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We Love Fort Point!

Fort Point

Here at MassDrive we love to support local businesses, and our main office is located in the Fort Point area of Boston.  Not only do we love the location of our office, we love our neighbors here as well!  There are a lot of great lunch spots, restaurants, the harbor walk, and even nearby attractions to head to after work.  In an effort to show our neighbors some love, our Sales Manager, Steve Fucci, has named his top 5 favorite spots in the area!

1. Lucky’s Lounge – This gem is only a short walk from our office and Steve describes it as having “a great ambiance as well as quality dishes”.  Not only is the food delicious, there is an extensive drink menu as well.  They have been featured on Channel 5 Chronicle, Phantom Gourmet, and in 2012 won the Improper Bostonian’s “Boston’s Best” Award and Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Award.  Live music is another fun feature of this restaurant, and the speakeasy atmosphere makes it a fun stop for after-work beverages.

2. Tavern Road – Located on Congress Street, Tavern Road describes themselves as “A high-energy, modern, restaurant and bar”.  They have really embraced the local artistic community and utilized local artists to create a unique and original design concept for their restaurant.  They are open for dinner 7 nights a week and the menu blends many different ingredients together to create fresh, unique entrees.  Prices are fair for the quality, and we definitely recommend checking out their “Lil Snacks” which cost $5 each.

3. Sportello – This is a favorite lunch spot of everyone in the office, we especially love their $11 lunch boxes which come with a sandwich, drink, chips or popcorn, and cookies.  They have something for everyone including vegetarian options.  They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and also have take-out options.  The bakery has endless amounts of delicious pastries, cookies, and every kind of sweet you can imagine and items change daily.  This is a spot we highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing sandwich.

4. Barlow’s – When it comes to this restaurant, the location can’t be beat.  It’s located right in our building so is one of our most frequent stops for lunch and drinks.  The chips they serve at the bar are addicting, and they have different specials each night including $1 oysters on Monday’s, Taco Night Tuesdays and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Their bar bites are a bargain and great snacks right after a long day, and the outdoor patio has a beautiful view of the harbor and the Boston skyline.

5. Metro Cafe – This place has everything you could imagine, from pastries, donuts, and bagels for breakfast, to fresh fruit, snacks, and even sandwiches made fresh for you.  You do have to get there early though before all of the best sandwiches sell out!  If you need to take a quick lunch and just want to get some fresh air, Metro is the perfect place to go because it’s only a short walk from the office, and you can bring your lunch back to your desk if you have a lot to do.  The staff are always friendly and get to know you after a while, and they also have a lot of salad options if you’re looking for a lighter lunch.

If you’re in the area, definitely check out these amazing spots, you won’t be disappointed!

Photo By: Bill Illott

Charity Events This June!

scooper bowl

Looking for plans this month?  Why not give back while going out?  These fun events are the perfect way to give your social life the boost it needs while giving back to your community and raising awareness for important causes!  There are so many events taking place this month, and all of these events are the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors in the sun while helping others!

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl – This is an event that all ages can enjoy!  Stop by City Hall Plaza in Boston from Tuesday, June 4th –  Thursday, June 6th for this all you can eat ice cream event! Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Not only can you fill up on ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and frozen yogurt you can eat, but there will also be live entertainment and a variety of activities for guests to enjoy!  The event is from noon – 8 PM each day, and tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for children age 3-9, and children under 3 are free!  There are also passes available if you’re planning on being in the area and want to stop by every day for an afternoon snack! Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund which funds cancer research and patient care at the Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, so stop by, fill up, cool off, and enjoy the day in Boston!

Massachusetts Parkinson Walkathon – Join the Massachusetts chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association this Sunday, June 9th for their annual walkathon!  Proceeds from this event will benefit research approved by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board and the APDA Information and Referral Center network.  The walk is 3 miles and will take place at Reebok International Headquarters in Canton, and will be taking place rain or shine!  Registration begins at 11:15 AM and the walk begins at noon, bring the whole family because the more walkers, the more fun! You can register a team, or register as an individual walker and set your fundraising goal!  If you can’t attend the walk, consider donating to this wonderful cause that aims to make a difference in the lives of the many people living with this disease!

Three Psychic Mediums Fundraising Event – If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you’ll love this event!  Head to Cagney’s Pub in Quincy on Friday, June 14th for this night of spirit communication with three local mediums.  Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Survivors Outreach, a local organization for victims of domestic abuse.  There will be a raffle to which every attendee will be given one free ticket, additional tickets cost $5 each.  This is a fun night out if you are a believer in the supernatural, and if you’re not, maybe this event will change your mind.  Get your tickets while they last!

