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PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY HOTT
Gary Bernice, the SciTech Band's inspirational director, works through a passage with Andre Fraser, on trombone, during the filming of "SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield," the new documentary by Florence filmmaker Larry Hott.

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and Technology (HSST) — as well as the band’s inspirational director, Gary Bernice — music is just one part of a life lesson …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for children. It is owned by Franki Fernandez-Nieves, formerly the manager at Bucci’s. James Winston to …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kane Haffey and Quinn Moroney each netted a hat trick to propel the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team further in the Division III NCAA Tournament with a 16-10 win over Middlebury on Saturday at home. Moroney added an assist for the Lord Jeffs (18-2) in the win. Charlie Gill (two assists) and Chris Albanese each added two goals. Amherst advances to the NCAA …

Area business briefs

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BusinessWest recognizes young professionals SPRINGFIELD — Local business people included in the 40 Under-Forty Class of 2015 selected by BusinessWest include Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton; Lindsay Doak, director of education and marketing, Fazzi …

Headliners: Lydia Lunch at 13th Floor Music Lounge; Katie and Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time for Lunch Amid the garbage-strewn streets of drug-and-crime-ravaged downtown New York City in the late ’70s, the New Wave music scene nihilistically turned in on itself and gave birth to the No Wave movement, a short-lived but …

Weekend Planner — Tour: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A springtime tradition, the annual two-day Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour winds from Florence in the south up through Hadley and Pelham and then north to Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and Northfield, encompassing nine pottery studios located in …

Weekend Planner — Reading: The Florence Poets Society

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Florence Poets Society was founded in 2004 by firefighter Tom “Twilite” Clark and attorney Carl Russo, who met because they had children in the same kindergarten class and who became fast friends when they discovered they shared …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Meat for Tea celebrates new issue with multi-media event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For nine years, local magazine Meat for Tea: The Valley Review has showcased local writers and artists of every kind, and not just in its pages — four times a year when new issues are published, editor-in-chief Elizabeth …

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The last name of Chris and Andrea Zawacki, co-owners of Tandem Bagel Company in Easthampton, was misspelled in a story about egg sandwiches Feb. 28. On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints …

Shamaad Jones of Springfield admits to robbing Cumberland Farms in Florence in 2013

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cumberland Farms employee Alyssa Larochelle told a Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday that she has post-traumatic stress disorder after being ordered to the floor of the Florence store by two masked robbers wielding weapons in the early morning of Dec. 19, 2013. “If someone goes by …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …