Category: October 2018 Issue

Plymouth Seeks to Invigorate Economy with Innovative Housing

By Douglas Karlson After driving through a secluded and sylvan Plymouth landscape to arrive at A.D. Makepeace Company’s Redbrook Village, one arrives at what’s described as a “New England village, re-imagined.” The focus is on the village green and surrounding nature. Homes and parking lots are tucked discretely behind trees and shrubbery. There’s a farmers market, café, fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, boat launch, YMCA, playing field and basketball court. A band plays on the green where residents have gathered for a “JamBEERee” to enjoy hotdogs, craft beer and a sense of community. Later in the afternoon, some...

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To The Moon and Back: Plymouth nonprofit strives to support substance-exposed children and those who care for them

By Ann Luongo Substance abuse in the United States is currently at an all-time high. You can hardly turn on a news channel or open a newspaper without reading about the opioid crisis and the sad news of daily overdoses. Newborn babies are the most helpless victims of this crisis, born to mothers who use, and with the chemicals already inside them. There are those, however, who have made it their mission to help those who care for these infants – the caregivers who have willingly taken on the challenge or have suddenly found themselves as guardians – and...

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Cannabis Innovators: Setting Up for Success with Ellen Brown

By Beth Waterfall As the cannabis industry heats up in Massachusetts, a theme that resurfaces among industry participants and the “canna-curious” is the clear and immediate need for reliable and effective education for consumers, patients and professionals. For more than 10 years Cape Cod native and Air Force veteran Ellen Brown has applied her military training and experience rising through the ranks in Northern California and Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries to educate others about the cannabis plant. Brown is also a prominent activist and highly sought-after speaker. She has spoken all over the world from the Boston Freedom Rally to...

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Keeping cool with Robies Family firm continues to generate new business

By Deb Boucher Stetson Before there was Robies Heating and Cooling, there was “Robie,” aka Gerry Robichaud, who back in the 1950s began helping local restaurants and other businesses with refrigeration. Having worked with another local firm, the Cape native launched Robies Refrigeration out of his Yarmouth home, and soon he had enough business to hire a couple of friends to help out. Fast forward to 2018, and Robies is a thriving operation with 45 employees, a fleet of 35 vehicles and a newly-redone headquarters on Yarmouth Road in Hyannis. In addition to refrigeration, it sells, installs and services...

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Tips for Booking Your Holiday Party

By Connie Nye Clark Tis the season for the holiday office party – a chance for the team to socialize in a work-free zone. Holiday parties are good for morale, good for team building and can be a jolly good time. But for the party organizer, they can be a source of seasonal stress. Keep the planning fun and make the party a success with a few easy tips. Take it off-site. It’s hard to get out of work-mode when you’re in the office, regardless of how festive it’s dressed. The holiday party is an opportunity to bring your...

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