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County health department: Increase precautions but carry on with life

Michael Mendoza

Monroe County’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus has ramped up precautionary measures by the health department, but it is not a reason to go into hibernation, officials said at a Thursday morning news conference. Confirmation for COVID-19 in an ...

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VOA will add seven more apartments at Cooper Union (access required)

A rendering of what the seven new studio apartments will look like at Volunteers of America's Cooper Union on State Street in Rochester (rendering provided by VOA/Hanlon Architects).

Where there once was pizza, there now will be apartments. Volunteers of America Upstate New York will transform the vacant first-floor space of Cooper Union at 119 State St. into seven supportive housing units for homeless individuals. The upper floors ...

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Rochester, Buffalo groups form regional adaptive sports collaborative (access required)


Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA) is joining forces with Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports (GBAS) to form the Western New York Adaptive and Inclusive Sports Collaborative. The aim of the partnership is to ensure recreational and competitive opportunities are developed and sustained ...

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Coronavirus concerns prompt postponement of RPO at Kodak Hall events


Concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) have prompted the Eastman School of Music and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to postpone all concerts at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre through April 15. The University of Rochester plans to restrict campus events, including the ...

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The Bonadio Group will monitor Child Protective Services for county (access required)

Tim Ball, executive vice president at The Bonadio Group.

The Bonadio Group has been hired by Monroe County as a consultant to monitor the performance of the Child Protective Services division. The addition of an outside consultant comes in response to a 2018 recommendation by the state Office of ...

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Former airport Ramada sold at foreclosure auction to original lender (access required)

The former Ramada Plaza by Wyndham has been sold at a foreclosure auction.

The troubled former Ramada Plaza by Wyndham airport hotel on Brooks Avenue has been sold at foreclosure auction to the lender — and for far less than the former owner owed on the mortgage. Atlanta-based Access Point Financial LLC submitted the ...

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Athletic trainers renew push for licensing requirement in New York (access required)

Jarett Rhoads is the athletic trainer at Eastridge High School and also chair of the secondary education committee for the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association (photo by Dave Yates).

When you visit a doctor’s office or dentist’s office, you do so knowing the person rendering treatment has been properly trained and is competent. The New York State Athletic Trainers Association believes athletes should have the same peace of mind ...

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Businesses ready to confront coronavirus outbreak, survey finds

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Two-thirds of U.S. business owners are confident their business is prepared to carry on should the coronavirus (COVID-19) become a widespread health issue, according to research from Paychex. Of the 300 randomly selected owners, 59 percent said they have a ...

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Feds say Moses siphoned nonprofit money for cruise, guns and Knicks tickets (access required)


Federal authorities say the former chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority used funds meant for a neighborhood nonprofit organization to take a cruise, buy guns and purchase tickets to a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. The allegations ...

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Conifer’s remake of Southeast Towers ‘worth the wait’ (access required)

Southeast Towers

Being uprooted from the apartment she had called home for the previous five years was not an enjoyable experience for Shelly Nalty. After all, who likes packing up everything and moving? Especially when the move would only be temporary. But ...

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Pospula named president of Architectural Foundation (access required)

Richard Pospula

Richard Pospula has been named president of the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester (AFGR). Pospula recently retired from Bergmann. He is also treasurer of the AFGR-associated organization, American Institute of Architects Rochester chapter. Other appointments to the AFGR board include ...

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Bello continues to fill positions on administrative team (access required)

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello made five appointments to his administrative team this week, a continuation of the transition from former County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s leadership group. » Thalia Wright will be commissioner of human services. She had been regional director ...

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Golisano’s book is a best seller (access required)


If the early returns are any indication, then Tom Golisano’s latest venture — becoming an author — has been a success. Built Not Born — A Self-Made Billionaire’s No Nonsense Guide For Entrepreneurs is No. 5 on the list of nonfiction ...

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