Rochester Sunrise Smart Start: Friday, March 11


ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Stay up to date on the latest headlines in today’s Sunrise Smart Start on Friday, March 11, 2022.


The Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back and in person on Saturday for the first time in two years. The Festival des Lilas is relaunching its series of free concerts for the first time since 2019.

As the pandemic slowly becomes rampant, 2022 is shaping up for what is usually a normal year full of Flower City festival fun.

A cloud of doubt, however, currently hangs over the 2022 Park Avenue Summer Arts Festival, according to Monroe County Legislators Rachel Barnhart (D-24) and Linda Hasman (D-23).

“We are sad to hear that the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival is unlikely to take place this year. The festival’s longtime promoter pulled out after the 2019 season. The pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the next two seasons. Unfortunately, the business group was unable to find a new promoter to organize the festival.

hey, if it’s not possible for the festival to take place this year, the county and city should start working with merchants and community stakeholders to start planning for a 2023 return.

Longtime festival producer Jeff Springut of Rochester Events — which organizes Rochester’s Lilac Festival, the Party in the Park summer concert series, and more. – announced in 2019 that his group was “passing the torch” by hosting the Park Avenue Festival. Springut said at the time that his group of festival producers pushed the event “as far as they could” and were “satisfied with the success” it had achieved.

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 and 2020 editions of the festival have been canceled due to the pandemic.

Peter Gines of Jine’s restaurant on Park Avenue says the summer festival is always a good time. “…great vibe, fun atmosphere, customers hang out, neighbors hang out.”

Kat Vernon says if it’s canceled it’s a loss for the whole town. “It’s like a fun time for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate.”

A student has confessed to making racist graffiti found Monday morning in a bathroom at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, officials said Thursday.

School officials say administrators were alerted around 7:45 a.m. to the message written in a bathroom that read “this school is filled with a bunch of [N-word]. Get out or else!”

Authorities say “for legal reasons and in accordance with Mercy’s privacy practices, the student will not be identified.”

Students gathered outside the building on Tuesday morning to rally against hate crimes and speak out about the incident.

Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is a private Catholic school for girls in grades 6-12 located on Blossom Road in Brighton.

Authorities are investigating a possible road rage shooting at Wendy’s on East Main Street in the city.

Police say officers were called to the restaurant shortly after 7:00 p.m. to a report of a person firing a gun at a car due to a possible road rage incident. Police on scene determined that a firearm had been fired at a vehicle at least once.

Investigators have identified several people involved. The police speak to these people to find out what led to the incident.

Miller has led the House of Mercy since its inception in 1984, but last week the board announced that Dr. Tammy Butler would become the organization’s new executive director and that Miller would be reassigned to a new role as director. spiritual.

Miller said earlier this week that she had offers to go elsewhere, but she said she has no plans to do so at this time.

“I’m not here for the board,” Miller said. “There was no advice when I started. You know, late at night, when I was picking up homeless people on the street, where was the sign? They were snuggled up in their sleepy, comfortable beds.

Thursday’s rally took place outside the House of Mercy headquarters on Ormond Street in Rochester. The protest was made up of community activists, homeless advocates, clergy, business owners and community members, specifically calling for:

  • Immediate reinstatement of Sister Grace as general manager, saying she can work in conjunction with Butler.
  • Reform the board and diversify it to reflect all economic backgrounds.
  • Include all stakeholders, especially homeless people who need a voice at the table.

Sister Grace Miller is credited with founding the House of Mercy in 1984 while trying to find accommodation for three homeless men on a cold winter’s night in Rochester. Officials say she spent the evening driving the men from shelter to shelter, but were told there were no beds available for any of them.

In a statement last week following the leadership change, House of Mercy board members said in a statement:

“Through it all, Sister Grace has been a champion for the homeless in Rochester – always there to welcome, listen, advocate and share spiritual guidance. In her new role as Spiritual Director, she will continue to provide all of these services and ensure that the welcoming culture for which House of Mercy is known endures.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the search for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing in Rochester since January.

Police say Alexanderiya Gantt left his home in Rochester and may be as far away as Buffalo. The teenager has been missing since January 28, officials say.

Gantt is believed to be around 5ft 6in and weigh 127lbs. Officials also say she has black hair.

Friday is expected to gradually increase temperatures by 20 degrees to the mid 40s with rain and snow forecast for later tonight. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: snow on the St. Patrick’s Day parade?

Well, it is advisable to wear several layers of clothes if you plan to celebrate on Saturday rather than bringing shovels with you. Wind chill will drop temperatures by up to 10 degrees and snow can be plowed.

Sunday looks milder with snow showers and temperatures hanging in the low 20s.

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