Friday, May 17, 2013
Here's a round-up of business news from around the North Shore.
Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings on the North Shore. Have you noticed a new shop and have been wondering what it is? Leave us a note in the comment section and we will check it out. Foundation work has started at 100 Burrill St., the former Methodist church site. Rich Baldacci of the Swampscott Building Department said earlier this week that the owner had applied for a foundation permit, which was expected to be issued mid-week. The foundation permit allows for work including digging the hole, pouring the foundation and setting footings. The owner still needs a building permit. The project has approval from the Zoning Board of Appeal for eight residential units. In other local business news: That new Qdoba …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I'm hoping to drive my old beater into the ground before we need to get another car, but I'm on the lookout. What's your next car going to be?
My wife and I drive a perfectly good 2002 Nissan Sentra with 127,318 miles on it. "Stella" has four wheels and gets us from Point A to Point B. We've reached the stage in the life of the car where we don't repair body damage (as you can tell from the accompanying photo). I'm ashamed for my Dad to see it. But hey, it's paid for. Even though I'd love to get 200K miles out of Stella, she has some mechanical problems, like a seized bolt that has left the transmission fluid unchangeable for about eight years. She could conk out any old day. So we've been on the lookout for our next car. I'm paying attention to car commercials, asking friends about their cars. You know the feeling. We're looking for something that gets good gas mileage, and is …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Here's a look at home sales in the town by six beaches.
Wondering what is selling? What it is selling for? Here are three homes on the market no more. Realtors, if you had sales in the last week, feel free to add a photo with the sale information in the caption.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A Patch reader sent us a question asking if demo was in the works for commercial properties on Columbia Avenue.
We received a question earlier this month from a reader who said he heard through the grapevine that there is a plan to knock down commercial properties on Columbia Avenue and put up condos. We put the question to the Planning and Building Departments. The town planner said last week that he had not heard anything about this, but that the place to check would be the Building Department. On Monday, Rich Baldacci of the Building Department said no one has applied for a demolition permit or inquired about a demolition permit for properties on Columbia Avenue.
Monday, May 13, 2013
That's the word from a local businessman.
Will Denzel Washington be the next star to make a movie in Swampscott? Bill Laganas, owner of Lynn Meatland — a meat market, sandwich shop and catering company in Lynn — said yesterday he got a call late last week from movie crew members saying movie scouts were looking at locations in Swampscott for a Denzel Washington film. Lynn Meatland did catering, big and small, for Grown Ups 2 last year, and Laganas is friendly with movie crew members. Laganas said he was told the Denzel Washington movie could take place in July, maybe the second week. The Swampscott location isn't cast in stone, he said. Boston Magazine reported that Washington was expected shoot scenes for the movie The Equalizer in Boston in June. The movie is loosely based on a…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Boston Globe Magazine identifies Swampscott as a community on the "upswing," with one of "the biggest single-family home price increases in Greater Boston from 2011 to 2012."
The Boston Globe Magazine identifies Swampscott as a community on the "upswing." Seaside Swampscott was one of 13 Eastern Massachusetts communities the Boston Globe spotlighted in its 2013 "Top Places to Live" feature. Citing the importance of home buyers wanting to "feel confident that they’re making a good investment" when purchasing a home, the Globe identified 13 communities "all on the upswing, with the biggest single-family home price increases in Greater Boston from 2011 to 2012." Swampscott also has the highest tax rate of those 13 towns and cities. Lauded for its promimity to Boston and for its Olmsted section and ocean views, Swampscott finds itself on this list because of its rising home values. Swampscott's median single-…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Friday, May 10, 2013
Here's a look at some open houses in Swampscott this weekend. Realtors, feel free to add yours.
Mulling a move? Here are some open houses this weekend. If you're a Realtor or are selling your house privately and don't see your listing on the site, feel free to add it to our gallery. Click through images and check below the photo for information about Sunday's open houses. And for a more complete list of houses for sale in Swampscott check out our Homes for Sale page.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Looking for a new or used sports car? Here are some options.
If you're in the market for a new sports car, there are vehicles for sale locally. Check out these options below: 1. 2011 Porche Panamera 4S, $71,900 This jet-black (is that an oxymoron?) coupe is justly described as a "head turner" by the dealer, Automall Collection in Peabody. It has 35,880 miles on it and is under the factory warranty for the balance of what's left of that warranty. For more, visit AOL Autos. 2. 2013 MINI Hardtop John Cooper Works, $39,950 I don't know if there's a serious debate about whether MINIs are sports cars. But there's no doubt the souped-up top of the line MINI, the John Cooper Works edition, counts as a sports car. MINI of Peabody has a variety of models in this trim, including this one in "thunder gray" …
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect — and improve — our planet. Provided by AOL.
The following story was provided by AOL.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuiler Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Swampscott, check out our jobs page. 2…