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MAR.25 2020, VOL. 49 NO.28

L A U N AN L A U N A M 20 20

CITY’s guide to living, working, and playing in Rochester* *We know there isn't much living, working, and playing going on right now. But that won't always be the case. Stay strong, stay healthy, and believe.


Let’s talk

Feedback CITY welcomes your comments. Send them to feedback@rochester-citynews. com with your name, your address, and your daytime phone number for verification. Only your name and city, town, or village in which you live will be published along with your letter. Comments of fewer than 500 words have a greater chance of being published, and we do edit selections for publication in print. We don’t publish comments sent to other media.

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Thank grocery workers, too

LET US KNOW WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. FEEDBACK@ROCHESTERCITYNEWS.COM @ROCCITYNEWS 2 CITY

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It’s great to be thankful for and give a lot of love and prayers to the medical and first responder community during the current health crisis. But I would also like to thank the food workers and grocery store employees who are still out there making sure we have food. Not only are they generally underpaid and probably unable to afford the best health insurance, they are now extremely overworked and in a very stressful position. It’s time for this country to start taking care of the less fortunate. We will soon realize that we live in a third world country. JON STADT, PITTSFORD

Stadt is the owner of Flour City Pasta

RCSD leaves disabled students behind

I appreciated CITY’s take on the matter of CDOS diplomas being assigned to an inordinate number of RCSD students (“The RCSD’s dumbed-down diplomas,” Editor’s Notebook, March 11). The scenario gives the impression that these diplomas were conferred to raise the overall graduation rate. There are two things with which I would like to take issue. The first is that there seems to be an assumption by many that “students with disabilities,” in general, are incapable of achieving a traditional diploma. This is not to say that all or most students in any group can achieve the highest levels of Regents diplomas, but the real issue is whether students with disabilities have the right teachers and accommodations to facilitate learning. RCSD has failed to provide a curriculum or approach that successfully educates and integrates students with disabilities. Without a team that is trained/certified in the best and latest advances in communication, education, and techniques for vastly different disability needs, we can depend on RCSD just routing students with disabilities through the educational mill without the benefit of learning that will result in productive adult lives. Without ongoing certification and courses, the staff that works with students with disabilities will flounder. The second matter is that of CDOS diplomas, which are called “certificates” in many states. Parents of students with disabilities too often are not informed that these “diplomas” mean little more than “this student was at school”. They are not invited to discuss options or to invoke a better level of accommodation than the class/ school offers. This seems to be more prevalent among families whose first language is not English. I have met and worked with

far too many parents and former students who never realized that the CDOS “diploma” forestalls enrollment in college unless additional courses are taken to meet the requirements. The public needs full disclosure about options for students’ curricula, graduation options and accommodations. Parents should have in-person meetings (not just mailed info) to discuss opportunities for their children. Societies are judged by how those with the least power are served and empowered. RCSD needs to step it up, big time. MARY WAMBACH, ROCHESTER

Beware the immigrant crackdown Local immigrants and their allies fought for and won Rochester’s sanctuary city status, protecting undocumented immigrants here from deportation. They also fought for and won the statewide Green Light Law, allowing undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses while shielding their DMV records from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These achievements are now threatened by the Trump administration. The latest retaliation is in lockstep with a wider crackdown by the Trump administration on sanctuary policies like those in Rochester, which keep local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in order to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. President Donald Trump reportedly plans to deploy heavily armed Border Patrol Tactical Units (BORTAC) to sanctuary cities to help ICE with immigration arrests. These units have been described as the SWAT teams of Border Patrol. This is the latest draconian move by the White House against immigrants and those who protect them.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK | COMMENTARY BY DAVID ANDREATTA

CITY stops the presses, but not reporting Tucked inside the print edition of CITY this week is the Annual Manual, our yearly guide to living, working, and playing in Rochester and its suburbs. We realize there isn’t much living, working, or playing going on right now and that there won’t be for a while. The coronavirus pandemic has all of us more or less just existing. But that won’t always be the case. If history is any guide — and it usually is — this, too, shall pass. At CITY, we’re counting on it. This week, the painful and unprecedented decision was made to suspend production of our print issue after the Annual Manual edition hits newsstands. We will continue to break news and bring you the stories you won’t find anywhere else online and around the clock at rochestercitynewspaper.com. It is the hope of everyone at CITY that after weathering this health crisis we will return to printing a weekly edition for you to pick up at your favorite haunts around town and peruse at your leisure, as our readers have done for nearly 50 years. But therein lies the problem for CITY at the moment. Most of the haunts that hosted CITY newsstands — restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cultural institutions, you name it — have gone dark, forced to shutter to help slow the spread of disease. The pandemic has been described as a double whammy to alternative weekly newspapers. Not only have their distribution points dried up, but so have their advertisers, who were those very same restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cultural institutions that brought the newspapers to readers. Some of those places in and around Rochester remain open in a limited capacity, though, and we encourage you to support them as best you can for the benefit of our community. We’re all in this together. On the news front, CITY is not alone. Dozens of alt-weeklies around the country have taken similar measures, and far more drastic ones, to muddle through the proverbial tunnel that right now seems awfully long. Indeed, the number of our friends and neighbors testing positive for COVID-19 remains relatively small but is rising exponentially every few days. The outbreak in the United States is following the same pattern as in those countries that saw their first cases months and weeks before us. All signs point to the crisis worsening before it gets better. In addressing New Yorkers on Sunday,

Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the crisis would continue for “four months, six months, nine months.” The next day, President Donald Trump said it would end “very soon.” “A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting,” he said. However long the tunnel stretches, there will be light at the end of it. Know that all of us at CITY will be slogging our way through with you and that, when we reach the light, we’ll stand in it together. News related and unrelated to the pandemic is critical at this juncture, and CITY is committed to delivering to you as much information as we can online — stories about your government at work, your health, arts and culture, the soundtrack of our city. It is in part because of readers like you that we are able to do that. Last week, we launched our CITY Champions initiative. More than 100 people have since donated. If you value what we do, we invite you to give. We’re grateful for the support. These are uncertain times for all of us. That’s the thing about epidemics, they take time and make no guarantees. And we’re not accustomed to things taking time. We’re a society of instant gratification. The view of an empty city from the CITY newsroom atop the WXXI Public Media building on State Street is heartbreaking and frightening. But one morning you will wake up and the sun will be shining, the streets will be teeming with people and cars, and a traffic jam will make you late for a meeting. From the newsroom, we’ll see the parking lot at Monroe Community College across the street empty out at the end of the day only to be filled again by baseball fans filing in to catch a Red Wings game. The collective nightmare will be over and we will bask in the thrum of the city where we live, work, and play. David Andreatta is CITY’s editor. He can be

THANKS FOR BEING IN OUR CORNER For nearly 50 years, CITY has kept the powers that be in our community on their toes while highlighting the very best of our arts and cultural scenes. In the meantime, nearly half of all newsroom jobs nationwide were lost. Tech titans plundered newsrooms’ traditional revenue streams and did little to replace the local news coverage knocked out in the process. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has us on the ropes. In a matter of days, the pathogen wiped out months of revenue from advertising and events tied to what we do best — keeping people connected. We’re still fighting the good fight. But every fighter needs a team. Prior to the current crisis, many of you who value what we do asked how you could help CITY stay vibrant, locally-owned, and free. Aside from reading and supporting our advertisers, who are struggling right along with us, you can become a CITY Champion. Find out how to make a one-time or recurring donation at rochestercitynewspaper.com Thank you for your support.

reached at dandreatta@rochester-citynews.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com

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[ NEWS IN BRIEF ]

Monroe up to 3 COVID-19 deaths

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza announced this week that two more COVID-19 patients had died, bringing the total to three. A patient at Unity Hospital in Greece died on Monday and, on Tuesday, a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital died. The county did not identify either of the deceased, citing privacy reasons. As of Tuesday morning, 106 people in Monroe County tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus wilts Lilac Fest

The Lilac Festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus. In a post on the festival’s Facebook page, organizers wrote that the Monroe County Health Department advised them that the festival would not be able to take place from May 8-17 as planned. In recent days, the county has seen a steady increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as two deaths linked to the virus. “As you can imagine, this is painful for all of us,” read the post. “However, we are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to reschedule.” Later in the post, festival organizers stated that they’ll let the public know “if, and when,” they plan to reschedule.

