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Got milk? ...Got permits??
Ice-cream spot hits rocky road -- Looking to hit the spot with a savory ice cream at Great Brook Farm State Park this week? You may be out of luck. The park's popular ice-cream stand was unexpectedly shut down by state officials over the weekend, after the stand's operator made building improvements at the site without getting permission first. Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the stand, said armed Environmental Police officers showed up at stand on Friday evening and stood guard throughout the weekend, turning away customers craving delectable sundaes and frappes.

A new CEO for ISM.
Institute for Supply Management(TM) (ISM) Selects New CEO -- Institute for Supply Management™(ISM) announced today that it has completed the search for a new CEO and chosen Thomas W. Derry to lead the world's leading supply management association, effective July 30, 2012. Derry will succeed Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS as ISM CEO. Novak has served as ISM's top executive since 1997. Derry is currently vice president and chief operating officer at the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) in Bethesda, Maryland, a US$23 million association serving 17,000 corporate treasury and finance professionals in North America and more than 100,000 online registered readers worldwide. In his role with AFP, Derry is responsible for strategic planning and development, including U.S. and Canadian membership organizations and two wholly owned, for-profit U.K. subsidiaries. He has experience in all organizational functions, including advocacy, finance, human resources, sales, product development, publications, certification, education and training, conference production and marketing. Prior to joining AFP in 2003, Derry was with LexisNexis Group in Dayton, Ohio.

A high-level industry scan.
Raising the Bar on Supply Chains -- Ceres and Sustainalytics recently analyzed 600 major U.S. companies as part of the Road to 2020 report on corporate sustainability. While 43 percent of the firms surveyed have supplier codes of conduct, only 25 percent perform even minimal monitoring to determine if suppliers are abiding by those codes, and only 10 percent have codes that reference International Labor Organization conventions. In the 21st century global economy, we can – and should – do better. Some companies already are trying.

Whelp. At least I'm doing something right.
Coffee buzz: Study finds java drinkers live longer -- One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn't matter. The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it's a guilty pleasure that may do harm.

- Sheena Moore

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