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Otto Coleman, 6, waits outside the Governor's office with his brother Fenton, 4, left, and father Joshua, to deliver a stack of petitions with thousands of signatures calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated Monday, June 29, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The state Senate approved the bill sending it to Brown. Joshua Coleman said his son has been wheelchair bound as a result of an adverse reaction to a vaccine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two states …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pleases send notices to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Supersitters Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is offering a class for kids, ages 12 and up, to learn baby-sitting basics. It will take place July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session will cover infant care — including handling, feeding and diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

Dancing with Parkinson’s: How rhythmic movements help relieve symptoms

Monday, June 29, 2015

To at least half of the 10 people gathered for Fritha Pengelly’s dance class at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent Tuesday afternoon, just getting there was a challenge. Some of them have trouble controlling their limbs. Others have an unsteady gait or a difficult time with their balance. Yet here they …

Fatherhood Journey: Engaged fatherhood, a global call to action

Monday, June 22, 2015

I remember learning I was a father. I had just returned from a few-days work trip. As we sat on the edge of our bed, my wife, Lori, handed me an envelope. When I opened the card there was a picture of a baby and written in Lori’s …

Exploring dreamland: Therapist Tzivia Gover helps make sense of the sleeping mind’s messages

Monday, June 22, 2015

You’ve had the dream. You know the one. You walk into school, or get up before an audience to give a presentation ... and realize you aren’t wearing a stitch of clothing. (Or in a modified version I …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call 584-0339. SMART RECOVERY — A program for …

Chinese fans are adding to ‘Jurassic World’s’ global box office roar

Monday, June 22, 2015

By Julie Makinen Los Angeles Times (TNS) BEIJING - At 4:30 in the afternoon, Zhou Xinxin, a 35-year-old vice president of marketing for a Chinese medical company, was playing hooky from work. He settled into a plush red chair at the IMAX Wanda Cinema in central Beijing, donned …

Michael Hutton-Woodland of Amherst new director of REACH program for developmentally delayed children

Monday, June 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sometimes rolling a baby onto its stomach can make a big difference. Sometimes practice rolling a ball or grasping a pencil is all the help a baby needs to catch up developmentally to its peers. “When …

A newsman gone astray will return to NBC as second-stringer

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NEW YORK — In 1974, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite made a cameo appearance as himself on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” That was a very big deal. Big-time TV newsmen, especially Cronkite (”the most trusted man in …

Rapper 50 Cent excites Mass. fans

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ABINGTON (AP) — The residents of a small town south of Boston say they never thought they’d get the chance to meet rapper 50 Cent. When they heard he’d be appearing at a local liquor store to promote a brand of vodka, residents of Abington and nearby towns …

Belchertown High School Honor Roll

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Belchertown High School Grade 12 High Honors Elizabeth Amato, Miranda Beaudet, Brionna Beaudry, Alison Bonafini, Leanna Bonafini, Joseph Brozek, Kaylie DuBois, Hannah Flink, Alice Langlois, Samantha Laramee, Kate Lassiter Allison Laughner, Stephanie Lehouillier, Julia Maloof, Julia Mazza, Sienna Nielsen, Devin O’Brien, Christina Pellerin, Kristen Pietras, Emily Pope, Jason …

Friends & Neighbors

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Belchertown Michael McKenzie was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peters, Minnesota. Nicole Riel received the Lyceum Award in Philosophy at the honors convocation of Assumption College in Worcester. Sienna Nielsen and Kathleen Sera Royal, seniors at Belchertown High School, were …