Radio Show #330 – Springfield City Councilor Michael Fenton Discusses MGM Springfield’s Reopening… Is It When – or If?”

The new health and safety guidelines, handed down to the Mass. Gaming Commission by the state, are causing MGM Springfield operators to question the impact of the protocols on revenue and on the entire casino experience.

Councilor Fenton presents insight from deep within the issue.

He also provides an opinion on Springfield Police reform proposals, and the possibility of a lawsuit lodged by the Council against the Office of the Mayor.

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 12, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade status? With Carl Ohlin.
Greenfield Elks give free lunches to veterans.
Springfield Police confiscate illegal fireworks on several streets in the city.
Mayor Sarno makes clear his opposition to cutting the Springfield Police Department budget.
MGM Springfield hopes to reopen at the end of June.
VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital leaves Springfield to merge with Palmer location.
Green Bean Restaurant in Northampton closes for good.
Pet adoptions at Thomas J. O’Connor way up!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 testing statistics.

Governor Baker’s 4-phase plan to reopen the state.

Mayor Sarno cites some encouraging COVID-19 trends for Springfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Tick season is coming – what you need to know.

Dunkin’ dumps foam cups for good.

West Springfield D’Angelo’s may become a Starbucks.

MGM Springfield warns the Commonwealth of a possible layoff of almost 1900 employees.



Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 13, 2020

Easter thoughts.

Trinity Health of New England COVID-19 stats.

Mayor Sarno’s message to Springfield’s business community.

Mayor Sarno has good news for Springfield city restaurants.

MGM Springfield donates cots and heaters to the homeless.

Mayor holds MGM Springfield to cash levels of their host community support agreement.

Belchertown Police: scam-alert.

Stimulus checks update.

TigerPress in East Longmeadow is making masks available for free to first responders this week!

Florists and nurseries are seeing an uptick in sales, and they are offering curbside pickup .

Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles offers deadline relief.

Know the difference between allergy symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.

Mayor Sarno’s warning to businesses not in compliance with shut-down instructions.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 2, 2020

New COVID-19 drug tested, showing promise.

UMass Amherst student fireman promoted to full-time at the Amherst Fire Dept.

Gary Mayotte keeping the Village Food Mart in Hampden going strong.

A message from Chris Cignoli at the Springfield DPW.

Holyoke Soldiers Home update.

More Chicopee stores block off non-essential aisles.

Hands-free driving infractions are now  punishable by fines.

Some Springfield courthouses closed.

MGM Resorts International CEOs take pay cuts.

Springfield Police make 3 dirt bike arrests and confiscations.

Public service announcement: “Stay home!”

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 14, 2020

Springfield Fire Department swearing-in ceremony today!

Restaurant reservations are tough at this point, but one place promises to “squeeze you in.”

Six Flags New England donates 365 Teddy Bears to the Springfield Police Dept.

Sorrento Pizza in West Springfield completes renovations and adds a full bar! (with Patsy Albano).

Southwick Police Chief informs the community that the department’s website has been hacked.

MGM Springfield states earnings have not met expectations, and plans to sell some real estate.

AIC to offer a Master’s program in Cannabis Science and Commerce.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus affecting Massachusetts restaurants.

Coronavirus affecting package deliveries worldwide.

John Heaps Jr., CEO at Florence Bank, is stepping down in a few months.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra brings you a night of “Broadway Love!”

Berkshire Theater Group youth summer camp.

Mayor Sarno meets with new MGM Springfield hierarchy.

Time to talk excise tax, with East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ocean State Job Lot moving!

Jordan Goodman on the new FICO® scores changes.

Unity Players in Springfield present the “Les Miserables” (school edition) with director Darcie Farber.

Mayor Sarno announces progress on Springfield’s Elm Street Project.

A handshake deal now exists on the White Hut rescue, so say Picknelly and Yee.

Miguel Rodriguez ruled too dangerous to be released, says  judge.

Parkland school shooting 2-year anniversary marked by documentary film at Greenfield Garden Cinemas.

New sergeants congratulated at the Monson Police Dept.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 4, 2020

“Dunkaroos” are coming back!

Springfield Armory closed until the end of March for upgrades.

MGM responds to complaints of closed-off parking garage levels.

Westfield State University looking for a new administrator.

Springfield company owner sentenced to prison for a half-million dollar credit card swindle.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Green new Pastor of South Hadley’s Second Baptist Church.

Springfield Mayor and City Council Square off over Police Dept. technology.

South Hadley Town Administrator plans to leave next year.

Ten new marijuana shops eye Northampton.

A second parking garage for Amherst.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat reporter, with a local concert report.

Cold winter has black bears wandering around!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kobe Bryant memorial at the Basketball Hall of Fame

State Rep. Aaron Vega will not seek reelection.

Possible Red Lion Inn hotel project with MGM Springfield.

West Springfield Police use new tracking technology to locate a hiker in trouble.

Gas prices down a bit.

Downtown Springfield St. Francis of Assisi Chapel is closed, but will make office space available.

“Sweethearts Candy” is back for Valentine’s Day, minus some sayings.

Veritas Charter School approved to add high school grades.

“Lalas Burlesque” returns to MGM Springfield.

New North Citizen Council gets $5,000 from Lia Toyota!

Cernak Buick in Easthampton closes its doors.


Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mass. laws on warming up your car!

Chicopee Mayor announces warming centers.

Shakeup at the the helm of MGM Springfield!

Liquor license for Southwick’s Wok on Water is officially transferred.

Changes for Westfield’s Agway store.

Cold weather causes local food pantries to look for donations.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year’s minimum wage increase.

New Greenfield Mayor and City Councilors.

Former Springfield Symphony Maestro returns!

Wahlburgers construction underway.

Handheld device law for motorists goes into effect soon!

Agawam fire officials warn of dangers of thin ice in the region.

Westfield Police Dept. suggest residents download the “Neighbors App” by Ring.

Paul Connor is West Springfield’s new Police Chief!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Christmas tree shortage this season?

Professional Women’s Chamber event in December.

Kelly Dobbins, and Serving Our Students.

MGM Springfield presents outdoor igloos this winter for your dining and drinking pleasure.

Cottage cheese recall.

Six Flags offers 3rd annual “Holiday In The Park.”

Mass. House votes unanimously to ban handheld devices while driving.

Baystate Health Systems warns of RSV virus for toddlers and children.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Greenfield Police remind you to stay away from the bears!

Update on Marian Sullivan’s escapade at MGM Springfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach on Holiday stage offerings in the Valley.

Westfield man is million dollar winner in the Mass Lottery.

Miss Western Mass., Miss Hampshire County and Miss Pioneer Valley crowned Sunday night.

Two new police officers entering the Amherst Police Dept.

Holyoke receives grants for new bullet proof vests for their police officers.

Hampshire College continues to pull out of its financial turmoil.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 18, 2019

Mayor Sarno’s Communications Director suspended after a weekend arrest at MGM Springfield.

“TOYS FOR JOY” marks its 97th year in the region.

Happy 125th Birthday to East Longmeadow!

“Rucksgiving” veterans work for families at Thanksgiving.

“Save Our Swallows”  demonstration in Hadley.

Holyoke Police Department keeps their Seniors’ Christmas Show tradition alive.

Hidden Valley stocking stuffer.

Chicopee Police quell disturbance involving more than 300.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 13, 2019

THC quarantine for “vape” products.

CDC warns against eating any raw cookie dough.

MediShare with Jordan Goodman.

Dean Foods, owner of Friendly’s Ice Cream manufacturing, declares bankruptcy.

Zonta celebrates its centennial year and honors a Springfield College president.

Columbia Gas Co. continues its 4-year tradition of donating coats to local children in need.

MGM makes good on its deal to shell out 1.8 million in community support agreements.

Man’s body found inside a Springfield chapel.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 6, 2019

MGM Springfield considers selling its real estate and leasing back the casino operations.

Mass. State Police announce another sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

Big Y opens two new Connecticut World Class Market locations.

Convenience stores across the state close today to protest a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

You might develop SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.

EEE is no longer a risk in Western Mass.

Holyoke Mall creates a dedicated area to honor veterans.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas shopping “jump-start” at St. Nick’s Christmas Bazaar.

MGM dealer sues casino over pay.

Chicopee homeowners upset over illegal trash dumping.

3 downtown Springfield buildings up for auction this month.

Final weekend reminder: daylight saving time ends, set clocks back.

UMass Fine Arts Center vandalism – swastikas painted on the walls.

Local animal hospital ends 24-hour emergency services.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 27, 2019

South Hadley teacher fined by state ethics commission.

30 fugitives arrested in Holyoke crime sweep.

Uber adds new safety features.

Bill Cosby hit with legal bill in the millions.

Ludlow Police post reminder to those under 16 about bicycle helmets.

Post Office now hiring for the holiday season!

Northampton World War II Club puts building up for sale.

MGM Springfield losing some of its workforce to Encore Harbor.

Ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson has died.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, September 23, 2019

Ground broken for the new Wahlburgers at MGM Springfield.

“Fright Fest” back at Six Flags for Halloween!

Cheryl Clapprood appointed permanent Police Commissioner of Springfield’s Police Dept.

Massachusetts Environmental Police have shot and killed a black bear in Fitchburg.

Mass. State Police rescue Mount Washington hiker.

Commonwealth Secretary Bill Galvin urges Big E folks to respond to the forthcoming census.

Ludlow’s “Second Time’s a Charm” to hold a fundraiser, with a prom for adults.