Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 17, 2020

Autumn leaves!
Baystate Bloodmobile in Holyoke – blood is needed.
Court Street BLM mural is repaired; investigation continues.
Restaurant, hotel, and pouring establishment taxes due date extended.
East Longmeadow school year underway, in remote learning format.
Visitation at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home suspended due to employee COVID-19 diagnosis.
Agawam paramedics partner with school nurses.
DoorDash offers free Dunkin’ Munchkins!
Springfield notes Hispanic Heritage Month.
Press conference today with an update of Springfield Police Dept. changes.
Mayor Sarno asks to waive liquor license fees in Springfield.
Greenfield donates $70,000 to fit more of the town for outdoor dining.
Eversource uses helicopters to examine transmission lines.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 21, 2020

A Western Mass. town is labeled “high risk” for COVID-19.
Longmeadow 6-year-old raises $5,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital.
West Springfield replacing its street lights.
Efforts to make the French King Bridge in Franklin County suicide-proof.
Trinity Health Of New England wishes to close Farren Care Center in Turners Falls.
USDA investigates salmonella outbreak in tainted peaches.
Coronavirus hits Southwest Airlines at Bradley; flights reduced.
Mayor Sarno and Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi swear in 5 new firefighters today.
Hot weather returns through the weekend.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Springfield and Tapestry Health offer additional testing sites.
Chicopee TV offers television programs featuring the Aldenville Concert performers.
Longmeadow juveniles arrested for vehicle break-ins.
Basketball courts in Holyoke have their hoops back again.
Springfield voters can use a ballot drop box installed at Springfield City Hall.
Funds now available for Springfield storm manhole replacement.
Holyoke City Councilor calls for censure of another councilor.
Mayor Sarno joins Mercy Medical Center for World Humanitarian Day.
Springfield City councilor calls for investigation of Eversource rates.
White Hut ready to reopen!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 10, 2020

Eversource is still picking up the pieces – with Priscilla Ress.
COVID-19 uptick in Western Mass. – the latest numbers.
Tapestry Community Health Care staffers scour the canal area for discarded syringes and needles.
Springfield and East Longmeadow school districts decide to go “remote” in the fall.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign runs into some difficulty.
Three Holyoke parishes propose combining.

Radio Show #348 – Lighting Up Western Mass. with Priscilla Ress of Eversource

Heading into the weekend, it would appear that the long wait for the restoration of your electricity is at an end – at least as far as Eversource customers are concerned.

This special program may be especially welcomed by those who are weary of outage maps and voicemail in obtaining information on their electricity status.

In this interview, Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource, indicates the success the power company is having in finalizing the return of all their customer’s commercial and residential power.

This storm was deceptively brutal, and the repairs and cleanup operations have been extraordinary and challenging.

You’ll hear precisely why in this conversation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 6, 2020

Western Mass. takes a tropical beating.
Mayor’s emergency decrees.
Power outage review.
Smith & Wesson splits into two companies.
Cleanup underway in East Longmeadow.
Untreated wastewater released into the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers.
Cyanobacteria found in the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton.
Picking up the Isaias pieces.
Clorox disinfecting wipes shortage.
Grocery store shortages.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tropical storm bringing unsettled weather to Western Mass. today and tonight.
Northampton starts its parking system back up.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
COVID-19 uptick? Dr. Mark Keroack.
Mercy Medical Center’s ongoing COVID-19 fight – with CMO Dr. Robert Roose.
The Village Closet in Huntington is relocating.
Embezzlement trial of a former town treasurer is scheduled.
Utility companies prepare for a tropical storm.
Testing sites for Governor Baker’s “Stop the Spread” program.
Springfield Public Schools now offering evening meals.

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, 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.


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! Friday and the weekend, February 28, 2020

Bay Path University names new president to succeed Carol Leary.

Kelly Partridge and Contribution Clothing.

Eversource buys Columbia Gas for 1.1 billion.

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office announces the loss of one of its own.

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield holds a massive networking event – and you are invited!

“Hooplandia” at the Big E!

CDC-recommended coronavirus emergency survival kit.

