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Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were other factors involved. Whatever the reason, he said the town received nearly $119,000 this month for the period between September and November. …

Tootsie Roll’s 53-year CEO dies at 95

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHICAGO — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after a brief illness, said Brooke Vane, a spokeswoman for the company’s public relations firm. Gordon …

Veteran chefs design very different menus at two new restaurants in Amherst

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — In Amherst center, the chef at a new restaurant focused on northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is encouraging patrons to pair their food with a glass of wine. In North Amherst, the chef at a new dining spot suggests customers ordering breakfast items and sandwiches, soups and salads enjoy their meals …

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House closes in Greenfield, employees relocated to Hatfield, Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House in the Arts Block on Court Square in Greenfield has closed after 15 months. Owner Peter Langlois said the decision was made because of the uncertainty over what is going …

Northampton Beadery settles down in new quarters on King Street

Sunday, January 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON When Heather Black was a 5-year-old living in North Carolina, her mother bought her a bucket of plastic beads from Wal-Mart. That’s where it started. “I made so many things with that bucket,” said Black, now 29, …

Landscape school to open campus in Easthampton mill building

Sunday, January 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Mill 180 building on Pleasant Street has been chosen as the future home of the Conway School of Landscape Design’s new urban satellite campus. The move marks the first time the school has expanded since …

Amid grief after beloved grocer’s death, Serio’s owner hires daughter as new general manager

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Christina Cavallari died at age 57 in May, her husband, Gary Golec, knew the family business would carry on because his wife would have wanted that. He just wasn’t sure how. Over more than two …

Tobacco auctions near last gasp

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DANVILLE, Ky. — Tripp Foy’s sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board has approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …

Northampton commission sending message with 2-month liquor license suspension

Friday, December 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the last 20 years, the Northampton License Commission has found that 15 establishments violated state law by serving alcohol to, or not verifying the ID of, underage patrons. Four of those bars or package stores …

Demand for drones grows with holiday giving season

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have “taken off” as popular gifts as …

Chrysler gives in to government, expands air bag recall

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DETROIT — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker said Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks in the U.S., as demanded …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board Wednesday approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …