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Thousands of fans pack BCEC for ’17 Comic Con

Thousands of hard-core comic fans packed into the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center yesterday for the second day of Boston Comic Con, a three-day pop culture extravaganza where visitors can get autographs from movie and TV starts, buy exclusive merchandise and, of course, show off their elaborate costumes. “I look forward to it every year,” said Joe Heglar, 55, of Cornwall, N.Y. “When you’re older, where else can you go and get dressed up and have fun?” he asked. “It’s all about the inner kid.” Heglar, who was wearing a…

Dance till you drop at Lawn’s swingin’ bash

Maybe you want to explore some new kinds of dance, or maybe you’re in the mood for a serious workout. In either case, this weekend’s Lawn on D festivities give you the choice to build your body or shake your booty. On Saturday, it’s one of the summer’s splashiest free events, the D Street Dance Bash, with a full day of every kind of dance imaginable, both for watching and participating. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be the U.S. debut of the Parisian “vertical dance” troupe Retouramont. The…

MGM Ushers In a New Era at the MassMutual Center

Alex Dixon calls it “a sleeping giant we plan to unleash.” He was referring to the MassMutual Center, or the MMC, as it’s sometimes called, in downtown Springfield. And with those few words, Dixon, general manager for MGM Springfield, actually said quite a bit. With ‘sleeping giant,’ he succinctly and poignantly noted both the MMC’s considerable potential as an event and convention venue — and the fact that, since it opened in 2005, not all of that potential has been realized. In fact, ‘underperforming’ is the word you often hear in…

Lawmakers converge on Boston

A national legislative conference is flooding the city with 6,000 lawmakers from across the nation to swap stories and swing by social events at Fenway Park and TD Garden. The National Conference of State Legislatures’ legislative summit kicked off yesterday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with an all-star Bay State welcome session from Gov. Charlie Baker, former Gov. William F. Weld, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg. The meeting of minds brings Beacon Hill lawmakers back to the city this week to hear sessions that ring like a hit list of the state…

What to Expect at the Tenth Annual Boston Comic Con

Ardent fans will descend on Boston early next month, but not for a Red Sox game. Starting August 11, Boston Comic Con kicks off its tenth and biggest year with more guests, more celebrities, and a bigger venue to contain all the geekery. Long gone are the days when comic cons were only for the most devoted fans of nerdery. They’ve established themselves as a cultural phenomenon, as San Diego Comic Con sets the pop culture bar every year. While Boston may not have quite that degree of industry clout yet, it’s still bringing some of that…

MCCA Issues RFP For Boston Convention And Exhibition Center

Plans for a greatly expanded Boston Convention and Exhibition Center are moving forward for the first time in more than two years. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and operates the BCEC and the sprawling 40 acres of land the building currently sits on, issued a request for proposal on Wednesday for master planning and feasibility services for the project. According to David Gibbons, executive director of the MCCA, the planning and feasibility services will examine what should be built as part of the expansion, how much that might cost and then of course how to finance it. “Going…

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0

Get ready for Convention Center Expansion 2.0. The state’s convention hall operator took its first official step Wednesday to revisit the expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center by issuing a request for proposals to design a master plan for the complex’s 70-acre campus. It’s likely the result will differ significantly from the authority’s previous $1 billion expansion that Governor Charlie Baker put on pause in 2015. David Gibbons, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, noted the research used to support the original expansion is now roughly a decade old. “Our…

MCCA Issues Design and Feasibility RFP for Campus Master Planning at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) today issued a design and feasibility Request for Proposal (RFP) for master planning services for the seventy acre campus of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in South Boston. Proposals from bidders are due back to the Authority on September 20, 2017. Since opening in 2004, the BCEC has earned a global reputation as one of the top venues in the industry as both planners and convention guests continue to view Boston as a prime destination to bring meetings and events which have generated billions of dollars in economic activity for the City of…

More Than 4,000 Expected at LPL Focus in Boston

LPL Financial will host its annual LPL Focus conference in Boston this year for financial advisors, program managers and their staffs. The conference, which starts on Sunday and ends on Wednesday, is taking place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More than 3,000 advisors, program managers and staffers and more than 1,100 sponsors have registered for the conference, as of July 24. The conference will feature a women's forum, a volunteer event, a discussion on the future of advice and more.

Comic Con cosplayers to visit Boston rehabilitation hospital

Boston Comic Con cosplayers will visit Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital this week for a Super Hero party. The costumed cosplayers will visit adult and children's floors on Tuesday to bring to life famous comic book and movie characters, including Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Black Widow. Boston Comic Con, a comic book convention held in Boston every year, will be held Aug. 11 through August 13 at the Boston Convention & Visitors Center. Comic Con plans to present former Spaulding patient Matt Limoli with a three-day pass to this year's show. The 15-year-old Limoli, of Billerica, was a patient…

Study Group Recommends Massachusetts Wait To Legalize Online Casinos

A special legislative commission in Massachusetts is recommending permanently legalizing daily fantasy sports, but holding off on sanctioning additional online gaming. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said he agrees with the draft report that would give his agency oversight of the daily fantasy sports industry. " There is a high quality company already operating and it needs to be dealt with more quickly and more immediately," he said. The recommendation drew the ire of Massachusetts-based DraftKings, which insists fantasy sports is a game of skill and is not gambling. The special commission recommends Massachusetts not legalize on-line poker or other…

MGM Casino Project Rejuvenates Springfield

Before construction of the MGM Springfield resort casino in Western Massachusetts could even begin in March 2015, crews had their hands full setting the table for the $950-million mixed-use project. In one year, they relocated a homeless mission, moved a 400-ton historic church and planned for demolition of an old school and a 1970s car wash, among some 20 structures on the three-city-block site that needed to be demolished, restored or partially retained. In summer 2015 alone, the project team spent three months building a 60-bed mission facility off site so its 30 residents could move before demolition of the Springfield Rescue Mission building …

With eye toward Elm Street redevelopment, MGM Springfield to ask city council to delay market-rate housing commitment until afte

MGM Springfield will formally ask the City Council on Monday for additional time to meet its commitment to create market-rate housing in the downtown area, due to changes in plans that could help with the redevelopment of a long-vacant, historic Elm Street block. The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. Under the proposed extension, MGM would still be committed to developing market-rate housing, but the occupancy deadline would be 18 months after the casino begins operating. The casino is slated to open in September 2018. MGM committed to providing 54 units of market-rate housing in the…

