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Renaissance School starts with post box, ends with degrees

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Briana Dickerson said she wasn’t “college focused” until she started attending the Springfield Renaissance School. The senior was among her classmates who ceremonially walked to a nearby post box to mail college...
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Shriners unveils permanent tribute to former Melha Temple’s K-9 for Kids unit

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD  – A permanent tribute to the people and their dogs who participated in a special unit of the Shriners was unveiled on Dec. 11 at the Shriners Hospital for Children.On a wall in ...
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MassMutual teaches 2,000 eighth grade students about financial literacy

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The MassMutual Center had an engaged audience of more than 2,000 eighth graders in the arena on Dec. 12 but their attention wasn’t on sports, but rather on financial literacy. The eighth graders were participating i...
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Springfield School Committee approves creation of ‘Empowerment Zone’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield School Committee voted almost unanimously to approve the creation of an “Empowerment Zone” consisting of the city’s eight middle schools as a means to improve those school...
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Show raises $12k for cancer center

Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A sold-out crowd for the recent Icons of the Ages benefit helped raise $12,700 for Mercy Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Center.“We are thrilled to be able to make this sizeable donation,” said Trish LaBelle as she p...
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Trip shows development potential of rail in area

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The potential for the regional economic development impact of Union Station and the revised <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thereminder.com/LOCALNEWS/greaterspringfield/tracksalee...
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Police Department and Dunkin’ Donuts partner for ‘Socks for Tots’ program

Chris Goudreau
cgoudreau@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A new partnered initiative between the Police Department and Dunkin’ Donuts called “Socks for Tots” officially began Dec. 4. The program, which seeks t...
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Fewer homeless living on streets, but shelter points out alarming trend

Tyler Leahy

SPRINGFIELD – Despite a harsh winter looming ahead for the Pioneer Valley, there is not a greater demand for shelters during the season because there is a slight percentage of the homeless living outdoors. As a result of the state’s “right to shelter” legislation, less than 4 percent of the homeless...
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HUD grant could yield between $30 to $70 million for Springfield

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The city has an opportunity to apply for a one-time grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that could be between $30 and $70 million, but the director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www3.springfield-ma....
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Armory museum opens exhibit on Shays and Brown assaults

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Two controversial figures who shaped American history and have local ties are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.The stories of Daniel Shays, one of the leaders of the rebellion on the Massachusetts state government, and John Brown, t...
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Springfield Water and Sewer says, ‘Don’t put FOG down the drain’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – With the holidays come additional cooking and the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission have a simple request: don’t pour fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain.Joyce Mulvaney, the public communications manager for the commission, told Reminder Publications that build-ups ...
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STCC educator named Massachusetts Professor of the Year

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named <a target="_blank" href="http://www...
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Union Station modernization project on-track; demolition begins

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – With a silhouette resembling a prehistoric beast, the attachment to a crane was making quick work tearing down the former baggage building of Union Station on Dec. 1.<a targe...
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Legendary Student Prince and the Fort Restaurant reopens

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Peter Picknelly, one of the owners of The Student Prince and the Fort Restaurant, said his action to save the iconic Springfield eatery was to preserve the kind of dining experience he has had since childhood.“I know i...
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Group says Cathedral crucial to church’s future in Springfield

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Alfredo DiLascia believes that changes in how Cathedral High School is marketed and in attitudes about Catholic education will not only make a new Cathedral financially sustainable, but also it will also ensure the future of t...
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