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When you should - and shouldn’t - seek a reverse mortgage

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some seniors don’t qualify for a reverse mortgage, either because they are not old enough (you must be at least 62), or because their home equity, the difference between the value of their home and the balance of their existing standard mortgage, is too small. Such seniors won’t waste much time on the effort. Any loan provider they contact will give them the bad news immediately, since they don’t want … 0

Three small farms in Amherst and Hadley get boosts from $10,000 state grants

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Customers who come to the first Amherst Farmers Market on Saturday will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of greens harvested from three high tunnels and four greenhouses at Danya Teitelbaum’s North Amherst farm, known as Queen’s Greens. But as the recipient of a $10,000 state matching grant for constructing a much larger, better insulated and warmer high tunnel, Teitelbaum … 0

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the … 0

Drugmaker sues to block state ban

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts’ ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug. Zogenix filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday requesting that the court temporarily … 0

Casino empire helps Mohegan Tribe protect benefits

Sunday, April 6, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — A gaming slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren’t feeling the pinch — not with money coming in from a … 0

Gamers play Tetris on Philly building

Sunday, April 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Sam Robinson said it’s been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the … 0

Families want GM prosecuted for defects

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for … 0

Diane Stafford: Is college worth it?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

BC-WRK-STAFFORD-COLUMN:KC - business (300 words),0369 Diane Stafford: Is college worth it? By Diane Stafford The Kansas City Star Yes, college is expensive. Yes, it’s hard to start a career in debt. Yes, you know a college graduate who’s unemployed or sadly underemployed. The post-2008 job market hasn’t been … 0

B2B ID: Ira Bryck, director, University of Massachusetts Family Business Center, Hadley

Sunday, April 6, 2014

JOB TITLE, COMPANY, CITY IT IS BASED IN: Director, University of Massachusetts Family Business Center, Hadley WEBSITE: UMassFBC.com and IraBryck.com AGE: 61 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 1994 WHAT YOU DO: I run a UMass program that provides a … 0

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, April 6, 2014

For the week ending March 28, 2014 Amherst Chum Bi Lee, David K B. Lee, to Ke Haiping, Toshiyuki Ueki, 24 Whippletree Lane, Amherst, $377,500. Kevin J. Noonan to Kevin J. Noonan, Marion Hohn, 36 Jeffrey Lane, Amherst, $1. Norman L. Dandelske Est, Thomas Bothwell Rice Personal Representative, … 0

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most … 0

Stoneman Brewery starts ‘Beer Share’ series with ‘Co-Hop Spring Ale’ at River Valley Market

Friday, April 4, 2014

COLRAIN — Just call it “here-beer” — a new brew made with at least 90 percent local ingredients grown in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Stoneman Brewery’s Justin Korby and People’s Pint in Greenfield have teamed up with the River Valley Market food co-op in Northampton to produce and … 0

Dairy farmer warns proposed state rules governing manure would put him out of business

Friday, April 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Dairy farms and other agricultural operations across the state warned Friday they could be put out of business by proposed regulations governing how they apply manure to their lands. “If you impose these regulations, there will … 0