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A visitor to Art in the Orchard sculptural exhibit at Park Hill Orchard interacts with the Big Red Frame. Jean-Pierre Pasche renamed his framing business after the piece of art. PHOTO COURTESY JEAN-PIERRE PASCHE.

Eastmont Custom Framing in Easthampton changes name to Big Red Frame

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — A framing business in the Old Town Hall that has been known as Eastmont Custom Framing for the last 12 years is now Big Red Frame. Owner Jean-Pierre Pasche announced last week that he was renaming his shop after a piece of art he created that was a big hit at this summer’s Art in the Orchard sculpture … 0

Shel Horowitz: Busting myths about the costs of going green

Sunday, November 24, 2013

You often hear going green is too expensive. Answer those critics with the ways going green is actually cheaper than staying brown. And there are many of those “low-hanging fruit” savings areas. So you can put those into place in your own business, start saving money to fund more expensive green improvements, and … 0

Area propety deed transfers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2013 Amherst Cheryl H. Cobb, Cheryl V. Cobb, George & Cheryl Cobb Living Trust, George W. Cobb to Cheryl V. Cobb Revocable Trust, Cheryl V. Cobb, trustee, George W. Cobb Revocable Trust, George W Cobb, trustee, 40 Harris Mountain Road, Amherst, $1. Deborah G. Kliegl, Timothy J. … 0

Easthampton development features ‘net-zero’ home

Sunday, February 17, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — When Michelle and David Zagorski moved into one of nine homes for low-income first-time homebuyers in a development off Button Road in July 2012, they knew they were getting a so-called net-zero home — one that … 0

Architects mix old, new to mold space for the enterprise 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Inside the architecture firm Juster Pope Frazier on North Street, the lights are turned off. Sunlight illuminates the open-floored studio through the tall windows of the old mill building, built during a time when electricity wasn’t … 0

Planners sensitive to neighbors as they seek to fill empty retail spaces

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In January, during the last few weeks before the closing of Big Y at 501 Newton St. in South Hadley, a dwindling number of customers wandered the sparsely stocked aisles. Many said they would have liked to see … 0

Real estate market seen to improve, but only slightly

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Local experts said the area’s real estate market was steady or slightly improved in 2012 and a change in buyers attitudes has them feeling positive about growth in the new year. “It’s been bleak for so long that even the tiniest spark can look like a beacon,” said … 0

Local banks respond to industry’s mobile trend

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The days of getting a lollipop from your friendly bank teller aren’t dead yet, but they might just be on their last lick. That’s because the latest craze sweeping the banking industry — mobile banking — is drawing users at an unprecedented clip and experts say it will … 0

Two new branches join Northampton banking scene

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — If banks are a sign of a vibrant commercial sector, King Street is on the rise. Two new bank branches are opening up between Main Street and Route 91, a mile and a half stretch that … 0

Longtime Easthampton Savings Bank President William Hogan discusses community banking’s future

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — As he reaches the autumn of a banking career that began just as floppy discs were coming into fashion in 1970, William Hogan predicts rapid advances in technology will continue to shape how community banks meet … 0

Survey: Investors more optimistic on banks

Sunday, February 17, 2013

LONDON — Investors are the most optimistic on banks since the top of the bull market in 2007, bolstered by record-low interest rates and an improving outlook for global growth and profits, a Bank of America survey showed. A net 6 percent of global fund managers, who together … 0

‘Wage theft’ prevails in a post-recession economy

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Behind the counter at a convenience store in Princess Anne, Md., Elvira Orellana worked 72 hours a week, making sandwiches, cleaning the kitchen and ordering the ingredients to prepare oxtail, curry chicken and cheese steaks. Her employer paid … 0

In Philly, business booms where battleships were born

Sunday, February 17, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — The city’s Navy Yard, a massive military powerhouse where battleships were born until the Cold War put it on ice, is celebrating a milestone that seemed a stretch when the Navy shipped out 17 years ago. … 0