Latest Job and Unemployment Estimates for Local Labor Markets in the Massachusetts

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BOSTON – Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the June 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in the Barnstable, Fall River, Nantucket and Tisbury areas; unchanged in the Pittsfield area; and up in the other seventeen areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in all twenty two labor areas.

Senate Targets Economic Development and Job Creation

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On Thursday, July 19 the Senate, in its latest effort to stimulate job growth and economic advancement in Massachusetts, passed legislation that will assist small businesses and the manufacturing industry, invest in research and development projects and strengthen and reform workforce development efforts, Senator Karen Spilka announced.

The bill also establishes a sales tax holiday for August 11 and 12, making this the seventh year for a two day sales tax exemption and the eighth year with at least one sales-tax-free day.

June Unemployment Remains at 6.0% - Massachusetts Jobs Decrease by 2,600

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Boston, MA – July 19, 2012 –The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the total unemployment rate remained at 6.0 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary June 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts lost 2,600 jobs over the month following on a revised gain of 5,000 jobs in May.

Jobs which are at 3,244,500 reflect gains in June in six of the ten private sectors with the largest gain in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services.

Rep. Dykema Convenes Regional Economic Developmen​t Discussion

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Tuesday Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) convened the regional economic development committees from across the 8th Middlesex District of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Southborough and Westborough for a discussion of how local towns and the state can work together to grow the MetroWest economy and create jobs.

EMC Recognized as Microsoft's 2012 Search Partner of the Year

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EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced that it has been selected as the 2012 Microsoft Search Partner of the Year. The award recognizes the global partner that excels in delivering robust solutions and services that effectively and efficiently support complex searches in Big Data and other environments across desktops, mobile devices and the Internet.

Update on Legacy Farms Municipal Improvement Project

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From Steven Zieff, Baystone Development:

Due to the imperfect nature of our email list; we will appreciate your sharing this with your neighbors on Clinton Street, Front Street and Alprilla Farm Road the following:

Now that we have repaired the Front Street culvert for the benefit of the Town, and made the final water line connection at Hopkins Road; the last phase of the 1 ½ mile Municipal Improvement Project is underway. This work involves the balance of infrastructure necessary to distribute the Alprilla Farm Wells #7 & #8 water to the Town and its residents.

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Price Chopper Open for Business

After several months of construction, Price Chopper in Hopkinton Square is now open for business. Prior to the store's official grand opening June 21st, Price Chopper welcomed customers into the store by hosting a preview party the night before. The preview party is a tradition that marks the opening of every new Price Chopper, and allows the store to extend a welcoming hand into the community by raising money for area organizations. The event raised over $2,000 dollars for three local non-profits; Hopkinton Youth Soccer, Baypath Humane Society, and Project Just Because. And with several state and town officials on hand, the store officially opened up for business the following morning.

Based in Schenectady New York , all of Price Chopper's 129 stores located throughout the Northeast are owned and operated by the Golub family who are excited to be a part of the Hopkinton community.

The 40,000 square foot store features a fresh bakery, a deli section, a readymade food section, a seafood counter, as well as a Starbucks. And customers can sit and enjoy the food they've just purchased at the cafe. And with an emphasis on providing premium customer service, patrons enjoyed free food samples, coupon savings, and a raffle for a $250 gift card. Overall, customers were impressed with their shopping experience.

Price Chopper is located at 167 West Main Street.

Watch the HCAM News video for highlights of the preview party and ribbon cutting ceremony and to hear what customers had to say about the new store.

Photos: Price Chopper Preview Party

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Price Chopper held its preview party tonight. Click Here to see photos of the new store.

Price Chopper Preview Party Wednesday Night

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The grand opening celebration of Price Chopper’s new store in Hopkinton will kick off with a catered Preview Party on Wednesday evening, June 20, to benefit the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Hopkinton Youth Soccer and Project Just Because, while a flag raising ceremony by VFW Post #2331 Ashland Memorial and the National Anthem performed by Trina Vargas will mark the store official Grand Opening on Thursday morning. The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra will also be performing.

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Hydroponics Explained at Water Fresh Farm

Dr. Merle Jensen, designer of the hydroponic displays in the Land Exhibit at Epcot and consultant to Water Fresh Farm since its inception,was in Hopkinton on May 26 to talk about the past, present and future of hydroponic growing; the science of growing plants in nutrient rich water without soil.
To see highlights of his presentation, watch the HCAM News video below.


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