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Honor Roll for Feb. 1

West Buffalo Charter School named Cynthia Baird Stark and Lee Pearce board of trustees members.

Stark is an experienced volunteer, educator and community leader. After volunteering for two years at West Buffalo Charter School, Stark was nominated for board membership. She also sits on the board of Nichols School and Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Previously, Stark served as a classroom teacher at various schools and as director of admissions at Buffalo Seminary, her high school alma mater. Pearce also volunteered at West Buffalo Charter School for two years. She previously worked in international public relations firms in New York, Chicago and San Francisco for more than 15 years. Since moving to Western New York in 1999, she has volunteered for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Nardin Academy, and Kaleida Health Foundation. Stark and Pearce join board president Dr. Arup Sen of D’Youville College; vice president Michelle Stevens; secretary Joanne Haefner; treasurer James Deuschle; and trustees Joseph Cozzo, Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center; Lucy Candelario, James Sampson and Richard Baer.


The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode, and the other funds the Youth Symphony’s Chautauqua Weekend.

Eckenrode, a cellist and a conductor, began with the organization in 2003. The Youth Symphony is made up of talented and motivated high school and college musicians. Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate players were formed under Eckenrode’s leadership.

All three orchestras are beginning rehearsals for their Spring Gala on Sunday afternoon, May 15. For the first time in recent years, the concert will be in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

The Chautauqua Weekend is an immersion experience for Youth Symphony members. The weekend includes an overnight at Chautauqua Institution’s Bellinger Hall, private lessons with expert instructors, participation in small group lessons and extensive rehearsing.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.


Buffalo-based Cazenovia Recovery Systems and Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency in Clifton Springs recently received two awards for Cadence Square, a residence for veterans they co-developed on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Canandaigua .

The Supportive Housing Network of New York recognized Cadence Square as its 2015 Residence of the Year for offering quality, affordable housing and a continuum of care.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation presented a 2015 Historic Preservation Award to Cadence Square for rehabilitation of the once vacant Building 14 into transitional housing, while preserving its historic heritage.

Created in 2013 for male and female military veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, the facility features 17 apartments for families. Eight supportive living units and eight community residence units accommodate an additional 26 people. The project drew federal historical rehabilitation tax credits and funds from New York State government sources, including the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.


The Eggertsville Hose Company elected Brian K. Multerer fire chief for a third term.

Other officers elected to serve the volunteer company are: first assistant fire chief, Kiel Gentry; second assistant fire chief, Brandon Peters; fire captains, Michael Flynn, James Day and David Mastrella; and fire lieutenants, Justyn Moore, Angela Hess, John Whitehead Jr. and Don Fetes. Christina Mastrella was re-elected captain of EMS and Adam Trigilio, lieutenant of EMS.

John Buttino was re-elected president of the company. Others elected are: vice president, James Christopher; recording secretary, Richard Cumpston; corresponding secretary, Patrick Galvin; and treasurer, Robert Brand. Michael Maisano was re-elected to the board of directors and James McDonald was re-elected sergeant-at-arms.


Sixteen Erie County residents have each been awarded scholarships to attend Alfred State College. They are:

Alex Kostek of Lancaster, Jacob Passmore of East Aurora and Emma Winiarski of Buffalo, $17,900 per year for the Excellence in Education Scholarship; Justin Atherton of Buffalo, Alexander Balcerzak and Bradley Carte of East Aurora, Jacob Kawecki of Grand Island, Emma Retzlaff of Alden, Trent Stellrecht of West Falls, $7,080 per year for the Presidential Scholarship; Kieran Deyell of Tonawanda, Christopher Dollman and Nathan McDonald of Elma, Ryan Meek of Akron, Rick Sutton of East Concord, $4,350 per year for the All-American Scholarship; and David Collins of Buffalo and Thomas Gorrell of Boston, $1,000 per year, Educational Foundation Academic Distinction Scholarship.


Dr. Jacqueline Moline, a former native of Buffalo based in Long Island, was named chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The statewide organization represents 92,000 volunteer first responders including firefighters and emergency medical workers.

Moline served as the director of Mount Sinai’s Clinical Center of Excellence within the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and currently directs Northwell’s WTC Clinical Center of Excellence in Queens.

She has been involved in the medical surveillance and care of diverse groups of workers for more than 25 years in the field of occupational medicine and, as one of the founders of the World Trade Center Medical Program, has treated hundreds of first responders since Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition to her work at the World Trade Center program, Moline chairs the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at the Northwell Health System and directs the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center of Long Island. She has focused on improving the health and wellness of first responders and other workers at high risk for pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer for the last 20 years.

Moline is a board-certified occupational medicine specialist who graduated from the University of Chicago, then attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Yale University School of Medicine and then completed an occupational medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she earned a master’s of science in community medicine.

In addition to Moline, the committee includes Dr. Jamie Rockwin, vice chair; Kerri Winans-Kaley, secretary; Kelli LaPage and Alexander Peter Ruckh, members; and Diana Pfersick, FASNY liaison to the new committee.


Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will induct alumni into the John Timon Society during ceremonies at the Orchard Park Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The John Timon Society, named for the first Catholic Bishop of Buffalo and namesake of the school, honors Timon alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and have made significant contributions to their church and to the community.

This year’s honorees are Timothy Kelly, Class of 1975; Dr. Joseph Grisanti, ’76; and Gerald Whalen, ’75.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Edward Cosgrove, Class of 1952, will be presented with the Spirit of Francis Award in recognition of his demonstration of the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi in service to church and community. Jeff Poblocki , Class of 2002, will be presented with the Father Claude Keane, OFM Builders Award.