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Three Things You Didn’t Know about the Boston Center for the Arts

Image courtesy of Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

You probably walk by the Tremont Street plaza often, but are you familiar with what the Boston Center for the Arts has to offer the community?
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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 25, 2013 at 5:17 am

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How Do You Feel About The New T Alerts System?

The MBTA launched its new alerts system Tuesday, and as promised the alerts are detailed and timely, but depending on what you clicked when you signed up, you may be bombarded with emails or texts.

The service offers a variety of clickable options and you can opt in or opt out as you please. In the early going, have you found the new service helpful, or are you busy deleting unwanted emails and avoiding your phone’s texts? Tell us in the comments.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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Tell Us About Your ‘26.2 Acts of Kindness’

Inspired by the "26.2 Acts of Kindness" project, Charlestown resident Carrie Sunde, a Syracuse University student who recently won the title of “Miss Cambridge,” posted a photo to the Charlestown Patch Facebook page of a parking meter where she left money for people to use.

A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

That’s the basic idea behind Charlestown resident Stephanie Zanotti’s “26.2 Acts of Kindness” project—an effort to put some positivity back into the world after tragedy. And she’s hoping others will join her.

“In the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy, a kindness movement was started by Ann Curry [of the TODAY show] to do 26 acts of kindness for the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary,” Zanotti said in an email. “This is Part 2. I am participating in 26 acts of kindness for the victims at the 26th mile of the Boston Marathon. Each mile of the route is dedicated to an act of kindness.”

Since announcing her plans the week following the Boston Marathon bombings, Zanotti has been busy working on her acts of kindness.

“My acts have ranged from signing my dog up with a therapy dog program to a cup of coffee for the next person in line to sending an Edible Arrangement fruit basket to the trauma ICU of my hospital to thank my fellow colleagues/nurses,” said Zanotti, a nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. “Tonight I donated several pairs of sneakers to a friend traveling to Jamaica who always brings down a suitcase full of shoes to donate. Included was a special pair of sneakers that I wore to run the last 6 miles of last year’s marathon across the finish line with my best friend.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 28, 2013 at 5:14 am

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Boston Schools Superintendent Shares Tips for Talking with Kids about Marathon Bombing

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson

In the aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson sent a letter to staff and families of students titled, “Talking with Children about Tragedies,” that was shared via the Warren-Prescott School newsletter on Tuesday morning.

In the newsletter, Warren-Prescott Principal Michele Davis wrote: “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by yesterday’s events. Our own Melissa Shea ran the Boston Marathon yesterday and her family was among the spectators. I am relieved to report that Melissa and her family are safe.”

Davis asked that anyone with information about other Warren-Prescott families that may have been affected by the bombing to contact her at mdavis@boston.k12.ma.us.

Boston Public Schools are closed this week for April Vacation.

Below is Johnson’s letter:

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

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WATCH: Drew Bledsoe Complains about Wine Law at Mass. State House

Massachusetts is one of 11 states that doesn’t allow out-of-state vineyards to directly ship wine to their customers, and former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is urging Beacon Hill legislators to pass a bill that would change that law.

“Very simply put, this bill is fair, and it’s right. It’s fair to the consumers to be able to purchase wine directly from the wineries, it’s fair to the small businesses like ours who want to sell directly to the customers, it’s right for the state – it actually increases revenue to the state – and in the states that this has happened, it’s also benefitted the package stores and the distributors,” Bledsoe said during a press conference on the State House steps Thursday afternoon. 

The bill, called an Act Regulating the Direct Shipment of Wine, was put forth by Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers) on Jan. 22. Right now it’s in the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee and no vote is scheduled, according to Jeremy Benson of Free the Grapes. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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Boston Talking About Hosting 2024 Olympic Games

Olympic rings

There hasn’t been an Olympic games hosted in America since 1996 in Atlanta, and like leaders at Massachusetts’ State House, the Boston City Council will be exploring the feasibility of bringing the games to New England.

“Why hasn’t Boston made a serious play for the Olympics?” District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley asked during Wednesday’s council meeting. “It’s obvisouly a huge undertaking. […] It could bring peril. […] The Atlanta Games of 1996 was really run well and turned a profit. […] Montreal hosted the games in 1976 and it took 30 years for them to pay off a billion dollar budget.”

He added that Vancouver had debt problems after hosting the games, too.

O’Malley said he doesn’t want to rush the process but that there is momentum with State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell, having filed a state bill to study the feasibility of hosting the Summer Olympics.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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What’s Your Question about the South End?

Ever wonder why they named the square after that guy you never heard of? Or when that new restaurant is going to open? Let South End Patch find the answer for you.

Each week, we will strive to find answers to those nagging questions you have about the neighborhood. You Ask, Patch Answers is a program designed to help you better understand where you live, even if it’s just the tiniest details.

All you have to do is add your question to the comment section below. We’ll pick one of the submitted questions and get to work finding an answer for you, which we’ll publish the following week.

See some previous questions and answers:

South End Answers: When will the Arlington St. Street Lights Be Fixed?

South End Answers: How Can I Get a Crosswalk On My Street? read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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What Do You Think About Gov. Patrick’s Travel Ban?

Gov. Deval Patrick.

All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. As of Saturday morning, the travel ban is still in effect.

Patrick’s executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe.

While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe.

Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $ 500 fine.

What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban was too strict? Let us know in the comment section.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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Super Bowl Kickoff Time and Five Fun Facts about the Big Game

The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will play for a Super Bowl win on Feb. 3.

Watching the Super Bowl with friends can leave a lot of us feeling like information haves and have-nots. While some of us have been following the teams, their players, strategy, and statistics since the day we were born, others at least know who the quarterbacks are and that they are the ones who throw the ball.

Whether you’re looking to impress the sports nerds in the room with a few of your own facts, or you’re simply a true connoisseur of arguably useless knowledge, here’s some fun trivia for you about Super Bowl 2013. 

Five Fun Facts About the Super Bowl

This year, a 30-second commercial costs $ 4 million, up from 3.5 million last year and $ 42,000 in 1967, according to Time.

Football fans are anticipated to consume an estimated 79 million pounds of Hass avocados during Big Game gatherings this year, according to the Hass Avocado Board.

If you still think the 1983 season finale of M*A*S*H was the most-watched broadcast in the U.S., think again. The 2010 Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts stole that title, only to be beaten exactly one year later when 111 million people tuned in to watch the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Nielsen Co. That record was broken again last year when 111.3 million people watched the Giants beat the Patriots, according to ESPN.go.com.

Heading into the game, the 49ers are 5-0 in Super Bowls and the Ravens are 1-0 in Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XLVII is the first time in professional sports history that siblings will play each other. John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers.

So who will come out with the title? Finally, here’s some actual useful knowledge to have heading into Sunday.

Who: The Ravens vs. The 49ers

Kickoff Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: New Orleans, LA at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Channel: NBC

Places to Watch in the South End
The South End is not exactly known for its sports bar scene. Your best bet is to head to Clery’s (113 Darmouth St.) for their Super Bowl Party, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. They’ve got a deal where $ 15 gets you two drink tickets and a buffet, and there’s also a wings eating contest you won’t want to miss.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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