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At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children. The share of mothers who do not … 0

Feeling sandwiched between kids, parents? What caregivers need to know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AUSTIN — “Patience.” It’s a simple word, but a hard one to embrace when you’re stretched thin as a parent who is caring for both your children and your parents or in-laws. It’s a word that has been essential to Kimberly McKneely, who has an 81-year-old mother-in-law with some memory loss living with … 0

Family finds: Poetry, sustainability festival, woolcraft fair, foster care

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

POETRY JAM: Children’s poets and authors from the Pioneer Valley — Jane Yolen, Richard Michelson, Jeannine Atkins and Heidi Stemple — gather Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to read aloud their own poems as well as poems by their favorite writers. This all-ages event is … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The best laid plans ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The plan was to meet my friend Amy for dinner at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland at 5 p.m. But first I had to meet up at 3 with Larry Costello in Northampton. (We were having photos … 0

Style Stop: Emily Nutkols

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cosmetology student Emily Nutkols of Springfield says her style goal is to never blend in. She was definitely standing out in the crowd last Friday when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton, enjoying the spring-like … 0

ID: Denise Adams

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Denise Adams grew up in eastern Massachusetts, mostly in the town of Attleboro, and came to this area to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She says she found her true home here and has lived in Amherst, … 0

Chef’s Best: Moving asparagus to the center of your plate

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” However it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus … 0

Your Time: Western Massachusetts Kayak Polo Club, Northampton

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 18 members of the Western Massachusetts Kayak Polo Club spend part of each Wednesday paddling in the pool at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton. They get together to participate in a sport that resembles … 0

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel … 0

Valley experts detail options that lure gardeners into herb field

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How many inspirations are there to grow herbs? Let us count the ways: You can create herb gardens for food, remedies, ingredients for natural body care products, crafts, or simply to have a low-maintenance garden that attracts pollinators … 0

A studied walk through the garden How three Valley coaches help property owners keep their lands looking beautiful

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Do you wish you could improve your landscape but don’t know how? Do you wish someone could give you reliable advice about the plants already on your property, what plants you might purchase and how to … 0

Boston doctors agree to $4.5M settlement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman who died at the hospital. Physicians failed to take measures that might have prevented the death of Geraldine Moran, 62, in … 0

A Look Back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Police Chief George J. Bernier has advised city merchants to remove all money from their businesses and to double-check that all windows and doors are locked before closing. The advice comes in the wake of an alarming increase in breaks and thefts throughout the … 0