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?

Radio Show #205 – Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Geoff Diehl represents the 7th Plymouth district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

As of September 2018, he is the Republican candidate in the upcoming Senate race facing incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Coming off of his second contentious debate with Sen. Warren, in an exclusive conversation on Pioneer Valley Radio, Diehl responds candidly to questions and issues surrounding his debate performance and overall strategy.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 22, 2018

Springfield traffic and road news for the week!
Historic lottery jackpot.
MGM Springfield at Halloween!
South Amherst’s Small Ones Farm and Halloween’s crop problems.
Ludlow’s St. Paul’s Church offers “Trunk or Treat!”
Massachusetts stink bug population – rising.
Business people on the move: Wade Michaels and Derrick Feuerstein.
Springfield’s Visitors Center moves to a new location.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 19, 2018

New Save-A-Lot opens!
Halloween at Rice Fruit Farm.
Pride demolishes a dilapidated service station and replaces it with the new “Pride Kitchen” concept.
Chicopee drunk driver just misses a cruiser.
Granby Selectmen determine a complaint against the town administrator “lacked evidence.”
MGM Springfield offers a second round of opportunity to be a dealer; blackjack classes offered.
Green and Fit launches a huge revitalization project in Holyoke.
Broadway Office Furniture in Springfield is giving away office furniture to non-profit businesses.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 18, 2018

Springfield defendant’s defense: too drunk to commit manslaughter.
In Wales, persons inside a home succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Springfield Mayor, Police Commissioner, and other officials meet with Forest Park residents to reassure them of their safety.
Plastic bag ban passes in Longmeadow.
Westfield black bear is euthanized.
Holyoke’s Karen Blanchard joins “The Network” as new COO.
Feds and Stop & Shop reach agreement on checkout aisles accessibility to the disabled.
Aldi’s presents wine and cheese Advent calendars.
Flu shots… time is running out!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Taco Bell’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco.”
The Quabbin is at 96% capacity.
After the MGM opening and its first month, how is business in downtown Springfield? Let’s ask Nadim Kashou.
West Springfield hears a proposal on new chicken laws in the town.
A new community theater in Holyoke, K and E Theater Group, presents “Sweeney Todd”! (with Eddie Zitka)
Plastic bags may be banned in Greenfield.
Wilbraham town planners reject latest school plan.
Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke.
Fallas Stores close all Massachusetts locations.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Help Westfield Regional Animal Shelter find the owners of a cat tossed from a vehicle.
Joe Stevens announces his new restaurant.
Sears files bankruptcy.
October brings unwanted bugs and mice and others into your home… and Bob Russell is an expert.
The “Kidnap Scam” with Chicopee Police Information Officer Mike Wilk.
MGM Springfield’s first full month of gaming revenue.
A Ludlow firm will refurbish Belchertown’s holiday season lighting for the town’s display.
Tony Cignoli to address the Regional Chamber of Commerce the day after the midterm elections.
Treasurer of the Commonwealth Deb Goldberg announces another online auction of abandoned property.

Radio Show #203 – Bob Russell,
American Pest Solutions

As the fourth generation of the Russell family steers American Pest Solutions solidly into the future, Bob Russell, president since 1995, has seen it all – and in more than 10,000 Western Mass. homes!

Bob loves his work and is truly proud of the efforts and success his family has attained in keeping homes free of unwanted pests – pests that can be a danger to public health!

In this special program, you will also learn more about what to be on your guard for at this time of year… and when to call in the pros!

Web: www.413pestfree.com/springfield-pest-control

Email: bugs@413pestfree.com (Bob Russell – personal)

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 15, 2018

New French restaurant for Longmeadow!
Mass. state “roadkill” laws.
United Bank takes over six Webster Bank branches purchased in May.
Halloween in Westfield!
Pine Hill Cemetery receives clean-up from community volunteers.
UMass students and staff do community service on a rainy Saturday!

Radio Show #202 – Andrew Smith and
Smith & Son Jewelers

Andrew Smith is a man who loves his work.

And he has been at it all of his life.

And his business has been at it for a century.

Andrew Smith is celebrating an amazing professional milestone – the 100th Anniversary of Smith & Son Jewelers of Springfield!

This is a family operation in Western Massachusetts devoted to its loyal customers.

The future of watches?  In doubt, as millennials tend to not use them in favor of their cell phones?

Andrew’s thoughts on this might surprise you!

For more information, email: andrew@smithandsonjewelers.com

or visit their website: www.smithandsonjewelers.com.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 12, 2018

Ware Board of Selectmen consider two recreational marijuana dispensaries.
Greenfield firm research funded to feed seaweed to methane-producing belching cows.
Flu season is coming to the valley; a flu clinic will be held.
Continued elevator breakdowns, a serious problem for residents of a Springfield apartment building.
Feeding Hills church hand knits pink scarves for breast cancer survivors.
Smith & Son Jewelers celebrates 100 years of business in Springfield.
Former Springfield postal supervisor charged with bribery and tampering.
Granby selectmen file a complaint against the Town Administrator over the Assistant Fire Chief’s investigation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bradley International Airport named third best in the U.S.
Jen is making pizza in 80 degree weather!
Mercy Medical Center opposes mandated nurse staffing ratios in Question 1 on the November ballot.
Great music planned at the Holyoke and Springfield Symphonies.
One of the most dangerous intersections in the state is right here in Western Mass.
Last day to register to vote or change voter info is a week away,
Shoplifter from Holyoke hits Big Y in Northampton, takes off on foot and runs onto the highway!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brynn Cartelli performs at the Log Cabin at the launch of a new book on women .
Southwick’s Farm Parade!
The Zoo at Forest Park receives $75,000 from the state’s 2019 budget.
The New England Health Center Nursing home in Sunderland announces it’s closing.
Moose and deer are more active right now due to breeding season, and the bears are coming out of hibernation and are hungry. Drivers are warned!
Jordan Goodman on consumer credit.
Michelle Love Provencher explains her creation, “The Iced Coffee Cozy.”

Radio Show #201 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In a continuing series of programs devoted to financial news of use and benefit to Western Mass., Jordan Goodman looks at the challenge of continually rising interest rates.

The impact on loans, credit cards and other essentials is specifically defined by Jordan in his latest appearance on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Breaking consumer information and tips on how to take advantage of current conditions highlight this program.

How has the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation affected the markets?

You will hear Jordan’s thoughts on that as well!