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Crisis, what crisis? U.S. economy steams along

Friday, August 28, 2015

A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said the U.S. …

Across U.S., many utilities are battling net metering

Friday, August 28, 2015

Net metering, which allows customers to sell excess electricity back to their local utility, was created in the 1990s and became a key component in launching the solar industry, especially for homes and small business. But in some ways, the practice is under attack as the boom in solar power makes it more …

Some say net metering cap could stifle solar industry’s growth

Friday, August 28, 2015

Warner officials have already picked two spots where they hope to construct large solar farms that will generate enough power to offset electricity costs for the town’s buildings. Once Warner covers the up-front costs, estimated at roughly $675,000, the payoff will be big, said Town Administrator Jim Bingham. “We can have electricity for …

Summer entrepreneur: Concord grad starts ice cream truck business

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ethan Stockman wanted to do something big the summer after he graduated from Concord High School. After spending the previous summer vacation weed-whacking and doing grounds work at St. Paul’s School, he was in need of a change. …

For sale in Hopkinton: Lovely colonial perfect for entertaining

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The exceptional colonial at 301 Galloping Hill Road in Hopkinton would be a wonderful place to call home! With a fantastic attention to detail and an abundance of amenities, it’s perfect for buyers seeking charm, character, and plenty …

In wartime economy, Tsipras claims mantle of stability

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Rarely has a prime minister overseen so much financial destruction in so little time while tightening his grip on power. After winning an election on a wave of populism in January, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras finds himself running a country in a state of economic emergency. His government rations …

How much more does the CEO make? You may find out

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CEOs make a lot more than the average working Joe or Jane. And in the near future, Americans will find out how big the disparity actually is within publicly traded companies. Federal regulators, under mandate from a 2010 …

US stocks drop, led by another fall in the energy sector

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June on …

Are Canadian rivers the solution to the Northeast’s high energy prices?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. Northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smart phones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under …

The changing reality of teen summer jobs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Each summer for the past 33 years, Norm Ballard has been hiring local teens at his bustling ice cream stand in Concord’s South End. Summer employees at Ballard’s work from April to September, cleaning countertops, taking customer orders …

Summer jobs: A career in training in construction

Sunday, August 2, 2015

There was a time when a college degree was seen as an automatic ticket to employment. Now, those entering college are facing a different reality, and they’re looking for ways to set themselves apart from the field. Concord’s …

Summer jobs: Learning the scoop at Ballard’s Ice Cream

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lily Laura, 16, lives down the road from Ballard’s Ice Cream in Concord, so it was a familiar door to knock on when she went looking for her first job. Since April, the soon-to-be Concord High junior has …

Summer jobs: A poolside paycheck

Sunday, August 2, 2015

For decades, lifeguarding has been the quintessential summer job for teens. In recent years, however, the popularity of the position has dwindled; in fact, cities across the country have recorded a severe shortage of summertime lifeguards. Eliza Bunnell, …