Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno attended services at reopened Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Church.
All places of worship allowed to reopen under the Baker plan.
9th anniversary of the 2011 Springfield tornado.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield conducted Mass outside.
Mass. Police Chief Association denounces actions of the 4 Minneapolis police officers.
“Big E” moving forward for 2020 run, announcing more concerts.
Holyoke Mall enjoys police presence due to false social media riot threat.
Monson golf course shut down by state.
As of today, new tobacco ban in Mass. goes into effect.
Reopening businesses face new expenses due to safety standards.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 29, 2020

Thoughts on the “new normal”
New Chief of the Ludlow Police!
Basketball Hall of Fame opts to postpone enshrinement ceremonies until the spring.
Westfield Athenaeum offering “Library To Go!”
Mayor Sarno asks all to take a moment Monday to remember the Springfield tornado.
Mayor Sarno protests calls for leniency for incarcerated arsonist.
Police ask for help finding graffiti perpetrator in downtown Northampton.
A very special COVID-19 recovery in Wilbraham.
Boston Marathon cancelled for the first time in its history.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 update.
Fenway Golf vs. the East Longmeadow Health Department.
Illegitimate unemployment claims arise from stolen data.
Series of car break-ins in Chicopee’s Fairview section.
Red Cross urgently needs blood donations; if you donate, you might receive a gift card or a tee-shirt.
Easthampton launches a reopening task force.
Roger Crandall, President and CEO of MassMutual, named one of the world’s top CEOs!
New indications that Mass. students will return to the classroom in the Fall.

Radio Show #322 – Criminal Attorney William Bennett Represents Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh

In an exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Criminal Attorney William Bennett refutes the suspension of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh, and the associated allegations of his mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at the Home.

Attorney Bennett maintains that Superintendent Walsh made consistent and appropriate pleas for help from the state and other emergency agencies.

Meaningful help and support at that time was not forthcoming.

Bennett provides insight into Walsh’s present state of mind and his attitude toward returning to his previous position.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno’s kudos to PPE support from local businesses.
Criminal attorney William Bennett represents suspended Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach with notes on some great programs coming up online!
Mass. RMV and Mass. DOT provide even more extensions for licenses, registrations, and inspections.
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi orders a lock down of the Ludlow jail after inmates and staff test positive for the virus.
Our Lady of Fatima cancels “Festa.”
“Celebrate Ludlow” cancelled this summer.
Six Flags New England outlines new procedures to keep everyone safe.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mayor Sarno – again – calls out the court system on repeat offenders.

Mayor Sarno at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Congressman Richard E. Neal at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Mass. state beaches reopen with special guidelines.

Hair salons and barber shops reopen.

Car washes reopen.

Pet grooming shops reopen.

The Lupa Zoo in Ludlow is excited to reopen!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 25, Veterans Day, 2020

In tribute and in respect for our veterans, those who’ve sacrificed, and who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, no program will be presented today.

We will take this time to reflect, and honor these very special people.

Our next new program is scheduled for Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020.

Thank you.

Brad Shepard

On behalf of Pioneer Valley Radio

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and Memorial Day Weekend, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Swimming pool season is robust, according to Brian Juliano of Juliano’s Pools and Spas.

Mayor Sarno forges ahead with Memorial Day plans for Springfield.

Mayor Sarno outlines how Springfield’s “Phase 1” reopening will affect city buildings.

Cummington Fair announces cancellation.

Portraits of Longmeadow’s graduating seniors placed on the town common.

Fire officials present grilling safety tips.

Memorial Day thoughts.

Radio Show #320 – Brian Juliano, Owner of Juliano’s Pools & Spas

He may be the president and the owner of the company… he may have almost 250 employees, and 130 trucks out in the field… but he’s also the guy who will come and check on the installation and the maintenance of your pool!

That’s the secret to the success of Brian Juliano and Juliano’s Pools & Spas!

And it isn’t a secret!

Juliano’s Pools has tens of thousands of satisfied customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island – Brian is licensed in all three states.

You also have the added benefit of interacting with the owner from the start of the project to the final finish. Brian provides his personal cell phone number to every customer.

In this conversation, you’ll hear Brian’s evident pride in the innovations he offers, as well as how the pandemic has affected his business in Western Mass.

It may surprise you!

Web: www.julianospools.com

Email: quotes@julianospools.com  •  service@julianospools.com

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Western Mass. churches hold Masses for the first time this weekend.

Dom Sarno set to announce “Phase 1” of reopening Springfield.

Springfield Park Commission announce reopening of Forest Park Zoo and Farmer’s Market.

Westfield voters choose John C. Velis over John F. Cain for Sen. Humason’s former seat.

Forest Park Farmer’s Market manager apologizes.

Reps. Puppolo and Tosado succeed in solid earmarks in an IT bond bill for Springfield.

Local city councilor questions Big E’s intention to open.

 

Radio Show #319 – John DeVoie and Hot Table

John DeVoie’s Hot Table is a Western Mass. success and a high note in what is known as “fast casual” dining.

From one original location in Springfield to a total of 7, from Western Mass. to Central Mass. and into Connecticut, only the pandemic has slowed down Hot Table’s amazing growth.

In this program, John speaks candidly about the harrowing drop in revenue as a result of COVID-19, and his drive to continue his downtown Springfield Tower Square renovation.

Hot Table will reopen – and John’s optimism speaks for itself!

Email: info@hottable.com  •  Web: www.hottable.com

Radio Show #318 – Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm Carries On!

A silver lining in the pandemic cloud?  Possibly, at least as far as your fresh vegetables are concerned!

Neil Pomeroy and his family at Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm in East Longmeadow are proud to carry on their tradition of providing the freshest vegetables the earth can sport.

Spinach, lettuce, peppers, spicy greens, peas and more, all are on the way as Pomeroy’s gears up for their full opening this summer.

Right now, Neil and his family offer certain vegetables through their Facebook page with appointment times for pick-up.

All pandemic and social distancing guidelines are supported.

Western Mass. folks are pleased to find Pomeroy’s a happy alternative to the lack of certain produce at the local supermarkets.

All of the produce at Pomeroy’s is organic, as well as herbicide, pesticide and GMO free!

You’ll hear more about the full array of fresh vegetables and how Pomeroy’s has steered through the days of COVID-19 in this exclusive program.

And try the spinach!

Email:  pomeroysvegfarm@yahoo.com  •  Facebook: Pomeroysvegetablefarm

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Special program, “Let’s Get Moving,” at Rachel’s Table.

Fresh vegetables at Pomeroy Vegetable Farms an option for scarcity at area supermarkets.

John DeVoie, president and founder of Hot Table, continues his downtown renovation through the pandemic.

Farmers Market at Forest Park’s Facebook post receives criticism from the public and from Mayor Sarno.

Massachusetts recreational marijuana shops set to reopen.

Mass. retail stores may be allowed to offer curbside service starting next week.

Stop & Shop offering free seed pods to kids!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

“Phase One” reopening notes.

Western Mass. houses of worship see gradual reopening.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Springfield Mayor Sarno on Springfield’s reopening.

Diocese of Western Mass. notes new sanitary guidelines.

Timeline for Western Mass. restaurant reopenings.

Brunelle’s Marina prepares for Memorial Day boating.

Westover Air Reserve Base resumes limited flight operations.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 18, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 test statistics.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno thanks local organizations and businesses for the donation of PPEs.

Peter Rosskothen welcomes folks to the reopening of the Delaney House in a couple of weeks!

Mass DOT Bernardston detour.

Sears property at the Eastfield Mall has been purchased by a Braintree firm.

Holyoke apartment buildings in the ‘Flats” neighborhood damaged by rain.

Black bear season in Western Mass… caution!

Barrington Stage Company plans productions.

E. Cecci Farms opens for limited business.

Does Massachusetts reopen today – or not?

Radio Show #317 – Southwick’s David Sutton, Heating and Air Conditioning Business Owner and President and Founder of One Call Away

In Southwick, David Sutton operates his heating and air conditioning business, but the greater meaning in his life is as the president of One Call Away, an organization that has touched lives and saved lives.

In this program, you will hear the inspiration for David to create this organization that provides help any time of the day or night to local veterans and others coping with PTSD.

In addition to the personal stories, you will hear about the full array of services Dave and his organization make available to our local veterans.

Email: rangerdave4@comcast.net  •  Web: onecallawayfoundation.org

Tel: 413-478-7748 (24 hrs.)

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 15, 2020

News from Trinity Health Of New England.

COVID-19 stats from Mercy Medical Center.

David Sutton and One Call Away.

Mayor Sarno reviews plans for Springfield’s reopening.

Springfield offers relief and adjustment for due dates of taxes and fees.

College of Our Lady of the Elms aims to reopen for Fall semester.

Eversource warns of phone scammers.

New Deputy Director of Veteran Services for Springfield Joseph DeCaro.

On N On donates 750 KN95 masks.

Three taken to the hospital from toxic gas fumes at Southwick Dunkin’.

Connecticut scheduled to reopen May 20.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England increases its COVID-19 testing capabilities.

Mercy Medical Center COVID-19 test stats.

Agnieszka Valenta with Morgan Stanley now works from home.

Governor Baker makes it clear that the reopening of the state will be slow and “methodically phased.”

MassMutual offices will remain closed for the entire summer.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr proposes an expanded law to prevent price gouging.

The American Red Cross is looking for recovered COVID-19 individuals to donate blood .

Uber launching new safety measures when the state reopens.

Springfield’s State Street Burger King has closed for good.

Radio Show #316 – Agniezka Valenta,
Another Western Mass. Business Professional Now Working From Home

Agniezka Valenta, better known as “Aggie,” is a wife, mom, author, marathon runner and business professional rolled into one.

Aggie was born in Poland and moved to Massachusetts at age 9. She is fluent in Polish and conversational in Spanish.

Her three children (the youngest has autism), have provided Aggie with the background to publish children’s books dealing with the condition.

At Morgan Stanley, Aggie, a financial advisor, concentrates on wealth management strategies and portfolio management.

In this program, Aggie touches on the reorientation of her daily life – away from her familiar work environment and into the “new normal” of a vibrant and busy household.

Web:  advisor.morganstanley.com/aggie.valenta

Email: aggie.valenta@morganstanley.com

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Jordan Goodman on “stimulus” and the pandemic economy.

Governor Baker wants to see more days of a downward trend before reopening the state.

No new deaths reported at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, but an uptick in infections is reported.

Chicopee postpones holiday events.

Greenfield traffic alert.

Lane closures on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge (Agawam – West Springfield).

Springfield College AmeriCorps provides Springfield residents with free face masks.

Westfield business, “Sweeping It Clean,” offers free disinfectant refills.

Smith College features Nancy Pelosi as commencement speaker.

Tuesday Market, a farmers’ market, will reopen in Northampton.