Central NY hosts Sesame
March 18, 2001
was one of those wee bit chilly but absolutely "Sunny
Days" in Upstate New York Under a bright blue almost spring
sky, Rachel Marie & Trevor James came to visit Grammy for
the day just to go see "Sesame Street Live" with at
the Stanley Performing Arts Center.
A packed house of parents and their children,
grandparents and their grandchildren, enjoyed the performance
immensely. Singing along with the familiar songs, waving the
lighted wands, peering through binoculars at the stage and at
the golden ornamental decor of the theatre, watching the joy
in their faces, all blended to give us one more reason for why
we choose to live in the Mohawk Valley.
Career Winners & Club Reps: L. to R. Tammy McCoy, *Danielle
Sexton-Corrigliano, *Elizabeth Pellegrino, Robin Bridson, *Sandra
Love, Helen Rico
Judges for Young Careerist / Career Recognition
/ Individual Development: Sadieann Spear, The Community Foundation;
Sandra Dobkowski, Management Training; Marlene Brown, TechnoTouch
Futurist & WebDesign
District V BPW Officers
Utica Evening BPW
Metro Utica BPW Hosts
District V Meeting
April 7, 2001
was a day to gather with fellow BPW members at the
annual District V meeting, which includes: Metro Utica BPW,
Utica Evening BPW, Rome BPW, Metro BPW, Metro Syracuse, Three
Rivers, and Watertown.
It was an honor to be asked to be one
of the three Judges for the BPW Young Careerist Candidate, Career
Recognition Candidate, and Individual Development Candidate.
After a morning spent in a board room, looking over Applications,
Conducting Personal Interviews, and Observing Group Interaction
of Questions Posed, we then proceeded to the Main Meeting Room
to Listen to Candidate's Speeches to the Group at Large. After
careful and silent consideration, each Judge turned their sheets
into the Committee for the final tally. The winners were announced
(see *picture above) and will now go on to compete for
the NYS titles.
Central NY Opens Hotel
March 23, 2001
We were invited to attend a pre-opening event as guests
of the Hotel Utica. The beauty and elegance of the completely
renovated hotel reminded me of the era of The Great Gatsby,
right down to the piano in the lobby. A tour of the Crystal
Ballroom and the elegant guest rooms was followed by a a marvelous
dining experience in the Lamplighter Room.
March 12, 1912 was the day in history
when the original Hotel Utica opened its doors to commercial
travelers and sophisticates. Judy Garland sang from the mezzanine
of the hotel, and Mickey Mantle signed autographs. F.D.R. &
Eleanor were two of the many dignitaries who graced the hotel.
Now, after 2 years and more than $11
million dollars in extensive renovations, every detail of the
hotel has been meticulously restored to take on the luster of
its original beauty. Co-owners Joseph Carucci and Charles Gaetano
combined nostalgic charm with modern amenities.
Central NY hosts Oldiez
March 24, 2001
If you're a lover of oldies music, the place to be on this
evening was back at the Stanley Performing Arts Center to be
a part of Spring Fling 2001. Oldiez96 radio station sponsored
the lineup of stars who mesmerized the audience.
Here's who we saw, met and were priviledged
to listen to: Lesley Gore, "It's My Party"; Lou Christie,
" Lightning Strikes"; Marrilee Rush, "Angel of
the Morning"; Jimmy Clanton, "Venus in Blue Jeans";
Bobby Lewis, "Tossin' and Turnin'"; and Johnny Farina,
The music, the memories, the friends
and colleagues who enjoyed the evening's event were just one
more reason the Mohawk Valley is a great place to live. If only
I had all my family members within an hour's drive, I'd be in
heaven on earth!
March 18, 2001
found me attending a board meeting at the Children's
Museum, and meeting with local Sponsors who help us to keep
Central New York's only Children's Museum financially solvent
and educationally growing.
Among the sponsors: WUTR TV20, The Ackerley
Group, Niagara Mohawk Foundation, Metropolitan Life Foundation,
Topps Markets, NYSCA, to name a few. Along with a talented and
dedicated board and great executive director, it brings a very
special building full of History, Natural History & Science
for children of all ages.
Central NY's only Children's
me attending a board meeting at the Children's Museum, a very
special building full of History, Natural History, Science,
& Technology for children of all ages. After serving a term
as President of the Board, the Board elected me to run the operations
at the Museum in the role of President of the Children's Museum.
Central NY raises a
record $1,036,393. at Heart Run/Walk
February 24, 2001 was a cold but sunny
day in Upstate New York Under a bright blue winter sky, a community
plus got involved in CNY's 30th annual Heart Run/Walk.
In all, 8,106 people braved the frigid
temperatures and either walked or ran in America's Greatest
Heart Run & Walk, helping to raise that record $1,036,393.
Jim Stasaitis, Heart Run & Walk chairman, said it
really is a community event, with something for everyone.
Community commitment is definitely at
the heart of this great annual event. While spirited and committed
teams of runners and walkers made a lot of money, spirited and
committed community volunteers pitched in. It's the same type
of spirit given to the Boilermaker.
One of the things organizers are particularly
proud of is anybody can be part of the event. People ran or
walked; took the time to make signs; wore T-shirts or buttons
remembering those they have lost to heart disease; formed teams;
1,500-plus volunteered their services; numerous others called
in their pledges to the radiothon.
Daniel Benzo, American Heart Association
senior Vice President, said the will of the people is what helped
event organizers exceed its goal of $1 million. Dan said, The
biggest difference this year was the commitment from the community.
Those who were part of a team that were passionate about a friend
or relative affected by heart disease, are the ones that made
Bob Ingalls, Run/Walk committee member
and race director for the Utica Boilermaker, said it was accomplished
with "quiet efficiency". At a closing ceremony at
Utica College gymnasium, Marolyn Wilson, Volunteer President
of the AMA Central Region, thanked the community for the success,
saying You are the heart of our event".
About 950,000 Americans suffer from
heart disease.T he American Heart Association spent about $337
million during 1999-2000 on research support, public and professional
education and community programs. All the money raised will
be used to support vital heart and stroke research projects
and educational programs during the year throughout the country.
Will the Heart Run & Walk break
its record next year? Stasaitis said, "Never underestimate
the spirit and passion of the people here in Central New York.
We'll start planning for next years event next week. There
is no rest when it comes to the Great American Heart Run &
Participants will turn in their pledged
money and pick up their incentives Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the American Heart Association Central Region
Office, 120 Lomond Court, Utica. The Central NY community will
then look forward to meeting the challenge again next year.
Central NY's TV Station's
& Trade Shows
found me being a guest commentator on WUTR TV 20, analyzing
the body language portrayed during the 2000 Fall Elections for
President of the United States. It was exciting to watch the debates,
jot down notes, then speed down the Arterial to appear within
minutes "live" on the local news station.
It was also a fun event to attend the Mohawk
Valley Chamber of Commerce Trade Show to support my local colleagues
and clients, get a caricature drawn, and get filmed for a commercial.
Just another interesting day in the Mohawk Valley!