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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, electric and pedal-steel guitars, mandolin, accordion, a stand-up bass and five strong voices, the sextet — Wild Bill, Nick Sparks, Paul Slappy …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — at the end of its eight-song hour-long set, the band received a standing ovation — …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was the only passenger in a Toyota Camry whose driver lost control of the car at …

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. …

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: …

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, …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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 …

National Association of Letter Carriers to pick up nonperishable food Saturday

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive takes place Saturday. Carriers will pick up nonperishables left in bags at people’s mailboxes to be distributed to area food pantries. The Northampton Survival Center will receive food collected in Northampton, Florence and Leeds. Last …

Angelo Joseph Hensley identified as sex offender in Florence

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice about a Level 3 sex offender living in Florence. Angelo Joseph Hensley, 33, of 29 North Maple St. was convicted of dissemination of harmful material to minors in 2004. Hensley is …

Friends & Neighbors

Monday, May 5, 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. Belchertown Nicole Riel, a member of Assumption College’s class of 2015, was named an Augustine Scholar as …