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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 the store with their face covered, I start shaking,” she said. “I’m on days now. I can’t work nights anymore. It’s been …

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 acquitted Christopher J. Burnham, 37, on a third charge of operating a motor vehicle while …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the position since July 7, 2009, gave his letter of resignation to the town late Thursday, …

Lawrence George of Florence plans Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, has …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” …

Toddler Time

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

VETERANS VOICE

Friday, January 2, 2015

Calling the Roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Dec. 18 and 31. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. James “Bud” Finn, 86, Easthampton, d. Dec. 14; he enlisted in the U.S. …

Area briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION: A collection of children and young adult books and family board games and puzzles at the Amherst Survival Center continues through Friday. The items are needed as part of the center’s holiday gift program, which will benefit families with children up to 18 years …

Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got …

For 25 years, a Florence parade for everyone

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FLORENCE — For more than two decades, raft horses, boy scouts, bagpipers and Santa Claus himself marched through town in the annual Christmas Parade, held on the Saturday afer Thanksgiving. At the head of the parade, now in …

Florence woman cited for texting while driving after car hits telephone pole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Deborah L. Feen-Epstein, 52, of 168 Maple Ridge Road, Florence, was given a written warning for texting while driving after her vehicle struck a telephone pole on Pine Street in Florence Tuesday evening. Feen-Epstein was not injured in the accident. According to police, she was driving …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …

A life of clay: Florence potter Tiffany Hilton finds balance between art and business

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When I meet Florence potter Tiffany Hilton for an interview, she presents me with my own coffee mug. “I figured if you want to know who I am, you should have one of my pots,” she says with …