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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors elected two new members to serve three-year terms and re-elected four incumbents at its annual meeting Monday.

Newly named to the board were:

*Matthew Feldman, an attorney at Feldman Kieffer. A graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School and the University of Rochester, Feldman's previous experience includes work as a software consultant and support specialist and as a food service industry consultant and international liaison.

*Salvatore "Sam" Santarosa, president and sole director of Buffalo Fuel Corp., Singer Transport, Santarosa Trucking Inc., International Waste Removal and Santarosa Sales and Service. A graduate of Canisius College and Niagara University, Mr. Santarosa is a former board chairman of the Independent Health Corp. -- now Independent Health Association -- and has served on numerous other boards including the YMCA of Niagara Falls.

Re-elected to three-year board terms were:

*Dr. Naresh Jain, a Niagara Falls internist and gastroenterologist.

*Marnie LaVigne, associate vice president for economic development at the University at Buffalo.

*James C. Roscetti, an attorney with the Niagara Falls law firm Roscetti & DeCastro.

*Margaret M. Toohey, president of the Lewiston Insurance Agency.


Megan Sullivan, a Royalton-Hartland High School senior, won Best Overall at the Bryant and Stratton Digital Design Contest.

She created an image of Marilyn Monroe on computer and submitted it in the Vector Graphics part of the competition.

The prize included a $5,000 scholarship to Bryant and Stratton, a flat screen TV and a $250 gift card for the Royalton-Hartland Art Department. Megan will be attending Bryant and Stratton to continue her studies in digital design after graduation and will eventually attend Full Sail University in Florida.


Megan Hoover, a senior English and education major from Kenmore, was named Niagara University's Student Employee of the Year at an awards ceremony March 23.

Hoover works in the Office of Admissions. In addition to her schoolwork, Hoover is involved with NU's Honors Program, the education and English honor societies, the Niagara Reads committee, the Kiernan Center advisory committee, captains the club field hockey team and volunteers for the Special Olympics.

She has served as a tour guide and student ambassador for four years, and maintains a blog on the Niagara University website, which can be viewed at


Michelle R. Ciminelli of Amherst, an assistant professor in Niagara University's College of Education, has been selected as one of nine finalists for the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from the International Reading Association (IRA), the largest association for literacy educators in the world.

Ciminelli's dissertation, "Teacher Decision Making in Reading Instruction with Choices and Mandates," examines teachers' decision-making processes over the course of a school year in the implementation of reading instruction when given liberties in materials and methods, and when provided a mandated program. A model of teacher decision-making under each condition was developed based on the data.

The winner will be announced and the finalists will be recognized at the Research Address and Awards session during the IRA's 57th Annual Convention in Chicago on April 30. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Ciminelli earned a doctorate in reading education from the University at Buffalo. She also received a master's degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.


Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School was recently honored as a recipient of an automated external defibrillator at the Jeffrey B. Scott Memorial Hockey Tournament in conjunction with the Madison McCarthy Cardiac Care Coalition for Children.

The annual tournament memorializes Jeffrey B. Scott who died at age 11 from a heart defect following a neighborhood street hockey game, almost 30 years ago.

This tribute celebrates his life, hockey, and the ability to help others by donating AED's to facilities to prevent similar future events.


Lori A. Soos of Grand Island, director of health services at Niagara University, has been selected as a recipient of the American College Health Association's (ACHA) Affiliate New Professionals Award for 2012.

The award recognizes association members who have served the field of college health for five years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.

Soos will receive the award during the Awards and Fellows Dinner at the the association's 2012 annual meeting in Chicago on May 30.


A group of Town of Niagara residents and businesses have been honored as part of the town's bicentennial celebration.

The bicentennial committee and the Town Board paid tribute to some of the oldest citizens in the town along with nearly two dozen businesses that have been in operation here for more than 50 years.

Saluted as the eldest, , 96, has been a resident for 92 years and worked as a hairdresser for 55 years, according to town historian Dorothy Rolling.

Also receiving proclamations and letters from officials were Lillian Broda, 94, Lillian DuBois, 92, Martin Greaser, 90, and Emily Kcuik, 96. Sadie Clare and Gladys Kurowski, both 96, were honored but unable to attend the ceremony.

The town's oldest business, Marsh's General Store on Packard Road, opened its doors in 1941 and still continues today in the same location but under ownership of the Katy family, according to Councilman Danny Sklarski.

Similar now to many convenience stores that also sell gasoline, Marsh's at one time, as a traditional general store, sold meat, kerosene, shoes, clothing and wedding gowns.

Also acknowledged for their contributions to the town over the years were Niagara Monument Works, Pete and Paul Hardware, Scott Furniture, Alcliff Landscaping, Armand Cerrone Inc., Capitol Cleaners, Colato Manufacturing, Cooper Sign, Cruisers, Electro Mesh Systems Grooup Inc. and Northeast Wire and Cable Inc., Felicetti Concrete, Firth Jewelers, Garlock Auto Parts, Larry's Liquors, Mariposa Sub Shop, Ray's Auto Electric, Ray's Military Barber Shop, Richards Motor Service, Vaughn Door Center Inc., Viola's Submarine Shop, and Whistle Pig.