Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Those who defaced BLM street art are either racists or jerks

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

The fact that the words “Black Lives Matter,” which had been painted with the city’s permission on Court Street in front of Springfield’s municipal group, were defaced almost as quickly as the paint had dried, points to the very deep divisions we have, not just nationally, but locally....
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Payton North

Community college: a quality education for a fraction of the price

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

When I was a senior in high school my parents and I made the decision that for my first two years of college, I would be attending Holyoke Community College (HCC). ...
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Chris Maza

Memory of Sept. 11 is being manipulated in shameful way

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

Where were you and what were you doing when the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, occurred?...
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Local News

River cleanup to be hosted in Agawam and Westfield

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

AGAWAM/WESTFIELD – The Westfield River Watershed Association will host two river cleanups during the weekend of Sept. 26, one in Agawam and one in Westfield.

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School Committee approves fall sports plan

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – The school committee approved a plan that would allow certain school sports to move forward later this fall.

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Sarno, Clapprood announce progress of police reforms

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and other members of his administration presented an update the city has taken to address the concerns of a Department of Justice (DOJ) report about abuses within the Narcotics Bureau of the Springfield Police Department.

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Holyoke City Councilors exchange charges during a five-hour meeting

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

HOLYOKE – In a nearly five-hour meeting on Sept. 15, the city council rejected an order concerning a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and sent to committee a proposed ordinance that would establish a recall procedure for elected officials.

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HWRSD celebrates successes and acknowledges concerns

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN/WILBRAHAM – Six days after the opening of schools in the Hampden–Wilbraham Regional School District, Superintendent Albert Ganem told the School Committee he wanted to celebrate successes and acknowledge concerns.

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Tennessee Gas cited for two wetland violations

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Tennessee Gas has recently finished cleaning up after two wetland violations on their pipeline project.

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Hampden Selectmen talk building survey, fire department safety and town administrator

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN – The Board of Selectmen was approached by resident Rick Green regarding the establishment of a committee to assess structural integrity of and repairs to the town buildings.

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Southampton election yields failure to vote for School Committee seat

Angelica J. Core
angelica@thereminder.com

SOUTHAMPTON ­– The William E. Norris School Committee had a failure to elect for one of its three-year seats during the Sept. 1 State Primary Election.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: An awful remake of a Disney classic

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

I’m a 90’s baby, so each time Disney has announced a live action remake, I’m interested to see what they will do. However, I also wait with baited breath to see what changes they will make to my favorite beloved childhood films. For me, the live action Disney movies have largely missed the mark.

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Resident starts cottage bakery to sell homemade bagels

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Janet Blake, a jewelry designer and graphic designer living in West Springfield, is a self-proclaimed bagel lover.

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