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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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October 25, 2020 36 min
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week's show includes two women working hard to protect survivors. Diana Mancera, the Director of Membership and Programs at Jane Doe, Inc., talks with Nichole about how they team up with public and private agencies in Massachusetts to work on legislation and direct resources to those organizations. Kourou Pich, the Executive Director of HarborCOV in Chelsea, talks with Nichole ...
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WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher joins Nichole on the show to talk about the dry conditions we've been dealing with lately, how it affects the foliage forecast, and what we could have in store for the winter. DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery talks about COVID-19 precautions at the state parks, and the amenities they have to offer those who want to get outside. Marc Hurwitz has details on the Appalachian Mountain Club's...
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Sarah Munsen from Nantucket Cottage Hospital joins Nichole to talk about their new Grief Project, launched to help residents of the island work through the difficulties brought on in life by the pandemic, and the losses they've felt. Kathleen Jodka, the founder of the Mad Love Music Festival, explains the ways they're modifying their event this year to bring the spirit of the event to everyone's home. WBZ's Kim Tunn...
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Lisa Gurgone, the Executive Director of Mass Home Care, tells Nichole about a new rideshare program in the Merrimack Valley for seniors to get to and from their appointments. She also has details on services to help keep their loved ones safe and healthy during the pandemic. Cecilie Pope, a volunteer with Circle of Hope, talks about the Needham nonprofit's efforts to get critical supplies out to the homeless here in Massachuset...
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Susan Strate, the senior program manager for the Population Estimates Program at the UMass Donahue Institute, joins Nichole to talk about the ins and outs of the 2020 Census, and how the data collected from the count is used to directly affect our lives here in Massachusetts. Carmen Plazas and Lisa Simmons from the Massachusetts Cultural Council detail their new Racial Equality Listening Sessions, where they hope to spark a convers...
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Marc Hurwitz from Boston Restaurant Talk / Boston's Hidden Restaurants returns to the show for a six month check-in on the restaurant industry as it deals with fallout from the pandemic. Marc details some of the iconic New England eateries that have closed their doors, and some newcomers on the scene. Marc and Nichole also talk about how workers are feeling, how our eating habits are changing, and much more - also, answering li...
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Samantha Phillips, the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, chats with Nichole about Emergency Preparedness Month. She's got tips for how you can ensure your family's ready for any disaster that comes, and how to do so affordably. Paddy Swanson, the Artistic Director of the Revels in Watertown, recalls the history of the group as they mark 50 years at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. He also has detai...
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Christina Pendleton, the founder of LiKen, joins Nichole to talk about her efforts to provide comfort and help for Massachusetts teens struggling with the fallout from substance abuse in their families. Stephanie Helm of the Mass Cyber Center has details on their new mentorship program, which focuses on diversity as they connect young students with members of the cybersecurity industry.
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T. Michael Thomas, Founder of The People's Academy in Dorchester, joins Executive Director Tanisha Stephney on this week's show. They talk with Nichole about how the Academy works with disenfranchised young people in the city to teach them essential skills for the trades, and offers them life lessons to get them on a strong path for their future. Toni Eaton, the President and CEO of Old Colony Hospice in West Bridgewater, h...
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Heidi Schork and Liz O'Brien from the Mayor's Mural Crew talk with Nichole about this summer's group of Boston teen artists, and how they helped kids handle the COVID19 crisis by channeling their creativity. Bill McKenzie, president of the Friends of Endicott Park, explains the efforts to revamp the Townley Family Children's Barn, a Danvers institution that's been around for more than a century. WBZ's Ben Pa...
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Josh Trautwein, Co-Founder of About Fresh, comes on the show to talk about their mission to get healthy food into the hands of Bostonians, and the programs they've rolled out to get it done. Sheena Collier, the founder of Boston While Black, details her new venture to help Black professionals network around Greater Boston, especially those who are new to the area.
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One of Boston's best known landmarks, honoring the first all-Black regiment to fight in the Civil War, is getting a major facelift. Liz Vizza with the Friends of the Public Garden returns to the show to give us an update on the restoration process. Then, we dive deeper into the history of the memorial, and how it connects to the renewed push for racial justice and equity, with L'Merchie Frazier, the Director of Education an...
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Boston's new Chief of Equity, Dr. Karilyn Crockett, joins Nichole on the show to talk about her new role in Mayor Walsh's new cabinet-level office at City Hall. Dr. Crockett, a Dorchester native who lectures at MIT, discusses the steps the city's taking to tackle systemic racism. Rodney Rowland, the Director of Special Projects and Facilities at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tells Nichole how the museum ...
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Tim Ritchie, the President of Boston's Museum of Science, joins Nichole to talk about the plans in place to get the museum up and running as part of Phase 3, and welcome the public back safely. Katie Hurwitz of Walpole tells Nichole about her new "porchfest" event in that town, and how she hopes to use live music to bring her community together as they fight COVID-19. Special guest interview from WBZ's Drew Mohollan...
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Megan Winton, a research scientist with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, joins Nichole on the show to talk all things sharks! She details the different types of sharks we find off the coast of New England, and explains their behaviors. Megan also talks about the Conservancy's research, their Sharktivity app, and how people can keep themselves safe while they're near the water.
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Mark Simos, Associate Professor of Songwriting at the Berklee College of Music, joins Nichole to reveal the winners of this year's "Songs for Social Change" contest. Marion Larson, Chief of Information & Education at MassWildlife, delivers a primer on the piping plover - a cute, small shore bird that needs a lot of space on our local beaches this time of year.
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BAMS Fest Founder Catherine T. Morris joins Nichole to talk about the history of the urban arts festival, the relationships organizers build with creators of color in the Boston area and beyond, and how the festival's dealing with the coronavirus. Boston Restaurant Talk's Marc Hurwitz returns to the show to talk with Nichole about struggles owners are dealing with as they try to re-open for both indoor and outdoor dining. M...
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Kathy Zagzebski, President and Executive Director at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, talks with Nichole about how the Center's keeping up its work to provide critical care for seals, turtles, and other animals brought in during the pandemic. Katherine Taylor, a photojournalist from Somerville, tells the story of her new project "Masks of Boston". Taylor photographs residents around Greater Boston, askin...
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Jason Talbot, co-founder and Deputy Director of Artists for Humanity, tells Nichole about the organization's work to employ underserved teens in the city, provide them the space to create, and teach them critical business skills. Martha Plaza, a board member of Boston Pride, talks about this year's events - many of which are moving online as we deal with COVID-19. She also talks about what Pride is doing to support LGBTQIA&...
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Amina Edwards and Sarika Mendu from MBAs Fight COVID-19 have details on how their organization’s working to help connect MBAs with business owners, non-profits, and government agencies that need extra support to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. William Hu from Docemus Tutoring talks about how students at Boston Latin formed the non-profit to help provide free tutoring for other students in the Greater Boston area, in hopes of tac...
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