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Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to open the restaurant at 228 King St. The commission unanimously approved the license. Moe’s is a national burrito chain founded in Atlanta …

Workers at Clinical & Support Options rally in Northampton to protest stalled contract negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options Inc. into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters on Atwood Drive Wednesday morning. Chanting “Two, four, six, eight, CSO negotiate,” the employees said they were calling attention to high staff turnover resulting …

Stocks decline broadly, erasing Monday’s gains

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day’s big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 200 points, knocking the blue chip index slightly lower for the year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended …

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25.

    MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night.

    MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints »

Yellen: Rate increase likely

Friday, March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed’s key interest rate could come later this year. But Yellen stressed that any rate increases would likely be very gradual. The Fed has kept its benchmark …

US economic growth may be mild, but it’s durable

Friday, March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy’s tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate, the government said Friday — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the generally sluggish …

Stocks fall for 4th day

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW YORK — A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row. Edgy investors continue to monitor violence in the Middle East and the rapid ascent …

Electric rate shock even worse than expected for some

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, that represents local utilities’ pass-through cost for the power they …

Heinz acquires Kraft, creating $28B food giant

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of …

Markets drop for 3rd day

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors dumped high-flying technology and biotech companies and sent the stock market down for a third straight day Wednesday. Major indexes drifted lower in early trading, following news that orders for long-lasting U.S. goods sank …

Medicare revamp bill advances

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he’s ready to sign “good, bipartisan” legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $90; Growers: $100 to $470; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $91 to $118; Heifers: $95.50 to $111; Steers: $128 to $167; Bulls: $91 to $114; Canners: $10 to $97; Cutters: $101 to $109; Utility: $111 to $116; …

Smartphone domination close to complete

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In case you haven’t raised your head long enough to notice the throngs of people gazing hypnotically at their smartphones, the nation has passed a milestone. Smartphones now make up 75 percent of the mobile phone market, up from 65 percent a year ago and just 2 percent …

Amherst chamber staffer resigns post

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — A key staffer for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce resigned this week. Tammy-Lynn Chace, the chamber’s marketing and membership coordinator, worked her final shift Wednesday morning, according to Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. He said she is leaving for family reasons. “She left on a great …