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Franki Fernandez-Nieves cuts Joanne O'Shea's hair at her salon called Simple Serenity at Franki's

With 32 years of experience, Franki Fernandez-Nieves opens Simply Serenity salon in Florence

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After some three decades of dreaming about having her own business, it finally happened for Franki Fernandez-Nieves who earlier this year opened Simply Serenity @ Franki’s in Florence. She is no rookie to the salon business. She has 32 years of experience, including her most recent position as manager of Bucci Northampton at 145 Main St. “It was …

Area business briefs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Valley Wed plans event at Quonquont Farm WHATELY — Valley Wed will hold its first event from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Quonquont Farm in Whately showcasing Pioneer Valley vendors for couples who value local wedding products and professionals. Admission is free. Show coordinators Hannah Grace and Tiffany Hilton have included …

Priscilla Ross of Florence named executive director of Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Priscilla M. Ross has been named the executive director of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice. Ross, of Florence, has been the interim executive director since April, and the hospital announced Thursday that she was named permanently to the job in August. “Having this opportunity to work in my own community, …

With social media buzz and high-visibility location, Florence Pie Bar sells out on opening day

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence Pie Bar opened for business Friday — and had to close early after a long and steady line of customers ate through the shop’s entire supply of pies and other pastries. The 76 Main …

Stanley Michalski of Florence denies additional child sexual assault charges; prosecutor says more children accuse him

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two months after Stanley J. Michalski of Florence denied child sexual assault charges in Hampshire Superior Court, he was arraigned Wednesday on new charges resulting from additional children accusing him of abuse, the prosecutor said. “New victims came forward after seeing it in the paper,” Assistant …

Weekend Planner — Art: Print Fair North at Zea Mays in Florence

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

After 13 years of opening its studio to collectors, museum curators and the general public for Print Fair North, its annual show of fine art prints, Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence has re-conceptualized the event, transforming it into …

Bull moose wanders through Florence neighborhoods

Monday, September 21, 2015

FLORENCE — Elena Ciampa had just taken her 11-week-old puppy, Alma, outside about 7 a.m. Monday when she encountered an unexpected visitor in her neighborhood. She recalled hearing a little “yip” from Alma, looked up and saw a …

Donna Delisle denies arson charge after allegedly starting fire in her Florence home

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman pleaded not guilty to arson Monday, a day after police arrested her for allegedly starting a small fire in her home and blaming it on her ex-boyfriend. Donna K. Delisle, 49, of 839 Ryan Road, was released on $2,000 personal surety after being …

As Bookends in Florence celebrates its 25th year, Valley used bookstores remain strong

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the age of e-readers and Amazon.com, used bookstores remain a strong segment of the Pioneer Valley economy. Among them is Bookends, which this week will mark its 25th year as a staple in Florence center. …

Northampton’s new outreach officers and liaisons focus on building relationships, becoming ‘familiar faces’ in neighborhoods

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Jared LaValle stepped inside the A-1 Pizza House at 92 Maple St. in Florence on a hot afternoon last week. Holding his hat in one hand, he shook hands with a few regulars who …

Reconstruction of Trinity Row Park fountain in Florence underway

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a fundraising effort by Florence residents and businesses that brought in nearly $40,000, the fountain in Trinity Row Park will be up and running for the first time in over a decade this fall. The …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Friday, August 21, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of Easthampton. …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Monday, August 17, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27, 2015 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of …