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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 …

Weekend Planner — Art: Print Fair North at Zea Mays in Florence

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

After 13 years of opening its studio to collectors, museum curators and the general public for Print Fair North, its annual show of fine art prints, Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence has re-conceptualized the event, transforming it into …

Bull moose wanders through Florence neighborhoods

Monday, September 21, 2015

FLORENCE — Elena Ciampa had just taken her 11-week-old puppy, Alma, outside about 7 a.m. Monday when she encountered an unexpected visitor in her neighborhood. She recalled hearing a little “yip” from Alma, looked up and saw a …

Donna Delisle denies arson charge after allegedly starting fire in her Florence home

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman pleaded not guilty to arson Monday, a day after police arrested her for allegedly starting a small fire in her home and blaming it on her ex-boyfriend. Donna K. Delisle, 49, of 839 Ryan Road, was released on $2,000 personal surety after being …

As Bookends in Florence celebrates its 25th year, Valley used bookstores remain strong

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the age of e-readers and Amazon.com, used bookstores remain a strong segment of the Pioneer Valley economy. Among them is Bookends, which this week will mark its 25th year as a staple in Florence center. …

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 …