Brad shepard Today! Friday and the Fourth of July Weekend

PA man arrested at Longmeadow TD Bank.
Springfield City Council standing by its cuts to the Springfield Police Dept.
Springfield man arrested selling illegal fireworks to an undercover detective.
Casinos, gyms and museums can reopen as early as Monday.
No swimming at Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst this weekend.
Cinemark at the Hampshire Mall preparing to reopen.
Mayor Sarno and Tim Sheehan release $250,000 to become the fourth wave of “Prime The Pump.”
Springfield Parks Dept. activates its spray pads throughout the city.
MGM Springfield gearing up to reopen July 12, 2020.
RIP Hugh Downs.

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.

Email: mfenton@springfieldcityhall.com  •  Web: www.springfield-ma.gov

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 18, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Traffic note for Pittsfield.
Springfield City Council wants to sue Mayor Sarno.
Christopher Caputo is the new Springfield Treasurer.
Yeshiva Academy 2020 grads receive their diplomas in horse and carriage!
Fenway Golf buys gift certificates from local businesses and gives them to customers!
MassDOT appoints a new Registry of Motor Vehicles Registrar.
Mayor Sarno announces reversal of police officers reinstatement; Commissioner Claprood comments.
Springfield announces the third wave of “Prime The Pump” program.
Greenfield Schools lay off 43 employees – some are teachers.
Center Square Grill reopens; Bill Collins is excited!
Samuel’s Tap & Table at the Basketball Hall of Fame shutters for good.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 12, 2020

Longmeadow Police are trying to identify 4 males who went through garages and vehicles in the town overnight.

How is restaurant traffic being affected by the state of emergency? (With Nadim Kashou)

Dental safety during the crisis? – with Cecile Calabrese from Agawam Dental Arts.

Mayor Sarno schedules updates on Springfield’s response to COVID-19.

Northampton Mayor urges all to cancel large-scale events in the city.

Springfield City Council members are urging more eating establishments to apply for outdoor dining permits.

Local and chain movie theaters are altering their programming, and studios are delaying their release of big films.

Chicopee Public Schools postponing all activities that draw more than 200 people.

UMass system and Westfield State move to “remote learning” due to the coronavirus crisis.

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! Friday and the weekend, December 20, 2019

State Senate contender John Velis receives an endorsement.

Holyoke School Superintendent Stephen Zrike resigns.

Mayor Sarno and the City Council argue over a project for the “X.”

East Longmeadow daycare teacher charged with assaulting a student.

299 newly sworn in  citizens!

Hard boiled eggs may have Listeria contamination.

Mass Fisheries and Wildlife bans coyote hunting contests.

New library opens in East Forest Park.

Holiday fire safety tips.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Springfield named one of the two best “startup cities” nationwide, by Inc. Magazine.

Belchertown Board Of Selectmen move toward cutting “men” from their name.

Springfield City Council and Mayor argue about refugee settlement programs.

Southwick’s John Cain considers running against John Velis for Don Humason’s senate seat.

Pittsfield human trafficker convicted and sentenced.

Mass. requires homeowners to keep sidewalks clear. Fines are possible!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 12, 2019

After losing their roof and sustaining massive water damage in October, Donut Dip in East Longmeadow opts to not rebuild and to close the location.

Don Humason and Billy Galvin square off over a letter and a missing word.

Two Springfield million dollar lottery winners!

Western New England University President, Dr. Caprio, retires.

Deerfield Police report a scam regarding Comcast and DIRECTV.

Temporary state ban on vaping rescinded.

Amazon delivery vans causing Lower Westfield Road backup.

Springfield City Councilors respond to snow removal complaints.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, Columbus Day, October 14, 2019

Fall foliage report.

Columbus Day – what’s open and what’s closed.

Mass DOT Columbus Day announcement.

INSA vs. the Springfield City Council (and a live mic catches a slip of the tongue).

South Hadley and Granby Police are collecting food donations.

Chicopee’s “Halloween Spooktacular” is back!

Arrest made in Chicopee purse snatcher!

New credit card scam!

Granville Harvest Festival continues through today.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Bike thefts on the rise in Longmeadow! Be forewarned!
Kitchen fire leaves five homeless in Holyoke.
Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosts 4 local mayors.
Faces in Northampton closes for good.
Springfield Police Sergeant Michael Daly promoted to lieutenant.
Springfield City Council studies extension of moratorium on new pawn shops.
Police comfort dog, Officer Donut of the Greenfield Police Dept., turns 1!
Hampshire College Board of Trustees Chairwoman quits.
Pathetic crime of the week.
Eversource phone scam reported in Longmeadow.

