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Three local firms receive NASA funding to fuel innovation (access required)


Two local technology firms and an educational institution will receive funding from NASA for product research and innovation. Circle Optics, Inc., of Rochester, OptiPro Systems, LLC, of the town of Ontario, and XAnalytix Systems of Clarence Center and partner Rochester ...

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Common Ground Health launches vaccine speakers bureau (access required)


In an effort to ensure the public receives accurate, vetted information regarding the coronavirus vaccinations, Common Ground Health has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Speakers Bureau. “There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation and myths being spread about both COVID-19 and the ...

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Christopher’s Restaurant still very much a part of downtown (access required)

Dominique Scaccia and her father, Paul Christopher, are happy with their new downtown home for Christopher's. (Provided photo)

When redevelopment of Irving Place meant Christopher’s Restaurant & Custom Catering would need to find a new home after 20 years in the old City Hall building, Paul Christopher thought maybe it was time to consider the suburbs. After all, ...

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Lilac Festival returns in May (access required)


After the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation in 2020, the Rochester Lilac Festival will return for a 123rd time, albeit with a different format. The festival will take place in Highland Park over nine days covering three consecutive weekends: May 7-9, ...

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Employers must provide paid vaccination leave time (access required)


Employers in New York must provide all employees with up to four hours of paid “vaccine” leave should time off from work be necessary to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The work leave requirement, covering all members of the public and ...

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New stimulus package provides further assistance to individuals, businesses (access required)

John Rizzo

As millions of Americans continue to struggle from the financial impact of COVID-19, Congress approved — and President Joseph Biden signed — an additional $1.9 trillion in funding for individuals and businesses. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 follows ...

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Reopening the economy should be dictated by businesses and consumers (access required)


At the beginning of the pandemic one year ago, there was a swift, government shutdown of the economy. Today, one year later, reopening has begun, but the process will be quite different. It will most certainly not be mandatory and ...

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New law will require disclosure of entity owners (access required)


The United States is one of the easiest places in the world to set up a corporation or LLC without revealing any personal identifying information of those in charge. A new federal law enacted at the end of last year ...

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Local women business owners persevere through pandemic (access required)

Silk Bridal

Rochester is home to a number of minority women who are finding success as entrepreneurs even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the stories of three of those women. Fatima Bayram If women’s spring fashion is going to make a ...

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Cancellation of home and garden show won’t derail remodeling demands (access required)


The 2021 ROC Home and Garden show has been canceled, the second year in a row that the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the Rochester Home Builders’ Association showcase of products and providers. But in an effort to help consumers with ...

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Pandemic incites growth, innovation for cutting-edge AR technology supplier (access required)

A warehouse worker using Vuzix’s M400 smart glasses. Vuzix products are being used around the world today in many facets like meat processing for the food industry, in the fashion industry and in the health care industry to broadcast surgeries. (Photo provided)

In a year filled with turmoil ranging from the pandemic and social unrest, to business shutdowns and record unemployment rates, one local manufacturing company quietly grew its customer base and staff, its offerings and its bottom line. “A year’s worth ...

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