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UR scientist works on adding technical terms to sign language 

  Lorne Farovitch, a graduate student at the University of Rochester, grew up deaf in a deaf family in Vancouver, British Columbia. His family situation meant that until the age of 24, Farovitch didn’t communicate with people in any other way than sign language.  Now that he works in a...

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Seneca Foods acquires Florida manufacturer 

Seneca Foods Corp. has purchased a Florida-based producer of glace fruit products for nearly $9.4 million. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week by Paradise Inc. show that the two manufacturers entered into the agreement April 15. Seneca Foods officials did not return...

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Luminate NY and building a tech hub in the Flower City

Now in its second year, the Luminate NY accelerator has brought 20 burgeoning optics companies to Rochester. Managing director Sujatha Ramanujan discusses the future of the program and building a strong STEM community in Rochester.

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A local indoor cycling and yoga studio this weekend will team with the National Eating Disorder Association, or NEDA, for the studio’s semi-annual Rock Your Rack event, at which women are encouraged to work out in their sports bras. Compass Cycle + Flow, founded in 2016 by sisters Nicole Branagan...

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The expiration of a lease and an overabundance of staff members at other call centers has prompted the closing of a Henrietta-based business, meaning 75 employees will be looking for jobs. CallVista, a call center working exclusively with Internet-based marketing clientele, will close on July 15....

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Canopy prepares to enter U.S. cannabis market 

Canada-based Canopy Growth has announced plans to acquire 100 percent of multi-state cannabis company Acreage Holdings, pending the federal legalization of cannabis in the U.S. Acreage, based in New York, is a cannabis company managing service agreements in 20 states, including 87 dispensaries and...

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1. EstroFest

EstroFest is marking 20 years of performing sketch comedy with two shows this weekend. The popular troupe’s performance serves as a “FUN-raiser” for Blackfriars Theatre as it launches its 70th season. 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19 and Saturday May 20 at Blackfriars Theatre....

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2. Intimate Apparel

The College at Brockport’s department of theatre and music studies presents two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s drama “Intimate Apparel.” The story follows an African-American seamstress who embarks on a pen-pal courtship with a man 1,000 miles away. 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at Tower...

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3. Bravo Nights

Opera Guild of Rochester is offering a Bravo Nights event next week at the Little Theatre Café. The casual, cabaret-style evening features performances from baritone Aaron Bigeleisen and soprano Yvonne Trobe. 7 p.m. on April 23. operaguildofrochester.org

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4. Salam Film series

To honor the victims who suffered the atrocities at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in New Zealand, the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is presenting the Salam Film series. Partnered with the Islamic Center of Rochester, the theatre presents Youssef Chahine’s...

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5. Hippity Hoppity Fun Run/Walk

Fleet Feet Rochester is hosting a free community Hippity Hoppity Fun Run/Walk as well as an Easter egg hunt for kids on Saturday, April 20. The egg hunt is for children 10 and under and a 5K will begin afterward. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. fleetfeetrochester.com

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Eccentric Energy

Eccentric Energy Main Street Arts Gallery is hosting a special exhibition for Rochester-based sculptor Bill Stewart. Eccentric Energy celebrates Stewart’s work spanning from the 1970s through 2017. “I am particularly fascinated by images and objects produced by children, folk and outsider...

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Inhabitance shows artists’ intention at Nazareth

Inhabitance Nazareth College department of art presents Inhabitance, the 2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Seniors BFA program members Theresa Foti and Jenna Rossborough will be displaying their thesis work for this showing. Viewers will find a variety of media in this exhibit including ceramic...

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Front Porch Politics

Front Porch Politics The Lyric Theatre is bringing a tribute performance for the late congresswoman Louis Slaughter to Rochester. “Front Porch Politics: A Musical Entertainment” is a humorous show accompanied by parody lyrics to popular Broadway tunes. Written and directed by Rachel Lampert, the...

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Gilda’s Club leader oversees loving support for those with cancer 

  Melinda Merante is a veteran of the nonprofit sector who has devoted her career to the American Heart Association, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., the Arthritis Foundation and Rochester Hearing and Speech. But it’s her latest role that feels like home. “I remember when I walked in...

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Internships help people with disabilities spread their wings 

  As the final third of Jeffrey Nelson’s internship with Jewish Senior Life gets underway, Nelson said he feels ready to find a paying job, probably in a kitchen. “I really like food preparation,” he said. Nelson is part of Project Search, a program that pairs an agency that serves...

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Neuroscience uses optical imaging to map the brain 

For all of the advancements made in the world of neuroscience, the medical community’s knowledge of the brain is still far from complete. The organ is extremely complex. One hundred billion neurons, each firing signals and receiving information, make up the brain. Suffice to say, we are still far...

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Willie Lightfoot named City Council vice president 

Rochester City Council member Willie J. Lightfoot has been named council vice president, replacing former vice president Adam McFadden. A 12-year Air Force veteran and retired city firefighter, Lightfoot was elected as council member at-large in 2017 and formerly served as 27th District...

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Alliance rejects law enforcement on PAB 

At the monthly meeting of Rochester City Council on Tuesday, March 15, dozens of members of the Rochester Police Locust Club took the microphone to announce their disapproval of a proposed independent police accountability board,  or PAB. A month later on Tuesday, April 16, city council filed 420...

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