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Raising the Minimum Wage: Unions Win; Poor and Minorities Lose

Raising the Minimum Wage: Unions Win; Poor and Minorities Lose

By: Christine Morabito – January 2014 Raising the minimum wage – sounds like a good idea. Fair? Compassionate? Would you feel differently if you knew it would hurt the very…

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox -Creating a Path For Entrepreneurs

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox -Creating a Path For Entrepreneurs

 By: Cheryl Hajjar – December, 2013 As the Yuletide spirit is among us, and the frenzy of holiday shopping has begun, 17 budding entrepreneurs from the Merrimack Valley are preparing…

Legislature Moves Forward on Hefty and Charged Issues

Legislature Moves Forward on Hefty and Charged Issues

  By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – December, 2013 Thus far this session, the Massachusetts Legislature continues to make progress on several issues of public interest. House and Senate…

The Two Old Men and the Sea, Lifelong Barbers, Friends Reunited after 50 Years

The Two Old Men and the Sea, Lifelong Barbers, Friends Reunited after 50 Years

It’s a weekend afternoon, and a young father and mother walk through the doors of the newly opened “Frank’s Barber Shop” on 150 Main Street in North Andover. Two boys…

The challenge of Growing Wages, Jobs and our Small Business Economy – IN YOUR CORNER with Senator Ives

The challenge of Growing Wages, Jobs and our Small Business Economy –  IN YOUR CORNER with Senator Ives

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – December, 2013 At the end of this year’s legislative session, the Senate took up a bill to increase Massachusetts’ minimum wage rate from the…

Taxation without Representation? Not with the Tea Party Around

Taxation without Representation? Not with the Tea Party Around

By: Christine Morabito - In July of 2013 the Massachusetts legislature did something both historic and fiendishly clever. When voting to increase the gas tax (not historic) they also voted…

Former State IT Director of Hosting Services, Delwin Dickinson Pays $30,000 Penalty for Conflict of Interest Law Violations

Former State IT Director of Hosting Services, Delwin Dickinson Pays $30,000 Penalty for Conflict of Interest Law Violations

Dickinson approved vendor contracts and payments to Advizex after entering into employment negotiations with the company The State Ethics Commission approved a Disposition Agreement  in which Delwin Dickinson, the former…

Our Pawsitive stay at the Marriott Residence Inn

Our Pawsitive stay at the Marriott Residence Inn

By Tracey Zysk – November, 2013 On April 24, 2013 the unthinkable happened. I had just completed a very long day of work. In fact it was my busiest day…

Welcome to Sir Donald Berwick’s World, Pt. 2

By: Opinion Columnist Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan, October, 2013 Read Part 1 HERE Inevitably Sir Donald Berwick’s mindset ended up causing the Mid Staffs Scandal. The hospital at the center of…

GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)

GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)

By: Dr. Jin Sung – October 2013 Functional Chiropractic Scientific studies are showing that genetically engineered foods, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), can damage the organs of the body, including…

Senator Ives: We Can’t Lose Our Water Independence

Senator Ives: We Can’t Lose Our Water Independence

By: State Senator Kathleen Ives (D) Newburyport October, 2013 Last week, I gave testimony before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture in support of two important pieces…

Saving Supermom

Saving Supermom

By: Cheryl Hajjar – October 2013 Having it all. That quintessential line brought on by the feminist movement that has been driven in every young girl’s mind including myself over…

Your perfect escape while you stay in Newburyport

Your perfect escape while you stay in Newburyport

  By: Rebeccah Pearson, Newburyportguide.com - September, 2013 The Compass Rose Inn of Newburyport, located on Center Street, brings you a world of comfort and one on one customer satisfaction…

Follow The Money Taxes, Taxes and More Taxes

Follow The Money Taxes, Taxes and More Taxes

By: Staphanie Davis – September, 2013 “If it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it; if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan On Beacon Hill, motor…

Anne Knowles’ Andover Notebook

WALKING TOURS Change is in the air, and so we begin the fall season. Andover is one of the jewels of the north shore so let us check out some…