Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ambulance service comes to Hampden for the first time in its history.
Adele Hill and the East Longmeadow VIRTUAL Fourth of July Parade.
Springfield City Council recommends further cuts to the Police Dept. budget.
Reader’s Digest notes Springfield, Mass. as a finalist for the nicest location in New England to visit.
Profane City Council Zoom meeting gaffe creates a controversy.
Tasheena Davis statement.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk has opted to retire after being removed as Information Officer.
Belchertown Fair poised to make a decision on its 163rd edition.
The 4th of July: what’s open and what’s closed.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 4, 2020

East Longmeadow town election results.
Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth reflects on protests and rioting.
Springfield protest march.
Chicopee Mayor John Vieau’s statement on removal of CPD officer Michael Wilk as department spokesperson.
Liberty Heights McDonald’s closed after accidental fire suppression chemical release.
The Springfield Mayor and the Springfield Commissioner of Police honor the memory of Officer Kevin Ambrose.
More information on partial reopening of Springfield City Hall.
New Ludlow Police Chief sworn in.
Local Girl Scouts donate huge amount of cookies to USO and other organizations.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Office donates hundreds of face masks and shields to salons and barber shops.
Northampton’s 10th annual fireworks at Look Park are rescheduled.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID-19 statistics: Baystate Medical Center and Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Terese Lee Napoli offers mobile hairdressing.

Mandatory mask policies in two towns as of this week.

Some experts offer opinions on the necessity of wiping down your groceries.

Elms College officially postpones commencement exercises.

Information on the effect of smoking and vaping on COVID-19.

Storrowton Tavern provides first responders with hundreds of meals.

People are throwing their used gloves on the streets!

AFC Urgent Care in West Springfield offers rapid result COVID-19 testing.

Congressman Neal says Americans will see another stimulus bill in ten days.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Governor Baker extends shutdown through May 4, 2020.

Latest COVID-19 test stats from Mercy Medical Center.

Current precautions at Holyoke Soldiers Home.

Brimfield Flea Market canceled for May.

Columbia Gas sends out crews to homes in Chicopee to make safety inspections.

Hatfield confirms first positive COVID-19 case.

Walmart taking employees temperatures before every shift.

Mayor Sarno receives and answers an angry email from a  Springfield golfer.

Olive Garden in Springfield closes its doors for good.

Mayor Alex Morse discusses Holyoke Soldiers Home fatalities.

Governor Baker addresses Holyoke Soldiers Home.

United Way of Pioneer Valley donates 5000 meals to those in need.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dunkin’ rolls out Valentines drinks!

Denise Hurst announces candidacy for Jose Tosado’s seat!

Jose Tosado retires and will not run again.

Orlando Ramos announces plans to run for the seat vacated by Jose Tosado.

Anthony “Tony” King, the last living player of Springfield’s American Legion Post 21 baseball team, team turns 102!

Chicopee Police Dept. asks for help in identifying mattress dumpers.

West Springfield Fire Dept. practicing ice rescues.

Open burning season now in Agawam.

Western Mass. days are getting longer!

Florence Bank President John Heaps Jr. retires after 25 years.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 24, 2019

Nationwide school bus safety recall.

Feds raid downtown strip club and restaurant.

Pat Kandianis and Pay4Education in Springfield.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee names their Citizen’s Award recipient.

Baird Middle School in Ludlow closed for three days due to flooding.

Chicopee police officer and K-9 partner retire together.

Greenfield Halloween rumor addressed.

Holyoke proposes short and long term fix to water main issues.

Springfield Fire Dept. announces a line of duty death.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 21, 2019

Mass. House hears proposal to ban plastic straws.

Springfield Regional Chamber’s Government Reception 2019.

Irish Cultural Center of Western New England welcomes a new dignitary.

Chicopee assists a 94-year-old woman who lost a large amount of cash.

A new mural at Friends of the Homeless.

Arrest made in Athol church fire.

75th Annual Pittsfield Halloween Parade!

Mass. State Police sobriety checkpoint.

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District confirms cases of whooping cough.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mayor Sarno and the City Council lock horns on Police Dept. use of facial recognition.

Serial purse snatcher operating in Chicopee.

Jordan Goodman on China, Hong Kong, and the effect on Western Mass!

“Gentleman Jack” holds Thursday night benefit for Club One in Feeding Hills.

Lego wants to recycle their “bricks.”

New safety regulations for the limousine industry.

Longmeadow Unico beer and wine tasting returns to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Western New England University president leaving office at the end of the academic year.

West Springfield fireman honored for life-saving effort.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend! September 20, 2019

Amazon recruiting 235 jobs for its Holyoke distribution center.

FEMA awards nearly half million dollar grant to the Chicopee Fire Dept.

A new toy store, Zen’s Toyland, to locate in the old Kiddly Winks location in Longmeadow.

Smith College police officer fired after 35 years on the job.

L. L. Bean opening a new store in Hadley in October!

Possible suicide attempt outside a Chicopee School.

“Mutts and Mimosas” fundraiser for Dakin Humane Society.

East Longmeadow High School Chorus sings the National Anthem at Fenway !

