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Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of an era not friendly to small, independent bookstores. In an interview at the 247 Main Street bookshop Monday, Nancy Felton, one of …

Stocks rise as investors await news from Fed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of morning, then turned broadly higher in the afternoon on an increase in health care and utility stocks. “The economy continues to improve …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into …

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Now where is my fly swatter? Adios, little twit. ...(full comment)

John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift.

    JERREY ROBERTS Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift. Purchase photo reprints »

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $47; 61-75 lbs., $30 to $78; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $80; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $330; start calves, $95 to $125; feeders, $98 to $170; …

'It takes a village to stop a Retreat' Crowd of 75 celebrate withdrawal of Retreat housing project in Amherst Tuesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — Philip Mathews warmed his bagpipes up with the tune “When the Battle’s Over” as some 75 jubilant people gathered on the Cushman Common Tuesday night to celebrate the news that a 175-unit student housing project called …

Apple slips, stocks fall

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple’s latest batch of product announcements. Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald’s also weighed on the market. The Dow …

Shareholder votes set for Comcast-Time Warner deal

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shareholders in Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. will vote early next month in separate meetings in Philadelphia and New York on the $45.2 billion proposal that would merge the two companies. The specific dates are Oct. 8 for Comcast shareholders and Oct. 9 for Time Warner …

US recovery drives dollar higher

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood. A strengthening American economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere, is pushing the U.S. …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree …

Gambling regulators eye Boston-area plans

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — As they prepare to award the lucrative Boston-area casino license, gambling regulators on Monday released detailed reports suggesting Wynn Resorts is in a stronger financial position to support its $1.6 billion casino in Everett while Mohegan Sun has submitted a stronger overall design for its $1.1 …

Slumping oil prices hit energy stocks

Monday, September 8, 2014

NEW YORK — A retreat in oil and energy stocks pulled the rest of the U.S. stock market mostly lower Monday. Campbell Soup declined after the company said its 2015 profits would miss analysts’ expectations. Yahoo, which owns …

Workers not getting raises despite better jobs outlook

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a robust 2.5 million jobs the past 12 months. Layoffs have …

Environmentalists accused of hypocrisy in NE natural gas dispute

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …