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Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR — Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JIMMY MAZZ CONCERT — Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.; tickets now on sale, $5 HADLEY SENIOR COMMUNITY …

Volunteers needed

Friday, October 31, 2014

habitat for humanity — Construction and office workers needed. Building Habitat homes now in Northampton and Easthampton. Skilled construction volunteers especially needed at our Women Build house in Easthampton. One-hour orientation the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at the Habitat office, 140 Pine St., Florence. volunteer@pvhabitat.org or 586-5430 kitchen table travel/ Cross-Cultural …

Amherst College student honored for volunteer work

Friday, October 31, 2014

When Chris Tamasi, a senior linebacker on the Amherst College football team, stopped at the Amherst Survival Center with his usual Monday morning delivery of food this week he had a surprise waiting for him. His coach, E.J. Mills, family, friends, and representatives from the college and the Survival Center were there to …

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, …

TLC cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo …