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Halloween Fest, Amherst

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pirates, ghouls, farmers and princesses — and more than a few characters from the movie “Frozen” — all descended upon the streets of downtown Amherst for the Halloween Fest last Sunday. It’s the 42nd year for the event put on by the town’s department of Leisure Services and Supplemental Education and sponsored by the Business Improvement District. While trick-or-treating with …

ID: Keith Langsdale

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keith Langsdale is an actor and director who works in theaters across the country. He played the lead in the film “The God Question,” which has been shown at eight film festivals, including last month’s Northampton International Film Festival. He also performed in “Nobody’s Girl” at the Academy of Music. Keith’s father was …

Style Stop: Anastatia Spicer: A clothes-borrower be

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On a chilly day in Northampton, the Style Stop team found Anastatia Spicer, 19, bundled up under a poncho (borrowed from a roommate) with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Spicer studies studio arts and social justice at Hampshire College in Amherst. The Doc Martens: I’ve worn these almost every day for …

Poet Kinnell dies at 87

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell’s …

Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they’re sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl, they said they’d be shocked if their streak is broken. Jay …

McDormand spectacular in new HBO mini-series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE MINI-SERIES: “Olive Kitteridge” WHEN/WHERE: Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. on HBO WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand) is a junior high school teacher in the fictional mid-coast Maine town of Crosby (think Camden), married to town pharmacist Henry (Richard Jenkins). She’s a brittle, difficult character, …

State report: Murder down, opiate deaths up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime, but continued problems with heroin overdose deaths and childhood asthma and obesity. The study by the Massachusetts Health Council, citing the most recent FBI crime report available, said that the state’s murder …

L.M. ‘Kit’ Carson, filmmaker who helped write ‘Paris, Texas,’ dies at 73

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Filmmaker L.M. “Kit” Carson, who helped write “Paris, Texas” and played a key role in launching the careers of fellow Texans Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, died Oct. 20 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 73. He had been hospitalized since February, said his son, …

Madame Tussauds to add Taylor Swift

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taylor Swift is getting double the love from Madame Tussauds wax museum with her figure being unveiled in both Washington and Hollywood. On Tuesday, the museum will add its new wax statue of the 24-year-old …

VIDEO: Scream Season in the Valley: Growing Halloween scene now includes zombie paintball, ghost walks and more

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Valley has long boasted its fair share of pumpkin patches and corn mazes geared to families around Halloween. But a growing number of attractions is designed to appeal to older crowds. Elaborate scenes featuring storylines involving zombies, …

Halloween-related events

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What follows is a partial list of Halloween-related events being held in local communities: ■ In Easthampton, the annual Rag Shag Parade is set for Tuesday, winding up in a different ending spot than in years past. Marchers should gather at Maple School at 6:30 p.m. for a …

‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ star Marcia Strassman dies at 66

Monday, October 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer …

An astonishingly fresh visit to ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran on CBS on Saturday mornings from 1986 to 1990 and has been repeated on various networks and home video platforms in the years since, is back again. “And better than ever,” I cannot help but add, because it is, in plain fact, …