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Urban Action 4/9

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Waterfront development public meeting

The City of Rochester's Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will hold a public meeting on the Local Waterfront Development Program from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. The program collaborates with the New York Department of State to establish guidelines for developing the area's key waterfronts: Lake Ontario, the Genesee River, and the Erie Canal. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

Education film

East Rochester schools will show the documentary film "Who Cares About Kelsey?" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. The Emmy-nominated film directed by Dan Habib tells the story of a troubled young girl who struggles with homelessness and severe emotional problems. She goes from a problem student to a confident and motivated learner. The film will be shown at the East Rochester school system at 222 Woodbine Avenue (at Garfield Street), East Rochester.

Fixing the parole system

Some Rochester-area faith-based organizations are trying to build awareness and support regarding the SAFE Parole Act, and they are urging Governor Cuomo to establish a commission to study the parole system. Supporters say that thousands of people languish in New York's prison system even after satisfying the terms for their release. The parole board is not required to give any basis for its decision to deny parole. On Wednesday, April 16, a table will be set up in front of the Hall of Justice, 99 Exchange Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help gather petitions, and volunteers are needed to meet with local legislators. Information: Pastor Ann Robinson, 749-6038.

Landmark Society luncheon

The Landmark Society will host "Bulldoze Your Way to Revitalization: the Role of Historic Preservation in Rightsizing," a community luncheon and talk on Thursday, April 24. The keynote address will be given by Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics, a real estate development firm, who will talk about preservation issues relating to rehabilitation and commercial development. The event will be held at the East Avenue Inn, 384 East Avenue. For information on time and registration costs for the luncheon and upcoming statewide conference, which is also being held in Rochester: or call 546-7029 x 11.