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Priscilla Ross of Florence named executive director of Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Priscilla M. Ross has been named the executive director of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice. Ross, of Florence, has been the interim executive director since April, and the hospital announced Thursday that she was named permanently to the job in August. “Having this opportunity to work in my own community, that I clearly am so devoted to, and to lead an organization that provides health care in a way that I believe in so much is just a privilege, and I’m so honored to have it,” Ross said. The former executive director of the VNA & Hospice, Jeanne M. Ryan, who was …

With social media buzz and high-visibility location, Florence Pie Bar sells out on opening day

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence Pie Bar opened for business Friday — and had to close early after a long and steady line of customers ate through the shop’s entire supply of pies and other pastries. The 76 Main St. business sold 160 slices of pie — in addition to 90 other baked goods …

Stanley Michalski of Florence denies additional child sexual assault charges; prosecutor says more children accuse him

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two months after Stanley J. Michalski of Florence denied child sexual assault charges in Hampshire Superior Court, he was arraigned Wednesday on new charges resulting from additional children accusing him of abuse, the prosecutor said. “New victims came forward after seeing it in the paper,” Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano said of news stories about Michalski’s earlier court appearances. Michalski, …

Shamaad Jones of Springfield admits to robbing Cumberland Farms in Florence in 2013

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cumberland Farms employee Alyssa Larochelle told a Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday that she has post-traumatic stress disorder after being ordered to the floor of the Florence store by two masked robbers wielding weapons in the early morning of Dec. 19, 2013. “If someone goes by …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …

Lawrence George of Florence plans Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, has …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” …

Toddler Time

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Friday, January 2, 2015

Calling the Roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Dec. 18 and 31. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. James “Bud” Finn, 86, Easthampton, d. Dec. 14; he enlisted in the U.S. …

Area briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION: A collection of children and young adult books and family board games and puzzles at the Amherst Survival Center continues through Friday. The items are needed as part of the center’s holiday gift program, which will benefit families with children up to 18 years …

Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got …

For 25 years, a Florence parade for everyone

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FLORENCE — For more than two decades, raft horses, boy scouts, bagpipers and Santa Claus himself marched through town in the annual Christmas Parade, held on the Saturday afer Thanksgiving. At the head of the parade, now in …