It was business as usual in Westerly this year until pop star Taylor Swift came to town. The singer’s purchase of a $17 million mansion on the beach in exclusive Watch Hill added celebrity sightings and trespassing dramas to sandcastles, fudge and the usual seaside entertainment. At screenprinting company J. Mack Studios, owner Kevin Adams occasionally uses T-shirts as a creative outlet and decided to design and produce a Swift-inspired shirt in honor of his hometown’s new most famous resident. While Adams never found out what Swift thought of his shirt, he did hear from corporate protectors of the Taylor Swift brand who asked him to stop, setting off a David-versus-Goliath gossip-column sensation. more
Rainy weekends made June a difficult month for hotels in Newport and Middletown, with a 7.3 percent decline in occupancy compared with last June, according to figures supplied by Discover Newport.
Toy and game maker Hasbro Inc. posted net income of $36.5 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, during the second quarter of 2013, a 16 percent drop from the $43.4 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, reported during the second quarter of 2012.
Voters in Springfield, Mass., approved a host community agreement with MGM Resorts International Tuesday, a significant step forward for the company’s plan to build a major resort casino complex in the city’s South End, the Boston Business Journal reported Wednesday.
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