Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 22, 2019

3 year-old Easter Egg Hunt winner!
Free shredding on Saturday – and continuing!
Rain didn’t stop Westside’s Easter Egg Hunt!
C. Henry Twiggs retires from the City Council.
Nathan Bill’s co-owner arraignment scheduled.
State lawmakers want to add “gender ‘X'” option to ID cards and driver’s licenses.
Successful Easter Brunch for a new restaurant.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 19, 2019

Pickle Chips!
Springfield’s mosquito season longer this year.
Firefighters free an East Hadley man stuck in a window.
New Mass. Aggie Seed Library opens at UMass Amherst.
I-91 – multiple accidents and two fatalities this week.
Connecticut River is rising, posing problems for homeowners.
Stop & Shop strike affects small food markets.
Aging gas pipes in Springfield require repairs from Columbia Gas.
Governor Baker speaks at UMass Amherst commencement ceremonies.
Tina D’Agostino moves to Mercy Medical Center.
Easter Sunday and Passover in Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 18, 2019

Frozen Reeses for you this summer!
Ben & Jerry’s recall.
Monson and Palmer are safe from over pressurized gas lines.
Mass. State Police announce an Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint for Hampden County.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopening pushed back about a week.
Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores are the first in the company to ban plastic bags.
Ware man angry at lack of flag outside the Belchertown courthouse.
Stop & Shop strike update.
Lyft offers “4-20” discount over Easter weekend to marijuana users.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Goodbye “Georgette”
Tax deadline day.
Annual Extravaganja in Northampton could create heavy traffic.
Springfield man headed to state prison after shooting a dog.
Red Cross lifeguard training.
Western Mass. auto detailer also cleans works of history.
Member of Western Mass. 4-H saluted after 55 years of service.
Drivers confused by new Holyoke Mall traffic lights.
Stop & Shop strike update: local markets benefit.
Western Mass. gas prices creep up.
Red Cross installing new smoke detectors for Western Mass. seniors.
YWCA and others recognized at upcoming Regional Chamber Breakfast.
Columbia Gas checking overpressurization of gas lines in Monson and Palmer.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1-90 work in Blandford and Russell – what you need to know.
Springfield officer who was shot has been discharged from the hospital.
Mardis Gras building and club still for sale.
Sarno up in arms about melee and stabbing outside Le Souk Hookah Bar.
Pride Stores in Western Mass. about to ban plastic bags.
Skyline Trading in Westfield launches its new brewery building.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopens after a fire.
Stop & Shop walkout increases traffic at local independent markets.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 15, 2019

High wind advisory!
Patriot’s Day – what’s on and what’s off.
Stop & Shop strikers speak out.
American International College laundry room fire.
Native American UMass PowWow.
Flag raising in Holyoke for the Sikh community.
Warning to swimmers – the waters are still too cold!
Springfield Police C3 host an Easter Party.
Westfield Mayor holds Easter Egg Hunt.
Six Flags New England collecting suits and dresses!
Crews work to clean up Five Mile Pond oil spill.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 12, 2019

Tax day in Mass. is April 17th.
SUV strikes dog and drags owner in Holyoke.
Governor Baker appoints Paul Treseler as Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.
Recount likely in Ware Selectman’s race.
Spring break hours for the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!
Greenfield shuts down a body spa.
Melha Shriners complete the sale of their building.
Holyoke Police Dept. adds a full-time officer and 14 reserve officers.
Putnam Vocational senior builds 5 workout stations outside the State Police barracks.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 11, 2019

Garden Bros Circus comes to Springfield.
Heroic performance at a Northboro supermarket.
Greenfield publisher Channing Bete closes its doors.
Holyoke man under arrest for EBT card fraud.
Hadley planning election shakeup.
Holyoke author holds book signing at Barnes and Noble.
New police chief for North Adams.
Copper theft warning!
Springfield Rescue Mission to serve Easter dinner to hundreds of homeless.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Denise R. Jordan will be AIC’s commencement speaker.
Holyoke manholes shoot fire.
Jordan Goodman looks at interest rates.
Carol Leary, Bay Path University president, retires.
Nancy Talbot wins a vacant seat and returns to the Ware Board of Selectmen.
Westfield man needs a kidney.
Gift-o-logy stores at Holyoke Mall and Longmeadow Shops closing.
Westfield Police Commission picks new police chief.
Balise builds $6M Mazda dealership in the South End.
Can you help a Western Mass. man find a lost and treasured wedding ring?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gas prices creep up.
Springfield Museums hold Earth Day Festival.
Westover conducts explosives training.
Savers thrift store closes Springfield Plaza store.
Attleboro students are challenging the school committee on their 20-minute lunch period.
Bremer Classic Pepperoni Pizza sandwiches recall.
3 Finalists announced for Amherst Regional High School principal.
Melha Shriners Highlanders will hold a social at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club.
Orange Police urge care when picking up litter and debris.
AAA West Springfield employee saves 71 year-old woman.
You need a seafood dealer permit in Mass. to sell your fish catches!
Email “phishing” incident affects some 12,000 Baystate Health patients.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 8, 2019

Golfers hit the links over the weekend!
Westover Air Force Base holds a change of command ceremony.
Acid in Springfield drinking water prompts letter from the Water Dept.
Downtown strip clubs up for sale.
State Police held weekend sobriety checkpoint.
YMCA of Greater Springfield relocates to Tower Square.
Boy Scout assists two bald eagles through fundraising.
Six Flags New England holds “Straight ‘A’s for a Free Day!”
Springfield car vs. home.
Yeshiva Academy hosts matzah-making for children preparing for Passover.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 5, 2019

Beer-infused coffee?
Maine State Police Detective and former Easthampton resident accidentally killed on I-95.
30-foot tree falls on roof and into bedroom of a Plumtree Road home in Sunderland.
Wind and brush fire warning.
Congressman Neal requests IRS to provide the president’s tax returns.
Joe Morissette kicks off campaign for Chicopee mayor.
Area colleges join forces to offer online degrees.
Emergency bridge inspection and road closure in Palmer.
Town of Erving gets a library.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 4, 2019

“Dress for Success” hosts a special breakfast.
Last minute tax advice with Paul Federici.
Tick season may be longer this year.
World Autism Awareness Day noted throughout Chicopee.
A Hampshire College Trustee asked to resign.
Senator Eric Lesser’s first “Thrive After 55” event.
Warmer weather bringing out the motorcycles!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Springfield fifth worst city in America for allergies.
Burger King testing a meatless Whopper.
Vehicle lands in Heritage Park Pond in East Longmeadow.
Palmer advertising for a town manager.
Springfield Symphony Chamber Music season finale.
Longmeadow Police are patrolling for distracted driving.
Holyoke Community College launches self-defense course for women.
Agawam City Council says “no” to a pay bump for the mayor.
Agawam City Council throws in with Longmeadow and West Springfield to upgrade their street lights.
MGM Springfield says farewell to General Manager Alex Dixon.
Downtown Chestnut Tower soon to become Skyview Downtown, a $50M renovation.
Connecticut man rams ATM with his truck.
18 year-old store owner!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Bike thefts on the rise in Longmeadow! Be forewarned!
Kitchen fire leaves five homeless in Holyoke.
Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosts 4 local mayors.
Faces in Northampton closes for good.
Springfield Police Sergeant Michael Daly promoted to lieutenant.
Springfield City Council studies extension of moratorium on new pawn shops.
Police comfort dog, Officer Donut of the Greenfield Police Dept., turns 1!
Hampshire College Board of Trustees Chairwoman quits.
Pathetic crime of the week.
Eversource phone scam reported in Longmeadow.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 1, 2019

Mr. Cone opens in Chicopee!
Burger King rolls out a coffee subscription: $5.00 a week.
Red Rose expands… again!
Purina cat food recall.
Happy 80th birthday to Sister Margaret McCleary, founder of Providence Ministries.
One Holyoke CDC holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new building.
Lefty’s Brewing Company closes for good.
Gary A. Grimes ordained as minister at First Congregational Church of Chicopee.
New temporary Chicopee Fire Chief appointed.
Five Springfield police officers promoted to sergeant.
Rood Street in Ludlow closed for the next few days.
Save Our Swallows protests the demolition of a local stable.

Brad Shepard Today! March 29, 2019

Mayor’s forum at the Springfield Chamber.
Frontier Airlines adds new cities to Bradley International schedule.
MGM investing millions in renovating 1331 Elm.
UMass students assaulted at gunpoint in a drug deal.
People in Springfield’s North End still crossing train tracks illegally.
West Springfield looks into competing cable services in the city.
Mass. Senate votes 37-1 to lift kid cap on welfare; Senator Humason is the “1”
Suspect in disgusting 21-cat abandonment has been arrested.
Holyoke Dog Park users not cleaning up after themselves.
Springfield meets to discuss safety of school drinking water.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dunkin’s jumping into Spring with Peeps coffee!
Co-owner of Nathan Bill’s indicted along with police officers in an off duty brawl.
12 Springfield police officers indicted in the Nathan Bill’s brawl.
What happened to the Melha Shrine Circus? With Al Zippen.
Welcome Monsoon Roastery, coffee and more, to Forest Park!
Springfield Parks and Rec are asking people to remove grave decorations at cemeteries so they may begin cleanup operations.
Layoffs possible at South Hadley Schools.
Greenfield City Council votes on fire fighting services for Leyden.
Holyoke Community College may also be facing financial problems.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Baystate Health ER reports uptick in marijuana overdoses since the legalization of recreational use.
Charity Volleyball Tournament to help the Mental Health Association.
Festival of Flowers at the Springfield Museums.
Passover begins Friday, April 19. Jewish Family Services makes sure Jewish families have the necessary ritual foods.
Westover Air Reserve has a controlled burn of hundreds of acres of grasslands.
Springfield drunk driver hits fire truck, two cars and several utility poles.
Berkshire Mall reopens! Claims their electric bills are higher than they should be. Eversource does not agree.
Bosworth Street man engulfed in flames after pouring ignition liquid into his fire pit.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Permanent pothole patching underway.
UPDATE: Berkshire Mall now closed indefinitely.
Weed Report: Patriot Care Corp. begins recreational marijuana sales in Greenfield.
State Ethics Commission fines Hadley selectman $5,000.
MGM Springfield builds two new bars.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Springfield and Chicopee.
Holyoke School presents a way for kids to offload pent-up energy without disruption.
Palmer High School reopens after fire damage.
Springfield immigrant leaders march for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Time for the original Western Mass Home & Garden Show.
Chicopee Police warn of obstructed license plates.
Chicopee Police cracking down on underage drinking.