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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first time in 15 years will be more than just a single train chugging into town once and back each day. Amtrak’s single …

US stocks surge; Oracle leads tech stocks higher

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve’s reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates. The gains were led by technology stocks as Oracle soared following better-than-expected earnings. Industrial and health care …

Two released in Framingham meningitis outbreak case

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met …

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  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Rhea Maciag, left, and Jenny Woodward, right, sing "Here Comes Santa Clause" during the opening of fifth annual Ho-Ho-Hotline at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Rhea Maciag, left, and Jenny Woodward, right, sing "Here Comes Santa Clause" during the opening of fifth annual Ho-Ho-Hotline at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Alice and Mary Toohey in their home in Northampton off Florence Road, are regular contributors to the Sidney F. Toy Fund.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Alice and Mary Toohey in their home in Northampton off Florence Road, are regular contributors to the Sidney F. Toy Fund. Purchase photo reprints »

Business news in brief

Monday, December 15, 2014

Skinner Auctioneers names representative NORTHAMPTON — George Thomas Lewis will provide appraisal and consignment services in western Massachusetts for the Skinner Inc. auction house. Lewis is a longtime resident of Northampton where he ran his business, George Thomas …

Guild Art Supply owners open Big Wheel Press stationery store

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Handwritten notes are often overlooked in the age of the Internet and emails. But William Muller and his wife, Alexandra Geller, on Friday opened Big Wheel Press, a store that stocks their homemade stationery, other stationery made around the world and greeting cards. The store is …

Google News bans Spanish publishers in response to new law imposing fees

Monday, December 15, 2014

MADRID — Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites. The move announced …

Lower lobster catch in 2014 means higher prices

Sunday, December 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say. Maine’s lobster fishery, the largest in the country, topped …

Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing …

Medical pot cultivation site dropped in South Hadley over lease dispute

Friday, December 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility that had won town approval and seemed on track to occupy space in South Hadley will not be built. Instead, Patriot Care Corp., which had signed a lease with Lakestar Properties, is nearing a deal to grow its product …

Tickets now available for Amtrak trains stopping in Northampton and Greenfield beginning Dec. 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

All aboard! With train service to and from New York — as well as Essex Junction and St. Albans, Vermont — in a little over two weeks, the times and fares for those trains have been made available by Amtrak. According to a new Amtrak schedule that takes …

Japan runs short on butter as dairy farms dwindle

Friday, December 12, 2014

TOKYO — When Japanese pose for pictures, instead of saying “Cheese!” some say “Butter!” These days, butter is more likely cause for frowning, since it is rationing that comes to mind. As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, …

Shopping ‘angel’ pays strangers’ layaway bills at Bellingham store

Friday, December 12, 2014

BELLINGHAM — Shoppers at an eastern Massachusetts toy store got an early Christmas present: all their layaway bills totaling $20,000 were paid off by an anonymous woman dubbed a “layaway angel.” Employees at the Toys R Us in Bellingham, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, told The Milford …