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! Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cool day in the summer!
Mayor Sarno is livid after vandalism to the BLM mural on Court Street.
Max Hartshorne on the North Shore and Cape Ann as a getaway destination.
Western Mass. real estate market is up… and down.
Springfield A&F Officer TJ Plante receives an award.
Amherst Police detective retires after 31 years on the force.
Mayor Sarno kicks off Gray House fundraiser at Hot Table in Springfield.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors Springfield’s Parks and Rec Manager Pat Sullivan.
Mandatory water restrictions in Pittsfield begins today.
The fate of the Parade of the Big Balloons this year?
125-year-old locally owned business in Easthampton closing for good.
Eastfield Mall cancels “Mall-O-Ween” for this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 10, 2020

Governor Baker credits Mayor Sarno with Springfield’s drop in COVID-19 transmissions.
United Way of Pioneer Valley distributes 2600 backpacks to needy students.
Big E beers and ciders served up at the Log Cabin.
Monson delays school opening.
Gray House is raising funds to “Fill the Plate” for Springfield.
Dakin Humane Society receives a Rachael Ray Grant.
Springfield Museums resumes its “Museums à la Carte” series.
Gill bus company offers a new high-tech cleaning process for their school buses this year.
Agawam City Council votes unanimously to leave its school mascot and colors unchanged.
Stop & Shop launches a back to school snack program.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 27, 2020

Mayor Sarno pleased to announce NO new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday of this week.
Tax free weekend in the state – update.
Josh Bergeron at Giguere’s Used Appliances is ready for the tax free weekend.
Valley Bike Share offers free annual passes.
3 Northampton men face cockfighting charges.
Anthony Martignetti of Prince Spaghetti fame dies at 63.
Mayor Sarno marks the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women.
Center School in Greenfield starts classes outside.
McDonald’s launches a new McNuggets flavor!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 25, 2020

MGM Springfield anniversary.
Mayor Sarno livid at defacing of Beauregard and Schiavina Memorial.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Mayor Sarno joins group in supporting the Post Office.
Mitch’s Island in the Connecticut River closes for 30 days.
West Springfield traffic advisory.
Spray parks in Chicopee remain open.
Springfield Police’s North End Bridge rescue.
Springfield dirt bike crackdown continues.
“The COVID Hugger”

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 24, 2020

The White Hut is back!
Mayor Sarno joins with other mayors in supporting a Philadelphia court case.
Anthony Calvanese of Springfield celebrates his 100th birthday!
Hampton Ponds Market opens in Westfield!
Purple Heart presented posthumously to a Chicopee man.
More federal relief for Massachusetts residents who are unemployed.
Western Mass. towns at high risk for EEE virus.
Mass. Pike lane closures for the entire week.
Safe Harbor Adult Day Program opens in Agawam.
State primary is a week away; early in-person voting in the Commonwealth is underway.
Hot weather and the prognostication for Fall.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 20, 2020

Mayor Sarno makes a new appointment to the Community Police Hearing Board.
Mayor Sarno kicks off underpass project with first ceremonial cement pour.
School opening roundup: Hadley, Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst and Pelham.
Pittsfield traffic note on road construction.
Barney Frank endorses Richie Neal in the Neal-Morse race.
Longmeadow officials receive complaints about “maskless” group gatherings.
Dunkin’ announces “Pop Thirsts” to perfectly hold your iced coffee, with proceeds going to children’s charities.
Flu vaccine will be required for children attending pre-school, K-12, and college.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 14, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Dunkin’!
Adopt-A-Cop presents “Back the Blue” for Hampden and Wilbraham.
Mayor Sarno announces former Chief Justice Roderick Ireland will advise the mayor.
West Springfield water main break.
Tax-free weekend is coming up at the end of the month.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse refutes the call for his removal.
Congressman Neal rejects suggestion that his campaign has attacked the Morse campaign.
Fairview Cemetery in Chicopee asks families to remove decorations.
Two Western Mass. towns have the highest COVID-19 rates in the region.
Marijuana store vending machines?

