Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno attended services at reopened Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Church.
All places of worship allowed to reopen under the Baker plan.
9th anniversary of the 2011 Springfield tornado.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield conducted Mass outside.
Mass. Police Chief Association denounces actions of the 4 Minneapolis police officers.
“Big E” moving forward for 2020 run, announcing more concerts.
Holyoke Mall enjoys police presence due to false social media riot threat.
Monson golf course shut down by state.
As of today, new tobacco ban in Mass. goes into effect.
Reopening businesses face new expenses due to safety standards.

Radio Show #322 – Criminal Attorney William Bennett Represents Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh

In an exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Criminal Attorney William Bennett refutes the suspension of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh, and the associated allegations of his mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at the Home.

Attorney Bennett maintains that Superintendent Walsh made consistent and appropriate pleas for help from the state and other emergency agencies.

Meaningful help and support at that time was not forthcoming.

Bennett provides insight into Walsh’s present state of mind and his attitude toward returning to his previous position.

Radio Show #321 – Hofstra University Journalism Major Lauren Brill

Pioneer Valley Radio’s newest summer intern, Lauren Brill of Granby, MA, is a journalism major going into her senior year at Hofstra University.  She is interviewed by PVR president Michael Harrison about being a college student during the pandemic, the state of journalism, and her plans for the future.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and Memorial Day Weekend, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Swimming pool season is robust, according to Brian Juliano of Juliano’s Pools and Spas.

Mayor Sarno forges ahead with Memorial Day plans for Springfield.

Mayor Sarno outlines how Springfield’s “Phase 1” reopening will affect city buildings.

Cummington Fair announces cancellation.

Portraits of Longmeadow’s graduating seniors placed on the town common.

Fire officials present grilling safety tips.

Memorial Day thoughts.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Western Mass. churches hold Masses for the first time this weekend.

Dom Sarno set to announce “Phase 1” of reopening Springfield.

Springfield Park Commission announce reopening of Forest Park Zoo and Farmer’s Market.

Westfield voters choose John C. Velis over John F. Cain for Sen. Humason’s former seat.

Forest Park Farmer’s Market manager apologizes.

Reps. Puppolo and Tosado succeed in solid earmarks in an IT bond bill for Springfield.

Local city councilor questions Big E’s intention to open.

 

Radio Show #319 – John DeVoie and Hot Table

John DeVoie’s Hot Table is a Western Mass. success and a high note in what is known as “fast casual” dining.

From one original location in Springfield to a total of 7, from Western Mass. to Central Mass. and into Connecticut, only the pandemic has slowed down Hot Table’s amazing growth.

In this program, John speaks candidly about the harrowing drop in revenue as a result of COVID-19, and his drive to continue his downtown Springfield Tower Square renovation.

Hot Table will reopen – and John’s optimism speaks for itself!

Email: info@hottable.com  •  Web: www.hottable.com

Radio Show #318 – Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm Carries On!

A silver lining in the pandemic cloud?  Possibly, at least as far as your fresh vegetables are concerned!

Neil Pomeroy and his family at Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm in East Longmeadow are proud to carry on their tradition of providing the freshest vegetables the earth can sport.

Spinach, lettuce, peppers, spicy greens, peas and more, all are on the way as Pomeroy’s gears up for their full opening this summer.

Right now, Neil and his family offer certain vegetables through their Facebook page with appointment times for pick-up.

All pandemic and social distancing guidelines are supported.

Western Mass. folks are pleased to find Pomeroy’s a happy alternative to the lack of certain produce at the local supermarkets.

All of the produce at Pomeroy’s is organic, as well as herbicide, pesticide and GMO free!

You’ll hear more about the full array of fresh vegetables and how Pomeroy’s has steered through the days of COVID-19 in this exclusive program.

And try the spinach!

Email:  pomeroysvegfarm@yahoo.com  •  Facebook: Pomeroysvegetablefarm

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

“Phase One” reopening notes.

Western Mass. houses of worship see gradual reopening.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Springfield Mayor Sarno on Springfield’s reopening.

Diocese of Western Mass. notes new sanitary guidelines.

Timeline for Western Mass. restaurant reopenings.

Brunelle’s Marina prepares for Memorial Day boating.

Westover Air Reserve Base resumes limited flight operations.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 18, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 test statistics.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno thanks local organizations and businesses for the donation of PPEs.

Peter Rosskothen welcomes folks to the reopening of the Delaney House in a couple of weeks!

Mass DOT Bernardston detour.

Sears property at the Eastfield Mall has been purchased by a Braintree firm.

Holyoke apartment buildings in the ‘Flats” neighborhood damaged by rain.

Black bear season in Western Mass… caution!

Barrington Stage Company plans productions.

E. Cecci Farms opens for limited business.

Does Massachusetts reopen today – or not?

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 15, 2020

News from Trinity Health Of New England.

COVID-19 stats from Mercy Medical Center.

David Sutton and One Call Away.

Mayor Sarno reviews plans for Springfield’s reopening.

Springfield offers relief and adjustment for due dates of taxes and fees.

College of Our Lady of the Elms aims to reopen for Fall semester.

Eversource warns of phone scammers.

New Deputy Director of Veteran Services for Springfield Joseph DeCaro.

On N On donates 750 KN95 masks.

