Eastfield Mall demolition unearths old memories

Payton North

At times, I can be a very sentimental person....
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Disney’s briar patch was too thorny to go unpruned

Chris Maza

As I write this column, my family and I are in the final days of preparation for our trip to Walt Disney World. So, of course, given the attention it has received over the past year in the national news, there has been a recurring question: “Aren’t you sad about Splash Mountain?”...
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The NFL playoffs have me thinking about time passing

Dennis Hackett

Back when the NFL Wild Card playoff round wrapped up several weeks ago, I saw an article noting that the oldest quarterback remaining after that round was 29 years old and that was Dak Prescott of the Cowboys before they were bounced in the Divisional Round. ...
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All politics are local, I learned it in a grocery store

Tony Cignoli

I’m grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts with you, to make observations on this place we call home and the people here who make it great. I hope to tell you, too, about the lives of folks who weave the fabric of life in places my work takes me....
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A trip to Cambridge underscores a real problem

G. Michael Dobbs

I needed to go to Cambridge recently, Somerville to be precise. The occasion was to be interviewed about the Max Fleischer animation studio for a documentary and the director and producer had chosen the historic Somerville Theater as the location....
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Town manager appointment process is troubling

Last week The Reminder reported that Tom Christensen had been appointed our next Town Manager....
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Local News

Online fundraiser to support Black Rose Irish dancers trip to nationals

Lauren LeBel

SPRINGFIELD — To support the Black Rose Irish dancers’ trip to the national championships, an online raffle fundraiser will take place on June 6.

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Westfield aviation alumni tell grads how careers took off

Amy Porter

WESTFIELD — As Westfield Technical Academy aviation maintenance technology department chair Galen Wilson introduced the Class of 2023 students on May 25 at Hangar 2 in Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, he talked about how proud he was of them, the fifth graduating class of aviation students.

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West Springfield library director to expand, publicize offerings

Alex Peterson

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Eileen Chapman, the new library director at the West Springfield Public Library, plans to use her experience and passion to leave her mark on the community.

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‘Grit,’ determination helped Agawam valedictorian to top

Mike Lydick

AGAWAM — When Agawam High School’s Class of 2023 gathers for its commencement exercises on June 3, one of the happiest students there will be valedictorian Sierra Moccio.

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Granby School Committee reorganizes, receives superintendent update

Trent Levakis

GRANBY — The School Committee welcomed new member Michael Durham on May 23 in its first meeting following this year’s town election before taking care of reorganization of the committee through the election of a chair and vice chair.

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Wilbraham Planning Board approves solar project extension

Sarah Heinonen

WILBRAHAM — A public hearing was conducted by the Wilbraham Planning Board on May 24 to discuss changes requested to the special permit for the yet-to-be-built solar field at 285 Three Rivers Rd.

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Easthampton School Committee looks at enrollment projections

Tina Lesniak

EASTHAMPTON — At its May 23 meeting, the School Committee reviewed the enrollment projection study from New England School Development Council which indicated that enrollment would likely decline slightly over the next 10 years without further construction of new properties in the city.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: Fast cars and not so smart smartphones

Matt Conway

Dominic Toretto and his extended family of racing mavericks face off against a daunting foe from their past in “Fast X.”

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