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Dec 22, 2017

Luxury electric vehicles rare here

As automakers rev up production of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles, Rochesterians are flocking to dealerships. But area drivers may not be ready for the luxury versions of those vehicles yet. “Rochester is not a particularly good market for a luxury anything,” said Dorschel Automotive Group President Richard Dorschel. “Rochesterians have forever been conservative and […]

Dec 21, 2017

Rochester Precision Optics a sign of sector’s success

It's no surprise that Rochester's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. The companies that once defined the Flower City, and led to its status as one of the first "boomtowns," have faced rapid downsizing and exodus from the city. Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb no longer serve as the economic backbone they once did. According to the Bureau of Labor Statisti[...]

Dec 21, 2017

An expert’s view: What to do if the IRS says you owe Affordable Care Act penalties

If you thought implementation of the Affordable Care Act was a colossal nightmare for business owners, guess what? The headaches may return — and they may pack a hefty financial punch. The Internal Revenue Service is just catching up to filings from 2015, Year 1 of ACA penalty enforcement, and the first batch of Employer […]

Dec 20, 2017

Much ado about Parcel 5

Drive down East Main Street during any hour of the day and you will surely pass the desolate site where Midtown Mall once stood. Of course, it's not always quite so desolate. During Rochester's beloved Fringe Festival and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the humble 1.2 acre plot of land swells to life, brimming with dance, laughter, musical vigor and, occasional[...]

Dec 15, 2017

Workshops throw light on prevalence of white privilege

White privilege in business is real, it’s tangible and pervasive, and until we recognize that, we cannot move forward, according to diversity practitioner Debby Irving. But it’s also not enough to simply acknowledge an issue, she said. Business and community leaders must lead the charge in altering our privileged landscape. Irving, a nationally known author, […]

Dec 15, 2017

Puerto Rican flood refugees find open arms in Rochester

When Ibero American Action League Inc. held a welcome reception last month for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria, its leaders anticipated at most 400 evacuees would attend. They were floored when 1,000 people walked through their Clifford Avenue resource center doors for the five-hour event. “There were people waiting at 7:30 in the morning […]

Dec 14, 2017

Riedman Health Center slated for July opening

At the corner of North Goodman Street and East Ridge Road in Irondequoit stands a hollowed shell of a former Tops friendly market, workers scurrying in and out as the frigid December winds carry wisps of snow through the muddy parking lot. If you've driven by this corner of town in the past year, you may have noticed a sign denoting something to do with Rochester Regional He[...]

Dec 8, 2017

Catholic Family Center helping others for a century

People have come and gone, names and faces have changed, but the plight of those served by Catholic Family Center in its first 100 years has not changed. It was a 1917 special act of the New York State Legislature that breathed life into Catholic Charities across the state. In Rochester, Catholic Charity Guild—now Catholic […]

Dec 7, 2017

Brindle Haus Brewing opens its doors in Spencerport

There’s little not to love about Spencerport’s first brewery, Brindle Haus Brewing Co. Dog friendly, with a set of stainless steel bowls set up in a bar-side corner to keep the pups fed, and kid friendly, with a tucked-away corner fitted with a TV set, the warm, wood-lined pub exudes down-home comfort from the first […]

Dec 1, 2017

Christmas year-round at Hillside

Nearly 3,000 Rochester-area children will find more gifts under their Christmas trees this year, thanks to a decades-old program offered by Hillside Children’s Foundation. Now in its 34th year, the organization’s Special Santa program provides presents for 1,200 to 1,500 local children who receive services from Hillside Family of Agencies, as well as other children […]

Nov 30, 2017

Whitney Town Center, The Legends apartments now complete

When Jim Taylor first proposed his idea for development of a former Frontier Communications building and the surrounding plot of land along Whitney Road, town leaders in Perinton weren’t impressed. His company—Taylor, The Builders—envisioned a retail plaza as well as an apartment community for the 55-and-over crowd. The re-zoning request and accompanying redevelopment[...]

Nov 24, 2017

Fisher works on campus sustainability

By spending less time in the classroom at St. John Fisher College, Michael Boller may actually expand his teaching. Boller, an associate professor of biology at Fisher, has launched the college’s new Center for Sustainability, a two-year project focusing on the academic community’s environmental impact that he hopes will become permanent. “We want to make […]