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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, …

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. …

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. …

Joel von Ranson & John Sublett

Friday, September 19, 2014

Joel von Ranson and John Edward “Teddy” Sublett are to be married Sept. 20 by Sag Harbor Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. Joel, 46, is a partner at the executive recruiting …

Saskia Sidenfaden & Zachary Schlappi

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dale and Diane Schlappi, of Sunderland, are announcing the engagement of their son, Zachary Schlappi, to Saskia Sidenfaden. The couple live in New York City. Zachary is the art director at Avalanche Studios in New York City, and …

Cheryl Hewes & Gerald Cranston

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheryl Hewes and Gerald “Fuzz” Cranston, both of Williamsburg, were married July 29 in Childs Park, Northampton, by the Rev. Mikki Viereck. Family members serving as honor attendants were Bob and Peggy Hewes, Gerry and Raeann Cranston, Kayla …

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 29, 2014

LEMELIN — Mason Paul, son of Kyla (Lamere) and Joseph Lemelin, of West Springfield, was born July 12 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Patricia and William Lamere of Northampton. The paternal grandparents are Alice and Paul Lemelin of Heath. …

Eliza Summers & Stephen Frasier

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stephen J. Frasier, of Amherst, and Eliza A. Summers, of Belchertown, announce their engagement. Stephen is a professor and Elizabeth is a financial aid counselor, both at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A fall wedding is planned. …

Naomi Judd & Jonathan Szymonik

Friday, August 22, 2014

Robert Judd Jr., of Chesterfield, and Donna Whiteley, of Southampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Naomi Judd, of South Hadley, to Jonathan Szymonik, also of South Hadley. Jonathan is the son of Albert and Rebecca Szymonik of …

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 15, 2014

KIRIAKOPOULOS — Nora Cecelia and Elizabeth Rita, twin daughters of Annie Scagel and Alex Kiriakopoulos of Northampton, were born June 24 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. The maternal grandparents are Ann B. Scagel of Northampton and the late Edwin Scagel. The paternal grandmother is Elizabeth A. Curtin of …

Heather Labrecque & Timothy Hodnicki

Friday, August 15, 2014

Heather Labrecque, of South Hadley, is announcing her engagement to Timothy Hodnicki, also of South Hadley. Heather is the daughter of Nancy and Allen Bisbee of Easthampton. She works for the United States Postal Service and is a …