Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 21, 2019

Vermont’s Mad River Glen ski area offers free skiing to furloughed government workers.
Professional ice skating entertainment at MGM Springfield.
Black Tie Gala at MGM Springfield.
East Longmeadow Power House Training helps kids with cancer strengthen their baseball skills.
Low temperatures could cause pipes to freeze – here are some tips.
Funeral services today for Sister Mary Lou Lacey.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 18, 2019

Duck tale at Thomas J. O’Connor.
In Mass. you can now text 911 if you can’t make a vocal phone call.
The new concept in “brick and mortar” bank branches, with John Heaps Jr. of Florence Bank.
Welcome to Box Paper Scissors in Agawam (with Bryant Whitsett).
Friends of homicide victim Alexis Avery have established a GoFundMe Account for her.
Springfield Police arrest “Smurf.”
Anthony Florio Jr., former UMass volunteer basketball coach, receives his sentence.
Cafe Du Jour being sold at auction to make room for a new Delaney’s Market.
Lane closures on the Morgan Sullivan Bridge.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 17, 2019

Holyoke motorist charged with texting while driving!
Holyoke news: City Council, Westfield Bank, and appointments.
Belchertown School Superintendent retires.
Smith & Wesson purchases Arizona firm.
It’s Penguin Plunge time again!
Former volunteer basketball coach from Amherst pleads guilty.
East Longmeadow Staples store to close in March.
Sears Holdings avoids liquidation – Eastfield Mall store still for sale.
Florence Bank’s newest Springfield branch opens with a big bang!
MLK Center holds “In The Words Of Dr. King.”
Blandford Ski Area is ready for snow and action!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Carol Channing.
Springfield City Council overrides Mayor Sarno’s veto of the “Welcoming Ordinance.”
East Longmeadow man faces several charges after his crash involving a school bus.
Retail marijuana store INSA wants to replace Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield.
Dr. Evan Lau presents a seminar on heart attacks, at Baystate Medical.
Springfield activates a “cold weather response plan.”
Gas prices.
The extreme cold and your car!
Attorney James J. Martin is sentenced.
Hampshire College seeks a partner to assist with financial pressures… and may not have a freshman class this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ludlow water pressure advisory.
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating possible Longmeadow School Committee meeting violations.
14th Annual Springfield Motorcycle Show at the Big E!
The Lord Jeffery Inn sheds its history and changes its name.
Federal funding cuts to the FDA means no lettuce inspection for bacteria.
SJC says police can make an arrest for driving while using marijuana, just by observation.
Follow-up to the local lawyer accused of indecent assault – the verdict is in.
Pittsfield business man is sentenced to two years for misuse of funds.
Water problems in Agawam.
Connecticut lawmaker proposes legislation to change the state’s time zone.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 14, 2019

Lack of snow slowing down some Western Mass. businesses.
Springfield City Council considering Big Y tax incentive and override of the Mayor’s veto on the Welcoming Ordinance.
Tourism in Western Mass. up by 6.5% in 2018.
Retired Judge Bob Howarth speaks out on recreational marijuana.
Agawam woman testifies against a local lawyer on allegations of sexual assault.
Rita Moreno selected to speak at Bay Path University.
Western Mass. Girl Scout cookie season is here!
Cars and cold weather tips.
Stomach flu making the Western Mass. rounds.
Local businesses fighting the opioid epidemic.
Email extortion scam originating in Southampton.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs – Winter Sports

G. Michael Dobbs knows that he should like winter sports and embrace the New England weather – but he doesn’t.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 11, 2019

Toyota airbag recall!
Throw out any Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas due to possible hepatitis A danger.
Bradley International and Frontier Air announce new service to three more cities.
Two more retail marijuana shops to open in Berkshire County.
USGS Fish Laboratory in Turners Falls suffers through the federal government shutdown.
Dakin Humane Society presents a pet loss discussion event.
Hundreds of area residents take part in the tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.
Longmeadow School Committee update.
Adolfo’s Restaurant closes for 23 days during liquor license suspension.
Constant vandalism affects Second Chance Veterinary Hospital.
Springfield homeless shelters promise not to turn anyone away during this cold snap of winter weather.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Starbucks winter lineup flavors!
Springfield City Council announces committee appointments for 2019.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation is re-named.
Money from recreational marijuana shops will go to their respective neighborhoods.
Southampton Police are asking for help in locating items removed from the College Highway Cemetery.
Wilbraham Police offer a “safe space” for completing internet purchases.
Longmeadow arguments over the rehiring of the Longmeadow Superintendent Dr. Marty O’Shea continue.
Yeshiva Students recreate the turn of the century Jewish immigration to America.
East Longmeadow holds a hearing on the petition to not renew the Town Manager.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Good Old Days

