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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

* Alex Halpern Levy, a graduate of Williamsville East High School, has recently completed a prestigious Everett Public Service Internship with Alliance for Justice, the leading progressive group monitoring judicial nominations.

Levy conducted research at the Library of Congress on Emilio Garza and Michael McConnell, two sitting federal judges who were on the "short list" to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

After President Bush nominated John G. Roberts Jr. to replace Justice O'Connor, Levy read and sorted thousands of pages of official White House documents regarding Roberts' tenure in the Reagan administration.

Levy also planned and co-emceed an Alliance-sponsored luncheon on the future of the Supreme Court.

"From the Gang of Fourteen's filibuster deal to the first Supreme Court nomination in 11 years, this was the summer to be working to ensure a fair and independent judiciary," Levy said.

The Everett Public Service Internship Program, established in 1989 by philanthropists Henry and Edith Everett, is one of few in the nation that provides college and graduate school students with a living stipend while they serve 10-week internships with one of 58 participating nonprofit organizations in four U.S. cities.

Levy attends Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where he studies in the College of Social Studies.

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* Veteran firefighter Thomas J. Mooney, a member of the Bolivar Fire Department for 35 years, has been re-elected to a second five-year term as trustee of the volunteer Firemen's Home in Hudson.
The election took place recently in Lake Placid during the annual convention of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

During reorganization, Mooney was also elected president of the board of trustees. He served as vice president of the Firemen's Home board during his first term. Mooney is a member of the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.

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* Jeffrey Cooke of Grand Island is commodore of the Niagara Sailing Club for 2005.

Other officers of the club at 3619 East River Road, Grand Island, include the vice commodore, Tony Albano; rear commodore, Raymond Dan-Jumbo; fleet captain, Charles Ackerman; treasurer, James Tomkins; and secretary, Ross Kaiser.

Ackerman, Cooke, Robert Kreiter and Kevin Slachciak were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors.

Mike McIntyre received the club's service award for 2004.

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* Hamburg Women Democratic Club scholarships have been awarded to Hilbert College students Sara Leighton and Sherry Turner.

Leighton, a business administration student, received the club's 2005 scholarship.

Turner, a communication studies major, was awarded the Barbara C. Wicks Memorial Scholarship.

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* Patrick Shannon of Orchard Park, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, has been named a member of the board of directors of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, a nonprofit agency that serves more than 1,500 Western New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.

Shannon, who received a bachelor's degree in human services and a master's degree in social work from UB and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University, is known for his writing and promoting ways early intervention can improve outcomes for children with developmental disabilities.

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* People Inc. in Williamsville has won a "Psychologically Healthy Workplace" certificate of merit from the New York State Psychological Association.

Dr. Rita Perlin, the association's president, said the not-for-profit health and human services agency won the award for promoting a psychologically healthy work place through its exemplary work-life balance program, which is attuned to the needs of staff members.

The agency, which provides programs and services to more than 10,000 people with special needs as well as seniors throughout Western New York, was praised by the state association for providing "outstanding benefits, sufficient time off and flexible work time for its employees."

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* Air National Guard Master Sgt. Robert J. Clark, a 1963 graduate of North Tonawanda Senior High School, is deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Clark, the son of Robert L. Clark of North Tonawanda, is a medical technician and normally assigned to the 105th Medical Group at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh.

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