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Voting ‘barriers’? What ‘barriers’?
In the latest in our series celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass and assessing how Rochester has lived up to his legacy, we focused on voting rights. While most New Yorkers have the right to vote, the state’s strict rules on registering and absentee voting complicate things. In addition, many states have longer voting periods, and some permit voting by mail. Among readers’ comments:
I think many Americans disagree that what you label as “barriers” to voting are actually that. It’s a very difficult and lengthy job to conduct the electoral process in a country where there are millions of voters. In individual states like New York, there are millions of people voting in elections. The fact that there’s a time limit on submitting a form to register to vote is not unethical, given how much time it takes to process those forms. Voter ID’s are such a non-issue. Why is it prejudiced to make sure a voter can legally vote? Are states prejudiced against pedestrians because you need a license to drive? The voter ID is another way 2 CITY
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to prevent election fraud, and every single state and territory should require them for that reason. As for working people having time to vote, 20 states do not have laws that require employers to give employees time off to vote. This sounds unethical, but every single American in those states is entitled to vote with an absentee ballot if they’re really inclined to. In the new millennium, finding out how to submit an absentee ballot in your state is only a few clicks of a mouse away. The process for filling out an absentee ballot is no more complex than submitting a voter registration form. It just needs to be done on time. That’s not unethical. Thankfully for us in New York State, we’re guaranteed time off to vote as long as we submit notice to our employers at least two days in advance. That’s hardly unfair. It’s not crazy to have federal and state primaries on different days. Some might see that as being complicated, but it’s a good thing. People place more emphasis on federal elections because those candidates have more power to change laws in this country. Having a state primary on a different day months apart from a federal primary allows voters to have more time to focus on the issues of their state when making their decision to vote. Just as you wouldn’t hold Christmas and Halloween on the same day for convenience, there’s a good reason to not hold federal and state primaries on the same day. Also, because conducting
the election process is such a huge job, having primaries on different days ensures that each process is done correctly. In the end, voting is an act that requires the voter to be informed: not just on the candidates but on how the process is carried out. In the modern world, finding out how to submit forms for voter registration or an absentee ballot is only a Google search away. When all you have to do is go on the Internet, it’s not too much to expect people to make the effort to find out how to do these things. CHRISTOPHER HAYDU
To fix schools, address poverty
On Urban Journal’s “Yet Another Attempt to Improve City Schools”: You hit the
nail on the head with your thesis that generational poverty has an effect, that the concentration of poverty has an effect, and sadly in Rochester we have an abundance of both. Having retired after 44 years in the field of education, where I worked for half of that time in the Rochester school district and the other in East Irondequoit as a teacher, assistant principal, and then principal, I understand completely the challenges that our school systems face. And I agree with you that poor children can learn; I have witnessed it first-hand. But the road to success in schools is filled with potholes for those children who are mired in poverty. Indeed, as you stated, it makes a difference whether children are educated in a district where their parents are well educated and have the resources to
provide for a safe, healthy, and comfortable life replete with educational resources. And indeed we must expect excellence from all who work with our children. However, it is myopic at best to believe that we can increase student performance in the Rochester school district without first addressing the negative effects that the high concentration of poverty has on children in the city of Rochester. We as members of this community must be willing to stop the blame game and do the hard work necessary to end this immoral situation, which perpetuates a form of institutional racism, one that traps our poorest in an unending cycle of poverty and despair. W. BRUCE GORMAN
The future of Parcel 5
I have several questions for our Mayor Warren and her administration. First of all, why does every project or proposal take so ridiculously long to implement? Every single Parcel 5 proposal involves (for some reason) a Performing Arts Center. Why, for heaven’s sake, do we need one more theatre? Yes, we need a theater – but a “mainstream” movie theatre with 3 or 4 screens. The Little Theatre has accomplished this, squarefootage wise, but I don’t want to see all those independent “art” films that they screen. With so many people migrating downtown, what is needed are a movie theater, some type of indoor year-round farmer’s market, a pharmacy, and a few (affordable rent) retail spaces for small start-up
entrepreneurs. Why must all those new residents downtown need to schlep to the suburbs to see a popular movie? And another question: If a performing arts center attracts people from all around Rochester, where will they park? I know there are plenty of indoor garages, but isn’t the price of a (stage theatre) ticket enough without the added price to park added on top? They say “build it, and they will come,” but for heaven’s sake, the people are coming in droves and pay high rents, but so far there is only one restaurant in Tower 280 – that’s it. Yes, there are plenty of other great restaurants downtown, but all the retail spaces in every newly retrofitted residential building are vast and completely empty. Wake up, city administrators. Stop dragging your heels, and please make a decision. Get the job done! JIM CAPPELLINO
How about mixed use with a small movie theater, Trader Joe’s, CVS-type stuff? Things that majority of people will use, with residential and parking above. Rochester is fortunate to have several arts theaters, and it can spend money on marketing them if the city wants to focus more on the arts. It’s so exciting to see people moving back to the city and reversing the post-war migration to the suburbs. Hopefully mixed use will prevail on this parcel, giving entertainment and services to the new residents.
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Apathy and laziness also cause low voter turnout
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As someone who has observed and participated in politics in this community for about 65 years (yes, starting before I could vote), I found Jake Clapp’s article on voting rights to be very interesting. My accumulated observations lead me to conclude that the main reason for low voter participation today is that people are lazy or simply don’t care. When I first began participating in politics, you had to go to the polls – twice – in order to vote. We did not have permanent registration until the mid-’50s, and you had to register to vote every year. Voters had to go to their polling place on one of four days in early October to register and then return to vote on Election Day. And voter participation was considerably higher than it is today. As political operatives, we had to get people to the polls twice (actually, voluntary participation was so high that there was little effort required!). Can you imagine what turnout would be today if people had to go their polling place twice to vote? When you registered to vote for the first time, you had to present a high school diploma or citizenship naturalization papers, or pass a literacy test. Registering to vote for the first time was a real rite of passage. I can remember very proudly taking the bus down to the Board of Elections on State Street with my high school diploma shortly after I turned 21 (yes, 21) and registering to vote. I was a full grown citizen! I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of Italian immigrants, and it was really impressive to see the glow on their faces when they came into the voting booth clutching their naturalization certificate and then registering to vote. It may be coincidental, but as we have made voting participation easier, voter participation has fallen. The pride in being a full citizen and voting is gone. When the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18, it was going to result in a big increase in the number of voters. In actuality, the group of people with the lowest voter participation is that between 18 and 25. No flood of new voters ever occurred. As for people being too busy today to vote, I would say that we all manage to find time for the things we really care about. If a person can find the time to buy a Mega-bucks ticket, they can find the time to vote – if they care. Don’t misinterpret me. There are changes that should be made. I believe that Election
As for people being too busy today to vote, I would say that we all manage to find time for the things we really care about.” Day should be moved to Sunday as in most of Europe or even spread over two days – Saturday and Sunday. Primary day voting hours should be the same all over the state. We should have one primary for both federal and state offices. We should have early voting as in most states. I am less enthusiastic about allowing same-day registration. While there is virtually no voting fraud today (I could tell you great stories of fraud from 60 years ago!), I can anticipate that same-day registration could result in fraud, since there would be no public review of the voter rolls until after the voting was completed. One “reform” that I am vehemently opposed to is the so called “open primary” system. My opposition is two-fold: 1) My Democratic Party belongs to me and my fellow enrolled Democrats. If you want to vote in our primaries and have a voice in selecting our candidates, all you have to do is become a member of our party. If you have never expressed any alignment or interest in our party, why should you be allowed to participate in the selection of our candidates? If you feel left out because you can’t vote in the primary of the predominant local party (Democrat in the city, Republican in most of the towns), all you have to do is enroll in that party. 2. There is a history of “open primaries” being a vehicle for political dirty tricks. For many years, California had an “open primary” system and Republicans openly continues on page 8
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City backs off on downtown parking City officials have changed their mind about when people will have to feed parking meters to park on downtown streets. The city had recently extended paid street-meter parking to 8 p.m., but faced with a growing protest, officials have decided to revert to the previous 6 p.m. start of free parking. To help close a projected budget gap, the Warren administration had proposed extending the hours to 8 p.m. at downtown street meters. Representatives of downtown businesses, residents, employees, and arts institutions endorsed a petition calling on the city to reverse its decision; more than 2,000 people signed it. Petition organizers said that while they recognized the city’s need for additional revenue, the new charge would deter people from coming downtown. And, they said, many of the downtown meters have a 2-hour limit, making it hard for people attending concerts, movies, and other events to comply. They suggested that the city instead raise the rates of daytime parking at the downtown meters. And that’s what the city has done. The hourly rate will increase to $2, from $1.50. Opponents also complained that the city didn’t consult downtown interests. “In retrospect,” the city’s chief of staff, Alex Yudelson, said “we could have done a more thorough engagement.” But, he said, the revenue for the new paid hours was included in the city’s new budget, and the city held numerous community input sessions on the budget. “There are so many issues in our budget,” Yudelson said. “A few months ago, we were focused on a million things,” and officials didn’t think to single out the parking meters for specific discussion. City Council will have to approve increasing the daytime fees, and if it does that at its next meeting, on August 21, the change will take effect right after that. Meantime, paid parking won’t be enforced after 6 p.m.
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City is moving ahead on its Riverway plan Two or three years from now, Rochester’s downtown riverfront will look vastly different than it does today, with more parks, more trails, more people. The state has pledged $50 million for a plan that city officials are calling ROC the Riverway, and last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo dropped into town to announce the 13 initial projects the money will help fund. They include large, expensive undertakings like expanding the Convention Center and Blue Cross Arena and restructuring the Broad
Street bridge. And they include smaller ones like a skate park under the Douglass-Anthony Bridge. All have the same goal: to give the public greater access to one of its prime assets, the Genesee River. An advisory board led by Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy and Monroe Community College President Anne Kress selected the 13 projects from more than two dozen that city officials included in ROC the Riverway. The 13 were chosen, says the mayor’s chief of staff, Alex Yudelson,
because the advisory board thinks they’ll have the greatest impact on downtown and are likely to encourage further development along the river, both public and private. For example, the city will transform the underused Genesee Gateway Park – on the west side of the river, south of the DouglassAnthony Bridge – into “a vibrant urban waterfront experience.” It’ll offer direct access to the river. At least one project may face some public pushback: the plan to remove continues on page 8
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Transportation Management and Design, a consulting firm, has submitted a final report and recommendations to RTS regarding the public bus system’s fixed routes. RTS also prepared a companion report on services that the public wants, but that need funding.
TRANSPORTATION | BY JEREMY MOULE
Reimagine RTS routes plan tweaked RTS now has a final report and recommendations from its consultant regarding the Monroe County public bus system’s fixed routes. For the most part, the routes are the same as they were in the consultant’s draft report from May, though there are a few important changes that officials say resulted from public input. Officials from RTS and representatives from its consultant, Transportation Management and Design, will update the public on the report and recommendations during a 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, August 14. The session will be held at the Thomas P. Ryan Recreation Center, 530 Webster Avenue. The transit agency has also prepared a companion report to answer some of the questions it received after the draft report and routes were publicly released. It also speaks to services the public wants, but that aren’t viable without additional funding, RTS CEO Bill Carpenter said during a press conference Thursday afternoon. That consultant’s report and the companion report are available at reimagine.myrts. com/transit-plan/. In its draft, the consultant laid out 10 frequent-service routes — including two cross-town routes — and 20 local-service routes. It pared back on some of the lines that currently run deep into the suburbs
but that don’t have the ridership to sustain them, according to officials. The frequent-service lines would run no more than 15 minutes apart from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and no more than 30 minutes apart from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. On weekends, they’d run 30 minutes apart from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and an hour apart for all other hours of service. Buses on the local-service routes would run 30 minutes apart from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and hourly from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. They’d run hourly from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The final report makes additional recommendations: • The Route 10 Dewey long and short lines should be altered to travel along Broad Street instead of State Street, which would create a crosstown connection to several southwest routes that cross Main and Broad; • The Route 3 Lyell short line, which is now the Lyell-Upper Falls Crosstown route, should travel from the Wegmans Plaza on Lyell Avenue to Portland Avenue, using Lyell and Upper Falls Boulevard; • The Skyview Plaza (the former Medley Centre) hub should serve as the originating point for a seasonal route to Seabreeze,
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which would run when the amusement park is open; • A connection hub — think bus shelters located near restaurants, places for rideshare drivers to park, and bike-share stations — should be set up somewhere near Pittsford Plaza; • A new “community mobility zone” should be added near Eastview Mall. Community mobility zones are one of the next tasks that RTS officials will tackle, Carpenter said. Basically, the zones are places that need to be served by public transit, but that can’t support full-size buses. RTS The results of Reimagine RTS should be implemented in will be looking into various summer 2020. FILE PHOTO ways that it can provide public transportation to Before any of the changes can take those communities, such as increased van place, the RTS board will have to pooling to employment centers or the approve the route plans, a broader transit use of smaller, yet accessible, buses. Those plan, and a strategy to implement it all. zones include parts of Brockport, Greece, By summer 2020, the agency should be Irondequoit, the Lexington Avenue carrying out the plans. industrial area, and Henrietta. That study will start in the fall and will continue through winter 2019, Carpenter said.
