News in Brief for Oct. 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017
Button Day

NORTHAMPTON — Downtown Northampton shoppers will shop for a cause Saturday in an effort to raise money for United Way of Hampshire County and to drive business to local shops.

Downtown merchants partnering with United Way for the shopping event “Button Day” will each offer customers a 20 percent discount on one item.

Shoppers can participate in Button Day by purchasing a $10 button, which will be sold at Thornes Marketplace outside the store 25 Central from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Participating stores include: A2Z Science & Learning Store, A Child’s Garden, Cathy Cross, Gazebo, GoBerry, Don Muller Gallery, Downtown Sounds, Easthside Grill, Ode Boutique, Provisions, Thornes Marketplace, 25 Central, ACME, ASSEMBLE, Backstop Seated Massage, Captain Candy, Cedar Chest, Cornucopia, Footbeats, Forget Me Not Florist, Heavenly Chocolate, Herrell’s, Jackson & Connor, Northampton Olive Oil Co., Noteworthy, Paul & Elizabeth’s, Rebekah Brooks, Refinery and the Blue Marble.

End of life talk

NORTHAMPTON — A doctor with incurable stage IV prostate cancer will be in Northampton Monday to speak on behalf of “The End of Life Options Act” being considered in the state Legislature.

Dr. Roger Kugler, a primary care physician in Falmouth, is a volunteer with Compassion & Choices, a national organization focused on patient rights and individual choice at the end of life.

At 1:30 p.m., Kugler will be at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center St., and at 7 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St.

The bill, if adopted, would make Massachusetts the seventh state, along with Washington, D.C., to authorize doctors to prescribe dying medication to patients who request this medical aid. It would only be available to terminally ill, mentally capable adults.

Kugler is one of two doctors suing Massachusetts and contending that state law doesn’t prevent a physician from providing patients dying medication to take, if they choose.

Support for “The End of Life Options Act” is already being pushed for by the Pioneer Valley Death with Dignity Action Group, which will go before the Northampton City Council seeking a resolution, and is bringing a warrant for fall Town Meeting in Amherst

Kugler’s talk is also sponsored by Northampton Senior Services, Amherst Senior Center and Living Fully, Aging Gracefully Support Groups.

March for Babies

AMHERST — The March of Dimes is holding a March for Babies at the University of Massachusetts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The sixth annual fundraiser, presented by Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, brings in money to pay for advanced medical research, including some taking place on the Amherst campus, as well as advocacy and community programs that ensure all babies have a healthy start in life.

Premature birth, the leading cause of death among babies in the United States, affects 380,000 babies a year.

More than 250 students and local families will walk a 3-mile course around the Amherst campus, with members of Phi Sigma Kappa setting up the course and offering services along the route.

“Many of our members have been impacted by premature birth, and know either a relative or a friend who has had to deal with the challenges of being born too soon,” Phi Sigma Kappa President Matt Polimou said in a statement.

Bowl making

NORTHAMPTON — A bowl-making marathon and open studio will be held in Florence at Tiffany Hilton Pottery, 221 Pine St., studio 352, both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

As part of National Clay Week, Hilton will provide demonstrations and instruction for area residents ages 15 and older between noon and 4 p.m. both days. People can try the potter’s wheel, purchase pottery and make bowls that will be donated to the 10th annual Empty Bowls dinner to benefit the Amherst Survival Center next March.

Hilton said in a statement that she is excited to share her love for clay and to support a fundraiser.

“Part of my job as a potter is to make my community better for being a part of it,” Hilton said.

MADD to honor NPD patrol officers

NORTHAMPTON — Two Northampton Police Department patrol officers will be among 27 individuals and agencies honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Massachusetts Tuesday.

Officers Benjamin Beaver and Matthew Montini are getting OUI Excellence Awards at the Law Enforcement Recognition Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at the Devens Common Center.

MADD Massachusetts Program Director Mary Kate DePamphilis said in a statement that residents are fortunate to have dedicated men and women protecting communities.

“So many people will never know the debt that they owe to our law enforcement heroes,” DePamphilis said. “Every time they stop a drunk or drugged driver, they potentially saved a life.”

Breast density talk

AMHERST — As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an informative talk called “Breast Density – What does it mean and what can I do?” is scheduled for Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The event, sponsored by the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research and the Baystate Health Breast Network, will offer participants information on breast density and recommendations for screening, imaging options for women with dense breasts, opportunities to reduce breast density, and information about research on breast cancer, estrogens, and the environment.

“A number of states, including Massachusetts, require that women with dense breasts on mammography be notified that this may limit the sensitivity of mammography and be associated with higher breast cancer risk. These anxiety provoking letters leave women with many unanswered questions that we hope to address during this program,” said Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, chair woman of Baystate Health Breast Network.

The event will be held in the UMass Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S330/340, located on 240 Thatcher Road, Amherst. To register, call Sue-Ann Hilton at 413-794-9556, or email Sue-Ann.Hilton@baystatehealth.org.