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Area briefs: Halloween parade, riverfront cleanup, benefit dinner

Easthampton

HALLOWEEN PARADE: Children from the Easthampton Family Center will parade in Halloween costumes through the halls of the Municipal Building Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. After the parade, the children will have a special meeting with Mayor Michael Tautznik and then return to the Family Center for a Halloween celebration.

Northampton

RIVER CLEANUP: A cleanup of the Connecticut River waterfront in Northampton is in the works for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help pick up and bag litter along the rail trail, selected old homeless camps and parts of the Meadows section of the city. Volunteers are asked to meet in front of First Churches at the corner of Main and Center streets. Needed are garbage bags, gloves, bottled water and trucks to haul away garbage. Anyone willing to donate garbage bags is asked to drop them off at the mayor’s office in City Hall. For more information, contact organizer Lance Gouvan at 657-4398.

BENEFIT DINNER: Homeward Vets, a Southampton nonprofit that assists veterans in furnishing their homes and in other ways, will hold its second spaghetti dinner Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $7 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. There will be music, games and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Lisa Felty at 203-1479. Donations may also be mailed to Homeward Vets, PO BOX 400, Southampton, MA 01073.

CANDIDATES NIGHT: The three candidates vying for two at-large positions on the School Committee in the Nov. 5 municipal election will answer questions at an informal gathering next week.

Sponsored by the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association, the “mingle” will allow residents to speak individually with candidates Blue DuVal, Kari Nykorchuk and Samuel J. Welson. The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the library of Bridge Street School. It is being held in cooperation with the Bridge Street School Parent Teacher Organization. The candidates originally were scheduled to debate at a Ward 3 forum this week, but that changed when the School Committee made plans to interview superintendent finalists that night.

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