In the eight years casino gambling has been legal in Massachusetts, a series of hurdles has beset the industry, leaving the state one casino short of what lawmakers envisioned. Lower than expected gaming revenues and uncertainty around a proposal made by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build a casino in Taunton have created uncertainty around […]
Columbia Point sits just a few miles from the Financial District and its gleaming skyscrapers. For many University of Massachusetts Boston students, though, those office towers can feel like they are half a world away. Maybe not for much longer. Not if interim chancellor Katherine Newman has her way.
The toll that the opioid epidemic is taking on the Massachusetts economy now has a cost in dollars: $2.7 billion a year in lost business productivity from employees who aren’t functioning at full capacity, and $5.9 billion in lost productivity from people who aren’t even in the workforce.
Like many other bosses around here, Triumvirate Environmental’s chief executive, John McQuillan, is finding it increasingly tough to find the workers he needs. McQuillan, though, is taking an unusual approach to solving his problem: He’s offering to pay tuition and fees, currently about $13,000 a year, for undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Boston […]
Law enforcement officials say the movement represents a dramatic shift for police officers, who have been increasingly on the front line of mental health work now that mental hospitals have closed in a nationwide push to treat the mentally ill in their communities. Now police officers are often the first people the mentally ill encounter […]
Our population is aging quickly and growing sicker. In 2010, just 14 percent of the population in the Lower Pioneer Valley was 65 and over, but that figure will increase to 23 percent by 2035, according to a report by the UMass Donahue Institute. Many struggle with health issues. Springfield has among the highest rates of […]
Talita Guerrero is the founder of Right Key Mortgage LLC in Lakeville, Mass., where she currently serves as a partner and senior loan officer. A licensed mortgage broker in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia and Florida, the firm finances residential and commercial loans.
South Shore Mental Health has changed its name to Aspire Health Alliance in an an effort to highlight its focus on integrating mental and physical health, reducing the stigma associated with behavioral health disorders and creating alliances with community providers.
Neighborhood Health Plan is offering new insurance options that waive members’ out-of-pocket costs for a slate of common treatments and prescription drugs, an unusual step aimed at drawing new customers. Typically, members of commercial health plans must pay copayments and other costs to see a doctor or obtain a prescription. But Neighborhood said it will […]
The road to a level playing field for New England’s colleges and universities goes through the city of Holyoke. A massive data processing center has been humming there for five years, built to take advantage of the former industrial city’s inexpensive electricity. Five of the state’s biggest schools — MIT, Harvard, BU, Northeastern and UMass […]
Boston-based medical giant Partners HealthCare is doling out $1 million in grants to get cutting-edge therapies from food allergy cures to scarless biopsies on the market within five to seven years, and at least three new local biotech companies are expected to emerge as a result.
Trevor Hull wakes up every morning and goes to a lab where he mixes chemicals together, using materials like lead and cadmium to synthesize other substances. A man who he calls his boss sometimes gives him directions and orders, and he’s paid on a bi-weekly basis. He says he feels like he works at a […]
To the epic search for life on other planets, Mark Veyette brings some of science’s most formidable technology: 300-pound infrared telescopes in Hawaii. The supercomputer center BU helped create in Holyoke, Mass. And his cell phone.
CARING FOR AN OLDER ADULT in your life is a complicated matter—at once daunting and rewarding. In the old days (and still today in certain cultures), it was less complicated. Seniors often lived with their adult children in households that were more like villages. Or an unmarried adult child stayed back and lived with aging parents. […]