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Every June, I watch kids enviously as the school year dwindles and the excitement builds. Summer holds so much promise when you’re young: You can do practically anything now that you’re not spending six hours a day in school, your bedtime is extended, and you can sleep till quarter-past whenever. And there’s that whole, “no more teachers, no more books” thing.
Here are a few things I’d do this summer if I were still a kid — what would you do?
=&0=& Three months off — enough time to beat every video game I own, go creek stomping, perfect my Frisbee throw, swim in every pool on the block, build a tree fort, work my way through my reading list, and still get bored.
- The ice cream truck. I hear the ice cream man and suddenly have the undeniable craving for a Rocket Pop that will turn my tongue purple. But it’s just not appropriate for a grown woman to go tearing down the street after a white van blaring “The Entertainer.”
- Free vacations! As kids, we had all-expenses-paid trips to the beach, to Six Flags, and to theme parks. Of course we can still take those trips as adults and enjoy them with our own families, but now we know exactly how much they cost — a lot.
- All-you-can-eat summer food. I miss the days of going to a cookout and eating whatever I wanted, the idea of counting calories was as foreign as minding my checking account balance. Seconds on dessert? Yes, please!
- No responsibilities. As a kid you might have to take a turn mowing the lawn. As a grown up you have to do it every week. You also have to weed the garden, paint the shutters, wash the car, stain the deck and clean the grill… Permission to put my feet up? Granted.
What about summer makes you miss being a kid? Tell us in the comments why you wish you were a kid again.
Discussions to create a permanent Boston Marathon memorial have not yet taken place in City Hall.
While the memorial in Copley Square is still growing, the city’s archivist has been regularly making sure paper materials and other delicate items are protected.
In order to preserve the well-wishes and notes left for Boston, the city created a Tumblr page to document the memorial in Copley Square to effectively memoralize the memorial.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has made it clear that whatever memorial is made will respect the wishes of the victims and survivors of the bombings. When discussions about creating a permanent memorial begin survivors and victim families are going to be asked for feedback and thoughts, a city official told Patch.
So what would you like to see for a permanent Boston Marathon bombings memorial in Copley Square? Would you want to see statues?Would you like to see a monument erected? A glass-enclosed memorial of the items left at the temporary memorial? Tell us in the comments.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head to head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election.
Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston).
Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates – including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk.
With a month and a half of campaigning still to come we wanted to stop and ask you this question. If the Special Election were today – who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Hybrid cars have come a long way since the Honda Insight became the first hybrid for sale in North America in late 1999. For one, the styling has gone from futuristic insect to more traditional looks.
And while once the sight of a Prius rolling by would turn heads, hybrids seem ubiqutious now. (The more traditional looking models also don’t turn as many heads.)
There are the well-known pros to hybrids, starting with cutting down on trips to the gas station. The miles per gallon these cars get is the first specification that jumps out at most people, and what many customers are looking for when shopping for a hybrid.
For city-dwellers, the fuel economy of hybrids is often better for city driving than for highway driving, flipping the script on traditional gas-only vehicles. And whether you’re driving a hybrid to spare the air from pollutants or not, they generally have great resale value.
On the other hand, there are cons, starting with the upfront cost. While you won’t spend as much on gasoline while driving a hybrid, they are more expensive off the lot than traditional gas-only vehicles.
There are thousands of cars available in the countless dealerships that dot the highways of Eastern Massachusetts, but there aren’t a lot of cars like these vehicles.
Here are five dream cars that you would love to have in your garage, but they will cost you a lot of money (in some cases, as much as a house):
1. 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, $ 220,055
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is a 7-speed automatic with auto-shift transmission with a 6.2L V8 32V MPFI DOHC engine. The exterior color is obsidian black and the interior color black. The car has 25 miles on it. Mercedes Benz of Boston in Somerville is selling the vehicle, according to cars.com.
2. 2010 Ferrari California, $ 199,900
The Ferrari California convertible is a 7-speed automatic with auto-shift transmission with a 4.3L V8 engine. The exterior color is rosso corsa and interior color is beige. The car has 7,650 miles. It’s being sold by Ferrari-Maserati of New England in Norwood, according to cars.com.
At the very least, it’ll be interesting.
Boston City Councilor John Connolly threw his hat into the ring Tuesday and announced his candidacy for mayor. Connolly, a city councilor since 2007, has been raising money at an accelerated clip, according to the Globe. That money haul and speculative tweet made this the worst kept secret in the city.
Menino, on the other hand, is no shrinking violet, either. A prolonged illness late last year led to speculation that the longest-serving mayor in city history would step down at the end of this term. The Globe notes, however, that a return to health has led to whispers among the cognoscenti that Menino will run again.
What do you think? Should Menino run again? Does Connolly have the political organization to beat as cagey a Boston politico as the mayor? And who would you vote for in this hypothetical match up? Tell us your thought in the comments below (Write-in candidate ideas are welcome)!
At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly announced on Tueday morning he will run for mayor of Boston this year, regardless of whether or not current Mayor Thomas Menino decides to run.
Connolly said he respects Menino and his service to Boston, but noted he thought it’s time for a change in leadership.
“I’ve worked with [Menino] and I’ve learned from him, however, this campaign is about Boston’s future, and the need for new ideas, new energy and a new resolve for Boston to reach its full potential.”
Connolly said the way to ensure the future success of the city of Boston is to invest in its public schools to completely transform them into high-performing schools.
“The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to create safe healthy and liveable neighborhoods as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent and retain families in Boston,” Connolly said. “It’s not a mission impossible. Transforming our schools is a matter of political will and a bold desire to change the status quo.”
The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly announcing on Wednesday that it will stop Saturday first-class mail delivery by Aug. 1, reported CBS News.
Mail personnel have delivered mail on Saturdays for 150 years, but the plan is to end regular mail service, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail, said CBS News.
The move is the latest attempt by the cash-strapped federal department to save money. It has already cut employees and service, but still reportedly lost $ 16 billion last year.
What do you think about this idea? Would you miss Saturday mail service?