Unmi Abkin of Coco & the Cellar Bar nominated for the 5th time by the James Beard Foundation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 8, 2019

Marty Fulwood invites you to enjoy Club One Entertainment Complex in Feeding Hills.

Walgreens announces closing of 200 stores throughout the U.S.

One day after a lawsuit is filed over the New Hampshire crash, Westfield Transport dissolves its corporation.

Work to begin on $43 million mill space in Easthampton.

And still more utility company phone scams.

Northampton’s Viva Fresh Pasta has closed after 34 years in business.

Springfield WWII veteran’s family receives Medal of Liberty.

Big Y distribution center breaks ground on big expansion.

Illegal trash dumping continues to plague Loon Pond in Springfield.

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! Wednesday, July 31, 2019,

Missing Brimfield Bearded Dragon.

Amherst License Board looks to control BYOB amounts for restaurants.

Springfield summer reading program for children.

Holyoke 10 year-old has his own successful business.

Eversource imposter going door-to-door in East Springfield.

MGM Springfield slot machine tech indicted and charged with ripping off the casino.

Denise Menard, East Longmeadow Town manager, resigns.

Cummington asks Village Closet to move to a new location.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat wave coming!

Eversource says they’re ready for the heat and to respond to any outages.

Richie Mitnick in concert in West Springfield tonight!

Live Well Springfield’s “Guess What I Did” kickoff!

JP’s Steakhouse in Southampton closes.

Springfield Election Commissioner says there will be no election notification program this year.

Evaluation of Campanile restoration almost complete.

Marty Fulwood at Club One would like some help.

Big E Horse Show!

Eversource offers tips to save money on cooling.

Mt. Tom Ice Cream offering officers working traffic details in the heat a scoop to cool off.

Cannabis Control Commission gives Pittsfield marijuana grower another chance.

Al Kasper buys Savage Arms from Vista Sports conglomerate.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Heat wave coming!

KettlePizza went to the White House.

Dish Network may drop Western Mass News from its channel line up.

Former Hadley police officer, sentenced to 14 months in prison, appeals verdict.

Natural gas leak  brings out firefighters.

Happy 3rd birthday to K-9 Finn at the Chicopee Police Dept.

Hampshire County summer camp canceled by the Health Dept.

Ms. Massachusetts Senior America 2019.

Oxford man electrocuted after climbing a utility pole.

Eversource prepares for power outage.

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, April 2, 2019

Bike thefts on the rise in Longmeadow! Be forewarned!
Kitchen fire leaves five homeless in Holyoke.
Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosts 4 local mayors.
Faces in Northampton closes for good.
Springfield Police Sergeant Michael Daly promoted to lieutenant.
Springfield City Council studies extension of moratorium on new pawn shops.
Police comfort dog, Officer Donut of the Greenfield Police Dept., turns 1!
Hampshire College Board of Trustees Chairwoman quits.
Pathetic crime of the week.
Eversource phone scam reported in Longmeadow.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Baystate Health ER reports uptick in marijuana overdoses since the legalization of recreational use.
Charity Volleyball Tournament to help the Mental Health Association.
Festival of Flowers at the Springfield Museums.
Passover begins Friday, April 19. Jewish Family Services makes sure Jewish families have the necessary ritual foods.
Westover Air Reserve has a controlled burn of hundreds of acres of grasslands.
Springfield drunk driver hits fire truck, two cars and several utility poles.
Berkshire Mall reopens! Claims their electric bills are higher than they should be. Eversource does not agree.
Bosworth Street man engulfed in flames after pouring ignition liquid into his fire pit.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 25, 2019

Berkshire Mall remains dark; owner is working on getting power back on.
Maple sugaring season is winding down.
100th Anniversary of the American Legion in Ludlow.
Ludlow authorities rescue 21 cats from a house.
5th annual Springfield Restaurant Week is set for this Spring.
Holyoke Hummus Company celebrates its 2nd anniversary.
Beware: Western Mass. ticks may be worse this year than in years previous.
Holyoke Mall’s “Round 1” opens its doors! Arcade games, bowling, billiards, and more!
Beacon Hill lawmakers take aim at holding cell phones while driving.