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Weekend Planner — Kids: February Fiesta at Florence Community Center

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What’s new with Mr. G, the Whately-based, nationally known, bilingual kid’s music star? He’s just won a Latin Grammy Award for mejor album de musica Latina para ninos — Best Latin Children’s Album — the latest in a string of kudos that includes two Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and critical acclaim from People magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times. On Saturday, Mr. G — whose name was conferred on him by students at the Smith College Campus School when he served as an assistant teacher there — will be singing songs from this award-winning album, “Los Animales,” at Sunnyside …

Four vehicle break-ins reported in Florence, with papers taken from glove compartments

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — While nothing was missing from four vehicles parked in Florence Wednesday morning, the owners of the vehicles noticed something clearly amiss. Police are investigating break-ins to the four vehicles overnight Tuesday. Their glove compartments were opened and papers were thrown around inside the vehicles. One of the vehicles was parked on Spring Street, another on Locust Street and two on Corticelli …

Will Lombardi of Hatfield pleads not guilty to setting fire on porch of a home in Florence

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — As he made the rounds at his Florence home early Christmas morning, turning out lights and checking doors in the hour after midnight, Martin Sexton saw an orange glow on his front porch. He quickly realized that a small box was on fire just a few feet from his front door …

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The annual Rag Shag Parade was held Saturday evening in Florence. …

Creating a community of artists in Florence

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

After Phoebe Helander graduated in 2011 from Hampshire College, where she studied art, she felt at loose ends; she missed the support system the arts community there had provided. In college, for example, fellow students and professors who …

Learning from the pros: Working artists open schools in Florence, Easthampton

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recently, teaching artists who formerly worked alone have come together to create new schools, where they are devoting their enthusiasm and their expertise to teach a wide array of classes — from the ancient to contemporary art forms. …

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 …