Lightfoot resigns from Lej

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effective March 22. Lightfoot, who represents the 25th District, which covers a wide swath of Rochester that includes downtown and the west side, has served in the County Legislature since 2012. H is letter of resignation, dated March 20, didn’t specify a reason for his decision. But in a phone interview Lightfoot said he’s “just been working toward some other things.” He said he wants to take a break and “restrategize.” As a member of the Legislature’s minority, Lightfoot had a largely unremarkable tenure. One successes of his, however, was advocating for the county to raise its requirements for minority- and women-owned business participation in county projects. The county acted, boosting the minority-owned requirement to 13 percent from 10 percent and nudging the women-owned business threshold to 3 percent from 2 percent. Prior to his time in the Legislature, Lightfoot served as a member of Rochester City Council from 2006 through 2009. That year, he lost a bid for the seat on the heels of his third drunken driving conviction. Under the County Charter, the president of the Legislature must appoint a replacement for a vacant seat, and the replacement must be a member of the same political party as the departing member. Republicans hold a slight majority over Democrats in the Legislature, occupying 15 of the 29 seats.

News COPING | BY DAVID ANDREATTA

Estate planning, health proxies spike amid pandemic There is perhaps nothing like a pandemic to move people to seriously contemplate the future wellbeing of their families. While the global response to the rapidly-moving novel coronavirus has crippled financial markets around the world, some segments of the economy have seen an uptick activity. Estate attorneys and financial advisors say they have fielded a flurry of inquiries from people looking to draft or update wills, review beneficiary designations, appoint a health care proxy, and otherwise get their affairs in order in preparation for the worst. “We’ve probably had a half-dozen or so calls from people specifically saying they’re concerned that their documents aren’t up to date or that they don’t know if everything is in place,” said Andy Randisi, whose Pittsford firm, Weinstein and Randisi, specializes in estate planning. “I expect it to get far more significant in the coming weeks.” Bob Brenna, of the Brenna Boyce law firm in Rochester, said the uptick at his business began a month ago. “There seems to be a greater awareness of people wanting to make plans now just in case,” Brenna said. Many firms with estate law practices have posted messages on their websites specific to COVID-19, particularly those addressing faceto-face meetings and the signing of crucial legal documents in line with social distancing guidelines. Visitors to the website for the Law Office of Michael Robinson, an estate planning firm in Pittsford, are now greeted with a video in which Robinson outlines how his firm is conducting business differently but

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remains open and available to clients. “I know these are uncertain times and, for some, they’re scary times,” Robinson says in the video. “But I want to reassure you we remain here for you and your family.” Estate planning can be complex even when there is ample time to prepare. One way the pandemic has upended the process, estate lawyers say, is in limiting in-person interaction between lawyers, clients, and notaries, who are required to witness the signing of documents. “People right now don’t want to have face-to-face meetings, yet we have to have face-to-face meetings to sign documents and people are not canceling those appointments,” said Kristin Jonsson, whose Penfield firm, Pellittiere and Jonsson, has also posted a message detailing safety precautions it is taking. “I would not say that there has been an increase in business,” Jonsson said, “but people that were already in the process or following up are saying, ‘Hey can we get this done?’”

Estate planning lawyers recommend that everyone have at least the basic estate-planning trifecta in place: A will, a power of attorney, and a health care proxy. These documents, respectively, allow for the distribution of assets according to your wishes, for someone to make financial decisions on your behalf in case you are incapacitated, and someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Having those documents prepared could avoid having the courts appoint a guardian over minor children or oversee the distribution of property. “The will is important,” Jonsson said. “But in a crisis like this what’s most important is that you take care of yourself while you’re alive, and that’s where the health proxy and power of attorney come in.” David Andreatta is CITY’s editor. He can be reached at dandreatta@ rochester-citynews.com.


Although remdisivir was not developed to treat COVID-19 specifically, specialists believe it has the potential to relieve respiratory symptoms associated with the disease. Remdesivir does not attack a specific virus, but targets the way the virus replicates itself and spreads within an organism.

HEALTH | BY ANNIE BEHR

URMC to launch trials for possible coronavirus drug The University of Rochester Medical Center expects to launch clinical trials as early as this week on a drug that some specialists believe could alleviate symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus, according to the hospital. As scientists around the world race to find treatments, URMC is on the precipice of conducting trials of the experimental drug remdesivir, which was developed to treat other viruses, including Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, known as MERS, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. The remdesivir trial will be led by Dr. Angela Branche, assistant professor in the university’s Division of Infectious Diseases, and medical professor Dr. Ann Falsey, an internationally recognized respiratory disease expert. Branche said they were waiting for federal approval to begin the trial but that she expected to start “going live” early this week. She said the scope of the trial will be limited to COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital. More than 50 hospitals around the country are participating, according to the National Institutes of Health. The remdesivir trial is separate from another set of trials announced Sunday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, in which COVID-19 patients across New York may be given doses of hydroxychloriquine, zithromax, or chloroquine to relieve their symptoms. Not everyone hospitalized at Strong with COVID-19 will receive remdesivir under the trial. The trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled test, according to the NIH and URMC, meaning that some patients may receive a placebo rather than the drug. Double-blind, placebo-controlled trials help researchers determine if a drug

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delivers better results than no medicine. As of Tuesday, 15 people in Monroe County were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the county. The county did not break down how many of the patients were at Strong. In a news conference last week President Donald Trump touted the potential for remdesivir. He stated that the drug was “approved or very close to approved” by the Food and Drug Administration, although FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn later clarified that remdesivir was “going through the normal process” of clinical trials. Although remdisivir was not developed to treat COVID-19 specifically, Branche and other specialists believe it has the potential to relieve respiratory symptoms

associated with the disease. Remdesivir does not attack a specific virus, but targets the way the virus replicates itself and spreads within an organism. “I think the mechanism by which it works makes it a strong possibility,” she said. Branche and Falsey are members of the Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit (VTEU) network at the NIH, where they’re part of a group of researchers at hospitals trying to develop and test COVID-19 therapies and vaccines. In December, the NIH awarded Branche and Falsey’s research group $4.3 million to study vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests for respiratory illnesses. At the VTEU’s first meeting in January, Branche said,

