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Rochester, New York
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Page4A Wednesday,October21,2015 R1 DemocratandChronicle. com First, a disclosure. I don’t like heights. Therefore, I was apprehensive when I l earned about a possible d ouble zip line that would s hoot people across the front of Rochester’s High Falls. Yes, that’s the same Genesee River spot where daredevil Sam Patch jumped to his death in 1829. “Imagine sailing over High Falls,” says online material from Greentopia, the ecology awareness group that’s going to install and operate the zip line. “The wind whipping your hair, the spec- t acular view surrounds you.” Y ikes. T hen again, when I mention the zip l ine to other people, they ask where they can sign up. It could be that Lewis Stess and Michael Philipson, the founders of Greentopia, are on to something. After all, they have lots of good ideas, ideas that often connect Rochester’s past with its present and its future. Those ideas will be on display this week at Greentopia’s Futures Summit, agathering of experts on urban ecology and sustainability. The summit runs all day on Wednes- dayat Monroe Community College’s Brighton campus, beginning with a k eynote address by Jason Roberts, originator of the Better Block Project in Dallas, an effort that Greentopia’s founders would like to undertake here. “It all goes back to our mission,” Philipson says. “We want to create resilient public realms.” In 2008, Philipson and Stess began putting together the nonprofit organiza- t ion that became Friends of the Garden Aerial in 2011. The name referred to a p roposal to turn the Pont de Rennes Bridge over the Genesee River just north of the High Falls into a green walk of flowers and plants. That project is underway, and the organization, which is now known as Greentopia, is working on other initiatives to showcase High Falls, a hiding- in-plain-sight wonder that Stess calls “the most spectacular place we don’t v isit.” A mong Greentopia’s other projects i s a 300-foot-long FlourGarden, a space f or growing native plants. It is being created in what was Brown’s Race, the small canal for generating power for flour mills near the High Falls. Greentopia also has started Green Visions, a project that has involved working with residents of the JOSANA neighborhood on the city’s west side creating flower gardens on abandoned lots. The flowers are then harvested and sold. Program participants split the profits. Beyond all of this, Greentopia is putting together the city’s first Eco- D istrict, a self-sustaining area that will include JOSANA — an acronym for the J ay Orchard Street Neighborhood Ass ociation — and High Falls. “ It’s a district where it’s small enough to innovate and large enough to have an impact,” Stess says. Also down the line for Greentopia is aproposed bridge that would take pedestrians across the river near the crest of the High Falls. And where does that zip line fit in? Possibly the longest and highest zip line in North America, it would bring people, brave people, to the river and the falls, Stess and Philipson say. And it would provide income for other projects. R eally, it’s a good idea. Really. Zipping to the future, one idea at a time JIM MEMMOTT REMARKABLE ROCHESTER CARLOS ORTIZ/@CFORTIZ_DANDC/ S TAFF FILE PHOTO 2015 Azip line may soon shoot people across the front of High Falls. O n Remarkable Rochester Retired Senior Editor Jim Memmott reflects on what makes Rochester distinctively Rochester, its history, its habits, its people. Contact him at: (585) 278-8012 or or Remarkable Rochester, Box 274, Geneseo, NY, 14454. Remarkable Rochesterians This award-winning author certainly deserves aspot on the list of Remarkable Rochesterians found at Linda Sue Park (1960-): An Illinois native who now lives in Brighton, she is the author of many books for young people, including A Single Shard , her novel that was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2002 as the most distinguished work for children that year. The daughter of immigrant parents from Korea, she graduated from Stanford University, where she was on the gymnastics team and then worked in public relations in the United States, Ireland and London before settling here. Her first book, Seesaw Girl , was published in 1999. Several of her books focus on Korean history and themes. If you go What: The third Greentopia’s Future’s Summit, a conference featuring speakers on building sustainable communities and improving cities. Where: Monroe Community College, Brighton. When: Wednesday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., opening session starts at 8:15 with remarks by Jason Roberts of Dallas’ Better Blocks Project. Panels, talks and exhibits continue throughout the day. Information: For details about tickets and the schedule of speakers, go to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester is getting $1.7 million in federal funding. The grant is from the U.S. Depart- m ent of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Marriage and Education Grant Program to fund a new initiative in Wayne County. Catholic Charities of Wayne County ( CCWC), a sub-agency of the Catholic C harities of the Diocese of Rochester, w ill launch the Thriving Family Program to provide services for families, a t-risk youth and unemployed and underemployed individuals in the region. Catholic Charities of Wayne County will work in partnership with six agen- c ies through its new Thriving Family Program to bring new resources for case management, assessment, and family-education services to county residents. B Feds give $1.7M to Catholic Charities BENNETT J. LOUDON @BENNETTLOUDON More than 150 years since it sank to the bottom of Lake Ontario with at least 16 people on board, the steamship Bay S tate has been located. It is the latest find by Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski, without question the most accomplished shipwreck sleuths in western New York. The two R ochester-area men have used sophist icated sonar technology, remote-operated underwater vehicles and teams of divers to locate a sunken flotilla of boats and ships in the Great Lakes. The Bay State, 137 feet long and built i n Buffalo in 1852, was one of the first p ropeller-driven steamships on the Great Lakes. It set out from Oswego on N ov. 4, 1862, bound for Ohio with a full load of general merchandise. S hortly after departing, the weather turned bad. The ship appears to have attempted to turn back toward Oswego, but the force of the storm ripped it apart a nd sank it. The ship was found last month in deep water off the southern shore of Lake Ontario near Fair Haven, Cayuga County. An empty lifeboat, wreckage and p ackages from the ship's cargo came a shore near Fair Haven, but no survivors. There were between 16 and 18 people on board, including seven passengers. Like all non-military shipwrecks in N ew York waters, the debris that was the B ay State belongs to the state. There is no plan to haul it up. Ship in 1862 wreck found JUSTIN MURPHY @CITIZENMURPHY BID ONLINE! Material Handling To Include: Linde H30T Forklift Hyster H60FT Forklift & Much More! Location: Rochester, NY Bid Dates: Oct 19th-21st. Bid Online at: Search For: 21800 Call: 480-367-1300 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a forum on heroin and opiate abuse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Waterloo High School, 96 Stark St. The meeting will include a discussion o f the level of heroin abuse in the community, the warning signs and symptoms, and what to look for if you think a loved one is using heroin. The forum will i nclude medical professionals and former users. S eneca County Sheriff’s officials say they have used Naloxone, also c alled Narcan, to save three people from possible heroin overdoses in the past 5 1 ⁄ 2 weeks. “Since our Deputies have been trained in the use of Naloxone (Narcan) which is carried in all of our patrol ve- h icles we have successfully administered this life saving substance several times saving all who would have eventually died if not being administered N aloxone,” Seneca County Undershe- riff Gary Sullivan said in a release. Seneca sheriff plans heroin forum BENNETT J. LOUDON @BENNETTLOUDON on Lexington Avenue when someone brought in some bags of glass beads. The G urungs and other southeast Asian refu- g ee women took them up immediately and began stringing together intricate designs. T he necklaces, bracelets and earrings fall under the category of “pote,” a term for the traditional beadwork of B hutan, Nepal and other southeast Asian countries. “We noticed most of the Nepali wom- e n wearing these elaborate necklaces they make, so one day we decided to b ring beads in and see what they came up with. ... It’s just been an amazing thing,” Mary’s Place Director Meg Burkh ard said. “They’re developing English, they’re developing job skills and they’re having fun doing it.” M any of the bead designs have specific significance in a traditional wedding, K alpana Gurung said — some for the bride, some for her family, some for the groom’s family. Others are just for f ashion, she said. The English classes have turned into aseries of informal seminars on various aspects of selling jewelry and running a small business. A small business adviser came in to speak; Bead Breakout on Monroe Avenue agreed to pro- v ide beads at a low bulk rate; and a g lassblower donated some equipment and glass. That learning process has also h elped them learn business English, more helpful in this case than the conversational terms they were studying b efore. Their goal is to begin selling the bead work full time. Nancy Regna, a local jewelry des igner, came in one day recently to offer some tips and ended up puzzling o ver a strand of pote herself. “It looks so intricate,” she said. “I came here to teach them, and they’re t eaching me.” The sale Thursday will be a fundraiser for Mary’s Place.It will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mary’s Place, 414 Lexington Ave. For more information, call ( 585) 270-8626 or email marysplacedi- Jewelry Continued from Page 3A The Democrat and Chronicle’ s diaper d rive for ROC City Bottoms ended Mond ay, having amassed more than 16,000 diapers. ROC City Bottoms is a new diaper bankthat seeks to aid needy families in Rochester, where one in two children is g rowing up in poverty. Donations for ROC City Bottoms are still being accepted at The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment at 1350 Fairport Road, Fairport, and at Eastview Mall, Route 96, Victor (box is located in t he Mothercare room off the food court). For more information about ROC City B ottoms, call (585) 233-0867 or go to Drive nets more than 16,000 diapers ERICA BRYANT @ERICA_BRYANT_ LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Donations of diapers and baby wipes from the D&C diaper drive for ROC City Bottoms. health information. Because it involves Medicaid reimbursement, taxpayer d ollars are at stake. “This should not be reduced to some sort of corporate intrigue,” Darling s aid. “... This is not about people who sell pencils or electronic equipment.” He said protected health informa- t ion cannot be used for profit, and people with disabilities should not be treat- e d like commodities. In announcing the breach of private information, CDR identified Marco Alt ieri as the former chief executive officer of Angels in Your Home. Michael Smith, attorney for Altieri, d enied the allegations and declined further comment. Tuesday morning, Altier i was listed as CEO on the Angels in Your Home website, but by late Tuesday afternoon it was removed. Representatives of current Angels in Your Home leadership declined to comment. The issue of what exactly happened i s likely to be hashed out in court. Late Tuesday, Angels in Your Home filed a lawsuit that named Altieri, All-American Home Care and other defendants. Darling said CDR has contacted the state Office of the Attorney General and the state Department of Health, and he reported that both would look into the case. Aspokesman for the attorney general declined comment. The state Department of Health referred questions to t he federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, w hich investigates alleged HIPAA violations. CDR provides advocacy and ser- v ices for people with disabilities t hroughout the state. In counties other than Monroe, it serves as a fiscal inter- m ediary for people who qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. Under a consumer directed program, an individual hires his or her own aides, who are paid with Medicaid d ollars administered by a licensed home c are agency. Darling said that no programs affiliated with CDR were involved in the all eged privacy violation. In May, the University of Rochester Medical Center announced that a nurse p ractitioner in the Department of Neurology who was leaving the medical center shared a list of patients with her new e mployer. According to URMC, the nurse expressed concern about the con- t inuity of care for her patients. The list had patient contact information and diagnosis. URMC was alerted by patients w ho received letters from the nurse’s new employer. Darling said CDR learned of the all eged violation at Angels in Your Home during a conversation with a client who r eceives services from CDR and from Angels in Your Home. The client said her attendants had not been paid, and the client was at risk of having to go to a nursing home. Darling said CDR contacted officials of Angels in Your Home. An undated letter addressed “To w hom it may concern,” and signed by Angels in Your Home president Andy Wegman said a rumor had been circulated that the company was going to be bought. He called the rumor “completely false” and that the agency would continue to provide “the best service possible to you, our clients.” Darling said that 10 people who received services from both CDR and Angels in Your Home had been contacted by All-American, but he said he didn’t h ave an exact number of clients or workers potentially involved. S ince Oct. 1, nine clients of Angels in Your Home asked to have their agency of record be switched to All-American H ome Care, according to Monroe Count y spokesman Justin Feasel. P Breach Continued from Page 3A

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