Hi Ward 7 Friends, 

Hope you all are enjoying our beautiful Valley summer. As the temperatures are climbing this week, I wanted to let you know about the City's Cooling Centers. Please don't hesitate to use them for whatever length of time. They are for YOU

I also wanted to let you know about an Aug.1st Community Outreach Meeting with the new owners of the first marijuana shop slated to open in Florence Center, where Pizza Factory is now. Like me, you may have questions and concerns.

Finally, I'm sharing the update that the COVID vaccine clinic at the Elks Club is now providing vaccines for 6 month olds to 5 year olds, in addition to kids 5+ and adults. I brought my kids there and it was very well-run and kid friendly. 

Wishing you all well,       

                      CITY COOLING CENTERS THIS WEEK

JJ'S TAVERN, 99 Main St., Florence

STATEMENT FROM from Euphorium LLC:

"We would like to introduce Marco and his father Richard Aranzullo, and their proposed marijuana retailer Euphorium LLC, to the town of Florence with a Community Outreach Meeting scheduled August 1st, 2022 at 5:30pm at JJ's Tavern at 99 Main St.

As you may know, the scrutiny, investment, and timeline for these highly-regulated projects can be cumbersome- taking about 12 months or more from Community Meeting to opening. We understand a Summer meeting means some may be out of town but feel free to contact us via email and notices will be posted at our location advertising news and events as we prepare to open. Marco, the manager, and Richard, both lifetime residents of CT, are a small business duo hoping to bring their mixed skills of fine cigar shops and security services into the regulated cannabis industry in MA. 

Their proposed location at the corner of 143 N. Maple, in the current Pizza Factory location, is opening up under new building ownership. They look forward to providing a more ma and pa type alternative to the smaller Florence community which will stand out from the plethora of corporate shops in Northampton. Marco has welcomed cross-pollinating suggestions on marketing with JJ's and hopes to partner with others on events, providing an educational space for adults 21 and over, and connecting with local businesses to encourage more walk-in traffic on the block. 

As 300 stores are open in Massachusetts, Euphorium does not anticipate parking or traffic issues but plans to support the ongoing efforts of businesses to strategize utilizing the ample parking downtown more effectively. Euphorium LLC looks forward to increasing the diversity of businesses, access to tested, secure, and top-notch cannabis products to Florence and Hilltown residents and joining the business community."


COVID vaccines are free and clinics are open to the public; anyone from any town may receive a dose at the clinics. The regular schedule for COVID clinics for the months of July and August is as follows:

  • Appointments for babies ages six (6) months up through children ages four (4) years (Pfizer) and five (5) years (Moderna)

    • Mondays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17 Spring Street, Florence 

    • Note these are by appointment only in order to schedule pediatric staff and volunteers as well as to keep the clinic flowing smoothly for young babies and toddlers. If someone is struggling to find an appointment for multiple children from the same household on the same day, please contact Public Health Nurse Kate Kelly at for assistance. 

  • Walk-up or appointments for anyone ages five (5) years old and older for boosters or any other doses of the appropriate Pfizer and Moderna formulations

    • Mondays from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17 Spring Street, Florence

    • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. outside in Pulaski Park, downtown Northampton (weather permitting) 

  • Doses by appointment for homebound individuals. 

More information about appointments at clinics or for home visits is found at:

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