Hits & Misses: Auburn autism awareness walk; caught on tape; playwrights honored

Hits & Misses: Auburn autism awareness walk; caught on tape; playwrights honored

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Walkers make their way across Genesee Street toward Hoopes Park during Saturday's Walk for Autism Awareness.

HIT: To an annual event aimed at helping.

The Walk for Autism Awareness was held in Auburn last Saturday, and hundreds turned out for the cause. The walk not only raises awareness, it raises much-needed funds to support programming at the E. John Gavras Center. The event is in its ninth year locally, and with the terrific support it receives, we expect it to continue.

MISS: To an encounter with law enforcement that went from bad to worse.

State police this week said that a Rochester woman driving in Cayuga County in January was stopped for a traffic violation and given a ticket. She later decided to make an accusation against the trooper who had cited her.

The woman reported that the trooper who had pulled her over used racial slurs toward her. But because she had been on the phone with her inmate husband during the traffic stop — and because inmates' phone calls are all recorded — authorities were able to listen to the woman's encounter with the trooper. Police said that the recording vindicated the trooper and the woman was then charged with falsely reporting an incident and making a false sworn statement. She probably should have just paid the fine for her traffic ticket and moved on. Now, she's been charged with two misdemeanors.

HIT: To a link between local theater and Broadway's biggest prize.

Playwrights Irene Sankoff and David Hein brought "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" to Auburn in 2012, and another musical, "Mitzvah", in 2013.

This week, the husband-and-wife team learned that they are up for seven Tony Awards for their latest project, "Come From Away." The musical, about travelers coming together after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, has been nominated for Best Musical and six other prizes. The awards will be announced June 11.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.


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