Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Special program, “Let’s Get Moving,” at Rachel’s Table.

Fresh vegetables at Pomeroy Vegetable Farms an option for scarcity at area supermarkets.

John DeVoie, president and founder of Hot Table, continues his downtown renovation through the pandemic.

Farmers Market at Forest Park’s Facebook post receives criticism from the public and from Mayor Sarno.

Massachusetts recreational marijuana shops set to reopen.

Mass. retail stores may be allowed to offer curbside service starting next week.

Stop & Shop offering free seed pods to kids!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Holyoke Soldiers Home statistics.

8 year-old Noah receives a Springfield Police Dept. birthday parade.

Home Depot sees customers lining up to shop on Saturday.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s looks at live entertainment.

Stop & Shop and their union call on federal and state governments to designate their workers as first responders.

Meat products, facing supply chain issues, may result in shortages to stores and delis.

Mass211 and Call2Talk offer COVID-19 hotline information.

Gas prices.

Oil prices may lead to lower heating costs for homes.

Ludlow car break-ins increase.

 

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 8, 2020

“Supermoon” in the sky! NASA says don’t miss it!

Trinity Health COVID-19 test stats.

“Gig workers” are losing work; Jeff King comments.

From Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 response team – Dr. Mark Keroack’s report.

Big Y closing Easter Sunday and the following Monday to give their staff some rest and relief.

Stop & Shop teams with Uber to offer discounted rides to the store for some seniors.

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen is asking for help.

Peter Pan Bus Lines partners with some local restaurants offering delivery of takeout.

Governor Baker sends another $800 million to Mass. health care industries.

A special birthday.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 26, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno announces the release of “Prime the Pump” to help city restaurants.

Tucker’s in Southwick is coping with the business’ adjustments – with manager Karen Anderson.

Mercy Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Roose, on MMC’s COVID-19 response and status.

Springfield DPW begins yard waste collections in April.

Easthampton Audubon Society temporarily closes its buildings and trails.

Greenfield opens a COVID-19 command center in the John Zon Community Center.

Virtual creative and educational activities for kids at home.

Plastic shields now at the checkout counters at our supermarkets.

MedExpress offering testing for the virus.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Amazon Prime delays delivery of non-essential products.

Bill Collins of Center Square Grill unites area restaurants to keep employees intact.

Mark Auerbach on the survival of the arts during COVID-19.

New England Orthopedic Surgeons furloughs half of its workforce.

Springfield Museums offer online interactive exploration for all.

City officials remove Springfield basketball hoops.

Trinity Health of New England offers a webinar on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19.

Mayor Sarno holds COVID-19 update at City Hall.

Stop & Shop donates $1 million to regional food banks.

Social distancing urged in supermarkets.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Springfield Police Dept. wants to reduce visits to the Pearl Street location.

Mayor Sarno speaks out on Springfield’s reaction to the pandemic.

Mercy Medical Center runs down new restrictions on patient visitation.

A message from a downtown Springfield restaurant.

Baystate to offer same-day results for COVID-19 testing.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, on shut-down performance venues.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra suspends the remainder of the season.

Stop & Shop offers special early time shopping for customers 60 and over.

Chicopee school kids still get their lunches though schools are cancelled.

Mass SJC postpones all jury trials TFN.

Gov. Baker offers emergency capital to small businesses.

Department of Unemployment Insurance offers emergency assistance to affected workers.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 16, 2020

Summary of the latest COVID-19 reaction for the City of Springfield, from the Office of the Mayor.

An open letter from Mayor Sarno to the residents and business community of Springfield.

Trinity Health of New England presents a webinar on COVID-19.

Springfield Jewish Community Center plans to shut down.

National Grid suspends all collection activities due to the virus.

Major Massachusetts supermarket chains adjust store hours to restock and cope with demands and shortages.

Western Mass. restaurants report regular activity over the weekend .

Dr. Mark Keroack addresses the reaction to the pandemic.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, March 13, 2020

The Mental Health Association announces a special new program.

Live theater events are being postponed and canceled; a report with Mark Auerbach.

Mercy Medical Center cancels The Caritas Gala.

MassMutual tells its employees to “work from home.”

Supermarkets end buffets and food samples.

Additional postponements and cancellations.

Longmeadow Senior Center has closed with some exceptions.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont bans gatherings of 250 or more.

Joe Biden cancels his campaign appearance in Hartford.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 29, 2019

Stop & Shop Hartford chicken recall.
Holyoke drug defendant indicted for sending a disturbing letter to an attorney.
Pittsfield man shot and killed in a youth turkey hunt.
East Longmeadow Police officer was wrongfully terminated.
Longmeadow holds its fourth annual “Live to Give” gala.
Traffic note: a Forest Park entrance is closed.
Granby Police cracking down on crosswalk safety.
Dirt bikes are not street legal.
D.A. Anthony Gulluni’s war on teenage vaping.
Hampshire Regional eighth grader starting pitcher!
State lawmakers hungry to raise number of tolls on the Pike and adding them to other state highways.
Recreational marijuana home delivery?

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 25, 2019

UMass Amherst celebrates third straight year of being named best campus food in the country.
Neighborhood residents want cars to slow down near the Sabis School.
Stop & Shop workers are back; restocking continues.
Hadley barn swallows remain a controversy.
West Springfield students are proud of their principal’s “Wheel of Fortune” appearance!
18-wheeler stuck under Main Street’s Arch Bridge.
Mercy Medical Center adds bra-fitting service for women.
Murphy’s Pop Stop in Springfield closes for good.
Monson Police Dept. offers “deaf and hard of hearing” cards.
Ludlow’s Comfort Shoes closing.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Driving across railroad tracks.
Work this week on Glendale Road.
Stop & Shop workers are back!
Ubeer Fest returning for year 6 in Easthampton!
Springfield Regional Chamber heads to Boston for the Beacon Hill Summit.
Gas prices – up – again!
Chicopee hazardous waste drop-off day.
Holyoke and West Springfield hold drug take-back day.
Hampshire College’s problems continue, and now its accreditation is at risk.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 18, 2019

Frozen Reeses for you this summer!
Ben & Jerry’s recall.
Monson and Palmer are safe from over pressurized gas lines.
Mass. State Police announce an Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint for Hampden County.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopening pushed back about a week.
Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores are the first in the company to ban plastic bags.
Ware man angry at lack of flag outside the Belchertown courthouse.
Stop & Shop strike update.
Lyft offers “4-20” discount over Easter weekend to marijuana users.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1-90 work in Blandford and Russell – what you need to know.
Springfield officer who was shot has been discharged from the hospital.
Mardis Gras building and club still for sale.
Sarno up in arms about melee and stabbing outside Le Souk Hookah Bar.
Pride Stores in Western Mass. about to ban plastic bags.
Skyline Trading in Westfield launches its new brewery building.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopens after a fire.
Stop & Shop walkout increases traffic at local independent markets.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 15, 2019

High wind advisory!
Patriot’s Day – what’s on and what’s off.
Stop & Shop strikers speak out.
American International College laundry room fire.
Native American UMass PowWow.
Flag raising in Holyoke for the Sikh community.
Warning to swimmers – the waters are still too cold!
Springfield Police C3 host an Easter Party.
Westfield Mayor holds Easter Egg Hunt.
Six Flags New England collecting suits and dresses!
Crews work to clean up Five Mile Pond oil spill.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 11, 2019

Bill introduced in Mass. to end Daylight Savings Time.
Authorities are searching for a motorist who may have wound up in the Connecticut River.
Sutton man sentenced to 6 months for growing marijuana.
Springfield woman sentenced for trafficking cocaine out of her home daycare center.
Liquor license approved for a new sushi restaurant on Worthington Street.
FCC warns of an IRS  telephone scam.
Palmer High School closed Monday and Tuesday due to a small fire.
Lenten lunches offered at Trinity United Methodist Church.
10th Annual Leprechaun Plunge at Brunelle’s Marina.
Western Mass. Stop & Shop union votes in favor of strike authorization.

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! Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Police Commissioner Barbieri resigns.
Stop & Shop union votes to authorize strike.
Springfield woman arrested for her fifth OUI.
Sinai Temple plans a “Scholar-in-Residence Weekend”
Westfield Kiwanis Club prepares its 50th annual TV auction.
South Hadley’s Loomis Village names Vivian Gladden-Jones as its new Director of Dementia-Friendly Home Care.
Wilbraham Papa Gino’s closes for good.
Excise tax bills are in the mail.
Online sales transactions leads to armed robbery and injury.
Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos will not run again.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 18, 2018

Springfield defendant’s defense: too drunk to commit manslaughter.
In Wales, persons inside a home succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Springfield Mayor, Police Commissioner, and other officials meet with Forest Park residents to reassure them of their safety.
Plastic bag ban passes in Longmeadow.
Westfield black bear is euthanized.
Holyoke’s Karen Blanchard joins “The Network” as new COO.
Feds and Stop & Shop reach agreement on checkout aisles accessibility to the disabled.
Aldi’s presents wine and cheese Advent calendars.
Flu shots… time is running out!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Heat wave has the effect of 105 degrees!
Ed Visconti is working in the heat at the Springfield Cooley Street Stop & Shop.
MGM Springfield contributes $25,000 to Springfield’s Square One.
Like the snow, the heat is affecting the regional school calendars.
Erica Jansons at Hampden Hills Alpacas has to keep the animals cool too!
How is MGM Springfield affecting downtown businesses? Nadim Kashou seems to be quite pleased!
The Southwick Police Dept. says a final “goodbye” to K9 Police Officer Jax.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, July 20, 2018

PVTA gets some more money in the new state budget – service cuts are still planned.
New Holiday Inn on State Street has its big opening!
Lawmakers want a $2 surcharge on rental cars for additional training courses for police.
West Nile Virus is here statewide.
Berkshire County man wins a big lottery prize!
Mass. man’s OUI arrest – over 30 nip bottles in his car.
Subaru of America and other organizations offer blankets and messages of hope to cancer victims.
Snack cakes at nationwide stores are recalled; salmonella contamination possible.
Colony Club members want to bring the closed club back.