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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Local food lands at Logan Airport

Michael Levine figured travelers would want to eat local even when they were about to fly off to someplace else, but he wasn’t counting on the crowds that have flocked to his Berkshire Farms Market at Logan International Airport during its first four months of operation.

 

The upscale food market, in the newly renovated Terminal B, offers a range of local food products that stand out from typical fast-food-style airport fare.

 

Berkshire Farms sells maple syrup and roasted nuts made in Williamstown, chocolate from Sheffield, gluten-free brownies from Great Barrington, jams and preserves canned in Ashfield, and other foods from the Berkshires.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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MFA study finds Bostonians love cultural events

Bostonians are more culturally engaged and attend a greater number of cultural events per month compared with the national average, the Museum of Fine Arts said Friday.

 

The MFA’s findings are the result of a study of the Boston area’s cultural audience titled “Culture Track 2014: Focus on Boston.” According to a statement from the MFA, 1,238 people from Boston, Greater Boston, and parts of New Hampshire answered online questions from February to March about their engagement in culture, for the first Boston edition of the survey.

 

“This study, commissioned by the MFA, gets inside Boston’s unique cultural mindset, which is deeply informed, engaged, and unique,” MFA director Malcolm Rogers said in the statement. “We expect that it will help as we build and diversify our audiences in the future. It’s a privilege for us to share the findings with Boston’s cultural community.”

 

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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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@MassConvention: Excited to welcome local artist Marlon Forrester to the Hynes! ow.ly/CNttZ On display through Jan.14

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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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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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