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Patrick makes a push to help hydropower

Governor Deval Patrick is just 30 days from leaving office, but that hasn’t stopped his administration from making one last push to bring more Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts.

 

Patrick’s top environmental aides are working feverishly on new rules that could compel electric utilities to buy a certain amount of energy from Canada’s big hydro plants.

 

The governor’s administration wants to finish a draft of the new regulations by the end of the month. But with weeks running out before Patrick leaves office on Jan. 8, Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s administration will have the final say on whether to let those rules take effect.

 

The odd timing underscores how strongly Patrick and his aides believe in hydropower’s potential — both to help reach the state’s global warming reduction goals and to address concerns about the reliability of the electricity grid.

 

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Gets Major Wireless Upgrade

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has begun installation of a $2.6 million wireless infrastructure overhaul at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The state-of-the-art upgrade will increase the number of existing wireless access points from 113 to at least 580, meaning a 413 percent increase in number of access points throughout the BCEC.

The MCCA, the first organization in the meetings industry to offer completely complimentary and reliable wireless Internet service at its facilities, has upgraded the wireless infrastructure at the BCEC four times since 2004.

Read more about the BCEC wireless project on TSNN's Tech Corner.

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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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Which 2 Boston Eateries Made this ‘Best Italian Restaurants in America’ List?

When it comes to authentic Italian food, Boston certainly has plenty of it. Not only are we home to the North End’s Italian fare but many of our restaurants have also somehow managed to make this category of food even better (if that’s possible).

 

Two of those local Italian eateries have even earned a nod in Thrillist’s list of “Best Italian Restaurants in America” for doing just that .

 

The list included Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, and South End favorite, Coppa. Thrillist claims that Ribelle pushes the traditional Italian envelope, noting that “when a restaurant’s name literally means ‘rebel’ in Italian, you know you’re not getting strictly traditional fare -- and Ribelle in Brookline delivers on that promise.”

 

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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: Tom Brady says he gets goosebumps when he drives up to the Hynes ow.ly/LxEwk We get them when you drive up to the Hynes too, Tom!

@MassConvention: In honor of #onebostonday our staff will be planting blue & yellow flowers around the @BCECNav & @HynesBeacon.

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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

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@MassConvention: Tom Brady says he gets goosebumps when he drives up to the Hynes ow.ly/LxEwk We get them when you drive up to the Hynes too, Tom!

@MassConvention: In honor of #onebostonday our staff will be planting blue & yellow flowers around the @BCECNav & @HynesBeacon.

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MIT Is So Innovative it Can’t Keep Up With Itself

MIT offers more than 50 courses related to innovation and entrepreneurship, enrolling 3,000 students across all five of its schools.

 

The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is about to celebrate its 25th year of awarding student entrepreneurs with the funding necessary to get their start. HubSpot, Akamai and Harmonix are just three of dozens of winners launched out of the program.

 

Student-run nonprofit StartLabs hosts a day-long Startup Bootcamp to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, as well as startup career fairs and hack nights, all to catalyze campus innovation.

 

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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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@MassConvention: Tom Brady says he gets goosebumps when he drives up to the Hynes ow.ly/LxEwk We get them when you drive up to the Hynes too, Tom!

@MassConvention: In honor of #onebostonday our staff will be planting blue & yellow flowers around the @BCECNav & @HynesBeacon.

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