Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lisa Ziegert’s alleged killer identified and arrested
Big E Roller Coaster rescue
TOYS R US in danger of bankruptcy
Holyoke native wins Emmy!
New Words for the dictionary from Merriam Webster
Bright Nights 5k Road Race an immediate sell-out!

Survival stories author Michael Tougias

Longmeadow native Michael Tougias has 26 books to his credit, seven of them true survival stories at sea.  The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2009), which Tougias co-authored with Casey Sherman, was made into a Disney film in 2015.  In this conversation, Tougias shares what he’s learned about people who come face-to-face with death, how he goes about his research, and much more.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, September 18, 2017

Billy Demolition Norris, Princess Pancake, and the Swollen Colon, among many others are coming to the Big E to square off in the Big E White Hut cheeseburg eating contest!
Gill Police Chief put on paid admin leave, retires, after domestic abuse charge
SmartPhone Trivia contest for Holyoke Schools
—-much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 15, 2017

“Sopranos” and “Goodfellas” character actor and Western Mass. native Frank Vincent dies.
Florence Bank expands into West Springfield.
JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow – update.
End in sight for I-91 construction!
Agawam Police Officer firing supported by State Advisory Board.
Amherst College second best liberal arts college in the nation!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday September 14, 2017

Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow found with patients in distress.
Greenfield man sues Chief of Police over parking ticket.
New $45M hotel-restaurant development for Chicopee.
Target lowers prices on thousands of items!
Greenfield election results!
Mark Fulco returns to Mercy Medical Center.

Brad Shepard Today Wednesday September 13, 2017

Arrest warrant for Springfield Police officer.
Waggin’ Trails dog park planned for Northampton!
Bright Nights 5K Road Race!
Wrong-way Columbus Avenue driver.
Jordan Goodman on Equifax identity protection.
East Longmeadow man places 4 cameras in York, Maine vacation rental bathroom.
——much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday September 12, 2017

Belchertown: car vs. Post Office building.
Gas prices – stable this week!
Groton multiple murder.
When is the best time for Mass. foliage?
Sugar Loaf road closing.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday September 11, 2017

Important traffic advisory for Springfield; from the roads to the sidewalks!
Le Souk Hookah Lounge opens in Springfield!
Westover Airmen reservists in action with humanitarian aid to Irma victims.
Furious Mayor and Police Commissioner expand “Shot-Spotter’ to more neighborhoods!
Congressman Neal increases Berkshires appearances.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 8, 2017

Fire truck for sale… just 12 grand!
LEASE IT LOCAL! How you can rent a vacant store front downtown!
New redesigned Pats plate now available at the RMV!
New vehicle inspection process announced – in effect in a month! (and it will take longer)
New transportation options for Chicopee seniors!
Western Mass—Amazon’s second North American headquarters?
This weekend… it’s GLENDI!!!

Activist, educator, and local author, Kathy Picard, on childhood sexual abuse

Springfield-native Kathy Picard is an activist and educator who shares what she learned about writing on tough subjects as told in her book, Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse, (Kathy Picard, March 2017). Reach Kathy at Kathychildadvocate@gmail.com and learn more about her at kathypicard.com.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday September 7, 2017

New Host for WGBY-TV’s CONNECTING POINT
Westfield Police, and road rage bb gun
Granby Bow and Gun Club, and town square off!
Berkshire Museum severs ties with the Smithsonian
Shuttle service to the Big E! Where, and prices!
Governor’s Council confirms new judge!
Longmeadow nursing home investigation
—much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday September 6, 2017

Passy Pete, the Maine Lobster, has predicted six more weeks of summer!
Want to buy a Springfield fire station?
Gas continuing up! Check the prices!
Bobcats in East Longmeadow
Apple picking time!
Distracted driving course in Amherst for teen drivers!
Pumpkin Latte returns to Starbucks!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday September 5, 2017

Pittsfield shooting fatality
Chicopee K-9 Officer finds a missing Autistic six-year old
Flu shot time!
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY–the musical, opens the Majestic Theater season! (w/Danny Eaton)
Who dumped a load of asphalt on private property in Palmer? Can you help?
Gas prices are up! And may continue to go higher!

Local Attorney, Professor and Prolific Author Steve Weisman

Amherst-based attorney and prolific author Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University in Boston, has become one of the most sought after experts on scams and identity theft in America – and this after being a victim himself.  The books that put him on the map? The Truth About Avoiding Scams (FT Press, 2008) and Identity Theft Alert (FT Press, 2014).  In this conversation, he describes the benefits for writers who specialize in an area of expertise and what motivated him to write more than a dozen books.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Labor Day Weekend! September 1, 2017

PRIDE is giving its 50k lottery bonus to local non-profits! You can apply!
Donut wars in Hadley!
Labor Day travel app! Learn how you can avoid jams!
Northampton Police Dept. trading card collection earns a young one a police escort for her first day back at school!
Chicopee scooter thefts.
Certain local museums will now accept EBT card payments.
Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday August 31, 2017

Another card skimming device in Pittsfield!
Cell phones banned in Springfield Public Schools!
Danny Eaton has written a new play, and it’s being produced at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield!
Brimfield Flea Market Fall finale!
Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City dog food robbery.
Yankee Pedlar auction.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday August 30, 2017

Watch out for phony Mavis Wanczyk scams!
Off-duty Springfield Police tangle with gang members at the Mardis Gras.
Westfield 9/11 remembrance.
Western Mass. Red Cross offers ways for you to help Harvey victims in Texas.
Greyhound and Peter Pan split up!
–much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday August 29, 2017

Selling the Statehouse in Boston to Springfield.
I-91 migraines!
Back to school!
South Deerfield woman charged with 15 grand worth of stolen lottery tickets.
Springfield trees being rehabbed and replanted.
Chicopee car break-ins.
Forest Park entrance reopened!