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Massachusetts receives $1.75M for asthma programs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities. Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older adults with asthma. Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett said the funding will be used to test pioneering models for the delivery of home-based care for older adults …

ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” …

PBS’ ‘Odd Squad’ a new math series for children

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that features an agency run by kids who use math to deal with oddities in their …

Drink up: Smart cocktail shaker could be the key to the perfect drink

Friday, November 21, 2014

Making the perfect cocktail is serious business. Like baking, it requires precision, the right tools and a tested recipe. But the makers of the B4RM4N, a new smart cocktail shaker, are hoping their invention is all you’ll need to become a skilled bartender. The B4RM4N works by syncing …

Good reading, good eating: New cookbooks offer intriguing dishes for holiday feasting

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some people need only one cookbook — if that. Occasionally they want one to answer questions such as how long to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. But other people yearn for the cookbooks with intriguing recipes and vivid pictures …

Valley Bounty: Pies

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pies Last week, I won a raffle at the Montague square dance — a maple pecan and sweet potato pie! Following gleeful eating, I began thinking about my Thanksgiving dessert menu. The list of possible local ingredients is …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Two versatile wines meet the Thanksgiving challenge

Friday, November 21, 2014

Editor’s note: Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley is a new monthly column written by Warren Johnston, who seeks out quality wines in the $10 range available locally. Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, $15.99 …

Local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 21, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton, Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., Southern Comfort Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton, Saturday, 2 p.m., Element Brewing; Sunday, 2 p.m., Eden Ice Ciders; Tuesday, 4 p.m. Moonlight Meadery WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; …

A Look Back

Friday, November 21, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski today said he is going to “strongly protest” the closing of the Springfield Armory. According to the city’s chief executive, between 50 and 75 Northampton persons will be left unemployed because of the closing of the armory. ■ Three students …

Florida leads the nation in car-crash drownings

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The last time anyone saw Carline Brumaire Jean alive she was inside her car, waving her arms as it sank into a lake near Universal Orlando in February. Unable to escape her Toyota, she drowned. …

Drinking around the world New show views cultures through the lens of a glass

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says …

Metal mania burnishes this fall’s International Furniture Market

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HIGH POINT, N.C. — While gold shone brightly last year at the fall International Furniture Market, this time it’s full-blown metal mania. Metallics of all kinds were red-hot this year, with bronze, copper and brass especially popular on …

Your Place: Don’t let water savings go down the drain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to a campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush …