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2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: James Caldwell

James Caldwell (Chef James) is a retired chef and current volunteer at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in the Culinary Arts Program.

He has acted as an advisor and a mentor for many students in the program who have needed guidance. Chef James is a 1997 graduate of REOC’s Food Service program and has been working at the facility since July 2012. In addition to his culinary work, James also conducts workshops on Life Skills, Behavior Change and Anger Management at the Monroe County Jail.  James’ support and dedication for at-risk youth has led to immense growth for many of his mentees.

In 2002, James created Just Your Concerned Citizens of Rochester, Inc., an organization that collects funds to help those with criminal records and those recently released from prison. His ultimate goal is to open a half-way house. James’ passion for his craft as well as his devotion for helping others, are important and admirable traits worth celebrating.

Lake Effect Snow Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Niagara; Orleans
Expires: 2/12/2016 10:00 PM

Lake Effect Snow Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Genesee; Northern Erie
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Lake Effect Snow Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Monroe; Northern Cayuga; Wayne
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Lake Effect Snow Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Southern Erie; Wyoming
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Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Niagara; Orleans
Expires: 2/14/2016 10:00 AM

Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Monroe; Northern Cayuga; Wayne
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Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Genesee; Northern Erie
Expires: 2/14/2016 10:00 AM

Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Southern Erie; Wyoming
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Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Allegany; Livingston; Ontario
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Wind Chill Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Broome; Chemung; Cortland; Onondaga; Schuyler; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Steuben; Tioga; Tompkins; Yates
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Rochester

Overcast
24°
22° | 3°
  • Feels like: 10° F
  • Wind: W 18mph
  • Humidity: 48%
  • Sat Mostly cloudy and windy with snow showers
    0° | -3°
  • Sun Cloudy
    7° | -5°
  • Mon More clouds than sun
    29° | -1°
  • Tue Wintry mix of precipitation
    32° | 27°