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Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the position since July 7, 2009, gave his letter of resignation to the town late Thursday, saying he plans to retire. He has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 13. According to Dennis Helmus, the town’s human resources director who lives in Northampton, the paid leave ended Friday at 5 p.m. — at about the same time an internal investigation of Pyers ended. Helmus said Pyers will …

Lawrence George of Florence plans Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, has leased and is renovating the former Alpha Stone building on 11th Street for his Brick …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” Martin said Robert Pyers of Florence was placed on leave earlier this week and will …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …

Former gasoline station in downtown Florence demolished, making way for new brick building

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, …

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation …

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned …

Christopher Zingle identified as sex offender living in Florence

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice of a Level 3 sex offender living in Florence. Christopher Adam Zingle, 31, of 17 North Maple St., was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child …

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young …

Christopher Kouniotis of Florence, hospitalized after his bicycle was struck by a Leeds driver Wednesday afternoon

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was hospitalized after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle turning in to a driveway Wednesday afternoon. Christopher J. Kouniotis, 50, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for face and arm injuries following the crash, according to police. Information about …

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 1, 2014

MEADE — Grace Palmer, daughter of Thomas Francis Meade IV and Alison Palmer (Branch) Meade, of Quincy, was born May 10 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. The maternal grandparents are Dr. Alan Palmer Branch and Lynell McQuillan Branch of Leeds. The paternal grandparents are Thomas Francis Meade III …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies …