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Webster woman’s book benefits local children

It all started with a pair of toy trucks for two brothers who Florence Kinney learned would be in the hospital at Christmas.

After she and her husband delivered the toy trucks to Rochester General Hospital in December 1989, Kinney says she couldn’t stop thinking of all the hospitalized children.

She asked her husband if they could get “a few more” toys. They came home with 400 gifts, wrapped and tagged them (by age level), and delivered them to Rochester General.

Their aim was to take a child’s pain away, if even for a few moments.

The Kinneys may not have known it yet, but Webster’s “Mr. and Mrs. Claus” were born.

While she lost her husband in 2003, she has carried on in his memory. She has also penned a book, detailing what she calls “From the Heart of A Child,” with the goal that proceeds from its sale will help more children.

Former Rep. Giffords speaks at RIT homecoming

It was an crime that shocked the nation.

Two and a half years ago a gunman opened fire on a crowd in a store parking lot in Arizona, severely wounding former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Saturday, people here in Rochester got a chance to hear about Giffords' ordeal and witness her miraculous recovery. The former Congresswoman and her husband, Mark Kelly, were the guest speakers at RIT's "Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend."

They came as part of the annual "Horton Distinguished Speakers" series.

In their speech, entitled  "Endeavor to Succeed", they encouraged the audience to persevere in difficult situation. Giffords said, "I'm still fighting to make the world a better place and you can too. Be passionate, be courageous, be your best."

'Shark Tank' judge Daymond John headlines Saunders College event

Daymond John, founder of apparel brand FUBU (“For Us By Us”) and one of the savvy investors on the reality television series Shark Tank  will be headlining Saunders College of Business Gasser Lecture Series at Rochester Institute of Technology during the 2013 RIT Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend.

John’s lecture, “The Brand Within: Branding Yourself from Birth to the Boardroom,” is based on his recent book and will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at RIT’s Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union. The event will be followed by a booksigning in Saunders College atrium, Lowenthal Hall.

News10NBC's Janet Lomax to be honored by Girl Scouts of Western New York

It’s a big honor for one of our colleagues. We are happy to announce Janet Lomax has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
She will receive her award Thursday evening along with eight other women.
The Girl Scouts are recognizing women who not only have made achievements in their career and community, but also mentor teen girls.
Congratulations Janet!

Local soldier shares experiences at war with fellow veterans at Heathwood Assisted Living

Local soldier shares experiences at war with fellow veterans at Heathwood Assisted Living

As people across the nation gathered to remember the anniversary September 11 on Wednesday, one local soldier shared her personal experience with residents at Heathwood Assisted Living.

Stacy Fogarty, 27, of Greece, joined the Air Force after graduating from Gates Chili High School and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. She was stationed at a base hospital where she served in medical logistics.

The environment was volatile, and Fogarty said she and her peers were not permitted to return fire if they were attacked, due to the military’s strict Geneva Conventions.

“Although I had a gun, I wasn’t allowed to use it,” she said. “We were very vulnerable as medical staff.”

Many injured patients, including Iraqi civilians, would arrive by helicopter as she and other medical staff rushed them into the emergency room. Many of the casualties they treated were the result of bombings nearby.

Scholarship at MCC in honor of fallen West Webster firefighters

Another honor for the fallen West Webster firefighters. The Firemen's Association announced it has established a scholarship at Monroe Community College in honor of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.

Both were killed during the Christmas Eve ambush where a gunman purposely set a fire to lure the firemen there and then began shooting them. The two men were MCC graduates.

Firefighters Ted Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were injured during that ambush.

The scholarships will be available to students who are a part of the fire protection program.

Henderson Ford’s Aki Henderson Honored in National Publication


Aki Henderson, Business Development Director at Henderson Ford, was recognized by the national publication, Automotive News, on July 15th, 2013. Henderson was named to the 40 Under 40 list for her work at the dealership.

In order to qualify for this achievement candidates must work at a dealership in the United States or Canada, have accomplished a significant business achievement, and be under the age of 40.