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Boston, Massachusetts

The 18th-century Old State House in Boston is surrounded by tall buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the largest city in New England and the business and cultural center of the region. It is one of the oldest and wealthiest cities in the United States, and its economy is primarily based on education, health care, finance, and technology. Its nicknames include "Beantown" and "The Hub" (shortened from Oliver Wendell Holmes's phrase The Hub of the Universe), as well as The Athens of America, due to its educational and cultural institutions.

As of the 2000 census, its population was 589,141. The Greater Boston metropolitan area, including nearby cities like Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline, has about 5.7 million residents. Boston is the county seat of Suffolk County. It is located at 42°20'N, 71°W.


The weather in Boston, like much of New England, changes rapidly. The summers are usually quite hot and humid while the winters are cold and windy. It has been known to snow in October and get quite warm in Febuary. Anything can happen climate-wise in Boston. The hottest month of the year is August with a high of 27°C and a low of 18°C. The coldest month of the year is January with a high of 2°C and a low of -6°C. The city averages 1,100 mm (42 in) of precipitation a year.

Law and government

The Massachusetts State HouseBoston has a "strong mayor" system in which the mayor is the dominant force in city government. The mayor is elected to a four-year term by plurality voting (see List of Mayors of Boston, Massachusetts). The City Council is elected every two years. There are nine ward, or neighborhood, seats, each elected by plurality voting by the residents of that ward. There are four at-large seats. Each voter casts up to four votes for at-large councillors, no more than one vote per candidate. The top four vote-getters are elected. The President of the City Council is elected by the Councillors from within themselves. The School Committee is appointed by the mayor, as are city department heads.

In addition to city government, numerous state authorities and commissions play a role in the life of Bostonians, including the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (water and sewer) and the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Commission (some parks and most beaches). The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority runs the "T", Boston's public transport system. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) runs Boston's Logan International Airport. (See the article on Boston transportation for more information.)

Colleges and universities

The Boston area is well-known for its colleges and universities. The Boston area is home to 60 colleges. In addition to the schools in Boston proper, such as Boston University, Emerson College, and Berklee College of Music, surrounding cities host famous schools like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, Wellesley College, and Tufts University.

Newspapers and media

The Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times Company, and The Boston Herald are Boston's two major daily newspapers. A local edition of The Metro, a free paper, is also available. The Boston Phoenix and the Weekly Dig are weekly newspapers. Spare Change is a bi-weekly paper.

Boston in Film, Opera and Theatre

Blown Away
The Boondock Saints
Fever Pitch
Good Will Hunting
Mystic River
Still We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie
Un Ballo in Maschera, Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Crossing Jordan
Ally McBeal

Notable Bostonians

Samuel Adams
Crispus Attucks
Benjamin C. Bradlee
Bobby Brown
Charles Bulfinch
John Singleton Copley
Norm Crosby
Dick Dale
Mary Dyer
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Benjamin Franklin
Jack Haley
Anthony Michael Hall
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Bill Laimbeer
Robert Lowell
Cotton Mather
Will McDonough
Carl Mydans
Leonard Nimoy
George Patton IV
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
Sumner Redstone
Paul Revere
Barbara Walters

Professional sports franchises

Boston Bruins (Ice Hockey - National Hockey League)
Boston Celtics (Basketball - National Basketball Association)
Boston Red Sox (Baseball - Major League Baseball)
Boston Cannons (Lacrosse - Major League Lacrosse)
Nearby Foxboro has the New England Patriots (National Football League) and the New England Revolution (Major League Soccer).

Sites of interest

Back Bay, Boston
Beacon Hill
Black Heritage Trail
Boston Common
Boston Opera House
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Library
Bunker Hill Monument
Charles River
Christian Science Center
Copley Square
Downtown Crossing
The Esplanade
Faneuil Hall
The Back Bay Fens
Hostelling International-Boston
Fenway Park
Fleet Center
Granary Burying Ground
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
John F. Kennedy Library
Kenmore Square
Massachusetts State House
Museum of Science
Newbury Street
North End
Old State House
Old North Church
Paul Revere's House
Prudential Center
South End
South Boston
Trinity Church
USS Constitution
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts

Yearly events

Fourth of July (fireworks and music)
Boston Marathon
Boston (LBGT) Pride (parade and festival)
First Night (New Year's Eve)
Head of the Charles Regatta

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NHL Season Finally Returns, Powered by ENERGYbits® Spirulina Algae

Montreal Canadiens Brandon Prust Says ENERGYbits® are the Perfect Fuel for Hockey Players BOSTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After what seemed like an eternity, the NHL season is finally back and fans are ecstatic, but many do not realize that a shortened season could result in more injuries. Maybe not for Brandon Prust of the Montreal Canadiens who takes ENERGYbits® to power his workouts, fuel his game and stay healthy on and off the ice. ENERGYbits® are spirulina algae tablets used by consumers and endurance athletes who want a natural and healthy way to improve their energy and are sold by Bits of Health Inc., a four-year-old Boston nutrition company. The tiny tablets are swallowed or chewed by the handful and have quickly become the fuel of choice for athletes like Brandon who confirms ENERGYbits® haveimproved his focus, performance, energy and endurance. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

MedAptus Takes Top Honor in KLAS Mobile Data Systems Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

BOSTON, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAptus® today announced that its Professional Charge Capture (Pro) solution has again been named the Mobile Data Systems Category Leader by KLAS in its "2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" report. The MedAptus Pro solution has maintained this leadership position for three years in a row. The company's top-ranking category score of 93 is based on customer feedback across performance areas that include functionality, implementation and support. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Costa Concordia Survivors to Publish Memoir & Music

