Boston Blog Posts
Boston Places to SeeThere's lots of good places to checkout in Boston, Massachusetts, here are five little known places to check out:
Swan Boat on the Boston Garden
Take a nice relaxing ride on the Swan Boats in the Boston Garden. There really isn't much to see on your short tour, but it's a nice relaxing way to spend the afternoon. A fun thing to do is see if you can find the hidden swan boat symbol someplace around the swan boat pond. Hint: Try looking up.
On Marshall Street near Fanuel Hall Marketplace is where you'll find the historic Boston Stone. This stone used to mark the center of Boston. There's nothing to do but take pitures with you and the Stone and walk on historic Marshall Street which is a cobblestone street.
Mysterious Grave in the Boston Commons
In the Boston Commons, near Tremont Street and Boylston Street, lies an old graveyard. William Billings is buried someplace in the graveyard. There is a sign just outside of the gate letting you know about the mysterious grave.
Museum of Science
The Boston Museum of Science is a great place to spend a day, but there are two exhibits you may not know about. On the third floor there is a library filled with all sort of science books, and a live bees nest. Yes, a live Bees nest! Just inside of the library is where you can see and hear the bees. Bonus: Ask the librarian about the Owl display. That's a secret display on the fourth floor. You can only get there if you are a Museum of Science worker. If you ask nicely someone may show you the display.
Boston Marathon Finish Line
Right in front of the Main Entrance of the Boston Public Library on Boylston street is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. You can see the Finish line almost any time of the year.
Asian Longhorned Beetle Report
If you have seen the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts, you should report it to the authorizes and let them know about it!
There's quite a few look-a-likes, use the reporting page to determine if it's the correct beetle. Also useful are some of the tree markings.
Speed Traps in Waltham and Lincoln
I just notice some new speed traps that seem to be generating some revenue, a couple of cars were caught.
- In Waltham, on Spring Street near the Concord Ave intersection.
- In Lincoln, on Trapelo Road near Minebrook Road. (Just before the Lincoln Public Library.)
Also it looks like another speed trap will be coming soon to Lincoln Road in Lincoln, Ma near the Old Town Hall. There's a speed monitor tracking cars heading north bound.
Boston Commercial Real Estate
It wasn't that long ago where the Commercial Real Estate in the Boston area was the place to be. This snip from the Boston Business Journal shows how things have changed:
There is approximately 3,709,000 square feet of sublease space in the suburban market, and about 57 percent of it is considered Class A property. Of the available sublease space, 39 percent is in the Route 128 West submarket.
Along 128 in Waltham, construction is almost completed in several large office complexes. Between Trapelo Road and Route 117 commuters will see construction just about completed on three new office buildings. With the recession just about to end, it will be interesting to see how these new building fair out.
One thing that may worry those that drive by these buildings everyday, what will this mean for my commute? How many new cars will I have to deal with?
LG vx8360 Charger
If you have a LG vx8360 phone, you don't need to spend a lot of money on a charger. The phone can be charged via USB cable with a Micro connection.
I just got a USB2 cable from eforcity.com for $5. Much cheaper than $15 that it would cost to get a cable at the Verizon store. I simple plug the USB2 end to an open USB2 slot on my computer and the other end to the phone. Works great!
I only mention this because on eforcity they have a disclaimer that says that the cable may not charge all phones. It works fine on the LG VX8360 phone!
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham has free wireless internet access in their waiting room. So bring your iPod Touch or Laptop while you are waiting.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital is located on 148 Chestnut St in Needham, right across the street from Friendlys.
Ted Kennedy Passing
Today is the first day since November 7, 1962 that Massachusetts will be without Edward M. Kennedy as a United States senator. He would have served sooner except that he didn't meet the age qualification set by the US Constitution.
Obviously there's a lot of coverage in the Boston media about Ted Kennedy passing and what his legacy means. He was a valuable Senator and has done a lot of good for the state of Massachusetts.
If your in New England right now, take a look around. See anything strange? No? Well look at the top of some of the oak trees. Yup some of the trees have started to change colors!
Yes, the fall foliage season transformation has started! Some of the top of trees have started changing colors. This happens every year, so its not so unusual. However, it is weird to see some of the color changes in the middle of a heat wave.
Check out some of the fall colors that I have taken in the past in the Photo Gallery. There's some great colors! If your building a fall website and looking for Fall Color Palette to use, check out the chart.
The best time to be in New England to enjoy the fall colors is about a month from now. Start planning your travel plans now, don't wait til it too late!
Mass.gov StatisicsYou can find out the 2007 website statistics for the Mass.gov website at the following URL:
From the Website:
I guess having Google index your entire website is not a good idea. Someone needs to teach the IT staff about using robot.txt file so some areas of the website are not accessible.
U-Haul Re-Use Center
This is a great idea by U-Haul which was announced yesterday:
U-Haul said Wednesday it is opening a re-use center in Somerville, Mass., for customers looking to ditch unwanted items before a move.
The facility on Mystic Valley Parkway will take in gently used household goods, furniture, sporting equipment, bikes and clothing that were formerly destined for the dump. Items placed in the area are available for customers, U-Haul employees, and outsiders to pick up at no cost. It will also have designated drop-off boxes for clothing and other donations to the Salvation Army and Goodwill.
Wayland Water Supply
Today is the 12th straight day with at least a trace of rain in Boston. It's also the 24th day with at least a trace of rain since June 1. And we have now been a full month without a day in Boston with more than 50% sunshine.
Yet, the Town of Wayland needs to remind homeowners that there is a Manadatory Water Conservation in effect with this sign. You can find this along Route 20 in Wayland.
According to their website:
Pursuant to Chapter 190 of the Town of Wayland By-Laws, the Board of Water Commissioners have declared a State of Water Supply Conservation and have restricted the use of outdoor watering to odd/even day outdoor watering and have further restricted the use of underground sprinklers only between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Download the PDF document describing the Town of Wayland water conservation.
Mass Pike Traffic
Sometimes it pays to take the back roads from Framingham to Lexington. Today was one of those mornings:
I feel sorry for all those that got stuck on the Mass Pike waiting to get onto 128. I have been there plenty of times and there's nothing you can do but sit and wait.
This morning I found three places to try for Breakfast in Framingham. I don't know how they are, but the online reviews for both of them have been pretty good. The only place in Framingham that we try was Bickford Grill but they are now closed.
We will try one of these places this weekend:
184 Fountain St
Framingham, MA 01702
969 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01701
855 Worcester Rd
If your looking for the address for the Violations Processing Center to appeal FastLane tickets you come to the right place. I found this in the Terms and Conditions in the FastLane contract:
FAST LANE Violation Processing Center
Post Office Box 8001
Auburn, Massachusetts 01501-8001
Fax Number: 508-786-5211
To speak with a customer service representative, call 888-525-3278. Please note that calling this number will not relieve you of your obligation to pay or appeal a violation in writing.
Kirstein Business Branch
I found out this morning that the Kirstein Business Branch will be closing and moving the services to the main library. I think one of the reasons why this library works so well is the unique building that it is in.
If you haven't been to the Kirstein Business Branch, I would highly recommend that you stop by and visit the library.
In an effort to help save $4 million-nearly ten percent of the budget-the Boston Public Library (BPL) will close the Kirstein Business Branch, which opened in 1930 and has four floors with 4600 square feet of public space, and move its functions to the Central Library, where it will occupy a larger space on a single floor.
The move will occur no earlier than July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year, Mary Frances O'Brien, BPL's manager of Central Library Services, told LJ. "Kirstein will maintain its integrity as a business research facility, it's just going to be housed in a different place, with greater staffing efficiencies," she said. The single space in a larger building will allow for evening and weekend hours.