Lisa Eckelbecker

Business reporter, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Award-winning journalist in central Massachusetts.

Portfolio

Business

While development surges in Worcester, these properties linger
WORCESTER - Even as investors pour millions of dollars into Worcester commercial real estate, a few dilapidated properties stubbornly squat in neighborhoods across the...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Grove Instruments' vision is strangled by debts
WORCESTER - When Grove Instruments Inc. shut its doors and filed for bankruptcy in April, the medical device developer had just $200 in the bank and a mountain of debt.

Work Force Issues

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...
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...
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

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,...
Barre clinic joins medical home movement
BARRE - Patients visiting doctors at the Barre Family Health Center once checked in and out near the clinic's main door, in full view and within earshot of others waiting for...
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

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...
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...
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...

Features

Food of the woods
Leobardo Mondragon strides into the woods on a trail he has cleared of trees, passing thousands of hardwood logs stacked five high in a zig-zag formation. It's a strange autumn...

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