Commerce and Community: Sept. 12, 2012
Home Style' Portofino's sets grand opening
COLONIE -- The grand opening of Portofino's Italian Restaurant, at 831 New Loudon Road (Route 9) in Latham, is set for 4 p.m. on Thursday, when a ribbon-cutting will take place.
An open house will follow with hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the staff.
The restaurant is owned by Home Style Caterers, which had its start as Home Style Pizza 39 years ago on upper Union Street in Schenectady.
Owners Anthony Adonnino and Michael and Louis Bennice said in a news release: "The transformation from great dinners, pizzas and other classic Sicilian dishes to the more large-scale catering and restaurant fine dining was easy for our family. Attention to the customer is an easy cliche for most. We live it."
Justin Engineri, the chef and a part-owner, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales and a 2012 Rising Star Chef finalist.
"We love our location, being part of the resurgence of the Latham business district and really love the people who have eaten at our restaurant so far," Engineri says in the news release. "We are committed to giving an extraordinary dining experience, as well as the best possible menu this area has to offer."
The restaurant will offer live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. A noon brunch will be added soon.
Colorectal surgeon joins Albany Med
ALBANY -- A. David Chismark, M.D., has joined the division of colorectal surgery at Albany Medical Center and has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at Albany Medical College.
Besides seeing patients at the Surgeons Pavilion at Albany Med, 50 New Scotland Ave., Chismark also will see patients at Albany Med's Multispecialty Office on Route 146 in Clifton Park.
He is board certified in colon and rectal surgery and general surgery.
Previously, he was employed by Core Physicians LLC in Exeter, N.H. He completed his fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center/Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando and completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center, where he served as chief resident in general surgery. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.
He resides in Slingerlands with his wife and three children.
Coldwell Banker signs new agent
EAST GREENBUSH -- Coldwell Banker Prime Properties has announced the addition of Frances Gail Rockwell, licensed real estate salesperson, to the East Greenbush Office, located at 73 Troy Road, as a new member of its sales force.
Rockwell resides in Grafton and will be selling real estate throughout the Capital Region.
Agents assigned by Realty USA
ALBANY -- Realty USA has added Janice Cohen to its Empire Office.
Cohen has eight years of residential sales experience and is an associate broker. She holds the CBR designation and green certification.
Realty USA also added Allen Van Hoff to its Queensbury office.
Van Hoff, who has four years of experience in residential sales, is a licensed salesperson and previously was with Keller Williams' Saratoga Office.
Hiscock & Barclay taps administrator
SYRACUSE -- Jeffrey B. Koehne has been named executive director of Hiscock & Barclay LLP.
A certified public accountant, Koehne will use his finance background and decade of experience managing professional services businesses to oversee all administrative departments firmwide, an announcement says. He joined Hiscock & Barclay in October 2011 as deputy executive director and was promoted to executive director following the death of the firm's longtime executive director, John M. Nice.
Koehne is a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business (M.B.A. in finance, 1988) and Hamilton College (B.A., 1984). Prior to joining Hiscock & Barclay, he was chief financial officer at Ariston Global LLC in Pittsford. Before that, he was controller-Europe Sales Channel for France Telecom in London and senior vice president, finance and operations for the Corporate Presence Inc. in New York.
Hiscock & Barclay LLP is a full-service, 200-attorney law firm with offices throughout New York state and in Boston, Washington and Toronto.
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