Rochester’s imperiled heritage

The Rochester Historical Society, home of artifacts that tell the community’s stories, is in danger of losing these treasures.

Driven to make a difference

As a student in the Rochester city schools, Rachel Barnhart saw firsthand the “incredible waste of human potential” that resulted from poverty, crime and educational inequality. The journalist and political activist spoke with Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny about journalism, politics and her motivation to hold government accountable. Listen to their conversation.

Who will write its next chapter?

Writers & Books, one of the nation’s oldest and most active community-based literary centers, is searching nationwide for a new executive director with the soul of a literary artist and the brain of an entrepreneur.

How young professionals see Rochester

When Rochester native Andrew Brady returned here in 2012 after going to college at Cornell University and living in Boston for a few years, he found the city undergoing a transformation. In an wide-ranging audio interview with Rochester Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny, the Rochester Young Professionals president talks about why Rochester now is a magnet for a growing number of young people, and other topics. Listen to their conversation.

Running out of time

The Rochester City School District has less than two months to formally respond to Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino’s call for change. If there is no meeting of minds, the district could face a state takeover or cede control to the mayor.

Steps forward by schools in receivership

Nine Rochester schools in receivership have met targets set by the state Department of Education, showing signs of improvement. In the receivership program, management of schools whose students have failed to meet minimum standards set by the state is put under control of a specially appointed receiver.

Behind bars, parents work to build a family bond

For the last 12 years, through her nonprofit, New York State Literary Center, Dale Davis has helped inmates at the Monroe Correctional Facility in Brighton become more engaged with their community, and with their families, through reading and writing.