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Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand to benefit from the new rules unveiled Tuesday by six federal agencies. While banks will see relaxed guidelines for packaging and selling …

Advocates push to ban child labor on tobacco farms

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan …

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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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Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

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Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014.  Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014. Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital. Purchase photo reprints »

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Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces. Purchase photo reprints »

Flight attendants call for tougher screening

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One day after the Obama administration said it was developing new Ebola screening procedures for airports, a flight attendants union said existing measures do not go far enough to protect passengers and crew. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Association of Flight Attendants said its 60,000 members on …

Wal-Mart plans one-stop health coverage shopping

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance. The world’s largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and …

MAP Is Western Mass a tattoo mecca? Two new tattoo shops in Northampton and Easthampton drawing customers from near and far

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local community leaders like to talk about the things that draw visitors to the Pioneer Valley — art, culture, events, outdoor opportunities. Another attraction bringing people to Hampshire County is the quest for high quality tattoos, …

Court orders new trial in $1.2M trolley crash suit

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A state appeals court panel on Monday set aside a $1.2 million jury award and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by a passenger on a trolley that crashed moments after its driver sent a text message to his girlfriend. Colleen Fyffe, of …

US stocks edge lower ahead of Fed move

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Some encouraging corporate news failed to give the broader stock market a boost on Monday, and stocks edged lower as investors waited for news on the outlook for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy. Hewlett-Packard …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, October 5, 2014

For the week ending September 26, 2014 Amherst Pamela J. Doyle to John E. Bateson, 21 Autumn Lane, Amherst, $245,900. Craig G. Gothelf Personal Representative, Stanley J. Engelsberg Est, to Dror Shmerling, Tr., Webster Court Real Estate Nominee Trust, 2 Webster Court, Amherst, $155,000. Kscbj Properties LLC to …

UMassFive College Credit Union adds rewards program for members through Buzz Points

Sunday, October 5, 2014

HADLEY — A loyalty and rewards program for members of the UMassFive College Credit Union that aims to increase support for locally owned and independent businesses has been launched through a collaboration between the financial cooperative and a …

Business briefs

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Easthampton Chamber names new director Easthampton — The Easthampton Chamber of Commerce has named Maureen “Moe” Belliveau its new executive director beginning Monday. She had 20 years of small business and entrepreneurial experience before starting her most recent …

B2BID: Jeremy Cotton, owner LashCo Tree Service, South Hadley

Sunday, October 5, 2014

NAME: Jeremy Cotton TITLE: Owner, LashCo Tree Service, 46 Ferry St., South Hadley WEBSITE: www.lashcotree.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 2007 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: I have seven unbelievably talented team members. WHAT YOU DO: LashCo …

Riverside Industries gives clients opportunities for meaningful work in the community

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Riverside Industries started 45 years ago with a stated mission to “empower people with developmental disabilities to live a rich and full life,” said President and CEO Char Gentes. Part of a rich full life for …