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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 »

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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 »

Captain Video closes after 19 years in Amherst

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst’s last video rental store, one of just a handful of such brick-and-mortar enterprises still in existence throughout New England, has closed. Captain Video owner Nolan Anaya announced Monday that he is preparing for a public sale of the store’s collection of 27,000 DVDs, Blu-ray discs, …

Storied 1860s Victorian mansion on Elm Street in Hatfield now a place to make beer, wine and spirits

Saturday, May 9, 2015

HATFIELD — Jonni Benson might very well be among the most interesting men in the world. The 43-year-old Hatfield native has worked as a chef in Hawaii and sailed halfway around the globe. He worked as a black …

As Senate debate opens, Obama raps Warren on trade

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to debate his trade agenda, President Barack Obama is sharpening his criticisms of a vocal opponent on the left. In a weekend interview with Yahoo Politics, the president said Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is factually wrong and politically motivated in …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Week ending May 1, 2015 Amherst Michael J. Lazarz, Michelle A. Lazarz, to David W. Foster, Kathleen M. Foster, 236 South East St., Amherst, $327,750. Audrey L. Price, Brittany M. Price, Keith W. Price to Elroy Meighan, Y. Yam Wai, 252 West St., Amherst, $140,000. Ann Becker, James …

Area business briefs

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BusinessWest recognizes young professionals SPRINGFIELD — Local business people included in the 40 Under-Forty Class of 2015 selected by BusinessWest include Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton; Lindsay Doak, director of education and marketing, Fazzi …

Deerfield Select Board approves plan for New England Natural Bakers factory on Jewett Avenue

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board last week unanimously approved the site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue. The permit was granted during a public hearing. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been operating from …

A delicious time of the year

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The unsolved mystery of the exploding air bags

Friday, May 8, 2015

DETROIT - After months of testing by air bag maker Takata and an independent panel of engineers, there’s still no clear answer why some air bags are blamed for killing drivers after being triggered and spraying metal shrapnel. “This may not be something as simple as just one …

Stocks edge up in quiet trading

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks rose moderately Thursday in relatively quiet trading, a contrast to the heavy selling that occurred a day earlier when Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested that stock prices might be too high. The bigger …

LA Times parent to buy San Diego paper

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The parent company of the Los Angeles Times has agreed to buy the U-T San Diego, uniting the newspapers of California’s two largest cities under common ownership. Tribune Publishing, owner of The Times, The Chicago Tribune and other daily newspapers, announced Thursday that it will …