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Cohen & Lombardo partner Terrie Benson Murray was elected president of the Philanthropic Education Organization’s local chapter for a two-year term. The PEO is an international women’s organization that awards scholarships, grants and loans to support women’s efforts to obtain higher education and advanced degrees. Murray is a founding member of the local chapter. She graduated from Fredonia State College and received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York, appointed Sharon M. Porcellio to the permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council. She will serve with members of the bar and bench to advise the chief judge on business developments that could affect the court system and to assist the New York State Commerical Division resolve business disputes efficiently and effectively. Porcellio is a partner at Ward Greenberg.

Company Connections

The Buffalo Bisons are partnering with Creating New Taxpayers, a local social enterprise business employing individuals with physical and visual disabilities, to help with ticket sales. CNT call-center agents are contacting past ticket purchasers about ticket options this season.

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Doodle Bugs! – an early childhood education provider since 1992 – recently opened its first Pittsburgh- area school in suburban McCandless. Doodle Bugs! plans to open an additional five preschool franchise locations in Pennsylvania communities such as Cranberry Township, South Hills, Murrysville and Robinson Township. The company is the official child care provider of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, operates more than 10 corporate and franchised locations from upstate New York to Pennsylvania and has expanded its “Doodle Community” to more than 2,000 families.

Patents

Title: Systems and methods for determining a financial health indicator

No.: 8,412,622

Inventors: Hayes, Steven K. (Bemus Point); Ariff, Kazi M. (Quincy, Mass.); Smith, Carol A. (Edgartown, Mass.); Johnson, Shane A. (Charlotte, N.C.); Tipper, Russell W. (Boston, Mass.); Li, Yicong (Lexington, Mass.); O’Connor, Sean M. (Scituate, Mass.); Kelley, Thomas D. (Hingham, Mass.); Thomas, Susan S. (Gastonia, N.C.); Borowski, William F. (Millbury, Mass.); Aheron, William J. (Charlotte, N.C.); Anderson, Judith M. (East Walpole, Mass.); Wolfson, Neal G. (Lexington, Mass.); Judd, Jeffrey P. (Boston, Mass.); Kirkman, James P. (Acton, Mass.); Bierer, Jeffrey H. (Charlotte, N.C.)

Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.)

Date issued: April 2, 2013