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2014 gave viewers great shows on air and online

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NEW YORK — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime’s “Homeland” roared back from last year’s muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS’ “The Good Wife” killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with warm winter clothes, coats, boots, toys and educational materials. “We started our shopping in October, …

Nini’s Ristorante in Easthampton to hold fundraiser benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Nini’s Ristorante at 124 Cottage St. is holding a fundraiser Wednesday to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of original owner Giovanni Daniele, who died from cancer in 2011. Ten percent of the day’s dine-in and takeout sales will be donated to the Boston-based cancer research …

Robin Williams tops 2014 Google search list

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Florence ANNUAL FLORENCE LUMINARY DISPLAY: Luminaries are now available from local businesses for the Florence Civic and Business Association’s 13th annual Luminary Display on Saturday in downtown Florence. The event will feature a dessert social and public gathering at the Civic Center on Park Street from 6 to …

John Pastorello rekindles family tradition with spectacular holiday light display in South Hadley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It started small in 1989 and grew and grew to 2007 when the last of the three children were off to college and the labor to make a holiday spectacle in their yard was gone. …

Rings given to Salvation Army fetch $21,000 for toys

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red …

‘Ho-Ho-Hotline’ allows Linda Manor residents to stay involved in Northampton community

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Linda Manor resident Beverly Maher smiles when she talks about playing the part of Mrs. Claus for a telephone line open to children hoping to talk to Santa or Mrs. Claus. “I have a fondness for …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Blanche T. Wojtkielewicz

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Blanche T. (Pulaski) Wojtkielewicz, 95, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on July 31, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Konstanty and Julia (Rogalski) Pulaski. She worked at Northampton State Hospital for over 25 years. Blanche is …

Phyllis A. Anderson

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AGAWAM — Phyllis A. Anderson, 75, of Southwick, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Country Estates of Agawam. Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m., in the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of …

Irene Weidhaas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Irene Weidhaas, 94, of Easthampton, died peacefully with her family at her side Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Born in Easthampton, she was the daughter of Emil and Irene (Reopel) Tourville. She grew up in Easthampton and was a graduate of Easthampton High School, class of 1938. …