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  • News for Business Information

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    BY GRANT WELKER At first, it looks to be an imagination at work, or maybe the doings of ghosts: groups of tall shelves stacked with packages of clothing and moving entirely on their own. But the 200 squat orange robots aren't that, or even the work of hidden engineers at a control panel. The robots work autonomously in perfect synchronization, never bumping into each other, even when they move ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Veterans unveil wall in Shirley's War Memorial BuildingBy M.E. Jones, Correspondent UPDATED:   11/18/2017 09:29:22 AM EST SHIRLEY -- A row of handsome, wood-framed plaques, aligned with military precision along a restored entrance wall in the War Memorial Building, honor town residents who died while serving their country in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The names are inscribed behind glass, ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
      Reduced Employer Access to Criminal Records Harms Ex-Offenders Posted by Brad MacDougall on Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM   Update: The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last week that will narrow employer access to the criminal records of job applicants. AIM believes such restrictions will hurt the very ex-offenders they are designed to ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
      Education and Performance to Share Center Stageat the New Music Center at Indian Hill  State-of-the-art building with Music School, 1,000-seat Concert Hall,  and 300-seat Recital Hall will enable more education and performance opportunities for students,  provide a permanent home for the Orchestra of Indian Hill  and Indian Hill Music's professional concert series,and enhance the ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    CLICK HERE for original article with videos   BY GRANT WELKER The farm of the future is in a nondescript greenhouse down a wooded residential road next to a site where the military once trained for the Vietnam War. This is where lettuce and arugula is grown without the touch of a single hand, and without a drop of irrigation that isn't rainwater. The produce is grown not in soil but in a ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    CLICK HERE for original article   BY ZACHARY COMEAU Ayer-based Cambrooke Therapeutics has been acquired by a Japanese amino acid-based product manufacturer for $64 million. Cambrooke Therapeutics develops therapuetic nutrition for people with chronic health conditions who require specialized functional foods. With the acquisition, the company gains access to Japan-based Ajinomoto Co. Inc.'s ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE   Get Devens a proper workforce  Devens has been a resounding economic success since the former military base was transformed into the iconic MassDevelopment location less than 20 years ago. In the late 1990s, when Ayer, Harvard and Shirley voted to give the site to the state agency, few could have predicted the 100-year-old facility would be home to the likes of a ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE   After 100 years, Devens has become a technology hubPHOTO | GRANT WELKERBrian Lemerise, president of Quiet Logistics, stands in the 500,000-square-foot warehouse the company uses to ship retail goods using robots all over the world.BY GRANT WELKER The future was not promising for Fort Devens just over two decades ago when the military base was ordered closed along with ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE CLICK HERE   BY ZACHARY COMEAU The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton has received a donation of items from a Massachusetts couple constituting the largest and most valuable gift since the museum was established in 2006. The museum did not specify the amount. The donation of 18th and 19th-century Russian icons and artifacts from Bourne, Mass. collectors Edward and Joan Simpson ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    We would like to introduce our newest Community Lender, Felicia Freel. As a Community Lender, she is responsible for helping her customers reach their dream of owning a home by finding the best mortgage product to fit their needs. Felicia will be servings the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Lunenburg and Devens. Felicia began her banking career in 2007. She has worked as a Teller, Head Teller, and ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Original article   BY EMILY MICUCCI Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer and Steward Health Care Network have joined forces to form a MassHealth accountable care organization (ACO), a program designed by the Baker Administration to improve efficiency and quality within the state Medicaid According to a statement from Boston-based Steward on Monday, hundreds of physicians within the Nashoba ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    BY EMILY MICUCCI The Baker Administration on Monday said it had secured approval from the federal government to extend existing small group health insurance rating factors in order to curb premium increases and encourage market stability for small employers. The rating factors are permitted under state law, but don't meet federal requirements. Through a series of requests to U.S. Department of ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Original article at Sentinel & Enterprise   New cinema has screen as big as Green MonsterBy Chris Lisinski, clisinski@lowellsun.com UPDATED:   11/16/2017 09:05:25 AM EST   LITTLETON -- Managers of the new O'neil Cinemas about to open in The Point describe it as the most advanced movie theater out there. The multiplex does certainly have some striking amenities, be it hundreds of ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Bolton and Harvard Selected for HeatSmart Mass The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have selected, via a competitive bid process, seven communities (4 teams, including Bolton and Harvard) for the pilot round of the HeatSmart Mass program. Details are included ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Steward Physicians and Nashoba Valley Medical Center Join Innovative MassHealth Program to Improve Health Care Outcomes for Members As part of new Steward Health Choice health plan for MassHealth patients, local Steward doctors and Nashoba Valley Medical Center will play key roles in improved, local MassHealth care coordination  Ayer, MA – Through the new Steward Health Choice health ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Operation: Garage Clean Out  The garage shouldn't be a space where junk is left to accumulate and be forgotten. There are so many ways to put this space to good use, and it goes beyond just storing your car.        It can be a workshop, a workout area, or somewhere to do work on your bike and car. With so much potential there's no reason why you shouldn't make cleaning out the garage ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND VIDEO By Alana Melanson, amelanson@lowellsun.comUPDATED:   11/16/2017 09:57:27 AM EST FITCHBURG -- A child bathed in soft light is fascinated by a butterfly perched on his forefinger. Adolescents dance awkwardly at a 1991 Bat Mitzvah in Chicago. A little girl in a blue dress emerges from a dark, swirling forest into a desert-like clearing and bright blue sky above. These ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Small Business: Tax Breaks for Charitable GivingTax breaks for charitable giving are not limited to individuals; your small business can benefit from them as well. If you own a small to medium size business and are committed to giving back to the community through charitable giving, keep reading.   Click here to read the rest of the newsletter.   Dube & Hazelwood, P.C.19 Water ...read more
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    Monday, November 20, 2017
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE   Monty Tech JROTC will lend a hand in TexasBy Elizabeth Dobbins, edobbins@sentinelandenterprise.com UPDATED:   11/11/2017 10:07:09 AM EST FITCHBURG -- A 10-mile walk will make a much longer journey possible for 50 Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School students. Over February break, these students will fly to Wharton, Texas where they plan to participate in ...read more
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    Monday, November 13, 2017
    Support for people with intellectual disabilities comes in many forms with donors giving their time, talent or treasure. One local company, Quiet Logistics (QL), is going well beyond conventional giving practices by hiring 30 people with disabilities through Minute Man Arc’s Employment Program.  The relationship between Minute Man Arc and QL began with a simple introduction by Senator James ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    Key points More than half of workers have not begun planning for retirement, according to research8 in 10 retirees who have a plan in place are confident their money will last a lifetimeMaking the right moves at key points in your financial lifecycle could boost your savings  One day you’re celebrating the first day at a new job. The next thing you know, toasts are being raised at your ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    BY ZACHARY COMEAU Hudson solar company New England Clean Energy on Wednesday announced it has expanded its services to Cape Cod and has opened a new office in Rhode Island. The company announced Wednesday it is now installing solar systems for Cape Cod customers, and has opened an office in Pawtucket, R.I. "We hear weekly from people who read about us on Solar Reviews and are disappointed to be ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    By Peter Jasinski, pjasinski@sentinelandenterprise.comUPDATED:   11/03/2017 10:16:19 AM EDT LANCASTER -- When it comes to facial hair, the town's Police Department has some pretty strict guidelines. Sideburns can be grown out, but they can't go any lower than an officer's earlobe. Mustaches are allowed, but only to the bottom of the lip crease, preventing any of the handlebar or goatee ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    By Chris Lisinski, clisinski@lowellsun.comUPDATED:   11/06/2017 08:17:22 AM EST Although retail sales of recreational marijuana can begin in July, many customers across northern Massachusetts may have to travel significant distances or wait several months to acquire the substance. Moratoriums are becoming widespread, with many towns opting to block any recreational marijuana businesses into ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    BY ZACHARY COMEAU   Devens energy solutions provider AMSC announced Monday an agreement to supply electrical control systems for a Korean wind turbine manufacturer. The agreement has AMSC as the exclusive supplier of electrical control systems for Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, Co.'s 5.5-megawatt offshore wind turbine. The turbine had been under joint development by Hyundai ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    State Issues Regulations on Employer Health Assessment Posted by Katie Holahan on Nov 6, 2017 4:08:53 PM The Baker Administration today released draft regulations for the new employer health assessment designed to close a budget shortfall in the state's MassHealth program. Read the Draft Regulations The regulations, published by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), ...read more
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    Friday, November 03, 2017
    http://www.fox25boston.com/news/meet-the-robots-in-massachusetts-helping-deliver-your-online-orders/637186540   DEVENS, Mass. - There are 53 shopping days until Christmas and for most of us, a lot of that shopping will be done online. Some packages will arrive more quickly than others, and in Devens, Massachusetts, speed and efficiency are the focus of a team of people and robots.    From ...read more
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    Thursday, November 02, 2017
    Nashoba Valley Medical Center Receives Third Consecutive “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade    Ayer, MA – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades on Oct. 31, 2017. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    FULL ARTICLE   Executive Profile: Fidelity Bank CEO says growth won't deter 'Conscious Capitalism' approach Despite rapid growth, Fidelity Bank leader won't stray from 'Conscious Capitalism' mission   By Jay Fitzgerald  –  Special to the JournalOct 19, 2017, 11:00am   Ed Manzi’s Fidelity Bank is on a roll. Last month, his Leominster-based co-operative bank announced its merger with ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
          Dear Colleagues,  Effective today, we are excited to welcome 18 new hospitals into the Steward Health Care System – you are now part of a network spanning 10 states with a total of approximately 37,000 employees, including 1,400 employed providers and 4,700 integrated network physicians. The merger of IASIS and Steward brings the total number of Steward Family Hospitals to 36, making ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    If you have a credit report, there's a good likelihood that you may be among the 143 million American consumers, who had their sensitive personal information compromised as part of the recent Equifax data breach. If you haven't yet checked if you were impacted, visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the Am I Impacted? button at the lower left of the page.  Be aware of insurance impacts of ...read more
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    Monday, October 30, 2017
    Clinton Savings Bank Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free for Local Classrooms  (CLINTON, Mass., October 30, 2017) -- Local students are getting a free education on how to manage their money. Clinton Savings Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make the curriculum available to Clinton, Tahanto and West Boylston Middle Schools ...read more
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    Monday, October 30, 2017
    Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Nephrology Clinic WelcomesNephrologist Neeraj Jain, MD  Ayer, MA – Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Nephrology Clinic recently welcomed fellowship-trained nephrologist Neeraj Jain, MD, of Renal and Transplant Associates of New England to the medical staff. Dr. Jain specializes in the management of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, kidney ...read more
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    CLINTON SAVINGS BANK HIRES NEW WEST BOYLSTON BRANCH MANAGER   (CLINTON, Mass., October 26, 2017) – Clinton Savings Bank (CSB) announced that Erin P. Amoling has been hired as the new Branch Manager for its West Boylston branch. In Amoling’s role, she will oversee the sales and service activities of the branch staff and spearhead business development in the West Boylston area, all within CSB’s ...read more
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Keswick. Matt, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?While at Boston College, I interned for the Mitt Romney for United States Senate campaign in his race against Ted Kennedy. Following graduation, I took that intern experience to the Governor’s office, where I had the pleasure of working for three governors – Bill Weld, ...read more
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