Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 24, 2019

Westfield Cow Pie Contest.

Springfield Parks Dept. announces new dates for two free outdoor concerts (previously rained out).

Strawberry Social in West Springfield.

Amherst College Science Center has small fire.

50,000 square foot trampoline park planned for the former Bon Ton Space in Westfield.

Interstate Towing celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Western Mass. Big Y announces new appointments.

Brad Shepard Today – Friday and the weekend, June 21, 2019

It’s the first day of summer, and Dairy Queen has a free cone for you!

Alarming statistics about drivers operating under the influence of marijuana.

A fire at Springfield’s Wild Olive Pizzeria.

Table and Vine the latest to phase out plastic bags.

Dakin Humane Society fundraiser – “Barks and Brews!”

Hampshire College raises funds and will admit a full freshman class in 2020.

New Springfield Associate City Solicitor nominated.

Senator Lesser’s “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair.”

Palmer residents complaining about overgrowth at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Need for food pantry donations are acute in the summer.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 20, 2019

Domino’s pizza robbery – an inside job.

Holyoke pot shop owner charged with securities crime.

Northeast Balloon Festival set for Northampton.

John Collins of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System is retiring.

Springfield K-9 Officer “Mr. Warner” is honored with an award.

Man falling asleep in a boat at Five Mile Pond almost prompts a water rescue.

Easthampton Pedal N’ Party, an alcohol friendly bike service, suspends operations.

Girls Club of Holyoke becomes Girls Inc. of Holyoke.

Chicopee City Hall receives $12M overhaul!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dedication of Springfield’s 911 Memorial tonight.

Retired Judge Velis portrait to be unveiled.

Ludlow Domino’s Pizza robbed.

Peter Rosskothen announces a new Delaney’s Market Store for Springfield.

Amherst Town Council considers new housing on Route 9.

Gas prices DOWN.

AAA notes the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers.

Police officers face health issues due to encountering fentanyl.

Springfield City Council still grappling with stiffening dirt bike laws.

Dunkin’ begins offering delivery service at some locations.

Warren Police Chief ends his 11-year run.

Big Y sells 6 in-store pharmacies to CVS.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Worcester woman crashes into Rhode Island home, and identifies herself as “Hello Kitty.”

MGM issues traffic advisory due to  signage work.

Granby celebrates its 251st birthday.

Bill Cosby tweets a Father’s Day message.

Pillsbury Flour recalled due to potential E Coli issue.

Internet and cell blackout simulation in Southwick next weekend.

Western Mass. towns fireworks display schedule.

7th Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival!

Pool chemical warning from the State Fire Marshal.

Chicopee fundraiser held for  Police Lt. Hamilton Wray.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 17, 2019

Franklin (MA) warning; student approached by a man in a vehicle.

Leicester marijuana store hit with $75,000 fine.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens newest store in Chicopee.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum unveils “Seussian Summer!”

Springfield judge calls shortage of public defenders “a train wreck.”

2019 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade announces honorees for 2019.

Forest Park Illumination Night!

3rd Annual Franklin County Pride March.

100 people attend Northampton Trump Impeachment Rally.

Unity Park Community garden in Turners Falls holds “Plant Swap. ”

Big E holds free public shredding event.

Amherst Survival Center holds food distribution event.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, June 14,2019

Minor fire at the Big Y on College Highway in Southwick.

3 area high school students bring their pet grooming business to a Junior Achievement event in Washington, D.C.

Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield has lane closures.

Homeowners “deed scam” report!

5 area Democrats in the legislature break with the party on a vote.

Former Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s brother-in-law guilty of stalking and rape.

Carpenter ants want in to your home for the summer.

Pools are opening soon; Springfield’s life guards are ready!

 

Radio Show #253 – The Wonderful Story of
“Bob the Bike Man”

Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”

And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass.  In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.

Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.

After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.

More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.

Here is the story of  life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.

Email: contact@pedalthruyouth.org    •   Web: www.pedalthruyouth.org

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 13, 2019

David Ortiz update.

Ludlow political advisor to many presidents, James King, has died. Tony Cignoli remembers him.

The philosophy of Bob the Bike Man.

Springfield murder house on the market.

New refrigerator needed for indian Orchard’s Community Survival Center.

A dirt bike accident on Main Street, as Springfield lawmakers push for stronger penalties.

Riverfront Park reopens after huge upgrade.

Sewer workers rupture a water main that floods the I-91 parking garage.

Two high school students stage a car show in Longmeadow!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Thoughts on Big Papi.

Jordan Goodman on the lowest interest rates in years!

Southwick restaurant owner pleads guilty to tax fraud.

Chicopee School Committee member pepper sprayed and arrested.

Discarded cannabis edibles are dangerous for dogs.

Springfield City Council looking to again toughen laws on dirt bikes.

Ryan McDowell sentencing postponed. Again.

More going on than just food at the Taste Of Amherst!

Big Y raises the age to purchase tobacco products!

Romanian national sentenced to 5 years in prison for installing skimming devices.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Leapin’ lizards in Chicopee!

