Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed September 8, 2015 (Show #897)

Photographs by Malcolm Kogut-- Website by Gregg Millett

Women Build-A-Bash-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director and Karen McLane, Community Relations Manager Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County is celebrating its Women Build program with Build-a-Bash on September 19 at the Schenectady Armory, located at 125 Washington Avenue in Schenectady (opposite Schenectady County Community College). The fundraiser will feature a variety of local cuisine, a cash bar, live music by Goin' Back, and a number of unique games and attractions that highlight Habitat's mission. Prove your hammering acumen by competing in the Habitat Hammerschlagen contest or set your sights on the Raise the Roof competition. There will also be a live auction for a custom made child's playhouse hosted by LeGrande Serras. We will also be honoring Virginia Newton, a long time construction volunteer, Building Committee member, and grandmother! Established in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County partners with working families, sponsors, and communities to build safe, decent, affordable homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership. Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County Event: Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Bash Location of event: Schenectady Armory (near SCCC) Date/Time: Sat. Sept 19 from 5 to 8 pm Cost: Tickets can be purchased for $65 in advance on their website or $75 at the door. Contact Information: 115 North Broadway and 396-3412 Facebook: yes "Schenectady Habitat) Website:

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The Golf Ball Drop is Back! -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Bob VanZetta, Executive Director. The fun starts at 5pm and a NEW feature this year is the open putting contest on Stadium's putting green. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour and then be ready at 6pm to watch 1,000 golf balls "rain from the sky" onto the 9th fairway. Golf balls can be purchased for $10 each and the three balls landing closest to the pin will win fabulous prizes: Grand Prize: $1500 Visa Gift Card; 2nd Prize: Cash 'N Jewels package: $500 Visa Gift Card/Blue topaz and diamond pendant courtesy of Sondra's Fine Jewelry; 3rd Prize: Night on the Town package: Accommodations at the Hampton Inn-Schenectady; $100 gift certificate to Aperitivo Bistro; two tickets to a Proctors show; Wine Basket for 2. Following the helicopter drop guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and hear testimonials from our clients who will tell us about the life-enhancing services they have received through the work we do in keeping families strong. Raffle prizes will be offered throughout the evening and there will be great items for bidding at the silent auction. The three top golf ball winners will be announced before the end of the evening. Organization: Family & Child Service of Schenectady Event: Golf Ball Drop and Dinner Location of event: Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady Date/Time: –-- Sept 18 starting at 5 pm Cost: No cost to watch the Golf Ball Drop. Dinner Tickets are $60 pp or $100 per couple. Each ticket comes with a golf ball. Extra golf balls may be purchased for $10 Contact Information: 393-1369 Website:

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The Italian Festival is Coming! -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Roie Angerami and Doreen Ditoro, Representatives. Join in the fun. Lots of Food, Fun, music (all day long), vendors, information and more. Watch the newspaper for more information. LIVE music all day by GRAND CENTRAL STATION, HAPPY DAZE and CRUSH. Joe Tullio on the accordion and Edd Clifford "The Human Jukebox" too! Special note: Edd Clifford was on our show last week. We'll see clips from his appearance during this week's breaks. Organization: Little Italy on Jay Street Event: Little Italy StreetFest - Italian Festival Location of event: Little Italy Section of North Jay Street Date/Time: Sept 12 from noon to 9 pm Cost: Free event for all ages

Fall Job Fair in Schenectady-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Peter Jones, Event Coordinator Over 35 employers from the Capital District looking for people to fill their positions. We have a variety of employers, many healthcare including Home Instead, Visiting Nurse Service of Northeastern NY, Ellis Medicine, St. Peter's Health Partners and many more, Sears, Chipotle Grill, CDTA, US Postal Service, Dunkin' Donuts, Pioneer Bank and Quad Graphics. Visit our website for a complete listing (as of 8/28). We also have representatives of the Capital Region Human Resources Association doing Resume' Critique; Seminars aimed at helping with your job search and Speed Networking presented by Schenectady Community Action Program. We produce Schenectady and Saratoga Job Fairs. Our purpose is to bring together people who are looking for jobs and employers who are looking to fill jobs. Organization: Capital Job Development Group Event: Schenectady Fall Job Fair Location of event: Proctors GE Theatre and Key Hall Date/Time: Wed. Sept 16 from 10 am to 4 pm Cost: Free to people looking for jobs. Facebook: Yes Website:

A Classic Play: Death of a Salesman-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Vincent Farago (Actor); Steve Barkley (Asst. Director/Actor); Joe Bonilla (CTG-BOD/Actor) and Helen Barkley (Actor). Willy Loman (Vincent Farago) dreamed to be a successful salesman wanting material success and freedom. His way to achieve success is to be well-liked, which is also the way he teaches his sons Biff (Geoffrey Fryer) and Happy (Digby Baker-Porazinski). His dream cannot be achieved in that way, and such that society becomes the reason to pushing him to death. Willy's long suffering wife Linda (Kathleen Shea) supports her husband's dreams despite his dissolutions of grandeur. The Classic Theater Guild's mission statement and message we would like to share with the Capital Region, is that CTG has been established exclusively for the advancement of education in the theater arts through, among other things, the production of contemporary and classical plays. The Guild also works to strengthen theatre arts, support emerging playwrights, encourage education in the Arts, present a diverse array of topics, and encourage persons to enter acting by promoting the benefits of dramatic entertainment to educational institutions and to the general public. Organization: Classic Theater Guild Event: "Death of a Salesman" Location of event: Proctors Fenimore Gallery Date/Time: Sept 18-27 Friday and Saturday 7.30pm; Sunday 2.00pm and Saturday, Sept 26 at 2 pm. Cost: $18.50 General Admission; $15.50 Seniors and Students Facebook: Yes Website:

The 55th Annual Stockade Walkabout-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Mary Zawacki (Curator at Sch'dy Historic Society), Sylvie Briber (Stockade Assn) and Colleen Macaulay (Stockade Assn). The 55th Stockade Walkabout, is Saturday September 26, 2015 11am to 5pm. New York State's first recognized Historic District invites all to visit this unique urban neighborhood featuring more than 40 pre-Revolutionary houses and architectural styles that include Dutch Colonial, Georgian, Federal and Victorian. Tour six private homes dating from 1792 to a "newer" home built in 1900. The Walkabout offers visitors entertainment, and new exhibits at Schenectady County Historical Society, and a look at interiors of neighborhood churches. As part of the walk, visitors can enjoy a Fall view of gardens and other ever changing vistas in this regional treasure on the Mohawk River, called The Stockade. Stockade Association: Committed to protecting, preserving and improving New York's first historic district. SCHS: The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County. Organizations: Stockade Association and the Schenectady County Historical Society Event: 55th Annual Stockade Walkabout Location of event: Historic Stockade area of Schenectady Date/Time: Sat. Sept 26 from 11 am to 5 pm Cost: $20 in Advance and $25 at the door Contact Information: see website Facebook: Yes. Stockade Walkabout Website: and