Newsletter – Guests/Topics on August 7 Show

 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 yourself.

August 7, 2018 #1045

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

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~~~

Animal Protective Foundation

Stephanie Johnson, Clinic Manager

Kathy Snowden, clinic Customer Service Representative

  • Organization: Animal Protective Foundation
  • Mission: 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
  • Location: 53 Maple Ave Glenville
  • Contact Information: 374-3944
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fundraiser

Shari and Neil Piper, Walk Coordinators

            The 1.2-mile wheelchair accessible, child, stroller, and pet-friendly event will include a pick-a-prize auction; a 50/50 raffle; a pet parade; free water, donuts, coffee, tea, and apple cider; a pancreatic cancer information area; purple hair extensions by Shear Simplicity; 10-minute chair massages; entertainment by The Puppet People; and live music by Code Blue. The first 500 walkers will receive a free walk-t-shirt and a goody bag.

This year our Walk will celebrate the milestone of having raised a cumulative total exceeding $1,000,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation, America’s largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research.

  • Based in Woodbury, N.Y., the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events.
  • Since its inception, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed $154 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found.

Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100% of your donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. For more information, visit

  • Organization: Lustgarten Foundation Albany Capital District
  • Mission: Since its inception, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed $154 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found.
  • Event: 15th Annual Lustgarten Foundation Albany Capital District Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research
  • Location of event: Elm Ave. Town Park, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 16th– Registration begins at 8 am
  • Cost: Online registration is $50 and Walk-up Fee is $60
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “AlbanyPCRWalk”
  • Instagram: @albanypcrwalk
  • Twitter: @albanypcrwalk
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

The World Inside Your Head

Gina C. Gould PhD. President

Tara Burnham, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

            Join miSci, BRAIN exhibit sponsor, Ellis Medicine, and WMHT for a thought-provoking exploration of THE BRAIN. View the premiere episode of The Brain with David Eagleman – “Who will we be?” and journey into the future and ask what’s next for the human brain, and for our species. Then pose your “brainy” questions to Ellis Medicine neurosurgeons Doctors Genovese and Spurgas during a live Q&A session.

The event is free and open to the public, and patrons are invited to explore the BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head exhibit before the event begins.

  • Organization:  miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation and Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future
  • Event: Brain: The World Inside your Head – Special Lecture. Screening of “The Brain with David Engelman with LIVE Q and A with Ellis Medicine Neurosurgeons
  • Date/Time: Thursday, August 23 from 6-8 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Museum”
  • Instagram: @miSci_NY
  • Twitter: @miSciNY
  • Location: 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy 12308
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Rensselaer Esplanade

Charles Moore, Dir. of Planning and Development

            The City of Rensselaer alongside local and state officials, opened its new public esplanade, a $3 million-plus public works project made possible through funding from the New York State Department of State. The ceremony to mark the completion of the project.

The waterfront offers a scenic atmosphere for recreation, dining, and much more. The new 1.5 acre park and 1,000 linear ft. riverfront park will offer green space, a bike path, and potential for outdoor events or concerts. Funding was made possible through the New York State Department of State.

            The Building Department administers the building and zoning codes through issuance of permits, conducting inspections, and issuance of violation letters and tickets.

The Planning Department administers applications to the public board and environmental review process required of most development or redevelopment in the city.  Applicants for site plans, subdivision plats, special permits, certificates of appropriateness, and variances present their proposals or requests through this office for approval by the Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals, whose members are city residents appointed by the Mayor.

The Planning Department also administers a variety of state and federal grants and the HOME and CDBG Program, which provides income-based grants for home rehabilitation under the Federal Housing & Urban Development Agency (HUD).

The City of Rensselaer has established Building Permit, Certificate of Compliance (businesses), Certificate of Occupancy (rented residential), Rental Dwelling Registry, Site Plan Review, Subdivision, Stormwater Management, and Zoning requirements for all properties within its borders.

Note: Charles Moore is the author of Path to Progress: Innovative Solutions for Growth, Prosperity and Security (Kindle and hard copy available on Amazon)

  • Organization: City of Rensselaer
  • Mission: The Planning & Building Departments have several roles relating to the development and re-development of the city’s land and structures through administration of the Zoning Code and Building Code.  These codes are adopted and periodically amended by the City of Rensselaer Common Council to protect the health, safety, property, and welfare of the City’s residents as well as comply with New York State law.
  • Event: Ribbon Cutting of the City of Rensselaer Esplanade
  • Location of event: City of Rensselaer
  • Date/Time: July 13 at 10 am – 10 am Opened
  • Contact Information: 518-465-1693
  • Facebook: Yes “RensselaerNYS”
  • Instagram: @RensselaerNYS
  • Twitter: @RensselaerNYS
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Toys for Tots

GySgt Vinny Roman, Capital Region Coordinator

            The train travels from Binghamton to Delanson on Saturday and then on Sunday, it travels the opposite way from Albany to Rouses Point. We distribute coats, hats, blankets, mittens at every stop. We also have Dunkin Donuts there at every stop handing out munchkins and hot chocolates to the families on the platform. We give out stocking stuffers to all the little kids waiting and also Friehofer’s cookies. We have our special guests of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus there to welcome all the families as well. The mission of the train is to distribute toys to the non-for-profits that are not in our local distribution areas and help bring Christmas to these families.

  • Organization: Capital Region Toys for Tots
  • Mission: Every child deserves a Christmas. Help us by donating a new and unwrapped toy to show the children of our communities, that there is a better tomorrow.
  • Event: Toys for Tots Annual Train
  • Location of event: Capital Region
  • Date/Time: Saturday, December 1st and Sunday December 2nd.  Times to Be Announced
  • Contact Information: or 518-912-1663
  • Facebook: Yes “Capital Region Toys for Tots”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Historic Theaters of New York State

Janice Walz, Committee Member

            This month we’ll learn about some of the historic theaters in New York State.


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Eyes Wide Open Fundraiser

  •                Joe Starzyk, Playwright
  •                Deb Fowler
  •                Pat Carley (need email address)


  •                Patrick Lynskey

Schenectady Day Nursery BBQ Fundraiser (Event Sept 14)

  •                Patricia Skinner, Board Member
  •                Eli McNett, Board Member

Scottish Games

  •                Bill Munro, Schenectady Pipe Band

Walk for RITA – Out of Darkness Walk — Suicide Prevention – (Event Dates Sept 23 and Oct 13)

  •                Laura Marx, Capital Region NY Area Director
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