Brad Shepard Today – Friday and the weekend, June 21, 2019

It’s the first day of summer, and Dairy Queen has a free cone for you!

Alarming statistics about drivers operating under the influence of marijuana.

A fire at Springfield’s Wild Olive Pizzeria.

Table and Vine the latest to phase out plastic bags.

Dakin Humane Society fundraiser – “Barks and Brews!”

Hampshire College raises funds and will admit a full freshman class in 2020.

New Springfield Associate City Solicitor nominated.

Senator Lesser’s “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair.”

Palmer residents complaining about overgrowth at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Need for food pantry donations are acute in the summer.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pancake Breakfast Chair announced!
White Lion Brewing Company to open a summer beer garden!
Dunkin’ getting rid of styrofoam cups.
Bears are waking up and being sighted more and more.
Chicopee swears in a new Fire Chief.
Pool fire in East Forest Park.
Mercy Medical Center returns to standard visiting hours.
Hampshire College faculty reductions, layoffs, cuts and phase outs.
Hampshire Superior Court judge to defendant: “At some point you are going to run out of attorneys.”
UMass Amherst ranked safest campus in Massachusetts.
Rain in April has slowed down road construction.
Can you help the Springfield Police identify a laundry thief?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Driving across railroad tracks.
Work this week on Glendale Road.
Stop & Shop workers are back!
Ubeer Fest returning for year 6 in Easthampton!
Springfield Regional Chamber heads to Boston for the Beacon Hill Summit.
Gas prices – up – again!
Chicopee hazardous waste drop-off day.
Holyoke and West Springfield hold drug take-back day.
Hampshire College’s problems continue, and now its accreditation is at risk.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 4, 2019

“Dress for Success” hosts a special breakfast.
Last minute tax advice with Paul Federici.
Tick season may be longer this year.
World Autism Awareness Day noted throughout Chicopee.
A Hampshire College Trustee asked to resign.
Senator Eric Lesser’s first “Thrive After 55” event.
Warmer weather bringing out the motorcycles!

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! Monday, March 18, 2019

U.S. Army Field Band brings you a free concert at Symphony Hall.
Flu season in Western Mass. may have peaked.
Struggling Hampshire College enrollment drops dramatically.
Women and Girls Empowerment event in Agawam.
Melha Shriners have sold the Longhill Street property.
Ware Police report a Social Security scam.
Town of Sheffield still in shock over the fire that claimed five lives.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade accepting nominations for special posts.
Baystate Health Children’s Hospital visitor restrictions have been lifted.
Latest wave of car break-ins hits Ludlow.
Springfield Police Dept. featured in an upcoming episode of “COPS.”

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, March 1, 2019

Students getting drunk from pure vanilla extract.
MGM Springfield names Bishop Talbert W. Swan II to a Community Advisory Committee.
U.S. Army Field Band brings a free concert to Springfield.
“Sexting” in Western Mass. schools brings lifelong consequences.
Power outages have led to a strain on Margaret’s Pantry.
Hampshire College now has a vote of “no confidence ” for its president.
Judge Mastroianni wants the Cosby lawsuit to “start moving again.”
Mayor Reichelt claims the North End Bridge is safe.
Victoria’s Secret closes 53 stores.
Montague’s Fifth Street Bridge reopens.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dangerous icicle on 391.
East Longmeadow alleged drug dealer exits a Ludlow diner with cocaine, EBT cards and cheese.
Hampshire College problems result in inevitable layoffs.
Baystate Health residents collect 750 pounds of food for shelters!
Westfield hockey game played to honor Military and First Responders.
Springfield Police officer’s second firing is overturned.
Springfield traffic signals damaged at accident scenes have not been replaced.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 18, 2019

Frank’s Diner owner to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Mayor Sarno suspends negotiations with the police union.
Hartford ballpark cans peanuts and Cracker Jacks sales.
Staff job losses coming at Hampshire College.
Flight Fit N Fun opens at Holyoke Mall.
Police warn drivers to clear snow and ice from cars.
Phone scam in Easthampton – phony collection efforts for police union.
Six Flags Summer Job Fair continues (and ends) today!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ford pickup recall!
Local Girl Scout’s project wins award!
Skiers are happy with the weather and so are the ski resorts.
CRRC MA is building a huge warehouse!
Hampshire College struggles worsen… faculty and staff layoffs now probable.
New liquor licenses for three new businesses!
Host of WGBY’s program “Connecting Point,” Carrie Saldo, receives an impressive award.
Clear the snow and ice from your car! Driving with snow on your car is illegal!
Six Flags big hiring event coming up!
Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show this weekend!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 4, 2019

Canned tuna sales declining!
Weekend Groundhog Day results!
Community School of Springfield presents a play about addiction.
Hampshire College faces issues, and cuts back enrollment to meets costs.
Herrell’s in Northampton – Ice Cream eating contest!
Holland Police Dept. warns of a Publisher’s Clearing House scam.
Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs inaugurates their own “Big Game!”
UMass Amherst hopes for Super Bowl celebrations that remain under control.
Springfield Police make an arrest in a Sunday morning carjacking.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Carol Channing.
Springfield City Council overrides Mayor Sarno’s veto of the “Welcoming Ordinance.”
East Longmeadow man faces several charges after his crash involving a school bus.
Retail marijuana store INSA wants to replace Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield.
Dr. Evan Lau presents a seminar on heart attacks, at Baystate Medical.
Springfield activates a “cold weather response plan.”
Gas prices.
The extreme cold and your car!
Attorney James J. Martin is sentenced.
Hampshire College seeks a partner to assist with financial pressures… and may not have a freshman class this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 21, 2018

One million dollars bail for the man accused of killing a baker in Ludlow.
Springfield Police officer suspended from the force after his arrest.
Two men arrested following high speed chase injuring a Springfield Police officer.
Elms College, Westfield State and Hampshire College launch their grads this weekend.
Umpteenth black bear warning… be careful!
The mystery of the shoe pile on Rte. 116 in Granby.
Ludlow man threatens Ludlow High School.
Wilbraham election results.
Power outage in Easthampton.
Gas prices jump again… find out how much.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend April 20, 2018

Dr. Timothy Ewing to speak at the Chamber’s Business@Breakfast.
Electronics store that tried to continue where Radio Shack left off closes.
New restaurant in East Longmeadow touts “fresh made pasta!”
Bill Collins, owner of Center Square Grill, reaches out to hire former Bertucci’s employees.
Price tag on repairing the Campanile – going up!
Casa Pizzeria Jimmy in Ludlow; response so overwhelming that Jimmy had to shut off the phones!
Long lines and long waits at the Registry of Motor Vehicles!
Miriam Nelson is the new Hampshire College president.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday December 14, 2017

Hampshire College student suspended over threat.
Ludlow sets tax rate.
Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law up on sex assault charges.
McCaffrey’s Public House does not renew its liquor license.
Hadley Police hot on the trail of Christmas tree thieves.