Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 6, 2020

Western Mass. takes a tropical beating.
Mayor’s emergency decrees.
Power outage review.
Smith & Wesson splits into two companies.
Cleanup underway in East Longmeadow.
Untreated wastewater released into the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers.
Cyanobacteria found in the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton.
Picking up the Isaias pieces.
Clorox disinfecting wipes shortage.
Grocery store shortages.

Radio Show #346 – Koi Story

There is something “fishy” going on in South Hadley.

A small pet store has had its share of excitement in just a matter of weeks.

First, a break in, and then a visit from the South Hadley Building Commissioner, informing the owner that the store they’ve operated for seven years can no longer operate in its location – an unpleasant surprise for owners Catherine and Steven Knowles!

New England Koi was granted an operating license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate its Koi sales and accompanying tea house.

However, the Building Commissioner is unimpressed with this matter, and still insists their entire operation be relocated.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio, owner Catherine Knowles recounts the entire episode and where it presently stands.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tropical storm recap!
New England Koi vs. South Hadley, with Catherine Knowles.
E.B’s Restaurant reopens!
Agawam City Council wrestles with renaming their town’s sports nickname, “The Brownies.”
Amherst Town Council votes 13-0 for a resolution to urge the state to build a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Nada Kawar, M.D., women’s cancer specialist.
Sports for public schools in Chicopee scheduled to start mid-September.
Agawam town officials curtail use of athletic fields due to COVID-19 concerns.
Mayor Sarno celebrates 20-year career of Mercy Medical’s Doreen Fadus.
Storm damage wrap up.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tropical storm bringing unsettled weather to Western Mass. today and tonight.
Northampton starts its parking system back up.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
COVID-19 uptick? Dr. Mark Keroack.
Mercy Medical Center’s ongoing COVID-19 fight – with CMO Dr. Robert Roose.
The Village Closet in Huntington is relocating.
Embezzlement trial of a former town treasurer is scheduled.
Utility companies prepare for a tropical storm.
Testing sites for Governor Baker’s “Stop the Spread” program.
Springfield Public Schools now offering evening meals.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August, 3, 2020

Granville police and fire departments are providing free face masks!
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and the department’s song, “Rise Up.”
Eric Carle Museum in Amherst has reopened.
At Heritage Hall in Agawam, Anna Jasmine celebrates her 106th birthday!
Baystate Health implements a new visitation policy.
Dunkin’ offers “Free Coffee Mondays” and “Free Coffee Fridays” in August!
Behavioral Health Network opens a new resource center in Ware.
Governor Baker warns Mass. residents that he may cut the number of people allowed at residences.
New Mass. statewide advisory in effect for travel from COVID-19 “hot spots.”

Radio Show #345 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and “Rise Up”

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is proud, as he should be, of his department’s production of an evocative and moving song, “Rise Up.”

The song is inspiring and heartfelt, and brings forth the feeling of the men and women of the Sheriff’s office.

What makes the song and accompanying video particularly unique is that it is performed only and entirely by the staff of the department.

Their level of talent and professionalism is stunning.

In this program, Sheriff Cocchi gives us the story behind the story of “Rise Up.”

The program concludes with the full audio version of the song.

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 31, 2020

New infections at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home spark visitation limits.
New ordinance proposed to address private ways in Springfield.
Media professional Maureen Sullivan reflects on the effects of COVID-19.
Springfield basketball courts are reopening for limited use.
South Hadley’s mysterious Chinese seeds scam.
Pan-Mass Challenge Bike-A-Thon coming through Springfield and Longmeadow at 12 noon!
Springfield Museums presents “Heroes in Health Care!”
Wales Olde Home Festival postponed.
Town of Amherst issues requirement to wear masks in the town center.
Holyoke Mall expands hours of operation.

Radio Show #344 – Maureen Sullivan and the Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Over the years, Maureen Sullivan has played a key role in the local media landscape.

During her ten years at The Republican, Maureen founded the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event series, a publication of the same name, and launched “Reader Raves,” a joint reader engagement project between The Republican and

She is currently President and Chief Creative Officer of Maureen Sullivan Media Group, founded in 2014, that specializes in lifestyle marketing, advertising, branding, event concept and management.

In this conversation Maureen discusses her company’s embrace of the pandemic and her life in Western Mass. in general.



Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mayor Sarno announces the reopening of the city’s cooling centers.
MassDOT announces funding allowing Easthampton to create a new sidewalk.
Amherst’s “Jump Bridge” cancels any swimming.
Heat wave continues.
Granby fires its fire chief.
Mayor Sarno and Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola join informational push for 2020 Census.
Possible cannabis dispensary in Northampton.
Protesters outside the homes of Eric Lesser and Joe Wagner.
Stop & Shop workers protest the elimination of hazard pay.
Niche presents the top towns in Mass. to buy a home.

Radio Show #343 – “Nadim’s 20th!”

Springfield’s Mayor Sarno saw fit to honor Springfield restaurateur Nadim Kashouh on the occasion of his 20th anniversary in business in downtown Springfield!

Through the tornado, the October storm, the upheaval caused by downtown construction, and now the pandemic… Nadim’s focus and conviction to serve Springfield and Western Mass. has remained rock solid.

