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Star and Rain Drooker at the Evolution Cafe in Florence.

Charting the evolution of grief

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Star Drooker, owner of Cafe Evolution in Florence, is sharing more than just his popular tofu dishes and vegan cupcakes with patrons as the cafe celebrates its 10th anniversary Sunday, Valentine’s Day. Cafe Evolution will host a screening of Drooker’s documentary film “Salmonboy” at 5 p.m. Sunday. The film follows Drooker and his family over a 20-year period …

Weekend Planner — Kids: February Fiesta at Florence Community Center

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What’s new with Mr. G, the Whately-based, nationally known, bilingual kid’s music star? He’s just won a Latin Grammy Award for mejor album de musica Latina para ninos — Best Latin Children’s Album — the latest in a string of kudos that includes two Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and critical acclaim from People …

Four vehicle break-ins reported in Florence, with papers taken from glove compartments

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — While nothing was missing from four vehicles parked in Florence Wednesday morning, the owners of the vehicles noticed something clearly amiss. Police are investigating break-ins to the four vehicles overnight Tuesday. Their glove compartments were opened and papers were thrown around inside the vehicles. One of the vehicles was parked on Spring Street, another on Locust Street and two on Corticelli …

Will Lombardi of Hatfield pleads not guilty to setting fire on porch of a home in Florence

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — As he made the rounds at his Florence home early Christmas morning, turning out lights and checking doors in the hour after midnight, Martin Sexton saw an orange glow on his front porch. He quickly realized …

Food for all

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Sobs and cheers: A musical year in review

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Before the end of December zips and the calendar flips, a note about Clubland: 2015 marks this column’s 20th anniversary. It started appearing in the pages of the Gazette in April 1995, and a recent scan through the …

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity plans duplex on land in North Amherst

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

AMHERST — A small piece of land in North Amherst where an affordable duplex will be built is not only assisting efforts to provide housing for people of all income levels, its sale will help to preserve farmland and promote agriculture. The three-quarters of an acre at 1089 …

Good as new

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CAROL LOLLIS Hannah Ray of Tack Upholstery Studio in Florence, works on a chair Wednesday afternoon. …

Snug fit

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Famished furry friends

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Listings wanted for Christmas services

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Gazette will publish a listing of area Christmas services on Dec. 19. Please email listings by Wednesday to newsroom@gazettenet.com with “Christmas services” in the subject line. …

Tradition continues at Full Circle Bike Shop in Florence of Christmas gifts to children in need

Friday, December 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — During the holiday season when Jason Graves of Full Circle Bike Shop in Florence opened his store nine years ago, he had one customer he remembers particularly well. “An older gentleman bought a bike and said, …