May 9, 2017 Schenectady Today Show Guests and Topics

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 9, 2017 #982

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 ~~~

Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure !

Guests: Laura Greenaway, Development Director and Amelia Ambrosino, Development Manager

Tour de Cure is designed for everyone from the novice biker to the experienced cyclist and includes 10-, 28-, 50-, 62.5- and 100-mile rides.  Routes feature full-service rest stops as well as SAG and mechanical support along the way. After finishing, riders are greeted by cheering volunteers and treated to lunch from Mazzone Hospitality, a massage, music and much more.

Organization: American Diabetes Association

Event: American Diabetes Association’s 2017 Saratoga Tour de Cure

Location of event: Saratoga Spa State Park’s Peerless Pool

Date/Time: Sunday, June 4, 2017 (various times)

Cost: $200 Fundraising Minimum

Facebook: Yes “tdcSaratoga”

Instagram: @SaratogaTDC

Twitter: @SaratogaTDC


~~~ Segment Two ~~~

Transgender Forum in Saratoga !

Guests: Trace Ellis, Trans Advocate and Cindy Swadba, Director Saratoga Pride

With the purpose of educating, and humanizing transgender issues, we will welcome a panel of five, including trans identified individuals and professionals working within the field. We hope to foster greater understanding of transgender realities, and help make Saratoga a welcoming and safe place for all transgender individuals.

Pride Unites is a community organization bringing lgbtq communities, individuals and allies together to uphold democratic values and promote the safety, well-being and civil rights of area lgbtq people. We support community education that encourages understanding and acceptance, as well as progressive candidates for public office and progressive legislation. We stand up for lgbtq communities and individuals who experience discrimination.

Organization: Pride Unites

Event: Transgender Forum in Saratoga – Trans Talks

Location of event: Saratoga Public Library

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 23

Cost: Free

Facebook: Yes “Trans Talks”


~~~ Segment Three ~~~

The George Landis Arboretum Plant Sale !

Guests: Jim Paley – President Board of Trustees, Fred Breglia – Director and Marketing Committee, Wendy Cass – Event Coordinator and Gail Browning – Marketing Committee

They will be discussing the new sculpture trail and greenhouse projects, other upcoming events (i.e. 5K Forest Run in August), hiking the trails for health and well-being.

Their Mission or Purpose: To preserve our region’s ancient forests, provide natural settings to educate visitors as to conservation of the beauty of our lands, including plants native to the northeast

Organization: George Landis Arboretum

Event: Spring Plant Sale

Location of event: Landis Arboretum, 174 Lape Road, Esperance, NY12066 – Plenty of free parking

Date/Time: May 20 & 21 from 10 to 4 pm

Cost: Free event

Facebook: Yes “Landis Arboretum”


~~~ Segment Four ~~~

90th Anniversary – Sch’dy Business & Professional Women’s Club !

Guests: Lori Reffue – President, Jayne Osterhout – 90th Anniversary Chair and Cyndie Powell, Past President

Come join us and celebrate 90 years of business & professional woman in Schenectady County as we continue our mission of advancing the status of all women through advocacy, education and networking.

Celebrate the accomplishments of our club and how we have supported women in the workplace for 9 decades.

Keynote Speakers from: Women’s Rights National Historical Park and Museum, Seneca Falls, NY

Frances T.  Barbieri and Kay Irland

Optional:  Celebrate an important woman in history by dressing as a woman who has supported the advancement of women’s rights and women in the workplace

Vision Statement: It is the purpose of the Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club to be the premier organization of women serving women. We are an active and inclusive club that fosters economic self-sufficiency, professional mentorship and resources, and a diverse network of members supporting each other, the community and those new to the area.

Purpose: – To assist young adults, particularly women who reside in Schenectady County, pursue higher education by providing financial assistance through academic scholarships and – To stimulate the interest in issues that affect women, encourage social awareness, embrace cultural diversity, and promote the general welfare of the community through community service.

Our Mission Statement:  Schenectady BPW shall advance the status of all women through advocacy, education and networking.

The objectives of this Club are as follows:
• to extend a warm and welcoming atmosphere within our club as we continue our journey balancing fun and camaraderie with work and commitments.

  • To advocate for women’s issues, with an emphasis on wage equality, education and economic independence by providing academic scholarships, community outreach and informative programs.
  • To embrace and celebrate the diversity of our membership while working toward our common goals through mentorship, career development and lifelong learning.
  • To embodythe enthusiastic involvement of all members, cultivating professionalism in attitudes and behavior.

Organization: Schenectady Business & Professional Women’s Club

Event: 90th Birthday Celebration

Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30 (reception) and 6:30 dinner and program

Cost: $40 pp

Contact Information: Membership Chair, Robin Quintin 518-331-9065 or Carolyn Sabol at

Facebook: Yes “Schenectady BPW”

Instagram: @Schenectady_BPW

Twitter: @Schenectady_BPW


~~~ Segment Five ~~~

Volunteer Opportunity Fair – Colonie !

Guests: Ariana Wilson, Media Communications Specialist and Sue Napierski, RSVP and Volunteer Director

CSSC, Capital Region sponsor of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), will host the RSVP Opportunity Fair, a unique opportunity for volunteer organizations in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties to meet individuals looking for volunteer opportunities! The fair will be held on Thursday, June 15 from 10am to 1pm at To be determined. If you have any further questions or need further assistance, please call Sue Napierski, RSVP and Volunteer Director at 459-2857, ext. 308.

Their Mission: Colonie Senior Service Centers (CSSC) is a nonprofit, community-based senior service organization. We serve seniors and their families in Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselaer County and throughout the Capital Region.

CSSC was established as a not-for-profit organization in October 1981, and has been serving seniors and their families continuously in the Colonie and Capital Region for 35 years.

CSSC is the largest provider of programs and services for seniors in the area. We help seniors remain healthy, active and independent; preserving and enhancing their quality of life as they grow older.

Upcoming Events:

  • On May 1, the King Thiel Senior Community opened the doors to its residents, and money is still being raised for the “Caring for Those Who Cared for Us” Capital Campaign.
  • On Friday, May 12, CSSC is hosting the Fashion Show to raise funds for Transportation Services
  • On Saturday, May 20, the Beltrone Living Center will host an Open House (free and open to the public).

Organization: Colonie Senior Service Centers

Event: RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair & other RSVP and CSSC programs

Location of event: To be announced.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact Information: Phone: 459-2857 or Mailing: 6 Winners Circle, Colonie, NY 12205 — call Sue Napierski, RSVP and Volunteer Director at 459-2857, ext. 308.

Facebook: Yes “colonieseniors”


~~~ Segment Six ~~~

St Paul’s Center – An Event !

Guests: Tracy Pitcher, MSW, Executive Director and Shavina Richardson, Client Advocate

Is it a fun girls’ night out? Is it a networking opportunity? Is it a chance to support homeless mothers and children? Yes, yes, and yes! Get some amazing bargains on new and gently used handbags, scarves and jewelry. Items to purchase, raffles and silent auctions. Activities include chair massage, Rune readings, cooking demonstration, blue light specials, and more. Light appetizers are included in the ticket price, cash bar.

Organization: St. Paul’s Center

Event: For the Love of Bags and Bling

Location of event: Zaloga American Legion Post, 4 Everett Rd., Albany

Date/Time: Tues., July 25, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Cost: $10 advance sale or $15 at the door

Facebook: Yes



May 16, 2017 #983

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts “As You Like It” (Event Jun 2 – 11)

Barbara Leavell Smith, Director

Joan Fuess

Others TBA

DanceSport Albany – 4th Sunday Ballroom Dance (Event May 28)

Liz Paone, Representative and Dancer

Natalia O’Connor, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Florin Vlad, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Louise Giuliano, Professional Ballroom Dancer and Teacher

Electric City Innovation Center & “Startup Townsquare” (Entrepreneurial Programming)

Jeff Goronkin

Human Rights Awards Breakfast (Event May 25)

Ang Morris, Executive Director

Software Development Agency – Computer-Answers

Michael McQueen, Representative

May 23, 2017 #984

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board

            Ivy Morris, Vice Chair CPRB

Zach Garafalo, Board member CPRB

Book Release: l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expos

Osaretin Oghomwen, Author and Filmmaker

Freihofer’s Run for Women (Event Jun 3)

Patrick Lynskey

Kristen Hislop

Kids Arts Festival (Event Jun3)

Betsy Sandberg

Performers – vocalists – 100th Birthday of Dean Martin (Event Jun 10)

Edward D. Clifford “The Human Jukebox”

Billy McGrath “Billy Elvis”

Brian DiGuiseppe “Brian D”

May 30, 2017 #985

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

CREATE Community Studio

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

Mac Sudduth

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

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