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KRISTIN BAUER-GROSS: TAKING ACTION ON HER DREAM

PHOTOS BY DAN DOYLE & MARK KNOPP

I jumped out of my 3rd floor office window! I saw my body flailing toward the pavement below. Then I looked up at my computer and spreadsheets.
Suffocating. I felt like I was suffocating, dying inside.

Why couldn’t I just be happy?
Why did I keep imagining I was leaping out of my office window? All of my unemployed college friends congratulated me on landing a well-paid 9-5.
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THE STORY BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FACE: KAREN MUNGENAST

PHOTOS BY CHARLENE MANN PHOTOGRAPHY

We all know, there’s a story behind every beautiful face and sometimes people endure trauma which would break others. Only the strong survive! Those of us who find the strength to rise above, find a way to use the experiences we survived to be our driving force to success and as a foundation to help others. Karen Mungenast is an inspiring woman, who rose above the darkness she experienced and is a woman on the top of her game. She has it all. She is a successful travelling Information Technology (IT) executive. She’s a mom. She’s a survivor.Continue reading

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CNY COVER WOMAN: DEPUTY MAYOR SHARON OWENS

PHOTOS BY TELLIER STUDIOS

City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens’s story leading up to her lifelong journey as a public servant begins with how she was raised. She had a mother who believed that when God blesses you, you have to give back. Her mother also believed that one has to give to return on their blessings which can be considered an investment. One has to decide and strive to really be all in and be the best person that they can be for the people around them.Continue reading

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BY HOLLY KATIE   PHOTOS BY CHARLENE MANN PHOTOGRAPHY

The photos here were taken in a shoot with Charlene Mann Ford that was won in a drawing at Rochester Woman Online’s Think Purple Domestic Violence Awareness Event last October.

Whether fate or mere coincidence, the lingerie shoot relates to the reasons I attended the event in the first place; as someone who lived through domestic violence, awareness and advocacy of resources for domestic violence survivors is a meaningful cause to me.Continue reading

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NEW IN THE ROC: ROC CITY CIRCUS

PHOTOS BY CHARLENE MANN PHOTOGRAPHY

Ladies & Gentleman! Boys, Girls, and Non-Binary Pals! The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. It’s time to join the circus!

With options for either aerial or ground classes at ROC City Circus in Rochester, NY, exercising has never been this fun! Everyone is welcome, and no prior experience is necessary. Regardless of your age, physical abilities, or experience, we have a class for you! And just what kind of classes will you find at Roc City Circus, you ask?Continue reading

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ASK ROBIN HERTZ: EXPLANTING THE BOOBS UPDATE!

It’s been 8 weeks since I had surgery to explant my breast implants.

Thought I’d share what’s been going on.

There are so many levels and areas that are effected.

Physically I have smiley face incisions under my breasts where Dr Feng went in and skillfully removed the implant along with the capsule in one piece. Not as easy as youde think because the capsule adheres to ribs and chest wall when under the muscle. They had ad to be scraped off the ribs. Ouch.Continue reading

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SHERRY HALE: THE BRAINS BEHIND THE BEAUTE

PHOTOS BY MARISA NICODEMUS

Sherry Hale has been an innovator from the start. Her father, and his father before him, were both businessmen and entrepreneurs. Sherry found that she had that same, innate capability that would eventually drive her to excel and succeed in the business realm herself. From the onset of adolescence, she was motivated to learn how to use a computer, so she taught herself. She also felt a magnetic pull to the beauty industry, completing her cosmetology license after high school.
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