Lisa Eckelbecker

Business reporter, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Award-winning journalist in central Massachusetts.

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Laws changed, Wachusett Brewing opens brew yard

WESTMINSTER - It's a snowy day, and the indoor brew yard at Wachusett Brewing Co. hums with conversation as about a dozen customers sip beer served up from a bar built inside...

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Developers invest hundreds of millions in the city core and beyond

WORCESTER - The first time Michael A. Lozano heard about a possible plan to renovate the shuttered building that once housed the Worcester County Courthouse, he found the idea...

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Food fight: Whole Foods adds to Shrewsbury supermarket competition

SHREWSBURY - A food fight is coming to town. Sometime this winter, Whole Foods Market Inc. will open a 50,000-square-foot supermarket in the new Lakeway Commons development on...

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Investor finds gold in Worcester's rental market

The dowagers of the Worcester area's home rental market are drawing attention from new suitors.Thirty-six single-family homes, three-deckers and other residential properties are...

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Looking to rabbit milk for hemophilia cure

CHARLTON - The biotechnology company that turned goats into barnyard drug manufacturers is adding an animal to its production line - the rabbit.LFB USA Inc.

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Arrhythmia pins its recovery on engineering expertise

FITCHBURG - In a nondescript building off Main Street, the din of heavy machinery fills a long room.Workers wearing ear plugs and safety glasses tend nine computer-controlled...

Work Force Issues

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After long, slow recovery, construction industry revives

WORCESTER - Construction jobs are back in Massachusetts.Six years after employment in the sector bottomed out, and bolstered by the development of everything from apartments to...

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Jobs go wanting as pipeline goes unfilled

SOUTHBRIDGE - Six men seated at tables in a yellow classroom hunch silently over sheets of paper, scratching out answers to a pop quiz covering the basics of reading, English...

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Young people face difficult job prospects

WORCESTER - At the Straight Up Café in the city's poor Main South neighborhood, young workers in white uniforms toast muffin halves on a grill. Next door at The New You thrift...

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Nurses are delaying retirement. Why, and what it means.

WORCESTER - Kathleen E. Wilson has worked in a hospital intensive care department for newborns, consulted for an intravenous therapy company and supervised nurses who make home...

Health Care Finance

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Sen. Chandler persists in quest to permit mid-level dental professionals

WORCESTER - When it comes to teeth, state Mrs. Harriette L. Chandler wants to take a bite out of the status quo. The Worcester Democrat, majority leader in the state's Senate,...

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Agency tries to help get a grip on ER 'frequent utilizers'

WORCESTER - Nicholas S. Adkins lost part of his intestine to cancer, and to a stabbing that he said occurred when he tried to break up a fight. He lost a toe, he said, to...

Environment

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Blackstone debate goes beyond dollars

Millions of plastic pods that look like honeycomb-shaped cereal bob in tanks of frothy wastewater alongside the Providence River. It's a cold, sunny day at the Field's Point...

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Impact of dams weighs on Blackstone

Just a few miles below the point where the region's major sewage treatment plant pours treated wastewater into the Blackstone River, the broken remains of an unwanted dam...

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Shady lanes returning to NJ towns bitten by Asian longhorned beetle

LINDEN, New Jersey - Jeffrey A. Tandul's friends like to joke that he's a "dead tree savant," able to spot dying trees from blocks away, but on a gray June day he's more focused...

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