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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Freed Maxick CPAs of Buffalo tax manager Michael Biondo was named July’s “Accountant of the Month” by Accounting Today. The Accountant of the Month contest challenges its readership to break the stereotype that accountants are boring. Biondo’s winning entry detailed his 22-year experience as a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, where he researches and recreates the arts, skills and traditions of pre-17th century Europe and participates in full-contact armored combat.
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The Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee elected Nicole Gerber chairwoman. Gerber is the emergency and biosafety manager of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The LEPC is responsible for developing, testing/exercising and revising the county’s plan for dealing with hazardous materials.
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Amherst Committee on Disabilities recently appointed attorney Jeffrey Freedman of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law to serve on its committee until the end of 2013.

Company Connections

The Buffalo Chapter of the Project Management Institute is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Project of the Year Award, which is presented to an outstanding project that has been successful and that demonstrates the use of PMI project management methodology. All admissions are confidential. Projects completed between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012 can be submitted. More information and submissions forms can be found at pmibuffalo.org or contact project_of_the_year@pmibuffalo.org.
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Bradford Regional Medical Center’s Sleep Disorder Center in Bradford, Pa., has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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Call Associates, Buffalo, was awarded a $460,612 federal contract for the upgrade of fire alarm systems from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Watervliet and a $17,900 federal contract from for the repair of boiler controls from
the U.S. Army’s National Guard Bureau, Scotia.
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Tolman Engineering, Jamestown, was awarded a $158,985 federal contract for architectural and engineering services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Canandaigua Medical Center, Canandaigua.

Contributing

Citizens Bank donated 400 new backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary school children participating in Buffalo Police Athletic League programs through its Gear for Grades initiative. Overall, 500 backpacks will be distributed locally through the Buffalo PAL and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

Patents

Title: HIV-1 latency model for high throughput screening
No.: 8,247,167
Inventors: Pacchia, Annmarie L. (Buffalo); Dougherty, Joseph P. (Milford, N.J.); Micheva-Viteva, Sofiya (Los Alamos, N.M.); Peltz, Stuart W. (Califon, N.J.); Ron, Yacov (East Brunswick, N.J.)
Assignee: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (New Brunswick, Mass.)
Date issued: Aug. 21, 2012
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Title: Azeotrope-like compositions of 1,1,2,3-tetrachloropropene and hydrogen fluoride
No.: 8,247,366
Inventors: Tung, Hsueh S. (Getzville); Pham, Hang T. (Amherst); Singh, Rajiv R. (Getzville); Merkel, Daniel C. (West Seneca), Johnson, Robert (Lancaster)
Assignee: Honeywell International. (Morristown, N.J.)
Date issued: Aug. 21, 2012