Newsletter: May 31, 2016

Producer and Host, Ann ParilloSchenectady Today Show Producer and Host, Ann Parillo

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.

May 31, 2016 #935

Scheduled On-Air Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests

Segment One

Traditional Music of India

Guests: Veena Chandra, Performing on Sitar and Devesh Chandra, Performing on Tabla

From the PR Release:

Veena Chandra
Dance and Music School of India
Founder and Director
Skidmore College
VEENA CHANDRA is an internationally renowned sitarist, composer, teacher and choreographer. She is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham,NY (celebrating 26 years) where she teaches Indian classical music. She has been a faculty member at Skidmore College since 1990, teaching sitar in the Music Department.

Born in Dehra Doon, Valley of the Himalaya Mountain Range, Veena was inspired to play music by her Father, her first Guru. He loved sitar so much that he named her Veena, after the precursor to the sitar, in hopes that she would learn music. He was 95 years old when he passed away in 2010 and his hopes have validated themselves many times over as evident by the international acclaim & respect given to Veena Chandra.

DEVESH CHANDRA has been learning the Tabla since the age of 3. He has learned Northern Indian Classical Music by accompanying his mother, Veena Chandra. Devesh, the youngest of six children, grew up immersed in Indian music. His first spoken words were the syllables of tabla -Dha Dha Tita. Immersed in music at a young age, Devesh is fortunate to have grownup surrounded by iconic figures of Indian Music. Devesh accompanied his mother on her visits with the late Ustad Vilayat Khan. Ustad Vilayat Khan grew to be a grandfather to Devesh. He has been greatly affected by this close relationship.

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Segment Two

Armenian Festival


Fr. Stephanos Doudoukjian
St Peter Armenian Church
100 Troy-Schenectady Road
and Gil Chorbajian

From their website: This year’s event promises to be our biggest one yet, with live Armenian music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, and carnival games for the kids. And as always, we’ll have a variety of authentic Armenian foods, including Shish Kebab, Lahmejune (Armenian pizza), rice pilaf, and an assortment of home-made desserts. There’s something for every member of the family at the Armenian Festival. Hope to see you there! Free Parking

Organization: St Peter Armenian Church

Event: Armenian Festival

Location of event: 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet NY

Date/Time: Jun 4-5 Event – Sat: noon to 8 pm and Sun: noon to 5 pm   Rain or Shine

Cost: Free

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Segment Three

Kids Arts Festival


Betsy Sandberg
Get smART
Jay Street and around Schenectady City Hall
Phone: 518-573-2922
Colleen Merays
Get smART
Committee Member & Table Activity Leader

“Get smART” is the 2016 theme for Kids’ Arts Festival, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. June 4 on the streets around City hall and the pedestrian mall on Jay Street. Nearly 50 community groups, businesses join with two museums, firefighters, the county sheriff and an observatory to provide tried and true arts and crafts activities, as well as science as we’ll have a focus on inventions and celebrate the rich history of inventors in Schenectady.

A smART parade kicks off at 3:45 p.m. featuring kids with any inventions or musical instruments they’ve created during the day. Rain location is inside City Hall.

Nearly every activity is free thanks to support from the Schenectady County Legislature, the City of Schenectady, the ElectriCity Arts district, dozens of volunteers and a long list of sponsors.which are on our website at

Their mission is to provide an outdoor arts festival in downtown Schenectady for pre-school and school-age children. Thousands of children of all incomes and backgrounds participate in hands-on arts activities that are both fun and promote sound visual education principles. This year’s festival also focuses on Schenectady’s rich history of inventors and inventions.

Event: Kids Arts Festival

Location of event: Jay Street and around Schenectady City Hall

Date/Time: Saturday, June 4 from Noon to 4 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact Information: 573-2922

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Segment Four

Smokey Robinson Tribute


Don (The Soul Man) Hyman
Performer and historian
Don will sing a few songs and tell about his experiences when seeing the group perform at Madison Square Garden for the Farewell Concert in 1970.

