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On the Record / Dec. 30, 2010

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Kenmore Mercy Hospital physicians Michael Landi and Jeffrey Meilman were recently honored with the Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award at the Kenmore Mercy Foundation's Tribute to Angels. The award, established in 1980 by the Kenmore Mercy Foundation, recognizes outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a dedication to community service, visionary leadership and the ideals of unselfish service toward others. Landi is chief executive officer of Brain and Spine Medical Services, chief of neurological surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and vice president of the Kenmore Mercy Foundation board of trustees. Meilman, a plastic surgeon at the hospital, is internationally recognized and respected for his many innovative and charitable surgeries. His Hope For Tomorrow Foundation, a charitable organization, has enabled many American and foreign patients to receive needed plastic surgery. Also, Katherine Koessler Juhasz was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Marty Winnert posthumously received a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute, a nonsurgical medical practice specializing in comprehensive patient care for those with spine, sports/occupational injuries and other painful disorders, named Dr. Raul M. Llanos a fellow in the practice. Llanos most recently served as academic chief resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

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>Company items

Habitat for Humanity-Buffalo opened the doors of its second ReStore location at 1675 South Park Ave. The ReStore, a retail outlet, carries 100 percent donated materials. Shoppers can find deeply discounted merchandise for all home furnishing and improvement needs. The organization's first ReStore is located at 501 Amherst St. in Black Rock. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (Amherst Street store only).

Crowley Webb, a marketing communications agency in Buffalo, was recently honored with a Global Award for direct mail created for its client Praxis Communications. Nashville-based Praxis specializes in centralized patient recruitment for pharmaceutical companies' clinical research studies. The award, Crowley's ninth in the last 10 years, is a coveted health care award that recognizes excellence on an international basis.

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>Contributing

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY received a $100,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for the Belmont Housing Resource Center. The center, located at 1195 Main St. in Buffalo, serves low- to moderate-income individuals seeking better housing.

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>Patents

Title: "Vacuum insulated piping assembly method"

No.: 7,854,236

Inventors: Jibb, Richard John (Amherst); Hobbs, Wevone C. (Cadiz, Ohio); Fix, Robert W. (Cortland, Ill.); Marshall, Michael T. (Dover, Ohio); Kelley, Susan Renee (Tonawanda)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Dec. 21, 2010

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