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Advocates, lawmakers push for abortion law vote Abortion has been legal in New York since 1970, three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide through its decision in Roe v. Wade. But when New York liberalized its abortion laws, it kept them in the state’s penal code. Women are allowed to get abortions, and physicians are allowed to perform them, but the provisions that permit the procedure are written as exceptions to homicide laws. For years, reproductive-rights advocates and some state lawmakers have argued that the laws send the wrong message to abortion providers and, in some instances, they conflict with the rights specified in Roe. That’s where the Reproductive Health Act comes into play. Democratic legislators in the Assembly and Senate drafted the legislation to modernize New York’s abortion laws and to move the statues from the penal code into public health law. “Abortion is not a crime” says Deborah Glick, the Assembly member from New York City who sponsors the act. “It is a medical procedure.” The Democratic-controlled Assembly has passed the legislation six times, but the Republican controlled Senate has never voted on it. Now the bill’s supporters see increased urgency for the Senate to hold a vote. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has sided with the majority on some crucial decisions upholding abortion rights, is retiring. The court is going to tilt more conservative, and many people expect it’ll be hostile to abortion rights. Several cases working their way through lower courts would provide the court with the opportunity to weaken or overturn Roe v. Wade. The legislature needs to pass the Reproductive Health Act now, its supporters say, so that the state is prepared if the Supreme Court kicks the question of abortion’s legality back to the states. But New York’s legislative session ended in June, which is why Governor Andrew Cuomo, Democratic lawmakers, and reproductive rights advocacy groups have been publicly pressing the Senate’s Republican leadership to call senators back to Albany for a vote on the act. Senate Republican leaders are resisting those calls. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, has said the Reproductive Health Act goes far beyond the rights established in Roe v. Wade and that there’s little support for the legislation in his conference. 6 CITY
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Assembly member Deborah Glick sponsors the Reproductive Health Act. PHOTO PROVIDED
Senator Rich Funke (left) and Senator Joe Robach, the two Republicans who represent much of Monroe County in the Senate, have not supported the Reproductive Health Act. FILE PHOTOS
Senator Joe Robach echoes Flanagan. Robach, a Republican, wasn’t available for an interview, but in a statement sent by his office he says that “New York’s protections go above Roe v. Wade” and that he has historically supported a bill sponsored by Republican Senator John Bonacic, which would require health insurance providers to cover and fully pay for all FDA-approved forms of contraception. Senator Rich Funke’s office didn’t respond to a request for an interview or a statement on his positions regarding the special session and the Reproductive Health Act. But the senator has previously opposed similar legislation.
Under Roe, states are permitted to restrict abortions in the third trimester, but they have to allow abortions when women’s life or health is at risk. The New York statute provides for an exception only when a woman’s life is at risk. A physician who breaks the law could face a low-level felony charge. Physicians and hospitals have responded to the conflict by not offering the care, says Danielle Castaldi-Micca, director of governmental and political affairs for the National Institute for Reproductive Health, an advocacy organization focused on New York and nearby states. So women who are having health problems in their third trimester, or who are carrying a fetus that isn’t viable, are forced to go to Colorado, New Mexico, or Maryland to have abortions, she says. That places extra cost and health burdens on the women, she says. The Reproductive Health Act would clear up the third trimester discrepancy, CastaldiMicca says.
New York’s abortion laws do not go beyond the rights established by Roe v. Wade. In fact, they match up on paper except for the provisions around the third trimester, where state law is more strict than Roe v. Wade allows. The court’s 1973 decision said that states must allow women and their physicians to terminate pregnancies during the first two trimesters – 24 weeks – for any reason. In the second trimester, states can impose restrictions on abortion procedures, but only in the interest of preserving maternal health. New York’s law allows women to have abortions during the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy for any reason.
Supporters of the Reproductive Health Act
also say it would also bring the state’s laws in line with present-day medicine. The laws that are on the books specify that abortions must be performed by or induced
under the guidance of licensed physicians. They were written before the emergence of advanced-practice clinicians such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician’s assistants, say advocates. And they predate the development and legalization of the abortion medication mifepristone, which can be used during the first 10 weeks of a pregnancy and are now a routine form of abortion care. The act would allow these practitioners to provide non-surgical abortion care, as long as they are appropriately trained and acting within the legal scope of their licenses, Glick says. Castaldi-Micca says that change could improve access to abortion care, especially in underserved areas of the state. The Senate could vote on the Reproductive Health Act any time before December 31 and it would head to the governor, since the Assembly already passed it. The legislation will certainly be an issue as campaign season ramps up; all seats in the Senate and Assembly are up this year. Robach’s opponent, Democrat Jeremy Cooney, says on his website that he wants to preserve access to safe and legal abortion. Funke’s opponent, Penfield Democrat Jen continues on page 8
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Broad Street – which forms a deck on top of the historic Erie Canal aqueduct as it crosses the river. The aqueduct will then become a pedestrian walkway across the river. Some supporters of the historic structure have argued that the aqueduct should remain covered, preserving the graffiti inside it and making that space available for public use. Others have wanted the aqueduct restored and filled with water. While the design still has to be done, Broad Street will definitely be removed, Yudelson says, and the bridge will be taken down to the elevation of the original canal. The lower arches, which are part of the aqueduct itself, will remain. And the city is committed to finding a way to preserve at least some of the graffiti that is currently in the covered passage beneath the street, he says. The $50 million state grant will cover design, planning, and part of the construction for the projects, says Yudelson. That won’t fully pay for any of the 13 projects, so funding will also come from the city, the state, and private sources. Some of that money has already been committed or is included in the city’s capital improvement budget. And officials are confident that ROC the Riverway’s initial investment will attract more funding, Yudelson says. Enough of the money has been committed that officials are certain that all 13 can be completed, Yudelson says. The city has already issued a Request for Proposals for two of the projects: the skate park and a new, expanded terrace on the north side of the Rundel Library. And Yudelson says that the city wants to move quickly on one of the Riverway’s biggest projects: major improvements and regrading for Charles Carroll Plaza, a 3 1/2-acre park on the west side of the river between Main Street and Andrews Street. The 13 projects
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• Transformation of the Broad Street Bridge and Aqueduct • Renovation and regrading of Charles Carroll Plaza • Expansion of Blue Cross Arena • Expansion of the Riverside Convention Center expansion • Creation of ROC City Skate Park • Redevelopment of Genesee Gateway Park • Helping fund a new canal tour boat for Corn Hill Navigation • Enhancing the Rundel Library terrace • Making riverfront property at 84 Andrews Street available for residential and office purposes
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• Repairing and enhancing the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge • Improving High Falls Terrace Park and trail on the west side of the river gorge • Repairing and stabilizing a former railway bridge across the river north of Smith Street • Creating a Riverfront Management board to supervise and market riverfront development and use.
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organized their voters to vote in the Democratic primaries and to vote for the worst candidate. As a result, the Democratic party would end up with unelectable candidates who would regularly lose elections. This kind of chicanery would be easy to do, especially in local primaries where turnout is very low. Paul Haney served on the Rochester City Council for 12 years and on the Monroe County Legislature for 10 years. He was director of finance for Monroe County for nearly 4 years.
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Lunsford, supports the Reproductive Health Act and has sharply criticized Funke for his opposition and for his “animosity toward Roe v. Wade.” Glick says anyone who supports the legislation and who is represented by a Republican Senator should let their representatives know they want them to support the Reproductive Health Act. And she encourages anyone who doesn’t live in a Republican-held district to get involved with any of the advocacy groups pushing for the law, which will provide an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the act. That’s the best way for citizens to convey the importance of and urgency around modernizing the state’s abortion laws, which should have happened already, Glick says. “It’s been urgent for some years,” Glick says.
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An indicted journalist reflects on conspiracy in today’s America CIVIL LIBERTIES | BY AARON CANTÚ
Why this story
When Aaron Cantú arrived at his new job at the Santa Fe Reporter in New Mexico last year, he came with the baggage of a recent arrest. Two months earlier, he spent a night in jail with hundreds of others detained during protests on Inauguration Day in Washington, DC. His actions consisted of walking, wearing black, and being a witness to history as a freelance journalist. Yet a few months later, and despite having no clear evidence of such crimes, federal prosecutors slammed him with eight felony charges including conspiracy to riot and property damage. After nearly 18 months, however, the feds dropped the charges. What follows is an essay on his experience.
“Enemy of the People” is reprinted from Santa Fe, New Mexico’s, Santa Fe Reporter, where Aaron Cantú is a staff writer. The article has no direct local connections (other than the fact that many Rochester area residents participated in the protests at the Trump inauguration. But Cantú’s arrest underscores public concern about government surveillance, prosecutorial abuse, right-wing activism, and attacks on the media.
For over a year, federal prosecutors and agents have perused my digital communications, tried to hack my cell phone, and possibly collected my social media records. The chill of seeing the state in possession of your private political discussions is difficult to convey. I’m not being paranoid; this really happened. The feds invaded my life in pursuit of their own conspiracy theory about a raucous protest in Washington, DC, that resulted in eight felony charges against hundreds, myself included. The overwhelming sense of being watched has abated some since the charges were dropped, but I’m sure people within the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia – the local arm of the Trump Administration’s Justice Department – will read every word of this essay, with an eye for anything they can use to refile criminal charges against me or the 186 people still living under a five-year statute of limitations. A few weeks after my arrest in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017 –J20 – I accepted some painful advice: Don’t criticize the Trump administration publicly. At that point, I was hoping for my charges to get dropped before my eventual indictment in May. The inability to speak freely on social media and in 10 CITY AUGUST 8 - 14, 2018
the publications I wrote for drained my confidence; I still reflexively self-censor, often deleting tweets for no real reason. Even though my charges have gone away, writing this is hard. I went to DC with several other journalists to report on Trump’s ascent, following a year of bubbling anti-fascism against his campaign. I currently enjoy the haven of a newspaper willing to hire lawyers who bite back, but last January I was a freelancer using vacation days from my full-time job to go witness history. In the end, it didn’t matter whether I presented myself as a journalist on J20 or that I carried only a sandwich and a notebook; white supremacists wound up messing with me anyway for over a year afterward by working with authorities to prosecute and harass me. After 18 months, the actual memories of the half-hour march leading up to my arrest have mixed with dreams and nightmares of the day, as well as descriptions in multiple indictments, trial transcripts, and media reports. My mind’s eye remembers a dark funhouse of corporate buildings and unusually waifish, Jack Skellington-esque riot cops hemming me into a larger group. Police relentlessly deployed sting-ball grenades and pepper spray; the final tally was at least 70 grenades thrown at people blocks away from where Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US president.
“The inappropriate and extensive use of less lethal munitions suggests the need for increased supervision of officers during mass demonstrations,” said a recent report from the staid Police Foundation, which evaluated the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct at Inauguration Day protests. “Journalist Aaron Cantú” was the 223rd person arrested in DC during Inauguration Day protests. When the first six of more than 200 defendants went to trial last November, prosecutors used expressions of apparent excitement, wonder, or awe during the march as evidence of a conspiracy to riot. “I’m fucking blissed out,” photojournalist and acquitted defendant Alexei Wood announced in a livestream from the march that day. The feds later tried to use it against him in court. In an identical indictment filed against all defendants, prosecutors also used randomly shouted phrases like “Fuck it up,” “Fuck capitalism,” and “Whose streets? Our streets!” to transform an adrenal impulse into a criminal agreement among riotous coconspirators. The thought that I might be seriously screwed first occurred to me inside the police wagon transporting us to be processed. I sat cramped and bound along with nine other people in one of half a mile’s worth of law enforcement vehicles flashing various hues of light, as if carrying high-
priority enemies of the state. I knew then we weren’t going to get off with a simple citation, and that I was probably going to have to tell my mom. I didn’t expect, however, that I would be charged with eight felonies for the act of attending and reporting on a confrontational protest, or that I would be facing a combined 80 years in prison for these charges. Months later I not only considered my own future, but the far-reaching political implications of these cases: Why did the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia find it appropriate to hang virtual life sentences over the heads of 214 people after an indiscriminate mass arrest? How could they have so shamelessly gleaned evidence from far-right groups like Project Veritas, a discredited organization known for making deceptive gotcha videos, as well as the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers, and still feel they had a legitimate case?
