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The Genesee Community College recently announced that Timothy P. Tomczak has officially been appointed as the College's Dean of Human Communications and Behavior (HCB). Tomczak served GCC in a number of capacities for more than three decades, starting as an instructor, then professor and then director.

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The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus announced the addition of Dr. Diana Monteiro as a research associate. Monteiro will be working with the teams to establish a new synthetic chemistry laboratory to complement the Institute’s work in biochemistry and structural biology.

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The Board of Trustees for the Charter School for Applied Technologies announced that after a nationwide search, Andrew John Lyle has been named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Lyle previously served as chief academic officer at Charter School for Applied Technologies, principal of the K-8 and Elementary (K-5) building.

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Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara (LNYBN), the region’s provider of free one-on-one adult literacy services, elected Stephanie Rivera to its Board of Directors. Rivera is currently serving as the Coordinator of Scholar Mentoring at Say Yes Buffalo where she has been matching Say Yes Buffalo Scholar participants with local professionals.

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Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara (LNYBN), the region’s provider of free one-on-one adult literacy services, has elected Hannah Piscitelli to its Board of Directors. Piscatelli is a Senior Market Development Specialist at Ingram Micro where she has collaborated with various vendors since 2014.

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Josette Fisher, PT, ATC, CSCS, has transitioned to the director of sports medicine and wellness role at Excelsior Orthopaedics. In her new role, Fisher is focused on establishing proactive injury prevention and sports performance training programs and the development of progressive wellness programs – incorporating group training, nutrition and weight loss.

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A real estate investor in Los Angeles has bought the Holiday Inn Buffalo International Airport for $3.7 million. Avi Perets – through DSM California LLC – purchased the 5.2-acre property at 4600 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga from an affiliate of LNR Partners. The Miami Beach, Fla.-based special loan servicer had taken possession of the hotel for $1 million in January 2017 …

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Alanna Pokorski, PT, DPT has joined Excelsior Orthopaedics as the director of physical and occupational therapy. In her new role, Pokorski will work side-by-side with physicians and patients, overseeing clinical excellence and ensuring her team offers the most cutting-edge practices tailored to each patient.

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Daemen College announced the appointment of Mary Glenn, an accomplished fundraising professional with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, as vice president for institutional advancement. In this role, Glenn will oversee the areas of development, alumni relations, publications, and marketing and communications.

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A Bailey Avenue gas station and convenience store that operates under the Fastrac Cafe brand now has a new owner, after its East Syracuse-based parent was acquired by a global corporation based in the United Kingdom. EG Group, a Blackburn, England-based company, completed its purchase this month of Fastrac Markets' retail and gas stations, as well as its wholesale fuel …

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Stuart H. Angert was appointed to a three-year term as chair of the Independent Health Foundation’s board of directors. He has served on the foundation’s board since 2009 and is also a member of the Independent Health board of directors.

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Fuseideas, a Boston-based marketing agency, has opened a Buffalo office. Fuseideas' new location, in the Fairmont Creamery, is led by John Cimperman, former executive vice president of Match Marketing Group. Cimperman had reacquired Match and merged its operations with Fuseideas. The Buffalo office has 10 employees, with Cimperman serving as Fuseideas' executive vice…

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Plans to construct a two-story restaurant at the corner of Sweeney and Main streets in North Tonawanda hinge on the city's application for a $570,000 state Community Development Block Grant. The Common Council on Tuesday approved the request. The money would be applied to a $3.8 million project planned by JFLR Enterprises, owned by James Felton and Louis J. Riggio. M…

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Dreams to Memories Foundation named Coty Brawdy to their board. Brawdy works full-time at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and resides in Buffalo.

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Dreams to Memories Foundation named Barbara L. Reynolds to their board. Reynolds works full time at M&T Bank in the mortgage operations division and resides in Lockport.