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Radio Show #393 – Ashley Batlle and Beauty Batlles Lounge’s Coat and Toy Drive

Beauty Batlles Lounge in Chicopee has made itself a location for a holiday coat and toy drive to benefit two different agencies.

In this special program, featuring proprietor Ashley Batlles, you can hear exactly how the collected articles will be distributed, and how you can participate!

Web: beautybatlles.com  •  Email:  BeautyBatllesmicro@gmail.com

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Radio Show #392 – Chris Russell and the Springfield Restaurant Rally

Springfield Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Chris Russell has launched the Springfield Restaurant Rally!

This is the pandemic-era’s version of Springfield Restaurant Week.

Chris believes this is an important time to raise awareness about Springfield’s dining establishments, in the hope that many will patronize them this week!

Web: www.springfielddowntown.com

Email: info@springfielddowntown.com

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Radio Show #391 – Joseph Deedy and Southwick’s Drive-Thru Santa Event

In Southwick, Joseph Deedy wears a few hats.

As a member of the Select Board , and an organizer with the Southwick Civic Association, and the proprietor of Moolicious Farm, Joe has been busy!

This is the town’s 250th anniversary, and among the many events, Southwick is hosting a drive-thru Santa Day for the kids!!

How it works and who may participate is detailed in this conversation.

Web: www.mooliciousfarm.com  •  Email: contact@mooliciousfarm.com

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Radio Show #390 – “Round Up With Carr” with Bart Raser at Carr Hardware in Pittsfield

Carr Hardware has been a tradition in Pittsfield since 1928.

Since 1962, the store has been operated by the Raser family, principally Marshall Raser and his son Bart.

Now seven stores strong in our region, Bart strengthens his ties to the community by lending a hand to many organizations.

In this case, it’s the Berkshire Humane Society.

“Round Up With Carr” is moving along, and our special guest Bart Raser brings us up to date.

Email: bart@carrhardware.com  •  Web: www.carrhardware.com

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Radio Show #390 - "Round Up With Carr" with Bart Raser at Carr Hardware in Pittsfield
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Radio Show #389 – Life in Indian Orchard with Zaida Govan

Among a few other hats she wears, Zaida Govan is the President of the Indian Orchard Citizens Council.

As she prepares for the holiday, Zaida joins us on PVR for a review of the issues facing this very special neighborhood in the valley.

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Radio Show #388 – Jack Phillips at Jobbers Auto Electric (AKA “Jack the Scrap Metal Man”)

“Ingenuity” and “adaptability” are words that come to mind with Jack Phillips.

Doing business for years at Jobbers Auto Electric in West Springfield, Jack also becomes “Jack the Scrap Metal Man” offering a service to Western Mass.

Jack will come to your home or business and pick up your old appliances or other recyclable metal knickknacks!

With COVID-19 in mind, Jack keeps the transactions safe and secure.

Find out more in this special program with Jack Phillips!

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Radio Show #388 - Jack Phillips at Jobbers Auto Electric (AKA "Jack the Scrap Metal Man")
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Radio Show #387 – Sarah Maniaci, Rachel’s Table, and Hundreds of Turkeys!

At the end of this week, the 100 turkeys delivered to the Gray House were just a part of the almost 1400 turkeys Rachel’s Table has presented to agencies this Thanksgiving.

These turkeys and the selected agencies are a distribution point to get the birds to those in need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

This dinner might be just out of reach for many, a need keenly felt by Sarah Maniaci and Rachel’s Table.

In this conversation with Sarah,  the parties involved in bringing off this record-breaking amount of birds are noted, and the effort involved, described.

Web: rachelstablespringfield.org  •  Email: jfalk@jewishwesternmass.org

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Radio Show #387 - Sarah Maniaci, Rachel's Table, and Hundreds of Turkeys!
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Radio Show #386 – Joseph Pereira is Playing and Singing Through the Pandemic

A live and local performer who seems to keep working through the pandemic, while others are waiting for their gigs to start up again, Joe Pereira entertains at least a couple of nights a week at Springfield’s 350 Grill.

In this program, Joe explains how this opportunity came about and what it means to him.

He might be crooning, and he might be rocking out, but Joe and some fellow singers keep the night moving at the 350 Grill!