MetroWest Humane Society Yard Sale – For all of you shopaholics out there, stop by this yard sale at the MetroWest Humane Society in Ashland on Saturday, June 22!  Proceeds will benefit the shelter and the animals that reside there.  If you can’t attend, consider donating an item for them to sell.  The drop off date for donations is this Saturday, June 8th from 10 AM – 1 PM.  There will be many items at this yard sale including cat related items, jar candles, household items, lamps, crafts, decorations, baking dishes, and much more!  Yard sales are fun places to come across unique treasures that would otherwise be thrown out, and are prime spots to scout out old furniture to refinish if you’re into DIY crafts, the possibilities are endless!  If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out what the shelter has, the animals will be very grateful!

All of these events are fun and easy ways to get out of the house and give back!  Which one will you be attending?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: ALaws

Furry Friend Friday With Tela!

Tela

Happy Friday everyone, hope that you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day celebrations!  Today I got to chat with a love bug named Tela, she is an eight year old Wheaten Terrier with a lot of energy!

Tela, I have to say you have a very pretty and unique name!

Thank you!  I was actually named after a Phish song, they are my dad’s favorite band!

So Tela, what is your favorite way to spend the day?

My favorite thing to do is sit in my chair in the living room, my parents always laugh at me because I sit just like a human!  I like to call it my perch,  it is right next to the window so I have a great view of our yard and can just sit there while I watch the world go by.  If there is a lot going on outside, like my neighborhood friends going out for walks or some squirrels running by I get VERY excited!  Once I get excited I run outside so I can do some laps and  burn off all my extra energy!

Do you have a favorite treat?

Every day when my babysitter, Maureen, arrives the first thing she does is give me a treat!  I am a very lucky girl because I usually get a mini hotdog treat, they look like the real thing but are just for dogs.

What about a favorite toy?

I have a habit of destroying most of my toys, I don’t even mean to do it though!  I guess I just play a little too rough some times but the one thing that I am very careful with is my lovey, it is a froggie blanket that I sleep with every night.  I don’t even try to play with it though because I don’t want to risk hurting it!

Is there anything that you’re afraid of?

I can’t stand when there is a low battery in the smoke detectors!  The constant beeping makes me nervous and the sound is so high pitched that it hurts my ears so those are probably my biggest fear.  I never know how long it is going to take for my parents to turn it off and what if it happens when I’m home alone?  The sound drives me crazy!

With so much energy you must love to go for walks, do you have a favorite route?

You’re right I do love to go for walks.  I’ll follow my dad around all day if I think he might bring me out, there are so many things to see and smell right outside of my own back yard!  Lately we have been going for walks up the Parkway to the water town in West Roxbury which is nice.  There is a great view of Boston and it’s a nice spot for me to go and enjoy some “me time”.  Other than that I enjoy our family hikes on Martha’s Vineyard, there’s nothing better than tiring myself out on a walk before watching the sun set on the beach!

Do you have any health concerns for the future?

Well my parents recently found a lump on me that made us very nervous.  They took me to the vet but it turned out to be some fatty tissue, I don’t even know how that happened though because I am a very active and sleek young lady if you ask me.  My parents were relieved that it was something so minor, luckily we have pet insurance so either way my medical bills would have been covered.

Fatty tumors are very common on all breeds of dogs but can resemble cancerous tumors.  This is a scary situation for any pet owner and you won’t have peace of mind until you know whether or not it is cancerous.  Tests and biopsies can really add up which is why pet insurance is so essential when it comes to properly caring for your furry friend!  Give us a call at MassDrive and get a pet insurance quote, you won’t regret being prepared to take the best possible care of your pet if the time comes!

Christmas Performances In Boston!

Who doesn’t enjoy a great play or concert right before the holidays?  They get you in the spirit, are entertaining, and are the perfect excuse to venture into Boston for a day in the city!  Broadway may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of plays, and although the Boston theater district has fewer theaters and performances, it is by no means lacking in talent.  This Christmas get in the holiday spirit with some of these festive performances, they won’t be here much longer!

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Get your tickets while you still can!  This holiday favorite will be at the Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre until December 9th!  Perfect for children and entertaining for adults, the play is narrated by the Grinch’s dog, Max.  Watch the Grinch plot to steal Christmas from the yuletide loving Whos, all while listening to holiday classics such as “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”.  The play runs for about 84 minutes, so it is not too long for rambunctious little ones to sit through.  This classic tale will warm your heart, even if it is two sizes too small, right in time for the holidays!  Tickets range from $35-$125 and are available here.

The Nutcracker – The Boston Ballet continues this holiday tradition once again!  Performances have already begun but the ballet will be at the Boston Opera House until December 30th!  Choreographed by Mikko Nissinen and composed by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, this long running ballet is something you won’t soon forget!  See it like never before, it returns this year with new sets and costumes and is sure to impress family members of all ages.  The performance runs for two hours with one intermission.  Watch Clara save her Nutcracker Prince from the Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets, all before waking up and wondering if her Christmas adventure was all a dream!  Tickets are going fast so get yours while you can!

Boston Holiday Pops Tour – The Boston Symphony Orchestra invites you and your family to visit Symphony Hall from December 5th-24th for their Holiday Pops concerts!  There will be traditional sing-alongs and even a visit from Saint Nick!  There are even kids matinees where children can enjoy post-concert photos with Santa!  If you are seated at floor tables there are even kid-friendly menu options and holiday snacks available!  Children under the age of 2 are admitted for free to the children’s matinee, however children under the age of 4 are not permitted at evening Holiday Pops performances.  Ticket prices vary based on date, time, and seating location but on average range from $29-$129.

Get your tickets for these festive holiday performances while they last!  These family friendly events are perfect for all ages, and there is something for everyone! Whether you’re a fan of the classic Christmas tale of the Whos and the Grinch in Whoville, the dramatic Nutcracker ballet, or love listening and singing along to holiday favorites with the Boston Pops, all of these performances are sure to impress!

Photo By: scalleja

 

Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

Photo By: USACE Europe District

 

 

Holiday Party 2011!

 

MassDrive Holiday Party

Last night was the MassDrive and NGI Holiday Party! We had a blast! Everyone in our Boston office got together for an event that truly sampled some of Boston’s best: a dinner in the North End at Lucca, a comedy show at Improv Asylum, and a couple of songs on the juke box post show at The Point. It was definitely night of fun, laughs and lots of delicious food.

It was so great to spend time with one another outside the office and to get to know our friends at NGI better. Dinner was such a treat – Lucca truly is one of the best restaurants in the North End, and the festive decor added to the celebratory feel. Bill and Jean-Marie led a toast and reminded us of how far we’ve come since last year, and how excited we all are for the new year.

After a tasty dessert, we hurried off to Improv Asylum practically next store for a hilarious show. My face hurt from laughing and smiling the whole time. The best part of the show by far was when our very own Cam got up on stage to participate in a particularly humorous segment. He was a star! And a great sport for letting us force him up there. A born performer! The show was excellent and everyone had a great time.

Thank you to Bill, John, Jean-Marie and Bonnie for putting together such a special and fun night for all of us. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Montage

 

Obama In Framingham & Ways to Seek Flood Relief

President Obama Visits Framingham, Massachusetts - Adresses Federal State of Disaster

President Barack Obama made an unprecedented stop in Framingham, Massachusetts yesterday. After a speech on health care reform in Portland and before two fundraising appearances in Boston, President Obama visited the  Emergency Management Agency. At the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Obama met with Governor Deval Patrick to receive an update on the flooding caused by the El Nino weather pattern over the past few weeks and thank workers and officials for their dedication and efforts to combat the flood.

The President declared a federal disaster in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties. As a result of the federal disaster the Internal Revenue Service has postponed the federal April 15th deadline for filing to May 11th.It is important to not however that the extension is only applies to those who own a business or reside in the declared federal disaster area. For further information about the specific tax relief being provided, visit the IRS web site here.

Individual Assistance Programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include individuals and households programs, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, legal assistance, tax relief, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Business and homeowners may apply for assistance programs by contacting the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- and speech-impaired. You may also apply for the assistance programs online at: http://www.fema.gov. For information about the Small Business Administration low interest loans and other aid contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, 800-877-8339 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. SBA may also be reached by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting www.sba.gov.

Before contacting FEMA/ SBA pelase have on hand: your Social Security number, telephone number where you can be reached, address of damaged property, current mailing address, a brief description of disaster-related damages and losses as well as insurance information and direct deposit information to expedite the transfer of funds.

Boston's Concern for Climate Change

Global warming and rising sea levels will soon threaten parts of Boston.Tomorrow Boston will express their concern for the climate in Christopher Columbus Park. Locals attending the International Day of Climate Action will dress in snorkels and life jackets. Forming a human and sand bag sea wall, hopes are local government officials will catch a glimpse of their anxiety.

International Day of Climate Action, lead by author Bill McKibben, may be the largest political environmental action yet. According to the Boston Globe an expected 4,500 events are to take place in over 175 nations. Participants in these events hope to pressure political leaders to help stabilize carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. Current carbon dioxide levels sit around 390 parts per million, without intervention these levels inevitably rise even further.

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