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Author Archives: Diana Louise Carter

Diana Louise Carter is a native of Rochester, NY, and life-long journalist. She and her husband live in the Upper Monroe neighborhood and a daughter and two sons, all of whom are college students.

Local hospitals begin non-emergency surgeries again

Rochester’s two health systems are beginning non-emergency surgeries again this week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified Monroe County as one the 35 counties that can start easing pandemic restrictions on its hospital activities.  Such surgeries were on hold for the ...

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UR and medical center furloughs to begin May 10


Pandemic-related furloughs will begin as early as May 10 for employees at the University of Rochester, including the University of Rochester Medical Center.  In messages sent to the UR and hospital community Wednesday, university leaders said plans are being reviewed ...

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Northwest Bancshares acquires Indiana bank (access required)

The parent company of Northwest Bank, the bank based in Warren, Pa., with branches in the Rochester area, has completed a $213.4 million merger with a smaller bank in Muncie, Ind.  MutualBank, with 36 offices in Indiana, began operating as ...

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Six local wealth advisors named to Forbes list (access required)

Lori Van Dusen

Six Rochester-area wealth advisors have been named to the Forbes 2020 America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors list.  The list includes 1,000 female advisors nationally and 124 women from New York State.  Near the top is Lori Van Dusen, of Pittsford,  ...

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In pandemic pause, local colleges adjust and still woo new students

Students on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. The pandemic is playing havoc with the admissions timeline for many local colleges. (File photo supplied by Roberts Wesleyan)

Normally, April would be the month when high school seniors are making last-minute visits to Rochester-area colleges, trying to decide which school that accepted them they will attend in the fall. Juniors might use their April break to start their ...

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SBA funds start to flow, but there’s more help locally for next round


Even though additional pandemic aid for small businesses was under consideration in Congress this week, that may provide little clarity for small-business owners — especially really small ones — whether they will get the financial assistance they need.  Perhaps more ...

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RIT announces cutbacks due to economic impact of pandemic

RIT announced a number of cost saving measures designed to help it get through the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy of RIT)

A week after the University of Rochester — the area’s largest employer — announced hiring and wage freezes and other cutbacks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rochester Institute of Technology is doing the same.  In a letter to the RIT ...

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Duffy appointed to coordinate post-pandemic reopening in Finger Lakes region

Robert J. Duffy

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Bob Duffy, head of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and a former lieutenant governor under Cuomo, to coordinate public health and reopening of the economy in the Finger Lakes Region.  Cuomo said during his ...

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Unity Hospital creates on-campus food store for health care workers

A hospital employee at Rochester Regional Health's Unity Hospital, shops for groceries in the hospital cafeteria.  (Photo supplied by RRH.)

Unity Hospital has created a pop-up grocery store for employees at the Greece hospital to help them out during this pandemic time.  The store, which opened last week, provides the convenience of on-campus shopping at the end of long health care shifts ...

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Tax ramifications of your new home office probably few or none


So you’re working from home for the first time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Besides the obvious perk of being able to include pajamas in your work attire rotation, might there be some tax benefits, too? For the person who ...

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GCC moves 2020 graduation ceremonies online June 6


Genesee Community College has announced it will hold a virtual graduation June 6 for its 2020 graduates, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 1 p.m. ceremony will be streamed online on the college’s homepage ( and feature a keynote speech ...

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RACF offers some clarity on SBA pandemic-relief program


As many small businesses and nonprofit organizations wait to hear whether their applications to the Small Business Administration’s pandemic-relief programs succeeded before the money ran out Thursday, the Rochester Area Community Foundation has an update. Relying on information from U.S. ...

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Lester Eber, longtime distributor, dead at 82 (access required)


Lester Eber, who worked for more than six decades in the wine and liquor industry, much of that time representing the former family-owned Eber Brothers Wine & Liquor distribution company in Rochester, died April 5 from complications of COVID-19. He ...

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UR launches study to understand development of COVID-19 immunity


A key question in the COVID-19 pandemic — Do people develop immunity after recovering from the disease, and for how long? — will be the subject of a $5 million study the University of Rochester Medical Center is launching. The ...

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