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Meet Chris, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Buzz Around Town: Bentley's Barbershop, Indian Orchard

In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy takes us to Bentley's Barbershop in Indian Orchard, which offers customers a unique experience.

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Protect you and your family from radon gas

January is radon awareness month, a time to raise awareness about gases in the air that can cause lung cancer.  Thousands of people are effected by radon each year.  Dr. Rose Ganim and John Murray from Baystate Health joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Take a vacation and enter the Midwest Living Dream Trip giveaway

Are you dreaming of a vacation, but wish someone would help you pay for it?  Midwest Living magazine might have just the thing for you.  For more information, CLICK HERE(Midwest Living is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

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MGM discusses career opportunities in table games

A new casino in downtown Springfield is close to opening and if you're hoping to brush up on your technique before hitting the blackjack table or if you're looking to learn how to be a dealer, one guest on Better Western Mass might be able to help.  Robert Westerfield, vice president of table games at MGM Springfield, stopped by to show us a few tips and tricks for playing casino games.

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Should you exercise when you're sick?

We're only two weeks into the new year and the cold and flu season is in full swing.  This may affect your workout, but should you be "sweating it out?"  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Fire official discusses ice safety and what to do if you fall through the ice

As the temperatures stay below freezing, many nearby lakes and ponds are freezing over and giving way to fun activities like ice fishing or pond hockey.  However, how do you know when the ice is safe to walk on and what do you do if you fall in?  Westfield Fire Capt. Rebecca Boutin joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Succulents can add some green to your home this winter

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to talk about some succulent plants you can add to your home this winter.

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Tag sale set for this weekend to benefit Dress for Success

Shop til you drop!  Dress for Success is holding a tag sale at the Eastfield Mall this coming weekend.  Dawn Creighton and Margaret Tantillo joined Better Western Mass to tell us more!

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Meet a great bunny looking for a good home

Check out this week's featured friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center!

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Enjoy great food for a good cause at 'Chefs for Jimmy'

There are many unique ways that organizations are raising money for good causes, like those at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  One fundraiser in particular has drawn in massive crowds year after year and has been voted the Best Charity Event by the Valley Advocate.  Mike Katz and Aldo Fazio joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about Chefs for Jimmy.

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Buzz Around Town: Burgundy Brook Cafe, Palmer

In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany takes us to Burgundy Brook Cafe in Palmer

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'Bag The Community' event to take place this weekend

For eight years, the South Hadley community has given back to it's people, restocking the food pantry, and filling empty bellies.  Tara Cold and Joe Wercenski from South Hadley High School joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the 'Bag The Community' even.

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Spalding Hoophall Classic kicks off Thursday

Six days of basketball and family fun kicks off tomorrow on Thursday, January 11 at Springfield College. Dr. Kevin Mcallister joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us all about the event. Click the video above to learn more.

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How to find the perfect little black dress for every occasion

The fashion at this years Golden Globe Awards inspired many celebrities to wear black as part of the sexual harassment protest deemed 'Times Up'. This week on Better Western Mass, our fashion expert Debbie Wright showed us classic black dresses that will always be in style. Watch the clip above for more.

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Spruce up your home with decor from Uno Alla Volta

If your in the hunt for some new home decor, you'll want to check out some beautiful products at Uno Alla Volta. Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass this week to show us a variety of porcelain floral products.

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Simple squats and exercises to achieve your fitness goals

The new year might be have you looking to get in shape, but where do you start?  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam joined Better Western Mass with some simple squats that can help you burn calories.

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Simple hand cream that you can make yourself

The cold weather can be rough on your skin.  It's important to take care of it.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass with a simple hand cream you can make.

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Things to do with the kids in the winter

Parents are always looking for things to do during the cold weather months.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass with some great ideas.

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Fun, healthy breakfast ideas for your kids

Big Y's registered dietitians Andrea Luttrell and Carrie Taylor joined Better Western Mass with some fun and healthy breakfast ideas for kids.

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Exhibits to check out this winter at Springfield Museums

During the winter, it can be tough to venture out of the house and find activities. On Better Western Mass we talk about the latest exhibits going on at the Springfield Museums that you won't want to miss.

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Tips to stay healthy during the winter season

Local hospitals have seen an uptick in the amount of patients since the winter season began. This week on Better Western Mass, we have tips that'll help keep you healthy all winter long.

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Getting back on track after the holidays

It's that time of year when everyone is making new year's resolutions.  However, as many people will tell you, it's hard to stick with your resolution after a while.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam joined Better Western Mass to talk about how you can stay on track with your resolution

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How your child's toys could be spying on you

Surprisingly there are many toys on the market that have technology equipped to spy on you. Before you open your child's gift, watch the clip above to find out what you need to look for. 

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Portraits raise money towards Baystate Children's Hospital

A local photography studio is looking to give back in a big way to Baystate Children's Hospital. Find out how you can help by watching the clip above. 

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Zip Trip: First Night Jr. in Holyoke

On New Years there's plenty of things for adults to do, but what about kids? This weekend, there's plenty for kids to do at First Night Jr. in Holyoke. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Fun shows to see this winter at CityStage in Springfield

During the winter, some of us are always looking for something to do. CityStage in Springfield has a ton of new shows coming up that you won't want to miss. Check it out by watching the clip above.

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'Plan B' restaurant launches new beer with Harpoon Brewery

Beer lovers, rejoice! 'Plan B' restaurant in Springfield is planning to introduce a new beer brewed in partnership with Harpoon Brewery. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Best hair products to keep static at ease this winter

The winter season brings along annoying static electricity in your hair. On Better Western Mass we visit Brush Salon in East Longmeadow to show you the tips and products to use so your hair looks great all winter long.

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Ring in the New Year with charcuterie boards

Are you looking to switch things up at your New Years Eve party? This week on Better Western Mass, we show you how to put together the perfect charcuterie board. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Sparkling wines and champagnes perfect for New Year's Eve

Table & Vine joins Better Western Mass to show us some great champagnes and sparkling wines that would be great for your New Year's Eve gathering.

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Better Health: High intensity interval training

If you're looking to burn off all that food you ate over the holidays, Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam is showing us an at-home workout to help you do just that! 

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Dan, Chris, and Brittany spread holiday cheer with Salvation Army

The Western Mass News morning crew helped spread the holiday cheer with the Salvation Army. Watch the clip above to see how those here in western Massachusetts are helping those in need.

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Tips on how to bind family relationships

The holidays means it's time to gather around with family which can be difficult for some. This week on Better Western Mass, we checked in with a local doctor on tips to bind healthy family relationships. Watch the clip to learn more.

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How to plan gifts ahead of time before the holidays

In the newest edition of Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines shares her tips on how she plans her gifts ahead of time for the holidays. (Disclaimer: Magnolia Journal is owned by Western Mass News parent company Meredith Corporation)

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Plan your wedding with proposal packages

December is the most popular month for couples to get engaged. On Better Western Mass we give you a sneak-peak of how to set up a proposal package to plan your dream wedding.

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Joanna Gaines discusses holiday family customs

This week on Better Western Mass, Joanna Gaines shares her holiday customs with family. Watch the clip above to find out more.(Disclaimer: Magnolia Journal is owned by Western Mass News parent company Meredith Corporation)

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Fun, educational exhibits to see over winter break at Springfield Museums

Children certainly have a lot of spare time over winter break. If you're looking for something fun and educational to do, there's plenty of exhibits to check out at Springfield Museums. Find out what's going on by clicking the video above.

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Buzz Around Town: Rosewood Home & Gifts, Westfield

In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy made a trip out to Westfield to check out Rosewood Home & Gifts. The adorable shop features do-it-yourself home decor classes, along with a unique shopping experience. Watch the clip above for more.

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Get the perfect hairstyle for your holiday party

Are you looking for the perfect hairstyle for an upcoming holiday party? Better Western Mass has you covered with help from hair experts at Brush Salon in East Longmeadow. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Give the gift of fitness apparel and accessories this holiday

Fitness apparel and accessories can make for the perfect last minute gift to find for the athlete in your life. This week on Better Western Mass, Fashion Expert Debbie Wright showed us some really cute outfits and accessories that you can find at Fleet Feet in Longmeadow. Watch the clip above for more.

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Winning couple announced for Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

The Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway has narrowed down three finalists for a chance to win a $45,000 wedding.  It will be given to an active-duty or retired service member of the U.S. Military and their significant other.  Over the past few weeks, we've met all three couples and viewers at home have been able to vote for who they think should win...and on Wednesday, that winning couple was announced.

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Five highly-rated red wines under $25

Table and Vine joined Better Western Mass to talk about five great red wines that are under $25.

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Tuesday marks National Hard Candy Day!

Today is National Hard Candy Day, so we thought it was appropriate to try some uniquely flavored candy canes.  Dan, Brittany, and Jordyn tried three different candy canes and tried to guess what they are.

