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Springfield, Holyoke to address spaces under interstate highways

By Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Two local communities, Springfield and Holyoke, were among eight that received nominations to take part in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Infra-Space Program, it was announced on Sept. 10.    The program is designed to identify...
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Gulluni tops crowded field for Hampden County DA

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – In what was one of the most anticipated and hard-fought campaigns of the 2014 primary election season, Anthony Gulluni was the runaway winner for Hampden County district attorney (DA) during the Sept. 9 primary election.The Fo...
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New domestic violence law keeps names of arrestees secret

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Nestled deep in one of the 43 stipulations in the recent domestic violence legislation supported unanimously by the state House of Representatives passed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on Aug. 8 is one that has raised a great deal of controversy and debate among those who advoc...
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Mayors Cup raises money for Food Bank

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

SOUTHAMPTON – Mayors from across Western Massachusetts hit the links for a good cause when they took part in the inaugural Mayors Cup. The event was hosted on Aug. 15 at the Southampton Country Club to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Town officials and politicians from Chicop...
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Purchase of tracks could mean expanded rail service

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Imagine traveling between Springfield and points north through Vermont on a train system other than Amtrak. The purchase of about 50 miles of rail track will allow the Commonwealth to potentially create train service between Vermont a...
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New law cracks down on animal abuse

Chris Goudreau
cgoudreau@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) bill into...
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Sept. 9 primary looms large over candidates

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD  – There was a date that loomed over this year’s edition of Sheriff Michael Ashe’s annual clambake – perhaps the most singular political event i...
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Republicans show little interest in voting for Hampden County District Attorney

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – As lawn signs, political commercials and social media messages have flooded the local area seeking support for various candidates for Hampden County District Attorney (DA), there is one group that appears will not have a voice...
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New school year brings advancements in technology for Pioneer Valley districts

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – From more textbooks with online learning components to increased Internet access and the use of more mobile devices, students in districts across the region will see a change in the way their lessons are taught when they return to the classroom this fall.“It’s a technol...
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Russell defends 2011 bankruptcy decision

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Wilbraham Selectman and Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives’ 12th Hampden District Robert Russell said his 2011 bankruptcy filing shows that he is not unlike the constituents of the distric...
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