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“New” Faces On/In Hartford TV, Movies, Restaurants

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There are some “new” faces around town if you have been tuned into tv or taking advantage of summer dining or entertainment.

Erin Brady poses at a news conference after being crowned Miss USA 2013 in Las VegasNBC Connecticut has brought royalty, so to speak, to its traffic report the pastHeidi-Voight[1] 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.

max Rachel Lenda has been tapped as the new manager, replacing Duncan Hunter.

Smart, sassy and a really nice dresser,  (‘I have to keep up with Steverachel 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.

And if you happen to be headed to the opening of the James Brown biopic, ‘Get On Up,’ watchgreer carefully, there’s a well-known former Hartford guy on the screen.

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!”

CRIS Gala “Dancing In the Dark” And In The Spotlight

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cris14It was anything but “Dancing in the Dark” at CRIS Radio’s annual gala Saturday at The Hartford Club.

If anything it was a “lights, camera, action” moment if ever there was one as a slew of celebrity amateur dancers paired up with the pros for a “Dancing With the Stars” kind of night, Connecticut style.

Contestants represented a “who’s who” of tv personalities including Univision’s Ana Alfaro, Fox Ct’s  Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante, and WFSB’s  Olessa Stepanova and Matt McFarland. But their camera savvy wasn’t enough when it came to the waltz, the cha-cha and the samba…it was pageant queen Emily Audibert, Miss Connecticut 2012 who, with partner Joe Monnin from Arthur Murray in New Britain who walked off with that treasured mirror ball. Doing an “encore” performance was last year’s winner, Aetna vice president Floyd Green who showed the sold-out crowd he hadn’t forgotten a thing when it came to the dance floor.

cris11Proceeds from the night benefit the non-profit that provides reading services and programming for the vision impaired.

cris20Judges for the evening were professional dancer David Rosinski, backed up by Shelly Sindland and Java, a trio that gave the pair the only perfect score of the evening, “10s” all across. Emcee for the evening was WFSB ‘s Scot Haney.

cris10The real stars of the show however were CRIS volunteers/clients Rosie Morline and Diane Duhaime, who, despite being legally blind, danced for the second year in a row, with Monnin and Frankie DelAguila, also from Arthur Murray New Britain.

“We are so excited to dance again,” said Duhaime, who with Morline, continued dance lessons after their premier performance at the fundraising gala last year.

The evening was also about some awards. ESPN was presented the CRIS Radio Business of the Year and William Webb with the CRIS Radio Educator of the Year award.