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.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 21, 2019

Vermont’s Mad River Glen ski area offers free skiing to furloughed government workers.
Professional ice skating entertainment at MGM Springfield.
Black Tie Gala at MGM Springfield.
East Longmeadow Power House Training helps kids with cancer strengthen their baseball skills.
Low temperatures could cause pipes to freeze – here are some tips.
Funeral services today for Sister Mary Lou Lacey.

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! Monday, January 7, 2019

Bo Sullivan represents Westfield in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Ware welcomes Clay Works Ceramic Studio!
Cooley Street homicide investigation continues.
65th Annual Holyoke Grand Colleen Pageant.
Helmet Day at Otis Ski Ridge.
Mark Kelley… a classic “Mr. Fix It!”
Chestnut Towers apartment building is now under new management.
MGM Springfield medical emergency results in loss of life.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, December 21, 2018

Free Christmas Day coffee at Cumby’s!
Two weeks left for Bright Nights.
White Lion Brewing moves into the former Spaghetti Freddie’s location at Tower Square.
2.4 million Mass. residents are on the move this year for the holidays!
New speed limits for Holyoke.
The Springfield Regional Chamber presents Jen Falcone on human trafficking and the business community at the MGM Training Room.
Special Christmas Concert in Agawam with Richie Mitnick – TODAY!
Bright Nights holiday schedule.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merriam-Webster chooses their 2018 Word of The Year.
Mental Health Association of Springfield receives an acknowledgement.
Words that enjoyed “lookup spikes” in 2018.
Carbon monoxide danger rises in cold weather in the Valley.
4th Annual Ride to Remember Christmas party!
MGM Springfield and Spectacle Management submit bids to manage Symphony Hall.
Holland Cooke acknowledges Pioneer Valley Radio on RT America.
Longmeadow’s Jiffy Lube co-founder Stephen Spinelli, Jr. is the new president of Babson College.
Columbia Gas Co. doubles the price of gas for this winter.
Illegal hunting a problem in the Commonwealth.

Radio Show #214 – The Western Massachusetts Holiday Season

What a difference a year makes!

In this holiday feature program, Brad Shepard and special guest Michael Harrison examine the changes in the season, from last year to this.

Gift giving, the malls, online shopping, stress levels, the casino, and legalized recreational marijuana are all under discussion.

Where does it go from here?

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

New marijuana coffee!
Infant ibuprofen brands have been recalled.
Westfield Seniors holiday events, with Tina Gorman.
Chicopee driver drives drunk and leaves a trail of trash.
South Hadley private home Christmas decorations raise funds for food pantry.
Western Mass. farmers receive awards.
Turkey hunter who shot fellow hunter in the back receives sentence.
Bright Nights visitors receive invitation to see winter animals at the Forest Park Zoo.
MGM Springfield now offers bus service from YOUR HOME to MGM Springfield!
Secret Santa is paying shoppers’ layaway bills at Springfield’s Walmart.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mass. Pike pothole alert!
MGM Springfield votes NOT to unionize their security force.
Springfield welcomes Hot Oven Cookies!
Ashley Tresoline and Bella Foodie!
Last CityStage show is set for December 7, 2018.
Water warning for Agawam.
Dakin Humane Society presents a $5.00 “Fill-a-Bag” special!
Two studies show an increase in highway crashes in legal marijuana states.
Vandals damaged the memorial park for two murdered Springfield Police officers.
Berkshire East in Charlemont is open for the skiing season!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 16, 2018

New version of Monopoly for Millennials.
Longmeadow School Committee votes not to renew superintendent’s contract.
MGM Springfield’s October take.
Massachusetts’ laws and limits on leaving unattended dogs outside during a weather emergency.
Western Mass. trees still have leaves – not good for your lawn for them to mix with snow.
Eversource warning of schemes.
Christopher Viale and Cambridge Credit Counseling of Agawam can help with credit card balances.
Western Mass. school threats and hoaxes have increased over the last few years.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Traffic and construction information for the remainder of this week.
Plans and officials are now announced for Springfield’s Parade of the Big Balloons!
National Grid is setting off propane “booms” to chase away crows!
Heavy rain and falling leaves cause hazardous driving conditions.
95 year-old WWII Air Force veteran from East Longmeadow receives medals.
Moose and deer are breeding and very likely to run in front of your car.
Rep for proposed marijuana facility shows up late and is unable to field questions.
Holyoke chiropractor donates 265 lbs. of food to Kate’s Kitchen.
Red Cross needs help with blood donations.
Salvation Army of Holyoke holds their annual turkey drive.
Proposed pot shop for Easthampton raises eyebrows due to its location… near a child daycare center.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, and the weekend, November 9, 2018

Longmeadow Big Y renovated!
Getaway U-Haul leads police on a Mass. Pike chase.
Northampton parking rates going up!
17 year-old Westfield youth creates “Buddy Benches” for his school.
Enormous, Endangered Shire Horses come to the Equine Affaire at the Big E! (with Carol de Carlo).
A Big Mooncake for Little Star at the Eric Carle Museum.
Fake Kohl’s coupon warning.
AARP Veterans Day scam.
Making history, Amherst government changes over to the Town Council form.
Brad Shepard and Richie Mitnick to perform at Bright Nights Ball at MGM Springfield!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday November 8, 2018

Veterans Day Parade set for this Sunday!
A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts store at the Holyoke Mall is closing for good.
Parade of the Big Balloons is looking for balloon wranglers!
Nancy Kerrigan welcomes guests to the first “Holidays at MGM Springfield!”
An AARP grant creates new bus benches throughout Springfield!
Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke is in desperate need of your help to feed those less fortunate.
Holyoke sewage break polluting the Connecticut River is being repaired.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 22, 2018

Springfield traffic and road news for the week!
Historic lottery jackpot.
MGM Springfield at Halloween!
South Amherst’s Small Ones Farm and Halloween’s crop problems.
Ludlow’s St. Paul’s Church offers “Trunk or Treat!”
Massachusetts stink bug population – rising.
Business people on the move: Wade Michaels and Derrick Feuerstein.
Springfield’s Visitors Center moves to a new location.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 19, 2018

New Save-A-Lot opens!
Halloween at Rice Fruit Farm.
Pride demolishes a dilapidated service station and replaces it with the new “Pride Kitchen” concept.
Chicopee drunk driver just misses a cruiser.
Granby Selectmen determine a complaint against the town administrator “lacked evidence.”
MGM Springfield offers a second round of opportunity to be a dealer; blackjack classes offered.
Green and Fit launches a huge revitalization project in Holyoke.
Broadway Office Furniture in Springfield is giving away office furniture to non-profit businesses.

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!