Radio Show #299 – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Continues Through the Crisis

“To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

This is the mission statement of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.

The organization is experiencing an impact from COVID-19, and in this special program, Chief Advancement Officer Bo Sullivan discusses the club’s efforts to keep vital community services intact and ongoing.

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Radio Show #296 – Western Mass Small Businesses Work Against Adverse Conditions

At DelfsHaven Designs in West Springfield, owner Brett Berchin is doing what he loves.

He is a craftsman whose creativity with wood has been praised from here to Boston and New York City.

But now, the COVID-19 pandemic and the related shut down of business life in Western Massachusetts, has Brett very concerned for his well-being and his company’s very survival.

In this conversation, you will hear how it has affected him, and what he is doing to cope.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Two Western Mass. towns report confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Big Y donates $125K to food banks in Western Mass. and Connecticut.

Brett Berchin at DelfShaven Designs describes current small business challenges.

Baystate Health Systems’ Dr. Mark Keroack on the status of testing locally for COVID-19.

Hot Table offers a free meal to frontline workers.

New date for special elections in two districts.

Peter Pan Bus Lines and the PVTA schedules impacted by the health emergency.

Blue Seal Kielbasa is back at Chicopee Provisions.

Ludlow Police see an increase in domestic violence calls.

Radio Show #292 – SPECIAL REPORT:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Western Mass. Live Entertainment – with Mark Auerbach

Here is a special report on the effects of coronavirus on Western Mass. live entertainment.

This program touches on many of the venues in the region – theatrical, musical, and otherwise – with information on schedule changes due to concerns about the possible spread of the illness.

Pioneer Valley ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks with Brad Shepard and shares a rundown on postponed and /or cancelled shows at community theaters from Springfield as well as the professional stages of Hartford, Boston, and New York.

Holding tickets for a show? Not sure what to do? Listen in.

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! Monday, March 9, 2020

Overnight guardrail work on Mass. Pike in Blandford all week.

The Mayor and the Fire Commissioner of Springfield announce the new EpiPen program.

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield notes first reported case of COVID-19 in the Springfield area.

125 Polar Plunge fundraisers jump into the water at  Hampton Ponds State Park to benefit the Special Olympics.

UMass Blarney Blowout: a rapper refuses to go on, police make 20 arrests, and a few go to the hospital.

East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial receives a donation.

COVID-19 affects Western Mass. churches.

Western Area Massachusetts Dietetic Association’s 5K Benefit and Health Fair.

Western Mass. Fish and Wildlife officials have begun stocking local ponds with trout.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 2, 2020

It’s National Egg McMuffin Day!

Mayor Sarno discusses the arts with other cultural leaders.

Mayor reads Dr. Seuss for the Dr. Seuss Readathon.

About coronavirus.

Southwick’s 250th Anniversary and pub crawl.

Drunk driver hits two Chicopee police cruisers.

Greater Westfield Boys and Girls Club celebrates its 50th!

Abused and neglected horses found in Ludlow.

Second Chance Animal Services hold animal vaccine clinic in East Longmeadow.

Rally for Pete Buttigieg in East Longmeadow held just 24 hours before Buttigieg ends his campaign.

Happy birthday to Alice Malone, West Springfield’s oldest resident.

Holyoke rock group “The Sighs” perform at “The Wherehouse?” to raise funds for the Holyoke St. Pat’s Parade.