Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day observed.
City of Springfield “Bright Nights Ball.”
Veterans Day 2018: what’s open and what’s closed.
An “Irish Country Christmas” at Pope Francis Preparatory School.
Welsh Society of Western New England lunch at Storrowton Tavern.
Uptick in car break-ins in Longmeadow.
Elizabeth Parker Park community clean-up!
Chicopee holds Fall Community Tree Planting!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, and the weekend, November 9, 2018

Longmeadow Big Y renovated!
Getaway U-Haul leads police on a Mass. Pike chase.
Northampton parking rates going up!
17 year-old Westfield youth creates “Buddy Benches” for his school.
Enormous, Endangered Shire Horses come to the Equine Affaire at the Big E! (with Carol de Carlo).
A Big Mooncake for Little Star at the Eric Carle Museum.
Fake Kohl’s coupon warning.
AARP Veterans Day scam.
Making history, Amherst government changes over to the Town Council form.
Brad Shepard and Richie Mitnick to perform at Bright Nights Ball at MGM Springfield!

Radio Show #210 – Carol de Carlo, and the Enormous, Endangered Shires

A team of 2800 lb. Shires – a horse breed more endangered than the giant panda – will strut their stuff at Equine Affaire, North America’s Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering, on Sunday, November 11 at 1:15 pm in the Mallory Building at the “Big E” in West Springfield.

With only 360 Shires worldwide, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close and personal!

Carol de Carlo has done a study, and relates the history and current precarious existence of the Shires in this special program.

For more information: Email: camelothot@comcast.net  •  Web: equiculture.org

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday November 8, 2018

Veterans Day Parade set for this Sunday!
A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts store at the Holyoke Mall is closing for good.
Parade of the Big Balloons is looking for balloon wranglers!
Nancy Kerrigan welcomes guests to the first “Holidays at MGM Springfield!”
An AARP grant creates new bus benches throughout Springfield!
Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke is in desperate need of your help to feed those less fortunate.
Holyoke sewage break polluting the Connecticut River is being repaired.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gray House providing turkeys this year!
Election reflections with Tom Florence.
Food Bank of Western Mass. in Hatfield receives $10,000 donation!
Big events at Junior Achievement of Western Mass., with Jennifer Connolly.
Rare polio-like disease affects 2 in Western Mass.
Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hosts its first holiday bazaar.
Dakin Humane Society offers rabbits at half price!
Brad and Richie are performing live at 2 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center.

Radio Show #209 – Jennifer Connolly, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

From Maine to Western Mass., Jennifer Connolly has moved seamlessly from a career in education to the Executive Directorship of Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

Jenn is proud of her 12 years in this post, and of JA’s efforts on behalf of the young people of Western Mass.

What’s the difference between working in Maine and in Western Mass.?

Jenn elaborates on this, as well as the big events JAWM has coming up – the Stock Market Challenge and the 100th Anniversary of Junior Achievement.

This is especially significant as Springfield is the birthplace of Junior Achievement.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ride-hailing services will get you to the polls today!
East Longmeadow’s Nick Ahmed wins the National League Gold Glove Award!
Western Mass. barber shops, county by county, from Yelp!
Lowe’s closes 51 stores in North America and Canada.
Open enrollment begins now for the Mass. Health Connector.
Springfield Thunderbird logo painted at Main and Boland!
Chicopee Braves Cheerleaders team advances to a national competition!
Several Western Mass. Police Depts. raise money for veterans with “No Shave November!”

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 5, 2018

Dakin Humane Society offers a special film exposing puppy mills.
State Police sergeant crashed police car in 2013… internal investigation info is just coming to light.
Holyoke business owner considers selling his store after two robberies in one week.
State audit uncovers issues with procurement cards at UMass Amherst.
Westfield teenager charged with punching 4 police officers and a police dog.
Papa Gino’s locations close across Massachusetts.
Gypsy moths return.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 2, 2018

Rushing the holiday season?
New holiday flavors and cup designs for your Western Mass. Starbucks!
State lawmakers back at work on a commuter rail system connecting Western Mass. to Boston.
Work on the Nash Mills River Bridge in Greenfield will finish sooner than predicted!
New trees for Greenfield and Montague residents!
Dinner theater show opens at the Hampden Senior Center!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 1, 2018

Freddy Geas suspected of Bulger prison murder.
Bill Collins of the Center Square Grill is raising funds for Shriners Hospital.
Mookie Betts wins everyone in America a free taco from Taco Bell.
Longmeadow 911 calls now go directly to Longmeadow Police instead of being routed through the State Police.
Campaign crunch time! Puppolo vs. Flannery.
Two Springfield police officers arrested.
Early voting coming to an end.

