Radio Show # 238 – Tina Gorman’s
Wacky Tacky Westfield Day!

Westfield is celebrating its 350th birthday!

It’s a citywide event, and it was well-served at the Council on Aging by Executive Director Tina Gorman’s “Wacky Tacky Westfield Day” Luncheon!

More than a hundred joined in the fun, wearing their tackiest, wackiest Westfield-themed getups!

There was great food, and music too!

In this program, Tina paints a vivid picture of the fun!

Web:cityofwestfield.org   •   Email: t.gorman@cityofwestfield.org

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March, 22, 2019

MGM Springfield’s new rooftop pool may open sooner rather than later.
Don Humason may run for mayor of Westfield; State Rep. John Velis eyes the possibly vacated senate seat.
Easthampton promotes first female fire captain in the department.
Girls Inc. of Holyoke changes its name.
Tolls on Connecticut highways inching closer.
Prospective students learn more about STCC at a Spring open house.
Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry is asking for help – they need soup.
Westfield teen heads to Hollywood and “American Idol.”

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 21, 2019

Another Western Mass. million dollar Lotto winner!
Missing Chicopee teen runaway has been found and is safe.
Melvin Jones sentenced to two years.
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival coming up at the Springfield JCC.
Chicopee federal sewer project finally coming to an end.
American Red Cross of Mass. has responded to 17 emergencies in a short period.
Marijuana retail sales facility proposed for the Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall.
Red Cross honors Hometown Hero Holly Holden.
Beer and wine available for home games of the new ball team for Westfield, the Westfield Starfires.
“Me Too” movement founder Tarana Burke speaks at Smith College.
Springfield City Council working on stricter dirt bike laws.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A free ice cream cone to celebrate the first day of Spring!
Whately driver follows his GPS right onto the woods – and gets stuck.
Springfield City Council delays vote on plastic bag ban.
Springfield Museums present tribute to working women, “We Can Do It!”
Scouts gather to promote several reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.
West Springfield woman asking for help to find a missing bracelet.
Springfield Regional Chamber holds Beacon Hill Summit.
Wahlburgers still coming to MGM Springfield… so they say.
Once-worn prom dresses are being collected for every June graduate in need.
The Melha Shrine Circus ends its 64-year run.
Pioneer Valley Hotel Group has plans for the former York Street Jail site.
Lawyer James J. Martin sentenced.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Springfield is the fifth most-challenging place in the nation for asthma.
Eric Carle Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Joseph Morrissette becomes first candidate for mayor in Chicopee.
Woman mauled by dog sues the town of Ware and the former dog officer in that town.
Westfield State University issues a vote of “no confidence” in its president.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club accepting reservations for its 2019 Ireland tour.
Fuller Road in Goshen considered a hazardous mess by residents.
Gas in Mass. jumps a nickel.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 18, 2019

U.S. Army Field Band brings you a free concert at Symphony Hall.
Flu season in Western Mass. may have peaked.
Struggling Hampshire College enrollment drops dramatically.
Women and Girls Empowerment event in Agawam.
Melha Shriners have sold the Longhill Street property.
Ware Police report a Social Security scam.
Town of Sheffield still in shock over the fire that claimed five lives.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade accepting nominations for special posts.
Baystate Health Children’s Hospital visitor restrictions have been lifted.
Latest wave of car break-ins hits Ludlow.
Springfield Police Dept. featured in an upcoming episode of “COPS.”

Radio Show #237 – Tom Florence and
Your Excise Tax

Every year, a couple of months in, an unusual little tax makes its appearance.

It’s your excise tax!

What is it? Why do we have it? How is the figure calculated?

What happens if I don’t pay it on time? Or if i do not pay it at all!

East Longmeadow’s Tom Florence has had very involved knowledge of the tax, and presents it in detail, as well as answering these and other questions.

Email:  thomas.florence@eastlongmeadowma.gov  •  Web: www.eastlongmeadowma.gov

Radio Show # 236 – Karen Levinsky,
The Crossing Guard

Among the unsung heroes of public service in the Valley you will find the crossing guards.

They are the unassuming people who commit hours to the safety of school kids throughout our region.

This winter, when the temps were in the teens, if school was in session, they were still resolutely stationed at our crosswalks and intersections.

Why would Karen Levinsky devote her time to this calling in this winter weather?

The answer is easy… she loves kids!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March 15, 2019

Mass. State Police shut down Route 2 in Templeton to relocate a bear family.
Senator Ed Markey in Northampton next week.
Western Mass. crossing guard Karen Levinsky has a message for motorists.
Excise tax bills are out, Tom Florence explains how the tax amount is calculated.
Alleged arsonist stabs a Springfield police officer in the chest.
Butterball recalls large amount of salmonella-infected ground turkey.
Professional Women’s Chamber holds a “business showcase.”
Palmer High School still closed for at least another week due to fire damage.
Springfield Plaza car fire.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dakin Humane Society now offering dog grooming!
Boston Bud Factory of Holyoke postpones their community outreach meeting in Forest Park.
Snowmobile rider injures himself crashing into a parked helicopter in Worthington.
Dick’s Sporting Goods stops sales of hunting rifles in 125 stores.
Chicopee man injures two adults and one small child in his 4th OUI charge.
South Hadley man involved in Phoebe Prince case now a suspect in a sexual assault case.
Eversource commits $41M to trimming trees in several towns.
Attorney General Maura Healy finds 7 Mass. nursing homes responsible for negligence.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday March 13, 2018

Free chips and “guac” at Chipotle!
Smith & Wesson parent company closes distribution outlet in Springfield – shifting those operations to Missouri.
Springfield accident on Main Street: car vs. Trolley Barn building.
Dr. Seuss specialty license plates may now be pre-ordered.
Icy water rescue for a local lost dog.
West Springfield police arrest an East Longmeadow woman for trafficking in “Grease Monkey” and “Bad Bunny Heroin.”
Walmart revamps its customer returned items process.
Gray House celebrates its 20th with a spaghetti supper!
Abandoned dog, tied to a tree in Suffield, rescued by Suffield Police.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I-291 closed overnight this week.
Members of the Holyoke Colleen Court select a Senior Colleen at Mercy Medical Center.
IHOP has free pancakes today!
Prison escapee captured.
Springfield Regional Chamber present Mayor’s Forum.
Holyoke company wants to open a marijuana shop on Island Pond Road.
Holyoke’s legendary drummer Hal Blaine has died.
44th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race in Holyoke is days away!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 11, 2019

Bill introduced in Mass. to end Daylight Savings Time.
Authorities are searching for a motorist who may have wound up in the Connecticut River.
Sutton man sentenced to 6 months for growing marijuana.
Springfield woman sentenced for trafficking cocaine out of her home daycare center.
Liquor license approved for a new sushi restaurant on Worthington Street.
FCC warns of an IRS  telephone scam.
Palmer High School closed Monday and Tuesday due to a small fire.
Lenten lunches offered at Trinity United Methodist Church.
10th Annual Leprechaun Plunge at Brunelle’s Marina.
Western Mass. Stop & Shop union votes in favor of strike authorization.

Radio Show #235 – Cesar Ruiz and Golden Years Homecare Services

The Ruiz family suffered a great loss in 2016 when the patriarch, Cesar Ruiz, Sr., passed away.  This was the catalyst for Golden Years.  Lifelong friends Lisa and Vincent Santaniello also shared Cesar’s dream; they believed in it so much that they became partners in Golden Years.

Golden Years Home Care Services of Massachusetts is a private-duty elder care agency providing superior-quality, compassionate home care services to those who need assistance performing their day-to-day tasks due to a disability, injury or aging. Golden Years provides a comprehensive range of senior home care services, including personal care and companion care, so that your loved one can lead a happy and rewarding life at home in the company of their friends and family members.

In this program, founder Cesar Ruiz takes us inside the Golden Years experience, and is very candid about the personal reasons that motivated his efforts.

Web:   goldenyearsusa.com/about-us  •  Email:  cruiz@goldenyearsusa.com

Radio Show #234 – Marijuana and Your Teeth! With Cecile and Dr. Michael Calabrese

We’ve heard of the health hazards related to the use of cannabis and now, more specifically, the effect of cannabis on your dental health.

It is considerable.

Hazards of certain systems of using marijuana pose risks that are not readily apparent.

To present this matter in complete detail, we’ve visited Cecile Calabrese and Dr. Michael Calabrese at Agawam Dental Arts in Agawam, Mass. for information on this, and other related “dos and don’ts” of tooth care.

Web: www.agawamdentalarts.com  •  Email: contactus@agawamdentalarts.com

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March 8, 2019

Town of Orange – drinking water may be rusty due to the recent fire.
RIP Charlotte Russe.
Marijuana and your teeth – with Cecilia Calabrese and Dr. Michael Calabrese.
Longmeadow school officials are calming parents after a worrisome social media post.
Kelly Fellner is the new superintendent of the Springfield Armory Historic Site.
Connecticut governor wants to place tolls on Connecticut highways, affecting Mass. drivers.
Western Mass. potholes worsen.
Fish markets are getting busier due to the Lenten season.
Red Cross lifeguard training course offered during April vacation!
Springfield mother claims daughter was bullied by having paper stuffed in her ear.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mayocue and Mayomust?
Big drug bust in Groton.
Emergency Open Pantry asking for your help (with Annie Rennix).
Black Bears are awake, roaming and looking for food.
Longmeadow School Committee appoints 4 new members.
Dollar Tree closes 390 Family Dollar Stores and folding in 200 others under the Dollar Tree name.
Springfield Alzheimer’s Association looking for volunteers.
Longmeadow residents warned about their drinking water standards.
Horse rescued from icy pond in Brimfield.
Walter Alexander, Marine veteran of World War II AND The Korean War, turns 102!
City Councilor Orlando Ramos cans his run for Springfield Mayor.

Radio Show #233 – Annie Rennix, Program Director of the Emergency Food Pantry

The Open Pantry’s Emergency Food Pantry has been providing groceries for those in need since 1975.

Individuals and families have been coming to the EFP on an emergency basis for years.

Supplies and foodstuffs are always a need, and the excessively cold winter has only served to increase this need.

What the EFP means to our region, what it provides, and how you can help, is presented in sharp focus by our special guest Annie Rennix, the Program Director for Springfield’s Emergency Food Pantry.

Web:  www.openpantry.org/emergency-food-pantry.php

Annie Rennix, Program Director – Email: arennix@openpantry.org

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Commissioner Claprood begins termination process of Daniel Cintron.
Ware Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe files an open meeting complaint against the Board of Selectmen.
Westfield confirms five calves perished during a fire at Pomeroy’s Dairy Farm.
Dennis Lopata on Life Care Center of Wilbraham.
MGM Springfield enters into an interim management arrangement with Symphony Hall.
Mercy Medical Center receives national recognition.
Representative Angelo Puppolo turns 50!
Town of Orange election results.
Did a Monson town plow wreck your mailbox? The town might pay for it!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Stolen snowblower.
Mandarin Wilbraham restaurant closed indefinitely due to a kitchen fire.
The Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College is up and running.
Over 20 car break-ins last weekend have the Monson police busy.
4-day St. Pat’s celebration with The Mummers at The Student Prince & The Fort.
Amherst Police Dept. under review to continue its accreditation.
Northampton Police Officer injured by drunk driver.
New Dr. Seuss book to be released! (Manuscript found in his home.)
Local school principal sings the snow day cancellation.