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Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way down Main St. during the annual Christmas Parade Saturday in Florence.

Florence Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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 …

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, …

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 …

Reconstruction of Trinity Row Park fountain in Florence underway

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a fundraising effort by Florence residents and businesses that brought in nearly $40,000, the fountain in Trinity Row Park will be up and running for the first time in over a decade this fall. The …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Friday, August 21, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of Easthampton. …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Monday, August 17, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27, 2015 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of …

Florence Pie Bar will offer comfort food and a comfortable atmosphere

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A longtime music teacher is pursuing her goal of creating a “real pie shop” where people can sit and converse with friends — and eat pie — with the help of a recent college graduate and …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Water cure “Water as Cure and Transformation,” a contemporary interpretation by Katie Richardson of the Round Hill Water Cure, is inspired by documents and objects from the permanent collection at Historic Northampton. The exhibit will open with a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A Taste of Honey delights crowd at Florence’s Music on the Porch summer concert series

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The striking green cover of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” (and the inevitable parade of parodies that followed) is the main reason the 1965 record lives on in pop culture, but the …

Area business briefs

Monday, August 10, 2015

Helander opens School of the Arts in Florence FLORENCE — Phoebe Helander has begun enrollment for the September/October session at her newly opened Florence School of the Arts. The community of Pioneer Valley visual artists and musicians offers …

Florence company buys former Getty gasoline station in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HADLEY — A Florence-based company has purchased the former Getty gasoline station at 13 Russell St. in Hadley, but owner Amrik Singh said he is unsure how the company will use the property. “It just happened,” he said …