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Bob Kraft hasn’t publicly acknowledged his interest in building a soccer stadium in South Boston for the New England Revolution, but indications are the ball is in motion.

The Krafts have approached at least one company about potential naming rights and other sponsorship opportunities, according to the company, which for obvious reasons does not want to be outed.

Think something along the lines of TD Garden or Gillette Stadium — multiyear, million-dollar arrangements. In its solicitation to the company, the Kraft organization said it will eventually be looking for corporate sponsors.

A spokesman for the Krafts declined to comment.


The Globe reported last month that the Krafts want to bring the Revolution closer to Boston in an arena with a more intimate feel than cavernous Gillette. A city-owned parcel off Interstate 93 on Frontage Road is one site under consideration.

There are still questions swirling around the concept, from whether city officials would allow it to how much it would cost, and whether taxpayers would have to, uh, foot part of the bill.

- Deirdre Fernandes

Stretch run

While the jockeying to be the next president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has just begun, the search for the next head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is winding down. The nonpartisan fiscal watchdog plans to name a new president this month.

Names we keep hearing include state labor secretary Rachel Kaprielian and Boston chamber executive vice president Jim Klocke.

Everyone thought the job would go to the kinetic Katherine Craven, the former executive director of the UMass Building Authority who is now Babson College’s chief administrative officer, or even Matthew Gorzkowicz, a former undersecretary of administration and finance. Turns out it was just the rumor mill run amok, because neither threw their hat into the ring.


Michael Widmer, who has headed the organization since 1992, said in May he would step down. The foundation, backed by business interests and chaired by Delta Dental CEOFay Donohue, is known for its research on public policy issues. During his tenure, Widmer, 75, turned his white papers into must reads on Beacon Hill.

Like the chamber job, the foundation post is high profile and high paying. Widmer made about $425,000 last year, according to the nonprofit’s tax filing. It also faces the same challenge as the chamber in trying to draw new members from the state’s innovation economy.

Kaprielian and Klocke have also been tossed around as potential candidates to replace Paul Guzzi, who is retiring next spring after 18 years as the chamber’s president.

- Shirley Leung

Aria in aisle 6?

The now-resolved Market Basket uprising has become many things: rallying cry for labor solidarity, symbol of workers’ rights, fodder for a case study. Now it’s the inspiration for a high school musical.

Actually, the musical already existed: it’s “The Pajama Game,’’ based on the 1953 novel “7½ Cents” by Richard Bissell, about employees of a pajama factory demanding a raise of 7.5 cents an hour and not taking no for an answer. It’s being performed this weekend by students at Algonquin Regional High School , in a production dedicated to Market Basket employees and the man for whom they walked off the job, Arthur T. Demoulas.

Tom Alera, an English teacher who directs theater productions at Algonquin, said he chose “The Pajama Game’’ as “an acknowledgment to Market Basket, a thank you, because we haven’t seen anything like this in a long time,” where workers sacrificed their jobs and family security for something they believed in.


The musical, he said, “speaks very closely to what’s been going on as best it can in an entertaining musical form with a powerful message underneath” and teaches students “the importance of one voice, and many voices, in making a difference.”

“The Pajama Game” runs at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Algonquin Regional High, 79 Bartlett St., Northborough.

- Sacha Pfeiffer

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