PICTURE OF THE WEEK: APRIL 14, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Photo of the Week! Michael Owens placed first, and Joseph Ressler won both second place and honorable mention!

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Bernie Sanders speaks at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on the Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. on April 12, 2016.

First Place: Michael Owens

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Competitors warm up before the start of the second day of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, P.A. on Mar. 19, 2016.

Second Place: Joseph Ressler

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Cory Allen reclines on the couch as he watches TV at his home in Strasburg, P.A. on Mar. 25, 2016. At the age of five, Cory was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a genetic disorder which causes benign tumors to form on the brain and other organs. With severe autism, Cory experiences the world around him differently than other people.

Honorable Mention: Joseph Ressler

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MARCH 17, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of week 8’s Picture of the Week! Kim Bubello won first place, Jordan Roth won second, and Joey Ressler won an honorable mention. Thank you all for your great submissions!

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Zahara Moore, 2, and Poseidon Moore, 3, rest on a church pew as they wait for their mother, Rashara Sutton, after church services at the New Hope Fellowship House of Praise in Rochester, N.Y. on March 6, 2016.

First Place: Kim Bubello

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Jessie Sanchez (24) combs her daughter, Carmen Sanchez’s (6) hair on the morning of Mar. 9, 2016 before school. “It’s like this every morning,” says Jessie.

Second: Jordan Roth

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Bonnie Callaghan weeps with joy after her grandson, Dillon Callaghan of Superior Wrestling Academy, won first place in his weight class at the NYWAY State Championships at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. on Mar. 13, 2016. Dillon, a freshman, was the youngest in his bracket and won first place for the second year in a row.

Honorable Mention: Joey Ressler

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: MARCH 3, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of POTW of week 6! First place went to Dominique Hessert, Second place went to Kim Bubello, and Kristen McNicholas won Honorable Mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

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Sarah Clemens reacts when her son Chris Clemens, 21, mouths “good morning” at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. on Mar. 3, 2016. Chris was hit by two cars on Feb. 13, 2016 and suffered a Diffused Axonal Injury in his brain and was in a coma until Mar. 2. He is part of the 10% of DAI patients that wake up.

First Place: Dominique Hessert

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Rashara Sutton, 23, scolds her 3-year-old son Poseidon after he wouldn’t listen to her in her home in Rochester, N.Y. on February 20, 2016.

Second Place: Kim Bubello

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Kristen McNicholas poses for a portrait with her mother, Barb Geraghty on Feb. 27, 2016. Barb suffered from a heart attack in 2012 that resulted in partially amputated foot.

Honorable Mention: Kristen McNicholas

PICTURE OF THE BREAK: FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Welcome back to a new semester and the new year, and congratulations to all of the winners of this semester’s Picture of the Break! Santiago Zurbía placed first, Jackie Molloy came in second, Brittainy Newman placed third, and Kristen McNicholas won an honorable mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

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Bill Mull vacuums his funeral home in preparation for a funeral service in Waterloo, N.Y. on December 7, 2015. Since Bill works mostly by himself his responsibilities include preparing the deceased for the viewing, acquiring the necessary permits and paperwork for transport and burial, as well keeping the house clean.

First Place: Santiago Zurbía

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(From L-R) Maddie Holmes, Chrissy Hops, Schuyler Westfall, Robin Rider, and Camryn Burrel of Victor High School’s varsity cheerleading team celebrate after winning best in their division on Feb. 13, 2016 at a compeition held at Pittford-Mendon High School. The team also won best overall performnce of the day.

Second Place: Jackie Molloy

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Juan Carlo Rodriguez Martinez, 49, cuts Kean Leroy Umpierre’s, 9, hair on January 22, 2016. Since 2011, Cuba has recently been able to open many forms of private enterprises, like this makeshift barber shop located in Juan Carlos’ home in Old Havana, Cuba. Posted prices at state barber shops and salons mandate that standard haircuts cost 80 centravos — about 4 American pennies — for men and 1.20 pesos, or a U.S. nickel, for women. Instead, barbers typically charge 10 pesos, nearly 50 cents U.S., then pocket the difference. Some small enterprises worry however that even if they can charge whatever customrs are willng to pay, they won’t be able to make enough to cover their new expenses.

Third Place: Brittainy Newman

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A young boy asks for money from American students in Havana, Cuba on Jan. 22, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Kristen McNicholas

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: DECEMBER 8, 2015

Congratulations, Kaitlyn Dolan, for winning Picture of the Week for the second week in a row! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

 

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“Sometimes we have days where she sleeps all day, that was yesterday, other days she’s stressed out all day- like this.” Brenda Forster (left) comments as she watches her mother (name withheld) exclaim from stress in Webster, N.Y., on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Forster’s mother is in the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s, meaning she is not aware of her surroundings and cannot typically communicate with words, coupled with physical impairment, confining her to a wheelchair.

First Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s POTW! First place went to Kaitlyn Dolan, and a tie in Second place went to Michael Owens and JuliAnna Patino! Thanks for all of the great submissions this week!

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Connie Albert, an at-home caregiver of her own business, Affordable In Home Care, aids her patient (name withheld) in drinking a protein smoothie on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Webster, N.Y. Albert’s patient, 84, is in stage six in the progress of Alzheimer’s. The disease progresses from stage one to stage seven, starting with frequent memory loss of recently occurring events and ending with losing all awareness of experiences and surroundings, coupled with physical degredation. The patient’s daughter, Brenda Forster (not pictured), commented “We haven’t lost mom . . . she’s lost us.” Forster has a unique understanding of her mother’s disease, and wants to become an at-home caregiver after her mother passes, and Forster moves back to her home in Cary, N.C.

First Place: Kaitlyn Dolan

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Imogem Hollowell (cq), 7, listens on as the Director of French House speaks outside of the French House on the Nazareth College campusin Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 14, 2015.

Second Place: Michael Owens

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Hayden Wagner of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Club Rugby team gets lifted by his teammate Jack Burruto on Thursday, November 5th, 2015. They are practicing a play that happens when the ball goes out of bounds.

Second Place: JuliAnna Patino

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s POTW contest! Tom Brenner won first place, Bryan Bennett won second place, and Maridelis Morales won honorable mention! Thank you to everyone who submitted!

Cody McCormick (8) of the Buffalo Sabres hands a puck to Lawson Zlotek (cq) during warmups before a game against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center on Oct. 8, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.

Cody McCormick (8) of the Buffalo Sabres hands a puck to Lawson Zlotek (cq) during warmups before a game against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center on Oct. 8, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.

First Place: Tom Brenner

Daniella Reyna, a second year Business student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, participates in her first keg stand in a parking lot before RIT's Homecoming Game versus Bowling Green at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2015.

Daniella Reyna, a second year Business student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, participates in her first keg stand in a parking lot before RIT’s Homecoming Game versus Bowling Green at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2015.

Second Place: Bryan Bennett

The Fairport High School Cheerleading team sits in a circle around their lucky stuffed unicorns waiting for the results of the Section V Cheerleading Fall Sectionals held at Rochester Institute of Technology's Gordon Field House Oct. 31, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y. The team has had their lucky unicorns for around 10 years, and they refuse to wash them. The Fairport High School cheerleading team won first place in the Division I Large category.

The Fairport High School Cheerleading team sits in a circle around their lucky stuffed unicorns waiting for the results of the Section V Cheerleading Fall Sectionals held at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House Oct. 31, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y. The team has had their lucky unicorns for around 10 years, and they refuse to wash them. The Fairport High School cheerleading team won first place in the Division I Large category.

