Jingle all the Way?

Mall continues to evolve through another holiday season By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Shoppers will ring up a larger share of their holiday gifts online this year, according to national forecasts, bringing more change to brick-and-mortar-based stores. But retail change is nothing new, according to Julie Rohm, property manager of the Valley Mall near Hagerstown, Md. In fact, she said the mall has been changing practically from the day it opened 45 years ago. And it’s still evolving, with more changes, such as renovations to Regal Cinemas and a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store, slated to open in 2020. “You have to […]

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Quad/Graphics plans to sell $200M book business

By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Quad/Graphics plans to sell its U.S. book business, including a facility in Martinsburg, as the company continues to implement its transformation plan. “In reviewing our product portfolio, we made the recent decision to divest of two businesses,” Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO, said in a conference call about the earnings report. “The first was Transpak, our industrial wood crating business, which we divested in the third quarter.” He called Transpak “a great niche business,” but said it was “non-core to Quad 3.0,” referring to the company’s transformation plan. “Now we are divesting of […]

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Frederick Health purchases former State Farm campus

FREDERICK, Md. — The former State Farm campus in Frederick will soon be home to some aspects of Frederick Health. The Fitzgerald Realty Group helped the health system acquire the property. “This is a win-win for Frederick Health and the greater Frederick community,” said Jim Fitzgerald, founder and president of Fitzgerald Realty Group, who was directly involved in the negotiations. “Not only was this a smart business decision, it gives Frederick Health the opportunity to expand and refine its services to meet the growing health care needs of the local community far into the future.” The site was valued at […]

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Face Time for December 2019

d’Vinci adds learning and technology veteran to team HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Jade Wildesen has joined the d’Vinci Interactive team as its new account manager for online learning.  In her position, she will lead the company’s K-12 educational accounts. Berlin joins Antietam Broadband team HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Antietam Broadband recently announced that Randy Berlin has joined the company as director of business services and development, acting as chief liaison to the area business community. Reporting directly to Antietam Broadband President Brian Lynch, Berlin will be based in Hagerstown. Brown earns certified divorce financial analyst certificate HAGERSTOWN Md., — Jerred A. Brown, […]

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WVU medical centers honored by hospital group

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Hospital Association recently recognized WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center for outstanding work in the Commitment to Excellence Honors Program. The hospitals were honored for their commitment to the following topics: • Antibiotic Stewardship • A Breastfeeding Initiative • Care Transitions • Emergency Department Information Exchange • The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network • Influenza Vaccination • Opioid Stewardship • Tobacco Cessation Assistance • WVHA Discharge Data Program The WVHA is a not-for-profit statewide organization representing 63 hospitals and health systems across the continuum of care. […]

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Shippensburg U. gifted $2M to improve athletic facilities

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University President Laurie A. Carter recently announced a gift of $2 million to build a new Shippensburg University football locker room. The gift is part of a larger project that will culminate in improvements to facilities for student-athletes and faculty coaches from seven teams, according to a news release. The new football facility, to be built at the rear of Seth Grove Stadium, will also include upgrades to the stadium tunnel. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the investment specifying it be used to build the locker rooms. The new locker rooms will be […]

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Partnership to aid FCC, Wilson students

FREDERICK, Md. — Wilson College and Frederick Community College have finalized an agreement that guarantees qualified FCC students admission to Wilson bachelor’s degree programs and allows them to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or better. The articulation agreement, signed by college officials at FCC in Frederick, Md., gives FCC associate degree graduates with a grade-point average of at least 2.0 benefits that will make continuing their education at Wilson in Chambersburg Pa., as smooth as possible, including being granted full junior status at Wilson if they transfer 60 credits. Students will have Wilson’s admission fee waived […]

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‘A high-level, more rigorous and relevant experience’

M. Cody Pine, supervisor of career and technology education and enrichment, Washington County Public Schools By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com M. Cody Pine said he spends a lot of time listening to business leaders, teachers and students to “move career and technology education into the 21st century.” As proof, he points to the evolving curriculum at Washington County (Md.) Public Schools as well as two new programs, one in applied manufacturing engineering and the other in artificial intelligence and cloud computing engineering. Pine, 41, is supervisor of career and technology education and enrichment for WCPS. To get there, he’s done a bit […]

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On the Books for December 2019

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state.  ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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Oliver Homes receives ‘Builder of Integrity’ honor

Oliver Homes, a regional residential builder headquartered near Hagerstown, Md., recently received the 2019 Builder of Integrity award from the Quality Builders Warranty Corp. Recipients of the award demonstrate a commitment to excellence in customer service and quality construction. Oliver is a member of the Quality Builders Warranty program. All members of the program are screened on a regular basis to ensure their continued dedication to quality. From that group, a small number of builders across the nation are chosen for the Builder of Integrity award. Oliver “has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in customer service that has gone above […]

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