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Study: Hour of physical activity a day helps kids think better

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here’s another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better. In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month period, compared with a control group that …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not been confirmed in any of its young patients. At Baystate Children’s Hospital, eight patients who …

Zoo closed this week at Look Memorial Park in Florence

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors to Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. , Florence, this week will have to skip a visit to the zoo. The Christenson Zoo is closed all week while workers reconstruct fencing, according to Shawn Porter, the park’s executive director. The animals in the zoo do not need to …

Sierra Leone concludes Ebola lockdown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the …

Bidding ends on historic lighthouse

Sunday, September 21, 2014

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A historic lighthouse in Maine’s Casco Bay will likely have a new owner after the federal government closed out an auction for the more than century-old structure on Saturday. The Halfway Rock Light Station, …

Kayaker missing overnight found safe

Sunday, September 21, 2014

STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a man who disappeared while kayaking in Maine has been found safe and uninjured. Officials say 45-year-old Tony Cashman of Ontario, Canada, was part of a group of six kayaking from Isle Au Haut to Marshall Island on Saturday. …

Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer, dies at 84

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday, according to her …

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and …

Naming the Baby

Friday, September 19, 2014

WINNIE — Brooke Allison, daughter of Craig and Amy Winnie, of Easthampton, was born Aug. 7 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Brooke has one brother, Austin. …

On the horns of a dilemma

Friday, September 19, 2014

It is certainly possible to stumble into a good result by accident. For example, consider this deal from a pair championship where North responded to his partner’s opening one-heart bid with one spade. This fancy footwork was intended …

Joel von Ranson & John Sublett

Friday, September 19, 2014

Joel von Ranson and John Edward “Teddy” Sublett are to be married Sept. 20 by Sag Harbor Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. Joel, 46, is a partner at the executive recruiting …