Better Western Mass - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

What's on Better

Great rosé wines for spring

Table & Vine stopped by Better Western Mass to tell about some great rosé wines for spring.

More>>

More News

Trendy prom up-do's you can do at home

Believe it or not, in less than two weeks, it will be May.  For many teens, that means getting ready for prom season.  The folks at Brush Salon showed us some easy-to-achieve hairstyles.

More>>

Making a 'Lazy Susan' at home

Chris stops by Woodcraft in West Springfield to learn how to make a 'Lazy Susan' for your kitchen

More>>

Healthy breakfast pizza you can make at home

Everyone loves pizza, even if it's not the healthiest meal in the world.  However, what if you combine your favorite food with the most important meal of the day?  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a healthy breakfast pizza at home.

More>>

Exit 7 Players to present 'Spring Awakening'

If you are looking for something to do for your next night out, how about a trip to the theater?  Brooke Martineau, Randy Davidson, and Leon Jerfita from Exit 7 Theater joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their upcoming production of 'Spring Awakening.'

More>>

Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to talk about Earth Day and Arbor Day, and how each of us can make a small difference for our planet

More>>

Planning ahead for next year's April vacation

Spring break is off to a bleak start for many, but that shouldn't deter you from going out and having some fun.  While you may be thinking about how you can spend your spring break this year, you may have to start planning for next year already.  Denis Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to about some great deals for planning for your future spring break.

More>>

Annual Tom Cosenzi Charity Golf Tournament set for August

Spring is here and with that means nicer weather is on the way.  That's all the more reason to go out and enjoy the outdoors, like by playing golf.  Carla Consenzi from Country Hyundai, Country Nissan, and Northampton Volkswagen joined Better Western Mass to discuss the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Tom Consenzi Driving for a Cure Golf Tournament.  

More>>

Data breaches put credit card information at risk

Another day, another data breach.  Saks and Lord & Taylor now said to fall victim to hacking.  Credit card information is vulnerable to this hack.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more,

More>>

Have some spring break fun at Springfield Museums

Next week is school vacation week for many and why not have some fun right in your backyard?  We catch up with Jenny Powers with the Springfield Museums to talk about some of the great things they have planned for spring break.

More>>

Thunderbirds hosting block party as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend

It's fan appreciation week for the Springfield Thunderbirds and they're ending this season with a bang.  A block party will take place tomorrow and you could walk away some great prizes.  Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa and Jenny McNulty with Mary Kay joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Meet Cody, a great dog looking for a good home

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

More>>

VIDEO

'Say Cheese' helps mark National Grilled Cheese Day

Thursday marked National Grilled Cheese Day and to mark the occasion, 'Say Cheese' stopped by to show us how you can kick the cheesy sandwich up a notch

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Scoops of Agawam

In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy checks out Scoops of Agawam

More>>

Incorporating isometric exercises into your workout

Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us and tell us about some isometric exercises that you could do at home

More>>

Origami butterflies you can hang on your walls

It may not seem like it recently, with all the cold weather we had, but we are well into the spring season and what better way to make your home feel like spring than by decorating?  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make some origami butterflies that you can hang on your wall!

More>>

Westfield Theatre Group to perform 'Singin' in the Rain'

If you're looking for a night out, why not head to the theater, especially for a time-honored classic.  John Farrell and Rowan Healey from the Westfield Theatre Group joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their upcoming performance of 'Singin' in the Rain.'

More>>

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

Being prepared is everyone's top priority and when life throws you a curve-ball, being prepared for the unthinkable shouldn't be any different.  National Healthcare Decisions Day is next week, helping people be prepared for any healthcare emergency.  Rev. Ute Schmidt from Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about what you should know.

More>>

Get ready for spring with a trendy trench coat

Now that it's starting to feel a bit more like spring, we're hoping to put away the heavy winter jackets.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to show us the many ways to rock a trench coat.

More>>

Veteran's resource fair set for May in Springfield

An upcoming event in Springfield is helping our veterans connect with their community and find economic stability.  The Veteran's Resource Fair kicks off in May, featuring several vendors, grooming services, and lots of fun.  Walt Fludd and Darrell Johnston from Springfield Partners for Community Action joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Choosing the right soil for your garden

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to talk about choosing the right soil for your gardens and plants

More>>

'Stay-cation' ideas for spring break

Spring break is underway for Connecticut students and will be next week for Massachusetts and while many are looking to get away, some may be looking for something closer to home.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some 'stay-cation' ideas for your family

More>>

Six Flags opens for 2018 season on Saturday

Six Flags New England is set to open for the 2018 season this coming weekend!

