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Otto Coleman, 6, waits outside the Governor's office with his brother Fenton, 4, left, and father Joshua, to deliver a stack of petitions with thousands of signatures calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated Monday, June 29, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The state Senate approved the bill sending it to Brown. Joshua Coleman said his son has been wheelchair bound as a result of an adverse reaction to a vaccine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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 West Virginia are the only two states …

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 diapering — as well as fire safety, first aid, when and whom to call for …

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. Others have an unsteady gait or a difficult time with their balance. Yet here they …

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

Health Advice

Abortions decline 12% in 5 years across US

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, …

No cause for panic in S. Korea’s MERS scare

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — Sales of surgical masks surge amid fears of a deadly, poorly understood virus. Airlines announce “intensified sanitizing operations.” More than 1,100 schools close and 1,600 people — and 17 camels in zoos — are …

Steven Bradley of Pelham resigns suddenly from presidency of Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven F. Bradley has resigns, leaving to deal with a family emergency, according to the hospital leadership, after just shy of a year at the helm. Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice …

Health Events

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers breast feeding class. Upcoming dates can be obtained by calling the Center. Pre-registration is necessary. Mothers’ partners are encouraged to attend, as both partners have a role …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Benefits for seniors Northampton Senior Services and Senior Center has received a three-year grant for a pilot program to assist elders in acquiring benefits that will help them remain independent. The program, called Benefits Counseling, relies on community members to work one-on-one with …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, May 18, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ FOOD ISSUES OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUS — Every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Pelham Library. Accessible. Beginners, Step, writing and reflection. WEIGHT LOSS — TOPS, an organization with the goal of supporting people in the struggle of weight loss, …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, May 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS EXPRESSION THROUGH MOVEMENT — Open to female-identified survivors of sexual assault who are Five College Students or residents of Hampshire County. Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel physically numb. This group employs movement to tap …