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Radio Show #378 – Cheryl Malandrinos and Western Mass. Real Estate

Cheryl Malandrinos is a representative for the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley, providing information and support to the real estate community of Western Mass., and also a real estate agent with Real Living Realty Professionals in Wilbraham.

Cheryl is versed in all manner of home sales for first time buyers, military relocation, the needs of seniors and other aspects of real estate.

The current state of home sales, the impact of COVID-19 and more are discussed in this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Radio Show #377 – Martha Tighe and
The Parish Cupboard in West Springfield

The Executive Director of the Parish Cupboard in West Springfield is delighted with the organization’s new location!

After a career in education spanning decades, Martha Tighe celebrates her 11th year in service to the community as the Executive Director of the Parish Cupboard, “Westside.”

In this program, Martha discusses the inner workings of the Parish Cupboard, its ongoing collection and distribution of food to West Springfield and the region, as well as what “food insecurity” means to her and to her staff.


Tel: 413-734-7969  •  Email: ParishCupboard@aol.com

Web: www.parishcupboard.com

Radio Show #376 – Mike Zabik and the “Right to Repair” Ballot Question

On election day, you will be faced with ballot question number 1, the so-called “Right To Repair.”

This initiative, as proposed, would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to maintenance and repair.

A “yes” vote would provide vehicle owners and mechanics access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.

A “no” vote would make no changes in the law governing this same access.

At Mike’s Auto Repair in West Springfield, owner, Mike Zabik represents many independent auto mechanics who believe very strongly in the passing of this initiative.

In this special program, Mike explains why this is important to you, your car, and your overall freedom of choice in the marketplace.

Email: Info@mikesautoservicerepair.com  •  Web: www.mikesautoservicerepair.com

Radio Show #375 – Cindy Murphy and
“Each Moment We’re Alive”

Two-time cancer survivor Cindy Sheridan Murphy of West Springfield has founded an organization dedicated to women not unlike herself, who are coping with cancer.

The organization, “Each Moment We’re Alive,” works with women before, during and after their diagnosis and treatment.

What led her to this process, and how the pandemic has affected what the organization  does, is discussed in this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: www.eachmomentwerealive.net • Email: cindy@eachmomentwerealive.org

Radio Show #374 – Anthony Cignoli Remembers Miguel “Mike” Rivas

A prominent advocate and political personality of the Latinx community in Western Mass. has passed away this week.

He is Miguel “Mike” Rivas.

From his distinguished service to our country in the Marine Corps, to his efforts on behalf of his community, Miguel Rivas is remembered as a strong and powerful voice for his people, and for all peoples of Western Mass.

In this program, Anthony Cignoli, who knew Miguel well, remembers him not only as a community organizer but as a trailblazer for the later successes enjoyed by figures such as Adam Gomez, Jose Tosado and others.

Radio Show #373 – Jeremie Lapointe and DementedFX

Aspiring art teacher and now a contractor, Jeremie Lapointe and his partners set out to create an authentically terrifying “haunted house” style experience in Holyoke.

And they succeeded!

So much so, that “DementedFX” of Holyoke has garnered  accolades throughout the Northeast!

This is not a typical witches and ghosts excursion, but rather an intense 20,000square foot chamber of biomedical horrors that has succeeded in delicious screaming fright and fun for its visitors!

In this conversation, you’ll hear how Jeremie achieved a Hollywood level of special effects to create a fright after fright trip through the facility!

Web: www.dementedfx.com  •  Email: info@dementedfx.com

Radio Show #372 – Max Hartshorne’s
New England Fall Foliage Audio Tour

Writer and travel editor Max Hartshorne presents some wonderful suggestions to enjoy the fall foliage, now at its peak!

From Massachusetts to Vermont, the vibrant colors are beckoning.

Ancillary activities from apple picking, to where to eat and drink, are also discussed.

Listen in and discover some “not too hidden” treasures of this special time in the region!

Web: gonomad.com  •  Email: Click here

Radio Show #371 – West Springfield’s Dan Murphy, and “Murph’s Magic”

Among your Western Mass. neighbors, you will find West Springfield’s Dan Murphy.

After a colorful career history of casinos, public utilities, law enforcement and more, Dan has settled into a business of marketing health products, as “Murph’s Magic.”

Dan believes these products were instrumental in helping him shed nearly 100 pounds!

This is the story he now shares with Pioneer Valley Radio.

Web: murphsmagic.net   •   Email: murphsmagik@gmail.com

Radio Show #370 – Charlie Becker, The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, and Columbus Day!

Columbus Day weekend begins, leading up to the actual holiday on Monday.

What’s happening over at the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts?

How will the event be acknowledged in the COVID-19 period?

Co-President, Charlie Becker will fill you in – in this special program.

Charlie also shares his views on the “pushback” from groups and “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Web: iccwm.org • Email: iccwm@comcast.net

Radio Show #369 – Kelly Shaw, The Cocoa Exchange and the Agawam Cinema

Local businesses helping local businesses!

Kelly Shaw, founding curator of the Cocoa Exchange, is reaching out to Kim Wheeler at the Agawam Cinema to help raise funds to offset the theater’s downtime during the pandemic!

Kelly is offering a percentage of sales of the goodies from the Cocoa Exchange on this Saturday, October 10th, at the Agawam Cimema’s showing of “Hocus Pocus!”

Kelly will be there in person to guide you through the delicious chocolate candies and nuts created by the Cocoa Exchange.

Listen in to this special program with Kelly for all the information!

Shop for a Cause  •  Web: The Cocoa Exchange

Radio Show #368 – A Visit to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

Pioneer Valley Radio Special Feature

Pioneer Valley Radio correspondent Lauren Brill narrates a special documentary about The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum located at the Springfield Museums in the downtown Quadrangle.   Featured speakers include Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums and Laura Sutter, Program Coordinator for the Dr. Seuss Museum.

Web: springfieldmuseums.org/about/dr-seuss-museum.

Radio Show #367 – Rob Gould and
Interskate 91 South

Rob Gould’s Interskate 91 South has been  a bright family fun spot in Wilbraham, and in the region, for decades.

When the pandemic took hold, Rob pivoted from skates and arcades to a remote learning resource for the area.

Now that some restrictions are lessening, and the recreation locations like Interskate 91 can ramp back up, Rob is excited to share with Pioneer Valley Radio his thoughts on reopening and his plans !

Radio Show #366 – Shannon Watson and the Purple Pumpkins

This Halloween, how about a big ol’ purple pumpkin?

You can find one at Lulu’s Farm Stand in West Suffield, CT.

Why a purple pumpkin?

Lulu’s co-owner, Shannon Watson explains the reasons, and the benefit for kids who wish to “trick or treat” this Halloween!

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Radio Show #365 – Frank Nataloni and
Kitchens & Baths by Curio

For nearly half a century, Kitchens & Baths by Curio of Springfield has been renovating kitchens and bathrooms throughout the Pioneer Valley with great success.

What keeps a business viable through the decades?

How are they doing through the pandemic?

What are the observations of home decor through the changing times?

All this and more is explored in an exclusive conversation with the man behind the establishment, Kitchens & Baths by Curio, Frank Nataloni.

Web: www.kitchensandbathsbycurio.com

Email: www.kitchensandbathsbycurio.com/contact-us

Radio Show #364 – Award-Winning Jeff Greim of Longmeadow, and “Jeff’s Granola”

Longmeadow granola purveyor Jeff Greim has been accorded the 2020 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Jeff’s Granola has long been supplying school systems with his well-received granola. He is proud of the fact that all of his granola sales are 100 percent non-profit.

In fact, the customer can designate the non-profit organization of their choice to receive any profits from the sale.

Jeff’s inspiration, history and experiences are detailed in this exclusive conversation.

Web: www.jeffsgranola.com   •   Email: info@jeffsgranola.com

 

Radio Show #363 – Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow, and the Jewish New Year

Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow is bustling with activity.

The High Holy Days are beginning, with the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

In this special program, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky of LYA discusses the events, history and meaning of the holiday, and the efforts the Academy is making to fit the celebration to the limitations of the pandemic.

Web: www.lya.org   •    Email: Rabbink@comcast.net

Radio Show #362 – Springfield Police Department Information Officer Ryan Walsh

Springfield Police Department Information Officer Ryan Walsh discusses the morale of the department, particularly in the wake of the Compton, CA shooting.

Ryan talks about the dirt bike striking a Springfield police officer, the forthcoming event “Springfield Day” with the police department, the recent successes of the narcotics division, the confiscation of illegal weapons, and the progress in the investigation into the vandalism done to the Black Lives Matter mural on Court Street.

Web:  www.springfieldpolice.net

Radio Show #361 – COVID-19 Getaways
with Max Hartshorne

Pioneer Valley Radio’s travel authority and all purpose “gadabout,” Max Hartshorne presents a great way to defeat the close quarters of the pandemic and enjoy the North Shore of the Commonwealth.

Max believes you do not have to endure the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge to get to the Cape, when there is a delightful alternative.

In this program, Max takes you on a “cook’s tour” of Cape Ann, including Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and more!

Fine dining, beaches, state parks, hiking, biking and more are detailed!

Web:  gonomad.com  •  Email: editor@gonomad.com

Radio Show #360 – Pam Reipold of Travel Kuz and a New Technique for Sanitizing School Buses

Franklin County’s school buses, as provided by F.M. Kuzmeskus of Gill, Mass. and Travel Kuz, has a new and faster way of cleaning and sanitizing the buses on the route managed by the firm.

In this special program, Vice President of Executive Operations Pam Reipold relates the effort she made in reaching out to Bete Fog Nozzle of Greenfield, Mass. to create a process by which two buses at a time may be “fogged clean!”

This technique replaces  the cumbersome  and lengthy method of wiping the buses down by hand.

According to Pam, the fogging process is safe, and far more reliable in killing any and all germs.

Web: www.travelkuz.com  •  Email: pam@travelkuz.com

Radio Show #359 – Andy Yee and the Bean Restaurant Group: The White Hut, 13-31 Elm and More!

Andy Yee and his partners in the Bean Restaurant Group have prodigiously expanded their eateries throughout the region.

Notable successes include the rescue of iconic establishments such as The Student Prince and the White Hut.

In this program, Andy discusses the experiences of reviving thought-to-be-defunct restaurants, as well as his group’s intriguing plans for a high-end bistro as a part of “The Court Square Project,” aka “13-31 Elm.”