BOSTON, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after the Costa Concordia shipwreck, survivors Benji Smith and Emily Lau announce the simultaneous publication of a memoir detailing their experience escaping from the sinking ship and an album of original compositions inspired by the disaster. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Tips for a Festive 'After Fifty' Holiday Helps Us Enjoy the Yuletide BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An "After Fifty" holiday can be festive and fabulous, if people follow the advice of, a rapidly emerging online social network which provides resources exclusively for Baby Boomers and folks over 50. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

EnCirca Announces Launch of .PW Sunrise

First domain to offer expanded trademark protections BOSTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- .PW Sunrise is officially underway! .PW is a new alternative for businesses around the world. It is particularly valuable for business and individuals interested in targeting emerging economies that are just now getting on the Internet, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, Turkey and Indonesia. .PW is unrestricted. Anyone can register a .PW domain name. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Tips For Living Fully 'After Fifty' Looks At What Really Matters BOSTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "After Fifty" years can be wonderful, productive, and rewarding, if people follow the advice of, a rapidly emerging online social network which provides resources exclusively for Baby Boomers and folks over 50.  Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Assisted Living Today, the Premier Provider of Free Senior Living and Elder Care Information, Unveils Its List of the 'Top 20 College Courses for Geriatrics and Senior Care'

Online publisher compiles a list of the best college courses for senior living professionals BOSTON, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Assisted Living Today (, a provider of free senior living and elder care information, has released its list of the "Top 20 College Courses for Geriatrics and Senior Care." You can see the full list here: Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

MedAptus Introduces Mobile Schedule App for Providers

BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAptus®, the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced the availability of its Mobile Schedule application for the Apple® iOS platform. This latest MedAptus offering leverages company's iPhone® and iPad® platform expertise to provide convenient mobile access to physician schedules and pertinent patient details. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Real-Deal Coupon Website Guarantees Quality and Accuracy of Coupons

BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the bargain hungry, coupons are heaven sent discounts. However, in this economy-wary era, people are more concerned with locating genuine discounts online than wasting their time searching for sales. Locating coupon codes that actually prove what they say has become a witch hunt with bargain hungry individuals ever on the lookout for indisputable deals. promises to provide 100% authentic discount codes to each of its clients so that they never have to look elsewhere for their bargain needs. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Boston Consultancy Firm We Globalize Uses Its Educational Website to Help American Businesses Reach International Markets

BOSTON, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Many businesses consider exporting because the domestic market offers limited growth and profits. Though the international marketplace offers enormous potential, exporting presents many new challenges and demands. "For manufacturers willing to sell their products in foreign countries, meeting with the right distributor is key to the success of their export operations," says Lionel Chaulet, founder of We Globalize. "After this major step is reached, we can follow up with straightforward expertise in each face of the export process, from financing to contracts, marketing and logistics. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Critical Voter, a New Educational Website and Podcast, Uses 2012 Presidential Election as Case Study for Development of Critical Thinking Skills

BOSTON, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With just two months to go before the next Presidential election, the new Critical Voter educational podcast and website provides teachers, students and independent learners the resources they need to study practical critical thinking skills using the 2012 Presidential campaign as a case study. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Cornerstone Health Care Chooses MedAptus for Professional Charge Capture and Management

BOSTON, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAptus®, the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced that Cornerstone Health Care has selected the company's Pro Charge Capture solution to streamline inpatient coding and billing activities. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Mass Mentoring Partnership Names Marty Martinez New President & CEO

BOSTON, May 2, 2012 -- The Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Marty Martinez as the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Martinez was selected after an extensive national search. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

MedAptus Partners with Intelligent Medical Objects(R) in Preparation for ICD-10 Enhanced Diagnosis Search Functionality to Help Providers Adapt to the Expanded Code Set

BOSTON, April 30, 2012 -- MedAptus(R), the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced that it has selected Intelligent Medical Objects' IMO(R) Problem (IT)(TM) search engine for integration in its Professional Charge Capture solution. This advanced search capability will provide clinical end-users of MedAptus with a rapid diagnosis search experience along with a higher degree of search accuracy when completing charge documentation using the ICD-10 code set. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Varden Technologies and Hillswick Asset Announce Successful OMS Implementation

BOSTON, April 30, 2012 -- Varden Technologies and Hillswick Asset Management celebrate successful and on-time implementation of a leading compliance and order management system. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

For Investment Client Reporting, Marketing & Data-Driven Pitchbook Content - Varden Technologies and PAICR Announce a Webcast on Investment Communications Strategies and Operations

BOSTON, April 19, 2012 -- Varden Technologies and PAICR announce a peer-review exercise on content strategies and responsiveness in assessment of competitive investment client servicing, sales, and marketing models. The two organizations will offer a members-only webcast on April 26, 2012, entitled "A Survey & Discussion: How Responsive is Your Investment External Communications Strategy and why?" Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.

Photovoltaic Major Consumables Data Available in One Place

BOSTON, April 18, 2012 -- Research shows that over 55% of solar module costs come from consumable materials, yet there has been no one source to help the sector understand the integrated impact of consumables supply and cost - until now. Today, after two years of research and analysis, PHOTON Consulting announces the release of an in-depth "Consumables" database product, powered by PHOTON Consulting's proprietary online data platform, The Wall. Read more about this Boston, Massachusetts press release.


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