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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, right, welcomes Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, center, upon his arrival to the city on the inaugural ride of the Amtrak Vermonter Monday afternoon. Joining them are U.S. representatives James McGovern, left, and Richard Neal. When the Vermonter's new route and schedule along the "Knowledge Corridor" starts December 29, service through Northampton will consist of a southbound stop at 1:31 p.m. and a northbound stop at 4:03 p.m.

Vermonter rolls up ‘Knowledge Corridor’ to show off higehr-speed rail service coming to Valley

Monday, December 22, 2014

Drivers waited at railroad crossings and residents leaned out of their homes along the tracks Monday as an Amtrak passenger train rumbled through its first trip north along the newly refurbished “Knowledge Corridor” line. But far from wincing at the noise of the passing locomotive or the wait the train caused at crossings, drivers and residents alike waved and cheered …

Developer Kevin Perrier plans housing for Parsons Street School in Easthampton

Monday, December 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A developer who grew up in Easthampton and has watched the transformation of the city during the past 20 years said Monday that he plans to invest more than $1.6 million in converting the former Parsons Street School into 17 rental housing units. The 112-year-old building was purchased for $10,000 Thursday by Norwich Properties LLC of Easthampton, which is owned by …

Chrysler gives in to government, expands air bag recall

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DETROIT — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker said Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks in the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles have driver’s air bags equipped with …

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Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built.

    JERREY ROBERTS Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built. Purchase photo reprints »

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the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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(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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton.

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

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 …

US stocks plunge Friday as oil price rout continues

Friday, December 12, 2014

NEW YORK — What a difference a week makes. Seven days after closing at record levels on the back of a strong employment report, the stock market slumped to its worst weekly loss in two and a half …

Holyoke considers demolishing old, unstable hotel site

Friday, December 12, 2014

HOLYOKE — Holyoke officials are deciding what to do with a former hotel after the building partially collapsed. Officials say sections of the exterior brick wall of the now-vacant 134-year-old Essex House gave way Thursday with some debris falling on the roof of an adjacent beauty salon. No …

How did big banks get big DC win?

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The rollback this week of a key part of Wall Street regulation adopted after the 2008 financial collapse caught much of Washington by surprise, creating an uproar among liberals who called it a payoff to big banks, threatening to derail a bipartisan budget agreement, and almost …

Market Basket deal completed, family feud ends

Friday, December 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY — A New England supermarket chain chief executive who was ousted earlier this year but returned after a worker revolt has completed an ownership deal that ends a family feud over control of the company. Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his family announced Friday that …