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Honor Roll/Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Inc. has elected five new members to its board of directors.

They include Renee Caputi, vice president, HSBC Bank; Trisha Charles, senior marketing manager for Fisher-Price; Jennifer Dougherty, associate at Phillips Lytle LLP; Raquel Schmidt, assistant professor, Buffalo State College, and Dr. Norman Sfeir, managing partner of Pulmonary Group of Western New York and chairman of the department of medicine at Sisters Hospital.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a not-for-profit, professional theater company, will mark its 32nd season in 2007.


James Lawida has been elected president and Robert Karl re-elected first chief of the Main-Transit Fire Department of Amherst for 2007.

Other administrative officers include the vice president, Andrew Yambor; secretary, Richard Chudy; treasurer, Harry Schick; financial secretary, Carol Jackson; and sergeant at arms, Brian Rusin.

Firematic officers include the first assistant fire chief, Jon Kemp; second assistant chief, Daniel Buscher; senior fire captain, Patrick J. Connolly Jr.; and fire captains, Christopher Feuz, Douglas Gesel, Marc Gravelle Jr. and Adam Karl.

Directors for 2007 include Brian Bussman, David Henning, John Karl, Robert Karl, William Karl, James Lawida and James Rusin.


Pfc. Adam E. Tomasik, a 2004 graduate of Frontier High School in Hamburg, has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service in Iraq.

The medal is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.

Tomasik, a multiple launch rocket system crew member of the Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), is the son of Paul L. and Donna M. Tomasik of Hamburg. He has two years of military service.

Upon completion of his deployment to Iraq, Tomasik will return to his regular station at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas.


Cesar A. Cabrera, assistant administrative director of the Workforce Development Consortium, has been elected president of the board of directors of Hispanics United of Buffalo.

Other officeres include the vice president, David Caban, retired assistant superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools; treasurer, Edwin Martinez, former chief of staff to the chairman of the New York State Division of Parole; and board secretary, Geno Russi, regional director of the New York State Division of Parole.


Lt. Mark T. DePaull, an Erie Community College graduate, has been promoted to assistant police chief at Cortland State College.

DePaull, 40, will be responsible for managing daily operations under Chief Steven P. Dangler and coordinating law enforcement and safety for special events on campus.

DePaull joined the university Police Department in 1990 as a patrol officer and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001.


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