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Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 7 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise money for Sylvia Hemminger, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. The fundraiser, which supplements an online GoFundMe effort, includes …

Memorial ride for the late Dorie Goldman to help introduce Holyoke children to bicycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Holyoke program designed to introduce children to bicycles is just the type of thing the late Dorie Goldman would have wanted to support. That’s why it’s fitting that a benefit bicycle ride next month in her memory will do just that. Goldman died in a January hiking accident Proceeds raised …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It …

Musings: Beating back the ever-evolving camper's envy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the camping season wrapped up in New England last year, I was thinking that my family had had a good run. We started the summer with early and mid-season treks into Vermont for car camping and we …

Creator of The Honest Toddler turns on the sass in new book

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid animal, a cocker spaniel, a demon and an …

To-do list: Family events

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Family Life Preserved Built in 1752, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, was a private home continuously occupied by six generations of one family until 1949, when it was opened to the public. Today, hundreds …

Ray Liotta hops a horse to join ‘Texas Rising’

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (TNS) If you happen to run into Ray Liotta while you’re out and about, there’s no need to worry. He’s not going to hurt you. Sure, a few nervous shudders might be understandable for those who recall Liotta’s menacing screen personas. From …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but …

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, killed in NJ taxi crash

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Stanley E. and Darlene T. Plaza celebrate 40th

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stanley E. and Darlene T. (Bliznak) Plaza were married May 17, 1975, at the St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. Stanley and Darlene live in Easthampton. Stanley graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He received his bachelor’s degree …

Prep work

Friday, May 22, 2015