THE 3RD ANNUAL MEMORIAL 5K AND 1-MILE FUN WALK IN MEMORY OF MEGAN

For the last two years, family and friends have put together two awesome road races, raising an incredible $46,000 for breast cancer research while celebrating fitness, fun and friends. We hope you’ll join us again this year by honoring Megan Lally’s memory on Saturday October 4, 2014, with even more fun, more friends and more fundraising! After the event join us for local beer, food, music, raffles, silent auctions, and more! Last year our partnership with Fiddler’s Green and the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre was a huge success, and we are continuing again this year with a race start/end and
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WHAT IS YOUR TIME WORTH?

I recently finished reading Dan Kennedy’s book No B.S. Ruthless Management:Time Management for Entrepreneurs. In the book, marketing and business legend Dan Kennedy explains how to best use your time in order to help your business (and your life as a whole) function more efficiently. One of the main things Dan emphasizes is to know the value of your time, and to only invest your energy into projects and tasks that are worth your time. Oftentimes, staying in alignment with that advice might mean that you have to delegate tasks to other people, employees or another company. Sometimes, the people in
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THE DANGERS OF WATER HAMMER

Big Bangs can involve more than watching the TV Show, The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang that you hear from your steam system can be very dangerous, even deadly, especially if its caused by water hammer. Water hammer is defined as “the unexpected release and associated shock wave of high-pressure steam/condensate”. It can cause death, severe injury, or extensive property damage. Unfortunately, not everyone who works near high-pressure steam/condensate systems realize the hazards associated with these type of systems. When water hammer occurs, a momentary abrupt pressure change may occur inside the piping. This impact can severely jar piping,
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A DOG’S LIFE IN A GREEN BUILDING

Once in a while, we perform a project that’s a little out of the ordinary. A project that comes to mind was the Potter League for Animals shelter in Middletown, Rhode Island completed a few years ago. We were selected as the piping contractor on this project. Our contract was with Mechanical Construction Services, based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Behan Brothers, of Middletown, Rhode Island, was the project’s general contractor. The architects, ARQ, designed a building that allows The Potter League to overcome several challenges that have previously hindered the organization’s effectiveness as an animal welfare facility. ARQ is best known
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33 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE SELECTING A PIPING CONTRACTOR

When you are managing a piping project, what criteria do you use to select a contractor? Here is a list that may help you get started: Are they easy to do business with? Do they have the appropriate trade licenses? If so, can you see them? Are they current? Have they been in business for at least 10 years? Do they have adequate General Liability insurance and Excess Liability insurance? (Today’s standard is $2 million plus $5 million excess liability.) Will they supply credit references from their vendors? Do they do the design and construction with their own crews? Are
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THE CHEAP PRICE SPIN-OFF

Does this describe the way your piping projects go?: The job is awarded based solely on the lowest price without regard to service or quality. Many purchasing decisions of piping, plumbing and fire protection systems are set up this way, and the purchaser really does not know how to discern what constitutes a quality installation versus a shoddy one. The job is installed and when completed, does not work as intended. The purchaser tries to get the contractor back to “fix” the problem. The contractor explains that he/she did it according to the “specs” and any repairs will be at
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ANTELOPES FOR A CURE

I had an amazing daughter, Megan, for 30 years. She was a beautiful, energetic, creative, and inspiring person who loved to run and knit, but two years ago, she died from metastatic breast cancer. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to ever put into words the heartbreak of losing a child. It’s immeasurable and without her, there is such a massive blank spot in so many lives. But Megan was never one to let anything, even cancer, keep her down, and after she was gone, I decided to do the same. Her memory has a right to live on,
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