Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Junior Achievement of Western Mass. receives a high national honor.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, with Western Mass. theater notes.

Dunkin’ responds to COVID-19.

Counterfeit bills passed in Chicopee, with Chicopee police Officer, Mike Wilk.

Smith College cancels events with more than 50 attendees.

Mayor Sarno attends Bright Nights Appreciation Breakfast.

New restrictions at Mercy Medical Center due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 hits the gas pumps.

Boston cancels this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kobe Bryant memorial at the Basketball Hall of Fame

State Rep. Aaron Vega will not seek reelection.

Possible Red Lion Inn hotel project with MGM Springfield.

West Springfield Police use new tracking technology to locate a hiker in trouble.

Gas prices down a bit.

Downtown Springfield St. Francis of Assisi Chapel is closed, but will make office space available.

“Sweethearts Candy” is back for Valentine’s Day, minus some sayings.

Veritas Charter School approved to add high school grades.

“Lalas Burlesque” returns to MGM Springfield.

New North Citizen Council gets $5,000 from Lia Toyota!

Cernak Buick in Easthampton closes its doors.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Route 5 delays.

A Chicopee first: all-female firefighting crew.

Baby stroller recall.

Michael Richard finalist for Superintendent of Schools  in Lee and Tyringham districts.

Bill Cosby posts on social media on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special message.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Pike Street” at Hartford Stage.

Southwick’s recycling cost increase in the town’s new contract.

Gas prices down a penny.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Anthony Cignoli on the 2020 elections, at Springfield Regional Chamber’s Business Breakfast.

Jordan Goodman comments on the holiday season economy.

Highway exits across the state will soon change their number identification.

Springfield DPW takes some heat from taxpayers on city storm cleanup.

Amherst Chief of Police warns against thieves with “STOP” initiative.

Longmeadow and Chicopee launch a merged emergency communications service.

Gas prices down.

“Home For The Holidays”  opening night at the Majestic Theater, West Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hodgson Mill Flour recall!

Live holiday production on stage with ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.

Winter snow removal dangers.

Dangerous driving tips.

Cancer support groups tree lighting ceremony at Mercy Medical Center.

School “Blizzard Bag” program in Mass. comes to an end.

A fine for not clearing snow and ice from your vehicle.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Peter Pan adds 450 buses for holiday travel.

Sheriff Cocchi throws an endorsement to John Velis for the Senate.

It’s “Grinchmas Time” at the Springfield Museums.

Parade of the Big Balloons almost wasn’t… hear the whole story.

Chicopee Air Force veteran celebrates his 100th birthday this week.

Holiday travel gas prices.

Local law firm donates turkeys galore to the Gray House.

A.C. Moore announces the closing of all of its stores.

A Thanksgiving message.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 26, 2019

AAA advisories and tips for pre-Thanksgiving travel.

Uber providing free rides up to $10 the night before Thanksgiving.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks about offbeat and unusual holiday offerings on our stages.

Black Friday at Dakin Humane Society.

Balloon wranglers still needed for the Parade of the Big Balloons!

This year, Black Friday kicks off a shorter shopping season.

Hatfield Police ask all to be on the lookout for car break-ins.

Northampton constructs a new rotary.

Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield is closing for good.

No Blue Seal Kielbasa this holiday season.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Bombogenesis” is coming…

Taco Bell beef supplier recall.

Western Mass.’ first L. L. Bean store has a soft opening.

Stockbridge vehicle crashes into bank branch and restaurant.

City Council candidate under fire for racist posts on social media.

Ludlow “airborne” truck.

The latest on the INSA vs. Springfield City Council lawsuit.

Gas prices down two cents.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fire Prevention Week!

Junior Achievement of Western Mass.’ 100th anniversary! (with Jennifer Connolly)

Mark Auerbach with theater reviews and previews!

Methadone clinic moves to Springfield’s South End, and the mayor is not happy.

State announces first vaping-related death in Western Mass.

Pier 1 Furniture and Kaoud Rugs close stores at Holyoke Mall Crossing.

Mass. gas prices have dropped.

Easthampton Pedal N’ Party has departed the town to move to Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dedication of Springfield’s 911 Memorial tonight.

Retired Judge Velis portrait to be unveiled.

Ludlow Domino’s Pizza robbed.

Peter Rosskothen announces a new Delaney’s Market Store for Springfield.

Amherst Town Council considers new housing on Route 9.

Gas prices DOWN.

AAA notes the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers.

Police officers face health issues due to encountering fentanyl.

Springfield City Council still grappling with stiffening dirt bike laws.

Dunkin’ begins offering delivery service at some locations.

Warren Police Chief ends his 11-year run.

Big Y sells 6 in-store pharmacies to CVS.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Friendly’s Ice Cream co-founder Curtis Blake has died.
Another Springfield nightspot draws the mayor’s ire.
June fairs and events rundown.
Mass. measles alert from health officials.
Longmeadow bear alert.
Tick warning and information.
Road  construction projects this week.
Summer gas prices are up.
Longmeadow Police warn of wheel thieves.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Road and traffic report.
Springfield mayor’s statement show him livid over weekend violence.
Wellfleet Insurance Co. moves into Tower Square.
Wreath placed on Spring Street memorial to fallen firefighters.
Congressman Neal and Mayor Sarno break ground on a new million dollar pump station.
18 companies and vendors submit proposals and meet the deadline for marijuana shops.
Gas prices level – headed toward Memorial Day weekend.
Abundance Farm – a food justice farm raising funds to open an outdoor bakery.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pollen season rolls on!
39th Annual Brightside Golf Classic.
Second hit on People’s Bank in East Longmeadow.
Update on Bernardston ankle monitor escapee.
Update on Longmeadow Gas Warrant town vote.
Ware trash truck driver found not guilty of negligent motor vehicle homicide.
FCC goes after “robo calls.”
Beacon Hill goes after your cell phones, and debates on requiring hands-free operation in your car.
Trapped Bridgewater Beagle freed after several days in a shed in the woods.
Time to “Stuff a Bus” for Open Pantry Community Services.
West Springfield buys the historic First Congregational Church.
Gas prices up for Memorial Day weekend.
Springfield Police ask help in identifying Boston Road McDonald’s robber.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Driving across railroad tracks.
Work this week on Glendale Road.
Stop & Shop workers are back!
Ubeer Fest returning for year 6 in Easthampton!
Springfield Regional Chamber heads to Boston for the Beacon Hill Summit.
Gas prices – up – again!
Chicopee hazardous waste drop-off day.
Holyoke and West Springfield hold drug take-back day.
Hampshire College’s problems continue, and now its accreditation is at risk.

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! 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! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Carol Channing.
Springfield City Council overrides Mayor Sarno’s veto of the “Welcoming Ordinance.”
East Longmeadow man faces several charges after his crash involving a school bus.
Retail marijuana store INSA wants to replace Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield.
Dr. Evan Lau presents a seminar on heart attacks, at Baystate Medical.
Springfield activates a “cold weather response plan.”
Gas prices.
The extreme cold and your car!
Attorney James J. Martin is sentenced.
Hampshire College seeks a partner to assist with financial pressures… and may not have a freshman class this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Oreo flavor on the shelves!
West Springfield warns of rabid foxes.
Matthew Barnes is Westfield’s new Treasurer and Tax Collector.
No plan or progress yet on CityStage’s future.
Springfield has a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Gas prices down – a bit.
Classic toy exhibit at a Springfield museum… Toytopia!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Berkshire museum works on building improvements.
Mayor Sarno and the City Council at odds over an immigration ordinance.
Inspirational event for women at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (w/Maureen Sullivan).
Easthampton’s Eagles Sports Bar changes its name.
Starbucks unveils a new holiday drink.
Mass. State Police set up a Thurs.-Fri. sobriety checkpoint.
T.J. O’Connor Animal Control receives a $12,000 grant for pet neutering.
Mass. gas prices drop – again!
Chicopee Comp threatens to close bathrooms unless they can get “vaping” under control.

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!