Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 test stats.

Longmeadow businessman Paul Santaniello adapts to the pandemic.

Mayor Sarno updates the city on the pandemic.

Live streaming funeral services?

Hair stylists petition Governor Baker to reopen salons sooner than scheduled.

More requirements for shopping at supermarkets.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Trinity Health stats.

Western Mass. Baseball legend Tony King succumbs to COVID-19 at the age of 102.

Mark Auerbach takes you on a tour through available online theater entertainment.

Licensed nurses and health care workers receive a raise from the state.

Dunkin’ grants $50,000 to food banks in Western Mass.

WNEU furloughing some 60 employees who cannot work from home.

New death statistics at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

More changes at your local supermarket.

Springfield Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick updates meal and laptop distribution.

Springfield man threatens police officers with coronavirus.

 

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! Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Two Western Mass. towns report confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Big Y donates $125K to food banks in Western Mass. and Connecticut.

Brett Berchin at DelfShaven Designs describes current small business challenges.

Baystate Health Systems’ Dr. Mark Keroack on the status of testing locally for COVID-19.

Hot Table offers a free meal to frontline workers.

New date for special elections in two districts.

Peter Pan Bus Lines and the PVTA schedules impacted by the health emergency.

Blue Seal Kielbasa is back at Chicopee Provisions.

Ludlow Police see an increase in domestic violence calls.

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! Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hampden DA’s gun buyback program a success.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach and seasonal live entertainment!

Nini’s Italian Restaurant donates to Dana Farber.

South Hadley appoints a new school superintendent.

Northampton reminder: shovel your sidewalks… it’s the law.

Changes in East Longmeadow mailing addresses causing confusion.

Westfield’s Annual Cheeseburger, Chowder, Chocolate and Chili Cook Off!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 6, 2019

MGM Springfield considers selling its real estate and leasing back the casino operations.

Mass. State Police announce another sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

Big Y opens two new Connecticut World Class Market locations.

Convenience stores across the state close today to protest a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.

You might develop SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.

EEE is no longer a risk in Western Mass.

Holyoke Mall creates a dedicated area to honor veterans.

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

Bed Bath & Beyond closes more stores this year than originally planned.

Mayor Sarno outraged at a Chicopee company that dumped trash in Forest Park.

Greenfield YMCA’s free clothing store.

Big Y may go to self-checkout lanes in some stores.

Whole Foods is recalling Dorset Cheese.

Dave Ratner sells 5 locations, keeping one in Agawam.

Mayor Sarno calls on Habit OPCO Methadone Clinic to appear before a South End Committee.

Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Support Group will present two speakers at October meeting.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Latte returns!

Mark Auerbach, PVR ArtsBeat Correspondent: getting to NYC on the Valley Flyer, and finding discount tickets.

Mercy Medical center Sister Caritas Cancer Center receiving proceeds from Big Y Community Reusable Bag Program.

MassDOT warning drivers to be aware of kids headed back to school and walking,

Westfield State University’s 4th Annual Farm To Table Dinner.

Easthampton man charged with animal cruelty leaving a dog locked in a hot car for 4 hours.

Tree House Brewing company launches nitro home brew coffees.

MGM offering crash course and hiring on the spot for table game dealers.

Gas prices fall even further for the Fall.

MassDOT provides Agawam – West Springfield railroad crossing with new signaling.

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, August 8, 2019

Marty Fulwood invites you to enjoy Club One Entertainment Complex in Feeding Hills.

Walgreens announces closing of 200 stores throughout the U.S.

One day after a lawsuit is filed over the New Hampshire crash, Westfield Transport dissolves its corporation.

Work to begin on $43 million mill space in Easthampton.

And still more utility company phone scams.

Northampton’s Viva Fresh Pasta has closed after 34 years in business.

Springfield WWII veteran’s family receives Medal of Liberty.

Big Y distribution center breaks ground on big expansion.

Illegal trash dumping continues to plague Loon Pond in Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hadley traffic advisory.

Springfield and Chicopee mayoral races have primaries for the first time in years.

Eric Suher faces problems and fines at several of his local businesses.

Want to learn how to grow your own marijuana?

No more single-use plastic bags at Big Y!

Six Flags offers free admission to the park if you have a “Batman”-type name!

Springfield and Chicopee mayoral race updates.

Weather damage throughout Western Mass.

Fresh Air Fund in Northampton welcomes NYC kids to enjoy a summer in New England.

Dakin Humane Society announces reduced adoption fees by 50% through Sunday!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 12, 2019

West Nile noted in Mass. mosquitoes.

Pittsfield prison escapee captured and back in custody.

Bradley International looking for local businesses for kiosks.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse considering run against Congressman Richie Neal.

Big Y moves up the date of their ban of single-use plastic bags.

FunZ Trampoline Park coming to the Westfield Shops.

Westfield News Group sold to Reminders Publishing (subsidiary of The Republican).

Mary Beth Ogulewicz appointed Amherst Director of Senior Services.

Holyoke Farmers Market up and running!

Easthampton City Council votes to pass Welcoming Community ordinance.

Hot playground slides and other items can burn your kids!

Baseball icon and author Jim Bouton dies at his home in the Berkshires.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 24, 2019

Westfield Cow Pie Contest.

Springfield Parks Dept. announces new dates for two free outdoor concerts (previously rained out).

Strawberry Social in West Springfield.

Amherst College Science Center has small fire.

50,000 square foot trampoline park planned for the former Bon Ton Space in Westfield.

Interstate Towing celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Western Mass. Big Y announces new appointments.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dedication of Springfield’s 911 Memorial tonight.

Retired Judge Velis portrait to be unveiled.

Ludlow Domino’s Pizza robbed.

Peter Rosskothen announces a new Delaney’s Market Store for Springfield.

Amherst Town Council considers new housing on Route 9.

Gas prices DOWN.

AAA notes the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers.

Police officers face health issues due to encountering fentanyl.

Springfield City Council still grappling with stiffening dirt bike laws.

Dunkin’ begins offering delivery service at some locations.

Warren Police Chief ends his 11-year run.

Big Y sells 6 in-store pharmacies to CVS.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, June 14,2019

Minor fire at the Big Y on College Highway in Southwick.

3 area high school students bring their pet grooming business to a Junior Achievement event in Washington, D.C.

Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield has lane closures.

Homeowners “deed scam” report!

5 area Democrats in the legislature break with the party on a vote.

Former Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s brother-in-law guilty of stalking and rape.

Carpenter ants want in to your home for the summer.

Pools are opening soon; Springfield’s life guards are ready!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 2019

Massive beef recall!
Things to do and see in Worcester, with Max Hartshorne.
Big Y holds worn flag collection for proper disposal.
Ludlow bank fraud perpetrator pleads guilty.
Mayor Sarno campaigns for lawmakers to pass the Governor’s “dangerousness” bill.
Retired Wilbraham Police Chief passes on.
Payless Shoes announces closing date.
WWE brings Summerslam Heatwave Tour to downtown Springfield.
Mental Health Association of Springfield gets help from United Bank.
May is “Stop The Bleed Month.”

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.