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Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Working from home provides different kinds of distractions

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

So you’re working from home so you hopefully won’t get sick. Is that your story, cousin? For many people that is the dominant story in their lives right now....
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Payton North

Selflessness before selfishness in dark times brings light

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

I think I can safely say that we’re all aware of how serious the current coronavirus situation is – and if you’re not aware or taking it seriously – it’s time to educate yourself....
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Local News

Council discusses city hall renovations, town recycling

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – The Agawam City Council met on March 10 for a workshop meeting that addressed several important issues in town including recycling, a proposed accessory apartment bylaw and a study on the future of Town Hall to bring it up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

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Daycare centers close to limit exposure to coronavirus, local centers react

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Canei Newton, director of the nonprofit New Creation Child Care Center in Springfield, said she and her eight employees have been focusing on keeping their center clean and sanitized, and children and parents were being asked to wash their hands as soon as they enter.

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Westfield School Committee discusses policies and potential end to school year

Dennis Hackett

WESTFIELD – The Westfield School Committee met for a regularly scheduled meeting on March 16 to discuss the Student Opportunity Act Plan, review policies and next steps in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Health director clears confusion on quarantining, isolation and social distancing

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

In an effort to clear up confusion and inform residents in our various communities, Reminder Publishing reached out to East Longmeadow Director of Public Health Aimee Petrosky to do a question–and–answer interview on the differences between quarantine, social distancing and isolation.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Best Damn Sandwich: The Bread Basket, week three

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

RUSSELL – Let’s get one thing straight. I love hearty food. I truly love it. Why eat unless you’re going to feel satisfied and full afterward?

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Local breweries try to cope amidst COVID-19 restrictions

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Craft brewing in Western Massachusetts has been a growing and thriving industry over the past decade, however, many are now contemplating how they will continue to operate after Gov. Charlie Baker’s restrictions on the service industry in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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