Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Road and traffic report.
Springfield mayor’s statement show him livid over weekend violence.
Wellfleet Insurance Co. moves into Tower Square.
Wreath placed on Spring Street memorial to fallen firefighters.
Congressman Neal and Mayor Sarno break ground on a new million dollar pump station.
18 companies and vendors submit proposals and meet the deadline for marijuana shops.
Gas prices level – headed toward Memorial Day weekend.
Abundance Farm – a food justice farm raising funds to open an outdoor bakery.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 20, 2019

Roadway projects this week – listen for a list of locations.
Graduations a-plenty! Western New England University, Westfield State, Springfield College, Bay Path and more.
Mass. State Police Bomb Squad detonated decades-old explosives found in Montague.
Mercy Medical Center presents new, less invasive spine surgery techniques.
Two new microbreweries open within a short drive from one another.
In Palmer, students cheered on their Special Olympics classmates to win gold medals!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 17, 2019

Sobriety checkpoint this weekend set for Middlesex County!
Roosevelt Ave. two-car crash caused by third car firing shots.
Big E announces big name music acts!
More marijuana dispensaries proposed.
Tribute to fallen police officers held.
Important Brimfield Fair parking information!
Springfield Farmer’s Market is back and at a new location!
Third candidate for mayor of Greenfield.
Dirt bikes and ATVs in Springfield are still a dangerous situation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pollen season rolls on!
39th Annual Brightside Golf Classic.
Second hit on People’s Bank in East Longmeadow.
Update on Bernardston ankle monitor escapee.
Update on Longmeadow Gas Warrant town vote.
Ware trash truck driver found not guilty of negligent motor vehicle homicide.
FCC goes after “robo calls.”
Beacon Hill goes after your cell phones, and debates on requiring hands-free operation in your car.
Trapped Bridgewater Beagle freed after several days in a shed in the woods.
Time to “Stuff a Bus” for Open Pantry Community Services.
West Springfield buys the historic First Congregational Church.
Gas prices up for Memorial Day weekend.
Springfield Police ask help in identifying Boston Road McDonald’s robber.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Payton Shubrick of 6 Bricks, LLC wants her cannabis shop in “Gasoline Alley.”
Acting Police Commissioner Clapprood terminates officer Daniel Cintron.
MGM outdoor concert keeps local residents awake.
Suffield man injured by falling tree.
2nd time in less than a week, police are called to an East Longmeadow bank.
Bicycle vs. car in Palmer.
Police seek Bernardston man who removed his ankle monitor.
Meaghan Burns, U.S. Navy, brought home to Deerfield after being the victim of a fatal shooting.
Hundreds of empty nip bottles are being thrown into the streets throughout Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Granville driver charged with OUI; turns out to be a sex offender with active warrants.
Gardner High School principal under suspension during investigation.
Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza opening additional location in West Springfield.
Chicopee City Hall elevator out of order for the foreseeable future.
Longmeadow votes on gas pipeline.
Bike Safety Week.
Mayor Sarno increases pressure against methadone clinic location in the South End.
McDonald’s launches summer jobs program!
Famous asparagus time in Hadley for asparagus season!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 13, 2019

15 year-old Chicopee High School student pepper-sprayed and arrested.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club has a concert to support The Springfield Rifles rugby team.
Dean Foods isn’t saying what Friendly’s future may be.
American International College holds double commencement ceremonies.
Tick Season and Lyme Disease public forum to be held.
Florida grey fox moves into Forest Park Zoo.
Holyoke and South Hadley letter carriers collected food stuffs from mailboxes on Saturday.
Frost is still a possibility through the end of this month; tips for protecting your plants.
Gary Rome Hyundai holds fashion show for Providence Ministries.
Springfield Police Dept. launches the return of “Click it or Ticket” seat belt checks.
Westfield Police are asking for help to solve multiple car break-ins.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 10, 2019

Pancakes and merry-go-round rides this weekend!
Lisa Ziegert’s alleged killer appears in court.
The South End community objects to a methadone clinic as proposed.
The Center for Human Development graduates nurturing fathers in a program.
Springfield Police launch motivating program for cadets to join the force.
Greenfield Community College protest poor progress in their new contract.
Amherst Cinema brings you the CatVideoFest 2019!
Springfield Regional Chamber presents “Wednesday Night Live!”
Holyoke Merry-Go-Round offers free rides for all moms on Mother’s Day!
Two Springfield Police officers acquitted of rape charges.
Police ask help identifying People’s United Bank robber in East Longmeadow.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 9, 2019

