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Weekend jaunts celebrate the cozy side of winter

But just because a fair-weather haven isn’t in your cards, that does not mean you have to forgo a winter respite. A weekend winter getaway can work wonders on weary bones and sagging spirits. And many, like those highlighted below, ...

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Taking a vacation
right at home

There is a scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” in which Jimmy Stewart’s character, George Bailey, hears a train whistle, sighs and begins daydreaming, again, about leaving Bedford Falls and traveling to exotic places. Of course, as any old-movie buff ...

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Mall “mayors” keep their
indoor towns in order

A little later, Whitenack will examine the storefronts and chat with local merchants. Whitenack works as the general manager–a mayor of sorts–for the Marketplace Mall in Henrietta. “I spend a good deal of my day out in the mall. I ...

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In real estate, women find home sales a better buy

For Judy Farrell, becoming a real estate agent was a matter of pride. Now a top producer for Nothnagle Realtors, Farrell 20 years ago was a stay-at-home mom in the market for a new home. After a less-than-satisfactory experience as ...

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Book explores origins, challenges of urban life

There is a new book out by Witold Rybczynski that does magic. What he has done is to present a potentially deadly boring discussion about urban issues in a book that is as riveting and delightful a read as most ...

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Successful change effort
requires worker input

Most large-scale change programs fail. Depending on whose statistics you want to believe, anywhere between half and two-thirds of quality programs, re-engineerings, reorganizations and other similar major change efforts fail to produce the kind of results expected by senior management. ...

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With crisis communications,
be prepared, keep focused

Heed, then, the wise advice of those who have learned from trial by fire. Harold Samloff, partner in Buckingham Properties, the real estate company that owns the former General Railway Signal building that burned down several weeks ago, knows all ...

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Helping out
on the inside

Cephas Attica Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to visit prisoners, develop relationships, help inmates plan for life outside prison walls and support those with no hope of release. It is supported by donations, grants, loans, ...

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Attica lifers help executives
examine values, motivations

Participating in a support group of some 20 prisoners serving life sentences at Attica Correctional Facility more than a year ago “blew me away,” the president of RMA-Kolko Corp. says. The experience has given him an unforgettable perspective on how ...

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UR library designated a depository for Soviet intelligence documents

The National Security Agency has designated the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library a depository for a large cache of Cold War Soviet intelligence documents. The donated collection, which will arrive in installments over the next few years, consists largely ...

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TQM fosters
student leaders

No–not hardly. Yet college students aspiring to become the next generation of leaders probably would have been baffled and found this total quality management jargon quite alien not too long ago. Unless, of course, they were studying business. St. John ...

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Professionals study
for fun, fulfillment

“It’s given me an opportunity to be challenged outside of my field. It’s the first course I’ve taken since college. I’ve found it interesting and challenging,” Hirschberg says. Local continuing-education officials cannot say statistically whether the number of businesspeople taking ...

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For Brighton High students, books mix well with business

Five minutes till airtime, and the executive producer gathers his staff for a last-minute briefing. Two news anchors, a sports anchor, camera operators, technicians and another dozen or so staffers crush onto the set, asking questions and scribbling notes. The ...

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Catalog shoppers turn
page on crowded malls

Eugene Fram, J. Warren McClure research professor of marketing at Rochester Institute of Technology, says recent figures show 28 percent of total retail sales are made through direct marketing, including mail-order catalogs. He observes that consumers’ “time-condensed” lifestyles are a ...

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Non-profit retailer sells
goods with a message

One World Goods, a not-for-profit store in Fairport, sells handcrafted items from around the world. Unlike many imports sold locally, however, One World Goods’ products have a social agenda: They are produced under terms that enable disadvantaged artisans to work ...

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