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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s … 0

Atlantic City’s $2.4B Revel starts closing after 2 years

Monday, September 1, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high … 0

Changing definition of farming requires Agricultural Preservation Restriction program to adapt

Monday, September 1, 2014

A lot has changed since Massachusetts began its first-in-the nation Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program in 1979. More than 68,000 acres have been protected on more than 800 farms statewide by selling development rights to the state to keep farmland in production. Yet the definition of agriculture has changed over 35 years as renewed interest in farming has spawned new enterprises. Some of … 0

if it only 600,000. to keep children safter for 20plus years, keep the sidewalk on one side all the way, or maybe...(full comment)

Pine Street in Amherst will have sidewalk on both sides to avoid expense of moving utility poles

"The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat." Sounds like they got hit hard from behind, which would suggest...(full comment)

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

I would be too! Surplus is OK,for Highway &Agriculture.& Hilltown . Fire & Police need State of the art,w/training of that Equipment,by the manufactuerer.Surplus is...(full comment)

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president
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Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

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Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks fall on Ukraine tensions

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates … 0

Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant to raise interest rates

Friday, August 22, 2014

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy. Though the unemployment … 0

NE governors say deal may come this weekend in supermarket feud

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement … 0

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. … 2

Debit card fraud making life hard for Easthampton gyms that automatically bill members

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Since April, thousands of people have been issued new debit cards — sometimes several times — due to a rash of data breaches at certain Easthampton and Southampton retailers. Once a compromised card is replaced, it … 1

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as … 0

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains … 0

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce honors Rotary Club, Stephanie O’Keeffe and Tony Maroulis

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A long-time community service organization and two people who contributed to strengthening the business community are being honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber announced Thursday that the annual A+ awards will be presented during a dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House … 0

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 1

Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth; Mass. healthier

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013 was … 0