New England Weekend

New England Weekend

WBZ’s Nichole Davis shares the stories people are talking about in your community each weekend on iHeart Boston stations: WBZ, WRKO, Talk 1200, WZLX, Kiss 108 and WBWL!

Episodes

July 17, 2021 36 min
Jennifer Curtis, the Executive Director of South Shore Stars, talks with Nichole about the work the organization has done for decades to provide children with educational and youth development opportunities. They support kids of all ages around the South Shore, from birth through high school! Deborah Re, the CEO/President of Big Sister of Greater Boston, joins the show with Melissa Steffy and Seeraj Fayez of Herb Chambers BMW and M...
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Bob Cox, the founder and executive director of the Bridge Club of Greater Lowell, joins Nichole to talk about the Club's mission - providing safety, solidarity, and support to those struggling with addiction around the Merrimack Valley and beyond. Bob details his own journey with substance abuse, and how a round of treatment in Florida sparked the Club's creation. He also talks about the services they offer, such as recover...
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A non-profit on the North Shore, Build Health International, has been working for years to get critical health infrastructure and supplies out to developing countries. Now, they're breathing new life into medical supplies used at the "Boston Hope" COVID-19 field hospital. Sarah Sceery and Zac Chase of BHI join Nichole on the show to talk about the process and where the supplies are going. COVID-19 affected each of our l...
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Ransomware attacks have been in the news lately, but what are they, exactly? Do they just affect businesses and governments, or can individuals be hit, too? Stephanie Helm, Director of the MassCyberCenter, talks with Nichole about the ins and outs of these cyberattacks, how phishing can make you vulnerable, and how you can protect yourself. Todd Glickman, a volunteer at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, joins Nic...
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Chris Besse, the Public Information Officer at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, joins Nichole to talk about the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which is already underway. Chris has tips on what you need to focus on to prepare for whatever sort of tropical weather comes our way, and insight about just how busy this storm season could be. Catherine T. Morris returns to the show to talk about her festival, BAMSFest, and ...
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Zoe Bradford, co-founder and President of the Company Theatre in Norwell, joins Robert Cinnante, the President of the South Shore Conservatory, to talk about their respective upcoming summer seasons. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted here in Massachusetts, Zoe and Robert describe the measures they're taking to keep people safe as the venues reopen. They also take a look back on how their organizations have weather...
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Marshall Strauss, co-owner of Cinema Salem, and John Andrews of Creative Collective join Nichole to talk about their renovations of the North Shore landmark. The theater closed during the pandemic and changed ownership during that time. Marshall and John talk about their vision to not only get the theatre back up and running, but also create a special space for the region's arts community. Chris Connolly of Herb Connolly Auto G...
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Dr. Terri Bright, Director of Behavior Services at MSPCA-Angell, joins Nichole on the show to talk about separation anxiety - that is, in your pets! Now that so many of us are going back to the office as restrictions ease, Dr. Bright has advice on what you should look out for and how you can help your dogs, cats, and other furry friends ease into this new schedule. Then, Nichole is joined by members of the Picker Artists in Nashua,...
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Renee McInnes, the CEO of NVNA and Hospice, joins Nichole to talk about the impacts of COVID-19 on the hospice industry. Renee has details on how nurses and health care providers are holding up, how they've had to innovate, and how they're helping to get the vaccine out to those who can't make it to vaccination sites. Nora Valdez, a Boston-based artist, talks with Nichole about her new project, "We Heal". Nora c...
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Melissa Grenier and Meghan Lemay from the Alzheimer's Association of MA/NH join Nichole to talk about their upcoming event, the Virtual Family Conference. This event, set for May 14 and 15, features several speakers and integral information for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. There's help and support, too, for families and caregivers of those diagnosed, and those who want to learn more about the disease. Wor...
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Freya Shoffner of Shoffner and Associates joins Nichole for this week's episode to talk about all things small business: what sort of legal steps should you take if you just started a business during the pandemic? How do you go about getting assistance to keep your business up and running? Freya also talks about ways to get more women and BIPOC back into the workforce post-pandemic.
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The city of Boston recently released its new "All Inclusive Boston" tourism campaign, focusing on an equitable recovery for residents and businesses in each and every neighborhood. Colette Phillips from Colette Phillips Communications, Hilina Ajakaiye from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Daren Bascome of Proverb join Nichole to talk about how the campaign came together, how it uplifts growing BIPOC bu...
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Tony Fogg, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Director, joins Nichole to talk about the upcoming season of concerts at the legendary venue. This season will be a bit shorter than most because of COVID restrictions, but there will still be plenty of incredible shows to see! Tony also details the precautions Tanglewood is taking to keep patrons and musicians safe. Andy Nash is the Meteorologist-in-Charge over at the Natio...
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Marc Hurwitz of Boston Restaurant Talk and Boston's Hidden Restaurants returns to the show. He talks with Nichole about life in the restaurant industry now that restrictions are starting to ease. Marc also has updates on restaurant closures around the region, and offers up some recommendations for those looking to try something new.
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Michael Wilson is getting ready to run across the country. The Newburyport native joins Nichole to talk from the shores of Hermosa Beach, California about his upcoming trip. Michael has details about his motivations, his plans to get back home, and the charities he's hoping to support. Scott Johnson from Connecticut recently went viral for his extraordinary Boston sports memorabilia collection, but the collectibles weren't ...
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Over the past few years, the historic homes at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire have been feeling the brunt of sea level rise. The museum has put together a new exhibit, in connection with their partners, for visitors to see first hand what the effects of climate change are doing to the museum, and how they can help. Rodney Rowland, the Director of Facilities and Environmental Sustainability, returns to the show to talk...
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Sandy Gibson, the co-founder of Better Place Forests, joins Nichole to talk about a new way to memorialize loved ones who pass: surviving family members picking out a special tree in the Berkshires of Massachusetts or the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, and spreading ashes underneath it. Sandy has details on how families can take part, and the company's push to promote conservation efforts in New England forests. Cathryn Edels...
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Luisa "Nana" Barros and Rebecca Ottinger from the Cape Verdean-Jewish Passover Seder join Nichole to talk about the history of the event, which brings together two disapora cultures to celebrate community and love. This year is the 15th anniversary of the event, and it's the first time it's going virtual, thanks to COVID. Nana and Rebecca have details about how you can take part from anywhere in the world. Gabriel L...
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Grace and Dave, two residents of Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood, join Nichole to talk about community efforts to help those in need through special refrigerators set up around the city. The two talk about the process of teaming up with local businesses, sourcing the fridges, and how you can get one going in your neighborhood. After that, we hear from Allan Fitzmaurice, the Director of Consumer Affairs in Revere, and Bil...
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Julie Bernson, the Associate Director of Learning at the Trustees of Reservations, talks with Nichole about their diverse offerings for day camps this coming summer. Julie also details the extensive steps they're taking to keep kids safe from COVID-19, and a special camp option for adults! Jamaal Eversley, an artist from Randolph, has his "Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S." exhibit on display at Boston's City Hall. He talks with ...
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