Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mayor Sarno and the City Council lock horns on Police Dept. use of facial recognition.

Serial purse snatcher operating in Chicopee.

Jordan Goodman on China, Hong Kong, and the effect on Western Mass!

“Gentleman Jack” holds Thursday night benefit for Club One in Feeding Hills.

Lego wants to recycle their “bricks.”

New safety regulations for the limousine industry.

Longmeadow Unico beer and wine tasting returns to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Western New England University president leaving office at the end of the academic year.

West Springfield fireman honored for life-saving effort.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fire Prevention Week!

Junior Achievement of Western Mass.’ 100th anniversary! (with Jennifer Connolly)

Mark Auerbach with theater reviews and previews!

Methadone clinic moves to Springfield’s South End, and the mayor is not happy.

State announces first vaping-related death in Western Mass.

Pier 1 Furniture and Kaoud Rugs close stores at Holyoke Mall Crossing.

Mass. gas prices have dropped.

Easthampton Pedal N’ Party has departed the town to move to Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, 3, 2019

Mayor Sarno announces an energy savings program for Springfield.

Mark Auerbach on “Spongebob, the Musical.”

The Friendly’s in Lee closes.

Mass. online shopping sales tax in place.

Holyoke Medical Center presents Lifetime Achievement Award.

New high-tech trash bins for Longmeadow.

South Hadley meeting focuses on trash.

Bradley Airport plane crash.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 24, 2019

GNC in East Longmeadow rooftop HVAC unit causes Fire Dept. response.

Ragu Sauce recall.

Chicopee woman drives through active fire scene and hits police officer.

Springfield City Council selects Tasheena Davis as the new City Clerk!

Amherst Town Council says yes to “The Roe Act.”

House on Irvington Street near Forest Park for sale; comes with a $75,000  incentive.

Republican challenger now joins the race for Richie Neal’s seat!

Mayor Sarno declares “Dakin Day!”

Mass. State 4-H Horse Show coming to West Springfield; Mass. 4-H Dairy Show to Greenfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Springfield opens up cooling centers at 12 different locations.

Local million dollar lottery winners!

Teachers New England-wide to attend a Holocaust seminar.

Other towns in addition to Longmeadow continue post microburst cleanup.

First ever “Paws and Pints” fundraiser for Dakin at the Brew Barn.

Tests of Springfield drinking water once again reveal haloacetic contaminant.

Search for missing Pittsfield inmate.

New cannabis store up and running in Lee.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Perdue recalls 32,000 pounds of chicken.

Springfield man tries to outrun police cruiser, then jumps in the river.

Springfield Plaza owners consider housing for redevelopment of the property.

Either a fox or a coyote attacked an Enfield hiker.

Nick’s Nursery for kittens at Dakin asks for donations, and a local couple will match them.

Mayor Sarno bids goodbye to retiring Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy.

Easthampton permanent traffic change.

Bernardston Police save fawn.

Summer pool safety and fence warning.

Summer camps are starting… measles vaccinations are required.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 3, 2019

State Senator Michael Brady appears in court on drunk driving charges.

Mayor Sarno asks City Council for 1.5 million for capital improvements for Symphony Hall.

Mass. Trial court considers rescinding some bans on cell phones in courthouses.

Westfield on Weekends MusicFest series for June!

Storrowton Village Museum looks for volunteers.

Three men ordained to the priesthood on Saturday.

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton changes its hours for summer.

Mayor Morse and the Holyoke Pride March.

West Springfield Police ask motorists to avoid a bear near Route 20.

Cannabis Control Commission considers new rules for marijuana distributors.

Watch out for counterfeit bills – they are on the rise in Western Mass.

Electronic prescriptions efforts move forward.

MGM’s gaming revenues are lower than expected… the “high rollers” aren’t coming.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 30, 2019

Springfield Mayor announces a stable FY20 budget.
WNEU poll shows Mass. residents oppose a lowered voting age.
Fresh Paint Springfield hosts downtown mural festival!
Hibernian events: Summer Picnic has a new venue.
Baystate closes ICUs in Westfield and Palmer.
Springfield plans a bikeway in the McKnight neighborhood!
Chicopee landfill scheduled to close for good.
Additional candidates certified for Springfield mayoral and council elections.
MGM Springfield presents Sunday lunch and dinner buffets.
Pickup slams into diesel generator outside an elderly housing building in Holyoke.
Walking and swimming a daily regimen and life extender at Loomis Village, South Hadley.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 2019

Massive beef recall!
Things to do and see in Worcester, with Max Hartshorne.
Big Y holds worn flag collection for proper disposal.
Ludlow bank fraud perpetrator pleads guilty.
Mayor Sarno campaigns for lawmakers to pass the Governor’s “dangerousness” bill.
Retired Wilbraham Police Chief passes on.
Payless Shoes announces closing date.
WWE brings Summerslam Heatwave Tour to downtown Springfield.
Mental Health Association of Springfield gets help from United Bank.
May is “Stop The Bleed Month.”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City Councilors accuse Mayor Sarno of a double standard.
Dress Barn closes 650 stores nationwide.
Belchertown Selectmen Archible voted out of office.
Retired Judge William T. Walsh of Agawam dies at 99.
Yolanda Cancel enters race for Springfield Mayor.
Balise Mazda dealership approved for the South End.
Connecticut highway toll bill delayed – too complicated to write!
Watch out for wild animals in West Springfield.
Jeffery Donnelly is certified for the mayoral ballot in Springfield.
Sobriety checkpoints this weekend in Mass. and CT!
Some Chicopee residents say they did not receive their excise tax bills and face late charges.

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.