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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, from left, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Mayor Thomas Menino, and four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers walk past the finish line before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. In a statement released Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Menino, 71, said he was suspending his cancer treatment and a recently-launched book tour to spend more time with family and friends as he fights cancer. Menino was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013. At the time, he said the cancer had metastasized and spread to his liver and lymph nodes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Ex-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino suspends cancer treatment

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said Thursday he is suspending treatment for an advanced form of cancer as well as a recently-launched book tour to spend more time with his family and friends. Menino, 71, was diagnosed with cancer about a month after leaving office in January. At the time, he said the cancer was of an unknown origin, had metastasized and had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. “I am hopeful and optimistic that one day the talented researchers, doctors and medical professionals in this city will find a cure for this awful disease,” he said in the statement Thursday. “(My …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This campaign fuels the generosity in the community, and it helps kids,” said Salvation Army Capt. …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. Strike one. Then I went to Roberto’s in Northampton with my friend Mike, forgetting that …

Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, October 17, 2014

shelter sunday — Volunteers needed to go door-to-door or collect donations at designated collection site Oct. 25-26 so local agencies can help the homeless and hungry. No experience necessary. You may request to be paired with another volunteer if so desired. 582-9508 or email volunteer@northamptonsheltersunday.org. kitchen table travel/ …

Living Smart: Lead paint is still a threat, but it shouldn’t be

Friday, October 17, 2014

If you or someone you know is planning work on a pre-1978 home, please make time to take precautions against the possibility of lead poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 500,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 have elevated lead levels in their …

Art Deco 1920s house ‘Like something out of a Hollywood movie’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there. But fate intervened, and when the home came up for sale in 2002, he and …

Get Growing: Voles, mice and rabbits

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and little rodents as well as rabbits and squirrels are preparing for cold weather. Rabbits don’t hibernate and you can see their tracks in the snow all winter. They do need to …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Friday, October 17, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Unlocking the secret to hiding a spare key

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to safely hide a spare house key? Here are a few tips. Burglars, don’t read this story. It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare …

Massachusetts Nurses Association raises concerns about preparedness of hospitals to handle Ebola cases

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — As state and local hospital officials tried to quell mounting public panic over the Ebola crisis, the state and national nurses union raised the alarm about preparedness of hospitals. “Nurses across the state have said they are absolutely not prepared. They don’t feel ready to do …

Northampton, Amherst authorities describe training to protect first responders from Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Paramedics and EMTs are often the first to see very sick people. If the Ebola virus reaches the Valley, these workers need to be protected. Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan said his department has been working …

AIDS lessons: Experience with 'universal precaution' in response to AIDS benefits Ebola preparedness, but practices under scrutiny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — The AIDS crisis taught the medical profession how to protect health workers from contagion. That experience, and the use of “universal precautions,” now guides the response to Ebola. Protective gowns, gloves, masks and eyewear are now …

Calls for travel ban resisted

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said …