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Music key to Northampton’s downtown revival: State’s top economic development leader tours city
04-30-2024 3:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When she was a student at Williams College, Yvonne Hao recalls traveling to Northampton with friends to eat at local restaurants, shop at thrift stores and attend concerts held by the local music scene, although she isn’t quite sure of...

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‘A new era:’ New UMass Amherst chancellor breaks bread at his first community breakfast
08-29-2023 7:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — It’s fitting that new University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes, a “Star Wars” fan, invoked a quote from one of the iconic franchise’s main characters to conclude remarks at the end of his first Community Breakfast Tuesday...


Report puts price on green homes transition
07-02-2023 9:56 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Without additional financial support, climate-friendly building regulations could “push homeownership out of reach” for some Massachusetts families, according to a new report from the the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of...


Easthampton launching registry of empty storefronts downtown
04-11-2023 4:49 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton will soon require property owners sitting on vacant storefronts to register their buildings and pay a fee that will be used to create and maintain an online database of spaces available to rent in the city.The new...


Easthampton mayor touts city’s ‘resiliency’ in annual address
02-01-2023 8:29 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor Nicole LaChapelle used her recent annual state of the city address to highlight how Easthampton is building a “more resilient city for the future,” covering an array of projects and initiatives under way and in development that she...


Northampton hotelier pitches plans for new hotel at former newspaper site; council to consider tax break on Thursday
02-01-2023 8:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The former home of the Daily Hampshire Gazette may soon be the site of a new 109-room hotel that the developer says would bring 50 new jobs to the city.Hotelier Mansour Ghalibaf wants to build an extended-stay hotel with two additional...


State’s LGBTQ chamber sets up roots in Easthampton
02-01-2023 5:40 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — With an estimated 21,000 LGBT-owned businesses contributing $49 billion to the state economy each year, a Boston-based nonprofit is looking to ensure that the members of the LGBTQ+ community not only have a seat at the table, but have...


Sales tax holiday weekend set for Aug. 13-14
06-13-2022 1:53 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — The Legislature on Monday set the dates of this year’s sales tax holiday weekend, settling on Aug. 13 and 14, when Massachusetts shoppers will get a break from state sales tax on most retail items less than $2,500.The annual sales-tax-free...


City planners approve permit for Starbucks on Route 10 in Easthampton
05-07-2022 3:52 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The world’s largest coffee chain plans to add another shop in western Massachusetts this summer.The city’s Planning Board has unanimously approved a special permit to construct and operate a drive-thru Starbucks. The shop would be built...


Fyre Ants dispensary opens in old Easthampton Buick dealership
01-24-2022 9:54 AM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Cannabis consumers have access to another adult-use retail shop on Northampton Street as Fyre Ants has officially opened its doors in a former car dealership.The city’s fifth cannabis retailer to open for business marked the occasion...


Deerfield publisher Channing Bete to close June 30
04-09-2019 11:48 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Channing Bete Company expects to cease operations June 30, the South Deerfield publisher announced Tuesday.The first position eliminations will come June 24, and most employees will be released between June 24 and July 3,...

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