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the NIH’s pointperson for infectious diseases, told them they would be concentrating on COVID-19. “It’s all I think about now,” Branche said. Several hospitals around the country have announced their participation in remdesivir trials. Remdesivir is an antiviral drug that has shown promise in test tube and animal studies on other coronaviruses such as MERS and SARS, but was disappointing in treating people with Ebola, according to a study published in December in the New England Journal of Medicine. Also disappointing were the outcomes of another antiviral drug, Kaletra, an HIV treatment, that was recently tested on COVID-19 patients.   “There was hope that it would produce results because viruses often use similar enzymes to replicate, but it showed no efficacy compared to control,” said Dr. Tri Do, a professor at the University of California San Francisco. Fauci has emphasized the importance of clinical trials in finding ways to address the pandemic.  “We urgently need a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19,” he said in a statement from the NIH. “Although remdesivir has been administered to some patients with COVID-19, we do not have solid data to indicate it can improve clinical outcomes.” Branche also pointed to the Kaletra trial as a reason to be cautious. “That’s why we do trials--to prove that there’s a benefit or conversely that there’s not, and to ensure that it’s really safe to give to larger populations,” she said. Annie Behr is a freelance writer for CITY. Includes reporting from CITY News Editor Jeremy Moule. He can be reached at jmoule@rochester-citynews.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com

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COMMUNITY | BY GINO FANELLI AND JEREMY MOULE

Being neighborly in uncertain times Dina Giovanelli was recently waiting for her husband to jump start his truck when she had a realization: with in-person classes suspended at Monroe Community College, where she’s a professor, a lot of the school’s students would suddenly face some very serious needs. On campus, students have access to mental health services, sanitary products and prophylactics, such as condoms, and food. Many students on financial aid have food plans. “I started to become really concerned about what our educational institution provides for them, Giovanelli said. “Many of them come to school not only to learn, but it’s a respite.” From that concern grew the “Hey Rochester, NY! What do you need? What do you got?” Facebook group, which she started on March 13 and which has since surpassed 6,000 members. The page is meant to serve as a hub where people who need specific items can connect with people that have them and make an exchange. Giovanelli is one of countless Americans stepping up to help out neighbors whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Students are out of school, which for some means lost access to safety-net services. People are out of jobs. And grocery store shelves are picked over, leaving some people unable to get essential items including disinfecting cleaning products, baby formula, and nonperishable food. Larger nonprofits like Foodlink are working with numerous organizations to get food to people who need it. Many of them, such as the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, are grassroots operations with strong connections to their neighbors. But the coronavirus crisis has also given rise to community-based mutual aid groups, organized by handfuls of concerned neighbors with the sole purpose of helping people meet their needs. The groups recognize that despite their best efforts, government and nonprofits can’t — or won’t — meet everyone’s needs during this public health crisis. Giovanelli said she started “What do you need? What do you got?” knowing that the coronavirus crisis would hit marginalized and vulnerable groups of people hardest, such as the poor, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. “Can’t find something you need? Ask,” reads the description on its Facebook page. “Have something to share? Offer. There is no problem offering to buy for cost. Maybe 6 CITY

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Foodlink volunteers loading a car at Bishop Kearney High School on Friday, March 20. PHOTO BY GINO FANELLI

someone finds what you need while they are out? Price gouging is an automatic ban.” The idea is to promote person-to personinteraction, though with ample social distancing precautions, Giovanelli said. Porch pick-ups and drop-offs are preferred. The effort is working. The group has helped get groceries and disinfecting cleaners to elderly and immunocompromised people whose doctors have advised them to stay out of public places, including grocery and drug stores. It’s helped parents track down hardto-find baby formula and other supplies. It’s also helped people get staple items that they haven’t been able to find in grocery stores. “There’s a woman in the group who bought — she owns a cleaning company and she got a pallet of toilet paper and was selling a half a case at a time to individuals for cost, which was incredibly generous,” Giovanelli said. Many people in Rochester were already struggling with housing and food insecurity

before the coronavirus came here, said Jai Titus, one of the founding members of COVID-19 Rochester New York Food

Relief. Titus said the mutual aid group, which operates through a Facebook page and through word of mouth, came together last week as “a response to the inevitable need that we knew would happen.” There are two other core members in addition to Titus: Christa Seary and Ilhan Ali. As the name implies, the trio’s main focus is making sure people who need food have it. But when individuals, families, or social workers reach out, the group will help with whatever they can. “We just basically ask them what the need is and that can range from anything to ‘I need diapers and pampers and wipes’ to ‘I need gluten-free bread and lactose-free milk for my child,’” Titus said. “We go through every single, individual family, gather their needs, and use the resources that we have to fulfill them to the best of our ability.” The group relies on donations of money, food (preferably prepackaged), and other items. To help lessen the chance that they’ll spread the coronavirus, group members limit the number of people touching items, and anyone who handles them wears gloves.

Volunteer drivers pick up items and deliver them to households that need them, often through porch-drops. Nearing the end of the group’s first week, it had helped 25 families, accounting for 89 people, Titus said. Most of them were black and brown families, including single-parent households, young people, and the elderly, she added. Community organizers Hannah Brown and Ian Layton wanted to encourage people to check in with neighbors and organize the residents of their blocks to support each other. To that end, they developed a simple form, which is now being distributed through the “COVID-19 Rochester New York Food Relief ” and the “What do you need? What do you got?” Facebook groups. The form is meant to help people build mutual aid networks on their own blocks. There’s a place for people to note if they need assistance with getting groceries and medication, and another space where neighbors with vehicles can volunteer to run errands or even help out in medical emergencies. The document also has basic facts about COVID-19.


The Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby of the South Wedge Food Program. PHOTO BY GINO FANELLI

“This is basically just a tool so that people could connect with the people that are very close to them right there on their street,” Brown said. Food access remains a foremost concern

for many in the community. This past Friday, Foodlink partnered with the Irondequoit Community Cupboard for an emergency food distribution at Irondequoit Town Hall. Volunteers, alongside public officials, distributed 300 boxes of packaged food, each weighing 50 pounds and designed to feed a family of four for a week to 10 days. Almost all of the boxes had been claimed the night before, said Debbie Evans, founder and executive director of the Irondequoit Community Cupboard. Foodlink is in the first wave of its coronavirus response, through which it plans to distribute 10,000 of the 50-pound boxes of food to residents in the non-profit’s 10-county footprint. Even before the coronavirus epidemic, food insecurity was a problem across the region. According to Feeding America’s 2017 Map the Meal Gap study, 12.4 percent of Monroe County residents lived in food-insecure households; that’s 92,790 people. “We always have high demand for emergency food support, we have a lot of food insecure individuals and they remain our highest priority,” said Foodlink Chief Executive Officer Julia Tedesco. “Those are people that are most vulnerable right now, including seniors and low-income households.”

Evans said that with the uncertainty of how long the pandemic will go on, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard is working as hard as possible just to keep up with demand. Prior to coronavirus, Evans had just stocked three weeks’ worth of food for the “Backpack Program,” aimed at providing breakfast and lunch for school children. That food is now helping to fill the gap caused by coronavirus. “The community has just been amazing, we get about 85 percent of our donations from the community,” Evans said. “I think we’re going to be okay for a little while, at least. As long as I have food and I don’t get sick, we’ll get ya.” In a message on the Community Cupboard’s page, Evans tells people that if they are elderly, immunocompromised, or at risk from other health conditions, she will deliver food to them. Since the coronavirus outbreak hit Monroe County, the South Wedge Food Program has lost about half its volunteers and experienced a 60 percent increase in demand, said the Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby, the pantry’s director. It typically serves about 200 families per month. “Before the crisis, we were up by about a third because the government has been cutting people’s food stamps,” Suddaby said. “We were already preparing for that, and now it’s almost doubled.” The South Wedge Food Program gets 90 percent of its supplies from Foodlink, with another 10 percent coming from church donations, a supply which has also dried up during the epidemic, Suddaby said. Suddaby and the South Wedge Food Program are determined to continue serving families in need, but a shortfall is likely in the coming months. In response, Suddaby is looking to the community to find new ways of distributing food. She’s asking for donations from people who may have overstocked their homes leading up to the epidemic. “There is enough food in Monroe County to feed everyone, but it just may be in houses that have too much and not in houses that don’t have enough,” Suddaby said. “We’re going to keep doing what we do until we don’t have the supplies to do it anymore.” Jeremy Moule is CITY’s news editor. He can be reached at jmoule@rochester-citynews.com. Gino Fanelli is a CITY staff writer. He can be reached at gfanelli@rochestercitynews.com.

TRANSIT | BY DAVID ANDREATTA

RTS riders ditch the bus — and that’s just fine for now The morning rush-hour bus from Webster to downtown Rochester was running mostly empty the other day, and that was just fine by Tracy Wyatt, one of the handful of passengers. “You see people on the bus coughing without covering their mouths,” said Wyatt, who waited for an afternoon bus home at the Transit Center that afternoon wearing a makeshift mask she fashioned out of a scarf. “It’s a little frightening.” The scarcity of passengers was also fine by the Regional Transit Service and its parent agency, the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, which is urging customers who can to avoid its services. “Stay home. Stop the spread. Use public transit for essential trips only. #FlattenTheCurve,” the agency tweeted on Monday. Signs with a similar message are posted around the Transit Center. “We’re trying to get our ridership down as much as possible right now,” said Bill Carpenter, the chief executive officer at RGRTA. Typically, public transit agencies celebrate ridership gains rather than declines. But the coronavirus pandemic and the warnings for people to practice social distancing has turned that logic on its head. Keeping most RTS passengers at bay hasn’t been difficult. Fear and state orders for nonessential workers to stay home have many regular passengers abandoning the bus to protect themselves from the virus, which as of Tuesday had infected 106 people in Monroe County and killed three. “A bus is kind of like a tomb,” said Kevin Kenyatta Watson, 60, of Rochester, who had taken a bus downtown for an appointment. “When you pick up a person, they’re in that tomb with you and you don’t know what someone’s bringing on the bus.” Ridership in Rochester has been in an unprecedented freefall, as it has in all cities with mass transit services. On Monday, March 16, the first day state restrictions on public gatherings took effect, RTS ridership dropped 22 percent compared with an average weekday, according to RGRTA. The next day, after the state had closed restaurants and other businesses, ridership fell 37 percent. By the end of the week it had plummeted 47 percent. On Monday, it fell further to 53 percent, or roughly 20,900 riders, according to the agency.

An RTS rider wearing a mask glances at her phone as she waits for a bus at the downtown Rochester Transit Center. PHOTO BY DAVID ANDREATTA

Now consider that those figures are based on an average weekday that school is not in session. The dip would be more severe if the figures were based on an average weekday during the school year, when roughly 50,000 passengers are served. Similar steep declines around the country have left mass transit officials facing a looming financial crisis. New York City’s public transportation system, for instance, is seeking a $4 billion federal bailout to offset fare losses on its buses, subways, and commuter rails. The situation at RGRTA is not as dire, in part because the agency is less dependent on fares, which make up about 10 percent of the revenue in its $101 million operating budget. Most of RGRTA’s revenue comes from dedicated state aid ($45 million) and federal funding ($12 million). Whereas many transit agencies rely on sales tax revenue, which is expected to take a hit given the health crisis, RGRTA depends on mortgage recording taxes ($11 million). Even with the crisis, the agency is projected to finish its fiscal year, which ends March 31, with a surplus. Still, RGRTA has committed to waiving RTS fares for at least a month, which in normal times would cost the agency about $800,000. With ridership expected to stay low for the duration of the pandemic, the losses could be steeper. “If it lasts a couple of weeks, we’ll be in good shape,” Carpenter said. “If it goes two, three, four months and people say, ‘I don’t want to ride the bus anymore because I’m too close to people,’ that’s where the crystal ball is foggy.” David Andreatta is CITY’s editor. He can be reached at dandreatta@rochester-citynews.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com

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Take Out & Stay In A sobering reality [ BEER ] BY GINO FANELLI

It was St. Patrick’s Day, yet the innards of Rochester’s beloved beer bar, Gregory Street’s Tap and Mallet, were uncharacteristically still. Just a pyramid of crowler cans on the bar and owner Joe McBane was quietly wiping down the wood with sanitizer. “We’re still moving along,” McBane said. “Food deliveries are steady for now, especially with the beer deliveries.” As of Monday, Tap and Mallet has temporarily closed. A similar, somber scene played out at Three Heads Brewing on Thursday, where co-owner Geoff Dale stood behind the bar, dutifully filling growlers like usual. But these days, the stage in the center of the room is empty, and the scent of rubbing alcohol overpowers the usual sweet tinge of malt in the air. (Three Heads remains open.) “We’ve scrubbed everything, man,” Dale said, an industrial-sized bottle of hand sanitizer resting on the bar next to him. “This is the cleanest this place has been since we’ve opened.” Every establishment around town has transformed into a surreal, empty experience, with most offering appointments and touchfree curbside pickups. Some, like Atlantic Avenue’s Lost Borough and the Genesee Pilot Brewery, have opted to pause their operations altogether in the face of the outbreak. This column is another reminder, and a sobering warning: not all small businesses will survive this stagnation, including local breweries. I’m doing what I can to help, and I implore you to call up your favorite locals and ask how you can still purchase their beer. And man, is there some great beer to get right now. From Tap and Mallet, I picked up a breakfast stout collaboration between Auburn’s Prison City and Queens’ Gun Hill, called Doin Breakfast Time. The return of Three Heads’ beloved Honey Smuggler, an unorthodox hoppy Maibock with honey, is a steal at $10 per four-pack. And Tang Ten, a tangerine and vanilla-laced tart IPA from Fifth Frame — and one of my favorite beers at 2019’s Real Beer Expo — has made a crowler return at the brewery for a limited time; plus owner Jon Mervine’s smile is a welcomed respite in these trying times. Even if we can’t drink together, remember, we’re all in this together. 8 CITY

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Quaran-tea time Catch up with friends over video chat with while you quarantine with a sweet treat [ FEATURE ] BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

Mass isolation is an oxymoronic phrase that never occurred to me before now. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen people trying to conquer their mutual loneliness by connecting over FaceTime or Skype for virtual happy hours, to play board games, or “hang out” while streaming a show in their respective homes. Here, we humbly propose a “quaran-tea time,” in which we can combine a virtual hangout and check-in with one another while supporting the local bakeries and pastry shops that are still open for biz. Place your pastry orders ahead of time, brew up your favorite Darjeeling, Earl Grey, or rooibos, and take a mid-afternoon work break with friends and fam. Some shops, such as Sinful Sweets (sinfulsweetsroc.com) and Savoia Pastry Shoppe (savoiapastry.com) are temporarily closed. The following spots are still open for business, but all hours and menus are subject to change, so check with individual shops for updates.

