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Rep. Tom Sannicandro Files Bottled Water Bill

Filed under: Business,Politics by News Staff at 6:50 pm on January 22, 2013
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts State Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) filed a bill Friday that would prohibit the use of public funds to purchase bottled water, a bill that would reduce waste, energy use, and costs.

"There is no reason we should spend taxpayers' money on a product that is unnecessary, expensive and harmful to the environment when there are clean and cheap alternatives", Representative Sannicandro said. "It is important that we lead by example and do our part to reduce bottle waste and save the Commonwealth money."

In December, the MetroWest Daily News ran a story about how the state had expended $300,000 in half the fiscal year on bottled water to staff events and meetings, often at buildings that have clean drinking water available.

"Not only is state spending on bottled water wasteful at a time when our state can ill afford unnecessary expenses, it broadcasts the absolute wrong message about the value, quality and importance of our public water systems," said Kristin Urquiza, a spokesperson for Corporate Accountability International.

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While tap water could cost pennies for a gallon, bottled water could be between 250 and 10,000 times more expensive.[2] And compared to a liter of tap water, a liter of bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times as much energy, according to one study. That study also found that bottled water consumption in America alone sucked up between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil last year.

This bill would recommit state agencies to use our public water supplies. Rep. Sannicandro believes it makes no economical or environmental sense for Mass Water Resource Authorities to host meetings with bottled water on the table when reservoirs connected to state of the art water purification systems sit directly behind those buildings.

This bill does not affect Massachusetts residents’ ability to purchase bottled water.

For more info about MA  State Rep. Tom Sannicandro, or to contact Tom, visit his website at:

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Mike Miles President & COO of Staples Resigns

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 6:07 am on December 18, 2012

Staples Inc [logo]FRAMINGHAM, MA - Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company and second largest internet retailer, today announced that Michael A. Miles Jr., president and chief operating officer, is resigning from the company, effective Feb. 2, 2013.

"It has been a privilege to be part of this great company."

"The Board and I thank Mike for his leadership and service over ...[read more]

Sannicandro and Walsh Stop at Jack Abby's Brewery

Filed under: Business,Politics by News Staff at 8:16 pm on August 23, 2012
Rep. Tom Sanicandro and Chris Walsh at Jacks Abby Brewery, Framingham, MA

Sannicandro and Supporters Relax After Canvass, (L to R), Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Rep. Chris Walsh, Elsa Aviza (Framingham), Anne Manning (Ashland), Sandra Silcott (Framingham), Jack Hendler (Natick). Abby Brewery, Framingham, MA.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland), Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), and supporters made a campaign stop Thursday evening to Jack's Abby brewery in Framingham.

Sannicandro, Walsh, and supporters toured the facilities following a door-to-door canvass, spoke with the owners, and tried some of the craft specials available from the growing company.

"I thought this was a good place to take the team because it represents much of what this campaign is about and what this town is about," Sannicandro said. "This is a small business that just emerged last year. They're expanding. They're benefiting from a growing economy. And most importantly, they brew good beer."

Sannicandro tasted the "Hoponious Union" craft and a couple others. Before supporters, he discussed several ways the legislature supported small businesses last ...[read more]

Staples To Give Small Businesses a Push with Free Advertising

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 8:18 am on January 20, 2012
Staples, Inc (logo)

Framingham, MA based Staples Inc. to award (5) small businesses with $50k each in free t.v. advertising, (or they can take $40k in advertising and $10k in cash!)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The 6th annual Staples National Small Business Survey (NASDAQ: SPLS) found that seven out of 10 small business owners are optimistic about the future. Further, 52 percent of small business owners revealed they would grow their business through advertising and direct marketing if they had a larger marketing budget. To help address this need, Staples today launched the Staples “Give Your Small Business the Push It Needs” contest to make it easy for five small businesses to win up to $50,000 each in free television advertising in their home market.

"With more than 25 years of experience working with our core small business customers, we know that investing in marketing to grow a small business is essential, yet many do not have the money to do so," said John Giusti, vice president of small business marketing at Staples. "Staples wanted to do something unique to ...[read more]

Framingham Residential Real Estate Sales (November 2011)

Filed under: Business,Home & Garden by News Staff at 7:07 am on December 5, 2011
Residential Real Estate Sold in Framingham

49 residential properties were sold in Framingham during the month of September 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA- There were a total of 49 residential real estate sales in Framingham during the month of November 2011.

Of those 49 properties, thirty one single family homes were sold at an average sale price of just over $312.5k, (average home size was approx. 1750 sqft.).

Single family home which sold during November had been on the market for an average of just over 15 weeks.

The highest price paid for a single family home in Framingham during the month of November was 28 Overlook Drive East for ...[read more]

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