Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Local candidates show how to behave like adults in a debate

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Last week I had the pleasure of moderating a debate between the two candidates for the 7th Hampden District state representative seat. ...
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Payton North

Clothing choices don’t discredit womens’ success

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

Last week I was scrolling on my Twitter feed toward the end of the day, catching up on the day’s news and my favorite accounts when I saw a Tweet that struck me....
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Chris Maza

Unionizing foster care may give caregivers needed resources

Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

An interesting piece of news slid across my consciousness last week that may not mean a lot to the vast majority of people, but to thousands of children in foster care and the families that care for them, it could mean the world....
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Local News

East Longmeadow School Committee addresses concerns on current educational model

Miasha Lee

EAST LONGMEADOW – At the beginning of the Oct. 5 East Longmeadow School Committee meeting, a resident/parent named Lisa asked the committee to reconsider looking at their current education model earlier than December and do what is necessary to work towards getting their children physically back...

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HWRSD redesigns elementary hybrid learning to lower class sizes

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN/WILBRAHAM – Changes are underway in the way that remote students are taught at the elementary level in the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District (HWRSD).

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Study: MGM Springfield hasn’t contributed to problem gambling

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – A report from The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS) for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has indicated the presence of casino gaming in Western Massachusetts has not increased the issue of problem gaming.

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East Longmeadow Town Council debates, hears public on mixed-use village district

Sarah Heinonen
sarah@thereminder.com

EAST LONGMEADOW – A public hearing on the establishment of a “Mixed-Use Village District” bylaw during the Oct. 13 East Longmeadow Town Council meeting brought strong opinions both for and against the idea.

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Your Longmeadow Fall Town Meeting warrant article preview

Dennis Hackett

LONGMEADOW – Residents of Longmeadow will meet on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium, cafeteria and gymnasium to vote on 23 warrant articles as part of the town’s Fall Special Town Meeting.

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Easthampton resident assistance needed in survey for OSRP

Angelica J. Core
angelica@thereminder.com

EASTHAMPTON – The city is updating its 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) and the Steering Committee is looking for help from the public by filling out a survey posted on the city’s website, it is open until Nov. 15.

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Westfield City Council rejects personnel director job description again

Dennis Hackett
dennis@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD – During its Oct. 15 meeting, the Westfield City Council once again voted to send the personnel director job description back into committee until more changes are made.

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Dining & Entertainment

Affection for spooky filmmaking runs deep

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

For me it’s the most wonderful time of year: Halloween.

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Games for the family: an iconic character on a modern console

Danielle Eaton
daniellee@thereminder.com

“Donkey Kong” was one of my favorite characters in the Nintendo franchise growing up.

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