Located in the Rochester Public Market, Flour City Bread Co. (975-9354; flourcitybread.com) is open market hours on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for pickup only on orders placed ahead of time. The bakery is offering its organic, artisanal breads, bagels, croissants, and some other items in its grab-n-go cooler. Orders for Saturday pick-up must be placed online from Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m. Additionally, Flour City has teamed up with Fisher Hill Farm, Seven Bridges Farm, Pittsford Dairy, and other local companies to offer fresh meat, dairy items, vegetables, and other goods, in addition to its bakery items. Orders for the Friday grocery pick-up (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or delivery (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for orders of $50 or more within Monroe County) are due Wednesdays at 9 a.m. East Rochester’s Leo’s Bakery & Deli (249-1000; https://leosbakeryanddeli. com/) is offering take-out from its full cafe menu on Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scratch Bakeshop (scratchbakeshoproc. com) is no longer selling individual pastries but is offering items in bundles through its new Scratch at Home menu, and a custom orders option on its homepage. The bundles come in traditional, vegan, or gluten free options for cupcakes, cookies, shortbread, breakfast pastries, macarons, cakes, and more. Order by 3 p.m. the day before you want your order. Scratch is offering curbside pick-up or complimentary delivery for orders over $35 within a 10mile radius of its NOTA shop. Current hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Premier Pastry in the South Wedge is open for pick-up and delivery (order via phone or email: 546-1420, premierpastry@msn.com, premier-pastry. com) for custom cake orders as well as cupcakes, decorated cookies, breads, and more. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rebecca Rafferty is CITY’s arts & entertainment editor. She can be reached at becca@rochester-citynews.com.


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[ ROCK ] King Crimson Wednesday, July 1. Artpark Mainstage Theatre. 450 South 4th St., Lewiston. $67-$125. 7 p.m. 716-754-4375. artpark.net; dgmlive.com. [ ROCK ] Primus performing Rush’s ‘A Farewell to Kings’ Thursday, July 2. Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. 2708 Lords Hill Rd., LaFayette. $45 general admission, $148-$249 VIP. 7 p.m. 315-696-6085. beakandskiff.com; primusville.com.

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‘SUCK MY FINGER AGAIN’ BOYJR.BANDCAMP.COM [ INDIE POP ] A quick disclaimer: Do not mistake this infectious pop song and its imperative to engage in unspeakably unhealthy acts of flirtation as a literal call to action. It is, however, safe to listen to this unstoppably catchy three-minute piece of ear candy on a loop, as the soundtrack to a summer of fun that might still be on the horizon (CDC guidelines permitting). Local musician Erica Allen-Lubman, a k a Boy Jr., exploits the sugary stylistic mores of ’80s and ’90s pop and incorporates a few signifiers from the playbook of heavily produced, millennial radio hits to create an odd but exceptionally well-crafted song. Think Cyndi Lauper-meets-Katy Perry. — BY DANIEL J. KUSHNER

Judah Sealy ‘OFF THE CHARTS’ AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS FRIDAY, MARCH 27 JUDAHSEALYMUSIC.COM [ JAZZ ] Rochester saxophonist Judah Sealy’s talent for consummate smooth jazz licks is undeniable, and his ability to confidently carry the groove is what gives his music its charm. His new single, cleverly titled “Off the Charts,” has real mainstream appeal without sacrificing any virtuosity. Sealy continues delivering on the easy-listening vibes present on his latest full-length album, “Welcome Home,” from 2018. Should the Rochester International Jazz Festival go on this year, consider this single an excellent preview of what you can expect from Sealy during his June 27 jazz fest performance. — BY DANIEL J. KUSHNER

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King Buffalo ‘Dead Star’ Self-released kingbuffalo.bandcamp.com

Laura Dubin & Antonio Guerrero NIGHTLY WEB STREAM, 8 P.M. AT FACEBOOK.COM/LAURADUBINJAZZ LAURADUBIN.COM [ JAZZ ] Given these circumstances of seclusion we all find ourselves in, the nightly performances given live on Facebook by local pianist Laura Dubin and her husband, drummer Antonio Guerrero, are the closest you can get to catching a show at a cozy Rochester jazz club. The duo trades in straightahead jazz, playing with a bouncy synergy that emphasizes the rhythmic vitality of the arrangements. Dubin is an articulate player with a “classical” attention to detail, and Guerrero infuses easy-going swing with Latin grooves to create delightful instrumental duets. As for the videos’ production value, the sound quality is decent, and viewers get a great overhead perspective, with three different angles that alternate between the pair together and shots of each musician individually. After being streamed, the concerts are also available via the “Laura Dubin Jazz” YouTube channel. — BY DANIEL J. KUSHNER

Do you ever have those dreams where you’re flying or drowning? On its much-anticipated new album “Dead Star,” Rochester three-piece King Buffalo offers an enveloping thunder that seems like it could permeate underwater as well as the sky. Sean McVay’s guitar is even more menacing in its attack than on the album’s predecessors, as he slashes across the otherworldly soundscape found in the opening cut “Red Star Pt. 1 & 2.” I’ve got a couple of favorites. In addition to the show-stopping, savage radio edit of the opener, there’s “Eta Carinae,” with Dan Reynolds’s driving bass alongside some excellent guitar breaks from McVay. All six cuts are of the heavy-dirge variety we have come to expect from King Buffalo. They’re on top of their game. It’s their best yet. — BY FRANK DE BLASE

Benjamin Boone with The Ghana Jazz Collective ‘Joy’ Origin Records benjaminboone.net

Robert Pycior ‘QUARANTINE’ ROBERTPYCIOR.COM [ CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL ] Rochester violinist, teacher, and film composer Robert Pycior

is an intriguing figure. Perhaps best known as the fiddler for the idiosyncratic Americana band O’Death, Pycior is also a member of the experimental folk duo North Collins and a musical contributor to numerous film projects. His latest composition, “Quarantine,” certainly has a cinematic quality. The three-movement work for violin and looping station is simultaneously beautiful and slightly unsettling. The first movement begins with quizzical pizzicato on the violin, before additional layers of bowed strings create a kind of canned, MIDI-esque orchestra. Pretty flourishes escalate to a claustrophobic, almost grotesque sound, before enigmatic string plucking returns. The subsequent second and third movements contain three equal elements: European Romanticism, unassuming American folk, and electronic experimentalism. Pycior’s swirling approach to string orchestration is at times similar to that of Owen Pallett and his former project Final Fantasy, but Pycior veers away from Pallett’s brand of grandiose pop in favor of unpredictable, kaleidoscopic music with symphonic ambitions.

— BY DANIEL J. KUSHNER

When saxophonist Benjamin Boone — a professor at California State University, Fresno—traveled to Ghana to study as a Fulbright Scholar, he never expected to record an album. But one night at an Accra bar he encountered The Ghana Jazz Collective, a group of musicians as fluent in American jazz as they were in West African traditions. The resulting album is a product of this wonderful merging of cultures. If the great title tune, “Joy,” seems familiar, it was written by the late Rochester multi-reedist Gerry Niewood. Drummer Frank Kissi is a master of the polyrhythms; bassist Bright Osei gives a fresh, thumping, funky twist to Herbie Hancock’s classic, “Maiden Voyage.” Pianist Victor Dey Jr. and saxophonists Boone and Bernard Ayisa shine throughout. Vocalist Sandra Huson sings an intriguing, frenetic vocalese on Boone’s wild composition “Slam.” — BY RON NETSKY

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Music

With concerts canceled, Rochester musicians such as Seth Faergolzia (left) and Danielle Ponder are finding alternative ways to connect to their audiences. LEFT PHOTO PROVIDED / RIGHT PHOTO BY JOCELYN MESTI

Quarantined: COVID-19 moves musicians to think outside the box [ FEATURE ] BY DECLAN RYAN

