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Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace eyes Pioneer Valley

Friday, August 29, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a matchmaker, and beyond that, someone who will play the time-consuming role of coordinator, and then deliver the goods. Enter Provender, a Montreal-based online farm-to-fork marketplace that also launched in Toronto earlier this month and is … 0

Helicopter flies low over Echo Hill area in Amherst to shoot bank commercial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A helicopter traveling low over the Echo Hill area of Amherst Thursday afternoon had people on board filming a commercial for a local bank, said Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The chopper, Livingstone said, was flying above parts of Amherst to shoot footage for a PeoplesBank commercial. He said he was contacted by the film director. The local branches, including the one … 0

Consumer frustration mounts with fancy car technology systems said failing consumers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well. Auto manufacturers face deepening challenges with technology as customer frustration with their multimedia systems builds, according to a study from market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Technology issues are now the most prevalent type of problem with new vehicles, according to the J.D. … 0

Gazette, Please let us know if the SUV driver was texting, drinking, or drugging. Every day we all encounter these super-human morons who...(full comment)

Route 5 crash in Easthampton kills two people on motorcycle

I wasn't here when the BID process was done, but I've learned to generally assume that almost anything Eric Suher is for,...(full comment)

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

We had the best healthcare system in the world until Obamacare. Do people who can afford any healthcare go to Cuba or...(full comment)

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’
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Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor, center, with Easthampton Policemen William Kelly, left, and Capt. Robert Alberti, work the scene of a double-fatal accident Thursday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a SUV on Route 5 near the Easthampton and Holyoke city line.

    JERREY ROBERTS Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor, center, with Easthampton Policemen William Kelly, left, and Capt. Robert Alberti, work the scene of a double-fatal accident Thursday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a SUV on Route 5 near the Easthampton and Holyoke city line. Purchase photo reprints »

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Matt Jackewich, of Easthampton, who works in maintenance at Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, waters flowers near the main gate Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Matt Jackewich, of Easthampton, who works in maintenance at Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, waters flowers near the main gate Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher. Purchase photo reprints »

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; retailers fall

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. financial markets ended slightly lower Thursday, marking their first loss in a week of record highs. The escalating conflict in Ukraine, disappointing retail earnings and profit outlooks combined to weigh down the market, eclipsing some good news … 0

Market Basket announces that Arthur T. Demoulas will return with majority control of supermarket chain

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TEWKSBURY (AP) — A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers’ revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO will buy a majority stake in the business. In a statement issued late Wednesday, Market Basket said popular CEO Arthur … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm … 0

Jon Stewart takes home biggest paycheck in late night television

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

While a new crop of TV talk show hosts are jockeying for ratings success, Jon Stewart is the king of the late night, at least in terms of his paycheck. The host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is earning $25 to $30 million a year, surpassing the … 0

S&P 500 closes above 2,000

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The milestone added … 0

Australian scientist to speak in Amherst on fighting global warming through healthy soil

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — An Australian soil scientist and agricultural consultant will talk to farmers in Amherst on Tuesday about how improving their soil will not only grow better food, but also fight global warming. The day-long seminar with Christine Jones starts at 9 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, according … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building … 0

B2B ID: Susan McDonough

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NAME: Susan McDonough JOB TITLE, COMPANY, CITY BASED IN: Owner, Susan’s Secret Garden Gift Shop, 92 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: Don’t have one AGE: 66 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: May HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, my floral … 0

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For the week ending August 15, 2014 Amherst Peggy Cole, William C. Wood, to George R. Collison, Judith Collison, 65 Morgan Circle, Amherst, $354,900. Hal E. Mentlik, Tina A. Mentlik, to Emily Rimmer, 170 East Hadley Road, Amherst, $127,500. Brian Scott Fraser, Mayumi Kaikawa Fraser, to Qiang Li … 0

New shop in Amherst caters to patrons seeking a more natural style

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AMHERST — Citing a trend of more women of color opting to keep their hair natural, the owner of a new downtown Amherst shop says she hopes her store will help them find the shampoos, conditioners and stylers … 0