Newsletter 8/15/17 Guests & 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)

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.

August 15, 2017 #995

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 ~~~

Community Spay and Neuter Clinic

  • Stephanie Johnson, Clinic Manger
  • Kathy Snowden, Clinic Customer Service Representative

The Animal Protective Foundation promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals. Our vision is a community where all companion animals are loved, respected and receive exceptional care.

  • Organization: Animal Protective Foundation
  • Event: Community Spay and Neuter Clinic
  • Location: 53 Maple Ave, Scotia, NY
  • Contact Information: 518-374-3944
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:


~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Great American Eclipse – Viewing Party

  • William Mac Sudduth PhD, President
  1. Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation
  2. 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.

2017 Eclipse Across America

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States. The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918. The 2017 eclipse in either total or partial phase can be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Here in the Capital Region of New York, we will experience a partial solar eclipse where 66% of the sun is covered by the moon. It is a truly historic event and a wonderful opportunity to view one of nature’s most stunning displays.

Dudley Observatory at miSci will have all-day Eclipse activities including solar observation, live streaming of eclipse coverage, and more.

Summer Science Classes:

Informal, hands-on STEM education for students entering Grades 1 through Grade 8. Topics include Robotics, Rockets, Space Academy, KEVA, and of course, CSI Crime Scene Chemistry, Electricity, and much more! Weeklong classes run 9 AM to 3:30 PM daily, with before- and after-care available. Classes run through Sept. 1. Registration is available online or by calling 382-7890 x237.

  • Organization: miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Event: Great American Eclipse | Partial Solar Eclipse – Viewing Party
  • Location of event: Dudley Observatory @ miSci
  • Date/Time: Mon. Aug 21 from 1-4 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $10.50; Seniors: $9.00; Children: $7.50 and Children under age 3: Free
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890 or
  • Facebook: Yes “Dudley Observatory” and “miSci-Museum of Innovation and Science Schenectady”
  • Website: or

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Lake George Music Festival

  • Alex Lombard, Founder & CEO
  • Michael Brofman, Founder and Director of BASS  (Brooklyn Art Song Society)
  • Kristina Bachrach, Soprano — Member BASS
  • Zach Finkelstein, Tenor — Member BASS

Since 2010, Brooklyn Art Song Society has been dedicated to presenting programs of the highest artistic caliber of the vast repertoire of poetry set to music in Brooklyn and across the United States.  BASS believes that the aesthetic values of art song, it’s directness of expression, intimate setting, and emotional honesty, are essential artistic experiences that should be fostered and preserved for future generations.  BASS also believes that art song should be enjoyed by the largest and most diverse audience possible, and is committed to maintaining truly affordable ticket prices and free ticket initiatives for the underserved to ensure access regardless of economic situation.  We strive to be a vital institution and resource for Brooklyn, and to help raise Brooklyn’s stature as an international artistic capital.

LGMF Uncorked (Wine and Food with Music at the Lake George Club): Works by Franz Schubert with Zach Finkelstein, Kristina Bachrach, and Michael Brofman

Brooklyn Art Song performs at these events at LGMF:

  1.             7 PM – August 17 – SUNY Adirondack Theater (Benjamin Britten with Zack Finkestlein and Michael Brofman)
  2.             7 PM – August 18 – Sacred Heart Church (Lake George Village) (David Ludwig with Kristina Bachrach and Michael Brofman
  3.           Our regular season in Brooklyn begins Oct. 6- here is the schedule:
  • Organization: Lake George Music Festival/ Brooklyn Art Song Society
  • Event: Lake George music Festival
  • Location of event: Lake George Village and Area
  • Date/Time: Aug 11-24
  • Cost: $10+
  • Contact Information: see websites below
  • Facebook: Yes “Brooklyn Art Song Society” and “LakeGeorgeMusicFestival”
  • Instagram: @BrooklynArtSongSociety and @lgmusicfestival
  • Twitter: @BrooklynArtSong and @LGMusicFestival
  • Website: and

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Vale Park Event – A Movie and More!

