Newsletter: 5/23/17-Filming of Sch’dy Today -Topics and Guests

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

SAVE THE DATE – September 19, 2017 in the GE Theatre – 10 am

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.

May 23, 2017 #984

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their website.

~~~ Segment One ~~~

Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Tribute !

Guests:   Edward D. Clifford “The Human Jukebox”, Billy McGrath “Billy Elvis”

and Brian DiGiuseppe “Brian D”

The songs Dean Martin turned into lasting memories for all of us.  Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; Sway, Everybody Loves Somebody and more performed by Bill McGrath, Edward T Clifford & Brian D in a loving tribute to the great artist known as the King of Cool.  Dinner includes Prime Rib, chicken or fish. Vegetables, potato salad and dessert included.  Show starts at 8 pm.

Event: 100th Birthday Tribute to Dean Martin

Location of event: Renaissance Hall at 820 Eastern Ave.

Date/Time: Sat. June 10, 6:30 pm

Cost: $39.95 dinner and show — $20 Show only starting at 8 pm.


~~~ Segment Two ~~~

Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board !

Guests: Ivy Morris, Vice Chair CPRB and Zach Garafalo, Board member CPRB

The Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) is an independent body established by the City of Albany in 2000 to improve communication between the police department and the community, to increase police accountability and credibility with the public, and to create a complaint review process that is free from bias and informed of actual police practice.

In addition to its authority to review and comment on completed investigations of complaints made by citizens against officers of the city of Albany Police Department for alleged misconduct, the nine-member Board may make recommendations to the Common Council and the Mayor regarding police policies and practices relevant to the goals of community policing and the exercise of discretionary authority by police officers. Board members are appointed by the Mayor and the Common Council. The Board is required to, among other things, undergo significant training and engage in public outreach and education.

The Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) meets monthly for the conduct of business at the University at Albany, Downtown Campus, Milne Hall, Levitt Room M120, 135 Western Avenue.  There is a public comment period held at each meeting.  Meetings are devoted primarily to the review of complaints and discussion of committee activities.

Organization: Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board

Event: Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board monthly meetings

Location of event: SUNY Albany, Downtown Campus Miline Hall, Levitt Room M120 135 Western Avenue

Date/Time: The CPRB meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm

Cost: no charge

Contact Information: Albany Citizens’ Police Review Boardc/o Government Law Center
Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208-3494
Telephone: 518-445-2329, Email: Fax: 518-445-2303


~~~ Segment Three ~~~

l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expose !

Guest: Osaretin Oghomwen, Author and Filmmaker

            From the author: I am a filmmaker, I’ve directed a few short films in New York. l’etoiler is a book that I began writing and compiling for 6 years ago as a way to fundraise, but quickly became an artistic piece I kept an interest in long after my first short film completed its production. L’etoiler is a unique compilation of opinionated, intellectual essays and personal, revealing pieces of myself as an individual. It is a provocative balance between intelligible argument and very intimate and personal revelations through journal entries and brief pieces of writing.

Excerpt from the book: Listen to me and you can hear America’s lilt in my voice. Enlighten your ears to the unstressed accentuation of vowels and bland expression of phonetics. I’m sure you could diagnose me as a product from the preppy idylls of suburbia.  As a child, the government kept my mind shallow. I wasn’t encouraged to perceive anything beyond the tax-paid roads and shiny, plastic toys. The subsidized comforts blinded me and stringed me along with puppet mastery until I stumbled upon the chicken, whose hazel-green eyes mirrored the eyes of a girl I once knew.

Event: Book Release: l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expose


Book Release: l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expose

~~~ Segment Four ~~~

Kids Arts Festival – A Free Event !

Guests: Betsy Sandberg, Chair and Fran Giordano, Planning Committee member/Robot Activity Leader

            The mission is to provide an outdoor arts festival in downtown Schenectady for pre-school and school-age children. Thousands of children of all incomes and backgrounds participate in hands-on arts activities that are both fun and promote sound visual education principles. This year’s festival focuses on the growing mental sport of robotics as well as kindness and caring, for the heart that robots often lack.

Robots are one theme for Kids’ Arts Festival, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. June 3 on the streets around City hall and the pedestrian mall on Jay Street. More than 50 community groups, businesses, non-profit groups and artists join with firefighters, the county sheriff and the Dudley observatory to provide tried and true arts and crafts activities for kids. We’ll also highlight the heart that robots lack with a focus on kindness and caring celebrates the huge number of groups that really care about kids in Schenectady.

This event goes on rain or shine. Rain location is inside City Hall. early every activity is free thanks to support from the Schenectady County Legislature, the City of Schenectady, the ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment district, dozens of volunteers and a long list of sponsors, which are on our website.

Fran will bring some Robot Heads with her on the show.

Organization: Electric City Arts and Entertainment District – 440 State St. Inc.

Event: Kids Arts Festival in Schenectady

Location of event: On the Jay St. Pedestrian Way and around City Hall

Date/Time: Saturday June 3 — from noon to 4 pm

Cost: This is a FREE event

Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Kids Arts Fest”


~~~ Segment Five ~~~

Freihofer’s Run for Women !

Guests: Patrick Lynskey and Kristen Hislop, Co-Directors

            Freihofer’s®, a leading baker of delicious products, is committed to fostering the growth and recognition of women in sports and inspiring all generations of women to experience the benefits of exercise and nutritious eating. Freihofer’s continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K. Now in its 39th year, the event is home to the Master’s World Best & U.S. All-Comers record of 15:48 set in 2004 by Colleen DeReuck and features thousands of women from recreational joggers to Olympians who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course.

Event: 39th Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women

Location of event: Washington Ave at the NYS Capitol

Date/Time: Saturday, June 3 starting at 9 am

Cost: Varies

Contact Information: For more information, visit

Facebook: Yes “FreihofersRun”

Instagram: @Freihofersrun

Twitter: @Freihofersrun



May 30, 2017 #985

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

CREATE Community Studio – (Open House Jun 18)

Heather Hutchison, Team Member

Ali Lopez, Team Member

Julianne Lewis, Team Member

John Hill Performing

John Hill, Singer/Guitarist

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Summer Break Classes & New Exhibits

Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Village of Colonie Summer Theatre in the Park – Taffeta Memories (Event Jun 15-18)

Krysta Dennis

Others TBA

Women’s Employment and Resource Center – First Impressions Second Chances (Event Jun 6)

Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director

June 6, 2017 #986

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Classic Theatre Guild’s Rumors (Event Jun 8 – 18)

Peggi Perrone, Director

Phil Burns, Asst. Director & Cast Member

Marie Oppedisano “Chris Gorman

Michael O’Farrell “Ernie Cusack”

Cheryl Carbonneau “Claire Ganz”

Garden Tour (Event Sat Jun 17)

Frieda Tanski

Other Guests TBA

Jazz on Jay – Every Thursday on Jay Street

Karen Johnson

Juneteenth Celebration (Event Jun 16-17)

Miki Conn

Betty Harper

Lunn Center (Event Date ?)

Lynne Gilgore, Director

Upper Union Street Strawberry Festival (Event Jun 17)

Maureen Gebert

June 13, 2017 #987

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Animal Protective Foundation

Guests TBA

Kids Arts Fest – Wrap up — Projcets

Betsy Sandberg

Guest TBA

Life Snacks for Women

Sharon Burstein, Author

Other Topics/Guests TBA

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Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.