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Wegmans customers give big to hunger relief in 2012

The Wegmans Check Out Hunger and Care About Hunger campaigns raised $1.38-million in 2012.

“We’re thankful for our customers and employees who step up to give in such a generous way,” said Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans' community relations manager. “Their donations at checkout help reduce hunger that exists right in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

Both campaigns allowed shoppers to donate $1, $2, $3, or $5 (or any amount) at checkout to each store's local food bank. In Rochester, the money raised goes to Foodlink. This year, $667,644 was raised.

The food banks that will receive donations are listed below with the amount raised, and in parentheses, the Wegmans stores that raised money for them:

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Event in memory of Penfield mother to raise funds for sarcoma research

Event in memory of Penfield mother to raise funds for sarcoma research

The family of Penfield woman Tiffany Bayer Lill is laboring so others won’t lose a loved one to a little-known disease.

Lill, a wife and mother of two, passed away last April at age 39 after battling Liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, for 16 months.

Friends describe her as a healthy and active person, so Lill’s diagnosis came as a surprise.

“Even after I found out she had cancer, I felt like she was going to beat it,” said friend Jennifer Stanton. “We were in shock that she had the cancer and shocked of her passing away when she seemed so healthy and young and full of life. She didn’t seem sick. It didn’t make sense.”

Her family soon learned that they would have to travel further to get the best treatment. Despite her illness, Lill was determined to get better.

Sarcoma accounts for about 1 percent of all adult cancer diagnoses in the United States, and different subtypes in the same category.

Jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman to perform in Penfield

Jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman to perform in Penfield

Next weekend, award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman will perform alongside Penfield students in a pair of special concerts.

Hendelman, who has roots in Rochester, has performed worldwide with his own trio and other big acts. He began his keyboard training at the age of 6, and moved to the U.S. from Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1984.

At age 14 he won top honors at Yamaha’s National Keyboard Competition and went on to study at the Tanglewood Institute in 1988. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music, in 1993.

Penfield Music Department Chairman Jim Doser met Hendelman while directing the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. He was struck by the pianist’s talent immediately.

“(Hendelman’s) personality and his musicianship are very much the same, and that is very unassuming and polite, but with a whole lot of energy under the surface,” said Doser.

Niki Gaiter, Scott Sheils Join Mason Selkowitz Marketing’s MSM Digital Division

Niki Gaiter, Scott Sheils Join Mason Selkowitz Marketing’s MSM Digital Division

Niki Gaiter of Penfield and Scott Sheils of Wayne County have joined the MSM Digital division of Penfield-based Mason Selkowitz Marketing.

Gaiter will serve as a Digital Account Manager, while Sheils comes to the firm as a Digital Developer and 3D Animator.

Gaiter, a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Communications, previously served as project manager at Storm Frog in Victor. Sheils previously worked for the Democrat & Chronicla as a graphic artist and web developer.

The company says both bring extensive, relevant experience and education to their new positions.

Woman accused of supplying guns used in Webster tragedy appears in court Tuesday

The defense gets more time to review evidence in the case of a Greece woman accused of providing guns to the convicted felon suspected in the Christmas Eve tragedy.

Dawn Nguyen was in federal court Tuesday morning. Her hearing was adjourned for 60 days so the defense can weigh out all their options.

Defense attorney Matthew Parrinello explained what the next steps could be. “If we review the case and Ms. Nguyen maintains her innocence and if we determine we're not talking any kind of deal we'll proceed forward and send the case to the grand jury. The government will always offer a plea agreement whether its good or bad we don't know. They will offer something. That's if we decided to talk about a plea agreement. We don't know that yet.”

Three principals retiring from Pittsford schools

The Pittsford Board of Education accepted retirement letters from three school principals at its meeting Monday night.

Those retiring, effective June 30, 2013, include Elizabeth “Liz” Konar, principal of Sutherland High School, Scott Reinhart, principal of Calkins Road Middle School and Carole Schwab, principal of Jefferson Road Elementary School.
Elizabeth “Liz” Konar – Sutherland High School
Principal Konar began her career 38 years ago and started in Pittsford 22 years ago as a Special Education teacher. She has served as principal at Sutherland High School for the past 12 years watching the school grow and undergo a major renovation. Konar said, “I began my first day of teaching knowing of my good fortune in the career choice I made. I will leave SHS at the end of June truly appreciating my good fortune. I owe all of this to the faculty/staff, students, and parents in our community. You have all taught me well.”