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Elisabeth Santos painting her mural at Serio’s in Northampton.

Public artwork in progress at Serio’s

Monday, July 6, 2015

A mural is taking shape to brighten Serio’s back-door area, and the State Street end of Center Street in Northampton as well. Serio’s manager Jaime Golec said the painting is the work of her high school friend Elisabeth Santos, who grew up in Northampton but now lives in Enfield, Connecticut. Santos says she has done a number of public art …

Blow the pain away: breathing tips to help children relax

Monday, July 6, 2015

In times of stress, anxiety or frustration, you’ve probably been told to “relax, take a deep breath and calm down.” Have you tried it? Really tried it? Many meditation practices use breathing techniques to promote a state of calm. “You don’t need years of meditative practice to benefit from this technique, nor do …

Quinn on Nutrition: It’s a no-brainer; eat nuts and berries

Monday, July 6, 2015

BC-NTR-HEALTH-ONNUTRITION:MN - lifestyle (500 words),0527 Quinn on Nutrition: It’s a no-brainer; eat nuts and berries By Barbara Quinn The Monterey County Herald (TNS) My dear friend’s son, a self-confessed math geek, got married on what some say is “the Pi day of the century,” March 14, 2015. It had to be explained to me that this date represents the revered math symbol for …

Adult diseases now striking children because of poor diet and obesity

Monday, July 6, 2015

Once seen only among an older population, adult diseases such as fatty liver disease, hypertension and osteoporosis are being diagnosed more and more in children. And you can add to that sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and high …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

Sonia Manzano, Maria on ‘Sesame Street,’ will retire

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NEW YORK — “Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news last week at the …


TERIYAKI GLAZE • Combine 2 cups mirin and 2 cups white wine. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes to cook off alcohol. • Add 6 tablespoons brown sugar and stir until dissolved. • Add 1 cup soy sauce and 5-6 slices of crushed fresh ginger. Simmer until …

Engagement: William Musante & Emily Klassen

William J. and Maureen (Nolan) Musante, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, William “Bill” Musante, to Emily Klassen, both of Alexandria, Virginia. Emily is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Klassen of St. Louis, Missouri. The …

Get Growing

‘Gardening is a powerful force to help communities grow,” Roger Swain told a gathering of nearly 200 people last weekend in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club of Amherst. Swain, the former host of The …