G. Michael Dobbs doesn’t like to make any resolutions for 2019, but he will admit to what he learned in the past year.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mayor Sarno’s blood drive competition set for MGM Springfield.
Strategies for attracting employment talent at the Springfield Regional Chamber.
New pastor comes to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
Au Bon Pain in the Yankee Candle Village will close.
Big Y Foods the latest to eliminate single-use plastic bags.
New restrictions at Mercy Medical Center due to flu.
Jordan Goodman’s overview of the retail season and the forthcoming credit card bills!
Wendy’s in Westfield is damaged by fire.
Northampton Police Dept. is buying child car seats for families in need!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Turners Falls bridge advisory!
Friendly’s Pot Hole Sundae!
Westfield YMCA offers a cancer wellness program.
Wilbraham Police make massive credit card fraud arrest.
Want a Dr. Seuss license plate?
Mass. gas prices drop down 4 cents.
Cafe Du Jour coffee and pastry shop downtown shuts down.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 7, 2019

Bo Sullivan represents Westfield in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Ware welcomes Clay Works Ceramic Studio!
Cooley Street homicide investigation continues.
65th Annual Holyoke Grand Colleen Pageant.
Helmet Day at Otis Ski Ridge.
Mark Kelley… a classic “Mr. Fix It!”
Chestnut Towers apartment building is now under new management.
MGM Springfield medical emergency results in loss of life.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 4, 2019

Another multimillion-dollar Lottery winner in Chicopee!
In South Hadley, “The Egg and I” is back!
Springfield City Council’s first meeting is this Monday – elections, organization, etc.
Open burning season coming: what you need to know.
Pisgah Road in Huntington is damaging cars.
Springfield’s Central High School Football Team, state champions, now raising funds to pay for their rings!
Chipotle Mexican Grill opens in East Longmeadow.
Raised crosswalk causing drivers trouble in Longmeadow.
Seniors at Springfield’s Sci-Tech High will receive prom tickets and caps and gowns courtesy of a donation from a teacher.

Dr. Lori Paige,
Professor and English Department Chair
at American International College

Dr. Lori Paige is the chair of the English Department at American International College in Springfield and teaches classes in British and vampire literature. Her new book, The Gothic Romance Wave: A Critical History of the Mass Market Novels, 1960-1993, (McFarland; September 2018), takes a close look at this popular genre’s place in the publishing industry. You can find out more about the book at McFarlandbooks.com.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Oreo flavor on the shelves!
West Springfield warns of rabid foxes.
Matthew Barnes is Westfield’s new Treasurer and Tax Collector.
No plan or progress yet on CityStage’s future.
Springfield has a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Gas prices down – a bit.
Classic toy exhibit at a Springfield museum… Toytopia!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Southampton Police Chief Goyette resigns after three decades on the force.
Car on the railroad tracks in Monson.
Mass. car rentals just got more expensive.
Mass. tobacco purchasing age just went up!
Here comes a “pop-up” prom boutique!
Federal courthouse celebrates its 10th birthday.
Tower Square transforms – adds new AT&T store and White Lion Brewery!
Vandalism and hate graffiti at a conservation locale in Easthampton.

Brad Shepard Today, Monday, December 24, 2018

Special Christmas Eve Edition!

Thoughts on Christmas 2018, and observations on holiday happenings throughout Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, December 21, 2018

Free Christmas Day coffee at Cumby’s!
Two weeks left for Bright Nights.
White Lion Brewing moves into the former Spaghetti Freddie’s location at Tower Square.
2.4 million Mass. residents are on the move this year for the holidays!
New speed limits for Holyoke.
The Springfield Regional Chamber presents Jen Falcone on human trafficking and the business community at the MGM Training Room.
Special Christmas Concert in Agawam with Richie Mitnick – TODAY!
Bright Nights holiday schedule.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 20, 2018

MassMutual offers its Enfield campus for sale; moving operations to Springfield.
Bo Sullivan will complete his late brother’s term on the Westfield School Committee.
Look Park in Northampton Garden House presents Santa’s Trains!
Longmeadow special town meeting held to recall members of the school committee.
Sarno vetoes City Council’s “Welcoming” ordinance.
Be on the lookout for holiday scams!
Watch out for hunters at this time of year!
Mingles in West Springfield announces it’s closing.
Richie Mitnick’s Christmas Spectacular shifts its location to the Agawam Senior Center!