Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Time to look past monuments of the past to create better future

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

When my father was stationed in Maxwell Field in Montgomery, AL in 1962. I was in the third grade. As was my parents’ habit, my brother and I were taken to museums and other historical sites. One of those was at the State Capitol building where I saw a bronze star mounted in one of the steps. It was on ... Read More
Payton North

The new normal has changed things - some perhaps for the better

Payton North
payton@thereminder.com

Over the last few months, we’ve all been doing our best to stay home and stop the spread of COVID-19. On May 18, Gov. Charlie Baker announced his reopening plan, discussed the phased approach, and as the weeks have passed, he has provided more clarity on which businesses are allowed to reopen....
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Local News

Longmeadow Select board approves PCO 47, precautionary one-twelfth budget for July

Dennis Hackett
dennis@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – The Longmeadow Select Board met for a special remote meeting on June 22 to discuss Potential Change Order 47 for two additional pickle ball courts at the Adult Center and to approve a one-twelfth budget for July.

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Hilltown small business grant applications being accepted

Amy Porter
amyporter@thewestfieldnews.com

HILLTOWNS – The Hilltown Community Development Corporation is establishing a Micro-Enterprise Relief Program to help businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is now accepting applications.

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Golf tournament to support Westfield Youth Football tees off July 25

Dennis Hackett
dennis@thereminder.com

WESTFIELD – Despite a delay from the coronavirus pandemic, Westfield Youth Football will still hold its annual golf fundraiser on July 25 at East Mountain Country Club.

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Southwick police explain updates to department’s use of force policies

Dennis Hackett
dennis@thereminder.com

SOUTHWICK – After the Southwick Police Department updated its use of force policy earlier this year, the Southwick Select Board approved another amendment to the policy at its June 23 meeting.

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Dining & Entertainment

What I’m watching: the wonderful return of Laurel and Hardy

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

A benefit of being a Baby Boomer, is that television in the 1950s through late 60s was awash with movies from the 1930 and ‘40s, giving people of my generation an opportunity to discover for ourselves a galaxy of talent.

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West Springfield allows restaurants to host live music

Danielle Eaton
DanielleE@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD– West Springfield will now allow restaurants in town to host live musical acts one week after Mayor William Reichelt said he was unsure if musical entertainment at such venues would be allowed.

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