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I took these pictures April 3rd and 4th.  As of the 4th, the initial finding is that the March 26, 2014 fire are 298 Beacon Street was an accident.  Seeing the front of the building up close, I think it might be professional arson.  The welding work was for 296 Beacon but 298 Beacon has the bulk of the damage!?  Ongoing investigation.

The fire house that responded and lost 2 of their members lives, is right at Boylston Street and Hereford where runners make the last turn to the finish line of the Boston Marathon in front of the Boston Public Library.  Less than a year removed from the Patriot’s Day bombing last year and now this.  Hynes Convention Center is diagonal across the street from the Engine 33 and Ladder 15.

The link to the press conference video shows the back of 296 Beacon the shorter building and 298 Beacon.  298 Beacon is completed gutted by the fire.

Boston Fire Commissioner 4-4-2014

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Legoland Discovery Center Boston will be opening in May 2014 in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Boston Public Library in Copley Square is the host to the search for the Lego Master Model Builder at this location. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014 was the first round of competition.  Groups of builders, all adults by the way, had 30 minutes to build something based on a theme.  Lego provided all the parts.  I watched the second group of the first round of competition and the theme was favorite book.  I only liked two of the competitors’s finished projects; the warddrobe with moving doors from “The Chronicles of Narnia” and Clifford the big red dog. 

To become the Master Model Builder, you have to have the highest marks for CDI; Construction, Design and Interaction.

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25 facts about New York City

So New York City has back to back mayors from Massachusetts.  Michael Bloomberg of Medford (Meffa) and now Bill DeBlasio (Warren Wilhelm, Jr.) of Cambridge.  Bill went to CRLS (Cambridge Rindge and Latin School) with Patrick Ewing who played for the New York Knicks.

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December 21, 1620: Pilgrims Come Ashore in Plymouth, MA
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing party came ashore in the unforgiving edge of southeastern Massachusetts in the present-day town of Plymouth.Over the winter of 1620, half the colony died from cold, disease and starvation. Of 18 married women, only three survived. The local Wampanoag tribe showed the Pilgrims how to plant corn, beans and squash.
The fall of 1621 produced a bountiful harvest. The Pilgrims’ governor, William Bradford announced three days of feasting and games to offer thanks. This celebration became known as Thanksgiving, an iconic fest that entered American mythology as a symbol and celebration of divine blessing.Read more on the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
Image: The landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22nd 1620, print c. 1876 (Library of Congress).

According to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, the Mayflower first landed in Provincetown in at least November 1620 because that is where the Mayflower compact was signed.  The Pilgrims moved inland to Plymouth because Provincetown was exposed as a sea port.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

December 21, 1620: Pilgrims Come Ashore in Plymouth, MA

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing party came ashore in the unforgiving edge of southeastern Massachusetts in the present-day town of Plymouth.

Over the winter of 1620, half the colony died from cold, disease and starvation. Of 18 married women, only three survived. The local Wampanoag tribe showed the Pilgrims how to plant corn, beans and squash.

The fall of 1621 produced a bountiful harvest. The Pilgrims’ governor, William Bradford announced three days of feasting and games to offer thanks. This celebration became known as Thanksgiving, an iconic fest that entered American mythology as a symbol and celebration of divine blessing.

Read more on the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.


Image: The landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22nd 1620, print c. 1876 (Library of Congress).

According to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, the Mayflower first landed in Provincetown in at least November 1620 because that is where the Mayflower compact was signed.  The Pilgrims moved inland to Plymouth because Provincetown was exposed as a sea port.

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