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! Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Helicopters join the search for missing Achim Bailey.
Super Bowl breakfast at the Hampden Lions Club! (with Rick Rubin).
Kielbasa Festival will not be held in Chicopee, and its location is uncertain (with Tom Kielbania Jr.)
Belchertown High School violent fight results in serious injury.
Springfield City Council Committee wants to make sure all residents benefit from pot sales.
Eversource warns customers of another scam.
Longmeadow holds a special town meeting to bring the board up to full strength.
UMass and UCLA have a “food bet” on the big game!
Palmer Agway closes.
23rd anniversary of Downtown Springfield Toastmasters open house!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 25, 2019

Gold Medal Flour being recalled.
Counterfeiting operation in Monson broken up by authorities.
MassDOT bans fire equipment over 20 tons from the General Pierce Bridge.
Springfield DPW worked all weekend to clear every street in the city after the storm.
Springfield City Council Marijuana Committee holds meeting on new restrictions.
Easthampton considers a location for a dog park!
New owners of the Tower Square Hotel have plans for renovation to reclaim Marriott name.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Carol Channing.
Springfield City Council overrides Mayor Sarno’s veto of the “Welcoming Ordinance.”
East Longmeadow man faces several charges after his crash involving a school bus.
Retail marijuana store INSA wants to replace Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield.
Dr. Evan Lau presents a seminar on heart attacks, at Baystate Medical.
Springfield activates a “cold weather response plan.”
Gas prices.
The extreme cold and your car!
Attorney James J. Martin is sentenced.
Hampshire College seeks a partner to assist with financial pressures… and may not have a freshman class this year.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 14, 2019

Lack of snow slowing down some Western Mass. businesses.
Springfield City Council considering Big Y tax incentive and override of the Mayor’s veto on the Welcoming Ordinance.
Tourism in Western Mass. up by 6.5% in 2018.
Retired Judge Bob Howarth speaks out on recreational marijuana.
Agawam woman testifies against a local lawyer on allegations of sexual assault.
Rita Moreno selected to speak at Bay Path University.
Western Mass. Girl Scout cookie season is here!
Cars and cold weather tips.
Stomach flu making the Western Mass. rounds.
Local businesses fighting the opioid epidemic.
Email extortion scam originating in Southampton.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Starbucks winter lineup flavors!
Springfield City Council announces committee appointments for 2019.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation is re-named.
Money from recreational marijuana shops will go to their respective neighborhoods.
Southampton Police are asking for help in locating items removed from the College Highway Cemetery.
Wilbraham Police offer a “safe space” for completing internet purchases.
Longmeadow arguments over the rehiring of the Longmeadow Superintendent Dr. Marty O’Shea continue.
Yeshiva Students recreate the turn of the century Jewish immigration to America.
East Longmeadow holds a hearing on the petition to not renew the Town Manager.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 4, 2019

Another multimillion-dollar Lottery winner in Chicopee!
In South Hadley, “The Egg and I” is back!
Springfield City Council’s first meeting is this Monday – elections, organization, etc.
Open burning season coming: what you need to know.
Pisgah Road in Huntington is damaging cars.
Springfield’s Central High School Football Team, state champions, now raising funds to pay for their rings!
Chipotle Mexican Grill opens in East Longmeadow.
Raised crosswalk causing drivers trouble in Longmeadow.
Seniors at Springfield’s Sci-Tech High will receive prom tickets and caps and gowns courtesy of a donation from a teacher.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 20, 2018

MassMutual offers its Enfield campus for sale; moving operations to Springfield.
Bo Sullivan will complete his late brother’s term on the Westfield School Committee.
Look Park in Northampton Garden House presents Santa’s Trains!
Longmeadow special town meeting held to recall members of the school committee.
Sarno vetoes City Council’s “Welcoming” ordinance.
Be on the lookout for holiday scams!
Watch out for hunters at this time of year!
Mingles in West Springfield announces it’s closing.
Richie Mitnick’s Christmas Spectacular shifts its location to the Agawam Senior Center!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Frontier Airlines comes to Bradley International Airport.
Fire at the Liberty Street Burger King.
Cummington residents reject Dollar General’s proposed location.
James Hardie Building Products comes to Westfield.
Sarno vs. City Council; City Council vs. Sarno.
Husband and wife will be Chicopee Parade Marshals in the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Spirit of Springfield planning a Bright Nights Memory Book, and you can be a part of it!
Deadlines fast approaching for on-time Christmas delivery for the post office and other shipping firms!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday. December 5, 2018

National Day of Mourning.
New $1 drink for the holidays from Applebee’s – The Dollar Jolly!
110 Grill about to open at the Holyoke Mall.
Springfield City Council continues its efforts to create “Welcoming Community” ordinance.
Longmeadow School Committee not renewing school superintendent’s contract.
From east to west, Massachusetts lawmakers mark the beginning of Hanukkah.
Longmeadow officially declared “a dementia-friendly town.”
Food Bank of Western Mass. ranks #9 in the country!
Holland and Ware see a huge outbreak of car break-ins!