From Wiki: William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group’s chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as the Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown’s vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later scoring Top 10 solo hits such as “Cruisin’” (1979), “Being With You” (1981) and “Just to See Her” (1987). Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.



Segment Five

Women’s Employment Resource Center


Elizabeth M. Miller
Capital District Women’s Employment Resource Center (WERC)
Executive Director
Tracy L. Bullett Esq
Capital District Women’s Employment Resource Center (WERC)
Board Member

FIRST IMPRESSIONS, SECOND CHANCES is an extraordinary evening to benefit the Women of the Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC). This is our 8th Annual First Impressions, Second Chances Networking Event to raise money for the programs and services of WERC to advance women’s success in the workplace.

Participating vendors and other local businesses have donated wonderful raffle prizes to raise additional funds. There will be a Super Raffle Drawing includes great prizes — an iPad, an iPad Mini, a Bose SoundTouch® 10 Wireless Music System, an Amazon Echo, a Printer donated by Repeat Business Systems with Mystery Items donated by CAP COM Federal Credit Union and Garnet River LLC and 10 Gift Bags full of gift cards and items worth over $300 each and more!

We will have many winners that night but the biggest winners will be the Women of WERC. Join us and see firsthand the difference your gift is making and the women whose lives you are changing. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mission or Purpose: WERC is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to advance women’s success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence. Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to over 7,000 women from both Albany and Rensselaer Counties who have lost their source of income upon the death, divorce, separation, disability, or dislocation of a spouse, or who are single mothers, or left the workforce to take care of an elderly parent.

Annually, WERC provides over 2,700 free services to women who need to return to the workforce giving them the resources, computer and career skills training, and the confidence needed to find employment in today’s competitive job market.

Note: Ms. Bullett is also a Partner of the Law Firm of Tabner, Ryan and Keniry, LLB.

Organization: Capital District Women’s Employment Resource Center (WERC)

Event: 8th Annual First Impressions Second Chances Networking Event

Location of event: The Crossings in Colonie, 580 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville (Albany), NY 12211

Date/Time: Tuesday, Jun 7 from 5-7 pm

Cost: $40 (Networking, Dinner and Vendors)

Contact Information: see website

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June 7, 2016 #936

Scheduled On-Air Guests

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation – Fostering Kitties

  • RayLynn Bradigan, Shelter Director
  • Deb Balliet, Executive Director

Celtic Heritage Day Celebration (June 11 event)

  • Dave Connelly, Sch’dy Ancient Order of the Hibernians
  • Mary Zawacki, Sch’dy County Historical Society

Jazz on Jay – Thursdays at Noon during the Summer

  • Karen Johnson, Organizer
  • Tim Coakley, Pres. A Place for Jazz

Lunn Resource Center

  • Lynne Gilgore, Director


  • Richard Lovrich, Creative Director

Upper Union Street – Strawberry Festival (June 18 event)

  • Madelyn Thorne

June 14, 2016 #937

Scheduled On-Air Guests

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author “What’s Your Leadership Image”

  • Sharon Burstein

Growing Young vs Just Growing Old

  • Debra Gugig

Juneteenth Celebration (June 17-18 Event)

  • Representatives

miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science) Dinosaurs!!!

  • Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Performance by John Hill on Guitar

  • John Hill

June 21, 2016 #938

Scheduled On-Air Guests

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Astronomy at miSci – National Asteroid Day (Jun 30)

  • Valerie Rapson, Astrophysicist

Eyes Wide Open (Human Trafficking)

  • Debbie Fowler

Hispanic Coalition NY – 40 under 40 Rising Star 2016

  • Monica Arias Miranda, Pres and CEO

Iroquois Indian Museum

  • Stephanie Schultes, Director

Schenectady Inner City Ministry – Summer Lunch Program

  • Rev. Phil Grigsby, Director
  • Dave Taylor, Director of Summer Lunch Program


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