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Digging for treasure behind Park Avenue

Named after a location in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Bartertown Collectibles brims with the stuff of recent history. The store’s toys, comics and other pop-culture collectibles reflect its owner’s interests as a kid.

It all started with a tweet

Chase Bank’s tweet in late April attempted to instill better financial behavior. The backlash reminds us that we’re a long way from corporations acting in the interest of communities and not just shareholders.

Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

Bringing words and people together

Writers & Books can be a generative center for people, breaking down barriers and widening the circle, says Alison Myers, the organization’s new executive director. She shares her vision for the nonprofit with Rochester Beacon Senior Editor E.C. Salibian.

Lessons from other cities: School quality as an equity strategy

Rochester was chosen by the “Reinventing America’s Schools” project of the Progressive Policy Institute as one of eight cities to share best practices on improving urban education. A May 30 workshop addressed the challenge posed by Rochester public education by introducing participants in promising reform models.

A cooperative model

ROC2025 is a new partnership between Rochester Downtown Development Corp., Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to put private money to work to attract and retain businesses.

Taking a stand for peace and a safe neighborhood

On May 30, children of Cameron Community Ministries’ after school program will march for peace in the Lyell/Otis neighborhood. Jennifer Muniga, executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, says it is a powerful experience.

RCSD reform plan, Bob Morgan fallout and Abby Wambach

From hopes of reform in the Rochester School District to Abby Wambach’s election in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the last week had its share of breaking news. In a new section called Notable News, Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny discusses the significance of these stories.

Has Warren killed two birds with one stone?

The mayor’s call for a November referendum on a state takeover of the city school board could end the RCSD stalemate—and also help Democrats wrest control of county government from Republicans.

Digging for treasure behind Park Avenue

Named after a location in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Bartertown Collectibles brims with the stuff of recent history. The store’s toys, comics and other pop-culture collectibles reflect its owner’s interests as a kid.

It all started with a tweet

Chase Bank’s tweet in late April attempted to instill better financial behavior. The backlash reminds us that we’re a long way from corporations acting in the interest of communities and not just shareholders.

Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

Bringing words and people together

Writers & Books can be a generative center for people, breaking down barriers and widening the circle, says Alison Myers, the organization’s new executive director. She shares her vision for the nonprofit with Rochester Beacon Senior Editor E.C. Salibian.