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RECORDER FILE PHOTO Karen Wendler and Debran Brocklesby, staff at the World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, talk recently about opening a new store in Florence. PAUL FRANZ (2012)

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 Florence in space near the thriving Cup … 1

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 1

Christopher Zingle identified as sex offender living in Florence

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice of a Level 3 sex offender living in Florence. Christopher Adam Zingle, 31, of 17 North Maple St., was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in 2002. Zingle is described as a white man, 5 feet 5 inches … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

Memories, dedication bring organizers to Relay For Life

Friday, April 25, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of guest articles that explains aspects of Relay For Life of Hampshire County. a yearly American Cancer Society fundraiser. This year’s Relay will be June 13-14 at Look Memorial … 0

Clay shapers: Studios along the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail open for 10th annual event

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The earthy smell of fresh clay. The warm glow emanating from a kiln. Doors to working studios thrown open to the public. It’s that time of year again. The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided driving tour of … 0