Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Lt. Robert Stocks is the new Longmeadow Chief of Police.
Outdoor dining set to begin.
Police brutality protests continue in Holyoke.
Balise offering free ultimate car washes to first responders and emergency workers.
Rachel’s Table joins the “Meal Train.”
Judge overrules Springfield City Council, allowing Insa to open.
Child care facilities and summer camps can reopen in Phase 2.
Blandford Fair cancelled.
Assault with… what?

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno comments on George Floyd and marks an unusual anniversary.
Patients return to the dentist’s office at Agawam Dental Arts – with Cecile Calabrese.
Junior Achievement of Western Mass. will hold their golf tournament! With Jennifer Connolly.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach looks at regional entertainment.
AAA Pioneer Valley reopens.
Kristen McClintock the new Executive Director of Gray House.
Amherst Town Hall remains closed for the summer.
Mayor and Police Commissioner join together for a prayer vigil.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno attended services at reopened Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Church.
All places of worship allowed to reopen under the Baker plan.
9th anniversary of the 2011 Springfield tornado.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield conducted Mass outside.
Mass. Police Chief Association denounces actions of the 4 Minneapolis police officers.
“Big E” moving forward for 2020 run, announcing more concerts.
Holyoke Mall enjoys police presence due to false social media riot threat.
Monson golf course shut down by state.
As of today, new tobacco ban in Mass. goes into effect.
Reopening businesses face new expenses due to safety standards.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 29, 2020

Thoughts on the “new normal”
New Chief of the Ludlow Police!
Basketball Hall of Fame opts to postpone enshrinement ceremonies until the spring.
Westfield Athenaeum offering “Library To Go!”
Mayor Sarno asks all to take a moment Monday to remember the Springfield tornado.
Mayor Sarno protests calls for leniency for incarcerated arsonist.
Police ask for help finding graffiti perpetrator in downtown Northampton.
A very special COVID-19 recovery in Wilbraham.
Boston Marathon cancelled for the first time in its history.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 update.
Fenway Golf vs. the East Longmeadow Health Department.
Illegitimate unemployment claims arise from stolen data.
Series of car break-ins in Chicopee’s Fairview section.
Red Cross urgently needs blood donations; if you donate, you might receive a gift card or a tee-shirt.
Easthampton launches a reopening task force.
Roger Crandall, President and CEO of MassMutual, named one of the world’s top CEOs!
New indications that Mass. students will return to the classroom in the Fall.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Springfield Mayor Sarno’s kudos to PPE support from local businesses.
Criminal attorney William Bennett represents suspended Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach with notes on some great programs coming up online!
Mass. RMV and Mass. DOT provide even more extensions for licenses, registrations, and inspections.
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi orders a lock down of the Ludlow jail after inmates and staff test positive for the virus.
Our Lady of Fatima cancels “Festa.”
“Celebrate Ludlow” cancelled this summer.
Six Flags New England outlines new procedures to keep everyone safe.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mayor Sarno – again – calls out the court system on repeat offenders.

Mayor Sarno at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Congressman Richard E. Neal at Springfield’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Mass. state beaches reopen with special guidelines.

Hair salons and barber shops reopen.

Car washes reopen.

Pet grooming shops reopen.

The Lupa Zoo in Ludlow is excited to reopen!


Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 25, Veterans Day, 2020

In tribute and in respect for our veterans, those who’ve sacrificed, and who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, no program will be presented today.

We will take this time to reflect, and honor these very special people.

Our next new program is scheduled for Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020.

Thank you.

Brad Shepard

On behalf of Pioneer Valley Radio

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and Memorial Day Weekend, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Swimming pool season is robust, according to Brian Juliano of Juliano’s Pools and Spas.

Mayor Sarno forges ahead with Memorial Day plans for Springfield.

Mayor Sarno outlines how Springfield’s “Phase 1” reopening will affect city buildings.

Cummington Fair announces cancellation.

Portraits of Longmeadow’s graduating seniors placed on the town common.

Fire officials present grilling safety tips.

Memorial Day thoughts.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Western Mass. churches hold Masses for the first time this weekend.

Dom Sarno set to announce “Phase 1” of reopening Springfield.

Springfield Park Commission announce reopening of Forest Park Zoo and Farmer’s Market.

