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Verde (music group)
'A Taste of Hampden' and a taste of the holiday season

As I write this, I'm in the process of gearing up for a huge next couple of weeks. Between now and my next column, Hampden will have had both A Taste of Hampden (Oct. 25), and Hampden HalloweenFest (Oct. 31). A Taste of Hampden is a food benefit for the Hampden Family Center, which at this point looks to have a record turnout, and Hampden HalloweenFest is an annual Halloween celebration that involves trick or treating on The Avenue, as well as a costume contest. And, of course, a crazy (in a good way) holiday season is on the horizon with the lights display of the Miracle on 34th Street less than a month away, plus the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade and five promotional...