Today, May 7, 2015

Is a preview of REAL summer weather headed our way?

Holyoke fighting back on the state takeover of its under-performing public schools

Palmer police feeling strain of school bomb scares

Lock your cars in Ludlow!

And an update on downtown casino construction traffic!

David Powers, author, Damnable Heresy, William Pynchon, The Indians, and the First Book Banned in Boston

Author David Powers has written a definitive and compelling book about the father of Springfield, William Pynchon.David comes to Springfield this month to speak, and to sign copies of his book.

But first he joins Brad on Pioneer Valley Radio for an in depth conversation about Pynchon’s life and times.

Bud L. Williams, Springfield City Councilman

Who is responsible for clearing the snow from the bus shelters?
Casino job training; are all neighborhoods and all persons being considered regardless of economic levels?
Should the Jaywalking fine be raised from $1.00 to $25.00?
And the Eversource rate hike..what progress is being made in reducing it?

Join Brad Shepard as these issues are discussed in detail when he goes up close and personal with Springfield City Councilman, Bud Williams

John Flynn and Vinnie Villemaino on Education

A serious issue for the towns of Hampden and Wilbraham, as school enrollment precipitously declines.
Chair of the Board of Selectmen, John Flynn, and Selectman, Vinnie Villemaino, summarize the issue, the impact on the town and the taxpayers, and further discuss ongoing efforts to solve the problem.

Kathleen Delaney

Dance teacher, choreographer, director, actress, singer, restaurateur Kathleen Delaney talks with Brad about a special production at Palmer High School. ALMOST PERFECT. And supports young people’s introduction to the arts.

Tim Rooke, Springfield City Councilor at Large

The Church has announced their decision to merge Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral High…but no word in their announcement of where the new school will be built.
Or when.
Councilor at Large Tim Rooke says the Church is “terribly unorganized, and not run like a business.”

Jennifer Connolly, President of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard talks with Jennifer Connolly, President of Junior Achievement of Western Mass. She provides an update on JA’s forthcoming events, and further discusses JA’s larger goal of keeping the youth of Western Mass challenged and intrigued through the path of entrepreneurship, and the ability to own their own economic future!

Here’s the link to the Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts’ website.