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Thursday, March 5, 2009

RSVP deadline Monday for Paul Grondahl - Weds. 3/11

Dear Friend of the Roundtable --

If you have not already done so, please reserve your seat for next week's Albany Roundtable Luncheon – Wednesday, March 11, 2009 --featuring journalist and author Paul Grondahl.

Grondahl has been a staff writer at the Albany Times Union since 1984, where his assignments have taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica; from Northern Ireland to Africa; and across New York State, from Ground Zero on 9/11 to the Adirondack wilderness.

His in-depth newspaper projects have won a number of local, state and national journalism awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award; more than a dozen New York State Associated Press writing contest awards; and the Hearst Eagle Award, the highest recognition for a reporter in the Hearst Corporation.The author of four books, including Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma (Washington Park Press, 1997), Grondahl was named Albany Author of the Year in 1997 by the Albany Public Library. He has been featured on C-SPAN's "About Books" and "Book TV."

His newest project,, provides a fresh and dynamic multimedia experience for aspiring photographers and journalists seeking field experience as well as fans of documentary films. In collaboration with photographer Steve Jacobs, Grondahl recently released a commemorative DVD of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. He will show an excerpt of the video at the luncheon, and copies will be available for purchase for $10.

The law firm of O’Connell and Aronowitz is sponsoring the March 11 luncheon. With offices in both Albany and Plattsburgh, O’Connell and Aronowitz offers its clients the resources of a big-city firm, with the comfort and familiarity you expect from your neighborhood lawyer.

Reservations are required by Monday, March 9 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at .

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $12 for those who register on or before March 9, and $15 at the door. The buffet lunch begins at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. It is held in the third floor former court room of the Old Federal Building, now part of SUNY Plaza at the foot of State Street. (Click here to get your bearings with Google Street View. Building is currently surrounded by scaffolding. Disregard signs on front doors that say you must go around the back to enter ... )

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Colleen Ryan
President, Albany Roundtable

PS: Be sure to bring a business card for the Roundtable Raffle ... we have a great prize this month! Capital Repertory Theatre has provided a pair of tickets to a show of your choice at their theatre at 111 North Pearl Street. Everyone who attends the Roundtable Luncheon may enter the drawing, you must be present to win.