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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, that I clearly am so devoted to, and to lead an organization that provides health care in a way that I believe in so much is just a privilege, and I’m so honored to have it,” Ross said. The former executive director of the VNA & Hospice, Jeanne M. Ryan, who was …

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 St. business sold 160 slices of pie — in addition to 90 other baked goods …

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 Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano said of news stories about Michalski’s earlier court appearances. Michalski, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Water cure “Water as Cure and Transformation,” a contemporary interpretation by Katie Richardson of the Round Hill Water Cure, is inspired by documents and objects from the permanent collection at Historic Northampton. The exhibit will open with a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A Taste of Honey delights crowd at Florence’s Music on the Porch summer concert series

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The striking green cover of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” (and the inevitable parade of parodies that followed) is the main reason the 1965 record lives on in pop culture, but the …

Area business briefs

Monday, August 10, 2015

Helander opens School of the Arts in Florence FLORENCE — Phoebe Helander has begun enrollment for the September/October session at her newly opened Florence School of the Arts. The community of Pioneer Valley visual artists and musicians offers …

Florence company buys former Getty gasoline station in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HADLEY — A Florence-based company has purchased the former Getty gasoline station at 13 Russell St. in Hadley, but owner Amrik Singh said he is unsure how the company will use the property. “It just happened,” he said …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Weekend Planner — Celebration: Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Issued in 1862, President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was ignored by the states that had seceded from the Union, including Texas, where the last slaves in America were not officially freed until June 19, 1865. Today known as Juneteenth, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A dinner serenade with Bella’s Bartok; Gregory Raimo and Bhi Bhiman pop into the Valley; Johnny Irion plays Dream Away

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If it’s a Thursday night and busy members of the local band Bella’s Bartok aren’t out on the road, they’re hoofing it over to Hinge in Northampton, bringing a collection of instruments and their collective jukebox brain to …

Area business briefs

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bob Nelson opens energy healing practice NORTHAMPTON — Bob Nelson has opened an energy healing practice at 16 Center St. Nelson is a registered nurse who has studied multiple healing techniques. A Reiki master, he also has certificates …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Filmmaker to teach in Vietnam Right on the heels of the screening May 27 of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott of Florence is heading to Vietnam for a month to lead a series …

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 …