Boston Blog Posts

November 12, 2009

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?

October 14, 2009

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!

September 24, 2009

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.

August 26, 2009

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.

August 20, 2009

Fall Colors

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!

August 17, 2009

Mass.gov Statisics

You can find out the 2007 website statistics for the Mass.gov website at the following URL:

http://www.mass.gov/Aitd/docs/WebMetrics/2007_03/office_of_the_state_auditor/GENERAL.html

From the Website:

The General Summary provides a quick overview of the general statistics for the entire web site during the report time frame. The most useful numbers are the 'Successful requests for pages' which represents pages viewed by users and 'Distinct Hosts Served' which is an approximation of the number of visitors.

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.

July 17, 2009

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.

July 2, 2009

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.

You can get the latest weather on Wayland on the National Weather Service website, or on Google.com.

Download the PDF document describing the Town of Wayland water conservation.

 

 

June 17, 2009

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.

May 15, 2009

Framingham Breakfast

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:

Lloyds diner
184 Fountain St
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-8750

J&M diner
969 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-7811

Kugel's Deli
855 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA
(508) 620-1300

May 10, 2009

FastLane Violations

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:

Mail to:
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.

March 31, 2009

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.

LibraryJournal.com reports:

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.

March 28, 2009

WRKO Streams Rush

If your at work and looking to listen to Rush Limbaugh you can find him on WRKO.

March 10, 2009

New England Weather

In New England the weather changes really quickly. On Saturday and Sunday the weather was beautiful. The temperature hit around 60 degrees.

However, by Monday everything changed. When I woke up it was raining outside (6:00am), then when I was making lunch it started to hale (6:30am), and by the time I walked out the door it started to snow(7:00am). Unbelievable!

All of us in New England are looking forward to spring. It seems that this winter has brought more snow and cold than usual.

February 9, 2009

Boston Garden

Yesterday, we went to see the Boston Celtics play against the San Antonio Spurs at the TD Banknorth Garden, or the "Boston Garden" for those that live in the Boston Area. It was a fun game to watch and we were disappointed that the Celtics lost.

Here are some notes about yesterday's game:

Driving to the Game
We were stuck in a little bit of traffic on Storrow Drive, this was due to a lane closure near the back bay. Next time I'll listen to the traffic report. Memorial Drive would have been a better option.

Parking
If you are planning to park at the Boston Garden plan to arrive early. It cost $25 to park at the Garden and you have to pay before you get to your car. There are paying stations near the elevator doors.

Be on the lookout for non-traditional parking spots. We were able to park next to the 4th floor elevator, which didn't look like a parking spot, but the parking attendant told us it was.

There are two elevators that take you down to the parking garage. Just be aware of what elevator you used when you come up to the main floor.

Food
We decided to eat lunch at the stadium instead of going to the game. There's a lot of good places to eat on the main level of the Boston Garden, but since our seat were in the Balcony, I thought it would be best to wait till we got up there. This was a good idea since the lines weren't that long.

Souvenirs
The ProShop on the ground floor was very busy and it was very difficult to walk around. We had a hard time looking for shirts and other Celtics memorabilia. On the main floor inside the Garden was a Fan Club store and it was pretty empty about 30 minutes before game time. We were able to find a shirt at a reasonable price.

Game Time
Enjoy the game!

Leaving the Game
We decided to leave the game early to beat the traffic. We left with 5 minutes on the game clock and this was a great decision! We encountered zero traffic getting out of the parking garage.