Plenty of music, games at family-friendly Lawn on D

With another slate of live music and family games on tap, the summer good times continue this weekend at the Lawn on D. The Lawn will be closed all day this Saturday. However the weekend starts up early with another Bonus Thursday, featuring the music of Adam Lufkin. A locally based singer/guitarist who’s released nine albums (five of them recorded live) and taken his music nationwide, Lufkin does smooth pop-soul with touches of rap. He’s opened shows for big names such as Dave Matthews and Wilco, and if you’re old enough to have…

Massport planned this tunnel for a rainy day. Or a cold one

Everyone knows the Big Dig brought us the Ted Williams and Tip O’Neill tunnels. But there was one more tunnel, just for pedestrians, built under Summer Street to connect the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to land owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority. A tunnel to practically nowhere, it is not much to look at — imagine a 100-foot-long by 22-foot-wide bomb shelter — and is accessible from the basement level of the convention hall. Massport commissioned Big Dig contractors to build the concrete structure for what now seems like a bargain basement price of $1.3 million. That was…

U.S. Mayors Are Backing Innovation Districts To Transform Cities’ Brands

Mayors across the U.S. are investing significant resources to develop what the Brookings Institution calls “innovation districts,” in an attempt to accelerate urban and economic development, catalyze job growth, and shift their cities’ reputations toward being incubators for change. These districts are also providing a new type of idea collision space during meetings and conferences for visiting organizations to engage local tech and creative thought leaders in different growth industries. According to the House of Logistics & Mobility in Frankfurt: “The city of the future is an interdisciplinary knowledge sharing machine.” Innovation districts, then,…

Amazon says it will bring 900 jobs to Fort Point

Amazon announced plans Monday to keep growing in Boston, saying that it will add 900 jobs at an office opening next spring along Fort Point Channel — next door to the new General Electric headquarters. It’s the latest step in a blistering local growth spurt for the online retail giant, which today has about 1,000 employees in Boston and Cambridge. The added jobs — in one of the city’s hottest office markets — would nearly double the local total of Amazon employees over the coming year. Just five years after the Seattle-based company opened its office in Kendall…

Ayla Brown, Rob Bellamy making sweet music together

Former “American Idol” singer and country music star Ayla Brown performed for Boston Herald Radio on the Lawn on D yesterday with her boyfriend, Rob Bellamy. During the pair’s first live performance on Herald Radio, the duo discussed how they’ve written close to a dozen songs together. Brown, daughter of former Bay State U.S. Senator and current Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown and TV journalist Gail Huff, said she cherishes her musical background — something her singing partner didn’t develop at a young age. “I was in chorus in…

Authorities offer financial help to state

Gov. Charlie Baker is asking some of the state’s independent authorities for help in balancing the fiscal 2017 budget, but it appears only three have stepped forward. The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency agreed to provide $17.5 million and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency is contributing $5 million, for a total of $22.5 million. The MBTA is also helping out, swapping nearly $47 million due from a $187 million state appropriation for an equivalent amount of money in state bond funds. The switch has little financial impact on the T, but it allows the Baker administration to use the $47 million to lower the amount of…

Amazon reportedly near deal for building in Fort Point

You can add Amazon to the list of companies beating a path to Fort Point. The e-commerce giant is finalizing a lease for a large office space at 253 Summer St., next to General Electric’s new corporate headquarters in a neighborhood that’s emerging as the epicenter of Boston’s tech economy. Amazon would take about 150,000 square feet in the historic yellow-brick former warehouse overlooking Fort Point Channel, according to sources familiar with the deal. The lease is not yet signed, but sources say Amazon and Synergy Investments, which owns the building, have an agreement in place.…

West Springfield scores $150K grant for traffic mitigation related to MGM Springfield

The Town of West Springfield has received a $150,000 community mitigation grant to help deal with traffic related to MGM Springfield, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Wednesday. The local funding is part of almost $2 million in mitigation assistance for communities impacted by the casino, which is expected to open in fall 2018. "I'm thrilled," Mayor William C. Reichelt said. "It's our third year in a row getting grant dollars from the Gaming Commission." This is the third round of casino-related mitigation funding for West Springfield, which has so far received $497,000 from the state. That includes an inaugural $100,000 in funding, followed…

MGM Springfield, city announce $6.9 million investment to 'refresh Main Street' ahead of casino's grand opening

City officials and representatives of MGM Springfield on Wednesday announced a $6.9 million streetscape improvement project in the downtown area and South End. MGM Springfield is contributing $5.5 million to the project, with the city contributing the remainder of $1.4 million, with the work including street paving, sidewalk repairs, intersection improvements, landscaping, and an installation of a pedestrian wayfinding system, officials said. The work ties in with the opening of newly refurbished Union Station this month, and the scheduled completion of the $950 million casino project in the fall of the 2018, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said. "As we get ready for the grand opening…

MGM Springfield announces appointments of general manager, chief financial officer

Executives who served in top posts at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore and the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will join the MGM Springfield senior management team. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis on Tuesday announced the hiring of Alex Dixon as general manager and Courtney Wenleder as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. The appointments come as MGM prepares to open the $950 million casino complex in the city's South End in fall 2018. Dixon has 10 years of industry experience, most recently serving as vice president and assistant general manager of the Horseshoe Casino in…

Upper Echelon deal for Seaport

Cottonwood Management’s $900 million-plus, three-tower development in the Seaport District will be the first bearing the name and aesthetics of its new Echelon luxury lifestyle brand. The Los Angeles real estate company unveiled the project’s moniker — Echelon Seaport — at a groundbreaking yesterday. The 1.3 million-square-foot Seaport Boulevard project will encompass 733 luxury condos, apartments and innovation units, and 125,000 square feet of upscale restaurants and luxury and boutique retail. Cottonwood chairman and CEO Alex Shing called Seaport Square the hottest area of the country. “When I see my other peers, whether it’s in New York…

Could old track, revived to test Red Line cars, be part of Seaport’s transit future, too?

