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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

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 …

As Bookends in Florence celebrates its 25th year, Valley used bookstores remain strong

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the age of e-readers and Amazon.com, used bookstores remain a strong segment of the Pioneer Valley economy. Among them is Bookends, which this week will mark its 25th year as a staple in Florence center. …

Northampton’s new outreach officers and liaisons focus on building relationships, becoming ‘familiar faces’ in neighborhoods

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Jared LaValle stepped inside the A-1 Pizza House at 92 Maple St. in Florence on a hot afternoon last week. Holding his hat in one hand, he shook hands with a few regulars who …