More>>

Healthy snacks for kids playing spring sports

Spring sports are here and there's always healthy options to keep the kids fueled.  Big Y's registered dietitians Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell joined Better Western Mass with some great snack ideas.

More>>

Meet Simon, a great pet looking for a good home

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

More>>

Thursday marks National Burrito Day!

Thursday marked National Burrito Day and Chris stopped by Bueno Y Sano in West Springfield to learn how to make a great burrito

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Garden of Eat'n in Springfield

This week, we buzz into a new vegan cafe in Springfield - Garden of Eat'n

More>>

Importance of communication during Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and today, we're talking about the importance of connection and communication.  Dr. Stephen Boos with Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

How to rock denim and pink this spring season

Now that spring is here, we can rock pink and denim - two trends that work well together.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to tell us more!

More>>

Public speakers coming to West Springfield High

West Springfield High School is hosting a variety of speakers in the coming months, talking about issues of bullying, safety, and addiction.  Supt. Michael Richard joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Getting your fitness routine back on track after a holiday

It can be hard to stick with your fitness goals, especially in the beginning, but it can be even harder to do after a holiday.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass with tips on how to get back on track.

More>>

Classic jewelry ideas for Mother's Day

Mother's Day isn't that far away and what better way to show the most important woman in your life you care than with some jewelry.  Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

'Cabaret' to take the stage in Hampden this month

If you are looking for a night out this week, why not spend it at the theater?  Mark Giza and Christopher Michael Rojas from the Theater Guild of Hampden joined Better Western Mass to talk about their upcoming production of 'Cabaret.'

More>>

New trends you could see in spring gardens

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some great new trends you can expect to see in spring gardens.

More>>

Toys geared towards children with Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month and there are special toys on store shelves that can help kids on the spectrum.  Charlene DeLoach from The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Quick and healthy beef stir-fry

Sometimes the hardest part of dieting or watching your weight can be portion control.  Luckily, we have a dish that can help with that.  Frank Baldwin from Pancake Sundaes in Westfield stopped by to show us how to make a quick and healthy stir-fry.

More>>

Four brothers diagnosed with rare bone marrow disease

Today on Better, the remarkable story of four brothers all fighting the same disease. Meet the Murry Four who have overcome the odds just to stay alive. Editor's Note: People Magazine is produced by the parent company of this station, The Meredith Corporation.

More>>

Ransomware: How it infects computer systems and data

A viral attack by a system known as 'ransomware' shuts off computers and online data for days, until a ransom is paid off. Stan Prager joins us today to explain what all of this means for you.

More>>

A healthy detox through dry brushing

One of the newest wellness trends for detoxing your body is called 'dry brushing'. Sean Condon, or 'Mr. Tea' joins us today to demonstrate the new technique and explain the many benefits!

More>>

Springfield Thunderbirds to host Pucks N' Paws Night

The Springfield Thunderbirds will be welcoming the dogs again on Saturday for the second Pucks N' Paws night in Springfield, presented by Dave's Soda & Pet City to benefit the Foundation for TJO Animals.

More>>

Annual benefit concert to support homeless veterans

A local organization is supporting their mission to help homeless veterans and this week they're hosting the second annual 'Soldier-On' Benefit Concert. Here to tell us more about what is in store is John Maybury.

More>>

Healthy, easy recipes you can make in a muffin pan

If you're looking for fresh, new recipes for the whole family, we've got you covered! Michelle Rondeau joins us today to show you a few mindful muffin-pan recipes for every meal of the day!

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Yankee Flea Market, Palmer

With 170 vendors filling 15-thousand square feet, there's a whole lot buzzing here at Yankee Flea Market in Palmer.

More>>

'Feast in the East' competition kicks off next month

Restaurants from western Massachusetts are gearing up for an annual competition this weekend.  Bill Collins from Center Square Grill showed us how to make short ribs and Nancy Collins from ERC-5 joined us to tell us more about the upcoming Feast in the East event.

More>>

Great wine options for Easter

Table & Vine stopped by Better Western Mass with some great wine ideas for Easter.

More>>

Tuesday marks Diabetes Alert Day

It's a disease that affects millions of Americans - Type 2 diabetes - and in case you weren't aware, today is Diabetes Alert Day.  Dr. Chelsea Gordner from Baystate Medical Center discusses the types of the disease and more about a diabetes risk test.

More>>

Importance of form in your home workout routine

Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the importance of having proper form when doing your home exercise program.

More>>

Unique ways to do an Easter egg hunt

Both Easter and April Fool's Day fall at the same time this year, so what if you wanted to celebrate both at the same time?  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the blog 'The 413 Mom,' joined Better Western Mass with some ideas on how to combine both holidays with some Easter egg fun

More>>

Women's Night of Comedy to take place April 5 in Holyoke

April Fool's Day is only a few days away and you may be looking to celebrate it with a good laugh.  Mary Ann Marzano with the Women's Business Owners Alliance, to talk more about an upcoming night of comedy

More>>

Colorful plants you can add to your Easter decor

Easter is only a few short days away and there's no better way to celebrate the springtime holiday than with some beautiful plants.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Better Home: Spring home improvement

Spring has sprung! That means it is time for spring cleaning. We spoke with an HGTV star and got his advice on how to tidy up this year!

More>>

Disney on Ice presents 'Dream Big' at MassMutual Center

Looking for something fun and exciting to do with the family this weekend? Today on Better, we take a look inside Disney on Ice!

More>>

What to do before deleting your Facebook account

After recent Facebook hacks, we're finding out if you should delete your account in this week's Tech Tips.

More>>

Zip Trip: Western Mass Home and Garden Show

For today's Zip Trip, we visit the Better Living Center in West Springfield for the Original Western Mass Home and Garden Show!

More>>

Better Cooking: Making a traditional Easter soup

Today on Better Cooking, we are learning how to make a traditional Easter soup with Bernat's Polish Deli!

More>>

Quick and easy egg decorating

Today on Better, we learn some quick and simple techniques to decorate Easter eggs with Valley Art Supplies.

More>>

Man with Down syndrome excels in karate

Today on Better, after a man with down syndrome visited a karate studio near his job, he decided to give it a go. He took to it quickly and is now a green belt!

More>>

Meet Ramen, a fluffy dog looking for a loving 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.

More>>

How to improve your online marketing business

Today on Better, we're learning how to improve the way we market ourselves. Ruan Marihno, a digital entrepreneur, is here to give us tips on ways to improve small business.

More>>

The latest hair color trends and styles for spring

Spring forward with a new hairstyle! See the latest color trends to try out in 2018.

More>>

Staying trendy with sunglasses and sneakers

Today on Better Style we're talking shades and sneakers! Join us as fashion expert, Debbie Wright, tells us more about the easiest way to spice up any outfit!

More>>

VIDEO

BETTER HEALTH: Beneficial breakfast smoothies

Breakfast smoothies are clutch, but are you putting in the right ingredients?

More>>

Getting your garden ready for the summer

There are many signs of spring, but it's that time of year to not put seeds in the soil, but maybe in our window sill or greenhouse, to get the plants up and running for our summer gardens.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to tell us how to start those seeds.
 

More>>

Healthy foods for busy families

Our Mompreneurs - Carly Dorogi and Sherri French - joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some great healthy, allergy-friendly foods for busy families.

More>>

March marks Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.  Thousands of people suffer from it each year.  Dr. K. Francis Lee from the Advanced Vein Care Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about the signs and symptoms to be aware of.

More>>

Healthy food options to slowly take off the weight

Dieting can be hard.  Many people stick to diets for a few weeks or months and then normally give up because they miss eating certain things.  Frank Baldwin from Pancake Sundaes in Westfield to show us an easier long-term solution to slowly help take off the weight.

More>>

Making Irish soda bread with the Springfield Colleens

Springfield's Colleen court joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make some great Irish soda bread.

More>>

Corned beef sandwiches and Irish ribs for St. Patrick's Day

Bill Collins from Center Square Grill joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make some delicious Irish ribs and corned beef sandwiches.  We also heard Dave Kern on the bagpipes.

More>>

Zip Trip: Holyoke's St. Patrick's weekend

Irish eyes will be smiling upon Holyoke this weekend for the St. Patrick's Road Race and St. Patrick's Parade.

More>>

Traditional Irish dance to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Friday on Better Western Mass, we had a very special treat as the SRL Irish Dance Academy joined us with some championship level Irish dancers.

More>>

Team USA prepares for fight at MassMutual Center

Two of the world's top amateur boxing teams will square off in Downtown Springfield as the 2018 USA v. Ireland Boxing Tour makes its last stop at the MassMutual Center. Today, three members of Team USA join us as they prepare for the big fight.

More>>

Better Product: Toys to fill your Easter baskets

It can be hard to decide what you want to fill those Easter baskets with. Today, we welcome Charlene DeLoach with Toy Insider to show us some ideas!

More>>

Better Family: St. Patrick's Day crafts

The 413 Mom, Valerie Smart joins us for National Children's Craft Day! In the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day, we're trying out some fun, festive crafts you can enjoy with the whole family.

More>>

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Randall's Farm in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass this week to show us some healthy food options. 

More>>

Beautiful Easter decorations for your home at Uno Alla Volta

Easter is right around the corner! The folks at Uno Alla Volta showed Better Western Mass some of their beautiful decorations for your home!

More>>

Tech Tips: Spear phishing attacks that harm your computer security

Today on Better Tech Tips - A phishing scam is sweeping computers across the nation, targeting personal systems and businesses. Here to tell us how to protect our computers is Stan Prager from GoGeeks!

More>>

Getting enough sleep ahead of Daylight Saving

Today, we talk with a sleep specialist from Baystate Medical Center about the importance of proper sleep schedules and adjustments ahead of Daylight Saving.

More>>

Zip Trip: Maple Harvest Day at Storrowton Village

In this week's Zip Trip, we visited Storrowton Village Museum. Sugaring Season in Massachusetts is in full swing and Storrowton Village Museum will celebrate all things maple on Maple Harvest Day. The free event will take place on Sunday, March 11.

More>>

Meet Casper, a handsome cat looking for a good 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.

More>>

'Eat, Drink and Be Charitable' event to aid catholic school students

The MassMutual Center is hosting a gala event to support families paying for local catholic schools. Joining us to share more is Kara Mercier and Stacy Dibbern from the event planning committee.

More>>

Second annual Hockey N' Heels night with Springfield Thunderbirds

Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts will be hosting its second annual Hockey 'N Heels night at the Springfield Thunderbirds game on March 10th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Find your best heels and join a fun Ladies' Night!

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Movement Terrain, Wilbraham

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we get moving at a fun, challenging obstacle course in Wilbraham!

More>>

Finding the right job with Advantage Staffing

Finding the right career can be challenging but there are local professionals who are ready to help! Julie Deyo and Dennis Brown from Advantage Staffing Associates in West Springfield join us to explain how their staff can help you find the job you're looking for.

More>>

Wines around the world

Tasting wines from all corners of the globe under one roof!

More>>

Better Style: Go green in style for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and we have the latest styles and trends that are perfect for celebrating! Our fashion expert, Debbie Wright, joins us to help us go green in style!

More>>

Annual Pink in the Rink night with Springfield Thunderbirds

Today on Better, we are joined by Springfield Thunderbird's Kathy Tobin and Nathan Costa to learn all about the annual Pink in the Rink night, presented by Baystate Health.

More>>

Tuesday marks National Oreo Cookie Day

Tuesday marks National Oreo Cookie Day!

More>>

Using different workouts to work different muscle groups

Brittany stopped by Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam to find out how using different positions can help work different muscle groups.

More>>

Turning wood into art

Chris stopped by Woodcraft in West Springfield to find out how you can transform a piece of economy board into 3D art.

More>>

New and innovative ways to get your child excited to read

March is National Reading Month - a month that celebrates the joys of reading and the entertainment of a good book.  However, what happens hen you have a child who just isn't interested in reading or has struggled to learn to read?  Mompreneurs Carly Dorogi and Sherri French from Capital M joined Better Western Mass to share some new and innovative ways to get your child excited about learning to read.

More>>

Five alternatives to traditional noodles

Did you know that March is National Noodle Month?  Lisa Lillien, also known as Hungry Girl, shares her noodle alternatives to cut down on calories (Editor's Note: Hungry Girl magazine is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

More>>

Surviving 'mud season' with your kids

You may not realize it, but spring is just around the corner.  With the warmer weather moving in, that will bring rain...which means more mud that kids can track through the house.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to share tips on how to survive mud season.

More>>

Pancake Sundaes whips up gluten-free pancake batter

Pancakes are certainly delicious, but they're sometimes not the healthiest thing in the world, especially if you have a gluten allergy.  Frank Baldwin from Pancake Sundaes joined Better Western Mass to show us how to whip up some gluten-free AND healthier pancakes.

More>>

Oprah Winfrey opens up about weight loss and health goals

Oprah Winfrey is getting candid about her weight and says her goal, as she approaches her 65th birthday, is to be as fit as ever.  (Editor's Note: People magazine is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

More>>

Better Tech Tips: Protect your accounts after large Equifax data breach

Today on Better Tech Tips - Equifax reported that an additional 2.5 million Americans were impacted by the recent data breach. Stan Prager from GoGeeks joins us to tell us what we can do to protect out accounts.

More>>

Local author releases memoir, 'The Unspoken Truth'

Today, a local author, Lisa Zarcone, is sharing her incredible story of strength and courage in a memoir entitled 'The Unspoken Truth'.

More>>

Better Health: Meal prep healthy lunches for on-the-go families

Today on Better Health, Big Y and Western Mass News are teaming up to prevent childhood obesity. Registered dietitians Andrea Luttrell and Carrie Taylor stop by to show us healthy lunches you can pack for the family.

More>>

Zip Trips: Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday at the Springfield Museums

In today's Zip Trip, the Better Western Mass crew went to the Springfield Museums to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss!

More>>

Better Cooking: Making monkey bread in a slow cooker

Bread in a slow cooker?! Expert, Julia Collin Davison, from America's Test Kitchen shows us how!

More>>

Kiwanis Club of Greater Westfield to hold annual TV auction

Kiwanis Club of Greater Westfield's Adam Wright joined Better Western Mass to talk about The 49th Annual Kiwanis TV Auction, taking place next week.

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Nathan Bill's, Springfield

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we head to Nathan Bill's in Springfield.

More>>

Rock102's John O'Brien discusses recovery from aortic aneurysm

Rock102's John O'Brien joined Better Western Mass to talk about his recovery from an aortic aneurysm

More>>

Exploring wines from Italy

Michael Quinlan from Table & Vine joined Better Western Mass for Wine Down Wednesday.

More>>

Ways to stick with your new year's weight loss goal

We are eight weeks into the new year and it's time to check in and see how that weight loss resolution is going.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass with some tips in case you feel like you're falling off the wagon.

More>>

Shows coming soon to CityStage and Symphony Hall

If you're planning a night out soon, how about a trip to the theater?  Tina D'Agostino from CityStage and Symphony Hall joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about some of the shows coming soon.

More>>

Great jewelry ideas for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is not that far away and if you're going out somewhere, you're going to want to look your best.  Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass to show us some ways to dress up in Irish style.

More>>

Unconventional foods you can turn into fries

Everyone loves french fries, but what they may not like is all the carbs, calories, and fat that can come with them.  Lisa Lillien, also known as Hungry Girl, joined Better Western Mass to show us some unconventional foods you can use to make fries a different way.  (Editor's Note: Hungry Girl magazine is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News).

More>>

New art exhibits at Springfield Museums on display

Chris visits the Springfield Museums to check out some new art exhibits that are on display through May and August

More>>

Similarities between pineapples and air plants

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to tell us about bromeliad plants and the similarities between an air plant and a pineapple.

More>>

Meet Felipe, a great dog looking for a good home

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

More>>

Traditional Jewish treats to celebrate Purim

Springfield's Jewish Community Center is gearing up for their holiday celebration.  This year, they are doing it carnival style.  Rabbi James Green and Sonia Wilk joined Better Western Mass to show us some traditional Jewish treats to celebrate Purim.

More>>

Thursday marks National Margarita Day!

Thursday is National Margarita Day and we celebrated with Jeff Lockwood from On The Border, who showed us some of the delicious drinks that they serve.

More>>

Baystate physician discusses heart risk factors for women

February is American Heart Month and Baystate Health is working to educate others about a variety of heart issues.  Dr. Heba Wassif joined Better Western Mass News to tell us more about heart risk factors for women and what we can do to improve your health.

More>>

New science and technology exhibits at Springfield Museums

Chris takes us to the Springfield Museums for a look at a new exhibit.

More>>

Marking President's Day with The Federalist Wines

In honor of President's Day this past Monday, we take a look at The Federalist wines.

More>>

Choosing the right wood for your woodworking project

Chris visits Woodcraft in West Springfield to find out some of the many species of wood available for your woodworking project.

More>>

Tea and aerial meditation to relieve stress

Brittany heads to Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam to learn about how tea and aerial meditation can help relieve stress.

More>>

Bikers Against Child Abuse to host benefit dinner

As many people will tell you, kids are the future.  To help children impacted by child abuse, some local bikers are trying to fight back.  Deaner and Chopper from Bikers Against Child Abuse joined Better Western Mass to tell us about an upcoming fundraiser.

More>>

Tech Tips: Importance of estate planning and including virtual data

In today's society, its important to pay attention to accounts and data in your digital life and how loved ones can have access to it in the event of an emergency. Stan Prager from GoGeeks joins us to tell us more about estate planning online and ways that virtual lives continue after someone has passed away.

More>>

New report on scams through online dating systems

Finding love can be just a click away, but daters beware! Thieves are using online romance scams to target love-seekers on dating sites, apps and social media all to gain access to their personal and financial information.

More>>

Better Health: Staying healthy with Shay Mitchell

Sticking to a workout plan or an eating schedule isn't always easy, especially if you're always on the move. Shape Magazine talked with actress, Shay Mitchell, about her philosophy behind her diet and exercise routine.

More>>

Zip Trip: RV and Camping Show, Springfield

In this week's trip, we're taking you to an R-V and Camping show...Time to start thinking about spring! Check out more on this weeks Zip Trip by watching the clip above.

More>>

Taking a trip to the Dinosaur Hall at Springfield Museums

Get ready for February vacation with local family fun! A dinosaur museum in Springfield has 'big' plans for you!

More>>

Buzz Around Town: The Daily Pint

We're bringing you to a Wilbraham pub that's been revamped in today's Buzz Around Town!

More>>

February marks American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and Baystate Health is working to educate others about atrial fibrillation.  Dr. Bernard Lim joined Better Western Mass to talk about some things you can do to improve your heart health, as well as more on upcoming seminars.

More>>

Tips for last minute Valentine's Day outfits

We've got you covered for last minute gift ideas on this special day.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to give us some tips and tricks on buying bling.

More>>

Nathan Bill's to host annual 'Anti-Valentine's Day Extravaganza'

A local bar is hosting their annual anti-Valentine's Day event.  The hysterical and fun party is pack with music, food, giveaways, and plenty of spoofs.  Joe Sullivan and Alyn McDermott joined Better Western Mass to tell us more,

More>>

Making a paper heart garland for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day approaching, you might be looking for some last minute craft ideas.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make paper heart garland.

More>>

Sweet Valentine's Day treats from Cerrato's Pastry Shop

Tuesday is Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras and Wednesday is Valentine's Day.  Both days might be took to indulge in some sweet treats.  Chris took us on a trip to Cerrato's Pastry Shop to show us some perfect pastries.

More>>

Chocolate peanut butter covered strawberries for Valentine's Day

All those chocolates on Valentine's Day can equate to more calories if you're not careful.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass with a chocolatey and - more or less - healthy treat if you're counting calories.

More>>

Spreading awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia

It's a disease that effects hundreds of thousands of people in our state and millions nationwide - Alzheimer's disease.  Daniel Zotos from the Alzheimer's Association joined Better Western Mass to talk about research into the disease.

More>>

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.

More>>

5 Chocolate foods to satisfy your craving without a lot of calories

It's the most craved food in North America! We're showing you how to be smart about your calories intake this Valentine's Day when it comes to eating chocolate. 

More>>

Hot trends this season for Valentine's Day roses

Here's a look at some different options for your Love this Valentine's Day when it comes to purchasing those roses!   

More>>

Valentine's Cabin Fever Dance this Saturday for veterans!

If you're a veteran and looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with others, we have just the event for you! Check out what Honor and Remember Chapter Director, Brian Miller has to say about the upcoming Valentine's Cabin Fever Dance in Chicopee!

More>>

What to do if your email gets hijacked

Our email addresses are vulnerable to hijackers and viruses, causing your account to send messages to you never knew about.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us why it happens and what we can do to protect our emails.

More>>

Chocolate pudding cake from The Farm Table at Kringle Candle

Valentine's Day is almost here.  It's a day filled with love and, of course, chocolate.  Robert Conlin, executive chef of The Farm Table at Kringle Candle, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make his signature chocolate pudding cake.

