Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Charlie Ryan was a legendary figure in city’s history

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Former Mayor Charles Ryan died at age 94 on Oct. 18 and truly an era in Springfield politics and history has ended....
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Payton North

This year, I’m making an ad‘just’ment when choosing my words

Payton North
pnorth@thereminder.com

I follow Entertainment Tonight correspondent Keltie Knight on social media. She hosts a podcast called The LadyGang that I enjoy, and a few years back on the podcast she shared how she creates a manifest list with every new year. ...
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Chris Maza

Appreciating your own value means learning to say, ‘No’

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

In my younger days, I was the coach of a high school swim team in Western Massachusetts. We were a small team made up of a wide range of skill groups. We weren’t competing for championships. Heck, half the time, we weren’t even realistically able to win regular season meets because the math didn&r... Read More

Local News

Incumbent, challenger competing for Ward 1 council seat

Michael Ballway
mballway@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD — Incumbent Nicholas Morganelli III of Prospect Street will face challenger Marybeth Berrien of Roosevelt Avenue in Ward 1 in the only contested City Council race in the city’s Nov. 2 election.

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Chicopee City Council candidates answer pressing questions, part one

Matt Conway
mconway@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Recently, Reminder Publishing reached out to candidates vying for a seat on the Chicopee School Committee during the Nov. 2 municipal election.

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Coalition reports decrease in youth substance use during COVID-19

Carolyn Noel

SOUTH HADLEY – The South Hadley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition was started in 2005 as a result of a drug overdose in the community.

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Six hopefuls for School Committee detail top 3 priorities

Michael Ballway
mballway@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD — Two incumbents and four challengers are competing for three seats on the Westfield School Committee in the city’s Nov. 2 election.

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Students return to South Hadley High following mold issues

Carolyn Noel

SOUTH HADLEY – The South Hadley School Committee met to discuss a variety of agenda items including an update on the status of the high school and COVID-19 testing on Oct. 7.

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Battle over two Somers Road self storage proposals heats up

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN – The battle over two proposed self-storage facilities in town continued to rage during the Hampden Planning Board meetings on Oct. 12 and 14.

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Candidates vie for positions as Smith Voc. trustees

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – With Northampton’s municipal election less than a month away, candidates for the Trustees of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School answered questions about the race and what their goals are.

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Town Administrator Mike Sullivan reflects on his time in South Hadley

Danielle Eaton

SOUTH HADLEY – After years of service to the town of South Hadley, Town Administrator and former Mayor of Holyoke Mike Sullivan will start a new adventure in a new state.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: a well made but melancholy Bond film

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

In the 25th Bond film, our hero James Bond (Daniel Craig) is truly at the crossroads. At a time he thinks he has finally found the woman with whom he’d like to spend the rest of his life, there is an attempt on his life.

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Hadley’s Happier Valley Comedy adds Next Door Lounge

Trent Levakis
tlevakis@thereminder.com

HADLEY – In a time when it can be difficult to navigate through the seemingly constant gloominess of everyday life amid the pandemic, Happier Valley Comedy (HVC) in Hadley is trying to uplift the community doing what they know best.

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