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Coronavirus changed our approach to education — and we shouldn’t look back (access required)

Improvisation is a bad fit for most of American education. Our system is overwhelmingly standardized, predicated on the notion that there are certain nuggets of information to be stuffed into the heads of our schoolchildren: take the number of nuggets, ...

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WellNow Urgent Care opens in Webster (access required)

WellNow Urgent Care is now open at 1867 Empire Blvd. in Webster, the provider’s fifth location in the greater Rochester area. The facility offers treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illness seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ...

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A year like no other (access required)

When the RBJ began soliciting input from readers on the top local business stories of 2020, there was little doubt about what would garner the most votes. The COVID-19 pandemic changed business, and life in general, in ways large and ...

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City boosts grant funding for small businesses (access required)

The city of Rochester has expanded two assistance programs that provide support for small businesses, the Online Resources Delivering Excellent Results (ORDER) Grant and the Business Emergency Retention Grant (BERG). The ORDER Grant provides up to $5,000 to businesses looking to develop ...

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New COVID relief bill brings assistance to businesses, individuals (access required)

The 2020 holiday season was certainly unlike any other. People were encouraged to celebrate at home without their extended families. Zoom calls replaced in-person gatherings, and many families undoubtedly cut back on gifts for children and other loved ones given ...

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Bello limits how much delivery services can charge restaurants (access required)

The amount delivery services such as GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats can charge restaurants to act as a food courier will be capped at 15 percent under an executive order issued by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Monday. Fearing restaurants ...

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COVID-19 dominates priorities of local state legislators (access required)

The New York state legislature will have a new look when the session begins in January, including several first-time political leaders representing the Rochester region. Based on election results in November, Democrats in the state Senate will have a super ...

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Report: Service sector business conditions decline in December (access required)

Activity in the New York, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut region’s service sector declined at its fastest pace since June, a new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows. The Business Leaders Survey’s headline business activity ...

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State offers lease workout assistance to small businesses (access required)

New York’s small businesses have a new program to help negotiate lease workout agreements. The state earlier this month launched the New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. The program will ...

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