• News

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Sporting Teams in Boston

    Boston is known as one of the most popular and oldest cities in America. Having been the intellectual, medical, educational and even the financial center of the nation at one point, Boston is also known for its eager support and finance of many professional sports. In fact its history in sports is almost as deep as the city’s own treasured history. Perhaps the most famous of all of their sporting histories is their foray into Basketball, with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are one of the founding members of Major League Baseball’s American League, and only one of four leagues who still play in the city that they were founded in. Fenway Park is the home stadium of the Red Sox.

    As if that wasn’t enough, Boston was where the very first game in the very first World Series occurred, all the way back in 1903. This series was played by the Red Sox who were known then as ‘The Americans’, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Red Sox were the winners of that series, as well as seven more. The Boston Red Sox is home to a great many legendary players – members of the Hall of Fame such as the great Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams among many others.

    Baseball isn’t the only professional sport that Boston shines in – the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association are just as legendary as their baseball counterparts. As a matter of fact the Celtics are historically known to still have more World Championship titles than any other team, with a staggering 17 championships. Like the Red Sox, many Celtics players have gone on to become legendary in their own right and entering the hall of fame such as Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and John Havlicek among many more.

    And yet despite all of these heavy hitters, Boston is famous still for its ice hockey team, the Boston Bruins. They were the first American member of the famous National Hockey League and were part of the Original Six, having won their sixth Stanley Cup in 2011. Just like basketball and baseball, there are also ice hockey members who made it to the hall of fame. This includes names such as the legendary Bobby Orr, Mitt Schmidt, Raymond Bourque and Eddie Shore.

    Last but not least, Boston is known to be the place where American Football originated. The New England Patriots, a team that needs no introduction – owe most of their fame and reputation to Boston and its rich history in professional sports.

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    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Boston in the Spotlight

    Boston is known as one of the oldest cities in America. It was incorporated into a town all the way back in 1630, and it finally became a recognized city in 1822. Being one of the oldest cities, it is steeped in an absolutely rich social and economic history. When it was first created, the town was only about improving the homestead – now it is a city known for great political changes. Without a shadow of a doubt, Boston has evolved from a simple town into New England’s cultural and economic hub. Known for having some of the finest inpatient hospitals, Boston is now teeming with activity, housing a staggering 617,000 residents. Aside from the hospitals it is also famous for its educational institutions and its foray into professional sports.

    During the time of the American Revolution, Boston was completely engulfed by the war. The British, angered by the Boston Tea Party retaliated in force which the patriots met with even more vigor. The patriots ended up besieging the city, starting with the famously great battle over at Bunker Hill and ending with the Siege of Boston – with the British being forced to evacuate Boston. However, it took its toll on the poor city as the blockade caused its already shaky economy to fall on its face.

    The city did not recover until 1880, when it was finally able to once again take the mantle as the central hub in the region of New England. During this time Boston was very famous for being the educational, medical and intellectual center of the great nation. It even shared the distinction as being the financial center, next to New York. During the Civil War, Boston was famously known for hosting plenty of activities that condemned slavery. In the 19th century, the city found itself facing a political change when it became spearheaded by the Boston Brahmins. Eventually, political control ended up in the hands of a simple Irish family – the Kennedys.

    During the Industrial era Boston played an incredibly important role, as its finance was what kept the textile mills and railroads going. Finally, when the 21st century came rolling along, Boston went back to its roots. It began to focus once more on medicine and education. However, this time around they also began focusing on new technologies. Boston eventually settled with biotechnology, as many of the towns that surrounded the great city became part of its suburbs.

  • Education & Careers

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Boston Nursing Careers

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    To some, the prospect of a career in nursing might not be too exciting. They do not get the same recognition that the more prestigious careers do and there are only very few who sing its praises. All of this despite the fact that so many people go for a nursing career. Though it seems rather likely that people choose it because they think it is an easier career choice than becoming a doctor. While it is certainly more expensive to go the path of the doctor, it is certainly no easier. The amount of effort that a nurse clocks in day in and day out can be staggering to be sure.

