Watch the Latest Episode of the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight In the 2nd episode of our new TV show, the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight, we focus on the redevelopment of Downtown Rochester. Our guests are: Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.; and, Larry Glazer, CEO, Buckingham Properties. Our show airs on RCTV, Time Warner Cable channel 15 (only available in the City of Rochester). Read More ... Smugtown Beacon Producers
Monday, February 10, 2014 A recent column by a local observer urged Rochesterians to think about public education in a new way. Here’s a radical approach: what would it take, starting right now, to give every child in the city of Rochester a quality education? Would it take a million dollars? Ten million dollars? A hundred million dollars? But more difficult to answer is this question: once we put a price tag on it, what excuse will we have not to get the job done?
Local Boy Makes Good: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman. No circumstances of his untimely passing can tarnish what he meant to fim lovers, and Rochesterians (photo: raindance.org).
To Honor Philip Seymour Hoffman: A True Cinematic and Stage Artist, of the Highest Level Thursday, February 6, 2014 Rochester, NY - I had the pleasure of meeting Philip Seymour Hoffman three times, beginning in the mid-to-late 1990's. I can't claim I really knew the man, but as a filmmaker and enthusiast, I can certainly attempt to honor this great man by highly recommending four of his lesser known films. Lesser known, but not lesser films. You be the judge. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 2 opinions posted
Bill Johnson and the anti-casino crowd: Are they against just casinos, or do they have the integrity to also oppose the Lottery and OTB? (photo: D&C).
Local Decisions and Traditions that Do Not Make a Whole Lot of Sense Monday, February 3, 2014 Rochester, NY - From strange Port of Rochester redevelopement plans, to the blinders that suburban residents in Monroe County don so that they can block out the inevitable demise of the City of Rochester, Monroe County sure has some odd traditions, attitudes, and opinions about what exactly makes a good community. Inside, my take on what to expect (as well as what won't happen) locally in 2014. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 7 opinions posted
New-old Mon. Co. Parks Dir. Larry Staub: Did he get a tip the State Comptrollers investigation of the Tindale contract came back favorable?
What Lovely Warren and Chris Christie Have in Common Monday, January 20, 2014 Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seem to be entirely different political characters. They do not share a common, race, gender, political party, office, ideology or personal style. So what do they have in common? They are both likely to be underestimated by Democrats – and the cost of that underestimation could be a big problem for the party.Read More ... Aaron E. Wicks
The Hysteria Around Rochester's New Mayor Wednesday, January 15, 2014 In one of the sure signs of an imminent Armaggedon, one Smugtown Beacon writer finds common ground with… Bob Lonsberry? The Rochester area’s media iconoclast, Lonsberry has suggested something few local reporters are likely to heed: end the crazed, “ugly” coverage of Mayor Lovely Warren, and for the sake of all of us, take a deep breath.Read More ... Aaron E. Wicks - 2 opinions posted
"Didn't she almost have it all?" No, this isn't Mayor Warren and her uncle. Why should the newly minted mayor of the Flower City begin her first term with charges of nepotism?
The Body Guard: Does Mayor Warren Really Need One? City Ethics Board to Decide Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Rochester, NY - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will now face an ethics probe approved by City Council yesterday. The probe is not about Warren's body guard, her uncle, driving 97 mph on the N.Y. State Thruway. The probe is to determine if she violated ethics laws by hiring her uncle, Reggie Hill, in the first place. Can she recover politically from a very rough start in her new office at City Hall? Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 1 opinion posted
Monroe County Parks Director Larry Staub. During a State audit of Tindale's management of county golf courses, Staub will be county GOP exec. director & County Legislator, perhaps against the wishes of the Perinton Republican Committee (photo: Twitter).
Larry Staub to Resign County Parks; Will Take Mike Barker's County Lej Seat Monday, January 13, 2014 Rochester, NY - Anonymous yet reliable sources have informed the Smugtown Beacon that allegedly, 'the fix is in' to have current County Parks Director Larry Staub fill the vacancy in the Monroe County Legislature left by Mike Barker. This story is all the more interesting given the fact the State Comptrollers office is auditing a contract between the County and Jack Tindale, Inc., as well as allegations the Perinton Republican Committee wasn't consulted about Staub's possible appointment. Is this merely sour grapes, or more heavy handedness on the part of the local GOP? Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 1 opinion posted