September 11 monument dedication in Springfield is set.

Former Springfield YMCA CEO sued in Florida.

Connie Francis tribute show with Donna Lee in Sixteen Acres to support the Lions Club.

Cold water warning for swimmers!

Summer gas prices – down!

Springfield’s Union Station welcomes Amtrak’s return!

Mass. Pike delays in Russell this week.

GySgt. Thomas Sullivan Scholarship Fund established.

All day police patrols end at RISE Amherst (pot shop).

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 10, 2019

Greetings from New York City and the nation to Western Mass. (with Jordan Goodman, Jim Bohannon, Dan Yorke, Joe Pags, and Mike Baxendale).

Former assistant Springfield golf pro prepared for sentencing.

MassMutual is #84 on Fortune 500.

Father’s Day dining options.

Greenfield water and sewer rates increase.

Be careful where you swim!

Strawberry picking time!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 6, 2019

UMass Amherst offers students money to commute from home and not live on campus.

East Longmeadow election results.

Springfield City Council approves $1.5M in Symphony Hall upgrades.

West Springfield bocce championship at the Dante Club.

W.W. Grainger Foundation donates money for pet food to Dakin Humane Society.

East Longmeadow center field the scene of 6 car smash and grabs.

New Chief Development Officer for Springfield is announced.

Wings Over chain in Westfield must pay workers back for pay shortage.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Town election day in East Longmeadow (with Pat Henry, Billy Gorman and Tom Florence).

Four skimming devices found on Lunenburg gas pumps.

Free donuts on Friday at Dunkin’!

Union Station looking forward to a better year this year than last.

Robert Roose, MD, named Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Medical Center.

Mr. Pizza Guy in Agawam closes down.

Westfield and Southwick students learn about flying at “Wright Flight” at Barnes Regional Airport.

Gas prices head down.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Perdue recalls 32,000 pounds of chicken.

Springfield man tries to outrun police cruiser, then jumps in the river.

Springfield Plaza owners consider housing for redevelopment of the property.

Either a fox or a coyote attacked an Enfield hiker.

Nick’s Nursery for kittens at Dakin asks for donations, and a local couple will match them.

Mayor Sarno bids goodbye to retiring Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy.

Easthampton permanent traffic change.

Bernardston Police save fawn.

Summer pool safety and fence warning.

Summer camps are starting… measles vaccinations are required.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 3, 2019

State Senator Michael Brady appears in court on drunk driving charges.

Mayor Sarno asks City Council for 1.5 million for capital improvements for Symphony Hall.

Mass. Trial court considers rescinding some bans on cell phones in courthouses.

Westfield on Weekends MusicFest series for June!

Storrowton Village Museum looks for volunteers.

Three men ordained to the priesthood on Saturday.

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton changes its hours for summer.

Mayor Morse and the Holyoke Pride March.

West Springfield Police ask motorists to avoid a bear near Route 20.

Cannabis Control Commission considers new rules for marijuana distributors.

Watch out for counterfeit bills – they are on the rise in Western Mass.

Electronic prescriptions efforts move forward.

MGM’s gaming revenues are lower than expected… the “high rollers” aren’t coming.

Radio Show #252 – Hoai Le and Pho Delicious!

Taking its place among the unique eateries of Western Mass., Hoai Le introduces Pho Delicious in East Longmeadow!

Pho Delicious promises an authentic Vietnamese dining experience.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, Hoai takes great pride in his locally owned and operated restaurant.

Independent, and not part of a chain, Pho Delicious stands on its own.

Hoai Le, his wife and family forge a strong connection with all those who come for lunch or dinner, and insure that Pho Delicious lives up to its name!

Visit us on Facebook!

Radio Show #251 – Eric Letendre and
the Eric Letendre Dog Training School

Aggressive or unruly dogs are very common in our region and can be a problem.

Lunging or snapping at other dogs or other people can expose you to litigation – or worse!

Originally from Feeding Hills, and now branching out across the state, Western Mass.’ Eric Letendre, the “top dog” at Eric Letendre Dog Training School, can help get your dog to respond to proper commands and maintain acceptable and safe behavior.

Even if the dog is straining at the leash, or will not come when called, Eric, his books, website and email accessibility can help!

Eric chats with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard about the common problems and misconceptions of effective dog training!

Web: ericletendre.com  •  Contact us here.

Brad Shepard Today, Friday and the weekend, May 31, 2019

Target issues a charging cable recall.
Holyoke Media announces a $2M media center.
Farmers Markets start up in Holyoke and in Westfield!
World Wide Knit in Public Day!
John Vieux formally announces for mayor of Chicopee.
Longmeadow 11-year-old wants canned goods donations for Rachel’s Table for her birthday.
Offensive graffiti on Mt Tom has hikers and officials angry.
Springfield officials gather for a South End CVS groundbreaking!
Fire Dept. deals with accidental flammable spill on Memorial Drive.
New Valley Bank and Trust opens for business in Springfield!
Group of small business owners want in on sports betting in Mass.