Newsletter — 7/25/17 Topics and Guests on Schenectady Today Show

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

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 Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am at Proctors Underground on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

July 25, 2017 #992

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites 

~~~ Segment ONE ~~~

St. Catherine’s Center for Children

Frank Pindiak, Executive Director

Jaclyn “Jackie” Yusko, Chief Operating Officer

            St. Catherine’s Center for Children provides a comprehensive range of human services designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children and families we serve.

St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s Running SCCCared 5K: A family-friendly 5K with a Halloween-theme. Runners/walkers are encouraged to join us in Halloween costumes. Come as a monster, come as your favorite superhero, or come as yourself, but join the fun! Race t-shirts to the first 300 runners, games, refreshments, and more.

St. Catherine’s Center for Children was founded by the Daughters of Charity in Albany in 1886 as a home for sick orphans. Today, the agency is a publicly-funded not-for profit human services agency, offering a comprehensive range of programs for children and families coping with issues of abuse, neglect, mental illness, homelessness, and trauma. St. Catherine’s offers residential services for children ages 5 to 13; extensive homeless services, including a homeless family shelter and related services; a therapeutic foster care program serving children and adolescents; an elementary school for children with special educational needs; and community-based prevention services and programs designed to strengthen vulnerable families. Last year, St. Catherine’s services reached nearly 2,000 children and families in the Capital Region and beyond.

  • Organization: St. Catherine’s Center for Children
  • Address: 40 North Main Ave. Albany 12203
  • Event: St. Catherine’s Running SCCCared Family 5K
  • Location of event: The Crossings of Colonie
  • Date/Time: Sat. Oct 14 at 9:30 am
  • Cost: $30 race day registration/$25 pre-race registration/$20 students 21 and under
  • Contact Information: Phone 518-453-6700
  • Facebook: Yes “St. Catherine’s Center for Children
  • Instagram: @stcatherinescenterforchildren
  • Twitter: @stcathcenter
  • Website:  

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

TEDx – Soul Stories

Cristina James, PhD

Academic Dean, The Benjamin School

            Dr. James is also an English Teach at the Benjamin School located in Florida.

The mission is helping students from 4th grade up to find their soul stories, to learn to wield and manipulate language before it can wield and manipulate them, and speak their truth to power on the global TED platform. I implement this curriculum at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida, but I am also in talks with various schools in the capital district to create a summer camp that would see students organizing their own licensed TEDx event and writing TED talks to present at our event.

TEDxTheBenjaminSchool’s next annual event will be held on April 21st all day and live streamed from Benjamin Hall.  The theme this year is SapirWhorf which is the theory that the words that populate a culture’s language naturally influence the experience of the people ensconced in that culture. For instance, if you are part of a culture where women are routinely called “girls” this will affect the way in which women are both perceived and how they perceive themselves.

We anticipate at least 35 of our student speakers to take the stage with adult guest speakers, Columbia Post Doc Fellow and TED Speaker, Dr. Jamila Lysicott, Promoter of Self Determination and Local Entrepreneurship in 3rd world countries Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, Author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, Poet Georgia Heard, Professor Andrew Reiner, Educator Cornelius Minor, and the local Mia Scirocco trio.

For those of you unfamiliar with TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), it is a non-profit global platform for speakers to present ideas worth spreading.  TEDx allows local TED organizers to create licensed, independent TED events in their community or at their school. My program helps students find their stories and mine them into talks for their TEDx program

  • Organization: Soul Stories – The Benjamin School
  • Event: TEDx The Benjamin School
  • Location of event: Live Streamed from the school’s theater
  • Date/Time: April 21 all day
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “TedxTheBenjaminSchool”
  • Twitter: @soulsdna
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Wish Jump 2017

Mary Kenney – Event Organizer

            Wish Jump 2017 is the seventh annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. Wish Jumpers are local individuals who spend a few months fundraising and then all come together on the last Saturday in July to go skydiving. Funds raised are donated directly to our local Make-A-Wish chapter and are used for granting wishes to wish kids and teens with life-threatening medical conditions and who live in the 518 areas. Since 2011, nearly $200,000 has been raised, and over a dozen wishes granted. This year 25 people from the Capital Region will be skydiving, including the chapter CEO, Bill Trigg III, who has skydived every year since Wish Jump began.

Wish Jump is an “independent” fundraiser for Make-A-Wish NENY, meaning, it is not the Make-A-Wish organization that hosts or organizes the event. I became a volunteer wish granter for the chapter in 2010. After granting my first wish I was so moved by the experience, I decided I wanted to hold a fundraiser, but I wanted to do something a little more exciting than a bake sale. Hence, Wish Jump was born. Wish Jumpers are the participants who raise money and go skydiving. Over the years we have had several Wish Jumpers who were previously wish kids and who beat cancer. We have also had a number of wish parents participate. They see Wish Jump as an exciting way to give back to Make-A-Wish. This year is the 30th anniversary of the local chapter, so our fundraising goal is $30,000. Right now we are at $25,000 with a week and a half to go!

  • Organization: Wish Jump (Independent Fundraiser for Make-a-Wish)
  • Event: Wish Jump 2017
  • Location of event: Skydive the Ranch, New Paltz NY
  • Date/Time: Sat. July 29 at noon
