Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 6, 2020

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home arraignments.
Pledge2Patriots holds a virtual raffle for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (with Carlos Nunez).
“Bright Nights at Forest Park” is being readied, and displays are going up!
East Longmeadow’s Chief of Police set to retire.
Chicopee’s “Reverse Car Parade.”
COVID-19 Command Center sends a mass message today.
Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District goes “remote learning.”
Westfield State University curtailment plan.
Fine points of Governor Baker’s restrictions.

Radio Show # 380 – Michelle Oparowski,
Carlos Nunez and the Pledge2Patriots

Pledge2Patriots is a fundraising organization dedicated to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Their events are created to raise funds for the continued care and comfort of our nation’s patriots.

In this special program, two of the organizers of Pledge2Patriots – Michelle Oparowski and Carlos Nunez – discuss their involvement with this organization, as well as its upcoming events.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 30, 2020

Martha Tighe of The Parish Cupboard in West Springfield.
Cheryl Melandrinos of the Realtor Association of the Pioneer Valley, on home sales.
Temporary drawdown of the Watershops Pond.
Ballot drop box in Springfield closes for Halloween.
Donation of $2,000 funds a new K-9 officer for the Springfield Police Dept.
Early in-person voting ends today.
Eastfield Mall COVID-19 testing site closes for today.
East Longmeadow firm receives “Manufacturer of the Year” award.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home cancels visitations – again.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Springfield Museums offer family fun event – “Into The Autumn Mist: Fairies and Fantasy”
Springfield drive-thru flu clinics.
Political consultant Tony Cignoli guests at the Springfield Chamber.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home restarts visitation.
The eagle is back on the top of the Chicopee clock tower.
Easthampton water restrictions lifted.
Governor Baker on Massachusetts’ “trick or treating” this year.
Agawam Mayor William Sapelli on Halloween in Agawam.
Cinemark reopens in West Springfield and Hadley.
West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt announces Mittineague courts are reopened!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Mayor Sarno meets with East-West Passenger Rail Committee representatives.
Fire Commissioner Calvi unhappy with student prank call.
Governor Baker announces Step 2 of Phase 3 for some communities.
Big E announces layoffs and salary cuts.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home leaders face possible decades in prison.
Caleb Fontaine is Chicopee Boys & Girls Club “Youth of the Year.”
Pandemic Halloween: trick or treat alternatives.
Wilbraham families unhappy with attendance limits for athletics.
Holyoke Mall returns to normal working hours.
Westhampton bear destroys a food pantry.
Cannabis Control Commission approves certain rules on marijuana delivery.

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.

Radio Show #355 – Late and Former Springfield Mayor William “Billy” Sullivan Remembered
by Tony Cignoli

William C. Sullivan, who served as the 48th mayor of Springfield in the mid-1970s, has passed away at the age of 95.

The sad news was announced last evening (8/26) by current Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The former mayor was a resident of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He served his nation during World War II.

Personal recollections of his life and work for the city of Springfield mark this exclusive interview with international political analyst and consultant Anthony Cignoli.

Tony knew Sullivan well, and speaks with a deep respect for the man and his legacy.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 31, 2020

New infections at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home spark visitation limits.
New ordinance proposed to address private ways in Springfield.
Media professional Maureen Sullivan reflects on the effects of COVID-19.
Springfield basketball courts are reopening for limited use.
South Hadley’s mysterious Chinese seeds scam.
Pan-Mass Challenge Bike-A-Thon coming through Springfield and Longmeadow at 12 noon!
Springfield Museums presents “Heroes in Health Care!”
Wales Olde Home Festival postponed.
Town of Amherst issues requirement to wear masks in the town center.
Holyoke Mall expands hours of operation.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Face masks for horses?
MassDOT says they will not be using motorist information collected at gantries to enforce travel restrictions.
Nadim Kashouh celebrates his 20th anniversary as a premier Springfield dining establishment.
Visitation at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home suspended due to recurrence of one veteran’s COVID-19 virus.
Back-to-school pushed back two weeks.
Naked dog-walking Hopkinton couple arrested after a scuffle with local police.
Northampton restaurant purchased by a New Jersey man.
Mayor Sarno grateful to MGM Springfield for donation of water to local cooling centers.
Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke announces appointment of new principal.
There are no Asian Murder Hornets in Massachusetts!

