Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 4, 2019

Daylight Savings Time – comin’ at us!
Fisherman: not much “safe” water at this point… ice tips for safety.
Westfield’s 350th Birthday – with Harry Rock
MGM Springfield sees increase in underage gamblers.
10th Annual Syrup Festival in Shelburne Falls.
Springfield names its first woman as Irish Elk of the Year.
Treasurer’s Office releases its latest list of Mass. unclaimed money and property.
Southwick residents hold fundraiser for land preservation at North Pond.
Northampton Police step up efforts to stop underage drinking.

Radio Show #232 – Harry Rock and
Westfield’s 350th Anniversary!

Harry Rock and the Friends of Westfield’s 350th Anniversary have put together a succession of amazing events to commemorate this milestone for the city!

As a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, Harry presents so very many events within it in vivid detail.

You’ll also hear what makes living in this community unique and special for Harry.

Happy Birthday to Westfield from Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: westfield350.org    •   Email: Westfieldma350@gmail.com

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March 1, 2019

Students getting drunk from pure vanilla extract.
MGM Springfield names Bishop Talbert W. Swan II to a Community Advisory Committee.
U.S. Army Field Band brings a free concert to Springfield.
“Sexting” in Western Mass. schools brings lifelong consequences.
Power outages have led to a strain on Margaret’s Pantry.
Hampshire College now has a vote of “no confidence ” for its president.
Judge Mastroianni wants the Cosby lawsuit to “start moving again.”
Mayor Reichelt claims the North End Bridge is safe.
Victoria’s Secret closes 53 stores.
Montague’s Fifth Street Bridge reopens.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ticket information for Aerosmith at MGM!
Big announcements and expansion plans from Poland to Hadley with Paul Kozub and V-One Vodka.
More on the Southwest Air flight diverted to Bradley: harrowing on-board accounts.
Western Mass. chef is a finalist in the James Beard Awards!
Legendary UMass Baseball Coach Dick Bergquist has died.
Greenfield Stop & Shop donates its $10,000 lottery bonus to the Food Bank of Western Mass!
Free concert featuring the SciTech Band at the Classical Condominiums.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 27, 2019

There may be weed killer in your beer and wine.
Boston Market entrees are being recalled – there could be some glass or plastic in them.
Rough weather for the remainder of the week.
Wind forces Southwest Air flight to divert to Providence instead of landing at Bradley International.
Cannabis Resource Center proposed to educate the public about marijuana growing.
Hampden-Wilbraham school superintendent accidentally sends the wrong email.
Frontera Grill in Chicopee raises the roof.
New Springfield Police Dept. head, Cheryl Claprood, pledges review of misconduct allegations within the department.
Skyline Trading Company allows customers to “pay it forward.”
If a tree falls in your yard… is it your responsibility?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Police Commissioner Barbieri resigns.
Stop & Shop union votes to authorize strike.
Springfield woman arrested for her fifth OUI.
Sinai Temple plans a “Scholar-in-Residence Weekend”
Westfield Kiwanis Club prepares its 50th annual TV auction.
South Hadley’s Loomis Village names Vivian Gladden-Jones as its new Director of Dementia-Friendly Home Care.
Wilbraham Papa Gino’s closes for good.
Excise tax bills are in the mail.
Online sales transactions leads to armed robbery and injury.
Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos will not run again.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 25, 2019

Fire at The Fort!
Castle of Knights hosts 2019 Chicopee Colleen competition.
Ware Fire Chief removed from office.
Former Debbie Wong restaurant to become a tavern called The Rail Yard.
Annual Spring Bulb Show coming to Smith College.
Northwestern District Attorney’s Office warns residents of schemes.
Crumbling foundations problem addressed in community meeting in East Longmeadow.
Maple syrup season has arrived – and Steve’s Sugar Shack is ready!
Stomach flu is making its rounds, particularly in Pittsfield.
East Longmeadow rotary causing many accidents in the first two months of the year.
K9 Atys of the Monson Police Dept. has passed away.
Chicopee upgrading its City Hall building.

Radio Show #231 – Paul Federici Explains the New Tax Laws

When the new tax laws were enacted, the government decided to change the tax tables that employees withholdings are based on to reflect the new tax rates. Many people received more in their net pay due to the fact that their federal tax withholdings were reduced.

Confusing?  Tax preparer and accountant Paul Federici, at Paul L. Federici and Associates, puts all this in perspective – what has happened and how it affects you and your tax preparation this season.

You will also hear some useful tips and advice!

Web: bsrcpa.com

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

Charlie Baker NOT running for higher office.
A study finds that the Mass. driving test is one of the hardest in the nation.
OSEG Sportsmen’s show this weekend at the Big E – with Doug Sousa.
Judge will not throw out evidence against a Holyoke motorist’s fourth OUI arrest.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee offers scholarships!
Stink bug population is down in Western Mass.
Holyoke Police Dept. installs a drug drop-off box.
Western Mass. coyote population is up, due to breeding season.
Springfield Rescue Mission distributes warm winter clothing.
Florence Alessandri celebrates her 100th birthday with a proclamation from Mayor Sarno.

Radio Show #230 – Doug Sousa and the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

This weekend, the great outdoors moves indoors at the Big E!

It’s time for the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

The latest gear, along with demonstrations and seminars, are all at the Better Living Center!

The man behind the organization of this huge undertaking is writer, promoter, columnist, and vice president of the Outdoor Sports Expo Group, Doug Sousa!

In this special program Doug provides a look behind the scenes at this top outdoor sports expo!

Hunting, fishing, boating, and more – for the avid sportsman or simply the spectator!

Email: doug@osegshows.com  •  Web: www.osegsportsmens.com

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dangerous icicle on 391.
East Longmeadow alleged drug dealer exits a Ludlow diner with cocaine, EBT cards and cheese.
Hampshire College problems result in inevitable layoffs.
Baystate Health residents collect 750 pounds of food for shelters!
Westfield hockey game played to honor Military and First Responders.
Springfield Police officer’s second firing is overturned.
Springfield traffic signals damaged at accident scenes have not been replaced.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cereal recall.
Ware police look for suspect who bit off another man’s ear.
Co-owner of Nathan Bill’s, where five Springfield Police officers are charged with assault, has been arraigned.
Motorists complain about I-91 backups.
Weather causing extreme potholes in Westfield.
How early is TOO early to clear your snow in the morning?
The Big E hires retired FBI agent as Director of Public Safety.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“Carlos Danger,” aka Anthony Weiner, is out of jail in Ayer, Mass.
Founder of the #Me Too movement speaks in Springfield to benefit the YWCA.
Tax season info: this year it will be different!
Baystate opens its Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center!
Springfield Parks Commission has cooked up some fun Fabulous February days for you and the kids!
Chicopee police arrest a man – by following footprints in the snow!
3rd Annual Caritas Gala at MGM presents “An Evening at the Emmys!”
Payless Shoe Stores prepare for closure.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 18, 2019

Frank’s Diner owner to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Mayor Sarno suspends negotiations with the police union.
Hartford ballpark cans peanuts and Cracker Jacks sales.
Staff job losses coming at Hampshire College.
Flight Fit N Fun opens at Holyoke Mall.
Police warn drivers to clear snow and ice from cars.
Phone scam in Easthampton – phony collection efforts for police union.
Six Flags Summer Job Fair continues (and ends) today!

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

Ownership changes for WMAS-FM and WHLL-AM.
Eversource executive now owns Springfield’s Valentine Mansion.
Former State Rep. David Vigneault dies.
Belchertown approves request for new school buildings.
Chicopee scam hits 90-year-old woman. (with Officer Michael Wilk)
Judge dumps legal claim against Amherst School System.
Huntington seniors can get a bucket of sand delivered to their home.
Concerns about a deer feeding station in Forest Park.
Will your next home be made out of hemp?
Holyoke Gas & Electric says no new residential and commercial gas connections… for now.
Big Y sells Adams store.
Gas at its lowest in Mass. in 18 months.
Greenfield City Councilor Brickett Allis intends mayoral run.

Radio Show #229 – Special Report on Scams with Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk

You’ve all heard about the Publisher’s Clearing House scam, already successful in bilking seniors out of large sums of money.

The phone is the primary port of access for this con game, but lately it has taken an even more ugly turn.

This is presented in full detail by Public Information Officer Michael Wilk.

Officer Wilk also touches on additional scams that are presently active in Western Mass.

We believe that knowledge is power, and in this case, protection.

Please listen in – and inform others of this program!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ford pickup recall!
Local Girl Scout’s project wins award!
Skiers are happy with the weather and so are the ski resorts.
CRRC MA is building a huge warehouse!
Hampshire College struggles worsen… faculty and staff layoffs now probable.
New liquor licenses for three new businesses!
Host of WGBY’s program “Connecting Point,” Carrie Saldo, receives an impressive award.
Clear the snow and ice from your car! Driving with snow on your car is illegal!
Six Flags big hiring event coming up!
Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show this weekend!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Easthampton restaurant: Hunt and Gather.
Ware sees changes in its town government.
Jordan Goodman talks about CarQ.com, a car buying service that can save you money!
Palmer Town Manager Charlie Blanchard retires.
Longmeadow residents are unhappy with a town bylaw, and want it “reviewed.”
Chicopee High School students donate groceries to Lorraine’s Kitchen.
Six Flags about to hire for the summer!
LEGO creates design for a new Lego playroom at Square One!
Ludlow couple pleads guilty to various counts of fraud of Freddie Mac.

Radio Show #228 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan examines the current state of student loans, some alternatives to literally no-interest-bearing savings accounts, a car-buying service that could save Western Mass. car buyers thousands of dollars on a new vehicle, and a program to help those in fields such as medicine, law enforcement, the military and other service fields save money buying or selling a home called “Heroes Come First.”

It’s all here with Jordan Goodman, heard exclusively in Western Mass. here on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Northampton pothole hotline.
Two Mass. hikers rescued!
Construction at Bradley International Airport to be finished by late Spring.
Mary Pope Osborne appears at the Eric Carle Museum author series!
Child recovers after falling through the ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst.
Feds swarmed a home in East Longmeadow and found half a ton of pot!
Safety grant, “Shannon Grant,” is awarded to the state to curb gang violence.