Radio Show #243 – Springfield City Councilor
At-Large Jesse Lederman Speaks Out!

From single use plastic bags, the ‘Welcoming City” ordinance, the cannabis industry, the proposed raise for the council, the council’s relationship with the mayor, to the Stop & Shop strike, Jesse Lederman makes his position clear on these and other city and regional issues.

Web: www.jesseforspringfield.com • Email: CouncilorLederman@gmail.com

Radio Show #242 – Rita Caputo-Capua and
the Red Rose Pizzeria

Rita Caputo-Capua, one of the “dynamic Caputo sisters,” co-owner and manager of Springfield’s iconic Red Rose Pizzeria, happily makes her life and her foreseeable future in this well-loved restaurant!

Why not? She literally grew up in it!

Now, as the Red Rose makes its fourth expansion, with a visible pizza kitchen planned, Rita’s excitement over this and her pride in the Red Rose’s line of signature sauces and dressings, make each day an adventure!

Determined not to be swallowed up by the casino, The Red Rose has maintained its identity and continues to be a family operation. Rita makes it very clear that she has no intention of slowing down and is delighted to ride well into the future doing exactly what she is doing now.

In this program, Rita reflects on the relationship between the restaurant, MGM Springfield, and the South End, and takes us through an average day in her life.

Website: www.redrosepizzeria.com

Radio Show # 241 – Dennis Lopata,
Western Mass. Health Professional

With a career in healthcare in Western Mass., Dennis Lopata, the Executive Director of the Life Care Center of Wilbraham, reflects on his 34-plus years of experience in the field, and his plans to continues that path into the future at the Life Care Center.

The rewards, the challenges, the changes – all mark this journey.

2399 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095 • (413) 596-3111
lifecarecenterofwilbraham.com

Radio Show #240 – Louanne Lortie Happy in Hampden at Lou’s Bagel Nook!

Nestled in a warm and comfortable spot in quiet Hampden, Mass., you will find Louanne Lortie and her crew at Lou’s Bagel Nook!

Seven days a week, Lou is never too busy to chat with her customers over coffee and a wide assortment of the venerable bagel.

Since 2016, Lou and her crew have given new life, love, and care to this modest establishment, and her customers, creatures of habit, know just what they want in their coffee and bagel choices.

In this program, you will hear just what her shop and her career mean to her and to Western Mass.

Radio Show #239 – Al Zippen and the End of the Melha Shrine Circus

After 64 proud and joyous seasons, the Melha Shrine Circus at the Big E, a Western Mass. tradition, fades into history.

Why the end of this annual event?

“Mr. Circus” himself, Melha Shrine’s Allen Zippen, gives us a peek inside the tent and some insight as to why this has happened.

Was it social media? PETA?

Al sheds light on this and more in this EXCLUSIVE program on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Radio Show # 238 – Tina Gorman’s
Wacky Tacky Westfield Day!

Westfield is celebrating its 350th birthday!

It’s a citywide event, and it was well-served at the Council on Aging by Executive Director Tina Gorman’s “Wacky Tacky Westfield Day” Luncheon!

More than a hundred joined in the fun, wearing their tackiest, wackiest Westfield-themed getups!

There was great food, and music too!

In this program, Tina paints a vivid picture of the fun!

Web:cityofwestfield.org   •   Email: t.gorman@cityofwestfield.org

Radio Show # 236 – Karen Levinsky,
The Crossing Guard

Among the unsung heroes of public service in the Valley you will find the crossing guards.

They are the unassuming people who commit hours to the safety of school kids throughout our region.

This winter, when the temps were in the teens, if school was in session, they were still resolutely stationed at our crosswalks and intersections.

Why would Karen Levinsky devote her time to this calling in this winter weather?

The answer is easy… she loves kids!

Radio Show #235 – Cesar Ruiz and Golden Years Homecare Services

The Ruiz family suffered a great loss in 2016 when the patriarch, Cesar Ruiz, Sr., passed away.  This was the catalyst for Golden Years.  Lifelong friends Lisa and Vincent Santaniello also shared Cesar’s dream; they believed in it so much that they became partners in Golden Years.

Golden Years Home Care Services of Massachusetts is a private-duty elder care agency providing superior-quality, compassionate home care services to those who need assistance performing their day-to-day tasks due to a disability, injury or aging. Golden Years provides a comprehensive range of senior home care services, including personal care and companion care, so that your loved one can lead a happy and rewarding life at home in the company of their friends and family members.

In this program, founder Cesar Ruiz takes us inside the Golden Years experience, and is very candid about the personal reasons that motivated his efforts.

Web:   goldenyearsusa.com/about-us  •  Email:  cruiz@goldenyearsusa.com

Radio Show #234 – Marijuana and Your Teeth! With Cecile and Dr. Michael Calabrese

We’ve heard of the health hazards related to the use of cannabis and now, more specifically, the effect of cannabis on your dental health.

It is considerable.

Hazards of certain systems of using marijuana pose risks that are not readily apparent.

To present this matter in complete detail, we’ve visited Cecile Calabrese and Dr. Michael Calabrese at Agawam Dental Arts in Agawam, Mass. for information on this, and other related “dos and don’ts” of tooth care.

Web: www.agawamdentalarts.com  •  Email: contactus@agawamdentalarts.com

Radio Show #233 – Annie Rennix, Program Director of the Emergency Food Pantry

The Open Pantry’s Emergency Food Pantry has been providing groceries for those in need since 1975.

Individuals and families have been coming to the EFP on an emergency basis for years.

Supplies and foodstuffs are always a need, and the excessively cold winter has only served to increase this need.

What the EFP means to our region, what it provides, and how you can help, is presented in sharp focus by our special guest Annie Rennix, the Program Director for Springfield’s Emergency Food Pantry.

Web:  www.openpantry.org/emergency-food-pantry.php

Annie Rennix, Program Director – Email: arennix@openpantry.org

Radio Show #232 – Harry Rock and
Westfield’s 350th Anniversary!

Harry Rock and the Friends of Westfield’s 350th Anniversary have put together a succession of amazing events to commemorate this milestone for the city!

As a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, Harry presents so very many events within it in vivid detail.

You’ll also hear what makes living in this community unique and special for Harry.

Happy Birthday to Westfield from Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: westfield350.org    •   Email: Westfieldma350@gmail.com

Radio Show #231 – Paul Federici Explains the New Tax Laws

When the new tax laws were enacted, the government decided to change the tax tables that employees withholdings are based on to reflect the new tax rates. Many people received more in their net pay due to the fact that their federal tax withholdings were reduced.

Confusing?  Tax preparer and accountant Paul Federici, at Paul L. Federici and Associates, puts all this in perspective – what has happened and how it affects you and your tax preparation this season.

You will also hear some useful tips and advice!

Web: bsrcpa.com

Radio Show #230 – Doug Sousa and the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

This weekend, the great outdoors moves indoors at the Big E!

It’s time for the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

The latest gear, along with demonstrations and seminars, are all at the Better Living Center!

The man behind the organization of this huge undertaking is writer, promoter, columnist, and vice president of the Outdoor Sports Expo Group, Doug Sousa!

In this special program Doug provides a look behind the scenes at this top outdoor sports expo!

Hunting, fishing, boating, and more – for the avid sportsman or simply the spectator!

Email: doug@osegshows.com  •  Web: www.osegsportsmens.com

Radio Show #229 – Special Report on Scams with Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk

You’ve all heard about the Publisher’s Clearing House scam, already successful in bilking seniors out of large sums of money.

The phone is the primary port of access for this con game, but lately it has taken an even more ugly turn.

This is presented in full detail by Public Information Officer Michael Wilk.

Officer Wilk also touches on additional scams that are presently active in Western Mass.

We believe that knowledge is power, and in this case, protection.

Please listen in – and inform others of this program!

Radio Show #228 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan examines the current state of student loans, some alternatives to literally no-interest-bearing savings accounts, a car-buying service that could save Western Mass. car buyers thousands of dollars on a new vehicle, and a program to help those in fields such as medicine, law enforcement, the military and other service fields save money buying or selling a home called “Heroes Come First.”

It’s all here with Jordan Goodman, heard exclusively in Western Mass. here on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Radio Show #227 – Korey DeGray Bruno Has Some Exciting News!

Korey DeGray Bruno, in addition to her long-standing duties as the Choral Director at Westfield High School and the Music Director at Holy Trinity Church of Westfield… is “getting the band back together!”

The much loved music legacy from Western Mass., The Knightsmen Band, is ending its hiatus and making a long- anticipated comeback!

Formerly known as Corey and the Knightsmen in honor of its founder and lead singer Corey DeGray, the band is very much a family affair.

And a generational one at that.

Continuing her late dad’s tradition as lead vocalist,with musician and husband , Tony Bruno, and now a third generation, they are performing again!

Korey shares her story – the joy, the challenges, the perseverance through family calamity, and most of all the music!

Welcome back to The Knightsmen!

Radio Show #224 – Rob Brogle and the Connecticut Trolley Museum

Rob Brogle’s career as Technical Director of Sales at Collins Pipe and Supply Company does not keep him from his avocation as the president of the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869.

When you visit, you can see historic passenger and freight trolley cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut.

You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The events and history of the trolleys from Springfield to Hartford come alive in this conversation with Rob.

Email: office@ceraweb.org  •  Web: www.ct-trolley.org

Radio Show #222 – John Heaps, Jr.,
President and CEO of Florence Bank

John Heaps, Jr., President and CEO of Florence Bank, enjoys a long banking history in Western Mass.

He grew up in Springfield, and began his banking career at Valley Bank & Trust Co.

The latest branch of Florence Bank has attracted attention due to its innovation of “pod” style teller services, and even the amenities of a coffee bar!

In this conversation, John explains the Florence Bank concept of re-imagined brick and mortar banking, and what makes Florence Bank unique in the Valley.

Web: www.florencebank.com  •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com

Radio Show #221 – Bryant Whitsett,
Box Paper Scissors in Feeding Hills

For Bryant Whitsett, his new business in Feeding Hills, Box Paper Scissors, is very much a family affair – two nieces and a nephew comprise the staff!

Agawam is happy to welcome this new store, which features an amazing variety of business needs in one location – mailing, shipping, mailboxes, tee shirts, key cutting, shredding, notary services, a conference room and much more!

In this program, Bryant outlines how they provide one-stop conveniences to businesses as well as individuals at Box Paper Scissors, 1325 Springfield St  9, in Feeding Hills.

Email: bknuck@comcast.net

Web: www.boxpaperscissors.com

 

Radio Show #217 – The Music Man From
Feeding Hills, Richie Mitnick!

For more than thirty years, Richie Mitnick has been filling Western Mass. with music!

And the peak of this effort takes place every year during the holiday season, with a full-length concert featuring a variety of local vocalists!

In this program, the spotlight also picks up Kathie Mitnick, distinguishing the two as the music-making couple very well-known to our region.

From a career in retail musical instrument sales, to dances, concerts, and music for all occasions, Richie covers the four corners of the Commonwealth.

This year’s concert becomes the “the concert that almost wasn’t.”

Listen in!

Website: richiemitnickmusic.com