Brad shepard Today! Friday and the Fourth of July Weekend

PA man arrested at Longmeadow TD Bank.
Springfield City Council standing by its cuts to the Springfield Police Dept.
Springfield man arrested selling illegal fireworks to an undercover detective.
Casinos, gyms and museums can reopen as early as Monday.
No swimming at Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst this weekend.
Cinemark at the Hampshire Mall preparing to reopen.
Mayor Sarno and Tim Sheehan release $250,000 to become the fourth wave of “Prime The Pump.”
Springfield Parks Dept. activates its spray pads throughout the city.
MGM Springfield gearing up to reopen July 12, 2020.
RIP Hugh Downs.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Berkshires are rated a top “getaway” destination in New England!
Holyoke cleaned up and power restored.
Pension frozen for a former Mass. State Trooper in Southwick.
Springfield City Council votes to cut $800,000 from the Police Dept. budget.
Cinemark cans its 16-screen theater at the Eastfield Mall and trashes the equipment!
Ware voters elect two new members to the Selectboard.
Mayor Sarno joins with cultural leaders to accept an NEA $100,000 grant.
Property owners near the “Big E” will lose dollars this year that they would have charged for parking.
Springfield Public School meal sites offer a holiday schedule.
Mass. 4-H club kids hold their own virtual fairs!
For the first time, NO new COVID-19 deaths in Mass. to report on Tuesday!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cooling centers not opening in Springfield and West Springfield.
Berkshires actress-director Tara Franklin moved from part-time to full-time baking with her company, Sweet Sam Bakes.
Governor Baker announces the dates for the Massachusetts “Sales Tax Holiday” weekend.
Hampden reelects incumbent John Flynn to the Board of Selectmen.
Columbia Gas Co. sentenced for Lowell explosions.
Possible animal abuse reported.
Freedom Credit Union begins phased reopening of local branches.
Mayor Sarno furious at illegal firearms offenders released without bail.
RIP Westfield City Solicitor Susan C. Phillips.

Radio Show #330 – Springfield City Councilor Michael Fenton Discusses MGM Springfield’s Reopening… Is It When – or If?”

The new health and safety guidelines, handed down to the Mass. Gaming Commission by the state, are causing MGM Springfield operators to question the impact of the protocols on revenue and on the entire casino experience.

Councilor Fenton presents insight from deep within the issue.

He also provides an opinion on Springfield Police reform proposals, and the possibility of a lawsuit lodged by the Council against the Office of the Mayor.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
In a live address, Mayor Sarno outlines his program to improve race relations in Springfield.
Mike Zabik of Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield on vehicle inspection deadlines.
Cuts are aimed at Northampton Mayor Narkewicz’s Police Department budget.
White Hut food truck is opening!
Chicopee Police Department officer killed in Connecticut motorcycle accident.
More Holyoke Mall stores reopen.
Big E presents “A Taste of the Big E Drive-Thru Food Preview!”
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi wants courts to order ankle monitors for early release inmates.
Western Mass. tree pollen is in decline.
Easthampton Fire Chief Mottor retires after 30 years.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 15, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno streams roundtable discussion on policing and race.
Mayor Sarno and CFO T.J. Plante submit FY21 budget proposal to the City Council.
Congratulations to the East Longmeadow High School class of 2020!
Greenfield job opportunities.
Justin Hurst and other Springfield city councilors will not attend Mayor Sarno’s meeting on race relations.
Western Mass. police officers show support for Special Olympics athletes at the Big E grounds.
Italian-American Veterans Memorial monument in the South End has been defaced.
The Federal in Agawam opens for outdoor dining!
Mayor Sarno acknowledges Flag Day.
High School of Commerce student demonstration against the Quebec Unit.
Good Vibes program holds peace drive.
Non-essential water restrictions in place for several Western Mass. cities and towns.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 12, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade status? With Carl Ohlin.
Greenfield Elks give free lunches to veterans.
Springfield Police confiscate illegal fireworks on several streets in the city.
Mayor Sarno makes clear his opposition to cutting the Springfield Police Department budget.
MGM Springfield hopes to reopen at the end of June.
VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital leaves Springfield to merge with Palmer location.
Green Bean Restaurant in Northampton closes for good.
Pet adoptions at Thomas J. O’Connor way up!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 29, 2020

Thoughts on the “new normal”
New Chief of the Ludlow Police!
Basketball Hall of Fame opts to postpone enshrinement ceremonies until the spring.
Westfield Athenaeum offering “Library To Go!”
Mayor Sarno asks all to take a moment Monday to remember the Springfield tornado.
Mayor Sarno protests calls for leniency for incarcerated arsonist.
Police ask for help finding graffiti perpetrator in downtown Northampton.
A very special COVID-19 recovery in Wilbraham.
Boston Marathon cancelled for the first time in its history.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno’s kudos to PPE support from local businesses.
Criminal attorney William Bennett represents suspended Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach with notes on some great programs coming up online!
Mass. RMV and Mass. DOT provide even more extensions for licenses, registrations, and inspections.
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi orders a lock down of the Ludlow jail after inmates and staff test positive for the virus.
Our Lady of Fatima cancels “Festa.”
“Celebrate Ludlow” cancelled this summer.
Six Flags New England outlines new procedures to keep everyone safe.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mayor Sarno – again – calls out the court system on repeat offenders.

Mayor Sarno at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Congressman Richard E. Neal at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Mass. state beaches reopen with special guidelines.

Hair salons and barber shops reopen.

Car washes reopen.

Pet grooming shops reopen.

The Lupa Zoo in Ludlow is excited to reopen!


Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Special program, “Let’s Get Moving,” at Rachel’s Table.

Fresh vegetables at Pomeroy Vegetable Farms an option for scarcity at area supermarkets.

John DeVoie, president and founder of Hot Table, continues his downtown renovation through the pandemic.

Farmers Market at Forest Park’s Facebook post receives criticism from the public and from Mayor Sarno.

Massachusetts recreational marijuana shops set to reopen.

Mass. retail stores may be allowed to offer curbside service starting next week.

Stop & Shop offering free seed pods to kids!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

“Phase One” reopening notes.

Western Mass. houses of worship see gradual reopening.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Springfield Mayor Sarno on Springfield’s reopening.

Diocese of Western Mass. notes new sanitary guidelines.

Timeline for Western Mass. restaurant reopenings.

Brunelle’s Marina prepares for Memorial Day boating.

Westover Air Reserve Base resumes limited flight operations.


Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 15, 2020

News from Trinity Health Of New England.

COVID-19 stats from Mercy Medical Center.

David Sutton and One Call Away.

Mayor Sarno reviews plans for Springfield’s reopening.

Springfield offers relief and adjustment for due dates of taxes and fees.

College of Our Lady of the Elms aims to reopen for Fall semester.

Eversource warns of phone scammers.

New Deputy Director of Veteran Services for Springfield Joseph DeCaro.

On N On donates 750 KN95 masks.

Three taken to the hospital from toxic gas fumes at Southwick Dunkin’.

Connecticut scheduled to reopen May 20.


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 testing statistics.

Governor Baker’s 4-phase plan to reopen the state.

Mayor Sarno cites some encouraging COVID-19 trends for Springfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Tick season is coming – what you need to know.

Dunkin’ dumps foam cups for good.

West Springfield D’Angelo’s may become a Starbucks.

MGM Springfield warns the Commonwealth of a possible layoff of almost 1900 employees.



Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 8, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 statistics

Baystate Health COVID-19 statistics.

Governor Baker opens the golf courses… with many restrictions!

Nadim Kashou will take care of Mom on Mother’s Day with some great cuisine!

MGM Springfield indicates many furloughed workers may not be returning this year.

Mayor Sarno thanks Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston for the donation of PPEs for Springfield Police.

Congressman Neal believes another wave of “stimulus” is in the offing.

New leader chosen for Holyoke Public Schools.

Governor Baker allows flower shops to open for remote sales.

Ware Remembers.

A special birthday.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 24, 2020

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi opposes a Supreme Judicial Court ruling on early release of inmates.

7th Massachusetts inmate dies of COVID-19.

Baystate CEO Dr. Mark Keroack updates the COVID-19 statistics.

Springfield Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick on learning materials, meals and the MCAS.

South Hadley Police note more car break-ins, and urge all to lock their cars.

Mayor Sarno acknowledges Springfield business community and State Senator Eric Lesser for efforts in obtaining PPEs for first responders and front-line health workers.

Trinity Health Of New England treats the first COVID-19 patient with donated blood plasma.

Cold temps have not affected the growing season.

Mayor Sarno appeals to all stores to require customers to use protective face coverings.




Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 test stats.

Longmeadow businessman Paul Santaniello adapts to the pandemic.

Mayor Sarno updates the city on the pandemic.

Live streaming funeral services?

Hair stylists petition Governor Baker to reopen salons sooner than scheduled.

More requirements for shopping at supermarkets.


Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 20, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 test stats.

Cathie Walz and The Blue Marble in Northampton struggles with the shut-down.

The latest COVID-19 information from the Office of the Springfield Mayor.

Retired Hampden Police Sergeant Bill Joy recovered and released from COVID-19 ICU.

Bill Cosby applies for compassionate release from prison due to the virus.

Big E CEO Gene Cassidy says plans for this year’s edition of the fair are moving forward.

Gas prices continue to drop.

Federal Government and Governor Baker outline the criteria for the state to reopen.

Patriot’s Day 2020 amid the pandemic.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 13, 2020

Easter thoughts.

Trinity Health of New England COVID-19 stats.

Mayor Sarno’s message to Springfield’s business community.

Mayor Sarno has good news for Springfield city restaurants.

MGM Springfield donates cots and heaters to the homeless.

Mayor holds MGM Springfield to cash levels of their host community support agreement.

Belchertown Police: scam-alert.

Stimulus checks update.

TigerPress in East Longmeadow is making masks available for free to first responders this week!

Florists and nurseries are seeing an uptick in sales, and they are offering curbside pickup .

Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles offers deadline relief.

Know the difference between allergy symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.

Mayor Sarno’s warning to businesses not in compliance with shut-down instructions.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 6, 2020

Baseball reruns on NESN and WEEI.

Gas prices.

Springfield Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 report.

Holyoke Soldiers Home update.

Lattitude in West Springfield keeps going.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital tightens health security.

The Odyssey Bookshop asks for help to stay in business.