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James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., points out the term "Play Safe and Enjoy!!!" on the package for the Catapencil, a combination pencil and slingshot, at Children's Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Consumer group lists ‘10 worst toys’ for kids

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., issued the “10 Worst Toys” list to …

Feds push for national air bag recall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DETROIT — The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver. The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver’s side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. …

Vitamin company eyes new facility in Hadley University Park

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HADLEY — A company that manufactures vitamins is planning to construct a 24,000-square-foot facility in the Hadley University Park off North Maple Street. American River Nutrition, which has its headquarters at 31 Campus Plaza Road, is bringing the project before the Planning Board Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will be held on the main floor of the Hadley Senior Center at Hooker …

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 …