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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. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Long-serving Boston mayor Menino dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with advanced cancer in February, shortly after leaving office, and announced a week ago he was suspending treatment and a book tour so he could spend more time with family and friends. First elected in 1993, Menino built a formidable political machine that ended decades of Irish domination of city politics, winning re-election …

Halloween Fest, Amherst

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pirates, ghouls, farmers and princesses — and more than a few characters from the movie “Frozen” — all descended upon the streets of downtown Amherst for the Halloween Fest last Sunday. It’s the 42nd year for the event put on by the town’s department of Leisure Services and Supplemental Education and sponsored by …

ID: Keith Langsdale

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keith Langsdale is an actor and director who works in theaters across the country. He played the lead in the film “The God Question,” which has been shown at eight film festivals, including last month’s Northampton International Film Festival. He also performed in “Nobody’s Girl” at the Academy of Music. Keith’s father was …

Soaking beans? In most cases, you don’t need to

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rich, earthy, hearty — there’s nothing quite so reassuring as having a pot of beans simmering in the oven when cool weather comes along. So why don’t more people cook them? One of the main reasons is the …

Wine to Try: 2013 Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi ‘Furore Bianco’

Friday, October 24, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi ‘Furore Bianco’ Region: Campania Price: $23 to $26 Style: Lean and expressive What it goes with: Grilled fish or shrimp, chilled shellfish, steamed clams, sushi and sashimi The hamlet …

Mischief and mayhem Wickedly tasty Halloween treats

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you’ve got school-age ghosts and goblins in your home, you should know these basics of Halloween parties. ■ Edible fake blood: Mix together light corn syrup with enough red food dye to get the color you want. …

Have a healthy Halloween

Friday, October 24, 2014

Your children will have plenty of candy on Halloween. That much is a given. But what do you do if you want them to eat more nourishing food as well? How do you offer children a healthy treat …

Lisa Berg & Dakota West

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lisa Lauder Berg and Dakota Ty West, both of Hadley, were married Aug. 15 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke. Judge Mary-Lou Rup officiated at the ceremony. The bride, 22, is the daughter of Gary and Jean Berg …

Sherilyn Gaudet & Matthew Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sherilyn Gaudet and Matthew Palmer, both of South Boston, were married June 14 at Venezia in Boston. The officiant was David Gaudet. The bride, 30, is the daughter of Deborah and Michael Shakarian of Fitchburg. The groom, 30, …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, October 24, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2-5 p.m., best reds under $15 WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit …

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last month, I folded pocket kings before the flop for the first time in my life. I’ve played more than 3 million hands of no-limit hold ‘em over 15 years, and it took an extraordinary set of circumstances …

Viola Davis finally arrives as a star in ‘Murder’

Friday, October 24, 2014

Don’t judge Viola Davis for conducting a phone interview from her Jacuzzi. She’s earned her bubbles. The actress plays an ultra-intimidating professor and defense lawyer in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” the most-watched new show among women and second only to “Gotham” as measured by positive …

The blacksmith’s tradition

Friday, October 24, 2014

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