Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 29, 2019

Stop & Shop Hartford chicken recall.
Holyoke drug defendant indicted for sending a disturbing letter to an attorney.
Pittsfield man shot and killed in a youth turkey hunt.
East Longmeadow Police officer was wrongfully terminated.
Longmeadow holds its fourth annual “Live to Give” gala.
Traffic note: a Forest Park entrance is closed.
Granby Police cracking down on crosswalk safety.
Dirt bikes are not street legal.
D.A. Anthony Gulluni’s war on teenage vaping.
Hampshire Regional eighth grader starting pitcher!
State lawmakers hungry to raise number of tolls on the Pike and adding them to other state highways.
Recreational marijuana home delivery?

Radio Show #245 – Dawn Erickson and the
St. Mary’s Parish Auction

Westfield’s Dawn Erickson has transitioned from a career in media promotions and sales to managing several businesses, taking care of two young daughters and still finding time to add a professional setting and boost to the St. Mary’s Parish Auction this Saturday, April 27, 2019.

In this conversation, you’ll hear just how exciting this auction promises to be!

You’ll find all manner of items including sports memorabilia!

Beer, wine, and a great opportunity to help the kids and perhaps pick up some great deals!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 26, 2019

Starbucks brings back its summertime “S’mores Frappuccino”
Amherst licensing board permanently yanks the liquor license for Porta Pizzeria.
Soon, Mass. residents will need a “real ID credential.”
Reader To Reader of Amherst receives a literacy award.
Joanne Berwald of Mestek receives Distinguished Citizen Award.
NAI Plotkin promotes Daniel J. Moore to vice president of its brokerage division.
Ashley Sullivan P.E. joins a new firm.
Ina Clark joins Jacob’s Pillow in Amherst.
RIP Captain Carmelo Serafino, Springfield Fire Dept. retired.
MGM Resorts announces job cutbacks affecting MGM Springfield.
Dunkin’s new flavors celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 25, 2019

UMass Amherst celebrates third straight year of being named best campus food in the country.
Neighborhood residents want cars to slow down near the Sabis School.
Stop & Shop workers are back; restocking continues.
Hadley barn swallows remain a controversy.
West Springfield students are proud of their principal’s “Wheel of Fortune” appearance!
18-wheeler stuck under Main Street’s Arch Bridge.
Mercy Medical Center adds bra-fitting service for women.
Murphy’s Pop Stop in Springfield closes for good.
Monson Police Dept. offers “deaf and hard of hearing” cards.
Ludlow’s Comfort Shoes closing.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 24, 2019

High Connecticut River water levels causing problems in Northampton and Easthampton.
Local East Longmeadow couple appears on WHEEL OF FORTUNE – and wins!
Wilbraham Police Dept. announces a crackdown on distracted driving.
Target recalling children’s toy… possible choking hazard.
Union Station construction causes downtown Springfield detours.
Tough and expensive pothole season has local crews using permanent filler.
100th birthday party for Hilda Breveleri at the West Springfield Senior Center.
Springfield police captain involved in parking lot dispute draws his weapon.
Merriam-Webster adds 640 words!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Driving across railroad tracks.
Work this week on Glendale Road.
Stop & Shop workers are back!
Ubeer Fest returning for year 6 in Easthampton!
Springfield Regional Chamber heads to Boston for the Beacon Hill Summit.
Gas prices – up – again!
Chicopee hazardous waste drop-off day.
Holyoke and West Springfield hold drug take-back day.
Hampshire College’s problems continue, and now its accreditation is at risk.

Radio Show #244 – “God Bless America” Banned Due to Alleged Racism of Signature Performer Kate Smith

A new controversy has emerged featuring the much loved Irving Berlin song, “God Bless America.”

The issue has flashed from Philadelphia to New York City, affecting not only this iconic song, but two major league sports teams, and all hinging on a famous female vocalist who has been dead for 33 years.

The signature version of this song is by radio and recording star Kate Smith, whose recording of a 1931 song has lyrics interpreted by today’s standards as extremely racist. This has resulted in the use of “God Bless America” being temporarily and most likely permanently discontinued by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees.

In Philadelphia, the statue of Kate Smith outside the stadium had been covered in a shroud, and subsequently has been completely removed.

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard appeared with WMAL, Washington, D.C. guest host, Michael Harrison, to discuss the many levels of this issue, particularly where political correctness and historical context meet.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 22, 2019

3 year-old Easter Egg Hunt winner!
Free shredding on Saturday – and continuing!
Rain didn’t stop Westside’s Easter Egg Hunt!
C. Henry Twiggs retires from the City Council.
Nathan Bill’s co-owner arraignment scheduled.
State lawmakers want to add “gender ‘X'” option to ID cards and driver’s licenses.
Successful Easter Brunch for a new restaurant.

Radio Show #243 – Springfield City Councilor
At-Large Jesse Lederman Speaks Out!

From single use plastic bags, the ‘Welcoming City” ordinance, the cannabis industry, the proposed raise for the council, the council’s relationship with the mayor, to the Stop & Shop strike, Jesse Lederman makes his position clear on these and other city and regional issues.

