Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Police shouldn’t obscure or bury the history of systemic racism

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

It’s becoming more and more clear to me there are two tracks to police reform....
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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

Defunding effort is an attempt to kill a good police department

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

Budgetary cuts of this level aren’t made in the interest of finding common ground – this particular proposal exists for the purpose of killing a department altogether....
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Local News

GoFundMe established for Agawam family after second fire

Lauren LeBel
llebel@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Jenny Weber, an Agawam resident and NOHO Nutrition business owner, received a phone call on June 6 that her house was on fire. This was the second fire her family had experienced within the last year and a half.

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Southern New England Spice Company provides premium seasoning to the area

Carolyn Noel
cnoel@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Southern New England Spice Company is a leading supplier of high quality and premium seasoning and spice blends that sells to restaurants, colleges, food manufacturers and breweries.

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Vieau speaks about 0 Fuller Road misconceptions

Carolyn Noel
cnoel@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Mayor John Vieau hosted a press conference regarding the controversial parcel of land known as 0 Fuller Rd.

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Westfield City Council Legislation and Ordinance Committee moves regional dispatch one step further

Peter Currier
peter@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

WESTFIELD and SOUTHWICK – The Westfield City Council Legislation and Ordinance Committee (L&O) June 9 discussed the proposed plan to implement a regional dispatch center for Westfield and Southwick.

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Tie-Dye Trailer offers food, music and family atmosphere

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

EAST LONGMEADOW – People looking for musical entertainment and good food in a family atmosphere can spend an evening at the Tie-Dye Trailer, on the grounds of The Apple Place, 540 Somers Rd.

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‘Live @ 5’ concerts works to revitalize downtown Springfield

Carolyn Noel
cnoel@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Business Improvement District kicked off their “Live @ 5” music series in May to help restaurants rebuild and local artists get back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Summer Eats Program to offer pick-up meals for Northampton families

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – Starting on June 23 families will be able to pick up meals every Wednesday through Aug. 18 from four locations in Northampton as a part of Northampton Public School’s Summer Eats Program for children and teens.

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East Heaven sustains damage during June 7 fire; officials rule out foul play

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – On June 7 at 5:23 p.m. Northampton firefighters responded to a fire at East Heaven hot tub spa on 33 West St. while returning from another call.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: a by-the-numbers heist film

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Generally, I enjoy a good heist movie and there have been a lot of them – from “Ocean’s 11,” “The Usual Suspects,” “The Italian Job,” to “The Bank Job” and many others.

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Concerts return to downtown Westfield starting June 18

Hope E. Tremblay
hope@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

WESTFIELD – Music will fill downtown Westfield beginning June 18 when ArtWorks’ Downtown Live!(free) Concert Series begins.

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