For a railroad track that hasn’t been used in years, Track 61 sure has a lot of important fans. The roughly 1.5-mile spur cuts across the Seaport District from the southwestern edge of South Boston. Former Governor Deval Patrick’s administration had wanted to revive it to shuttle conventioneers between the Seaport and the Back Bay; Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration suggested connecting it to the MBTA’s Fairmount Line to extend commuter service to the Seaport. Now the track is coming back to life for an entirely different use: testing new Red Line subway…

Springfield City Council has lots of questions on proposal for MGM to switch sites for market rate housing commitment

City councilors raised a lot of questions Thursday and said they will have many more as they consider a proposal by MGM Springfield to invest in a potential $40 million housing/mixed-use redevelopment at historic 31 Elm St. as part of its commitment to bring market rate housing in the downtown. During a meeting at City Hall lasting more than 90 minutes, representatives of OPAL Real Estate Group, WinnDevelopment, MGM Springfield and the city spoke of their proposed partnership to restore the long-vacant six-story building at Court Square. MGM is proposing to invest $11 million in that private project as part of its commitment…

Geek out with Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku and more at Boston Comic Con 2017

Thanks to blockbusters like “Logan,” “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the world of crime fighting heroes who wear skin-tight suits is as popular as it’s ever been in 2017, and we still have “Justice League,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Thor: Ragnarok” to look forward to later this year. As Hollywood keeps cashing in on superhero flicks, it’s no surprise that Boston’s annual celebration of all things comic books continues to grow as well. Now in its 10th year, Boston Comic Con…

Lyft plans to debut self-driving car rides for Boston customers

Boston commuters may soon be able to take a self-driving Lyft around the waterfront, thanks to a new partnership between the ride-hail giant and the Boston-based startup nuTonomy. “We will be bringing the first autonomous vehicles to the Lyft network,” said Logan Green, chief executive of Lyft. “We’re planning for future stages of this that could lead to thousands of nuTonomy cars on the Lyft platform." The companies said they have been working with Boston officials, and Lyft said the service would not launch without explicit approval from regulators. The Lyft trips will abide by…

Tom Brady and Tony Robbins want to teach you the secrets to success

In case you haven’t noticed the myriad of billboards around Boston’s highways, Tom Brady is joining motivational speaking guru Tony Robbins for a star-studded event in the Seaport District this week. The five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback headlines Thursday’s “Ultimate Wealth and Achievement Summit” at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Fellow Patriots player Julian Edelman will also be there to dole out life and business advice, along with CNBC’s “The Profit” host Marcus Lemonis and Skinnygirl founder and TV personality Bethenny Frankel. If you're not familiar with…

Construction on MGM casino moving right on schedule

The MGM Springfield casino project is well on its way toward completion by September of next year. The work continued Friday on the hotel, garage, and conference center. 22News received a positive update from carpenter foreman Ronald Sutherland, who has been keeping an eye on the construction timetable. “We’re on schedule for what we were supposed to be doing, so I don’t have much to complain about,” Sunderland said. “They erected all the scaffolding around the outside of the buildings, all the carpenters can do all of their work.” Sunderland said that…

Gent joins the party at Lawn on D

It’s another party weekend at the Lawn on D, with a family-friendly mix of lawn games, food and music, both live and on record. Handling the DJ honors on Sunday night (starting at 7 p.m.) will be Mike Gent, whom rock ’n’ roll fans will recognize as the singer/guitarist of the Figgs (who played a memorable show at the Lawn last year). He also plays around town with his other bands, the Rapid Shave and the Needy Sons; and his latest solo album, “Headphone Music,” is due later in the summer. But anyone…

It’s hard to avoid all those Tony Robbins, Tom Brady billboards. But who is this guy?

You’d have to drive around wearing a blindfold over your eyes not to notice them — the towering billboards that depict a screaming man in a microphone headset next to a cutout of New England Patriots star Tom Brady’s stubbly mug. “TONY ROBBINS TOM BRADY LIVE,” the billboards shout. There are so many of them, it seems, that even the most devout Brady fans are teetering on the line of annoyance and adoration. “I love TB12 and our New England Patriots,” one person wrote on Facebook, with a photo showing three of…

Court Square Apartment deal at the “5 yard line”, MGM waiting

MGM Springfield’s plan for market-rate apartments may be changing. The 22News I-Team reveals why their original plan may be scrapped and its new one is waiting on approvals. It’s a story the I-Team first broke in December that MGM may put some of its market-rate apartments in the old Court Square Hotel on Elm Street, across from Springfield City Hall. Now its plans for the old school department building at 195 State Street are unclear. MGM has been considering putting all its apartments at the old Court Square Hotel. MGM is contractually obligated to create 54 market-rate apartments…

New building planned for Seaport has a dramatically different look

The next big Seaport office building won’t look quite like every other Seaport office building. WS Development is taking the wraps off of plans for an 18-story building at 88 Seaport Blvd., on the site of the old Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine. And while it has the glass walls and hard corners found on many of its neighbors in the bustling district, it has something else, too: Trees and terraces around an open midsection that sweeps down toward Boston Harbor, almost slicing the building into two sections. The building is being designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA,…

A study will explore expanding Boston’s convention center

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority controls about 30 undeveloped acres in one of the country’s hottest real estate markets. Now, the agency is trying to figure out what to do with that prime real estate. The agency plans to issue a request for proposals within the next several weeks to hire a firm that will help analyze options for land the MCCA owns around its Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. Much of that property, primarily used for parking, was once scheduled for an ambitious $1 billion expansion of the convention center. But Governor Charlie Baker put those…

Politicians, business leaders welcome Omni Hotels to Seaport

Business leaders and politicians jammed into a tent in the Seaport on Monday to celebrate the coming of a 1,000-plus-room Omni hotel. But they chose not to focus on one important aspect of the project’s history. It almost didn’t happen. Governor Charlie Baker put the hotel’s future in doubt two years ago when he shelved an expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center across the street, citing the costs. Massport, the hotel site’s owner, eventually pursued a much smaller facility, soliciting proposals with as few as 250 rooms. In the end, Massport…

Seafood Expo North America 2017 smashes event records

This year’s Seafood Expo North America / Seafood Processing North America event – held in Boston, Massachusetts from 19 to 21 March – set new attendance and exhibiting company records, show organizer Diversified Communications announced on 12 May. Seafood Expo North America 2017 was the largest edition of the event to be put on in its 37 years history, with 253,560 net square feet of exhibit space being utilized by 1,342 exhibiting companies from 53 countries – a 9 percent exhibitor participation increase over 2016. More than 22,660 seafood professionals from over 120 countries attended this SENA17, another record for the event. “The success of this year’s event…

