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.

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.