Where was the motivation – the conspiracy – to pursue these cases coming from? Mass arrests at protests have happened plenty of times in cities across the country, including DC in 2002, when hundreds at a World Bank protest were arrested and later lavished with civil settlement money. What appeared new in the J20 case was the attempt to color protesters’ actions as part of a pre-planned conspiracy between strangers to cause mayhem. By wrapping up distinct actions like allegedly breaking windows, chanting, and lighting fireworks at a protest into a single conspiracy, they became one threatening, antisocial act against society, apparently menacing enough to warrant decades in prison. The motive to bust a conspiracy also explains the Justice Department’s initial demand last summer to review 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited DisruptJ20.org, a website used to organize loosely affiliated masses of protests that took place at the inauguration. Despite an outcry from the media and civil rights groups, the court eventually granted much of the prosecutors’ request, yet they could find no actual conspiracy. This data-vacuuming extended to the cellphones that all arrestees were carrying that day. The Metropolitan Police Department used technology from an Israeli security firm called Cellebrite to extract information from all confiscated phones that weren’t sufficiently encrypted. After one anonymous defendant’s phone was raided, the defendant received an 8,000-page dossier
containing years of personal data, including “intimate emails to and from my friends and lovers through more than a decade, [late] night political debates over chat apps that helped shape my values and convictions,” and more. The horror of a hostile state downloading a record of your developing identity reaching back to early teen years is a possibility unique to millennials and later generations that grew up on the internet. To my knowledge, the feds were never able to crack into my phone, thanks to strong encryption – though they made clear that they were specifically interested in me, declaring in one motion from last October that they were undertaking “additional efforts” to get my data. But I was sufficiently terrified by other fishing expeditions, including subpoenas issued to Apple, Facebook, and possibly Twitter for communications between and among co-defendants. I never received a notice from any of these companies that my accounts had been subpoenaed, though apparently they do not have to notify you or can be gagged from doing so. But others did, and I still treat my online presence as if it’s bugged. All this reaching by the prosecutor’s office turned out to be for naught. Although Assistant US Attorney Rizwan Qureshi mumbled to an unbelieving DC jury at the second and only other trial of defendants that there had been a conspiracy to “destroy your city,” this was never proven. That trial in May ended in acquittals and mistrials, after the first resulted in total acquittals last
December. The pair of failures set the stage for the eventual collapse of the case in its entirety, letting the few dozen remaining defendants go free. The second trial took place at the DC Superior Court where, in another room, a chief judge determined that Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff had intentionally misled the court about the existence of nearly 70 videos recorded by Project Veritas operatives at protest planning meetings ahead of the inauguration. The operatives handed over the surreptitiously recorded videos to a DC police detective,
Greggory Pemberton, who would spend an entire year investigating the J20 case. Defense counsel later discovered personal tweets sent out by Pemberton indicating his sympathies with the racist pro-Trump digital underbelly, and used them to undermine his testimony at trial. According to a recent filing from former defendants, the withheld videos “cut against the theory that the … meeting was an exclusive, secretive meeting to plan unlawful conduct.” The ’60s-era stereotype of violent leftists whispering clandestine plans was part of the narrative prosecutors tried to create, and they went as far as lying in open court to preserve it.
Aaron Cantú PHOTO BY ANSON STEVENS-BOLLEN
Protesters gather the morning of Trump’s inauguration in Logan Circle, Washington, DC. PHOTO: MOBILUS IN MOBILI / PUBLIC DOMAIN
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This isn’t the first time that authorities in DC have hunted for clues of a conspiracy post-riot. After the city’s black residents rose up following the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, resulting in $27 million ($193.4 million today) in damages, the feds wanted to know who, if anybody, had orchestrated the chaos, and whether similar uprisings in over 100 cities had been part of a revolutionary conspiracy to overthrow the white American system.
property damage occurs, was passed in 1967 by Congress in the wake of black urban uprisings in that decade. Prosecutors used the new statute against black DC residents the following year. But the connection goes deeper. The unifying legal theory of our prosecution was that we engaged in a conspiracy, and were therefore each equally liable for all property destruction or injury that occurred that day. This theory of liability stems from a mid-20th-century Supreme Court decision in a moonshining and tax evasion case, but conspiracy law’s modern origins extend to the founding of this country and beyond as a legal weapon of colonialism and counterinsurgency, primarily against black revolt in the founding of the American state. At the end of the 1600s, as the population of enslaved Africans in America grew, “the more encompassing category of ‘whiteness’ ascended,” writes Journalist Aaron Cantú was the 223rd person arrested in DC during Gerald Horne Inauguration day protests. PHOTO BY ANSON STEVENS-BOLLEN in “CounterRevolution of Stokely Carmichael, then the leader of 1776.” By 1680, one colonial legislature had the Student Nonviolent Coordinating drafted a bill “to prevent Negroes’ insurrection,” Committee, emerged as a primary suspect. and this was followed by a torrent of similar Shortly after King’s murder, Carmichael anti-conspiracy legislation in the colonies over told a radio host from Havana, Cuba, that it the next several decades in response to planned was “crystal clear [that] the United States of and executed rebellions by African people and America must fall in order for humanity to their sometimes-allies: European servants and live, and we are going to give our lives for that Native Americans resisting invasion. One of the most famous pre-1776 cause.” But no conspiracy indictment was ever conspiracies was the New York Conspiracy filed against Carmichael, or anybody else. The of 1741, in which prosecutors accused black fact that conspiracy charges were filed for so enslaved people and poor whites of conspiring many in the J20 case after a mere $100,000 to burn the city and overthrow the colonial in damage illustrates how much prosecutorial governor. The colony’s narrative, as established aggression has advanced the last half-century. Some in radical circles have called attention by a fire-breathing judge named Daniel to the white privilege of the J20 defendants, Horsmanden, was that a multiracial group arguing that by virtue of their whiteness (or, held secret meetings at a white-owned tavern for the minority of nonwhite defendants, their for months before setting fire to the governor’s proximity to that pool of privilege), defendants home, a church, and horse stables in wealthy had access to platforms, sympathy, support white neighborhoods. Four white and 30 networks, and resources that most low-income black people were sentenced to death for their and nonwhite defendants lack, and that these alleged role in the plot, and an additional 70 advantages were hugely responsible for our enslaved Africans were exiled from the colony. At the trial, the prosecution coerced success. I mostly agree with this analysis. It is also true that the entire legal premise witnesses into affirming the judge’s underpinning the multiple felony charges racist belief that the “conspiracy was of filed against each of us was steeped in the deeper design” and “more dangerous United States’ centuries-long defense of white [a] Contrivance than the Salves [sic] supremacy. The anti-rioting statute under themselves were capable of.” The most which we were charged, which calls for a serious transgression, in the law’s eyes, was maximum sentence of 10 years if convicted for the conspiracy of comradeship between rioting where serious injury or at least $5,000 in whites and blacks against colonial rule. 12 CITY AUGUST 8 - 14, 2018
Elite settlers threatened by the growing population of Africans saw the creation of panEuropean solidarity (i.e., “whiteness”) in the colonies as necessary to gird against constant rebellions. Key to the eventual supremacy of the concept of whiteness, Horne writes, was that it not be interrogated too hard, lest “the loose threads of class hierarchy that this racial category otherwise obscured” unravel and ruin the entire colonial project. This gets to the heart of the matter: In order for the colonies to overcome endless conspiracies to revolt by people they kidnapped, enslaved, exploited, and colonized, its ruling elite had to create their own conspiracy – the institutionalization of “whiteness”—in defense of its power. Writing for the Harvard Law Review nearly a century ago, Francis B Sayre said that American courts often use conspiracy law as a cudgel, “especially during times of reaction, to punish, as criminal, associations for which the time being are unpopular or stir up prejudices of the social class in which the judges have for the most part been bred.” There isn’t enough room here to chronicle the ways conspiracy law has been used since the 17th century to criminalize associations of nonwhite people, laborers, immigrants, protesters, revolutionaries, and others, nor to consider nuanced exceptions, such as mafia prosecutions that rope police and politicians into criminal rackets. But fundamentally, the difference between a legitimate and illegitimate conspiracy comes down to power. It’s ironic that some top Trump cronies involved in the J20 conspiracy prosecution are themselves caught up in their own high-profile conspiracy cases, though not necessarily as defendants.
For example, Roger Stone, a top campaign adviser to his friend Trump, sent far-right spies to inauguration protesters’ planning meetings as far back as December 2016. Stone was referenced in a July federal indictment against a dozen Russian intelligence military officials as a “senior member of [Trump’s] campaign” in direct contact with Russian hackers targeting the 2016 presidential election. Another is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the top official overseeing the J20 conspiracy prosecution. In May 2016, Republican activist Paul Erikson emailed Trump campaign advisor Rick Dearborn, saying he wanted advice from Dearborn and Sessions on arranging a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin. A criminal complaint unsealed in July claims Erikson was manipulated by a Russian state operative named Maria Butina to gain access to top Republicans. In another twist, the J20 defendants may have been saved by prosecutors out of the US Attorney’s Office in DC turning their attention to Butina’s conspiracy prosecution. The power structures animating US life are themselves the result of long-running conspiracies, and to update Horne’s analysis, the American project is being intensely interrogated in this moment. History shows that when a state’s ability to present itself as a stable force for social order wanes, illegal conspiracies begin to sprout. That’s not what happened at the J20 protests, but it would be ahistorical to think it wouldn’t happen somewhere else – or that a journalist wouldn’t be there to cover it.
Dozens of J20 defendants and their supporters pack into DC Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on June 9, 2017. PHOTO BY GEORGE JOSEPH
Dining & Nightlife
At The Old Stone Tavern you can build your own hot dog and pizza. Pictured is the Veggie Dog (made with a marinated carrot) and the Cup n’ Char Pepperoni pizza. PHOTO BY JACOB WALSH
Where everybody knows your name [ CHOW HOUND ] BY KATIE LIBBY
If I’ve learned anything from the years that I’ve been writing about restaurants, it’s that as prepared as you think you are as a restaurant owner, there are always going to be curve balls thrown at you and nothing is going to go exactly as planned. Opening a new place in the space where a beloved neighborhood restaurant had suddenly closed? To say the pressure was on is putting it mildly. The Old Stone Tavern recently opened in the South Avenue space previously occupied by Orbs Restaurant and Bar. The tavern’s owners, Marc Taranto and Jeff Wilczewski, are ready for the challenge and are finding that listening to your customers is the best way to develop your business. Taranto and Wilczewski are engineers by trade, and they met while working at Harris Corporation seven years ago. For years,
however, Taranto has been actively pursuing his self-proclaimed “entrepreneurial spirit” and looking to open a bar-restaurant, but nothing was working out. He says the minute he walked into the old Orbs space, he had the Goldilocks “just right” feeling: “I always had a vision of what the bar I wanted to own would be like and this was it.” The bar that Taranto dreamed of opening was a neighborhood place where regulars feel comfortable coming in multiple times a week, “a dive bar that’s not a dive, a sports bar vibe without being a sports bar stereotype – simple, comfortable, simple menu,” Taranto explains. The tavern’s menu was inspired by some of Taranto’s favorite Monroe Avenue neighborhood haunts: Acme Bar & Pizza, the now-closed Sports Page, and Dog Town. You can order pizza by the slice ($3 plus $.50 per topping) or a whole pie ($16, served in one
size only, plus $2 per additional topping) and customize it from a list of proteins and veggies. Creating that perfect pie was a labor love for the crew at Old Stone, who spent a month working on the dough recipe. There are two pizza ovens in back and even a pizza press that ensures that whoever is back in the kitchen, the perfect pie will be made each time. Taranto and his wife went glutenfree a month ago, and Old Stone offers a gluten-free cauliflower crust ($10 per 10” pie, plus $.50 per topping). Vegetarians will find Cauliflower Bites on the menu ($8) made from fresh cauliflower that’s battered and served with your choice of sauce, crumbled blue cheese, and a celery puree on the side. The veggie burger, made from quinoa and black beans ($11), is gluten-free and can be made vegan (just skip the cilantro cream).
On tap, Old Stone has a mixture of domestic and craft beers but will be adding more craft beers to the roster due to customer feedback. The cocktail menu was created with keeping a certain price point in mind; you’ll only find two cocktails on the menu that go over the $10 mark. “Our whole goal was to price our drink and food menus at a point where people can afford to come in here regularly and still give them quality product.” The Old Stone Tavern (758 South Avenue) is open Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to midnight, and Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Food is served until half an hour before close. 448-1148; theoldstonetavern.com. Chow Hound is a food and restaurant news column. Do you have a tip? Send it to food@ rochester-citynews.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 13
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Sunflower Bean. Friday, September 14. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 8 p.m. $10. bugjar.com; sunflowerbean.net.
[ METAL ] Exhumed. Wednesday, October 17. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut Street. 6:30 p.m. $7-$10. themontagemusichall.com; exhumed.bandcamp.com.
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[ POP ] Free Cake for Every Creature began in 2012 as a solitary musical project in singer-songwriter Katie Bennett’s bedroom. Eventually developing into a full project, the Philadelphia-based band now features a rotating collective of Bennett’s friends and fellow musicians. Bennett’s voice is bright and sweet, like a squeaky little mouse, with a playful yip to her melodies that adds a cheery bounce to the mix. Sometimes lighthearted and happy, other times quiet and cloudy, Free Cake for Every Creature is a cheery soft pop celebration of youth and the bittersweet changes of growing up. Attic Abasement, Ben Morey & The Eyes, and Shep Treasure. — BY KATIE HALLIGAN
The Del McCoury Band FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 PARK POINT’S CONCERT IN THE SQUARE, 400 PARK POINT DRIVE 6 P.M. | FREE | LOVINCUP.COM; DELMCCOURYBAND.COM [ BLUEGRASS ] With 50 years of musical legacy, singerguitarist Del McCoury has created dozens of classics oozing with honky-tonk swag and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll dirt. McCoury leads a quick-picking bluegrass quartet, and keeps it a family tradition with his sons Ronnie and Rob on mandolin and banjo, respectively. The McCourys are accompanied by Jason Carter, who shreds a crisp pulse on the fiddle. McCoury and his band continue to push new musical boundaries by blending traditional bluegrass with genres like folk, blues, and even psychedelia. Driftwood and The Honey Smugglers are also on this show. — BY KATIE HALLIGAN
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‘Die Fledermaus’ FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 CANANDAIGUA ACADEMY, 435 EAST STREET, CANANDAIGUA $40-$75 | FINGERLAKESOPERA.ORG [ OPERA ] Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” which premiered
in 1874, certainly wasn’t the first Viennese operetta, but it has remained one of the most popular. That’s probably because it contains all the necessary operetta ingredients: mistaken identities, narrowly-averted adultery, ladies’ maids masquerading as ladies, waltzes, and champagne — lots of waltzes and lots of champagne. “Die Fledermaus” is perfect summer entertainment for opera lovers, who can flock to Canandaigua this weekend for this Finger Lakes Opera production, conducted by Gerard Floriano and directed by Gary John La Rosa. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. — BY DAVID RAYMOND
Bach Cantatas WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 141 EAST AVENUE 7:30 P.M. | $10-$20 | PUBLICKMUSICK.ORG [ CLASSICAL ] Publick Musick’s concert next Wednesday night will bring together two musical glories: the church cantatas of J.S. Bach and the Craighead-Saunders Organ at Rochester’s Christ Church. This exact copy of a German baroque organ is not only spectacularlooking, it produces a perfect sound for the music of Bach. It will get a bit of a workout in Cantata BWV 35, which has a virtuosic organ part along with its virtuosic vocal solo. Guest artists Clifton Massey and Michael Unger are the virtuosi, as countertenor and organist respectively. This will be followed by a shorter but equally striking Bach cantata, BWV 54, which exhorts us to staunchly resist all temptations to sin (represented by the first chord in the piece, a nice crunchy dissonance). And for good measure, this Publick Musick program includes a brief, buoyant concerto for three violins and three oboes by a German baroque composer even more prolific than Bach — Georg Philipp Telemann. — BY DAVID RAYMOND
Trumpeter John Bailey has been enhancing the music of major stars for decades. Now in mid-career, he put together a first-rate band to express his own musical vision. Although Bailey is often out front on trumpet, his debut album is definitely a group effort with superb support from Stacy Dillard on saxophone; John Hart, guitar; Cameron Brown, bass; and Victor Lewis, drums; all of whom have ample solo opportunities. “In Real Time” is an excellent showcase for Bailey’s compositional skills. Seven of the tunes are originals; the two well-chosen covers are by Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. All of those years supporting other artists have obviously worked well for Bailey, whose playing is crisp and audacious. With a wide range of genres and styles, the album also reflects his comfort and expertise playing in a variety of musical settings.
CottonToe Three. B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane. Fairport. 315-3003. 7-9 p.m. Kelley Hunt. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 8 p.m. $25/$30.
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The Piano Guys. CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. Canandaigua. cmacevents. com. 8 p.m. $35-$165. JAZZ
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Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd. 323-1020. 6-9 p.m.
“The Quest” Resonance Records andreasvarady.com
On “Lost Memories,” the opening track on “The Quest,” guitarist Andreas Varady unleashes a torrent of notes with such urgency, that it’s disappointing to hear the tune end after about a minute. Listeners will want a lot more than this enticing prelude, and Varady delivers. He’s only 21, but he’s been turning jazz-world heads since he was 13. In fact, the liner notes begin with an endorsement by no less a jazz icon (and executive producer) than Quincy Jones. Aside from his astounding technique, Varady is already an excellent composer (check out the beautiful tune “Story”). Throughout the album, he has solid support from his father, Bandi Varady, on bass; his brother, Adrian Varady, drums; Benito Gonzalez, piano; and Radovan Tariska, saxophone. Gonzalez and Tariska are especially strong on numerous solos, but Varady is a genuine phenomenon every time he takes off on an excursion. — BY RON NETSKY
Fresh Cut: Rochester singer-songwriter Ben Morey eschews the pop panache of his
last record, “Mt. Doom,” and opts for a scaled-down and somber sound on his new single, “Negative Space.” Take a listen to the song at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
Middays at Midtown: Lucas Santana Jazztet. Midtown Commons, 275 E. Main St. 428-6690. 12-2 p.m.
Tia Brazda. Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place. Pittsford. 641-0340. 7 p.m. $5. AMERICANA
Our Own Worst Enemy. Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. 244-1210. 5-8 p.m. POP/ROCK
Chris Wilson. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 2580400. 8 p.m.
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Music Well, musically you had to have agreed. Do you all come from pretty different places? Story: We all have a background in jazz. Fink: The big overlap is jazz. But because [Jeff
and Chris] listen to a lot of prog, that gets incorporated into our music. Like the drumming. Almost always there are some metal aspects in the drumming, pretty much every song. We listen to gospel and R&B, so we’ve got that combination there. And I just happen to have a very country voice, but I don’t sing country. Do you feel like your background in religion, in religious music, does that help at all in this context? Does it inform things in a certain way? Fink: I wouldn’t say the music aspect of what I do
in church has influenced what I do with our band so much as it’s the vulnerability. And the being able to be myself onstage. ‘Cause that’s something that I was always, not necessarily encouraged to do in church, but found that is where you need to be vulnerable, and be yourself, be authentic — in front of people. What should people expect from one of your shows? Fink: Jazz. Not like straight-ahead jazz, but there’s
My Vegan Uncle is (clockwise from top left) Kara Fink, Parker Story, Chris Ramsden, and Jeff Bouck. The band opens for Leah Woods at Funk ‘N Waffles on Thursday, August 16. PHOTOS PROVIDED
Veggie tunes My Vegan Uncle WITH LEAH WOODS THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 FUNK ’N WAFFLES, 204 NORTH WATER STREET 9 P.M. | $5-$7 ROCHESTER.FUNKNWAFFLES.COM; FACEBOOK.COM/MYVEGANUNCLEMUSIC [ INTERVIEW ] BY DANIEL J. KUSHNER
Over the years, Roberts Wesleyan College has been an unassuming home for several important independent artists during their formative musical years. The husband and wife duo Timothy and Kathy Dick of Auld Lang Syne, indie folk-pop musician and frequent Sufjan Stevens collaborator DM Stith, and frontwoman Teagan Ward of Teagan and the Tweeds have all studied there. So it’s not surprising that a new quartet of musicians, all current or former Roberts students, coalesced to form the oddly named My Vegan Uncle. The band played 16 CITY AUGUST 8 - 14, 2018
its first show this past May. Playing what it calls “neo-jazz,” the musicians seamlessly fuses elements of soul, folk, rock, R&B, and gospel. My Vegan Uncle is led by gifted vocalist and guitarist Kara Fink. The singer’s style is smooth and spirited, with powerhouse charisma and effusive melodies. Fink, along with keyboardist Parker Story, bassist Jeff Bouck, and drummer Chris Ramsden, will open for Leah Woods at Funk ‘N Waffles on Thursday, August 16. CITY recently met up with Fink and Story for a coffeehouse chat about failed band names, playing music in church, and the pros and cons of band members living in three different cities. An edited transcript follows. CITY: My Vegan Uncle is a decidedly quirky band name. How did you come up with the moniker? Kara Fink: We fought over names for months.
The other two guys wanted stuff that was really extremely metal, like Glorfindel’s Warhammer. That’s like a high school metal band.
Parker Story: Or like Argonaut’s Ascent — something stupid like that. So how did you all agree? It sounds like you were coming from pretty disparate places. Fink: It was after our first show. Our bass
player — I said something about how he had an uncle vibe to him. And he said, “I am an uncle. And I’m a damn good uncle.” And we all just stopped, and we were like, “That’s a great name.” And then I’m like, “I sing at church. I lead worship at a church. We can’t have a swear word in our name.” But it’s the most inoffensive of all the swear words. Fink: It’s also kind of biblical, entirely biblical. Story: Kara is a vegan. And I was like, “Let’s do
My Vegan Uncle.” And then everybody just at the instant was like, yes. It was the first time we all agreed on anything.
definitely jazz in it. But it’s accessible. Story: If they were to come to two shows in a row, I would say don’t expect them to be the same, just because we’re constantly trying to write new material, and just play things differently. Fink: It’s because everybody in the band comes from a jazz background. And when you do jazz, you never do it exactly the same twice. And our arrangements are pretty much set, but there is some leeway. There’s a little bit of freedom there. In this early stage as a band, do you have specific goals in mind, or are you just sort of enjoying playing music together? Story: I think one long-term goal is to tour.
That’s obviously like probably two years out, depending on what we do with music and how many shows we get in the area. Right now, I think short-term goals are just getting demos out, getting a bunch of shows booked we’re working on for our fall calendar. And then we’re starting to expand our reach beyond Rochester. It’s inconvenient but also incredibly convenient how our band is spread out, because our drummer’s in Syracuse, and then our bass player just got a job outside of New York City. So we’re thinking about trying to create a radius around each city, and then just play that radius and try and get a solid following.
Echo Courts, Slumbers, Kitchen, Indoor Time. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. bugjar.com. 9 p.m. $7/$9.
John Bolger Band. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. 6:30 p.m.
Kris Lager, Stationary Escape Pod. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 8 p.m. $7.
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Bluegrass Jam. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave. 473-6140. bernunzio.com. Second Thursday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m.
ROCK | INCUBUS
For more than 25 years, Incubus has dug into virtually every corner of the rock domain. The band started out in nu metal and funky alt-rock territory on “Fungus Amongus” and Jim Lane. Murph’s Irondequoit “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” before exploding in 1999 with “Make Yourself” Pub, 705 Titus Ave. Irondequoit. — you probably still hear “Drive” on the radio at least twice a 342-6780. 8 p.m. day. But Incubus’s best material came as the band matured Kinloch Nelson. Little Theatre across the early 2000’s with a string of three dynamic alt-rock Café, 240 East Ave. 258-0400. albums: “Morning View,” “A Crow Left of the Murder,” and 7-9 p.m. “Light Grenades.” The band has slowed down and spaced out Travis Fitch. 585 Rockin Burger its latest two releases, 2011’s “If Not Now, When?” and last Bar, 250 Pixley Road. year’s “8,” but live Incubus still brings the same rock power 247-0079. 6 p.m. and spirit it’s had in some form since the beginning. BLUES
The Suitcase Junket. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 8 p.m. $12/$15.
Sunset Cocktail Series: Corey & Brian. The Penthouse, 1 East
Incubus plays Friday, August 10, at Del Lago, 1133 State Route 414, Waterloo. 8 p.m. $76-$151. dellagoresort.com; incubushq.com. — BY JAKE CLAPP
Ave. 775-2013. 6-9:30 p.m. $5.
Hochstein at High Falls: Crooked North. Granite Mills
Park, 82 Browns Race. 12-1 p.m. Free.
Eastman at Washington Square. First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S. 274-1400. 12:1512:45 p.m. Hornist Erin Futterer & her quartet.
Our Own Worst Enemy. B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane. Fairport. 315-3003. 7-10 p.m.
Patio Party: Mitty & The Followers. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd. Fairport. casalarga.com. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10.
[ FRI., AUGUST 10 ] ACOUSTIC/FOLK
Third Thursday Concerts.
Megan Flechaus. Boulder Coffee,
Psychostick, Urizen. Montage
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. 276-8900. Every third Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Included w/museum admission.
Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 7:30 p.m. $17-$20.
100 Alexander St. 454-7140. 8-10 p.m.
Beats at Brooks. Brooks Landing, 1500 S Plymouth Ave. 313-2559. Every other Thursday, 7-8 p.m.
Hanna & The Blue Hearts.
Deja Vu, Wooden Nickel, Noah’s Rain. House of Guitars,
Johnny’s Pub & Grill, 1382 Culver Rd. 224-0990. 8 p.m.
645 Titus Ave. 544-3500. 12-4 p.m. Deja Vu, Wooden Nickel, Noah’s Rain.
Ghost Party. Three Heads
Roger Eckers Quartet. Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place. Pittsford. 641-0340. 7-10 p.m.
Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave. 244-1224. 8 p.m. $5.
Summer Serenades: The John Nyerges Quartet. St. Luke’s
‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 9 p.m. $5.
Episcopal Church, 14 State St. Brockport. 637-6586. 6:30 p.m.
Kendall Street Company,Vintage Pretty. Funk
Alan Jackson, Dee White. CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. Canandaigua. cmacevents.com. 7:30 p.m. $30-$100. JAZZ
Chris Ott. Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 New York 332. Farmington. 924-8000. 6-9 p.m. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 17
FlashBamPow Audio/Video Freakout. Firehouse Saloon, 814
Pentanol, Cobalt Clouds, The Stone Lows. California Brew
Absolute Journey. 585 Rockin
S. Clinton Ave. 319-3832. 9 p.m. $5.
Haus, 402 W. Ridge Rd. 621-1480. 7 p.m.
