Women’s college hockey games of the week: Nov. 28-30

Harvard will look to shatter a brief winless skid (0-1-2) by traveling across Greater Boston for one-off matchups with two of the nation’s hottest teams. (Photo credit: Harvard Athletics) Harvard will go up against the top women’s college hockey team this Friday in a matinee visit to Boston College. Both teams have had a strong start to the season, and should make for a competitive nonconference, crosstown matchup. Harvard, who made it to the ECAC semifinals last year and has returned all but two names to this year’s roster, is poised to have another successful year, and has been faring Continue reading >>>

More Homes, Lower Interest Rates May Boost Buyers This Winter

On the hunt for a house and looking for a steal as 2014 comes to a close? You may be in luck this holiday season. The combination of a rising number of homes on the market with low interest rates heading even lower will boost buyers looking for deals in Greater Boston, notes Alex Coon, market manager for brokerage firm Redfin’s Boston office. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas have long provided an opportunity for determined buyers to snag a bargain, as home sellers are realizing the holiday season is their last best chance before the spring to cut a deal. But this holiday season, Continue reading >>>

Storm slows travel, causes power outages

Several places in Central and Western Mass. received 10 inches of snow or more in a storm that brought down power lines, delayed travelers, and sent cars spinning off roads.Royalston in Worcester County reported 11.3 inches and other locations reported at least 10 inches. Totals in Eastern Mass. were less, with 1 to 4 inches in the Boston area. Southeastern Mass. received less than an inch of snow in many places. Continue reading below Numerous spinouts were reported on the highways Wednesday afternoon, but by evening, less traffic was on the roads and vehicles Continue reading >>>

College roundup: Bussani, DiCenzo earn Boston Gridiron Club honors

MIDDLETOWN Wesleyan senior defensive back Jake Bussani was named one of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s Joe Zabilski Award winners as the top Division III defensive player in New England. Bussani was one of four NESCAC players chosen for the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III all-star team. The last Cardinal to grace the NEFW all-star squad was Shea Dwyer during the 2010 season. Bussani, who was also selected the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in interceptions with seven, returning them for Continue reading >>>

28 Breathtaking Reader Photos of Tuesday’s Sunset

The skies above Greater Boston lit up at sunset Tuesday with a myriad of colors, prior to the arrival of Wednesday’s snow.We asked people in Arlington, Belmont, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Somerville and Waltham to submit their own photos on our Facebook pages. The results are below.Photo credits:1.) Roger Jermyn, Lakeview Neighborhood, North Waltham2.) Kristine Conti Fusco, via the Waltham Patch Facebook page3.) Anwar Razzouqi, via the Medford Patch Facebook page4.) Krissy Scheufele, via the Waltham Patch Facebook page5.) Kristen Kelley Santiago, via the Waltham Patch Facebook page6.) Jen Collins, Continue reading >>>

Can the Boston Chamber Appeal to Startups?

The priorities of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce have not always been well-aligned with those of the innovation community. Most recently, the chamber stood in staunch opposition to banning, or even limiting, noncompete clauses in Massachusetts. That effort is considered by many in the startup sector—entrepreneurs, employees, and venture capitalists alike—to be a top policy priority. When Paul Guzzi, the chamber’s longtime CEO, announced he was retiring from the position, the search began for a new leader of the organization. The Boston Globe’s Shirley Leung reported last week Continue reading >>>

Give Thanks for Greater Boston Real Estate, Warts and All

Here's the latest installment of Bates By the Numbers, a weekly feature by Boston real estate agent David Bates that drills down into the Hub's housing market to uncover those trends and people you would not otherwise notice. Follow him on Twitter and check out his ebook, Context: Nine Key Condo Markets, 2.0. [Photo via Life in the 'Ville]Imperfection is an integral, though seldom discussed aspect of real estate. In fact, real estate may be the only industry where a myriad of consultants are engaged to tell the buyer how imperfect the product they are buying is. And even though, in today's Continue reading >>>

Pro-business partners

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has been quietly working on a partnership with startup accelerator Mass­Challenge in a move designed to electrify the organization by bringing high-tech companies into the fold.“The Chamber and Mass­Challenge are in the process of exploring a partnership to more effectively engage the innovation community and showcase the region’s dynamic startup economy,” said Paul Guzzi, president and chief executive of the Greater Boston Chamber.A representative for Mass­Challenge was not available last night, but discussions between the powerful business group Continue reading >>>

Nor’easter expected to begin Wed. morning

A winter storm was expected to sweep through Massachusetts on Wednesday, threatening to make for dangerous, hazardous conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year.By Wednesday night, however, forecasters said an approaching warm air mass could turn the anticipated snow on the coast to messy sleet. Continue reading below A winter storm warning was set for areas west of approximately Interstate 495, and a winter weather advisory was issued for those east of the interstate. The warning and advisory are set to take effect from 7 a.m. Wednesday to Continue reading >>>