Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Mayor Sarno announces the Springfield health “trifecta.”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood cites some positive statistics for the city.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.
Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Cheryl Claprood hold their race relations virtual roundtable; some city councilors and other local leaders decline to attend.
Major ground beef recall.
Springfield Christopher Columbus monument cleaned up and put right.
Both major Western Mass. hospitals adjust visiting hours to reflect “Phase 2” guidelines.
Big E CEO, Gene Cassidy, still resolved to see the fair happen this September!
Gas prices up (just a bit)!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Massachusetts bars will NOT reopen in Phase 3; Governor Baker moved bar openings to Phase 4.
New medical breakthrough at Mercy Medical Center.
Boston Road construction for the next few weeks.
Jordan Goodman’s 3 reasons for the recent stock market gains.
Protesters call for Springfield Police Dept. reforms.
Positive virus information from Baystate Health Systems.
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home works to allow visitation.
Villa Napoletana builds a patio in their former parking lot!
Salvation Army stores reopen in Western Mass.
Fort Street in Springfield closed to traffic to allow outdoor dining at The Fort.

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! Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England increases its COVID-19 testing capabilities.

Mercy Medical Center COVID-19 test stats.

Agnieszka Valenta with Morgan Stanley now works from home.

Governor Baker makes it clear that the reopening of the state will be slow and “methodically phased.”

MassMutual offices will remain closed for the entire summer.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr proposes an expanded law to prevent price gouging.

The American Red Cross is looking for recovered COVID-19 individuals to donate blood .

Uber launching new safety measures when the state reopens.

Springfield’s State Street Burger King has closed for good.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Baystate CEO Dr. Mark Keroack reports on the pandemic this week.

Mercy Medical Center Chief Dr. Robert Roose reports on the pandemic this week.

Massachusetts is one of only 6 states with golf courses closed and with no plan to reopen.

Deacon Elijah Washington of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church turns 100!

Costco now requires you to wear a mask or face-covering in the store.

Pioneer Valley Regional High School to hold their graduation at a drive-in theater.

Open burning season in Mass. ends today.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Governor Baker extends shutdown through May 4, 2020.

Latest COVID-19 test stats from Mercy Medical Center.

Current precautions at Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Brimfield Flea Market canceled for May.

Columbia Gas sends out crews to homes in Chicopee to make safety inspections.

Hatfield confirms first positive COVID-19 case.

Walmart taking employees temperatures before every shift.

Mayor Sarno receives and answers an angry email from a  Springfield golfer.

Olive Garden in Springfield closes its doors for good.

Mayor Alex Morse discusses Holyoke Soldiers Home fatalities.

Governor Baker addresses Holyoke Soldiers Home.

United Way of Pioneer Valley donates 5000 meals to those in need.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 26, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno announces the release of “Prime the Pump” to help city restaurants.

Tucker’s in Southwick is coping with the business’ adjustments – with manager Karen Anderson.

Mercy Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Roose, on MMC’s COVID-19 response and status.

Springfield DPW begins yard waste collections in April.

Easthampton Audubon Society temporarily closes its buildings and trails.

Greenfield opens a COVID-19 command center in the John Zon Community Center.

Virtual creative and educational activities for kids at home.

Plastic shields now at the checkout counters at our supermarkets.

MedExpress offering testing for the virus.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Springfield Police Dept. wants to reduce visits to the Pearl Street location.

Mayor Sarno speaks out on Springfield’s reaction to the pandemic.

Mercy Medical Center runs down new restrictions on patient visitation.

A message from a downtown Springfield restaurant.

Baystate to offer same-day results for COVID-19 testing.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, on shut-down performance venues.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra suspends the remainder of the season.

Stop & Shop offers special early time shopping for customers 60 and over.

Chicopee school kids still get their lunches though schools are cancelled.

Mass SJC postpones all jury trials TFN.

Gov. Baker offers emergency capital to small businesses.

Department of Unemployment Insurance offers emergency assistance to affected workers.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Junior Achievement of Western Mass. receives a high national honor.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, with Western Mass. theater notes.

Dunkin’ responds to COVID-19.

Counterfeit bills passed in Chicopee, with Chicopee police Officer, Mike Wilk.

Smith College cancels events with more than 50 attendees.

Mayor Sarno attends Bright Nights Appreciation Breakfast.

New restrictions at Mercy Medical Center due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 hits the gas pumps.

Boston cancels this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 3, 2020

James “Chip” Harrington announces for State Rep. (Thomas Petrolati’s former seat).

Mark Auerbach reviews “The Pitch” at the Majestic Theater.

Passings: retired Amherst College coach Tracy Mehr, and retired GE CEO Jack Welch.

Chicopee Information Officer  Mike Wilk reports on a “car vs. building” in Chicopee.

Mercy Medical Center Caritas Gala.

The Mayor and the Springfield Health Commissioner plan informational sessions on coronavirus for seniors.

Thoughts on “Super Tuesday.”

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hodgson Mill Flour recall!

Live holiday production on stage with ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.

Winter snow removal dangers.

Dangerous driving tips.

Cancer support groups tree lighting ceremony at Mercy Medical Center.

School “Blizzard Bag” program in Mass. comes to an end.

A fine for not clearing snow and ice from your vehicle.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 20, 2019

In Springfield: car vs. post office.

Highway exit numbers in Mass are going to shift over the next two years.

Hunter injures himself with his own crossbow.

TD Bank wants to close its Mason Square branch; the neighborhood does not want them to.

Not enough Ware voters show up for the town to legislate!

63rd Rohan Award presented at the Elks Lodge in Holyoke for the St. Patrick’s Parade .

Mercy Medical Center names a new president.

Berkshire Theater Company presents “A Christmas Carol.”

Marian Sullivan arraigned.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 4, 2019

Bed Bath & Beyond closes more stores this year than originally planned.

Mayor Sarno outraged at a Chicopee company that dumped trash in Forest Park.

Greenfield YMCA’s free clothing store.

Big Y may go to self-checkout lanes in some stores.

Whole Foods is recalling Dorset Cheese.

Dave Ratner sells 5 locations, keeping one in Agawam.

Mayor Sarno calls on Habit OPCO Methadone Clinic to appear before a South End Committee.

Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Support Group will present two speakers at October meeting.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Host community agreements reached for new Springfield pot shops.

The “Big B” – the Belchertown Fair this weekend!

Mercy Medical Center is the first Mass. hospital to receive a special lung research designation.

Northampton Police rescue man screaming and throwing things from roof.

Tempers among candidates flare at Springfield voting location.

Gas prices pop back up!

Springfield uses a new grant to add eight firefighters!

West Springfield High School undeterred by social media threat.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Latte returns!

Mark Auerbach, PVR ArtsBeat Correspondent: getting to NYC on the Valley Flyer, and finding discount tickets.

Mercy Medical center Sister Caritas Cancer Center receiving proceeds from Big Y Community Reusable Bag Program.

MassDOT warning drivers to be aware of kids headed back to school and walking,

Westfield State University’s 4th Annual Farm To Table Dinner.

Easthampton man charged with animal cruelty leaving a dog locked in a hot car for 4 hours.

Tree House Brewing company launches nitro home brew coffees.

MGM offering crash course and hiring on the spot for table game dealers.

Gas prices fall even further for the Fall.

MassDOT provides Agawam – West Springfield railroad crossing with new signaling.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mass. Pike work in the hilltowns… get the traffic information!

Springfield mayoral contender Linda O’Connell drops out of the race.

RMV errors continue to be reviewed by a joint committee.

Extreme heat – and restrictions on pet tethering.

Mercy Medical Center honors World Breastfeeding Week with a “Latch-On” event.

La Fiorentina closes Northampton location.

Former Belchertown Police Chief arrested in Granby on drunk driving charge.

Russell Police are looking for the motorist who went through the wall of the Post Office.

Red Cross offers $5 Amazon gift card for blood donations!

Dave Madsen announces his retirement.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy 25th to Cindy’s Drive-In in Granby!

Dakin Humane Society opens Humane Awards nominations.

Mercy Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center receives a new accreditation.

Mass. RMV fallout continues, issuing thousands of license suspensions.

Midwest investor buys the failing Berkshire Mall.

Arlo Guthrie headlines Celebrate Holyoke!

Steve Rodgers & Friends at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mass. gets closer to cannabis café licenses!

Holyoke School children to receive lunches this summer.

Older homeowners can avoid losing their property.

Springfield Regional Chamber’s “Super 60 Awards” Program.

Springfield Police Dept. promotes 4 officers.

Marijuana company buys 150 year-old Holyoke mill building.

Carew St. entrance to Mercy Medical Center has been redesigned.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Town election day in East Longmeadow (with Pat Henry, Billy Gorman and Tom Florence).

Four skimming devices found on Lunenburg gas pumps.

Free donuts on Friday at Dunkin’!

Union Station looking forward to a better year this year than last.

Robert Roose, MD, named Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Medical Center.

Mr. Pizza Guy in Agawam closes down.

Westfield and Southwick students learn about flying at “Wright Flight” at Barnes Regional Airport.

Gas prices head down.

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.