2018 Boston Marathon: Everything you need to know


Boston marathon runners

Marathon Monday is a big day in New England, but particularly in Massachusetts. First, it coincides with Patriots Day, which is a legal holiday in Massachusetts – one of only two states to commemorate the day as a holiday. As if all that weren’t enough, it’s also opening day for the Boston Red Sox. Whether you’re planning to be on scene for the action or you’d like to follow from the comfort of your TV or smartphone, we’ve gathered links to help you enjoy the day.

Boston Athletic Association’s official Marathon site offers complete event information, including spectator rules. Here’s a deep dive of some of the things you can find:

Weather is looking a little iffy. Here are a few forecasts for Boston Marathon weekend
from Dave Epstein and from AccuWeather

Here are the road closures for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon has 34 official charity teams. Here’s how you can donate to them.

The Boston Discovery Guide has great info on the Marathon as well as other Monday events.

 

Your Super Bowl pre-game tool kit


Super Bowl party ingredients: snacks, beer, a football and a remote

Another Super Bowl Sunday for the Patriots! Go New England! We’ve gathered a grab bag of fun and interesting related items from around the web to get you in the spirit.

The Philadelphia police are hard at work greasing the street poles to prevent Eagles fans from any wild post-game pole-climbing activities. Sports Illustrated says they started with Crisco but are now using gear oil. But their precautions are likely in vain if we can believe the apes. In an annual tradition, Utah’s Hogle Zoo primates Tuah and Arcara made their Super Bowl LII predictions for the winning team … and they chose the Patriots. But let’s check in with other experts in the animal kingdom. Teddy the Porcupine has a 5-1 record for being right in his prognostications. Check out who he favors this year.

This year, the Globe and Philly.com are partnering to bring you a series of Facebook Live reports from the Super Bowl. The schedule started yesterday and will continue through the weekend – you can watch them all on the Globe’s Facebook page. And if Twitter is your thing, here’s what’s happening on Twitter for Super Bowl 52.

To get you in the spirit, Masslive has a Belichick feature: “Whether it be his references to SnapFace, his dry humor or his less-than-enthusiastic responses to numerous questions from the media, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is often good for a number of memorable moments at the podium every season.” They offer a choice selection of Belichick’s best quotes, jokes and press conferences from this season.

How are you at Super Bowl trivia? take the test to find out. You might want to brush up on these 23 pieces of fascinating Super Bowl trivia before the game so that you can amaze your companions.

If you look forward to the Super Bowl ads but don’t like sacrificing your time to replenish snacks or drinks, you’re in luck – AdAge brings you All the 2018 Super Bowl Ads Released So Far.

Many people think that the Super Bowl is really for the dogs, and they’ll prove it by tuning in to Puppy Bowl XIII on Sunday. Not to be outdone by the canine, kittens are taking to the field in Kitten Bowl 5.

Plan your day – here’s the lineup:

  • Kitten Bowl at noon, ET
  • Puppy Bowl 3 PM, ET
  • Super Bowl 6 PM, ET

Super Bowl parties

Planning a Super Bowl party but haven’t set the menu yet? Here’s a how-to on building a Super Bowl snack stadium, and here are 126 Amazing Super Bowl Party Foods That Are Guaranteed To Score.

But if you are hosting a party, we issue a reminder to look after guest safety to avoid any host liability. The Insurance Information Institute explains:

Social host liability, also known as “Dram Shop Liability” laws vary widely from state to state, but 43 states have them on the books. Most of these laws also offer an injured person, such as the victim of a drunk driver, a method to sue the person who served the alcohol. There are circumstances under these laws where criminal charges may also apply.

It’s a little late for this Super Bowl, but if you are a homeowner who likes to host parties, you might want to talk to your independent insurance agent about umbrella liability insurance, which increases your protection.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, and offering sensible tips for party-goers and hosts.

Veterans Day 2017 – New England events and tributes


Veterans Day banner

On Veterans Day, we owe a debt of deep gratitude to all military service members, past and present, for their service to our country. Thank you!

There are many events this weekend offering tribute to our veterans … we’ve gathered a few listings – both for veterans and for those who want to find a way to pay tribute to their service.

The Boston Red Sox have various activities to honor vets and raise money and awareness for veterans. And don’t miss this: On Saturday, the Red Sox will open up Fenway Park to veterans with free tours available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here are some other events, commemorations and tributes this weekend.

Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Free Meals for Military Personnel on Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2017: What’s opened, what’s closed

Boston Veteran’s Day Events, 2017

Veterans Day events in R.I., southeastern Mass.

Veterans Day ceremonies, parades in southwestern Connecticut

CT Veterans Day App Launch, Ceremonies, Parades

NH Veterans Day events

Autumn in New England: What to see & do


colorful fall trees with leaves carpeting the ground

If leaf peeping is on your agenda this holiday weekend, here’s the latest weather and foliage reports from NECN. Overall, the foliage season is always enjoyable here in New England, but meteorologists say that this year will not be among the most spectacular displays. Our recent mild temperatures have slowed things down a bit and erratic weather patters and drought have taken a toll:

“All told, this autumn’s colors in New England will feature a notable absence of some maple oranges and reds. This makes our 2017 dominant colors yellow from birch and poplar, bronze from hickories and red/brown from oak. All of this, taken together, combines for a lovely display … just not the dazzling explosion of colors we’re used to – instead, a display heavily weighted toward yellow and brown.”

Don’t let that stop you — our local fall foliage is one of the wonders of nature and always puts on a show, even in the “off’ years. Here are some ideas for planning things to do over the holiday weekend and the next few weeks. If your wanderings take you north, be alert for wildlife since it’s peak season for human-animal collisions. It’s always a god idea to have your local independent insurance agent’s phone number or app handy on your mobile phone just in case.

Yankee Magazine is a great source of info on seasonal activities. Download their free foliage app, Leaf Peepr, as well as a free Ultimate Guide to Autumn in New England, available at the same link. They also offer:

Live Fall Foliage Map – Where’s the best New England fall foliage right now? The live fall foliage map lets fall-foliage fans report and track the evolution of autumn color in New England.

Peak foliage Map – This is a fun map: “To see how the color rolls through New England, click on the “play” button to the right. As the map changes, so will the calendar as it highlights the approximate peak dates for different parts of the region. Happy leaf-peeping!”

For ideas on where to go and what to do, see the articles listed under each map on the above links. The articles include:

  • 10 Places to Visit in New England in Fall
  • Favorite Fall Foliage Drives in New England
  • The best corn mazes in New England from Maine to Rhode Island.
  • Best Apple Orchards in New England
  • Fall Foliage Train Tours
  • 5 Best Pumpkin Festivals in New England
  • 12 New England Fairs to Visit This Fall

Discover New England also offers many great autumnal suggestions. They offer a brief explanation of what autumn colors are all about. Be sure to check out the Guide to New England in Fall, with a state-by-state breakdown, and information on

  • New England fall events
  • New England fall food festivals
  • New England fall scenic drives
  • New England fall foliage maps

Go meet your local food growers for Farmers’ Market Week!


Be sure to stock up on fresh, delicious locally grown food for National Farmers Market Week (August 6-12) sponsored by The Farmers Market Coalition. Buying locally pays dividends back to your community in so many ways. It supports local small farm businesses. American farmers and ranchers receive only 15.6 cents of every food dollar consumers spend on food in the normal food distribution system, but Farmers markets offer an alternative that allows growers to retain more of the food dollar. Plus, growers selling locally create 13 farm jobs per $1 million in revenue, versus 3 jobs when not selling locally. It also helps to keep a greener planet. Getting your food locally rather than having it shipped from the other side of the country – or from other countries – saves on transportation and infrastructure costs and reduces the associated ecological toll.

Plus, at a Farmers Market you can ask questions and interact with the growers. It’s a win-win. See more benefits in the infographic below.

Here are some resources for finding a New England Farmer’s Market near you!

Infographic with reasons to suport local Farmers Markets

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