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ABC’s ‘American Crime’ series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

Monday, March 2, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society’s changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Mindy Project” are among the shows praised for bringing more cultural variety to the TV landscape. Even more significantly, most have …

Nimoy’s Spock was the master of cosmic cool

Monday, March 2, 2015

BC-NIMOY-APPRECIATE:LA - national entertainment itop (800 words),0870 Nimoy’s Spock was the master of cosmic cool (PHOTOS) By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - It is important, and sometimes difficult, to remember that Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, was an actor, not an alien. As Mr. Spock, the elf-eared, half-Vulcan science officer and first mate of …

Dakin Humane Society sponsors PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser

Friday, February 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Those who love both Oscar-season fashion and animals will be drawn to a Dakin Humane Society event. The animal welfare shelter will host what it’s playfully calling its PAWSCARS and Red Carpet fundraiser Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. “The event occurs less than a week following the actual Oscars, and we’re borrowing some their elements and making them truly …

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen …

Breast-feeding policy at the Play Date Place immediately reversed after nursing moms protest in South Hadley

Friday, February 20, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A uproar on Facebook prompted the owner of Play Date Place, a drop-in play area for children 6 and under, to reverse a new policy aimed at limiting where women could breast-feed their infants. The owner of the South Hadley business, Darlene Sattler, said she …

school lunch menus

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, sweet red pepper strips, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear …

Honor Roll: Holyoke Catholic High School

Friday, February 20, 2015

Holyoke Catholic High School Second Quarter BELCHERTOWN Second Honors: Grade 11 - Joseph Kervick Honorable Mention: Grade 11 - Aidan Cassidy Payson EASTHAMPTON First Honors: Grade 9 - Christopher Carey; Grade 10 - Haley Sullivan; Grade 12 - Kelly O’Connor Honorable Mention: Grade 12 - Andrew Morey GRANBY …

Honor Rolls

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst Regional Middle School First Trimester GRADE 8 Maxwell Abramowitz, Alice Adams-Nice, Adwoa Ampiah-Bonney, Robin Andresen, Madiha Anjum, Ezekiel Ash, Kai Bailin, Amy Benedetto, Aliyah Bergeron, Gregory Bernier, Cady Bestor, Hanna Bete, Kira Bixby, Noa Block, Rachel Bonak, Josephine Boyd, Owen Bradley, Samuel Brainin, Catherine Brown, Kasey Bumgardner …

Honor Roll: Hopkins Academy, Hadley

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hopkins Academy, Hadley Second Honor Roll Highest Honors Hailey Boisvert, Virginia Cannella, Aedan Cullen. Lily Gido, Zachary Jekanowski, Paul Kosakowski, Allison Kowal Safron, Carolyn Kowal Safron, Catherine Kowal Safron, Caitlin Lewis, Alvin Li, Aidan Michalak, Ryan Phillips, Miranda Pitta, Davide Rotunno, Kate Sullivan, Mackenzie Sullivan, Jack Ter Doest, …

Leah Sands & Adam Duffield

Friday, February 20, 2015

James and Rita Sands of Goshen announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Ashlan Sands, to Adam Michael Duffield, both of Revere. Adam is the son of William and Renee Duffield of Brookfield Connecticut. Leah is administrator for …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst Luke Aldrich was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota. Easthampton Haley K. Domina was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Endicott College in …

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, February 20, 2015

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Hard to believe it’s been only eight years since the young Morgan Twain-Peterson started making …