Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Disney recalls “Forky” toy.

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss’ childhood home to be a museum.

Jordan Goodman on “free money” for Western Mass.

Escaped Pittsfield prisoner with a long criminal history said to be violent.

MassDOT looks to replace a Monson bridge.

Agawam and Feeding Hills open their cooling centers.

Baystate Health Systems offers “Watchman,” a new stroke prevention procedure.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 8, 2019

Longmeadow hit by microburst.

Heavy rain causing damage throughout Western Mass.

Northeast Balloon Festival set for Northampton’s Three County Fairgrounds.

Yankee Candle moves Maryland factory to Yankee Candle Company plant in Whately.

Traffic note for I-91 in Greenfield.

Lighting strikes cause fire to a home and destruction to a barn.

Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield has closed.

Farmers Market running in Hampden.

Study reveals Springfield motorists among the worst drivers in America.

Water restrictions in place for Northampton.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Road and traffic report.
Springfield mayor’s statement show him livid over weekend violence.
Wellfleet Insurance Co. moves into Tower Square.
Wreath placed on Spring Street memorial to fallen firefighters.
Congressman Neal and Mayor Sarno break ground on a new million dollar pump station.
18 companies and vendors submit proposals and meet the deadline for marijuana shops.
Gas prices level – headed toward Memorial Day weekend.
Abundance Farm – a food justice farm raising funds to open an outdoor bakery.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mass. state cupcake?
South End Bridge jumper is rescued and survives.
New Westfield Fire Chief.
Springfield and Chicopee dirt bike arrest.
Woman arrested for Chicopee porch package theft.
Hatfield man throws winning Derby ticket away.
Mercy Medical Center: area’s first hospital to use a new leadless pacemaker.
Mayor Sarno at “Stars and Stripes Day” in Springfield.
Elevated I-91 and I-291 connector condition has some drivers worried.
South Hadley Farmers Market canceled for this summer.
Northampton Police Captain Dorothy Clayton retires.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 24, 2019

High Connecticut River water levels causing problems in Northampton and Easthampton.
Local East Longmeadow couple appears on WHEEL OF FORTUNE – and wins!
Wilbraham Police Dept. announces a crackdown on distracted driving.
Target recalling children’s toy… possible choking hazard.
Union Station construction causes downtown Springfield detours.
Tough and expensive pothole season has local crews using permanent filler.
100th birthday party for Hilda Breveleri at the West Springfield Senior Center.
Springfield police captain involved in parking lot dispute draws his weapon.
Merriam-Webster adds 640 words!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Permanent pothole patching underway.
UPDATE: Berkshire Mall now closed indefinitely.
Weed Report: Patriot Care Corp. begins recreational marijuana sales in Greenfield.
State Ethics Commission fines Hadley selectman $5,000.
MGM Springfield builds two new bars.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Springfield and Chicopee.
Holyoke School presents a way for kids to offload pent-up energy without disruption.
Palmer High School reopens after fire damage.
Springfield immigrant leaders march for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Time for the original Western Mass Home & Garden Show.
Chicopee Police warn of obstructed license plates.
Chicopee Police cracking down on underage drinking.

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, January 28, 2019

Mass. Pike road rage.
Northborough plans to restore home of Daniel B. Wesson.
Deadly heroin circulating in Northampton and environs.
15th Penguin Plunge over the weekend!
Adolpho’s – in the midst of a 23-day shutdown – receives another three-day license suspension.
Mass. Pike Ludlow rest stop closed temporarily.
Springfield License Commission shuts down Graham’s package store.
Holyoke Craft Beer opens in a great location!
Massive marijuana bust at the Mardi Gras building.
Mass. state officials allow hunters to harvest increased number of turkeys.
Ms. SENIOR Colleen competition!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 25, 2019

Gold Medal Flour being recalled.
Counterfeiting operation in Monson broken up by authorities.
MassDOT bans fire equipment over 20 tons from the General Pierce Bridge.
Springfield DPW worked all weekend to clear every street in the city after the storm.
Springfield City Council Marijuana Committee holds meeting on new restrictions.
Easthampton considers a location for a dog park!
New owners of the Tower Square Hotel have plans for renovation to reclaim Marriott name.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, December 21, 2018

