holiday shopping

New York News
12:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Hearing Scheduled For Toxic Toy Bill

Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity.

A growing national awareness of dangerous, or so-called "toxic," toys on store shelves has sparked debate over how to protect children from products containing harmful substances.  The spotlight is shining on New York State, as local governments try to deal with the issue.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Annual Consumer Report Points To Toy Dangers

Beth Ramey, MassPIRG consumer advocate, holds a " Grow Changer" toy that she said poses a choking hazard for young children.
Credit WAMC

With the holiday shopping season well under way, an advocacy group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety. The findings echo a recent report in New York: many toys on store shelves are simply unsafe.

The Public Interest Research Group released its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report this week. Beth Ramey, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts chapter of the national organization, discussed the report at a news conference Tuesday at the downtown Springfield YMCA, as a group of small children looked on.

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New England News
12:54 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays

Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays.  Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals.  Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney

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New England News
12:53 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Massachusetts' Top Consumer Watchdog Offers Holiday Shopping Advise

Barbara Anthony,Massachusetts Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

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.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Vox Pop: Your Least Favorite Holiday Gift! : 12/26/12

Alan Chartock hosts this rollicking post-holiday edition of our afternoon call-in talk show.  He asks the question: What's the worst holiday gift you ever got?   Some positive minded callers also chimed in with their favorite gifts.  That was ok, too!   A splendid time was had by all. 

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New England News
5:41 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass.

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.

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.

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