More>>

Friday marks National Pizza Day!

We're celebrating National Pizza Day at a local, authentic pizzeria.  Jordyn Jagolinzer heads to Red Rose in Springfiedl to try her hand at making the perfect pie.

More>>

Melha Sportsman Chili Cook-off to be held this weekend

It's a test to see who has the better chili in western Massachusetts.  The 7th annual Melha Sportsman Club Chili Cook-off will be held this weekend.  Bob Wool and Shon Monday joined Better Western Mass to tell us more!

More>>

How to make a guilt-free pizza

There's been a time for everyone when all you want is a piece of pizza, but maybe you don't want all the calories.  Hungry Girl is here to show us how to make a guilt-free pizza.  (Editor's Note: Hungry Girl magazine is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

More>>

Meet Angel, a great cat looking for a good home

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

More>>

Custom-made jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day

We are just under a week out from Valentine's Day and if you're in need of a surprise for your sweetheart, we have just the treat for you.  Brad Dimiero, owner of Brad Matthew Jewelers, joined Better Western Mass to show us some custom-made jewelry that your valentine will adore.

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow

This week, we buzz into a local pizza shop that brings you authentic, New York style pies.  Check out our visit to Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow.

More>>

Fighting the stigmas around addiction

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment centers that can help.  Dr. Omar Faruk from Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to talk about treatment options and how we can fight the stigma around addiction.

More>>

Great red wines for Valentine's Day

Table & Vine joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some great red wines for Valentine's Day

More>>

Best baby products for 2018

If you or someone you know are expecting a baby this year, these are the products you should know about.  Chris Pisano talks with our Mompreneurs about some of these top products.

More>>

Making a wooden craft for your sweetheart

Chris heads to Woodcraft in West Springfield to learn about making some wooden crafts for your sweetheart.

More>>

Relaxation and deep stretching by using aerial yoga

Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joins Better Western Mass to show us how using an aerial yoga hammock can help with relaxation and stretching

More>>

Cookie fries make a sweet Valentine's Day treat

If you are looking for something unique and different for Valentine's Day, we have an idea for you.  Jill Balick joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about Cookie Fries.

More>>

Student Prince to host 'Hunter's Dinner Night'

One of Springfield's landmark restaurants - Student Prince - has some new dishes and a new event, Hunter's Dinner Night.  Corporate chef Zachary Shuman and assistant general manager Grace Szydziak joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Baystate to hold lecture series on heart health

February is American Heart Month and Baystate Health has a surgery that is able to replace an aortic valve.  Dr. Ashequl Islam joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about an upcoming lecture series on heart health

More>>

Easy valentines for the classroom

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the kids are probably preparing their own valentines for their classroom.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us some easy valentines that you can make at home

More>>

Exit 7 Theater presenting "Much Ado About Nothing"

If you're looking for something local for the whole family to do, how about going to the theater and catching a show?  Mary Marcil-Labbe and Joseph Van Allen joined Better Western Mass to tell us about Exit 7 Theater's upcoming show, "Much Ado About Nothing"

More>>

Family-friendly and healthy snacks for the big game

This Sunday calls for all the game day treats you could ask for - wings, soda, and lots of sweets.  There are ways, however, to stay healthy and still enjoy the food.  Big Y's registered dietitians Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Meet Gronk, a great cat looking for a good home

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

More>>

Great toys to keep kids busy on snow days

It's that time of year - the kids are kept home because of Mother Nature.  Charlene Deloach with Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass with some great toys for kids on snow days.

More>>

Great gameday dip inspired by the GOAT

We are just days away from the biggest football game of the year.  We're cooking up more game day treats that will score with your friends and family.  Beth Ward brings you this snack inspired by Tom Brady.

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Macho Taco in Agawam

If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant with classic dishes and unique twists, we might have the place for you.  This week, Brittany is buzzing into Macho Taco in Agawam.

More>>

Tips and tricks for taming men's hair

It's time to tame that mane, gentlemen.  We're talking about grooming products to take your look to the next level.  Jordyn Jagolinzer takes to Brush to show us the products every guy needs.

More>>

Cook up some roast beef sliders for the big game

Looking to make something new for your game day celebrations? Reporter Amanda Keane shows us how to whip up some roast beef sliders that'll definitely have your mouths watering. Find out how to make them by watching the clip above.

More>>

How to maintain heart health

February marks American heart month. In order to raise awareness on how to keep your heart healthy, Baystate Dr. Amanda Kravetz joined Better Western Mass for more information on heart health. Watch the clip above for more.

More>>

Different selections of beer to try ahead of the Big Game

On this week's edition of Wine Down Wednesday, we check out a nice selection of beers ahead of Sunday's Big Game. Find out more by watching the clip above!

More>>

Check out these unique Valentines Day gifts

It can be difficult to find a unique gift for your significant other on Valentines Day. This week on Better Western Mass we have several products that'll surprise the people that you love in your life. Watch the clip above to learn more!

More>>

Homemade buffalo chicken dip recipe that's great for game day

With the big game fast approaching, many are starting to prepare their game day menus.  Maggie Lohmiller brings us a buffalo chicken dip recipe that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.  CLICK HERE for the latest.

More>>

Calorie-friendly alternative to game day guacamole

If you are looking for a healthy game day snack idea, Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about Broccomole.

More>>

Harlem Globetrotters visit the MassMutual Center on Sunday

They're arguably world class athletes and you've probably seen and heard of them - the Harlem Globetrotters.  Dizzy English joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their show coming up on Sunday at MassMutual Center.

More>>

Jewelry ideas for Valentine's Day

The last day of January is near, which means that Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass to show us a variety of jewelry for the upcoming holiday.

More>>

Escape the cold with the perfect vacation this spring

This is the time of the year when many are looking to escape the cold and plan their family vacations. This week on Better Western Mass we spoke to a local AAA agent on how you can get the best travel deals. 

More>>

Spruce up your home by organizing and adding fresh decor

It can be difficult trying to decorate your home once the holidays are over. This week on Better Western Mass we share tips and ideas to keep your home spruced up all year long.

More>>

How to whip up easy tropical themed drinks at home

If you can't head to a tropical vacation this winter, then bring the paradise to your home! This week on Better Western Mass we teamed up with Table and Vine to show how you can mix up some yummy tropical themed drinks to feel like your on vacation at home.

More>>

Ways to protect yourself from identity theft

It's that time of the year when you'll start to file your taxes which means it's even more important to protect your personal information from being hacked. This week on Better Western Mass we talk to a local expert on tips to protect your identity. 

More>>

Different surgical procedures that can help you lose weight

For some, exercising and eating well isn't enough to shed unwanted weight. This week on Better Western Mass, we spoke to Dr. John Romanelli at Baystate Medical Center to learn more about the surgical procedures that can help you lose weight. 

More>>

Springfield Thunderbirds host fundraiser to honor local heroes this weekend

The Springfield Thunderbirds are hosting a special fundraiser this weekend to honor our local heroes. Find out how you can help by attending this weekend's game by watching the clip above.

More>>

Buzz Around Town: Fairview Deli Market, Chicopee

The Fairview Market in Chicopee is back and under new management! See how the new owner is looking to switch things up while bringing back its' authenticity. Watch the clip above to find out more!

More>>

Find the right career with Advantage Staffing Associates

Finding the perfect career path can be difficult. That's why Advantage Staffing Associates in West Springfield is here to help. Find out how by watching the video above.

More>>

Easy steps to transform your makeup in five minutes

It can be hard to find the time to touch-up your makeup before hitting the town. Jordyn Jagolinzer has the tips and tricks you need to take your look from day to night in just five minutes. Watch the clip above to find out how!

More>>

Best products for your baby in 2018

Did you ring in the new year with a baby? This week on Better Western Mass, we checked out baby products that are backed by science. Find out more by watching the clip above!

More>>

Get your Pats gear before the big game!

The big game is just a couple weeks away, and you'll want to look your best while representing your team! Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass this week to show us some cute styles. 

More>>

Protect your devices from dangerous email phishing scams

A new email phishing scam that sends embarrassing photos, information, and even reported death threats.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

More>>

Zip Trip: Agawam Axe House

In this week's Zip Trip, Chris and Brittany take us to check out the Agawam Axe House.

More>>

Football food to enjoy while watching Sunday's game

What's a Sunday without delicious game day food?  Ed Borgotti from E.B.'s in Agawam joined Better Western Mass to show some recipes that will have everyone in the football spirit.

More>>

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.

More>>

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.

More>>

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.

More>>

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)

More>>

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.

More>>

Powered by Frankly
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WGGB/WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.