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Panini shop to open in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month in between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John Devoie, the restaurant’s president and co-owner. “We were searching in the Northampton and Amherst area for a spot,” DeVoie said. “When this development …

Carmakers prepare to shift in future to hydrogen fuel cells

Friday, October 31, 2014

Concerned about slow sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, automakers are increasingly betting the future of green cars on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Even Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid, will use hydrogen instead of batteries to power its next generation of green vehicles. “Today, Toyota actually favors fuel cells over other zero-emission vehicles, like pure battery electric …

Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points. Visa, the world’s largest payment-processing company, turned in quarterly earnings late Wednesday that topped …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Ali Pinschmidt, site manager of the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and Katie Miernecki, the director of Hampshire County Shelter and Housing Services get the Interfaith shelter ready to open. Purchase photo reprints »

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Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office.

    KEVIN GUTTING Susan Barnett of Florence currently works two mornings a week in the Northampton High School office. Purchase photo reprints »

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Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

    JERREY ROBERTS Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a  recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Schweickhard von Goeler inserts a beer bottle into a recycling machine at the Liquors 44 in Northampton, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee member Wendy Sinton leads a tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence for fifth, sixth and seventh graders from Commonwealth Academy in Springfield on Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Participants of the Zombies of Bedlam Village shoot zombies with paintball guns during the hayride at the Rolling Acres in Southampton, Saturday night, Oct. 25, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks little changed, like European gloom

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Lower oil prices and more gloomy economic news from Europe tugged the U.S. stock market to a slight loss on Monday. Companies whose fortunes tend to follow global economic growth fared the worst, as …

Amtrak routes set ridership records in NE

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak’s two busiest routes have set new ridership records. Amtrak says the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional lines saw 11.6 million riders in fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30. That’s a 3.3 percent increase from last fiscal year’s ridership of 11.2 million. It …

Dunkin’ to launch ‘Croissant Donut’ — not a ‘Cronut’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Dunkin’ Donuts plans to roll out a croissant-doughnut hybrid in the U.S. next week, but the company says please don’t call it a “Cronut.” The chain tells The Associated Press it will launch its “Croissant …

Brazilian firms to buy Chiquita

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Chiquita has sealed a deal to be acquired by two Brazilian companies for about $681 million, with the U.S.-based banana producer expected to go private by the end of this year or early next. The …

Business briefs

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chamber hosts security forum for merchants Easthampton — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, with Florence Savings Bank and Easthampton Savings Bank, will hold a “Small Business Information Security Forum” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at …

Carr’s Ciderhouse in Hadley carves its place in the new and fast-growing cider market

Monday, October 27, 2014

Comparing apples to apples is just good practice. Do it for 20 years, and you’ve got yourself a tradition. The 20th annual Franklin County CiderDays runs from Friday to Sunday and features classes, hangouts, talks and tastings throughout the Hilltowns. This year they’ve added a Friday-night kickoff reception …

Cummington Firefighters Association donates $20,000 to Highland Ambulance Service for new building

Monday, October 27, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Fire chief Bernie Forgea and his fellow members of the Cummington Firefighters Association are passionate about raising money for a good cause. The latest cause is a $500,000 project to help Highland Ambulance Service buy land …

B2B ID: Brooksley Williams, owner, Valley Ayurveda, Northampton

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NAME: Brooksley Williams TITLE: Owner, Valley Ayurveda, 98 Main St., Northampton WEBSITE: www.valleyayurveda.com AGE: 43 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: July 2010 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: We offer diet and lifestyle consultations based on …

Thirteen European banks flunk stress test

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises. …

$15.8 million, 85-bed assisted living facility in Leeds to open under Linda Manor umbrella

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new, 85-bed assisted living facility off Haydenville Road in Leeds will officially open Thursday under the Linda Manor umbrella. Chakalos Investments Inc. invested $15.8 million to build Linda Manor Assisted Living, a three-story, 76,400-square-food facility on a 10.5-acre site at 345 Haydenville Road, just south …