM: Dr. Jane Goodall, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frank Zappa.

RM: I play a major role. Budgets are worked out before a show is contracted once an offer is received. Sometimes it just makes sense to pass.

GW: If you were a kid again, what’s the first thing you would do? RM: Ride my Schwinn Stingray to my grandparents’ house!

GW: Do band members usually divide up what's left over evenly?

GW: So, Ron, what keeps you going?

RM: Depends. These days most guys are on payroll. GW: How do bands view playing small venues versus big arenas?

RM: After all this time, I'm still having fun.

RM: It's almost the same from my end. A lot of times when you'll do a festival, smaller venue or corporate show, you'll know you don't need certain things as you would in an arena. But no matter what the space is, the band’s gear is always the same. In a specific situation we might scale down a little, but we almost never scale down production. The show must be consistent each and every time. GW: The travel doesn't wear on you? How about your family? RM: I'm not married and I don't have kids, so that helps. I have a Corgi who’s named Lady Bo after one of Bo Diddley’s female guitar players. She comes with me if the band invites

(above) Lady Bo with backstage credentials (Blondie and Garbage Tour 2017) (right) Lady Bo with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top



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thanksgivingactivities november 23 2017 Nearly $6,000 in donations were collected on Thanksgiving Day for the Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the St. Andrews Emergency Food Cupboard at the Thanks for Giving Yoga and Cardio Tennis classes. Throughout the day members also gathered for Pilates Mat, BodyPump, Zumba & Werq and pedalled off calories at the Pre-Turkey Burn.


frombricksandmortar tohabitatsandecosytems

by Pamela Reed Sanchez Executive Director, Seneca Park Zoo Society

Today’s zoos are nothing like the ones our parents visited when they

As you read this, crews are working to complete construction on a new

were children. Unlike the brick and mortar settings of the past, zoos

Animals of the Savanna building, a new hay barn and commissary,

are now comprised of conservation organizations dedicated to species

and new exhibits for snow leopards and red pandas. This spring,

survival and committed to inspiring their communities to become

the Zoo’s snow leopards will be moved to their new habitat, and red

active participants in saving animals from extinction, including living

pandas will arrive. This summer, the southern white rhinoceros will

in more sustainable ways for the planet. Today’s zoos feature animals

move to his new habitat at the north end of the Zoo, and other animals

in naturalistic habitats, and provide information to guests of all ages

representing the ecosystem of the African savanna will begin arriving,

about the issues faced by that

including giraffes, zebra, ostrich,

animal in natural range, and how

naked mole rats, and much more.

they can help. They are places

Guests this summer will have the

of wonder and discovery.

choice of taking a tram from the front of the Zoo to the new habitats

Since 1931, the Seneca Park Zoo’s

at the far north of the Zoo, where

main building has exhibited animals in what was long ago a “state of the art” space for sharing a menagerie collection with the public. While many people in our community

four new acres of amazing experiA four acre expansion opening next year at Seneca Park Zoo will feature animals of the Savanna. The 1931 Main Building will also be demolished, paving the way for additional enhancements over the next several years.

ences will inspire jaw-dropping moments of inspiration. Later this year, the old Zoo Main

have nostalgia for the animals from

Building will be demolished, and

their youth they encountered there,

planning will begin in earnest to

the building is obsolete from both

rebuild the entire front third of the

an animal welfare and guest experi-

Zoo. This next phase will include

ence perspective. And, I believe,

the development of outdoor and

it is actually a barrier to attendance:

indoor experiences with animals

if your childhood memory of our

representing the ecosystems of the

zoo is of a malodorous space with

Congo, Borneo, and Madagascar, as

animals behind bars, what would

well as a new guest services build-

compel you to visit now?

ing and more.

The need to remove the Zoo Main Building was a major impetus

Make 2018 a year for making new memories at the Zoo, a Rochester

for the massive transformations taking place at Seneca Park Zoo over

institution that is a point of pride in the community. Plus, you might

the next few years. But, how do you remove a building that not only

just be inspired to join their efforts to save wildlife and wild places.

exhibits animals, but also is home to critical back of house functions

Internationally renowned, and in our own backyard, the Seneca

such as storing food and preparing diets for scores of animals? You have to first construct new buildings that can take on those functions, and determine which animals will move to new habitats, and which

Park Zoo plays a key role in species survival. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

will find new homes at other accredited zoos.



Laramie Gavin, Director of Racquet Sports 512.2767

adult tennis leagues Rochester has many league offerings during the summer months. From social, recreational play to competitive team offerings, Midtown has it all this summer.

rochester twilight league

team practice

The Twilight League is open to men and women ages 18 and older. The

All practice times will be scheduled on indoor courts with the option

league is divided into four divisions: Division 1 is for 4.1-4.5 players,

to move outdoors the day of the practice. Captains and their team coach

Division 2 is for 3.8-4.0 players, Division 3 is for 3.5-3.7 players and

may schedule additional practice times at their discretion and availability.

Division 4 is for 3.2-3.4 level players. Each team consists of three doubles

Contact Laramie Gavin for complete list of practice times at 512.2767.

positions playing in order of strength. Each team can have three players eligible for each position for a total of nine players per team maximum. All other players can be listed on the substitution list. Includes five team practices with a coach, league administration and tennis balls. At least eight

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