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Commerce and Community: July 12, 2013

Commerce and Community: July 12, 2013

News and notes from the business community.

Townley & Wheeler home changes hands

BALLSTON SPA — Kathleen A. Lowes Sanvidge, local licensed funeral director, has purchased the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home in Ballston Lake.

Lowes Sanvidge has successfully practiced for the past 24 years and will offer her expertise and caring demeanor to carry on the tradition that Harold Townley and Frank Townley have practiced for years. The former owners will be on hand to help during the transition time.

The funeral home will offer traditional burials as well as cremations and green burials, according to the wishes of their clientele. Special interactive ceremonies will be available, and all denominations will be represented.

Lowes Sanvidge is a creative cosmetics expert and specializes in reconstructive techniques.

Shareholder added at law firm

ALBANY — Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. has announced the addition of George S. Blasiak as shareholder with the firm.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is the largest law firm dedicated exclusively to intellectual property law and related litigation in upstate New York, with more than 30 attorneys and patent agents.

Blasiak has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies, major research universities and emerging businesses in the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights. His practice includes client counseling, preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications domestically and abroad, patent portfolio management consultation, negotiating transactions involving intellectual property rights and rendering legal opinions. Blasiak’s technical expertise includes computer hardware and software, semiconductor design and fabrication, optoelectronic devices and photonics.

Blasiak holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor degree from SUNY Buffalo. He is admitted to the New York bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

CPA completes certification course

CLIFTON PARK — The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts is pleased to announce that David Kobylar, CPA and partner of Hedley & Co. PLLC and Hedley Kobylar Wealth Management Group LLC, has recently completed a specialized educational program in professional divorce analysis and is now a certified divorce financial analyst.

Kobylar is trained to provide financial information and assistance to people going through a divorce. He evaluates the tax implications of dividing property and the financial impact of various settlement options for dividing marital property (including pensions) and child and spousal support payments.

Kobylar is the only certified divorce financial analyst within 75 miles of the Capital District who is also a certified public accountant. With more than 20 years of tax experience, he is able to recognize and plan for various tax implications that can arise from different types of asset divisions and support obligations. His divorce-related work through Hedley & Co. PLLC will be offered to individuals and couples as well as attorneys.

Kobylar is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Eddy taps new sales manager

TROY — The Eddy’s Senior Living Division has announced the appointment of Lucille M. DeFronzo as sales and outreach manager for continuing care.

DeFronzo has more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership, specializing in a wide scope of senior care programs, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing home health and rehabilitation care.

She previously worked as vice president of sales and marketing for Liberty Lutheran Services, which operates numerous senior living properties in central and eastern Pennsylvania. She also has worked as regional director of sales and marketing for HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, and senior living communities across Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Massachusetts.

DeFronzo has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University.

ARC director earns national accolade

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady ARC Executive Director Kirk M. Lewis was recently recognized at The Arc’s National Convention for representing the core values of The Arc and The National Conference of Executives of the Arc (NCE).

Among Lewis’ achievements most notably was the challenge of handing the state budget cuts that have impacted disability services in New York state. He has also spearheaded many partnership and collaborative projects aimed at enhancing the presence of Schenectady ARC in the community and increasing the service offerings to individuals and families of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

The awards ceremony will be held on Aug. 5 in Bellevue, Wash.

Maguire Cardona adds attorney

MENANDS — Maguire Cardona P.C., a civil litigation and general practice firm based at The Sage Mansion, has announced that Amanda Kuryluk of Albany has joined the firm as attorney.

Kuryluk, who previously served as an associate at another highly regarded Capital Region firm, focuses her practice in the areas of medical malpractice as well as all aspects of civil litigation, including research, motions and appeals.

A 2007 graduate of Siena College’s honors program with dual degrees in political science and Spanish, Kuryluk earned her law degree from the Claude W. Pettit College of Law of Ohio Northern University in 2010. During law school, she volunteered at Ohio Northern’s Legal Clinic, where she provided legal services in the areas of family law, social security disability and other general civil litigation matters to the underserved and disadvantaged. She also served as an associate editor to the Ohio Northern Law Review Journal.

Kuryluk, who currently serves as a mentor for Siena College’s pre-law program, is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. She also serves as co-chairwoman of the Albany County Bar Association’sYoung Lawyers Committee.

She is admitted to practice in the state of New York, state of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the Third Federal Circuit.

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