Category: September 2018 Issue

The Business of Cannabis – A Window of Opportunity for Our Region

By Doug Karlson Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since 2012. A 2016 ballot measure, which voters approved 53.7 to 46.3 percent, paved the way for recreational marijuana. While critics have serious concerns over the negative effects of this controlled substance, such as children gaining easy access to marijuana or even nursing mothers passing THC to infants – advocates anticipate enormous economic benefits, and say marijuana should be purchased in a regulated market, rather than an illicit one. Following the vote, a Cannabis Control Commission was appointed, held public hearings and crafted regulations to govern a variety of...

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Cleaning the Cape Two brothers keep Cape Cod Vacuum running smoothly

By Deb Boucher Stetson Bob and Ron Boffoli, owners of Cape Cod Vacuum, had a good role model to follow in their late father, who launched the business in 1970. Before that, he sold vacuum cleaners doorto-door around Worcester, where the family lived. He made a good living at it, selling first Electrolux and then Air-Way vacuum cleaners. “Most door-to-door salesmen, they’ll do it for a while and then leave, but not him. He kept at it, and he was good at it,” Bob recalls. “We were the first family on the block to have a color television, that...

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Rocking on in Plymouth: How One Stop Painting remains a household name

By Ann Luongo Sometimes in life, the unexpected has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. It was around 1986 when the restaurant where Jeff Cohen had been working went out of business, and he found himself unemployed and not knowing what his next step would be. Fortunately, he wasn’t out of work for long. Cohen had friends who were working for a painting company and they asked him to come work with them. “I had no experience, and I told (the owner) that. He was good, though. He taught me,” Cohen said. “I...

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Generators Case study: How one local business weathered a widespread power outage

By Bernadette Braman Where were you when the lights went out? If you’re like many people, during last March’s storms you were at home. Eventually, when the lack of power at home was too much and went out in search of warmth, a hot meal, and good company, you found yourself at the nearest restaurant with a generator. Last March’s Nor’easters hit Massachusetts hard, leaving nearly 200,000 without power. The South Coast and Cape Cod experienced the most outages. Sandwich, Dennis, and Harwich lost 90 percent of their service. Chatham lost 100 percent. Despite the entire town of Chatham...

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Building Maintenance Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

By Sheldon Stewart The British phrase “penny wise and pound foolish” alluded to British currency where a pound was worth 240 pennies (pence) are now worth only 100. Today, the phrase has come to be used for those that tend to be very careful about unimportant matters and careless when it comes to the really important ones. One item you do not want to be foolish about is wood rot. Each year we see numerous cases of wood rot that looked relatively minor from what drew our attention. But when we removed the face panels or exterior shingles, what...

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