Brad Shepard Today! Friday, December 4, 2020

“Stuff The Cruiser” in Longmeadow for Toys for Tots.
Southwick’s “Drive Thru Santa” event with Joseph Deedy.
Mass. Chief of Police of the Year, Jeff Farnsworth, of Hampden.
Monson Police welcome K-9 Officer “Rex.”
Northampton Three County Fair misinformation alert.
Stop & Shop’s Christmas and New Year’s hours.
Springfield restaurant community asks for your support.
Chicopee Public Library offers “FamilySearch.”
Holyoke Fire Department offers holiday lighting safety tips.
Mayor Sarno approves an amendment to 6 Brick’s LLC’s provisional license.
MassDOT is in the process of converting exit numbers on interstates and freeways.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 3, 2020

Mayor Sarno presents a donation to the Food Bank of Western Mass.
Mark Auerbach reviews “Christmas on the Rocks.”
Bart Raser of Carr Hardware in Pittsfield raises funds for the Berkshire Humane Society.
Danny Eaton at the Majestic Theater, West Springfield, is raffling off a classic Corvette and a motorcycle.
Shotgun season for deer is underway.
Captain Jack’s in Easthampton closes for the winter.
MGM Springfield lights their Christmas tree.
Holyoke Bike and Pedestrian Committee.
Mayor Sarno announces $1M of relief for city taxpayers.
Easthampton public buildings remain closed through March 2020.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Starbucks freebee for First Responders!
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will not run for another term.
Law enforcement warns of “porch pirates.” PVR listeners respond.
Governor Baker says no further shutdowns or restrictions planned for the state.
Holyoke High School theater department presents virtual “Alice in Wonderland.”
Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Bach.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department reports nearly 100 COVID-19 cases.
Springfield DPW needs snow plowing contractors.
Springfield School Committee holds a virtual town hall.
Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen closed due to COVID-19 for the rest of the week.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year.
Vaccine progress and distribution with Dr. Mark Keroack.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Chicopee reverts to Step 1 of Phase 3.
Gas prices up – just a bit.
Chicopee swears in a new police officer.
“Giving Tuesday” – Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Pintu’s Indian Palace provides meals to West Springfield’s Boys and Girls Club families.
McDonald’s offers a free McRib for a shave!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 30, 2020

Springfield Museums offer “Grinchmas” this year
Mayor Sarno joins Springfield Police to “Stuff the Cruiser.”
Chicopee reminds you to patronize the “neighborhood shops” this Christmas.
Agawam fills four cruisers with food.
Northampton opens an emergency 24/7 shelter.
Longmeadow Police round up a stolen bike… fast!
Christmas decorations going up faster this year than last.
State Fire Marshall offers safety tips for Christmas decorations.
Look Memorial Park invites you to see their holiday lights display.
Traditional Springfield Christmas events did not happen this season.
Amherst Holiday Gift Drive.

Brad Shepard Today! Thanksgiving Edition, November 26, 2020

A special salute to Thanksgiving Day in Western Mass.
Featuring last minute food assistance efforts for families, a rundown of what’s opened and closed, and a personal message for the day.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Springfield tree lighting ceremony.
Mistrial declared in “Ruth’s House” arson case.
Mayor Sarno reports COVID-19 impact on Springfield Police Dept.
Jack “The Scrap Metal Man” Phillips.
A letter from the New Century Theater.
Big Y opens a new “Express” location in Westfield.
Remembering a Westfield radio legend.
Greenfield tree lighting!
A Thanksgiving note from West Springfield.
NHTSA awards a grant to the Chicopee Police Dept.
Dom Sarno and Richie Neal distribute food at a local pantry.
Holyoke trash pickup schedule update.
In Holyoke, the Appleton Street testing site schedule.
Westfield Mayor Humason thanks Westfield G&E for the Christmas tree on the town square.
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission’s Thanksgiving note.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Demore’s Automotive in Palmer helps the community, and local restaurants as well.
Kelly Dobbins of “Save Our Students” distributes “grab and go” Thanksgiving dinners.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Thanksgiving trash collection schedule for Springfield.
Holyoke COVID-19 site testing schedule for the holiday.
Tufts Health Plan delivers 150 Thanksgiving baskets to Square One.
Western Mass. gas prices.
Law firm donates turkey dinners.
Hampshire Mall Black Friday notes.
Holyoke Mall Black Friday notes.
Brief Holyoke power outage.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 23, 2020

Sarah Maniaci distributes 1400 turkeys through Rachel’s Table!
Springfield teacher distributes 28 turkeys out of pocket.
The Mayor and the Congressman join others for the Springfield JFK Remembrance.
Oasis Food Bank runs its food program on Wednesday instead of Friday this week.
Santa is Coming to Orange, Mass!
Arson believed at Burlington Coat Factory.
Christmas trees for sale at Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm in Hadley.
“Sand for Seniors” program in Hampden.
Longmeadow Public Schools move to remote learning.
7th Annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Villa Napoletana.
Car part thefts in Easthampton.
Longmeadow offers drive-thru mask pick-up.
“Wreaths For a Reason” holds a holiday event.
Eastfield Mall hands out 3000 boxes of food.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 20, 2020

Western Mass. communities in the “Red Zone”
Singer Joe Pereira at the 350 Grill.
Therapy dog Kiwi passes away.
Big Y announces 1000 job openings.
Amherst Police Dept. announces a holiday gift drive.
Pynchon Plaza opening ceremony.
Thanksgiving safety tips from AMR.
Springfield Fire Dept. swearing-in ceremony.
Springfield DPW honors a special needs student.
Black Friday hours at local malls.
Holyoke Library job opportunities
Holyoke Yard Waste Facility hours.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 19, 2020

Big E “Golden Ticket” sells out – and fast!
Pintu of Pintu’s Indian Palace offers Thanksgiving meals for pick-up for families in need.
Ludlow Police remind all about the Governor’s recent changes.
Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee offers a free “Grab and Go” dinner on Monday!
Free traditional Thanksgiving meal pick-up from the Berkshire South Community Center.
Eversource reports a scam.
Baystate revises visitor policy.
Springfield HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris receives an honor.
Springfield officials gather for the opening of Pynchon Plaza.
The Mayor and the HHS Commissioner are “taking it to the streets.”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wahlburgers MGM Springfield opening delayed.
Silverscape Designs in Northampton is going out of business.
Mayor Sarno urges Congress to push the stimulus through.
Six Flags New England presents “Holiday in the Park!”
Palmer Town Manager has typical COVID-19 news.
Mayor Sarno joins AMR for a donation to the Food Bank of Western Mass.
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer’s message.
West Springfield holiday COVID-19 testing site.
Old Sturbridge Village hosting “Christmas by Candlelight.”
Packard’s in Northampton closes for the winter.
Easthampton Fire Department on holiday cooking fires.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Northampton removes downtown outdoor barriers.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department launches a rapid response task force for overdoses.
Mark Auerbach’s play review and ArtsBeat report.
COVID-19 updates from the Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Parks Department (w/Cheryl Clapprood and Pat Sullivan)
Deerfield Craft Fair cancels for this year.
The Big E launches their “Golden Ticket” promotion.
Stop & Shop announces future COVID-19 vaccine administrations for free.
Gas prices up in Western Mass.
West Springfield traffic note.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 16, 2020

Top 5 Western Mass. cities for COVID-19 cases.
Joelene Hackett Guzzo on the pandemic and her business.
Brightside for Families and Children Toy Drive.
Springfield yard waste announcement.
Special Springfield Police “Gun Officer” appointed.
Chicopee transitions back to fully remote meal service for students.
Southwick suspends LTC registrations until further notice.
Pittsfield issues emergency order suspending table service at restaurants.
Copperline Eatery in Chicopee closes TFN.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, November 13, 2020

Friday the 13th lore.
Many Western Mass. cities and towns report major COVID-19 spike.
Chicopee Health official Lisa Sanders on a COVID-19 spike in the city.
Bob “The Bike Man” Charland is surprised by an unexpected citation from the Governor.
Final changes to “Bright Nights” for this season.
NBA star and Springfield native Vinny Del Negro supports Brightside!
Salvation Army “Fill The Boot” drive goes virtual.
Mayor Sarno and other officials tour the MCDI site.
Springfield Police Department has new procedures for their headquarters.
Emphatic Agawam warning for vehicle owners.
Mayor Morse announces Holyoke management transition.
Morgan-Sullivan Bridge closed for the weekend.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mayor Sarno holds Springfield’s Veterans Day ceremony.
Mayor Sarno commemorates Veterans Day with the Italian Cultural Center.
Mark Auerbach interviews media professionals (with Bernadette Duncan).
Kim Lee of the Mental Health Association of Mass. – “Give, Give, Get!”
West Springfield Veterans Day remarks from Police Chief Paul Connor.
West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt reads a proclamation from the Governor.
Southwick Police report the return of a stolen bicycle.
USA TODAY nominates “Bright Nights” for Best Holiday Lights Display.
Northampton’s “First Night” goes virtual this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day 2020.
Mayor Sarno announces grant for redevelopment of Loon Pond.
Jordan Goodman on the forthcoming Joe Biden economy.
Kelly Dobbins on 500 Thanksgiving dinners for those in need.
Mercy Medical Center reverts to “Phase 1” visitation policies.
Mayor Sarno and city officials dedicate a park to the memory of Sgt. Kevin E. Ambrose.
Springfield DPW trash removal encounters “hot load” of radiation waste.
Chicopee Tigers Athletic Association accepting applications for scholarships.
Holyoke Board of Health conducting a COVID-19 research study.
Area food pantries anticipate increased holiday season need.
Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 update for Springfield.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Stop & Shop and the Big Y’s Thanksgiving schedule.
Western Mass. gas prices – down.
Chicopee’s “In the Spirit” tonight!
Vehicle break-ins in Granville.
PVTA reports 7 drivers with COVID-19.
Santa sets a stop at the Hampshire Mall!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 9, 2020

Preparations for Veterans Day.
Pat Sullivan and Helen Caulton-Harris of Springfield close the Cyr Arena for two weeks.
Brenda Garton remembers the words of her father, Senator Robert Garton.
Earthquake!
Chicopee Veterans activities are by invitation only this year.
Easthampton excited to begin its new Ferry Street traffic pattern.
Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow closes their front dining room.
Northampton Public Health Director requires all contact sports be suspended TFN.
The Russell Inn in Russell closes for a deep cleaning and quarantine; reopening November 12, 2020.
RIP Alex Trebek.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 6, 2020

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home arraignments.
Pledge2Patriots holds a virtual raffle for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (with Carlos Nunez).
“Bright Nights at Forest Park” is being readied, and displays are going up!
East Longmeadow’s Chief of Police set to retire.
Chicopee’s “Reverse Car Parade.”
COVID-19 Command Center sends a mass message today.
Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District goes “remote learning.”
Westfield State University curtailment plan.
Fine points of Governor Baker’s restrictions.