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A Look Back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Police Chief George J. Bernier has advised city merchants to remove all money from their business establishments and to double-check that all windows and doors are locked before closing. The advice comes in the wake of an alarming increase in breaks and thefts throughout the city. ■ The search for the unknown assailant of John F. Keefe, 66, of 81 Prospect St., murdered in cold blood … 0

BBC America series imagines ‘Real History of Science Fiction’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“The history of science fiction is the history of the imagination,” intones Mark Gatiss, narrator of the four-part series “The Real History of Science Fiction” on BBC America starting at 10 p.m., Saturday. Unfortunately, it’s is more like “The Reel History of Science Fiction,” with video and film clips, comments from actors, directors and writers, and the very occasional nod to the origins … 0

Tufts Medical, Lowell General seek merger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOWELL (ap) — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs. Both are among the last remaining independent hospitals in the state and had been looking for partnership opportunities. Under terms of a tentative agreement announced Monday, each nonprofit hospital would continue to … 0

Making an old door new again

Friday, April 11, 2014

CAROL LOLLIS PHOTO Leighton LaClaire was working outside last Saturday morning in Amherst, refinishing a door for an old farmhouse. … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 11, 2014

MARTZ — Gitel Joy, daughter of Gabe Martz and Sarah (Burns) Martz of Charleston, S.C., was born March 16 in a Prius in front of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. The maternal grandparents are Donna and Barry Harbinson of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada and the … 0


Friday, April 11, 2014

volunteer land steward Training — Learn to effectively monitor protected properties with techniques for map reading, compass use and spotting problems on the land. Sun., April 13, 1-4 p.m. at Hilltown CDC in Chesterfield. Refreshments. RSVP required. 628-4485 ext. 4. birthday wishes Inc. — Seeking volunteers to help … 0

Tunnel vision

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alta Rice, right, of Goshen, watches her son, Luke, 3, emerge from a play tunnel at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School during a Gym Time on April 8 sponsored by the Hampshire Regional Coordinated Family and Community … 0

Family Wanted 9-year-old boy seeks home

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alex is a sweet, 9-year-old boy of Caucasian descent. Alex attends school daily where he receives occupational, physical and speech therapy. Alex is in a therapeutic classroom setting which promotes multi-sensory exploration and multiple communication methods. Alex is … 0

James Franco excited about Broadway debut

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW YORK — James Franco insists he’s not been nervous at all about making his Broadway debut, not even before his first night in front of more than a thousand people. “Sounds like I’m bragging. I just wasn’t,” … 1

Late spring: What happened and what’s to come for gardeners and lawn lovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips, green grass. We humans are all starved for color, for a hue other than white or brown. Wild creatures have also been starved this winter — not for color but for food. … 0

Get Growing: Vegetable gardening

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s finally time to plant vegetables — as long as your soil isn’t too wet or still frozen. Peas, onion and broccoli plants and lettuce seeds or plants are among the crops that are hardy enough to plant … 0

Your Place: Paint peeling, plaster crumbling — what to do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first … 0

Stephen Colbert to be next ‘Late Show’ host

Thursday, April 10, 2014

And so it came to pass that Stephen Colbert was announced as the next host of “The Late Show” (as of “sometime” in 2015 to be formerly “with David Letterman”) and what was already thought a likelihood became … 0