News & Notes
C&J Tire Services Expanding into Central PA!
April 17, 2014
ALG congratulates CJ's Tire & Automotive Services, Inc. ("CJ's") on its expanded footprint in Central Pennsylvania. CJ's is growing and we were proud to assist with it's most recent addition – 2814 East Market Street in York (pictured above). Coupled with exercising its purchase option on the leased West Chester store last year, CJ's has solidified its presence in its 12th store, while York represents its 13th location in Central Pennsylvania. The organization is now providing high quality tire and automotive services in more Central Pennsylvania markets. These 2013 initiatives highlight the growth in play with this impressive client. Reviewing CJs' real estate and expansion plans for 2014 shows that CJs has no intention of slowing down their roll! With over 40 years of excellent values and upstanding business practices, it is such a pleasure to watch CJ's grow at this pace. In addition to key values that are integral to CJ's success, the company offers many of the major tire brands in its stores, including, but not limited to, Michelin, BF Goodrich and Hankook. CJ's also sells and installs custom wheels for trucks, SUVs, performance and passenger cars.
If you want to find out why CJ's is changing more than just tires, we encourage you to experience the difference - visit the CJ's Tire & Automotive Services website and make an appointment at the store nearest you. CJ's is a locally owned family business.
ALG Offers Congratulations to Marstellar Oil & Concrete!
March 31, 2014
ALG offers its delayed congratulations to Marstellar Oil & Concrete ("Marstellars") of Duncannon, PA. In mid 2013 Marstellars enhanced their operations yet again, adding 2011 State Road in Duncannon as the new location for its head quarters and primary operations. "We have been fortunate to be involved in the expansion matters for all of our clients, but for the family-owned businesses, the feeling is more complete because everyone knows that each real estate closing highlights the hard work that paid off", says Managing Attorney Rich Artell. Marstellar Oil & Concrete offers home heating oil for delivery, and also provides concrete and related services – big and small. For over 15 years Marstellars has demonstrated that solid business practices and hard work will yield success. To support a local family business and obtain professional, on-time service, visit Marstellar's website to schedule your oil or concrete delivery.
ALG is proud to announce that paralegal Elise Glunz is now a Certified Paralegal ("CP") through the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. ("NALA")!
March 25, 2014
ALG is proud to announce that staff paralegal Elise Glunz has been qualified by the National Association of Legal Assistants' credentialing program - through extensive testing - as a Certified Paralegal ("CP"). Elise took it upon herself to obtain this certification, which is a testament to her own personal drive. She doesn't "just" want to be a paralegal, she is striving to be better at every juncture. She is young in her career, but displays a seasoned outlook in her sense of professionalism. We are very fortunate to have her on the team. Elise is a key player on the ALG team and has the excellent research and analysis skills necessary to facilitate the work of our attorneys. This adds value to the client by ensuring that a high quality product can be delivered in a very efficient fashion. Congratulations Elise and thank you for your committment to your personal development, our firm, and most of all our clients!
The National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., is pleased to announce that Elise C. Glunz has successfully completed the two-day Certified Paralegal examination and in now entitled to use of the "CP" professional credential. Glunz is among 154 paralegals in the state of Pennsylvania and 17,822 paralegals nationwide who have attained this goal.
Established in 1976, the Certified Paralegal examination program is a voluntary professional credentialing program developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants and administered by a board composed of paralegals, members of the American Bar Association and members of the field of education active in paralegal training. The Certified Paralegal program involves successful completion of a comprehensive examination covering the topics of communications; legal research; ethics, human relations and interviewing techniques; legal terminology; judgment and analytical ability and substantive law. Thereafter, evidence of continuing legal education must be submitted periodically in order to maintain certified status.
The National Association of Legal Assistants, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a national, non-profit association which represents over 18,000 paralegals through individual members and 87 affiliated state and local associations. It is the leader in the growth and development of the paralegal profession, providing continuing education, professional development, and certification programs for the career field.
ALG Teams Up with ORSA!