Westfield voters choose John C. Velis over John F. Cain for Sen. Humason’s former seat.

Forest Park Farmer’s Market manager apologizes.

Reps. Puppolo and Tosado succeed in solid earmarks in an IT bond bill for Springfield.

Local city councilor questions Big E’s intention to open.


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, May 19, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

“Phase One” reopening notes.

Western Mass. houses of worship see gradual reopening.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Springfield Mayor Sarno on Springfield’s reopening.

Diocese of Western Mass. notes new sanitary guidelines.

Timeline for Western Mass. restaurant reopenings.

Brunelle’s Marina prepares for Memorial Day boating.

Westover Air Reserve Base resumes limited flight operations.


Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 18, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 test statistics.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno thanks local organizations and businesses for the donation of PPEs.

Peter Rosskothen welcomes folks to the reopening of the Delaney House in a couple of weeks!

Mass DOT Bernardston detour.

Sears property at the Eastfield Mall has been purchased by a Braintree firm.

Holyoke apartment buildings in the ‘Flats” neighborhood damaged by rain.

Black bear season in Western Mass… caution!

Barrington Stage Company plans productions.

E. Cecci Farms opens for limited business.

Does Massachusetts reopen today – or not?

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 15, 2020

News from Trinity Health Of New England.

COVID-19 stats from Mercy Medical Center.

David Sutton and One Call Away.

Mayor Sarno reviews plans for Springfield’s reopening.

Springfield offers relief and adjustment for due dates of taxes and fees.

College of Our Lady of the Elms aims to reopen for Fall semester.

Eversource warns of phone scammers.

New Deputy Director of Veteran Services for Springfield Joseph DeCaro.

On N On donates 750 KN95 masks.

Three taken to the hospital from toxic gas fumes at Southwick Dunkin’.

Connecticut scheduled to reopen May 20.


Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England increases its COVID-19 testing capabilities.

Mercy Medical Center COVID-19 test stats.

Agnieszka Valenta with Morgan Stanley now works from home.

Governor Baker makes it clear that the reopening of the state will be slow and “methodically phased.”

MassMutual offices will remain closed for the entire summer.

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr proposes an expanded law to prevent price gouging.

The American Red Cross is looking for recovered COVID-19 individuals to donate blood .

Uber launching new safety measures when the state reopens.

Springfield’s State Street Burger King has closed for good.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.

Jordan Goodman on “stimulus” and the pandemic economy.

Governor Baker wants to see more days of a downward trend before reopening the state.

No new deaths reported at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, but an uptick in infections is reported.

Chicopee postpones holiday events.

Greenfield traffic alert.

Lane closures on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge (Agawam – West Springfield).

Springfield College AmeriCorps provides Springfield residents with free face masks.

Westfield business, “Sweeping It Clean,” offers free disinfectant refills.

Smith College features Nancy Pelosi as commencement speaker.

Tuesday Market, a farmers’ market, will reopen in Northampton.


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, May 11, 2020

Mother’s Day and the pandemic.

Gun shops are allowed to reopen in the state.

Johnny’s Tavern fire.

Dakin Humane Society accepting nominations for awards!

Vandalism at Stanley Park in Westfield.

Golf courses are reopened, but some golfers are threatening to sue.

Chicopee relaxes restrictions.

Massachusetts churches are urging the governor to allow in-person services.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 8, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 statistics

Baystate Health COVID-19 statistics.

Governor Baker opens the golf courses… with many restrictions!

Nadim Kashou will take care of Mom on Mother’s Day with some great cuisine!

MGM Springfield indicates many furloughed workers may not be returning this year.

Mayor Sarno thanks Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston for the donation of PPEs for Springfield Police.

Congressman Neal believes another wave of “stimulus” is in the offing.

New leader chosen for Holyoke Public Schools.

Governor Baker allows flower shops to open for remote sales.

Ware Remembers.

A special birthday.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 7, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Baystate Health COVID-19 statistics.

Snipes back and forth between the Springfield and Holyoke mayors.

Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announce no positive test results among the homeless population.

Official: Mass residents must now wear face coverings in public – by order of Governor Baker.

Two local schools tailor graduation exercises to social distancing protocols.

Governor Baker announces a “phased-in” reopening of businesses on May 18th.