Newsletter 4/9/19 Topics/Guests – Sch’dy Today

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

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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 9, 2019 – Show #1079

Segment ONE

The Legal Corner – Updates in the Law

John Musacchio, Esq.

  • Organization: Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Mission: to provide legal guidance and representation to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas, including estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, wrongful death, personal injury, corporate matters, employment matters, real estate transactions, and litigation.  During my appearance on the program, I would like to discuss some updates on new laws and legal trends, including new laws involving sexual harassment in the workplace, new laws which may impact access to medical care by Medicaid recipients, and other developments.  I am also happy to discuss any other legal issues or topics that you would like to bring up.
  • Location of event: My firm has five (5) offices in New York State and Vermont, including three (3) in the Capital Region – Albany, Saratoga Springs and Burnt Hills.
  • Contact Information: 518-452-1800
  • Facebook: Yes “John A. Musacchio, Esq’s Legal Corner – Group”
  • Instagram:
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Women’s Symposium

Madeline Thorne, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity & Brenda Ann Keneally, Time Magazine National Award Winning Photojournalist

            A Community Symposium and Open Forum Conversation about Poverty, Housing and Current Community Projects – FeaturingBrenda Ann Kenneally 

            The epidemic of insecure housing and the lack of affordable housing fuels systemic, generational poverty (it is not a subtle by-product of poverty.) Without safe, decent housing individuals and their families are deprived of their basic needs and the ability to thrive. Various sources confirm that the ongoing cycle of housing insecurity and ultimately the loss of a housing results in the continuation of losses; the loss of personal belongings, financial hardship, disruption in children’s education,  negative health outcomes, the loss of employment, and potentially leads to substandard housing in impoverished neighborhoods or worse homelessness.           

            Includes a Keynote photographic presentation by Brenda Kenneally, a panel discussion with families faced with the challenges of substandard housing and poverty, round table discussion with community leaders regarding local initiatives addressing the need for affordable, safe housing.

  • Organization: Habitat of Humanity of Schenectady County
  • Mission: Founded in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc. is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat is a globally recognized nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization that serves Schenectady County. The organization is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Segment THREE

Get Ready! Girl Scout Camping

Annette German, Director of Camp Services & Ashley Richardson, Asst. Director Camp Woodhaven

            Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) Summer Camp (open to all girls, ages 5 -17) is one of the only places where girls can be outside, be creative, and participate in an all-girls community setting.  GSNENY is committed to providing opportunities for girls to choose their own outdoor adventure, learn new skills, build self-confidence, and expand their appreciation of the outdoors and the diversity of others. 

            Day camps (such as Camp Is-Sho-Da, East Greenbush; Camp Meadowbrook, Queensbury; Camp Woodhaven, Galway) are where girls can try new things, challenge themselves and gain confidence as they sing songs, play games, make arts & crafts, and earn badges. Many camps include activities like archery, team building, and waterfront time.

            Overnight/resident camps (such as Hidden Lake, near Lake George and Lake Clear Camp, on Lake Clear) offers a wide variety of activities including waterfront time, archery, arts and crafts, hiking, team-building activities, and ropes course elements.

  • Organization: Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
  • Mission: Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. We are committed to providing girls an inclusive, all-female environment that creates a safe space where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and be themselves. Representing almost 10,000 girls of courage, confidence, and character across 15 counties in New York State, we are the preeminent girl leadership development organization in northeastern New York.
  • Event: Summer Camp with the Girl Scouts NENY
  • Location of event: 518-489-8110 or 800-234-0206
  • Date/Time: Camp Season runs from July 8 to August 16
  • Cost: Details on web.
  • Facebook: Yes “GirlScoutsNENY”
  • Twitter: @GirlScoutsNENY
  • Instagram: @GirlScoutsNENY
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund

Terra Maddalone-Ristau, Executive Director and Co-Founder & Joyce Maddalone, Co-Founder and Chair

            The Main Purpose for us is to spread the word about our organization to help those in our community with cancer.

            Looking for Volunteers, Vendors and Crafters to join us at our Fall Vendor Show. Contact Terra Maddalone Ristau for more information

  • Organization: The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund
  • Mission: The mission of the Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund is to assist those in the Capital District who have cancer with their unexpected expenses related to their treatment.
  • Event: Fall Vendor Show
  • Location of event: Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons School
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 22 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Contact Information: 518-429-9097
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

 Eel Research Project

Garrett McCarey, Volunteer

            An introduction to the DEC Eel project for those wishing to volunteer to catch and count baby eels swimming up Hudson River tributaries

  • Organization: NATURE Lab, Sanctuary for Independent Media
  • Event: DEC Eel Project Presentation
  • Location of event: Mt. Ida Preservation Hall, Troy, NY
  • Date/Time Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:

—— Upcoming Shows ——          

April 16, 2019 Show #1080

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Black Diamond Group Performance Ensemble

               Penny Meacham

               Other guests TBA

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic Historical Windows

               Janice Walz

Kema’s Kreations – Fashion Bags

               Karen (Kema) Maxwell, Designer

The Living Room – Crisis Diversion Program

               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

MiSci – Dudley Observatory & Octagon Barn

               Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

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)

               Tara Burnham

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

               Suzanne Rayome, Director

               Additional Guests TBA

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)

               Guests TBA

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           

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