Around Easthampton: Tasty Top open for the whole season despite Stop & Shop project on the horizon

Last modified: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ice cream lovers can get a cone at Tasty Top for at least one more season.

Dennis Courtney of Courtney Easthampton LLC, which owns Tasty Top, the driving range behind it and the surrounding property, said Tasty Top will be “open all year.”

The planned construction of a new Stop & Shop grocery store at the site can move forward now that nearly four years of legal wrangling between the supermarket chain and a neighboring business owner has wrapped up. Kenneth Cernak dropped his Hampshire Superior Court appeal in December.

Stop & Shop plans to demolish Tasty Top and build a 45,000-square-foot supermarket and 4,900-square-foot attached retail space.

Stop & Shop spokespeople have declined to say when the work might begin, saying the company has a policy of not discussing construction projects.

Courtney, who signed a long-term lease with Stop & Shop in 2006, also declined to comment on the supermarket project or when work on the structure might begin. He said the ice cream stand officially opened Thursday, although he handed out a few cones earlier when he was getting the stand ready to open.

“It’s been pretty cold,” he said, and the snow on the ground can make people forget that it is indeed spring. “We usually open about now.”


Neal gets Democratic award

The Easthampton Democratic Committee named U.S. Rep. Richard Neal as its 2014 Democrat of the Year.

Neal, who has represented the First Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1988, is a ranking member on the House Committee of Ways & Mean. Previously he was a city councilor and mayor of Springfield.

“Congressman Neal was unanimously selected for this award for his continuing commitment to the basic principles of the Democratic platform, including Social Security, Medicare, affordable higher education, and strong infrastructure systems.” Committee Chairman Raymond Drewnowski said in a press release. He also praised Neal’s work crafting and supporting the New Market Tax Credit Program to increase investment in businesses and real estate projects in low-income communities.

“I am honored to be chosen as the 2014 Democrat of the Year by such a committed group of party activists,” Neal said in the press release. He also praised the city committee and others like it for their organizing efforts.

The Democrat of the Year Award will be presented to Neal at the Easthampton Democratic Committee’s Annual Award Reception at the Apollo Grill in Easthampton. The event, which will also feature a wine and cheese tasting by Provisions of Northampton, is planned for April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information or to purchase $40 tickets to the event,


City woman honored

Kara Martin Snyder of Easthampton has been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “woman of the year” honor.

Snyder lost a close friend, Patrick “Noodle” Newell, to non-Hodgkin lymphoma a decade ago and it led to her decision to quit her job and start her own life coaching business, according to a press release from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“His diagnosis just seemed so spontaneous, so random and so scary,” Snyder said in the press release. “If not for Pat’s death 10 years ago, I’m not sure how much longer I would have procrastinated making the big, scary, honest changes that I needed to make.”

In honor of what would have been Newell’s 37th birthday, Snyder is trying to raise $37,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

She has been nominated for the society’s Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, in which candidates compete for the title by raising funds for blood cancer research. Every dollar toward the campaign counts as a vote and the man and woman with the most votes by May 22 earn honors, according to the press release.

Supporters can donate at Snyder’s website, The website also has information about an April 25 fundraiser in Spencer, where Snyder and Newell grew up.

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