COVID-19 presents an entirely new challenge for musicians. The last time such fearsome microbes scared revelers away from concert halls and bars, radio itself was a novelty and the drum set hadn’t been invented yet. There is no road map for this, and musicians are scrambling to find ways to handle the pandemic. Clearly, artists are hurting. Live performance now makes up the majority of revenue for most musicians. This is a change from the days when the bulk of an artist’s income came from record sales. With every live music venue shuttered at press time, that means musicians across the country are taking a major cash-flow hit. January and February are always lean months for live performance in Rochester. Musicians throughout the region have been waiting for better weather and bigger audiences, but this year, that relief isn’t in the cards. The downturn has many wondering about moving from a movie theater model of performance (buy the ticket, take the ride) to something more like Netflix, where fans can enjoy the show from home. 14 CITY MARCH 25 - 31, 2020

One Rochesterian is uniquely positioned to help artists make the pivot. Danny Nielsen didn’t know a quarantine was coming when he acquired a live-streaming rig for his venue Photo City Improv last year. “We started doing this almost nine months back,” he says. “It was a pretty significant investment at the time. It was an opportunity for musicians to reach an audience beyond the border of the venue walls.” Fans can see nightly live-streamed concerts on the venue’s Facebook page. During the show, viewers have a direct channel to tip artists (facebook.com/photocityimprovcomedyclub). “This is our opportunity to give back to the musicians,” Nielsen says, explaining that the venue doesn’t take a cut. While the doors are still shut to attendees, Photo City is keeping as busy of a schedule as their precautionary measures allow. “We only let the performer in during the show,” he says, “and the sound tech, Jon Lalopa, is sanitizing the area between performances.” It’s clear that fans want to help. Rochester soul icon Danielle Ponder agrees that direct support is the best angle. “I’ve been hearing people say, ‘Oh, stream the heck out of people’s music’ — don’t do that,” she says. “There’s no

money. One thousand streams is probably nine cents.” Anyone who has ever opened a streaming royalty check knows she isn’t joking. The big streaming sites act like Robin Hood in reverse, writing huge checks to major labels and racking up profits for shareholders while lobbying to keep payments to songwriters as small as possible. Unimpressed with what these mainstream channels offer, many artists are seeking a more direct route to fans. Ponder advocates cutting out the middle man entirely: “Cashapp them, buy their merch, buy the CD. If you appreciate their work, give an artist some money.” She launched her first live-streaming concert this past weekend, in what she says will hopefully become a regular series (facebook. com/daniellepondermusic). The live-streaming-for-tips business model feels a bit like a cyberpunk version of Nashville’s Broadway. There, dozens of venues stretch out in neon along a single street, each with several hours of live music nightly. Almost none charge a cover. Between sets, bands pass a bucket to the audience for tips. It can be a tough gig, considering the near-infinite variety of competition. Take away the location and the atmosphere, and it’s an even harder sell.

If live streaming as it currently exists is an imperfect stop-gap measure, something we can be sure of is that artists will find a creative solution to the problem. Whether through sponsorships, ad-supported streaming (à la Twitch), or some other innovation, COVID-19 will certainly inspire some entrepreneurial thinking. One interesting, if not novel alternative many artists are exploring is Patreon. Seth Faergolzia, the prolific and eccentric songwriter behind Multibird, has been using the service for years. The subscription site lets fans pay artists a monthly stipend in exchange for exclusive access to audio and video content. Faergolzia says he found the service after experimenting with running subscriptions on his own website. “It’s a platform people trust because it’s already very established,” he says, citing improved subscription numbers after making the switch (patreon.com/sethfaergolzia). We spoke just a few weeks after Multibird returned from a 31-date European tour. “We did a lot of Germany, and then we played in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Austria,” Faergolzia says. “The whole time we’re looking at the news, watching it happen. It was definitely intimidating. At one point, Emily [DiPaola] was feeling sick one night and had to sit the show out, and we’re all like, ‘Oh my god, is it the virus?’” The band luckily returned unscathed. With further touring off the table for the foreseeable future, Faergolzia is still sanguine. “Community is the most important part of this,” he says. “Now is a time to stretch and reflect so that when society begins from this pause, we’re all ready to go into motion.” Artists, venues, and fans are all in this together. “It’s a symbiotic relationship,” Nielsen says. “The venue only thrives with the community’s support.” For now, it’s on all of us as a community to keep our friends in the arts working. Ponder, who left her career as an attorney in 2018 to make music full-time, sees the economics of the situation clearly. “There are a lot of people at salaried jobs who aren’t seeing a change in their check,” she says. “If that’s you, help out a freelancer.” Being quarantined would be unbearable without art and music. On easing that strain, Ponder remains positive. “We were not aware of how privileged we were to be able to go out and listen to music,” she says, “to be able to go to the movies, to go to brunch. I just want to offer what I can offer to lift people’s spirits.” Declan Ryan is a freelance writer for CITY. Feedback on this article can be directed to dkushner@rochester-citynews.com.


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Dance-Theater

In this new era of social distancing, PUSH Physical Theatre is helping assuage loneliness by creating instructional videos about what they do best — using athleticism, simple gestures, and soulful artistry to tell a story. PHOTO PROVIDED

PUSH-ing back against loneliness amid social distancing [ FEATURE ] BY KATHY LALUK

Until recently, practically no one had heard the term “social distancing.” Now it’s not only trending, it’s a necessary way of life that is leaving many struggling to cope. Limiting human contact is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, health experts say. But many of those same experts recognize that denying our innate need for human contact — a hug, a handshake, a high five — may have long-term mental and emotional impacts for years to come. A 2018 study by the National Institute for Health Care Management found that chronic loneliness can carry the same physical health risks as smoking 15 cigarettes per day and can increase the risk of death by 30 percent. It’s that specific study that piqued the interest of PUSH Physical Theatre, which began working with seniors last fall through the Virginiabased Roanoke Arts Commission to help 16 CITY MARCH 25 - 31, 2020

those cope with loneliness through movement and storytelling. Now, the Rochester-based group is raising money to help others in this new era of social distancing by creating instructional videos about what they do best — using athleticism, simple gestures, and soulful artistry to tell a story. “We come from the perspective that everybody has a story to tell, and many of our stories are locked up in our muscles and our bones, so when we move, we set our stories free,” says PUSH co-founder and co-director Darren Stevenson. “When COVID-19 hit, suddenly all those people who are most at risk for isolation are suddenly even higher-risk.” The group’s reach-out-and-virtuallytouch-someone initiative went from idea to reality in the span of about a week. “From idea to choreography to completion, this is about the fastest we’ve ever done a project,” Stevenson says. The group came up with the concept and began soliciting donations to

raise $5,500 through its Facebook page about a week ago to help pay for video equipment and the performers’ time. They began filming at Airigami’s studios on Wednesday, March 18, and expect to post the first of at least eight videos this week. “By our nature, we tend toward perfectionism, and we really had to let that go and say ‘this is going to be what it is,’” Stevenson says. “It’s going to be relational, it’s going to be fun, and it’s not going to be perfect.” The goal, he says, is to make these videos accessible for everyone, by making them free to watch on PUSH’s YouTube channel, Facebook, and Instagram pages, but also by including modified movements so people of all ages and skill levels can participate. “The idea is that you can watch a video in your house and do something today, learn some new skill. If you’re an educator, then you can use these as a resource for students that you’re trying to teach via a non-traditional method.”

If PUSH raises enough money, Stevenson says they’d like to add a written resource guide for teachers, to accompany the videos. For that to happen, Stevenson estimates they’d need an additional $3,000. As is the case for many other artists locally and across the country, work and money have dried up as the COVID-19 crisis worsened. Stevenson says this not only presents them with an opportunity to get creative, but also gives them the chance to really connect with audience that have come to see their performances. “I prefer the idea of people who have seen our shows or watched our performance videos, can pick a move and say ‘well, that was cool how they did that, I wonder how they did that.’” Stevenson says. “We want to teach you that.” He adds that by posting these videos on social media, he hopes to get comments from people about how they’re using the videos and perhaps how PUSH can improve them. “By utilizing social media for these videos, what we’re hoping is to create a community and a dialogue,” he says. PUSH is still figuring out new ways to teach physical theatre and storytelling through movement, Stevenson says, including how to do it when you can’t have a partner. Instead, he says they’re utilizing inanimate objects, like chairs, as substitutes. “The way we shrug our shoulders, the way we throw up our hands, the way we engage physically like that, and the way we put our arm on someone’s shoulder to comfort them or hug them or shake their hand and say, ‘this is going to be okay,’ — that’s really important,” he says. Stevenson says many young people who are out of school right now are being asked to engage in the social fight of their generation. He says while some are confused and frightened, all of them have a story to tell, and he believes they can benefit by expressing it through movement. “When we come up against novel stressors — like this is, none of us have ever experienced something like this in our lifetime — we need to go beyond words.” To donate to this project, visit facebook. com/PUSHtheatre. There, you’ll find a link to the donation page. Artists and cultural orgs: How are you pivoting to online, streaming, or otherwise remote offerings during the epidemic shut-down? Send pitches and tips to the email below. Kathy Laluk is a freelancer for CITY. Feedback on this article can be sent to Rebecca Rafferty, CITY’s arts & entertainment editor, at becca@rochester-citynews.com.


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A still from Brazilian dystopian thriller “Bacurau.” PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER

How to support the silver screens that have gone dark [ FEATURE ] BY ADAM LUBITOW

The challenges involved in operating a traditional movie theater in the age of streaming have only increased over time, but it’s especially scary these days. The coronavirus pandemic has caused theaters to go dark all across the nation, and at this point there’s no telling how long it will last. Those closures have only added more stress to the already precarious state of the industry. Slowly but surely, film studios have been shifting their current theatrical releases to digital rental and On Demand services. But with studios finding a way to still earn some money on their films, what about the theaters themselves? Mega chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark have, for now, shut the doors on their locations nationwide, but many independent theaters don’t have the resources of those corporations to sustain a prolonged closure. Worry over the future of the movie theater industry has inspired a number of passionate public tributes and appreciations from film lovers recently, including a

widely-shared article in the Washington Post by “Dunkirk” and “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan, a vocal longtime champion of the theatrical experience. In the piece, Nolan writes about how the true appeal of going to the movies comes from our desire to be together: “humanity’s greatest instinct.” And the need for that communal experience is the real reason movie theaters will never go away, so long as they’re provided the means to weather this current storm. Even with the shutdown, there’s still plenty of ways to support Rochester’s own vibrant community of independent and repertory movie theaters, many of which will be facing a potentially difficult road ahead. Rochester has always been a film town and it’s up to us to ensure that remains true well into the future. Back on March 14, The Little Theatre (which is owned by CITY Newspaper’s parent company, WXXI Public Media) became the first theater to make the difficult decision to close locally, and since then has had to postpone or cancel a

diverse slate of events, including its annual One Take Documentary Film Festival. As a result, the theater is finding innovative ways to offset some of the financial loss and spur some revenue during the temporary closure. Joining a growing number of art house theaters across the country, The Little has partnered with indie film distributor Kino Lorber to offer virtual screenings of the Cannes Jury Prize-winning Brazlian film “Bacurau,” directed by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho. Viewers can buy a five-day pass to access the film for $12, with a portion of each purchase going directly to the Little. And more virtual movie options from The Little may be on the way. People can support The Little by becoming a member (or giving a gift membership) or visiting the online Little Shop to purchase a gift certificate, dinnerand-a-movie package, or a five-pack of tickets. He also suggests leaving a positive Yelp, Google, or Facebook review for The Little (also a good idea for any other

small businesses you wish to support). Visit thelittle.org. Having opened in 1914, The Cinema Theater is Rochester’s oldest movie theater, but is now facing its own hardships. Without any revenue coming in, making rent is a real worry for the theater, co-owner Audrey Kramer says. Helpfully, the theater employs minimal staff: aside from Kramer and her husband Alex, the Cinema only has three part-time employees who have been able to make do through their other places of employment. Kramer says that the best way to support The Cinema is by purchasing its movie pass booklets online. The theater offers two options: 10 movie passes and two concession coupons for $55, or five passes and one concession coupon for $30. Donations are always accepted and appreciated, and can also be made online for any amount. More info at cinemarochester.com. The Dryden Theatre was already scheduled to be closed during its in-progress construction project to relocate and redesign the main entrance to the Eastman Museum. And while a number of events scheduled at the museum have been cancelled through the spring, as of now plans are still in place for the museum to reopen in time for the 6th annual Nitrate Picture Show, June 4-7. “We are hoping we’re not going to have to delay [the Nitrate Picture Show],” says Eastman Museum Director Bruce Barnes. “But if we do have to delay it by a year — or rather shift the program by one year — we’ll probably give people two choices. We would be thrilled if they would donate it to the museum, or they can use that ticket for next year’s festival.” Those looking for a way to help out can visit the Join & Give page of the museum’s website to contribute to its Annual Campaign and learn about the benefits of membership. Learn more at eastman.org. CITY also reached out to Zurich Cinemas, operators of both Pittsford Cinema and Movies 10 locally, as well as the Visual Studies Workshop, but didn’t receive a response in time for the print version of this article. We’ll update with information on how to support those theaters once it’s available. An extended version of this article is online at rochestercitynewspaper.com. Adam Lubitow is a freelance writer for CITY. Feedback on this article can be directed to becca@rochestercitynews.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 17


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Organization filed with the NY Secy of State (“SOS”) on 2/10/2020. The office of the LLC is in Monroe County. SOS is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SOS shall mail a copy of such process to 700 Five Points Rd, Rush, NY 14543. The LLC is formed to engage in any lawful activity for which an LLC may be formed under the NY LLC law. [ NOTICE ]

Notice of formation of Friendly Operations LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/5/2020. Office location, County of Monroe. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 33 Hunters Run, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful act. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of FS NEW JERSEY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/6/2020. Office location, County of Monroe. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, PO Box 60377, Rochester, NY 14606. Purpose: any lawful act. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] BJADT LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADT LLC 1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. { NOTICE ] Notice of formation of G&C Realty of Western NY, LLC (the “LLC”). Articles of

Notice of Formation of Heather PaesslerChesterton Mental Health Counseling, PLLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) January 09, 2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 132 Allens Creek Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14618. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of HYLAND HILLS PROPERTIES, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 01/13/2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY may mail a copy of any process to LLC, 1759 Calkins Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful purpose. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of JE Collins Properties, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/6/20. Office location: Monroe Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jennifer Collins, 2366 Turk Hill Road, Victor, NY 14564. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of KBV Fund LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/27/20. Office location: Monroe County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served


Legal Ads and shall mail process to: 468 Thyme Dr., Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of MARBERCHI, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/21/2020. Office location, County of Monroe. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Beresford Crick, 5 Wolfboro Dr, Fairport, NY 14450. Purpose: any lawful act. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Mazari Properties LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/20/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 110 Brightwoods Lane, Rochester, NY 14623. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] BJADN LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADN LLC, 1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of Modern Age Properties, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/18/2020. Office location, County of Monroe. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 18 Winterset Dr,

Rochester, NY 14625. Purpose: any lawful act. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Neal Property Management LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 02/19/2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 149 Shelter Street Rochester NY 14611 . Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of OFC CREATIONS THEATRE CENTER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/4/2020. Office location, County of Monroe. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 48 Orchard Dr, Rochester, NY 14618. Purpose: any lawful act. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of Paul’s Landscaping of NY, LLC. Art.of Org. filed Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) 2/24/2020. Office location: Monroe Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 628 Hills Pond Road, Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful purpose. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Power Yoga USA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/15/19. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 6381 Winding Creek Way, Victor, NY 14564. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of PVR Perinton NY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/24/20. Office location: Monroe County. Sec. of State designated

To place your ad in the LEGAL section, contact Tracey Mykins by phone at (585) 244-3329 x10 or by email at legals@rochester-citynews.com agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 64 Commercial St., Ste. 401, Rochester, NY 14614. Purpose: all lawful purposes.

it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 5 Sugarmills Circle, Fairport, NY 14450. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of SHORE WINDS REALTY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/20. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. office of LLC: 111 East Shore Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Grand Healthcare System at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of ROC Realty Holdings LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/3/20. Office location: Monroe County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1170 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Ste. 280, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of ROC Realty Partners LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/3/20. Office location: Monroe County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1170 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Ste. 280, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] BJADMC LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADMC LLC, 1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of SHIVADORGA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/20. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. office of LLC: 5 Sugarmills Circle, Fairport, NY 14450. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against

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[ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of SRS4 of New York, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/14/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 1169 Howard Road, Rochester, NY 14624. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Taj Mahal Fine Indian Cuisine, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) January 17 2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1742 Long Pond Rd. STE 1 Rochester, NY 14606. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of The Watch Don LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/12/2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC at: 2111 East Avenue, Apt # M, Rochester, New York 14610. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ]

Notice of Formation of ULA’S EXPRESS LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 02/03/2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 21 CARMAS DRIVE, ROCHESTER, NY 14626. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Willow Pointe, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/25/20. Office location: Monroe Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 800 Mont Blanc Drive, Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of BALTA NY COLD STORAGE INDUSTRIAL, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/28/20. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/24/20. Princ. office of LLC: c/o MAG Capital Partners, LLC, 1751 River Sun, Ste. 200, Fort Worth, TX 76107. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Real estate holding company. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] BJADM LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADM LLC,

1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of BOSCH SECURITY SYSTEMS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/20. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/21/03. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA - NIGHT VISION LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/28/20. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/30/19. Princ. office of LLC: 7635 Plantation Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of GELLER MANAGEMENT 3, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/20/20. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Florida (FL) on 06/26/18. SSNY

designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. FL addr. of LLC: 17040 Huntington Pkwy., Boca Raton, FL 33496. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, The Centre of Tallahassee, 2415 N. Monroe St., Ste. 810, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of SHUTTERFLY LIFETOUCH, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/20. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Minnesota (MN) on 10/30/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. MN addr. of LLC: 11000 Viking Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 60 Empire Dr., Ste. 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Prisam LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 2/21/20. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS will mail a copy of any process to LLC’s principal business location at 452 Clay Rd., Apt. C, Rochester, NY 14623. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] BJADA LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADA LLC, 1018 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited

Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE ] Rcgrande Properties LLC. Auth. Filed w/SSNY on 12/10/19. Office: Monroe Co. Formed in NV on 10/5/2017. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 456 Parma Center Rd, Hilton, NY 14468. NV address: 5030 Spanish Hills Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89148. Filed w/ NV Sec. of State: 202 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701. Purpose: all lawful. [ NOTICE ] Richland Drive, LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 2/10/19. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS will mail a copy of any process to 1425 Jefferson Road, Rochester, New York 14623. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Sticky Bottle LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 2/5/20. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS will mail a copy of any process to 261 Pine Grove Ave.,Rochester, NY 14617. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] TABOTT MEDICAL ESTHETICS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/26/19. Office: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 35 Bryden Park, Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. [ NOTICE ]] Notice of Formation of Holley & Son’s General Contracting, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 01/15/2020. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process

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Legal Ads against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 11 Carl Street Rochester, NY 14621 . Purpose: any lawful activities. [ Notice of Formation ] 2020 MMC Consulting LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 2/20/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail a copy of process to 1170 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ Notice of Formation ] Danville Development, LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 2/19/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail a copy of process to c/o Shawn Griffin, 99 Garnsey Road, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] Jordan Scott LLC filed Articles of Organization with the New York Department of State on 11/07/19. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the Company upon whom process against it may be served and a copy of any process shall be mailed to 36 Orlando St. Rochester, NY 14606. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful acts or activities. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] NAME: DCW Medical, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 20, 2020. Principal office: Monroe County, New York. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1427 Fieldcrest Dr., Webster, NY 14580: Member. Purpose: any and all lawful activities.

[ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] NAME: FERN Center, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 2, 2020. Principal office: Monroe County, New York. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 183 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, Attn: Member. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] NAME: Hilartech, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 27, 2020. Principal office: Monroe County, New York. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 75 Barrett Drive, Suite 1074, Webster, NY 14580 Attn: Member. Purpose: any and all lawful activities. [ Notice of Formation ] Winnie Island LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 1/29/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail a copy of process to 20 South Street, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF 281 VERSAILLES ROAD, LLC ] Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY 2/13/2020 Office Location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated Agent of LLC to whom process may be served. SSNY may mail copy of process to 40 LAKE ROAD, WEBSTER, NY 14580. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity. [ Notice of Formation of 822 Victor Road LLC ] Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on January 2, 2020. LLC location: Monroe Co., NY. Princ. Office of LLC: 120

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Linden Oaks Drive, Ste. 200, Rochester, NY 14625; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Princ. Office of LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF ECOTECH NY LLC ] The name of the Limited Liability Company is Eco-Tech NY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the New York Secretary of State on February 20, 2020. The office of the LLC is in Monroe County. The New York Secretary of State is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of such process to 1900 Empire Blvd., #102, Webster, NY 14580. The LLC is organized to engage in any lawful activity for which an LLC may be formed under the NY LLC Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ] Notice of formation of NKT Enterprises LLC. Art. of Org. filed by Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/3/20. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 Buffalo Road, Rochester, New York 14611. Purpose: to engage in any lawful business purpose for which limited liability companies may be organized under the law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] 1165 Whitney Road East LLC filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on 3/9/2020 with an effective date of formation of 3/9/2020. Its principal place of business is located in Monroe County. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to 110 East Pointe, Fairport,

NY 14450. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ]

shall be mailed to 897 Surrey Hill Way, Rochester, NY 14623. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law.

BJADK LLC has filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on February 4, 2020. Its office is located in Monroe County. The Secretary has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to BJADK LLC, 1081 Long Pond Road, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14626. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] DB Rochester, LLC filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on 2/11/2020 with an effective date of formation of 2/11/2020. Its principal place of business is located in Monroe County. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to 34 North St. Regis Drive, Rochester, NY 14618. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity for which Limited Liability Companies may be organized under Section 203 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] Xquisite Realty LLC filed articles of organization with the New York Secretary of State on 3/3/2020 with an effective date of formation of 3/3/2020. Its principal place of business is located in Monroe County. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process

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