Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
22°
Cloudy
Hi 23° | Lo 4°

Northampton

KEVIN GUTTING
Siblings Christine and Kurt Brazeau own Murduff's Jewelry Store in Florence.

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that is the case. “If you’re not having a good time buying an engagement ring, leave,” Brazeau said in a recent interview in …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used a bank card at a store to make a purchase. A defrauder intercepted the credit …

Eric P. Poulin of South Hadley denies soliciting sexual conduct for a fee at Easthampton hair salon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man denied charges Thursday stemming from a police sting in the back room of an Easthampton hair salon that police say was prompted by a Craigslist notice advertising “Head to Toe Body Care for Men.” Eric P. Poulin, 43, 10 Ingram St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District …

Weekend colleges: UMass wins men’s Atlantic 10 swimming championship; Minutewomen second

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The UMass swimming and diving program had a strong weekend at the Atlantic 10 championships in Geneva, Ohio. The men’s team won its 15th conference title with 589.5 points Sunday. The Minutemen came from behind and edged St. Bonaventure (569). The Minutewomen took second with 498 points. Richmond …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Granby’s Nolan Hodgins place second at state Division 3 wrestling tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir had a perfect season and was one win shy of making history at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament, Saturday at Wakefield High School. Looking to become the 12th grappler statewide and the first from western Massachusetts to win four divisional titles, Weir …

Northampton Police

Sunday, February 22, 2015

■ Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, who provided an address as the streets of Northampton, was arrested Sunday at 9:06 a.m. on Main Street on two warrants, police said. ■ Residents on Rocky Hill Road in Florence reported Sunday at 8:29 a.m. that vandals smashed out a rear window …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …

Local activists say Wal-Mart wage increases a step in the right direction toward a living wage for all

Saturday, February 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Shoppers at the North King Street Wal-Mart lauded the national chain’s decision to raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, while local labor activists contended it’s only a step toward paying a living wage for the …

Undefeated Granby earns No. 2 seed in Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Coaches and players say it every year — regular season records don’t mean anything in the Western Massachusetts Tournament. The Granby girls basketball team finished the season undefeated for the second time in program history and …

Hampshire earns top seed, Amherst and Hopkins Academy No. 2s in WMass boys basketball tournaments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It was a good day for local boys basketball teams at the Western Massachusetts Tournament seeding meeting. Hampshire Regional was awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 3. Amherst Regional and Hopkins Academy earned No. 2 seeds in …

Longtime employee Genevieve Brough inks a deal, buys Finck & Perras Insurance of Easthampton & Florence

Saturday, February 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a time where geckos and Flo sell insurance through television ads, Finck & Perras Insurance Agency’s new owner Genevieve L. Brough says her company offers something more personal. With neighborhood offices in Florence and Easthampton, …

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 …