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Protecting your computer privacy

Believe it or not, Microsoft programs have become increasingly aggressive about tracking your data and not just online, but on your computer too.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to talk about protecting your computer privacy and using Microsoft.

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Monster Jam coming to Stafford, CT this weekend

Looking for something new and exciting to do this summer?  Monster Jam is coming to Stafford Motor Speedway and it features tons of monster trucks and puts on a show to remember.  Kayla Blood joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this year's event.

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Zip Trip: Kosinski Farm, Westfield

It's blueberry season and a local farm in Westfield has seven acres of fresh blueberries that you can pick yourself.  This week's Zip Trip takes us to Kosinski Farm in Westfield - zip code: 01085

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Making ribs and wings for your summer barbecue

You might be heading out to have a cookout this weekend and want something other than hot dogs and hamburgers.  Sam the Butcher from Big Y World Class Markets joined Better Western Mass to talk about how to cook up some wings and ribs.

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Meet Shirley, a great cat looking for a good home

Meet Shirley, this week's featured four-legged friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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Buzz Around Town: Casa Di Lisa, Feeding Hills

From ribs on the grill to fresh seafood with half the work, expert chefs at Casa Di Lisa in Feeding Hills are cooking up some amazing summertime appetizers in this week's Buzz Around Town.

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How to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

Finding a perfect pair of shorts that fit just right can be tough. That's why Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass this week to give us tips on how to find the fit that's made for you.

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Get your 'groovy' on with Scooby-Doo at Six Flags

You can hangout with Scooby-Doo this summer with Six Flags New England's newest interactive game show. Better Western Mass got a first look this week. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Donations needed for West Springfield Lions Veteran Park event

Last November, the Lions Club of West Springfield lined the Common with 300 flags for Veterans Day.  This year, they are hoping to add 700 more flags to the 'West Springfield Veterans Park of Heroes' and they need your help.  Chris Lizotte, John Ladue, and West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Ab workout with a weighted balance ball

Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to get an ab workout using a weighted balance ball.

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Transforming a T-Shirt into a great headband

The kids are home for the summer and they may be looking for a fun activity to do.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a headband out of a T-Shirt.

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Annual Bike Ride and BBQ this weekend to benefit One Call Away Foundation

Our veterans have put their lives on the line for our country and with the stress that can follow their service, the One Call Away Foundation makes every effort to support them.  David Sutton and Patrick Asta-Ferrero from the One Call Away Foundation joined Better Western Mass to talk about an upcoming event.

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Local handcrafted items from Uno Alla Volta

You might be looking for that unique gift for that special someone, but aren't sure where to look.  We have one idea for you - Uno Alla Volta.  It means 'one at a time' in Italian and they work with artists around the world.  Terri Alpert joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.  For more information, you can CLICK HERE.

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Randall's Farm offering fresh, locally-made ice cream

Summer means beaches and spending family time, but it also means ice cream.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some of the fabulous flavors you can find at the Ludlow farm.

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B.O.R.E.D. acronym can help keep kids busy this summer

It's inevitable.  At some point during the summer, your kids will be looking for something to do.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to talk about how to keep kids from being board by using a clever acronym.

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Kid-friendly entertainment at the Majestic theater

Are you looking for something to do with the kids this summer? The Majestic Theater has events all throughout the summer to keep you and your children entertained.

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Buzz Around Town: Green/Which, East Longmeadow

Feeling hungry? How about trying some healthy lunch options instead of fast food? Green/Which in East Longmeadow has the healthy options you need to curb your hunger.

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How to discuss body positivity to your children

Body image is important to reflect on among children. This day in age there's so much pressure for children and young people to look a certain way so on Better Western Mass Sam Sisakhiti told us more on how important it is to be that mentor for your child.

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Get your sweet treats at Six Flags New England

In this week's Thrill Cast on Better Western Mass, we take a look at what kind of sweet treats they're dipping in chocolate.

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Stay stylish with these looks for summer

During the summer you want to look your best whether your going from the beach to the bar. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright shows us how to pack as little as possible while keeping stylish on your summer getaway. 

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Toys that will keep your kids occupied and having fun

It's important for your child to be active while being occupied with certain toys. The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to show us the best toys that's fun for everyone.

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A simple way for men to keep their grey hair at bay

Men can keep their hair looking young and vibrant all year round with treatments at Brush Salon in East Longmeadow. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Temporary positions available in the Pioneer Valley

If you're looking for a temporary, professional position, there are several available opportunities spread throughout the Pioneer Valley. Jennifer Brown from United Personnel is with us today to talk about temporary positions, and how her agency, United Personnel, can help you. Take a look!

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Using shampoo to clean your delicate clothes

We all use shampoo in our day to day lives to wash our hair, but what about for washing your delicates?  We're talking dirty with the Queen of Clean to show you how shampoo can remove dirt from your hand-washables. 

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Art of making custom acrylic pens

Now on Better Western Mass:  The pens we use to write with are usually made with plastic.  What about acrylic pens?  Here on today's Better Craft Corner, is Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield to talk with us about the art of acrylic pen making and pen turning.  Watch the video clip to see how it's done! 

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Healthy, tasty summer snacks for the family

Better Health is important:  So what about a healthy summer snack for you and your family?  Here to show you a tasty cold treat recipe is Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness.  Take a look! 

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Heat and your heart, hear what a Baystate doctor has to say

Time now for Better Health.  Summer can mean relaxing on the beach and enjoying the hot weather, but can the intense heat trigger heart attacks and other heart problems? Here to talk about the heat and your heart is Dr. Heba Wassif from Baystate Medical Center. 

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Submissions open for Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

It's the gift of a life time for one lucky service member and their significant other.  The 3rd annual 'Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway' is getting underway.  To kick of this year's contest is Mark Ashe.  Take a look!   

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How the art of rock gardening can improve your outdoor space

Now...the art of rock gardening.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow is here to show you how you can improve your outdoor garden space this summer. Take a look! 

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Affordable and fun road trip ideas!

It's time for our Better Family segment!  Looking for affordable road trip ideas for you and your family?  If you answered "yes" then this video is for you!  Here to tell you more is 'The 413 Mom' Valerie Smart.  

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Zip Trip: Red Bull Southwick National Motocross, Southwick

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Why not check out the Red Bull Southwick National Motocross Championship on Saturday.  The event is widely popular in the area.  Casey Huntley and Ryan Dowd joined Better Western Mass News to tell about this year's race.

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Tech companies could be tracking your internet activity

There are five tech giants that we all know and use everyday, but did you know they're tracking you?  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us about what's happening with our email.

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Meet Salsita, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Salsita, this week's featured friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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Preventing skin damage from the sun

Sunshine can be great for some things, like getting vitamin D and helping with seasonal depression.  However, too much of it may not be a good thing.  Dr. Richard Arenas from Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Choosing the right cut of meat for your grill

Summertime is a great time to cook over the grill.  Sam the Butcher from Big Y stopped by Better Western Mass to show us how to pick the right cut of meat for our summer gathering.

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Cold Stone Creamery offers cool treats at Six Flags

On a hot summer day at Six Flags New England, you may head over to Hurricane Harbor for some cool relief.  However, once you're out of the water, how else can you cool off?  This week, we head to the Agawam amusement park to show you one unique place to get a sweet treat.

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Shopping locally at the Westfield Farmers Market

Looking for a place to get some fresh and local produce around Westfield?  Why not try the farmer's market?  Deborah Randzio and Peter Langmore joined Better Westerm Mass to tell us more.

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How to get rid of those underarm stains on white shirts!

Having a white shirt you clean over and over again can be tedious, but there are still underarm stains.  Luckily we're talking dirty with the Queen of Clean to learn the easy, natural way to get rid of those stains. 

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How to get your kids to put on sunscreen

Every parent want to protect their little one's skin from the sun's damaging rays.  But getting a squirmy child to sit still for sunscreen application can be a real challenge.  Doctor Melissa Piliang of Cleveland Clinic says that getting your child involved in the process can really help.  Check this video out! 

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Resistant band workouts for days at the desk

Workout while you sit at your desk and get your burn on!  Ashley Brodeur with Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam is here to show you what workouts you can do using resistant bands. Take a look!   

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4th of July crafts that are quick & easy!

It's time again for Better Craft Corner!  Today...the owner of Valley Arts Supplies in Easthampton, Juliette Mooers and her daughter Sierra, stopped by the station to show you how to make quick and easy 4th of July crafts.  Take a look, then have some fun creating art! 

