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How Are Local Businesses Faring Amidst COVID-19 Countermeasures?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

By Samson Weinberg

There is no doubt about it… the world will forever be different after the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has impacted virtually everyone’s life in every part of the world. Families are shattered with grief, entire cities are shut down, and uncertainty and worry are sweeping the globe.

Across the U.S., hundreds of businesses have already filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation bankruptcy) and owners are doing everything they can to keep their businesses afloat — but they’re running out of options. Unfortunately, small businesses are suffering just as much due to the nationwide quarantine, and Rochester is no exception.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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4 Things to Watch Out For During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

By Melissa Brewer

As of Monday, April 20, there are 1,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County alone. Sadly, these wild times have all of Rochester anxious, with the majority of people either out of work or working from home. Also, social distancing with PPE gear and self-quarantine are being encouraged all over Rochester, New York, and the entire country.

Though it’s important to spend time having fun with your family so you’re not all just constantly worrying, you still need to be careful about a few things. Here are a few things that you should watch out for during this year’s national quarantine:

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Rochester Restaurants Open For Business…Err, Takeout

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

By Samson Weinberg

With the rate of COVID-19 infections on the rise in Rochester, everyone is on high alert. Folks have been encouraged to practice social isolation in order to stem the risk of infection. Now that the first death from COVID-19 in Monroe County has been confirmed, it makes sense that people are feeling uneasy.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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As Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Increase, List of Rochester Cancelations Gets Longer

Monday, March 16th, 2020

By Samson Weinberg

The rapidly spreading new coronavirus is already taking its toll on Americans — and residents of the Flower City are now being encouraged to wait out the worst from the comfort of their own homes. With major holiday events and public school courses both on the cancelation list, it’s an eerie feeling for a city that normally has no shortage of things to do.

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Monday, March 16th, 2020
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3 Companies Hitting Rochester — What Are They Offering?

Monday, February 24th, 2020

By Samson Weinberg

There’s no doubt that Rochester, New York is growing. As younger families move to the city and there becomes a greater demand for jobs and entertainment, new companies are discovering the advantages of rooting themselves in Rochester. Rochester has the advantage of being relatively close to big hubs with plenty of financial opportunities while remaining lowkey enough to remain affordable for newer companies. The state wants those companies to move to Rochester and is making efforts to further incentivize them. Long-term economic development plans, with state investments and job creation programs offering specific advantages to not simply businesses in general, but the specific types of businesses that Rochester wants to attract.

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Monday, February 24th, 2020
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How Rochester Roads Are Recovering Post-Snowstorm

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

By Melissa Brewer

As much as Rochester residents have grown used to rough winters, colder weather can nonetheless be rough on all of us. It’s become particularly difficult to prepare for winter snowstorms due to the yearly fluctuations in temperatures, making them harder to predict. In this past season, the wintertime has already been expensive due to regular costs. Usually, you can expect to have about 42% of your utility bill made up through heating, though these costs can of course rise during particularly harsh winters. However, the seasonal costs will only rise due to the recent snowstorm. Many of them will be associated with damage done at home, and will, therefore, be taken care of by individual homeowners by and large. A big concern, according to a consumer survey, will be roofing — 65% of homeowners reported that this was their major concern following weather damage, and a snowstorm can certainly do a good bit of damage to a typical roof.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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It’s Finally Here: Wegmans Sets Date For Plastic Bag Ban

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

By Sammi Cohen

Most Rochesterians can’t imagine life without Wegmans. But soon, they’ll all need to remember their reusable grocery bags when they make a shopping trip — or else they’ll end up paying the price.

That’s because the chain has finally set the date of their plastic bag ban, ahead of New York State’s own that goes into effect on March 1. Starting on January 27, Wegmans shoppers statewide will no longer have access to the single use plastic bags they’ve grown accustomed to using (and adding to a growing collection in the hall closet).

