Here’s Why Boston’s Life-Science Sector Is So Strong

By Jay Fitzgerald   July 24, 2014

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Ashok Chander says he had a simple reason for moving his startup, Cellanyx Diagnostics, from New York City to Boston.

“Bluntly, it’s because of the talent and funding environment in the Boston area and Cambridge,” said Chander, CEO of the cancer-diagnostics company, which has offices in Boston and lab space in Beverly, MA, just north of the city. “It’s such a rich and very diversified life-sciences community here. My (angel) investors are based in Cambridge, and our labs are in an incubator space in Beverly, only a 50-minute drive away. It’s very convenient.”

In recent years, a lot of other life-science companies, whether small startups like Cellanyx or Switzerland’s giant Novartis, have been flocking to the Boston-Cambridge market, leasing out small lab spaces or spending hundreds of millions of dollars on gleaming new research facilities and headquarters. → Keep Reading

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ServiceMaster Sets Up First Nationwide Cleanup Program Aimed at Hoarders

By Jay MacDonald   July 23, 2014

Matt Paxton

Did you ever watch the reality TV show “Hoarders” and wonder why someone didn’t just take a fire hose to the place?

“Because it doesn’t work,” said Matt Paxton (top photo), who hosted the now-canceled reality TV show. “Most people think it’s about cleaning, but it’s really not; it’s about communication, understanding and trust.” → Keep Reading

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No Reality TV Here: Inside a Real Storage Auction 

By Nick DiUlio   July 22, 2014

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Patty Maddox rolled up the blue metal door of the storage unit. Sunlight washed over the piles of disorganized stuff she had just purchased for $120 at this morning’s auction. A wooden dresser. Patio furniture. An old VHS player. A pair of brown work boots. Tupperware bins. Gym bags. And boxes. Lots of boxes.

“It was the boxes that interested me,” Maddox said as she began rifling through the personal belongings left more than two months earlier by a delinquent tenant. “I was hoping they’d have something interesting in them.” → Keep Reading

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8 Tips for Saving Money on Your Move

By Allie Johnson   July 21, 2014

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Trying to stick to a tight budget for your move? You might be wondering how you’re going to transport all your stuff—from your apple corer to your zero-gravity chair—without breaking the bank.

The good news is that moving companies know all the secrets for keeping costs down. Here are eight tips from pro movers for saving money on your move. → Keep Reading

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Yuuup! Dave Hester Returning to ‘Storage Wars’

By Alexander Harris   July 17, 2014

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Storage-auction “mogul” Dave Hester will return to the A&E reality series “Storage Wars” when the next season debuts in August. → Keep Reading

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6 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Move to a New Place

By Rachel Hartman   July 16, 2014

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If you have a parent who’s lived happily in a spacious home for years, there’ll probably come a time when a change in living arrangements is in order. You might notice your parent has a hard time keeping up with household maintenance. A small fall—even if it doesn’t result in an injury—could be a sign that a new living situation would improve safety.

Moving an aging parent requires more than just packing up boxes, though.

“There are both physical and emotional aspects of transitioning to a new home as we age that must be addressed carefully,” said long-term care specialist Nancy Butler, author of “Above All Else: Success in Life and Business.” → Keep Reading

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Stolen Tillamook Minibuses Found in Storage Unit

By Alexander Harris   July 15, 2014

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Three vintage Volkswagen minibuses promoting Tillamook Cheese were stolen while on tour and later found stashed in a storage facility more than 80 miles away. → Keep Reading

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Question: Who Is RJ Gossett? Answer: SpareFoot’s Resident Pub-Quiz King

By John Egan   July 15, 2014

RJ Gossett

Alex Trebek, eat your trivia-loving heart out. You’ve got nothing on SpareFoot’s resident quiz host, RJ Gossett. Well, at least we humbly think so.

Could the “Jeopardy!” host keep up with Gossett? We doubt it. Every Monday and Tuesday night, you’ll find Gossett plying his part-time trade as a quizmaster at two venues in Austin, TX, that aren’t nearly as cushy as the studio where “Jeopardy!” is taped.

For Gossett, a member of SpareFoot’s Client Relations Team, working as a quizmaster is no trivial matter. (Yes, the pun is intended.) → Keep Reading

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Is the Price Right? Greg Strahm Helps Determine Whether You’ve Got Trash or Treasure

By Jay MacDonald   July 14, 2014

Greg Strahm

What prompted veteran ballet dancer and choreographer Greg Strahm to make the leap from head of marketing and communications at New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet into an unlikely second career appraising other people’s stuff?

Chalk it up to his eye for detail, his artist’s sensibility and his partner, Tim Luke, the master appraiser and auctioneer often featured on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” and HGTV’s “Cash in the Attic.”

Together, “the Fric and Frac of Knick and Knack” operate Treasure Quest Appraisal Group of Hobe Sound, FL, with one goal: to help everyday people empty out storage units and liquidate the estates of their departed loved ones—without being taken to the cleaners. → Keep Reading

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5 Old Things You Can Repurpose for Your Home

By Lauren Haber   July 9, 2014

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Summer is in the air, and it’s time for a fresh new look. No need to spend a pretty penny when you have all you need right in your house. Look around at all your “junk” and envision the possibilities. Here are a few ways to repurpose old items to decorate your home. → Keep Reading

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