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! Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Granville driver charged with OUI; turns out to be a sex offender with active warrants.
Gardner High School principal under suspension during investigation.
Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizza opening additional location in West Springfield.
Chicopee City Hall elevator out of order for the foreseeable future.
Longmeadow votes on gas pipeline.
Bike Safety Week.
Mayor Sarno increases pressure against methadone clinic location in the South End.
McDonald’s launches summer jobs program!
Famous asparagus time in Hadley for asparagus season!

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.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races

G. Michael Dobbs takes a look at the local races for mayor.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dunkin’s jumping into Spring with Peeps coffee!
Co-owner of Nathan Bill’s indicted along with police officers in an off duty brawl.
12 Springfield police officers indicted in the Nathan Bill’s brawl.
What happened to the Melha Shrine Circus? With Al Zippen.
Welcome Monsoon Roastery, coffee and more, to Forest Park!
Springfield Parks and Rec are asking people to remove grave decorations at cemeteries so they may begin cleanup operations.
Layoffs possible at South Hadley Schools.
Greenfield City Council votes on fire fighting services for Leyden.
Holyoke Community College may also be facing financial problems.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Police Commissioner Barbieri resigns.
Stop & Shop union votes to authorize strike.
Springfield woman arrested for her fifth OUI.
Sinai Temple plans a “Scholar-in-Residence Weekend”
Westfield Kiwanis Club prepares its 50th annual TV auction.
South Hadley’s Loomis Village names Vivian Gladden-Jones as its new Director of Dementia-Friendly Home Care.
Wilbraham Papa Gino’s closes for good.
Excise tax bills are in the mail.
Online sales transactions leads to armed robbery and injury.
Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos will not run again.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 22, 2019

Charlie Baker NOT running for higher office.
A study finds that the Mass. driving test is one of the hardest in the nation.
OSEG Sportsmen’s show this weekend at the Big E – with Doug Sousa.
Judge will not throw out evidence against a Holyoke motorist’s fourth OUI arrest.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee offers scholarships!
Stink bug population is down in Western Mass.
Holyoke Police Dept. installs a drug drop-off box.
Western Mass. coyote population is up, due to breeding season.
Springfield Rescue Mission distributes warm winter clothing.
Florence Alessandri celebrates her 100th birthday with a proclamation from Mayor Sarno.

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, February 18, 2019

Frank’s Diner owner to be arraigned on Tuesday.
Mayor Sarno suspends negotiations with the police union.
Hartford ballpark cans peanuts and Cracker Jacks sales.
Staff job losses coming at Hampshire College.
Flight Fit N Fun opens at Holyoke Mall.
Police warn drivers to clear snow and ice from cars.
Phone scam in Easthampton – phony collection efforts for police union.
Six Flags Summer Job Fair continues (and ends) today!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Six Flags hiring for the summer – all this month!
North Adams man pleads guilty after mistakenly texting the police to sell drugs.
Mass. Democratic Party holds its annual convention in Springfield – and does NOT invite Mayor Sarno.
Amherst Police lieutenant promoted to captain.
Charlotte Russe files bankruptcy; closes 94 stores, two in Mass.
UMass partygoers celebrate Pats win by setting a couch on fire.
City of Chicopee sues pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic.
Ice on Congamond Lakes melting – not safe.
Holyoke St. Pat’s Parade just 6 weeks away!
Beckett Spring closing on hold – water pipe issue.
MOONDANCE: Van Morrison tribute concert at the Berkshire Theater.
Holyoke’s Wyckoff Country Club sold.
Postal worker drives mail truck into the Millers River.
Hunters killed more deer in Mass. this year than in years past.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Dept. welcomes K-9 Brooklyn, certified therapy dog, to the force!
Warm weather brings pothole season in sooner.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 1, 2019

