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Read to Succeed Buffalo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving early childhood literacy, appointed the following three new board members: Anne Botticelli, director of curriculum, Buffalo Public Schools; Kathleen Dust, co-founder and education director for EduKids; and Michael Noah, vice president of commercial business banking for First Niagara Bank.

Company connections

Freed Maxick CPAs recently introduced Capitalization or Expense Consulting Services, CapX, a program designed to bring clients into compliance with new IRS regulations governing capitalization versus deductible repair expenditures for tangible property and provide optimal tax savings.
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Kee Safety, Buffalo, was named to the Top 5000 Honor Roll by Inc. magazine as one of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. This is the sixth year that Kee Safety has received the honor.
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Ensil Technical Services, Niagara Falls, was awarded a $41,781 federal contract for radio frequency amplifiers from the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio.
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Tecmotiv USA, Niagara Falls, also was awarded a federal contract - this one for $36,660 for piston ring sets - from the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center.

Contributing

The WNY Women's Foundation received a $30,000 grant from HealthNow New York through the HealthNow Healthy Living Fund. This grant will support implementation of QUALITYstarsNY throughout the City of Buffalo, a rating system for early learning and school-age programs.

Patents

Title: Children's ride-on vehicles having mechanical assemblies
Number: 8,272,920
Inventors: Gerald P. Sitarski, Grand Island; David Grober, East Aurora; Ronald N. Asbach, Grand Island
Assignee: Mattel Inc., El Segundo, Calif.
Date issued: Sept. 25, 2012