Category: August 2018 Issue

Cape Cod’s construction industry grows and evolves

Driven by a strong economy, the building industry on the Cape is booming. Demand for housing is up as contractors in the region work overtime on additions, remodels and deferred maintenance. A look at the industry also reveals a preference for innovative designs and materials, strong demand for smaller homes, and a shortage of skilled labor that the industry is taking steps to address. Driven by a strong economy “This year compared to last year is substantially busier,” says Peter Kimball, President of the Board of Directors of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, a professional...

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Markers in the channel of success The Red Nun owners add Knockout Pizza to their offerings

By Deb Boucher Stetson What began as an intimate dining experience in Chatham 15 years ago has led to an additional location plus a whole new business farther west in Dennisport. The Red Nun, opened back in 2003, now has a successful – and larger – satellite on Main Street, Dennisport that opened in 2014. And this year, co-owner Mike Giorgio and his business partner, Tim Farley, have launched a new pizza restaurant just down the street in Dennisport, called Knockout Pizza. Opening the Red Nun in Chatham back in 2003 was a lot simpler than opening its sister...

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An alternative to the Fair Plan Rogers & Gray establishes new insurance carrier to meet needs of Massachusetts homeowners

By Doug Karlson Changes in the insurance industry often leave homeowners in the lurch. That’s especially true in coastal areas like Cape Cod and the South Shore, where many insurance companies, afraid of widespread destruction from storms like Hurricane Sandy in 2012, stopped offering coverage. With nowhere else to turn, many purchased insurance from the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association, otherwise known as the Fair Plan. As many as 45 percent of Cape and Island homes are now covered by that plan – or about 65,000 homes. It may be fair, but it’s not ideal. Fair Plan policies offer...

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Public Relations: Become a “go to” source for the news media

By Jim Farrell One great outcome of a public relations effort is when you, the owner or executive officer of a business, become a sought-after source by the news media. We’ve all seen examples of it: the wealth manager or stock market expert who is on every TV station when something prominent happens affecting the market … or the attorney who seems to get quoted every time there’s some issue dominating the news. You might scratch your head as you see these favorite sources quoted again and again, and ask yourself “What have they got that I don’t?” Simply...

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The Law at Work New minimum wage and family leave law

By Mary O’Neal, Esq. I have been reading about a new law that will raise minimum wages in Massachusetts and require employers to provide paid family and medical leave to employees. Can you explain what is going on? On June 28, 2018, Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax Holiday. Deemed the “Grand Bargain,” the law keeps Massachusetts at the forefront of providing greater employee rights and protections for its residents. The law follows other significant legislative changes regarding employee leave and wages, including the Earned Sick...

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