Show: Filmed May 3, 2016 [#931]

Schenectady Today Show 931, Filmed May 3, 2016

Schenectady Today — In and Around the Capital Region

The Schenectady Today Show Theme: What a Day by Linda Sheldon of Sundial Express

Photographs by Malcolm Kogut

Filmed at Open Stage Media, Proctors, Schenectady
© Copyright 2016, Ann Parillo. All rights reserved.
Segment One
Judy Decker, Development and Mary D'Alessandro-Gilmore, Board Member Ring of Hope

Judy Decker, Development and Mary D’Alessandro-Gilmore, Board Member Ring of Hope

In Their Corner – Ring of Hope Event!

Guests: Judy Decker, Development and Mary D’Alessandro-Gilmore, Board Member Ring of Hope

Ring of Hope annual dinner.  An evening of recognition, celebration and support.  Our honored guests include Robert Carreau, The Schenectady Foundation and regional boxing legend, Danny Ferris. After a welcome by Honorary Chair, Mayor Gary McCarthy, guests will enjoy a served dinner, music by the Cliff Bruckner Trio and an opportunity to meet the youngsters of the Ring of Hope.

Mission or Purpose: Schenectady Ring of Hope Boxing, a 501c (3) organization, has created a successful youth program offering a safe haven and supportive environment to inner-city youth.

Boxing and fitness are effective draws to those who would not typically seek mentoring. Through boxing and fitness young people learn life skills, such as discipline, cooperation and setting goals for their future.

Organization: Schenectady Ring of Hope Boxing Club Event: In Their Corner Location of event: Mohawk Golf Club Date/Time: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 6 pm Cost: $65 and $35 for students Contact Information: Ring of Hope Gym 518-377-1811 Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Ring of Hope” Website:

Segment Two
Al Magid and Book Worm

Al Magid and Book Worm

Reading is FUN!

Guest: Al Magid and Book Worm

Information from their website: It is our goal that every four year-old to nine year old in Schenectady learn the letters in the alphabet and their sounds and have fun doing it!

Conversational skills are used to help youngsters develop vocabulary to help build the basis for them to be successful in school and throughout life. Some volunteers work with a child and his or her caregiver, while others work in schools and still others volunteer at the county jail with youngsters who are visiting a parent.

Sessions occur:

  1. Once a week at convenient times.
  2. For 30 – 60 minute sessions.
  3. In public places near their homes.
  4. In Schenectady Elementary Schools.
  5. At the county jail during family visits.
  6. No teaching experience is necessary to volunteer.
  7. Volunteers are trained in one-hour sessions conducted by school-district administrative staff and reading teachers.

Organization: Reading is Fun Program – Schenectady Schools

Contact: 377-9542

Facebook: Yes


Segment Three
Janice Walz, Committee Member

Janice Walz, Committee Member

Proctors Early History in Photos!

Guest: Janice Walz, Committee Member

Each month, Janice appears on the show to tell us another fascinating story about the history of Proctors.

Proctors was built/opened in 1926 and has a very interesting history starting with Vaudeville. This month she’ll tell us about the first and second construction projects.

Organization: Proctors Historical Committee

Contact Information: Audrey Hughes at

Facebook: Yes


Segment Four
Maureen Gebert, Co-Director, Win a Bike

Maureen Gebert, Co-Director, Win a Bike

Win a Bike — Bicycle Month Wellness Day!

Guest: — Maureen Gebert, Co-Director, Win a Bike

Enter the coloring contest for children!

Upper Union Street BID and HRRT Athletic Center “Bicycle Month Wellness Day” on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at HRRT, 1019 Keyes Avenue, Schenectady from 10am – 2pm.

The day promises fun for the whole family! Free bicycle helmet safety checks for adults and children, a Community Bicycle Swap & Sale, Free bicycle safety checks, Family ABC’s of Biking, Free Fix a Flat Clinics at 11 AM & 1 PM and a coloring contest sponsored with a child’s bike as the grand prized.

Contact: Heather Rizzi at the HRRT Athletic Center, 1019 Keyes Ave, Schenectady, NY 12309 – 518-847-2419.

We will be conducting several seminars on bicycle safety and caring for your bicycle including how to fix a flat. A bicycle, suitable a 5-7 year old child, for will be given away through a coloring contest. We are encouraging people to ride their bikes and take advantage of our new bicycle racks

Organization: Upper Union Street BID and HRRT Athlete Center

Event: Bicycle Month Wellness Day Event

Location of event: Upper Union St Date/Time: May 14 – 11 am to 2 pm

Cost: Free event

Contact Info: 1019 Keyes Ave, Sch’dy

Website: and

Segment Five
Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor and Michael Clement, Accompanist

Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor and Michael Clement, Accompanist

A Night On Broadway in Albany!

Guests: Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor and Michael Clement, Accompanist

This event offers a selection of Broadway selections from the 1920’s to present with guest artists, Irina Petrik and Robert Dalton.

The Club is dedicated to the preserving and presenting male choral music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts, and other musical events, afterglows and social gatherings.

Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany

Event: Spring Concert A Night on Broadway

Location of event: Chancellor’s Hall in Albany (NYS Education Building)

Date/Time: Friday, May 13 event at 7:30 pm

Cost: $20 Contact

Information: 518-428-5382

Facebook: Yes “Mendelssohn Club of Albany”


Segment Six
Chris Foster, Director with Evan Jones and Patrick White

Chris Foster, Director with Evan Jones and Patrick White

Clybourne Park at Sch’dy Civic Players!

Guests: Chris Foster, Director, with Evan Jones and Patrick White

Clybourne Park, a response play to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart.

Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family.

Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

This funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each won nearly every honor the theater has to give, including the Tony Award for Best Play, Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Organization: Schenectady Civic Players

Event: Clybourne Park

Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse – 12 South Church Street

Date/Time: May 6-15 (Wed/Thurs at 7:30 pm and Fri/Sat at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm)

Cost: $17

Contact Information: 382-2081


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