Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus affecting Massachusetts restaurants.

Coronavirus affecting package deliveries worldwide.

John Heaps Jr., CEO at Florence Bank, is stepping down in a few months.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra brings you a night of “Broadway Love!”

Berkshire Theater Group youth summer camp.

Mayor Sarno meets with new MGM Springfield hierarchy.

Time to talk excise tax, with East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence.

Radio Show #283 – John Heaps Jr., CEO of Florence Bank, Announces His Retirement

John Heaps Jr., the longest continuously serving CEO in the 147-year history of Florence Bank, is stepping down in just a few months.

In a candid conversation with Brad Shepard, John discusses his storied career in Western Mass. banking.

John details the transition in stewardship for the institution and its future expansion.

Florence Bank’s unique relationship with its customers is just one source of pride for John Heaps.

Web: www.florencebank.com   •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dunkin’ rolls out Valentines drinks!

Denise Hurst announces candidacy for Jose Tosado’s seat!

Jose Tosado retires and will not run again.

Orlando Ramos announces plans to run for the seat vacated by Jose Tosado.

Anthony “Tony” King, the last living player of Springfield’s American Legion Post 21 baseball team, team turns 102!

Chicopee Police Dept. asks for help in identifying mattress dumpers.

West Springfield Fire Dept. practicing ice rescues.

Open burning season now in Agawam.

Western Mass. days are getting longer!

Florence Bank President John Heaps Jr. retires after 25 years.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 5, 2019

What to do with the tons of Westfield’s 350th Birthday cake?

Roundabout proposed for Rte. 141.

Mattoon Street Art Festival coming up!

Emergency call buttons being recalled.

Springfield offers construction training course.

Florence Bank builds on the old Hu Ke Lau site.

Tap water from the Quabbin is considered safe to drink despite an ongoing algae matter.

Bruce Landon plans signing and launch of his new book.

“Mutts and Mimosas” event coming up to benefit animals at Dakin Humane Society.

Bright Nights announcement for the 25th season coming up!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 19, 2019

Weekend heat wave!

Toys R Us is coming back.

Injured Great Barrington police officer – recovering.

Greenfield Council passes “Safe City” ordinance.

The heat wave moves the “Lord Huron Show” from Mountain Park to the Calvin.

HUMMUS RECALL!

Construction underway for huge expansion of Bradley International.

EEE virus in mosquitoes detected in Mass.

Fundraiser for ailing Agawam City Councilor Letellier.

Whately town flag now flies at the State House.

Springfield’s Camp Star Angelina receives a grant from Eversource.

Northampton Educational Fund receives a grant from Florence Bank.

Hampshire College names permanent new president.

Radio Show #222 – John Heaps, Jr.,
President and CEO of Florence Bank

John Heaps, Jr., President and CEO of Florence Bank, enjoys a long banking history in Western Mass.

He grew up in Springfield, and began his banking career at Valley Bank & Trust Co.

The latest branch of Florence Bank has attracted attention due to its innovation of “pod” style teller services, and even the amenities of a coffee bar!

In this conversation, John explains the Florence Bank concept of re-imagined brick and mortar banking, and what makes Florence Bank unique in the Valley.

Web: www.florencebank.com  •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 17, 2019

Holyoke motorist charged with texting while driving!
Holyoke news: City Council, Westfield Bank, and appointments.
Belchertown School Superintendent retires.
Smith & Wesson purchases Arizona firm.
It’s Penguin Plunge time again!
Former volunteer basketball coach from Amherst pleads guilty.
East Longmeadow Staples store to close in March.
Sears Holdings avoids liquidation – Eastfield Mall store still for sale.
Florence Bank’s newest Springfield branch opens with a big bang!
MLK Center holds “In The Words Of Dr. King.”
Blandford Ski Area is ready for snow and action!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 24, 2018

“Brynnions!”
Springfield resident sues more than 20 police officers and the Commissioner.
Dangerousness hearing for PVTA slasher postponed.
Former Holyoke Police Officer saluted as he celebrates his 101st birthday.
Pioneer Valley business people on the move!
Springfield Fire Dept. now equipped with Narcan for opioid overdoses.
100 deadliest days for teenage drivers.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Florence Bank hires three new employees.
Hadley Police deal with controversial message posted to town’s Facebook page.
Phone scam steals $1700 from a Chicopee woman.
Jody Farber-Winters pleads guilty to theft of monies for a shelter.
Westfield Bank’s full service Springfield branch opens this summer.
Cosby trial juror comments on his decision.
Greenfield medical marijuana dispensary now open.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 15, 2017

“Sopranos” and “Goodfellas” character actor and Western Mass. native Frank Vincent dies.
Florence Bank expands into West Springfield.
JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow – update.
End in sight for I-91 construction!
Agawam Police Officer firing supported by State Advisory Board.
Amherst College second best liberal arts college in the nation!