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Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the state Department of Revenue to pay back, …

US stocks dip as falling oil pushes energy sector lower

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on …

Google’s latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

    REBECCA EVERETT The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton DPW workers Duane Meehan, left, and Tim Crowningshield examine a plow Tuesday in preparation a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton DPW workers Duane Meehan, left, and Tim Crowningshield examine a plow Tuesday in preparation a snowstorm forecast for Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Vanessa Lynch, who is a member of the advisory board for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, speaks Tuesday on the steps of Northampton City Hall during a protest in response to a grand jury decision not indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson on any charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event was co-sponsored by the Real Cost of Prisons Project and American Friends Service Committee.

    JERREY ROBERTS Vanessa Lynch, who is a member of the advisory board for Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, speaks Tuesday on the steps of Northampton City Hall during a protest in response to a grand jury decision not indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson on any charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event was co-sponsored by the Real Cost of Prisons Project and American Friends Service Committee. Purchase photo reprints »

BRIEFS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Francisco passes LA as ‘ultra rich’ home San Francisco saw its “ultra-rich” population jump 12 percent this year, pushing it past Los Angeles as the California home to those worth $30 million or more, a survey said. The survey, by the research firm Wealth-X in partnership with …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at former Belchertown State School

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a $40,800 contract to remove asbestos debris from the administration building of the former state school, according to Mark …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter …

Storm on Thanksgiving menu

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and …

With auction set, offshore wind turbines one step closer to reality

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. …

Russia says oil slump, sanctions are costing it billions

Monday, November 24, 2014

MOSCOW — International sanctions and slumping oil prices are costing Russia well over $100 billion a year, a top official acknowledged Monday. “We are losing about $40 billion a year because of geopolitical sanctions and about $90 (billion) to $100 billion due to a 30 percent drop in …

US stocks inch further into record territory

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record close Monday as investors remained confident that stimulus from central banks would revive global growth. Retail stocks rose ahead of the crucial holiday season. Stocks have surged following …

White House backs off alternative fuels

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House. Yielding to pressure from oil companies, car manufacturers and even driving enthusiasts, the …

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly …

State approves 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts. WMECo has said the rate increase would take effect Jan. 1 and remain in effect for six months. It would raise the …