Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 21, 2019

Another Western Mass. million dollar Lotto winner!
Missing Chicopee teen runaway has been found and is safe.
Melvin Jones sentenced to two years.
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival coming up at the Springfield JCC.
Chicopee federal sewer project finally coming to an end.
American Red Cross of Mass. has responded to 17 emergencies in a short period.
Marijuana retail sales facility proposed for the Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall.
Red Cross honors Hometown Hero Holly Holden.
Beer and wine available for home games of the new ball team for Westfield, the Westfield Starfires.
“Me Too” movement founder Tarana Burke speaks at Smith College.
Springfield City Council working on stricter dirt bike laws.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A free ice cream cone to celebrate the first day of Spring!
Whately driver follows his GPS right onto the woods – and gets stuck.
Springfield City Council delays vote on plastic bag ban.
Springfield Museums present tribute to working women, “We Can Do It!”
Scouts gather to promote several reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.
West Springfield woman asking for help to find a missing bracelet.
Springfield Regional Chamber holds Beacon Hill Summit.
Wahlburgers still coming to MGM Springfield… so they say.
Once-worn prom dresses are being collected for every June graduate in need.
The Melha Shrine Circus ends its 64-year run.
Pioneer Valley Hotel Group has plans for the former York Street Jail site.
Lawyer James J. Martin sentenced.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Springfield is the fifth most-challenging place in the nation for asthma.
Eric Carle Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Joseph Morrissette becomes first candidate for mayor in Chicopee.
Woman mauled by dog sues the town of Ware and the former dog officer in that town.
Westfield State University issues a vote of “no confidence” in its president.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club accepting reservations for its 2019 Ireland tour.
Fuller Road in Goshen considered a hazardous mess by residents.
Gas in Mass. jumps a nickel.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 18, 2019

U.S. Army Field Band brings you a free concert at Symphony Hall.
Flu season in Western Mass. may have peaked.
Struggling Hampshire College enrollment drops dramatically.
Women and Girls Empowerment event in Agawam.
Melha Shriners have sold the Longhill Street property.
Ware Police report a Social Security scam.
Town of Sheffield still in shock over the fire that claimed five lives.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade accepting nominations for special posts.
Baystate Health Children’s Hospital visitor restrictions have been lifted.
Latest wave of car break-ins hits Ludlow.
Springfield Police Dept. featured in an upcoming episode of “COPS.”

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

Mass. State Police shut down Route 2 in Templeton to relocate a bear family.
Senator Ed Markey in Northampton next week.
Western Mass. crossing guard Karen Levinsky has a message for motorists.
Excise tax bills are out, Tom Florence explains how the tax amount is calculated.
Alleged arsonist stabs a Springfield police officer in the chest.
Butterball recalls large amount of salmonella-infected ground turkey.
Professional Women’s Chamber holds a “business showcase.”
Palmer High School still closed for at least another week due to fire damage.
Springfield Plaza car fire.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dakin Humane Society now offering dog grooming!
Boston Bud Factory of Holyoke postpones their community outreach meeting in Forest Park.
Snowmobile rider injures himself crashing into a parked helicopter in Worthington.
Dick’s Sporting Goods stops sales of hunting rifles in 125 stores.
Chicopee man injures two adults and one small child in his 4th OUI charge.
South Hadley man involved in Phoebe Prince case now a suspect in a sexual assault case.
Eversource commits $41M to trimming trees in several towns.
Attorney General Maura Healy finds 7 Mass. nursing homes responsible for negligence.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday March 13, 2018

Free chips and “guac” at Chipotle!
Smith & Wesson parent company closes distribution outlet in Springfield – shifting those operations to Missouri.
Springfield accident on Main Street: car vs. Trolley Barn building.
Dr. Seuss specialty license plates may now be pre-ordered.
Icy water rescue for a local lost dog.
West Springfield police arrest an East Longmeadow woman for trafficking in “Grease Monkey” and “Bad Bunny Heroin.”
Walmart revamps its customer returned items process.
Gray House celebrates its 20th with a spaghetti supper!
Abandoned dog, tied to a tree in Suffield, rescued by Suffield Police.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I-291 closed overnight this week.
Members of the Holyoke Colleen Court select a Senior Colleen at Mercy Medical Center.
IHOP has free pancakes today!
Prison escapee captured.
Springfield Regional Chamber present Mayor’s Forum.
Holyoke company wants to open a marijuana shop on Island Pond Road.
Holyoke’s legendary drummer Hal Blaine has died.
44th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race in Holyoke is days away!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 11, 2019

Bill introduced in Mass. to end Daylight Savings Time.
Authorities are searching for a motorist who may have wound up in the Connecticut River.
Sutton man sentenced to 6 months for growing marijuana.
Springfield woman sentenced for trafficking cocaine out of her home daycare center.
Liquor license approved for a new sushi restaurant on Worthington Street.
FCC warns of an IRS  telephone scam.
Palmer High School closed Monday and Tuesday due to a small fire.
Lenten lunches offered at Trinity United Methodist Church.
10th Annual Leprechaun Plunge at Brunelle’s Marina.
Western Mass. Stop & Shop union votes in favor of strike authorization.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March 8, 2019

Town of Orange – drinking water may be rusty due to the recent fire.
RIP Charlotte Russe.
Marijuana and your teeth – with Cecilia Calabrese and Dr. Michael Calabrese.
Longmeadow school officials are calming parents after a worrisome social media post.
Kelly Fellner is the new superintendent of the Springfield Armory Historic Site.
Connecticut governor wants to place tolls on Connecticut highways, affecting Mass. drivers.
Western Mass. potholes worsen.
Fish markets are getting busier due to the Lenten season.
Red Cross lifeguard training course offered during April vacation!
Springfield mother claims daughter was bullied by having paper stuffed in her ear.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mayocue and Mayomust?
Big drug bust in Groton.
Emergency Open Pantry asking for your help (with Annie Rennix).
Black Bears are awake, roaming and looking for food.
Longmeadow School Committee appoints 4 new members.
Dollar Tree closes 390 Family Dollar Stores and folding in 200 others under the Dollar Tree name.
Springfield Alzheimer’s Association looking for volunteers.
Longmeadow residents warned about their drinking water standards.
Horse rescued from icy pond in Brimfield.
Walter Alexander, Marine veteran of World War II AND The Korean War, turns 102!
City Councilor Orlando Ramos cans his run for Springfield Mayor.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Commissioner Claprood begins termination process of Daniel Cintron.
Ware Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe files an open meeting complaint against the Board of Selectmen.
Westfield confirms five calves perished during a fire at Pomeroy’s Dairy Farm.
Dennis Lopata on Life Care Center of Wilbraham.
MGM Springfield enters into an interim management arrangement with Symphony Hall.
Mercy Medical Center receives national recognition.
Representative Angelo Puppolo turns 50!
Town of Orange election results.
Did a Monson town plow wreck your mailbox? The town might pay for it!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Stolen snowblower.
Mandarin Wilbraham restaurant closed indefinitely due to a kitchen fire.
The Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College is up and running.
Over 20 car break-ins last weekend have the Monson police busy.
4-day St. Pat’s celebration with The Mummers at The Student Prince & The Fort.
Amherst Police Dept. under review to continue its accreditation.
Northampton Police Officer injured by drunk driver.
New Dr. Seuss book to be released! (Manuscript found in his home.)
Local school principal sings the snow day cancellation.

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.

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.

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.