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CAROL LOLLIS
Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its quality department beginning in June. The former …

Coming up

Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 CAREGIVERS DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP — Will meet Thursdays May 28, June 11 and 25, …

Stanley E. and Darlene T. Plaza celebrate 40th

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stanley E. and Darlene T. (Bliznak) Plaza were married May 17, 1975, at the St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. Stanley and Darlene live in Easthampton. Stanley graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to his retirement Stanley worked as cost …

Mohawk Trail Concert co-founder Ruth Black of Amherst dies at 87

Friday, May 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ruth Black, co-founder of the Mohawk Trail Concert Series, died earlier this month, at the age of 87. Ruth and Arnold Black founded the Mohawk Trail Concert Series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the Federated Church of Charlemont over the last 45 years. When …

Sweet ride: Florence couple peddles pastries from a bicycle cart

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Tuesday outdoor market in downtown Northampton where vendors set up under tents, at tables and out of pick-up truck beds, Caleb and Emily Langer stand out. They sell their sweets from a pastry case sitting atop …

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

Friday, May 15, 2015

Asparagus Count yourself lucky to live in a place where the season’s premier crop is available at dozens of roadside stands. Although as recently as 1989, we grew more asparagus than we consumed in the United States, we …

Drink up: Toasting the Class of 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Toasting the Class of 2015 Uncork potential with the gift of wine to college graduates. B.A. — 2013 Anaba Sonoma Valley Turbine White ($28), a snappy white blend with citrus and tropical fruit B.S. — 2012 Francis Ford …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou builds an outdoor wok station

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Weber Jumbo Joe 18” charcoal grill has led a sheltered existence. This table-top, made-for-traveling, beauty has been used only once, during the week last summer I was busy putting together my large, steel box charcoal grill. The Jumbo Joe is a quite serviceable cooking device, able to …

CW expands comedy, comic book offerings in 2015-16 season

Friday, May 15, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) Following one of the most critically and commercially successful years in its history, the CW unveiled a prime-time lineup for the 2015-16 season Thursday that displayed newfound confidence from the young (and young-skewing) network. “We had a terrific season,” said CW …

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I recently traveled to Malta to play the European Poker Tour events. Up until the last day of the series, I was roughly even on the trip, cashing in the 10,000-euro high-roller event but losing all of my other tournaments. The following hand took place in the 5,000-euro …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tuaca (‘Waka Waka Waka’)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An old friend, Beth (a self-described lunch junkie), asked me recently to take a trip over “the bridge” with her to Osteria Vespa, a new restaurant at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. I was onboard as soon as …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Walking alone

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On a recent morning, as I was passing Jackson Street School in Northampton, I noticed that many of the students were accompanied by parents who were walking or bicycling with them. Things were different when I was growing up. Then, a parent could take you to school on …