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Heron Hill hires new winemaker (access required)

Jordan Harris joins Heron Hills Winery as winemaker from Tarara Winery in Leesburg, Va.

Jordan Harris has been hired as winemaker by Heron Hill Winery. Named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 winemakers in 2013, Harris comes to Heron Hill from Tarara Winery in Leesburg, Va., where he was winemaker and general manager. ...

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St. John Fisher adds online nursing masters program (access required)


The Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College is partnering with 2U, Inc., to offer an online master of science in nursing degree. Fisher Nursing Online will allow nursing students to choose from a variety of specializations as ...

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City of Rochester reopens some offices (access required)


The city of Rochester has reopened several departments for in-person services, including the city clerk, Traffic Violations Agency and Bureau of Parking. The city clerk’s licensing office (Room 100A in City Hall) will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 ...

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Following state guidelines can help mitigate COVID-19 litigation risk (access required)


With many businesses and offices now open, and with more reopening soon, some owners are asking their lawyers a common question regarding liability: How can someone prove they contracted the coronavirus from my business? Detailing a breach of responsibility by ...

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Survey finds significant percentage of renters will need relief (access required)


Nearly 40 percent of renters say they anticipate the need for rent relief in the next 90 days as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In a survey conducted by Assurant, 38 percent of renters said they would need some sort ...

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eHealth Technologies wins Healthcare Advertising award (access required)


eHealth Technologies’ employee program, Caring Together, won a merit award in the 37th annual Healthcare Advertising Awards program. A collaboration of eHealth Technologies and Pittsford-based Red Purse Marketing, the program launched in October with a goal of increasing employee retention ...

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Changing of the guard at Passero Associates (access required)

Passero Associates was honored with several awards for the design of the Gateway Canopy at Greater Rochester International Airport (photo courtesy of Passero Associates).

With a combined 77 years of service at Passero Associates, the three members of the executive committee — two newcomers, one holdover — are poised to maintain a 48-year tradition of excellence at the firm. But new CEO Andrew Holesko, new ...

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Hochul, Warren urge Phase 3 businesses to know reopening requirements (access required)

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren visit the site of La Marketa at the International Plaza.

Considering many restaurants have been shut down since mid-March, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the last thing she wants to see is bureaucratic red tape block a reopening. “We don’t want government barriers placed in anyone’s way who wants to ...

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Bergmann creates Science, Technology & Industry practice (access required)

Bergmann has launched the Science, Technology & Industry practice to focus on highly specialized industries (photo provided by Bergmann).

Rochester-based architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has launched an in-demand practice to assist highly specialized industries. The Science, Technology & Industry practice (STI) combines Bergmann’s experience in engineering design services for manufacturing and research clients with recently added planning ...

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Bergmann’s new design team helps businesses reopen the workplace (access required)


To assist the growing number of organizations allowed to reopen work facilities, Bergmann has formed a multidisciplinary design team that can create safe and flexible spaces. The design experts will work with clients to reconfigure business space not only to ...

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Airport implements health and safety initiatives (access required)


As travelers gradually begin to book seats on airlines with more frequency, the Greater Rochester International Airport is implementing the #ReadySetROC initiative to promote health and safety. Among the measures being taken: » Social distancing markers have been placed at ...

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Five Star Bank launches new digital platform (access required)


Five Star Bank’s 18-month re-creation of its online and mobile platform — Five Star Digital Banking — is complete. The new platform provides a single dashboard to make payments, deposits, transfer and send money, create budgets, set financial goals, and easily ...

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County giving free face masks to restaurants (access required)


To ensure restaurants have the proper face coverings to facilitate reopening when Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives the green light, Monroe County will provide 500 free face masks for every permitted business. The one-time distribution to restaurants and other food service ...

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DePaul Upper Falls Square receives AIA Honor Award (access required)

SWBR provided architecture, structural engineering, landscape architecture and interior design for DePaul Upper Falls Square, which received the Excelsior Awards Honor Award (photo provided by SWBR).

SWBR has been recognized for its work in helping create DePaul Upper Falls Square Apartments, an affordable housing community that spans two city blocks in Rochester. The 143,000-square-foot project received the 2020 Excelsior Awards Honor Award from the New York ...

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Five Star Bank donates $20,000 to PathStone Enterprise Center (access required)

Five Star Bank's headquarters in downtown Rochester (photo provided by Five Star Bank).

Five Star Bank has donated $20,000 to PathStone Enterprise Center, which strives to promote economic growth and enhance community wealth-building of under-served populations by supporting the creation and expansion of small businesses and home ownership. The bank’s donation will assist in ...

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