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Reviving a brilliant masterpiece to preserve a legacy

Just off East Avenue, on one of Rochester’s more stately residential streets, there is a brilliant masterpiece on display.   Originally built over 100 years ago, it has been a longstanding but somewhat hidden gem—one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous ...

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Era dictates architectural style of commercial buildings

No single architectural style prevails among the commercial buildings of downtown Rochester, local architects say. What takes precedence instead is the era in which each structure was built.   Robert Healy, president of Rochester-based LaBella Associates P.C., describes the style ...

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High-performance computing uncovers potential in big data

What if an academic medical center could create a complete model of the human immune system to simulate infection and vaccination? What if a company that provides payroll and human resource services could help every client predict how long new ...

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IT firms scour markets here and beyond to find smart skills

Local companies in need of workers with technical expertise find that sometimes Rochester has what they need and sometimes it does not.   In some cases the reason is that growth outpaces the hiring rate. In others, higher-level positions require ...

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Smartphones projected to do more, changing way of business

Capabilities of the smartphone are growing exponentially-whether for buying and selling products, storing data in the cloud or managing multiple devices. Even more options are coming down the pike, signaling opportunities for businesses that develop mobile technologies.   Ellen Webner, ...

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High-performance computing uncovers potential in big data

What if an academic medical center could create a complete model of the human immune system to simulate infection and vaccination? What if a company that provides payroll and human resource services could help every client predict how long new ...

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Let HR serve a strategic purpose, offer an advantage

What does "strategic human resources" mean, and how will it help my company?   A chief operating officer recently asked me this question. We were discussing the infrastructure of the HR department at his company, which employs roughly 400 people. ...

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Need to maximize pay keeps cafeteria plans in the game

Cafeteria plans remain popular as employees continue to look for ways to maximize their paychecks. That could change, however, with health care reform.   Cafeteria plans allow workers to choose among different types of employee benefits. The options may include ...

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Pay attention to your workforce: How engaged are they?

In every company I’ve ever worked with, there has been vast untapped potential for employee performance, and managers have struggled to build emotional connections for employees between what they do every day and the company’s success.   The evidence is ...

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Handling pregnancy as chief: One size does not fit all

Two days after coming home from the hospital with a newborn in 1996, Katharine Van Zile put on a suit and went on a sales call.   Her third child’s arrival coincided with a major growth phase at Rochester-based Van ...

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Calculated risks, better economy draw diverse audiences

By SHEILA LIVADAS As they juggle artistic vision and fiscal limitations, Rochester-area theaters are drawing larger, more diverse audiences. Local theaters attribute the strong attendance figures to recent improvement in the larger economy and to creative risks that have panned ...

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A peek at fall

Here are some shows lined up for the fall season at local theaters. "You Can’t Take It with You" Sept. 11-Oct. 7, Geva Theatre Center A screwball comedy pits the eccentric Sycamore family-prone to spontaneous eruptions of music, dance, poetry ...

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Art shows

This is a glimpse of some of the work scheduled for display in the fall. JGK Galleries  Sept. 7: Featuring two local artists in celebration of Greentopia  Sept. 12: Greentopia celebration  Sept. 13-14: Brittany Ryan, sculptures and ...

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Independent galleries carve niche, boost art appeal

In a city known for arts and culture, independent galleries have learned to carve out niches to stay in the game. These shops find creative ways to thrive and sustain the community’s interest.   While Artisan Works and the Memorial ...

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Bands play through challenges with dreams to make it big

Joey Arena joined his first band when he was a 16-year-old student at Penfield High School.   During the last decade, Arena, now 26, has played guitar in more than a dozen bands. He has toured the country, his music ...

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