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Stocking-stuffer ideas for the kids

The Toy Insider stops by Better Western Mass to show us some fun stocking-stuffer ideas for the kids

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Wooden crafts for the holidays

We head to Woodcraft in West Springfield to check out some wooden crafts you can make at home

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Advice for getting in workouts during the holidays

It may seem difficult to stay fit and active during the holidays with all the hustle and bustle...and the food.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Low-cost holiday fun for the family

Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to talk about some low-cost family fun as school vacation nears.

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Plants to spruce up your home during the holidays

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to talk about some of the great plants to give or get this holiday season.

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Family vacations to get away from the cold

It's that time of year when the weather is cooling down, the holidays are here, and folks are looking for a chance to get away from the cold.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell about some of the best travel deals this winter.

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Ways to avoid holiday technical glitches

Tech gadgets are a hot item on holiday gift lists, from smart-phones to smart home devices, and even smart toys.  However, security concerns come with all those connections.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us how to avoid some technological glitches.

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Festive centerpiece ideas from Magnolia Journal and Joanna Gaines

One of the great things about this time of year is decorating your home for family and friends.  In the holiday edition of Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines has some great ideas around centerpieces and candles - small things you can do that have a big impact.  (Editor's Note: Magnolia Journal is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

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Springfield Science Museum hosting 'Gingerbread in Space'

In this week's Zip Trip, Chris Pisano takes us to the Springfield Science Museum to check out one sweet display

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Upcoming events at the MassMutual Center

With the holiday season in full swing now, there's plenty of things to do to get in the spirit.  From your shopping trips and family events, to local entertainment, you're sure to find something for everyone.  Alexia Geary and Talia Spera from MGM Springfield joined Better Western Mass to tell us about upcoming events at the MassMutual Center.

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Joanna Gaines shares holiday traditions in new edition of Magnolia Journal

Looking for some fun, creative, and festive ideas to decorate your home? Magnolia Journal is full of tips and tricks you need just in time before the holidays. This week on Better Western Mass, Joanna Gaines shared some of her families holiday traditions which you can find in this month's edition of Magnolia Journal. (Disclaimer: Magnolia Journal is owned by Western Mass News parent company Meredith Corporation)

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Check out these popular DIY toys

Are your kids always looking for something to do? This week on Better Western Mass, we check out popular DIY toys that'll certainly keep your child's creativity working. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Ware Co-Ed Softball League donates to Toys for Tots

Members of the Ware Co-Ed Softball League stop by Western Mass News to donate to our Toys for Tots campaign

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Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday game to honor firefighters

The Springfield Thunderbirds are planning on honoring local firefighters on Saturday. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Advantages of working with small staffing agencies

Finding the right employee to fit your business can be difficult, but there is a place you can turn to help find that perfect person.  Pat Connors and Baxter from Advantage Staffing joined Better Western Mass to talk about the advantages of working with a 'mom and pop' firm rather than a large one.

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Five great wines for under $25

Looking for a great wine for your holiday party or as a gift, but don't want to break the bank?  Jordyn Jagolinzer tells us about five great wines that are available at Table and Vine for under $25.

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Cuddle-worthy cozies for the winter

Who doesn't love getting warm and snuggling up when the cold weather hits?  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass with some cuddle-worthy cozies.

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Meet the third finalist for the Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

The Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway has narrowed down three finalists for a chance to win a $45,000 wedding.  It will be given to an active-duty or retired service member of the U.S. military and their significant other.  Today, we meet Joshua and Amy, the third finalist couple.

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Plank workout to help build whole body strength

Brittany met with Ashley Brodeur with Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam to talk about a great way to build your whole body strength...without much movement.

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Last minute gift ideas from The Toy Insider

The holidays are upon us and if you are looking for a last minute gift idea, this might be able to help.  Marissa DiBartolo, The Toy Insider, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Tuesday marks National Gingerbread House Day!

Today is National Gingerbread House Day!  Juliette Mooers, owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make one using graham crackers.

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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign continues in WMass

This time of year is about giving back and spreading holiday cheer - something that the Salvation Amry is known for doing.  Emily Mew from the Salvation Army and Gina Bates from Riverside Industries joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's red kettle campaign

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What to do if you're seeking addiction treatment

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment centers that are available to help.  Dr. Omar Faruk with Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about treatment options.

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Joanna Gaines explains the cover to the latest 'Magnolia Journal'

Have you seen the cover of the current Magnolia Journal?  It shows Joanna Gaines standing in the snow with a long-flowing dress and her head turned looking off into the distance.  It all looks perfect, but Joanna Gaines gives us the perfectly hilarious story behind one crazy cover shoot.  (Magnolia Journal is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

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Using evergreens as part of your holiday decor

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow talks about how you can use evergreens in your holiday home decor.

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How to make your own virtually mess-free ornaments

If you're looking for a holiday-themed craft idea to do with the kids, Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, has idea - making your own virtually mess-free ornaments.

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Meet the second finalists for the Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

Meet the second couple who are finalists in the Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

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Meet Herbie, a great pet looking for a good home

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

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Helping children in need with Make-A-Change

When children fall victim to unfortunate circumstances that are out of their control, they need someone there to help them.  Josh and Emily Therrien joined Better Western Mass to tell us how you can help through Make-A-Change.

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Springfield Thunderbirds to host 'Teddy Bear Toss' game Saturday

It was something new that was started last year as a way to give back during the holiday season...and the Thunderbirds decided to bring it back again this year.  Thunderbirds president Nathan Costa joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this year's Teddy Bear Toss game

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Toys for Tots campaign continues at Western Mass News!

There's still time to help a local child in need this holiday season.  Donate a new, unwrapped toy to our Springfield studios from now until December 15.

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Holiday Gift Giveaway: Janelle Imports in Enfield

It's day four of our Holiday Gift Giveaway and today, we head to Enfield to check out Janelle Imports.

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Holiday Gift Giveaway: Ski Haus, Longmeadow

It's day 3 of our Holiday Gift Giveaway!  As we highlight some local businesses here in western Mass. we're giving you an opportunity to win something special just from them! We took a trip to Longmeadow to check out Ski Haus' newest location. 

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Wine made from up and down the California coast

Looking for a new wine to try? This week on Wine Down Wednesday, we take a tour of wine made up and down the California coast. Cheers!

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Better Craft Corner: Building a wood bench for yourself

Here's a cool wood craft you can create right in your own home. 

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Opioid addiction treatments available in western Mass.

It's time for 'Better Health.' The opioid epidemic has become a national crisis.  Many who suffer from opioid addiction may be unaware of the resources available to them.  Here with us to share their knowledge of opioid addiction is Tyler Saremi and Debbie Saremi from Future Health. 

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Gifts for any kid this holiday season

We have toy ideas for you to consider for any child this holiday season. Check out the fun we had! 

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Holiday Gift Giveaway: Eastfield Mall

It's day 2 of our Holiday Gift Giveaway!  As we highlight some local businesses here in western Mass. ...we're giving you an opportunity to win something special just from them. Today we take a trip to the Eastfield Mall.  Take a look! 

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Decking the halls with Randall's Farm - Getting your home ready for Christmas!

We're decking the halls for the holidays. Some timely poinsettia tips to get your home ready for Christmas.

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Prepare your next vacation with the best travel deals this fall

It's that time of year - the holidays are here!... And folks are looking for a chance to get away and take a vacation.

There's a lot of local destination you can choose from. Denise Nowak of Doyle Travel Center in Chicopee is here to talk with us about the best travel deals available now! Take a look. 

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Choosing a gift at 'So Cool Accessories' in Ludlow

It's time for our Holiday Gift Giveaway.. we're highlighting some local businesses here in western Mass. -- and giving you an opportunity to win something special just from them. Our first stop is ' So Cool Accessories' in Ludlow.  For more info. about our Holiday Gift Giveaway click here! 

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What you need to know about bitcoins

Are bitcoins really worth the investment? Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to answer your questions about bitcoins.

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Holyoke Mall to host holiday food drive and fundraiser this weekend

Food banks and charities are in desperate need of donations this time of year. Find out how you can help this weekend at the Holyoke Mall by watching the clip above.

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Toys made with parents in mind

Parents know their children best, so that's why some toys have been created with parents in mind. Check out some of the coolest toys this holiday season by clicking the clip above. 

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Trade in sweet snacks with these healthy alternatives

Children and adults are always finding sugary treats to snack on. Today on Better Western Mass we team up with Big Y nutritionists to learn how to make healthier, yet delicious snacks. 

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Meet Tony, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Buzz Around Town: Java Stop in Agawam

There are a lot of perks to buying local, especially when it comes to coffee.  Whether it's iced, hot, regular, or decaf, many of us can't function without it, so for this week's Buzz Around Town, we head top Java Stop in Agawam

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New trends for your winter hair

The first day of winter is just three weeks away and a seasonal change brings new hair trends.  Jordyn Jagolinzer has the looks that are in style

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Toys for Tots drive continues until Dec. 15

There's still time to help a local child in need this holiday season.  We are collecting toys for Toys for Tots through December 15.  For more information, you can CLICK HERE

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'December Case' featuring a variety of wines makes a great holiday gift

The holidays are right around the corner and what might be better as a gift or to serve at your party than a great selection of wine.  Table and Vine joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their December case now available.

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Fashion tips for a star-studded holiday

As we decorate for the holidays, we want to show you some ways to make your look star studded.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Meet first finalist for the Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

The Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway has narrowed down three finalists for a chance to win a $45,000 wedding.  It will be given to an active duty or retired service member of the U.S. Military and their significant other.  To learn more about each finalist and to vote, log on to http://marxdreamwedding.com/

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How to make healthy sriracha quesadillas

If you're hungry, we have a healthy treat for you.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam joined Better Western mass to show us how to make some sriracha quesadillas.

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Time-saving tips for the holidays

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the busiest time of the year.  Alison Maloni joined Better Western Mass to share some tips on how you can save time during the hustle and bustle of the season.

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How to make a festive holiday wreath

The holidays are here and we're learning how to make a wreath that looks and smells great.  Juliette Mooers, owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Outdoor activities for veterans and their families

New England Adventures hosts all-expense paid outdoor sporting events for veterans and their families.  Todd Crevier joined Better Western Mass to talk about their upcoming event.

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Baystate to host forum on reducing the opioid crisis

Opioid addiction impacts thousands of Americans each year, leading this to become a national crisis.  Dr. Peter Friedman with Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to talk about an upcoming forum on reducing the opioid issue.

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'An Irish Country Christmas' to perform at CityStage

As Christmas grows near, so does the holiday cheer.  Deirdre Reilly, who is starring in 'An Irish Country Christmas' joined Better Western Mass to talk about the show, which will take place December 15 at CityStage.

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Check out these gifts designed for kids in mind

If you need help buying gifts for kids this year, Better Western Mass has you covered. Check out awesome and creative toys by pressing play on the clip above.

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Celebrate the holidays with champagne

It's the most wonderful time to pop open a bottle of champagne. Find out what kind we tried out with Table and Vine this week on Wine Down Wednesday.

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The best toys to buy for the holidays

On this week's edition of Toy Insider, Better Western Mass takes a look at the best toys you'll want to buy this holiday season. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Essential items you need for Black Friday

This week on Better Western Mass we have shopping essentials you need for Black Friday. Find out more by watching the clip above.

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Tips and tricks to pull of the perfect holiday party

Planning and hosting a holiday party can certainly be stressful. Better Western Mass shows you the tips and tricks you need to pull your party all together.

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Learn how to make a festive turkey center piece!

On Better Western Mass, we learn how to make a festive turkey center piece that make a perfect fit at your dinner table. Learn how to make your own by watching the clip above.

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Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast while keeping track of your health

Are you dreading Thanksgiving dinner because off all the extra calories? This week on Better Western Mass, we give you the healthy tips to stay on track with your diet this holiday. Find out more by clicking the video above.

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Gratitude crafts for your Thanksgiving

On Monday, we talked about some Thanksgiving fun that you can have with your kids.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us some gratitude crafts.

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Deals available now to travel to Hawaii

The holidays are finally here and folks are looking for a chance to get away and take a vacation.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to talk about some of the best deals if you plan  on going to Hawaii.

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Exploring the right tools to help combat identity fraud

Criminals have many tools in their identity theft toolkits and we're learning how to protect ourselves when cyber-thieves attack.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Jacob previews 10 Towns in 10 Days in Ware

Jacob takes to the road to preview our last stop on 10 Towns in 10 Days - Ware.

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Learn to skate with Springfield Police

Our local police officers are there to teach us safety and protect us, but did you know that they are also helping people learn how to skate?  Springfield Police Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood and Officer Maria Siciliano joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Meet Priscilla, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Best hairstyles for sweater weather

Temperatures are dropping and everyone's starting to layer up.  We head over to Brush in East Longmeadow to learn some of the best hairstyles for your cold winter clothing.

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Toys for Tots campaign underway at Western Mass News

Western Mass News and the U.S. Marine Corps are once again teaming up to help children in need this holiday season.  Cpl. Jaylen Campbell joined Better Western Mass to explain how you can help!