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Grilling tips from LongHorn Steakhouse!

On this Better Western Mass segment:  We're firing up the grill with LongHorn Steakhouse to learn how to make the perfect backyard burger.  How does BBQ bacon burgers sound?  Hopefully tasty!  For the recipe check this video out! 

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Perennials make for a beautiful garden that's easy to care for

In today's Better Home segment...we find out how to get the most out of your gardens.  That's without having to do a whole lot of work taking care of the plants.  Take a look at some tips from Karen Randall with Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow! 

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Simple fireworks crafts using items around the house!

Now to our Better Family segment!  Today 'The 413 Mom' Valerie Smart is showing you how to make simple fireworks crafts for the 4th of July.  Watch and learn, and then have some craft time fun with the kids! 

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Zip Trip: Browns Provin Mountain Farm, Feeding Hills

We are right in the middle of strawberry season and it's a time of year that can throw farmers for a loop.  However, everything seems to be right on schedule this year.  This week's Zip Trip took us to Browns Provin Mountain Farm in Feeding Hills.

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Ways to protect yourself on the internet

Everyone is worried about their security online, even the government.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us about you can try and protect yourself online.

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Buzz Around Town: Red Riding Hood's Basket, Southwick

It's time to check out another fantastic mom-and-pop store.  This Southwick eatery will bring back childhood memories of a well-known fairy tale, brought to life in a historic building.  Brittany Murphy takes us to Red Riding Hood's Basket in this week's Buzz Around Town.  

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Meet Prince, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Prince, this week's featured friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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Decorative hardware can spruce up cabinets and doors

Ever think about some new hardware for your cabinets or doors?  It can sometimes be a quick fix.  Todd Director from Connecticut Lighting Center in Hartford joined Better Western Mass to explain.

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Selecting, seasoning, and cooking your summer steak

Many of you may be heading outside to grill this holiday weekend and a popular choice for that grill is steak.  However, what are the different cuts and how do you prepare it?  Sam the Butcher from Big Y joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Pick out the swimsuit that's made for your body

It's that time of the year when it can feel dreadful to find the perfect swimsuit to fit your body shape. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Get an easy summer hairstyle to keep you cool this summer

The hot summer months have officially arrived, and your hair shouldn't have to suffer. Reporter Jordyn Jagolinzer found an easy way to get those summer updos at Brush Salon in East Longmeadow.

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Making healthy cauliflower burger buns

You want to enjoy a tasty summer hamburger, but don't want the carbs.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a healthy alternative - cauliflower burger buns.

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Cutting flooring and sheet rock with a multimaster saw

You may be looking to make some improvements around the house and those might include having to cut some flooring and sheet rock.  Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make those cuts using a multimaster saw.

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Preparing a clambake on-the-go

It's that time of year - the time where we all get together to eat or favorite seafood.  However, what if you have to travel?  Steve Nikolisw, owner of Steve's Boston Seafood, and his daughter Maria joined Better Western Mass to talk about making a clambake on-the-go.

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How to protect yourself against Lyme disease

It's another terrible year when it comes to ticks. Luckily, Baystate doctor, Daniel Skiest is here to tell you how to protect yourself from these nasty blood suckers.  Check out what he has to say! 

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Be a local hero! Grow local, buy local, eat local

Time for Better Home.   This is the season of fresh fruits and vegetables.  You can definitely taste the difference. So what are this season's best fresh eats?  Here to let you know is Karen Randall with Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow. 

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Summer reading incentive programs for the kids!

Now to our Better Family Segment!  Today, 'The 413 Mom' Valerie Smart, is letting you know about summer reading incentive programs for the kids. Take a look! 

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Things to know before updating your tech devices

Updating your technology could be good for your phone, computer, or tablet, but you must always pay attention.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to explain why.

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Holyoke Small Business Day set for Saturday

Saturday marks Holyoke Small Business Day and on Friday, we featured one such small business.  Lenny Underwood from Upscale Socks and Tessa Murphy-Romboletti from SPARK Holyoke joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's event.  For more information, you can CLICK HERE.

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Treating recreational water illness

Recreational water illness is something that could affect your children, especially if they have a weak immune system.  Dr. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Baystate Children's Hospital, joined Better Western Mass to talk about symptoms and infections

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Buzz Around Town: Gran-Val Scoop, Granville

It's the perfect time of the year to get outside and take a trip to Granville. Better Western Mass Reporter Brittany Murphy took a trip to Gran-Val Scoop to find out more in this week's Buzz Around Town.

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Jacob asks 'What the Heck is it?'

First Warning Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff heads to the aisles of Big Y to test the knowledge of shoppers asking 'What the Heck is It?'

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Meet Peaches, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Peaches, this week's featured four-legged friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

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Six Flags New England offers variety of entertainment acts

Six Flags New England is known as the 'Thrill Capital of New England' because of their many thrilling rides.  However, the park also offers a number of entertainment acts if you want to still have fun but take a break from the rides.  

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Enjoy summer treats and family fun at Six Flags New England

A great combination requires healthy smoothies and some nice BBQ. Chris Trish and Jen McGrath of Six Flags joined Better Western Mass this week to show us their special treats.

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Find the perfect summer dress that's fit for you

The summer time means it's time for you to find the perfect sun dress. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass for the latest tips on how to find the dress that's fit for you.

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How to get easy summer hairstyles

It's that time of the year when you want to keep cool and still look stylish during the summer months. Brush Salon in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass this week to give us the tips and tricks for how to achieve your summer look.

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Staffing services can help you find the job you need

With college students out of school, many may be looking to move out and get a job.  Jennifer Brown from United Personnel joined Better Western Mass to talk about how you can find the job you need.

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Paper tissue flowers make quick, easy decorations

Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton stopped by Better Western Mass to show us how to make a quick and easy decoration using paper tissue.

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Ways to stay healthy this summer

With the delicious food and drinks, it can be tough to stay close to our fitness goals during the summer.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness stopped by Better Western Mass to share some tips to stay fit and healthy.

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Western Mass Brews: Element Brewing Company

Welcome back to this week's edition of Western Mass Brews!  It is the last Saturday of 'Beer Week' and to celebrate we are at a really cool place where it's not just a brewery... it's also a distillery.  Let's head inside to find out more about Element Brewing Company where science and brewing beer go hand in hand.

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UMass to hold event to promote well-being among kids and adults

UMass Amherst will be hosting an event at it's center in Springfield to help promote the well being of children and adults. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Jacob asks 'What the heck is it?'

First Warning Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff heads to the aisles of Big Y to test the knowledge of shoppers asking 'What the Heck is It?'

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June is National Safety Month: What you need to know

June is National Safety Month...focusing on reducing leading causes of injury at work.  Here to tell you more about keeping employees safe is Jennifer Brown from United Personnel.  What should you know about safety?  Take a look!       

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Advantage Appliance Repair in West Springfield fixes all major brands

Now to Better Community!  We're talking about our love for local.  If you're in need of a home appliance repair we have just the people for you.  Here with us is Jeff Kozak and Brian Kowal of Advantage Appliance Repair in West Springfield.  Watch what they have to say! 

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Exercising in the heat safely

Better Health: Even in the midst of a heat wave, people are still heading outdoors to exercise.  Of course, the high temperatures can make it dangerous but Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness is here to tell you how to break a sweat, safely.  

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How to make wood handles for kitchen knives

Time now for Better Craft Corner!  Today, learn how to make wood handles for kitchen knives at home.  Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield shows you how.  Take a look! 

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Father's Day freebies

Looking for some freebie places to visit on Father's Day?  Watch this clip!  'The 413 Mom,' Valerie Smart, will let you know what places are offering free admission. 

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Perfect time to buy and plant roses

Right now is the perfect time to buy roses.  Why?  Watch and find out!  We spoke with Karen Randall at Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow who explains.  

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New games for everyone: Six Flags New England

With warm weather heading our way, it's a great time to head to Six Flags in Agawam.  Chris Pisano went to Six Flags to talk about how the whole family can enjoy a day at the amusement park.  Check this video out!

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Baby toys and more that are easy to travel with this summer

Better Family is now!  Here's a look at some of the best baby toys & more...that are easy to travel with during the summer season. 

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Concert to benefit Jericho: 10-year-old Sophie Lawry performing

A local 10-year-old girl with an amazing talent is sharing her beautiful voice this weekend.  It's part of the concert to benefit Jericho in Holyoke featuring Sophie Lawry with Dan Kane and friends.  Here to tell us more is Sophie, her father Dan Lawry and sister, Joan Magnani. Take a look! 

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Southwick's Zoo filled with exotic animals of all sizes

Check out this Better Community segment!  Southwick's Zoo is filled with fun and exotic animals.  Today Betsey Brewer stopped by our station to show you some of the animals you can see there. This is a segment you don't want to miss!  

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Seaside themed accessories perfect for summer fashion

 Now to Better Style!  As summer sneaks closer, it's time to get some seaside themed treasures. With a look at the perfect sea-inspired treasures is Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta in North Branford, CT.  Check out what she has to say is in style! 

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Don't ruin your diet with these healthy cookie dough bites!

Time for Better Health!  When you go to make cookies, eating the dough can be fun...but we all know how unhealthy that is.  Luckily, Ashley Brodeur, owner of Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam, is here to show us how make healthy cookie dough bites. 

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What vegetables you can plant without a yard

It's the perfect time to plant vegetables!  Karen Randall with Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow says you don't need a big yard to grow something fresh.  Take a look!

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June events that give back to the community

Now to our Better Family segment!  Here now is 'The 413 Mom'  Valerie Smart.  Today she highlights family friendly events this month that focus on giving back to the community

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The best toys for your children on a rainy day

The best way to find the number 1 toys for your child is through the toy insider. To find out the best toy for you and your family, watch the clip above.

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Dangers of abdominal separation after pregnancy

Now on Better Health:  That post-pregnancy pouch may be muscles that didn't come back together.  Owner of Active Lifestyle Fitness, Ashley Brodeur, is here to tell you more. 

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How to make the perfect Father's Day gifts

It's time for Better Craft Corner!  Looking for something special for dad?  Well we have something you can make yourself!  Llyod Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield is here to show you.  Take a look!

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Simple red, white & blue crafts for Memorial Day

Now to our Better Family segment!  The weather isn't the greatest so how about something to do inside with the kids.  Here with us now is the '413 Mom,' Valerie Smart.  She's showing us how to make simple patriotic crafts.  Take a look!

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Tech Tips: Best internet browsers to use

Stan Prager from Go Geeks! joined Better Western Mass to tell us more on which internet browser is the best to use.

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Zip Trips: K-Fest at the Big E, West Springfield

It's that time of the year when kielbasa takes over the Big E fairgrounds. Better Western Mass took a trip to West Springfield to see what all the fuss is about. Zip Code: 01089.

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Kick-off the summer with a perfectly-cooked steak

A great way to kick-off the summer is by cooking some delicious steaks on the grill! Longhorn Steakhouse Grill Master Brian Willams was on Better Western Mass this week for tips on how to cook the perfect steak.

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Jacob asks 'What the Heck is it?'

First Warning Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff heads to the aisles of Big Y to test the knowledge of shoppers asking 'What the Heck is It?'

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Buzz Around Town: Nick's Nest, Holyoke

Reporter Brittany Murphy headed out to Holyoke to check out Nick's Nest in this week's Buzz Around Town!

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Celebrates - Wed 5/24

40 in the Morning looks to celebrate the special occasions in your life.

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How to get those perfect curls for your summer look

Here's a look all women love in the summer ...tossled curls!  Better Western Mass recently went to the Brush Salon in East Longmeadow to find out how it’s done.  Watch the clip for a quick tutorial on how you can achieve that beachy-do! 

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Job market outlook for recent college graduates

Are you a recent graduate or know someone who is? Check this Better Western Mass segment out!  Graduating college is exciting, but recent grads often find themselves searching for jobs.  Here to talk more about post-grad job hunting is Jen Brown, from United Personnel.     

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Pom poms and tassels for a hot summer look!

Looking to perk up your summer style? On this Better Western Mass segment we hear from Fashion expert, Debbie Wright!  Take a look. 

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Recipe: Healthy cucumber salad for your Memorial Day picnic

Here is Better Health for today!  With Memorial Day right around the corner, we have a healthy and tasty recipe for your picnic!  Watch Ashley Brodeur, owner of Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam, make the dish. 

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Amazon's Style Code Live: Spring wear for under $100

It's time for Better Style!  Amazon's Style Code Live is back with hot spring wear for under $100.  These are deals you don't want to miss!  Here's hosts Rachel Smith and Frankie Grande.  

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Make your own coffee scented candles!

Now to our Better Craft Corner!  Today, we're learning to make coffee scented candles.  Here with us now is Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton. Take a look! 

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Perfect annual for color all summer long

What flowers will give you the most color for the longest time?  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow is here to let you know!

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Ceiling fans: How they can keep your home cool and stylish

It's time for Better Home!  How can you keep your house stylish and cool this summer?  Find out by watching this segment featuring Todd Director from Connecticut Lighting Centers. He's talking all about ceiling fans!

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Ice Coffee Day to benefit Shriners Children's Hospital

Ice Coffee Day is this Wednesday at Dunkin' Donuts...and it's all for a good cause.  Here to tell us about it is Lee Kirk from Shriners Hospitals for Children and Peter Martins from Dunkin' Donuts. 

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Free admission for military families this Memorial Day

Now to our Better Family segment!  Memorial Day weekend is upon us and there's some places you can go and visit for free if you're a military family.   Here with us now is the 413 Mom, Valerie Smart with more details about these free admission hot spots.  Take a look! 

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Meet Jay, an adorable kitty looking for a loving home

On this week's pet connection, Hannah Chapman from TJO joined Better Western Mass and introduced us to Jay. 

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Relay for Life event to be held in Agawam

Relay for Life is the signature fundraising activity of the American Cancer Society. Andrea Polley and Carla Chase joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more on the 6th annual event for the 18-hour relay in Agawam.

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Making fudge at Six Flags New England

Western Mass News' very own Lindsay Ideluca and Chris Pisano traveled to Agawam in search for how to make some fudge at Six Flags New England.

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Buzz Around Town: 350 Grill, Springfield

Western Mass News Reporter Brittany Murphy took a ride to downtown Springfield to find out more on 350 Grill on Worthington Street.

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More Than Pink event at the Lee Premium Outlets

Better Style is now!  There's an event going on at the Lee Premium Outlets right now called...More Than Pink! It runs through this month and here to tell us more is fashion expert, Debbie Wright! 

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Waist training trend and its impact

Now to Better Health.   Waist training ...it's a popular trend.  So what kind of impact is it having on the younger generation?  Take a look. 

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Parent-made baby products

This is Better Family!  And today we're highlighting the best of baby! We have some mom-preneurs here to show us some of the best parent made products for baby. 

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Better Craft Corner: How to make your own clock!

It's now time for Better Craft Corner!  Clocks are a main staple in the home and today we're learning how to make one with a simple DIY kit. Here with us is Lloyd Jack of Woodcraft in West Springfield. Take a look! 

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Olympic swimmer to speak at fundraiser in Longmeadow

A fundraiser will be held this week to help support the Heritage Academy in Longmeadow. An 'Evening of Champions' will be held on May 18, Marianne Kornblum is the Co-Chair od the scholarship dinner. To find out more information, visit the link here

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Get all your gardening needs at Randall's farms

May is the busiest month in New England to plant! Karen Randal joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more on what plants she has to offer at Randall's Farms in Ludlow.

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Hot to garden at home with your family

It's that time of the year to start planting. The 413 Mom, Valerie Smart joined Better Western Mass this week to give us tips on how to make it a fun event with the kids.

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Find your mother's day gifts at Uno Alla Volta

If you haven't gotten a Mother's Day gift yet, you're running out of time! Terri Alpert of Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more on what to get your mother this year. To visit their website, visit the link here.

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Meet Bess, a sweet dog looking for a loving home

Heather Kies from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal shelter in Springfield introduced us to Bess this week on Better Western Mass. 

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Jacob asks 'What the Heck is it?'

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Make a meal for your mom this Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is right around the corner, so why not make her a special meal this holiday? Carol Beaudrey from our local BJ's Wholesale Club joined Better Western Mass this week to share some recipes for Mother's Day.

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Best Fidget toys of 2017: The Toy Insider

Better Family is now! We're always looking for the best toys to get our kids, and where better to find them than from The Toy Insider.  Joining us in studio to talk about a very hot toy right now is The Toy Insider, Marissa Dibartolo.  Take a look! 