Greenfield offers two new shelter opportunities in this brutal cold.
Congressman Neal, Mayor Sarno, and Pat Sullivan announce renovation of Ruth Elizabeth Park.
Springfield mayor wishes Tony King a happy 101st birthday!
Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan announces he will NOT seek a third term.
Fruit juice warning causes concern.
Breakthrough in the K-Fest! A new location has been announced for the Kielbasa Festival!
Springfield firefighters called to Main Street Post Office as a jump-start goes wrong and sets both cars on fire.
Westfield Police officer struck by vehicle while directing traffic.
Cold weather takes a toll on car batteries: here are tips from AAA.
Cold weather may affect your medications: Baystate Health has some tips.
Holyoke Police Dept. ready to add ten new full-time officers; here are their names.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tyson Foods recalls Panko Chicken Nuggets.
Springfield Rescue Mission preparing for those in need of shelter, with Ron Willoughby.
New Valley Bank & Trust Co. announces its Board of Directors.
Firefighters rescue Ashby fallen horse.
Ware Selectmen cancel meeting to discuss the fate of Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe.
Freedom Credit Union launches blanket drive.
Open Pantry distributes 7000 pounds of beef donated by the Big E.
Safety tips from Columbia Gas.
Berkshire Museum welcomes new Director, Jeff Rogers.
Springfield officially warns residents not to skate on city lakes and ponds – the ice is NOT safe!
E.B.’s Restaurant in Agawam preps 3000 pounds of chicken wings for this Sunday!
Naked man arrested for jumping up and down and waving at traffic on Route 20.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Forever Stamps” going up!
Longmeadow School Committee in limbo until it fills four spots.
Military helicopter makes emergency landing in Warren.
Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Springfield Science Museum.
“Four Sundays in February” in Northampton.
Good Samaritan intervenes at a shoplifting melee in Springfield.
Norah Jones comes to Northampton.
Upset at The Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive!
Magic Yarn Project for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Town of Goshen reaches out to a family in who lost everything in a fire.

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! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Carol Channing.
Springfield City Council overrides Mayor Sarno’s veto of the “Welcoming Ordinance.”
East Longmeadow man faces several charges after his crash involving a school bus.
Retail marijuana store INSA wants to replace Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield.
Dr. Evan Lau presents a seminar on heart attacks, at Baystate Medical.
Springfield activates a “cold weather response plan.”
Gas prices.
The extreme cold and your car!
Attorney James J. Martin is sentenced.
Hampshire College seeks a partner to assist with financial pressures… and may not have a freshman class this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 14, 2019

Lack of snow slowing down some Western Mass. businesses.
Springfield City Council considering Big Y tax incentive and override of the Mayor’s veto on the Welcoming Ordinance.
Tourism in Western Mass. up by 6.5% in 2018.
Retired Judge Bob Howarth speaks out on recreational marijuana.
Agawam woman testifies against a local lawyer on allegations of sexual assault.
Rita Moreno selected to speak at Bay Path University.
Western Mass. Girl Scout cookie season is here!
Cars and cold weather tips.
Stomach flu making the Western Mass. rounds.
Local businesses fighting the opioid epidemic.
Email extortion scam originating in Southampton.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Good Old Days

G. Michael Dobbs doesn’t like to make any resolutions for 2019, but he will admit to what he learned in the past year.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mayor Sarno’s blood drive competition set for MGM Springfield.
Strategies for attracting employment talent at the Springfield Regional Chamber.
New pastor comes to Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
Au Bon Pain in the Yankee Candle Village will close.
Big Y Foods the latest to eliminate single-use plastic bags.
New restrictions at Mercy Medical Center due to flu.
Jordan Goodman’s overview of the retail season and the forthcoming credit card bills!
Wendy’s in Westfield is damaged by fire.
Northampton Police Dept. is buying child car seats for families in need!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 20, 2018

MassMutual offers its Enfield campus for sale; moving operations to Springfield.
Bo Sullivan will complete his late brother’s term on the Westfield School Committee.
Look Park in Northampton Garden House presents Santa’s Trains!
Longmeadow special town meeting held to recall members of the school committee.
Sarno vetoes City Council’s “Welcoming” ordinance.
Be on the lookout for holiday scams!
Watch out for hunters at this time of year!
Mingles in West Springfield announces it’s closing.
Richie Mitnick’s Christmas Spectacular shifts its location to the Agawam Senior Center!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Berkshire museum works on building improvements.
Mayor Sarno and the City Council at odds over an immigration ordinance.
Inspirational event for women at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (w/Maureen Sullivan).
Easthampton’s Eagles Sports Bar changes its name.
Starbucks unveils a new holiday drink.
Mass. State Police set up a Thurs.-Fri. sobriety checkpoint.
T.J. O’Connor Animal Control receives a $12,000 grant for pet neutering.
Mass. gas prices drop – again!
Chicopee Comp threatens to close bathrooms unless they can get “vaping” under control.