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WEEKEND BEST BETS 1 Brad Zimmerman’s “My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy” is the story of one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream of becoming a comedic actor in New York. It’s staged Dec. 1 to 11 at the ...

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A new class of Forty Under 40

More than 750 people attended the 22nd annual Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 luncheon at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Nov. 17. The 2016 honorees were selected by a panel of judges who are past ...

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Classic psychological experiments show how companies can falter

In the 1950s and ’60s, social psychologists performed experiments regarding our susceptibility to social dynamics. In particular, researchers sought to learn the degree to which peoples’ behavior is influenced by authority figures and peer pressure. The results took the psychological ...

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Hopefully, Norwood can find the peace that Branca did

Several weeks after Scott Norwood’s field goal attempt sailed wide right in Super Bowl XXV, forever guaranteeing the Buffalo Bills kicker a place in sports infamy, I contacted Ralph Branca. I figured if there was anyone on the planet who ...

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Quote of the week

“We look forward to bringing new visitors to the area, helping local businesses, farms, wineries and breweries prosper.” —Jeff Babinski, executive vice president and general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino, which plans to open Feb. 1 12/2/2016 (c) ...

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Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Sept. 24: The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester held its ARTrageous Affair Breast Cancer Gala at the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown. The event was attended by 475 guests and raised more than $170,000 in net ...

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Most upstate spend under $500 on Christmas gifts

Although approximately one-fourth of upstate New Yorkers say that their personal finances are in worse shape this year than last, approximately half plan to spend about the same as they did last year on holiday gifts, according to an annual ...

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Workers’ frank comments online about employer could backfire

“I recently overheard one of my employees (direct reports) complain big-time about her job, including problems she’s having with her team, her salary, work hours and more, saying that she is getting ready to post something on Glassdoor.com. (She doesn’t ...

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A number of signs now point to a modest rate increase

“It’s beginning to look a lot like … a rate increase.”  Sorry, I had to change the song lyrics—but it looks like we will see a federal funds rate increase at the Dec. 13-14 Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Let’s ...

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Giving thanks for a cornucopia of sports blessings

Between the bountiful—at times, excessive—helpings of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, and the occasional Black Friday hip checks among shoppers hell-bent on securing that latest can’t-live-without-it gadget, we tend to forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s supposed to be ...

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Dueling data make it hard to size up the economy

One of the major stumbling blocks of timely economic analysis is a reliance on the integrity of government statistical data. This situation was underscored yet again last week with the release of regional employment estimates for October. As discussed in ...

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WEEKEND BEST BETS 1 “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ classic tale, returns to Geva Theatre’s Wilson Mainstage for another holiday season. Geva’s version features a script adapted by Mark Cuddy from Dickens’ novella, with music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin. ...

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Fast Start: The conscious pursuit of a life with intention

Birthday cards and thank-you notes are in a stack on James Farley’s desk. As a financial adviser for Northwestern Mutual, Farley thrives on connecting with clients and working alongside them to help plan their futures. The cards are just an ...

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Perseverance pays off: the importance of adhering to core values

The dictionary defines perseverance as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, state, etc., especially in spite of obstacles and discouragement.” Synonyms for perseverance include: tenacity, determination, ...

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