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Coming Up Friday, April 24

April 24, 2015

The State We’re In: Sen. Jim Welch

State Senator Jim Welch (D) – of West Springfield and the Hampden District and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, discusses the coming 2016 House budget debate and efforts to curtail growing Medicaid costs as well as transportation infrastructure projects soon to get underway in western MA and the progress toward opening Massachusetts first casino in Springfield.

Downtown Springfield’s “No Space Left Behind Tour”

April 22, 2015

University of Massachusetts Prof. Frank Sleegers and students from the UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department discuss “No Space Left Behind” and the tour of downtown Springfield scheduled for April 24 to see the “installations” created by the students in empty, under-utilized spaces in the center of Springfield.

Around the Horn: Baseball History in the Region: Mike Trombley

April 22, 2015

Mike Trombley, a Wilbraham native and former Major League Baseball player with the Twins, Orioles and Dodgers, discusses his experiences as big league baseball player. Is it tougher for athletes from the cooler-climate Northeast to make it in pro baseball going up against players from the south who have so many more warm playing days to practice and prepare?

American Graduate: Freedom Writers at Commerce High

April 22, 2015

In 1994, Erin Gruwell began teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. Like many first year teachers, Erin was assigned the unmotivated, unnoticed, and “unteachable” students. Erin strongly believed that education could overcome even the worst kinds of adversity and was determined that her 150 “at-risk” students should receive the same opportunities as everyone else. In Springfield, this model, dubbed The Freedom Writers, is being used at Commerce High School and Connecting Point Contributor Carolee McGrath visited the School to talk with teachers, students and administrators about the program that teaches every student through challenging, relevant, and project-driven activities.

Freedom Writers Foundation
WGBY’s American Graduate