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Labor Day Weekend, August 30, 2019

Westfield-Barnes Airport receives another grant for improvements.

PVTA cancels service to Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley.

Northampton activist Frances Crowe dead at 100.

Kimaya Diggs will perform at the “She Is Beautiful” event at The Shops at Marketplace, Springfield.

“Supergirl” coming to Six Flags New England.

Man struck by Amtrak train in Chicopee is unhurt, but will be charged with trespassing.

JGS Lifecare hosts a panel of experts on Alzheimer’s disease.

Minor fire at the drive-up of the Page Blvd. Dunkin.

WWLP-22 is now back on DirecTV and other platforms.

Labor Day 2019

Radio Show #261 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi’s Cookout 2019

Hampden County Sheriff Cocchi’s 3rd cookout forged ahead through rainy weather, to another clear success.

The Sheriff hosted a wide array of VIPS from all walks of the public and private sectors.

Join us now for a review of some of the region’s notables and VIPs who took a moment in front of our microphones.

In this program, you will hear the voices of:
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi
Monson Chief of Police Steve Kozloski
Monson Town Administrator Evan Brassard
Former East Longmeadow Board of Selectmen Chair Paul Federici
State Representative Angelo Puppolo
CEO Baystate Health Systems Dr. Mark Kerouac 
Chicopee Police Dept. Information Officer Mike Wilk
Former State Senator Brian Lees
Former State Senator Michael Knapik
At-Large Springfield Councilor Jesse Lederman
Springfield Parks and Recreation Chair Brian Santaniello
United States Senator Ed Markey

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 16, 2019

Chicopee Police issue bear warning!

MassDOT indicates the RMV owes 45,000 letters to other states, and 2400 in-state.

17 year-old girl rushed to hospital after a horse rolled over on her at Dry Brook Stables.

Passenger train service from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and points north could begin by August 30.

MassMutual Center hosts World Quilt New England.

Big Y pulls in thousands of pounds of pet food to be distributed.

Second Chance Animal Services offers $5.00 rabies shots.

Sobriety checkpoint for Hampden County scheduled for today.

Arte-E Pizza to become Sok’s Siam.

Police dog recovering from minor injuries from a roof fire at the MGM kennel.

Music at Club One in Feeding Hills.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 25, 2019

Forever 21 mistake.

Local TV channels change frequencies.

NTSB releases report on the fatal NH motorcycle crash.

Emily Bill Park renovation job goes out to bid.

GNC stores plan to close nearly 900 stores.

The town of Russell would like vacationers to stop trashing the river bank.

Amherst fire station considered “dilapidated.”

Planet Fitness opens a new large facility at the Holyoke Mall.

Chicopee Police warn of gas employee scam.

Beloved Doogan’s Deli in Chicopee closing for good.

Center Square Grill wants to locate the owner of a Marine Corps hat left behind at the restaurant.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Leapin’ lizards in Chicopee!

September 11 monument dedication in Springfield is set.

Former Springfield YMCA CEO sued in Florida.

Connie Francis tribute show with Donna Lee in Sixteen Acres to support the Lions Club.

Cold water warning for swimmers!

Summer gas prices – down!

Springfield’s Union Station welcomes Amtrak’s return!

Mass. Pike delays in Russell this week.

GySgt. Thomas Sullivan Scholarship Fund established.

All day police patrols end at RISE Amherst (pot shop).

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! Monday, May 13, 2019

15 year-old Chicopee High School student pepper-sprayed and arrested.
John Boyle O’Reilly Club has a concert to support The Springfield Rifles rugby team.
Dean Foods isn’t saying what Friendly’s future may be.
American International College holds double commencement ceremonies.
Tick Season and Lyme Disease public forum to be held.
Florida grey fox moves into Forest Park Zoo.
Holyoke and South Hadley letter carriers collected food stuffs from mailboxes on Saturday.
Frost is still a possibility through the end of this month; tips for protecting your plants.
Gary Rome Hyundai holds fashion show for Providence Ministries.
Springfield Police Dept. launches the return of “Click it or Ticket” seat belt checks.
Westfield Police are asking for help to solve multiple car break-ins.

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! Thursday, March 21, 2019

Another Western Mass. million dollar Lotto winner!
Missing Chicopee teen runaway has been found and is safe.
Melvin Jones sentenced to two years.
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival coming up at the Springfield JCC.
Chicopee federal sewer project finally coming to an end.
American Red Cross of Mass. has responded to 17 emergencies in a short period.
Marijuana retail sales facility proposed for the Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall.
Red Cross honors Hometown Hero Holly Holden.
Beer and wine available for home games of the new ball team for Westfield, the Westfield Starfires.
“Me Too” movement founder Tarana Burke speaks at Smith College.
Springfield City Council working on stricter dirt bike laws.

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! Thursday, September 27, 2018

Advisory from the State Fire Marshal.
Verizon issues? Slow, or no service at all? Here’s why.
Chicopee Police warn of man in truck approaching children. (with Officer Mike Wilk, Chicopee PD)
Square One and Six Flags join forces for a free one day admission, in return for diapers!
Springfield’s hotel boom rolls along!
Mass DOT is almost finished with I-91 construction, detours and closures.