Radio Show #342 – Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home

As the story of ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, Bennett Walsh rolls on, Attorney William Bennett held a press conference at the Springfield Sheraton, Thursday, July 23.

In an address lasting more than an hour, Attorney Bennett reviewed what he believed to be a series of inaccuracies in the “Pearlstein Report,” as it has come to be known, and further pointed to an overall “poisoned atmosphere” emanating from the Baker Administration.

In this special program, you will hear specific segments of this press conference.

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

Healthtrax in East Longmeadow reopens! (With Marina Lebo).
Baseball back in Western Mass., with the Westfield Starfires!
Springfield DPW summer update with DPW head Chris Cignoli.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Assistant Director of Nursing resigns.
Mittineague Park reopening postponed.
Mayor Sarno and Police Commissioner Clapprood pledge cooperation with DOJ report on SPD Narcotics Bureau.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade canceled, and goes virtual.
The Magic Lantern on Route 20 reopens.
MGM Springfield brings back a third of its workforce, and all of its cleaning staff.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 26, 2020

Mass. is now officially in drought conditions.
6 points from the 174-page report on the COVID-19 outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
Senator Velis claims he had no involvement in Bennett Walsh’s hiring at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
Weldon Rehabilitation Center will change its name, as sexual abuse by Bishop Christopher Weldon is deemed “credible.”
Northampton adds new downtown parking spots and continues free parking.
Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy protection.
Criminal complaints issued to Springfield residents for unlawful possession of fireworks.
Mayor Sarno gives thanks for assistance in acquiring PPEs for first responders.
New CVS COVID-19 testing sites in Western Mass.

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.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Jordan Goodman on “stimulus” and the pandemic economy.

Governor Baker wants to see more days of a downward trend before reopening the state.

No new deaths reported at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, but an uptick in infections is reported.

Chicopee postpones holiday events.

Greenfield traffic alert.

Lane closures on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge (Agawam – West Springfield).

Springfield College AmeriCorps provides Springfield residents with free face masks.

Westfield business, “Sweeping It Clean,” offers free disinfectant refills.

Smith College features Nancy Pelosi as commencement speaker.

Tuesday Market, a farmers’ market, will reopen in Northampton.


Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 4, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 testing statistics.

Baystate Health Systems CovidCOVID-19 testing statistics,

Today is International Firefighters’ Day.

Open Pantry continues to feed Western Mass.

Holyoke Soldiers Home death toll remains stable over the weekend.

Hot Oven Cookies has been denied assistance in the “Prime The Pump” program.

Grocery stores indicate supply chain issues are starting to resolve.

May starts out warm and cools off.

Brimfield Antique Show goes “virtual!”

The Majestic Theater launches an online theatrical series!

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! Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID-19 statistics: Baystate Medical Center and Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Terese Lee Napoli offers mobile hairdressing.

Mandatory mask policies in two towns as of this week.

Some experts offer opinions on the necessity of wiping down your groceries.

Elms College officially postpones commencement exercises.

Information on the effect of smoking and vaping on COVID-19.

Storrowton Tavern provides first responders with hundreds of meals.

People are throwing their used gloves on the streets!

AFC Urgent Care in West Springfield offers rapid result COVID-19 testing.

Congressman Neal says Americans will see another stimulus bill in ten days.

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.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Trinity Health of New England continues to experience some success in treating COVID-19 patients.

Yankee Candle closes its warehouse due to the pandemic.

Death toll at the Holyoke Soldiers Home continues to rise.

A former East Longmeadow fire captain dies at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Springfield’s World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast postponed.

Jordan Goodman: what bills to pay and what bills can wait right now.

Springfield DPW Director Chris Cignoli updates street cleaning and disposal efforts during COVID-19.

Dakin Humane Society’s program for taking care of pets when owners are hospitalized.

“Feed The Fight” provides lunch to healthcare workers and first responders.

Governor Baker and other governors form a coalition to discuss when and how to “reopen” states.