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Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 4 p.m.; …

Weekend colleges: Amherst drops Mount Holyoke in Tip-Off Classic, ties UConn for longest home win streak

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ali Doswell scored 25 points, while Marley Giddins had 16 and Meredith Doswell added 12 as the Amherst College women’s basketball team beat Baruch College, 73-63, in the Amherst Tip-Off Classic Final on Sunday. The win pushed the Lord Jeffs’ (3-0) consecutive home win streak to 100 games, breaking UConn’s previous mark of 99 games for the longest home winning streak in NCAA …

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient for this country’s traditional Thanksgiving meal. The turkeys are not so plentiful this year. The …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

Northampton City Council to consider zoning changes for larger residential projects, possible end to moratorium near downtown

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 14 months after putting a hold on approval of large-scale residential projects close to downtown, the City Council is expected to decide Thursday whether to adopt new zoning regulations and lift the moratorium. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of several key …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class …

Northampton BID opponents say they are not invited to mayor’s downtown stakeholder meeting Thursday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A meeting of downtown stakeholders called by Mayor David J. Narkewicz is scheduled for Thursday, but it is not open to the public and apparently will not include some opponents of the Northampton Business Improvement District, which a judge last week ordered shut down. Among those …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …

Northampton to hold public hearing on new tax rate; bill for average home would increase by $124 annually

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to hold a hold a public hearing Thursday on the city’s tax rate for this fiscal year and likely vote on the new figure. Assessors have calculated the tax rate this fiscal year at $15.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value, …