Edwards Church Makes $50,000 Gift to Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals for Housing for Young Adults

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NORTHAMPTON—Edwards Church has recently made a $50,000 gift to Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals (FHCHI) to renovate a single-family home on Hatfield Street into an apartment complex that will provide housing for homeless young adults ages 18 to 24. [Read more…]

Glenmeadow Learning Offers a Progressive Lunch

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Program is the last in the spring education series

LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow will offer a progressive lunch and information for seniors and their families on the experience of accessing services through a life plan community on Tuesday June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. [Read more…]

Nutritional Therapist Craig Fear Releases Third Book

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EASTHAMPTON—Craig Fear, a nutritional therapist who specializes in helping people with chronic digestive issues, launched his third cookbook, The Thai Soup Secret, in May. On June 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mediterranean Living Studio at 150 Pleasant St., Suite 335, he will offer a Thai soup cooking demonstration and talk about the health benefits of broth-based soups. [Read more…]

Valley Community Development Corporation to Sponsor its First Community Event on June 18

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NORTHAMPTON—Valley Community Development Corporation (Valley CDC) will sponsor its first-ever community event for individuals and families, complete with food, games, activities and music, on Sunday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the old courthouse lawn at 99 Main St. [Read more…]

Thornes Marketplace ‘Nearing the Finish Line’ on Capital Improvements

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Roughly $500,000 in renovations creates additional handicapped accessible bathrooms, opens Herrell’s up to customers from within Thornes and accentuates historic features

NORTHAMPTON—As part of a multi-year capital improvement project, Thornes Marketplace has spent roughly $500,000 to make the eclectic and historically relevant downtown shopping center more accessible to people with physical disabilities. [Read more…]

Relay For Life of Hampshire County Marks 20th Anniversary, Welcomes Renowned Speaker

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NORTHAMPTON—The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County will mark its 20th anniversary this year when it begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. in Florence. [Read more…]

Glenmeadow Learning Offers Author Talk on Crafting a Memoir

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 Program is the third in the spring education series

EAST LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow will present “Writing Your Life: An Author’s Tips on Crafting a Memoir” on Tuesday, May 23 from 10 a.m.-noon. [Read more…]

Florence Bank’s New Hampden County Banking Center Under Construction

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Civic, bank and business leaders gathered April 27 for celebratory hard hat tour

WEST SPRINGFIELD—Construction is underway on a 9,000-square-foot plaza at 1010 Union St., one third of which will house Florence Bank’s new Hampden County Banking Center, scheduled to open this summer. [Read more…]

Wilbraham Flowers Moves to Eastwood Shops on Boston Road in Wilbraham

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WILBRAHAM—Claudia Trzeciak, the owner of Wilbraham Flowers, has moved her shop from its previous location at 2797 Boston Road to the Eastwood Shops at 2133 Boston Road. [Read more…]

From Postal Worker to Sports Tour Host

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HATFIELD—Back in the 1990s, Gary Laprade’s family connected him to Sports Travel and Tours—or, Sports Tours, as it was known then—and the maiden trip he took soon evolved into a beloved and long-term part-time job. [Read more…]