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Home Grown Springfield Employees pose in front of their food truck
Elizabeth Román, NEPM
Home Grown Springfield will provide free lunches to children facing food insecurity this summer.
The Fabulous 413
Monte is at Fame Lounge to learn about their 2024 Pride block party event.
Kaliis Smith
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NEPM
We we take a peek at the Green River Festival's past at the Memorial Hall Museum before the music kicks off this Friday, prepare for Pride Weekend in Holyoke at Fame Lounge, and chat with Mr. Universe about novas and supernovas.
The Rundown with Carrie Saldo
Host of The Rundown is with panelists Kevin Moran, executive editor for the Berkshire Eagle; Aprell May Munford, reporter for The Republican and MassLive; and NEPM reporter Jill Kaufman.
Tony Dunne
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NEPM
Today on The Rundown, panelists discuss racial segregation in Springfield and Holyoke schools, funding challenges faced by Pittsfield Schools as students choose other districts, the latest in the “Gender Queer” book controversy, and much more.
Music
Don’t miss the opening night of Solid Sound, featuring sets from Wilco and Jason Isbell, live Friday, June 28 on 88.5 NEPM and hosted by The Fabulous 413’s Monte Belmonte and Kaliis Smith.
Short-Staffed
Sandra Maria Varela, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Portugal, passed the clinical part of the CNA exam the first time she took it. To pass the other part of the state nursing test, a multiple-choice exam, she is studying English.
Nancy Eve Cohen
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NEPM
Although there is a shortage of CNAs or certified nursing assistants in Massachusetts, the state certification exam has been an obstacle to English language learners. Starting this summer, the state will also offer the exam in Spanish, Chinese and Haitian Creole.