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Commerce and community: Oct. 17, 2012

Commerce and community: Oct. 17, 2012

Business news from around the region.

Judges to lead roundtable on women in courts

ALBANY -- A panel of female judges will lead a roundtable discussion on the Center for Women and Government's 2012 report on the status of women in state and federal courts in New York state.

The program, free to the public, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Room 200 at Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave.

Panelists also will discuss their own paths to the bench and issues pertaining to gender diversity.

Participants will be Judge Karen Peters, presiding justice of the Appellate Divison, 3rd Department; Judge Leslie Stein, associate justice of the Appellate Division, 3rd Department; Judge Ann Crowell, state Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District; Judge Christine Clark of Schenectady County Family Court; and Judge Helena Heath-Roland, Albany City Court.

Dina Refki, executive director of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, will serve as moderator.

The program is sponsored by Albany Law School's Women's Law Caucus, the Capital District Women's Bar Association Judicial Task Force and Diversity and Gender Fairness Committee and the American Constitution Society.

More information may be obtained by emailing or calling 445-3208.

’Can of the Year’ awards go to Ball

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Ball Corp., which operates a manufacturing facility here, won four "Can of the Year" awards in the annual global contest of The Canmaker magazine, a trade publication.

Ball's work was cited as follows:

* A Gold Award in the two-piece beverage can category for Ball's 24-oz. Miller Lite can with tactile ink that mimics the feel of an American football. The MillerCoors Grip Can is made with a unique process that uses raised ink to make the can easier to grip when wet or dry.

* A Gold Award in the Metal Bottles category for Ball's 16-oz. Alumi-Tek bottle for Chaka Ale, a specialty craft beer from Oskar Blues and Sun King breweries.

* A Bronze Award in the three-piece beverage can category for its throwback steel beverage can made for Churchkey beer. The retro steel beverage can uses a "church key" to open and is an homage to Americana and craft beer.

* A commendation in the three-piece food can category for Ball's can made for Kikkoman Soy Sauce, a gallon-size oblong can featuring superior printing quality of flat-sheet printing to distinguish the package.

"Can innovation helps define and support brands, and our latest award-winning packages are successful examples of that," Jim Peterson, vice president of marketing and corporate affairs for Ball, said in the announcement. "Great packaging paints a brand's story, and the 360-degree billboard provided by lightweight, recyclable cans offers an unmatched canvas."

Ball's website is

CAP COM offers iPhone, Droid apps

ALBANY -- CAP COM Federal Credit Union this week is rolling out a new remote deposit app for iPhones and Android devices that allows members to deposit checks using only a smartphone.

With CAP COM's remote deposit app, account holders can take a picture of an endorsed check and submit the image for deposit using a smartphone. The remote deposit app joins the credit union's mobile banking apps with purchase rewards and a mobile-ready website to form a group of Web-based services accessible on mobile devices.

"In recent years, thousands of members have downloaded our iPhone and Android apps. And as we look ahead, we believe the demand for mobile banking solutions will grow," CAP COM President and CEO Paula A. Stopera said in the announcement.

Bryant Education opening new site

COLONIE -- The JC Bryant Education Annex, the continuing education division of Bryant & Stratton College, will mark the grand opening of its new location at 145 Wolf Road at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, when a ribbon cutting will take place followed by an open house with hors d'oeuvres.

The JC Bryant Education Annex also houses Bryant & Stratton's healthcare administrative services bachelor degree program.

The continuing education division is known for serving the insurance, banking and healthcare professionals of the Capital District with a variety of programs designed for individuals entering into or continuing on in related careers.

Information for all of the programs available at the JC Bryant Education Annex and Bryant & Stratton College will be available at the open house.

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