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FILE - This Feb. 3, 2010 file photo shows a palm tree behind a Toyota sign at Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach, Fla. Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

US urges car owners to get air bags fixed

Monday, October 20, 2014

DETROIT — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. Safety advocates say at least four people …

'Every dollar you prepay to a funeral home has to be guaranteed' Ryder funeral home scandal prompts forum

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A visit to a funeral home early Wednesday to pay respects to a friend got Claudia E. Hodges thinking hard about what kind of funeral she wants after she dies — and how she might pay for it. It’s not a pleasant topic, but it is an essential one that the …

Back on the scene: Former owner of Northampton's C. McD’s Cafe, Caroline McDaniel to open ConVino wine bar in Thornes Marketplace

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a restaurant consultant in New York City during the 2000s, Caroline McDaniel watched dozens of wine bars open in the Big Apple. The Smith College graduate, who at the time frequently returned to Northampton for regular haircuts, started telling anyone who would listen that the concept would be a perfect …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

Starbucks to try new store sizes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Starbucks plans to roll out several new store formats, including bite-sized “express” stores plus more than 100 boutiques dedicated to the highbrow Reserve brand of small-pot coffees. The coffee giant also said a Reserve roastery and tasting room in Seattle, where it will shift all roasting for small-batch …

Former gasoline station in downtown Florence demolished, making way for new brick building

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. …

Market Basket announces that Arthur T. Demoulas will return with majority control of supermarket chain

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TEWKSBURY (AP) — A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers’ revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO will buy a majority stake in the business. In a statement issued late Wednesday, Market Basket said popular CEO Arthur …

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building …

New shop in Amherst caters to patrons seeking a more natural style

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AMHERST — Citing a trend of more women of color opting to keep their hair natural, the owner of a new downtown Amherst shop says she hopes her store will help them find the shampoos, conditioners and stylers …

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. …

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned …

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of …