Category: January 2020 Issue

The Changing Landscape of Local News

By Douglas Karlson You don’t have to be an investigative reporter to see that newspapers, across the country, are in trouble. All too frequently, we hear reports of papers closing, newsrooms slashed and we see the result in the thinning pages of many local and weekly newspapers. The Internet has decimated ad revenue and consolidation funded by debt has led to huge cuts in newsroom staffs, greatly reducing local news coverage. The result, according to a recent report by the University of North Carolina’s Huffman School of Journalism and the Media, is the loss of nearly 1,800 local newspapers...

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Cannabis Pioneers – Spencer Knowles

By Doug Karlson For years Sandwich resident Spencer Knowles has been laying the groundwork for a fledgling cannabis industry on Cape Cod. While he kept his day job in wine distribution, he worked on the side to promote the cannabis industry as a way to foster jobs and improve the region’s economy. Last year, judging the industry was ready, Knowles made what he describes as a “huge career move.” “I always knew that I wanted to be in the industry, but the industry was still very young, medicinal only. The opportunity didn’t exist,” says Knowles, who is now vice...

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Customer Service Guides Falmouth Toyota In Changing Industry

By Carol K. Dumas Thirty-eight years ago, when Tom Murphy took over Falmouth Toyota, most folks drove sedans and bought their cars. It’s a different world today for the auto industry, with leasing, SUVs and car-buying sites on the internet, but the core principles of this family-owned business have remained the same. “My dad’s guiding principle is if you take the best care of your customers and your employees, they will take care of you and the rest will take care of itself,” says Matt Murphy, Tom’s eldest son, who is general manager at the dealership. “I think that’s...

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HardKore Testing Center Brings Young Student Athletes Into The Future

By Ann Luongo Last year, local coach Kevin Orcutt found himself in need of an accurate measuring and timing system for his athletes during performance drills and tests conducted at Hawks Academy in Rockland. His handheld stopwatch was not accurate enough, so he began looking for the best in timing systems, which led him to discussions with Mike Weinstein of Zybek Sports. “It’s always important to have measurables and goals for my club athletes,” says Orcutt. “I bought [Zybek’s] laser timing system for the 40-yard dash and continued to be in touch with Mike over several weeks about his...

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In HR, It’s Game On

By Karyn Rhodes, VP/Director, Complete Payroll Solutions In today’s competitive labor market, employers are turning up their efforts to attract and keep workers. An increasingly popular approach to engage employees is to apply game-like traits in the workplace. This technique is gaining traction among HR professionals in several key areas of employment: Recruitment: More and more companies are creating online games and apps to gauge a candidate’s skills, readiness, and fit for the role while also making the brand come alive by exposing them to a bit of the organization and its culture. UberDRIVE is just one example of...

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