  • Leesa Perazzo, City Council Member
  • Jason Lecuyer, Sch’dy Co Special Events

Free Activities and refreshments before the movie “Sing” which will be shown at dusk.

  • Organization: Vale Park Task Force & Schenectady County Special Events
  • Event: Sch’dy County Family Movie Night at Vale Park
  • Location of event: Vale Park
  • Date/Time: Thursday at 7 pm on Aug 24
  • Cost: FREE event
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Athletic Hall of Fame (SCSD)

  • Robert Pezzano, SCSD Athletic HOF Chairperson
  • Paul Della Villa, 2017 AHOF Inductee, Mont Pleasant Football
  • Mechelle Smith, 2017 AHOF Inductee, Linton HS Basketball
  • John Maurycy, 2017 AHOF Inductee, Mont Pleasant Golf
  • Al Aldi, 1967 Mont Pleasant HS Football Captain  50th Anniversary Legacy Tribute

Their mission is to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the history and tradition of sports in the Schenectady City School District.

The 20th Annual Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame & Reunion Dinner will be held on Monday, September 11, at Proctors.  Paul Della Villa, John Maurycy & Mechelle Smith will be inducted.  There will also be a Legacy Tribute honoring the undefeated 1967 Mont Pleasant HS football team (ranked #1 in NYS).

  • Organization: Schenectady School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Event: 20th Annual SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner
  • Location of event: Proctors
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept 11 —   Reception at 4:30 pm and Dinner at 6 pm
  • Cost: $55
  • Contact Information: 518) 346-9297
  • Website: www.Schenectady,K12, (Athletics)

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research

  • Shari Piper, Walk Co-coordinator
  • Neil Piper, Walk Co-coordinator
  • Sue Patterson, PC Survivor
  • Therese O’Callaghan, PC Survivor

Our 1.2-mile handicap accessible, stroller friendly, pet friendly walk will honor the memory of those lost, by celebrating their lives and by fund-raising for a future that includes early detection and cure for Pancreatic Cancer. This family event will include a pick-a-prize auction; a 50/50 raffle; a pet parade, free donuts, coffee, tea, apple cider and water; a PC information area; face painting; purple hair extensions, chair massages, and live music by Code Blue Albany.

Their mission is to promote the local Lustgarten Foundation 14th Annual Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research

  • Organization: Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
  • Event: Lustgarten Foundation 14th Annual Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research
  • Location of event: Elm Ave. Town Park, Delmar, NY
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 — Registration:  8:00 am
  • Cost: Reg. fee is $50.
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes. “Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research”
  • Website: and


August 22, 2017 #996

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Carla Page Interview

Area Celebrity

Family and Child Service of Schenectady

Bob VanZetta LCSW, Executive Director

Albany Poets

Mary Panza, Vice President

Schenectady Historical Society – Arts & Crafts Festival (Event Aug 26)

Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Marc Weintraub, Executive Director

August 29, 2017 #997

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

A Place for Jazz – Concert Series (Sept 8, 22 & Oct 6, 20 & Nov 3)

Tim Coakley, Organizer

B Designs – Home Décor/ Design

Maria Bortugno

Little Italy Street Fest (Event Sept 9)

Doreen Ditoro, Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home

Roie Angerami, Civitello’s Pastry

Schenectady East Rotary Event at Mabee Farm Historic Site (Event Sept 3)

Jean Barnoski

Schenectady Job Fair (Event Sept 6)

Peter Jones

Scottish Games at Altamont Fairgrounds

Bill Munro

Sept 5, 2017 #998

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Carrot Festival

            Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Another Bit of History

            Janice Walz

Sand Lake Historical Society – “Who Killed Hazel Drew”

            Joan Fuess

Schuyler Mansion & Crailo State Historic Sites

            Heidi Hill, Manager

Upper Union Street Event – 5 K Run

            Guests TBA

Gregg Kelly or Joe DeFilippo (need email addresses)

Women’s Employment and Resource Center

            Beth Miller, Executive Director

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