Radio Show #208 – Bill Collins, The Center Square Grill, and the Shriners Hospital

Noted restaurateur Bill Collins believes in “giving back” to his community.

In this case, his award-winning restaurant affords him an opportunity to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital.

This effort, mobilized by Bill, is based in a measure of gratitude to Shriners for very personal reasons, and he is willing to share those reasons with us in this program.

Web: centersquaregrill.com
Email: bill.spoleto@gmail.com

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cheryl Coakley-Rivera accused by opponent Marie Angelides of forged nomination signatures.
Danny Eaton unveils his new play, “The War and Walt Whipple,” inspired by real events in his family history.
West Springfield residents are having their Halloween decorations targeted by vandals.
Pre-winter season home heating check!
Trinity Health Of New England invites you to participate in the 61 Day Challenge!
Former Hu Ke Lau restaurant about to be demolished.
Holyoke Soldiers Home set up for early voting.
Palmer High School students prep for a conversation with astronauts in flight on Friday morning.

Radio Show #207 – Danny Eaton at the Majestic Theater presents “The War and Walt Whipple”

For Danny Eaton, playwright, producer and director at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, the next show is a very special one.

Rooted in reality, it features an earlier generation of his own family during the time of World War II.

“The War and Walt Whipple” is a very personal production to Danny, as it is written by himself, and inspired by accounts of events handed down through the years.

In this special program, the plot of this heartwarming night in the theater is presented in detail.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Sox win and UMass Amherst celebration.
Halloween coffees!
Car break-ins in East Longmeadow.
Springfield leaf pick-up handbook.
Distracted driving, and coffee, and thinking.
Halloween safety – Parts 1 and 2.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 29, 2018

Tuesday the Mass. Bar Association is providing free legal advice with Dial-A-Lawyer!
Tornadoes touched down in Hardwick and Hubbardston, as confirmed by the National Weather Service.
110 Grill comes to Hadley and Holyoke.
Liberty Mutual lays off 25 employees.
Springfield Mayor and Chief of Police order safety procedures to protect area synagogues.
Westfield mother and daughter approached by a strange man in a vehicle.
Sparkle, a wellness event from Mercy Medical Center for women, at Chez Josef.
Springfield residents receive free dental care from STCC.

Radio Show #206 – Max Hartshorne and the Hidden Hills of Western Mass.

Travel writer, editor and latter-day explorer Max Hartshorne has a new adventure to share.

It’s the Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts, referring to the Southern Berkshire Hilltowns, specifically the towns which do not have an exit from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

These towns include Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Granville, Hawley, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Otis, Plainfield, Russell, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor, and Worthington.

Max’s website provides you with a link to outdoor recreation in these beautiful places: kayaking, hiking, restaurants, weddings, and shopping. Hear it all with Max in this special program!

You can email Max at: editor@gonomad.com

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, October 26, 2018

Mercy Medical Center announces impending layoffs.
Longmeadow UNICO’s big fundraising event Saturday night!
Springfield Chamber events with Maureen Sullivan.
Massachusetts Police Union endorses Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate.
Paul DiGrigoli announces additional evening course in Cosmetology.
Southwick Police and Fire Depts. are collecting for First Responders affected by Hurricane Michael.
Wilbraham Police officers now carry Narcan.
East Longmeadow dog attacked by coyote.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October, 25, 2018

Large recall of meats and salads at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
Craft cider joins the craft beverage world at Cider Days in Franklin County.
Dr. Michael and Cece Calabrese are collecting Halloween candy for the troops overseas at Agawam Dental Arts.
Ronald McDonald House hosts an “After Five Networking Night.”
MGM Springfield will buy back your losing Mega Millions ticket!
Barbara Bowman, suing Bill Cosby for alleged rape, appears in Springfield District Court.
Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee names their Grand Marshall for 2019.
Dunkin’s adds espresso drinks to its menu!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks back on the shelves after a recall.
More trouble for the mayor of Fall River.
Holyoke Police Dept. cleans out Chestnut and Churchill streets with 142 arrests!
Palmer High senior, accused of a threatened shooting, has been released.
Gov. Baker appoints DA Anthony Gulluni to the Victims and Witness Assistance Board.
200 years of Frankenstein at Smith College!
Allen Street McDonald’s reopens, and presents the Talmadge School with a $5,000 check.
Smith College Fall Chrysanthemum Show!
Fireplace and wood stove safety tips for the colder weather.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mass DOT closes the northbound lane of the St. James Ave. Bridge.
Columbia Gas scam.
State Rep. Geoff Diehl talks with Pioneer Valley Radio.
Early voting underway in Massachusetts.
Springfield Regional Chamber’s Government Reception.
Whately water testing scam.
Marijuana home delivery?