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Jacob previews Thursday's 10 Towns in 10 Days in East Longmeadow

Jacob gives us a preview of Thursday's 10 Towns in 10 Days stop in East Longmeadow.

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Wine Down Wednesday: Wines that pair with turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Better Western Mass has the perfect pairing to go with your holiday meal. Check out the clip above to see which wine you should bring to the table this year.

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Products designed to make holiday gift giving easy

Shopping for the holidays can certainly be difficult. This week on Better Western Mass News we found some great products designed to make your planning and celebrating easier. Click the video above to find out more.

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Creating a bowl out of your fall leaves

In today's Craft Corner, we are learning about how to make a bowl out of leaves from your own backyard.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how!

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Help your back with resistance band workouts

If you sit at a desk all day or just have general back pain, Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness tells us about how doing a workout with resistance bands may help.

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Seafood platters that are great for your holiday get-together

It's almost time for the holidays and you may be wondering what food or snacks you should bring to the next party.  Maria and Niko from Steve's Boston Seafood joined Better Western Mass to show us some of their platters which would be great for a get-together.

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Jacob previews 10 Towns in 10 Days in West Springfield

Jacob previews Tuesday's 10 Towns in 10 Days trip to West Springfield

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'Toys for Tots' - Local Marines getting ready

Find out how you can participate in this year's 'Toys for Tots' campaign! 

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Spreading kindness and positivity on social media

We're celebrating 'World Kindness Day' with a look at a music video with a positive message. 

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Holiday decor and accessories at Uno Alla Volta

Just in time for the holidays ... a look at some festive decorations for your home!

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Jacob previews '10 Towns in 10 Days' in Monson

We're going to ten communities to tell their stories and we're also making a charitable donation!

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Finalists announced for Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

It's the gift of a lifetime for one lucky service member and their significant other.  The third annual Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway is coming up soon and on Friday, we announced the finalists.  Mark Ashe from Marx Events joined Better Western Mass with the exciting news.

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'Peter and the Star Catcher' takes the stage at West Springfield High

A local high school drama club is putting on a fun and energetic remake of an original Peter Pan story.  Steve Svec and Caleb Jones joined Better Western Mass to talk about West Springfield High School's "Peter and the Star Catcher."

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Jacob previews 10 Towns in 10 Days in Longmeadow

Jacob gives us a preview of Friday's 10 Towns in 10 Days trip to Longmeadow

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Toys for Tots campaign begins Monday!

Friday marks the Marine Corps 242nd birthday and the Corps is once again looking for your help in brightening the holidays for local children in need.  Sgt. Eric Morin joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's Toys for Tots campaign

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Testing the high tech toys on your child's wishlist

It's that time of the year when your children start to make their wishlists. This week on Toy Insider, we tested the high tech toys your kids are asking for so you don't have to. Click the link above to find out more.

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Buzz Around Town: Auntie Cathie's Kitchen, West Springfield

On this Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy took a trip out to West Springfield to Auntie Cathie's Kitchen. They cater to anyone with dietary restrictions such as gluten free and vegan options, all while supporting local farmers. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Ways to get the perfect hair blowout at home

Sometimes trying to get the perfect blowout at home can seem close to impossible compared to getting it done at the salon. This week, Jordyn Jagolinzer took a trip out to Brush Salon in East Longmeadow to find out ways to get the perfect blowout.

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Living in leggings: dressing up this comfy style

Today on Better Style, Debbie Wright talks about living in leggings and how to dress up this favorite wardrobe staple.

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Simple, convenient, and healthy snacks when your family's on-the-go

Families are often busy and on the go, but there are ways to simple and convenient snacks.  Carly Dorogi and Sherri French from bumpswag.com joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Jacob previews '10 Towns in 10 Days' in Orange

Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff previews today's visit for '10 Towns in 10 Days'.

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Holiday wine case can make a great gift

It's Wine Down Wednesday and with the holidays right around the corner, Western Mass News and Table & Vine want to make sure you have everything you need to know.  Michael Quinlan joined Better Western Mass to tell us about a holiday wine case that would be great for any gathering or as a gift.

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Honoring those who give back with 'Service Before Self' awards

The Springfield Rotary Club and Basketball Hall of Fame is teaming up again to honor and award those who put their service to others above their personal goals.  Paul Lambert and Lamont Clemons joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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DIY seasonal crafts and candleholders

Chris Pisano visits Woodcraft in West Springfield to check out a DIY project for an inexpensive and easy table centerpiece.