Burger Bar, 250 Pixley Road. 247-0079. 8:30 p.m. $10.
Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo. Charley Brown’s, 1675
Pop Evil, Unwill, Mobday.
Agent Orange. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 8 p.m. $15/$18.
Penfield Rd. 385-9202.
Vanishing Sun. Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave. 244-1224. 8 p.m. $5.
Vince & Joe Jazz Duo. Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place. Pittsford. 641-0340. 7 p.m.
The White Hots. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 258-0400. 8-10 p.m.
Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 7 p.m. $20/$22.
Pumpkin Patch Party. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 9 p.m. $5.
Queer Rock Camp for LGBTQ Teens. Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. 244-1210. 6:30-8:30 p.m. With Girls Rock! Rochester.
Vinyl. Sticky Lips Pit BBQ City
Bucket of Blues, Bad Grandpas, Highway Jones, Peg Leg Ida, Thomas Vincent Band. House of Guitars, 645 Titus Ave. 544-3500. 12-8:15 p.m.
Free Cake For Every Creature, Attic Abasement, Ben Morey & The Eyes, Slumbers. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. bugjar.com. 9 p.m. $8.
Music Hall, 625 Culver Rd. stickylipsbbq.com. 8:45 p.m.
Mikaela Davis. Abilene Bar &
Bands on the Bricks: Live at the Fillmore, Into the Now. Rochester
[ SAT., AUGUST 11 ]
Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 6-10 p.m. Allman Bros. & Grateful Dead tributes.
Nate Coffey & The Good Vibes, Matt O’Brian. Three Heads
Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave. 244-1224. 8 p.m. $5.
Carmen & Lizzy, Nick Reding. Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. 454-7140. 8 p.m.
The Michigan Rattlers. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 7 p.m.
Porkchop Holder, Roger Kuhn.
Skylark Lounge, 40 South Union St. 270-8106. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Shadowborn CD Release Party, Anabasis, Gates of Paradox, invictra. Flour City Station, 170
PV Nunes & Some Guys You Know. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 258-0400. 8-10 p.m.
East Ave. 8 p.m. $5. JAZZ POP/ROCK
Barely Civil, Heart to Gold, Attic 39, Crazies, Xora. Vineyard Community Space, 836 South Clinton Ave. 342-8429. 6:30 p.m. $5-$10.
The Blind Leading the Blind. Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn, 1 Main St. Le Roy. 768-6007. 8 p.m.
Cold War Kids, The Demos, The Stedwells. Anthology, 336 East Ave. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30.
Diggler’s Bridge. 585 Rockin Burger Bar, 250 Pixley Road. 2470079. 8:30 p.m. $5.
The Hi-Risers. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 2323230. 9:30 p.m. $6.
Muler, Jan The Actress, Lower Expectations. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. bugjar.com. 9:30 p.m. $7.
Park Point Concert in the Square: Del McCoury Band, Driftwood, The Honey Smugglers, Ruckus Juice Stompers. Park Point, 400 Park Point Dr. 272-2525. lovincup.com. 6 p.m. 18 CITY AUGUST 8 - 14, 2018
Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo. Charley Brown’s, 1675 Penfield Rd. 385-9202.
Jimmie Highsmith Jr.. Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place. Pittsford. 641-0340. 7 p.m. R&B/ SOUL
Cinnamon Jones & Eternal Soul. B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane. Fairport. 315-3003. 8-11 p.m. HIP-HOP/RAP
Summer Nights: Starring Trina. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 10 p.m. $30-$60. REGGAE/JAM
Noble Vibes. Flour City Station, 170 East Ave. 9 p.m. $5.
Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 9 p.m. $15/$18.
Swamp Trotter. Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Dr. lovincup.com. 8 p.m. $5.
[ SUN., AUGUST 12 ] ACOUSTIC/FOLK
Acoustic Brunch with Weber Music. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. noon.
Mike Pullano. Keuka Spring Vineyards, 243 State Route 54 (East Lake Road). (315) 5363147. keukaspringwinery.com. 1:30 p.m. JAZZ
Dan Elliott Quartet. Sodus Bay Lighthouse, 7606 N. Ontario St. Sodus Point. (315) 483-4936. 2-4 p.m. Ice cream social.
Jazz Jam w/ Jon Seiger & The All Stars. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 3-5 p.m. HIP-HOP/RAP
Let’s Be Friends Party. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 4 p.m. $5. METAL
Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson. Darien Lake PAC, 9993 Allegheny Rd. Darien. darienlake.com/ events. 7 p.m. $23-$400.
Spooky Mulder. B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane. Fairport. 315-3003. 5-7 p.m.
Boy Hits Car. Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. 232-1520. 6 p.m. $13/$15.
The Lustre Kings. Marge’s Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd. 323-1020. 4-8 p.m.
[ MON., AUGUST 13 ] ACOUSTIC/FOLK
Chris Wilson, Maria Sebastian, Alan Whitney, & Jerry Falzone. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 258-0400. 7-9 p.m.
Songwriters in the Round with Katie Preston. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 7 p.m. $5.
Stormy Valle. Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. 244-1210. 5-7 p.m.
[ TUE., AUGUST 14 ] ACOUSTIC/FOLK
Paul Strowe. Schooner’s Riverside Pub, 70 Pattonwood Dr. 342-3030. 6-10 p.m.
Spring Chickens. Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave. 258-0400. 7-9 p.m. BLUES
Thornetta Davis. Funk ‘n Waffles, 204 N Water Street. 448-0354. 8 p.m. $10. JAZZ
Grove Place Jazz Project. Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St. 325-4370. 7 p.m. $10. AMERICANA
Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs, Pete Mancini. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. 8 p.m. $6. METAL
A Fitting Revenge, Living In Daydreams, Unborn Society, Invictra!. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe
MARKET DISTRICT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Cristallino Premium Ice 17 Richmond Street | 670-6310 www.cristallinoice.com
John Grieco: Lasting Art 153 Railroad St. 802-3652 | objectmaker.com
"Clearly exceptional cocktail ice"
ELEMENTS On RAILROAD 153 Railroad Street | 270-1752
next to John Grieco: Lasting Art @elementsrailroad and Fb
Boxcar Donuts eatatboxcar.com | 270-5942 127 Railroad St, Suite 120. Open Tues-Sun Southern Inspired: Gourmet Donuts & Fried Chicken
Redi Imports Automotive & Alignment Services | 235-3444 144 Railroad Street rediimports.com
97 Railroad St. | 546-8020 | rohrbachs.com
Type High Letterpress 1115 E. Main St. | Suite 252 The Hungerford Building 281-2510 | typehigh.com Letterpress Gift Shop Posters & Invitations
The Yards RPM 50-52 Public Market Way | 362-1977 Art gallery and studio space focusing on community engagement in Rochester
Fresh Juice Squeezed every Saturday at the Rochester Public Market in the new Winter Shed
Full service auto repair • Foreign & Domestic
1115 East Main Street | 469-8217 Open Studios First Friday 6-9pm and Second Saturday 10am-3pm
FOOD SERVICE DISTRIBUTOR
What you need is just a phone call away 20-22 Public Market | 423-0994
info at TheHungerford.com
Small Fry Art Studio 50 Public Market | 371-8063 smallfryart.studio
Art classes • Parties • Workshops
Black Button Distilling 85 Railroad St. | 730-4512 blackbuttondistilling.com
Juan and Maria's
"Home of the Highly Addictive Spanish Foods"
DELIVERY • CATERING up to 25% OFF 303-1290 | juanandmarias.com
Tim Wilkes Photography 9 Public Market | 423-1966 "Fine Architectural and Yacht Racing Imagery"
Warehouse 127 120 Railroad Street 506- 9274 | WH127.com
Furniture • Décor • One-of-a Kinds
Harman Hardwood Flooring Co. "No one knows more about your hardwood floor."
29 Hebard Street | 546-1221 harmanﬂoors.com Paulas Essentials “Essentials for the Soul” 415 Thurston Rd. & Public Market 737-9497 | paulasessentials.com Bitter Honey 127 Railroad Street 270-4202 Bitterhoney.roc.com Authentic Mexican fare in a family-style setting
Java’s Cafe NON-STOP since 92
Tastings • Tours • Private Functions
City Newspaper (WMT Publications) 250 N. Goodman St. | 244-3329 rochestercitynewspaper.com
Tours • Tastings Private Parties
Florida Nut House
Tues., Thurs & Sat. | Indoor booth 53 Home of the Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Boiled peanuts, Garlic and Cajun nuts
Friends of Market | 325-5058
Ave. bugjar.com. 7 p.m. $8/$10.
Metal Meltdown. Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. 244-1210. Second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Metal virtual reality games, metal beers, metal prizes, and thrashing movies. POP/ROCK
Cammy Enaharo. Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue. 428-8148. 12-1 p.m.
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Beautiful people at a past Rochester Black Pride Festival gathering. PHOTO BY ADRIAN ELIM; INSET PHOTO BY RAE CHUNG PHOTOGRAPHY
The intersectional festival Rochester Black Pride Festival 2018 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 ROCBLACKPRIDE.COM
[ PREVIEW ] BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
Rochester’s Black Pride Festival returns for its third official year with a five-day stretch of events and parties kicking off on Wednesday, August. 8. Most events are free to attend unless specified. And though the festival centers specifically on creating a safe space for black and brown, queer and trans folks to revel and collaborate, everyone is welcome. Read on for some of Black Pride 2018’s highlights, and learn more at rocblackpride.com. 20 CITY AUGUST 8 - 14, 2018
Opening night on Wednesday, August 8, will feature a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre (780 Joseph Avenue), featuring the premiere of the short silent film “Beyond Truth.”
It’s a black queer love story by Wilson Prior High School graduate London Knight, created with his mentor, Black Pride festival organizer Adrian Elim. Admission is $7, all ages.
On Thursday, August 9, a free, all ages Club Mocha Youth Day Party will be held at
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Square Park (353 Court Street) from 4 to 7 p.m. The party includes music, prizes, refreshments, games, and a discussions lounge. From 7 to 11 p.m. the festival’s annual Cocktails & Conversations event will be held at Bar Bantam (Chase Tower, Downtown Rochester). The 21+ happy hour provides a space for the black
and queer community to discuss issues it faces, and will include spoken word, singers, movement performers, and artists across generations, plus drink specials and giveaways. Admission is $5. The annual Mocha Workshops are scheduled for Friday, August 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Mocha Center (189 North Water Street, Suite 1). The interactive and educational sessions are free and open to all ages. Also on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. is the second annual Black Trans* Brunch , held at East Avenue Inn & Suites (384 East Avenue). The brunch is a social event for building new friendships and celebrating community members who will be recognized during an awards ceremony. Free admission; open to all ages. On Friday evening there’s The Get Down: Old School Party, a free, 21+ dance party held from 8 p.m. to midnight (location TBA) that celebrates the community’s elders while everyone boogies to hits from the 60s through the 90s. And the annual Vogue Rochester party will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at E|R Studios (470 State Street). The 18+ party is a tribute to the Ballroom Scene and includes a competition, DJs, musical performances, and special guests. Tickets are $15. The Black Pride Festival itself takes place on Saturday, August 11, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Edgerton Park (41 Backus Street). It’s family-friendly, with youth-focuses activities, food and games, performances, community organizers, and voter registration. Admission is free. On Saturday night the Summer Nights series returns, with an event starring Miami-based rapper Trina “The Baddest Chick” at Funk and Waffles (204 North Water Street). Doors open at 9 p.m. and the party goes til 2 a.m. Tickets run $30 to $60; the show is 18+. The festival’s final day, Sunday, August 12, features the annual Cookout at Durand Eastman Park at the sunset shelter right on the beach (570 Lakeshore Boulevard). The free, all-ages event features food, games, performers, and more. Learn how to volunteer at the festival at rocblackpride.com, or donate at paypal.me/ rocblackpride or cash.me/$rocblackpride. Proceeds go toward making the events as accessible as possible.
Arts & Performance Art Exhibits [ OPENING ] Whitman Works Co., 1826 Penfield Road. Penfield. A Study in Color: The Experimental Arts of Todd Bassage. Sat., Aug. 11. Artist reception Aug 11, 6-9pm.
Call for Artwork [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] 2019 Season. Through Nov. 1. Create Art 4 Good, 1115 E. Main St, Suite #203, Door #5 210-3161. Call 4 Art: Mandala Musings. Through Sep. 30. Create Art 4 Good, 1115 E. Main St, Suite #203, Door #5 $5. 210-3161. Initial Stages & Fine Lines. Through Aug. 15. A Different Path Gallery, 27 Market St. $20. 637-5494. Street Photography Contest. Through Aug. 20. Gallery 96, 604 Pittsford-Victor Rd. $30 for 3 images 248-8128.
