The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall
Jan16

The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall

To visit America’s newest ski resort, follow the Jersey Turnpike, exit at MetLife Stadium and Meadowlands Racetrack and head next door to American Dream in East Rutherford, N.J. Which, of course, is a mall. Actually, it is a $5 billion behemoth still under construction from the people who brought the U.S. the Mall of America. When done, this consumer cathedral will be our nation’s largest in square footage. And skiage. The mall’s...

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Fake snow is in high demand; just don’t ask how it’s made
Jan16

Fake snow is in high demand; just don’t ask how it’s made

The nightly holiday show on Disneyland’s Main Street culminates with soaring music and fireworks exploding high over Sleeping Beauty Castle. But the faces in the crowds really light up when the music fades and something unexpected gently falls from the sky. A toddler, sitting on her father’s shoulders, spreads her arms and exclaims, “It’s snow!” Spoiler alert: It’s not really snow. The white puffs drifting to the ground at the...

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‘Lambscapers’ on the job at Massachusetts solar farm
Oct10

‘Lambscapers’ on the job at Massachusetts solar farm

Juno only appeared to be lying down on the job, lazily munching a snack at the community solar farm on Thursday. Juno, a sheep from Suffolk, Mass., was actually being productive, as one of a herd of 15 “lambscapers” from Solar Shepherd LLC that were grazing on the fescue, grapevine and crabgrass surrounding a field of solar panels. The sheep were brought in to manage vegetation naturally around the 4,212 panels covering 20 acres of...

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Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever
Oct10

Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever

On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily “singing” along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn’t a normal ride. Ross, author of the lifestyle blog Ask Away, was driving her 9-year-old dog to the veterinary specialist’s office in September 2016 after noticing that even the slightest touch to her neck would cause her to yelp in pain — and cause Ross’ heart to shatter. She wanted...

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The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo
Oct11

The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo

It’s become known as the Mike Pence rule, but some men see it as a way of protecting themselves from potential sexual harassment accusations. The vice president never eats alone with a woman other than his wife, according to a Washington Post article last year, and he won’t attend events featuring alcohol except in her company. “It was really unhelpful when he said that,” W. Brad Johnson, a psychology professor at the United States...

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The Business of Agriculture: Female Farmers Lead the Way in New Hampshire
Oct11

The Business of Agriculture: Female Farmers Lead the Way in New Hampshire

A young child wearing a pink dress, fairy wings attached to her back, watering seeds in the family greenhouse. That is Forrest Barker’s favorite photograph of herself. Now 23, she may not have the fairy wings, but Barker’s passion for the farmland on which she grew up has only swelled. She took that zeal to Cornell University to study agricultural sciences, and returned after graduation to the multiple-generation farm off Route 33 in...

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Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays
Oct11

Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays

It’s only fall, but the holiday hiring frenzy is in full swing. For proof, just walk through the mall: “We’re hiring and we’d love to meet you,” signs outside Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids said on a recent weekday at Tysons Corner Center, a sprawling northern Virginia shopping mall just outside Washington. “Make our house your home,” offered White House Black Market. “Join our team of outsiders,” urged L.L. Bean. The clothing...

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As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find
Oct11

As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find

Are America’s employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire? The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent — its lowest point since 1969 — hiring hasn’t stalled. So far this year, job agrowth has averaged a robust 208,000 a month, up from a pace of 182,000 for all of 2017. The trend has...

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Old Business: Cool for the Summer
Jul20

Old Business: Cool for the Summer

A look back at how residents enjoyed the area’s season offerings in the 1960s.

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