Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dunkin’ continues “Free Donut Fridays” deal.

Granby is the latest community recommending face masks when out in public.

Trinity Health COVID-19 stats.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno’s COVID-19 update at City Hall.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach on the state of the stages of the region.

Holyoke Police Dept. asking for personal hygiene product donations for seniors.

Facebook corporate donates 500 N95 masks for Springfield Police officers.

Springfield’s Koffee Kup Bakery moving to a new location.

Changes in Springfield students’ free meals program.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 30, 2020

Treasury Secretary indicates when Americans should see checks from the stimulus.

Trinity Health of New England on COVID-19 testing statistics.

Mayor Sarno solicits more federal funding for Springfield’s fight against the virus.

Mayor and Chief Development Officer seek more funds for the “Prime The Pump” restaurant relief program.

Springfield addresses homeless population’s need during the health crisis.

Mayor and Police Commissioner Claprood announce partnership with National Guard and State Police.

Arnold’s Meats in Chicopee and 90 Meat Outlet in Springfield close due to employee in each location testing positive for the virus.

CDC issues advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

St. Mark’s Church in East Longmeadow offers daily online services.

Monson confirms its first positive case of the virus.

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! Friday and the weekend, February 28, 2020

Bay Path University names new president to succeed Carol Leary.

Kelly Partridge and Contribution Clothing.

Eversource buys Columbia Gas for 1.1 billion.

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office announces the loss of one of its own.

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield holds a massive networking event – and you are invited!

“Hooplandia” at the Big E!

CDC-recommended coronavirus emergency survival kit.

Unmi Abkin of Coco & the Cellar Bar nominated for the 5th time by the James Beard Foundation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus affecting Massachusetts restaurants.

Coronavirus affecting package deliveries worldwide.

John Heaps Jr., CEO at Florence Bank, is stepping down in a few months.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra brings you a night of “Broadway Love!”

Berkshire Theater Group youth summer camp.

Mayor Sarno meets with new MGM Springfield hierarchy.

Time to talk excise tax, with East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 13, 2019

THC quarantine for “vape” products.

CDC warns against eating any raw cookie dough.

MediShare with Jordan Goodman.

Dean Foods, owner of Friendly’s Ice Cream manufacturing, declares bankruptcy.

Zonta celebrates its centennial year and honors a Springfield College president.

Columbia Gas Co. continues its 4-year tradition of donating coats to local children in need.

MGM makes good on its deal to shell out 1.8 million in community support agreements.

Man’s body found inside a Springfield chapel.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 2, 2019

Dog warning: contaminated pig’s ears.

Bob Plasse – “Westfield On Weekends” and August events.

West Springfield wanted man.

Storm damage in Agawam and Feeding Hills.

UMass researcher looking for older adults with dogs for a pilot program.

Anonymous $10,000 gift to Amherst Youth Baseball in memory of Charlie Read.

Tree House Brewing Co. pays to redesign a portion of Route 20.

Return of United Way Diaper Drive for August.

Worse news for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy emerges.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 2, 1019

Local man run over – by his own riding mower.

Chicopee Police Dept. expands K-9 unit!

Chicopee dog park bloody attack.

18 year-old hiker safe after falling into a Southwick quarry.

Paramount Theater revitalization is underway! (The Governor visits).

Trinity Health of New England’s “Caring For Kids Cereal Drive.”

McKnight neighborhood finally gets its bike trail!

Out of state fireworks sales, and Mass. penalty for use and sales.

CDC swimming pool parasite warning.

Chicopee summer campers receive free lunch for six weeks.

Air conditioning specialist.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 1, 2019

Safe 4th of July!

“Star Spangled Springfield” is coming! (with Judy Matt)!

Chicopee jump-starts the region with a weekend fireworks display!

Chicopee police officer returns a local 4-year-old’s toy car.

Pride’s Bob Bolduc believes a Westfield Friendly’s will close; Friendly’s says, “no, we’re not.”

UMass Amherst continues to upgrade dining options.

Beating the dangerous heat.

Papaya E coli warning.

5K fundraiser and 4th of July celebration in Ware!

Gillette disposable razor recall!

Swimming safety warning.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 2, 2019

Don’t wash your chicken.
Power lawn and garden equipment is being stolen.
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. wins Marketplace Excellence Award.
MGM Resorts announce another wave of layoffs.
New Starbucks for Boston Road.
Kiwanis Club of Northampton holds annual meeting.
Main greeting road entrance to Forest Park will be closed for months.
New Big E Director of Sales.
Big Mamou opening second location!
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane moves on.
Mercy Medical Center announces some employee layoffs.
Report names Holyoke as the most dangerous city in Mass.
Deerfield firefighters remind residents to cover carbon monoxide alarms when doing home repair work.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 18, 2019

U.S. Army Field Band brings you a free concert at Symphony Hall.
Flu season in Western Mass. may have peaked.
Struggling Hampshire College enrollment drops dramatically.
Women and Girls Empowerment event in Agawam.
Melha Shriners have sold the Longhill Street property.
Ware Police report a Social Security scam.
Town of Sheffield still in shock over the fire that claimed five lives.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade accepting nominations for special posts.
Baystate Health Children’s Hospital visitor restrictions have been lifted.
Latest wave of car break-ins hits Ludlow.
Springfield Police Dept. featured in an upcoming episode of “COPS.”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Agawam woman is connected to her newborn at Boston Children’s Hospital by King Ward Bus Company.
Easthampton City Councillor opposes public use of cannabis.
City Council committee recommends pay raise for the mayor and the council.
Northampton Mayor Narkewicz buys the first weed at the new pot shop.
West Springfield tax rate actually goes down!
Elderly Chicopee man struck by private plow truck will live; driver is charged.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Dr. Aleksandra Ogrodnik.
Bright Nights lights up today! Big celebration and music!
DO NOT EAT ANY ROMAINE LETTUCE! THROW IT OUT!
Dakin Humane Society holds Black Friday: “It’s a Small World!”
Long-closed Getty gas station on Route 9 on Russell Street in Hadley has been sold.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gray House providing turkeys this year!
Election reflections with Tom Florence.
Food Bank of Western Mass. in Hatfield receives $10,000 donation!
Big events at Junior Achievement of Western Mass., with Jennifer Connolly.
Rare polio-like disease affects 2 in Western Mass.
Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hosts its first holiday bazaar.
Dakin Humane Society offers rabbits at half price!
Brad and Richie are performing live at 2 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don’t eat this cereal – throw it out!
9/11 Memorial not ready in time for the Springfield 9/11 Tribute.
“Ride to Remember” charity bike ride this year takes off from MGM Springfield.
The Big E offers a pass to skip long ride lines.
Hampden Senior Center presents a dinner theater murder mystery (with special guest Rick Rubin).
$650M indoor water park planned for Palmer (with special guest, Paul Robbins).
Adams man sentenced for fomenting a terrorist act.
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is vandalized.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
Birthday Musings

Michael Dobbs’ birthday is looming – and the thought of growing a year older is his top-of-mind awareness.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pancake breakfast has room for performers!
Springfield Symphony events!
Merrill Shepard Solo Acoustics Friday night.
Agawam woman runs the Boston Marathon in honor of her sister.
Springfield man and woman indicted on human trafficking charges.
Mass. State Police warn drivers – turkeys are mating!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday July 7, 2016

WESTERN MASS HEAT WAVE?

  1. Little League safety in the heat
  2. Pet safety in the heat
  3. Health precautions in the heat
  4. Water bans
  5. Holyoke Splash pond for kids–still broken

Local politics-public safety-natural gas leaks and more!

 

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend April 22, 2016

  • Baker unveils nation’s first college tuition rebate program
  • O’Connell vs. Morse — version 2.0?
  • 170 flags along Memorial Drive
  • Weekend things to do, see, and hear