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! Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tropical storm recap!
New England Koi vs. South Hadley, with Catherine Knowles.
E.B’s Restaurant reopens!
Agawam City Council wrestles with renaming their town’s sports nickname, “The Brownies.”
Amherst Town Council votes 13-0 for a resolution to urge the state to build a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Nada Kawar, M.D., women’s cancer specialist.
Sports for public schools in Chicopee scheduled to start mid-September.
Agawam town officials curtail use of athletic fields due to COVID-19 concerns.
Mayor Sarno celebrates 20-year career of Mercy Medical’s Doreen Fadus.
Storm damage wrap up.

Radio Show #343 – “Nadim’s 20th!”

Springfield’s Mayor Sarno saw fit to honor Springfield restaurateur Nadim Kashouh on the occasion of his 20th anniversary in business in downtown Springfield!

Through the tornado, the October storm, the upheaval caused by downtown construction, and now the pandemic… Nadim’s focus and conviction to serve Springfield and Western Mass. has remained rock solid.

Reflections on over 20 continuous years in business – and the secret to his success – are explored in this special program.

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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! Monday, July 27, 2020

The heat is on in Western Mass!
Mayor Sarno continues his COVID-19 updates.
Springfield cooling centers open today.
U.S. Census Bureau hosts mobile questionnaire events.
Beaches and other Western Mass. locations are seeing fewer masks worn.
Cantina Curbside Grill is attracting business during the pandemic.
Movie screens in Western Mass. are starting to light up again.
Two legends from film and television are with us no more.
The Zoo in Forest Park moves to shore up its affected resources with a Virtual Trivia Night fundraiser.
Longmeadow Police Dept promotes 8-year veteran to sergeant.

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

Holyoke High School unveils graduation plans.
Bill Bennett, attorney for Bennett Walsh, describes “toxic” atmosphere and “poison” from the Baker Administration.
Mayor Sarno presents Nadim Kashouh with a 20th anniversary proclamation!
Tips on wearing face masks in warm weather.
Old beer and its effect on sewer systems.
Northborough man claims he has coronavirus and spits on a police officer.
Ascena, owner of several major department store chains, plans to close many outlets.
East Longmeadow nursing home, Chestnut Hill, has fended off COVID-19 infections from day one!
PVR’s Lauren Brill visits Moxy Boutique in South Hadley, and chats with owner Andrea Sullivan.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 23, 2020

Mayor Sarno pays tribute to the late Rabbi Mark Shapiro.
Westfield Police ask for help in locating a missing person.
The “Ride To Remember” sports a different format this year.
Mass. State Police tag illegal fireworks at the MA/NH border.
Springfield Police officer pleads guilty and receives sentence for police station lobby altercation.
Mayor Sarno and BLM activists reach agreement on the Old First Church mural.
Ware promotes Diane Glinieki to sergeant, and four new officers appointed.
Herman’s Hermits new date at the Calvin!
Permits available for softball or baseball teams in Springfield!
Great Barrington Police ask for help in the theft of more than one hundred American flags.
Bernardston Police warn residents of a COVID-19 phone scam.
Springfield City Council president sends an email complaint to the mayor.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sarno and the City Council have some fireworks – over fireworks.
State sets up sites and phone numbers to report businesses not following pandemic guidelines.
Moratorium on mortgages and evictions extended.
Agawam receives a $200,000 grant for small businesses.
“Cocktails to Go” bill filed.
Bailout for kids lemonade stands!
2020 Three County Fair postponed until 2021.
Holyoke Health Center celebrates its 50th anniversary.
NEOWISE Comet can be seen in Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 20, 2020

Aldi says, “Wear a mask!”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood’s message.
Mayor Sarno arranges donations for a Springfield BLM project through the United Way.
Mayor Sarno’s statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis.
The dog breeds most likely to suffer heat-related illnesses.
Western Mass. road work schedule for this week.
Westfield Farmers’ Market sets opening day!
Jeanne Peer retires from the Westfield Athenaeum.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 9, 2020

Greenfield city buildings remain closed for the time being.
Basketball Hall of Fame postpones its reopening.
Petition created to remove Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Pete Scully is a Western Mass. driver for Uber!
Herrell’s Ice Cream is having a hard time getting customers to cooperate with wearing masks.
Adams Donuts in Greenfield is closing.
Chicopee Farmers’ Market is opening… check the hours and schedule!
Petition launched to change the name of Turners Falls to “Great Falls.”
Sun Kim Bop Korean Restaurant in Springfield will not reopen.

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! 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.