Opinion

I’m making a resolution to make fewer resolutions

Payton North
pnorth@thereminder.com

I have always been interested in setting goals and working toward them, which is everything the new year is branded to be: an opportunity to look ahead at what you would like to achieve and coming up with a plan to achieve it....
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Remembering the end an election drama for the ages

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

As I and the Reminder Publishing team have been intimately involved in the historic Springfield election season while watching legal battles regarding alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election rage from afar, I’ve found myself thinking about one of the wildest local elections....
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Saying goodbye to the greatest coach in NFL history

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

Twenty-four years as the head coach of the New England Patriots. Six Super Bowl titles. Nine AFC Championship victories. Seventeen AFC East titles. Bill Belichick is no longer the head coach of the New England Patriots....
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The power of the red suit: a great holiday responsibility

Tony Cignoli

There is incredible power in that special red suit. And to anyone entrusted to portray the man who wears it, that power bears great responsibility....
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MAGA vs. Taylor Swift, a Super Bowl of stupidity

G. Michael Dobbs

As some of you may realize, I know very little about professional sports. This, of course, has been a problem for me most of my life....
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Agawam, imagine medical care without worry

The Agawam City Council should pass TR-2024-9, a resolution to urge state legislators to establish Medicare for All, a single-payer health care system for all who reside in Massachusetts. Imagine entering your doctor’s office, showing your new “Medicare for All” ID card and being told that t... Read More

Local News

Amherst School Committee debates proposed cuts in FY25 budget

Trent Levakis
tlevakis@thereminder.com

AMHERST — Many students and parents expressed concerns to the Amherst School Committee as it opened its fiscal year 2025 Amherst Public Schools budget hearing.

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Northampton Planning Board approves site plan for 81 Maple St. project

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON — During its meeting on Feb. 8, the Northampton Planning Board approved a site plan for the construction of a three-story mixed-use building at 81 Maple St. in Florence.

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Conversation Circles bring English learners into Easthampton community

Tina Lesniak

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Public Library is starting Conversation Circles to assist new English language learners in learning the language as well as becoming more a part of the community.

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South Hadley working on addressing absenteeism rates in schools

Tyler Garnet
tgarnet@thereminder.com

SOUTH HADLEY — Since the coronavirus pandemic, schools across Massachusetts and the country have seen an increase in chronic absenteeism with students.

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Westfield mayor details $17M in spending of pandemic aid

Amy Porter
aporter@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD — Out of more than $17 million the mayor’s office received in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, all but half a million has been spent or is attached to planned projects, Mayor Michael McCabe recently told the City Council.

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Planning Board approves housing development at former Belchertown State School

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

BELCHERTOWN — A 108-unit rental housing development at the site of the former Belchertown State School was approved with no conditions by the Belchertown Planning Board at a public hearing on Feb. 13.

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Palmer superintendent outlines district’s goals, needed improvements

Laura Mason
lmason@thereminder.com

PALMER — During the Feb. 14 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Matthew Francis highlighted several goals and areas of improvement needed within the district.

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West Side school days to start earlier, last longer next year

Michael Ballway
mballway@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Kids may have to wake up a little earlier next year, after the School Committee approved a 2024-25 calendar with earlier start times for most of the town’s public schools.

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Dining & Entertainment

Dinner and a show: good burgers and Bob Marley flick

Matt Conway

I continue to evaluate my weekly dining and entertainment column for ways to spread my reach. As much as I love rambling about the latest arthouse drama, I think there is potential to encompass more from a dining and entertainment spectrum.

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