Call for Participants [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] 18th Annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Through Nov. 30. BOA Editions, Ltd., 250 N. Goodman Street, Suite 306 $25. firstname.lastname@example.org. [ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Community Mosaic Project. 1-3 p.m. Spotted Rabbit Studio, 115 Metro Park Registration required. 430-9877.
FILM | ROCHESTER TEEN FILM FESTIVAL The Rochester Teen Film Festival each year presents young filmmakers in Rochester with an opportunity to participate in a true, competitive film festival. A jury reviews all submissions, screenings are held at The Little Theatre, and and a variety of rewards are given to the winners. This year the awards include the new Phillip Seymour Hoffman Award, given to the film judged as the “Best of Fest” in honor of the Fairport native and Academy Award-winning actor. Students from local schools including Fairport, Honeoye Falls-Lima, East High School, Edison Career and Technology High School, and Geneseo, as well as students from as far away as Douglas Adams School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida were selected to participate. The Rochester Teen Film Festival takes place on Wednesday, August 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue. The festival is free to attend. 258-0400; thelittle.org. — BY AMANDA LYNN
Art Events [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] Behind the Scenes with the Curator: The Story & Art of Josephine Tota. 6:30 p.m. Rochester Brainery, 176 Anderson Ave, F109 $15. 730-7034. [ TUE., AUGUST 14 ] Understanding & Collecting Ceramic Art. 6-7:30 p.m. Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave. 244-1730.
Comedy [ THU., AUGUST 9 ] Rich Vos. 7:30 p.m. Comedy at the Carlson, 50 Carlson Rd $9-$15. 426-6339. [ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Harold & Friends: A Night of Long Form Improv. 8 p.m. Focus Theater, 390 South Ave, Suite C $5. 666-2647. [ SUN., AUGUST 12 ] Comedy Cocoon. 6:30 p.m. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. bugjar.com.
Theater Brain Washn M3chin: An Interactive Puppet Adventure. Sun., Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Lux Lounge, 666 South Ave $5. lux666.com.
Charlotte’s Web. Sun., Aug. 12, 2, & 4:30 p.m. Sensoryfriendly: Aug 12, 4:30 pm. RAPA, Kodak Ctr, 200 W. Ridge Rd. $10-$20. 2540073. RapaTheatre.org. Die Fledermaus Opera. Fri., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. & Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m. Canandaigua Academy, 435 East St, Canandaigua. Finger Lakes Opera. $40-$75. (516) 445-4183. Holiday Inn. MondaysThursdays, 7:30-10 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10:30 p.m. & Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2-4:30 p.m Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd $51-$62. (315) 255-1785. Madman & The Nun. Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m Bread & Water Theatre, 172 West Main St $8-$14. 271-5523. Major Barbara. ThursdaysSaturdays, 8 p.m. & Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave Classics Theater of Rochester $12-$15. Montgomery. ThursdaysSaturdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 2 p.m Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St $26-$34. bvtnaples.org.
Opera Pops Concert. Sat., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Canandaigua Academy, 435 East St, Canandaigua $40-$75. 516445-4183. Summer Academy Showcase. Sat., Aug. 11, 1 p.m. Geva Theatre Ctr, 75 Woodbury Blvd Reservations requested 420-2059.
Community Activism [ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Flower City Park Clean-Up Days: Seneca Park. 9 a.m.noon. Seneca Park, 2222 St. Paul St. Meet at Wegmans Lodge parking lot 336-7213. Food Not Bombs Sort/Cook/ Serve Food. 3:30-6 p.m. St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave. 232-3262.
Festivals [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] Pageant of Steam. Through Aug 11. NY Steam Engine Assoc, 3349 Gehan Rd Canandaigua $7-$10/Kids free nysteamengineassociation.com. continues on page 22
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[ FRI., AUGUST 10 ] Palmyra Pirate Weekend 2018. Through Aug 11. Village of Palmyra, E Main St . Palmyra 368-8081. Whiskey & Tattoos Music Festival. 6 p.m. Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave Celtic punk bands 1916 & Flatfoot 56 $17/$20. 451-0047. [ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Avon Rotary Corn Festival. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Avon Rotary Corn Festival, Genesee St. Avon. avonrotary.org. Music for Mercy Summer Festival & Fundraiser. 11 a.m.5 p.m. House of Mercy, 285 Ormond Street Live bands & the House of Mercy choir houseofmercyrochester.org. Sterling Renaissance Festival. Aug 11 & 12. 15385 Farden Rd . Sterling $18.95-$29.95. sterlingfestival.com. Whiskey & Tattoos Music Festival Beach Party. 7 p.m. Marge’s Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd. Dylan Walshe, Bryan McPherson, & Ben MacAnTuile 323-1020. [ SUN., AUGUST 12 ] 18th Annual Dick Hale Memorial Music Fest. 1-7 p.m. Genesee Valley-Henrietta, MOOSE Family Center #2290, 5375 West Henrietta Rd West Henrietta Benefit Mercy Flight Central $12. 359-1937.
Frederick Douglass [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] Frederick Douglass’s Rochester: Mapping His Tracks in Our City. Through Aug. 31. Central Library, 115 South Ave. rochistory.wordpress.com. Frederick Douglass’s World. Through Aug. 31. UR, River Campus. rochester.edu.
Kids Events [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] Out of This World Wednesdays. 11 am-3 pm Rochester Museum & Science Ctr, 657 East Ave. $13/$15. rmsc.org. Sci-Fi Summer. Through Aug. 31. The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Sq. $15. museumofplay.org. [ THU., AUGUST 9 ] African Drums: Storytelling, Dance, Singing. 6:30. Gates Library, 902 Elmgrove Rd. Registration requested. gateslibrary.org. [ FRI., AUGUST 10 ] Entomology: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. 1 p.m. Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvold Rd (315) 947-6143. Rodger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! G2K. 2 p.m. A Magical Journey Through Stages, Auditorium Ctr, 875 E. Main St $8. mjtstages.com. World Lion Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St 336-7200.
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SPECIAL EVENT: ‘METEOR SHOWERS, STORYTELLING, AND SONG’ The final summer event in the Friends of Ganondagan series brings award-winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida, Wolf Clan) to the Seneca Art & Culture Center for an evening of “Meteor Showers, Storytelling, and Song.” Shenandoah will give a presentation based on her 2018 audio recording, “A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison.” (If you haven’t read this captivating, true-life look at Seneca life before the Revolutionary War, find it and read it now). The evening will also feature the sale and signing of the CD audiobook, sky and star storytelling by Ganondagan site interpreters, and star watching outside of the Bark Longhouse — to coincide with the Perseid meteor showers that peak this week. “Meteor Showers, Storytelling, and Song” takes place on Saturday, August 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41, Victor. Admission is donation based. ganondagan.org/Events-Programs. — BY AMANDA LYNN
[ SUN., AUGUST 12 ] Livie’s Family Fun Day. 9 a.m.6 p.m. Genesee Valley Park, Elmwood Ave. Live music & Jamaican food 529-4450. Railroad Day. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 E. River Rd $6-$8. World Elephant Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St 336-7200.
Recreation [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] A List City Walk: Center City Midtown. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $12. rochesteralist.com. Wine Tasting Cruise. 6:30-8 p.m. Sam Patch Packet Boat, 12 Schoen Place . Pittsford Tickets may be purchased in advance $28. 662-5748. [ THU., AUGUST 9 ] Orienteering Race. 6 p.m. Basil Marella Park, 955 English Rd roc.us.orienteering.org. [ FRI., AUGUST 10 ] National Silver Ball Tournament. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd Mumford. gcv.org.
[ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] The Revolutionary War: A Walking Tour. 11 am-1 pm Mount Hope Cemetery, North Gate, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. $10. fomh.org. Skate & Bands for the Roc City Skatepark. 2 p.m.-midnight. Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave $5 show or skate only; $10 for both. 451-0047. Weekend Wild Walks. 11 a.m.12:30 p.m Cumming Nature Ctr, 6472 Gulick Rd. rmsc.org. [ SUN., AUGUST 12 ] Beginner Birder Trip. Aug. 12. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge,3395 US Route 20 E. Meet at Bushnell’s Basin Park & Ride at 2pm. 503-2534.
Special Events [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] Rochester Black Pride. Performances, workshops, & gatherings celebrating the creativity of Black Queer Rochester. rocblackpride.com. [ THU., AUGUST 9 ] Market Days: Domino Tournament. 5 p.m. International Plaza, 814-844 N Cliinton Ave myelcamino.org.
Midtown EATS. 11:30 a.m. & 5-9 p.m. Midtown Commons, 275 E. Main St.
ZooBrew. 5:30-9 p.m. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St $8/$10. 336-7200.
[ FRI., AUGUST 10 ] Libraries After Dark: Game of Thrones. 9 p.m.-midnight. Henrietta Public Library, 455 Calkins Rd 359-7092.
[ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Brainery Bazaar. 2nd Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rochester Brainery, 176 Anderson Ave, F109. rochesterbrainery.com.
Electronics Recycling. 9 amnoon. Bishop Kearney, 125 Kings Hwy S. Irondequoit sunnking.com/acceptablematerials. Meteor Showers, Storytelling, & Song with Joanne Shenandoah. 6:30 p.m. Ganondagan, 7000 Cty Rd 41. ganondagan.org.
Literary Events [ WED., AUGUST 8 ] An Infected Sunset: Demean DineYazhi, Jesse Amesmith, Rohsennase Dalton LeBarge. 9 p.m. The Spirit Room, 139 State St Poetry tour 397-7595.
[ SAT., AUGUST 11 ] Girls Resist! Day Book Launch Party. 12-4 p.m. The Avenue Blackbox Theatre, 780 Joseph Ave. Meet-&-greet with author KaeLyn Rich, teen activism fair, open house, & live music from Maxi Pads 491-6730.
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Ewan McGregor in “Christopher Robin.” PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Young at heart “Christopher Robin” (PG), DIRECTED BY MARC FORSTER NOW PLAYING [ REVIEW ] BY ADAM LUBITOW
Following in the recent tradition of Disney rebooting their stable of animated classics with new live-action adaptations, “Christopher Robin” continues the saga of Winnie the
Pooh, imagining a world where Pooh’s human companion Christopher Robin has finally grown up. The film begins with a scene from A.A. Milne’s 1928 book “The House at Pooh Corner,” in which Pooh and the rest of the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood throw a party to say goodbye to Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) before he leaves for boarding school. From there, we see a touching montage of the milestones of Christopher
Robin’s transition to adulthood: losing his father, falling in love, and going off to fight in the war. By the end, Christopher Robin has grown up (now played by Ewan McGregor) and works as the manager of the efficiency department at a luggage company. His work has come to be the primary focus of his life, and Christopher has long forgotten his old childhood friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.
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Back in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh wakes to discover that the rest of his friends have disappeared. As he heads off to find them, he ends up stumbling into the real world, where he meets Christopher once again. Soon he’s enlisted his old friend to come back to the forest to help find Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and all the others, while helping him shake off the middle-aged malaise that seems to have enveloped him. Returning to the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin finds it’s grown gloomy and gray, covered in a dense fog. The environment matches the film’s somber tone, though the narrative is suffused with just enough joy that it doesn’t become entirely depressing. Cinematographer Matthias Koenigswieser shoots the entire film in muted, desaturated tones, and while his photography helps root the story in a more grounded reality, but I couldn’t help feeling desperate for a hint of color as the story progressed. McGregor is wonderful in the lead role, nicely capturing the way his character’s exasperation melts away as he reconnects with his childhood companions. He’s also quite good at conveying the affection and deep underlying emotion in referring to Pooh as a “silly old bear.” But the true MVP of the film is voice actor Jim Cummings, once again portraying Winnie the Pooh (as well as Tigger). He’s been performing as Pooh since 1988, and his voice conveys sweetness and purity with just a hint of sadness. Far more than any fancy computer effects, he’s responsible for giving life to the loveable stuffed bear of “very little brain” but enormous amounts of heart. An extended version of this review is online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
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4249 RIDGE ROAD WEST LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 4/26/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o the LLC, 4477 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14626. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity.
