Scene Here: Between the Moon and Holyoke
Sep01

Scene Here: Between the Moon and Holyoke

Holyoke City Hall follows you like the moon. Night in downtown Holyoke can be a quiet affair: Sometimes you can stand next to a canal and hear little more than the black water below. One night on Race Street this summer, tree frog near a power substation spoke the loudest.a And on this Saturday night it’s mostly quiet here on the hill. On Bowers, people on the steps of an apartment building talk into the evening, waiting out a...

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College Survival: Groove Guide, where to shake it every night of the week
Sep01

College Survival: Groove Guide, where to shake it every night of the week

Sometimes you just gotta dance. No one gets this quite like you, college student. Many more seasoned adults are too tired or they just downright don’t want to be around a bunch of sweaty people anymore. I don’t ever want to grow up and out of my desire to flail in embarrassing ways with a bunch of other dewy folk, and I’ve been scoping out Valley dance spots for a handful of years, now. So I got your back. I see your hip swivel and I...

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The Beerhunter: Drink Local, The Valley’s Top 10 Must-Try Craft Beers
Sep01

The Beerhunter: Drink Local, The Valley’s Top 10 Must-Try Craft Beers

Welcome back from summer vacation! Sadly, the heat wave isn’t over just yet. But the Beerhunter predicts cool evenings ahead, so be sure to make time to kick back on your couch, porch, or at your favorite neighborhood bar and appreciate everything the Valley’s craft beer scene has to brag about. While you were off getting some sun and resting up, the Beerhunter has been hard at work paring down the long list of local offerings into a...

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@Lunch: Miss Intimates, Lunch with Gazebo employee Michaela Schwartz
Sep01

@Lunch: Miss Intimates, Lunch with Gazebo employee Michaela Schwartz

Michaela Schwartz has seen you naked. That’s not a sure thing, but it’s not unlikely. Since graduating from Mt. Holyoke, Schwartz, 24, has spent the last two years working at the Gazebo lingerie store in Northampton, where she specializes in LGBT fittings under the tutelage of Main Street business maven Judith Fine. Helping to hook up hundreds of Valley customers with undergarments that are actually comfortable (easier said than done)...

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Slow Down and Prosper — your life and your world could depend on it
Sep01

Slow Down and Prosper — your life and your world could depend on it

Multi-tasking kills. This isn’t an excuse of the lazy — researchers are finding more and more that over-working yourself is a fast lane pass to the grave. According to a new study of 600,000 people in Australia, the U.S., and Europe — published August 19 in U.K. medical journal the Lancet — those working 55 hours per week or more have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of coronary heart disease. And not...

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Task Masters: 10 apps for lazy people that someone should invent

Dirty dishes piling up? There’s an app for that. Handy, the home-cleaning service, lets you summon a freelance cleaning crew (or a gardener, or a handyman) at the push of a button. The NYC-based company, which turned three in July, is valued at half a billion dollars. Welcome to the “1099 economy,” where independent contractors are finally meeting lazy people halfway (well, maybe more than halfway). Some call Handy the “Uber of...

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