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Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About 10 volunteers from Mount Holyoke and Smith … 1

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most this year and consistent with the pace of monthly job creation last year before the … 0

Calif.’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. (ap) — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. “ ‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. “Once the initial shock passed, I couldn’t sleep … 0

Area propety deed transfers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2013 Amherst Cheryl H. Cobb, Cheryl V. Cobb, George & Cheryl Cobb Living Trust, George W. Cobb to Cheryl V. Cobb Revocable Trust, Cheryl V. Cobb, trustee, George W. Cobb Revocable Trust, … 0

Financial stress may hit your brain and wallet

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests. People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when they gave intelligence tests to shoppers … 0

Conspicuous Consumer: Beware of free checks in mail

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PICKY AND CHOOSY: Cleaning my refrigerator usually prompts some unsettling questions … What, exactly, is the food that now sports a furry white coat? What am I going to do with that half bag of spinach that has … 0

Survey: Brighter US economic outlook boosts hiring

Monday, July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National … 0

Four in 10 US homes have mom as top earner

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent … 0

Counseling available for homeowners at risk of foreclosure

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley Community Development Corporation is currently offering free, one-on-one counseling for homeowners in Hampshire County who feel that they are at risk of foreclosure or need help with financial management. The counseling, which is confidential, is designed to help homeowners understand the options available to … 0

‘Economic root canal’ — personal bankruptcy primer

Sunday, February 3, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Personal bankruptcy filings continued to decline statewide last year after peaking in 2010, a trend some say signals an improved economy. Other bankruptcy experts paint a more cautious picture and say many Valley residents face significant … 0

Saving Makes ‘Cents’ program instills values in youngsters 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

HADLEY — In five years, when she plans to visit China as an eighth-grader, Aine Doherty says she will have enough money saved up to enjoy her visit to the Pacific Rim. Fellow third-grader Odin Moore says he … 1

Smith program helps kickstart entrepreneurs, aid women’s financial independence

Thursday, January 31, 2013

NORTHAMPTON ­— On a chilly January morning, Smith College students gathered for an interterm course listen to Kate Hammond, associate director of the college’s Center for Women and Financial Independence, recount her days as an intern at General … 0

Paying estimated taxes critical for those who are self-employed

Sunday, February 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Some people work for themselves because they like the autonomy. Others have been unable to find full-time, regular jobs and have had to settle for contract work for a specific project or period of time. And still others have retired but have been brought back as … 0