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MassMutual Center in Downtown Springfield gets new LED scoreboard, lighting

At first glance, the black rectangle in Scott Griffith's hands looks like a bumpy piece of plastic.

But those bumps are really LEDs: light emitting diodes. It's those diodes, spaced a centimeter apart, that will light up in a few months and display highlights, statistics and advertising to Springfield Falcons fans when they take the ice at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.

The black rectangles each have their own bit of computer circuitry and fit together to form the 18-foot-by-12-foot scoreboard panels that will be hung in a four-sided box over the ice.

Curved pieces go on the corners and wide strips of LED display go on the top and bottom for constantly rotating words and images. The whole thing gets topped with permanent light-up signs lettered with MassMutual Financial Group's logo.

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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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MassMutual Center in Downtown Springfield gets new LED scoreboard, lighting

At first glance, the black rectangle in Scott Griffith's hands looks like a bumpy piece of plastic.

But those bumps are really LEDs: light emitting diodes. It's those diodes, spaced a centimeter apart, that will light up in a few months and display highlights, statistics and advertising to Springfield Falcons fans when they take the ice at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.

The black rectangles each have their own bit of computer circuitry and fit together to form the 18-foot-by-12-foot scoreboard panels that will be hung in a four-sided box over the ice.

Curved pieces go on the corners and wide strips of LED display go on the top and bottom for constantly rotating words and images. The whole thing gets topped with permanent light-up signs lettered with MassMutual Financial Group's logo.

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- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Names New Head

David Gibbons has been named executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) effective Jan. 4, 2016, MCCA announced last week.

"David brings a very unique leadership skillset that matches with our plans for growing the MCCA brand globally," said MCCA Board Chair John McDonnell, head of the selection committee that appointed Gibbons and international managing director of Fifth Generation Inc., Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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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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Documentarian tracks baristas’ 15 minutes of foam

In Rock Baijnauth’s documentary “Barista,” finalists at the 2013 United States Barista Championship, held in Boston, perform feats of skill and artistry that go light years beyond swirling foam in the shape of a heart. The five baristas featured in the film have 15 minutes to prepare flawless coffee beverages — espresso, cappuccino, and a signature drink of their own creation — for a panel of judges who critique everything from taste to timing to how passionately the contestants communicate about the coffee. As for the signature drinks, don’t imagine a skinny hazelnut latte, but rather a snifter of coffee distilled to its clear essence.

Baijnauth, 36, of Los Angeles, wanted to tell the story of baristas and craft coffee after recognizing how much the culture has in common with wine and cocktails. “Coffee is something that is so fascinating. The competition is this evolution of the craft to see how good you can be at it now,” the director says.

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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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New wayfinding signs to be piloted on South Boston Waterfront

In January, leaders from MassDOT, the City of Boston, the BRA, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and A Better City released the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan. This week, recommendations from the plan are being implemented in a series of action steps intended to improve all modes of transit in and around the waterfront.

One of the more visible signs of change (quite literally) comes in the form of a new pedestrian wayfinding pilot program.

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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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