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Jim Dwyer
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Spanish language consultant, marketing.sales professional and former hockey player
Spanish language consultant, marketing.sales professional and former hockey player

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Maynard: 10,000 citizens, two Thai restaurants, two comic book stores, one movie theatre. (No supermarkets, no problem. We go to Stow or Acton for that. ) The music scene is booming here, thanks to the Maynard Cultural District, Seth Wonkka and the Serendipity Cafe. Good stuff going on in Maynard. Hope to see you on August 12.
River Mill and Moon Music Fest
River Mill and Moon Music Fest
artsnightmaynard.com
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Thank you, Canada. You are wonderful neighbors.
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Cantante y compositor de canciones, Stephen Kellogg trae su estilo autentico a Boston esta noche.

Tickets still available. See you in Boston tonight.
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Former Colorado Rockie and present-day photo-bomber...
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It's that time of year again, and this Belfast Giants classic still brings me a smile.
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Ever wonder about the NHL players you watched and perhaps have forgotten about?

What happened to them after retirement? How are they doing--physically, emotionally, and financially?

Some are not doing so well, but there's a way we can help them, one-on-one.
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Book Review: Standing Alone, by Bob Wise.

Disclaimer: Bob Wise gave me this book. Though I didn’t purchase Standing Alone, the book’s topic, Bob’s experience with a family business and his dedication to research would have compelled me to at least considering buying it.

Are you an American history enthusiast? Have you ever entered or walked past an independent retail shop and asked yourself how the place stays in business? Wonder what the story behind the storefront is? Are you considering starting your own business or know someone who is?

If so, then buy Bob’s book.

As a history aficionado, a marketing guy whose family owns a small business and a resident of a 10,000-person town that has endured boons and busts for independent retailers, Standing Alone spoke to me on several levels.

Bob’s book made me feel good about my family’s automotive business in Colorado and my hometown here in Massachusetts. I thought of my dad, my brothers and the small business owners I’ve come to know; I respect their hard work and creativity much more than I did before reading Standing Alone.

Bob does a great job of blending Florida’s economic and cultural history of the last hundred years with the stories of how bold and diligent folks identified a need— for lumber, for art, for drugstores—and how they support their communities in ways that chain stores cannot.

Standing Alone is not a knock-down, drag-out brawl against the big box stores and mega-retailers. Franchises and shopping malls serve a purpose in American society. Bob is more focused on the independent retailers’ rise, demise and rebirth than he is with slaying giants.

Perhaps the most enjoyable and insightful parts of the book: the banter between Sundancer Gallery owners-—Mom Joan and her son, Jim; how segregation affected Wise’s Drug Store; and the wisdom Bob dispenses to budding entrepreneurs.

Standing Alone, full of facts (too many statistics for me, hence the less-than five-star rating), anecdotes and essay, is part case study, part memoir and part business guide.

Bob’s research skills, mastery of the subject matter, and the characters he brings to life prompt me to urge you—the historian, the consumer, the indie-enthusiast—to buy Standing Alone.
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One of every three seniors dies from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. How can you prevent that from being you or a loved one?
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Top Twelve: Pushing Away from the Table
I posted one entry in 2015, a clear sign that other endeavours
have wooed me away from writing about hockey (and donuts).   All but done with donut(s) Oh, I have many other stories I’d like to tell here, but
it’s time to say an official “see you later” with...
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