November, 2012

Full Moon Wednesday Night

November 28th, 2012 at 9:42 pm by under Weather

Viewer submitted photo by Noel

Take a look outside at the full moon tonight! 

November’s full moon is the “Beaver” moon.   The planet Jupiter and the star Aldebaran will be shining near the moon tonight. 


Fog & Icy Spots Tuesday Night

November 27th, 2012 at 6:59 pm by under Weather

Otis, Ma

Some fog is developing, which will limit visibility.  Temperatures are around freezing, and will continue to drop this evening.  Be ready for icy surfaces.  Anything that is wet (and untreated) will freeze overnight.  There will also be slick spots Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s 7am temperatures will be in the 20s. Plan on a mix of sun & clouds Wednesday.  There will be a breeze from the north.  I expect the afternoon to be brighter than the morning.  High temperatures will be in the upper 30 and low 40s.

We’ll be dry, and chilly for the rest of the week.

Some Light Snow Tuesday

November 26th, 2012 at 11:56 pm by under News, Weather

The Moday late night computer forecast models are brining our little snow storm just a bit closer to western Massachusetts.  That means there will be just a little more snow in the forecast for Tuesday:

Give yourself some extra time Tuesday morning. I expect light snow to develop around 7am.  This will be occasional LIGHT snow for western Massachusetts.  The steadiest light snow will occur in southern Berkshire and Hampden County.  There are parts of Franklin County & northern Berkshire  that may not see more than flurries.  Generally, we are expecting a coating to 1 inch of snow. Some spots in the hills of Hampden and southern Berkshire County may see over an inch of snow.  Watch out for slippery spots, especially in the morning.  Most of the snow will be over by 5pm.  High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s.

“The Sessions”

November 25th, 2012 at 11:31 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated R
1 hour 50 minutes

Starring: Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, William Macy

Prepare yourself for “The Sessions”. This movie’s a warm, funny, uplifting drama that only the most broadminded moviegoers will fully appreciate.

It’s the inspiring story of a disabled man paralyzed from the neck down who craves fulfillment from the opposite sex. Before John Hawkes takes that daring step of hiring a sex surrogate, he’ll ask his Parish Priest William Macy if it’s okay. Macy replies, “In my heart I think he’ll give you a free pass on this one”.

There’s a blending of compassionate chemistry between John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. Their heartfelt performances make them serious Oscar contenders. The sensitive subject is handled with taste and sensitivity.

By any standard, “The Sessions” is strictly for grown-ups who can identify with the human condition.

The blunt language is not for the squeamish. Helen Hunt’s character becomes deeply absorbed with the needs of her client, who craves being just like any other guy.

I’m telling you John Hawkes gives one of the greatest performances ever by a man just lying flat on his back.

Treat yourself to “The Sessions”. You’ll find the picture exhilarating.

Toys For Tots Returns Monday November 26

November 22nd, 2012 at 7:36 pm by under Community, Weather

If you’re going to be shopping this weekend, don’t forget TOYS FOR TOTS!  The annual 22News, US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots drive begins Monday November 26.  We are in need of NEW UNWRAPPED Toys.  You can drop them off on our 22News lobby Monday-Friday 9:00am-7pm. 

We are located just off Exit 3 of I-391,  at 1 Broadcast Center in Chicopee. Keep in mind that these toys will stay in western Massachusetts.  So, the time and money you invest in a new unwrapped toy, will help a family right here in western Massachusetts.  I’ll see you in the lobby!!!

Thanksgiving became national holiday 149 years ago

November 21st, 2012 at 1:23 pm by under Entertainment, News

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, it first became a national holiday, 149 years ago.

President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation in October, 1863, that set the last Thursday in November, as the date for Thanksgiving.

The new national day of Thanksgiving came as the nation was embroiled in the Civil War.   The holiday was seen by its supporters as a unifying force.

It was the Northern states that celebrated Thanksgiving on that fourth Thursday, in  November, 1863, just one month after the President’s official declaration of it as a national holiday.

And for a look at how some of our Presidents have celebrated Thanksgiving,  we have a photo gallery on our website at



November 18th, 2012 at 4:03 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
2 hours 30 minutes

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field

If the Motion Picture Academy awarded an Oscar for the most probing and provocative political drama of all time, “Lincoln” would be strongly in the running.

Steven Spielberg’s breathtaking study into Lincoln’s political savvy is this year’s finest film.

Daniel Day-Lewis lives the role with intense passion. He’s a man possessed with an agenda to convince skeptical lawmakers to abolish slavery and it won’t be easy.

Lincoln’s backroom politicking should be an inspiration to students in the art of getting your way with seemingly gentle persuasion.


In the Daniel Day-Lewis masterful performance, we see a brilliant mind and understood human nature.

“Lincoln” respects its audience with much the same fervor as the 16th President’s portrayed as respecting human dignity. “Lincoln also heralds the comeback of Sally field. Her fiery performance as Mary Lincoln all but assures her an Oscar nomination.

And when I think how many more tickets are being sold for “The Twilight” foolishness instead of “Lincoln”, it’s depressing.

“Lincoln” is one of the great films of this generation. I only wish there were more than four stars.

It’s a beautifully told, uplifting film destined for big things the night of the Oscars.

“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2″

November 17th, 2012 at 10:20 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 55 minutes

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

It’s over, it’s finally over. We’ve seen the last of the “Twilight Saga”. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson close the book on pulp literature’s most clueless vampires. They show once again that acting is not in their blood.

The Cullen’s latest adventures are as awkward as all the other “Twilight” epics. And, if anything, the performances are stodgier than ever.

Since I’m sure most of you have shown the good sense to avoid the four previous “Twilight” flicks, I’ll spare you the silly details, except to say the vampire brotherhood and their werewolf allies face extinction at the hands of the ruling class.

For a film about vampires, it’s amazing how bloodless the performances are. Regardless of the violence, the picture’s still rewarded with its customary PG-13 rating. Pattinson show’s what little emotion he can muster only when he seemingly can’t take his eyes off Stewart’s carotid artery. Otherwise it’s a flat line performance.

Look, for those who might have enjoyed the books, I understand that some stories just don’t translate well to the screen. The last of the “Twilight Saga” deserves exactly what the other’s got, 2 stars.

It’s the last of the “Twilight” turkeys and I’m so glad that it’s over, finally.

Shooting Stars This Weekend

November 16th, 2012 at 8:24 pm by under Weather

The Leonid Meteor showers peak late Friday night/early Saturday morning. To be exact, the peak of this shower will be at 4:30am Saturday.  This won’t be a “spectacular” show of shooting stars. But, the sky is clear, so we’ll see some action. I’ve heard up to 20 shooting stars per hour. Enjoy!

Snow or no snow, skiing is starting!

November 15th, 2012 at 9:55 pm by under Sports, Weather

While we haven’t seen much (if any) snow around here, this run of cool dry air that we’re in has allowed ski areas in New Hampshire Vermont & Maine to make snow.  Now, a few of them are opening up, before Thanksgiving!  Keep in mind that this early season skiing isn’t for everyone.  The terrain will be limited, but snow is snow!  In New Hampshire; Bretton Woods, Loon and Waterville Valley will open this weekend.  In Vermont; Killington and Okemo are open.  In Maine; Sunday River and Sugarloaf are open.

As for Massachusetts, I get the feeling that if these cool nights continue, a few areas will be open Thanksgiving Weekend.

If you go skiing this week, let me know how the conditions are! And send pictures to!