Brad Shepard Today, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wilbraham Police have a bear they are trying to remove.
Granby Public Schools add new rule banning sugary high-energy drinks and coffee.
MGM Springfield announces their new theater complex.
“Good To Go,” a new program at the Mental Health Association of Western Mass., with Kim Lee.
Your Western Mass. Red Cross needs some help.
Local flooding and ponding could damage your car – with Mike Zabik.
Columbia Gas Co. cancels plans for their $33M rate hike.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big E doubles MGM attendance numbers in its opening weekend.
How to help Lawrence, Andover and North Andover relief efforts.
Orion Shearer, a fifth grader, collects can tabs and donates the proceeds to Shriners Hospital.
Dakin is helping house displaced animals from the Carolinas and the Merrimack Valley (with Carmine DiCenso)
Columbia Gas Co. starts the relief fund for the Merrimack Valley with $10M.
Mayor Sarno makes an unofficial announcement of his plans to run again in 2019.

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bright Nights 5k Road Race… a fast sellout!
Decision made on naming the new Springfield police station.
Deerfield Craft Fair takes place in the open air!
Westfield construction alerts: intersection of Mill and Locust Streets as well as Washington Street.
Lane closures in the hilltowns on the Pike!
RMV and DOT scuffle.
The Big E in the rain.
Gas prices up!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday September 17, 2018

Baystate Wing Hospital celebrates its new expanded Emergency Department.
The Dakin Group is going to bring animals up from the Carolinas.
More than a dozen Springfield Police Officers are helping out in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
East Longmeadow has apple picking, a corn maze and dinosaurs!
Joey Chestnut returns – and remains undefeated in the White Hut Cheeseburg Eating Contest.
The “Taste of Holyoke” is coming up!
TODAY at the Big E… here is what’s happening!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 14, 2018

Mayor Sarno turns down City Council request for posthumous promotion of the late Police Lt. Robert Caulton.
MGM Springfield announces a new comedy club – Roar!
Tony Orlando returns to the Big E for the first time in 44 years!
Noreen Tassinari – all about the Big E this year!
Blandford Ski Area makes a comeback for our skiers!
And now, a bowling alley, karaoke and billiards indoor adventure park at the Holyoke Mall!
Marcotte Ford in Holyoke completes its $8M upgrade!
Hadley’s new Route 9 traffic light beacon.
Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese fixes debris problems at St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Big E and MGM and traffic.
October at City Stage – music and laughter!
Keshawn Dodds wins the 2018 Ubora Award.
Karissa Coleman named Ahadi Youth Award Winner.
Kendrah Elise owns and operates a “cruelty-free, vegan” hair salon in Westfield!
Catherine Pappas presents the Big E Shuttle!
Mass State Police setting up a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday the 15th.
Mayor Sarno, Commissioner Barbieri and other city officials will walk through shooting-plagued Forest Park.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Eastfield Mall is “de-malling.”
MGM Springfield’s first assault.
Jordan Goodman on the Fed’s adjustment of the prime rate.
MASS DOT have funds and support to study a new exit to serve the hilltowns.
Southwick Country Club golf course becomes a new residential development!
Subway cans the $5.00 Footlong.
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside examines new shopping experiences.
Goodbye to the Hadley landmarks of “Stan the Vegetable Man” and the Hadley Burger King.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Snapchef has an open house for applicants in Springfield!
Amherst Block Party is in its 7th year!
Charlie Dupre mowed lawns to help an Agawam family coping with cancer.
National Pace Association at Mercy Medical Center.
Management of Symphony Hall and CityStage changes…
Springfield September 11 Remembrance Ceremony.

Brad Shepard today! Monday, September 10, 2018

Bright Nights “Fun Run” 5k race registration.
Mercy Medical Center 5k “Road to Recovery” race!
Guns Incorporated and Hot Brass Indoor Firing Range held its grand opening in West Springfield.
Time for flu shots! Big Y offering vaccinations.
5th Annual “2018 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Parade” road race!
Pittsfield schedules mosquito spraying.
North Adams Police Department’s first K9 officer, Molly, laid to rest.
Brynn Cartelli up for People’s Choice Award!
Mike Desmarais celebrates 1st anniversary of Comfort Kitchen in Huntington.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 7, 2018

