A ‘Seed Library’ opens within Somers Public Library

SOMERS — The Somers Public Library is providing new experiences and new resources by having a Seed Library.

Agawam HS teachers take ‘eye-opening’ look at education’s future

AGAWAM — A team of educators has spent nearly a year working on an initiative to reimagine what teaching and learning could look like at Agawam High School.

Group lobbies legislators for decaying home foundation relief

MONSON — A May 13 bus trip to the Massachusetts State House included local community members, part of the Massachusetts Residents Against Crumbling Foundations, an advocacy group made of homeowners from across the state who seek to raise awareness and work with lawmakers to pass legislation regarding issues concerning the construction of their homes and others like them.

Southwick Select Board, School Committee chairs both re-elected

SOUTHWICK — The chairs of the Select Board and the School Committee both retained their elected seats on May 14, but one race was much closer than the other.

Chicopee teachers speak out over concerns for their safety

CHICOPEE — The School Committee meeting on May 15 was standing room only as faculty from Chicopee Public Schools used the public comment portion of the meeting to express their concerns with the way students are acting.

Central High School students place in burn awareness contest

DFS Burn Awareness Video Contest first place winner Mateo Cintron sits in the video production studio at Springfield Central High School.
Reminder Publishing photo by Laura Mason

Tight votes on budget, animal control at Ludlow’s Town Meeting

LUDLOW — Ludlow’s May 13 Town Meeting featured vigorous debate on a few of the 35 articles, splitting the voters and requiring standing counts.

Mayoral bike ride showcases Holyoke’s bikeability, vibrancy

HOLYOKE — For the second straight year, Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia and the Holyoke Biking and Pedestrian Committee led people from all over the community in a mayoral bike ride through the streets of Holyoke to celebrate National Bike Month.

Iron Horse secures liquor license hours before opening

NORTHAMPTON — The legendary Iron Horse Music Hall secured a much-coveted all-alcohol license just hours prior to its opening night on May 15.

Street sign unveiling honors former Clerk Magistrate Abbie Davies

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Domenic Sarno, Police Superintendent Lawrence Akers and Hampden County Clerk Magistrate Donald Whitney joined other officials, supporters and community members for a May 17 ceremony unveiling a memorial street sign to honor former Clerk Magistrate Abbie Davies for her service to the Massachusetts Trial Court and the Springfield community.

CISA bike ride offers visits to three Hatfield farms

HATFIELD — Warm sunshine on a Sunday morning, delicious food and easy exercise will make June 2 a day for biking pleasure among the farms and fields of Hatfield. A nonprofit, CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, will stage a fundraiser that morning that loops around three farms and serves up Crooked Stick popsicles at the end.


Dining & Entertainment

Breakfast and a Show: It’s time for Pop-Tart mania

Very rarely within this column exists a precise marriage between the meal du jour and whatever movie I watch. Thankfully for me, comedian and “Seinfeld” co-creator Jerry Seinfeld has delivered a Pop-Tart film to the masses (yes, you read that right). We’ll get to that later.


More than a parade

As we gear up for the 3rd Annual Springfield Pride Parade Weekend, May 30 through June 1, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and excitement, not just for the festivities that lie ahead, but for the profound impact this weekend has on our community. It’s more than just a celebration — it’s a beacon of hope, solidarity and progress for LGBTQIA+ youth in the Greater Springfield area.