March 14, 2014
Congratulations to the leaders of Olmsted Recreational Soccer Association ("ORSA") for their 2013 accomplishments. ALG has been working with ORSA to formalize the critical 501(c)3 status. In addition to solidifying this critical step for the organization, ORSA leadership has achieved a number of things in 2013, including the introduction of the first phase of online registrations, a brand new concession stand, dedicated to long time past president, Charles Stokes, and last but not least, the commitment to elect a compliance officer who will monitor compliance with safety rules, such as the coaches' concussion training requirements. Says ALG CFO, Colleen Artell (who coached a team for the organization this past year): "The ORSA board is working hard to make change within the organization. So many people don't realize the level of commitment that exists within the leadership group. They are a forward looking group that is trying to effect change that will provide long term benefit for the organization, and most importantly, the kids. We enjoy working with ORSA - their responsiveness facilitates our efforts for a win-win."
Home Team Training Center
February 27, 2014
ALG welcomes new client Home Team Training Center, LLC ("Home Team"). Home Team offers athletic performance enhancement programs and certified fitness training to student athletes, coupled with an understanding and knowledge of what kids need to develop their athletic ability while still maintaining a focus on academics, community involvement and upstanding behavior. Home Team's grand opening is March 1, 2014 within the Hetrick Center in Middletown, PA. Visit www.hometeamtrainingcenter.com for information on special grand opening incentives.
Among a larger population of youth athletic performance enhancement clubs, camps, and facilities, Home Team strives to offer something more. Sole proprietor and Certified Fitness Trainer Robert Stone, IV has spent years coaching and training local kids. His main objective for Home Team is to offer local kids a chance at enhancing their athletic ability without the typical high end price tag attached to most programs of the same nature. Coupled with the use of the Hetrick Center's facilities, Home Team provides student athletes with advanced training and performance enhancement for a reasonable price - right here, in our community. "Many of our local athletes have a limited ability to ever seek targeted performance training due to cost constraints" says Stone. "At Home Team, we understand that need, and we look at youth athletics as a conduit to teach kids about living healthy as well as being active community members." Home Team's mission is to produce advanced athletes that look at training and health as way to expand their productivity at school, within the realm of their chosen sport and within the community. Obtaining peak performance facilitates this mentality. For parents, it's local and affordable.
Happy Holidays from the Artell Law Group!
December 17, 2013
From our team to yours – May your holiday season be filled with rest, relaxation and family and friends!
ALG Named 2013 Finalist for Emerging Business of the Year in Central Pennsylvania
November 15, 2013
On November 4, 2013 ALG was recognized at the Central Penn Business Journal's Business of the Year Awards, held at the Harrisburg Hilton. Managing Attorney Rich Artell and his wife Colleen, the firm's CFO, attended the dinner with staff members and colleagues. Says Managing Attorney Artell "the best part of the event was listening to the inductees for the business hall of fame talk about the early years when they started their business. After that you sit back and feel honored to be in the presence of those folks. You know how hard you work and how much mental capital you spend worrying about pleasing your clients, and doing the right things. When you listen to people who have 'been there and done that' you feel so energetic about your own business. I could listen to those stories all night. Bringing home a finalist plaque was icing on the cake. My congratulations go out to the winner, Red Pivot, LLC and all the other finalists as well. Special thanks to ALG staff members who made such recognition a reality!"
Building Renovation Updates
August 23, 2012
We've been anxious to update our clients and colleagues on the progress we're making at our new office location. One thing that we're committed to is keeping a low cost structure so that we can maintain one of the key tenets to the firm's approach – which is to carve out fair and equitable compensation for our attorneys while keeping billable rates reasonable for our clients. Solid legal competence doesn't need to be associated with high overhead costs. The new building location is cost-effective for us and easy to get to for clients. It also offers visibility – something else we were after.
This week we put a wrap on the upstairs attorney offices – painting, flooring, and cleaning were accomplished. Last week, the great team from LT Land & Tree scaled back the trees and shrubs that had grown up and were covering our signs. Some of the beautiful trees on our lot also got a hair cut – like the giant Sycamore on the South-west corner of the building itself. Such a beautiful tree deserves a healthy haircut once in a while. Now that the trees are trimmed, it's time to change the signage. Look for an update on that in the near future! !
ALG has moved to a new Office!
July 10, 2012
ALG now occupies the old Mid Penn Bank Retail Branch located at 4098 Derry Street. Centrally located in Harrisburg and just minutes from the turnpike, Harrisburg International Airport, and downtown Harrisburg, 4098 Derry Street is easily accessible from the Capital Beltway. Our clients enjoy both an easy commute and free parking. Look for renovations and signage updates along the Harrisburg skyline in the near future!
ALG Applauds CJ's Tire & Automotive Services, Inc For Its Long-term Commitment to Community Service
February 13, 2012
The Artell Law Group takes pride in its affiliation with the successful business' it represents. All of our clients are hardworking, hard charging, down to Earth and just downright smart business people. Sometimes we take note of their actions and attempt to emulate them by adopting their logic in our firm – and sometimes the things they do impress us beyond normal. CJ's Tire & Automotive Services, Inc has repeatedly caught our eye with their commitment to community support and service. Using only a few recent examples, we would like to recognize their efforts. Pictured here is CJ's name immortalized on the wall at the Jefferson Breast Care Center in a ribbon cutting ceremony held October 11, 2011.
In another recent example, this past November, CJs received the Jeremy Carroll Foundation award for excellence in support from the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Berks County.
SSLLC Vantage Point World Championship
November 1, 2011
Artell Law Group is proud to congratulate their client Schengrund Stables, LLC "SSLLC" on winning their first World Championship this past October with their home-bred star SSLLC Vantage Point.
SSLLC is a Morgan horse breeding operation located just outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania. The farm's show horses are under the direction of Luman Wadhams Stable of Warren, Vermont, the state which happens to be the origin of the Morgan breed. SSLLC delivers about seven new foals each year adding to their line-up of future World Champions. To see the exciting young stock this hard-working stable has to offer check out www.ssllcmorgans.com.
Again, we here at ALG congratulate you Kevin and the rest of the team at Schengrund Stables and look forward to many more stories of World Championship success with your youngsters!
Ovarian Cancer Walk
September 18, 2011
ALG and friends participated in the Ovarian Cancer Walk on September 18th. ALG is committed to women and mothers in the workplace, women's issues, and providing work-life balance for all employees. Pictured at the walk from left to right are Michelle Heinbaugh and Amy Fincher, both friends of the firm, as well as Lindsey Bierzonski, employment law attorney at ALG, and Colleen Artell, ALG's CFO.
Negotiation of Ground Lease for New Retail Location, Construction Review, Management of Mechanics Lein Releases and Escrow to Reduce Bonding Costs and Title Insurance
September 2, 2011
The Artell Law Group is proud to announce that it has assisted its client, CJ's Tire & Automotive Services, Inc., in the negotiation of a long term ground lease to bring you a new location in Lionville, Pennsylvania. CJ's has provided quality tire and automotive services to Pennsylvania residents since 1971. CJ's locations are already in Birdsboro, Coventry, Kimberton, Leesport, Limerick, Lititz, Mechanicsburg, New Holland, Orwigsburg, West Chester and West Lawn. This location is the company's 12th store in Pennsylvania, and we look forward to other new locations opening soon...(click for more)
Asset Acquisition & Negotiation of a Lease
August 15, 2011
The Artell Law Group is pleased to announce that its client, Edge Performance Hockey, LLC, has completed an asset acquisition and negotiation of a lease in relation to their retail expansion and relocation into the Twin Ponds East skating facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to supplying Central Pennsylvania with its ice hockey equipment needs...(click for more)
The Artell Law Group welcomes Colleen Artell, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer and as a liaison for our work on Pennsylvania tax matters. A member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colleen was previously responsible for the oversight of the accounting and finance operations of a multi-million dollar entity for many years. Colleen's experience will be a valuable asset to our clients and to the firm's Pennsylvania state tax team. Colleen has assisted on several sales & use tax audits...(click for more)
July 14, 2011
The Artell Law Group, LLC would like to extend its congratulations to The Schuchart Family in their recent acquisition of the operating assets of THE GOOD DOG COMPANY, a Colorado Limited Liability Company. The Good Dog Company designs and manufactures a line of durable, earth-friendly pet products priced for the mainstream consumer...(click for more)
March 1, 2011
Formerly the firm's IT Intern, Dustin signed on as a full-time Information Technologies Specialist on March 1, 2011. The firm is delighted to have Dustin as a permanent member of its team (and not just because he is now always on hand to fix computer issues!). Everyone at the Artell Law Group welcomes Dustin and his excellent work to the new full-time position.
New Office Space
December 30, 2010
The Artell Law Group started off 2011 by moving to a new office! The firm is now located at 651 East Park Drive, Suite 108, Harrisburg, PA. The entire team is enjoying the new space, and is utlizing all the new improvments to continue to bring quality service to all our clients.