Radio Show #378 – Cheryl Malandrinos and Western Mass. Real Estate

Cheryl Malandrinos is a representative for the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley, providing information and support to the real estate community of Western Mass., and also a real estate agent with Real Living Realty Professionals in Wilbraham.

Cheryl is versed in all manner of home sales for first time buyers, military relocation, the needs of seniors and other aspects of real estate.

The current state of home sales, the impact of COVID-19 and more are discussed in this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 30, 2020

Martha Tighe of The Parish Cupboard in West Springfield.
Cheryl Melandrinos of the Realtor Association of the Pioneer Valley, on home sales.
Temporary drawdown of the Watershops Pond.
Ballot drop box in Springfield closes for Halloween.
Donation of $2,000 funds a new K-9 officer for the Springfield Police Dept.
Early in-person voting ends today.
Eastfield Mall COVID-19 testing site closes for today.
East Longmeadow firm receives “Manufacturer of the Year” award.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home cancels visitations – again.

Radio Show #377 – Martha Tighe and
The Parish Cupboard in West Springfield

The Executive Director of the Parish Cupboard in West Springfield is delighted with the organization’s new location!

After a career in education spanning decades, Martha Tighe celebrates her 11th year in service to the community as the Executive Director of the Parish Cupboard, “Westside.”

In this program, Martha discusses the inner workings of the Parish Cupboard, its ongoing collection and distribution of food to West Springfield and the region, as well as what “food insecurity” means to her and to her staff.

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 29, 2020

$1,800 in aid from the state going to each of some 1,700 unemployed Western Mass. workers.
CDC guidelines for “safe voting.”
A new Chief Justice for the Mass. Supreme Court is announced.
Springfield recognizes National Respiratory Care Week.
Trader Joe’s New England-wide frozen halibut recall.
Agawam COVID-19 uptick.
Springfield officials hold their regular school committee meeting today
Mayor Sarno meets with the new Executive Director of Tech Foundry.
Chicopee on board with youth homelessness.

Radio Show #376 – Mike Zabik and the “Right to Repair” Ballot Question

On election day, you will be faced with ballot question number 1, the so-called “Right To Repair.”

This initiative, as proposed, would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to maintenance and repair.

A “yes” vote would provide vehicle owners and mechanics access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data.

A “no” vote would make no changes in the law governing this same access.

At Mike’s Auto Repair in West Springfield, owner, Mike Zabik represents many independent auto mechanics who believe very strongly in the passing of this initiative.

In this special program, Mike explains why this is important to you, your car, and your overall freedom of choice in the marketplace.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Mayor Sarno launches a phone number to prevent youth homelessness.
Amherst Chamber of Commerce presents award to Mercedes-Benz of Springfield.
13 cities and towns in Mass. revert to Step 1 of Phase 3 (Holyoke and Springfield among them).
COVID-19 phone alert launched.
Wilbraham Police want to know who is burning lawn signs.
Governor Baker releases Mass. Thanksgiving guidelines.
Agawam Police report a few COVID-19 cases within the department.
Chicopee Library offers “Halloween Media Bundles.”
Holyoke Mayor Morse has a Halloween message.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mike Zabik clarifies the “Right To Repair” bill.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Drunk hunter.
Springfield completes a bid for municipal bonds.
Springfield sends a letter to small businesses presenting loan assistance.
Springfield offers a lead-based paint abatement funding program.
Amherst offers phone line to report Halloween gatherings.
Western Mass. gas prices-up.
Fiber internet service applications now being accepted in Chicopee.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 26, 2020

West Springfield COVID-19 statistics.
Brightside Angels Campaign.
Mayor Sarno marks 9th anniversary of the “October Storm.”
Springfield, Colebrook Realty, and the United Way host a drive-thru “trick or treat” event.
Boys & Girls Club of Westfield hosts a Halloween event.
Daylight Savings Time – roll back your clocks!
Fatal drag racing accident in Springfield.
Springfield Police Department severs ties with Reverend Talbert Swan as chaplain.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 23, 2020

PVTA Food Drive on now.
Cindy Murphy – “Each Day We’re Alive.”
Red Rose Pizzeria closes for 2 weeks.
Big Y closes for 2 days over Thanksgiving.
Security cams catch illegal dumpers.
Northampton’s Sierra Grille closes.
Springfield officials celebrate Arbor Day.
Springfield Fire Dept. welcomes new recruits.
State offers a new eviction diversion initiative.
Traffic alert for Bradley and Plumtree Road.
Big E presents a grant of $12,500 to the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.
Chicopee’s COVID-19 rating is now in the high red zone.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 22, 2020

Springfield Symphony Maestro Rhodes online.
Anthony Cignoli remembers the late Miguel Rivas.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach reviews a timely and intriguing production.
Mayor Sarno brings greetings to the 2020 Developers Conference.
Bondi’s Island landfill reopens for residential service.
Town of Salem, Mass. says, “Stay away this Halloween!”
West Stockbridge offers two Halloween events you can enjoy from your car!
Mayor Sarno schedules several events for today.
Chicopee Police Dept. thanks Home Depot for their generous donation of PPE.
Chicopee Police and Bob “The Bike Man” Charland help a young boy.

Radio Show #374 – Anthony Cignoli Remembers Miguel “Mike” Rivas

A prominent advocate and political personality of the Latinx community in Western Mass. has passed away this week.

He is Miguel “Mike” Rivas.

From his distinguished service to our country in the Marine Corps, to his efforts on behalf of his community, Miguel Rivas is remembered as a strong and powerful voice for his people, and for all peoples of Western Mass.

In this program, Anthony Cignoli, who knew Miguel well, remembers him not only as a community organizer but as a trailblazer for the later successes enjoyed by figures such as Adam Gomez, Jose Tosado and others.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mayor Sarno, Congressman Neal and city officials tour the 31 Elm Street project.
Brightside Toy Drive down to a single day this year.
Holyoke Community College hosts drive-through flu clinics.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. adds new therapy dogs.
Mayor Sarno thanks the Springfield Rotary Club for a huge donation of PPE.
“Peanuts” holiday specials move to Apple TV exclusively.
Greenfield mayor and some residents believe private gatherings caused their COVID-19 uptick.
Lowe’s plans to deliver your Christmas tree to your home this year.
Chicopee school nurses remind K-12 students – flu shots are mandatory.
Holyoke early voting continues.
Chicopee offers a Drug Take Back program.
MassDOT wants public input for Westfield’s Main Street improvements.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October, 20, 2020

Prank floods Westfield park with suds.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Dr. Mark Keroack on Springfield’s COVID-19 efforts.
Chicopee Starbucks closed temporarily due to a fire.
Local gas prices.
“Stop the Spread” has been extended.
Springfield Rotary Club donates 10,000 masks to first responders.
MassDOT Springfield tunnel project.
Longmeadow car part thefts.
Recurrence of COVID-19 to a previously recovered veteran at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 19, 2020

Springfield “Drug Take Back Day” coming up.
Jeremie Lapointe of DementedFX.
Mercedes-Benz of Springfield celebrates its 3rd birthday.
Bondi’s Island landfill still closed due to the fire.
Ludlow car break-ins.
Mass. Pike exit renumbering gets underway.
St. Stanislaus celebrates Polish Appreciation Month.
Mayor Sarno asks Commissioner Clapprood to crackdown on vehicle noise.
New books and films at the Chicopee Library.
Latest Agawam COVID-19 numbers.
East Longmeadow seeks new Council on Aging Director.
Longmeadow Senior Center events.

Radio Show #373 – Jeremie Lapointe and DementedFX

Aspiring art teacher and now a contractor, Jeremie Lapointe and his partners set out to create an authentically terrifying “haunted house” style experience in Holyoke.

And they succeeded!

So much so, that “DementedFX” of Holyoke has garnered  accolades throughout the Northeast!

This is not a typical witches and ghosts excursion, but rather an intense 20,000square foot chamber of biomedical horrors that has succeeded in delicious screaming fright and fun for its visitors!

In this conversation, you’ll hear how Jeremie achieved a Hollywood level of special effects to create a fright after fright trip through the facility!

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 16, 2020

Western Mass. towns’ and cities’ COVID-19 risk levels.
Fall foliage is at its peak – with Max Hartshorne.
West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt on the drive-thru flu clinic.
Census reporting time limit is up.
Springfield Public Schools pause all athletics due to a COVID-19 case with a student athlete.
Springfield closes Cyr Arena – temporarily due to a COVID-19 case.
Bennett Walsh arraignment date set.

Radio Show #372 – Max Hartshorne’s
New England Fall Foliage Audio Tour

Writer and travel editor Max Hartshorne presents some wonderful suggestions to enjoy the fall foliage, now at its peak!

From Massachusetts to Vermont, the vibrant colors are beckoning.

Ancillary activities from apple picking, to where to eat and drink, are also discussed.

Listen in and discover some “not too hidden” treasures of this special time in the region!

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Radio Show #371 – West Springfield’s Dan Murphy, and “Murph’s Magic”

Among your Western Mass. neighbors, you will find West Springfield’s Dan Murphy.

After a colorful career history of casinos, public utilities, law enforcement and more, Dan has settled into a business of marketing health products, as “Murph’s Magic.”

Dan believes these products were instrumental in helping him shed nearly 100 pounds!

This is the story he now shares with Pioneer Valley Radio.

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 15, 2020

Mayor Sarno welcomes Springfield’s new Bishop-elect.
Dan Murphy of “Murph’s Magic.”
Governor Charlie Baker announces his budget for FY 2021, as submitted.
Polish Heritage Month commemorated in Chicopee.
Mardis Gras’ license suspended.
Foliage season nears peak!
In Amherst and in Agawam, Pre-K and 1st grade kids go back to in person learning.
Chicopee business gives employees a paid day off to vote.
Longmeadow cans Halloween trick-or-treating this year.
Dunkin’ offers “Ghost Pepper Donuts” for Halloween.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Dakin’s spay/neuter clinic reopening for cat, dog and rabbit care.
Jordan Goodman on stimulus potential.
Mayor Sarno’s latest COVID-19 statistics for Springfield.
Eversource finalizes its takeover of Columbia Gas Co.
Greenfield RMV reopens for certain transactions.
Chicopee Comprehensive High School staffer tests positive for COVID-19.
Southwick Regional High School member tests positive for COVID-19.