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Scituate couple keeps brightening Christmastime for disadvantaged kids

SCITUATE -- Sometimes Santa Claus needs help in making Christmas magical. Enter Jake and Sparky Kennedy.

 

The Scituate couple have been making the dreams of homeless and disadvantaged children come true for 25 years through an elaborate and exclusive party they call Christmas in the City.

 

The Kennedys work with social service groups and volunteers to find kids they can whisk away from their homes for a special evening filled with dinner, gifts, carnival rides, sleigh rides and, of course, Santa Claus.

 

Christmas in the City has grown every year. About 4,000 children and 2,000 adults were accommodated last year, Sparky Kennedy said.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

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Convention center plans Wi-Fi improvements for 2015

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said Tuesday that it would spend $2.6 million to upgrade its wireless network to support more users.

 

Over the next several months, the convention center will increase the number of Wi-Fi access points from 113 to at least 580. The public body that manages the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center said it had hired three companies to plan, install, and test the new Wi-Fi network, which it plans to phase in from May to September 2015.

 

“It used to be people were bringing in one device. Now we’re seeing some folks carry two, three, four devices into this environment, and all of those devices create more traffic on our network,” said Steve Snyder, the convention center’s chief technical officer.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

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Tool to edit DNA revolutionizing research in Boston area

It is a fascinating quirk of nature: Simple bacteria have an immune system with a memory, which allows them to destroy invading viruses they have encountered in the past.

 

The phenomenon is more than just a scientific curiosity. In just two years, scientists have discovered how to repurpose the simple virus-shredding technique used by bacteria in more complicated creatures, a feat that is now revolutionizing research across the Boston area and beyond.

 

Using the procedure, which allows them to slice the genome with great precision — to edit it, in effect — scientists can cut and paste DNA synthesized in the laboratory to create animal versions of human cancers or blood cells resistant to HIV.

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

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13 Things To Look Forward To This Spring In Boston

Given the cold temps this week, we think it’s safe to say that spring hasn’t exactly sprung (not yet, anyway). But believe us when we say that it will (we promise) be here soon. Tomorrow, March 20 officially marks the beginning of the spring season – and despite the snowy forecast, we think there’s still a lot to be excited about.

So to help you get through the next couple of frigid spring days, we’ve compiled a list of what to look forward to this spring. From restaurant patio openings to the Red Sox baseball season, here’s what in store for you over the next couple of months!

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

Social

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

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2014 in Photos: 45 Beautiful Pictures Taken in Boston This Year

December is a month for reflection – if you can find some quiet time between holiday parties, online shopping and flight delays. Whether you find yourself clicking through lists charting the year's best albums, red carpet outfits or Taylor Swift moments, it's the perfect time to pause on the year that was before barreling into 2015.

 

And while we're at it, why not look back on some of the best photos taken in Boston in 2014? Not only do we get to revisit the year in chronological order, but we have the privileged perspective of dazzling photography. Some of the shots we found worth revisiting include the Esplanade in the snow, the Public Garden in the spring and the TD Garden's homage to Mayor Thomas Menino after he passed away this fall. But the post serves almost as a rewind, then fast forward of the year in Boston: Watch as the snow melts, spring blooms, Red Sox season returns, Memorial Day flags pop up, Boston Calling goes by, the Fourth of July fireworks pop off, the leaves fall and Christmas lights reappear, all in 45 shots.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

Social

Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

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