City clears out community garden in dispute over grass height

Rochester, NY (WROC)- Antoinette Ena Johnson built Enazi’s Natural Farm to help transform Rochester’s Marketview neighborhood.

“It was a food source, a teaching source; it was a place where little girls came and would help me plant seeds,” says Johnson.

But after taking a walk to check on her garden last night, it was gone.  The planters and food beds had disappeared, wood piled up by a tree, with rocks and dirt leftover.   Johnson says the drastic result came after arguing with the city over her grass height earlier this week.

“They told me to cut it and I told them I would get to it, but I don’t use gas on my land and they decided to cut all my grass today,” she says.

The city of Rochester issues permits residents to use city land, letting gardeners revive neighborhoods with beautiful flowers and community gathering places.  The permit states a preference of grass maintenance around 3 inches, but if it grows taller than 5 five inches then gardeners “will be contacted for immediate action.”

Johnson says she got a phone call from Rochester’s Division of Real Estate and admits to expressing her frustration with the process, asking for information about the possibility of growing wheat instead of grass.  Instead without a fine or formal notice her garden was cleared out.

“All of our hard work for the last two years in feeding the community, just gone,” says Shawn Kelly, a fellow gardener.

Some neighbors complained the organic garden’s grass height was drawing rodents.  City workers who got orders to clear out the space did so with the understanding that it didn’t meet code but reportedly stopped when a neighbor approached and informed them it was garden.  It was too late in Johnson eyes.

“Someone could’ve talked to me or at least waited,” she says.  “Given me time to fix it and say, ‘Oh well obviously you don’t want to fix it, so it’s taken.'”

In a neighborhood with bright spots like Sofrito Garden just a block away, there are blight spots– like this vacant house across the street, where the grass is overgrown.  Now with one less garden, Johnson says she’s too frustrated to rebuild:

“Like why would I want to plant anything now… At this point… They left my tires though, they left the tires.”

The City of Rochester spokesperson says Johnson’s permit has not been revoked.


written by: Natasha Alford


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Train Takes a Life on King Road

Monday morning, a collision between an Amtrak train and a motor vehicle led to the unfortunate death of 20 year old, Brandon Saeur. The accident occurred at the railroad crossing on King Road in Chili.

According to reports Saeur was on his way to work around 6 a.m. when the accident happened.

Witnesses stated that Saeur was trailing a car in front of him when the gates of the crossing came down and he proceeded to go around the car in front and the gates, when the train hit his vehicle with immediacy.

Brandon Saeur was a Town of Chili employee working with the Parks Department. Both his father and brother are also employed by the Town of Chili. The Town Supervisor David Dunning stated a few things on this horrific incident. “It’s bad enough that a young person lost their life in such a horrific accident it makes it even worse when they’re one of our employees.”

There are no details on why Brandon drove his vehicle around the gates but there are many speculations on the incident. Some residents in the area state that the gates have come down numerous times without a train being around.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 10.20.43 AMAccording to reports, even though the residents say that the gates do come down in error a little too frequently, it’s still never worth the risk to go around them when they are down.

The flags outside town hall will fly at half staff to remember Brandon Sauer.

The Amtrak train was on its way to NYC and was reported traveling well under the speed limit. There were no injuries on board.

Family Members Served Arrest Warrants For Cheering At Graduation Ceremony

Cheering for your family member while they walk the stage can land you in jail.

Four people who cheered “allegedly”, excessively for their graduating family member at a high school in Senatobia, Mississippi, ceremony has received arrest warrants for disturbing the peace.

Am I the only one that thinks this is a bit much?!

Look at it like this maybe the young person who is graduating is the first to do so in the family!  And you expect folks not to express their sentiments for this achievement???? #notright

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Health Beats: Prostate Health


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Hello Rochester, this is Nurse Bowick. Have we got something to talk about? Oh Yeah! For that last three years I have the pleasure and pains of debating prostate health with none other than City Councilman Adam McFadden. Recently he came across some new research indicating that sexual activity significantly reduced Prostate Cancer risks, and asked for my input. He didn’t have to ask me twice, I immediately began searching the evidence to support this claim. Look what I found. The headlines read:

“Sex with more than 20 women ‘reduces risk of prostate cancer”

“Prostate cancer risk reduced by sleeping with many women”

Compared to men who have had only one partner during their lifetime, having sex with more than 20 women is associated with a 28% lower risk of one day being diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to researchers at the University of Montreal.

My review of the evidence left me with more questions than answers. I could not validate why so many women were needed to reduced the risk. However, the claim assumes 20 or more female sexual partners results in a quotecorner online pharmacy higher frequency of ejaculations, whose protective effect against prostate cancer has been previously observed in studies. The simple science proposes that when a man ejaculates he rids his body of cancer-causing substances in prostatic fluid. Harvard scientists found that men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month enjoyed a 33% lower risk of prostate cancer compared with men who reported four to seven ejaculations a month throughout their lifetimes.

If you think sleeping around brings your prostate cancer risk down, tune in Tuesday at 7:15am, because we’re gonna talk about it, on “Health Beats” with the wake up club on 103.9 WDKX.

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Two Women Use Facebook To Extort Money From Yates County Man

You have to be cautious when it comes to online and social media, people don’t always have your best interest in mind.

According to WHEC News, two Wayne County women allegedly used the popular social media website Facebook to extort money from a Yates County man. The two women 48 yr old Carolyn Riveramarquez and 27 year old Ashley Jenkins, became involved in a relationship with the man and then took $3,000 from him over a three month period.

Authorities say the two women used social media to send sexually explicit pictures to the man and then blackmailed him into sending them money.

Yates County Sheriffs says there could be more victims.

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Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production To Provide Water For Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

Cans of emergency drinking water produced at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia. This batch is going to the American Red Cross to help people affected by severe weather in Oklahoma and Texas.Anheuser-Busch

(NBC NEWS) Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

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