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In the dance studio, getting a leg up on life

Behind the scenes, away from the stage and the lights, education is at the root of everything Garth Fagan Dance does. The company has delighted audiences around the world for 45 years. Its mission—to create an environment that instills an ...

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The 75/45 gala

The 45th anniversary of Garth Fagan Dance and Fagan’s upcoming 75th birthday will be celebrated at a gala April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The evening will feature a dance performance, reception, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions ...

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Thoughts on Fagan, his company

On perfection “I always thought that it was easy to work with Garth once you understood that there was only one standard, and that was perfection.” – Deborah Ronnen, former GFD board chair “I’ve been able to work with him ...

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Businesses tap in-house WiFi to engage customers

As consumers’ patience for traditional sales pitches wears thin, more retailers are interacting with customers through in-store WiFi. Businesses entice shoppers to use their in-house networks in various ways, including sending check-in messages to their smartphones and offering discounts only ...

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Matthew Sidley: 2014 Finalist Young Engineer of the Year

Matthew Sidley traces his interest in electronic communications to his days as a high school student in Portland, Ore. “Personal cell phones were becoming ubiquitous,” said Sidley, who is a senior electrical engineer for Harris Corp. RF Communications Division. “I ...

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John Papponetti: 2014 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year

You might say John Papponetti first worked on a bridge in the seventh grade, when he entered a balsa wood bridge construction competition. “I just basically built the strongest balsa wood truss bridge in the class,” he said. “I won ...

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Lalit Mestha: 2014 Engineer of the Year

The mysteries of electrons drew Lalit Mestha to electrical engineering. As a teenager living with his family in India, Mestha became curious about the workings of radios—broadcast television had not yet come to his country. “I used to think, ‘How ...

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Only the best for residents in her care

For Dona Rickard, the key to success in the senior care field is setting a high standard and never lowering it. “It’s very simple. The expectation is the highest quality of care, the highest quality of life for the residents, ...

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Guarding against superbugs and their ilk

Elizabeth Bouwens chose to pursue nursing as a career largely because she knew she would always be employed. While at nursing school, she decided to become an obstetrical nurse at her hometown community hospital. It would become more than a ...

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Building a community of patient-centered doctors

Betty Rabinowitz M.D. understands that the opportunity to provide primary care to patients over a long period of time is a gift. She has felt driven to focus long term on patients with a whole-person perspective throughout her medical training ...

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Her vision helped transform the patient experience

Every time a Strong Memorial Hospital staff member receives a Strong Star honor, Jacqueline Beckerman has played a hand in it. Beckerman is director of patient- and family-centered care and the Strong Commitment, and for the past eight years has ...

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A reassuring presence at a stressful time

Ruth Machiele wanted to stay active after retiring from her job as a school psychologist, and heard about volunteer opportunities at Rochester General Hospital. “I just thought, ‘I want to do something different,’ so I thought this would be different,” ...

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He keeps looking for ways to serve those in need

For Jim Ahearn, helping others is its own reward. “Whatever I give, I get back tenfold,” he said. Ahearn has a long history of serving those in need. A licensed social worker, he spent 26 years as president of the ...

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He takes the time when it matters most

There are some nights in Rochester when parents are told their child has cancer. When this happens, they rush to the hospital, scared and bewildered. David Korones M.D., pediatric oncologist, palliative care physician and University of Rochester Medical Center professor, ...

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She’s opening doors for the underserved

Rose Agins believes we are all here to do what we can. As for Rose, she sees herself as a sort of bridge—a connection between people with challenges and the resources to help them meet their needs. “I’m an advocate ...

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