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On the Record / Thursday, March 23, 2006

*Friday's events

>Seminars

SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co. will host an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for eligible Buffalo residents to prepare 2005 income tax returns, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Customer Center, Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. Schedule an appointment by calling (866) 787-2226.

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>Hires / Promotions / Honors

The Buffalo law firm of Ziller, Marsh and Lang, named Melinda Grabowski an associate. Previously, Grabowski was a law clerk at Block, Colucci, Notaro and Laing. A graduate of Fredonia State College, she earned her JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Elrae Industries, an Alden metal stamping and assembling company, named Richard Carothers director of sales--Southeast. Carothers has more than 20 years of experience in the metal working field having managed and directed sales and business development efforts for several industry leaders.

Coldwell Banker sales associate Sue DePriest achieved Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation by the New York State Realtor Institute after completing 90 hours of residential real estate education meeting the standards established by the National Association of Realtors.

The American Society of Exchangors, a real estate investment group, named Russell J. Gullo president. Gullo is president of R.J. Gullo and Co.

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>Company items

Towne Ford of Orchard Park earned the 2005 President's Award from the Ford Motor Co. in recognition of the dealership's excellent customer service. Towne Ford is located at 3535 Southwestern Blvd.

Kappa Closet, a children's wear and gifts boutique, recently celebrated the grand opening of its second location at 640 Main St in East Aurora. In addition to its normal hours of 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, customers may book private shopping appointments. The boutique also offers themed birthday parities for ages 3 to 10. Kappa Closet is also located at 5688 Main St. in Williamsville and online at: www.kappacloset.com.

GreenHomes America by Hughesco, formerly Hughesco, was honored by The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with its Excellence in Advertising and Excellence in Energy Savings awards in recognition of the Amherst company's work under the state's Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Also, New Buffalo Impact of Buffalo was honored by NYSERDA with the Outstanding Achievement by a Community-Based Organization Award for its commitment to the Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star Program, which offers financial incentives to income-qualified customers. Information about the Home Performance with Energy Star Program can be obtained by visiting: www.GetEnergySmart.org or calling 877-NY-SMART.

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>Contributing

The Petco stores in West Seneca and on Niagara Falls Blvd. recently presented $234 to the Ten Lives Club, a cat adoption group, from the Petco Foundation Tree of Hope in-store fundraiser held over the holidays.

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>Patents

Title: "Disposable single-use applicator"

No.: 7,008,133

Inventors: Ashe, Gary (Sanborn); Purizhansky, Edward M. (Williamsville)

Assignee: TMP Technologies, Inc. (Buffalo)

Date issued: March 7, 2006

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