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Arts patron

Ottaviano receives Patroon honor at 90th birthday bash

Longtime patron of the arts saluted

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, left, listens as Congressman Paul Tonko, talks about Gioia Ottaviano who just received the Schenectady Patroon Award at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, left, listens as Congressman Paul Tonko, talks about Gioia Ottaviano who just received the Schenectady Patroon Award at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse Saturday.
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All kinds of exemplary people have been named Schenectady Patroons. The title — considered the highest honor the city can bestow upon a citizen — has gone to successful entrepreneurs, lifelong attorneys, Union College’s first female baccalaureate, social cause advocates, war veterans and baseball champions. When Mayor Gary McCarthy named Gioia Ottaviano a Patroon on Saturday for her lifelong involvement in the arts, she was a little taken aback. “Somebody else said this earlier, but ...


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raysimboli
January 12, 2014
3:20 a.m.

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Congratulations Gioia! I am so happy for you. I have not seen you in a long, long time but I cherish the times we were able to talk about our family connections. I hope to be able to see you sometime soon, I'm in the area now.
Good Thoughts and Good Health to you! - Ray Simboli

fred_heitkamp
January 12, 2014
9:16 a.m.

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What a great and completely deserved honor! Congratulations, Gioia. I'll see you at the EJO concert in April. - Fred Heitkamp

maryjr98
January 12, 2014
2:23 p.m.

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Wonderful Gioia! I always was a great fan of yours. You've been a real inspiration. Patti Marino

bartigle
January 12, 2014
10:53 p.m.

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Although I am far away, my thoughts and best wishes are with you. We have made many memories together attending numerous productions throughout the Capital District. I remember your mom and aunt attending the performances I had the privilege to act in, and you do much more than "show up." I wish I could be there right now and give you a big hug. See you next summer. Iris.

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