Newsletter Nov 6, 2018 Guests/Topics

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st 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.

November 6, 2018 #1058

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~~~

The Mediterranean Diet!

Lester Y. Rosenzweig, MS RD, CDN

Lester will be discussing the Mediterranean style of eating for health as well as choosing foods that are “nutrient dense” versus “empty calories.”  I will provide healthy eating tips for the holidays and share a few recipes. He’ll show us how to read food labels.

Since 1918, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County (CCE-Schenectady) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations. Our educators connect people with the information they need on topics such as commercial and consumer agriculture; nutrition and health; youth and families; finances; energy efficiency; economic and community development; and sustainable natural resources. Our ability to match university resources with community needs helps us play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Schenectady County.

CCE-Schenectady is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals.

Lester is Registered Dietitian and is a Nutrition Educator.

  • Organization: Cornell cooperative extension, Schenectady County
  • Mission: Healthy eating
  • Contact Information: 107 Nott Terrace Suite 301, Sch’dy or 518-372-1622 or
  • Facebook: Yes “CCESChenectady”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~


William Rivas, Executive Producer

Brendan Tenan, Open Stage Media

A regional speaker/lecture series highlighting the strengths, opportunities and challenges unique to the Capital Region. With speakers offering real world, practical solutions to the challenges the region faces while addressing the core values of community, connection and inclusion.

  • Organization: 518 TALKS
  • Mission: Creating a platform for community leadership, Entrepreneurs, Creatives, and more to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas with the world.
  • Event: 518TALKS – a series
  • Location of event: Proctors – GE Theatre
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 pm
  • Cost: $10
  • Website: for tickets

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

71st Troy Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day

George Regan, Event Director

Now in its 71st year, the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race, as well as the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation.  The event, which draws as many as 8,000 participants from 37 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, is designed to celebrate fitness, families and tradition against a backdrop of some of Troy’s most historic neighborhoods, as well as raise funds for the Regional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shelter.

  • Event: 71st Troy Turkey Trot
  • Location of event: Troy NY
  • Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 from 8 am to noon
  • Cost: Varies
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Concerned for the Hungry – Thanksgiving Project

Peter Jones, Organizer

We collect donated food, and purchased food and bring it all together where it is organized, sorted and packed into “baskets” to be given to the families that have qualified to receive one.  Most are picked up by the families; some are delivered by agencies on their behalf and some are delivered to the disabled or homebound. Nothing is wasted.  Food not used in the baskets and baskets not pick up are divided among the county’s food pantries.

2019 is our 40th anniversary of the first food drive.  300 families were provided sandwiches.  We have grown to over 2500 families and now offer a full, Thanksgiving meal with turkey, fresh vegetables and fruit, canned vegetables and fruit, stuffing and many other foods associated with the Thanksgiving meal.

  • Organization: Concerned for the Hungry
  • Mission: To provide a nutritious dinner for the less fortunate of Schenectady County for Thanksgiving.
  • Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Location of event: Keane Elementary School – Albany ST. Sch’dy (rear of bldg.)
  • Date/Time: Nov 14-19 — Nov 14 – 4:00 – 7PM; All other days 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost:  No – volunteers help as available
  • Contact Information:  518-372-9881
  • Facebook: Yes. Concerned for the Hungry Inc.
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

The Community Hospice

Allison Moran, Bereavement Counselor

From their website: Serving seriously ill people and their families — Wherever you or your loved one may be – in your own home, in a local nursing home, or in the hospital, The Community Hospice can help. Our special kind of care focuses on allowing patients to live with dignity, where and how they want to live, with the best quality of life possible. We can provide support and guidance for months, and not just a few days or weeks.

  • Organization: The Community Hospice
  • Mission: The Community Hospice provides free professional grief support, education, information and resources for anyone grieving the death of a family member or friend.
  • Contact Information: 518-724-0200
  • Facebook: Yes “The Community Hospice”
  • Website: and

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Solarize Capital Region

Dennis Karius

From their website: We are a local nonprofit serving the communities of the Capital Region, run solely by volunteers. We promote the use of renewable energy with you, the consumer, in mind. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge of how renewable energies will benefit your life and lower cost options through our bulk purchase model. Explore our current projects now. Meetings held the first and third Thursday of the month from 6-8pm at Honest Weight Food CoOp.

  • Mission: To save our planet from Climate Change
  • Contact Information: (518) 328-4SUN
  • Website:


~~~~~ Upcoming Shows~~~~~

November 13, 2018 – #1059

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation – Canine Academy

  •             Kathy Snowden, Canine Academy Trainer & Neuter Clinic Customer Service
  •             Brittney Desmond, Development Associate

Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP) Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Event Nov 23 – Dec 23)

  •                Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director
  •                Guests TBA

Crossroads Center for Children

  •                Vicki Ramotar, MSED, Resource Development Specialist
  •             Kelly Young, Executive Director

miSci –The Museum of Science and Innovation –Toys and Trains Exhibits

  •                Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee

  •                Janice Walz, Committee Member

Story Circle at Proctors – 23rd Tellebration (Event Nov 18)

  •                Kate Dudding, Storyteller

November 20, 2018 – #1060

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circle Theatre Players – Christmas Carol

  •             Brian Sheldon, Director
  •             Liam White “Young Scrooge”
  •             Bill Douglas “Scrooge”
  •             George Filieau, “Marley Present”
  •             H.G. Warrender “Marley Past/ Fred’s Wife”


Jon Russell Cring

Holiday Food Bazaar at St. Peter Armenian Church

Paulette Doudoukjian

TEDx Talks

  •             Cristina James, PhD
  •             Patti Vitale, Brown School

VITA Program – Volunteer Recruitment

  •             Joanne Passineau, Rensselaer CA$H Coalition
  •             Tracy Randle, CA$H Program Director United Way of the GCR

November 27, 2018 – #1061

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Blacksmith Art

Bryan Salisbury, Artist

Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY (Mentoring)

Mary Buszuwski, CEO

St. Clare’s Retirees

  •             Peter Jones
  •             Sonya Sidhu-Izzo, MD

Tax Season – Review your Documents

  •             Joanne Passineau, Rensselaer CA$H Chapter
  •             Richard Zazcyki, Dir. Circles of Mercy

Waterford Museum (Event Dec 1)

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