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RECORDER FILE PHOTO Karen Wendler and Debran Brocklesby, staff at the World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, talk recently about opening a new store in Florence. PAUL FRANZ (2012)

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 for more than 45 years in that town’s downtown center, opened a second store in Florence in space near the thriving Cup … 1

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 by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 1

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 under 14 in 2002. Zingle is described as a white man, 5 feet 5 inches … 0

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. … 0

Hundreds turn out in Northampton to remember veterans who preserved country’s freedoms

Monday, May 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Veterans Council of Northampton President Brad LeVay says he does not need a special day for remembering his fellow veterans. LeVay, a Marine veteran who fought in the Korean War, says he will always feel the … 0

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FLORENCE — Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence is offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling. Lynn LaFountain, who … 1

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 23, 2014

Information on events, classes and workshops offered by area community senior centers is available on their respective websites, listed below. Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: … 0

April Madera & Dustin Sawicki

Friday, May 23, 2014

Heidi and Stanley Sawicki, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, Dustin M. Sawicki, of San Diego, California, to April R. Madera, also of San Diego. April is the daughter of Francisco and Myrna Madera of Hayward, … 0

Your Time: Junior Cyclocross Training Camp, Florence

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cyclocross is a fast-growing sport that combines the technical skills of mountain biking and the intensity of traditional road racing. The races — often likened to steeplechase for bicycles — take place over a short loop of a … 0

Rene Santiago of Florence pleads not guilty to threatening police officer’s family, assault, other charges

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A disturbance at Meadowbrook Apartments Monday night led to the arrest of a Florence man on charges including assault and threatening the lives of a police officer’s family. Rene Santiago, 50, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, May 9, 2014

■ ∎ Native Wildflowers of the Valley — Walk with Nancy Goodman on Station Road in Amherst, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006,or go to hitchcockcenter.org. ■ ∎ Sunderland Bike Maintenance Workshop — Free workshop May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunderland Public Library, … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, May 9, 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 Timothy Coren Bobrowski was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Harpur College of Arts … 0