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Antiques Center on Market Street in Northampton to close next month as building sold

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After 27 years selling antiques on Market Street the Antiques Center will close next month because the building has been sold. One of the owners of the building that houses the Antiques Center, Stuart Solomon, confirmed the building will be sold, although he declined to reveal the identity of the buyer. He said a new business will take its place, but declined to provide details. Solomon said selling …

Stock market jolt is reality check for investors during rocky times

Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW YORK — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate …

Stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe’s economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get …

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

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A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Robert Sherwood, from left, Amanda Potluck, Mariam Massaro, Tom Fair and Craig Harris rehearse for the fourth annual Gaea Star Goddess Show Wednesday at Flywheel in Easthampton. The show is on Saturday at 7:20 at the Academy of Music. This year, the show is a celebration and reverence for the elemental beauty of water. Massaro, of Worthington, is the director and also wrote the music. A rally opposed to gas pipelines and fracking is being held in Pulaski Park at 6 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Robert Sherwood, from left, Amanda Potluck, Mariam Massaro, Tom Fair and Craig Harris rehearse for the fourth annual Gaea Star Goddess Show Wednesday at Flywheel in Easthampton. The show is on Saturday at 7:20 at the Academy of Music. This year, the show is a celebration and reverence for the elemental beauty of water. Massaro, of Worthington, is the director and also wrote the music. A rally opposed to gas pipelines and fracking is being held in Pulaski Park at 6 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Erika Saravia, from left, Armando Saravia and Oscar Saravia serve pizza to Kettie Lawrence, of Amherst, and Jim Dubois, of Northampton, at Pinocchio's despite the power outage Friday in downtown Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Erika Saravia, from left, Armando Saravia and Oscar Saravia serve pizza to Kettie Lawrence, of Amherst, and Jim Dubois, of Northampton, at Pinocchio's despite the power outage Friday in downtown Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Two dozen area medical professionals take part in an Ebola preparedness training at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday. Here, using blue paint, participants practice proper hand washing and  how to take gloves off without infecting themselves.

    CAROL LOLLIS Two dozen area medical professionals take part in an Ebola preparedness training at Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday. Here, using blue paint, participants practice proper hand washing and how to take gloves off without infecting themselves. Purchase photo reprints »

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A grader, far right, moves down Pine Street near East Pleasant Street in Amherst Thursday. Before the grader passed, the road resembled the condition shown in the foreground.

    JERREY ROBERTS A grader, far right, moves down Pine Street near East Pleasant Street in Amherst Thursday. Before the grader passed, the road resembled the condition shown in the foreground. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9,  pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile.

    CAROL LOLLIS Members of Boy Scout Pack 701 helped rake leaves last Sunday at the Scout House in Williamsburg. Will Towler, left, with Heath Marney, both 9, pitched in; Heath is also shown raking solo - and jumping into the pile. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Existing home sales in September rise to highest level this year

Friday, October 24, 2014

The national housing market rebounded in September as home sales rose to their highest level of the year. After dipping in August, sales of previously owned homes climbed 2.4 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate …

Stocks jump on strong company earnings, jobs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday. Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with …

MAP ‘Live United’ campaign Saturday by 40 businesses in downtown Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chuong Son had no way of knowing how much help the United Way of Hampshire County would be a year ago as he watched a fire destroy a Hadley building that housed his Vietnamese eatery. Had …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to …

Slide in energy sector drags US stocks lower

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the …

Social Security benefits get another tiny raise

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government …

US ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DETROIT — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing …