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School Committee elects to keep MCAS test in place

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – The Agawam Public School District will continue administering the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to its students after the School Committee voted to 6 to 1 in favor of keeping the test.
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Council scrutinizes budget, limits fund transfers

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM -  The City Council delved into the fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget at its regular meeting on June 23. After two and a half hours, the council approved amendments to the FY15 proposal including the prohibition of interdepartmental transfers without council approval and a $150,000 reducti...
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Mayor advocates for Quinn Bill

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Mayor Richard Cohen introduced a resolution to the City Council urging the Commonwealth to fund the Quinn Bill again.
   
The state once paid for 50 percent of the pay increase officers received by order of the 1970 bill, known formally as the Read More

Cyclone rollercoaster to retire in July

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – A longstanding thrill ride will soon become a lasting memory for many once the Cyclone rollercoaster is officially retired on July 20.
   
Six Flags New England (SFNE) made the announcement on June 24, t
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Annual budget calls for replacement of police cruisers

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – The upcoming budget includes many contractual salary increases, but also a line item to replace eight police cruisers whose wear and tear prompted the requested.
   
The total proposed fiscal year 2015 (FY15) operating budget for the town is $90.94 million. In the reso
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Nurses protest wage earnings, seek raises

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Nurses working for the Agawam Public School District are fighting to increase their wages, which they say are hindering the ability to maintain its nursing staff and necessar...
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