    Fortunately, despite all of the misguided views on nursing, there are many people who walk into this career headstrong with a passion to serve. Areas such as Boston are also all too happy to accept these eager healthcare providers, giving them a chance to truly show the world what they can do. Nurse Practitioners are very much welcome in Boston, as they have a rather impressive array of centers that are very much willing to take them in.

    For those who are interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner, Marathon Health in the Greater Boston Area can help. They are one of the leading providers of healthcare – particularly onsite so it can be quite exciting. On the other hand, those looking to be a nurse practitioner/physician’s assistant can look no further than the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. This center is known for how well they treat their nurses, always providing as much support as they can to any who are willing to work with them.

    On the other hand, a psychiatric nurse practitioner can enjoy their career with medical doctor associates in the Greater Boston Area. Those who are interested in working at the reputable Massachusetts General Hospital can look no further as they are looking for a manager of advanced practice in cardiac surgery which is something a nurse practitioner can do, and do well.

    Registered nurses also have a place to call their career home as the Commonwealth Care Alliance is more than willing to take them in. They have absolutely everything that a registered nurse needs to feel right at home – such as skilled facilities, rehab hospitals, nursing homes and the like. There is also a vascular program for nurse practitioners over at the famed Boston Medical Center. There are even more positions available for any and all registered nurses who are willing to reach out and grab opportunity’s hand.

  • News

    Posted on September 14th, 2014

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    What is Happening in Watertown Massachusetts?

    Local athletes competing in Special Olympics
    At least 60 Belmont and watertown athletes have been busy this month sharpening up their skills in sports ranging from golf, softball biking to bocce on their attempt to compete for a chance of glory during this weekend Massachusetts Special Olympics August tournament. This weekend begins on Saturday August 9 where other intellectually and cognitively disabled athletes from all over the state with get an opportunity to compete in various summer games.

    For the numerous coaches and volunteers who are expected to accompany the kids during the games as well as training them throughout the year, having fun on a weekend is worth their time and commitment. Rick Murray, Belmont S.P.O.R.T. S’s volunteer cycling coach said, “I think at times I end up having more fun than they do, I have been with these kids and seen them grow up and it is always fun and incredibly rewarding watching them accomplish what other people never think they would accomplish” he said. He also mention a couple challenges during practice. For example, one of the kids was having chest congestion problems, but luckily coach Murray found couple remedies on-line to take care of the situation.

    Watertown public schools open September 4
    Superintendent of schools, Dr. Jean Fitzgerald announced that students in Watertown public schools will go back to school on September 4. For the registration of new students at an appropriate school, new students are supposed to bring their birth certificates, school report cards. In case records from their former schools are not readily transferred, then a proof of residency should be produced. Also, complete health records indicating the immunizations that were received should be produced. The certificates should be obtained from the department of public health and should be received before a student can be allowed to attend school. A principal, deputy principal, or even a guidance counselor will be present for consultation. Every parent should keep this information in mind if they are planning on enrolling their kids in any of Watertown’s schools.

    Watertown photographer’s tribute to Thoreau
    Watertown’s native Joseph Wailer has for a long time been exhibiting his fine art photography by making specialized black and white gelatin silver prints. When holding fast to older print making techniques, he does all of his printmaking and film developing with the use of his 1970′s enlarger. His photography work includes portfolios of schooners and Gloucester’s seascapes that were showcased at Berkshire museum.

    Wailer has in the past also worked as a book designer, art critic, and a photo editor. From 1987 to 2011, wailer owned wailer photo gallery in Gloucester. His newest, known as Thoreau’s legacy will be exhibited at Tsongas gallery in Walden Pond at around September 29.

    Winning essay in Watertown historical society contest
    Every year in the history of Watertown, sponsors of Watertown usually sponsor the historical award for the best essay submitted by a high school student in history. Students had their own choices of ethnic group, an individual, historical event, or a landmark in Watertown, as well as its significance to the region.

    The first place winner received $300 while the second and third place winners received each $100. Panel of historical society members are the ones who choose the winners. These awards were presented in June in high school lecture hall.

