Buffalo Deputy Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood received the “Distinguished Service Award” at the 42nd annual Association of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus during a ceremony in Albany. Presenting the honor was Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo.

Lockwood has served with the Buffalo Police Department since 1984 and has been active in the department’s Afro-American Police Association. The award presented by the caucus of state legislators was in recognition of his many years of service to the Buffalo community.


Erie County Farm Bureau was honored with Silver Key awards at the New York State Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, held recently in Albany. The awards are presented to county farm bureaus that have exhibited excellence in policy implementation, promoting agriculture among the public and in classrooms, leadership development and membership building.


Junior Achievement of Western New York has elected Timothy Oldenburg and Tammie Maurino to its board of directors.

Oldenburg is director of career and technical education and academy programs for the West Seneca Central School District.

Maurino, assistant branch manager at Evans Bank in West Seneca, has worked in banking since 1996.

Junior Achievement is dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness through experiential programs.


Dr. Lisa Rafalson, chairwoman of D’Youville College’s health services administration department and assistant professor, will present her abstract, “Risk Factors for Prehypertension in the Community,” at the international Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, which will be held March 19-22 in New Orleans.

Rafalson’s research focuses on prehypertension and factors related to its development. The study was conducted among adults in Erie and Niagara counties between 2003 and 2004.

Prior to joining D’Youville in 2009, Rafalson was a national research service award fellow in the department of family medicine at the University at Buffalo and a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor in the department of social and preventive medicine at UB.


Alissa M. Fortuna, a third-year law student at University at Buffalo Law School, is the recipient of the Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, is named for Tharp, a former president of the association and past chairwoman of the Real Property Law Section.

A graduate of University of Rochester, Fortuna volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, where she helped indigent clients facing eviction. She received the Project’s In-House Volunteer Award in 2011. She is active in the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Buffalo Public Interest Law Program and the Niagara Cup Moot Court Competition.


Hamburg resident Dr. Arthur M. Michalek, director of health policy in the D’Youville College Health Education Program, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cancer Education. The international journal for the American Association for Cancer Education presents research designed to improve current cancer education techniques and solve current problems that exist in educating patients and strengthening existing programs.

Dr. Michalek has been a member of association since the early 1980s and held a variety of executive positions, including president. He also served as associate editor of the publication. He was senior vice president of Educational Affairs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute prior to joining D’Youville in 2010.


The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame board of trustees held 2013 elections at its annual meeting last month at Chef’s restaurant. Officers elected were president, Rick Mathews; vice president, Anthony Casuccio; treasurer, Kevin Flint; secretary, Diane Strawbrich; and sergeant at arms, Nick Veltri.

Joining the board of trustees are Theresa Quinn, attorney/musical director; Richard Sargent, record business executive; Brian Springer, executive vice president, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; and Eddie Tice, promoter.

Incumbent members include: Anthony Casuccio, Xtreme Audio/Buzz Records; Kevin Flint, Financial Architects; Greg Hennessey, Chakra Communications; Steve Kantor, Kantor Law/Buzz Records; Rick Mathews, Mathews & Associates Construction Services; Bob Silvestri, entertainment writer; Ed Strawbrich, contractor/musician; Diane Strawbrich, real estate broker; Van Taylor, Taylor Made Jazz; and Nick Veltri, professional musician.

Members of the 2013 Advisory Board include: Jackie Albarella, artist, entrepreneur-Albarella Media; Paul Ceppaglia, musician, producer and online marketing specialist; Lea DiCenso, broadcast professional; Sam Guarino, professional musician; Al Hury, professional musician; Tom Lorentz, president, Main Mobility Inc.; Bob Luterek, president, Inc.; Bruce Moser, music promoter; Joyce Nixon, executive director and CEO, National Inner Cities Youth Opportunities; Brenda Peters, educator/grant consultant; Terry Peters, human resources, New York State Retired/Scholarship Review; Elmer Ploetz, professor, journalist and documentary video maker; Heidi Raphael, vice president of corporate communication at Greater Media Inc.; Teresa Reile, public relations, TR LLC; Gary Wisniewski, certified public accountant; and Kelly V. Zarcone, Zarcone Associates.


Several local military personnel have returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, assigned to the Fourth Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Army Spec. Patrick A. Kaminski is a cannon crew member and has served in the military for two years. He is a 2005 graduate of East Aurora High School. He is the son of Raymond and Patricia Kaminski of West Falls.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan M. Garland is a targeting noncommissioned officer and has served in the military for 12 years. The sergeant first class is a 1998 graduate of West Seneca West Senior High School. He is the son of Marjorie Garland of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Army Pfc. Aaron W. Bapst is a saw gunner and has served in the military for 20 months. He is a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Central High School.