Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 18, 2019

Mayor Sarno’s Communications Director suspended after a weekend arrest at MGM Springfield.

“TOYS FOR JOY” marks its 97th year in the region.

Happy 125th Birthday to East Longmeadow!

“Rucksgiving” veterans work for families at Thanksgiving.

“Save Our Swallows”  demonstration in Hadley.

Holyoke Police Department keeps their Seniors’ Christmas Show tradition alive.

Hidden Valley stocking stuffer.

Chicopee Police quell disturbance involving more than 300.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 25, 2019

Ludlow’s Center Street projects bringing restaurants and medical service.

Halloween candy for the troops overseas – from Agawam Dental Arts (with Cecile Calabrese)!

Springfield City Council At-Large candidate Chris Pohner loses another union endorsement.

Chicopee driver’s OUI and road rage.

Springfield goes pink for Rays of Hope!

Nash Park in Chicopee gets hit by vandals… again.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 24, 2019

Nationwide school bus safety recall.

Feds raid downtown strip club and restaurant.

Pat Kandianis and Pay4Education in Springfield.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee names their Citizen’s Award recipient.

Baird Middle School in Ludlow closed for three days due to flooding.

Chicopee police officer and K-9 partner retire together.

Greenfield Halloween rumor addressed.

Holyoke proposes short and long term fix to water main issues.

Springfield Fire Dept. announces a line of duty death.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 21, 2019

Mass. House hears proposal to ban plastic straws.

Springfield Regional Chamber’s Government Reception 2019.

Irish Cultural Center of Western New England welcomes a new dignitary.

Chicopee assists a 94-year-old woman who lost a large amount of cash.

A new mural at Friends of the Homeless.

Arrest made in Athol church fire.

75th Annual Pittsfield Halloween Parade!

Mass. State Police sobriety checkpoint.

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District confirms cases of whooping cough.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 25, 2019

Forever 21 mistake.

Local TV channels change frequencies.

NTSB releases report on the fatal NH motorcycle crash.

Emily Bill Park renovation job goes out to bid.

GNC stores plan to close nearly 900 stores.

The town of Russell would like vacationers to stop trashing the river bank.

Amherst fire station considered “dilapidated.”

Planet Fitness opens a new large facility at the Holyoke Mall.

Chicopee Police warn of gas employee scam.

Beloved Doogan’s Deli in Chicopee closing for good.

Center Square Grill wants to locate the owner of a Marine Corps hat left behind at the restaurant.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 1, 2019

Safe 4th of July!

“Star Spangled Springfield” is coming! (with Judy Matt)!

Chicopee jump-starts the region with a weekend fireworks display!

Chicopee police officer returns a local 4-year-old’s toy car.

Pride’s Bob Bolduc believes a Westfield Friendly’s will close; Friendly’s says, “no, we’re not.”

UMass Amherst continues to upgrade dining options.

Beating the dangerous heat.

Papaya E coli warning.

5K fundraiser and 4th of July celebration in Ware!

Gillette disposable razor recall!

Swimming safety warning.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 27, 2019

Marijuana – school zone buffer reduced in Holyoke.

Chicopee police officer fires at a driver who tried to run him down.

East Longmeadow homicide.

Springfield City Council approves a permit for the return of a 16 Acres Daycare Center.

Forest Park downed tree causing power outage.

Professional Women’s Chamber of Western Mass. names “Woman of the Year,” Denise Hurst.

McKnight Neighborhood Council recognizes E. Henry Twiggs and Arthur Jones.

Florence Soft Serve burglary.

Riverfront Park’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks!

Fallout continues from deadly New Hampshire crash.

Wilbraham native named first female CEO of Warner Brothers.

Van Horn Park activates its splash pad!

Jefferson, NH Fire Dept. lowers their flag in memory of the 7 motorcycle crash victims.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Worcester woman crashes into Rhode Island home, and identifies herself as “Hello Kitty.”

MGM issues traffic advisory due to  signage work.

Granby celebrates its 251st birthday.

Bill Cosby tweets a Father’s Day message.

Pillsbury Flour recalled due to potential E Coli issue.

Internet and cell blackout simulation in Southwick next weekend.

Western Mass. towns fireworks display schedule.

7th Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival!

Pool chemical warning from the State Fire Marshal.

Chicopee fundraiser held for  Police Lt. Hamilton Wray.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 13, 2019

15 year-old Chicopee High School student pepper-sprayed and arrested.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club has a concert to support The Springfield Rifles rugby team.
Dean Foods isn’t saying what Friendly’s future may be.
American International College holds double commencement ceremonies.
Tick Season and Lyme Disease public forum to be held.
Florida grey fox moves into Forest Park Zoo.
Holyoke and South Hadley letter carriers collected food stuffs from mailboxes on Saturday.
Frost is still a possibility through the end of this month; tips for protecting your plants.
Gary Rome Hyundai holds fashion show for Providence Ministries.
Springfield Police Dept. launches the return of “Click it or Ticket” seat belt checks.
Westfield Police are asking for help to solve multiple car break-ins.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Live artillery shell detonated near Chicopee Center.
Sunday: first home game for Springfield Roller Derby team.
Square One Officer Jenise Katalina named Supervisor of the Year.
Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby party to benefit Square One.
World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast coming up!
15 year-old Boy Scout raises funds for new flagpole for veterans.
Springfield church break-in and burglary.
Police officer removed from security team at local school.
Ware Town Clerk Nancy Talbot’s narrow victory in Board of Selectmen election sustained in recount.
Kenneth Laflamme, retired postal employee, pleads guilty to accepting bribes.
No fireworks on the Fourth of July in Westfield this year.

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.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 21, 2019

Another Western Mass. million dollar Lotto winner!
Missing Chicopee teen runaway has been found and is safe.
Melvin Jones sentenced to two years.
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival coming up at the Springfield JCC.
Chicopee federal sewer project finally coming to an end.
American Red Cross of Mass. has responded to 17 emergencies in a short period.
Marijuana retail sales facility proposed for the Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall.
Red Cross honors Hometown Hero Holly Holden.
Beer and wine available for home games of the new ball team for Westfield, the Westfield Starfires.
“Me Too” movement founder Tarana Burke speaks at Smith College.
Springfield City Council working on stricter dirt bike laws.

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 8, 2019

Starbucks brings back Cherry Mocha in time for Valentine’s Day.
Retired Chicopee police captain at odds with police chief over an accident report.
Posto Italian Restaurant close to opening in the Longmeadow Shops!
Springfield dumpster rental company owner faces a long jail sentence for a host of charges.
Belchertown K-9 Unit has a Secret Santa.
Spaghetti Supper at Springfield’s White School with the C3 Policing Unit.
Latest phone scam warning brought to you by the Chicopee Police Dept.
Southwick man threatens to shoot a retired Springfield Judge.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 23, 2019

JetBlue offers special Atlanta flights for Superbowl!
Springfield School Committee and City Council announce school building renovation programs.
Fire departments remind you to clear snow away from hydrants.
Chicopee Police looking for man who vandalized a church.
Ware School Committee approves contract extension for Superintendent DiLeo.
National Grid fined for its performance in the October 2017 storm.
Concern for the homeless due to the extreme cold; agencies willing to help.

Brad Shepard Today, Monday, December 24, 2018

Special Christmas Eve Edition!

Thoughts on Christmas 2018, and observations on holiday happenings throughout Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 3, 2018

East Longmeadow Police warn of chimney inspection scam!
Marijuana dispensaries have had their social media accounts disabled.
Christmas tree report (with Carl Bailey of Squire Farms).
Agawam Colleen Coronation for 2019.
Murder defendant violates release conditions by going shopping on Black Friday.
Longmeadow Police mourn the loss of a veteran officer.
Cop On Top in Chicopee!
Lights of Love at the Ronald McDonald House.
ISO New England predicts enough power to get through the winter.
Hanukkah is underway!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 19, 2018

New Save-A-Lot opens!
Halloween at Rice Fruit Farm.
Pride demolishes a dilapidated service station and replaces it with the new “Pride Kitchen” concept.
Chicopee drunk driver just misses a cruiser.
Granby Selectmen determine a complaint against the town administrator “lacked evidence.”
MGM Springfield offers a second round of opportunity to be a dealer; blackjack classes offered.
Green and Fit launches a huge revitalization project in Holyoke.
Broadway Office Furniture in Springfield is giving away office furniture to non-profit businesses.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Applebee’s launches “The Dollar Zombie!”
Agawam is angry at the Big E over traffic issues.
Feeding Hills’ Robert Dominick has a career in residential window tinting.
Dunkin’ Donuts and beer?
Property sale paves way for a hookah lounge in downtown Springfield.
Chicopee Police say a man “blew” though a crosswalk, endangering children.
Springfield Youth Boxing Coach charged with sex crimes.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 27, 2018

Advisory from the State Fire Marshal.
Verizon issues? Slow, or no service at all? Here’s why.
Chicopee Police warn of man in truck approaching children. (with Officer Mike Wilk, Chicopee PD)
Square One and Six Flags join forces for a free one day admission, in return for diapers!
Springfield’s hotel boom rolls along!
Mass DOT is almost finished with I-91 construction, detours and closures.