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Bear Necessities

Ted Hebert Sets His Own Standard of Success Ted Hebert walks through his store, hugging customers he knows, slapping them on the back, making recommendations, and bending over happily to […]

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Features

John Hine, left, and Frank DeToma

Community Spotlight: South Hadley

South Hadley Leaders Seek Rebirth of the Falls Two years ago, South Hadley won a Communities by Design award from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. In addition to […]

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From left, Mark Noonan, Tara Gehring, and Douglas Mattoon

Community Spotlight: West Springfield

West Springfield Takes Active Approach to Growth Mayor Edward Sullivan says the city of West Springfield has changed its tactics toward economic development, and is moving forward “like a battleship,” […]

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Special Features

Across the Generations

Greenfield Savings Bank Emphasizes Community Ties Rebecca Caplice laughed when asked whether Greenfield Savings Bank had seen growth of its online and mobile services among younger customers. “You’d be surprised […]

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Robison

Future Stars

John Robison’s Auto-repair School Helps ‘Different’ Students Succeed Growing up in the 1960s, a victim of abuse at home and an inability to fit in socially at school, John Robison […]

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Big Picture

Art and Commerce Intersect at Thriving 1350 Main Street There’s an art and science to marketing commercial real estate. In some cases, lots of art. Take 1350 Main Street, or […]

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Jerry Bolduc

Branching Out

Lull in New-home Construction Leads Builders to Diversify Several months ago, Jos. Chapdelaine & Sons broke ground on the first new subdivision the company has built since 1998. The site […]

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Throwing Out a Lifeline

There’s Still Time for Homeowners to Take Advantage of HARP Mel Watt has been on a campaign. Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has been reaching out to […]

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The IRS and Form 1099-K

Government Secrecy on Cash and Credit Transactions Is Troubling By PAUL MANCINONE Back in May 2013, our firm wrote an article for Accounting Today, “Taxing Times for the Restaurant Industry.” […]

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Capital Gains

A chart of banks in Western Mass. Click here to download the PDF

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By All Accounts

A chart of area credit unions Click here to download the PDF

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Brian Gibbons

Construction Veteran

Brian Gibbons Transitions from Military to Successful Building Career By KEVIN FLANDERS Brian Gibbons is not your typical entrepreneur, nor did he follow the conventional routes to becoming a business […]

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From the Ground Up

A chart of the region’s general contractors Click here to download the PDF

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Joe Soucy

Negligible Negotiations

Information Technology Changes the Way Vehicles Are Sold Sara Holmes says the way new cars are sold has changed dramatically in the last decade, largely due to the Internet, which […]

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Lots of Options

A chart of area auto dealers Click here to download the PDF

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Opinion

Opinion

Baseball, Youth, and Smokeless Tobacco By RICHARD PIETERS, M.D. and ANTHONY GIAMBERARDINO, D.M.D. The headlines first came with baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His all-too-early death at 54 was attributed […]

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Editorial

Some Steps in the Right Direction Several months ago, we wrote about what we perceived as a considerable challenge for this region: finding capable successors for all Baby Boomers — […]

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