    The third place went with 10th grader Kareem Alhady for his essay. “Watertown and WW2″ The second place award went with Janaki Thangaraj for her essay on Perkin’s school for the blind. The first place award went to the 10th grader Arshdeep Singh and he is also the one who won a third place last year for his American arsenal essay.

    More is going on in Watertown that you would really love to learn about. However, even as you keep yourself informed on daily happenings, it is good to stay informed on health issues. Better yet, check out local newspaper for discounts on health related services. For example, our local dentist (John) on main street was offering free dental service in the community. You can also do teeth whitening at 50% discount! John welcome anyone interested in teeth whitening to consult with him or go to one of the online resources he recommend to learn more.

  • News

    Posted on September 12th, 2014

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    Can A Truck Driving Business Thrive in Watertown Massachusetts?

    If you are planning on starting up a trucking business, MA is a great town to do so. Not only is it a coastal town, but Boston and other neighboring cities are some of the cities which are responsible for transport of many goods, namely foods. Watertown MA is a great region to begin a trucking company for many reasons.

    It is near a large city

    It is just outside of Boston, MA, which is one of the biggest fish (seafood) distributors in the US. Not only are there several seafood restaurants in the local area, but local fishermen require truckers to transport their catch to neighboring cities and states. For a trucking company that plans on doing transport work, this is a great region to build your business around.

    It is a port town

    As it is a port town, transports are numerous in the region. And, as it is in MA, which is a state that connects New England, to larger neighboring states (such as NY and PA), it is a great place to build a business around. Trucking companies can do transport work for seafood, natural fish, and other goods in the local region. Because there are many businesses and restaurants that rely on these goods and shipments, a trucking business can surely thrive in the region if they have enough trucks and drivers to deliver the foods and other goods to clients in a timely fashion.

    Low cost company

    As there are not many companies in the local area, and as it is a smaller city (in comparison to Boston and neighboring areas), it is not going to cost as much to run your business in the area. So, taxes, and the cost of operation is going to be lower, since there are lower taxes to be paid in the region. Further, if there is less competition in the industry, it is easier to thrive in the local area, and to build up a clientele base in a short period of time. So long as you run your business well, and develop a steady clientele list, it is going to be simple to thrive in the area, and to develop a business that is going to thrive in the local community with time.

    Due to the fact that it is a port city, that there are large neighboring cities, and because there are many local companies that rely on transport and deliveries, it is possible for a trucking company to thrive in the region of Watertown MA. Not only is it a city which allows for ease of transport, because it is centrally located, it is also a local which requires this type of delivery service in order for businesses to thrive. In turn, as long as your business is properly set up and you build a client list early on, you will not only thrive, but will continue to grow, and continue to develop new clients in the local markets as time progresses as well.

  • News

    Posted on September 10th, 2014

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    Emergencies: Does Watertown Have a Plan?

    Emergency preparedness is more important than ever as human caused emergencies, hurricanes and other natural disasters seem to be increasing and will continue to be a threat to our well being. Nearly every city in the country faces emergencies of one sort or another and Watertown is no exception. Fortunately, the Watertown Health Department has a proactive plan in place in improve the emergency preparedness of the city and its residents.

    What is Watertown’s Strategy?

    Alignment with the CDC

    Watertown and 26 other surrounding communities are working to implement emergency preparedness requirements stipulated in a grant received from the Centers for Disease Control.

    Working with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

    Cooperation with the local medical community and MEMA has resulted in a comprehensive system in order to respond to emergency situations effectively and ensure the most efficient use of available resources.

    Ready Massachusetts

    Ready Massachusetts is a campaign that has been implemented in order to help residents of Massachusetts respond and prepare for emergency situations through education. Ready Massachusetts provides information and educational materials to empower citizens to be prepared and respond to emergency situations whether natural or man-made.

    Residents are encouraged to to do four key things:

    • Be informed about emergencies that may occur and how to respond.
    • Make a plan before an emergency situation is upon them.
    • Build an emergency kit.
    • Get involved in volunteer opportunities and planning.

    A short list of the disasters that are included in emergency planning

    • Hurricanes
    • Tornadoes
    • Floods
    • Power outages
    • Wildfires
    • Winter storms
    • Terrorism

    Options for Those Who Wish to be Even More Involved

    Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps

    The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is comprised of volunteers in a nationwide network of 993 local community units and more than

    Image courtesy of www.ci.watertown.ma.us

    207,000 volunteers throughout the U.S.

    The MRC is comprised of volunteers who range from trained medical and health professionals to those with no healthcare background. Local MRC units train these volunteers to engage in activities that improve the public health environment as well as strengthen emergency response operations and residents’ resiliency to disasters. Blizzards, floods, wildfires and disease epidemics are just some of the situations that MRC volunteers train for and respond to. MRC volunteers participate in community activities that encourage good health practices such as obesity reduction, heart health, quitting the use of tobacco products, first aid and many others.

    If you are interested in volunteering, simply visit this page to find a unit near your location. If you are unable to find one near you there is information and assistance available to start an MRC unit in your area. You can call 240-453-2839 to get this information.

    Make Emergency Medical Services Your Career

    A career in the emergency medical services can be very challenging yet very rewarding. EMTs and paramedics are two of the most known and in-demand career choices in this field. There are many choices available for obtaining the needed training. Some flexibility exists as to the paths available to obtain jobs in these careers. The first step to be taken by many is earning the Basic Life Support or BLS certification. You can learn more about it here. This certification can lead to entry level positions in emergency medical services as well as more advanced certifications.

    Being an EMS professional will put you on the front lines of many emergency situations where you can have a direct positive impact on your community.

    Conclusion

    Hopefully this article was informative and reassuring. It is often difficult and unpleasant to think about the likelihood of negative events and how best to deal with them. Watertown has shown a willingness to look out for the best interests of its residents by planning for these events. That is yet another reason to be thankful for where we live.

  • News

    Posted on August 20th, 2014

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    Most Watertown Car Insurance Brokers Are Irish and Proud

    Do you need car insurance? If you live in Watertown, Massachusetts, then you are probably in a place to choose between numerous agents who offer high quality services. Local insurance brokers are at your service as your satisfaction is their most important task. While searching for the proper broker, you may notice one interesting fact. Many brokers who work in the field of car insurance are Irish, of which many are women. This is evident from the strong insurance presence they have in Ireland, something they brought with them to the States when they immigrated.

    Here are a few others reasons they are natural in this industry:

    • The Irish are inherently communicative and friendly people
    • They will always offer a greater number of options to choose the one that’s right for you
    • Irish people will give you useful tips and information
    • They will tell you what you get with proper choice of car insurance
    • They will be there when you need them

    Success in business is accompanied by pleasure

    Most people love it when they are successful in various fields of life. The Irish are people who are very successful brokers. They draw strength from family unity and harmony and their good mood transfers on the business. When all comes at one place, satisfaction is guaranteed, both for brokers and clients. These people will bring a smile to your face, because they will help you solve some of your problems. They are true professionals when you need to make the best financial structure for the protection of your car in risky moments. They even love being part of the community, and regularly organize sporting and kayaking events for the locals to participate in.

    Some things really need to think ahead to avoid the consequences, so this is why you need quality insurance. Do not let bad insurance have effects in your life. Get only the best for yourself and your family. You can have all of this at affordable prices. If you are planning a trip, feel free to contact those who still have a solution for you. Every time when Irish people sell you car insurance they are proud, not because they make money, but because they enable you to be safe. That’s the difference between Irish brokers and everyone else.

    I promise you that if an Irish insurance agents sold you funeral cover you will be more likely to trust him than a quote from an Australian funeral insurance agent.

    Insurance is important in your life, so buy it from people who know what to recommend.

    Save your precious time

    Find your best broker online. What Watertown can offer to those who are looking for car insurance is primarily the possibility of obtaining a quick price offer. What should you do to get an adequate supply of information?

    • Find a brokerage house on the internet
    • Using the on-line form, request a quote
    • Provide accurate information about the vehicle to get accurate information
    • Compare prices that you have
    • Do not always choose the bidder with the lowest price, but call a few of them to get more information
    • Listen to what agents have to tell you

    Rest assured, it is almost certain that you will buy insurance from an Irishman if you live in Watertown Massachusetts, as many of them have sown their roots here since they originally immigrated here.

  • Safety

    Posted on August 16th, 2014

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    Guide to a Healthy Home in Watertown

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    Whether you have just moved in or have been living in Watertown for a long time, it is important to ensure that your house can live up to what is expected of it. It should be able to provide shelter for you as well as ensure your safety both in terms of physical safety and health. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure that your house is family friendly and enhanced for perfect health.

    Regularly inspect your wirings and alarms

    Having smoke alarms installed in your home is not enough to keep you safe from fire hazards. Be sure to check them up regularly to ensure that they are in good functioning condition. Pay particular attention to the battery; make sure that the device does not run out of power. An unpowered smoke alarm is just the same as having no alarms at all.

    It is also best to check the condition of your electrical wirings. These things can be a source of fire so you have to make sure that they are in good condition at all times.

    Regularly check for water conditions

    The water that we take in can have adverse effect in your health whether for good or worse. It is therefore important to have your water checked regularly. Be sure to check for water contamination as well as have water softeners installed in your system to avoid heavy water flowing into your home. Find out the best water softener reviews 2014 by clicking here.

    Regularly check for other potential dangers

    Be sure to have grab bars, non-skid mats, and handrails installed. This will ensure that you as well as old people in your home are injury-free. If you have a baby in your home, it could help if you have baby gates installed. It should not however end with these; you need to identify potential risk areas like loose rugs or broken portion of the floor.

    Once that is done, act on it immediately. Timely repairs can prove to be very handy to keep your home safe.

    Regular inspection of your home may be simple but it can go a very long way of keeping your home family friendly as well as ensure your good health.

  • News

    Posted on August 14th, 2014

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    Boston Colleges Create Payday Loan Service for Students

    With the downturn in the economy almost everyone is cash-strapped. From a business executive to a student, everybody is feeling the financial crunch. If you are in dire financial straits and in immediate need of money, payday loans can be of great help.

    A payday loan is a short-term loan for small amounts. You write a post-dated personal check for the amount you need to borrow plus a fee in exchange for cash. The lender holds on to the check and cashes it on the agreed date or usually on payday. These loans are also called cash advance loans or check advance loans. Although there might be other ways to get money fast, this is a hassle free way of getting money if you don’t have any savings and need cash to hold you out until the next payday. These cash advances can cater for unexpected expenses like vehicle breakdown or medical emergencies. The requirements for taking the loan are, you will need a bank account, a source of regular income and provide your identification.

    The idea from proving this service to the student community came from a University from Spain (Universidad de Madrid), were in 2012 a small beta program was created to promote alternative financial help for students in the community. Here is the original mission statement of the program:

    El programa de préstamos inmediatos para estudiantes de la comunidad tiene como objetivo ofrecer asistencia a la hora de pedir un crédito online sin necesitad de un fiador. La meta principal es poder expandir el programa a diferente universidades alrededor del mundo para que mucho más estudiantes puedan gozar de los beneficios de este tipo de préstamos y responder a cualquier pregunta frecuentes sobre mini préstamos.

    Translation: The main objective of the Payday loan program for the student community is to offer assistance at the time of requesting for an online loan. The main goal is to expand the program to other universities around the world in order to share the benefits of this types of loans and clear any doubts about them.

    Some of the advantages of payday loans are:

    1. Payday loans are fast and to acquire.
    2. No stringent qualifying requirements as the borrowed amounts are only for a short period.
    3. Can be applied by borrowers who are ineligible for others forms of credit.
    4. Avoid incurring bank charges in case your check bounces.
    5. Avoid missed payments and unpaid bills.

    In a community you cannot always expect your bank, friends or family to bail you out in case of a financial emergency. Payday loans services have been coming up in the Boston area and people can make use of these services. Also Boston area has got a great student community. The finances of college students are even more strained compared to others. Payday loan service for students can be made use for the student’s immediate financial needs.

    Overall, if you would like to know more information regarding where to ask for a payday loan near your area or what are the requirements to apply for one, don’t hesitate to contact us. I already have a big list of informative websites that I would like to share with you.

