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Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark 1964 free speech protests

Monday, September 29, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. — Fifty years ago, Jack Weinberg was the first to be arrested in a student protest over free speech restrictions on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the police car in which Weinberg was detained for 32 hours. Subsequent protests went on for months. While university authorities had hoped for a quick return to order, a seminal youth rebellion — the Free …

Hansons celebrate 50th

Friday, September 26, 2014

Joan Frances Matteson and Allen Ralph Hanson of Shutesbury were married Aug. 23, 1964, at Zion Episcopal Church in Morris, New York. Joan graduated from the State University of New York, Oneonta, with a bachelor’s degree in education. She was a first-grade teacher in Ithaca, N.Y., a financial administrator for DataViews Corp. in …

Naming the Baby

Friday, September 19, 2014

WINNIE — Brooke Allison, daughter of Craig and Amy Winnie, of Easthampton, was born Aug. 7 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Brooke has one brother, Austin. …

Hilary Doe & Zachary Kolodin

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hilary Anne Doe and Zachary John Fries Kolodin, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., were married June 8, 2013, at Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Mich., by the Rev. Ruth Zwald. The groom is the son of John Kolodin of Shelburne Falls and Gail Fries of Hadley. He is …

April Madera & Dustin Sawicki

Friday, May 23, 2014

Heidi and Stanley Sawicki, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, Dustin M. Sawicki, of San Diego, California, to April R. Madera, also of San Diego. April is the daughter of Francisco and Myrna Madera of Hayward, …

US judge overturns Pa. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized same-sex unions throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones …

Federal judge overturns Oregon gay marriage ban

Monday, May 19, 2014

SEATTLE — For Portland attorney Julie Engbloom, “the biggest stress of the last 48 hours” wasn’t waiting for U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to decide whether to overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. It wasn’t whether she popped …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 16, 2014

HOYT — Joanna Marie, daughter of Regina Johanna and Sean Deming Hoyt of Trinity, Fla., was born May 8 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Donna Shotwell of Trinity, Fla., and Robert Shotwell of Enfield, Connecticut. The paternal grandparents are Joanna and Victor …

Window opens for gay couples to marry in Ark.

Monday, May 12, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than 200 gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state’s 10-year-old same-sex marriage ban, but only at a handful of courthouses as an overwhelming majority of county …

Noah, Sophia claim title as favorite baby names

Friday, May 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in. Noah and Sophia top the Social Security Administration’s list of most popular American baby names for 2013, but they don’t begin to approach the popularity of past generation favorites like John …

Sharing your special news

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Daily Hampshire Gazette publishes news about weddings, engagements, anniversaries, new babies and adoptions with local connections. There is a small charge for wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Forms and information about submitting announcements can be found at GazetteNET.com. Look for Reader Service at the top right on …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 2, 2014

CLARK — Jesse Preston Clark V, son of Emily and Jesse Clark, of Windsor, was born March 20 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Karl and Colleen Wickland of Chesterfield. The paternal grandparents are Preston and Susan Clark of Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The maternal great-grandmother …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 25, 2014

NELSON — Zachary James, son of Amy (Fabig-Roosa) Nelson and Kenneth Nelson, of Portland, Maine, was born March 14 in Maine Medical Center, Portland. The maternal grandparents are Diane Fabig and Doug Roosa of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Norah and James Nelson of Downer’s Grove, Ill. The …