Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 19, 2018

Northampton Housing Authority rescinds ban on window air conditioners in two apartment buildings.
Hampden County 4-H Fair at the Big E.
West Springfield bans non-essential water use!
Athol Police Chief and former FBI agent placed on leave; no one is saying why.
Ware is making some baby car seats available to those in need!
Richie Mitnick and Friends with a free concert tonight at Storrowton in West Springfield.
4-H Club Scavenger hunt!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Springfield City Council takes first step toward banning electronic smoking devices.
Springfield Italian Americans celebrate the Mount Carmel Society.
Stewart Weldon has a pre-trial hearing.
Two men arrested in Chicopee church break-in.
CT-Hartford rail line considered a success!
Springfield Habitat for Humanity builds Sumner Avenue house in just one week!
Chicopee man burns box of dog hair, tells police he doesn’t care and to stop bothering him.
Max Hartshorne on Western Mass. vacation travel.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Former Mayor Albano takes a state job, and halts his city pension.
60,000 people hit the Great New England Air and Space Show!
An unusual wallet theft.
Dakin Humane Society opens their kitten intensive care unit.
Naismith’s Pub and Pretzel reopens as a “gastropub!”
New Urgent Care Clinic at the Longmeadow Shops.
Providence Behavioral Hospital announces job cutbacks.
Gas prices down 3 cents this week.
Richie Mitnick and Friends in concert at Amelia Park in Westfield!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 16, 2018

Reminder Publications sold to The Republican.
Springfield City Council considers allocating land for the railroad underpass.
Immigration authorities are now involved in Springfield assault and attempted murder case.
More than 20 Forest Park homes evacuated yesterday due to a gas leak.
Green River Festival at Greenfield Community College over the weekend!
UMass trustees vote to increase tuition for instate undergrads.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 13, 2018

Thoughts on Friday the 13th – and the number 13!
Stone Cow Brewery at Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre!
“GoWestfield!”
Westfield Police and Fire Departments help fill shelves at the local food pantry.
Springfield Police Dept. is the first major city police force in the state to have officers wear body cameras.
Forest Park Zoo announces new Serval Cat exhibit.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July, 12, 2018

Western Mass. has some of the most dangerous intersections in the state.
Grand opening of MGM Springfield comes with a parade featuring Clydesdales and more!
The Big Polish Hot Dog at Costco is no more.
Bryan Marcotte’s new Marcotte Ford dealership is built around a restaurant!
Easthampton ends water use restriction for the public.
Springfield Police Dept. has the new substation at the casino up and running.
Dakin Humane Society has “Dixie Dogs” in need of “forever homes.”

Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018).  This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer.  You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Court Square benches finally replaced!
New medical personnel at Mercy Medical Center.
Storrowton needs volunteers!
Longtime Register of Deeds Donald Ashe dead at 83.
Haviland Pond now reopened after an E. Coli issue.
Bluetooth skimming device found in a Springfield gas-pump.
Jordan Goodman – on the economy!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday July 10, 2018

Downtown Springfield traffic alerts for the week!
St. Paul’s UMC announcing limited inside spaces for crafts and vendors for their craft fair.
Work continues on the forthcoming September 11th Memorial.
MGM Springfield parking garage almost finished.
Skyline Trading Company in Westfield is expanding and has a big event coming up!
Hatfield Police go above and beyond the call to rescue a hawk!
Mega Millions jackpot huge for tonight!
Movers and shakers in Chicopee and the Berkshires.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 9, 2018

The Spirit of Springfield invites you to preview the September 11th monument.
Mass. now has an official sales tax holiday.
You can now pay your Mass. court fees on-line.
The Great New England Air and Space Show is coming!
Western Mass. warnings not to swim in non-designated swimming areas!
MGM Springfield still looking to fill some 70-75 jobs! Listen in to hear which ones!
Hiker rescued in Chesterfield Gorge.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 6, 2018

