Closing the Distance

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Closing the Distance

As we continue to show gratitude for our healthcare and frontline workers, I want to tell you about a new, beautiful song that has just been released.

Singer/songwriter Anthony Nunziata and Maria Christensen have written and produced “There Are Angels Among Us,” a song saluting the brave individuals who continue to work to heal and keep the community safe.

Please check out this heartfelt video and poignant song:

We still can’t meet in person, but we can surely convene in another way.
How about getting some friends together and having a tea party?

Tea expert Miriam Novalle  is not only passionate and knowledgeable about tea, she is also a sharp entrepreneur. And Miriam has created the ability to throw a fabulous event by providing a tea party in a box, as well as opportunities to meditate with a meditation master and enjoy healing teas during the session. Check out tsalon

For theatre of the mind entertainment, the Audio Drama Initiative has just released their new series, “Closing the Distance” starring Jason Alexander, Tony Danza, William Hurt, Kelli O’Hara and Kathleen Turner.  This audio drama podcast is a series of ten short pieces that explore what this period of quarantine and isolation does to individuals.

“Closing the Distance” is free and available on Apple podcasts. Closing the Distance

Valerie Smaldone Bagels and Broadway

Conversations with the people behind all these initiatives, as well as a chat with Three Tomatoes founder and Renewal Summit co-producer Cheryl Benton, can be heard on this Saturday morning’s “Bagels and Broadway” radio show from 9-10 on WNYM-AM970, online, Alexa, and following airing of the show, on podcast. Bagels and Broadway podcasts


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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