Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Taco Bell’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco.”
The Quabbin is at 96% capacity.
After the MGM opening and its first month, how is business in downtown Springfield? Let’s ask Nadim Kashou.
West Springfield hears a proposal on new chicken laws in the town.
A new community theater in Holyoke, K and E Theater Group, presents “Sweeney Todd”! (with Eddie Zitka)
Plastic bags may be banned in Greenfield.
Wilbraham town planners reject latest school plan.
Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke.
Fallas Stores close all Massachusetts locations.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday October 2, 2018

Big E sets a new attendance record!
Film and Media Exchange in Springfield for aspiring screenwriters.
Taste of Italy Festival.
UMass football coach suspended for using the word “rape.”
Palmer Paving sold to a New York firm.
MegaMillions and Powerball.
New pavilion for the Franconia Golf Course.
JDog Junk Removal and Homeward Vets team up to provide free furniture for vets.

Brad Shepard Today, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wilbraham Police have a bear they are trying to remove.
Granby Public Schools add new rule banning sugary high-energy drinks and coffee.
MGM Springfield announces their new theater complex.
“Good To Go,” a new program at the Mental Health Association of Western Mass., with Kim Lee.
Your Western Mass. Red Cross needs some help.
Local flooding and ponding could damage your car – with Mike Zabik.
Columbia Gas Co. cancels plans for their $33M rate hike.

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bright Nights 5k Road Race… a fast sellout!
Decision made on naming the new Springfield police station.
Deerfield Craft Fair takes place in the open air!
Westfield construction alerts: intersection of Mill and Locust Streets as well as Washington Street.
Lane closures in the hilltowns on the Pike!
RMV and DOT scuffle.
The Big E in the rain.
Gas prices up!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 14, 2018

Mayor Sarno turns down City Council request for posthumous promotion of the late Police Lt. Robert Caulton.
MGM Springfield announces a new comedy club – Roar!
Tony Orlando returns to the Big E for the first time in 44 years!
Noreen Tassinari – all about the Big E this year!
Blandford Ski Area makes a comeback for our skiers!
And now, a bowling alley, karaoke and billiards indoor adventure park at the Holyoke Mall!
Marcotte Ford in Holyoke completes its $8M upgrade!
Hadley’s new Route 9 traffic light beacon.
Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese fixes debris problems at St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Eastfield Mall is “de-malling.”
MGM Springfield’s first assault.
Jordan Goodman on the Fed’s adjustment of the prime rate.
MASS DOT have funds and support to study a new exit to serve the hilltowns.
Southwick Country Club golf course becomes a new residential development!
Subway cans the $5.00 Footlong.
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside examines new shopping experiences.
Goodbye to the Hadley landmarks of “Stan the Vegetable Man” and the Hadley Burger King.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 7, 2018

Apple iPhone recall.
RIP Burt Reynolds.
Shelburne Falls’ Bill Cosby sued by his defense team over unpaid fees.
East Longmeadow’s NHL Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano comes home to check out MGM!
Danny Eaton’s first production of his new season, “Johnny Guitar” had its opening at the Majestic Theater!
Anthony Maloni and his family have rescued the Wilbraham landmark, Rice’s Fruit Farm.
West Springfield High School mourning the loss of JV Basketball Coach Kevin Campbell.
The Gray House teamed up with Hot Table to feed those in need.
The Mattoon Street Arts Festival marks 46 years.
World Trade Center “I-beam” groundbreaking ceremony is Friday at Riverfront Park.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don’t eat this cereal – throw it out!
9/11 Memorial not ready in time for the Springfield 9/11 Tribute.
“Ride to Remember” charity bike ride this year takes off from MGM Springfield.
The Big E offers a pass to skip long ride lines.
Hampden Senior Center presents a dinner theater murder mystery (with special guest Rick Rubin).
$650M indoor water park planned for Palmer (with special guest, Paul Robbins).
Adams man sentenced for fomenting a terrorist act.
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is vandalized.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Heat wave has the effect of 105 degrees!
Ed Visconti is working in the heat at the Springfield Cooley Street Stop & Shop.
MGM Springfield contributes $25,000 to Springfield’s Square One.
Like the snow, the heat is affecting the regional school calendars.
Erica Jansons at Hampden Hills Alpacas has to keep the animals cool too!
How is MGM Springfield affecting downtown businesses? Nadim Kashou seems to be quite pleased!
The Southwick Police Dept. says a final “goodbye” to K9 Police Officer Jax.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 22, 2018

President Trump sends letter to the families of the two young college students who lost their lives attempting a rescue of two children in the Chicopee River.
Former Chicopee Firefighter charged with ten counts of robbery.
25th anniversary of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.
Gas prices in Mass. are down a penny.
Getting to, and parking at, MGM Springfield on opening day!
New trees planted in Springfield.
Dogs staying at the MGM Springfield Hotel will get dog treats!
Special appearance by Officer Mike Wilk, Chicopee Police Dept.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Voter registration deadline today!
The Beach Boys set to perform at the Big E!
Syed Hussein, M.D. begins as Senior VP of Trinity Health of New England.
MGM Springfield allowed to change images on its I-91 sign… but CANNOT have animation.
William J. Metzger, former Springfield City Clerk, has died.
Pigeons invade Springfield police cruiser.
Car crashes into Wilbraham home.
MGM Springfield to be “smoke-free!”
Sheriff Nick Cocchi has his 2nd annual cookout picnic today!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 10, 2018

Greenfield Town Common campers ordered to leave by city’s Board of Health!
Deadline for nominations for Springfield Chamber’s “Super 60” awards night!
Starbucks ready to launch its Fall classic drink, The Pumpkin Spice Latté.
Meet Marci Webber, the owner and innkeeper of Naomi’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Shoppers are ready for the Mass. sales tax holiday weekend… but Governor Baker has still not signed it into law.
Free Six Flags tickets on Facebook is a hoax.
Next week, MGM Springfield will hire people on the spot for kitchen steward positions.
New hours at Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.
Final note on the sales tax holiday.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Westfield mayor reports progress on the city’s water problem.
Sheriff Nick Cocchi throws his second annual summer cookout!
Barre man charged with luring teen-age girls to a tent in the woods.
Springfield Regional Chamber holds first 2018-19 Rise and Shine Breakfast at MGM Springfield.
Kim checks in from the Agawam Cinemas.
Online car registration scam warning!
Springfield Painted Pianos Project.
Jordan Goodman’s August look at our money.
Springfield mayor extends city pool hours during this heat wave.
Casino infrastructure work creeps over the river to Agawam.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 6, 2018

The Foundry, a Northampton bar, closes indefinitely.
FDA recalls HP Hood Almond Milk.
One MGM Springfield bar features a $25,000 cocktail.
Friday morning power failure sends waste water product into the Connecticut River.
Weekend tornadic activity roundup.
Two large power outages hit Hampden County Saturday morning.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 27, 2018

Spirit of Springfield teams up with 180 Fit Gym for the 5th annual Ride To Remember.
Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has awarded another Mercedes-Benz to a lucky winner!
Convenience store clerk in Greenfield arrested for indecent assault on a customer.
Two months of construction ahead as Columbia Gas repairs a Holyoke main.
Barber shop offers students free haircuts and backpacks for back-to-school.
25 people charged in federal court with document and benefit fraud.
Cities and businesses banning plastic straws are getting pushback from those concerned for the disabled.
Mayor Sarno pitches for blood donations to the Red Cross.
Local restaurant stars.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 24, 2018

MGM Springfield boosts its “Job Talk Tuesday” program.
Agawam – Walnut Street closure including Morgan Sullivan Bridge.
Expert Staffing opens new downtown Springfield office.
New Chipotle coming to East Longmeadow in Center Square.
Gun scare at Eastfield Mall Rave Cinemas.
West Nile Virus threat – two mosquitoes in West Springfield test positive.
Freedom Credit Union hosts food drive for Food Bank of Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July, 12, 2018

Western Mass. has some of the most dangerous intersections in the state.
Grand opening of MGM Springfield comes with a parade featuring Clydesdales and more!
The Big Polish Hot Dog at Costco is no more.
Bryan Marcotte’s new Marcotte Ford dealership is built around a restaurant!
Easthampton ends water use restriction for the public.
Springfield Police Dept. has the new substation at the casino up and running.
Dakin Humane Society has “Dixie Dogs” in need of “forever homes.”

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday July 10, 2018

Downtown Springfield traffic alerts for the week!
St. Paul’s UMC announcing limited inside spaces for crafts and vendors for their craft fair.
Work continues on the forthcoming September 11th Memorial.
MGM Springfield parking garage almost finished.
Skyline Trading Company in Westfield is expanding and has a big event coming up!
Hatfield Police go above and beyond the call to rescue a hawk!
Mega Millions jackpot huge for tonight!
Movers and shakers in Chicopee and the Berkshires.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 9, 2018

The Spirit of Springfield invites you to preview the September 11th monument.
Mass. now has an official sales tax holiday.
You can now pay your Mass. court fees on-line.
The Great New England Air and Space Show is coming!
Western Mass. warnings not to swim in non-designated swimming areas!
MGM Springfield still looking to fill some 70-75 jobs! Listen in to hear which ones!
Hiker rescued in Chesterfield Gorge.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spirit of Springfield Fourth of July show!
Cooling centers for the public open through Thursday due to the heat wave.
Six Flags Coca-Cola July 4th Fest!
Credit Union employee charged with stealing from an elderly man’s account.
MGM Springfield now open for room reservations.
Mass gas prices DOWN this week!
Northampton Senior Center open to anyone who wants to sit in the air conditioning.
The East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade – what you should know, with Carl Ohlin.