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
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Rochester Home Assessments Reach Impressive Heights

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Rochesterians know all too well that living in the Flower City comes with its caveats. While the city offers a plethora of cultural events, a rich history, and an exploding food scene, the harsh winters can sometimes make some forget why they live here in the first place. When you’re scraping ice off your car or shoveling snow in the driveway — whether it’s six inches of wet snow or 38 inches of dry snow, it’s all the same — you might curse your decision to settle down in the ROC. But you may change your tune when you hear about just how valuable your home might be.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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ROC Around the Christmas Tree: Must-See Holiday Events in Rochester

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

According to the New York Post, Rochester seems to be a “grim and depressing” place to live. But anyone who loves the Flower City will tell you otherwise — even when it’s covered with that ubiquitous lake effect snow. Although people over the age of 55 are at least four times more likely to suffer a heart-related injury when shoveling the white stuff, many Rochesterians feel the harsh winters are well worth staying for.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Like a Phoenix From the Flames, Water Street Music Hall Rises From the Ashes

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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By Samson Weinberg

Ever since Water Street Music Hall lost its entertainment license back in 2016, Rochester hasn’t been the same. The once-top venue in the music scene was the victim of violence and financial insecurity, causing the city of Rochester to question its safety.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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Homeowners Building In The City Could See More Tax Break Incentives

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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By Melissa Brewer

Mayor Lovely Warren recently announced a new effort to promote homeownership in the city of Rochester. She wants to expand the homeownership tax breaks that the city currently offers in downtown Rochester to all city neighborhoods.

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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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Heat Wave Hits Rochester: Here’s How to Stay Cool this Weekend

Friday, July 19th, 2019

There’s a lot to look forward to this weekend in Upstate New York; between the Rochester Pride Parade and the Ithaca Grassroots festival, we’re planning on spending a lot of time outside. Unfortunately, the heat might try to ruin your summer fun as temperatures soar into the 100s.

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Friday, July 19th, 2019
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Pet Parrot Takes Flight, Returns Home Over A Year Later

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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By Melissa Brewer

Rochester resident Cindy Dudak experienced the unique sadness that comes with a beloved pet going missing when her pet bird Missy, a conure parrot, flew out of their Seneca Towers apartment. Dudak has also now experienced the wonderful happiness and sense of relief that comes with that same pet returning home. What’s strange about this story is that these two feelings happened over a year apart.

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Monday, June 17th, 2019
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Rochester To See New Affordable Housing Program And Plan For City Rezoning

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

By Melissa Brewer

The city of Rochester is gearing up for a few major construction projects that are all looking to change its current landscape and affordability. One program that will shift the housing market in Rochester is the Mission-Based Affordable Housing Partnership.

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Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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Tongue-Tie and Breast-Feeding: Rochester Doctor Discusses Ankyloglossia

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

Ankyloglossia is a condition present at birth that can lead to serious problems for both a child and mother. Ankyloglossia is a scary medical term that not too many people are familiar with. This condition is more commonly known, simply, as tongue-tie, which affects between 4% and 11% of newborn babies.

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Saturday, March 30th, 2019
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NYS Construction Industry Has A Major Racial Disparity, Study Shows

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

People of color in central New York aren’t getting a fair number of jobs in the construction industry, a local study finds. According to a new study by the Urban Jobs Task Force and the Legal Services of Central New York, there’s a major racial disparity in the New York construction industry despite people of color making up a quarter of the state population.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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Aldi’s In ROC: Grocery Chain Eyeing North Winton As New Store Location

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

Aldi is the common brand of a German family-owned discount supermarket chain with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries. The grocery chain was founded by Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother’s store in Essen, which had been in operation since 1913.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019
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As Opioid Addiction Crisis Persists, Local Greece Dentist Takes Action

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

By Melissa Brewer

Local dentist Dr. Susan Bracker is taking action in the face of a national addiction crisis. She has vowed to run an opioid-free clinic in an attempt to lower the number of people who first experience the addictive drug through the prescriptions dentists give out after surgery. Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin. Sadly, as of 2016, about 948,000 Americans reported using heroin.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Here’s How Rochester is Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

February is Black History Month, and this year’s celebration is a special one for Rochester residents in particular. That’s because February 2019 is also the bicentennial anniversary of famed abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass, who later made his home in the Flower City. Not only is Douglass immortalized throughout Rochester in the form of statues for all to see throughout the year, but the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will partner with the school’s Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation library facility to showcase Douglass’s work and life.

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