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Northampton Energized by Its Lively Downtown

Community Spotlight Northampton’s downtown, Amy Cahillane says, is nothing if not eclectic. “We have a great mix of businesses,” said the director of the Downtown Northampton Assoc., a two-year-old organization dedicated to boosting vibrancy in the city’s center. “We have a lot of different clothing stores, coffee shops, restaurants and bars — there’s a lot […]

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Amy Jamrog

Planning Can Help Eliminate Common Mistakes in Retirement

A Mindset That Pays Off ‘Not practicing for retirement.’ OK, that’s not one of Amy Jamrog’s official 10 ‘mistakes business owners make before and after retirement,’ but it is certainly a related topic and one worth thinking about as that day approaches. Practice for retirement? “Yes, definitely,” said Jamrog, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual […]

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From left, MJ Adams, Mayor William Martin, and Jim Lunt all see many positive signs in Greenfield’s downtown.

Greenfield’s Downtown Gaining Momentum

Community Spotlight Greenfield Mayor William Martin acknowledged that it isn’t exactly a scientific measure of either his downtown’s vibrancy or the efficiency of his long-term strategic plan for the central business district. But it certainly works for him. He’s being told there’s a parking problem downtown. Actually, he’s been told that for some time. Until […]

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