Newsletter 4/24/18 Guests/ Topics

 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 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 yourself1

April 24, 2018 #1030

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~~~

Big Bang Gala at miSci

  • Carmel Patrick, VP Development
  • Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, Gala Committee Co-Chair
  • Dana Donahue, Gala Committee Co-Chair

Enjoy an evening of premier networking, gourmet cuisine, live music, an exciting silent auction and a memorable interactive experience!

  • Organization: miSci – Museum of Innovation & Science
  • Mission: For more than 80 years, miSci has been presenting exhibits, programs and activities that entertain, inform, and challenge young and old alike. miSci is the only science museum in Tech Valley offering an interactive experience for visitors of all ages while serving students from Tech Valley, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont.
  • Event: Big Bang Gala!
  • Location of event: miSci – 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY
  • Date/Time: Friday, May 4 from 6-9 pm
  • Cost: $125 per person
  • Contact Information: Carmel Patrick, Vice President of Development
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @miSciNY
  • Instagram: @miSci_NY
  • Website:  or

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Temple Israel of Albany & Camp Givah

  • Sierra Lynch, Program Coordinator
  • Ken Dymond, Interim Executive Director
  • Rachael Woren, Outreach Specialist/Asst. Dir. Camp Givah

(Submitted Information) We feature minyan services twice daily as well as morning and evening services for weekly Shabbat and holidays. We provide a state licensed early childhood center, kindergarten through high school religious schools, and adult education classes. We have an outstanding gift shop and our banquet facilities are the largest kosher facilities in Northeastern New York.

In the summer we feature Camp Givah, which is the premier Jewish camp of the capital region. It is home to a diverse and dedicated community. We encourage children to find value in their Judaism in a fun and exciting environment. We provide a unique cultural experience that nurtures lasting friendships from generation to generation.

  • Organization: Temple Israel of Albany and Camp Givah
  • Mission: Temple Israel of Albany is a local conservative synagogue located in the heart of the capital region. The goal of our congregation is to establish and maintain our synagogue through educational, religious, social and recreational activities which further the causes and objectives of Judaism, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel.  Religious services reflect the traditions of our ancestors, but also recognize the modern world in conjunction with recent trends and guidelines in Conservative Judaism.
  • Event: Summer Camp
  • Contact Information: Sierra Lynch, Program Coordinator — 518-438-7858, ext. 111 or
  • Facebook: Yes — Temple Israel of Albany
  • Twitter: @tialbany
  • Instagram: @tialbany
  • Website: and

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Sch’y Light Opera’s Sister Act

  • Michael Camelo, Director
  • John Rodney Turner “Eddie”

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Sister Act is based on the hit 1992 film, featuring original music by Tony- and Oscar- winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

John Rodney will be performing the song “I Could Be That Guy”

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: Schenectady Light Opera’s Sister Act
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin Street, Sch’dy, NY
  • Date/Time: May 4-6 & May 10-13 — Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm
  • Cost: Range from $22-28
  • Contact Information: 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: Yes —
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Sch’dy Jewish Community Center / Summer Camp

  • Rachael Csakany, Director Youth & Camping
  • Judy Ben-Ami, Jewish Cultural & Adult Programming Director

For 2018, Camp Chaverim’s superhero theme will teach kids (3 years to 6th grade) and tweens (6th – 8th grade) to leap tall buildings in a single bound and to be more powerful than a locomotive as campers build teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship skills.

Camp offers a variety of activities including swim lessons, sports, crafts, music, archery, science, nature, special events, field trips, overnights, and interaction with shlichim, counselors from Israel, who provide a different perspective and share their experiences of home and life in Israel.

SJCC has developed a strong program of themed activities steeped in Jewish values using the JCC Association’s TAG curriculum: Torah (learning and living), Avodah (service and spirituality), and Gemilut Chassadim (acts of loving kindness).

Also, SJCC is proud to announce the return of the Camp-A-Toga initiative which provides easier access to the Jewish Summer Camp tradition by offering transportation from pick up points in Southern Saratoga County.

Lastly, SJCC will also offer three Specialty Camps this summer (half-days, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm.): Physics of the Force with miSci (July 9- 13 for grades 3-6); Kidz Art (August 6-10 for grades 2-6); and the Casper Wells Baseball Academy (August 13-17 for grades 2-6).

  • Organization: Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC)
  • Mission: The Robert and Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady JCC on the Golub Family Campus has been in existence for more than 90 years. Its mission is to build a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community that embraces Jewish values, culture, identity and connections to Israel, engages the local community and enhances the body, mind and spirit of members.
  • Event: Summer Camp at Schenectady JCC
  • Location of event: Schenectady JCC campus, 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna
  • Date/Time: Monday, June 25 – Friday, August 17 — 9 am – 4 pm, with early and after care
  • Cost: Request Brochure
  • Contact Information: 518-377-8803
  • Facebook: Yes. JCC of Schenectady
  • Instagram: @campchaverimsjcc (camp only)
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Albany Civic Theater’s Appropriate

  • Patrick White, Director
  • Jessica JJ Paul “Toni”

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.

Winner of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: It is the intent of Albany Civic Theater to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging, producing, reviewing and other aspects of the dramatic arts.
  • Event: Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Location of event: 235 Second Avenue Albany, NY 12209
  • Date/Time: May 4-May 20 —  FREE Preview May 3 — Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
  • Cost: Regular tickets are $18. Students with ID are $10.
  • Contact Information: 518-462-1297
  • Facebook: Yes —
  • Twitter: @AlbanyCivic
  • Instagram: @albanycivic
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Legal Pantry – Personal Chef Service

  • Mary Kenney, Esq./Chef

A careen change from a litigation attorney to personal chef! From burn out to dream job. She’ll tell us about the day that she realized that she had to quit her legal career and deciding what to do next. She’ll tell us what she learned along the way.

From her website: She is currently training for the Providence Marathon in May, her third marathon.

  • Organization: Legal Pantry, Personal Chef Service
  • Contact Information: see website —
  • Facebook: Yes “Legal Pantry”
  • Instagram: @legalpantry
  • Website:


~~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~~

May 1, 2018 – #1031

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Recycling & Composting (Event July 28)

  •             Angelina Peone, Educator

Schenectady Civic Players “School for Lies” (Event May 4-13)

  •             Chris Foster, Director
  •             Others?

Schenectady County’s “Pedal, Paddle, Run”

  •             Jason Lecuyer, Special Events

Squeeze Play Band — Performing

  •             Russ Patrician, Russ Pakorney, Pam Dodson, Ralph Brooks, Sheldon Grand, Roland Toeser, Greg Hart,     Susie St. Amour, and possibly  Arlene Ableman, Eric Kuck, and Ron Powles

May 8, 2018 – #1032

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Animal Protective Foundation

  •             Guests?

Brown School

  •             Guests?

Freihofer’s Run for Women

  •             Guests?

Mendelssohn Club of Albany

  •             Jeff Vredenberg
  •             Colleen Pratt

Proctors Historical Committee – Topic TBA

  •             Jan Walz

May 15, 2018 – #1033

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Services

  •                Marlene Hilderbrand, Executive Director
  •                Susan Napierski, Director, RSVP, Volunteers and Health and Wellness


  •                John Russel Cring, filmmaker

Girl Scouts Northeastern NY

  •                Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

  •                Guests TBA

Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Event

  •                Angelicia Morris, Executive Director

Schenectady County Tourism “Discover Schenectady”

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