There are some “new” faces around town if you have been tuned into tv or taking advantage of summer dining or entertainment.
NBC Connecticut has brought royalty, so to speak, to its traffic report the past couple weeks. Former Miss Connecticut Heidi Voight and former Miss USA Erin Brady have been taking turns guiding motorists through the Connecticut streets and highways until a replacement is named for former traffic reporter, Kayla James.
That decision is expected shortly, according to vice president of news Matt Piacente, but in the meantime, he has another staffing announcement as the political season heats up.
Max Reiss has been named the new political beat reporter and contributor to the “Decision 2014,” the station’s Sunday political program.
Reiss has covered politics for the past four years at WSFA, and Raycom Media, in Montgomery, Alabama., Piacente reports. Reiss is also a New York native, and a graduate of the University of Missouri.
He starts August 25th
If you stopped by Max Downtown recently, you will notice a new, and really happy, face when you walk in the door.
Smart, sassy and a really nice dresser, (‘I have to keep up with Steve Abrams,’she notes) Lenda comes from S&P Oyster Company in Mystic where she was the Director of Sales and Marketing. Prior to that, she was the Sales and Marketing manager for Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods.
And over at Grants there is a familiar face taking over general management duties there, as well.
Jim Kehoe, of Feng fame, has moved on to take over those duties at Billy Grant’s place, while Michelle Mc Mahon has returned as director of catering and Joyce Raicik has been hired as director of operations.
And in the “famous and formerly of Connecticut” category, Kensington native Annemarie Griggs has received an Emmy nomination for her work as the visual effects producer on the Starz series, “Black Sales.” The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy ceremony will be held on Aug. 16.
Well-known arts supporter and performer David Greer, has a part in the movie that opens Friday about the “Godfather of Soul.”
“I appear in a scene with actor Jill Scott in the movie, ” Greer informed Java. ” I’m her character’s date to a JB performance at the Apollo theater in 1962. She dumps me for the “Godfather of Soul!”