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FILE PHOTO 2013: This former gas station lot at the southeast corner of Main and Maple streets in Florence has been vacant for two years. 
KEVIN GUTTING

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. Gaurang Patel, who owns Bird’s Store across the street from the site at 100 Main St. , said he is moving ahead …

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, South Hadley, Holyoke, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and Montague.” Bringing those bands together for a big …

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 … 1

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 …

City authorities and state Department of Environmental Protection investigate apparent oil leak near Mill River inlet

Friday, May 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities are investigating the cause of an apparent gear oil leak discovered near an inlet to the Mill River at the intersection of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence on Friday night. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said there is no hazard to public health …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, May 2, 2014

■ Spring Sprint — Amherst Education Foundation hosts 4th annual 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun run to benefit Amherst-area public schools, May 3, 10 a.m., beginning and ending at Wildwood Elementary, 71 Strong St., Amherst. Registration starting 9 a.m. For more information go to amhersteducationfoundation.org ■ ∎ Birding By Ear: Quabbin …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 2, 2014

CLARK — Jesse Preston Clark V, son of Emily and Jesse Clark, of Windsor, was born March 20 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Karl and Colleen Wickland of Chesterfield. The paternal grandparents are Preston and Susan Clark of Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The maternal great-grandmother …

Around Florence: Second ‘Night Out’ kicks off spring season, fireworks back from the brink, and a summer’s worth of ‘Music on the Porch’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The “Florenaissance” continues this week with the second Florence Night Out arts event Thursday. Last year’s inaugural event was held in September and drew about 600 people according to organizers. Riding a wave a positive feedback and a …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 25, 2014

NELSON — Zachary James, son of Amy (Fabig-Roosa) Nelson and Kenneth Nelson, of Portland, Maine, was born March 14 in Maine Medical Center, Portland. The maternal grandparents are Diane Fabig and Doug Roosa of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Norah and James Nelson of Downer’s Grove, Ill. The …