holiday shopping http://wamc.org en Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays http://wamc.org/post/vigilancecommon-sense-needed-avoid-being-crime-victim-during-holidays <p>Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays.&nbsp; Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals.&nbsp; Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:54:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 79781 at http://wamc.org Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays Massachusetts' Top Consumer Watchdog Offers Holiday Shopping Advise http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-top-consumer-watchdog-offers-holiday-shopping-advise <p>The holiday shopping season begins this week with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Barbara Anthony who heads the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says there are some things people need to keep in mind to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.&nbsp;&nbsp; She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 78519 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts' Top Consumer Watchdog Offers Holiday Shopping Advise Vox Pop: Your Least Favorite Holiday Gift! : 12/26/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-your-least-favorite-holiday-gift-122612 <p>Alan Chartock&nbsp;hosts this rollicking post-holiday edition of our afternoon call-in talk show. &nbsp;He asks the question: What's the worst holiday gift you ever got? &nbsp; Some positive minded callers also chimed in with their favorite gifts. &nbsp;That was ok, too! &nbsp; A splendid time was had by all.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:00:00 +0000 54562 at http://wamc.org Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass. http://wamc.org/post/industry-forecasters-predict-stronger-holiday-shopping-season-mass <p></p><p></p><p>Despite worry and economic uncertainty, industry forecasters are predicting stronger retail sales this holiday season. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief took a look what small businesses in Western Massachusetts are predicting in the coming weeks.</p><p>The holiday shopping season is upon us. Next weekend is the busiest shopping day of the year. But also, economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff are on the minds of many. However, retail industry forecasters are still predicting a stronger holidays sales season this November and December.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:41:41 +0000 Lucas Willard 52112 at http://wamc.org Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass.