Massachusetts Business in Brief

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Amtrak disruptions delayed two days

Disruptions in Amtrak’s coastal New England line have been delayed two days to accommodate the replacement of part of the railroad’s Thames River bridge in Connecticut.

The work on the 90-year-old bridge that connects Groton and New London was postponed two days due to complications encountered by contractors dismantling a massive concrete counterweight. This represents the final stage of an $83 million project aimed at providing smoother, more reliable service along the Boston-New York route.

The change means that Boston to New York trains that use the coastal route, including Acela trains north of New York, will not run from Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19. The four-day job was originally slated to start on Saturday. Amtrak will run additional trains between New York and Boston via Hartford and Springfield, as well as buses between New Haven and several communities, including Providence. The bridge work will not disrupt MBTA service.

Sox’ Wakefield teams with Irving Oil

BOSTON – Red Sox star Tim Wakefield has found a new kind of pitch besides his famed knuckleball – a pitch for Irving Oil, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based fuel distribution company. Wakefield signed a promotional arrangement with WEEI, Entercom’s sports radio station in Boston, to speak in radio ads for Irving and provide autographed merchandise.

Boston Equity firm takes over Petty Enterprises

BOSTON – Boston Ventures, a Boston private equity firm, has bought a controlling interest in Petty Enterprises, which owns two NASCAR teams, and the Richard Petty Driving Experience, which provides fans the opportunity to drive or ride in a NASCAR-style stock car. Richard Petty, a former NASCAR champion, will become chairman emeritus of Petty Enterprises after the deal closes. Barry Baker, a managing director at Boston Ventures, will become chairman of the North Carolina company, and David Zucker, former CEO of Midway Games, will become the company’s new CEO.

Doctor named CEO of 2 organizations

NEWTON – The boards of trustees of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates have named Dr. Gene Lindsey of Wellesley the president and CEO of both organizations. Harvard Vanguard is one of five medical groups that form Atrius Health, a Newton nonprofit organization. Lindsey was chairman of the Atrius board of trustees from January 2007 until February 2008, when he stepped down to act as interim president and CEO of Harvard Vanguard. An internist and cardiologist, Lindsey has been with Harvard Vanguard since 1975, and he has been with Atrius since its inception in 2004.

TV star to conduct parent workshops at Braintree store

BRAINTREE – The Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture store in Braintree will host Yvonne Finnerty, a co-star of the Fox television series “Nanny 911,” on June 21 for six free parenting workshops. The 30-minute workshops, titled “School’s Out! How to Make a Smooth Transition to Summer Fun,” will begin every half-hour from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Parents who attend the workshops can register to win a free in-home consultation.

Whitman bank hosts ‘shred day’

WHITMAN – Mutual Bank and the town of Whitman will host a “community shred day”

from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the bank’s office at 570 Washington St. in Whitman. The event will allow local residents to securely shred paperwork – such as old bank statements or other documents containing private information – without any charge.

Patriot Ledger staff