Veterans Coming Home: Reintegration into Everyday Life

Iraq War veteran John Paradis, USAF LT. COL.(Ret.) and now Deputy Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers Home discusses the difficulties and challenges many returning veterans face leaving the military and “re-integrating” into civilian life.

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American Graduate: Sci Tech’s Gary Bernice

In January 2007, Springfield’s Sci Tech High School had a band of about 20 members. Since UMass grad Gary Bernice joined the school the program has grown to over 500 students. The band has received recognition from all over Western Mass. Known as the “Pride of Springfield”; students also focus on developing leadership skills that go beyond the classroom. Connecting Point Contributor Carolee McGrath talks with Band leader Gary Bernice and several of its members to find out how the band has helped the students evolve as both musicians and people.

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 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Grace Makari-Judson, MD, chair of Baystate Health Breast Network discusses the latest developments and research in breast cancer as we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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 New England Legends: Origins of Halloween

It’s that time of year again, when ghosts and goblins walk the earth and the veil between our world and the spirit world is said to be at its thinnest… A perfect time for legend chaser Jeff Belanger to examine the origins of Halloween, find out why we like being scared, and seek out some frights at DementedFX’s haunted funhouse attraction in Easthampton!