Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 29, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Lorraine Gorham of the Coalition to Fund the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home is planning an event to support the Home.
Mayor Sarno note.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home expansion and renovation gets a push from Congressman Neal.
Molly Bish’s disappearance hits 20-year mark.
Russell fire last week deemed “suspicious” by state police.
Mass visitors from southern states asked to self-quarantine.
Southern section of the rail trail in Lanesborough reopens.
The Ludlow Board of Health hosts a huge mask giveaway!
Brimfield Police capture a fugitive Emu.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Mayor Sarno announces the Springfield health “trifecta.”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood cites some positive statistics for the city.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.
Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Cheryl Claprood hold their race relations virtual roundtable; some city councilors and other local leaders decline to attend.
Major ground beef recall.
Springfield Christopher Columbus monument cleaned up and put right.
Both major Western Mass. hospitals adjust visiting hours to reflect “Phase 2” guidelines.
Big E CEO, Gene Cassidy, still resolved to see the fair happen this September!
Gas prices up (just a bit)!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Massachusetts bars will NOT reopen in Phase 3; Governor Baker moved bar openings to Phase 4.
New medical breakthrough at Mercy Medical Center.
Boston Road construction for the next few weeks.
Jordan Goodman’s 3 reasons for the recent stock market gains.
Protesters call for Springfield Police Dept. reforms.
Positive virus information from Baystate Health Systems.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home works to allow visitation.
Villa Napoletana builds a patio in their former parking lot!
Salvation Army stores reopen in Western Mass.
Fort Street in Springfield closed to traffic to allow outdoor dining at The Fort.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno comments on George Floyd and marks an unusual anniversary.
Patients return to the dentist’s office at Agawam Dental Arts – with Cecile Calabrese.
Junior Achievement of Western Mass. will hold their golf tournament! With Jennifer Connolly.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach looks at regional entertainment.
AAA Pioneer Valley reopens.
Kristen McClintock the new Executive Director of Gray House.
Amherst Town Hall remains closed for the summer.
Mayor and Police Commissioner join together for a prayer vigil.

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.


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! Thursday, May 7, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Baystate Health COVID-19 statistics.

Snipes back and forth between the Springfield and Holyoke mayors.

Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announce no positive test results among the homeless population.

Official: Mass residents must now wear face coverings in public – by order of Governor Baker.

Two local schools tailor graduation exercises to social distancing protocols.

Governor Baker announces a “phased-in” reopening of businesses on May 18th.


Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 9, 2020

Trinity Health of New England COVID-19 stats for today.

An angry Mayor Sarno calls out  state and federal authorities for not responding to the city’s need for masks.

MassMutual donates 100 masks to Springfield.

MA National Guard spokesman denies rumor that the federal government is declaring an emergency.

Dr. Robert Roose updates his overview of COVID-19.

Trinity Health of New England has some good news about CID-19 treatment successes.

Springfield due dates for personal exemptions and other tax matters are extended.

Governor Baker limits capacity  in supermarkets at all times.

Gene Hartigan of the U.S.-China Partnership Committee helps Mass. Governor Baker import masks from China.

Mass. students will still have to take the MCAS; educators are calling for the governor to cancel them this year.

Paul Kalill remembered.


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dunkin’ continues “Free Donut Fridays” deal.

Granby is the latest community recommending face masks when out in public.

Trinity Health COVID-19 stats.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno’s COVID-19 update at City Hall.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach on the state of the stages of the region.

Holyoke Police Dept. asking for personal hygiene product donations for seniors.

Facebook corporate donates 500 N95 masks for Springfield Police officers.

Springfield’s Koffee Kup Bakery moving to a new location.

Changes in Springfield students’ free meals program.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, March 20, 2020

A new message from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

A message from Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.

A message from Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood.

Travel expert Max Hartshorne offers a practice to reduce anxiety.

Trinity Health of New England activates a COVID-19 information hotline.

Toilet paper suppliers indicate they are ramping up production.

Massachusetts special elections to be postponed.

The Zoo in Forest Park needs some help to feed the animals.

Chez Josef hosts a turkey drive for families in need of food.

“Grab & Go” meals at the Westfield Boys & Girls Club.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mayor Sarno announces enhanced patrols of Forest Park.

Dr. Mark Keroack outlines the Baystate COVID-19 response plan.

Mass. Mental Health Association VP Kim Lee explains their new service “Telewell.” (Telehealth).

Erving Industries runs 24/7 making toilet paper.

Holyoke closes Ingleside Mall.

Two dental associations urge dentists to close for the time being.

Congressman Neal and Dr. Mark Keroack invite the public to a telephone information session today.

AIC announces transition to “Distance Learning.”

Eversource suspends collections for the time being.

STCC extends spring break by one week.

Club Fitness remains open for workouts.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Springfield Police Dept. wants to reduce visits to the Pearl Street location.

Mayor Sarno speaks out on Springfield’s reaction to the pandemic.

Mercy Medical Center runs down new restrictions on patient visitation.

A message from a downtown Springfield restaurant.

Baystate to offer same-day results for COVID-19 testing.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, on shut-down performance venues.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra suspends the remainder of the season.

Stop & Shop offers special early time shopping for customers 60 and over.

Chicopee school kids still get their lunches though schools are cancelled.

Mass SJC postpones all jury trials TFN.

Gov. Baker offers emergency capital to small businesses.

Department of Unemployment Insurance offers emergency assistance to affected workers.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 10, 2020

The White Hut in West Springfield abruptly closes.

Family, friends and the theater community celebrate the life of a local actress.

Republican photographer Leon Nguyen receives an accolade!

Springfield announces affordable housing geared toward returning teachers.

Flu season is still at its peak; Springfield announces free flu clinics.

Melvin Edwards states his opposition to mayor Sarno’s timeline to adopt facial recognition technology.

Springfield’s Business Improvement District’s Restaurant Week Celebration.

Views on The Oscars.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 10, 2020

Springfield Symphony celebrates the birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven this weekend!

The Mayor’s father, “Al The Barber” Sarno, passes away.

Connecticut driver stopped in Springfield with a beer and a loaded handgun.

Mass. Cannabis Control Commission grants license to Cannabis Connection in Westfield.

Pothole season starting early.

Student safety hoax yields extreme consequences.

Want to buy a Northampton toy store?


Brad Shepard Today! Thursday November 7, 2019

King Arthur Flour recall.

Company theft reported.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Cry It Out” at Hartford Stage.

Salvation Army of Holyoke holds its annual turkey drive.

Election Day aftermath.

Hoax message at Holyoke Mall reported by Holyoke Police.

City of Bright Nights Ball is coming!

Mass. State Police Superintendent Kerry Gilpin announces retirement.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 19, 2019

Chicopee primary outcome.

Mayor Sarno and members of the city council square off on civilian police review.

Holyoke Police look into possible hate crime.

Western Mass. drivers are not stopping for school buses dropping off of students; hear one mom’s story.

Multimillion dollar project to fix “The X!”

Six Flags Annual Diaper Drive! You could win a free admission.

Zen’s Toyland to open in the former Kiddly Winks location!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hadley traffic advisory.

Springfield and Chicopee mayoral races have primaries for the first time in years.

Eric Suher faces problems and fines at several of his local businesses.

Want to learn how to grow your own marijuana?

No more single-use plastic bags at Big Y!

Six Flags offers free admission to the park if you have a “Batman”-type name!

Springfield and Chicopee mayoral race updates.

Weather damage throughout Western Mass.

Fresh Air Fund in Northampton welcomes NYC kids to enjoy a summer in New England.

Dakin Humane Society announces reduced adoption fees by 50% through Sunday!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 15, 2018

Non-hysterical weather forecast.
New addition to Bright Nights featuring the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee names special award recipient.
PVTA grants raise to its top administrator, following rate hike.
I-91 wrong-way driver charged with OUI, injuring a police officer, damaging a police car, and a slew of other violations.
Jordan Goodman on oil prices, and this season’s home heating costs.
Some Springfield City Council members want to reprise its efforts for a Civilian Police Commission.
American Medical Response acquires rival MedCare of Springfield.
Dakin’s Executive Director, Carmine DiCenzo, appointed to a national animal welfare board.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 21, 2018

Downtown Springfield strip bars want the city to allow them to have customers enter after  1a.m.
SCAM ALERT: Publisher’s Clearing House phone scam.
Nicole Bessette will clean your home or office and make NO JUDGEMENTS!
Springfield gynecologist sentenced for sharing patient files and lying to the Feds.
Six Flags prepares a bigger, scarier “Fright Fest!”
WARNING: E Coli contaminated beef recall!
Kevin Sullivan dedication.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big E doubles MGM attendance numbers in its opening weekend.
How to help Lawrence, Andover and North Andover relief efforts.
Orion Shearer, a fifth grader, collects can tabs and donates the proceeds to Shriners Hospital.
Dakin is helping house displaced animals from the Carolinas and the Merrimack Valley (with Carmine DiCenso)
Columbia Gas Co. starts the relief fund for the Merrimack Valley with $10M.
Mayor Sarno makes an unofficial announcement of his plans to run again in 2019.