Free Christmas Day coffee at Cumby’s!
Two weeks left for Bright Nights.
White Lion Brewing moves into the former Spaghetti Freddie’s location at Tower Square.
2.4 million Mass. residents are on the move this year for the holidays!
New speed limits for Holyoke.
The Springfield Regional Chamber presents Jen Falcone on human trafficking and the business community at the MGM Training Room.
Special Christmas Concert in Agawam with Richie Mitnick – TODAY!
Bright Nights holiday schedule.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mass DOT closes the northbound lane of the St. James Ave. Bridge.
Columbia Gas scam.
State Rep. Geoff Diehl talks with Pioneer Valley Radio.
Early voting underway in Massachusetts.
Springfield Regional Chamber’s Government Reception.
Whately water testing scam.
Marijuana home delivery?

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bright Nights 5k Road Race… a fast sellout!
Decision made on naming the new Springfield police station.
Deerfield Craft Fair takes place in the open air!
Westfield construction alerts: intersection of Mill and Locust Streets as well as Washington Street.
Lane closures in the hilltowns on the Pike!
RMV and DOT scuffle.
The Big E in the rain.
Gas prices up!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thoughts on a mid-week holiday.
More 90s and humidity, but the end of the heatwave may be in sight.
Parades! East Longmeadow, Westfield, and Chesterfield!
Fireworks schedule update.
Gas prices are down for the peak driving weekend of the summer.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day in review.
Granby road issue.
Judge Thomas Estes suspended without pay.
Two of the auctioned Norman Rockwell paintings from the Berkshire Museum have sold for 8.1 million.
Latest arrest of a student school threat comes from Warren.
Eric Daigle found not guilty of child rape.
Northampton Navy Seal receives the Medal of Honor.
New Monarch Place Starbucks will open next week.
Motorcycle awareness this weekend.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hyannis man taunts Barnstable Police about the death of officer Sean Gannon.
MGM Springfield holds career info and job workshop sessions.
Agawam traffic advisory.
Wilbraham elects new town clerk and new moderator.
Farewell to the Colony Club.
West Springfield man is a contestant on “The Price Is Right.”
Denise Jordan moves from Mayor’s Chief of Staff to Executive Director of Springfield Housing Authority.
Rise Amherst medical marijuana dispensary has its grand opening.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 30, 2018

ROAD REPORT – Easthampton and Southampton.
Church building featured in “Alice’s Restaurant” reopening after upgrades.
Justice William J. Boyle to receive award at Law Day ceremony.
Bill Cosby starts inmate life under house arrest pending sentencing and appeal.
Governor Charlie Baker touts first term achievements at Worcester’s DCU Center.
Marcia Morrison is this year’s Miss Senior Massachusetts.
An Hispanic church in Springfield moves to a new location.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday April 10, 2018

MassDOT exec placed on administrative leave.
PVTA fare is going up – service will be cut back as well.
Holyoke man arrested and charged with bomb making in his home.
Illegal dumping still a problem; surveillance cameras have been added to end the problem.
Local media gets Brynn Cartelli’s name wrong.
Springfield streets and roads are a mess.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 5, 2018

TRAFFIC! I-91, Longmeadow, and a Mass. State Police check point!
UMass acquires Newton’s Mount Ida College.
Dinesh Patel closes on purchase of the Tower Square Hotel.
Holyoke Police try to identify tow truck driver accused of assaulting a woman.
Monson Savings bank offers Narcan training to their employees.
The Lupa Zoo is open for the Spring! (come see the little zebra!)

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday February

Meningitis at Smith College
Another accident at the Longmeadow Curve
Chicopee suspect evades police, runs home, screams for his mother
Greene Room Productions, a theater group, moves to the Eastfield Mall
Mass Pike service plaza in Lee, shuts down gas pumps for a week
Tragedy touches Bill Cosby and family
The Sinai Temple Springfield selects their new Rabbi
Friendly’s closes South Hadley location

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday February 21, 2018

Agawam fundraiser for Agawam School security improvements.
I-91 Longmeadow dangerous curve causing more alarm and gaining MASS DOT attention.
Coyotes on the prowl in many towns – endangering pets.
No more photo printing at Costco!
Sullivan and Velis reach into their personal pockets to help an organization.
Dunkin’ Donuts free clickable coupon is false.
Spring skiing at Berkshire East!