City engineer: Factory Street project is ‘on schedule’

The Factory Street project is finally on schedule and is expected to be completed in October, despite delays and problems with excavating and other issues that have driven the project cost up to $13.5 million. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The Factory Street project is finally on schedule and is expected to be completed in October, despite delays and problems with excavating and other issues that have driven the project cost up to $13.5 million. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Manager Christopher L. Turck was relieved to hear that the brunt of the $13.5 million Factory Street construction project in front of Mo’s Place should be finished in October. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Children’s Miracle Network

A new ‘miracle’ worker

Kristin M. Stockwell was named development manager for Samaritan Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network program in June. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Kristin M. Stockwell was named development manager for Samaritan Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network program in June. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Personal experience motivates CMN development manager

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

The north country is about to experience the Children’s Miracle Network like never before. In June, Samaritan Medical Center appointed Kristin M. Stockwell as its CMN development manager. [Read more…]

August 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Student debt’s impact on home ownership

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

A survey on student loan debt and housing released in mid-June showed that 71 percent of non-homeowners with student loans believe their debt is stymieing their ability to purchase a home and slightly more than half of all borrowers expect a delay in buying a home by more than five years. [Read more…]

June 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors meet members of Congress

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

From May 9 to 14, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Approximately 8,500 attendees from across the country and around the world attended the annual conference. The week included about 200 meetings and events that covered many real estate topics and allowed NAR members to take an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. [Read more…]

Lack of snow curse for retailers, ski resorts, blessing for highway departments

A snowmobile for sale sits on green grass Friday on Route 11 in the Town of Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

A snowmobile for sale sits on green grass Friday on Route 11 in the Town of Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The lack of snowfall in November and December has been a blessing for municipalities that have saved on fuel and road salt, but a curse for ski resorts and retailers of snowmobiles, snowshoes and other winter gear. [Read more…]

October 2015: Nonprofits Today

Transparent nonprofits build trust

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

An employee of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center was recently arrested for allegedly stealing $45,000 from the bank accounts of JRC clients.

Such news is the last thing any nonprofit wants to hear. But the good news is that JRC did the right thing — it investigated the allegations, called police and is now letting the chips fall where they may. [Read more…]

People On the Move – Sept. 2014

New staff at Bowers & Company CPAs

Bowers & Company CPAs, Syracuse, has hired Nathaniel J. Carroll as a senior tax accountant in its Watertown office. Mr. Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and a masters of professional accountancy in 2010 from West Virginia University. He is a certified public accountant.

Shirley A. Ostrander has also joined the firm as a new staff accountant in the Watertown office. Ms. Ostrander graduated in 1989 from Aquinas University of Legazpi, Philippines, and holds a CPA license in the Philippines. Prior to working with Bowers & Company, she was a staff accountant at Stackel & Navarra CPAs. [Read more…]

What’s Happening Here?

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Construction on the Northern Federal Credit Union branch in LeRay in front of the Walmart Supercenter is slated for completion this spring. Leah Buletti/NNY Business

Northern Credit Union LeRay Branch

What: Northern CU’s seventh branch, broke ground Monday, Aug. 26. Other Northern CU branches are in Gouverneur, Lowville, Adams, West Carthage and two in Watertown. The LeeRay branch will feature a self-service area with ATMs and an automatic coin counter, three SMART offices where members can speak with loan officers through video chat, four drive-through lanes with ATM and SMART technology and tablet-equipped waiting areas to expedite service.

Location: Route 11, in front of the Evans Mills Walmart

Completion: February/March 2014

Declared value: $2.5 million

Architect: GYMO Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, Watertown

General contractor: Hueber-Breuer Construction Company, Syracuse; Louis Box, Sandy Creek, is project manager and Scott Phelps, Dexter, is superintendent.

Local jobs: Four new full-time positions at the branch, in addition to numerous construction jobs for six months.

Business Briefcase – April 2013

Car-Freshner files lawsuit against book publisher

Car-Freshner Corp. has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against a book publisher it claims is marketing a coffee table book that includes an air freshener similar to the Watertown company’s “Little Trees” design.

Car-Freshner, which has its headquarters in the Jefferson County Corporate Park, filed suit March 18 in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, against Insight Editions LP, San Rafael, Calif., a publisher of illustrated books on photography, music and popular culture. [Read more…]