Automated system for Boston garage

Someone is actually trying to make it easier to park in Boston. A new system planned for the 1,350-car Boston Common Garage would use dynamic signs, ceiling sensors and indicator lights to alert drivers to open parking spaces, so they don’t have to aimlessly circle the three-level garage looking for empty spots. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority expects to spend an estimated $800,000 on the automated parking guidance system and aims to have it installed by mid-2018. “It’s an amenity for our customers as well as good for the environment,” said Jim Folk, the MCCA…

South End transforms as $950 million MGM Springfield casino taking shape

A rainy April and a cooler-than-average May hasn't slowed the progress at the MGM Springfield casino site in the city's South End. Much of the winter wrapping has come down, exposing web-like walls of scaffolding along much of the $950 million project's exterior. The MGM Springfield website lists many of the activities that are ongoing, such as spray-on fireproofing, concrete masonry wall construction, roofing, and many other items. According to the entertainment giant's website, the interior fit out is underway at 95 State St., "along with interior demolition work and cleanup, and floor leveling. Installation of a swing…

South Station Expansion Could Inch Forward In Massport/Army Land Exchange

A Massport land deal in South Boston could finally relocate the U.S. post office from Dorchester Avenue, permitting the long-awaited $1B South Station Expansion project to move forward.  Massport signed a letter of intent Wednesday to acquire a four-acre plot of land near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In exchange, the organization would build an 8K SF maintenance facility for the U.S. Army Reserve at the former site of Fort Devens in central Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reports. The Army-owned land at 525 E St., combined with an an…

GE draws crowd to Fort Point as construction begins

General Electric on Monday officially kicked off construction for its new $200 million headquarters overlooking the Fort Point Channel, just over a year after the industrial giant made the decision to relocate to Boston from Connecticut. Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and GE executives Jeff Immelt and Ann Klee all spoke to the crowd. Each of them retold elements of the story of how the company decided in January 2016 that it wanted to be in Boston, to be in a place considered a hotbed of innovation. “This town is going to be one of the most important cities…

Arts, performances, events to spring up on Lawn on D

A colorful Cinco de Mayo cele­bration will kick off a spring and summer of events at Boston’s Lawn on D this weekend. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has confirmed a full slate of arts, performance and family events that will keep the space hopping through the season. Already boasting a sea breeze and a panoramic view of the city, the Lawn on D has been newly refurbished this year, with help from a new partnership with Citizens Bank. This year will bring formally organized and scheduled kids games including cornhole, bocce ball and pingpong. And the…

Tom Brady to speak at pricey Tony Robbins ‘wealth summit’

GET READY FOR MASSIVE SUCCESS! That’s the all-caps exhortation at the top of an invitation to a talk at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center by Tony Robbins (inset), the motivational speaker who’s sometimes called “the CEO Whisperer” because he has the ear of corporate executives. According to the invite, Robbins’s “AWESOME special guests!!” at his “Ultimate Wealth and Success Summit” June 8 will be none other than Super Bowl champs Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, who presumably will talk about personal growth — Robbins buzzwords — not how…

MGM revelations abound for Casino Oversight Committee

Several revelations were announced at the Casino Oversight Committee meeting of the City Council on April 24. City Councilors Michael Fenton, Justin Hurst and Tim Allen asked pointed questions which resulted in the revealing answers. MGM officials said that one of the two restaurants at the casino would feature Italian cuisine. At a City Council meeting on Feb. 22, 2016, Councilor Bud Williams asked whether or not MGM was planning to have an Italian eatery as part of the complex – an obvious reference to competition to the Red Rose restaurant, which is adjacent to the property. At that time, MGM Springfield President…

Hotel project a sign of BCEC success

The recent announcement that an Omni hotel with more than 1,000 rooms will rise next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is good news for the local hospitality industry. It’s also the most public benefit to emerge from a largely behind-the-scenes transformation of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Since its 2004 opening, the BCEC has been plagued by a dearth of proximate hotel rooms. Having to shuttle unhappy customers from other parts of the city and beyond doesn’t exactly give Boston a leg up in the hyper-competitive convention industry — and when Back Bay hotels are filled…

'Tabletop' terror a huge test

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is looking for a company to help put its active shooter/terrorism response plans to the test. The agency issued a request for proposals for firms to conduct a multi-media “tabletop” active shooter exercise for senior MCCA officials and a simulated active shooter exercise at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. “We recognize, being an authority and being such a large venue, we have a responsibility to protect people who come here,” said Adam Elias, MCCA director of public safety. “You see what’s happening around the…

New Seaport garage makes sense

The news that Massport is moving forward with a planned 1,550-space parking garage in the Seaport District, and that the city wants to add another 550 spaces to its garage in the nearby Marine Industrial Park, unleashed some negativity on social media and elsewhere.  The negative reaction was no surprise to those of us who have been watching the Seaport District suffer under the burden of a mobility system that isn’t working very well.  The Silver Line is at or beyond capacity at peak hours, and the SL1 and SL2 buses too often look shabby and poorly…

Lawn on D playing up upgrades

South Boston’s Lawn on D officially opens May 4 for a fourth season that will include a new full-service bar and updated menu, the ability to make table reservations and more games. Live music, movie nights and other events are slated for the 2.7-acre, interactive outdoor space on D Street, next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “The lawn will again feature food and drinks from Rebel Restaurants, plus a full slate of innovative programming, games, art and activities to deliver a memorable experience for every guest,” Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director David Gibbons said. …

Casinos seek to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. in Massachusetts, 2 hours past bars, restaurants

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has "never talked about" extending alcohol serving hours at casinos, its chairman said, though House lawmakers recently made a move to grant the panel that authority. The House Ways and Means budget set for debate next week includes an outside section that would allow the commission to issue beverage licenses to casino operators permitting the sale of alcohol beyond the hour of 2 a.m. to any patron actively engaged in gaming. "It's a legislative proposal," Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told the News Service Wednesday. "It's up to them and if we're given…

Brain Health Fair set to educate public on neurology Friday at BCEC

The American Academy of Neurology’s Brain Health Fair will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The event is free. Neurologists, with local and national experts, will be on hand to answer questions about multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and dementia, epilepsy and stroke. They will also discuss Parkinson’s and movement disorders, pain and headaches, concussions, the latest advances in child neurology, and other brain diseases. Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, is set to give an address at 10:25 a.m.

BCEC pub needs name, branding deal up for grabs

Branding rights for a pub in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center are up for grabs. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority wants a minimum $50,000 over five years from a company wishing to put its name and likely products in the bar within the BCEC’s Wicked Good Market. The MCCA sees the branding offer as a new revenue-generating option, spokesman Nate Little said. It previously sold naming rights for the Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank next to the BCEC and Springfield’s MassMutual Center, and Pepsi has “pour rights” on its properties. The 40-person-capacity…

The 2017 Boston Marathon Bib Pick Up and Fitness Expo

Today was the first step in a long journey for Boston Marathon runners. At the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and bib pick up, both professional and non-professional runners picked up their numbers. Downstairs, the Hynes Convention Center was packed with every kind of fitness and workout goodie you could imagine. Brands including Asics, Adidas, North Face, and even Gronk Fitness were there selling athletic apparel. Samples of Nuun, Kind, and Gatorade were everywhere. And of course, Sam Adams was pouring out its 26.2 brew to give everyone a jump start on pre-marathon carb loading. See photos here

Planned Seaport hotel expected to boost convention business

Omni Resorts & Hotels and New Boston Hospitality, LLC, have been tapped to develop a 1,054-room, mixed-use hotel project with a pair of 20-floor towers across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston’s Seaport District. The $550 million, 800,000-square-foot complex will include 40,000 square feet of retail space on Summer and D streets, and World Trade Center Avenue. The project, slated to open in 2021, is designed to serve the BCEC’s meeting, convention and events business and as a lifestyle/hospitality destination for local residents. It will be built without public subsidies on a 2-acre Massachusetts…

Gloucester gets international boost from 2017 Seafood Expo North America - See more at: https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/suppl

A reception and live cooking demonstrations at Seafood Expo North America 2017 helped show chefs the opportunities that underutilized species provide to the seafood marketplace. Snapchef, the City of Gloucester, the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership (MMP) and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) collaborated to hosting a reception that attracted more than 75 business and economic development officials. Guests included business representatives from Indonesia, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Mexico and Iceland. At the reception, Snapchef sourced and served more than 7,000 helpings of Gloucester Fresh Cakes, made from underutilized species such as dogfish and haddock. “Gloucester was proud to be promote our seafood industry…

Historic Ames Boston Hotel unveils all-new event space by Glen and Co. Architecture

The historic Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Benchmark’s Gemstone Collection have unveiled 1,700 square feet of all-new meeting and event space located on the hotel’s second floor. Designed by New York City-based architecture and design firm Glen and Co. Architecture, the new spaces were reportedly created to honor the heritage of the Ames Boston Hotel while also evoking a modern style. Ames Boston Hotel’s two new meeting and event spaces, Ames and Oliver & Oakes, can accommodate events for up to 125 people. As a nod to the Ames family’s historical…

Bernie Sanders walked into a costumed battle at Anime Boston

The intergalactic lynx was in the midst of a miniature battle royale with Jack Skellington, of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame, inside the Prudential Center Mall on Friday night when it happened. Steve, a 26-year-old Quincy resident who asked to be identified only by his first name, was wearing his “Furry” costume and charging up a “kamehameha,” an energy attack from the animated series “Dragon Ball Z.” But before he released the blast, a white-haired man approached the staged fight. “Only when he was kind of walking away did it kind…

Fans all decked out for Anime Boston

Bundled up Hub residents trudging through a punishing combination of sleet and rain did more than a double-take yesterday as they came face-to-face with the scores of anime fans who set out into the wet and windy weather while decked out as their favorite Japanese animation characters. The unusual scene was all thanks to the annual Anime Boston Convention at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, which draws thousands of anime fans looking to celebrate the popular artform that is characterized by its colorful graphics and fantasy and adventure themes. Many participants said they spend weeks hand-crafting their…

Anime Boston 2017 arrives this weekend

Cosplayers and fellow anime lovers from the Northeast are checking things twice before making their way to Anime Boston this weekend. The popular anime convention is one of the largest in the country; last year's event drew 26,975 attendees. This year's three day event will bring even more people to Boston's Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. Anime Boston 2017 will be packed with special events throughout the weekend. On Friday, there will be a special concert from pop act Puffy AmiYumi, who are best known for performing the theme song for Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go.…

MGM marks milestone in planned Massachusetts casino

MGM has marked a milestone in construction of its western Massachusetts casino. Workers on Wednesday raised the final steel beam for the nearly $1 billion resort complex in downtown Springfield. The beam was placed atop what will become the hotel rotunda. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis, Mayor Domenic Sarno, state gambling regulators and labor union representatives were on hand for the occasion. They said the casino is on track to open September 2018. It would become the state's first Vegas-style gambling destination. Wynn also is developing a nearly $2 billion Boston-area resort slated to open in 2019. Massachusetts' lone casino is the more…

For Now, Springfield's Not Sweating the (Possible) Casino Competition from East Windsor

To get a sense of how large the new MGM casino looms in discussions of Springfield’s future, consider where it’s being built. The casino is rising right in the middle of Springfield’s gritty downtown. Three city blocks have been transformed into one vast construction site, packed with hard-hatted workers and scaffolding stretching toward the sky. Given the central role that MGM Springfield is expected to play in a Springfield renaissance, it's a fitting location. "I’m a Springfield native," said Seth Stratton, MGM Springfield's vice president and legal counsel. "I was…

Changes could be coming to Boston’s marine industrial park

Boston’s marine industrial park is about to become a little less marine industrial. The caretakers of this roughly 190-acre corner of the city, now known as the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, hope to attract more tenants beyond its core of fish processing and ship repair. One way they’ll try: by spurring higher-rent uses on upper floors, such as labs and design studios, that could help subsidize lower rents on the ground floors for a broader mix of manufacturing and warehouse work. The Jamestown investment and management company already takes a mixed-use approach at its Innovation…

Tattoo fest draws thousands to Boston

Thousands of tattoo fanatics will swarm the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center this weekend in hopes of getting their favorite designs — from flaming octupuses to planets — permanently inked on their bodies by sought-after artists participating in the 16th annual Boston Tattoo Convention. The wildly popular event, which is expected to draw more than 5,000 people to the Boylston Street convention center, was packed yesterday with area artists showing off their latest, most colorful designs and eager customers looking to go under the gun and get “inked up.” “This is almost like a big family…

