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Rochester Business Press Releases Received October, 2007

The following are press releases received by InfoRochester.com by Rochester, New York area businesses and organizations.  Previous press releases are stored in the press release archive.

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INSOLVENT PUBLIC MOTOR VEHICLE FUND TO PAY $18 MILLION TO CREDITORS, EASING COURT BACKLOG

Long-suffering accident victims will soon receive payment of their claims from the insolvent New York Public Motor Vehicle Security Fund (PMV) thanks to an $18 million one‑time infusion to the PMV fund produced by the determined efforts of the New York Liquidation Bureau.  The cash infusion will not only permit the long-delayed payouts but will also speed up the processing of current PMV claims, reducing the large  

“Funding $18 million into the PMV fund will allow the New York Liquidation Bureau to begin paying claimants and processing PMV claims, two activities that have been at a virtual stand-still since the fund became insolvent.  The people who have been waiting for payment have been injured twice -- once at the time of the accident involving a vehicle covered by the PMV fund, and again when they were unable to promptly collect the money awarded to them by the court,” said Mark G. Peters, Special Deputy Superintendent in Charge of the Bureau.   

"Whenever cases languish in the courts, the public is not well served. We are pleased that these cases, some of which have been pending for more than a year, will be resolved and the claimants can access the funds that are due to them. We appreciate the efforts of the Bureau to provide the resources to make this possible,” said Judge Ann Pfau, New York State Chief Administrative Judge. 

"This action removes a long-standing obstacle to the resolution of many outstanding claims made on behalf of individuals who have waited far too long for justice and just compensation for their injuries," said Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, who chairs the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Insurance. "I commend the Liquidation Bureau for its diligence and commitment in this matter." 

The PMV Fund acts as a secondary insurer for New York public vehicles, such as taxis, buses and ambulances, where the primary insurer is insolvent.  The PMV Fund is financed by annual contributions from solvent New York carriers that insure public vehicles, but those contributions have been insufficient to pay either the PMV claims as they become due or the expenses to process those claims.  As a result, claimants must typically wait eighteen months for payment of their court-approved claims.  Also, because there is no money to process cases, even cases that have been settled in principle by all parties, a large number of PMV cases remain unresolved in the courts due to lack of funds. 

Upon taking office in April 2007, the Bureau’s new management immediately implemented an intensive reform and housecleaning effort.  The PMV insolvency was identified as a priority and potential solutions were investigated.  The NYLB determined that the PMV Fund was entitled to receive from the New York Merchant Bakers Insurance Company an $18 million infusion as an early access distribution. 

“We are pleased that we have been able to identify and implement this temporary solution to the chronic PMV under-funding issue,” Mr. Peters said.  “While our plan will help claimants and the courts in the near term, the $18 million will be fully disbursed in the next year or two to pay court-ordered claims and to process pending claims.  After that, the PMV will again not have enough assets and delays will build again.  That’s why a long-term solution is still needed to ensure that claims are promptly processed and paid in the future.” 

The New York Liquidation Bureau is a non-governmental entity, independent of the New York State Insurance Department, which carries out the responsibilities of the New York State Superintendent of Insurance in his role as receiver, and acts on his behalf to discharge his statutory duties to protect the interests of policyholders and creditors of insurance companies that have been declared impaired or insolvent.  For more information, visit www.nylb.org.  Email PMV inquiries directly to PMV@nylb.org or call 212-341-6401. 

Contact: Erin Carney
Phone: 212-341-6524
Cell Phone: 347-582-8359
Email: ecarney@nylb.org

10/22/07

Eddie Money to Headline Moody Gardens New Year’s Eve Bash Midnight in the Gardens

- Party in Paradise Dec 31st   Galveston, Texas -

Moody Gardens' renowned New Year's Eve black tie celebration returns Dec. 31st. We've got your ticket to paradise and invite you to ring in the New Year in grand style at the hottest party of the season!   "Midnight in the Gardens - Party in Paradise" will feature non-stop live entertainment headlined by legendary rock icon Eddie Money, known for such hits as “Shakin”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Take Me Home Tonight”, and more. The fabulous show band Eclipse, a crowd favorite in years past, also will take the stage with their electric sound and high energy show.  

The black-tie celebration will feature lavish food stations serving the extraordinary culinary creations of Executive Chef Urs Schmid, an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight and deluxe party favors.  

Midnight in the Gardens - Party in Paradise will be held in the beautiful Moody Gardens Convention Center providing a dazzling, tropical party atmosphere to count down to 2008. The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until 1:00 a.m.  

The event is priced at $500 per couple, which includes admission to the party and one night accommodations in the luxurious Moody Gardens Hotel. For an additional $60 per child, guests' children can attend the private Moody Gardens Children's Party (spaces are limited).  

Non-room packages are also available and are priced at $450 per couple or $225 for a single and include admission to the New Year's Eve party.  

Join us for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve and a whole lot of shakin’ with the money man! For reservations or additional information, call 888-388-8484.  

About Moody Gardens Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, education, conservation, recreation and research.

For more information visit www.moodygardens.com

Contact: Kristi J. Moers kmoers@sbcglobal.net 832-816-0714

Jamie Weir jweir@moodygardens.com 409-683-4411

www.moodygardenshotel.com

10/15/07

The Presentation Source Celebrates National AV Week at their new Conference Center in Bushnell’s Basin - Rochester, NY Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Presentation Source will host an Audio-Visual Tradeshow and Seminar Program on Thursday, October 25th at their Conference Center in Bushnell’s Basin.

The Presentation Source event will showcase the latest AV products and provide the opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with manufacturers and representatives from Extron, Canon, Epson, Casio, AMX, Polyvision, Shure, Ashly, Revolabs, Premier Mounts, Clearone, SMART Technologies, Tandberg, and Digital Projection. Seminars will be conducted throughout the day.

AV Week is being celebrated throughout the week of October 21-27.  During AV Week, a host of companies and organizations from around the world will be celebrating AV Week with special events at schools, job fairs, community outreach activities.  To learn more, please visit www.avweek.org .

The audiovisual industry is an integral part of information communications technology that includes new media, projectors, high definition TV’s, digital signage, and remote video; video and collaborative conferencing; interactive display, systems integration, and security systems.  The industry’s scope also includes presentation professionals and lighting and staging for corporate events, entertainment, sports and concerts. The audiovisual industry is a $55 billion dollar industry worldwide. 

The audiovisual industry is changing the way the world learns, works and lives,” said Randel A. Lemke, PH.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International, the professional audiovisual trade association.  “AV is impacting lives by assisting medical technicians in diagnosing patients, engaging students through distance learning, enabling companies to meet with investors from around the world without leaving their boardroom, keeping government infrastructure safe through sophisticated command and control centers and creating comfortable home and work environments through automated systems.”

To learn more about the Trade Show and Seminar Program, please visit www.presentationsource.com or call Nancy Jacobson at 585 381-3070 x201. 

The Presentation Source is a multimedia systems integrator serving customers since January 1990. They offer the latest in cutting-edge presentation solutions including digital signage, interactive whiteboards, video conferencing, digital projectors and displays and associated peripherals.

Henry G. Withers
hwithers@presentationsource.com
www.presentationsource.com
(585)381-3070  ext. 209 (888) 551-7575  ext. 209    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Nancy Jacobson 585-381-3070 ext.201 njacobson@presentationsource.com

The Presentation Source, Inc 1160A Pittsford-Victor Road Pittsford, NY 14534 www.presentationsource.com

 

10/10/07

Thirst* A film about one of the world's most critical resources

7:00 PM, Thursday, October 18, 2007 Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton - Is water part of a shared "commons?" A Human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of committees in Japan, Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions as water becomes the most valuable commodity of the 21st century."Thirst is a remarkable film. The looming freshwater crisis is the greatest environmental and human rights crisis of out time. Not surprisingly, the move is on by powerful corporations and governments to commodify and cartelize the world's water supplies for power and profit. Thirst is the story of this assault and the fight to stop it." - Maude Barlow, Chair, Council of Canadians and Co-author, Blue Gold. Laura Arney will present the film and lead a brief discussion afterwards. The program will end at 8:45PM -- From Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club More info at http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester/thirst_2007.htm

10/10/07

Mentors Wanted  

Compeer Rochester has just received federal funding to continue its Mentoring Children of Promise Program for another three years. This program gives community volunteers the opportunity to mentor youth ages 4 to 17 who have one or two incarcerated parents. Mentors spend four hours a month with youth doing fun activities they both enjoy. Interested volunteers and families with eligible children should contact Wendy Jones at 546-8280 Ext. 105 or send an email to WJones@compeer.org

10/9/07

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ADOPTING FROM CHINA    

Saturday, October 13, 2007 10:30am to 12:30 pm Brighton Memorial Library 2300 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY 14618   FREE EVENT. Every family that attends receives a coupon for $25 off our application fee. Great Wall families will receive 2 hours credit of the mandatory 10 hours of Hague Training.   Considering adopting? China has one of the longest running international adoption programs, a reliable process, and best of all, healthy, beautiful children! Join us to learn more about China’s orphaned children and how you can bring a beautiful child into your loving home. Learn about China’s eligibility requirements, overcome your fears of the home study process, and meet some of the families with their beautiful children who have already completed their Chinese adoption dreams!  

For more information about Great Wall China Adoption go to www.gwca.org or please call 888.GW.FAMILY. If you would like to register for this workshop, you may go to: http://www.gwca.org/events/workshops/view?1772  

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy & Jeremy Meltzer jeremy.ny@gwca.org.  Additional workshop locations, dates, and times are also listed at: www.gwca.org/events/workshops.   585-244-1327.

10/9/07

Project Management Institute, Rochester Chapter, to Host, Ashok Gupta, PMP of Shell Oil Company on October 18, 2007

Rochester, NY, October 10, 2007:  The Project Management Institute Rochester Chapter will host Ashok Gupta, PMP, Senior Project Manager at Shell Oil Company of Houston, TX, who will speak about “Managing Project Risks, Key to Project Success,” at a breakfast meeting, 7:00 AM, October 18, 2007, at the Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel, 1890 West Ridge Road.   

The cost for the event is $20 for PMI Rochester or AACE members, $25 for non-members.

The Agenda is as follows:

7:00 - 7:30 - Sign in and networking

7:15 - 8:00 - Breakfast Buffet

8:00 - 9:00 - Presentation

9:00 - 9:30 - Q/A & Wrap up  

All Project Managers and those interested in becoming Project Managers are invited to attend.  Registration is now open for this event through the following link: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=143038

For more information about the Project Management Institute Rochester Chapter visit: http://www.pmirochester.org.

 Overview

A plane crash is an uncontrolled landing. The pilot and his/her team manage and mitigate the risk to the extent that each and every time the plane lands safely and without incident. Using that philosophy this presentation will look at project risk management. Project risk management is defined as the processes concerned with identifying, analyzing and responding to project risk. A risk is any future event or condition that could prevent the project from achieving its objectives. To achieve maximum benefit, it must be viewed as an ongoing activity whose major components have multiple iterations during the execution of the project. Risk management is made up of six major risk related processes namely Risk Management Planning, Risk Identification, Qualitative Risk Analysis, Quantitative Risk Analysis, Risk Response Planning and Risk Monitoring and Control. We will, in the presentation look at each component and identify deliverables, tools and techniques to mitigate and manage these risks effectively to ensure project success.    

Bio:

Ashok Gupta joined Shell as Global Senior Project Manager in July 2000. He has over 20 years' experience in Information Technology, project management and finance, predominantly in the Publishing, Pharmaceutical and Energy sectors. Prior to Shell, Ashok spent six years with Glaxo Smith Kline as an IT manager and seven years with Tribune Company, initially as Systems analyst and then as IT manager. During his tenure at Shell, Ashok has been involved as Program Manager for multi million global projects in Financial Off shoring, Oil exploration and Retail. He is currently managing an asset integrity project for pipelines and tanks for Shell Distribution. He has an MBA, a Masters in Computer Science, and a certification in Project Management (PMP) and in Change Management (CMP) from the Wharton School. Ashok is married, with one daughter. He was educated in India and US and now lives in Rochester, NY, US.  

For More Information or for an Interview about PMI Contact:

Maria Vetri
Phone: 585.729.9611
mariavetri@vetricom.com

 

10/1/07

Project Management Institute, Rochester Chapter, to Host, Ashok Gupta, PMP of Shell Oil Company on October 18, 2007

Rochester, NY, October 1, 2007:  The Project Management Institute Rochester Chapter will host Ashok Gupta, PMP, Senior Project Manager at Shell Oil Company of Houston, TX, who will speak about “Managing Project Risks, Key to Project Success,” at a breakfast meeting, 7:00 AM, October 18, 2007, at the Rochester Airport Marriott Hotel, 1890 West Ridge Road. 

The cost for the event is $20 for PMI Rochester or AACE members, $25 for non-members.

The Agenda is as follows:

7:00 - 7:30 - Sign in and networking

7:15 - 8:00 - Breakfast Buffet

8:00 - 9:00 - Presentation

9:00 - 9:30 - Q/A & Wrap up  

All Project Managers and those interested in becoming Project Managers are invited to attend.  Registration is now open for this event through the following link: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=143038

For more information about the Project Management Institute Rochester Chapter visit: http://www.pmirochester.org. 

