Business

Proprietor of Frederick’s Pastries, wins business leader award

AMHERST – Susan Lozier Robert, proprietor of Frederick’s Pastries, was named Business Leader of the Year 2011 by the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce at its 23rd annual awards dinner earlier this month. Robert began working at Frederick’s Pastries in 1989 and ...

NH home sales down in May

The number of home sales and the median price in New Hampshire were down in May 2011 compared to the numbers of May 2010, during which the market was glutted by last-minute buyers taking advantage of the $8,000 tax credit, according to the New Hampshire Association of Realtors. There were 951 ...

Power a test for male politicians

There is a famous quote from a letter written by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, an English baron in the 1800s, to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Acton wrote that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Legend has it that Lord Acton stated in ...

School lunch prices to rise

WASHINGTON – School cafeteria lunch prices will rise modestly this year in districts that pad their food-service budgets with federal money designed to feed low-income children, under new federal rules posted Monday. The new interim rules, designed to make school lunch prices better ...

Nasers’ Neapolitan pizzeria opens in Nashua

“Good food, fast” is how Tony Naser, co-owner of the newest Nashua restaurant, Crush Pizzeria Napoletana, describes the food. In August 2009, after a pizza tour vacation with his family, Tony Naser decided to bring authentic Naples-style pizza to Nashua. Making fresh dough ...

A note to the Fed chair

Dear Ben Bernanke: I’m a bit confused and I’m hoping you can help clarify things. In your recent speech you set a dour tone. Sure, many of your comments were stating the obvious: that economic growth has been “somewhat slower” than expected. No news ...

Grocery costs climb at market

SAN FRANCISCO – Shoppers paid 4 percent more for a basket of 16 food items at the supermarket in May compared to February, the American Farm Bureau Federation said Thursday in its latest informal survey. The total average cost of 16 items used to prepare one or more meals was ...

High court: Microsoft must pay $290m in patent case

SEATTLE – Microsoft has lost a Supreme Court patent case and must pay $290 million to tiny Toronto software company i4i. The court ruled Thursday in an opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor with six judges joining. Three judges concurred. Chief Justice John Roberts took no part ...

Senators aim to cut ‘shoe tax’

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers would see a sharp drop in the price of imported shoes – and that’s nearly all shoes sold in the United States – if a bipartisan group of senators is successful in stamping out the nation’s “shoe ...

Business puts the ‘cycle’ in wash cycle

PHILADELPHIA – There’s figurative sweating, as in the fretting that goes on in the lives of small-business owners, a worry-filled club of risk-takers. Then there’s real sweating, as in the perspiring that occurred in abundance during last week’s soupy, ...

Gingrich signs ‘Strong America Now’ pledge at Hudson company

The phrase of the day was “waste elimination” at Newt Gingrich’s signing of a Strong America Now pledge at Hudson’s C&M Machine Products Inc. on Wednesday afternoon. Gingrich, with canary-yellow-clad wife Callista Gingrich, visited with about 30 ...

Area man will lead BoA in NH

An Amherst resident has been named Bank of America’s New Hampshire president. Ken Sheldon, 49, has been with the company since joining predecessor institution Fleet Bank in 1990. Bank of America purchased Fleet in 2004. Sheldon is adding the role of state president to his current ...

Bretwood course inviting and a river runs thru it

If you’re a golfer who is tired of the same old routine and you want to explore a new course, try Bretwood Golf Course in Keene. It was a beautiful morning as I headed to Bretwood. The drive is easy; just straight down Route 101 toward Vermont and a couple of turns once you reach ...

Nearby gift registry wins $25k prize

MANCHESTER – While planning her wedding four years ago, Alison Grappone was disappointed to find that every gift registry site she found only contained offerings from big box stores. “People kept asking us for gift registries, and we didn’t want one because we ...

Is the lunch hour becoming outdated?

Are you eating at your desk today? Odds are you answered yes. Over the last decade, fueled by salary cuts and job insecurity, lunch hour has evolved. It’s shorter, more purposeful and more often spent in the office. It’s the source of lawsuits, a point of contention among ...

Jobs report aside, Bernanke sees rosier end to ’11

WASHINGTON – Shrugging off last week’s dismal May jobs report, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that he expects the U.S. economic recovery to revive later this year as headwinds from outside factors will ease. Speaking to an international monetary ...

Signs point to another slump

Last week I blamed the Democratic Party exclusively for putting politics over the country’s well-being and this was unfair. True, the Dems are attempting to hold firm on maintaining the current entitlement structure. But that position is no more absurd than the Republicans insisting ...

Business Calendar

MONDAY NASHUA Smartphone workshop U.S. Cellular will hold a free “device workshop” from 5-7 p.m. at 375 Amherst St. The workshop will guide attendees through all of the functions and features of Android-powered devices, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile ...

NY electric plant nearly grid-ready

EDITOR’S NOTE: The article originally gave a wrong date for the opening ceremony of the New York plant. It is July 12, not June 12. . TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – How does a company know that its industry is truly on the cutting edge? Here’s a hint: National ...

Ayotte visits, offers to assist small area defense contractor

NASHUA – A local company with defense contracts has run into a few problems getting its equipment into the field, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte paid it a visit on Thursday to hear employee feedback and offer her support. Ayotte said she wants to improve the “defense ...