Month: December 2018

About The Editor


Julie A Pappalardo

     I live in Newstead.  Newstead is the town around the Village of Akron.  Outside the village, is mostly farmland where farmers grow corn and soy (for now at least).  On any given day when I go outside, depending on the way the wind is blowing, I can smell the sweet smell of bubblegum from the Ford Gum Factory, Ice Cream from the Perry’s Ice Cream Plant, or, you know, farm smells. 

After growing up in a Connecticut suburb of NYC, and spending the bulk of my 20’s in South Florida, I transplanted here in Western NY.  Both of my parents families are from Batavia.  I’m a DJ by trade, meaning I went to school for “radio broadcasting”.  My first job was at 1490 WGCH-AM in Greenwich CT when I was 15.  I was too cool for school when I got to drive around in the WGCH van with my cassette recorder and WGCH microphone 🎤 to go interview people, and write/edit news.  Naturally, I ended up being a radio DJ for a while, which turned into starting a Mobile DJ service that I ran for years.  I DJed everything you could imagine from bars, to parties, to parties on drift fishing boats, to playing music for people who had suffered horrific brain injuries and could maybe only tap their pinkie to the music.  At some point I decided that it would be a great idea to be a bar owner, so I did that🤦‍♀️….Twice🤦‍♀️.  I also thought it would be a great idea to buy rental property (I could write a book on that🙄). I have been out of the bars and DJing for about 10 years, and have now started winding down my real estate.  That means it is time for something new. 

So now, I am getting back to my roots like when I worked at the radio station, and have started The Newsteader, a new online only site for community/cultural event info, news, weather, recipes, and who knows what else for Akron/Newstead and the surrounding areas.  This is a completely new journey for me.  I’m going to make mistakes along the way, but hopefully learn from them.  I look so forward to learning about different topics and enriching my own life in doing this.  I hope you all find this site engaging, informational, and entertaining.  JAP

PS: You can also catch me playing bass guitar in the local Folk Noir Band, Harvey Brice & The Unbroken.  We are on break for Winter, but will be out again in Spring! #ShamelessSelfPromotion 

New Years Festivities In Akron

The New Years Eve Gala at the Senior Center Kicks off at with dinner and dancing from 5:30 to 9PM


The Akron New Years Eve Ball Drop at 11:30, FREE hot cocoa at the pavilion and fireworks at Midnight!

There is also a taster menu dinner at Bistro 93, but that could be sold out at this point.  Give them a ring if you are interested.

Please remember we might have some wind tonight, so dress accordingly!

About The Newsteader

    What is The Newsteader?


The Newsteader is the NEW online only source for news, information and community events in Akron/Newstead and the surrounding areas.  The site was created to consolidate community events into one, convenient, easy to navigate spot for everyone.  On The Newsteader you will find:

  • Local News
  • Feature Articles 
  • Police Beat
  • Death Notices
  • Birth Announcements
  • Weather


 The Events Calendar is for ALL general events going on out, about and around town.

  • For Music fans: Concert listings for the whole WNY area
  • For Motor Heads: Summer Cruise Nights for the whole WNY area
  • For Parents: The Summer Carnivals and Festivals.
  • For Hunters and Fisherman/Women:  Hunting Season Tips
  • For Farmers: News Releases from the DEC and Dept of Ag that seem of interest.

**Readers have asked for an Obituary section.  Obituaries are now an option on The Newsteader.  Please talk to your funeral director about that, or you can contact The Newsteader directly for pricing**

     If you have news or a story to share, for example:  Your child wins an award, opening a new business, or someone turning 100, we want to hear about it!  We want to showcase our residents!  There are several links on the site to “contact us”, please fill out the form and someone will get back to you ASAP.  

    If you have a community event/fundraiser, please let us know so we can get it on the calendar and let everyone know about it.  

Please go to the “press release” link to send press releases.  We will get them on the air within 24 hours. 

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