Author Archives: Gino Fanelli

Jobs plentiful through MCC optics program (access required)

Students in Monroe Community College's Optics Technician program on Friday, Oct. 18.

On a Friday afternoon at Monroe Community College, whirling machinery gingerly spins hunks of foggy glass against polishing tools held by the dozen or so students, slowly but surely transforming those translucent pieces into crystal clear lenses. It’s a delicate manufacturing ...

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County executive candidates spar over economic growth (access required)

Photo by Velvet Spicer

At a glance, one would be right to assume the positions of Adam Bello, the Democratic county clerk and county executive candidate, and Republican incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo are polar opposites. After all, the race to Nov. 5 has been tense, ...

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101 applicants put in for third round of Luminate NY (access required)

The second Luminate NY cohort.

As the third cohort of the Luminate NY accelerator approaches, Empire State Development has reported 101 applicants from around the globe. Luminate NY is the world’s largest optics accelerator originally supported for two years through $10 million in state funding, ...

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Winding path led Lori Van Dusen to become a leading financial advisor

Lori Van Dusen

From the unlikely path of aspiring singer to financial advisor, Lori Van Dusen of LVW Advisors has built a wealth management empire out of a humble space off Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. Since founding LVW in 2011, Van Dusen has ...

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Court ruling clears PAB for referendum (access required)

Stanley Martin of the Police Accountability Board Alliance Executive Committee.

A unanimous decision Thursday, Oct. 17 has overturned a decision by Monroe County Supreme Court Justice John Ark, effectively clearing the way for the Police Accountability Board (PAB) referendum on Nov. 5. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Fourth ...

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Custom Brewcrafters sued for nearly $70,000 (access required)


The now shuttered Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls is being sued for $68,836.63 plus interest as a result of unpaid dues on various shipments of hops . Filed Thursday, Oct. 17 in Monroe County Civil Court, Indie Hop LCC, based ...

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Tiny Fish Printing opens showroom (access required)

Tiny Fish Printing, a screen-printing and apparel decoration company based on Hayward Avenue, has opened its new sales center, retail showroom and community event space. The opening of the 3,500-square-foot space at 258 Hayward will serve as the company’s community ...

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Benefit Resource grows in competitive marketplace (access required)

In Rochester, the marketplace for third-party employee benefit administrators is largely defined by Paychex, one of the largest employers in the Rochester area and a business that has tendrils touching virtually every corner of the region. In fact, the signage ...

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William Valenti M.D. among honorees at Rochester Academy of Medicine awards (access required)

Trillium Health's Dr. William Valenti.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine’s annual awards ceremony is slated for the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Trillium Health co-founder William Valenti M.D. among the honorees. Valenti will be given the Dr. Albert David Kaiser medal, recognizing a lifetime ...

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Rochester officials urge investment in opportunity zones (access required)

U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle speaking at Opportunity Zone summit on Oct. 8.

On the afternoon of Oct. 8, dozens of prospective investors gathered at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center as politicians and economic development experts alike urged investment in so-called “opportunity zones.” Qualified opportunity zones were created as part ...

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Wright Beverage to acquire Certo Brothers (access required)

Tessa Tobin (left) and Claude Wright.

Wright Beverage Distributing will acquire Buffalo-based Certo Brothers Distributing’s brand franchise and distribution rights, effectively expanding Wright’s distribution network from 14 to 17 counties. Based on Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road, Wright is one of the largest beer, wine, soda and ...

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Irondequoit Beer Company opens at I-Square (access required)

Irondequoit Beer Company

Born from the remnants of a long-abandoned stable for a long-gone horse, Irondequoit Beer Company has officially launched on Titus Avenue. The first brewery in the town of Irondequoit is part of the third phase of the “I-Square ” project, ...

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