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Aycan Data Management, LLC Arts of Org. filed SSNY 7/9/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to Frank Burkhardt: 693 East Ave. Rochester, NY 14607 General Purpose
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[ NOTICE ] 4389 HOLDINGS LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 8/3/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o the LLC, 4477 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14626. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] 5049 HOLDINGS LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 8/3/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o the LLC, 4477 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14626. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] ACHIEVE WEALTH PARTNERS LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 7/30/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to 95 Allens Creek Road, Building 1, Suite 201, Rochester, NY 14618. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Aguirre Language Services, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/21/2018. Cty: Monroe. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Carlos E. Aguirre, 286 Pine Hill Rd., Spencerport, NY 14559. General Purpose. [ NOTICE ] ALAN PAUL REAL ESTATE LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 7/19/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to Attn: Member, 2100 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. LLC’s purpose: any
[ NOTICE ] Bold Letter Marketing LLC filed SSNY 6/26/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 26 Rosewood Dr., Pittsford, NY 14534 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] DATA FRAME, LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 6/5/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to 2 Wood Spring Hill, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Dibble Development LLC filed SSNY 5/10/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 33 Williston Rd Rochester, NY 14616 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] Forrest Motorsports, LLC filed SSNY 3/30/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 176 Dove Tree Ln Rochester, NY 14626 RA: US Corp Agents, Inc. 7014 13 Ave #202 Brooklyn, NY 11228 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] Graham Rentals, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/17/2018. Cty: Monroe. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 88 Andrea Lane, Rochester, NY 14609. General Purpose. [ NOTICE ] Hearing Lab Technology, LLC Authority filed SSNY 6/12/18 Monroe Co LLC formed TX 6/26/07 exists 14301 Faa Blvd #105 Fort Worth, TX 76155. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to same address Regis Filed TX SOS PO Box 13697 Austin, TX 78711-3697 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] Higuey LLC filed SSNY 4/18/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 33 Beaumont Rd Rochester, NY 14616 RA: Nyscorporation. Com 1971 Western Ave #1121 Albany, NY
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CITY OF ROCHESTER, PETITIONER vs JOHN A. GEIGER, NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC CORP., THE SUMMIT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB, CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A., NYS DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION & FINANCE, CITIBANK SOUTH DAKOTA, N.A. c/o CITIBANK, N.A., JOHN DOE #1-10 and MARY DOE #1-10, RESPONDENTS Order to Show Cause to the above named respondents: You are hereby ordered to show cause before the Honorable Evelyn Frazee of this Court at the Hall of Justice, Rochester, NY on September 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM why an Order should not be made granting the City of Rochester the following relief: Adjudging and ordering that pursuant to Article 19A of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, the real property described as follows: 145 Seneca Parkway, Rochester, New York, SBL No. 090.59-3-15, be abandoned and further That the City of Rochester be entitled to free and clear title of said abandoned property and that such judgment and order extinguish and foreclose all right, title, interest, claim, lien or equity of redemption of the Owner, mortgagee and all other persons, and that the Petitioner, City of Rochester, may have such other and further relief as may be just and equitable. Responses are due by September 5, 2018. To the above named RESPONDENTS: The foregoing order to show cause and amended verified petition is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of Honorable Evelyn Frazee, a Justice of the Supreme Court, dated July 13, 2018 and filed with supporting papers in the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to extinguish and foreclose all right, title, interest, claim, lien, or equity of redemption of the owner, mortgagee, and all other persons in the property known as 145 Seneca Parkway, City of Rochester, New York, and identified
as tax account No. 090.59-3-15 (the “Tax Parcel”). The relief sought is that the “Tax Parcel” be deemed abandoned, and the City of Rochester be entitled to free and clear title to said abandoned property. In case of your failure to appear, judgment may be taken against you ordering that, pursuant to Article 19A of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, free and clear title of the Tax Parcel be vested in the City of Rochester, extinguishing and foreclosing all right, title, interest, claim, lien, or equity of redemption of the Owner, mortgagee, and all other persons, and granting the Petitioner such other and further relief as may be just and equitable. TIMOTHY R. CURTIN, Attorney for Petitioner, Stephanie A. Prince, of counsel, 400A City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614. Telephone No. (585) 428-6990. [ NOTICE ] Jasmine Rentals, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/17/2018. Cty: Monroe. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 670 Seneca Pkwy., Rochester, NY 14613. General Purpose. [ NOTICE ] JC Vibration And Balancing LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/31/2018. Cty: Monroe. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 26 Minute Man Trail, Rochester, NY 14624. General Purpose. [ NOTICE ] Law Office of David Tennant PLLC (“PLLC”) has been formed as a professional service limited liability company by filing Arts. of Org. with Secy. of State of NY (“SSNY”) on July 6, 2018. Office Location: Monroe County. SSNY designated agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 3349 Monroe Avenue, Suite 345, Rochester, New York 14618. Purpose: practice of law. [ NOTICE ] MATTHEW JOHN LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 7/11/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to 548 Deer Haven Drive, Webster, NY 14580. LLC’s purpose: any
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Notice of Formation of SALE OASIS LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 06/21/18 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 1967 WEHRLE DR., SUITE 1 #086, BUFFALO, NY 14221. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of Amato’s Cravings, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/20/18. Office location: Monroe Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 257 Brockley Road, Rochester, NY 14609. Purpose: any lawful activities.
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Notice of Formation of Carl Thomas Enterprise LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 04/24/18 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 2134 Clifford Ave, Rochester, New York 14609 Purpose: any lawful activities.
NADARRA LIGHTING COMPANY LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 6/6/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o the LLC, 73 State Street, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14614. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice is hereby given that a alcohol beverage license,pending, has been applied for to sell beer, wine, & cider at retail, in a restaurant, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 3020 WINTON RD T/O HENRIETTA, ROCHESTER, NY 14623 in Monroe County for on premises consumption. *JUICY SEAFOOD CORP* *DBA * *JUICY SEAFOOD* [ NOTICE ] Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Supreme Court, Monroe County on the 31st day of July, 2018, bearing Index Number 18/4228 a copy of which may be examined at the office of the Monroe County Clerk, located at 39 West Main Street, Rochester, New York, grants me the right to assume the name Levi John Chavis. The city and state of my present address are Rochester, NY; the month and year of my birth are February, 1998; the place my of birth is Amherst, NY; my present name is Abigail Susan Chavis. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Bostley Enterprises, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 05/29/18 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 120 Spencer Road, Hilton, New York, 14468. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Kitty Whiskers Pet Sitting LLC; Art of Org filed with Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/20/2018; 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 108 Round Rock Circle, Rochester, New York 14626. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
Notice of Formation of 157 SAWGRASS DRIVE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/21/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of 557 Mill LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/12/18. 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, c/o Tom J. Thomas, 858 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY 14468. Purchase: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: POSITIVE FORCE MOVEMENT, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY): 06/25/2018. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to Knauf Shaw, LLP, c/o M. Colligan, 1400 Crossroads Bldg, 2 State St, Rochester, NY 14614. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Ace Bookkeeping & Collections LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/07/2018. 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 C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave. Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful activities.
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[ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Dwenzel Photography, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) July 16 2018. 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 467 Burritt Road, Hilton, NY 14468. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of FIELD OFFICE LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 7/25/2018. 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 447 ADIRONDACK STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14606. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of FLORIDA SWEEPERS SALES & SERVICE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/2017. 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, 16 Passaic Ave., Unit 9, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Purpose: any lawful act [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of GIBBONS WATKINS GLEN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/06/18. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. office of LLC: 134 Burrows Hills Dr., Rochester, NY 14625. 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of Graceland Associates of NY LLC ART.of org.filed secretary of state(SSNY) on 5/22/2018 office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC at 336 Scio St, Rochester NY, 14605. Purpose: Any Lawful Activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of HARVEST WALK PROPERTIES, LLC. Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 6/15/18. 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, 25 Harvest Walk, Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful purpose. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of HR Sibley LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/17/18. 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, c/o Sammy Feldman, 3445 Winton Place, Ste. 228, Rochester, NY 14623. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Keuka Gardens Associates LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/6/18. 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 Home Leasing, LLC, 180 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Keuka Gardens Associates MM LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/6/18. 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 Home Leasing, LLC, 180 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: HANFLAND
Legal Ads > page XX CONTRACTING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Sec. of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on April 23, 2018. Office location: Monroe. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Michael A. Hanfland, 41 Pebble View Drive, Rochester, New York 14612. Purpose: any lawful activity.
be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 349 West Commercial Street, East Rochester, NY 14445. Purpose: any lawful activities for which a Limited Liability Company may be formed. [ NOTICE ]
To place your ad in the LEGAL section, contact Tracey Mykins by phone at (585) 244-3329 x10 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 22 Bleacker Road Rochester, NY, 14609. Purpose: Any lawful purpose [ NOTICE ]
Notice of Formation of Mosley Rd Enterprises, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) May 25th, 2018. 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 97 Mosley Road Rochester, NY 14616 . Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of Rochester Sports Express LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 05/25/18 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 25 Camberley Place, Penfield, NY 14526 . Purpose: shuttle transportation
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Notice of Formation of Pines GP LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/9/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of SKINNY’S CORNER, LLCArts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/06/18. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. office of LLC: 223 Deerhurst Ln., Webster, NY 14580. 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity
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Notice of Formation of Madonna Medical Spa, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/18. 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, c/o Sammy Feldman, 3445 Winton Place, Ste. 228, Rochester, NY 14623. Purpose: any lawful activity.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PRENTICE IMAGING CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC. The name of the Limited Liability Company is Prentice Imaging Consulting Services, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the New York Secretary of State on 7/6/2018. 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 28 Parkview Manor Circle, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. 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 Suntru Holdings LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 05/18/2018. 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 160 Despatch Dr., East Rochester, NY 14445. Purpose: any lawful activities.
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Notice of Formation of MindFit Mental Health, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) July 12, 2018. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may
Notice of formation of RMS ENTERPRISES OF NY, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/31/18. Office in Monroe County. SSNY has been designated as
[ NOTICE ] Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: MILTON MEADOWS LANSING LLC (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State (“SSNY”) on June 18, 2018. NY office location is Monroe County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to LLC at 460 White Spruce Blvd Rochester, NY 14623. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of LIVING MOUNTAIN LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) JUNE 5, 2018. 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 1967 WEHRLE DR STE 086 BUFFALO, NY 14221 . Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ]
[ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of THE BUNGALOW 10 LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/25/18. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. office of LLC: 99 Penfield Crescent, Rochester, NY 14625. 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Vedia Auto Group LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY)
on 06/21/2018 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 936 Exchange St Ste C-115 Rochester, NY 14608 . Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of VINLAND, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/12/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to VINLAND, LLC, 3 Fitzmot Glen, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: Any lawful activity [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of Woodlawn Real Holdings LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/17/18. 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, c/o Sammy Feldman, 3445 Winton Place, Ste. 228, Rochester, NY 14623. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Formation of XPRESS MED TRANSPORTATION, LLC Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3-19-2018. 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 681 Post Ave Rochester NY 14619 . Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION being held at Chester’s Self Storage 1037 Jay St. Rochester NY 14611 on Thursday, August 23rd at 1:00 pm . The following customers’ accounts have become delinquent so their item (s) will be auctioned off to settle past due rents. NOTE: Owner reserves the right to bid at auction, reject any and all bids, and cancel or adjourn the sale. Name of tenant: Darius Horton Unit 103 owes $213.
[ NOTICE ] NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION being held at Chester’s Self Storage 1037 Jay St. Rochester NY 14611 on Thursday, August 23rd at 12 pm . The following customers’ accounts have become delinquent so their item (s) will be auctioned off to settle past due rents. NOTE: Owner reserves the right to bid at auction, reject any and all bids, and cancel or adjourn the sale. Name of tenant: Sylvia Blair Unit 11 owes $313. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of Chroma Credit Restoration, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/22/17. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in DE on 7/11/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE address of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of FINANCIAL INSURANCE CONSULTANTS, LLC, fictitious name: FIC AGENCY, L.L.C. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/30/18. Office location: Monroe County. Princ. bus. addr.: 709 Florida St. Ste. 3, Mandeville, LA. 70448. LLC formed in LA on 12/21/93. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Financial Insurance Consultants, LLC, 709 Florida St. Ste. 3, Mandeville, LA. 70448, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. John A. Gavel, Jr., 709 Florida St. Ste. 3, Mandeville, LA. 70448.. Cert. of Form. filed with LA Sec. of State, 8585 Archives Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of SEQUEL YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, LLC Appl.
