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


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


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


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…]