Marietta G. Avery

Family and friends are welcomed to attend the wake and services for our dear Marietta Avery

Date:  Monday, April 20th

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   5p – 8p

Date:  Tuesday  April 21st

Location:  Mt Vernon Baptist Church -
351 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-5622

Time:   11am

Open Registration for ArtSmart and Youth Sports Summer Camps Begins

Youth Sports Camp: located in  Genesee Valley Park.

ArtSmart Camp: held at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb’s Hill Park.

When: Both camps are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from July 6 through August 21.

Ages: Kids 6 to 13 years old.

Price: The fee for City youth is $85 per week; $130 per week for non-city youth. Siblings can join in the fun for a discounted rate of $20 per week.

To register, pick up a registration packet at any City R-Center or download one at

Registration forms and deposits can be mailed to the Bureau of Recreation, 400 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14613. Registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the Bureau of Recreation office at the address above.  The Bureau of Recreation office is open Mondaythrough Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 428-6755 for more information.

The Student Association of SUNY Oswego presents: 2015 Ozfest Concert

Event information:

Date: Friday, May 8th
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, Event Starts 7:30pm
Location: Marno Campus Center Arena, Oswego, NY 13126

Big Sean
Mac Miller
DJ Merc

Ticket price: $85.00
Tickets can be purchase at
– the box office
– By calling: 315-312-3073
– Online:

Lunch With Mayor Lovely Warren

As adults we are so busy with life, working, and teaching children we forget to take a moment to see what we can discover from them!

Last Thursday,  I was invited by Mayor Lovely Warren to attend lunch with her and the students from the Rochester International Academy School #42.

The students in Ms. Cordaro’s second grade class asked the Mayor to visit because they wanted to come up with solutions to help the homeless in our city. The children were full of excitement, ideas, solutions, and lots of questions!

Some of the ideas the second graders came up with are collecting canned goods, warm clothes, and hand making soft pillows. They also thought of ways the Mayor could help as well.

Please photo credit: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester, NY

Thank you Mayor Lovely Warren for inviting me and a special thank you to Ms. Cordaro’s second grade class. Keep up the great work!!

Please photo credit: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester, NY

Please photo credit: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester, NY



Irondequoit Police Officer Could Be Fired For Racial Facebook Posts

Irondequoit, NY (WROC)- Tough action is taken against a veteran Irondequoit police officer accused of posting racially offensive comments on Facebook.

Local blogger, Davy V., first reported on the posts, March 19.  The next day, the town put the officer on administrative leave and started an internal investigation.

“The results of the investigation show that highly offensive and inappropriate comments were posted by a member of our police force,” says Supervisor Adam Bello, at a special press conference held in the middle of tonight’s regular town meeting.

One post shows topless black women dressed in African garb, under the heading “Michelle Obama’s class reunion.”

Another mocks Mexicans saying they get a “free home and free ebt card for shopping.”  Many of the posts are profanity-laced.

Town supervisor Adam Bello and Chief Richard Tantalo insist these posts do not reflect the culture of the Irondequoit community.

“As someone who’s been in the law enforcement community for an extended period of time, something like this is certainly very disappointing,” says Tantalo.

“The whole foundation of their job and what they do relies on the ability of the citizens to trust their protectors,” says Bello.

Bello says the officer has been taken off payroll and will be served a letter stating the disciplinary charges against him. Officials would not name the officer citing it as a personnel matter.

As a civil service employee according to Section 75 of CSEA’s handbook, he will have a right to a hearing before any termination can be complete. The process could take up to two months.

Natasha Alford



All-City Clean Sweep 2015 Followed by Red Wings Baseball Game

When:  Saturday, May 2 at 8 a.m.

Where: Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way.

Registrants will receive a Clean Sweep t-shirt, have a  light breakfast, join or be assigned to a team, then board vans and buses to be shuttled to work sites throughout the city. Clean Sweepers will be returned to Frontier Field between noon and 12:30 p.m. and receive free admission to that day’s 1:35 p.m. Red Wings game as well as a voucher for a hot dog and drink. Free parking will be available in Kodak Office Oak Street Lot (Lot D).

In addition to picking up litter and debris, volunteers will plant flowers, prune trees and perform other neighborhood beautification projects across the city. Tools are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. City crews will remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during Clean Sweep.

On-site registration will be available, but pre-registration is recommended. Groups and individuals may register at or by calling 311 (428-5990 from outside city limits).

Friends With Benefits A Good Thing Or Nah?

There is a new study that shows “friends with benefits” isn’t a good idea and only 15% of those relationships actually work.

Here is the article:

My opinion, I think the number is a lot lower than 15% but it depends on your definition of “friends with benefits”.  If you have someone you occasionally hang out with that includes “benefits” I think the number is lower than 15% BUT if you are friends FIRST without “benefits”  then I think the number will be far greater.

This morning on the Wake Up Club our Frontliners (text line) had a lot to say on the subject here are some of their text.

Frontliner #1: I’m txtn about the friends with benefits. I was in a friends with benefits situation for 3 years then we were in a committed relationship for 8 years and we have a 3 year old but we’re not together anymore, just friends.
Continue reading Friends With Benefits A Good Thing Or Nah?

Nominate WDKX Teen Of The Week

WDKX Teen of the Week is a Teen in the Rochester area doing big things!

Outstanding in school, as well as other areas needed in order to be successful

If you have a Teen who you think should be Teen of the Week make sure you tell us about them!

Email us the following information:

Name of Teen (age13-18)



Short Bio / Description of their accomplishments / Why they should be Teen of the Week

Teen Contact info – phone # and email address & social media handles


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Natasha’s Weekly Update

Natasha Alford’s Weekly Update

Today on the Water Cooler we went from the serious to the insane to the seriously insane all in one hour.

In case you weren’t keeping count, this weekend Rochester tallied its eighth homicide of the year.  A 27-year-old father of six was shot and killed around 4:30AM Sunday morning on Lloyd Street.  Rochester Police and SWAT teams chased the murder suspect and arrested him– 28-year-old Stephen McLaughlin Junior.

It’s always a tragedy when lives are taken.  When will #alllivesmatter enough for people to put down guns?

In national news, Rolling Stone issued an apology and a formal retraction of its story about a rape that allegedly took place on UVA’s campus:

While it’s a wake up call for many journalists about the need to fact-check, it’s also a reminder to the public that humans are well…humans.  That goes for the source “Jackie,” who may have lied to the reporter and for the reporter who did the story.

The lesson: It’s important to fact check and be informed as a citizen. We shouldn’t do this simply out of fear that the media will lie to us, but because we should care enough about being people who know what’s happening AND have our own opinions about them.

Whether that means reading more than one newspaper or watching full interviews for yourself, it’s good to get in the know.

Annnnd in gossip news, Karruche Tran finally broke her silence about her relationship with Chris Brown and his new baby– with another woman.  Why should you care?  Maybe you shouldn’t! (Sip the tea– none of our business right?)

Let me sip my tea...
Let me sip my tea…

Well the interview was powerful and host Iyanla Vanzant laid down some wisdom for all young men and women to take away about the importance of healthy relationships and loving yourself.

Catch the full interview here:

Finally, Tariq, Reign and I’s favorite new pastime is coming to Rochester– TED Talks!

May 30th, TEDx Flour City hosts its main event featuring yours truly, Mayor Warren and a host of great local minds.  The talks are fun, engaging and a powerful way to learn.

If you want to attend, apply here for a shot at a ticket:

This has been your weekly update– have a great one and BE great!

Natasha A.

Catch me on Twitter at @natashasalford and News8 Sunday-Thursdays nights at 11pm!