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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, from left, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Mayor Thomas Menino, and four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers walk past the finish line before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. In a statement released Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Menino, 71, said he was suspending his cancer treatment and a recently-launched book tour to spend more time with family and friends as he fights cancer. Menino was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013. At the time, he said the cancer had metastasized and spread to his liver and lymph nodes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Ex-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino suspends cancer treatment

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said Thursday he is suspending treatment for an advanced form of cancer as well as a recently-launched book tour to spend more time with his family and friends. Menino, 71, was diagnosed with cancer about a month after leaving office in January. At the time, he said the cancer was of an unknown origin, had metastasized and had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. “I am hopeful and optimistic that one day the talented researchers, doctors and medical professionals in this city will find a cure for this awful disease,” he said in the statement Thursday. “(My …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This campaign fuels the generosity in the community, and it helps kids,” said Salvation Army Capt. …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. Strike one. Then I went to Roberto’s in Northampton with my friend Mike, forgetting that …

Hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

Friday, October 17, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Step inside All Children’s Hospital and you’re greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. “Dirt Squirt Alert!” a sign says. “Stop the …

Ebola travel rules vary for countries

Friday, October 17, 2014

Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no …

Your Valley

Friday, October 17, 2014

SUBMITTED PHOTO Members of the 1954 Northampton High School graduating class gathered to celebrate their 60th reunion on Oct. 10-12. Led by committee chairperson Nancy Parker Duseau and 12 committee members, an organizing team worked for several months …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 17, 2014

ALGAE-COVERED TURTLE Station Road, Amherst Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Several of the small ponds along the Norwottuck Rail Trail off Station Road in South Amherst have their surfaces covered with algae. When …

Stop, look and listen

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today’s deal from a team contest shows how taking the time to try to visualize the opposing hands — instead of blithely plunging ahead with the play — can reap big dividends for declarer. At both tables, South …

Getting ready

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Naming the Baby

Friday, October 17, 2014

BARRY — Maeve Naughton, daughter of Garrett J. Barry and Shannon Naughton Barry of Whately, was born Sept. 30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Sandra Shields of Westfield and David Horan of Westfield. The paternal grandmother is Bonnie Barry of West Hatfield. The maternal …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked …

Photo head What a doll

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, October 17, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Enoch Huang has been awarded a …