Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Peter Pan being investigated for passenger locked in the luggage compartment of a bus from New York to Boston.

Traffic delays in Easthampton and in West Springfield.

26th anniversary of the disappearance of Holly Piirainen.

ENGIE North America blows its stack.

Gas prices are down.

Grant awarded to City Space for the renovation of Old Town Hall in Easthampton.

Six Flags “Scare Fair” to audition performers for “Fright Fest” this Halloween.

“Family Feud Live” comes to Symphony Hall, brought to you by MGM Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 31, 2019,

Missing Brimfield Bearded Dragon.

Amherst License Board looks to control BYOB amounts for restaurants.

Springfield summer reading program for children.

Holyoke 10 year-old has his own successful business.

Eversource imposter going door-to-door in East Springfield.

MGM Springfield slot machine tech indicted and charged with ripping off the casino.

Denise Menard, East Longmeadow Town manager, resigns.

Cummington asks Village Closet to move to a new location.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 29, 2019

Western Mass. catching up to typical rainfall levels.

Westfield traffic note.

Springfield ’03 Taurus vs. swimming pool.

Second annual Harambee festival in Springfield.

MGM Springfield boosts revenues for the Springfield Parking Authority.

Hampshire College considers adding housing to its acreage.

Pittsfield’s Pontoosuc Lake has an algae problem.

7 year-old Springfield child pricked by used needle in a city park.

UMass researchers receive multimillion dollar grant to research opioid addiction treatment.

Holyoke Police say apparent kidnapping is now considered a domestic dispute.

Michelle Carter moved from Bristol County jail; no word on where she is or why she was moved.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 28, 2019

Changes at MGM Springfield.

Local 15 year-old Konrad Gomez-Haibach competes in national science competition, “Big Idea Machine.”

Swimming at Puffer’s Pond off limits temporarily due to tests for E Coli.

Springfield Police go undercover to end out-of-control dirt bikers menacing the public.

Westfield Woman’s club salutes Harry and Anne Rock at their tea party.

Illegal fireworks warning, and confiscation in Pittsfield.

Target offers teachers a discount on school supplies.

Cannabis Control Commission denies a license to a Sheffield marijuana firm.

Wahlburgers opening at MGM Springfield – delayed.

Watch and Clock Collectors Convention at the Big E this weekend.

Springfield Movies in the Park program is back for the 3rd year!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Worcester woman crashes into Rhode Island home, and identifies herself as “Hello Kitty.”

MGM issues traffic advisory due to  signage work.

Granby celebrates its 251st birthday.

Bill Cosby tweets a Father’s Day message.

Pillsbury Flour recalled due to potential E Coli issue.

Internet and cell blackout simulation in Southwick next weekend.

Western Mass. towns fireworks display schedule.

7th Annual Springfield Dragon Boat Festival!

Pool chemical warning from the State Fire Marshal.

Chicopee fundraiser held for  Police Lt. Hamilton Wray.

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! Monday, May 6, 2019

Rain hurting landscaping companies.
At MGM Springfield, Junior Achievement of Western Mass. celebrates 100 years (with Jen Connolly and Mayor Sarno).
Tyson chicken strips recall expands!
Gun Owners Action League wants stiffer penalties for hunter harassment.
GM recalling over 368,000 pickups.
40 Springfield Police recruits volunteer to clean up a Holyoke neighborhood.
Area hotels already booking up for graduation season in the region.
Southampton wave of car break-ins.
Too much rain and your lawn!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pancake Breakfast Chair announced!
White Lion Brewing Company to open a summer beer garden!
Dunkin’ getting rid of styrofoam cups.
Bears are waking up and being sighted more and more.
Chicopee swears in a new Fire Chief.
Pool fire in East Forest Park.
Mercy Medical Center returns to standard visiting hours.
Hampshire College faculty reductions, layoffs, cuts and phase outs.
Hampshire Superior Court judge to defendant: “At some point you are going to run out of attorneys.”
UMass Amherst ranked safest campus in Massachusetts.
Rain in April has slowed down road construction.
Can you help the Springfield Police identify a laundry thief?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Live artillery shell detonated near Chicopee Center.
Sunday: first home game for Springfield Roller Derby team.
Square One Officer Jenise Katalina named Supervisor of the Year.
Fourth Annual Kentucky Derby party to benefit Square One.
World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast coming up!
15 year-old Boy Scout raises funds for new flagpole for veterans.
Springfield church break-in and burglary.
Police officer removed from security team at local school.
Ware Town Clerk Nancy Talbot’s narrow victory in Board of Selectmen election sustained in recount.
Kenneth Laflamme, retired postal employee, pleads guilty to accepting bribes.
No fireworks on the Fourth of July in Westfield this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 26, 2019

Starbucks brings back its summertime “S’mores Frappuccino”
Amherst licensing board permanently yanks the liquor license for Porta Pizzeria.
Soon, Mass. residents will need a “real ID credential.”
Reader To Reader of Amherst receives a literacy award.
Joanne Berwald of Mestek receives Distinguished Citizen Award.
NAI Plotkin promotes Daniel J. Moore to vice president of its brokerage division.
Ashley Sullivan P.E. joins a new firm.
Ina Clark joins Jacob’s Pillow in Amherst.
RIP Captain Carmelo Serafino, Springfield Fire Dept. retired.
MGM Resorts announces job cutbacks affecting MGM Springfield.
Dunkin’s new flavors celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Springfield fifth worst city in America for allergies.
Burger King testing a meatless Whopper.
Vehicle lands in Heritage Park Pond in East Longmeadow.
Palmer advertising for a town manager.
Springfield Symphony Chamber Music season finale.
Longmeadow Police are patrolling for distracted driving.
Holyoke Community College launches self-defense course for women.
Agawam City Council says “no” to a pay bump for the mayor.
Agawam City Council throws in with Longmeadow and West Springfield to upgrade their street lights.
MGM Springfield says farewell to General Manager Alex Dixon.
Downtown Chestnut Tower soon to become Skyview Downtown, a $50M renovation.
Connecticut man rams ATM with his truck.
18 year-old store owner!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Permanent pothole patching underway.
UPDATE: Berkshire Mall now closed indefinitely.
Weed Report: Patriot Care Corp. begins recreational marijuana sales in Greenfield.
State Ethics Commission fines Hadley selectman $5,000.
MGM Springfield builds two new bars.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Springfield and Chicopee.
Holyoke School presents a way for kids to offload pent-up energy without disruption.
Palmer High School reopens after fire damage.
Springfield immigrant leaders march for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Time for the original Western Mass Home & Garden Show.
Chicopee Police warn of obstructed license plates.
Chicopee Police cracking down on underage drinking.

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

MGM Springfield’s new rooftop pool may open sooner rather than later.
Don Humason may run for mayor of Westfield; State Rep. John Velis eyes the possibly vacated senate seat.
Easthampton promotes first female fire captain in the department.
Girls Inc. of Holyoke changes its name.
Tolls on Connecticut highways inching closer.
Prospective students learn more about STCC at a Spring open house.
Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry is asking for help – they need soup.
Westfield teen heads to Hollywood and “American Idol.”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A free ice cream cone to celebrate the first day of Spring!
Whately driver follows his GPS right onto the woods – and gets stuck.
Springfield City Council delays vote on plastic bag ban.
Springfield Museums present tribute to working women, “We Can Do It!”
Scouts gather to promote several reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.
West Springfield woman asking for help to find a missing bracelet.
Springfield Regional Chamber holds Beacon Hill Summit.
Wahlburgers still coming to MGM Springfield… so they say.
Once-worn prom dresses are being collected for every June graduate in need.
The Melha Shrine Circus ends its 64-year run.
Pioneer Valley Hotel Group has plans for the former York Street Jail site.
Lawyer James J. Martin sentenced.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 4, 2019

Daylight Savings Time – comin’ at us!
Fisherman: not much “safe” water at this point… ice tips for safety.
Westfield’s 350th Birthday – with Harry Rock
MGM Springfield sees increase in underage gamblers.
10th Annual Syrup Festival in Shelburne Falls.
Springfield names its first woman as Irish Elk of the Year.
Treasurer’s Office releases its latest list of Mass. unclaimed money and property.
Southwick residents hold fundraiser for land preservation at North Pond.
Northampton Police step up efforts to stop underage drinking.

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

Students getting drunk from pure vanilla extract.
MGM Springfield names Bishop Talbert W. Swan II to a Community Advisory Committee.
U.S. Army Field Band brings a free concert to Springfield.
“Sexting” in Western Mass. schools brings lifelong consequences.
Power outages have led to a strain on Margaret’s Pantry.
Hampshire College now has a vote of “no confidence ” for its president.
Judge Mastroianni wants the Cosby lawsuit to “start moving again.”
Mayor Reichelt claims the North End Bridge is safe.
Victoria’s Secret closes 53 stores.
Montague’s Fifth Street Bridge reopens.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ticket information for Aerosmith at MGM!
Big announcements and expansion plans from Poland to Hadley with Paul Kozub and V-One Vodka.
More on the Southwest Air flight diverted to Bradley: harrowing on-board accounts.
Western Mass. chef is a finalist in the James Beard Awards!
Legendary UMass Baseball Coach Dick Bergquist has died.
Greenfield Stop & Shop donates its $10,000 lottery bonus to the Food Bank of Western Mass!
Free concert featuring the SciTech Band at the Classical Condominiums.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 11, 2019

Tax season underway… beware the “ghosts!”
Vacant Indian Motorcycle building becomes $23M apartment complex.
FBI swarms East Longmeadow address – we still do not know why.
First Baptist Church of Agawam receives its new pastor!
Holyoke honors its own – legendary drummer Hal Blaine of “The Wrecking Crew.”
Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield “Women Religious” holds its annual benefit.
Agawam Congregational Church’s annual “Undies Sunday” drive for newly-packaged underwear for those in need.
MGM Springfield celebrates Chinese New Year.
Familiars Coffee and Tea (once Kathy’s Diner) opens in Northampton.
Galo Rei opens in the old Casa De Nana (on Boston Road).
Special birthday.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 7, 2019

Facebook will now let you UNSEND a text message!
Connecticut developers plan a large-scale marijuana dispensary.
Valentine’s Day is a special day at Center Square Grill – with Bill Collins.
MGM Springfield in prime spot to manage Symphony Hall.
Longmeadow School Superintendent search on hold TFN.
Greenfield Police use new technology to keep their K-9 Officer cool.
Warm and cold temps may bring “Basement Flooding Season!”
Columnist Barbara Carlson along with Congressman Richie Neal to speak at the Springfield Regional Chamber.
Photographer Sandra Costello presents her “Brave Moments” series in Easthampton.
Bobs in Enfield closing after 40 years.