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Go on a fashion treasure hunt at the Brimfield fair

A lot of people are planning to head to the Brimfield Fair this weekend. You can have some fun while finding great deals on fashion. Style Expert Debbie Wright was on Better Western Mass to tell us more. 

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Better Craft Corner: Blooming photo box for mom

It's time for Better Craft Corner! We've been talking all about mom and what you can buy her or make her to eat...what about a craft for mom from the kids? Here with us now is Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton.  Take a look!

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Amazon Style Code Live: Going to the gym in style

Time now for Better Style! Amazon's Style Code Live is back with some fashionable workout gear.

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Easy, tasty, and healthy breakfast egg muffins

Better Health: Thinking of making mom something for breakfast this weekend? We have something healthy and tasty!  Here to show us these easy breakfast egg muffins is Ashley Brodeur of Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam. 

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10 Town in 10 Days: Chicopee

It's our second week of visiting 10 Towns in 10 Days! We're learning the best about these towns, the people, the community, and the businesses.

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Author writes about stroke awareness

May is stroke awareness month and an author who has a book signing in western Mass. tonight is doing her part!  It's called 'You Are Still Good' and here to tell us about it is La'Wana Harris. 

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Mother's Day gifts from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse

It's now time for Better Home!  Thinking of what to get Mom for Mother's Day?  Here's a look at what you can find her at Randall's Farm in Ludlow. 

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Free admission offers for Mother's Day

Now to our Better Family segment!  With Mother's Day nearing we want to make sure mom can spend some time with the kids. Here with us is the 413 Mom, Valerie Smart...and she's showing us some things to do this weekend that won't cost a dime. 

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10 Towns in 10 Days: Northampton

It's our second week of visiting 10 Towns in 10 Days! We're learning the best about these towns, the people, the community, and the businesses. 

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Tips on how to properly take care of your computer

Stan Prager from Go Geeks joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more on how to properly take care of your computer. 

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive meal

What's a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with some guacamole? On the Border taught us how to make some fresh festive food on Better Western Mass.   

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Meet Sapphire, a lovely dog looking for a welcoming home

Western Mass News wants to help animals from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center find good, forever homes.If you would like more information, you can call (413) 781-1484 or e-mail them.You can also visit their website for current shelter hours.

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National Nurses Week kicks off on May 6

Nurses throughout the country are being honored for the important role they play in America's healthcare system. 

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Preview Look: Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride for the Jimmy Fund

We're talking now about a big event coming up in the next few weeks...all to help out the Jimmy Fund.  Joining us now to talk about the Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride is Christos Nikolis from the American Hockey League. 

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Amazon's Style Code Live: Recreating the hottest beauty trends

It's time for Better Style!   We've been showing you beauty tips and trends from Amazon's Style Code Live ...and today, they are starting off tutorial Tuesday.  Let's get a look from one of the hosts, Rachel Smith.

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A look at the upcoming Melha Shrine Circus!

The Melha Shrine Circus is coming to town and it's always a fan favorite.  Here to tell us about it is Al Zippin from the Melha Shrine Circus. 

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Better Craft Corner: A tool that makes a home project simple

Better Craft Corner is now!  Learn about a tool that can make a home project very simple.  Here to show us is Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield. 

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10 Towns in 10 Days: Amherst

We're visiting 10 Towns in 10 Days...learning the best about these towns, the people, the community, and the businesses.  We're also donating to a local charity in that town.  Catch Meteorologist, Jacob Wycoff's second stop.  Take a look! 

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Small Business Week highlighted

It's Small Business Week and we're learning about startups here in western Mass.  Here to tell us more is Liz Roberts, CEO of Valley Venture Mentors and Paul Silva, Co-Founder. 

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Non-traditional plants for container gardening

We like to bring color into the garden and sometimes that means fun plants.  Today Karen Randall from Randall's Farm in Ludlow is showing us non-traditional plants for container gardening in this week's Better Home.          

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Gandara Center previews Valley Gives Day set for Tuesday

Tomorrow is Valley Gives Day: Valley Gives Day makes donations to over 450 community organizations that serve the Pioneer Valley.  It's a 24 hour online event starting at midnight and one of the groups participating is here with us...Lisa Brecher from the Gandara Center. 

