Three years ago, a TV host stood before the Senate Commerce Committee, and told them that, "The Skills Gap is real, and it’s getting wider... In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of 'higher education' to such a lofty perch, that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled 'alternative,'" said Mike Rowe, host of popular TV show Dirty Jobs. "Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel." [...]
Biking to work is a great way to get a little bit of exercise and enjoy the morning sunshine before spending the day in the office. And, perhaps not surprisingly, according to a new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking, residents of cities with high percentages of people who bike and walk to work have lower obesity levels, lower blood pressure, and fewer cases of diabetes. [...]
As we try to encourage more people in Rochester to use mass transit, it is clear that cars are still in charge in our metropolitan area. And with the nation's economy slowly recovering, new auto sales in Monroe County and all across the country are defying expectations as the latest figures show dramatically increased sales. According to the Rochester Automobile Dealers' Association, new vehicle sales in Monroe County rose in May. Last month, dealerships were able to sell 4,730 new cars and trucks -- an 18% increase from sales last year's sales figures. [...]
Shuttle Transportation Urged for Rochester’s Largest Corporate Sporting Event; Crowd of 10,900 from 460 Companies
EVENT: The 24th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile road race and post-race festival. Open to all full-time Rochester employees, a crowd of 10,900 runners and walkers from 460 Monroe County companies are entered.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 29, 2014, Race start: 7:00 p.m.
AFFECTED TRAFFIC: Due to regular traffic and race day participants the RIT area will be heavily congested between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. All parking lot entrances to RIT will close at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Permitted company captains only may park in Lot H via the Ward Road entrance. [...]
Rochester mayor Lovely Warren announced this month that the city is adding transgender healthcare benefits for city employees and their families. Effective on the first of January, the new coverage will allow those enrolled in the city medical plan to receive treatments related to gender reassignment surgery, such as reconstructive surgeries, hormone therapy, and psychological and medical counseling. [...]
A longstanding Rochester landmark is about to get a facelift. No, it's not Nick Tahou Hots on 320 W. Main Street, original home of the Garbage Plate. No, it's not the Main Street Armory located at 900 E. Main Street either, but it's close (at least geographically). Think bigger, older and potentially spookier -- but keep thinking of spots along Main Street. [...]
In response to the country's increased need for medical professionals, Nazareth College in Rochester, New York will offer a new pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-medical certificate program for post-baccalaureate candidates. The program is designed for possible students who maintained superb undergrad academic record while earning their baccalaureate degree, yet still don't have the necessary science credits to apply for dental, veterinary, or medical school. [...]
It wouldn't be a stretch to refer to the town of Tyre in Yates County as Amish country. That's because nearly 70% of the town's population are members of the Amish and Mennonite religious communities. According to 13 WHAM News, they still pay taxes but won't get involved in local politics because of the tenets of their beliefs. [...]
Although several, challenging factors are reshaping the healthcare system in America, many industry professionals are remaining positive. Despite the current shortage of primary care physicians and the recent shutdown of many departments in the Medina Hospital, Orleans Community Health's new CEO Dolores Horvath is certain that the hospital will survive. [...]
Rochester, NY's famous lilacs may not bloom in time for their namesake festival. Although lilacs can survive and flourish in extreme cold, Mark Quinn, Superintendent of Horticulture for Monroe County Park, fears that the severity of this past winter may prevent the flowers from reaching their peak before May 9. [...]