  • Cost: Fundraising required to participate in skydive.
  • Facebook: Yes “Wish Jump”
  • Twitter: @wishjump2017
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

15-LOVE – Youth Tennis

Amber Marino, Executive Director

            We operate throughout the Capital Region, with special emphasis on the inner cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer.  Since 1990, the program has impacted more than 45,000 youth and their families, including about 4,400 in the last year.

Mission Statement: “To reach out in a loving, caring way to youth of the Capital Region, using tennis as the medium, especially those in the inner cities”

  • Within the overall mission, the following seven themes are emphasized:
    – To stress education
  • – To promote good health (both emotional and physical)
  • – To instill positive values
  • – To foster multi-cultural relationships
  • – To encourage good sportsmanship
  • – To support family preservation
  • – To give back in the community

Schenectady Tennis Association is hosting a Tennis Social that will include refreshments and drinks to benefit 15-LOVE and the improvements at the Central Park Tennis Courts. Everyone is welcome, please contact Beth Dieck at 518-399-4958 to register.

The City of Schenectady and USTA Eastern have joined forces to repair the tennis courts at Central Park. There are some additions to the project that funds are being raised for and donations will go to 15-LOVE (who uses these courts over the summer to provide free tennis lessons to inner-city youth). 15-LOVE is acting as the local conduit between the City and USTA for this project.

15-LOVE is best known for the free tennis lessons we provide around the Region at 13 different parks over the summer, but the program is year-round with in-school and after-school programming as well, and the major focus is on education. We offer literacy programs, a STEM Program, College Prep and Leadership and Healthy Living and Gardening. In addition, every tennis lesson includes an “off-court,” life skills and education component to help engage the students in various ways. Finally, each child receives a free book over the summer to help stave off the summer learning loss, and two Book Giveaway Days are held each year in the fall and spring. Donations of gently used children’s books are always welcome.

  • Organization: 15-LOVE
  • Event: Schenectady Tennis Association’s Tennis Social
  • Location of event: Central Park in Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Thurs. July 27 at 8:30 am
  • Cost: Donation — $20 suggested
  • Facebook: Yes “15loveNY”
  • Instagram: @15love_NY
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Help for Chronically Disorganized People

Carri LaCroix Pan, Owner/ Personal Organizer

            Their motto: “making molehills out of mountains” and “partners in moving forward”

Carri the Filing Fairy specializes in helping chronically disorganized people fulfill their dreams and live an easier life. We specialize in working with special populations. Some jobs are short-term like preparing a home for sale and some are long term when people need an initial de-cluttering and then a maintenance service.

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

The Hospitality Shuttle

Trent Braaf, Owner

            The Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle provides Groups of people with a reputable, customer friendly, affordable transportation source.

We are also trying to combat drinking and driving with our 2017 NO DRINKING AND DRIVING CAMPAIGNS.

            Tech Valley Shuttle wants to make sure everyone has a fun summer but is able to do so responsibly. So we have created such a low price point for both no drinking and driving campaigns to assure everyone can afford transportation because no one can afford to drink and drive!

  • Organization: Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle
  • Name of Shuttle: Summer 17 Saratoga Shuttle / After Hour Shuttle Service
  • Location of event: 514 State Street/Rivers Casino w/Saratoga Drop offs Racetrack and City Center
  • Date/Time: Thurs, Fri, Sat remainder of Track Season from 9 pm to 3:30 am
  • Cost: $25 Round trip Saratoga shuttle…. $2 per person after hour shuttle
  • Contact Information: 518-203-8748 or
  • Facebook: Yes  @TVHShuttle
  • Instagram: @TchValleyShuttle
  • Website:


August 1, 2017 #993

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Capital Rep’s Summer Performing Arts School – One Act Plays

  •               Author TBA
  •               Actor TBA

Classic Theater Guild – Summer Performance

  •             Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Proctors Summer Performing Arts School Performance “Pippin”

  •             Steven Yuhasz, Direcotr with Actor

Schenectady City Mission

  •             Mike Saccocio, Executive Director

Aug 8, 2017 #994

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Elvis Fundraiser – w/Performers

  •             Thomas Greene, Performing
  •             Matthew Boyce, Performing
  •             Spencer Boyce, Performing
  •             Deborah Austin

Empower Ethiopia

  •             Lisa Buoniconto
  •             Special Guest from Skidmore College

Reading is Fun

  •             Al Magid, Founder and President

Aug 15, 2017 #995

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Animal Protective Foundation – Community Spay and Neuter Clinic

  •             Guests TBA

Lake George Music Festival — (Events Aug 11-24)

  •             Alex Lombard, Founder & CEO
  •             Roger Kalia, Musical Director and Conductor

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science (Eclipse/Summer Programs)

  •             Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Pancreatic Cancer 14th Annual Walk (Event Sept 10)

  •             Shari Piper, Co-Founder & Participant
  •             Neil Piper, Co-Founder & Participant

Schenectady School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Event Sept 11)

  •             Robert Pezzano, Organizer
  •             Paul Della Vila, 2017 Inductee, Mt. Pleasant Football
  •             Mechelle Smith, 2017 Inductee, Basketball / Field and Track
  •             John Maurycy, 2017 Inductee, Mt Pleasant Golf
  •             Al Aldi, 1967 Moth Pleasant Football Captain – 50th Anniversary

Vale Park and Family Movie Night (Event Aug 24)

  •             Leesa Perazzo, City Council Member
  •             Jason Lecuyer, Sch’dy Co Special Events


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