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JERREY ROBERTS
Dr. Claire Edwards, right, watches as Dr. James Clayton works on a patient during her first day as associate dentist at Clayton, Kleinman and Canby in Northampton Wednesday. Helping Clayton is Sheri Hamel, a dental assistant.

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she needed to position herself to be one step ahead of her competitors. As she learned during her years at Smith and afterward, …

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella and Maya Constantine. “There’s times when I have been frustrated,” Boas said. “But I don’t …

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 …

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Bert Levine, left, of Long Island and Steve Deming of Rhode Island, both May graduates of the University of Massachusetts, toss a football near the UMass campus pond while friends take a break in the shade on Sunday afternoon in Amherst.

    KEVIN GUTTING Bert Levine, left, of Long Island and Steve Deming of Rhode Island, both May graduates of the University of Massachusetts, toss a football near the UMass campus pond while friends take a break in the shade on Sunday afternoon in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • NANCY SIPPEL CARPENTER 
Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

    NANCY SIPPEL CARPENTER Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

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 …

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. …

Health Events

Monday, June 29, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF LGBT BEREAVEMENT GROUP — The Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst offers a bereavement support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse. For more …

Resources

Monday, June 29, 2015

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdama.org www.apdama.org/wcms/resources www.apdama.org/wcms/support-groups (800) 651-8466 Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups of Western Mass. • PDSG - WM PO Box 3 Hadley, MA 01035 584-2192 or email ruthie.pdsg@gmail.com • First Wednesday each month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jewish Community Center 1160 …

Quinn on Nutrition: No one best diet for diabetes patients, just ‘patterns’ of healthy eating

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. In fact, many of the experts at this meeting said the answer may not be in one specific diet. …

For more on Tzivia Gover

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For more information about Tzivia Gover, go to www.thirdhousemoon.com or tziviagover.com. To listen to a podcast of a recent interview with Gover on “Unfiltered,” a show on radio station WHMP hosted by Rene Kane, Joan Holliday and Dr. Mary Kane, go to whmp.com. …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Walking Rendezvous Northampton wellness coach Barry Bouthilette is organizing a Walking Rendezvous at Look Park in Florence June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a walk around the park, music by the SilverTone5, entertainment for children, …

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 …

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 …