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‘Captain America’ sequel lives up to original

By G. Michael Dobbs news@thereminder.com This week I ventured back into a theater for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Every time I see the trailer for a new movie based on a comic book superhero I think of how the success of the Christopher Reeve “Superman” mo ... Read More


Delisle named MASCAC’s field athlete of the week after AIC Invitational

BUZZARDS BAY – Zack Delisle, a Westfield State University (WSU) sophomore from Chicopee, was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference field athlete of the week in the track and field weekly awards released on ... Read More
mutiny-new-logo.png EAST LONGMEADOW – The Summer 2014 season in the New England Division of the WPSL East Conference will mark the 15th anniversary of the New England Mutiny. In celebration of this accomplishment amidst the constantly changing landscape of women’s soccer in the United States, the Mutiny have re-branded their logo and website in an effort to propel the team into it's next era of on and off-the-field success.
	Starting out as the Springfield Sirens that would win a National Championship in the W-League, the New England organization is coming off their sixth WPSL East title. The Mutiny are looking to reach the pinnacle once again in 2014 and this new marketing conception signifies that mission.
	This is the fourth brand incarnation of the team’s 15 years existence as the Sirens and the Mutiny. The new design pays tribute to the prior two Mutiny logos while also recognizing the history of the sport and the impact that the team has had on the development of women’s soccer in the New England region.
	“I am excited with the modern look of the brand,” Mutiny team owner Joe Ferrara Jr. said. “I would like to personally thank Shawn Shepard and Jorma Kansanen with updating the website and logo, respectively. Fans should stay tuned as coming soon will be a New England Mutiny online store, highlighting our new gear.”
	The re-branding will also initiate a renewed merchandise sales effort which will include home/away uniform kits and a brand new line of t-shirts. 
	The Mutiny recently released their 2014 Schedule in the New England Division of the WPSL East Conference. The 2013 WPSL East champions will host five home games this season at East Longmeadow High School, starting with their season opener vs. the Maine Mariners on May 17 with a 7 p.m. kick-off.
	The New England Division opponents for the Mutiny this season will consist of: Boston Breakers Reserves (May 31), Breakers College Academy (June 7), New Hampshire Phantoms (June 28) and Aztec MA (Sat., July 12). The playoffs commence the weekend of July 19-20.
	Last season, the Mutiny team went 8-1-5 and possessed one of the top defenses in the league. This year, the team has returned the core of their 2013 East champion squad highlighted by U.S. U-20 star Morgan Andrews and All-WPSL selections Sarah Brochu and McKenzie Hollenbaugh while adding more depth and attacking flair.
	“The 2014 season will be extremely challenging,” Ferrara said. “The division features a new addition with the Boston Breakers’ professional reserve team to go along with its collegiate academy squad. With old rival and former national champion Aztec; a New Hampshire side that always gives us fits and Maine having a year under its belt, it is no wonder that this is the WPSL ‘Group of Death.’”
	Ferrera added, “Every point will be critical and with the abbreviated playoffs, the fans can be assured that each game will be intense and hotly contested.”
	Tickets for all five home matches (including season tickets) at East Longmeadow High School. are now on sale on the Schedule page at the official website of the Mutiny at <A href="http://www.MutinySoccer.com" target="_blank">www.MutinySoccer.com</A>.

Mutiny enters 15th season with new look logo and website

EAST LONGMEADOW – The Summer 2014 season in the New England Division of the WPSL East Conference will mark the 15th anniversary of the New England Mutiny. In celebration of this accomplishment amidst the constantly changing landsc ... Read More

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bob-marley.jpg By G. Michael Dobbs
<a href="mailto:news@thereminder.com">news@thereminder.com</a>
SPRINGFIELD – If you talk about how bad this winter was comic Bob Marley feels your pain.
	The Maine native and resident told <i>Reminder Publications</i>, “In New England we have complacent behavior. ‘I love New England’s four seasons’ translates to ‘I don’t have enough money to movie to Florida.’” 
	He said a recent day during which the thermometer reached 41 degrees “was like a revival – bring me down to the river and baptize me.”
	Marley will be appearing April 5 at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee.
	Marley brings his New England attitude around the country with him and said, “I hammered them for 20 minutes” when he appeared on a Phoenix, Ariz., radio station to promote an appearance there.
	“I told them you don’t know how lucky you are,” he said. Marley added their biggest problem in Phoenix is whether or not their feet are going to get hot if they forgot to wear their flip-flops on the way to the mailbox. 
	Marley said of his Maine heritage, “If something happens, if I see a joke forming, I know my perspective.”
	He said witnessing a conversation between his mother and his aunts in which his mother started a story with a debate about which day of the week the event took place proved to be comedy fodder.
	“I told her, ‘It doesn’t matter Ma [what day of the week it was] unless it’s a homicide investigation,’” Marley said. He noted his aunts were impressed with his mom’s story-telling skill.
	“They looked like ‘What an emotional rollercoaster,’” he added.
	Marley believes that everyone who lives in New England shares certain experiences.
	“It’s like we’re all family. We’re on the same pulse,” he said.
	Besides performing stand-up, Marley has been busy expanding his audience through social media. His website, www.bmarley.com, has a page of videos and Marley produces a weekly podcast available through iTunes.
	He said his management would like him to have celebrities as guests on the podcasts, but Marley is happy with interviewing everyday people who “have no agenda” behind the appearance. In one episode his mother describes a delicate plastic surgery on her pug dog, which yielded some 87,000 downloads
	Marley, who has acted in several movies, including the two “Boondock Saints” films, said he prefers stand-up because of the control he has.
	He said some of his comic friends who have done several movies have suffered from being away from the stage.
	“Their act is getting stale. When they go out and do stand up they’re not as sharp,” he said. 
	He enjoys the relationship he has with an audience, and likened himself to a gladiator. He admitted that audiences think, “I like the guy, but I wouldn’t mind if he got eaten by the lion.”
	Marley said standup comedy has become increasingly politically correct and that his show would be rated PG-13, but that doesn’t prevent him from presenting “some good sarcasm with good edge.” His audiences range in age from 15 to 80.
	Speaking of his career he said, “I didn’t do it as a business plan, but it’s what I am.”

Maine comic Bob Marley celebrates winter’s end

By G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – If you talk about how bad this winter was comic Bob Marley feels your pain.
The Maine native and resident told Reminder Publicati
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Expansions highlight area’s interest in craft beer, supporting local business

By Chris Maza
There are some very exciting things happening for those who appreciate the art of beer in Western Massachusetts.
There was no fooling around on Apr
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