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PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY HOTT
Gary Bernice, the SciTech Band's inspirational director, works through a passage with Andre Fraser, on trombone, during the filming of "SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield," the new documentary by Florence filmmaker Larry Hott.

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 Technology (HSST) — as well as the band’s inspirational director, Gary Bernice — music is just one part of a life lesson …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for children. It is owned by Franki Fernandez-Nieves, formerly the manager at Bucci’s. James Winston to …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kane Haffey and Quinn Moroney each netted a hat trick to propel the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team further in the Division III NCAA Tournament with a 16-10 win over Middlebury on Saturday at home. Moroney added an assist for the Lord Jeffs (18-2) in the win. Charlie Gill (two assists) and Chris Albanese each added two goals. Amherst advances to the NCAA …

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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …

Florence man struck by vehicle in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 68-year-old Florence man was in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Wednesday after he was struck by a vehicle at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Elm, Federal, Nonotuck, and South Main streets. William A. Forrest Sr., of 82 South Main St., …

Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Still Tryin’ to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By day, Sharon Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northampton who works primarily with children, adolescents and families. By night she’s a cabaret performer who mixes songs from musical theater, jazz standards and rock with personal stories …

Veterans Voice

Friday, October 24, 2014

Announcements FREE DINNER: The Florence VFW Post 8006 will offer free dinners to any area veteran and his or her spouse or partner on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. A social half-hour will start at 5.30 p.m. with a buffet at 6 p.m. This year’s menu will be spaghetti, …

Veterans Voice

Friday, October 24, 2014

Announcements FREE DINNER: The Florence VFW Post 8006 will offer free dinners to any area veteran and his or her spouse or partner on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Social half-hour will start at 5.30 p.m. with a buffet at 6 p.m. This year’s menu will be spaghetti, ziti, …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New …

Veterans Voice

Friday, October 10, 2014

Announcements SCHOLARSHIP, ESSAY CONTEST: The Michael F. Curtin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8006 in Florence and its ladies auxiliary invite area students to participate in the national Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, and the Patriot’s Pen essay and art contests. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s Bar & Grill in Worthington and at Greenfield’s Independence Day celebration. Featuring acoustic, …