Opinion

Payton North

I’m looking for the good this Thanksgiving

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

A few weeks ago the news team got together and we hosted a socially–distanced apple pie tasting. I took the lead on that article, putting it together from everyone's opinions on which pies were the best....
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Chris Maza

Bundle up; it’s going to be a long, cold winter

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

It’s Thanksgiving and with that comes an expectation of uplifting editorials reminding us that we should be grateful for what we have....
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Local News

Chicopee City Council approves $42,000 for election salaries

Carolyn Noel
carolynn@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – The Chicopee City Council met on Nov. 17 to discuss 32 motions, ranging from approving more than $42,000 to go toward election salaries, to an appropriation to the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Williams Park Project.

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Cannabis dispensary waits for approval of address change

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – While 6 Bricks, the only locally-owned and operated cannabis dispensary has started construction of its new facility on the first floor of The Republican building.

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Reichelt presents tentative plan for return to hybrid learning

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – On Nov. 13, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt met with the city’s health and safety team to discuss a schedule to “phase back into the schools within the hybrid model.”

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Reduced holiday travel puts hotel industry in the gray

Miasha Lee

HOLYOKE/WEST SPRINGFIELD – Due to COVID-19, the amount of out of state travelers will be reduced significantly. Hotels and other lodgings are feeling the impact of the reductions in the amount of bookings and reservations.

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South Hadley School Committee hears community, teacher concerns

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

SOUTH HADLEY – The South Hadley School Committee met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 16 over Zoom where a variety of topics were discussed, including the return to in-person learning.

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Appointment age for Agawam special police officers extended to 70

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

AGAWAM – At its meeting on Nov. 16, the Agawam City Council voted to allow special police officers to be appointed up to the age of 70, rather than 65.

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STGRSD School Committee discusses policies, teachers union negotiations

Dennis Hackett
dennis@thereminder.com

SOUTHWICK – During the Nov. 17 Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District School Committee meeting, the committee approved the first readings for three policies and received an update from Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Willard about ongoing negotiations with the teachers union.

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Local legislators, residents celebrate Duffy during first town hall

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

HOLYOKE – Local Western Massachusetts legislators and residents gathered via Zoom the evening of Nov. 17 for a town hall to welcome Fifth Hampden District elect Pat Duffy and discuss the work she will be doing once she takes office.

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Dining & Entertainment

Six Flags New England to host Holiday in the Park event

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com

AGAWAM – After a lost 2020 season, Six Flags New England returns with a “Holiday in the Park” event that will begin on Nov. 27.

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