Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Balancing pandemic and opening schools is a tough decision

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

On Aug. 5, I spent two and a half hours watching the Chicopee School Committee meeting at which the committee was supposed to vote on a plan for the school year....
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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

DESE’s ‘guidance’ leaves heavy lifting to districts

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

These are unprecedented times for sure, but in these times, we need unprecedented leadership. Our commissioner does not appear up to the task....
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Local News

Morse accused of inappropriate relationships with students while teaching

Danielle Eaton
DanielleE@thereminder.com

AMHERST – Congressional candidate and Mayor of Holyoke Alex Morse was accused of abusing his power to engage in relationships with students while teaching a political science course at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst.

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Three candidates vying for 3rd Hampden County seat

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – Three candidates will vie for votes to be elected to move forward in the race for the 3rd Hampden District seat during Massachusetts’ primary election on Sept.1.

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Springfield students return to school remote in fall

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Within an hour, the Springfield School Committee decided to how to move forward with the upcoming school year: fully remote until the end of the first grading period when the committee and school officials will decide if students can return part-time to the classroom.

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Springfield storm damage

Danielle Eaton
DanielleE@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD - A large tree uprooted by Tropical Storm Isaias lays on power lines in Winton Street in the East Forest Park neighborhood on the morning of Aug. 5.

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West Springfield School district embarks on three-year Cultural Competence Initiative

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The West Springfield Public Schools have embarked on a three-year project to examine and root out bias in the district and address it when found.

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Longmeadow School Committee votes to start school year remotely with phased in approach

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – The Longmeadow School Committee met on Aug. 6 to discuss how they will reopen the school district. Ultimately, the committee voted in a 6 to 1 motion to have a remote start to the school year with a phased in approach.

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Easthampton School Committee votes to begin school remotely on Sept. 14

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – After a three and a half hour meeting on Aug. 7, the Easthampton School Committee voted to begin the 2020-21 school year with remote learning as part of a phased approach.

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Fire department awarded over $40k in grant for thermal imaging cameras

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – On July 31, it was announced that the Town of West Springfield would receive $40,909 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program for the purchase of five thermal imaging cameras.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: a second season of an offbeat superhero show

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

What I’m watching: a second season of an offbeat superhero show.

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The Water’s Fine Goods + Coffee in final stages of expansion

Angelica J. Core
angelica@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – While The Water’s Fine Goods + Coffee was closed due to the pandemic, they were busy renovating the space next door to them to expand their space.

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