HFVS Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito

Are you ready for a Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito from Play Date?  This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping.  Tune in, turn it up and get silly with the Monster Dance Party we know you’re dying to have this weekend!  – www.iloveplaydate.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 31st & November 1st 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Play Date “Dance Like A Monster” (Official Music Video) feat. The Ghouligans!

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  • Bert Convey – “The Monster Hop” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Cramps – “Goo Goo Muck” [Off the Bone]
  • John Zacherley – “Happy Halloween” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Big Bee Kornegay – “At the House of Frankenstein” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Haints – “Zombie Crush” [Battle Of Wounded Heart]
  • Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf” [Rio]
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash” [The Original Monster Mash]
  • The Coasters – “Poison Ivy” [Hino Hi-Five: The Coasters – EP]
  • Play Date – “Dance Like a Monster” [Imagination]
  • Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters” [Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • John Zacherley – “Come With Me to Transylvania” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Kepi Ghoulie – “The Beast With 5 Hands” [Kepi For Kids]
  • Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs – “Wooly Bully” [20th Century Masters – The Millennium]
  • The Guess Who – “Clap for the Wolfman” [Road Food]
  • The Keytones – “I Was a Teenage Monster” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater – Single]
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You” [At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins]
  • Michael Jackson – “Thriller” [Thriller]
  • Grover – “Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monster” [Halloween Collection]

HFVS Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus

On this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Hot Peas ‘n Butter front man and founder, Danny Lapidus tackles the difficult topic of “Bullying” through songs that promote friendship, peace, and Anti-Bullying messages. — www.hotpeasnbutter.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Ocotber 10th & 11th 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:    Free To Be You and Me – “William Wants A Doll”

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  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “No Bullies” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Recess Monkey-  “Penguinese” [Hot Air]
  • “William’s Doll” [Free to Be]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Amistad”  [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Alastair Moock- “I Am Malala” [All Kids of You And Me]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Put Our Heads Together” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Bill Withers- “Lean on Me”
  • Justin Roberts- “Billy the Bully” [Not Naptime]
  • Dan Zanes- “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time]
  • Dar Williams- “The One Who Knows” [The Beauty of the Rain]
  • Pete Seeger- “We Shall Overcome” [Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Hot Peas ‘n Butter-Redux” [Put Our Heads Together]

Poetry & Art Tell a Powerful Story About the Lasting Impact of Bullying

To This Day
by Shane Koyczan

“My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways,” writes Shane Koyczan.  “I wrote To This Day, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.”

Collaborating with animators and motion artists, Shane’s spoken word was paired with 20 second visual segments to bring us this stunning video that will move you through tears into empowerment:

To This Day Project is a project based on Shane’s poem, with a mission to further explore the deep and long lasting effects bullying can have on children.  According to their web site, “Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.”

For more online resources, check out bullying.org, a collaborative project aimed to help people understand that they are not alone in being bullied, that being bullied is not their fault, and that there are many positive ways to deal with bullying.

Southern Hilltowns Domestic Violence Task Force Letter on Cyberbullying

Dr. Hinduja also suggests being alert to the signs of cyberbullying. If your child unexpectedly stops using their computer or cell phone, appears nervous when an instant message or text appears, or seems uneasy about going to school or going out in general, talk to them about what is going on.

Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force writes:

Bullying is different than it used to be. It still happens between classmates and within dating relationships like it always has. But cell phones and the internet have changed the landscape. Twenty years ago if you were bullied you knew who was bullying you and could usually get away from the bullying after school. Today, cyberbullying (bullying through the use of technology) can happen 24/7. It can happen anonymously through unidentifiable email addresses or pseudonymous screen names on social networking sites. Further, the bullying can be shared with a large number of people with a simple click of the mouse. Basically, bullies have more sophisticated tools than they used to have. With new technology they can reach further and can inflict greater harm.

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Bullying Prevention Workshops in Northampton

Sue Cairn of SPIFFY in Northampton, MA writes:

Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) announces two FREE Bullying Prevention workshops, both at the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton:

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Presenter: Anne Gilligan, Statewide Coordinator, Safe and Drug Free Schools
This program includes a pizza lunch with your RSVP.
Learn about the pending Massachusetts Anti-Bullying legislation and implications for local schools and communities. Find out about best practices for anti-bullying policies, procedures and reporting protocols. Discuss the role of parents and the larger community in creating a culture where bullying is unacceptable.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 from 10:00am-12:00pm OR 3:00-5:00pm

Presenter: Cindy Boyle, Director of Community Education and Outreach, NW District Attorney’s Office
Find out the latest trends in technology among youth and teens, and how today’s youth utilize technology to engage in what is called “cyber-bullying.” Learn strategies aimed at decreasing the frequency and intensity.

RSVP is Required, Space Limited.

For more info and to RSVP contact: Sue Cairn (413) 586-4900 x177, scairn@collaborative.org

Bills Ban Bullying, Promote Healthy Foods in Schools

Massachusetts Senate Passes Safe School Package

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces action by the Massachusetts Senate today advancing measures that ban bullying and update nutritional standards in schools with a pair of bills aimed at promoting a safe, healthy and productive learning environment for all students.

The Senate’s anti-bullying legislation prohibits physical, verbal and written acts that threaten or cause harm to another student, including Internet “cyber-bullying,” while a separate school nutrition bill establishes new standards for fresh food options in school cafeterias and vending machines.

“These two bills working together will make a dramatic difference in our school environment,” said Downing. “We know there’s a strong connection between health and safety and learning. By striking out fear and improving nutrition, we’re hoping to provide students with a more valuable and rewarding educational experience.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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