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Radio Show #386 - Joseph Pereira is Playing and Singing Through the Pandemic
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Radio Show #385 – Pintu Reaches Out to Those in Need at Thanksgiving

In West Springfield, Pintu, of the much-loved Indian restaurant that bears his name, is reaching out to help families this Thanksgiving.

For those in need, Pintu has created some terrific Thanksgiving meals that those interested are welcomed to come and pick up at his restaurant.

Pintu’s Indian Palace is located at 25 Park Avenue in West Springfield.

In this special conversation on Pioneer Valley Radio, you can hear the thoughts that led Pintu to this decision.

How Pintu’s Indian Palace is coping with the COVID-19 restrictions, is also a topic of discussion.

Web: www.pintusrestaurant.com

Email: pintu@pintusrestaurant.com

 

 

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Radio Show #384 – Theme Cakes By Joelene!

Joelene Hackett Guzzo followed a passion for baking and developed a successful brand, Theme Cakes By Joelene!

In this portrait of a Western Mass. entrepreneur, Joelene relates her transition from employee to the owner-operator of her own business.

Custom cakes, as baked by Joelene’s daughter under her mom’s watchful eye, are available for literally any occasion!

To Joelene’s surprise, COVID-19 has not impeded her progress, and might well indicate her specialties are a pleasant diversion!

The Wilbraham Shops  •  2341 Boston Rd.  •  Wilbraham, MA 01095

413-279-2253 (CAKE)

Web:  themecakesbyjoelene.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThemeCakesByJoelene

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Radio Show #383 – Mark Auerbach presents
“On The Mark” Featuring Bernadette Duncan, Brad Shepard and Susan Kaplan

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Mark Auerbach’s Westfield-based radio and television program “On The Mark” presents this episode entitled “Radio Days.”

Mark offers in-depth interviews with author, producer, teacher and radio personality Bernadette Duncan, Western Mass. veteran broadcaster Brad Shepard, and public radio’s Susan Kaplan.

Listen in, and enjoy the insights, anecdotes and career highlights of these broadcast professionals!

Listen to the program here.

Radio Show #382 – Brenda Garton Reads the Words of Her Father, Former Indiana Senator Robert Garton

Some years ago, on the eve of a national election, former Indiana Senator Robert D. Garton presented a speech that supported political civility, in fervent terms.

The address resonates as meaningfully today as it did at the time of its initial presentation.

In this special program, Western New England University Professor and former long-standing Springfield television anchor Brenda Garton gives her rendition of her father’s most evocative words.

Email: bgarton@wne.edu

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Radio Show #381 – Red Rose is Back…

… although it never REALLY went away.

Due to COVID-19, the Red Rose made the decision to temporarily close two weeks ago.

In this special program on Pioneer Valley Radio, Rita Caputo-Capua of the Red Rose is excited to announce the reopening of the iconic dining spot in Springfield’s South End!

What happened?

How did the pandemic affect the restaurant?

What changes have been made?

How will the new 9:30 pm closing edict affect them?

Listen in!

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Radio Show # 380 – Michelle Oparowski,
Carlos Nunez and the Pledge2Patriots

Pledge2Patriots is a fundraising organization dedicated to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Their events are created to raise funds for the continued care and comfort of our nation’s patriots.

In this special program, two of the organizers of Pledge2Patriots – Michelle Oparowski and Carlos Nunez – discuss their involvement with this organization, as well as its upcoming events.

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Radio Show # 380 - Michelle Oparowski,
Carlos Nunez and the Pledge2Patriots
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Radio Show #379 – “Bob The Bike Man”
Does It Again!

Once again, Bob “The Bike Man” Charland comes to the fore and helps a youngster with special needs.

This time, at the Brookings School.

Bob became aware of a young Somali boy, whose battle with his own health issues has deprived him of the use of a conventional bicycle.

Which is all Bob ever needs to know.

Into the workshop, and out with a bike customized to this young man’s needs!

The entire story, and what this bicycle meant to the boy, is included in this special program.

Bob is also the recipient of a terrific honor from the Red Cross, and has even had a Police horse named after him!

 

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Radio Show #379 - "Bob The Bike Man"
Does It Again!
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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.

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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

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

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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

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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.

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