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Past articles by Matt:

New tax revenue will help gambling addiction services

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - The approval of mobile sports betting in New York is shining a new light on the issue of problem gambling. This month the Rochester skyline was lit in yellow to raise awareness for Problem Gambling Awareness Month. "We've seen an increase in calls in the last year especially with this ramp up of mobile sports betting,” said Jenna Hotaling, Team Leader of the Finger Lakes… → Read More

Rochester-area doctors hope spike in cigarette sales is blip

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - 2020 marked the first time in 20 years that cigarette sales went up. Local doctors are hoping that trend doesn't continue. Sales hit nearly $204 billion according to an FTC report. That’s up nearly a billion dollars from the previous year and the first time in decades that number increased. Dr. Jazeela Fayyaz runs a smoking cessation program for Rochester Regional Health. She… → Read More

Webster grad appearing in new show premiering Tuesday on ABC

A Webster native is part of a new sitcom premiering Tuesday on 13WHAM ABC. The comedy is a mock-u-mentary about life in public schools. Chris Perfetti plays history teacher Jacob Hill in the new comedy, "Abbott Elementary. ""Abbott Elementary is about a group of rag-tag teachers who are trying to do nothing less than save the world. It's about the minutia and hilarity of every day life in a… → Read More

Body camera captures Monroe Co. deputies saving man who overdosed

It's a call that, unfortunately, has become routine for deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "Did he take anything today? Do you know? " Deputies could be heard asking the questions on body-worn camera video. The video shows the overdose of a young man in his twenties in the town of Sweden last week. "It was kind of chaotic. There was oncoming traffic and good Samaritans,” said… → Read More

'It was heartwarming to see everybody come together': How Rochester helped after 9/11

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - Shortly after the attack on 9/11, the Rochester community came together to help. What started as a small donation drive turned into a convoy delivering supplies to New York City. Michael Cohn got the call from the NYPD within hours of the attack. They needed resources. → Read More

Neighbors raise stink over manure tank plans at Manchester farm

MANCHESTER, N. Y. - A farm in Ontario County looking to stock up on manure is facing some pushback. The owner's plan calls for an 8-million-gallon manure tank. For dairy farmer Matt Worden it's the next step in growing the family business. "We chose this location because it is the most remote location we have. As you can see, there are no houses in the area,” said Worden. → Read More

Recipient of blood donations: 'You really feel it instantly'

ROCHESTER, N. Y. -- The Red Cross is renewing calls for blood donors in what it calls a "severe shortage. " Michael Gamilla is one of those who relies on those donations. In late March, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. "I'd like to think they caught it at an early stage,” said Gamilla. He immediately started chemotherapy. "I'm on my third cycle of my chemo regimen, and each regimen… → Read More

'Drunk Bus' film made in Rochester to debut at The Little

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - Rochester is cruising onto the big screen in a new film called "Drunk Bus". The movie, shot in Rochester more than two years, ago is finally getting its debut. "It's about a kid who is kind of stuck driving metaphoric loops with this job, driving the drunk bus,” said co-director John Carlucci. Carlucci co-directed the film with Brandon LaGanke. It’s inspired by LaGanke's own… → Read More

Telehealth helps connect clients to addiction services during pandemic

The pandemic has changed the way we connect with one another. That has especially impacted services for addiction. At Huther Doyle, the move to virtual was almost overnight. "We had to really show we were comfortable with it," explained Joel Yager, senior director of clinical services. "We had to get them comfortable with it so we didn't lose anyone along the way. "He says when the pandemic hit,… → Read More

Nurse stresses importance of minimizing gatherings this Christmas

NEWARK, N. Y. – This Christmas Eve, Nurse Jenn Deveans is taking care of patients at Rochester Regional Health’s Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. "Things have changed. They are definitely different this holiday season than they were last holiday,” said Deveans. The cardiac unit she works on has turned into a dedicated Covid unit. "Families are not allowed to be in here to see their loved ones so… → Read More

VA rolls out vaccine to high-risk veterans and staff

(WHAM) -- World War Two veteran Margaret Klessens received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday. The 96-year-old is the first VA patient to get it. This week, the VA started vaccinating high risk employees and veterans. "We know that we have a lot of veterans we serve in our healthcare system who are older age and have medical conditions, and we do plan to roll out vaccine to them as we get more… → Read More

New technology improving hip replacement surgery at Rochester Regional Health

ROCHESTER, N. Y. -- New technology at Rochester Regional Health is improving the outcome for patients in need of hip replacements. The new software program allows doctors to be more precise and that's leading to a faster recovery for patients. Tim Dougherty remembers life pre-surgery. "I was in pain with every step I took,” said Dougherty who underwent double anterior hip surgery. As a gym owner… → Read More

Rochester man featured in 'HIV stops with me' campaign

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - A new statewide campaign aims to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce the stigma associated with the virus. "Hi, my name is Brian, I'm 30 years old. I'm from Rochester, New York and I'm HIV undetectable,” says Brian Bartlett in one of the social media ads. Bartlett acquired HIV from a sexual assault in 2010. He wouldn't be diagnosed until four years later. → Read More

Newark stabbing victim to those responsible: "I hope they can heal"

NEWARK, N. Y. -- It was the early hours of Sunday, March 8th inside a Newark bar when Matt Virts was stabbed. "I remember being picked up off the floor, and one of the security guards was assisting me to the back,” said Virts. Virts says moments before, a man was making derogatory comments about his sexual orientation. He believes several people were involved in the attack. → Read More

Rochester woman takes antibody test in hopes of helping everyone

(WHAM) - A Rochester woman was among 150 people in our region to go through the antibody testing process for COVID-19 this week. It all started in February when Fatima Razic began to feel unwell. "I had an unusual cough coming from my diaphragm rather than my chest," Razic said. "And I went and got tested for flu and strep and both came back negative. "Razic also had a fever - and has since… → Read More

Get a text about exposure to a coronavirus patient? It's a scam

(WHAM) - The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a new slew of scams. One of the most recent scams involves a text message with a link, claiming you have been exposed to someone who tested positive. The scam is one of dozens attempting to take advantage of millions of Americans still awaiting stimulus payments from the federal government. → Read More

Popular local story hour for kids goes virtual

FAIRPORT, N. Y. -- She's a self-proclaimed international celebrity housewife, but these days the only place you'll find Mrs. Kasha Davis is home. Davis is the host of “Imagination Station” at Blackfriars Theatre. The family-friendly program features Davis reading children's stories focusing on themes of acceptance, love and diversity. The pandemic has sidelined the show -- in public at least. → Read More

BBB alerts cash-transfer app users about potential risks, scams

A new warning about popular apps you may be using to transfer cash: They are often used between friends, but now scam artists are logging on in hopes of getting your money. Devon McMillan has three roommates, so they share expenses. But that involves exchanging cash. McMillan uses the popular peer-to-peer payment app called Venmo. "You don't have to rifle through your wallet and get cash. It's… → Read More

Salon in Rochester changes pricing to be gender neutral

Rochester, N. Y. (WHAM) -“Why is it that a person who identifies as female, with short hair pays more for a haircut than a person who identifies male, with long hair? "This is the question that drove Gallery Salon in Rochester to change its approach to how it prices its customers' needs. 13WHAM's Matt Molloy sits down with the workers and clients inside the salon on Elton Street to talk about… → Read More

"You ugly" note gets Rochester airport security worker fired

ROCHESTER, N. Y. - A local man says he got an unexpected greeting at Rochester's airport. Instead of “have a nice flight” he says a security worker passed him a rude note. Neal Strassner requested the security video himself and shared it with us. You can see the moment a contract worker with the TSA hands him a note inside Greater Rochester International Airport. "I got handed something. I… → Read More