 Overview

A plane crash is an uncontrolled landing. The pilot and his/her team manage and mitigate the risk to the extent that each and every time the plane lands safely and without incident. Using that philosophy this presentation will look at project risk management. Project risk management is defined as the processes concerned with identifying, analyzing and responding to project risk. A risk is any future event or condition that could prevent the project from achieving its objectives. To achieve maximum benefit, it must be viewed as an ongoing activity whose major components have multiple iterations during the execution of the project. Risk management is made up of six major risk related processes namely Risk Management Planning, Risk Identification, Qualitative Risk Analysis, Quantitative Risk Analysis, Risk Response Planning and Risk Monitoring and Control. We will, in the presentation look at each component and identify deliverables, tools and techniques to mitigate and manage these risks effectively to ensure project success.    

Bio:

Ashok Gupta joined Shell as Global Senior Project Manager in July 2000. He has over 20 years' experience in Information Technology, project management and finance, predominantly in the Publishing, Pharmaceutical and Energy sectors. Prior to Shell, Ashok spent six years with Glaxo Smith Kline as an IT manager and seven years with Tribune Company, initially as Systems analyst and then as IT manager. During his tenure at Shell, Ashok has been involved as Program Manager for multi million global projects in Financial Off shoring, Oil exploration and Retail. He is currently managing an asset integrity project for pipelines and tanks for Shell Distribution. He has an MBA, a Masters in Computer Science, and a certification in Project Management (PMP) and in Change Management (CMP) from the Wharton School. Ashok is married, with one daughter. He was educated in India and US and now lives in Rochester, NY, US.  

For More Information Contact:

Maria Vetri
Phone: 585.729.9611
mariavetri@vetricom.com

10/01/2007   

1st Annual Walk the Water for Jessi's House      

Place: Lakeshore Blvd & Kings Highway (Parking in lot B)

Date: 10/07/07
Time: 8:30 AM           

Sunday October 7, 2007 will be our 1st Annual Walk the Water for Jessi's House fund raising event which will take place along the new Irondequoit Lakeshore Trail that runs from St. Paul Boulevard to Culver Road on the Lake Ontario Waterfront. This event is beng sanctiond by the USATF. Donations by Bill Grays Restaurants, South Paw Designs, Dane's Welding Supply, Sheet Metal Workers Local 46, St John Fisher Campus Ministry, St. John Fisher First Generation Scholars, Wegmans Hudson Ave, Nothnagle Realtors, Westcott Insurance Company and many other local businesses to support this event. Please visit http://www.jessishouse.com for more information.

Registration is at 8:30 AM (Donation of $25.00 includes walk, entertainment, Bill Gray's discounts and T-shirts. (T-shirts are limited, so please come early)

10/01/2007

WHO:     Project URGE, Inc.
WHAT:   URGEnt Presentation and Caravan Tour of Rochester Service Organizations & Ministries
WHERE: Browncroft Community Church
               
2530 Browncroft Blvd., Rochester, NY 14625
WHEN:   November 3rd – 9am – 12:30pm –
REGISTRATION: contact – jane@projecturge.org - or phone 458-5927 xt.104 

Please register by Friday, October 26th

COST:    FREE

*People may bring new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, towels, as well as canned goods or non-perishables to be distributed to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations who serve the under-served. 

Project URGE invites the community to learn more about Rochester’s committed service organizations and ministries, by meeting some of the organizations and hitching a ride directly to the action.

On Saturday morning, November 3rd, beginning at Browncroft Community Church at 9am to 12:30pm, participants will get a chance to hear presentations and meet with those who serve the under-resourced, abused, and at-risk youth. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited!

This is the fifth year participants will hear from and visit a broad spectrum of organizations, which include: after-school programs and summer camps for at-risk youth, soup kitchens, clothing ministries, entrepreneurial education, drug and alcohol rehab, food pantries, health/wellness and more. Foodlink, Rochester Teen Challenge, Community Lutheran Ministry, Rochester Recovery House, Project URGE, Sanctuary House and Grace Community Village are just a sampling of some of the organizations that will be represented.

This URGEnt event will help inform those who may be searching for opportunities to serve. Participants will choose an area where they will visit 5-6 sites and they’ll have an opportunity to meet with approximately 20 organizations prior to the tour. A continental breakfast will be offered with juice and coffee.

The trip will provide an in-depth view of the good work being done daily, as well as expose some of the profound needs in the Rochester community. Come discover specific ways and places to mend the brokenness in our city.

Project URGE, Inc. is a local faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that connects and unites churches, organizations to break down barriers of poverty, race and despair.

10/01/2007

VisualDxHealth Goes Live to Promote Wellness and Prevention

New Online Health Resource Uses Medical Images and Information to Educate Consumers

ROCHESTER, NY, October 1, 2007 – The search for medical answers has been advanced by the launch of VisualDxHealth, http://www.visualdxhealth.com, a unique online consumer health resource developed by the doctors and health care professionals at Logical Images, Inc. Much more than the typical health Web site, VisualDxHealth provides consumers with image-based health tools that pinpoint disease information and promote prevention through early detection. VisualDxHealth gives viewers current health information on a variety of topics, from skin cancer to bug bites and more. 

Turning to the Internet for health answers is increasingly common among adults in the U.S. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, 71% of people have used the Internet to search for health-related information this year. VisualDxHealth is dedicated to providing consumers quality, trusted health information online. Branched from the expert knowledge base of Logical Images’ professional tool VisualDx, VisualDxHealth visually presents health conditions from a database of over 2,000 medical images. “Having actual disease images for the consumer to compare to helps them better identify and understand their health concerns, a visual ‘that’s me’ experience,” said Dr. Art Papier, Chief Scientific Officer for Logical Images..  

VisualDxHealth has a growing number of easy-to-use, innovative health tools including My Disease Finder, the trusted health search based on Google’s custom search engine technology, and a series of interactive Web widgets. These tools give the consumer medically reviewed and managed information tailored to their actual input. Additionally, blogs or other health care Web sites can add the VisualDxHealth widgets to their site by visiting http://visualdxhealth.com/tools.htm – providing readers expert disease information right on their site.

About VisualDxHealth

VisualDxHealth, http://www.visualdxhealth.com, is an online consumer health resource developed by Logical Images, Inc – the creators of the professional clinical decision support software, VisualDx. Dedicated to providing trusted medical knowledge to anyone at anytime, VisualDxHealth is developed by doctors and health care professionals and is accredited by the Health On the Net Foundation (http://www.hon.ch/). VisualDxHealth focuses on “visually identifiable” conditions and diseases including over 2,000 medical-quality images and information on over 150 diseases. VisualDxHealth provides a growing number of innovative health tools such as a skin disease identifier tool, Web widgets, and a trusted health search based on Google’s custom search engine technology.  

About Logical Images

Based in Rochester, NY, Logical Images, http://www.logicalimages.com,  develops visual health care tools to elevate diagnostic accuracy, enhance medical education, and heighten patient knowledge. A company of digital imaging experts, leaders in computer-based design and knowledge management, skilled image archivists, and practicing physicians, our products are designed to speed disease visual recognition for faster, more effective clinical decision making and patient understanding. Logical Images’ comprehensive digital medical image library and expert-based resources help clinicians deliver better quality care and provide consumers with better medical knowledge.

10/1/2007

“Hope for Rochester” 

Rochester area Christians cross denominational borders to share 15-nights of biblical study on a variety of topics. 

Start Date: Friday, September 28 thru October 13th 2007        

Meeting Time Each Night: 7:00PM

Locations: For site locations visit: www.hopeforrochester.com (23 site locations across Rochester and Monroe County)

Cost: Free                       

Details: With so many devastating world events happening each day people are desperately searching for answers. “Hope for Rochester” was organized to bring biblical understanding to many of these unanswered questions, like: Why so much suffering? Why so many denominations? Can the Bible be trusted?  

The seminars will be held each night at 7:00PM from Friday, September 28th thru October 13th (15-nights straight). The grand finale of these seminars will be held at the new auditorium located at Robert’s Wesleyan College from October 11th thru the 13th. Seminar sites will be located all across Rochester and Monroe County (23 sites total). Site locations available at: www.hopeforrochester.com 

Rochester has never witnessed a spiritual journey like this before!  

Seminar Dates / Topics:
  • Sept. 28 - The Man of Mud and Medal
  • Sept. 29 - Why So Much Suffering?
  • Sept. 30 - Don’t Be Fooled
  • Oct. 1 - Move Your Hand
  • Oct. 2 – It All Adds Up
  • Oct. 3 – Your Day in Court
  • Oct. 4 – Whatever Happened to Right and Wrong?
  • Oct. 5 – Memory Lapse and Monkey Business
  • Oct. 6 (Morning) – Mister One-Day-Late
  • Oct. 6 (Evening) – How to Start Over Again
  • Oct. 7 – Where Do We Go When We Die?
  • Oct. 8 – A Thousand Years In Jail
  • Oct. 9 – Who Framed God?
  • Oct. 10 – Why So Many Denominations?
  • Oct. 11 – Survivors of the Longest War
  • Oct. 12 – The Holy Spirit and the Unpardonable Sin
  • Oct. 13 – Is Heaven Real?

Contact: Gary Wagner prgrw@verbaloxygen.com.

 

 

 

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