Newsletter 8/8/17 Guests and Topics on Schenectady Today

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 8, 2017 #994

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 ~~~

I’ll Remember You Tribute Concert

  • Matthew Boyce, Spencer Boyce
  • & Thomas Greene, Elvis Tribute Artists
  • Deborah Austin, Little Theater on the Farm Board Member
  • Heidi Mae Greene, Family Representative

The “I’ll Remember You” Tribute Benefit Concert has come and since gone. It was a phenomenal day and a wonderful event. The efforts of 5 Elvis Tribute Artists from all over as well as the exemplary folks at the Little Theater on the Farm came together to raise a substantial amount of money for the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association in the honor and name of Olivia “Libby” Farncomb.  During this segment, 5 of the various participants in the success of the event will talk about the results of the fundraiser. Also award winning Elvis Tribute Artists Matthew Boyce, Spencer Boyce, and TJ Greene will be performing a song each for the audience. Also appearing will be Heidi Greene who is Libby’s niece and representative, and Deborah Austin who is one of the board members at the Little Theater where it all took place.  We look forward to returning to Schenectady Today and celebrating not only our success at the charity benefit but also the Lake George Elvis Festival in which the Tribute Artists performing competed.

  • Event: I’ll Remember You Tribute Concert
  • Location of event: Little Theater on the Farm
  • Date/Time: Event has already happened
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Ride the Cure (for Diabetes)

  • Denise Nicastro, JDRF Development Director
  • Michelle DiMeo, First-year rider, JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to cure, prevent and treat T1D. Our vision is a world without type 1 diabetes.

The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a charitable bike ride that to date has raised over $38 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The Ride gives cyclists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research.

The JDRF Ride isn’t just a bike ride: it’s where hundreds of riders come together from all over the world to make new friendships, experience the unparalleled camaraderie of the Ride community and raise money to find a cure for T1D.

  • Organization: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northeastern NY Chapter
  • Event: JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes
  • Location of event: City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Date/Time: Sept 14-17
  • Cost: $2000 per rider fundraising minimum
  • Contact Information: For more information on Ride, contact Denise at or call 518-477-2873.
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Instagram: @jdrfhq
  • Twitter: @jdrf
  • Website: and

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Empower Ethiopia

  • Lisa Buoniconto, Founder
  • Tesfahunegn Sina, Skidmore Student

Assisting vulnerable children and their families through an organization called LetUsChange in Hawassa Ethiopia that provides a nurturing home, schooling, and health care to children who were previously homeless and living on the streets. Additionally, LetUsChange focuses on developing income-generating programs to employ homeless adults in the community and promote opportunity for self-sustenance.

This community event sponsored by local businesses will include light fare, a cash bar with special guest bartender.  Menands Village Mayor Meg Grenier, along with a gift basket/gift certificate raffle and prizes. Menands is a community that exemplifies coming together to help those in need.

Platinum sponsors:  New York Lobbyists Reid, McNally, and Savage and RAD SOAP Co.

Gold Sponsors: Pierro, Connor, and Associates LLC – Trusted Counsel

Silver Sponsors: Triple AAA Albany, Defazio’s Pizzeria, Innovative Auto, Ray and Janet Perricone, Capital City Produce

  • Organization: Empower Ethiopia
  • Event: Menands Summer Mingle
  • Location of event: IL Faro Restaurant in Menands
  • Date/Time: Sunday, August 13 from 4-7 pm
  • Cost: $20 at the door
  • Contact Information: Email preferred: or cell (518) 669-2639
  • Facebook: Yes: Empower Ethiopia
  • Twitter: @Empower Ethiopia
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Reading is Fun

  •   Al Magid, Founder & President
  • With Book Worm

From their website: The Reading is Fun Program (RIF) mobilizes volunteers to teach reading-readiness and conversational skills and vocabulary to Schenectady’s neediest youngsters ages 4-9

Presently RIF has 83 volunteer teachers working with 154 students in 11 elementary schools. Currently our volunteers are adult community residents; students from Union College, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady High School, and Niskayuna High School; and uniformed officers in the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and Jail and the Schenectady Police Department. RIF will need many more volunteer teachers as it spreads across the nearly one dozen elementary schools in the district.

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Stars from Our Area

Janice Walz, Proctors Historical Committee

            This month, we’ll hear about Kirk Douglas who comes from Amsterdam.


Aug 15, 2017 #995

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Animal Protective Foundation – Community Spay and Neuter Clinic

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

Lake George Music Festival — (Events Aug 11-24)

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

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science (Eclipse/Summer Programs)

  •             Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Pancreatic Cancer 14th Annual Walk (Event Sept 10)

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

Schenectady School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Event Sept 11)

  •             Robert Pezzano, Organizer
  •             Paul Della Villa, 2017 Inductee, Mont Pleasant Football
  •             Mechelle Smith, 2017 Inductee, Basketball / Taekwondo Championships
  •             John Maurycy, 2017 Inductee, Mont Pleasant Golf
  •             Al Aldi, 1967 Mont Pleasant Football Captain – 50th Anniversary

Vale Park and Family Movie Night (Event Aug 24)

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

August 22, 2017 #996

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Celebrity Interview

  •             Miss Carla Page, 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
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