Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Visitors recognize region’s potential

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

There are few things as effective like the blinders we put upon ourselves....
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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

Outlook 2021: 2020 proved life can be unpredictable, but it's still important to look ahead

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

There have been many adjectives used to describe 2020, including some that cannot be repeated in the pages of these newspapers....
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Local News

Westfield Chamber’s new director hits the ground running

Amy Porter
amyporter@thewestfieldnews.com

WESTFIELD – Three weeks into his new position as the executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Eric Oulette, is meeting people and making plans.

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Holyoke resident begins mobile flower truck business

Danielle Eaton
deaton@thereminder.com

HOLYOKE – Residents in Western Massachusetts will soon have a new way to get fresh flowers in their home after a Holyoke business owner announced their plans to launch a mobile flower truck.

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Teen health during COVID-19 focus of webinar

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

EASTHAMPTON – The Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition will be hosting a webinar titled “Teen Health in Pandemic Times” on May 13 at 6 p.m. over Zoom.

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Northampton Abolition Now seeks wholesale changes to city’s public safety approach

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – Northampton Abolition Now is an organization that came together in the wake of protests against police brutality toward the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community seeking to create a department of community care and to cut the Northampton Police Department’s budget.

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West Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals denies request for three-family dwelling

Noelia Ortiz
nortiz@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The West Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals hosted a remote public hearing during their meeting April 26 to consider an application for a special permit to allow for the construction of a three-family home at a vacant property located on York Street.

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Springfield Public Schools seeking feedback on virtual school

Carolyn Noel
cnoel@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Many people had differing opinions on the continuation of remote learning due to COVID-19 over the past year.

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Easthampton falls in line with state’s updated mask guidance

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – Falling in line with the state’s new regulations, the city of Easthampton adopted a relaxed face covering mandate as of April 30.

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School Committee approves return to classrooms at Northampton High School

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – During a special meeting on April 29, the Northampton School Committee voted to approve a return to full in-person learning for Northampton High School (NHS) students beginning on May 17.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Best Damn Takeout: The Thai Place in South Hadley

Danielle Eaton
deaton@thereminder.com

SOUTH HADLEY – One of my favorite foods is Thai food – from the first time I tried it I was hooked on the spices, textures and flavors.

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What I’m watching: Two very different but intriguing documentaries

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

At first glance, this new documentary featuring investigative journalist David Holthouse seems like simply a shaggy dog story.

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