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Fast Start: What’s new

Molly Kearns, manager,  Old Hilltop Market Age: 21 Your roots: Webster Tell us about the new business you’re involved in. Old Hilltop Market is on Empire Boulevard in Penfield. We sell all locally made and crafted goods. We carry items ...

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Mediocre GDP growth makes rate hike less likely

With first-quarter U.S. GDP growth in the books at a paltry 0.8 percent, all eyes were anticipating a better second quarter. Last month’s first estimate of second-quarter growth stunned many writers, increasing only a modest 1.2 percent annualized. I was ...

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Text or email: Deciding on the proper form of communication

“I know that technology makes some business etiquette questions a moving target, but I’m having trouble with a new trend among some of my younger colleagues to use texting to communicate important business messages both internally and with our clients. ...

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Challenged, nerve-racked and in charge

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In nearly 15 years she has answered phones, learned how to lead, moved up the ranks and even started her own department at Dixon Schwabl Inc. Today Kathy Phelps leads the agency’s events division, which she created as vice president ...

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Blind swimmer has clear vision of life’s possibilities

Her parents were overly protective the first few years, and that was understandable. After all, Martha Ruether had been born 16 weeks premature and was legally blind. With no sight in her left eye and ultra-cloudy, 20/2400 vision in her ...

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Presidential candidates get $4.4M from upstate

As of July 31, residents of upstate metropolitan areas have contributed more than $4.4 million to presidential candidates in this year’s elections cycle, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission data. Aggregated by ZIP code, the FEC figures show ...

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Sometimes having a backup plan can limit success on main event

ABC’s Wide World of Sports television program ran from the 1960s through the 1990s, featuring sports that had not been covered on American television. The pioneering program introduced audiences to curling, powerlifting, Mexican cliff diving, and the Monaco Grand Prix ...

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Growth at a slow pace likely to continue through year end

Business activity is expected to remain sluggish through the end of the year, according to the latest M&T Economic Outlook poll, conducted in July and August. Among 225 middle-market companies (with sales of $10 million to $500 million) surveyed across ...

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Uber goes far to satisfy frequent, frazzled business travelers

In life and in business, there are things we may try to avoid. For some, it is hard work or tedium or conflict. For others, it is risk. And for others, it is uncertainty. Business travel can be a magnet ...

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The legendary life of racing’s lovable loser Zippy Chippy

Felix Monserrate couldn’t curb his enthusiasm after trading his rattletrap Ford van for the thoroughbred racehorse with the royal pedigree. Yes, it was disconcerting that Zippy Chippy hadn’t won any of his first 20 starts. But Monserrate chalked that up ...

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Consumer prices increase 0.8 percent in one year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.8 percent nationwide from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the Aug. 16 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-over-year increases in regional indices ranged from 1.4 percent ...

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Nonprofit Report: Rochester School for the Deaf

Rochester School for the Deaf was established on Feb. 4, 1876, as the Western New York Institution for Deaf Mutes. Existing buildings at 70 S. St. Paul St., now South Avenue, near the corner of Broad Street, were prepared to ...

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Fast Start: Building a community with a focus on the future

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At 27, Steve Glickman, a Democrat, is challenging the way the Rochester region is represented in Albany. He hopes to continue in the race for state senator of New York’s 55th District, running against incumbent Republican Rich Funke. Glickman, of ...

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We need an Upstate Caucus in the New York State Legislature

The upstate/downstate differences and perceptions have gone on for as long as we can remember. Those who live upstate have often felt that we are treated differently in regard to state legislation and funding, or just wrapped up into whatever is best for downstate.

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Michael Phelps is the new Olympic gold standard

He remains somewhat of a mystery, even to Olympic historians. But thanks to sublime swimmer Michael Phelps, what little we do know about Leonidas of Rhodes was dusted off and retold this past week. The trip way, way, way back ...

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