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Elisabeth Santos painting her mural at Serio’s in Northampton.

Public artwork in progress at Serio’s

Monday, July 6, 2015

A mural is taking shape to brighten Serio’s back-door area, and the State Street end of Center Street in Northampton as well. Serio’s manager Jaime Golec said the painting is the work of her high school friend Elisabeth Santos, who grew up in Northampton but now lives in Enfield, Connecticut. Santos says she has done a number of public art …

Blow the pain away: breathing tips to help children relax

Monday, July 6, 2015

In times of stress, anxiety or frustration, you’ve probably been told to “relax, take a deep breath and calm down.” Have you tried it? Really tried it? Many meditation practices use breathing techniques to promote a state of calm. “You don’t need years of meditative practice to benefit from this technique, nor do …

Quinn on Nutrition: It’s a no-brainer; eat nuts and berries

Monday, July 6, 2015

BC-NTR-HEALTH-ONNUTRITION:MN - lifestyle (500 words),0527 Quinn on Nutrition: It’s a no-brainer; eat nuts and berries By Barbara Quinn The Monterey County Herald (TNS) My dear friend’s son, a self-confessed math geek, got married on what some say is “the Pi day of the century,” March 14, 2015. It had to be explained to me that this date represents the revered math symbol for …

Ore. eases into legal weed

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland. A few thousand people jammed a sidewalk and bike lane on the Burnside …

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 on Saturday. “It’s a huge family event,” said Ryan Grady, special events and Fourth of …

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 …

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 …

Dancing with Parkinson’s: How rhythmic movements help relieve symptoms

Monday, June 29, 2015

To at least half of the 10 people gathered for Fritha Pengelly’s dance class at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent Tuesday afternoon, just getting there was a challenge. Some of them have trouble controlling their limbs. …

Health Events

Monday, June 29, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF LGBT BEREAVEMENT GROUP — The Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst offers a bereavement support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse. For more …


Monday, June 29, 2015

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdama.org www.apdama.org/wcms/resources www.apdama.org/wcms/support-groups (800) 651-8466 Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups of Western Mass. • PDSG - WM PO Box 3 Hadley, MA 01035 584-2192 or email ruthie.pdsg@gmail.com • First Wednesday each month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jewish Community Center 1160 …

Quinn on Nutrition: No one best diet for diabetes patients, just ‘patterns’ of healthy eating

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. In fact, many of the experts at this meeting said the answer may not be in one specific diet. …

’Ted 2’ falls short of expectations as ‘Jurassic World’ continues winning streak

Monday, June 29, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted 2” fell short of box-office tracking expectations with a $32.9 million launch in theaters this weekend, as “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” continued a close race for No. 1 at the box office. Universal …

‘General Hospital’ actor Geary to end role as Luke Spencer

Monday, June 29, 2015

By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press NEW YORK — Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer’s marriage to Laura in 1981 on “General Hospital” was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month ABC announced in May that Geary decided to leave the …