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A plane takes off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a rail link to LaGuardia, one of the nation's busiest airports.  Cuomo's plan calls for an elevated AirTrain connecting the airport with the Willets Point station 1.5 miles away. The station, opposite the New York Mets' ballpark, serves both the Long Island Rail Road commuter rail and the No. 7 subway line.  Currently airport users use taxis, buses, shuttles, cars or limousines to get to LaGuardia. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The salesman who makes that trek about twice a month is among legions of travelers applauding what they see …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you the truth, not really.” Gerstel, her daughter Naomi Gerstel, and her son-in-law Robert Zussman reflected …

Caitlin Dourmashkin & Galen Summer

Friday, January 16, 2015

Caitlin Rose Dourmashkin and Galen Summer, both of Brooklyn, New York, were married Sept. 6, 2014, at the Northampton home of the bride’s parents by Jeremiah Zagar, a friend of the couple. Susannah Dourmashkin served as maid of honor, and the bridesmaids were Luisa Rosen, Cory Mescon, Katherine Randazzo, Casey Wang, Christen Broecker, …

Emma Osborne & Jason Aldrich

Friday, December 12, 2014

Emma Osborne and Jason Aldrich, both of Amherst, were married Sept. 13 at The Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst by the Rev. Sarah Buteux. The matron of honor was Katy Hogan and the bridesmaids were Charity Delsie, Abby …

Naming the baby

Friday, December 5, 2014

WASKIEWICZ — Cash John, son of Brian and Sarah Waskiewicz of Sunderland, was born Aug. 8 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Tim and Donna Mimitz of Williamsburg. The paternal grandparents are Joanne Keller of Hadley and the late Richard Waskiewicz, formerly of Hadley. …

Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ’99

Friday, December 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — The resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999. The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs — the most in nearly three …

Eleanor O’Rourke & Lent Clifton Johnson IV

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eleanor Mary O’Rourke and Lent Clifton Johnson IV, of Seattle, Washington, were married on Sept. 27 at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. They chose to have the ceremony in Pennsylvania so that their grandmothers, Eleanor O’Rourke …

Carly Bassett & Patrick Duffin

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thomas Bassett and Beverly Shaw of Florence announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Bassett to Patrick Duffin, both of Boston. Patrick is the son of Joseph Duffin and Ada Steinmetz-Duffin of Moorestown, New Jersey. Carly is employed …

Wedding Megan Lambert & Sean St. Marie

Friday, November 14, 2014

Megan Dowd Lambert and Sean Patrick St. Marie, both of Amherst, were married Oct. 11 at the home of the bride’s friends, the Bloom and Morse residence in Framingham. Hank Lambert, the bride’s uncle and godfather, officiated at …

Naming the baby

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOTZ — Gabriel Francis, son of Lauren Carmichael Hotz and Spencer Hotz of Easthampton, was born Oct. 13 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. The maternal grandparents are Mikkie Alves and Jerry Carmichael of Southampton. The paternal grandparents are Robert Hotz of Watertown and the late Donna Duprey. The …

Wedding Hannah Garlock Olshansky & Fernando Pazos

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hannah Garlock Olshansky and Fernando Joaquin Pazos, both of Brookline, were married Jan. 11 in a small private wedding in Florence. A wedding celebration was held Sept. 27 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in …

Didiers of Easthampton celebrate 50th

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Thompson of Northampton and Lawrence J. “Larry” Didier of Port Washington, Wisconsin were married Oct. 24, 1964, in Blessed Sacrament Church, Northampton. The couple lived most of their married life in Middletown, Connecticut, and moved …

Gino Sorcinelli & Jennifer Anderson

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gino Sorcinelli and Jennifer Anderson, both of Florence, were married July 19 in Edwards Church of Northampton by Deb Moore, director of Christian education, and Jim Christensen, United Church of Christ minister. The maid of honor was Camille …