Three taken to the hospital from toxic gas fumes at Southwick Dunkin’.

Connecticut scheduled to reopen May 20.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England increases its COVID-19 testing capabilities.

Mercy Medical Center COVID-19 test stats.

Agnieszka Valenta with Morgan Stanley now works from home.

Governor Baker makes it clear that the reopening of the state will be slow and “methodically phased.”

MassMutual offices will remain closed for the entire summer.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr proposes an expanded law to prevent price gouging.

The American Red Cross is looking for recovered COVID-19 individuals to donate blood .

Uber launching new safety measures when the state reopens.

Springfield’s State Street Burger King has closed for good.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 testing statistics.

Governor Baker’s 4-phase plan to reopen the state.

Mayor Sarno cites some encouraging COVID-19 trends for Springfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Tick season is coming – what you need to know.

Dunkin’ dumps foam cups for good.

West Springfield D’Angelo’s may become a Starbucks.

MGM Springfield warns the Commonwealth of a possible layoff of almost 1900 employees.

 

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Sheila Coon’s Hot Oven Cookies denied help from Springfield’s “Prime The Pump” program.

Mother’s Day amid the pandemic.

Eastfield Mall offers their space for certain COVID-19 testing.

City of Greenfield now in its 8th week of emergency.

Antonacci Family Foundation donates $125K to the Food Bank of Western Mass.

How often should you clean your mask?

Warren Police Officer charged with assault and battery against his girlfriend after handcuffing her to the back seat of her car.

Wendy’s in certain states is running out of beef.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Baystate CEO Dr. Mark Keroack reports on the pandemic this week.

Mercy Medical Center Chief Dr. Robert Roose reports on the pandemic this week.

Massachusetts is one of only 6 states with golf courses closed and with no plan to reopen.

Deacon Elijah Washington of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church turns 100!

Costco now requires you to wear a mask or face-covering in the store.

Pioneer Valley Regional High School to hold their graduation at a drive-in theater.

Open burning season in Mass. ends today.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 30, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Holyoke Soldiers Home sees more mortality.

Freedom Credit Union donates to our first responders – with FCU President Glenn Welch.

Agawam Cinemas hold auctions and offer curbside movie snacks – with owner Kim Wheeler.

Dunkin offers free coffee and a donut to nurses for National Nurses Day.

The fate of Western Mass. high school proms.

Ludlow may have to lay off some teachers in the coming school year.

Scientists suggest a COVID-19 vaccine may come sooner than first thought.

Where is my stimulus check?

Working from home and social distancing is causing higher than normal electric usage and bills.

 

Radio Show # 311 – Massachusetts Ranks #1
in a National Survey of Coronavirus Help –
with Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub

WalletHub, a personal finance and research website, has released findings on the level of help each state offers its populace in coronavirus care.

Massachusetts has ranked #1.

Jill Gonzalez is a public policy expert and a financial literacy advocate. Her appearances include NBC Nightly News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. She has been a guest on NPR’s Marketplace, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio.

In this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio, analyst Jill Gonzalez explains exactly why, and what methodology was employed in these findings.

Web: wallethub.com • Email: media@wallethub.com

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Holyoke Soldiers Home statistics.

8 year-old Noah receives a Springfield Police Dept. birthday parade.

Home Depot sees customers lining up to shop on Saturday.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s looks at live entertainment.

Stop & Shop and their union call on federal and state governments to designate their workers as first responders.

Meat products, facing supply chain issues, may result in shortages to stores and delis.

Mass211 and Call2Talk offer COVID-19 hotline information.

Gas prices.

Oil prices may lead to lower heating costs for homes.

Ludlow car break-ins increase.

 

 

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 23, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 health statistics.

Baystate Health COVID-19 statistics.

Ashley Tresoline at Bella Foodie offers cooking help to those stuck at home.

Bonni-Lynne Sandler of HeartnSoul Yoga & Wellness offers online yoga.

Annemarie Doyle at Daragan’s Dog Care continues to take care of your dogs through the pandemic!

Holyoke Soldiers Home death toll increases.

Springfield cancels the remainder of the school year.

Baystate nurse returns home from a 12 hour shift to find her home on fire.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 17, 2020

Holyoke Soldiers Home – current stats.

East Longmeadow man arrested in connection with arson at a Jewish assisted living home.

Local hospitals report patients’ fear of the emergency room due to the virus.

Center Square Grill expands its hours and its deliveries.

Smith and Wesson and Eastman Chemical Company donate face shields to first responders.

BJ’s Wholesale Club offers “customer appreciation hour.”

Nadim’s donates meals to Mercy Medical Center.

Bethany Assembly of God presents food to Agawam seniors.

BaystateHealth Systems President & CEO Dr. Mark Keroack with an update.

Ludlow Superintendent of Schools Todd Gazda delivers a very special message to the students and parents of the school district.

Radio Show #306 – Gardening Therapy at Graziano Gardens

It’s been recommended that an effective way to fight depression and anxiety while stuck at home would be to turn attention and activity to gardening!

Sprucing up the front and back yards seems to bring folks out to Graziano Gardens in East Longmeadow in healthy numbers, despite the current conditions.

In fact, Chris Graziano says that business is good!

You can hear how his business has responded to the health crisis, as well as his outlook in general.

Web: grazianogardens.com •  Email:  cdgraz@verizon.net