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Teenage Entrepreneurs Pitch a Wide Range of Business Ideas at the University of Rochester
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Teenage Entrepreneurs Pitch a Wide Range of Business Ideas at the University of Rochester

Posted  April 16, 2014  by  Staff

The University of Rochester once again hosted a collection of Rochester's brightest students for it's Young Entrepreneurs Academy last Wednesday. The entrepreneurial initiative, founded by the U of R in 2004 with funding from the Kauffman Foundation, asks students, ages 11 to 18, to bring their best ideas to the annual gathering. There the students are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the YEA. The best ideas are selected for a national competition. If they win at that level, students will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas on ABC's popular start-up reality show, "Shark Tank." [...]

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Schumer Calls for Investigation of Utility Rates After Harsh Winter
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Schumer Calls for Investigation of Utility Rates After Harsh Winter

Posted  April 14, 2014  by  Staff

The unusually cold winter was tough on Rochesterians who are more than ready for spring to fully arrive. However, some are still feeling the pangs of winter because of ultra-high utility bills. While larger bills are to be expected with a winter so harsh, Sen. Charles Schumer wants an investigation to see if the plummeting temperature is the only reason for skyrocketing utility bills. [...]

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Cuomo Releases New NY State Budget, Attempts to Pacify Critics
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Cuomo Releases New NY State Budget, Attempts to Pacify Critics

Posted  April 10, 2014  by  Staff

A new state budget was approved this March 31, sliding through with a 5.3% increase in school aid, $1.5 billion in property-tax relief, and the first permanent tax cut in the last nine years. It's an election year for both the legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and they are hoping to pacify voters and temper down reports that New York is the most-taxed state.

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Recent Arrest and Charging in Home Improvement Scam Raises Questions
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Recent Arrest and Charging in Home Improvement Scam Raises Questions

Posted  April 03, 2014  by  Staff

On Friday, March 28, New York State Police charged four men with operating as unlicensed home contractors in Westchester County, the Cortlandt, Buchanan & Croton Daily Voice reported. Homeowners in Cortlandt Manor contacted State Police, saying they believed the repairmen had scammed them after they performed driveway sealing work, according to the Daily Voice. [...]

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Western NY Leads the Way by Hiring 700 Individuals with Disabilities
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Western NY Leads the Way by Hiring 700 Individuals with Disabilities

Posted  March 26, 2014  by  Staff

According to a recent report from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID), Western New York is leading the way to a more fair, more equal employment environment -- both on the national and state-level scales. In total, NYSID's 2013 report found that WNY is responsible for creating 690 new jobs for disabled New Yorkers, 55 of which were in Ontario county alone. [...]

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Why A Major Overhaul Could Soon Be in Store for Mt. Read Blvd.
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Why A Major Overhaul Could Soon Be in Store for Mt. Read Blvd.

Posted  March 25, 2014  by  Staff

Rochester's Mount Read Boulevard could be politely described as a mess. It's a vast gray landscape that serves as an industrial highway with scant greenery to help give it any semblance of color or life. And that's when the weather is nice. Winters are worse, with heavy snowfall and plow traffic pushing up cold mounds on the sidewalks -- in the spots that have sidewalks at all, that is. [...]

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New Casino Not Welcomed by Henrietta Town Board
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New Casino Not Welcomed by Henrietta Town Board

Posted  March 25, 2014  by  Staff

Nearly three weeks ago, the Seneca Nation of Indians announced that they had purchased a 32-acre plot of land in a commercial area just south of Rochester, off of 390. Though no specific plans were ever developed, Seneca officials believe the location is the perfect spot for a casino and hotel. But, on Wednesday, the Henrietta town board voted unanimously to oppose the establishment of a casino in their town [...]

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Rochester Small Businesses Among Best in the Nation
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Rochester Small Businesses Among Best in the Nation

Posted  March 24, 2014  by  Staff

American Custom Exteriors and Interiors, a Rochester company, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, which would honor them as being the best small business in the entire country. [...]

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The Daily Meal Names Dinosaur Bar-B-Que the No. 2 BBQ Joint in the Country
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The Daily Meal Names Dinosaur Bar-B-Que the No. 2 BBQ Joint in the Country

Posted  March 21, 2014  by  Staff

Rochester's beloved Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was named the No.2 BBQ chain in all of America this month, only trailing behind Alabama's Jim 'n Nick's. The Daily Meal, a hugely popular website devoted to "All Things Food & Drink," recently released its list of the 10 best barbecue chains in the United States. While Rochester locals are a bit shocked that the Court Street joint, part of a chain started in Syracuse, didn't take the number one spot, no one is arguing that its flavors are more than enough to secure the restaurant the silver medal. [...]

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Rochester Announces Full Jazz Fest Lineup with Steve Martin, Buddy Guy as Headliners
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Rochester Announces Full Jazz Fest Lineup with Steve Martin, Buddy Guy as Headliners

Posted  March 19, 2014  by  Staff

Earlier this week, the official lineup for the 2014 Jazz Fest, which runs June 20-28 in the East End of the city, was finally announced. There's a reason Rochester is unofficially (but endearingly) known as "Festival City." Once the first signs of spring begin to take the town, residents from the city proper as well as all those in the surrounding suburbs eagerly await the sunshine, the music, the food and the flowers of a Rochester summer. And out of all the colorful festivals the city has to offer, none are more popular than the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. [...]

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