New England Weekend

New England Weekend

WBZ’s Nichole Davis shares the stories from your community Saturday nights at 10:00 PM on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.... Show More

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Nichole's joined by Marc Hurwitz, author of two well known Boston-area restaurant blogs – Boston’s Hidden Restaurants and Boston Restaurant Talk. We discuss the state of the Boston restaurant industry – why are so many of our favorites closing? He also gives us some recommendations, and we talk about road trip suggestions where you can get a great meal around New England.

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Nichole speaks with four experts about all facets of postpartum depression, from the biology behind it to signs and symptoms. She also discusses resources for sufferers in New England and around the country, efforts to fight the stigma, and legislation from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill.

She's joined by Jessie Colbert, the Executive Director of the Mass. PPD Fund; Dr. Leena Mittal, the Director of the Division of Women...
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Project Bread's Erin McAleer joins Nichole to talk about the state of food insecurity in Massachusetts, and what's being done to help everyone put food on the table. Mark Rousseau, a marine biologist with the Department of Marine Fisheries, talks about the Commonwealth's five artificial reefs off the coast, and how materials we discard can be turned into habitats for marine life.

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Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg tells Nichole about the state's new program to help families save for college from birth, Baby Steps. Julie Leven, Founder and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston, talks about the group's performances in homeless shelters and rehab centers across the state, and their mission to help those going through a vulnerable time through music.

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Massachusetts' Deputy State Fire Marshal, Maribel Fournier, comes on the show to talk about all things fire safety as we get ready for the long winter ahead. Brooke Maher, the event director for Boston's First Night celebration, has all the details about the events scheduled to ring in the new year. WBZ reporters Kim Tunnicliffe, Carl Stevens, Karyn Regal and Kendall Buhl bring us stories from the holiday season around Mass... Read more

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Jan Turnquist, the executive director of Orchard House in Concord, talks about their efforts to remember Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women", as excitement grows for the new movie. Rodney Rowland of the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH has details about the museum's Candlelight Stroll, taking you back in time to holidays past.

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Suzanne Maas, the Interim Executive Director and President of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, has details on this month's Festival of Trees in Wellesley, and how critical this fundraiser is to the group. Robb Osinski and Betty Gower of Bambu Global, based in Lowell, talk about groundbreaking technology that allows people to "turn off" their tattoos, and how they plan to help people with chronic medical conditio... Read more

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Sean O'Brien, the President of Teamsters Local 25, talks about their annual Christmas toy drive, and other charitable work union members are taking part in. Adam Vaccaro, transportation reporter for the Boston Globe, talks about the "Seeing Red" Spotlight investigation, and the state of transportation in Massachusetts.

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Bill Hanney, owner and producer of the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, comes on the show to talk about the return of a holiday classic. Concord's getting ready for a huge cheese parade, and Concord Cheese Shop owner Peter Lovis has all the details. Dr. Jillian Frank, a psychologist from Brookline, details her project that brings new life to American Girl dolls and gets them to foster children.

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Dar Heikkinen, the Director of Outreach for the Clay Soper Memorial Fund in Winchester, talks about "If They Had Known", a documentary created to remember a life taken too soon and prevent more teen deaths from the mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs. Kara Elliott Ortega, Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture, talks about the city's search for its first ever Teen Poet Laureate. Julia Driscoll and Grace Moore talk... Read more

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Mélida Arredondo, co-founder of the Arredondo Family Foundation, joins Herb Chambers Companies CEO Alan McLaren in the studio to talk about their annual turkey drive to benefit low-income veterans, families of the fallen, military families, and active duty members. Jason McCuish, a teacher at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, and his student, Erick Hernandez, have details on their leadership group, SkillsUSA, and their push to b... Read more

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Jasmine Grace, founder and director of Bags of Hope Ministries, comes on the show to tell her incredible story. Grace was trafficked for years, and was able to escape her abuser, only to fall victim to a drug habit. She details her path to sobriety, and how she's now able to pay it forward to help other women through her non-profit. This is the complete interview; an abridged version ran on broadcast radio.

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Lynn Margherio, the CEO and Founder of Cradles To Crayons, talks with Nichole about clothing insecurity, how it affects low income families, and what we can do to help kids stay warm this winter here in Massachusetts. CherylAnn Gengel, the co-founder of Be Like Brit in Worcester, explains how her group is trying to assist their orphanage in Haiti from afar as political unrest continues. Ellen LeBow, an artist from Cambridge, detail... Read more

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Nichole speaks with Abby Kelly, the owner of Gluten Free New England, about living with food allergies and her directory of gluten-free-friendly establishments in New England. Lyndia Downie of Pine Street Inn joins the show to talk about their 50th anniversary fundraising drive to create more stable housing for Boston’s homeless. Liz Vizza, the Executive Director of the Friends of the Public Garden, has details on renovations comin... Read more

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Nichole talks with New Bedford's Superintendent of Schools, Thomas Anderson, about new family engagement centers in the city's schools. Kay Herlihy from the Greater Haverhill League of Women Voters talks about her city's part in the suffragette movement and previews the weekend's Suffragette Parade. Darrin Korte and David Lightfoot Bellow from Cambridge's The Hip Hop Transformation tell us how they help teens ta... Read more

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030's "New England Weekend" debuts! Nichole speaks with Marty Martinez, Boston's Chief of Health and Human Services, about the city's "Mass and Cass 2.0" plan. She also talks to this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. William Kaelin of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Associate Professor Nikolay Anguelov at UMass Dartmouth about "fast fashion" and ... Read more

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