Web: www.jesseforspringfield.com • Email: CouncilorLederman@gmail.com

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 19, 2019

Pickle Chips!
Springfield’s mosquito season longer this year.
Firefighters free an East Hadley man stuck in a window.
New Mass. Aggie Seed Library opens at UMass Amherst.
I-91 – multiple accidents and two fatalities this week.
Connecticut River is rising, posing problems for homeowners.
Stop & Shop strike affects small food markets.
Aging gas pipes in Springfield require repairs from Columbia Gas.
Governor Baker speaks at UMass Amherst commencement ceremonies.
Tina D’Agostino moves to Mercy Medical Center.
Easter Sunday and Passover in Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 18, 2019

Frozen Reeses for you this summer!
Ben & Jerry’s recall.
Monson and Palmer are safe from over pressurized gas lines.
Mass. State Police announce an Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint for Hampden County.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopening pushed back about a week.
Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores are the first in the company to ban plastic bags.
Ware man angry at lack of flag outside the Belchertown courthouse.
Stop & Shop strike update.
Lyft offers “4-20” discount over Easter weekend to marijuana users.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Goodbye “Georgette”
Tax deadline day.
Annual Extravaganja in Northampton could create heavy traffic.
Springfield man headed to state prison after shooting a dog.
Red Cross lifeguard training.
Western Mass. auto detailer also cleans works of history.
Member of Western Mass. 4-H saluted after 55 years of service.
Drivers confused by new Holyoke Mall traffic lights.
Stop & Shop strike update: local markets benefit.
Western Mass. gas prices creep up.
Red Cross installing new smoke detectors for Western Mass. seniors.
YWCA and others recognized at upcoming Regional Chamber Breakfast.
Columbia Gas checking overpressurization of gas lines in Monson and Palmer.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1-90 work in Blandford and Russell – what you need to know.
Springfield officer who was shot has been discharged from the hospital.
Mardis Gras building and club still for sale.
Sarno up in arms about melee and stabbing outside Le Souk Hookah Bar.
Pride Stores in Western Mass. about to ban plastic bags.
Skyline Trading in Westfield launches its new brewery building.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopens after a fire.
Stop & Shop walkout increases traffic at local independent markets.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 15, 2019

High wind advisory!
Patriot’s Day – what’s on and what’s off.
Stop & Shop strikers speak out.
American International College laundry room fire.
Native American UMass PowWow.
Flag raising in Holyoke for the Sikh community.
Warning to swimmers – the waters are still too cold!
Springfield Police C3 host an Easter Party.
Westfield Mayor holds Easter Egg Hunt.
Six Flags New England collecting suits and dresses!
Crews work to clean up Five Mile Pond oil spill.

Radio Show #242 – Rita Caputo-Capua and
the Red Rose Pizzeria

Rita Caputo-Capua, one of the “dynamic Caputo sisters,” co-owner and manager of Springfield’s iconic Red Rose Pizzeria, happily makes her life and her foreseeable future in this well-loved restaurant!

Why not? She literally grew up in it!

Now, as the Red Rose makes its fourth expansion, with a visible pizza kitchen planned, Rita’s excitement over this and her pride in the Red Rose’s line of signature sauces and dressings, make each day an adventure!

Determined not to be swallowed up by the casino, The Red Rose has maintained its identity and continues to be a family operation. Rita makes it very clear that she has no intention of slowing down and is delighted to ride well into the future doing exactly what she is doing now.

In this program, Rita reflects on the relationship between the restaurant, MGM Springfield, and the South End, and takes us through an average day in her life.

Website: www.redrosepizzeria.com

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 12, 2019

Tax day in Mass. is April 17th.
SUV strikes dog and drags owner in Holyoke.
Governor Baker appoints Paul Treseler as Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.
Recount likely in Ware Selectman’s race.
Spring break hours for the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!
Greenfield shuts down a body spa.
Melha Shriners complete the sale of their building.
Holyoke Police Dept. adds a full-time officer and 14 reserve officers.
Putnam Vocational senior builds 5 workout stations outside the State Police barracks.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 11, 2019

Garden Bros Circus comes to Springfield.
Heroic performance at a Northboro supermarket.
Greenfield publisher Channing Bete closes its doors.
Holyoke man under arrest for EBT card fraud.
Hadley planning election shakeup.
Holyoke author holds book signing at Barnes and Noble.
New police chief for North Adams.
Copper theft warning!
Springfield Rescue Mission to serve Easter dinner to hundreds of homeless.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Denise R. Jordan will be AIC’s commencement speaker.
Holyoke manholes shoot fire.
Jordan Goodman looks at interest rates.
Carol Leary, Bay Path University president, retires.
Nancy Talbot wins a vacant seat and returns to the Ware Board of Selectmen.
Westfield man needs a kidney.
Gift-o-logy stores at Holyoke Mall and Longmeadow Shops closing.
Westfield Police Commission picks new police chief.
Balise builds $6M Mazda dealership in the South End.
Can you help a Western Mass. man find a lost and treasured wedding ring?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gas prices creep up.
Springfield Museums hold Earth Day Festival.
Westover conducts explosives training.
Savers thrift store closes Springfield Plaza store.
Attleboro students are challenging the school committee on their 20-minute lunch period.
Bremer Classic Pepperoni Pizza sandwiches recall.
3 Finalists announced for Amherst Regional High School principal.
Melha Shriners Highlanders will hold a social at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club.
Orange Police urge care when picking up litter and debris.
AAA West Springfield employee saves 71 year-old woman.
You need a seafood dealer permit in Mass. to sell your fish catches!
Email “phishing” incident affects some 12,000 Baystate Health patients.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 8, 2019

Golfers hit the links over the weekend!
Westover Air Force Base holds a change of command ceremony.
Acid in Springfield drinking water prompts letter from the Water Dept.
Downtown strip clubs up for sale.
State Police held weekend sobriety checkpoint.
YMCA of Greater Springfield relocates to Tower Square.
Boy Scout assists two bald eagles through fundraising.
Six Flags New England holds “Straight ‘A’s for a Free Day!”
Springfield car vs. home.
Yeshiva Academy hosts matzah-making for children preparing for Passover.