for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/21/18. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/01/17. Princ. office of LLC: 1131 Eagletree Ln., Huntsville, AL 35801. 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. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Holding company. [ NOTICE ] Notice of Qualification of Worldwide Electric Corporation LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/12/18. Office location: Monroe County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3540 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623. DE address of LLC: 251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. [ NOTICE ] ROC CITY ELITE HOCKEY LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 5/1/2018. LLC’s office is in Monroe Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o the LLC, 846 Houston Road, Webster, NY 14580. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE ] S & B Rentals And Property LLC filed SSNY 5/21/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 1034 Remsen Ave Brooklyn, NY 11236 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] Staci Pfeffer Interiors LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/04/2018. 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, 29 Southern Pkwy Rochester, NY 14618. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. [ NOTICE ] SURROGATE’S COURT – MONROE COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent. To: Erica Forman, if living, but if dead, her distributees, legal representatives, assigns and all persons who by purchase, inheritance or otherwise have or claim to have an interest in the estate of Dorothy V. Forman, deceased, derived through Erica Forman, whose address is unknown. A petition having been duly filed by Andrew J. Forman, who is domiciled at 114 Mill Run Drive, Rochester, NY 14626. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Room 533 Hall of Justice, Monroe County, at Rochester, New York, on August 30, 2018 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of DOROTHY V. FORMAN, lately domiciled at 150 Towngate Road, Rochester, NY 14626, admitting to probate a Will dated July 6, 2006, a copy of which is attached as the Will of the deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Andrew J. Forman. Dated, Attested and Sealed July 17, 2018 by Hon. John M. Owens, Surrogate, Mark L Annunziata, Chief Clerk. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Martin W. O’Toole, Esq. Attorneys at Law 1600 Bausch & Lomb Place, Rochester, New York 14604-2711. 585-232-6500. Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. [ NOTICE ] THAESLER CONSULTING LLC, a Connecticut LLC organized 10/04/17, filed application for authority with NY Dept of State on 06/12/18. NY office loc’n: 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, 16 Spring Side Ln, Penfield, NY 14526. CT office: 30 Old Kings Highway South, 1st Flr Ste 202, Darien, CT 06820. Copy of certificate of organization filed with CT Sec of State Denise W. Merrill, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: any lawful activities. [ NOTICE ] Utility Partners, LLC Authority filed SSNY 6/29/18 Office: Monroe Co LLC formed GA 9/8/06 exists 289 S Culver St Gwinnett, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to 7220 S Cimarron Rd #100 Las Vegas, NV 89113. Filed GA SOS 313 W. Tower 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Atlanta, GA 30334 General Purpose [ NOTICE ] Williams Brother’s Properties LLC Arts of Org. filed SSNY 4/30/18. Monroe Co. SSNY design agent for process & shall mail to: 497 Melville St. Rochester, NY 14609 RA: US Corp Agent 7014 13 Ave #202 Brooklyn, NY 11228 General Purpose. [ NOTICE } Notice of Formation of Independent Advisor Group LLC: Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on June 14, 2018. 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 1507 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice is hereby given that Atterson-Shaw, LLC, a Limited Liability Company, filed Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State on July 20, 2018. The principal office is located in the County of Monroe, State of New York, and the Secretary of State was designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company is: 251 Lux Street, Rochester, NY 14621. The purpose of the
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Legal Ads company is to engage in any lawful activity for which a company may be organized under §203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] 6005 Enterprise Drive LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 6/26/18. 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 675 Mile Crossing Blvd., Rochester, NY 14624. Purpose: any lawful activity [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] Glamping Experience, LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 7/2/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall forward service of process to 350 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ Notice of Formation ] JACBREW LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 7/26/18. 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 14 Quincy Ct., Wayne, NJ 07470. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] Little Angel Medical Transportation LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the NY Secretary of State on 7/11/18. The LLC office is located in Monroe County. The NY Secretary of State is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served, and the address a copy shall be mailed is 7 Shadbush Way W. Henrietta, NY 14586. The LLC is managed by a manager. The purpose of the LLC is any lawful business. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] Rella Restaurant, LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 6/28/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall forward service of process to 46 Greylock Ridge, Pittsford, NY 14534. Purpose: any lawful activity.
[ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] RHA Inspection Services LLC filed Arts. of Org. with Sec. of State on July 17, 2018. Office Loc: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY may mail copy of process to 160 Aspen Look Drive, Rochester, NY 14467. The purpose of the company is any lawful activity. [ Notice of Formation ] ROC Supply LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 7/16/18. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall forward service of process to 780 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] Rotork Pittsburgh LLC (“LLC”) filed Articles of Organization with the NY Sec. of State (“SSNY”) on 6/26/18. 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 675 Mile Crossing Blvd., Rochester, NY 14624. Purpose: any lawful activity. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION ] RSMM LLC. filed Articles of Organization with the New York Department of State on 03/14/2018 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 173 Country Manor Way Apt 5 Webster NY 14580. The purpose of the Company is Ecommerce online business. [ Notice of Formation of BUCK FEVER SYNTHETICS LLC ] Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on July 24, 2018. Office location: Monroe Co., NY. Princ. Office of LLC: 120 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 KIKI’S KREATIONS LLC ] Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. of State of
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To place your ad in the LEGAL section, contact Tracey Mykins by phone at (585) 244-3329 x10 or by email at email@example.com NY (SSNY) on July 2, 2018. Office location: Monroe Co., NY. Princ. Office of LLC: 1840 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526. 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 LEATHERTRAMP WINE COMPANY, LLC ] Leathertramp Wine Company, LLC filed Articles of Organization with the NY Secretary of State on June 25, 2018. (1) Its principal office is in Monroe County, New York. (2) The Secretary of State has been designated as its agent upon whom process against it may be served and its post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him or her is c/o Jeffrey Brown, 50 Charlotte Street, Rochester, New York 14607. (3) The character or purpose of its business is to engage in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Act. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC ] Notice is hereby given that Cooper’s NeuDiggs, LLC, a Limited Liability Company, filed Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State on July 20, 2018. The principal office is located in the County of Monroe, State of New York, and the Secretary of State was designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company is: 251 Lux Street, Rochester, NY 14621. The purpose of the company is to engage in any lawful activity for which a company may be organized under §203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. [ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF TRIPOINT ADVISORS, LLC ] Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY 6/25/2018 Office Location: Monroe County. SSNY is designated Agent of LLC to whom process may be served. SSNY may mail copy of process to 35 CIRLCE COURT, ROCHESTER, NY 14617. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity.
[ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ] NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing pursuant to Article 18-A of the New York State General Municipal Law will be held by the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency d/b/a Imagine Monroe Powered By COMIDA (the “Agency”) on the 20th day of August, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., local time, at the Ebenezer Watts Conference Center, 49 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, New York 14614, in connection with the following matter: 247 NORTH GOODMAN, LLC, a New York limited liability company or an entity formed or to be formed (collectively, the “Company”) has requested that the Agency assist with a certain Project (the “Project”), consisting of: (A) the acquisition of a leasehold interest in an approximately 0.77-acre parcel of land located at 247 North Goodman Street in the City of Rochester, New York [Tax Map No.: 106.830-0001032] (the “Land”); (B) the construction thereon of an approximately 80,000 square-foot 51-unit 5-story apartment building comprised of 35 one-bedroom apartments (900 sq. ft. each), 8 twobedroom apartments (1,250 sq. ft. each) and 8 two-bedroom apartments (1,450 sq. ft. each) with ground floor indoor parking (collectively, the “Improvements”); and (C) the acquisition and installation therein, thereon or thereabout of certain machinery, equipment and related personal property (the “Equipment” and, together with the Land and the Improvements, the “Facility”). The Facility will be initially operated and/ or managed by the Company. The Agency will acquire a leasehold interest in the Facility and lease the Facility back to the Company. The Company will operate the Facility during the term of the lease. At the end of the lease term the Agency’s leasehold interest will be terminated. The Agency contemplates that it will provide financial assistance (the “Financial Assistance”) to the Company in the form of sales and use tax exemptions and a mortgage recording tax exemption, consistent with the policies of
the Agency, and a partial real property tax abatement. The Agency will, at the above-stated time and place, present a copy of the Company’s Application (including the Benefit/Incentive analysis) and hear all persons with views in favor of or opposed to either the location or nature of the Facility, or the proposed financial assistance being contemplated by the Agency. In addition, at, or prior to, such hearing, interested parties may submit to the Agency written materials pertaining to such matters. Dated: August 8, 2018 COUNTY OF MONROE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY D/B/A IMAGINE MONROE POWERED BY COMIDA By: Jeffrey R. Adair, Executive Director [ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ] NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing pursuant to Article 18-A of the New York State General Municipal Law will be held by the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency d/b/a Imagine Monroe Powered By COMIDA (the “Agency”) on the 20th day of August, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., local time, in the Main Meeting Room at the Henrietta Town Hall, 475 Calkins Road, Henrietta, New York 14467, in connection with the following matter: 4000 RIVER ROAD LLC, a New York limited liability company, or an entity formed or to be formed (collectively, the “Company”) has requested that the Agency assist with a certain Project (the “Project”), consisting of: (A) the acquisition of a leasehold interest in an approximately 12.42-acre parcel of land located at 4000 East River Road in the Town of Henrietta, New York [Tax Map No.: 174.01-2-58.1] (the “Land”) together with the existing 102-unit, approximately 90,432 square-foot student housing apartment complex thereon known as Racquet Club Apartments (the “Existing Improvements”); (B) (i) the renovation and modernization of the Existing Improvements including, but not limited to, new kitchens/baths and full furnishings and (ii) the construction of an additional 3-story approximately
125,000 squarefoot building with 81-units of additional student housing (the “Improvements”); and (C) the acquisition and installation therein, thereon or thereabout of certain machinery, equipment and related personal property (the “Equipment” and, together with the Land, the existing Improvements and the Improvements, the “Facility”); to serve the students of Rochester Institute of Technology. The Facility will be initially operated and/ or managed by the Company. The Agency will acquire a leasehold interest in the Facility and lease the Facility back to the Company. The Company will operate the Facility during the term of the lease. At the end of the lease term the Agency’s leasehold interest will be terminated. The Agency contemplates that it will provide financial assistance (the “Financial Assistance”) to the Company in the form of sales and use tax exemptions and a mortgage recording tax exemption, consistent with the policies of the Agency, and a partial real property tax abatement. The Agency will, at the above-stated time and place, present a copy of the Company’s Application (including the Benefit/Incentive analysis) and hear all persons with views in favor of or opposed to either the location or nature of the Facility, or the proposed financial assistance being contemplated by the Agency. In addition, at, or prior to, such hearing, interested parties may submit to the Agency written materials pertaining to such matters. Dated: August 8, 2018 COUNTY OF MONROE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY D/B/A IMAGINE MONROE POWERED BY COMIDA By: Jeffrey R. Adair, Executive Director [ PUBLIC NOTICE ] Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell at Online Public Auction pursuant to New York State Lien Law, Article 8, Section 182, per order of River Campus Storage located at 169 Flanders St., Rochester, NY at www.bid13.com. The personal property described as household goods heretofore stored with the undersigned by Winston James, Unit #143 beginning on
Aug 16th; Jamell Hart, Unit #204 beginning on Aug 18th; and Chantanell Moyd, Unit #153, beginning on Aug 19. All sales are subject to prior claim, postponement and/or cancellation. [ SUMMONS AND NOTICE ] SUMMONS AND NOTICE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF MONROE Index No. E2018000784 CHESWOLD (TL), LLC, Plaintiff, v. The heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors, creditors, successorsin- interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through GEORGE N. JACKSON, DECEASED, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and all creditors thereof, and the respective wives, or widowers of his, if any, all of whose names and addresses are unknown to plaintiff; The heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors, creditors, successorsin- interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through PHOEBE E. JACKSON A/K/A PHOEBE E. MADISON, DECEASED, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and all creditors thereof, and the respective husbands, or widows of hers, if any, all of whose names and addresses are unknown to plaintiff; MARK G. JACKSON; ANGELA JACKSON; RASHAD JACKSON A/K/A RASHAD WILSON; KAYLA JACKSON A/K/A KAYLA WILSON; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; MANUFACTURERS AND TRADERS TRUST COMPANY; NEW YORK STATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CORPORATION; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; THE CITY COURT OF ROCHESTER; NY FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC; MIDLAND FUNDING LLC, INDIVIDUALLY AND DOING BUSINESS IN NEW YORK AS MIDLAND FUNDING OF DELAWARE LLC; RELIANT COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; RAB PERFORMANCE
RECOVERIES, L.L.C.; NEW YORK STATE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD; CACH, LLC; ASSET ACCEPTANCE, LLC; GREECE JUSTICE COURT; US BANK AS CUSTODIAN FOR PFS FINANCIAL 1, LLC; PROPEL FINANCIAL1, LLC; COUNTY OF MONROE AND “JOHN DOE #1” THROUGH “JOHN DOE #100”, Defendants TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in the above-entitled foreclosure action, and to serve a copy of your answer on Plaintiff’s attorney within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal service within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Monroe County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the subject premises. Dated: June 5, 2018 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an Order of Honorable J. Scott Odorisi, a Justice of the Supreme Court, dated July 10, 2018, and filed with supporting papers in the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose tax liens encumbering the property known as 190 Peck Street, City of Rochester, New York and identified as tax account no.: 106.593-59.001 (the “Tax Parcel”). The relief sought is the sale of the Tax Parcel at public auction in satisfaction of the tax liens. In case of your failure to appear, judgment may be taken against you in the sum of $13,327.06, together with interest, costs, disbursements and attorneys’ fees of this action, and directing the public sale of the Tax Parcel. PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP Anthony J. Iacchetta Attorneys for Plaintiff Cheswold (TL), LLC 28 East Main Street Suite 1400 Rochester, New York 14614 Telephone: (585) 2382000
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Among the gazillion other products and services available from Amazon is the behemoth’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, marketed as providing extremely accurate facial analysis. But when the American Civil Liberties Union gave it a go, the results were startling. Using Rekognition, the ACLU scanned photos of every current member of the U.S. House and Senate and came up with 28 matches to a mug shot database of people who had been arrested for crimes. The ACLU an-
nounced its findings July 26 and admitted it used Amazon’s default settings, to which Amazon responded, “While 80 percent confidence is an acceptable threshold for photos of hot dogs, chairs, animals, or other social media use cases,” Amazon would advise customers to set the threshold at 95 percent or higher for law enforcement. The ACLU told NPR that the legislators who were falsely matched were men, women, Republicans and Democrats of all ages. However, the software did misidentify people of color at a higher rate. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 31
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