Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 3, 2020

Latest stats from Trinity Health of New England.

A statement from the superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Mary Flahive-Dickson, COO at Golden Years Home Health Care.

Tim Sheehan, Springfield’s Chief Development Officer, addresses the Springfield business community.

Direct cash aid to Americans update.

Donation of 43,000 lbs. of pet food to Dakin Humane Society.

Mayor Sarno writes a “thank you” note to Bob Kraft.

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls will not open this year.

3 more veteran deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers Home reported.

Sheriff Cocchi announces new precautions for staff and inmates in correctional facilities.

Radio Show #301 – Mary Flahive-Dickson,
Chief Operating Officer of Golden Years
Home Health Care

In this time of a global pandemic, the challenge of taking care of our seniors in their own homes is a formidable one.

Mary Flahive-Dickson, the Chief Operating Officer at Golden Years Home Care Services, discusses the balance between providing care to those in need in their homes, and keeping them reassured that their risk is low.

Seniors may feel a degree of social isolation to begin with, and in this program, Mary acknowledges how needs for assistance from health care workers may exacerbate their existing apprehensions.

Ms. Flahive-Dickson is also an Adjunct Professor at Bay Path University, with over 20 years of substantiated success in profitable healthcare development and creation, growth and operations, as well as a Subject Matter Expert, writing healthcare curriculum for higher education.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 2, 2020

New COVID-19 drug tested, showing promise.

UMass Amherst student fireman promoted to full-time at the Amherst Fire Dept.

Gary Mayotte keeping the Village Food Mart in Hampden going strong.

A message from Chris Cignoli at the Springfield DPW.

Holyoke Soldiers Home update.

More Chicopee stores block off non-essential aisles.

Hands-free driving infractions are now  punishable by fines.

Some Springfield courthouses closed.

MGM Resorts International CEOs take pay cuts.

Springfield Police make 3 dirt bike arrests and confiscations.

Public service announcement: “Stay home!”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Governor Baker extends shutdown through May 4, 2020.

Latest COVID-19 test stats from Mercy Medical Center.

Current precautions at Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Brimfield Flea Market canceled for May.

Columbia Gas sends out crews to homes in Chicopee to make safety inspections.

Hatfield confirms first positive COVID-19 case.

Walmart taking employees temperatures before every shift.

Mayor Sarno receives and answers an angry email from a  Springfield golfer.

Olive Garden in Springfield closes its doors for good.

Mayor Alex Morse discusses Holyoke Soldiers Home fatalities.

Governor Baker addresses Holyoke Soldiers Home.

United Way of Pioneer Valley donates 5000 meals to those in need.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Test statistics from Trinity Health of New England.

Longmeadow Police detective becomes the department’s first female sergeant.

An angry Mayor Sarno has a message for golfers defying lockdown rules.

Computer tech consultant David Raiche on the condition of the internet due to the epidemic.

Mark Auerbach reports on the state of the arts in the wake of the pandemic.

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi has some important advice.

Chicopee Police Chief Jebb convalescing from open heart surgery.

Holyoke Soldiers Home receives all manner of blankets from Golden Years Home Care.

Chicopee Walmart enforces 200 person limit inside the store.

Holyoke Soldiers Home superintendent placed on administrative leave.

The Old Farmers Almanac says you can start your vegetable planting season – inside!

Radio Show #300 – Working From Home With Added Sufficient Internet Security

Part of our “new normal” is working from home, or “working remotely,” as we are presently mandated.

This means the levels of our normal business computer security may be compromised.

Here is tech expert Dave Raiche, of Raiche Consultants Inc., with a checklist of what you can do to keep your home computers protected and your business’ cyber security at an optimum level.

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Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 30, 2020

Treasury Secretary indicates when Americans should see checks from the stimulus.

Trinity Health of New England on COVID-19 testing statistics.

Mayor Sarno solicits more federal funding for Springfield’s fight against the virus.

Mayor and Chief Development Officer seek more funds for the “Prime The Pump” restaurant relief program.

Springfield addresses homeless population’s need during the health crisis.

Mayor and Police Commissioner Claprood announce partnership with National Guard and State Police.

Arnold’s Meats in Chicopee and 90 Meat Outlet in Springfield close due to employee in each location testing positive for the virus.

CDC issues advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

St. Mark’s Church in East Longmeadow offers daily online services.

Monson confirms its first positive case of the virus.

Radio Show #299 – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Continues Through the Crisis

“To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

This is the mission statement of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.

The organization is experiencing an impact from COVID-19, and in this special program, Chief Advancement Officer Bo Sullivan discusses the club’s efforts to keep vital community services intact and ongoing.

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Radio Show #298 – Munchy’s Malt Shop in Westfield is Making the Best of a Bad Situation!

Deb Schultz has been operating Munchy’s Malt Shop in Westfield for just about a year, and certainly never bargained on the present circumstances as anything she needed to be prepared for!

In this program you can learn a bit more about the business, and what Deb is doing to survive.

Perhaps – if you have a hankering for a float, a malt or some ice cream – you might be able to help!

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday, March 27, 2029

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issues “Stay At Home Order” for the state.

Northampton Mayor David Narkiewicz diagnosed with COVID-19.

At Munchy’s Malt Shop in Westfield, owner Deb Schultz is feeling the effects of the lockdown.

Springfield Commissioner of Health and Human Services Helen Caulton-Harris offers a heartfelt plea.

Amtrak suspends service of “The Vermonter” and the “Ethan Allen Express.”

Retired Hampden Police Sgt. Bill Joy, diagnosed with COVID-19, is in the ICU at Baystate.

Springfield DPW cancels scheduled household collection of hazardous waste.

Mayor Sarno extends closure of City Hall and public buildings.

Blandford Ski Area closes permanently.

Springfield City Councilors call for further relief of rent, mortgages, evictions and more.

The Gray House takes steps to continue to provide food, offering curbside food service.

Federal tax deadline extended; Mass State tax deadline is not.


Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 26, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno announces the release of “Prime the Pump” to help city restaurants.

Tucker’s in Southwick is coping with the business’ adjustments – with manager Karen Anderson.

Mercy Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Roose, on MMC’s COVID-19 response and status.

Springfield DPW begins yard waste collections in April.

Easthampton Audubon Society temporarily closes its buildings and trails.

Greenfield opens a COVID-19 command center in the John Zon Community Center.

Virtual creative and educational activities for kids at home.

Plastic shields now at the checkout counters at our supermarkets.

MedExpress offering testing for the virus.

Radio Show #297 – Tucker’s in Southwick… Carrying On!

Offering fine dining, two banquet rooms featuring live performers, and gatherings including bridal showers and birthday parties, Tucker’s in Southwick is faced with an emotionally draining cutback in staffing, as well as a loss of revenue, due to the COVID-19 shut down.

In this special program, manager, Karen Anderson lays out the current status of the restaurant, and the measures being taken to reassure their employees and their customers that the Tucker’s brand is alive and well.

Carryout and delivery service for certain menu items is ongoing, and you are urged to take advantage!

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Radio Show #296 – Western Mass Small Businesses Work Against Adverse Conditions

At DelfsHaven Designs in West Springfield, owner Brett Berchin is doing what he loves.

He is a craftsman whose creativity with wood has been praised from here to Boston and New York City.

But now, the COVID-19 pandemic and the related shut down of business life in Western Massachusetts, has Brett very concerned for his well-being and his company’s very survival.

In this conversation, you will hear how it has affected him, and what he is doing to cope.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Two Western Mass. towns report confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Big Y donates $125K to food banks in Western Mass. and Connecticut.

Brett Berchin at DelfShaven Designs describes current small business challenges.

Baystate Health Systems’ Dr. Mark Keroack on the status of testing locally for COVID-19.

Hot Table offers a free meal to frontline workers.

New date for special elections in two districts.

Peter Pan Bus Lines and the PVTA schedules impacted by the health emergency.

Blue Seal Kielbasa is back at Chicopee Provisions.

Ludlow Police see an increase in domestic violence calls.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Amazon Prime delays delivery of non-essential products.

Bill Collins of Center Square Grill unites area restaurants to keep employees intact.

Mark Auerbach on the survival of the arts during COVID-19.

New England Orthopedic Surgeons furloughs half of its workforce.

Springfield Museums offer online interactive exploration for all.

City officials remove Springfield basketball hoops.

Trinity Health of New England offers a webinar on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19.

Mayor Sarno holds COVID-19 update at City Hall.

Stop & Shop donates $1 million to regional food banks.

Social distancing urged in supermarkets.

Radio Show #295 – Bill Collins of the Center Square Grill Unites Competitive Restaurants
to Preserve Employment

Bill Collins of the Center Square Grill and fellow regional restaurateurs have created a vehicle to keep their operations afloat, their employees intact, and their customers satisfied.

“We’re All In This Together” is a gift card promotion to the benefit of all involved!

Learn how you can be a part of this plan!

Listen to the details in this program… and consider the opportunity to participate!

Chances are, one or more of your favorite places to dine is involved!

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Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 23, 2020

New website will tell you how much toilet paper you really need!

Dakin reaches out to help local hospitals with equipment.

A letter from Mayor Sarno.

Commissioner Claprood outlines procedural changes for Springfield PD.

Holyoke Police warn of phony “no parking” signs.

Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 response team update schedule.

Hadley Town Hall is cleaned and sanitized.

Local churches move to online worship services.

Radio Show #294 – Fighting Cabin Fever and Anxiety – with Max Hartshorne

For those feeling cooped up and extremely anxious, there is a way to cope and still not compromise social distancing.

Getting out of the house to walk the dog, ride a bike, take a drive, hike a trail are all possible and effective ways to reduce the stress of our present “new normal.”

Max Hartshorne has some tips on places to go that are truly hidden treasures in our region.

As a bonus, you will also hear some useful tips on reducing stress.

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, March 20, 2020

A new message from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

A message from Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.

A message from Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood.

Travel expert Max Hartshorne offers a practice to reduce anxiety.

Trinity Health of New England activates a COVID-19 information hotline.

Toilet paper suppliers indicate they are ramping up production.

Massachusetts special elections to be postponed.

The Zoo in Forest Park needs some help to feed the animals.

Chez Josef hosts a turkey drive for families in need of food.

“Grab & Go” meals at the Westfield Boys & Girls Club.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 19, 2020

Message from the Holyoke PD on panhandlers.

Comcast offers some relief to their customers.

School closing info and details from Springfield School Superintendent Dan Warwick.

Price Chopper and other supermarkets add special senior shopper hours.

Westfield and Athol cancel special events.

Mass RMV reopens 7 locations for special customer needs.

Holyoke Senior Center closes and suspends certain programs.

Cooley Dickinson now cancels all visiting hours.

Governor Baker orders all daycare and child care centers closed.

Places to go to relieve “cabin fever” and still stay safe.

Springfield delays due dates for trash fees, property and excise taxes.

Springfield creates “Prime The Pump Grant” for struggling restaurants.