Elysia Rodriguez

Going vegan!

February 6th, 2012 at 3:46 pm by under Health

It’s apparently Meatless Monday and two of our 22News producers and are a going vegan for a month as an experiment. 

[good thing I stuffed myself with chili and wings during the Super Bowl]

One of our producers is a vegetarian, so this shouldn’t be too much of a change for her, but I’m a meat eater and the idea of giving up all meat and dairy is a bit frightening. 

Tonight, we’re going shopping to get exactly what we’ll need to go meat-free!  We’re on a budget and determined to make this an economical experience.

Find out what happens here and on 22News at 11 tonight.



May 2nd, 2011 at 2:53 pm by under News

Thousands of people are flocking to Ground Zero following the announcement that Osama bin Laden is dead.   Many came clutching photos of their loved ones lost on 911.  Some say this is justice, while others say there can never be justice, but everyone we spoke with said bin Laden’s death is a relief.

Evelyn Zelmanowitz, who lost her brother-in-law, told 22News, “We’re here to pay tribute to the memories of those who were lost, our beloved Abe, my husband’s brother and let them know that the perpetrator of this evil the one responsible for their murders was finally brought to justice.” 

Reaction from Ground Zero

May 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am by under News

22News is heading to Ground Zero in New York City. Stay with wwlp.com and 22News on air for updates and reaction to the Osama Bin Laden’s death. If you know of anyone heading to New York, let me know by emailing erodriguez@wwlp.com.

Back in Western Massachusetts

April 11th, 2011 at 10:36 am by under News

It was an honor for me to follow the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce on their trade mission to Puerto Rico.  I did have a chance to explore the island and it was amazing! 

I will upload more pictures, but for now you can check out a few of them on my facebook page…

Puerto Rico Gas Prices (no reason for outrage)

April 8th, 2011 at 6:30 pm by under News

So people back in Western Mass. have been flooding me with questions about why gas prices are so cheap in Puerto Rico.  I saw the sign for less than a dollar gas and I was floored, but our tour guide kindly explained ot me that they sell gas on the island in liters, not gallons.  So, while it looks nice on the sign, at the end of the day, it’s actually about the same or even a bit more expensive than in Massachusetts.

Springfield’s sister city

April 8th, 2011 at 7:12 am by under News

This morning we’re heading to Caguas, considered Springfield’s sister city in Puerto Rico.  It’s a city of about the same size as Springfield and some similar characteristics. 

We’ll meet with the mayor there and the head of the Criollo Center of Science and Technology… both to provide insight on what they do in Caguas that could work for Springfield.


April 7th, 2011 at 11:00 pm by under News

After a long day, I’m feasting on Puerto Rican food and then burning the calories salsa dancing!

Well hello Governor

April 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm by under News

Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce President Carlos Gonzalez and Governor Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico.

Business opportunities

April 7th, 2011 at 11:31 am by under News

It was an early morning here in Puerto Rico.  Breakfast with local officials started at 7:30 a.m. (I’m not a morning person)

However, I would wake up 5:00 a.m. every morning if it meant this waterfront paradise was waiting for me outside every day. 

Unfortunately the beach will have to wait because today is about business.  It’s no secret there is a large Puerto Rican community in the Pioneer Valley.  There are small businesses on almost every street here in San Juan and we’ve seen a growth in Latino-owned businesses in the greater Springfield area as well.  The MA Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce are hoping to take advantage of the connection to grow businesses. 

People in Western Mass. like Goya and Bacardi, which are based here in Puerto Rico and people in Puerto Rico like many products made stateside. 

Watch my first report coming up in just a few minutes on 22News at Noon.  If you miss it, check out wwlp.com and I will have much more from Puerto Rico starting at 5:00 p.m.

(PS… let me know by commenting here or searching for my page on facebook (Elysia Rodriguez)  or emailing erodriguez@wwlp.com where I should visit!)

Hola from San Juan, Puerto Rico!

April 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm by under News

Several members of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce are in Puerto Rico meeting with business officials here and I’m tagging along! 

I will be speaking with a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State and several others.  With such a large Puerto Rican community in the Pioneer Valley, there is a strong connection between businesses here in Puerto Rico and in the Springfield area.

I have never been to Puerto Rico before so I also hope to soak in some of the sights and culture… I arrived here in San Juan just after 8 p.m., but even in the darkness I can tell there’s a lot to be seen!