The Brimfield Antique and Collectible Show is about to begin!
Outdoor grills and fire-pit safety!
Ice cream lawsuit.
The Big E concert announcement!
Forest Park Pool progress and cooling alternatives.
Pittsfield Police Dept.’s Operation Copsicle!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thoughts on a mid-week holiday.
More 90s and humidity, but the end of the heatwave may be in sight.
Parades! East Longmeadow, Westfield, and Chesterfield!
Fireworks schedule update.
Gas prices are down for the peak driving weekend of the summer.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spirit of Springfield Fourth of July show!
Cooling centers for the public open through Thursday due to the heat wave.
Six Flags Coca-Cola July 4th Fest!
Credit Union employee charged with stealing from an elderly man’s account.
MGM Springfield now open for room reservations.
Mass gas prices DOWN this week!
Northampton Senior Center open to anyone who wants to sit in the air conditioning.
The East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade – what you should know, with Carl Ohlin.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 2, 2018

More problems for the Montague Police Department.
The heatwave we are having!
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Southwick.
Comcast outage progress.
Splash-parks burn warnings!
Best Buy announces it is discontinuing CD sales.
Fireworks report: who has had them, and who is about to!
Recreational marijuana sales start date has come and gone… and no start in view.
Gas prices have probably peaked!
East Longmeadow Fourth of July parade note.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, June 29, 2018

Big announcement for this year’s “Ride to Remember!”
Carregan’s Lounge agrees to fold; Mayor Sarno very pleased.
Superior Court judges Mary Lou Rup and Tina S. Page retire.
Chicopee firefighter Theo Dickerson retires after 32 years!
South Hadley bans plastic bags.
Springfield man charged with assaulting a dog.
Westfield woman feels threatened while rollerblading on bike path.
Western Mass. Pioneers have a big Saturday soccer game (with Greg Kolodziey)
Weekend fireworks schedule.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chicopee Police would like your help in identifying the vandals, caught on video, who defaced the Munich Haus.
3 Mass State Troopers arrested for theft; one is from Southwick.
Longmeadow Police Dept. has identified two shoplifting suspects.
5 people injured in Whately ambulance rollover.
L.L. Bean comes to Hadley!
Leon Spradley concert at Forest Park amphitheater has been rescheduled.
Dom Sarno announces opening of cooling centers in the city (complete rundown).
Mercy Medical Center announces a new physician.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Big E concert info – Casting Crowns will be part of the lineup!
Police warn about illegal fireworks.
“Star Spangled Springfield” at Blunt Park this year! With Judy Matt.
Agawam students are now officially off for the summer – one week later than all other districts.
Forest Park pool opens Saturday; Five Mile Pond opens too.
First summer heat on the way!
Retired City Councilor Clodo Concepcion writes autobiography.
Mt. Tom Power Plant to be demolished.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Feral cat in Wales tests positive for rabies.
Mass State Police sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Hampden County this weekend.
Police recruit suspected of drunk driving – update.
Ware free concerts begin!
Gas prices stabilize.
Pulled over… again!
Condo maintenance worker accused of stealing from at least 20 condo owners.
Federal Summer Food Service Program is funded to continue this summer.
RIP Dan Ingram.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 25, 2018

Senate race now down to two – Welch vs. Rivera.
Chicopee Police recruit investigated for drunk driving.
Berkshires man charged with child porn, claims to belong to a private society  and immune to U.S. law.
Agawam Dental Arts – do not fear the dentist!
Ludlow Selectmen promote Sgt. Daniel Valadas (and other police news).
Area fireworks displays schedule.
WWII vet celebrates his 102nd birthday!
MGM Springfield held their FINAL hiring event Sunday morning.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 22, 2018

RIP Charles Krauthammer.
MGM Springfield chooses Regal Cinemas to operate its movie theater complex.
New Taco Bell restaurant on Breckwood Boulevard.
Dangerous summer toys report.
Weekly police chase, Chicopee through Holyoke
Basketball Hall of Fame renovation, Phase 1.
New Sav-A-Lot supermarket comes to Breckwood Boulevard.