Two companies are moving to Southborough. R.W. Holmes Realty Co. announced that it would be leasing 16,264 square feet of office space to two different companies. Fitts Insurance has relocated from Framingham, and is leasing a 6,264 square foot office space on Willow Street. Thermaflow, a company that develops thermal engineering software will be leaving Watertown to join Fitts Insurance, occupying 10,000 square feet of the Willow Street location.
H&S Environmental INC., of Westborough received the 2015 Massachusetts Woman-Owned Business of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. H&S is owned by Debi Heims, and is known for providing engineering, remediation, waste management and construction services. Debi Heims started her business in 2003 in the basement of her home in Framingham. Since then, the company has moved to Westborough, and expanded from 3 employees, to 42. Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Association Robert Nelson states The business is also a woman-owned business, which has successfully competed in the government contracting space earning the respect of many along the way through hard work, ethics and professionalism. Debi is a leader in all respects and we are honored to be recognizing her accomplishments. H&S has a proven track record providing services for multiple federal, state and commercial clients, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, U.S Air Force and HUD.
Money recovered through legal action against Johnson & Johnson and a settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, will help fund summer jobs for youth in Marlborough and Framingham according to the attorney generals office. Between 2000 and 2014, the teen employment rate has dropped to 30 percent from 45 percent. Youth Employment, health and wellness are priorities according to Attorney General Maura Healey.
Keeping young people off the streets in the summer months by offering them the chance to challenge themselves in a variety of ways while getting paid is a proactive way to keep them safe, Healey said in an announcement. By focusing these grants on jobs in health and wellness, violence prevention and anti-bullying, were taking on a number of key issues confronting our youth today.
The city of Marlborough, the Framingham Housing Authority and the Brazilian American Center will share part of $300,000 worth of grant money aimed at creating jobs for underserved youth. The grants, announced Monday, are expected to fund an estimated 200 jobs across Massachusetts in July and August.
Marlborough expects to receive a $1,350 grant, which will pay the salary of one high school intern, according to an aide to Mayor Arthur Vigeant.
The city is employing 10 high school students this summer for a period of six weeks. To qualify for grant funding, one of the students will help restore walking trails around the city while working for the citys Conservation Commission.
Every year we hire high school students to work in a variety of City Departments and the funds we received through this grant helps us keep this program going, Vigeant said in a prepared statement.
The Framingham Housing Authority will receive $4,840 to fund two positions for organized sports teams. The Framingham based Brazilian American Center will get $4,752 to fund three positions.
Wellesley based Riverside Properties is seeking a special permit from the Hopkinton Board of Appeals to transform the forty-six thousand square feet former boot factory building at 34-40 Hayden Rowe Street into 17 residential condos.
The building is leased as offices in addition to an early childhood learning center, Kidsborough. All will stay in place. Currently, more than 22,000 square feet of approved industrial/warehouse space is vacant.
The building, built circa 1840, has housed diverse businesses including manufacturing and assembly of computer memory boards, warehousing and distribution of Upton tea, storage of snow sports equipment and office space.
Filing attorney Jerry Effren stated:
“Residential units proposed in a building built before the Civil War, in what was once a boot factory, will be unique architecturally and a style of living not found anywhere in Hopkinton.”The building is close to downtown and the switch will provide long-term “viability and vitality. It will sustain a healthy and vibrant mixed-use property.”
Speaking of Hopkinton, A new froyo place has opened its doors there. With surfboard tables, palm trees, tiki torches, and other beach themed decor, Yogurt Beach has a tropical vibe so that customers can enjoy a 10 minute vacation from the changing New England weather. The locally owned family friendly business located on Main Street has hired 15 part time high school & college students, with the hopes of helping them understand the business world. Co-Owner Bill Carlson states “We wanted to create a place where families could enjoy a different environment unlike other froyo stores.” In addition to frozen yogurt, Yogurt Beach will also be serving gelato, custard, sorbets, and dairy free options. The shop, along with other new businesses in the area, including a Starbucks and a nearby restaurant, enhances the opportunities for locals to enjoy the small town atmosphere of Hopkinton. Yogurt Beach also has a location thats been open for over a year in Plainville less than 2 miles from the new casino.
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