Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Decades old decision helped divide nation

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

The passing of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh made me think about the form of talk radio from 30-plus years ago and the way it is today....
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Payton North

2021: looking ahead – the only way from here is up

Payton North
pnorth@thereminder.com

For the past three years we at Reminder Publishing have been bringing our readers their Community Outlook – a guide and a resource for our subscribers to read about what’s happening in their communities and neighboring towns over the course of the upcoming year, what projects are starting......
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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

Westover Air Force Base hosts virtual open house on AICUZ study

Carolyn Noel
cnoel@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Westover Air Reserve Base hosted a virtual open house to discuss the results of an updated study on noise and flight safety adjacent to the base on Feb. 18.

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Hampden selectmen consider three candidates for police chief

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN – The Hampden Board of Selectmen conducted interviews for the vacant police chief position at its Feb. 22 meeting.

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East Longmeadow Town Council examines streets, unintentional law violation and budget

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

EAST LONGMEADOW – The East Longmeadow Town Council debated the topic of “unaccepted” streets at its meeting on Feb. 9.

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Easthampton officials mull solar requirements for some new construction

Angelica J. Core
acore@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – The Planning Board hosted a public hearing with the city’s Ordinance Committee to discuss a proposed amendment on solar installations on certain new construction.

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Blake’s philanthropy can be seen around the region

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS – Not many people can claim to have had a major impact on the places that helped shape them and that meant a lot to them during their lifetime, but S. Prestley Blake, the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation co-founder who died on Feb. 11, left a philanthropic legacy that will last...

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Westfield Planning Board hosts public hearing on marijuana facility

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD – At the Westfield Planning Board’s Feb. 16 meeting, the board opened a public hearing for a special permit for RC Retail for a proposed marijuana facility on Union Street before approving a change in ownership at Golf Acres.

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Longmeadow Select Board voices concern over budget cut to sidewalk repairs

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – Things got tense during the Feb. 16 Longmeadow Select Board meeting when Stephen Metz, chair of the Capital Planning Committee presented the FY 2022 proposal for capital projects.

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Easthampton City Council approves Housing Production Plan proposal

Angelica J. Core
acore@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – The Easthampton City Council agreed to adopt a proposed Housing Production Plan (HPP) following a public hearing during its Feb. 17 meeting.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: An outrageous World War II film

G. Michael Dobbs
mdobbs@thereminder.com

In 1943, Warner Bros. legendary cartoon director Bob Clampett brought to the screen a phenomena of WWII: the gremlin.

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Cassidy cautiously optimistic about 2021 Big E fair planning

Lauren LeBel

WEST SPRINGFIELD – After a lost 2020, the renowned Big E plans to bounce back cautiously in 2021. Recent procedures and protocols have been put into place to fulfill the wants and needs of thousands wishing to attend the so-called “Best Fair Ever.”

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