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Religious bookstore takes on new name, new beginning in Amherst

Saturday, April 19, 2014

AMHERST — Good Faith Bookstore at 55 South Pleasant St. is set to open Friday as a resource for people of faith and welcoming to everyone in the community. “We think all faith is good. It’s a matter of understanding it,” said Stephen Nagy of Leverett, who serves as president of the Lay Academy of Oecumenical Studies Inc. Previously known as LAOS Interfaith Bookstore, the shop is taking on a … 0

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the … 0

At 95, Victor Waryas still cutting hair in South Deerfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a small porch at his Eastern Avenue home, Victor Waryas cuts, trims and styles hair a few days each week. He has cut the hair of countless clients from South Deerfield neighbors to Eaglebrook School students to actor Michael Douglas. Sixty years later, the South Deerfield man is still … 0

Shoppers leery of Target emails

Friday, January 17, 2014

NEW YORK — An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again. Target says the email, which offers free credit monitoring … 0

Google pursues contact lenses to aid diabetics

Friday, January 17, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. is searching for a better way for millions of diabetics to manage their disease by developing a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears. The contact lenses are the latest project from Google’s secretive X lab, which also came up with the … 0

Whiskey maker Beam sold to Japanese firm

Monday, January 13, 2014

NEW YORK — The maker of classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third largest global premium spirits business. … 0

Target breach widens

Friday, January 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Fallout from Target’s pre-Christmas security breach is likely to affect the company’s sales and profits well into the new year. The company disclosed on Friday that the massive data theft was significantly more extensive and … 0

Ice cream sabbatical: Smoosh-in creator steps back from longtime business

Monday, January 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Don’t call it retirement. Not yet, that is. Local ice cream maven Steve Herrell, 69, plans to step back from daily operations at Herrell’s Ice Cream, the Old South Street shop he opened 34 years ago, … 0

Mom-daughter team open new daycare center in South Deerfield

Friday, January 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A new early education and care certified program has opened for toddlers and preschool children at 235 Greenfield Road. In a colorful 665-square-foot space, Happy Roots Learning Center aims to offer an academic-­based day care … 0

Amherst ski sale Friday and Saturday at Crocker Farm School will be held despite storm

Thursday, January 2, 2014

AMHERST — Even though Crocker Farm School will be closed Friday, the ski and snowboard sale sponsored by the Amherst Lions Club will go on. The sale will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crocker Farm, 280 … 0

Colo. opens its legal pot industry

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DENVER — Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around … 0

Dobrá Tea brings a taste of world teas to downtown Northampton

Monday, December 23, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — To say Joel and Alli Jukiro’s path to Northampton lay along a “tea road” is an understatement. They fell in love over tea while attending college in Vermont, created a tea program for a shop near … 0

Flavors of Greece abound at Filos Greek Taverna in downtown Northampton

Monday, December 23, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Stepping into the new Filos Greek Taverna on Main Street is like walking into a sun-splashed village in Greece with its striking colors and white-washed stucco facades. A bright blue pergola draped with faux bougainvillea flowers … 4