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Monday, November 30, 2015

Florence Bank hosts calendar artist FLORENCE — Florence Bank invites the public to meet artist/photographer Ellen Augarten at a reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the bank’s main branch at 85 Main St. Augarten is a Northampton photographer and artist whose Pioneer Valley images are shown through the prism of double-exposure photography, which add a unique look to each scene. Her work will be featured in the bank’s 2016 calendars, which will be available shortly at each of the Florence Bank branches. Sports Travel and Tours marks 20 years HATFIELD — Sports Travel and Tours has entered its 20th year in business and …

Photos: Florence Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …