Back Talk: Why I Marched For Science
May22

Back Talk: Why I Marched For Science

Why I Marched for ScienceIn 1970, we celebrated the first Earth Day. I remember it vividly as a college student at the University of Michigan. The energy of the first Earth Day, focused on the alarming rate of deterioration of our environment, helped lead to landmark changes in policy such as creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.Earth Day is now a worldwide event...

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The Dizzying And Oh-So-Satisfying Downfall of Trump: An Advocate Chat
May18

The Dizzying And Oh-So-Satisfying Downfall of Trump: An Advocate Chat

The Advocate Chat is a recurring series in which staff members tackle a topic in the news or otherwise of interest. The text below has been lightly edited.dave.eisen (Managing Editor Dave Eisenstadter): It’s the return of the AdvoChat!!!kristinpalpini (Editor-in-Chief Kristin Palpini): Welcome home!cgoudreau (Staff Writer Chris Goudreau): Huzzah!dave.eisen: We were originally going to talk about Trump and Comey. Then we were...

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Addiction Response Milestone: Spike In Local ODs Non-Fatal
May15

Addiction Response Milestone: Spike In Local ODs Non-Fatal

An unprecedented cluster of drug overdoses in Northampton late last month tested the city’s first responders. Their preparation — including training in the use of Narcan — helped prevent any fatalities.As the abuse of prescription and illegal opioids continues to plague the Valley, state and nation, the response has become more sophisticated and effective. That is largely due to emergency networks such as the one established in...

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Free Will Astrology: Gemini – Pack Your Decrepit Emotional Baggage in Garbage Bags
May15

Free Will Astrology: Gemini – Pack Your Decrepit Emotional Baggage in Garbage Bags

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A two-year-old kid is like using a blender, but you don’t have a top for it,” said comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Would you like to avoid a scenario like that, Aries? Would you prefer not to see what happens if your life has resemblances to turning on a topless blender that’s full of ingredients? Yes? Then please find the top and put it on! And if you can’t locate the proper top, use a dinner plate or newspaper...

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Back Talk: Hope for Better Health Care
May15

Back Talk: Hope for Better Health Care

Hope for Better Health CareThank you for your piece in the Advocate (“Between the Lines: With Obamacare Under Fire, Massachusetts Must Lead on Health Care — Again,” May 11-17, 2017). However, it seems from it that you may not be familiar with House Bill 2987 and Senate Bill 619, Mass-Care, or our WMass network of pro-single-payer advocates and groups.You may also be interested in the fact that single-payer is in the Massachusetts Dems...

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Appalachian Still On The Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
May12

Appalachian Still On The Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Check out Appalachian Still:Also visit our Sessions page, with an interview with the artist and all of our other Sessions...

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Staff Picks: See The Greys in Agawam
May09

Staff Picks: See The Greys in Agawam

The Greys at The Still in Agawam • FridayThe Greys came in a couple months ago to perform a Sessions set with us and the duo had me in awe. The powerful, whispering voice of singer Cait Simpson folds perfectly inside the jazz-styled stand up bass plucking of Chris Merritt. They make their debut at The Still this Friday playing some originals along with “haunting renditions” of covers. 7 p.m., The Still, 858 Suffield St. — Jennifer...

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Enough With the Hearts: What Mom REALLY Wants on Mother’s Day
May08

Enough With the Hearts: What Mom REALLY Wants on Mother’s Day

Just a list of stuff any mother could love: An opportunity to finish a book … in less than six months. A box of tissues for those inevitable moments of disappointment in you (plus it’s allergy season). Michelle Obama merch (“When they go low, we go high” tote bag, anyone?) Silk pillow cases. (This is how she saves her hair from becoming a frizzy mess overnight.) A crystal wine glass. (Just one; it’s the queen’s glass.) Gift...

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Free Will Astrology: Leo – Dominate Your Emotions Like Oscar Wilde
May08

Free Will Astrology: Leo – Dominate Your Emotions Like Oscar Wilde

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The process by which Zoo Jeans are manufactured is unusual. First, workers wrap and secure sheets of denim around car tires or big rubber balls, and take their raw creations to the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, Japan. There the denim-swaddled objects are thrown into pits where tigers or lions live. As the beasts roughhouse with their toys, they rip holes in the cloth. Later, the material is retrieved and used...

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News of the Weird: A Russian Monument to Flossing
May08

News of the Weird: A Russian Monument to Flossing

Russian artist Mariana Shumkova is certainly doing her part for oral hygiene, publicly unveiling her St. Petersburg statuette of a frightening, malformed head displaying actual extracted human teeth, misaligned and populating holes in the face that represent the mouth and eyes. She told Pravda in April that “only [something with] a strong emotional impact” would make people think about tooth care. Entrepreneurial SpiritA San Francisco...

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Back Talk: Stop Sending Weapons to Syria for an Endless War
May08

Back Talk: Stop Sending Weapons to Syria for an Endless War

Stop Sending Weapons to SyriaAt a presentation given by the Northampton Committee to Stop Wars, I asked two Syrian speakers whether Syrians predominantly support President Assad or the rebels. They both said that the country is extremely divided and that their support goes back and forth depending on who most recently killed a family member. One said that he knew only two people left in Syria, his parents, and the rest were scattered...

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Third Eye Roaming: Goat Yoga in Easthampton
May01

Third Eye Roaming: Goat Yoga in Easthampton

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally listed writer Amanda Drane as the author of this story. It was written by Caitlin Ashworth. The Advocate regrets the error.Seven young goats wandered throughout the room, climbing on yoga students in child’s pose, sniffing feet and — at times — chewing hair.Audrey Blaisdell, co-owner of Valley Hot Yoga in Northampton, said she used many downward-facing positions designed to entice the goats...

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Vigilante ‘Apostrophizer’ Corrects Signs in Bristol, England
May01

Vigilante ‘Apostrophizer’ Corrects Signs in Bristol, England

Mother of InventionRobotic models of living organisms are useful to scientists, who can study the effects of stimuli without risk to actual people. Northwestern University researchers announced in March that its laboratory model of the “female reproductive system” has reached a milestone: its first menstrual period. The “ovary,” using mouse tissue, had produced hormones that stimulated the system (uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian...

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Hannah & Maggie on the Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr28

Hannah & Maggie on the Advocate Sessions Stage

Bright-eyed and bolstered by a rapidly growing fan base, the award winning NYC duo has set out to make the world of singer-songwriters a more cheerful place. Although they’ve been favorably compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls, these ladies have an undeniable originality and a sound all their own. Their efforts to blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy prove successful time and...

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Staff picks: Get out there and enjoy the Valley!
Apr25

Staff picks: Get out there and enjoy the Valley!

Upper Valley Music Festival – Saturday, April 29My wife is going to be participating in an all-day yoga event Saturday, leaving me with our 3-month-old. What better way to entertain the little guy than 12 hours of live music in Greenfield with dozens of acts on five stages? Tickets are $20. Venues throughout downtown Greenfield. Music goes from noon to midnight. More information at http://www.uppervalleymusicfest.com. -Dave...

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News of the Weird: SWAT Called on Homeless Intruder
Apr24

News of the Weird: SWAT Called on Homeless Intruder

A June 2016 police raid on David Jessen’s Fresno County (California) farmhouse caused a $150,000 mess when sheriff’s deputies and Clovis Police Department officers “rescued” it from a trespassing homeless man — with the massive destruction leading to Jessen’s lawsuit announced in March. The misdemeanant helped himself to an ice cream bar, some milk and half a tomato, but was otherwise “unarmed.” However, by the time the police...

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Winners of the Best Of the Valley Readers’ Poll Announced, top local businesses in 160+ categories
Apr19

Winners of the Best Of the Valley Readers’ Poll Announced, top local businesses in 160+ categories

 The Valley Advocate would like to thank everyone that took time to vote in the 2017 Valley Advocate Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll.This year you will notice that we have changed how the winners are displayed on our new website. We hope that you will find our new format to be more user and mobile friendly.Thank you again for voting and please let the businesses know that you saw them on our website as you congratulate...

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Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman speaks today at Mount Holyoke
Apr25

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman speaks today at Mount Holyoke

Amy Goodman, host of radio program Democracy Now!, will speak at Mount Holyoke College at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.Goodman will speak at the Gamble Auditorium at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. She is also presenting her new book, “The Enemy is not the Enemy.”Doors open at 7 p.m. and...

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Best Store for beer selection 2017 – Table & Vine
Apr18

Best Store for beer selection 2017 – Table & Vine

Table & Vine Best Store for beer selection Address: 1119 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA Phone: (413) 736-4694 Website: http://www.tableandvine.com The 55-year-old Table & Vine has become something of a regional destination now that it carries nearly 4,000 wine varieties, 2,700 kinds of spirits, 1,000 beers, and 1,700 specialty food items. People are clearly coming from all over, said wine sales manager Michael Quinlan: “It’s...

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Best Liquor store 2017 – Liquors 44
Apr18

Best Liquor store 2017 – Liquors 44

Liquors 44 Best Liquor store Address: 238 King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-3007 Website: http://www.liquors44.com Good thing Staples retired its catchphrase “Yeah, we’ve got that” a few years ago, because that certainly describes Liquors 44. From liqueurs and cordials to craft beer, flavored vodkas, international wines, and 30-racks of old faithfuls, Liquors 44 is pretty much bound to carry it at one, or all, of its three...

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Best Independent coffee house/cafe 2017 – Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters
Apr18

Best Independent coffee house/cafe 2017 – Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters

Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters Best Independent coffee house/cafe Address: 322 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 582-1890 Website: http://www.shelburnefallscoffee.com With six locations across Western Mass, an assortment of coffee blends, fresh pastries, delicious breakfast sandwiches made to order, and an emphasis on local produce, it’s no wonder Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters has been ranked the best by readers once...

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Best Store for wine selection 2017 – Table & Vine
Apr18

Best Store for wine selection 2017 – Table & Vine

Table & Vine Best Store for wine selection Address: 1119 Riverdale St., West Springfield, MA Phone: (413) 736-4694 Website: http://www.tableandvine.com The 55-year-old Table & Vine has become something of a regional destination now that it carries nearly 4,000 wine varieties, 2,700 kinds of spirits, 1,000 beers, and 1,700 specialty food items. People are clearly coming from all over, said wine sales manager Michael Quinlan: “It’s...

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Best Local non-profit 2017 – Dakin Humane Society
Apr18

Best Local non-profit 2017 – Dakin Humane Society

Dakin Humane Society Best Local non-profit Address: 171 Union St., Springfield, MA Phone: (413) 781-4000 Website: http://www.dakinhumane.org An adoption center for cats, dogs, and other small animals, Dakin focuses on improving the lives of animals in need and the people who are there for them. Since 2006, this local nonprofit, based in Springfield and Leverett, has provided services such as dog training classes, spay and neutering,...

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Best Local TV personality 2017 – Dave Madsen
Apr18

Best Local TV personality 2017 – Dave Madsen

Dave Madsen Best Local TV personality Address: WGGB, , Phone: Website: http://www.wggb.com A longtime favorite local TV personality, Dave Madsen has been reporting the news for the past 36 years. He has a way of cutting through spin and getting to the heart of news and finding stories that impact people in the Valley. “In spite of what’s being said about the media on a national level,” Madsen said, “we’re still doing what we always...

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Best Local green business 2017 – River Valley Co-op
Apr18

Best Local green business 2017 – River Valley Co-op

River Valley Co-op Best Local green business Address: 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-2665 Website: http://rivervalleymarket.coop River Valley Co-op is a juggernaut of a cooperative grocery store and community hub. Since opening nine years ago, the market has expanded exponentially and seems to be always undergoing some kind of tweak or renovation to make the store that much more convenient and expansive for...

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Best Local meteorologist 2017 – Dave Hayes the Weather Nut
Apr18

Best Local meteorologist 2017 – Dave Hayes the Weather Nut

Dave Hayes the Weather Nut Best Local meteorologist Address: , , Phone: Website: http://westernmassweather.com For more than half a decade, Dave Hayes has been following his lifelong passion for weather while keeping Pioneer Valley residents informed about conditions. Working under the name, the Weather Nut, Hayes has a popular Facebook page and website where he keeps local people up to date on what’s falling from the sky. He posts...

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Best Local radio personality 2017 – Monte Belmonte
Apr18

Best Local radio personality 2017 – Monte Belmonte

Monte Belmonte Best Local radio personality Address: WRSI, , Phone: Website: http://www.wrsi.com It’s hard to keep track of where Monte is, and what he’s up to on a given day — the Turners Falls family man jumps from concert halls to city streets to far-flung locales, raising money for good causes, taking on heavy-lift projects like the renovation of the Shea Theater, and chatting up everyone on every topic from politics to wine to...

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Best Landscaper 2017 – Snow & Sons Landscaping
Apr18

Best Landscaper 2017 – Snow & Sons Landscaping

Snow & Sons Landscaping Best Landscaper Address: 221 Leyden Rd., Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 774-2604 Website: http://www.snowandsons.com As winter recedes and green returns to the Valley, one thing is clear — this place is a mess! After lying under blankets of snow for months, lawns and landscapes need a little tender loving care to bring them back to lush glory. If you’re not up to the challenge call Snow & Sons, a 38-year-old...

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Best Tree service 2017 – C.L. Frank & Company
Apr18

Best Tree service 2017 – C.L. Frank & Company

C.L. Frank & Company Best Tree service Address: 50 Cooke Ave., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-9417 Website: http://www.clfrankandco.com C.L. Frank is now known for full-spectrum, professional arboricultural services for residential, institutional, and commercial clients. “We employ sincere, honest, hard-working individuals and treat them with common courtesy and respect, and ask them to treat each other and our clients in exactly...

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Best Computer/electronic repair 2017 – Yes Computers
Apr18

Best Computer/electronic repair 2017 – Yes Computers

Yes Computers Best Computer/electronic repair Address: 196 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-0007 Website: http://www.yescomputers.com Northampton’s Yes Computers has built a 23-year reputation on a knowledgeable sales team, Apple-certified service department, and a well-designed, inviting space that serves as a local alternative to the big box stores. “We’re able to establish long-term relationships with our customers...

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Best Solar installation 2017 – PV Squared
Apr18

Best Solar installation 2017 – PV Squared

PV Squared Best Solar installation Address: 311 Wells St., Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 772-8788 Website: http://pvsquared.coop This worker-owned cooperative has been providing high-quality workmanship to Valley solar-power since 2002. “We have a great team,” Andy Toomajian, sales, and Jon Child, sales manager, said. “We’re one of the longest standing solar energy specialists in Western New England,” they said. So far, PV Squared has...

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Best Roofer 2017 – Florence Roofing
Apr18

Best Roofer 2017 – Florence Roofing

Florence Roofing Best Roofer Address: 77 West St., West Hatfield, MA Phone: (413) 585-9171 Website: http://www.florenceroofingwma.com Phil Andrikidis has worked in the industry for 25 years and has run Florence Roofing for the past 11 years. The business specializes in residential and commercial roofing as well as custom copper and metal work. “Most roofing products have been around a long time, and are tried and proven,” he said, but...

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Best Electrician 2017 – Whiteley Electric
Apr18

Best Electrician 2017 – Whiteley Electric

Whiteley Electric Best Electrician Address: 52 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-1440 Website: http://www.whiteleyelectric.net A family owned and operated business since 1972, Whiteley Electric has built its reputation based on “quality work at reasonable rates,” said owner Dan Whiteley, who took over the electrical business that was founded by his father. Customers are longstanding and building a relationship with them is...

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Best Home improvement contractor 2017 – Valley Home Improvement, Inc.
Apr18

Best Home improvement contractor 2017 – Valley Home Improvement, Inc.

Valley Home Improvement, Inc. Best Home improvement contractor Address: 340 Riverside Dr., Florence, MA Phone: (413) 584-7522 Website: http://valleyhomeimprovement.com Valley Home Improvement offers a wide range of services from bathrooms and kitchens that need a little pizzaz to creating additions such as sunrooms and garages. The company also offers weatherization and insulation services, and installation of screen porches as well...

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Best Plumber 2017 – Richard’s Plumbing & Heating
Apr18

Best Plumber 2017 – Richard’s Plumbing & Heating

Richard’s Plumbing & Heating Best Plumber Address: 8 Easthampton Rd., #1, Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-0291 Website: For more than half a century Richard’s Plumbing & Heating has been providing quality service to customers with a traditional approach — always putting the customer first. A fourth generation family owned and operated plumbing and heating business, Richard’s is “always trying to keep our customers with the best...

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