Newsletter 7/11/17 Guests and Topics on Schenectady Today Show

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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

Heading into our 20th year in September!

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.July 11, 2017 #990

July 11, 2017 #990

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 ~~~

FPNENY presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

            Guests:  Matthew Boyce “Prince Eric” and Courtnie Harrington “Ariel”

            Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Director: DeLynn Scaringe Wickham and Music Director, Brad Gregg.

  • Organization: Family Players NE NY
  • Event: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Location of event: Schenectady Light Opera Theater Stage at 427 Franklin St.
  • Date/Time: July 12 – 15 at 7:30 pm and Jul 16 at 2 pm
  • Cost: $15 – General Admission
  • Facebook: Yes “FPNENY”
  • Website: Tickets:  

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Class Afloat – An Educational Adventure!

Guest: Chris Trow, Class Afloat Foundation Chair,

Megan Griesemer, Student 2016-17 and Skye Robinson, Student 2016-17

            We provide scholarships to the Class Afloat School for qualified high school graduates from Schenectady High School.  The school offers a semester abroad experience on a three mast, tall sailing ship, which visits four continents and 12 cities over a period of 9 months. The voyage crosses the equator at least twice and crosses the Atlantic twice. Students study first year university courses for two terms, while at sea.

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Run the Ridge at Maple Ski Ridge!

            Guests: Marilyn Peterson and Carolyn LeHart

Come On … Get a little Dirty. Event starts at 8:45 am. Family Fun Run at 11:30 am

No written information has been provided. All information listed here was obtained from their website.

  • Organization: Maple Ski Ridge
  • Event: Run the Ridge
  • Location of event: Maple Ski Ridge at 2725 Mariaville Road, Sch’dy NY 12306
  • Date/Time: Jul 15 starts at 8:45 in waves.
  • Cost: Until 7/14 $55 and Day of Event $65
  • Contact Information: 518-381-4700
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

The Little Free Pantry!

Guest: Nicole Gentile, Church Member

           Nicole is a member of Bellevue Reformed Church’s Mission Committee.

The purpose of this pantry is to break down normal pantry barriers – people are able to access this cabinet at any time of day or night, and take anything they need (no ID or paperwork required).

While this pantry could not sustain a family indefinitely, we’re hoping it will help alleviate the strain of food insecurity, particularly in the Bellevue neighborhood.

This idea was conceived from a project I (Nicole) have done as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Fellow in Schenectady. I’ve been working on a resource map of any and all resources in the county. Through my research I discovered a pantry gap in the Bellevue neighborhood, where I’ve attended church my whole life.

This is why we wanted to create something in the neighborhood.

  • Organization: Bellevue Reformed Church
  • Event: “Little Free Pantry”
  • Location of event: Upper Broadway, Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: Open 24/7
  • Cost: Free Pantry
  • Contact Information: 518-393-1341
  • Facebook: Yes “BRCPantry”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Catholic Charities – Senior and Caregiver Services!

Guests: Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director  and

Lauren Harrington, Care Navigator

            We want to encourage and educate our community about the rewards of volunteering with Catholic Charities.  The need for volunteers is so great.  And the areas of need are so diversified.  Someone with as little as two hours per month can make a huge difference to another person in Schenectady or the Capital District.  We have seen the impact first hand.  Everyone who volunteers with Catholic Charities says that they get more than they give; that they leave their volunteer time with a greater sense of self, and with the reward of helping to change someone’s life for the better!

  • Organization: Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services
  • Contact Information: 518-372-5667
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

The Carl Building – the Next Step!

Guest: Janice Walz, Committee Member

Organization: Proctors Historical Committee

  • Event: Construction in the Carl Company Building/part of Proctors
  • Location of event: 432 State Street
  • Date/Time: Now
  • Website:


July 18, 2017 #991

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Author – Paranormal Topic

John Griffin II

Derrick “Doc” Horton and the Jay Street Band – Performing

“Doc” Horton, Leader and Vocals

Recycling in Schenectady (Master Composter/Master Recycler Training Program)

Angelina Peone, Recycling & Composting Educator

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) – Summer Lunch Program

Staff Member TBA

Sculpture Additions– Sergeant Henry Johnson (Albany)

Vincent Forte, Jr., Artist

July 25, 2017 #992

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

15 LOVE – Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation

Amber Marino, Executive Director

Chronic Disorganization and Aging

Carri LaCroix Pan, “The Filing Fairy”

St. Catherine’s Center for Children

Frank Pindiak, Executive Director

Jackie Yusko, Chief Operating Officer

Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle (based out of Schenectady)

Trent Braaf, Owner

TEDx – Community Speakers

Cristina James PhD JD, Academic Dean at The Benjamin School, Florida

Wish Jump-2017 — Annual Skydiving Fundraiser for Make A Wish NE NY

Mary Kenney, Organizer

Aug 8, 2017 #993

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Empower Ethiopia

Lisa Buoniconto

Special Guest from Skimore College

Proctors Historical Committee

            Janice Walz, Committee Member

Reading is Fun

            Al Magid, Founder and President

Other guests TBA

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