Newsletter Sept. 4, 2018 Topics/Hosts

 Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Going into 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.

September 4, 2018 #1049

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~~~

Bark and Brew!

Colleen Keating, Dir. of Development

Brittney Desmond, Development Associate

            Join us for an afternoon of barks, brews and barbeque on Sunday 9/16 at Wolf Hollow Brewing Company!  Each $50 ticket includes two beers, barbeque buffet, 10 raffle basket tickets and music by Masters of Nostalgia.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at the APF at 53 Maple Avenue in Glenville or by calling 518-374-3944 Ext 113.  All proceeds will benefit the animals at the APF

  • 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.
  • Event: 3rd Annual Bark & Brew
  • Location of event: Wolf Hollow Brewing Company
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 16 from 2-5 pm
  • Cost: $50 per ticket
  • Contact Information: 518-374-2944
  • Facebook: Yes –Animal Protective Foundation
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

In the Heights at SLOC

Mary Darcy, Asst. Director

Jonathan Lajas “Usnavi”

Carmen Lockshire “Nina”

            Over three days, this Tony-award winning musical follows the hard-working residents in the NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights as they deal with love, identity, racism, hope, and loss. Set to the Latin rhythms and hip-hop lyrics of Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), this show teaches us the importance of family and what it means to be home.

A vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: In the Heights
  • Location of event: SLOC Theater at 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: September 21-23 (Fri-Sun), & 27-30 (Thurs-Sun) — 8pm Thurs-Sat, 2pm Sunday matinees
  • Cost: $22-28
  • Contact Information: 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: Yes – @SLOCtheater
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Schenectady Schools Athletic Hall of Fame

Bob Pezzano, SCSD Athletic HOF Chairperson

Gary DiNola, 2018 AHOF Inductee

Paul Bricoccoli, 2018 AHOF Inductee

Bob Czub, Athletic HOF Member

            Paul Bricoccoli, Gary DiNola & John Parillo will be inducted into the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame.  There will be a tribute honoring Chuck Abba (MPHS ’44).

  • Organization: Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Mission: The purpose of the SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame is “To honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the history & tradition of sports in the Schenectady City School District”
  • Event: SCSD Athletic Hall of Fame & Reunion Dinner
  • Location of event: The Glen Sanders Mansion
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm with the reception; dinner at 6 and ceremony at 7:15 pm
  • Cost: $55 pp
  • Contact Information: website for info.
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Annual Italian Street Fest – Jay St.

Roie Angerami, Chairperson — Civitello’s Pastry Shoppe

Doreen Ditoro, Chairperson — Rossi and Ditoro Funeral Home

            Bands Performing: Grand Central Station at noon, Happy Daze at 3 pm and Tino Santoro and Friends at 6 pm. Other performers, food, vendors and more.

  • Event: Annual Little Italy Street Fest.
  • Location of event: North Jay St. Little Italy Section at Union Street
  • Date/Time: Sept. 8 from noon to 9 pm.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Schenectady Job Fair

Peter Jones, Event Coordinator

Sarah Rose Dill, Digital Media Coordinator

            Over 35 employers with job openings seeking people to fill them. Everyone from healthcare to banking to Government to retail and manufacturing. One workshop on Workplace Transition and Retention Practices for the employers. A Wellness Area, Resume’ Critique and 5 workshops for the job seekers. Visit our website at for more information.

  • Organization: Capital Job Development Group
  • Mission: To bring together employers seeking employees job seekers looking for work. To provide workshops, and services to job seekers designed to enhance their job search.
  • Event: Schenectady Job Fair
  • Location of event: Proctor’s GE Theatre and Key Hall
  • Date/Time: Wed. Sept 5 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Contact Information: go to website
  • Facebook: Yes – Capital Job Development Group
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Global Photographer – Honduras

Connie Frisbee Houde, Global Photographer and Activist

Organization: NY/Help

  • Mission: The people of Mataderos tribe, Honduras will have an accessible path to a healthy, educated and economically self-sufficient life.  My involvement has been to develop and assist the women of the community setting up a sewing cooperative that will eventually help them to be self-sufficient.  We currently are working to provide sewing machines to 6 of the villages within the tribal area where women who have completed a year-long sewing class live.  These women have learned to use treadle sewing machines and make their own patterns as neither electricity or patterns are available to these women.
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes – NY/Help-Honduras
  • Website: none provided


****** Upcoming Shows ******

September 11, 2018 – #1050

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Business & Professional Women’s Club Fashion Show (Event Nov. 4)

  •                Cyndie Powell
  •                Jane Osterhout

Eighth Step – Upcoming Events

  •                Margie Rosenkranz
  •                Ed Guider

25th Annual FAM 5K FUND Run/Walk Day (Event Sept 22)

  •                Keith Cataldo, Race Director
  •                Peter Sweetser, Race Course Director

Habitat for Humanity (Event Sept 27)

  •                Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

  •                Guests TBA

Schenectady Historical Society

  •                Guests TBA

September 18, 2018 – #1051

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Ballroom Dance Exhibition – (Event Sept 26)

  •                Barbara Ritschel (Title?)
  •                Anita Riccio (Title?)
  •                Gary Burgess (Title?)

Circle Theatre Players “Murder is Announced” (Oct 5-14)

  •                Paul Trela, Director
  •                Guests TBA

Cornell Cooperative Extension – Nutrition

  •                Lester Rosenzweig, MS RD, CDN – Nutrition Educator

Jajja’s Kids– (Event Sept 23)

  •                Diane Reiner ( Title?)
  •                Ronnie (Need last name), African Director

QUILTS — (Event Sept 29-30)

  •             Lisa Wend, Quilt Show Publicity Chair
  •             Rochelle Jones, QUILT Show Chair
  •             Linda Cary, Guild President
  •             Mary Wade, Quilt Show Featured Quilter

WERC – Women’s Employment & Resource Center – (Event Oct 2)

  •                Elizabeth Miller, Director

September 25, 2018 – #1052

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Alliance for Community Media Conference

  •                Zebulun Schmidt. Station Manager OSM

Author – TR’s Last War

  •                David Pietrusza, Author

Capital Repertory Theatre’s “The Royale” (Event Sept 21-Oct 14)

  •                Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director
  •                Other Guests???

Filmmaker – Latest Updates

  •                Jon Russel Cring, Filmmaker/Director/Producer
  •                Other Guests???

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  •                Dave Iovinella
  •                Don Cortugna
  •                Chuck Farone
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