Honorable Mention: Maridelis Morales

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Congratulations to all of the winners of POTW for Week 6! We had many submissions, and a lot of ties, making for a great selection! Tom Brenner won first place, Michael Owens won second place, and Maridelis Morales placed third! Our honorable mentions are held by Jackie Molloy and Bryan Bennett!

Allie Valentine reacts after stepping under a shower head  following the 20th annual Mud Tug competition at Gracie's field at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y.

Allie Valentine reacts after stepping under a shower head following the 20th annual Mud Tug competition at Gracie’s field at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Henrietta, N.Y.

First Place: Tom Brenner

Close friend Anthony Adams, right, looks on as Thomas L. McNulty, RIT ambulance, checks the vitals of Christian Feickert after a brutal hit on the Rugby Field on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in West Henrietta, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2015. Christian later found out at the hospital that he had a severe concussion.

Close friend Anthony Adams, right, looks on as Thomas L. McNulty, RIT ambulance, checks the vitals of Christian Feickert after a brutal hit on the Rugby Field on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in West Henrietta, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2015. Christian later found out at the hospital that he had a severe concussion.

Second Place: Michael Owens

Eileen Enter, 89, poses for a portrait in her home, located at Fairport Baptist Nursing Homes' independent housing complex, on September 26, 2015 in Fairport, N.Y. Eileen has been married to her husband for 62 years; on that she said while laughing, "We had one good year, be we can't remember which one!"

Eileen Enter, 89, poses for a portrait in her home, located at Fairport Baptist Nursing Homes’ independent housing complex, on September 26, 2015 in Fairport, N.Y. Eileen has been married to her husband for 62 years; on that she said while laughing, “We had one good year, be we can’t remember which one!”

Third Place: Maridelis Morales

Sharon Corcoran and Danny Limengelli share a moment at Mud Tug on September 19, 2015. The couple reunited that day after six weeks apart since Danny is now working in Madison, WI while Sharon is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sharon Corcoran and Danny Limengelli share a moment at Mud Tug on September 19, 2015. The couple reunited that day after six weeks apart since Danny is now working in Madison, WI while Sharon is a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Honorable Mention: Jackie Molloy

The Fairport Packers C team celebrate after defeating the East Rochester Bombers 13-12 in a football game at Don Quinn Field in East Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 27, 2015.

The Fairport Packers C team celebrate after defeating the East Rochester Bombers 13-12 in a football game at Don Quinn Field in East Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 27, 2015.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Bennett

Picture of the Week: September 15, 2015

Congratulations to all the winners of picture of the week! Tom Brenner won first and second place, Justin Escalera won third place, and Joseph Ressler won honorable mention! These photographs were taken during the past two weeks.

Chaney Roko looks over her sedated adopted daughter, Mary Roko, 9, inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y.  Mary, who suffers from scoliosis was given morphine after having back surgery that would correct her spine.

Chaney Roko looks over her sedated adopted daughter, Mary Roko, 9, inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y. Mary, who suffers from scoliosis was given morphine after having back surgery that would correct her spine.

First Place: Tom Brenner

Mary Roko, 9, smiles while feeling the vibrations of a power saw cutting off a cast on her right leg inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y.  "She's real tough", said her mother.  "The strangest things will make her laugh".

Mary Roko, 9, smiles while feeling the vibrations of a power saw cutting off a cast on her right leg inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y. “She’s real tough”, said her mother. “The strangest things will make her laugh”.

Second Place: Tom Brenner

An RIT student explores a cave near Lower Falls in Rochester, NY.

An RIT student explores a cave near Lower Falls in Rochester, NY.

Third Place: Justin Scalera

Children march in a Stop the Violence rally at the Liberty Pole in Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 2015.  As a back-to-school event, the youth walked around downtown reminding people of the pressing issues of violence in the city.

Children march in a Stop the Violence rally at the Liberty Pole in Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 2015. As a back-to-school event, the youth walked around downtown reminding people of the pressing issues of violence in the city.

Honorable Mention: Joseph Ressler