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.

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!