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Existing home sales in September rise to highest level this year

Friday, October 24, 2014

The national housing market rebounded in September as home sales rose to their highest level of the year. After dipping in August, sales of previously owned homes climbed 2.4 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday. Analysts polled by FactSet expected an annual rate of 5.1 million. Low mortgage rates, coupled with restrained price increases, boosted sales last month, the Realtors group said. “Traditional buyers are entering a less competitive market with fewer investors searching for available homes,” the trade group’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said. They’re also discovering falling interest rates as …

Stocks jump on strong company earnings, jobs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday. Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the …

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Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

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A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

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
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Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Chuong Son, of Hadley, prepares a meal at the Bahn Mi Saigon in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Chris Chamberland, a resident at Hathway Farms in Northampton works on his bike Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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110 Logtown Rd in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS 110 Logtown Rd in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

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left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming,  Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton,  Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst  and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming, Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton, Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story. Purchase photo reprints »

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Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner. Purchase photo reprints »

B2B ID: Thomas Schieffer, Vital Herbalist, Northampton

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NAME: Thomas Schieffer TITLE: Clinical herbalist/zen shiatsu body worker, Vital Herbalist, 98 Main St., Northampton WEBSITE: vital-herbalist.com AGE: 38 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: July 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: Vital Herbalist’s mission is …

Young Professionals of Amherst aims to engage people near beginning of their careers

Saturday, October 11, 2014

AMHERST — For people who are just beginning their professional careers, existing networking events help them make connections with the area’s business leaders. And while they are welcome at all Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce socials, including monthly After Five events, it’s not always possible for younger people …

Inside Microsoft chief’s blooper on women’s unequal pay

Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you “superpowers” that will translate into employer trust and other “good karma” that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was …

US stocks see worst week since May 2012; tech sector hard-hit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Investors avoided another roller coaster day on Wall Street Friday. What they got instead was a steady, moderate decline that left the market with its worst weekly performance since May 2012. Technology shares were especially hard-hit. Semiconductor makers …

Flight attendants challenge FAA on passenger use of electronic devices

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flight attendants battled federal aviation officials in court Friday to keep airline passengers from using electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Association of Flight Attendants asked a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn a ruling the Federal Aviation Administration …

Insurance companies play key role in helping homeowners recover from storm

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the bedroom ceiling came crashing down on Mark and Kelly Kicza as they slept in their Hendrick Street home early Wednesday morning, it’s a safe bet that homeowners insurance was the last thing on their minds. Once they realized they were not hurt in the …

Finance officials face threat of global economic distress

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim. That’s …

US stocks have their best day of the year

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Wall Street had its best day of the year. The U.S. stock market surged on Wednesday, erasing a steep loss from the day before. Investors were reacting to minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy …

Brandeis to sell its NYC alumni club

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WALTHAM (AP) — Brandeis University is selling a multimillion dollar townhouse it owns in New York City that once belonged to the Vanderbilt family. President Frederick Lawrence said in an email to alumni that the home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a gift to the university from the …

Service without a smile: why U.S. airlines aren’t nice

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall …