- One of Massachusetts’ billion-dollar startups, Infinidat, celebrated on Tuesday the move from Needham to a 23,000-square-foot office in Waltham, which CEO Moshe Yanai hopes will be the launching pad for a new era of enterprise data storage.Infinidat’s Massachusetts headcount has grown from 35 employees in March to 60 today. The company expects that number to at least double by the end of 2017.Infinidat has about 400 employees worldwide and its corporate headquarters are in Israel, bu
- In an election year that's left many Americans craving better options, a new analysis of state governor salaries might help explain why so many talented leaders avoid running for public office altogether. The finding? It doesn't pay to be chief executive of a U.S. state.Public payroll data from all 50 states indicates that the average U.S. governor earns $137,415 per year in salary, with variances ranging from a low of $70,000 to a high of just under $200,000 per year.By those measures, the aver
- Watertown health IT company athenahealth Inc. is in the midst of an evolution, with the company announcing a renewed focus on culture and a shift in sales tactics for its electronic medical record software.The changes come after a bumpy quarter for the company. Despite net income for the three months ending Sept. 30 at $13.9 million — a 140 percent growth from the same quarter the previous year — the company said it isn’t likely to hit 30 percent year-over-year growth in new cl
- CIM Group, an urban real estate and infrastructure fund manager based in Los Angeles, has closed on its purchase of Boston’s Motor Mart Garage for $162.5 million.Seller Park Square Realty first selected CIM Group as the buyer of the nine-level Art Deco structure in June. At the time, sources told the Business Journal the garage would fetch around $160 million.The Motor Mart Garage is a 420,000-square-foot facility at 201 Stuart St. that dates back to 1927. The garage houses more than 1,000
- Information from as many as 13,000 patients may have been taken after a handful of employees at Baystate Health responded to a phishing scam.On Aug. 22, the Springfield health system learned that a phishing email had been sent to several Baystate employees, potentially allowing the scammers the ability to access the employees’ email accounts.The emails looked like legitimate internal Baystate memo to employees, the hospital said in a release.“Baystate immediately took steps to secure
- The founder of Boston-based Project Repat, which makes quilts for customers out of their old T-shirts, is accusing a Rhode Island company of stealing their trade secrets and creating a rival business.In a federal lawsuit filed in Boston on Monday, Project Repat said a production company it hired to help with online advertising, called IndieWhip, launched a competing firm called American Quilt a year after its contract was terminated. The lawsuit names the company along with IndieWhip founders Ch
- Nearly three weeks after dining service workers at Harvard University walked out of their jobs, and a day after hundreds of students themselves walked out of class in support of those workers, the college and the workers have reached a tentative agreement, according to the university newspaper.The Harvard Crimison reported early this morning that Harvard and its dining workers have reached a “tentative agreement” around 1:05 a.m. Tuesday morning after months of tense negotiations. Th
- It’s rare that the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker can agree on tax policy — particularly if the question is about raising taxes.But should Massachusetts voters next month decide to legalize marijuana, there could be a script all three would be willing to follow that would lead to a higher tax rate on pot than the one proposed in Question 4 on the November ballot.Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat who supports legalization of mar
- Happy Tuesday, Boston! Here are the five most important business stories you need to read before you start your busy business day in Greater Boston.Mass. officials hope artificial intelligence can add jobs, not drain ‘emDeep-learning algorithms and artificially intelligent robots could lead to a 7 percent loss of U.S. jobs by 2025, but Massachusetts officials are putting those robots to work(sort of) to add jobs locally.Harpoon brews up an exclusive in-flight beer with JetBlueHarpoon&helli
- The new training facility being developed by the Boston Celtics will be sponsored by local sports company New Balance and named after late Celtics president and coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach.The team broke ground on the facility Monday. As part of New Balance’s naming rights partnership, the brand will become an official partner of the Boston Celtics and will receive "significant brand presence throughout the facility," the team said. The practice and training facility at Boston Landing is s
- via MassachusettsOpinion polls point to the possibility that voters in California and four other states will legalize marijuana in what some call a vast experiment in public health.
- Earnings season for our Massachusetts biotech giants kicks off this week when Vertex Pharmaceuticals reports its third quarter financials on Tuesday evening, followed by Biogen on Wednesday morning.I'll make a prediction right here: There will likely be market-moving news coming out of one or both of those reports. But it won’t involve dollar signs for either one.While probably just a fluke, it’s unusual for Vertex (Nasdaq: VRTX) to be the first local biotech to give a quarterly upda
- The standard thinking among American shoe manufacturers is that their products have to be made by the millions outside the U.S. and then shipped back to be sold to consumers.But Adidas-owned Reebok, which is based in Canton, Massachusetts, is turning that thinking on its head with a new method that uses 3-D printing techniques to produce its sneakers in America.At the center of this effort is the Reebok Future team, a group of about a dozen people in Canton whose job is to think about next-gener
- A local nonprofit running a national online fundraising campaign Friday said its effort was hurt by the same cyberattack that affected businesses such as Amazon, Netflix and Twitter — because many donors weren't able to connect to PayPal, one of the other online companies affected by the service outage.Be Bold, Be Bald! calls itself a "coast to coast social movement" that encourages people to wear bald caps for 24 hours to stand in solidarity with people facing cancer in order to raise awa
- Despite the attention numerous stakeholders have given to the planned $1 billion expansion at Boston, what the state was mostly curious about was how the hospital was going to spend $53 million.The funding is required under the state’s Determination of Need approval process, and asks that organizations looking to build extensive projects in Massachusetts contribute to “community health initiatives”.For Boston Children’s Hospital, that means in addition to the $1 billion t
- Eaton Vance has agreed to acquire the assets of the impact-investing firm Calvert Investment Management, a move that would give it a large presence in the growing field of socially and environmentally responsible investing.The Boston-based asset manager (NYSE: EV) is buying Calvert’s more than $12 billion in assets from Ameritas Holdings for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 1976, Maryland-based Calvert was one of the first firms to focus on investing with social-good goals in mind.Calvert&rs
- A major cyberattack on some of the internet's most well-known brands on Friday has its roots in New Hampshire — specifically the software company, Dyn.The infrastructure-as-a-service company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, supports sites such as Twitter, Spotify and Reddit — all of which have been affected by today's outages.Dyn, which offers managed DNS and email delivery services to other companies, said in a statement posted on its website that it suffered a denial-of-service
- Beacon Communities, a Boston-based multifamily real estate development firm, has plans to rehabilitate Quincy Tower, a 16-story elderly affordable housing community at 5 Oak St. West in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.Beacon is proposing a $71 million capital improvement program at the 162-unit property, which was completed in 1978. The improvements will “ensure the building’s continued safe and efficient long term operation,” and include improvements to the building exte
- More than 200 people celebrated the accomplishments of the 40 under 40 Class of 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott on Tremont Street in Boston Thursday night.Honorees accepted their awards in front of co-workers, families and special guests, including Mayor Martin Walsh who personally presented the award to Dave Sweeney, chief financial officer and chief of administration and finance for the city of Boston.The centerpiece of the evening's program was comprised of a video where honorees shared their&
- Criterion Development Partners, an apartment development firm with offices in Waltham and Dallas, has plans to build a 252-unit apartment complex on what’s currently a surface parking lot near the MBTA Orange Line Forest Hills station in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.The 2.2-acre site on Washington Street is bounded by the Arborway — a roadway that borders Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — the MBTA Arborway Yard, and a residential neighborhood. The project would be
- Happy Friday, Boston! Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day.State gives final blessing to $1B Boston Children's Hospital expansionThe state has given its final blessing to a planned $1 billion expansion at Boston Children’s Hospital, Jessica Bartlett reports, ultimately siding with the medical institution over the objections of a slew of opponents to its plans, which would get rid of a 60-year-old garden where the remains of children&
- Leonora Hailer enjoys a horse ride as her mother, Maureen, looks on at the 50th Annual John Winthrop School Street Fair that was held last Saturday.
- By Dan Murphy
The Joint Charles Street Committee is spearheading a fall clean up on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to not only beautify the street, but also to raise awareness of its tree-pits.
“We want residents to get involved and adopt a tree-pit, and for businesses to become stewards of the tree-pits in front of their storefronts,” said John Corey, co-chair of the committee, a collaboration between the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association.
From 2 to 5 p.m.,
- Anne Brooke who was the Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Public Garden for the past four years up until June 2016, has passed away on October 13 after a lengthy illness. She resided with her husband Peter in the Back Bay.
As Chair of The Friends of the Public Garden, Anne worked with the city of Boston to protect and enhance Boston’s first public parks: the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
Brooke was only the second president of the asso
- By Dan Murphy
An upcoming fundraising event at Hampshire House intends to bring the issue of natural-gas leaks throughout Massachusetts to the forefront.
Ania Camargo, who is heading the statewide gas-leak campaign for Mothers Out Front, which she describes as a “grassroots movement made up of mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers who care passionately climate change and are working a swift and just transition towards renewable energy,” will be on hand at the event.
- By Karen Cord Taylor
Some pundits investigate the culture of America though our political system, which shows us as basically nuts.
I prefer advertisements—television advertisements during the 6:30 evening news to be exact. I watch those shows because I expect them to be fairly neutral in coverage. Fox News is out of the question—all those people yelling conspiracy theories at one another leaves me profoundly fatigued. Although I admire Rachel Maddow’s intelligence and humor, s
- By Beth Treffeisen
In an effort to increase collaboration, communication and partnerships between the colleges and universities, the City of Boston, and various non-profits throughout the city, Councilor Timothy McCarthy is working with the other councilors to create a College and University Engagement Office.
The order that was brought forward at the September 28 meeting states that Boston is home to over 25 colleges, universities, and institutions of higher learning. All of these schools have
Adoption Made Easier:Baker-Polito Administration Highlight Progress on Regulatory Reform Efforts at the Animal Rescue League of BostonThe Baker-Polito Admin-istration highlighted significant changes in the state regulations as part of the extensive regulatory review process, at the Animal Rescue League located in the South End, which resulted in improving the lives of shelter animals and increasing space and flexibility for animal shelters around the state.
The change in regulations made it consistent with national recommendations that have reduced quarantine periods for unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed
- Most Americans do not know what it is like to have to leave your home, your neighborhood and your country and undertake a perilous journey that you do not know what awaits you if you are lucky enough to survive the crossing. However, for more than 65 million people in places like South Sudan, Syria or Iraq, this is a reality.
An exhibit now going on at Boston’s Long Wharf by Doctors Without Borders brings the experience of the journey to those who attend the exhibit. For many at the
- Historic New England hosted “A Century on The Hill” on Sept. 30, with Committee Co-chairs Joan and Ernst Berndt, Karen and Warren McFarlan, and Gina and Steve White.
Beacon Hill residents Joan and Ernst Berndt served as co-chairs of the event and welcomed more than 100 guests to the historic Otis House for an elegant cocktail reception celebrating the 100th anniversary of preserving Otis House. The evening was a rare opportunity to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres inside the
- via MassachusettsConsumers should welcome the lower premiums offered, but a recent study showed a disregard for customers.
- A two-alarm fire at 228 Newbury St. cost at least $900,000 worth of damage and stopped traffic on Boylston and Newbury streets Sunday evening.The four-story brownstone at 228 Newbury is home to a walk-in restaurant, an art gallery and six one-bedroom apartments, the Boston Fire Department said. The Boston Fire Department responded at 6:18 p.m. to a fire reported at the rear of the building's first floor. By 6:38 p.m., the fire had extended to the building's second floor and the Fire Department&h
- Between the rich maritime history, the site of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "House of Seven Gables" and the Peabody Essex Museum, there’s plenty to visit in the coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts all year round. An estimated 1 million tourists a year visit the city annually, dropping around $100 million at the many businesses in the area, according to the website for the nonprofit Destination Salem.But this time of year — in the weeks leading up to Halloween — is by far the bi
- Almost all companies utilize digital technology to some extent, typically using computers to collect and process data. However, many organizations capture data from paper, and use that information to create more paper; that scenario is not efficient or truly digital. To increase efficiency and make better business decisions, organizations should take the next step to utilize electronic information across all areas of the organization.Going digital comes with several significant benefits. A succe
- The Baker administration is offering cash incentives to government employees to entice them to leave their jobs, in order to fix a mid-year $294 million budget shortfall.Executive branch workers eligible for retirement are being offered a one-time incentive of $15,000 to step down, while others would receive a $5,000 payment. Depending on how many employees take the buyout, the administration may consider layoffs. The offer to employees is on the table from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14.The shortfall was&h
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren wanted John Stumpf out as Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) CEO, and she got her wish this week. Now she has it out for a high-level government official appointed by President Barack Obama.The Massachusetts Democrat urged Obama in a letter Friday to remove Mary Jo White as chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, arguing she is too comfortable allowing companies to hold back important information from investors.White was appointed by Obama to lead the SEC, one of the&hel
- New York's most well known co-working space operator is now being backed by one of China's largest hotel companies.WeWork has raised $260 million in additional Series F funding from new investor Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news comes just seven months after the company raised up to $430 million from Chinese investors, with the option to sell stock up to $780 million. Now, with Jin Jiang on board, WeWork is better positioned to expand into As
- Taco Bell Corp. is seeking to break out of the fast-food mold and appeal to a new generation of customers as it unveils four new design concepts in its home ground of Orange County.The Irvine, California company, which first announced plans for the new designs in May, says the revamped restaurants are part of a planned broader rollout that will become a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell.Taco Bell said the newly designed restaurants — in Santa Ana, Newport Beach
- Women’s health company Ovia Health is planning to nearly double its payroll and make its women’s health apps more widely available to employers, fueled by $10 million in new investor funding.The company, which has rebranded its name from Ovuline, said the funding came from several of its previous investors, including Zaffre Investments, Martin Ventures and several smaller investors. To date, the company has raised $15 million.“This funding will allow us to do an expansion of pr
- It's Friday, Boston! Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day — and a request for help in my latest shopping expedition (scroll to the bottom).
Fed Chair Yellen keynotes Boston lunch todayWondering if the Fed will raise rates before the end of the year? Federal Reserve System Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to deliver the luncheon keynote at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank's 60th Economic Conference today. I’m sure she’ll tel
- Players competed on the open field, muddy and wet, making control of the ball difficult at times during Boston’s inaugural Polo team match against New York on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Georgetown. Players from the neighborhood hope to get Boston on the map as a competitive polo city. Boston lost its opening match, 9-11, but believes things will improve with more games.
- By Dan Murphy
The Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the transfer of a conditional-use permit from the former Derne St. Deli to a pizzeria that now occupies the storefront.
John Cucinatti, who opened Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca at the corner of Derne and Temple streets about a month ago, has agreed to enter into a good-neighbor agreement with the Civic Association as a stipulation of the committee’s decision. The 20-seat eatery n
- By Kathy Hull
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Tonight, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Azita Bina-Seibel, one of Boston’s top chefs and restauranteurs, for her talk “Cooking: The Recipe for Success.” Included in Esquire’s “Female Universe of Culinary Bostonians,” Ms. Bina-Seibel is co-owner of the Beacon Hill gems LaLa Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca. She cultivated her passion for exceptional home-style cuisine in her native Azerbaijan Iran, famous
- By Karen Cord Taylor
Summer has ended. We’re back. The renovations to the 1972 Johnson building at the Central Library are finished. You must see the results. They are scrumptious.
It was the former library president, Amy Ryan, whose experience in other parts of the country helped her envision a happier and more serviceable space in the building named after its architect, Philip Johnson. She initiated a strategic planning effort, consulting with users all over Boston. The result was the Co
- Membership in the Beacon Hill Civic Association offers many benefits, including the opportunity to meet and connect with neighbors. To that end, the BHCA hosts a monthly gathering at one of the neighborhood’s most popular local watering holes, 75 Chestnut, on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm-8 pm. “Our First Monday gatherings attract neighbors of all ages, who enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they enjoy the ‘Best of Beacon Hill’,” said Ma
- On Sunday, Oc. 23, the Esplanade Association, in partnership with Pawsh Boutique, will host their sixth annual “Canine Promenade” on Fiedler Field from noon to 2 p.m.
The Promenade is a 1/2‐mile Halloween costume parade around the Esplanade to benefit the park, highlight the park as a resource for dog owners and celebrate the fall season.
This year, the parade will be led by channel 7 News Anchor Sarah French, and over 100 dogs and pet owners are expected to participate. Follow
- On Thursday, Oct. 13, guests will have the opportunity to see a performance of “Sunday in the Park with George” at the Huntington Theatre while supporting Boston’s parks and open space.
Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical focuses French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman Georges Seurat and his search for love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” The play, directed by Peter DuBois (“A Little Night Music”) and featuring
- Members of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s top legal, advocacy, and organizational staff yesterday led prosecutors on a training in use of the state’s Witness Protection Fund to ensure that they have the tools necessary to keep victims, witnesses, and their loved ones safe.
Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Rodriguez, Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, and Katherine Moran, Director of the DA’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program, hosted about half of Conley’
- On Saturday, October 22, three Boston house museums draw on their rich stories and collections to illuminate domestic life in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Otis House Museum, Gibson House Museum, and Nichols House Museum offer a series of special guided tours focusing on servant life at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are sold separately at each site.Otis House
In 1797, Harrison Gray Otis and his wife Sally moved into one of the most stylish mansions in the city. Wit
- By Joseph Prezioso
Around 30 horses and six riders gathered on a rainy Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, to take part in the first inaugural Boston Professional Polo Match, with riders hailing from all over the area neighborhoods to play the sport draped in prestige and honor.
The match featured Boston taking on their favorite rivals, New York.
Polo player and ranch owner Mark Tashjian is the brainchild behind holding the first league game. “It was a unique opportunity that Boston didn&rsquo
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