Archive for: November, 2011

Patagonia Urged Customers Not to Shop On Cyber Monday


Like most people, my inbox by about 10am on Monday was inundated with Cyber Monday deals. Surprisingly, one company didn’t want my business. Sadly, it was one of the companies I wanted to buy from. Patagonia sent an email out with the subject line: DON’T BUY THIS JACKET. At first, I thought a coat had [...]

Governor Patrick Launches Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative to Support Job Growth

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick  launched the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and released a new roadmap for manufacturing job growth in Massachusetts during an address to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) regional meeting in Cambridge, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Our Administration is committed to preparing students and workers to compete and win in the 21st [...]

Frank Denies Retirement Related to Party Prospects

Courtesy of Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Barney Frank says he’s retiring because his Massachusetts district has changed so much he’d have to spend too much time campaigning for re-election. Frank tells NBC’s “Today” show his decision has nothing to do with Democratic prospects for retaking control of the House. Asked what people should think, the 71-year-old Frank [...]

Baby Boomers: Here You Come… But Where To Settle? And Are We Ready For you!!??


Boomers- you are very different than your parent’s generation. You will be the largest aging population in U.S. history (estimated 77 million), living longer, working longer and facing far different challenges. National figures show that seniors are less likely to relocate for retirement, more likely to continue working and that not all communities are ready [...]

Speedy Neutrinos Shine New Light on Einstein’s Theories; What do Harvard Scientists Say

NUMI Cables

Throughout the world, physicists are peeking out from their customary obscurity in a hasty scramble to explain recent challenges to Einstein’s theory of special relativity. The scientists are reacting to a second round of experiments at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, that measured infinitesimal particles called neutrinos traveling at speeds faster than light. [...]

Earlier Deals, Longer Hours Woo Friday Shoppers

Courtesy of Associated Press

A few violent incidents broke out on Black Friday as thousands of shoppers lined up in the wee hours of the morning at Macy’s, Best Buy and other stores to get discounts of up to 70 percent on everything from toys to tablets. Some stores had hundreds of shoppers rushing in when they opened their [...]

Baby Boomers Caring for Elderly Parents Discover their own Vulnerability

Concord, MA resident Jan Simpson

Jan Simpson was a working mother in her 30′s with two young children when her aging parents’ health began to fail. Suddenly, and without any real knowledge of what she was getting into, Simpson entered a decade-long journey through eldercare. “It was a challenging time,” says the Concord, MA resident. “My father was living with [...]

It’s Not Just About the Mirror Ball – This Season’s Triumph Transcends Competition

JR behind podium-1 (2)

Tuesday night, viewers of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” watched a talented, engaging and loveable JR Martinez walk away with the Mirror Ball after a grueling season of competition. But the real story isn’t just JR’s dancing victory; it is that in battling for the coveted trophy, he shattered the myths about those who have [...]

LivingSocial Goes National with Black Friday Deals


NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s one way to avoid getting trampled by bargain-hunting hordes knocking down store doors on Black Friday: Online deals service LivingSocial is unveiling a slew of bargains for the holidays that are just a couple of mouse clicks away. LivingSocial is announcing Monday that it will offer discounts from national businesses [...]

Survey Suggests Mainers’ Economic Outlook Bleak


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As the Christmas shopping season dawns, a new survey shows Maine consumers’ outlook is pessimistic. The survey by Market Decisions of Portland shows consumer sentiment and longer-term perceptions of the national economy have fallen. Now, 65 percent polled expect the national economy to be worse in five years. Forty-four percent of [...]

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