  • News

    Posted on August 9th, 2014

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    Gunsmithing Prospects in Watertown, MA

    The city of Watertown, lying in the Greater Boston Area, with its population of some 33,000 is a city with a lot of potential for young, aspiring gunsmiths. The area around this city is scattered with several well reputed, expert gunsmiths and firearms experts who are able to offer expert advice and training on the handling, repairing, maintenance and restoration of old and new firearms. There is Boston Firearms LLC, New England Firearms Academy, Four Season Firearms, Ammo Bunker and Precision Point Firearms LLC, all within 10 miles of Watertown.

    What is noteworthy however, is the complete absence of a well reputed gunsmith expert within the city’s confines. This vacuum provides an excellent opportunity for a professional gun expert / qualified hobbyist to start up their own gunsmithing shop in Watertown, Massachusetts. Where gun enthusiasts previously had to travel outside the city to get their qualifications, seek advice regarding repairing / purchasing / restoring a weapon, they can get it much closer to their home, from your newly opened business. Moreover, because there is no direct competition within the city, you can actually become successful very quickly and easily.

    Besides offering advice on guns and training people in their use, you could offer a limited number of apprenticeships at your gunsmithing business for those who have the spark. This would help your business to blend in with the community and boost the image of your business in the local populace’s view as more and more amateurs get schooled in the art of gunsmithing at your business. The true mark of a hobbyist is that they do not ask to be paid for the chance of pursuing it, especially if it holds the promise of future earnings. With this in mind, you can measure up the candidates for your apprenticeship classes on the basis of their dedication and willingness to learn. Not only will you be sharing your knowledge of the art, you will also get an able assistant to help you in handling the affairs of the shop. If you continue this tradition, you may even be able to open a full time gunsmithing school in the area, since there is a dearth in Watertown for those too.

    Coming to the financial prospects of pursuing a gunsmithing profession in Watertown, you should know that the average salary of a gunsmith in Watertown is $60,532. Starting out, you can expect a salary of some $49,849 which can rise to about $71,214 after you have put some time into your profession. The salary for gunsmiths in this city is higher than the average but living in this city is also 50% more expensive than the average national cost. Simply put, the potential for a gunsmithing establishment is enormous in Watertown simply because there is no one else to cater to the needs of the citizens, and this, coupled with the aforementioned apprenticeship strategy, can definitely enable you to overcome any initial hurdles quite easily. So if you are someone who has experience in running gunsmithing schools or have graduated from an extensive gunsmithing course, Watertown is definitely a place to ply your trade.

  • News

    Posted on August 6th, 2014

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    Watertown Segment Of Tri-City Trail Gets $1.6 Million Upgrade

    If you’re an avid runner or walker or just enjoy getting out into nature sometimes you may have noticed some construction underway on the Tri-City trail, specifically the Watertown segment. The official opening of the new trail was on July 21 and the entire point of the project was to increase the views along the Charles River, which will increase the amount of people that will be able to experience it by making it more accessible to the locals.

    The approving of this trail improvement required  the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Town of Watertown, the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown Commission of Disability, the Bilezikian Family Foundation, and the Watertown Foundation to come up with $1.6 million dollars all together to make it happen.

    So what did they improve on from the old trail?

    Well if you were an avid user of the old path you will know it looked a bit neglected, but you will now notice that better street crossings along with a completely new trail along the Charles River, improved shore access and better accessibility for individuals who suffer from sight loss or are visually impaired.

    However, the pathway is still not quite perfect as there are many branches that lie along the pathway, which detract from the natural beauty. There is also a lot of poison oak along the trails so before the project can be deemed complete, it will be important to make sure all of that is taken care of, which will likely take some more fundraising or volunteering from the local community.

    If you’ve been looking to get into shape recently then this is just the thing to give you some added motivation to get out there on the trails and go for a run or walk to burn some of those extra calories you have been eating, while also giving you some stunning views of the riverfront.

    I myself have been getting into fitness recently with a goal to lose weight and burn more muscle and one of my favorite activities recently has been to get my best pre workout brand out of the pantry, mix up a shake and head out on a this tri-city trail, and run to the gym. It took me a while to choose the right pre workout drink for me, but now I never leave home without it, because it makes my gym workouts so much more effective.

    I also enjoy just going on long walks with my camera along the new pathway to do some people watching or take some nature style photos when the light is good. Every time I go I find something new and interesting to explore and take photos of, all the while getting some nice exercise.

    The new path is also a great place to end the evening with a nice stroll after dinner or even before dinner with a date. The path offers great water views, which make it a nice addition to the evening activities.

    So get out there on that new trail, enjoy the beauty and use it as an excuse to get a workout in to get healthier!

  • News

    Posted on August 4th, 2014

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    Drinking Water: What’s in the water in Watertown?

    Water. It’s the most basic human necessity. It makes up roughly 70% of our Earth, and an equally large percentage of our bodies. We drink it, bathe in it, clean with it, it’s everywhere. But what’s really in it?

    The additives in our water vary from state to state, and place to place. For this reason, the water in our pipes at Watertown will be different to the water that our neighbors receive. This article will inform you on the most common additives you can expect to find in our water.

    Water that is entirely pure is a rare occurrence; it is inevitable that there are going to be trace amounts of various chemicals found in every water supply. However, as long as the amounts of these chemicals are kept at low enough levels, they do not pose a threat. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards to keep the public water supply as clean as possible. Every chemical in water is measured in terms of milligrams per liter, and each one has a limit as to how high the milligrams per liter rate can be before the water supply is deemed unfit.

     

    Fluoride

    Fluoride, for example, has a limit of 4 mg/L. While this is often a water additive used for dental hygiene, it is also found naturally in water due to the erosion of natural fluoride deposits. As long as exposure is controlled and monitored, it is not a safety concern. Prolonged exposure from any water supply with levels above the EPA limit could lead to bone disease, and in children, mottled teeth.

     

    Mercury

    Mercury, which can also be found naturally due to deposit erosion, has a much smaller limit of 0.002 mg/L. As most people are aware, prolonged exposure to mercury is toxic and can cause mercury poisoning. The main side effect of this is severe kidney damage. The good news is, that mercury levels are closely watched by the EPA, so there is very little risk or high deposits in our water at Watertown.

     

    Chlorine

    Even chlorine, which is used to disinfect drinking water and rid it of harmful pathogens, can be harmful if not regulated. Chlorine has a limit of 4 mg/L, and prolonged exposure to levels above that limit can cause eye and nose irritation and stomach discomfort.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are also a number of vital nutrients that can be found in water. While water originally does not contain any added nutrients, it can absorb certain minerals that can then be delivered to your body.

     

    Magnesium and calcium

    Magnesium and calcium, for instance, can often be found in tap water, and the higher the levels of these 2 nutrients, the ‘harder’ the water rating. Calcium helps to strengthen bones and support bone health. Magnesium does the same, and also helps regulate blood pressure and heart rhythm. The amount found in water varies depending on where you live, especially since there are some places that choose to add a bit extra to the supply.

    In the Massachusetts area, the water is generally soft, meaning there is low levels of magnesium or calcium- approximately 1 grain per gallon. Watertown will share similar levels of hard water.

    Magnesium and calcium are beneficial for health, but not so helpful towards your home. High levels of these minerals can having damaging effects on your home’s plumbing and appliances. For this reason, most households choose to install a water softener. Visit http://watersoftenercritic.com for water softener reviews, ratings, and more information.

     

    Just as with the various chemicals, the addition of any nutrients to the public water supply is strictly overseen by the EPA. These additional nutrients, and the varying amounts found in different places are actually what account for water’s taste. While there are those that believe water can’t have a taste, and all water tastes the same, this is not the case. The differences may not be overtly noticeable, but they are there.

    It is also important to note that bottled water is not necessarily the better option. Bottled water companies tend to include the same additives that can be found in public water supplies, however, bottled water is regulated by the FDA, not the EPA. The EPA often has stricter regulations that must be adhered to.

    If you would like to be more confident on what’s in your water, a simple tester kit can be purchased online, with the results available in days.

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