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Anniversary: Alice Marie and Phillip Kelley of Florence celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Friday, November 20, 2015

Alice Marie (Latham) Kelley and Phillip R. Kelley, of Florence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family. The Kelley’s were married Nov. 11, 1955. Alice is a Northampton High School graduate, a devoted wife and mother who for 20 years stayed home and raised her five children. She worked for the Northampton school system for 19 years before retiring in 2000, but continued to work as a substitute. Since retirement, Alice has been an active board member of Hospice Shop of Northampton and member of the Red Hat Ladies. She loves to travel and remains active throughout the community. Her favorite pastime is to spend …

Weekend Planner — Music: Fall concert series at Florence Congregational Church benefits SafePassage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Please help us spread the word” entreats Rebecca Finkler, community outreach director for Florence Congregational Church. OK — the word is that the church is hosting a fall concert series to benefit SafePassage of Northampton, which provides support for survivors of domestic abuse. Performances are Mondays at 7 p.m. and are by donation, …


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Weekend Planner — Reading: The Florence Poets Society

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Florence Poets Society was founded in 2004 by firefighter Tom “Twilite” Clark and attorney Carl Russo, who met because they had children in the same kindergarten class and who became fast friends when they discovered they shared …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Meat for Tea celebrates new issue with multi-media event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For nine years, local magazine Meat for Tea: The Valley Review has showcased local writers and artists of every kind, and not just in its pages — four times a year when new issues are published, editor-in-chief Elizabeth …

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The last name of Chris and Andrea Zawacki, co-owners of Tandem Bagel Company in Easthampton, was misspelled in a story about egg sandwiches Feb. 28. On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints …

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.” …