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Brussels sprout recipe that's perfect for the holidays

On Tuesday, we learned a healthy, but delicious, recipe for Brussels sprouts that's perfect for fall.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this tasty dish.

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Monday marks National Nacho Day!

Monday marks National Nacho Day and to celebrate, Jeff Lockwood from On The Border in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show us some delicious, authentic recipes.

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Jacob previews Monday's 10 Towns in 10 Days

Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff previews our first stop on 10 Towns in 10 Days - Easthampton!

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How to give your sluggish computer a fresh start

Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about giving our sluggish computers a clean start.

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Helping prevent childhood obesity by limiting sugar

Big Y World Class Market and Western Mass News are teaming up to help prevent childhood obesity.  Andrea Luttrell and Carrie Taylor joined Better Western Mas to tell us ways we can improve our kids eating habits by limiting their sugar intake.

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Healthy and delicious family-friendly meals

Better Western Mass has teamed up with Big Y to show us family-friendly meals that are both healthy, and delicious. 

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Fiber Festival hits the Eastern States Expo. this weekend

Chris Pisano takes us to the Eastern States Exposition to tell us more about this year's Fiber Festival.

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Game day food to celebrate National Jersey Day

As you head into the weekend, and perhaps to watch some sporting events, we have some great ideas for game day food.  Tom Baron from Buffalo Wild Wings joined Better Western Mass to show us some of their delicious dishes that are perfect for your TV watching crowd.

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Meet Patches, a great cat looking for a good home

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

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WMass Women's Expo to be held Sunday in West Springfield

A women's expo is coming to western Massachusetts this weekend with tons of giveaways, free massages and makeovers, and much more.  Donna Stark with Indian Motorcycle of Springfield and John Hoime of Alternative Health joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their involvement in this year's event.

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Area's largest bridal event taking place this weekend

It's the area's largest bridal event.  The Western New England Fall Bridal Show is taking place this weekend at the MassMutual Center.  Lisa Powers from CJC Events joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Ray Hershel to be honored with award Thursday

One of our own members of the Western Mass News family will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.  Keith O'Connor, a member of the Valley Press Club board, joined Better Western Mass to tell us how you can join in the celebration.

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Agawam dental office collecting Halloween candy for our troops

Local dental offices are collecting Halloween candy for our men and women in the military.  It's an annual tradition and Agawam City Councilor Cecelia Calabrese joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Using sliders to boost your next workout

With a simple addition, you can take your workout to the next level.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us how to add a slider to your workout.

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Marbling a pumpkin using nail polish

We have a spooky craft idea and all you need is a pumpkin and some nail polish.  Juliette Mooers with Valley Art Supplies joined Better Western Mass to tell us more!

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Local group seeks out the ghostly and paranormal

It's Halloween and if you've got it, haunt it.  To make things even more spooky, on Tuesday, got the inside scoop from a group of local ghost hunters.  Rob Goff, founder of Agawam Paranormal, joined Better Western Mass to tell us.  Tune in for our special report with Chris Pisano tonight at 11 p.m. on ABC40

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Some spooktacular treats for your Halloween

Peter Gray from Pete's Sweets in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to show some delicious treats that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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Celebrating Halloween without the sugar overload

Sugary candy on Halloween is fun for the kids, but too much could be harmful to their health.  Dr. Rushika Conroy with Baystate Childrens Hospital joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the evils of sugar and the importance of moderation.

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Upcoming travel deals to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is fun for the whole family and if you're looking to plan a trip there soon, there are several deals and travel option.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Dozens of apple varieties now in season

There are a number of apple varieties to choose from and many can be found in New England.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joins Better Western Mass to tell us about some of the tasty types that are ready for picking.

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How to make 'Starburst Slime' this Halloween

Halloween is on Tuesday and we have a slimy, spooky recipe that your kids will love.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make Starburst Slime.

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What you need to know about credit card skimmers

Just this week, we told you about a credit card skimmer found at a Springfield ATM.  Several customers who made transactions are now at risk.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to show us how to identify these skimmers and protect your accounts.

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Halloween pub crawl to take place in Southwick this weekend

It's almost Halloween and that means breaking out the costumes and head into town with your friends.  Natalie Lynch and Randy Rindels joined from SkyBox Sports Bar joined Better Western Mass to tell us about a spooky pub crawl.