Springfield streets and roads looking at multimillion dollar improvements.
Fire at the Republican building Wednesday.
Senate Ways and Means panel looking to freeze tuition at UMass next year.
Springfield Rescue Mission holds graduation for Men’s New Life Program.
Brimfield Fair time!
New Assistant Superintendent at Belchertown Schools.
RISE Amherst: first store in the town to offer recreational marijuana.
Phony money being passed in Longmeadow.
Two new centenarians at the Arbors in Chicopee.
Northampton Police remind you to stay awake at the wheel!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mass. state cupcake?
South End Bridge jumper is rescued and survives.
New Westfield Fire Chief.
Springfield and Chicopee dirt bike arrest.
Woman arrested for Chicopee porch package theft.
Hatfield man throws winning Derby ticket away.
Mercy Medical Center: area’s first hospital to use a new leadless pacemaker.
Mayor Sarno at “Stars and Stripes Day” in Springfield.
Elevated I-91 and I-291 connector condition has some drivers worried.
South Hadley Farmers Market canceled for this summer.
Northampton Police Captain Dorothy Clayton retires.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Thoughts on the royal baby and the Kentucky Derby.
World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday.
“NYPD Blue” star Gordon Clapp brings Robert Frost to the Majestic Theater.
East Longmeadow’s Derrick Driscoll has been named Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Potential marijuana shop in the South End gets off to a poor start with the neighborhood council.
Roxanne Wedergartner launches campaign for Greenfield mayor.
Our wet Spring may increase our mosquitos this season.
Kmart stores in Holyoke and Palmer have been sold.
Smith & Wesson sells its Shooting Sports Center.
Friendly’s Ice Cream and Garelick Farms up for sale.
Belchertown School Committee has two finalists for school superintendent.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 6, 2019

Rain hurting landscaping companies.
At MGM Springfield, Junior Achievement of Western Mass. celebrates 100 years (with Jen Connolly and Mayor Sarno).
Tyson chicken strips recall expands!
Gun Owners Action League wants stiffer penalties for hunter harassment.
GM recalling over 368,000 pickups.
40 Springfield Police recruits volunteer to clean up a Holyoke neighborhood.
Area hotels already booking up for graduation season in the region.
Southampton wave of car break-ins.
Too much rain and your lawn!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 3, 2019

Phillips Insurance Agency wins an award for the 12th straight year.
Meghan Chotain moves to Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. in Holyoke.
Enfield Police warn of escort service scam.
D.A. Anthony Gulluni thanks those who have used the clergy sexual abuse hotline.
New fast food restaurant in the works for the North End.
5-day suspension for Kiley Middle school police officer.
911 problems for Charter users in Chicopee.
Police Captain Michael McCabe announces run for mayor in Westfield.
Greenfield City Councilor Brickett Allis announces for mayor in Greenfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 2, 2019

Don’t wash your chicken.
Power lawn and garden equipment is being stolen.
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. wins Marketplace Excellence Award.
MGM Resorts announce another wave of layoffs.
New Starbucks for Boston Road.
Kiwanis Club of Northampton holds annual meeting.
Main greeting road entrance to Forest Park will be closed for months.
New Big E Director of Sales.
Big Mamou opening second location!
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane moves on.
Mercy Medical Center announces some employee layoffs.
Report names Holyoke as the most dangerous city in Mass.
Deerfield firefighters remind residents to cover carbon monoxide alarms when doing home repair work.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pancake Breakfast Chair announced!
White Lion Brewing Company to open a summer beer garden!
Dunkin’ getting rid of styrofoam cups.
Bears are waking up and being sighted more and more.
Chicopee swears in a new Fire Chief.
Pool fire in East Forest Park.
Mercy Medical Center returns to standard visiting hours.
Hampshire College faculty reductions, layoffs, cuts and phase outs.
Hampshire Superior Court judge to defendant: “At some point you are going to run out of attorneys.”
UMass Amherst ranked safest campus in Massachusetts.
Rain in April has slowed down road construction.
Can you help the Springfield Police identify a laundry thief?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Live artillery shell detonated near Chicopee Center.
Sunday: first home game for Springfield Roller Derby team.
Square One Officer Jenise Katalina named Supervisor of the Year.
Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby party to benefit Square One.
World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast coming up!
15 year-old Boy Scout raises funds for new flagpole for veterans.
Springfield church break-in and burglary.
Police officer removed from security team at local school.
Ware Town Clerk Nancy Talbot’s narrow victory in Board of Selectmen election sustained in recount.
Kenneth Laflamme, retired postal employee, pleads guilty to accepting bribes.
No fireworks on the Fourth of July in Westfield this year.

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?

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!