Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Demore’s Automotive in Palmer helps the community, and local restaurants as well.
Kelly Dobbins of “Save Our Students” distributes “grab and go” Thanksgiving dinners.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Thanksgiving trash collection schedule for Springfield.
Holyoke COVID-19 site testing schedule for the holiday.
Tufts Health Plan delivers 150 Thanksgiving baskets to Square One.
Western Mass. gas prices.
Law firm donates turkey dinners.
Hampshire Mall Black Friday notes.
Holyoke Mall Black Friday notes.
Brief Holyoke power outage.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Northampton removes downtown outdoor barriers.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department launches a rapid response task force for overdoses.
Mark Auerbach’s play review and ArtsBeat report.
COVID-19 updates from the Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Parks Department (w/Cheryl Clapprood and Pat Sullivan)
Deerfield Craft Fair cancels for this year.
The Big E launches their “Golden Ticket” promotion.
Stop & Shop announces future COVID-19 vaccine administrations for free.
Gas prices up in Western Mass.
West Springfield traffic note.

Radio Show #383 – Mark Auerbach presents
“On The Mark” Featuring Bernadette Duncan, Brad Shepard and Susan Kaplan

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Mark Auerbach’s Westfield-based radio and television program “On The Mark” presents this episode entitled “Radio Days.”

Mark offers in-depth interviews with author, producer, teacher and radio personality Bernadette Duncan, Western Mass. veteran broadcaster Brad Shepard, and public radio’s Susan Kaplan.

Listen in, and enjoy the insights, anecdotes and career highlights of these broadcast professionals!

Listen to the program here.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 update for Springfield.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Stop & Shop and the Big Y’s Thanksgiving schedule.
Western Mass. gas prices – down.
Chicopee’s “In the Spirit” tonight!
Vehicle break-ins in Granville.
PVTA reports 7 drivers with COVID-19.
Santa sets a stop at the Hampshire Mall!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Mass. Pike traffic note.
Friendly’s files Chapter 11.
Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter.
Governor Baker’s latest controversial COVID-19 moves.
“Girls On The Run Western Mass.” 5K road race!
“Bright Nights” 5K road race.
Springfield Museums confer a prestigious award.
Springfield officials raise the Puerto Rican flag on City Hall steps.
West Springfield Boys and Girls Club present their virtual holiday home tour.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mike Zabik clarifies the “Right To Repair” bill.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Drunk hunter.
Springfield completes a bid for municipal bonds.
Springfield sends a letter to small businesses presenting loan assistance.
Springfield offers a lead-based paint abatement funding program.
Amherst offers phone line to report Halloween gatherings.
Western Mass. gas prices-up.
Fiber internet service applications now being accepted in Chicopee.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October, 20, 2020

Prank floods Westfield park with suds.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Dr. Mark Keroack on Springfield’s COVID-19 efforts.
Chicopee Starbucks closed temporarily due to a fire.
Local gas prices.
“Stop the Spread” has been extended.
Springfield Rotary Club donates 10,000 masks to first responders.
MassDOT Springfield tunnel project.
Longmeadow car part thefts.
Recurrence of COVID-19 to a previously recovered veteran at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mass. Pike travel note for the week.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach on Broadway and more.
Foliage trips, quarantines, fines and more.
Western Mass. gas prices increase.
Bradley International offers non-stop to Nashville beginning in March.
Amherst doubles down on the increase in COVID-19 cases in the town.
Baker-Polito administration offers a program of eviction relief.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter mural on Court St. defaced for the third time (Mayor Sarno’s exclusive PVR comment)
Wilbraham vehicle break-ins.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Northampton “Trick or Treat” rules for kids, homeowners and adults.
Western Mass. gas prices.
Only 2 low-risk communities in Western Mass. stuck in Phase 1 (of Phase 3).
Judy Matt’s review of the month of September from The Spirit of Springfield.
2 new appointments for the Springfield mayor’s office.
Springfield Veterans Dept. looking for help to flag cemeteries.
New retail outlets coming to the Longmeadow Shops.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 29, 2020

