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Anniversary: Alice Marie and Phillip Kelley of Florence celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Friday, November 20, 2015

Alice Marie (Latham) Kelley and Phillip R. Kelley, of Florence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family. The Kelley’s were married Nov. 11, 1955. Alice is a Northampton High School graduate, a devoted wife and mother who for 20 years stayed home and raised her five children. She worked for the Northampton school system for 19 years before retiring in 2000, but continued to work as a substitute. Since retirement, Alice has been an active board member of Hospice Shop of Northampton and member of the Red Hat Ladies. She loves to travel and remains active throughout the community. Her favorite pastime is to spend …

Weekend Planner — Music: Fall concert series at Florence Congregational Church benefits SafePassage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Please help us spread the word” entreats Rebecca Finkler, community outreach director for Florence Congregational Church. OK — the word is that the church is hosting a fall concert series to benefit SafePassage of Northampton, which provides support for survivors of domestic abuse. Performances are Mondays at 7 p.m. and are by donation, …


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Florence woman denies 17 charges resulting from allegedly posing as nurse and stealing prescription drugs

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year-old Florence woman accused of posing as a nurse and stealing prescription drugs and personal belongings from three elderly people in her care last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to 17 charges in Hampshire Superior Court. Ann L. Fisher of Acrebrook Drive faces three counts …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, November 6, 2015

Easthampton Emily Dyer has received a Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars® 2015 Student Volunteer Award, as well as a local scholarship from Easthampton Dollars for Scholars. Emily will receive $1,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Florence Ella S. McDonald enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, this fall. …

‘Happy Hour’: Former Florence resident transforms win in short story contest into theatrical hit

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five years ago, George Eastman had a 110-page script and a vision. Today, he is the proud author of a play that’s been selling out its debut performances at a professional theater in California. “Happy Hour,” which is …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Mary Witt and the O-Tones release new album

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mary Witt, with and without her bass guitar, has been busy in the Valley music community for nearly 25 years, playing with her group The O-Tones — but not in the usual bars and clubs. The O-Tones specialize …

Business briefs

Monday, November 2, 2015

Truswell elected vice president of board NORTHAMPTON — Dr. William H. Truswell has been elected vice president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Truswell practices facial plastic surgery in Northampton, and is chairman of …

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The annual Rag Shag Parade was held Saturday evening in Florence. …

Creating a community of artists in Florence

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

After Phoebe Helander graduated in 2011 from Hampshire College, where she studied art, she felt at loose ends; she missed the support system the arts community there had provided. In college, for example, fellow students and professors who …

Learning from the pros: Working artists open schools in Florence, Easthampton

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recently, teaching artists who formerly worked alone have come together to create new schools, where they are devoting their enthusiasm and their expertise to teach a wide array of classes — from the ancient to contemporary art forms. …

Business briefs

Monday, October 26, 2015

Salon180east grand opening Friday EASTHAMPTON — Salon180east is a full-service Redken salon in the newly renovated Mill 180 building at 180 Pleasant St., Suite 210, Easthampton. Owner Carissa Derby and staff will hold a grand opening celebration offering …

Adam Novitt takes the reigns at Lilly Library in Florence, branding it an ‘indoor town common’

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ordering a book from Amazon may be convenient, but it lacks the magic and intimacy of a trip to the local library, says Adam Novitt, the new director of Florence’s Lilly Library. Novitt believes libraries are …