Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 2019

Massive beef recall!
Things to do and see in Worcester, with Max Hartshorne.
Big Y holds worn flag collection for proper disposal.
Ludlow bank fraud perpetrator pleads guilty.
Mayor Sarno campaigns for lawmakers to pass the Governor’s “dangerousness” bill.
Retired Wilbraham Police Chief passes on.
Payless Shoes announces closing date.
WWE brings Summerslam Heatwave Tour to downtown Springfield.
Mental Health Association of Springfield gets help from United Bank.
May is “Stop The Bleed Month.”

Radio Show #250 – A Weekend In Worcester With Max Hartshorne

Western Mass.’ all-purpose gadabout and travel authority Max Hartshorne has a great suggestion for a three day weekend – or anytime.

Looking to break away for a day or more? How about Worcester, Massachusetts?

Max Hartshorne of gonomad.com paints an appealing picture of a vibrant city with great restaurants, art, and culture.

Max picked up on a perceptible enjoyment and appreciation of the people and  their pride in their city.

All in all, there is much to appreciate – and it’s only a car ride away!

Email: Editor at GoNOMAD.com  •  Web: www.gonomad.com

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 23, 2019

Another Springfield-Boston passenger rail study.
MGM Springfield is not pulling up stakes.
Safe zones for safe sales of online items from and to unknown persons.
Northampton K9 Ruger helps make an arrest.
Hampshire County election returns.
Prison maintenance worker prosecuted for sex with inmates.
MGM extends the Roar! Comedy Series.
Northampton considers lowering voting age in municipal elections.
Westfield 350th Anniversary murals!
Rattlesnake spotted on Tekoa Mountain.
Parents and educators partner to create a new Westfield playground.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City Councilors accuse Mayor Sarno of a double standard.
Dress Barn closes 650 stores nationwide.
Belchertown Selectmen Archible voted out of office.
Retired Judge William T. Walsh of Agawam dies at 99.
Yolanda Cancel enters race for Springfield Mayor.
Balise Mazda dealership approved for the South End.
Connecticut highway toll bill delayed – too complicated to write!
Watch out for wild animals in West Springfield.
Jeffery Donnelly is certified for the mayoral ballot in Springfield.
Sobriety checkpoints this weekend in Mass. and CT!
Some Chicopee residents say they did not receive their excise tax bills and face late charges.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Road and traffic report.
Springfield mayor’s statement show him livid over weekend violence.
Wellfleet Insurance Co. moves into Tower Square.
Wreath placed on Spring Street memorial to fallen firefighters.
Congressman Neal and Mayor Sarno break ground on a new million dollar pump station.
18 companies and vendors submit proposals and meet the deadline for marijuana shops.
Gas prices level – headed toward Memorial Day weekend.
Abundance Farm – a food justice farm raising funds to open an outdoor bakery.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 20, 2019

Roadway projects this week – listen for a list of locations.
Graduations a-plenty! Western New England University, Westfield State, Springfield College, Bay Path and more.
Mass. State Police Bomb Squad detonated decades-old explosives found in Montague.
Mercy Medical Center presents new, less invasive spine surgery techniques.
Two new microbreweries open within a short drive from one another.
In Palmer, students cheered on their Special Olympics classmates to win gold medals!

Radio Show #249 – Alana Holmes Martineau – Special Education Teacher, Actress and Singer

From Turners Falls, Alana Holmes Martineau is as at home in the classroom as a special education teacher focusing on autism, as she is on the music stage!

Alana also finds time to raise her family, participate as a Communicant Cantor at her church, and manage the Arena Civic Theater.

In addition to the groups and bands that have featured her as a vocalist over the years, she is also privileged to take part in reviving a famous 60s “girl group!”

Alana’s life experiences are presented in this program, as well as something surprising and personal she elects to share.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 17, 2019

Sobriety checkpoint this weekend set for Middlesex County!
Roosevelt Ave. two-car crash caused by third car firing shots.
Big E announces big name music acts!
More marijuana dispensaries proposed.
Tribute to fallen police officers held.
Important Brimfield Fair parking information!
Springfield Farmer’s Market is back and at a new location!
Third candidate for mayor of Greenfield.
Dirt bikes and ATVs in Springfield are still a dangerous situation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pollen season rolls on!
39th Annual Brightside Golf Classic.
Second hit on People’s Bank in East Longmeadow.
Update on Bernardston ankle monitor escapee.
Update on Longmeadow Gas Warrant town vote.
Ware trash truck driver found not guilty of negligent motor vehicle homicide.
FCC goes after “robo calls.”
Beacon Hill goes after your cell phones, and debates on requiring hands-free operation in your car.
Trapped Bridgewater Beagle freed after several days in a shed in the woods.
Time to “Stuff a Bus” for Open Pantry Community Services.
West Springfield buys the historic First Congregational Church.
Gas prices up for Memorial Day weekend.
Springfield Police ask help in identifying Boston Road McDonald’s robber.

Radio Show #248 – Payton Shubrick,
Cannabis Entrepreneur

Springfield’s Payton Shubrick of 6 Bricks, LLC, has entered the recreational cannabis shop sweepstakes in the Pioneer Valley, with her proposal for 6 Bricks, LLC to locate at 250 Albany Street in the McKnight neighborhood.

Payton’s shop would be local and family-owned, immediately distinguishing it from outside companies vying for the coveted city operation licenses.

Parking, security, qualifications, and what makes her shop hit just the right “key” for “Gasoline Alley” is covered in this special program.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Payton Shubrick of 6 Bricks, LLC wants her cannabis shop in “Gasoline Alley.”
Acting Police Commissioner Clapprood terminates officer Daniel Cintron.
MGM outdoor concert keeps local residents awake.
Suffield man injured by falling tree.
2nd time in less than a week, police are called to an East Longmeadow bank.
Bicycle vs. car in Palmer.
Police seek Bernardston man who removed his ankle monitor.
Meaghan Burns, U.S. Navy, brought home to Deerfield after being the victim of a fatal shooting.
Hundreds of empty nip bottles are being thrown into the streets throughout Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Granville driver charged with OUI; turns out to be a sex offender with active warrants.
Gardner High School principal under suspension during investigation.
Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza opening additional location in West Springfield.
Chicopee City Hall elevator out of order for the foreseeable future.
Longmeadow votes on gas pipeline.
Bike Safety Week.
Mayor Sarno increases pressure against methadone clinic location in the South End.
McDonald’s launches summer jobs program!
Famous asparagus time in Hadley for asparagus season!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 13, 2019

15 year-old Chicopee High School student pepper-sprayed and arrested.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club has a concert to support The Springfield Rifles rugby team.
Dean Foods isn’t saying what Friendly’s future may be.
American International College holds double commencement ceremonies.
Tick Season and Lyme Disease public forum to be held.
Florida grey fox moves into Forest Park Zoo.
Holyoke and South Hadley letter carriers collected food stuffs from mailboxes on Saturday.
Frost is still a possibility through the end of this month; tips for protecting your plants.
Gary Rome Hyundai holds fashion show for Providence Ministries.
Springfield Police Dept. launches the return of “Click it or Ticket” seat belt checks.
Westfield Police are asking for help to solve multiple car break-ins.

Radio Show #247 – George Myers and the Amherst Cinema

George Myers is the General Manager of the Amherst Cinema – a movie theater that offers Western Mass a “one of a kind” movie experience.

George presides over far more than a conventional movie house.

The Amherst Cinema is a happy confluence of crowd-pleasing “popcorn movies” – foreign, independent, art house films, and in general, film material that you are not likely to see at your neighborhood theater.

How these films are selected, and the other distinctive aspects of the Amherst Cinema, are presented in detail by George Myers in this program.

Web: amherstcinema.org/ • Email: info@amherstcinema.org

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 10, 2019

Pancakes and merry-go-round rides this weekend!
Lisa Ziegert’s alleged killer appears in court.
The South End community objects to a methadone clinic as proposed.
The Center for Human Development graduates nurturing fathers in a program.
Springfield Police launch motivating program for cadets to join the force.
Greenfield Community College protest poor progress in their new contract.
Amherst Cinema brings you the CatVideoFest 2019!
Springfield Regional Chamber presents “Wednesday Night Live!”
Holyoke Merry-Go-Round offers free rides for all moms on Mother’s Day!
Two Springfield Police officers acquitted of rape charges.
Police ask help identifying People’s United Bank robber in East Longmeadow.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 9, 2019

Springfield streets and roads looking at multimillion dollar improvements.
Fire at the Republican building Wednesday.
Senate Ways and Means panel looking to freeze tuition at UMass next year.
Springfield Rescue Mission holds graduation for Men’s New Life Program.
Brimfield Fair time!
New Assistant Superintendent at Belchertown Schools.
RISE Amherst: first store in the town to offer recreational marijuana.
Phony money being passed in Longmeadow.
Two new centenarians at the Arbors in Chicopee.
Northampton Police remind you to stay awake at the wheel!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mass. state cupcake?
South End Bridge jumper is rescued and survives.
New Westfield Fire Chief.
Springfield and Chicopee dirt bike arrest.
Woman arrested for Chicopee porch package theft.
Hatfield man throws winning Derby ticket away.
Mercy Medical Center: area’s first hospital to use a new leadless pacemaker.
Mayor Sarno at “Stars and Stripes Day” in Springfield.
Elevated I-91 and I-291 connector condition has some drivers worried.
South Hadley Farmers Market canceled for this summer.
Northampton Police Captain Dorothy Clayton retires.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Thoughts on the royal baby and the Kentucky Derby.
World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday.
“NYPD Blue” star Gordon Clapp brings Robert Frost to the Majestic Theater.
East Longmeadow’s Derrick Driscoll has been named Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Potential marijuana shop in the South End gets off to a poor start with the neighborhood council.
Roxanne Wedergartner launches campaign for Greenfield mayor.
Our wet Spring may increase our mosquitos this season.
Kmart stores in Holyoke and Palmer have been sold.
Smith & Wesson sells its Shooting Sports Center.
Friendly’s Ice Cream and Garelick Farms up for sale.
Belchertown School Committee has two finalists for school superintendent.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 6, 2019

Rain hurting landscaping companies.
At MGM Springfield, Junior Achievement of Western Mass. celebrates 100 years (with Jen Connolly and Mayor Sarno).
Tyson chicken strips recall expands!
Gun Owners Action League wants stiffer penalties for hunter harassment.
GM recalling over 368,000 pickups.
40 Springfield Police recruits volunteer to clean up a Holyoke neighborhood.
Area hotels already booking up for graduation season in the region.
Southampton wave of car break-ins.
Too much rain and your lawn!

Radio Show #246 – Colin Tracy, The Firefly Creative, and Urinetown!

Colin Tracy is the Theater Director of the Evangel Assembly of God in Wilbraham.

With The Firefly Creative, he is also the “new community theater kid on the block!”

Colin’s background is an interesting fusion of theater education, instruction, and the clergy as well.

As producer, director, music director and more than likely utility cast member, Colin’s “maiden voyage” production is the off-Broadway hit, with the most unusual title: “Urinetown.”

What is it like to create a community theater from the ground up?

And why this particular show to introduce The Firefly Creative?

All that and more is under discussion with Colin in this special program.

Email: colin.tracy.creative@gmail.com

Web: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-firefly-creative/x/20292775