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Police, traffic adjustments as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past experience. Police Chief Scott Livingstone said his … 0

Jon Stewart takes home biggest paycheck in late night television

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

While a new crop of TV talk show hosts are jockeying for ratings success, Jon Stewart is the king of the late night, at least in terms of his paycheck. The host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is earning $25 to $30 million a year, surpassing the retiring David Letterman, who will make $20 million in his final year as host of … 0

S&P 500 closes above 2,000

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The milestone added to the market’s gains from the day before and extended the stock index’s record-shattering run … 0

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Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

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GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

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Editorial: South Hadley invests big in knowledge, community
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton downtown property owner Alan Scheinman listens to questioning by Northampton Business Improvement District lawyer Harry Miles in Superior Court 1 in Northampton on Monday during a civil suit against the Northampton BID brought by Scheinman and fellow downtown business owner Eric Suher. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
A group of people hold pictures of Michael Brown Monday on the steps of Northampton City Hall. Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was shot by police on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. His funeral was held Monday. The gathering was organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Northampton Quakers and Amy Bookbinder, of Northampton. Bookbinder is shown, front row, left.

    JERREY ROBERTS A group of people hold pictures of Michael Brown Monday on the steps of Northampton City Hall. Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was shot by police on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. His funeral was held Monday. The gathering was organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Northampton Quakers and Amy Bookbinder, of Northampton. Bookbinder is shown, front row, left. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Emma Donnelly, of Leverett, harvests anise hyssop Monday at an herb garden she tends on River Road in Whately. California poppies grow behind her. She works for Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield and uses the herbs to make tinctures, teas, salves, aroma sprays and other sundries. The spot is also a learning garden for interns employed by Blue Dragon. Donnelly has her own business, Harmonics Gardens, that she co-owns with Gerald Clark. They install and design medicinal, edible gardens, stone paths, walkways and other landscaping.

    JERREY ROBERTS Emma Donnelly, of Leverett, harvests anise hyssop Monday at an herb garden she tends on River Road in Whately. California poppies grow behind her. She works for Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield and uses the herbs to make tinctures, teas, salves, aroma sprays and other sundries. The spot is also a learning garden for interns employed by Blue Dragon. Donnelly has her own business, Harmonics Gardens, that she co-owns with Gerald Clark. They install and design medicinal, edible gardens, stone paths, walkways and other landscaping. Purchase photo reprints »

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned … 1

Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on … 0

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus … 0

401(k) funds studied for far less time than car purchases

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Americans know that 401(k) retirement plans are important, but they spend only a moderate time researching investments and are often confused about how to pick the best funds, according to a new survey. Nearly 9 in 10 workers view 401(k) plans as essential employee benefits, far outdistancing disability … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Both sides of casino debate in state trumpet their campaign operations

Monday, August 18, 2014

BOSTON — Groups on both sides of the casino debate are touting the start of their campaign operations this week, as voters are set to decide in November whether to repeal the state’s casino law. A pro-casino group … 0

Starbucks will test mobile stores on college campuses

Monday, August 18, 2014

Starbucks is kicking the tires of the food truck business, with plans for mobile Starbucks stores to hit three college campuses this fall. The trucks, run by longtime Starbucks partner and food services giant Aramark, will circulate around Arizona State University in the Phoenix area, the James Madison … 0

US stocks gain on corporate deal news

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the … 0