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Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the state’s nickel deposit law to include bottled …

Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of an era not friendly to small, independent bookstores. In an interview at the 247 Main …

Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost Bread, 62 State St., they will throw a party on the bakery’s front lawn, starting …

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FLORENCE — Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence is offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling. Lynn LaFountain, who … 1

Fast-food protests spread overseas

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries. The demonstrations build on a campaign by …

GM recalls 2.7 million more vehicles

Thursday, May 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors recalled an additional 2.7 million vehicles Thursday as a deep dive into safety issues at the nation’s biggest automaker turned up more problems with some of the cars it built over the past …

Bluebonnet Diner owner James Greco assures customers the restaurant’s signature train will return

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One night last week a young boy visiting the Bluebonnet Diner with his family could not believe his eyes — the train that he loved to watch circle overhead while he ate had vanished. Despite assurances …

Owner of Zoe’s Fish House a partner in steak and seafood restaurant planned in Greenfield

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The downtown will soon add a steak and seafood restaurant to its list of eateries. Jim Sands, owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley, said he has teamed up with Paul Cheng, who has owned The … 1

Target’s Chairman and CEO out in wake of data breach

Monday, May 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his job. Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has …

GM begins talks to settle ignition lawsuits

Monday, May 5, 2014

DETROIT — A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars. Kenneth Feinberg confirmed in an interview that he met …

Sugar Shack owners Joseph and Shelly Boisvert open a market in North Hadley

Sunday, May 4, 2014

HADLEY — When maple sugaring season is in full swing, the North Hadley Sugar Shack is a destination for hundreds of people each weekend to enjoy a breakfast meal with locally produced maple syrup. In the summer and … 1

Craig White and Bob Lindner, owners of Hillside Pizza, receive 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of Year Award

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — Craig White and Bob Lindner, founders and owners of Hillside Pizza, which is based in Deerfield, received the 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. They have helped groups raise over $315,000 since 2001, opened three …

Hampshire Mosque in Amherst buys former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, April 25, 2014

HADLEY — A Route 9 building that most recently housed Adventure Outfitters has been sold to the Hampshire Mosque. The 451 Russell St. building was recently purchased by Hampshire Mosque Inc. for $570,000 from Ruth Anderson-Zabre and Michael … 1