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.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dangerous icicle on 391.
East Longmeadow alleged drug dealer exits a Ludlow diner with cocaine, EBT cards and cheese.
Hampshire College problems result in inevitable layoffs.
Baystate Health residents collect 750 pounds of food for shelters!
Westfield hockey game played to honor Military and First Responders.
Springfield Police officer’s second firing is overturned.
Springfield traffic signals damaged at accident scenes have not been replaced.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cereal recall.
Ware police look for suspect who bit off another man’s ear.
Co-owner of Nathan Bill’s, where five Springfield Police officers are charged with assault, has been arraigned.
Motorists complain about I-91 backups.
Weather causing extreme potholes in Westfield.
How early is TOO early to clear your snow in the morning?
The Big E hires retired FBI agent as Director of Public Safety.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“Carlos Danger,” aka Anthony Weiner, is out of jail in Ayer, Mass.
Founder of the #Me Too movement speaks in Springfield to benefit the YWCA.
Tax season info: this year it will be different!
Baystate opens its Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center!
Springfield Parks Commission has cooked up some fun Fabulous February days for you and the kids!
Chicopee police arrest a man – by following footprints in the snow!
3rd Annual Caritas Gala at MGM presents “An Evening at the Emmys!”
Payless Shoe Stores prepare for closure.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 18, 2019

Frank’s Diner owner to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Mayor Sarno suspends negotiations with the police union.
Hartford ballpark cans peanuts and Cracker Jacks sales.
Staff job losses coming at Hampshire College.
Flight Fit N Fun opens at Holyoke Mall.
Police warn drivers to clear snow and ice from cars.
Phone scam in Easthampton – phony collection efforts for police union.
Six Flags Summer Job Fair continues (and ends) today!

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

Ownership changes for WMAS-FM and WHLL-AM.
Eversource executive now owns Springfield’s Valentine Mansion.
Former State Rep. David Vigneault dies.
Belchertown approves request for new school buildings.
Chicopee scam hits 90-year-old woman. (with Officer Michael Wilk)
Judge dumps legal claim against Amherst School System.
Huntington seniors can get a bucket of sand delivered to their home.
Concerns about a deer feeding station in Forest Park.
Will your next home be made out of hemp?
Holyoke Gas & Electric says no new residential and commercial gas connections… for now.
Big Y sells Adams store.
Gas at its lowest in Mass. in 18 months.
Greenfield City Councilor Brickett Allis intends mayoral run.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ford pickup recall!
Local Girl Scout’s project wins award!
Skiers are happy with the weather and so are the ski resorts.
CRRC MA is building a huge warehouse!
Hampshire College struggles worsen… faculty and staff layoffs now probable.
New liquor licenses for three new businesses!
Host of WGBY’s program “Connecting Point,” Carrie Saldo, receives an impressive award.
Clear the snow and ice from your car! Driving with snow on your car is illegal!
Six Flags big hiring event coming up!
Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show this weekend!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Easthampton restaurant: Hunt and Gather.
Ware sees changes in its town government.
Jordan Goodman talks about CarQ.com, a car buying service that can save you money!
Palmer Town Manager Charlie Blanchard retires.
Longmeadow residents are unhappy with a town bylaw, and want it “reviewed.”
Chicopee High School students donate groceries to Lorraine’s Kitchen.
Six Flags about to hire for the summer!
LEGO creates design for a new Lego playroom at Square One!
Ludlow couple pleads guilty to various counts of fraud of Freddie Mac.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Northampton pothole hotline.
Two Mass. hikers rescued!
Construction at Bradley International Airport to be finished by late Spring.
Mary Pope Osborne appears at the Eric Carle Museum author series!
Child recovers after falling through the ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst.
Feds swarmed a home in East Longmeadow and found half a ton of pot!
Safety grant, “Shannon Grant,” is awarded to the state to curb gang violence.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 11, 2019

Tax season underway… beware the “ghosts!”
Vacant Indian Motorcycle building becomes $23M apartment complex.
FBI swarms East Longmeadow address – we still do not know why.
First Baptist Church of Agawam receives its new pastor!
Holyoke honors its own – legendary drummer Hal Blaine of “The Wrecking Crew.”
Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield “Women Religious” holds its annual benefit.
Agawam Congregational Church’s annual “Undies Sunday” drive for newly-packaged underwear for those in need.
MGM Springfield celebrates Chinese New Year.
Familiars Coffee and Tea (once Kathy’s Diner) opens in Northampton.
Galo Rei opens in the old Casa De Nana (on Boston Road).
Special birthday.

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

Starbucks brings back Cherry Mocha in time for Valentine’s Day.
Retired Chicopee police captain at odds with police chief over an accident report.
Posto Italian Restaurant close to opening in the Longmeadow Shops!
Springfield dumpster rental company owner faces a long jail sentence for a host of charges.
Belchertown K-9 Unit has a Secret Santa.
Spaghetti Supper at Springfield’s White School with the C3 Policing Unit.
Latest phone scam warning brought to you by the Chicopee Police Dept.
Southwick man threatens to shoot a retired Springfield Judge.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 7, 2019

Facebook will now let you UNSEND a text message!
Connecticut developers plan a large-scale marijuana dispensary.
Valentine’s Day is a special day at Center Square Grill – with Bill Collins.
MGM Springfield in prime spot to manage Symphony Hall.
Longmeadow School Superintendent search on hold TFN.
Greenfield Police use new technology to keep their K-9 Officer cool.
Warm and cold temps may bring “Basement Flooding Season!”
Columnist Barbara Carlson along with Congressman Richie Neal to speak at the Springfield Regional Chamber.
Photographer Sandra Costello presents her “Brave Moments” series in Easthampton.
Bobs in Enfield closing after 40 years.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Six Flags hiring for the summer – all this month!
North Adams man pleads guilty after mistakenly texting the police to sell drugs.
Mass. Democratic Party holds its annual convention in Springfield – and does NOT invite Mayor Sarno.
Amherst Police lieutenant promoted to captain.
Charlotte Russe files bankruptcy; closes 94 stores, two in Mass.
UMass partygoers celebrate Pats win by setting a couch on fire.
City of Chicopee sues pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic.
Ice on Congamond Lakes melting – not safe.
Holyoke St. Pat’s Parade just 6 weeks away!
Beckett Spring closing on hold – water pipe issue.
MOONDANCE: Van Morrison tribute concert at the Berkshire Theater.
Holyoke’s Wyckoff Country Club sold.
Postal worker drives mail truck into the Millers River.
Hunters killed more deer in Mass. this year than in years past.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. welcomes K-9 Brooklyn, certified therapy dog, to the force!
Warm weather brings pothole season in sooner.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Star of “The Young and the Restless” dies suddenly.
Post Super Bowl deals: DD Perks and Friendly’s.
Baystate Health plans a new behavioral health hospital.
Springfield Police act quickly and successfully in a case of carjacking.
Westfield crowns its Colleen!
Springfield Redevelopment Authority presents a new technological meeting room.
Worthington’s Aaron Lewis of Staind walks offstage at a Texas concert.
Boston broadcaster Gary LaPierre dies.
State Auditor calls on an agency to check gas pumps and store scales for accuracy.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 4, 2019

Canned tuna sales declining!
Weekend Groundhog Day results!
Community School of Springfield presents a play about addiction.
Hampshire College faces issues, and cuts back enrollment to meets costs.
Herrell’s in Northampton – Ice Cream eating contest!
Holland Police Dept. warns of a Publisher’s Clearing House scam.
Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs inaugurates their own “Big Game!”
UMass Amherst hopes for Super Bowl celebrations that remain under control.
Springfield Police make an arrest in a Sunday morning carjacking.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 1, 2019

Greenfield offers two new shelter opportunities in this brutal cold.
Congressman Neal, Mayor Sarno, and Pat Sullivan announce renovation of Ruth Elizabeth Park.
Springfield mayor wishes Tony King a happy 101st birthday!
Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan announces he will NOT seek a third term.
Fruit juice warning causes concern.
Breakthrough in the K-Fest! A new location has been announced for the Kielbasa Festival!
Springfield firefighters called to Main Street Post Office as a jump-start goes wrong and sets both cars on fire.
Westfield Police officer struck by vehicle while directing traffic.
Cold weather takes a toll on car batteries: here are tips from AAA.
Cold weather may affect your medications: Baystate Health has some tips.
Holyoke Police Dept. ready to add ten new full-time officers; here are their names.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tyson Foods recalls Panko Chicken Nuggets.
Springfield Rescue Mission preparing for those in need of shelter, with Ron Willoughby.
New Valley Bank & Trust Co. announces its Board of Directors.
Firefighters rescue Ashby fallen horse.
Ware Selectmen cancel meeting to discuss the fate of Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe.
Freedom Credit Union launches blanket drive.
Open Pantry distributes 7000 pounds of beef donated by the Big E.
Safety tips from Columbia Gas.
Berkshire Museum welcomes new Director, Jeff Rogers.
Springfield officially warns residents not to skate on city lakes and ponds – the ice is NOT safe!
E.B.’s Restaurant in Agawam preps 3000 pounds of chicken wings for this Sunday!
Naked man arrested for jumping up and down and waving at traffic on Route 20.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Helicopters join the search for missing Achim Bailey.
Super Bowl breakfast at the Hampden Lions Club! (with Rick Rubin).
Kielbasa Festival will not be held in Chicopee, and its location is uncertain (with Tom Kielbania Jr.)
Belchertown High School violent fight results in serious injury.
Springfield City Council Committee wants to make sure all residents benefit from pot sales.
Eversource warns customers of another scam.
Longmeadow holds a special town meeting to bring the board up to full strength.
UMass and UCLA have a “food bet” on the big game!
Palmer Agway closes.
23rd anniversary of Downtown Springfield Toastmasters open house!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Forever Stamps” going up!
Longmeadow School Committee in limbo until it fills four spots.
Military helicopter makes emergency landing in Warren.
Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Springfield Science Museum.
“Four Sundays in February” in Northampton.
Good Samaritan intervenes at a shoplifting melee in Springfield.
Norah Jones comes to Northampton.
Upset at The Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!
Magic Yarn Project for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Town of Goshen reaches out to a family in who lost everything in a fire.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 28, 2019

Mass. Pike road rage.
Northborough plans to restore home of Daniel B. Wesson.
Deadly heroin circulating in Northampton and environs.
15th Penguin Plunge over the weekend!
Adolpho’s – in the midst of a 23-day shutdown – receives another three-day license suspension.
Mass. Pike Ludlow rest stop closed temporarily.
Springfield License Commission shuts down Graham’s package store.
Holyoke Craft Beer opens in a great location!
Massive marijuana bust at the Mardi Gras building.
Mass. state officials allow hunters to harvest increased number of turkeys.
Ms. SENIOR Colleen competition!