Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 17, 2020

Shorter days begin in Western Mass.
Bob “The Bike Man” Charland reaches out to a young man in need of a special bike in Ohio!
Basketball Hall of Fame reschedules enshrinement ceremony.
2nd Mass. resident diagnosed with EEE virus.
Western Mass. restaurants rework outdoor dining for the cooler weather.
When will the new COVID-19 stimulus package be passed?
UMass Amherst focuses teacher-student relationships.
2 Western Mass. women arrested for illegal dumping (which they advertised in social media).
Cool weather will not last.

Radio Show #351 – Robert “Bob the Bike Man” Charland Reaches Out to Ohio!

Nothing gets in the way of Bob the Bike Man when a child with special needs needs a bike!

When Bob heard the news of a boy in Ohio, who needed a trike specially customized for his disability, Bob got to work!

As he’s done more than a thousand times, he created the bike and then contacted the state police with a plan to get the bike to 8-year old Silas in Cleveland!

In this program, Bob relates the wonderful and inspiring story of the partnership he’s achieved with state police departments from here to Ohio to get this bike on its journey to young Silas!

Radio Show #253 – The Wonderful Story of
“Bob the Bike Man”

Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”

And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass.  In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.

Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.

After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.

More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.

Here is the story of  life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.

Email: contact@pedalthruyouth.org    •   Web: www.pedalthruyouth.org

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 13, 2019

David Ortiz update.

Ludlow political advisor to many presidents, James King, has died. Tony Cignoli remembers him.

The philosophy of Bob the Bike Man.

Springfield murder house on the market.

New refrigerator needed for indian Orchard’s Community Survival Center.

A dirt bike accident on Main Street, as Springfield lawmakers push for stronger penalties.

Riverfront Park reopens after huge upgrade.

Sewer workers rupture a water main that floods the I-91 parking garage.

Two high school students stage a car show in Longmeadow!