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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s rights and equality in western Massachusetts. In her first four weeks at the Easthampton-based organization, Barajas-Román’s time has been focused on a $240,000 grant dedicated to collaborative projects that address women’s issues in Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden counties. “We know by working together there … 0

Atlantic City’s $2.4B Revel starts closing after 2 years

Monday, September 1, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high … 0

Changing definition of farming requires Agricultural Preservation Restriction program to adapt

Monday, September 1, 2014

A lot has changed since Massachusetts began its first-in-the nation Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program in 1979. More than 68,000 acres have been protected on more than 800 farms statewide by selling development rights to the state to keep farmland in production. Yet the definition of agriculture has changed over 35 years as renewed interest in farming has spawned new enterprises. Some of … 0

"The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat." Sounds like they got hit hard from behind, which would suggest...(full comment)

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

I would be too! Surplus is OK,for Highway &Agriculture.& Hilltown . Fire & Police need State of the art,w/training of that Equipment,by the manufactuerer.Surplus is...(full comment)

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

I guess it starts with ice cream and then it escalates to a molotov cocktail. ...(full comment)

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff
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Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

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Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond … 1

NHTSA launches online search tool on auto recalls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Car owners and buyers will be able to look up whether a vehicle has been recalled and fixed under a new federal program launched Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed an online search tool where drivers can find out if a specific car has been … 0

Women small business owners still face struggle to get needed loans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt have $4 million in … 0

Lawmakers to re-examine inversion issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to return from their August recess with proposals to close a loophole that allows companies like Pennsylvania’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals to avoid paying Uncle Sam by acquiring foreign competitors and reincorporating in countries with low or no corporate tax obligations. But some analysts, … 0

GE Life Sciences HQ planned for Marlborough

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MARLBOROUGH (AP) — GE Healthcare Life Sciences has announced that it plans to develop a new $21 million U.S. headquarters in Marlborough. The 160,000-square-foot facility announced Wednesday will bring 500 professional jobs to the state, including 220 new jobs. This facility will include state-of-the-art labs, customer application facilities, … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Honda’s safe strategy paying off in record sales

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honda is on track to hit record sales this year and makes no apologies for the conservative, retail sales-focused strategy that has kept mainstream vehicles like the Accord and CR-V popular. John Mendel, head of the American Honda Auto Division, said today he will protect Honda customers and … 0

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock … 0

Housing starts soar in July; construction boosts Home Depot profit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BC-REAL-HOUSINGSTARTS:LA - business (300 words),0350 Housing starts soar in July; construction boosts Home Depot profit By Andrew Khouri Los Angeles Times (MCT) New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a … 0