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Fake IRS agents target thousands in big tax scam

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday. They have been duped out of a total of $15.5 million. People in every state have been targeted. “The criminals do …

Bill Gates again tops Forbes list of billionaires with $79.2B

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine’s list of …

Who says business and pleasure don’t mix? Not these family business owners

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Running a family-owned business has rewards — and also challenges — unique to businesses owned by members of the same family, say those in the field. The most notorious local example of a family business gone awry is the Market Basket debacle of last summer, when a long-simmering dispute over ownership and bad …

UMass hotel program expands as casinos seek employee base

Sunday, March 9, 2014

AMHERST — Judging from those who turned out at a recent jobs fair at the University of Massachusetts, MGM International, seeking to build an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, could be an appealing employer for graduates of …

Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10 failure stat

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the help of the local nonprofit Valley Venture Mentors, potential entrepreneurs can make strides in their quest to achieve their dreams. Jane Janovsky of South Hadley is a good example. A graphic designer and teacher in the …

Survey: Vital household savings still lag in US

Friday, February 28, 2014

Even as the economy slowly gains stronger footing, most Americans don’t have much in the rainy day fund and are feeling woefully unprepared for their long-term financial future, according to a national survey on household savings conducted by the Consumer Federation of America. When asked if they were …

Earnings gap between grads, non-grads widest since 1965

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. …

Coalition aims to increase number of workplaces that pay ‘living wage’

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Kitty Callaghan started working as a Legal Aid attorney serving the needs of the poor in 1980, most of her clients were unemployed. If they had jobs, they likely didn’t qualify for her services based …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund helping families in need for 81st year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The calls began coming in September, parents starting to think about the holiday season, wondering whether the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund would be lending a hand again this year. The answer is yes. The Gazette-sponsored …

Making News: Awards for local businesses, charitable donations

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rotary Club hosts events NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton is hosting four events in December. Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. the group welcomes new and prospective members at Packards Restaurant on Masonic Street. Cover …

B2B ID: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, owner at Florence Animal Clinic

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Name: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, DVM Job Title, Company: Owner at Florence Animal Clinic, 185 Locust St., Northampton Website: florence-animal-clinic.com Age: 45 What You Do: Help our clients care for their pets, strive to be compassionate and caring and …

Eastmont Custom Framing in Easthampton changes name to Big Red Frame

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — A framing business in the Old Town Hall that has been known as Eastmont Custom Framing for the last 12 years is now Big Red Frame. Owner Jean-Pierre Pasche announced last week that he was renaming …

Shel Horowitz: Busting myths about the costs of going green

Sunday, November 24, 2013

You often hear going green is too expensive. Answer those critics with the ways going green is actually cheaper than staying brown. And there are many of those “low-hanging fruit” savings areas. So you can put those into …