Archive for: August, 2011

Providence Startup Nest4Less to Offer Deals for Homebuyers/Homeowners


This month, Providence startup, Nest4Less will open its virtual doors promising to save subscribers a bundle on necessary, home-related expenses.  Nest4Less applies the group buying model of deal sites like Groupon and Living Social to substantial purchases homebuyers and homeowners cannot do without creating a Welcome Wagon for the 21st century. Between house hunting and [...]

CDC: Half of Americans Have a Sugary Drink Daily

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ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing an awful lot. A new study found that one in 20 drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research also showed [...]

Government Sues to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T’s $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers. The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition. At a news conference, Deputy [...]

Irene Delays Opening of Schools Across East

Courtesy of Associated Press

WHITMAN, Mass. (AP) — Parents may be ready to send their kids back to school, but some schools aren’t ready to take them back. Power failures, flooding, road closures and other problems left by Irene have led some superintendents in New England and elsewhere in the East to delay the start of school. Parents have [...]

Bridge to NH resort damaged by Irene collapses

Courtesy of Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — While crews are working to assess damage to roads in New Hampshire, a main bridge into a resort in Lincoln has collapsed. The bridge to Loon Mountain had been damaged by high waters from Tropical Storm Irene. Inspectors are checking out bridges and trying to repair the damage. Meanwhile, the resort [...]

UMass Amherst Welcomes Largest, Most Academically Successful Freshmen Class In The University’s History

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If you are a high school student who currently has UMass Amherst listed as one of your “safety” schools, you might want to open up that “Schools I Am Applying To” Word document and do some editing. The numbers are in and this year’s freshmen class, the class of 2015, is one for the University [...]

Hundreds of Thousands Still Without Power In MA, RI and CT; When Will Your Home’s Power Be Restored?

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Power companies rank outages as “high” if they interrupt services for 15% or more of their customers, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. With service interruptions estimated to be around — or above — the 25%-mark for National Grid, NSTAR and Connecticut Light & Power, perhaps a new ranking is [...]

About 145,000 Mass. Customers Still Without Power

Courtesy of Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — About 145,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses remain without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. National Grid reports Wednesday that about 108,000 of its nearly 1.3 million customers don’t have electricity. The communities of Foxborough, Attleboro, Norwell and Plainville are among the towns with highest percentage of customers without power. NStar [...]

“Free Snack Box” Ad Campaign On Shuttle Flights Out Of Logan; See How It Compares To Other In-Flight Ad Campaigns

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If you took a US Airways Shuttle flight from Boston to New York or Washington D.C. this summer, you may have been the beneficiary of a pleasant, in-flight surprise: a free box of snacks. As the Florida-based advertisement company that created the snack box campaign, Air Advertainment, notes on its website, this in-flight box of [...]

Thinking of Donating Money to Victims of Irene? Here are some Recommended Charities

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Disasters bring out the best in most of us.  In fact, American charities have already raised more than $246 million for Japan’s earthquake relief efforts, according to Charity Navigator. They’ve raised more than $6.5 billion for Hurricane Katrina victims.  But disasters can also bring out predators.  If you’re thinking of contributing money to an agency [...]

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