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Partnership with VA would help Soldiers’ Home, says Barabani

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Last week, Former Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Paul Barabani told the members of the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs the problems at the Holyoke Soldiers Home could be addressed by deepening the relationship....
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Democrats in the 9th Hampden seek your vote

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Three Democratic candidates are running to replace Jose Tosado for the position of state representative for the 9th Hampden District, which includes wards in Springfield and Chicopee....
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Loophole Brewing sets up shop in Ludlow Mills

Chris Maza
Chrism@thereminder.com

LUDLOW – Another brewery is headed to Ludlow....
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First Congressional District race reaches home stretch

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – It’s now coming down to the wire....
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Proposed state legislation mirrors calls for local change

G. Michael Dobbs and Sarah Heinonen
news@thereminder.com

With the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims looming, native American activists and members of the Legislature met outside the state capitol on July 16 to announce that three bills have come out of committee in the Senate to go on in the legislative process....
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State senators weigh in on police reform bill

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – In a session that lasted into the early morning hours of July 14, the Massachusetts Senate passed a police reform bill, known as “Reform, Shift + Build,” that aims to create more accountability in policing and refocus law enforcement away from a surveillance and punishment model....
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COVID-19 impacting local, national movie theaters

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

PIONEER VALLEY – With Gov. Charlie Baker’s Phase 3 guidelines, “small” movie theaters are allowed to open, but two local independent theaters have no immediate plans to open and the larger chain theaters have not announced their intent....
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Cumberland Farms among those raising money for disabled vets

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – Throughout the month of July, Cumberland Farms customers can help a disabled veteran while they fill up their gas tanks and get a cup of coffee....
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State prioritizes return to in-person learning in the fall

The Reminder Publishing News Staff
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BOSTON/WESTERN MASS. – While the actual manner in which classes will be conducted remains undecided in many ways, guidance from the state indicates that a return to the classroom in the fall is the goal for Massachusetts educators....
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Springfield’s Boston Road VCA Animal Hospital to close

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Nearly one year after stopping 24-hour emergency services, the VCA Animal Hospital on Boston Road in Springfield will close its doors for good. ...
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Thinking about being tested for coronavirus? Here’s one reporter’s firsthand experience

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced two days of pop-up COVID-19 testing and 52 sites around the state for those people who have recently attended large gatherings, such as the Black Lives Matter protests that have occurred in many communities....
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Ridership estimates still stumbling block to East-West rail

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

BOSTON – Changes in methodology by MassDOT were presented to more accurately predict ridership of the proposed east-west passenger train service at the meeting on June 10 to update the progress of the study....
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Pop-up testing days for protest-driven coronavirus transmission

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – At a June 15 press conference, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a two-day coronavirus testing event...
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Holyoke and Chicopee host peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter movement

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE/HOLYOKE – Marches supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for the end of police brutality drew hundreds of people to the cities of Chicopee and Holyoke during the week of June 2....
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CARES Act funding offers needed assistance to colleges, students

Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Though most U. S. adults received a bank account boost under April’s federal government’s Economic Impact Payment Plan, that program didn’t include the majority of the country’s young adults attending college. ...
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