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Amherst July Fourth celebration with fireworks set for Saturday at UMass

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A fireworks display near Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will cap several hours of activities, including music and food, as the town celebrates Independence Day om Saturday. “It’s a huge family event,” said Ryan Grady, special events and Fourth of July coordinator for the town’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education department. The department is again organizing the July 4 event, as it …

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleases send notices to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Supersitters Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is offering a class for kids, ages 12 and up, to learn baby-sitting basics. It will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session will cover infant care — including handling, feeding and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

Valley Bounty: Sugar Snap Peas

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar snap peas are a recent and widely successful addition to the pea family. Introduced in the late 1970s, these plump, sweet edible pod peas are a top seller for some regional seed companies and …

Sail away

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Lou has an herb to pick

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve discovered a whole lot of new friends in my retirement. Why, just in the past few weeks they’ve really been growing on me. My new friends hang out on our deck and practically beg me to snip them every day. And you know how I love to …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Looking with a (new) eye toward the future

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had cataract surgery, something that has become, as my friend Nancy noted, a regular rite of passage for the elderly. I spent half a day in the well-run, high-tech Cataract and Laser Center in West Springfield, where my ophthalmologist’s group, Eye Physicians of …

ID: Jeremy Smith: an active activist

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeremy Smith is an active man, and an activist: He is a founding board member at Flywheel Arts Collective, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community arts space in Easthampton, where he volunteers as a deejay, and is on the board …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Youth Track League, Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is a time — before winning becomes the main reward, losing means only disappointment, parents become all-too vocal coaches and participation in track meets is done for glory — when competing in a track meet and the …

Hulu recreates Seinfeld apartment as it releases all nine seasons

Thursday, June 25, 2015

By LUQMAN ADENIYI Associated Press NEW YORK — “Seinfeld” fans are getting an open invitation into Jerry’s apartment. Hulu has teamed up with production shop Magnetic Collaborative to remake Jerry Seinfeld’s TV apartment for the iconic show’s Wednesday …

Dustin Diamond gets 4 months jail

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. — Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was sentenced Thursday to 4 months in jail for a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar. Judge Paul Malloy also sentenced …

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks 50 women volunteers for ‘Super Insulation-Installation Day’ in Easthampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As construction continues on a two-family “green” house at 246-248 East St. in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with Beyond Green Construction for a “Super Insulation-Installation Day” — and they are seeking 50 women volunteers to join the effort. This one-day event …