2006-07-19 / Business

Business Briefs

Williamsville residents Glenn Edward Murray, Jill K. Bond and Shari Jo Reich were elected to the board of directors of the 3,700-member Erie County Bar Association. The announcement was made at the 119th annual meeting and election held on June 9.

Amherst residents Wesley Caligiuri and Xandy Parson recently competed in the Ahn Tae Kwon Do Classic held in Cincinnati. Caligiuri placed first in forms and Person took first in forms, second in sparring and third in weapons. They are students of Master Gorino's Tae Kwon Do studio at 839 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In all 14 students from the studio competed.

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants has hired Getzville native, Emily Dennis as its new public relations associate.

Watts Engineering & Architecture, P.C. recently received the 2005 United States Department of Transportation Secretary's Disadvantage Business Enterprise Award. The award was presented during the second annual national conference held in Baltimore. Watts, an engineering and architectural firm, is located in Amherst.

The company also received the gold award for the design of twin bridge replacements on the mainline Thruway over the Genesee Valley Greenway in Chili, N.Y. The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York during its 2006 Engineering Excellence Awards held in New York City.

Amherst resident David Forliti, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was honored with the Prestigious Department of Defense Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award. He was one of seven engineers and scientists across the United States to be honored with the award in 2006. Approximately 250 entries were recorded. With the award he was given a $355,000 research grant.

Christian Women's Club's Buffalo After Five meet at 6:30 p.m Monday, July 24 for dinner at the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. Mary Kay Consultant Patricia Jerzewski will be featured and guest speaker Marguerita Jubenville will present "Sharing Humor in her Life." For reservations call 873-1189 or 625-8951.

Junior Achievement of WNY, Inc. was the recipient of $7,500 from Citizens Bank Foundation. This funding will be used to provide JA's financial literacy, workforce preparation, and job shadow programs to Western New York youth, including many from low to moderate income families. Citizens Bank employees also serve as JA classroom volunteers and Bowl-A-Thon participants.

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