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CAROL LOLLIS
A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site.

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. This week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed them. In the intervening years, some municipal buildings and a few businesses have been constructed on the periphery of land the state …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity St., at noon, features a 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting for Osteria Vespa restaurant in the …

Stocks fall on lower oil, mixed earnings results

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of the rest of the day drifting between losses and gains as investors considered a …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tom Quinn, of Worthington, volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $50 to $90; Growers: $100 to $500; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $107.50 to $152.50; Heifers: $110 to $131; Steers: $120; Bulls: $131; Canners: $50 to $104; Cutters: $106 to $113; Utility: $116 to $121; sows: $20 to $23; …

Honeybee colony losses drive up crop pollination prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Managed honeybee colonies suffered annual losses of 42 percent, with summer declines outstripping winter losses for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The declines are less steep than those seen when colony collapse disorder first was recognized in 2006, but remain troublesome, driving up …

Eurozone growth outstrips US despite Greek recession

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LONDON — The eurozone economy is growing faster than the U.S. and at its highest tick in nearly two years despite a disappointing slowdown in Germany and recession’s return in Greece. The economy of the 19 countries that …

Stocks fall amid bond volatility

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A spike in long-term interest rates rattled investors Tuesday, nudging major U.S. stock indexes lower for the second day in a row. The market nearly clawed back all the way from an early slump that dragged the Dow …

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too. As its phone business slows down, the nation’s largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it …

Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay for bogus charges

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers’ monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday. The two mobile providers had partnered with third-party …

Brockton residents approve $650M casino

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROCKTON — A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special election. The Enterprise newspaper reported that the binding referendum passed by 143 votes, 7,163 to 7,020. About 32 percent of the city’s …

Stocks slip on falling oil prices

Monday, May 11, 2015

The U.S. stock market took a small step back on Monday, giving up some of its big gains from last week. Crude oil prices fell, pulling down energy stocks. Exxon Mobil lost 1.7 percent, the most in the …

Shell clears hurdle for Arctic drilling

Monday, May 11, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska’s northwestern coast this summer. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday approved …