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Tesla expands its lineup, launches an electric SUV

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After nearly two years of delay, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk was to hand the first of the electric car company’s new Model X crossovers to customers Tuesday night at a ceremony near the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory. These initial sales — expected to be just a handful — mark the first time the Palo Alto, Calif., car company will have two models in the market at the same …

The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary in Pelham combines naturalist art and herbal remedies

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PELHAM — Believing that many people who live in western Massachusetts appreciate both naturalist art and herbal remedies, two Pelham residents are combining their own passions in a new bricks-and-mortar enterprise. Vincent Frano and Isa Wang, who are partners both in life and business, recently opened The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary, …

Florence Pie Bar Open

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - Florence Pie Bar opened on Friday, selling out 160 slices of pie and 90 other baked goods by 1 p.m., according to the business Facebook page. “Pie always makes people happy,” said owner Maura Glennon, 49, of Florence, in a previous interview with the Gazette. “There aren’t very many pie shops, …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Target says it will remove gender-based labeling in toy aisles

Friday, August 7, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — After a tweet of a sign in a Target store that distinguished between “building sets” and “girls’ building sets” created a social media firestorm earlier this summer, the Minneapolis-based retailer said Friday that it will use gender-neutral signage in toys aisles as well as in other …

Automakers pressed to thwart malicious hackers

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DETROIT — When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap. Five years later, two …

Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, …

Fiat Chrysler faces massive recall in government deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls. The National Highway Traffic …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …