Newsletter — 10/10/17 Guests and Topics on Sch’dy Tdoay

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now In Our 20th Year!

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

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.

October 10, 2017 #1003

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 ~~~

Lyme Action Network

  • Christina Fisk, Co-Founder
  • Holly Ahern, Co-Founder, VP   Assoc. Prof of Microbiology SUNY Adirondack

               READY! SET! SIGN UP! 2nd Annual LymeAway 5K Cross Country Race/Walk for the whole family to benefit the Lyme Action Network. Enjoy the beauty of Cole’s Woods for this cross-country event. Run, walk, stroll.  All are welcome. Run or walk to ho nor your friends and family members who are struggling with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases.

Proceeds go to support the Lyme Action Network’s education and advocacy programs.

Pre-Register before Sunday 10/8/2017 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

  • Organization: Lyme Action Network
  • Mission: The Lyme Action Network works to define and promote “What needs to happen NEXT” to help the victims of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  Working with organizations across the country, our mission is to share great ideas and advance REAL solutions through education, advocacy, scientific research, and support.
  • Event: Lyme Away 5K Run/Walk
  • Location of event: Cole’s Woods, Glens Falls, NY
  • Date/Time: Sunday, October 22, 2017 —- Registration opens at 8:30am.  Race at 10:00am
  • Cost:  Cost of early online registration will be $22. Online registration closes on Wednesday 10/18/2017.  Cost of registration from 10/9 to 10/18 will be $27.  There will be day of race registration at the race site. Cost will be $30.
  • Contact Information: Go to website
  • Facebook: Yes “2nd Annual LymeAway 5 K run/walk
  • Twitter: @lymeaway5K
  • Website: and

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

2017 Epilepsy Family Conference

  • Erica DeNicola-Scher MS, Health Educator
  • Susan Kaczynski, Dir of Development

EVENT #1 — Our annual Family Conference is for individuals living with epilepsy and caregivers/family members of people living with epilepsy. This year’s topics include new medications, cannabidiol in pediatrics, memory and cognition and managing emotional health and well-being

EVENT #2 — A black-tie optional gala, the evening consists of dinner, music, dancing, silent and live auctions and an elaborate array of chocolate desserts. A significant portion of the revenue from this event is raised through our silent and live auctions, revenue that is used to help support the programs and services we offer to people affected by epilepsy in the areas we serve.

  • Organization: Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York
  • Mission: We are leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
  •             Event #1: 2017 Epilepsy Family Conference
  • Location of event: Hearst Media Center, 645 Albany-Shaker Rd, Albany
  • Date/Time: Thursday, October 19 — 8:30am – 2:30pm
  • Cost: $15 – scholarships are available
  •             Event #2: Annual Confections in Chocolate Fundraising Gala
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 10
  • Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion
  • Cost: TBA
  • Contact Information: (518) 456-7501
  • Facebook: Yes –Agency Facebook page – @EFNENY
  • Instagram: @epilepsyfoundationneny
  • Twitter: @EFNENY
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

The Fifth of July at Sch’dy Civic Players

Joe Fava, Director

            The opening play of Schenectady Civic Players’ 90th Anniversary Season, Fifth of July, by Lanford Wilson and directed by Joseph Fava.

Fifth of July, Lanford Wilson’s classic play, is a witty and clear-eyed examination of the disillusionment of flower children in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  A group of formerly idealistic friends gather in rural Missouri at the sprawling farmhouse home of Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are old friends from college days and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.

The play premiered on Broadway in 1980 starring Christopher Reeve as Ken, Jeff Daniels as Jed, and Swoosie Kurtz as Gwen, and was later produced as a made-for-television movie.

The Civic Players cast features Michael Glantzis (as Ken), Andrew Vroman as (Jed), Cristine M. Loffredo (as Gwen), Robin MacDuffie (as John), Joanne Westervelt (as Sally), Sara Paupini (as June), Sarah Durocher as (Shirley), and David Quinones (as Weston).

The play contains adult language and mature themes.  Parental discretion is advised.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: FIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 So. Church St, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Oct. 13, 14, 15 and 18 thru 22 — Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 P.M., Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 P.M., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 P.M.
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: call (518) 382-2081
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Give Hope a Home

Ricardo Phipps, Program Coordinator of Therapeutic Foster Family Program

Christine Meisner, Foster Parent

            Albany’s Northern Rivers Family of Services, the parent organization to Parsons Child & Family Center and Northeast Parent & Child Society, recently kicked off its 2017 “Give Hope a Home” public awareness campaign designed to educate adults living in 19 upstate New York counties about the full continuum of foster parenting opportunities that are available to them.

There is an immediate need for foster parents to provide care to children ages 0-21 who are in need of out-of-home placement. In addition to providing full-time placements for children, foster parents can be available to adopt children. They can also provide overnight breaks for other foster parents, or children living in foster care or with their birth family, or children who are living in a residential treatment center.

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Inscription in the Window

Sylvie Briber, Author

Event: Book Release — The Inscription in the Window”

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

The Costumer and Proctors

Janice Walz, Proctors Historical Committee Member

            Janice will talk about the connection between Proctors and the Costumer.


October 17, 2017 #1004

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Animal Protective Foundation – Canine Academy

  •             Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director
  •             Sheila Leguire, Animal Care and Welfare manager

The Bridge Christian Church on Crane St

  •             Rev. James Bookhout

Ghana, West Africa Experience (Event Oct 22)

  •             Carrie Brown

Make- Up Curio – on State Street

  •             Jenn Dugan, Owner

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Halloween Camp

  •             William “Mac” Sudduth PhD, President

TEDx (Event Oct 21)

  •             Sherrie Lyons PhD, Organizer

October 24, 2017 #1005

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Albany County Convention Center – Haunted Albany

  •             Maeve McEneny, Resident Ghost Storyteller
  •             Molly Belmont, Dir. of Marketing

DePalma Printing / Embroidery

  •             Frank DePalma

Leadership Summit America (2nd Annual) — (Event Nov 2-3)

  •             Sharon Burstein, Organizer

Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center in Cohoes – 20th Anniversary

  •             Trudi Cholewinski, Director

Sch’dy Jewish Community Center – Upcoming Events

  •             Mark Weintraub, Executive Director

Tina’s Wings and Buffalo Style Sauce – Her Story

  •             Tina Coons, Creator

October 31, 2017 #1006

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

100 Women Who Care – Events

  •             Jerry Bosman
  •             Other Guests TBA

Albany Civic Theater “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

  •             Katie Weinberg, Director
  •             Other Guests TBA


  •             Mario Farina

Filmmaker ‘Darcy”

  •             Jon Russell Cring

Sch’dy Inner City Ministries

  •             Rev. Phil Grigsby
  •             Laurie Bacheldor

Spina Bifida Assn

  •             Karen Wentworth, Executive Director

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