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City of Rochester

It appears both sides are still talking in the dispute surrounding the lease for Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester.

This Wednesday, February 28, had been the deadline set by City Hall for the owners of the Rochester Rhinos to vacate that stadium. City officials had said the previous announcement by team owners David and Wendy Dworkin that they would not field a team for the upcoming season means that they have defaulted on their lease.

But on Monday a spokeswoman for City Hall released a statement which said:

A new report on economic growth around the U.S. shows a mixed picture for the Greater Rochester area.

The Metro Monitor report is done annually by the Washington-based think-tank, the Brookings Institution.  This latest report actually covers a one-year period from 2015 to 2016.  It shows growth in the U.S. economy overall, with most of the larger metro areas showing an increase in jobs and other expansion in their local economies.

Office of NY Gov. Cuomo

During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $50 million in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

Speaking at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Cuomo noted that other cities around the U.S. have seen great success in taking advantage of their waterfronts and he wants to see Rochester do the same.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation

The man who has led the Greater Rochester Health Foundation since its inception in 2006 is stepping down. John Urban, who before he joined the foundation as president and CEO led the HMO Preferred Care for 21 years, will be leaving the health foundation effective at the end of July.

Urban says since the Health Foundation recently adopted a new long term strategy, it's a good time to retire so that a new leader can get on board.

Rochester students celebrate World Hijab Day

Feb 2, 2018
Tianna Manon

Students and staff at 15 local schools and universities sported hijabs Thursday in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide. It’s part of World Hijab Day, which takes place every February 1 and began six years ago. The goal is to educate people about the discrimination and prejudice Muslim women face.

It’s the third year students at World of Inquiry have participated. Roughly a dozen gave up their lunchtime to hand out hijabs, wrap them properly or simply ask questions about being Muslim.

Xerox, the storied American company that has its roots in Rochester in the early 20th century, is getting a new owner.

Early Wednesday morning it was announced that Fujifilm Holdings, the company that Xerox has had a joint venture with for many years, will take a majority stake in the company. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, and will be 50.1% owned by Fujifilm, while also keeping Xerox's listing on the NYSE.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season at its fourth annual, free season preview concert Tuesday night in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 

The event featured the entire orchestra onstage performing selected excerpts, with emcees Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. 

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Xerox reportedly is nearing a deal with Fujifilm Holdings that would combine Xerox with the joint venture that Xerox has with the Japanese company.

The story in the Wall Street Journal says the deal would see U.S. shareholders own just under half of the new entity.

The WSJ had reported earlier this month that Fujifilm and Xerox were talking about an array of possible alternatives that might or might not involve a change of control for Xerox.

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Even with the legal wrangling still going on over the future of Capelli Sport Stadium in Rochester this year, the Rochester Rhinos have announced four regular USL contests this year.

Rhinos owners David and Wendy Dworkin say that Toronto FC II will serve as hosts for the four games, including the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 5, Indy Eleven on June 16, Nashville SC on July 28 and Bethlehem Steel FC on August 16.

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An iconic part of the downtown Rochester area is changing.

Xerox announced on Friday that it has negotiated an early termination of its lease for the Xerox Square building on South Clinton Avenue.

The company says it will transition several hundred of its 3,400 Monroe County employees to its Webster campus by the middle of the year. Webster remains the company’s largest global location, with more than 5 million square feet of office, manufacturing, lab and warehouse space.

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