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Meet Oreo, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Chris, Brittany, and Dan taste test pumpkin-flavored coffees

Today is National Pumpkin Day and what better way to celebrate than tasting some pumpkin-flavored coffee.

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Great holiday gift ideas for the kids

With the holidays right around the corner, families are looking for some of the best toys for the kids.  The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about some of the hot toys on store shelves.

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Buzz Around Town: Pulse Cafe in Hadley

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we're checking out a new place along Route 9 in Hadley.  Brittany Murphy takes us to Pulse Cafe!

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Honoring survivors during breast cancer awareness month

This week on Better Western Mass Style Expert Debbie Wright introduced us to two powerful women that have survived breast cancer. Hear more about their journey by watching the clip above.

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Living with a ventricular assist device

A ventricular assist device is saving lives. On Better Western Mass we spoke to one man who depends on this device. Hear his story by watching the clip above.

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Find the perfect Halloween costume for a low cost at Salvation Army

Getting dressed up for Halloween doesn't have to break the bank.  Chris Pisano visits the Salvation Army to find out how you can get in the holiday spirit for less.

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Fun and festive cocktails for fall

We're learning how to serve up a festive fall cocktail.  Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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Tasty alternatives to sweet Halloween treats

With Halloween right around the corner, the candy is piling up in our homes.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to give us some tasty alternatives.

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Treatment options available for those seeking help with addiction

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment center available to help.  Dr. Omar Faruk from Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to tells about treatment options.

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Monday marks National Boston Cream Pie Day!

It's National Boston Cream Pie Day, so it's only right that I went to Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield - home of the official state cupcake.

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Low cost, last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Getting dressed up for Halloween can be expensive, but with some creativity, it doesn't have to be.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show some perfect ways to dress up without breaking the bank.

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Safe strategies to prevent serious injury and disability

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure and emergency departments at hospitals across the country find this true.  Dr. Gerald Beltran from Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Tea tree oil products that benefit your hair and skin

Tea tree oil is found in a number of products that can benefit your hair and skin.  Sean Condon, also know as Mr. Tea, joined Better Western Mass to tell su more.

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Meet Earl, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and there's a place in Easthampton that specializes in just that.  Diana Lozano and Tony Levalee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Buzz Around Town: Palazzo Cafe, Springfield

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we head to Palazzo Cafe in downtown Springfield.

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Service member to win dream wedding from local businesses

It's the gift of a lifetime for one lucky service member and their significant other.  The third annual Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway is coming up soon.  Mark Ashe and Peter Gray joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Get rid of hair damage with an oil treatment

We are well into October and it finally feels like fall, but your hair may be showing damage from the summer.  Jordyn Jagolinzer takes to Brush in East Longmeadow to tell us about a fix to transition your hair into the new season.

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Make your outfit bloom with floral patterns

In today's Better Style, Debbie Wrights tells us about the power of flowers to make your outfit bloom...

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'The Skin She's In' fashion show promoting body image

The 11th annual 'For The Skin She's In' fashion show kicks off this Sunday to benefit Special Olympics.  We caught up with the producer, Tony Isham, to find out what it means to be 'in your skin.'  The event is Sun. Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam.  Tickets are $35 per person includes hors d'euvers and dessert.  Tickets may be purchased from Tony Isham at Joseph Stevens Salon (413) 222-4763 or Lynne Goldberg (413) 530-8453.

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Show support and raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing pink bulbs

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Teresa Forte and Kimberly Lee from CHD Cancer House of Hope joined Better Western Mass to tell us ways how you can help support and raise breast cancer awareness.

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Homemade wood crafts to decorate your home this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you might trying to think of some unique decorations.  Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show us some homemade wood crafts you can make yourself.

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Try out resistance bands for your next workout

Want to elevate your workout to another level?  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about using resistance bands.

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Prepare for your next vacation with best travel deals this fall

It's that time of year when the weather is cooling down, holidays are right around the corner, and folks are looking for a chance to get away and take a vacation.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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Get your home in the fall spirit with pumpkins and gourds

Did you know that there are more than just a couple varieties of pumpkins, that you can decorate and eat?  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to talk about all things pumpkins and gourds.

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Great ways to 'trunk or treat' this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and the kids are getting ready to dress up and go on the hunt for candy.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some where your kids can "trunk" or treat.

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Check out the Westfield Pumpkin Fest this weekend!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Be sure to check out the Westfield Pumpkin fest going on starting at noon this Saturday, October 14. Learn more on the fun, festive event by clicking the video above.

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