Newsletter 4/16 Topics and Guests on Sch’dy Today

Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!

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 in THE ADDY THEATRE 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.

April 16, 2019 – Show #1080

Segment ONE

The Living Room – A Mental Health Partnership

Guests: Tele Rabii, Peer Specialist: Living Room; Jennifer DeCresente, Program Director: RSS; Jennifer Clemons: Care Manger: The Living Room; Mary May, LCSW-R, Clinical Mgr.: Ellis Mental Health Clinic; Hannah Springer, MSW, Program Mgr.: Schenectady Care Mgmt.; Eileen Soricillo McGachey LCSW-R, Supvr. Psychiatry Living Room; CJ Johnson, Living Room Guest

  • Organization: The Living Room – Crisis Diversion Program
  • Mission: The Living Room is a partnership between Ellis Medicine, Rehabilitation Support Services, and funded by the Alliance for Better Health. The Living Room serves as an alternative to Emergency Departments for individuals with mental health crises. Located in the Ellis Mental Health Clinic at 1023 State St, in Schenectady, The Living Room was designed to resemble a setting in a home with comfortable furnishings and therapeutic activities to provide a safe environment to reduce stress and facilitate recovery. Based on a national best practice model, and unique to the Capital Region, the Living Room is open from 12pm-8pm, aligned with the timing of high Emergency Department utilizations by individuals experiencing acute mental health crises.
  • Location of event:  Ellis Hospital Mental Health Clinic at 1023 State Street
  • Website: and 

Segment TWO

The Dudley Observatory

Valerie Rapson PhD, Chief Astronomer

               SPRING STAR PARTY: Join the Dudley Observatory at miSci for an evening of stargazing! Our Rising Star Interns will gather around the observatory and have telescopes out for public star gazing. See Mars, the Orion Nebula, star clusters, and more! 7:45 – 8:15 planetarium show
8 – 10 pm Stargazing with the Rising Star Interns Great for scout troops and families! Come and explore miSci’s exhibits and partake of the “Given to Fry” food truck’s fare.

               “POWEHI” – THE 1st BLACK HOLE EVER PHOTOGRAPHED: Scientists unveiled the first photo of a black hole Wednesday April 10. The supermassive black hole is at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, which is 55 million light years away from Earth. The photo was taken using an array of radio satellites around the world working together, captivating viewers and providing the only direct visual evidence that these regions of spacetime exist. That black hole you’ve seen everywhere now has a name — it’s been christened Powehi — a Hawaiian phrase referring to an “embellished dark source of unending creation.” The responsibility of finding it a name fell to Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, who was approached by astronomers involved with the project. Two of the eight telescopes used to capture the photograph are located in Hawaii.

  • Organization: The Dudley Observatory at miSci
  • Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation
  • Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future. At miSci, all of our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind. miSci is a dynamic science center that explores the area’s rich technological heritage while celebrating and fostering a regional spirit of invention and imagination.
  • Event: Spring Star Party “Powehi”  the First Ever Black Hole Photographed
  • Location of event: Dudley Observatory at miSci
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 18 from 7:30 pm to 10 pm.
  • Cost: miSci General Admission: Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Children: $8; Children under age 3: Free
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890 or
  • Facebook: Yes “misciNY”
  • Twitter: @misciny
  • Instagram: @misci.ny
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Kema’s Kreations!  Fashion Bags and more

Karen (Kema) Maxwell, Designer           

The appreciation for her kreations developed her confidence and she applied to Fashion Industries High School to major in fashion design and merchandising.  Her sewing addiction was supported by winning dance contests, always wearing a Kema original to showcase the finesse used to command the stage. Brooklyn’s Hoyt Street, and Delancey Street in Manhattan, were more than happy to share in her success. Disenchanted by an industry that didn’t support the beauty of curvaceous women, Kema decided to design and create captivating pieces which accentuate the body in all its marvelousness.  Kema’s Kreations hemms society’s definition of beauty by entertaining the senses with visual statements of amazement and mends the soul of its people by giving them original kraftmanship to celebrate their unique beauty. 

  • Organization: Kema’s Kreations – Fashion bags and more
  • Cost: items vary in cost
  • Contact Information: 518-481-0510
  • Facebook: Yes “KemaKreations
  • Instagram: @Kema_kreations
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Black Diamond Group Performance Ensemble

Penny Meecham, Writer, Director, Producer

            Example of what we do depends on the theme: currently the tribute to Aretha Franklin is hot:

See clip of “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” poem with dancer – (Oh Mary Don’t You Weep song by Aretha Franklin). Also, wonderful representation of Black Man today is found in the presentation of the Black Man Can You Understand monologue.  More specifically spiritual poem example is Spring Bee – poem.   Regardless of circumstances my work is positive and essentially to encourage “Red Rose in the Rain” (prepared to read part of Aretha tribute poem if you like

            Just wanting to have more folk come and actually see what we do and not even specifically me but the wonderful talent I am able to find in the most unexpected places and times.  My best work of gathering folk so far have been at bus stops or on the bus. We have a treasure trove of gems in our communities that need to be show cased for real. Young and Elders alike are needing and wanting to have a variety of venues to explore their possibilities. I love those actors untrained who get a hold of my poetry and find that with practice YES! They can do this and actually do it well! Many Elders used to perform or have always wanted to and this is a great venue for them!  I might push folks a little but it is only so they show off their best because it is really a beautiful thing when it clicks, when they actually connect to the material and feel what they are saying! A beautiful thing!  I live to see that moment! I like to encourage others because a few folks have encouraged me and it has made all the difference in the world to me.  Donald Hyman is one of those people.  He’s my big brother! There is something special about him, others might say nice things about you but when he says you can do it … you believe it! Kirk Daniels from Albany Cable is also a part of my support team for Black Diamond Group and is a great source for encouragement and invaluable technical support – he makes us look good in video and shows me that even more is possible! Together they both make me think “sure, ok, I can do this”!! Brownie points in heaven for all who encourage a poet!!

Organization: Black Diamond Group Performance Ensemble

Mission: To give a platform for my poetry and for new talent to shine. My poetry is positive and yet does not shy from the uncomfortable.  Issues of poverty, homelessness, family issues, class, sex, race, colorism, and religion are often presented in a clean, straight forward way. This group is a platform for my poetry and the further encouragement of my work and the group’s honest ability.

Cost: Usually my shows are free except for the black history month shows and even then only nominal fees to cover, food, flyers, general work of the season.

Contact Information:

YouTube: Video available on Kirk Daniels Black Diamond Group 2019

Website: Books:

Segment FIVE

Jan’s Wanderings – Historical Spaces

Janice Walz

She will be discussing Proctors Window Displays and more.

Upcoming Shows          

April 23 2019 Show #1081

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author of Let My Legacy be Love, A Story of Discovery & Transformation

               Christina Beachemin

Author of Parabellum (When you live in Peace, Prepare for War) – Spy/Thriller

               Jack Nanuq

miSci – Gala (Event May 3)

               Carmel Patrick

               Dana Donahue, Gala Co-Chair

               Karen Zelewski-Wildzunas, Gala Co-Chair

Schenectady Light Opera – 42nd Street (May 3 – 12)

               Suzanne Rayome, Director

               Amy Clark, Co-Producer

               Emily Fuller “Anytime Annie”

               Cody Logan “Bert Barry”

               Elizabeth Corey “Maggie Jones

Taiwanese American Heritage Week – (Event May 6)

               Chungchin Chen, Organizer

               Ginger Lin, Pres. TACS (Taiwanese American Cultural Society)

April 30 2019 Show #1082

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater – Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Event May 3-19)

               Brian Avery, Director

               Additional Guest TBA

Beekman 1802 – Special Sale (Event May 3-5)

               Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Co-Founder

               Brent Ridge, Co-Founder

Brown School – Color Run (Event May 4)

               Patti Vitale, Head of School

               Elizabeth Ritz, Administrative Asst. / Color Run Organizer

Conversation with:

               Greg Aidala

NYS Folklore Society – Gallery Exhibit Ebru (through Aug 31)

               Ellen McHale, PhD

               Additional Guests TBA

Schenectady Civic Players – God of Carnage (May 3-12)

               Joe Fava, Director           

               Additional Guests TBA

May 7, 2019 Show #1083

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Banda Bola Sports Foundation Inc.

               Kalekeni Banda, Founder & CEO

Capital Region Support-A- Scholar

               Laura Marx, Executive Director

               Additional Guests TBA

Dudley Observatory — Astronomy Day (Date?)

               Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist – Astronomy Outreach

George Landis Arboretum – Upcoming Events

               Jim Paley, Board President           

               Additional Guests TBA

Mendelssohn Club of Albany (Event date TBA)

               Jeff Vredenburg

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