April up and down for MetroWest home sales

Grant Welker |

Ten notable MetroWest communities had a mixed April for single-family home sales, with prices rising in six of them, and the number of sales up in five.

Chamber: Worcester lost nearly 500 manufacturing jobs due to tax rate

Zachary Comeau |

With Worcester set to lose more than 460 manufacturing jobs in a three-year span, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is once again calling for the City Council to reduce the burden on commercial taxpayers.

Two YMCAs to merge in Central Mass.

Grant Welker |

YMCA of Central Massachusetts and Tri-Community YMCA of Southbridge are merging, the two agencies have announced.

Three Central Mass. companies pay top exec at least 100 times higher than median employee

Zachary Comeau |

Three Central Massachusetts companies have reported CEO pay at least 100 times that of respective companies' median employees.

Former Patriot Bruschi gets behind stroke, tobacco bills

State House News Service |

Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi is putting his shoulder into legislation that would help others access the same sort of care he received when he suffered a stroke during his playing career.

Ameresco tapped for $2.1M upgrade to Portland, Ore., schools

Zachary Comeau |

Framingham energy efficiency and renewable energy firm Ameresco has been chosen by one of the Northwest's largest public school districts for a $2.1 million efficiency and infrastructure project.

Webster Price Chopper latest retailer to partner with Instacart

Grocery delivery service Instacart is increasing its presence in Central Massachusetts with a new partnership with Price Chopper in Webster.

Medusa says financing is key to brewery growth

Opening a brewery can be difficult, especially with finances, which will always exceed a brewer's expectations, said Keith Sullivan, co-founder and general manager of Hudson-based Medusa Brewing Co. and vice president of the Mass. Brewers Guild.

U.S., China nearing deal to bring back Maynard firm's largest customer

Zachary Comeau |

According to a report from Reuters, the Trump Administration is nearing a deal to lift a ban on a Chinese telecommunication giant and the largest customer of Maynard-based Acacia Communications.

AA Transportation owner purchases Boylston building for $630K

Zachary Comeau |

A 6,000-square-foot Boylston building housing an electronics company has been sold to a Shrewsbury real estate developer and investor for $630,000.

TJX raises Q1 profit by 42%

Zachary Comeau |

Framingham retailer TJX Cos. raised its first-quarter profit nearly 42 percent over the same period last year.

Nichols to hold ribbon-cutting for new Marlborough branch

Nichols College began offering courses in Marlborough for the first time during the just-completed school year, but later this month it will ceremonially mark its expansion into MetroWest.

Former BJ's CEO to retire from board before public listing

Zachary Comeau |

As Westborough wholesale retailer BJ's Wholesale Club seeks another public listing, longtime company executive Laura Sen is retiring from the board of directors.

Shirley waste firm fined $38K for Harvard oil spill

Shirley waste removal contractor Mitrano Removal Services has been fined $38,480 for failing to promptly notify state officials about a 30-gallon oil spill and a delay in cleaning up the site.

Framingham State pairs with Assumption, Newbury colleges

Framingham State University has partnered with Assumption College and Newbury College to give students an option to earn a graduate degree just one year after their bachelor's.

BJ's adds one-swipe wishlist, other new online features

Grant Welker |

BJ's Wholesale Club is adding a simple one-swipe move to its app allowing customers to add an item to their shopping wish list, a feature common with some dating sites.

BJ's seeks to go public again

Zachary Comeau |

Westborough bulk retailer BJ's Wholesale Club has filed papers to go public, the company announced Thursday.

IPG Photonics eyes $215M expansion, 500 new jobs

Zachary Comeau |

Oxford fiber laser equipment manufacturer IPG Photonics is planning at least $215 million in expansions and new buildings at two different sites in town.

Jack's Abby wants craft beer united against big beer

Framingham craft beer maker Jack's Abby has transformed into an industry leader, increasing its employee count fivefold and raising its barrel production from 18,000 to 45,000 in three years.

Northborough office, manufacturing space sold for $2.2M

More than 27,000-square-feet of office space in Northborough was sold Monday for nearly $300,000 more than what the space was sold for in September.

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