Apple iPhone recall.
RIP Burt Reynolds.
Shelburne Falls’ Bill Cosby sued by his defense team over unpaid fees.
East Longmeadow’s NHL Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano comes home to check out MGM!
Danny Eaton’s first production of his new season, “Johnny Guitar” had its opening at the Majestic Theater!
Anthony Maloni and his family have rescued the Wilbraham landmark, Rice’s Fruit Farm.
West Springfield High School mourning the loss of JV Basketball Coach Kevin Campbell.
The Gray House teamed up with Hot Table to feed those in need.
The Mattoon Street Arts Festival marks 46 years.
World Trade Center “I-beam” groundbreaking ceremony is Friday at Riverfront Park.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don’t eat this cereal – throw it out!
9/11 Memorial not ready in time for the Springfield 9/11 Tribute.
“Ride to Remember” charity bike ride this year takes off from MGM Springfield.
The Big E offers a pass to skip long ride lines.
Hampden Senior Center presents a dinner theater murder mystery (with special guest Rick Rubin).
$650M indoor water park planned for Palmer (with special guest, Paul Robbins).
Adams man sentenced for fomenting a terrorist act.
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is vandalized.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reflections on primary day!
David Raiche, of Raiche Consultants Inc., prefers to live and work in Agawam.
Springfield’s September 11 Commemoration is coming up.
Mike’s Maze in Sunderland is opening.
Majestic season opens with “Johnny Guitar.”
Cooling centers are open again; here is a rundown.
Deerfield rejects the Dollar General Store.
17-year-old wins Girl Scouts Gold Award, and has a Robinson State Park brook named after her.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thoughts on the weekend, Stevie Wonder, the downtown, Mayor Sarno, Ray Berry Jr., and others!
Ashley Clarke works at Berkshire Bank and heads the Young Professionals Society of Springfield.
Connecticut man fires twice in his home – and explains to the police, he was shooting at a ghost.
Applebee’s offering $2.00 Samuel Adams beers.
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside presents a new indoor adventure park!
Western Mass primary ballot rundown.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 31, 2018

John Boyle O’Reilly Club hosts a concert to benefit the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life.”
Predictions call for a low voter turnout on Tuesday – Mass. Primary day.
Springfield Police Department announces three-phase program to launch officer-worn body cameras.
Labor Day Weekend travel advisory.
Andrea Piatti-Bruno manages her six children and her Westfield shop, Blended Village Marketplace.
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral presents “Glendi!” This is the 40th anniversary of this Greek cultural celebration! Special guest Fr. Christopher Stamas tells us more.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 30, 2018

Drunk drivers crash on a property in Great Barrington and assault the owner who came to help.
Springfield City Council getting closer to pot shops approval for downtown.
Big E advance discount tickets are going on sale! Here are the prices and deals!
Starting Friday, thousands of UMass students move on to campus!
Eversource places an electric car charger at the Union Station.
Back to school checklist: has your child’s EpiPen expired?
Remembering Bob Martin (Jurach) with Mike Haze.
The Somers Village Players is about to present a man-eating plant -“The Little Shop of Horrors!” (With Angela Taylor)
Springfield non-profit experiences a sewage back-up and damage estimated at $100,000.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Heat wave has the effect of 105 degrees!
Ed Visconti is working in the heat at the Springfield Cooley Street Stop & Shop.
MGM Springfield contributes $25,000 to Springfield’s Square One.
Like the snow, the heat is affecting the regional school calendars.
Erica Jansons at Hampden Hills Alpacas has to keep the animals cool too!
How is MGM Springfield affecting downtown businesses? Nadim Kashou seems to be quite pleased!
The Southwick Police Dept. says a final “goodbye” to K9 Police Officer Jax.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The heat is the story today!
The Springfield Mayor opens the city’s cooling centers; here is a rundown.
Traffic issues in Longmeadow – Dwight Road paving.
Last full week of campaigning before the Mass. primary.
After two years, Pope Francis Preparatory School is ready for returning students.
Students return to school, buses are sharing the road with you again!
Expected heat forcing school systems to adjust schedules this week.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 27, 2018

Holyoke needs to replace some fire call boxes and traffic lights.
Tomato lovers gathered at Red Fire Farm in Granby Saturday.
Massachusetts’ first Functional 45 training studio opens in Hadley.
The MOMS Club of Longmeadow hosts a 5k run!
Chicopee family holds their final “Hope Always” lemonade stand of the summer.
Please help the Chicopee Police find a missing teenage girl.
Westfield Rotary Food Fest over the weekend and JT’s Lemonade and Iced Coffee!
Mass. threat level for West Nile Virus is raised.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 24, 2018

Going to the MGM Casino on opening day? Here’s what you need to know…
Court Square has entertainment and excitement and refreshments for those going to MGM.
WAHLBURGERS coming to downtown!
The Hair Connection offers free braids to students returning to school!
South Hadley man arrested on child rape.
Holyoke Mall Sears will close by November.
Demoted Holyoke firefighter reinstated to his former rank by arbitrator.
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg identifies herself as a political hybrid.