Dreams of a common on Boston’s waterfront

One of the biggest complaints about the development boom that is reshaping Boston’s waterfront is that it has created too few parks and places for people to hang out. Now one of the state’s biggest parks organizations is planning to change that. The Trustees of Reservations are scouting sites in the Seaport, Fort Point, and East Boston for what the organization’s leader hopes will be a “jaw-dropping” park along Boston Harbor. The group has zeroed in on five locations and hired several of the nation’s leading landscape architects to design…

MGM casino competitor to build new $80M expo center

Mohegan Sun announced they will build an $80-million exposition center at their flagship Connecticut casino. Slated to open next summer, it will be about 240,000 square feet of extra space. “That sounds pretty interesting over there,” said Daniel Soto-Topar of Springfield. “People will have to go check that out. I just feel like its way too much casino for everybody. But people are going to spend their money. I am going to spend my money. Hopefully it will bring some good stuff to Springfield.” MGM Springfield declined to comment on Mohegan’s expansion plans. Mohegan and…

Construction at MGM Springfield continues as project nears milestone

Activity down at the MGM casino site in Springfield is going at break neck speed on Tuesday, thanks to warmer temperatures and melting snow. In fact, MGM is hitting a milestone next week.   Cranes and crews are busy today at the 14-and-a-half acre MGM casino site in Springfield. MGM Springfield vice president and general counsel Seth Stratton showed us the progress with much to report this week. "I think we're up, upwards of 4,000 pieces of steel now which equates to over 400 tons of steel.  The winters we've had which have been very mild have made…

Gloucester's presence at seafood expo leading to fish sales far afield

The city of Gloucester announced its presence with authority Monday at the massive Seafood Expo North America by hosting an international reception that drew seafood executives from around the globe. The Gloucester Fresh reception at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, hosted by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and featuring state Assistant Secretary for Domestic and International Business Development Nam Pham, continued the city’s marketing drumbeat on the sustainability and culinary benefits of the region’s fresh seafood. “If you are looking for fresh seafood, the quality that comes off our boats is 100 percent,” Romeo Theken…

At St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, politicos take aim at Trump

Donald Trump was the prime target at the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston Sunday, but Governor Charlie Baker didn’t escape without suffering more than a few jokes about his awkward relationship with the president. With the federal government in near-constant turmoil, the state, local, and federal pols who prepare speeches designed for a laugh had plenty of material to work with at the breakfast, known for its groan-inducing humor. Breakfast host Linda Dorcena Forry, a state senator whose district includes South Boston and Dorchester, kicked it off with a jab at Trump. She…

South Boston's Annual St. Pat's Day Breakfast Is Just The Tip Of A Vast Hibernian Iceberg

To most normal people, the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day breakfast seems like a once-a-year chance for Massachusetts politicians to pull their green ties and scarfs out of the closet, say a few Irish blessings, and tell a couple of good-natured jokes at one another’s expense. But when Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Congressman Stephen Lynch, step onto the stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Sunday morning, it will be just the most visible of many emerald-tinged events of the month—a grinding, and growing, annual obligation for them and…

Wynn Suit Allowed To Proceed in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last week ruled that a lawsuit brought by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority could proceed, sending it back to a lower court. The suit alleges that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission violated the open public meetings law when it awarded the state’s final casino license in the Boston area to Wynn Resorts for a project in Everett over the Mohegan proposal at the Suffolk Downs racetrack in Revere. The court’s ruling could result in the nullification of decisions made at the meeting, civil penalties or other remedies. Wynn Resorts said the decision…

Boston vs. the parking-industrial complex

The City of Boston wants residents to walk, bike, or take transit. But somehow, the parking-industrial complex still gets its demands addressed first. This past week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched Go Boston 2030, an ambitious new transportation plan that, among other things, calls for an overhaul of all bus routes, a citywide “green links network” of bike and walking paths, and various “complete streets” projects to retrofit major thoroughfares for use by pedestrians and cyclists, not just drivers. The plan is a tour de force of 21st-century thinking about urban transport — and offers a realistic…

Gamers return to Boston for 2017 PAX East

Thousands of die-hard gamers flocked to PAX East yesterday — and will for the rest of the weekend — dressed to the nines as characters from video games and television shows as they make their annual pilgrimage to try out the latest in what has become Boston’s biggest convention. The long line of gamers stretched well beyond the entrance to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center as a driving snow fell onto their meticulously crafted outfits that paid tribute to video game and television characters both famous and obscure. But the winter weather wasn’t enough to…

Plan to add more liquor licenses favors Dot, Mattapan, South Bay

Mayor Martin Walsh and at-large City Councillor Ayanna Pressley on Monday outlined a plan for bringing 152 new liquor licenses to Boston - a plan that could mean a significant number of new licenses for Dorchester and Mattapan. Under their proposal, which needs approval by the city council, the Legislature, and the governor, Dorchester and Mattapan would each get at least 15 new liquor licenses, doled out over three years. But unlike the additional liquor licenses the state gave Boston in 2014, these ones cannot be granted in other neighborhoods, ie., if 15 Mattapan restaurants or bars don’t apply for the licenses,…

St. Patrick's Day Parade organizers to reconsider banning gay group

The organizer of the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade today opened the door to allowing a gay veterans group to ultimately march in the event despite a vote last night to bar it -- with that new vote set for Friday. Tim Duross, emerging from a meeting with the head of OutVets, said the group's rejection is not "official" despite last night's 9-4 vote, and that he planned to reopen discussions with members of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. "I would like to see everyone in the parade," Duross told the Herald by…

The 58 transportation projects Boston wants to tackle

The city of Boston on Tuesday unveiled its transportation blueprint for the next decade-plus. One highlight of the comprehensive, 228-page plan, called Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, is its outline of 58 projects and policies the city hopes to implement, or at least advocate for. Proposals include: launching new ferry routes, protecting MBTA stations and roadways from rising seas, extending the Orange Line to Roslindale and the Green Line to Hyde Square, and creating a single chip card or mobile phone payment option to pay for a host of transportation services from the MBTA to Zipcar, Uber, Hubway, E-ZPass, and…

Everyone loves sports analytics, and Boston’s at the center

Just two years ago, the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference featured a common lament among panelists who represented teams from the major sports. While front-office analysis could identify inefficiencies, a challenge remained in turning such findings into on-field improvements. Rare was the unbroken chain that ran from analytics departments to coaching staffs to players. Skepticism of analytics at the player level remained high, and represented an impediment to change. That view is evolving. In the opening remarks of this year’s conference, Rockets GM – and SSAC co-founder – Daryl Morey dusted off some slides from the conference’s…

New Boston liquor license plan to target neighborhoods

City officials will lay out plans Monday for a significant expansion of Boston’s liquor licenses, proposing 152 of them, including dozens to help attract nightlife to such neighborhoods as Mattapan, Roxbury, and East Boston. The proposal — which is twice as large as a 2014 expansion — would give such communities five liquor licenses annually over a three-year period, in a move intended to boost economic development by bringing more people out for dinner and drinks later into the evening. The proposed measure would also limit the number of the new licenses awarded to Back Bay and the North End.…

High-Speed Ferry From North Station To Seaport Could Launch This Summer

A pilot commuter ferry service carrying passengers from Boston’s North Station to the Seaport District in 13 minutes could begin in late summer. And unlike the dozens of corporate shuttle buses that the service is designed to replace, the boats would be available to the general public. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has hired Boston-based engineering consultants STV to develop a business plan for the service, which could be paid through a combination of passenger fares and business subsidies. “We’re hoping some of the private businesses that are subsidizing their own transportation on land are…

Volleyball wall-to-wall at Convention Center

Volleyball courts packed with players stretched from one wall of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to the other — 85 in all — as thousands of girls, boys, women and men get ready to set, spike and dig their way through a three-day New England Regional Volleyball Association tournament. “It’s like popcorn. You see balls popping up all over the place,” association commissioner Dave Peixoto said while surveying the packed convention hall that he expects 20,000 people to pass through by the time the tournament wraps up tomorrow night. Volleyball has exploded in popularity in recent years.…

Gaming Commission hears MGM updates on hiring, MassMutual Center, construction

MGM Springfield executives on Thursday updated state gaming commissioners on construction progress, problem gambling prevention efforts and hiring. The problem gambling prevention efforts earned particular kudos from Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen P. Crosby, who noted that while MGM at first resisted a program the company is now voluntarily adopting the program nationally. MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis detailed an MGM Resorts national partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Corp on GameSense, the British Columbia government's problem-gambling prevention and education program. MGM learned of GameSense because the commission requires it in Massachusetts. Now MGM will use it across all…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighs in on Connecticut's bid for third casino

Should Massachusetts be worried as Connecticut moves to open a new casino in East Windsor? Asked about the topic on Tuesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said MGM views Springfield as a "really good site," given that the site is located at a major intersection and has a sizable population within a 45-minute drive. "And MGM has said all along, to us anyway, that they feel very good about the site, they feel very good about the plan and they fully expect that they're going to be successful no matter what happens," Baker told reporters when asked about the third…

CT tribes plan casino 13 miles from MA

The competition for western New England gambling dollars heated up Monday when the two tribes operating casinos in Connecticut announced their plan to build a third casino about 13 miles from the planned MGM casino in Springfield. With Massachusetts inching closer to opening its first full-fledged casino, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes — working together as MMCT Ventures — selected East Windsor as the site of their proposed casino. East Windsor is about six miles from the Massachusetts state line and abuts Interstate 91, which leads directly to Springfield. “Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal…

Nerd Nation calculates that it has arrived

You have to wonder what those middle school bullies who once stuffed John Green into a trash can think about him now. And what about kids who looked at Green’s younger brother, Hank, and detected not a speck of brilliance, but instead focused only on the nerdy boy with a learning disability who enjoyed cult classics on TV? “Bullies are complicated, and imagining them as merely evil is incorrect and not helpful,’’ John Green said. “When you’re a kid, you can’t see that. It was scary. I felt extremely isolated.…

City pressing state for more neighborhood-based liquor licenses

City officials are pressing state lawmakers to add dozens more liquor licenses in Boston that would be designated for specific neighborhoods, in a move those officials say would close gaps in the law and boost struggling communities like Mattapan. The current law sought to spread the licenses among seven neighborhoods, including some of the city’s less affluent communities. But reform advocates contend it has not worked as expected, instead creating uneven competition among neighborhood businesses. Savvy and well-established owners — such as the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston — snatched up the licenses, while neighborhoods like Mattapan…

Nerdfighters will gather in Boston this weekend

Brothers John and Hank Green will be in Boston this weekend for “NerdCon: Nerdfighteria,” which is billed as “the first-ever official Nerdfighter convention and celebration of 10 years of nerdfighting.” The convention’s website explains, “It is a giant celebration of all things nerdy, creative, educational, fun, and weird.” The event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center. Tickets are $60 for the weekend. The Nerdfighter concept started a decade ago, when the Greens became big YouTube stars. John Green (inset) is also known for his young adult novels, which include …

Connecticut tribes 'days away' from unveiling casino site to compete with MGM Springfield

Plans for a third Connecticut casino - one just across the state line with Massachusetts - are expected to be announced in coming days. "There is draft language in the hands of the legislature," Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe told the Associated Press on Thursday. "We have to get it passed this session. We are at the 11th hour." Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes formalized a partnership in 2015 to construct a third tribal casino in the state. The tribes say the joint casino will be smaller than Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino and is expected to cost…

What You Need to Know About Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and Parade 2017

Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The breakfast got its start over a century ago, and has grown into a major political gathering over the years. State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry will once again host the annual event. The lineup for this year's breakfast is still in development, but many of the state's most prominent leaders are expected to attend, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The festivities continue after the breakfast with the annual St. Patrick…

MGM unveils problem-gambling prevention efforts inspired by requirements at Springfield casino

MGM Resorts International, the company behind the $950 million casino taking shape in the South End, is rolling out problem-gambling prevention programs nationally in response to Massachusetts regulations. The state's Gaming Commission requires that casino operators here implement GameSense, a program developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. in Canada in 2009. On Wednesday, MGM Resorts executives announced at a meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, that the company will implement GameSense at its resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country, not just in Springfield where it is required. Alan Feldman, MGM Resorts International executive vice president of global industry…

Panel to Discuss Deep-sea Mining at AAAS Meeting

Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also contains valuable minerals with metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, zinc, and gold, and rare-earth elements used in electronic technology like smart phones and medical imaging machines. As demand for these resources increases and supplies on land decrease, commercial mining operators are looking to the deep ocean as the next frontier for mining. What are the risks and environmental impacts of deep-sea mining on fragile marine ecosystems? Would seafloor mineral resources be enough to keep up with the evolving demands of modern society? A panel of scholars…

MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

MGM Springfield has finalized a deal to take over exclusive management of the MassMutual Center, 10 months after winning a joint management bid with the Comcast-owned company Spectra. The arena had been operated by Spectra, formerly Global Spectrum, since 2005. Last year MGM and Spectra began joint management of the venue, and the casino company has now cemented plans to take over day-to-day operations. "We are thrilled to enter into this agreement that leverages the best of what our company has to offer, in order to make best use of the MMC and drive downtown economic development," MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis…

Seaport plan scales back arts facility

When it was first drawn up nearly a decade ago, the plan to build out the heart of the Seaport District included a school, art gallery, branch library, several parks, and one very large performing arts center. But over time, as the rest of the waterfront neighborhood has filled in and new economic realities set in, the Seaport Square project has trimmed the size of its parks and dropped plans for the school, library, and gallery. Now it appears the performing arts center could vanish, too. The new owner of 13 acres of Seaport Square, Chestnut Hill-based WS Development, filed a…

World Trade Center in South Boston could get a makeover

The Seaport World Trade Center predates the rapid building boom taking place on the South Boston Waterfront. But the fixture could soon be swept up in those changes, as the building’s manager looks at potentially redeveloping the property. Pembroke Real Estate, an affiliate of mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments, confirmed it’s looking to hire a firm to study the redevelopment of the sprawling, roughly 800,000-square-foot complex. The structure includes 565,000 square feet of offices, where Fidelity is an anchor tenant, and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. It’s primarily two stories tall, with a three-story section. …

A last chance to add life to Seaport

The pressure is on to do something special in the Seaport District, and Dick Marks feels it. He’s one of the partners of WS Development, which plunked down $359 million in 2015 to develop the rest of Seaport Square in one of the priciest land deals ever in Boston. “We get the chance to do it once,” said Marks showing off his plan Monday in a conference room at the firm’s Chestnut Hill headquarters overlooking one of its outdoor malls, The Street. “We want to do it right.” The pressure is real. Seaport Square…

City requests 151 new liquor licenses from state leaders

Putting last year’s low-level feud over control of liquor licenses for Boston in the past, Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston state delegation are looking this year to cooperate in releasing more than 150 new liquor licenses over three years in creative ways – a way cited as a part of a plan to spur economic development across the city. In a meeting last month at City Hall to follow up on the bi-annual Boston State Delegation luncheon with the mayor, members held a discussion of how to move forward in creating more liquor licenses for the city, creating…

GBTA Announces World Champion & Gold Medalist Michael Phelps as Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2017

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Michael Phelps will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. A conversation with Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of sport, will take place at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 19. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael Phelps to the stage at GBTA Convention 2017,” said Michael W. McCormick. “Many athletes can win, but only a select few can truly dominate their sport like Michael Phelps has. Our attendees are sure to be…

New resort and casino could affect MGM Springfield

Wednesday morning, a new resort casino opens up over the state line in New York. Tuesday 22News found out how MGM Springfield plans on dealing with the gambling developments in surrounding states. The grand opening of the $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort will take place on Wednesday. The ceremony will celebrate the project’s completion and the opening to the public at noon. It’s a competitive business to be sure and it’s gotten more competitive because all of the states are looking for ways to make revenue. The facility features a 50,000 square-foot gaming floor with 1,150…

State, city officials reopen search for helipad site after hearing concerns

City and state officials are reopening the search for a helipad location in Boston after hearing concerns about their proposal to install one at the pier behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The state Department of Transportation had previously narrowed the search down to the area around the city-owned pier, known as Dry Dock 4. But that plan drew opposition from critics, including Live Nation executive Don Law and Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz, at a hearing held last week by a task force studying the helipad issue. The task force was supposed to hold a second hearing on Monday,…

MassMutual Center hosts charter school information showcase

Charter public schools in the Springfield area held an informational and enrollment showcase Saturday. Students, parents and teachers gathered at the MassMutual Center in Springfield Saturday for an enrollment showcase for Charter Public Schools. Julia Mejia, the Charter Public School Showcase coordinator, said, “Third annual Charter Public School Showcase serving families in Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee. It’s an opportunity for families to have a one stop shop where they can learn about all the where they can learn about all the different types of Charter Schools that are available in their area.” Charter schools are privately…

Gloucester books seafood trade show for third year

The city once again will venture into the wilds of South Boston to promote of the area’s seafood bounty at the annual Seafood Expo North America trade show that has become a staple for the international seafood industry. This is the third consecutive year the city will have an exhibitor booth at the sprawling event that is scheduled for March 19 to 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. “We felt that last year was a great success and we’re going to try to go even bigger this year,” said Sal Di Stefano, economic development…

LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries Conference Brings EdTech Leaders to Boston

The edtech world’s attention turns to Boston today, as the LearnLaunch Institute’s fifth annual Across Boundaries Conference, co-hosted by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, opens at the Hynes Convention Center. Drawing more than 1,100 participants, from 13 countries and 30 states, Across Boundaries has grown by more than 25% since last year, reflecting continued excitement in the global edtech sector. More than 300 educators, 250 edtech entrepreneurs, 180 non-profits and 100 students are joining hundreds of education and industry leaders and investors to discuss critical challenges facing efforts to move education practice forward, to experience cutting-edge edtech products, and to learn from others…

Cabbies say the end is near as Uber, Lyft come to Logan

Is this the death knell for the taxi industry in Boston? Uber has now established a beachhead in the last major territory held by taxi drivers, striking a deal with the Massachusetts Port Authority to allow its popular UberX service to pick up passengers at Logan Airport beginning Wednesday. Along with an earlier agreement that allowed Lyft service at Logan, the Uber deal means taxis risk losing the large airport fares that have kept many afloat. When earlier efforts to halt advances by ride-hailing services failed one by one, Boston cabbies would always insist there was still a tomorrow, still…