Around Town

The Cats came back – you might have thought the feline-inspired catwalk was a goner

Yes, the Cats came back, they just couldn’t stay away.  Back in 2019, Liz Hitchcock and the team from Orbit Group, worked with the City of Manchester to meet code and add an artsy twist to the pedestrian crosswalk just outside The Bookery. It didn’t wear well but entrepreneurs aren’t fazed by minor setbacks.  Lessons learned, warm days, reformulation of a product with a three-year warranty and the Cats came back yesterday to Elm Street. READ MORE

Forcivity 2.0: Merger means revolutionizing delivery of digital service operations – no fooling here today

There was “Forcivity” (Forcivity, Inc) and there was “Jolt” (Jolt Consulting Group LLC) and as a combined organization with Jeff Oskin as CEO and Steve Baines as President and Chief Growth Officer, we might just want to call them Forcivity 2.0. These leaders in B2B technology consulting, announced yesterday the planned merger of their businesses, creating a breakout leader in digital service operations. READ MORE

Spring Equinox and Ink Link blossom

It’s no secret that more people want greater access to more local news and stories of interest close to home these days. In Carol’s words “the Ink Link tries to make sure that local advertisers on the site add value for the reader and in return hopes that readers will support the advertisers thus creating a sustainable news ecosystem.” This is the ideal time to engage as a community. More participation, more stories, more local news. READ MORE

Is #TakeoutTuesday still a thing?

We chose Firefly American Bistro at 22 Concord St. We’ve eaten there before and have always enjoyed the ambiance as well as the food.  We wondered how a winter drive-thru experience would compare. The menu appealed to us as did the promise of curbside pickup. Of note, they offer free delivery within 8 miles of the restaurant with a $50+ purchase but we wanted an excuse to get out even if it were just for cruising a short stint down Elm Street. READ MORE

Communicast: Heidi Onda & The White Ribbon Project for Lung Cancer

I did not know Chip Kennett, but his death affected me because just a year earlier I had met cancer research evangelist Dave Bjork. He, too, was diagnosed with lung cancer in his early 30s. He, too, has never smoked and as a survivor has become a real advocate for putting money directly in the hands of researchers and for raising awareness of the work that needs to be done. The stigma around lung cancer as a smoker’s disease has hampered progress and yet, more than 20 percent of all lung cancer patients today are non-smokers. READ MORE