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Catertrax grows following acquisition (access required)

Team at Catertrax

Village Gate-based Catertrax has been making some major moves following the acquisition of the company by the Volaris Group in November. Catertrax, originally founded as Hospitality 101 in 2000, develops software specifically for catering services designed to streamline and consolidate ...

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UR students continue to call for change (access required)

From left, Lindsay Wrobel, Jenna Register and Marissa Adams.

On a frigid January afternoon, the winds whip through the crossroads of the University of Rochester’s Wilson Commons. On the steps leading into the campus center, alumna Jenna Register clutches a megaphone. “We now know their moral compass—do they align ...

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Batavia moves on many fronts to revitalize (access required)

A rendering of Batavia's proposed Downtown Public Market structure that is to be part of the city's DRI win. (Provided)

The City of Batavia is proof that the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” has merit. And, in Batavia’s case, a value of $10 million. In 2016, Batavia was unsuccessful in its first proposal for ...

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Renovated Sanctuary House enhances a valuable service (access required)

Officials cut the ribbon to reopen Sanctuary House. (Photo by Velvet Spicer)

A teddy bear dressed in a tutu sits on a windowsill, waiting there to welcome a little girl who one day soon will occupy the room. The room is one of many at Sanctuary House, an emergency shelter for women ...

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Book documents collaboration between academics and Beechwood neighborhood (access required)

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In a neighborhood that is 63 percent African-American, none of the 94 corner stores were owned or operated by an African-American living in the northeast Rochester neighborhood. Until the Freedom Market arrived in 2013, that is. The store on Webster ...

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What could legal weed mean for NY? (access required)

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Quietly filed and awaiting review in the New York Senate Finance Committee sits S3040A, known more commonly as the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” (MRTA), a bill that aims to make recreational marijuana legal for adults in New York State. ...

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Business confidence problematic in area, survey shows (access required)

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Although confidence among Rochester’s business leaders is up this year over last, it remains below the breakeven point, and CEOs across the rest of upstate are feeling more optimistic than those here, an annual report from the Siena College Research ...

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Looking inward to fight racism in Rochester (access required)

From left, Nikki Haynesworth, Regina Randall and Michael Boucher of St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center's Structural Racism Initiative.

It is a harsh reality to acknowledge that the specter of racism still permeates every layer of society—from employment, to neighborhoods to the health of communities. Although discrimination is no longer legal, oppression, segregation and unequal opportunities still haunt American ...

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Brady brings vision of growth to Rochester Young Professionals (access required)

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Since Rochester Young Professionals’ inception in 2003, the organization has connected thousands of YPs in the area. RYP hosts local events for members centered on relaying information, socializing and/or volunteering. Through social events, professional development, community development, volunteering and sports ...

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Farmers told hiring foreign workers is a complicated process (access required)

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After most of a day hearing about federal, state and municipal laws governing the hiring of foreign workers, Barbara Bauman of Webster felt she learned enough to start asking more questions of the appropriate agencies. Barbara and Daniel Bauman attended ...

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Cause + Effect turns data into results for clients (access required)

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When John Loury and Mike Sutton moved back from Buffalo to start their own analytics company, they had a business concept and an implementation strategy, but not much else for their enterprise. They didn’t even have desks. They’ve come a ...

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Cancer inspires line of comfort products (access required)

Shari Hall Smith’s daughter Emma models several got ballZ bracelets. (Provided by got ballZ)

Shari Hall Smith considers herself both a survivor and a thriver. And as a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, Smith is extending her healing energies to others through a new business. Smith’s story began more than a ...

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Manufacturing jobs go begging (access required)

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Manufacturing has grown up. It may not be the sexiest career choice, but gone are the days when you came home from the factory floor covered in dirt and sweat, clamoring for a cold beer and a coffee table to put your feet on. With technological advances and an ever-increasing move toward automation, manufacturing looks nothing like it did just a few decades ago. Manufacturing is an industry that not only pays well but is expected to have millions of job openings over the next decade. It’s also an industry whose skills gap is seemingly widening on a daily basis...

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RIT develops cellular quality app (access required)

Green squares show higher quality cell signal on RIT Cellular Metrics app.

Students and professors at Rochester Institute of Technology have come up with a free mobile phone app that will allow you to determine the quality—speed and reliability—of your mobile phone signal at any location. For individual consumers of the four major carriers, the information provided by the RIT Cellular Metrics app could be useful for deciding on whether to switch phone service carriers, or whether to wait to watch a movie on the device until the viewer is in a location with a higher-quality signal.

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