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10 Towns in 10 Days: Visiting the Westfield community

Now on Better Western Mass ...we're visiting 10 Towns in 10 Days and learning about these towns and what makes them so special.  Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff starts us off in Westfield at a bee farm.  Take a look! 

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Program at Go Geeks teaches seniors how to use technology

More and more seniors are getting into the technology world and it's important to make it easy for them to learn. Stan Prager with Go Geeks joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more. 

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Zip Trips: X-Treme Paintball, Agawam

In today's Zip Trips, the Better Western Mass crew went to Agawam to check out X-Treme Paintball. Zip code: 01001.

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Buzz Around Town: New Corner Variety, Westfield

New Corner Variety might look like your average convenience store, but you go inside they have a little bit of everything from homemade cheeseburgers to lottery tickets.

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Jacob asks 'What the heck is it?'

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Make Olive Garden dishes at home!

It's no secret that we all want to make dishes from Olive Garden at home. In honor of national 'Take our daughters and sons to work day', West Springfield General Manager and her daughter show us how to whip up something delicious. 

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Better Style: Heels that don't hurt

It's time for Better Style! Today our fashion expert Debbie Wright is talking about heels that don't hurt. 

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Better Cooking: Smoking meat with tea

It's time for Better Cooking!  Today we're smoking meat with tea. Sean Condon from Perfect Cuppa Tea is here to show us how it's done. Take a look!

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Better Style: Perfect prom hair

Prom season is upon us and many teenage girls are looking for that perfect hairstyle to match their dress and make their night a success.  Our hairstylists at Brush in East Longmeadow are here to help!  

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Amazon's Style Code Live: Getting thick, full hair from home

Better Style is now!  What women doesn't love thick and full hair?  But it can be a hassle and a chunk of your wallet to get it.  Amazon's Style Code Live hosts Rachel Smith and Frankie Grande are back with some ideas to get hair you'll love at home.

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Outdoor and landscape lighting options

Spring is a great time to redecorate the outside of the house and what's a better way to do that then with outdoor and landscape lighting.  Here with us now is Todd Director, Vice President of Connecticut Lighting Centers. 

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Staying Fit: Ordering a balanced breakfast

It's time for Better Health!  With the way of the world, more people are having to stop and get breakfast fast.   So what can you order from places like Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts for a balanced breakfast?  Here to tell us is Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam.

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DIY reusable beeswax food wraps

Now to our Better Craft Corner. We're learning about a great way to reduce your plastic usage.  Here with us now is Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton. 

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Derby Dazzle at Holyoke Carousel, 143rd Kentucky Derby party

It's going to be the ultimate Kentucky Derby party...its Derby Dazzle at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!  You can don your best Derby hat and tie to help benefit the Holyoke Carousel. Here to tell us more is Keith O'Connor who is helping with the fundraising efforts.

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Getting color in the garden before planting flowers

Today we are in Ludlow at Randalls Farm & Greenhouse talking ways to put color in your garden before we can get outside and plant.

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Summer makeup trends with MAC cosmetics

Western Mass News is partnering with MAC cosmetics to bring you the best ideas and trends of makeup! Here with us is makeup artist Michell Clarke and Ally Boucher will model the makeup. 

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How books can be up-cycled for creative play and learning

Now to our Better Family segment!  Want to use all of those books you have lying around the house?  How about making them a way to learn!  Here with us now is the 413 Mom, Valerie Smart, who's showing us upcycling worn out children's books. 

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Your personal computer could be a part of a criminal enterprise

Is your computer a part of a criminal network without your knowledge? Stan Prager from Go Geeks joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more. 

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Meet Justin, a dog with a lot of personality looking for a loving home

For this week's pet connection on Better Western Mass, Heather Kies from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal and Adoption Center introduces us to Justin. He's an adorable 2-and-a-half year old dog with a lot of energy and love for a new home. 

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'Kites for Kylie' event being held in Agawam

Kylie Anne Kularski is a 13-year-old girl who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Kylie, her mom Kelly, and her patient care attendant Teresa joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about a special event coming up on May 6 in Agawam. To learn more, visit the link here and watch the clip above.

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