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Splendor in the Grass

The best kept secret in Boston nightlife (and day life) is hidden behind the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. The Lawn on D is an outdoor event space that resembles an adult playground, and for Director of Strategic Planning for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Beth Torrey, it’s her office. Since opening in August 2014, the Lawn has hosted dozens of innovative art exhibits, concerts and festivals. “It’s really something that you can’t see anywhere else,” says Torrey.

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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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Social Studies: Oyster fest slurping to a new spot near you

Check out this pearl of wisdom — the Island Creek Oyster team is taking its show on the road, D Street to be exact.

The famous seafood suppliers and restaurateurs are hosting the annual Island Creek Oyster Festival right here in Southie at the Lawn on D on Sept. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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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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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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“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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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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"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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