Reflections on over 20 continuous years in business – and the secret to his success – are explored in this special program.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Face masks for horses?
MassDOT says they will not be using motorist information collected at gantries to enforce travel restrictions.
Nadim Kashouh celebrates his 20th anniversary as a premier Springfield dining establishment.
Visitation at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home suspended due to recurrence of one veteran’s COVID-19 virus.
Back-to-school pushed back two weeks.
Naked dog-walking Hopkinton couple arrested after a scuffle with local police.
Northampton restaurant purchased by a New Jersey man.
Mayor Sarno grateful to MGM Springfield for donation of water to local cooling centers.
Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke announces appointment of new principal.
There are no Asian Murder Hornets in Massachusetts!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday July 28, 2020

The heat is on in the Valley – still!
Plan ahead for school supplies this year!
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
Target and Walmart issue hand sanitizer recall!
Springfield Mayor Sarno addresses American Medical Response’s graduating class.
4th round of Springfield’s “Prime the Pump” grant program.
Domino’s Pizza on Sumner Avenue reopens after a car crash demolished the front.
Western New England University announces online final exams.
North Adams city councilor resigns over on-air gaffe.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 27, 2020

The heat is on in Western Mass!
Mayor Sarno continues his COVID-19 updates.
Springfield cooling centers open today.
U.S. Census Bureau hosts mobile questionnaire events.
Beaches and other Western Mass. locations are seeing fewer masks worn.
Cantina Curbside Grill is attracting business during the pandemic.
Movie screens in Western Mass. are starting to light up again.
Two legends from film and television are with us no more.
The Zoo in Forest Park moves to shore up its affected resources with a Virtual Trivia Night fundraiser.
Longmeadow Police Dept promotes 8-year veteran to sergeant.

Radio Show #342 – Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home

As the story of ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, Bennett Walsh rolls on, Attorney William Bennett held a press conference at the Springfield Sheraton, Thursday, July 23.

In an address lasting more than an hour, Attorney Bennett reviewed what he believed to be a series of inaccuracies in the “Pearlstein Report,” as it has come to be known, and further pointed to an overall “poisoned atmosphere” emanating from the Baker Administration.

In this special program, you will hear specific segments of this press conference.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July, 24, 2020

Holyoke High School unveils graduation plans.
Bill Bennett, attorney for Bennett Walsh, describes “toxic” atmosphere and “poison” from the Baker Administration.
Mayor Sarno presents Nadim Kashouh with a 20th anniversary proclamation!
Tips on wearing face masks in warm weather.
Old beer and its effect on sewer systems.
Northborough man claims he has coronavirus and spits on a police officer.
Ascena, owner of several major department store chains, plans to close many outlets.
East Longmeadow nursing home, Chestnut Hill, has fended off COVID-19 infections from day one!
PVR’s Lauren Brill visits Moxy Boutique in South Hadley, and chats with owner Andrea Sullivan.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 23, 2020

Mayor Sarno pays tribute to the late Rabbi Mark Shapiro.
Westfield Police ask for help in locating a missing person.
The “Ride To Remember” sports a different format this year.
Mass. State Police tag illegal fireworks at the MA/NH border.
Springfield Police officer pleads guilty and receives sentence for police station lobby altercation.
Mayor Sarno and BLM activists reach agreement on the Old First Church mural.
Ware promotes Diane Glinieki to sergeant, and four new officers appointed.
Herman’s Hermits new date at the Calvin!
Permits available for softball or baseball teams in Springfield!
Great Barrington Police ask for help in the theft of more than one hundred American flags.
Bernardston Police warn residents of a COVID-19 phone scam.
Springfield City Council president sends an email complaint to the mayor.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sarno and the City Council have some fireworks – over fireworks.
State sets up sites and phone numbers to report businesses not following pandemic guidelines.
Moratorium on mortgages and evictions extended.
Agawam receives a $200,000 grant for small businesses.
“Cocktails to Go” bill filed.
Bailout for kids lemonade stands!
2020 Three County Fair postponed until 2021.
Holyoke Health Center celebrates its 50th anniversary.
NEOWISE Comet can be seen in Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 21, 2020

William Bennett’s press conference announcement.
Big E Cream Puffs available on weekends all summer!
State run pools are open; Springfield and Northampton cooling centers are open.
Mark Auerbach – ArtsBeat reporter.
Heat advisory in effect, with restrictions for leaving your pets outside.
Westfield the latest town for car break-ins.
Belchertown High School’s unique graduation.
Strawberry picking season successful – and finished for now.
Former World War II club now a cheesemaking classroom!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 20, 2020

Aldi says, “Wear a mask!”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood’s message.
Mayor Sarno arranges donations for a Springfield BLM project through the United Way.
Mayor Sarno’s statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis.
The dog breeds most likely to suffer heat-related illnesses.
Western Mass. road work schedule for this week.
Westfield Farmers’ Market sets opening day!
Jeanne Peer retires from the Westfield Athenaeum.

Radio Show #340 – Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood – Issues and Answers

Candid and straightforward, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood addresses the current anti-law enforcement climate, and its impact on the SPD. Commissioner Clapprood also opines on endemic racism, exploitation, the effect of protest and civic unrest on Community Policing, calls to defund the police, petitions for her resignation, a critical DOJ review of the narcotics bureau, suspensions, reinstatements and more!

Commissioner Clapprood responds to these issues on a professional and personal level that is engaging and vital.

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