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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 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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@MassConvention: Happy #MLKDay2015 and thank you to @MLKBreakfast for celebrating with us today.

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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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@MassConvention: Day 1 of the #BostonAutoShow - and there's still 4 more days to come check it out @ BCEC!

Freezing temperatures can't stop a Southie Conga Line! #oleole Check out the video on our Facebook page.

@MassConvention: Happy #MLKDay2015 and thank you to @MLKBreakfast for celebrating with us today.

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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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“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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Freezing temperatures can't stop a Southie Conga Line! #oleole Check out the video on our Facebook page.

@MassConvention: Day 1 of the #BostonAutoShow - and there's still 4 more days to come check it out @ BCEC!

@MassConvention: Happy #MLKDay2015 and thank you to @MLKBreakfast for celebrating with us today.

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Tool to edit DNA revolutionizing research in Boston area

It is a fascinating quirk of nature: Simple bacteria have an immune system with a memory, which allows them to destroy invading viruses they have encountered in the past.

 

The phenomenon is more than just a scientific curiosity. In just two years, scientists have discovered how to repurpose the simple virus-shredding technique used by bacteria in more complicated creatures, a feat that is now revolutionizing research across the Boston area and beyond.

 

Using the procedure, which allows them to slice the genome with great precision — to edit it, in effect — scientists can cut and paste DNA synthesized in the laboratory to create animal versions of human cancers or blood cells resistant to HIV.

 

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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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Freezing temperatures can't stop a Southie Conga Line! #oleole Check out the video on our Facebook page.

@MassConvention: Day 1 of the #BostonAutoShow - and there's still 4 more days to come check it out @ BCEC!

@MassConvention: Happy #MLKDay2015 and thank you to @MLKBreakfast for celebrating with us today.

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'Food & Wine' Says These 2 Boston Restaurants Have the Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.

There’s something about 20 degree weather that really ignites our cravings for a grilled cheese sandwich. The simple comfort food (often accompanied with tomato soup) is a dish we all grew up with. And thankfully, it’s not hard to find in Boston restaurants.

 

Two of which landed in Food & Wine’s round-up for having the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the U.S. The list included 22 restaurants in the U.S. with the “Best Grilled Cheese,” and Boston was well represented.

 

The article names Roxy’s Grilled Cheese as having one of the best in the country. The food truck and brick-and-mortar restaurant creates some of Boston’s tastiest and most creative grilled cheese sandwiches.

 

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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: Happy #MLKDay2015 and thank you to @MLKBreakfast for celebrating with us today.

Freezing temperatures can't stop a Southie Conga Line! #oleole Check out the video on our Facebook page.

@MassConvention: Day 1 of the #BostonAutoShow - and there's still 4 more days to come check it out @ BCEC!

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