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    A prominent Western Mass restaurant owner has died at the age of 59, surrounded by family.  Andy Yee, a partner of the Bean Restaurant Group, which includes restaurants such as the Student Prince In Springfield, the White Hut, in West Springfield, and Johnny's Tavern in Amherst, died on Thursday, May 27. "It is with great sadness that we announce that...
    The barriers are going up in one Western Mass town and just in time for Memorial Day weekend. But these barriers aren't a bad thing, instead, they are there to allow diners to get a breath of fresh air as they visit area restaurants in Northampton. And, while some may say it slows down traffic or makes it difficult to...
    PLEASANTON (KPIX) — An iconic retail store that has been a fixture in downtown Pleasanton for decades, Christesen’s Western Wear recently announced it is going out of business The pandemic, the popularity of online shopping and the changing landscape of downtown Pleasanton to a dining area are some of the reasons this longtime Western wear and saddlery is closing. READ...
    Parents of first-graders in the Bellingham School District in the state of Washington were reportedly dismissed by school officials after protesting a teacher’s decision to read a book about transgender reality TV teen star Jazz Jennings to the young children. A report at Young America’s Foundation (YAF) noted the group received an anonymous tip that first-grade teacher Jennifer Miller read I...
    A popular Western Massachusetts restaurant is back in business and ready to serve some great meals after closing in December last year due to the COVID pandemic. Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton reopened on Saturday, May 1, with a tag sale, to help those in need as they served food to many customers who had been waiting for the spot to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Better Business Bureau says scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic, especially phone scammers who are pretending to be someone they are not. The BBB says they have seen an uptick in imposter scams in western Pennsylvania. This is where the scammer pretends to be a friend, a family member or someone...
    A Western Massachusetts business owner has been indicted in an alleged scheme in which he sold software that allowed restaurants to delete cash sales from cash registers and keep meal taxes paid by customers. Hampden County resident Paul K. Backholm, age 53, of Westfield, was charged and arraigned on Friday, April 9, said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. ...
    A Western Massachusetts business received significant damage after the driver of a vehicle lost control and plowed into the side of the building. The incident took place in Hampden County around 1:30 a.m., Sunday, April 11 in Holyoke. The Holyoke Police Department received a call for a vehicle that had collided with a building in the K-Mart Plaza on Northampton Street....
    American companies continue to conduct business operations in China after several Western countries have imposed sanctions against Chinese officials for their role in the genocide and human rights abuses of Uyghurs.  The United States, along with Canada, Britain and European Union, announced a variety of coordinated sanctions against China on March 22 in an effort to hold them accountable for...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Yesterday saw significant winds sweep through our area, knocking down power lines, trees and even damaging some residences. READ MORE: Massive Tree, Once Considered By City For Christmas, Topples Over In Greenfield Front Yard The resulting damage may mean some homeowners have to call in help to restore their property. However, the Better...
    Just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the Valley’s most popular fine-dining restauranteurs opened a little Italian spot in Longmeadow. Posto by The Federal is located in The Longmeadow Shops and serves “old-school new Italian” dishes. While Posto and The Federal share the same executive chef, Michael Presnal, Posto is more casual than the Agawam fine-dining destination. Whereas...
    OAKLAND, Md. (WJZ) — A fire caused $600,000 in damage to a business in Garrett County on New Year’s Eve, the state fire marshal’s office said. The fire broke out around 11:20 p.m. at Maryland Minerals in the 400 block of Quarry Road northeast of Oakland. Officials said a passerby discovered the blaze, which left the building and its contents...
    An organic recycling center is coming to Western Massachusetts at a time when Massachusetts is running out of places to put its garbage. On Thursday, Dec. 10, Vanguard Renewables announced the opening of its Organics Recycling Facility in Agawam off Main Street. An organic recycler deals mostly in food and beverage waste. “We are excited to welcome Vanguard Renewables to...
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Molino scored twice in the first half and Minnesota United advanced to the MLS Western Conference finals, beating Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Thursday night. Fourth-seeded Minnesota will play at No. 2 seed Seattle on Monday night for a spot in the MLS Cup finals. Bakaye Dibassy also scored, and Emanuel Reynoso assists...
    Mike Fratantuono is the manager of Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He wrote in the Washington Post's COVID-19 series about the recent, heartbreaking loss of his business, a restaurant that has been in his family for "four generations and counting." "I know this virus is real, okay? It's real and it's awful. I'm not disputing...
    A 125-year-old hardware shop is going out of business. Manchester Hardware in Easthampton announced on Labor Day, Sept. 7, that it would be holding a “retirement-store closing sale” Thursday, Sept. 10 through Wednesday, Sept. 16. “While I love this store and serving the community, I have reached a fork in the road,” said Carol Perman in a letter to...
    A local florist, construction company, and catering service are among the most recent firms to achieve Better Business Bureau accreditation. The Better Business Bureau is a private nonprofit that tracks customer satisfaction and work quality. The BBB promotes accredited businesses that meet its standards. According to the BBB's regional chapter, local companies that recently received BBB accreditation include: A Cut...
    VACAVILLE (CBS13) – “Vacaville Strong” is becoming a trending phrase for many as people try to figure out how to help others rebuild their lives. One local feed store, Western Ranch and Pet Supply, is lending their help to plenty of others. Manager Noelle DeMartini said people have been bringing down all sorts of items from food and baby supplies...
    By Rocky Swift TOKYO (Reuters) - Four Western business lobbies joined in protesting Japan's travel ban to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying the policy is out of step with measures in other major economies and will harm investment. Many countries have imposed travel curbs to battle the pandemic but Japan's are among the most strict, effectively banning...
    MARION, N.C. (AP) — Officials touting their North Carolina town as “simply unexpected” on a billboard soon found something they weren’t expecting. The town of Marion is looking for the billboard posted along Interstate 40 to attract travelers and tourists after it disappeared last weekend. The 12-by-30-foot (3-by-9 meter) sign shows a colorful photo of downtown Marion and bears the...
    CHICAGO — A long-standing Irish pub in the heart of Bevely’s Western Avenue strip of bars was closed by the City of Chicago this weekend after repeated violations of coronavirus safety rules. Cork & Kerry at 10614 S. Western Ave. was cited and closed early Saturday because employees were not wearing face coverings and the bar was oped past...
    Chinese officials are urging Western companies to ignore U.S. warnings about the downsides of economic investments under the regime, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounces Beijing's aggressive economic and security policies. “You’ve made the correct choice of putting down your business roots in China to seek development,” Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping wrote to the Global CEO Council in...
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