West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt’s move to hybrid learning.
Nadim Kashouh, of Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill in Springfield, on outdoor dining in the cooler weather.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Trinity Health Of New England completes a COVID-19 clinical trial.
Mayor Sarno and city officials tour the new Brightwood-Lincoln School.
Maura Healey announces Holyoke Soldiers’ Home indictments.
Springfield DPW is looking for snow plow drivers.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Court reverses Bennett Walsh’s Holyoke Soldiers’ Home firing.
Longmeadow’s Jeff Greim of Jeff’s Granola wins a prestigious business award.
Mark Auerbach’s ArtsBeat report.
Mayor Sarno and other city officials announce completion of the “Six Corners Project.”
Complaint filed for suspect in the latest Black Lives Matter mural vandalism.
JetBlue announces 4 new routes for Bradley International.
Dunkin’ has freebees for you on “National Dunkin’ Day,” September 29.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Labor Day reflection.
South Hadley enjoys better COVID-19 news.
Mayor Sarno walked for “prayer and peace” last Saturday.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Trees showing some autumn colors.
West Springfield residents report scam calls.
This year’s Pulaski Parade in Northampton canceled.
Big E Cream Puffs are getting snapped up!
Minimum version of the Three County Fair going on in Northampton.
Armenian Festival in Springfield goes “drive-thru” this year.
Chicopee Teachers Union and School Committee cannot agree on how school will open.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Primary Day in Massachusetts: Billy Galvin predicts record turnout.
Overview: Markey-Kennedy, Neal-Morse.
Primary ballot.
Springfield Mayor Sarno presents the city’s latest COVID-19 stats.
Mark Auerbach’s ArtsBeat report.
Holyoke Mayor’s office announces a 2nd COVID-19 testing site.
Western Mass. gas prices are up.
Bean Restaurant Group plans an “exciting dining venue” for the Court Square Project.
Mercy Medical Center emphasizes the importance of wearing your mask.
Suspicious object on Springfield Amtrak tracks.
Trash and debris dumped on Eastfield Mall property.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Springfield cooling centers are open.
Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 city statistics.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
New 413 Café opens in downtown Springfield.
Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign for Congress loses support from some organizations.
“Bunny” in Chicopee is honored with a mural!

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! Tuesday July 28, 2020

The heat is on in the Valley – still!
Plan ahead for school supplies this year!
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Target and Walmart issue hand sanitizer recall!
Springfield Mayor Sarno addresses American Medical Response’s graduating class.
4th round of Springfield’s “Prime the Pump” grant program.
Domino’s Pizza on Sumner Avenue reopens after a car crash demolished the front.
Western New England University announces online final exams.
North Adams city councilor resigns over on-air gaffe.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 14, 2020

MGM Springfield reopens – with limitations.
Blue Lives Matter convoy starts out in Russell.
State pools reopen – with restrictions.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s weekly rundown of regional performances.
Nadim’s celebrates its 20th anniversary with a free dessert for you!
Phase 3 impact on Springfield activities with Parks and Rec Director Pat Sullivan.
Reusable bags are returning to checkout lines in Mass.
First Congregational Church of Chicopee needs some financial help in removing thousands of honey bees.
Federal stimulus checks sent to those who have died have been canceled.
Springfield City Council President supports Alex Morse against Richard Neal for Congress.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Yellow Cab of Springfield is back in business!
Nick Cocchi postpones the Sheriff’s Picnic for the summer.
The Springfield mayor joins with others for a themed family reunion drive for seniors.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Remembering Fred King – with Bo Sullivan.
MGM Springfield is bringing back employees; however, not everyone is expected to be called back.
Mayor Sarno gets tough on illegal fireworks and launches “home rule” legislation.
Holyoke’s first adult-use cannabis store opens.
Springfield Jewish Community Center CEO retires.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 30, 2020

FINAL DECISION: The Big E is canceled this year.
West Springfield traffic note (Route 5).
Springfield Health and Human Services Director Helen Caulton-Harris on masks and the oncoming heat.
Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi is frustrated over a lack of compliance on illegal fireworks use.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Agawam Veterans Cemetery resumes committal services.
East Longmeadow company pays $1M in a settlement.
The attorney for ousted Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh disputes his firing.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno comments on cooling centers, and is livid about fireworks use in the city.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.
Agawam police officer receives the highest civilian honor for heroism.
Chicopee hot tub fire contained after some damage to the home.
Another famous Springfield restaurant will not reopen.
Fire at Shaker Farms Country Club under control after a tough battle.
Granby holds town election.
Venerable Eskimo Pie ice cream bar now must change its name.
Nail and tans and tattoos are back in business!