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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The Western and Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present its 2012 "Service to Mankind" award to Dennis Dintino at the 20th annual Diamond Ball on Saturday in Samuel's Grande Manor.

Dintino, president and chief executive officer of Hazmat Environmental Group and Kenworth of Buffalo, was chosen for his leadership and dedication to advance the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Independent Health is the "Hope Diamond" sponsor for the fifth consecutive year along with Hazmat Environmental. Premier sponsors of this year's Diamond Ball include Computer Task Group and J.W. Danforth.

Dintino founded Hazmat Environmental Group in 1984 and purchased the Kenworth dealership in 2007.

All proceeds from the 20th annual Diamond Ball will be directed toward research of leukemia and lymphoma, myeloma and blood cancers, local patient services, advocacy, educational and community service programs in the Western and Central New York Region.


Eight new members have been elected to the Seneca Nation's Health System Commission Board, which oversees all of the health services for 8,000 enrolled Seneca members and their non-enrolled family members. They include:

Jaye Lascelles-Nephew, health systems specialist with Hearing Evaluation Services; David Silverheels, facilities manager for the nation's Cattaraugus Community Center; Thomas Quatroche, senior vice president at the Erie County Medical Center; Sharon L. Hanson, director of government relations at Time Warner Cable.

Also, Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, past Erie County health commissioner; Sandra Johnson, an assistant professor at Empire State College; Sharon L. Jimerson, a licensed clinical social worker; and Angel Williams, a Seneca Nation member.


Charles Tomaszewski, deputy commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department, has been selected as one of the Am-Pol Eagle's 2011 Citizens of the Year.

In addition, Tomaszewski also has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Law Enforcement from Medaille College's Department of Communication. The award will be presented March 19 at the college.

A graduate of Buffalo State College, the East Side native worked his way up the ranks in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, retiring two years ago as the resident agent in charge of the DEA's Buffalo Office and then was appointed deputy police commissioner.

Tomaszewski also has been selected to participate in the FBI's 35th Session of the National Executive Institute at Quantico, Va. The weeklong session is aimed at developing leadership skills among top law enforcement executives from around the world.


The following local service personnel have returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Afghanistan serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Army National Guard Private First Class William K. Genewick, a heavy equipment operator with the 1430th Engineer Company, Gladstone, Mich., has served two years in the military. He is the son of Karen Marie Hydock of Lyndonville.

Army Reserve Specialist Adella M. Kirchmeter, a licensed practical nurse with the 1982nd Forward Surgical Team, Niagara Falls, has served more than three years in the military. She is a resident of West Seneca.

Army Reserve Captain Bryan D. Hall, an operating room nurse with the 1982nd Forward Surgical Team, Niagara Falls, has served 10 years in the military. He is a resident of Lewiston. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Trocaire College.

Army Specialist Joshua M. Donovan, a practical nurse with the 1982nd Forward Surgical Team based in Niagara Falls, has served more than four years in the military. He is the son of Randolph Donovan of Buffalo and Michelle Donovan of Cheektowaga. He is a 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga.


Former Mayor Anthony Masiello was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of the United Way of New York State. The statewide membership organization is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of local United Ways to be leaders in achieving results that improve the lives of all New Yorkers.

Masiello has held elected office for more than 35 years, 13 of those in the New York State Senate before being elected Buffalo's mayor. He is currently president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates.

While mayor, Masiello organized a Volunteer Day for Buffalo City employees in support of United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Day of Caring.


Two Wyoming County supervisors were honored at a ceremony at the 2012 New York State Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Albany. Pike Supervisor Larry Rogers and Genesee Falls Supervisor Jean Totsline have both completed the required course to graduate from the association's Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute.

Rogers is chairman of the GLOW Solid Waste Committee for Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties and serves on the state group's Public Safety Committee.

Totsline, a member of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors since 2000, has been chairwoman of the Human Services Committee since 2006 and served on the state group's Children with Special Needs Committee for three years.


Michael Avery, Don Brant and their instructors, Gary Willis and Gary Carlson II, from the Erie 1 BOCES, Kenton Career & Tech Center posted the best score in a competition featuring 20 local high school automotive students from career and technical schools last month at Erie Community College's Vehicle Technology Training Center. The 2012 Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition was hosted by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College.

The students will compete against 25 other dealers' association teams from across the country in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.

Two-person teams of high school seniors went through a series of diagnostic, workstation and on-vehicle performance tests to measure their skills and abilities.

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, LoGuidice Educational Center team of Jim Wanhaber and Stephen Reed came in second place. Joshua Lavrinuk and Joseph Glaus IV from the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in Batavia finished third. The Tire Rodeo was won by Josh Osberg and Adam Hawes from the Potter Career and Tech Center in West Seneca.

Students who competed were trained at local auto dealer association members' dealerships on a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and 2012 Subaru Legacy. The students will be working on a similar vehicle at the nationals in April.