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Is the Post-Marathon-Bombing One Fund a Worthwhile Charity?

I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Comparing Proton Beam Therapy in New Jersey and Boston

A friend of mine has a 15 month old son who was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma (brain cancer). He had a complete surgical resection of the tumor, and the next step is proton beam therapy. She has her choice between pursuing therapy at MGH in Boston, or in New Jersey at either Procare in Somerset or Robert Wood in New Brunswick. The New Jersey facilities would be more convenient for her and her family, but if the Boston facility is better, she'll make it work. Can you give me any information about how these three facilities compare in terms of both effectiveness of the therapy and patient experience, particularly with very young pediatric patients?
posted by KathrynT on May 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Yet another question about moving to Boston...

My partner and I are moving to Boston! We would like to live in an up-and-coming area (as opposed to "established," getting the most space for our limited budget) close to public transportation, but are having some difficulty determining which areas are safe and fit our lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Apr 30, 2013 - 12 answers

How to decide between 2 Grad Programs: Chicago vs Boston

Hey All, I would love some advice. I am not sure what to do. So I am going to grad school in health policy. Option A is to attend a University in Boston. I have applied and been accepted. Now Boston is twice as expensive as the local university in Chicago. However, I plan to apply for a scholarship to attend Boston. I will not find out if I am awarded this scholarship until the summer. If I am a recipient of the scholarship it comes with a 50% tuition waiver. One of the benefits of the scholarship is that there is a leadership development component and you are assigned a mentor, who is a leader in the field, in the Boston area. To apply for the scholarship, I have to commit and accept the offer to attend the school. However, if I do not get the scholarship, I would financially not be able to attend the school. So you might be able to see where this is going. On the one hand, I would like to start looking for housing and a roommate in Boston (I understand cost of living is much higher than Chicago, so I am a little freaked about that) right now, but how can I do this if I do not know if I will be attending the program? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 30, 2013 - 9 answers

A week between Cape Cod and NYC (via DC)

What to see during a spare week in August between leaving Hyannis on a Friday (having had a few days there and before that Boston) and need to be in NYC the following Friday for a long weekend of sightseeing? [more inside]
posted by brettski on Apr 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Where should we live in the Boston area?

You guys helped me land the job, now please help us figure out where to live! I'll be working in the Back Bay area and my husband in Waltham, near Prospect Park (thus not near the train station). [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Apr 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods, Boston

Tell me about Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods! I've lived in Boston about ten years and am considering a move to one of those areas, but am pretty ignorant of the different neighborhoods within. Help me rectify this -- what are your favorite spots in Roxbury or Dorchester, and why? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Apr 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Any resistance to lockdown and search?

Boston lockdown filter: During the recent dragnet, have there been any reports of people refusing to permit a police search of their home? Or of people going outside against the 'urgings' of the authorities?
posted by LonnieK on Apr 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Moral one-upmanship on Facebook: the story behind the story?

So it seems like the Boston bombings have caused a sizeable minority of my FB friends to start admonishing everyone for not being more upset about 'real' bombings in the middle east/ deaths in Africa. (None of my friends are American, if that matters, all are from the UK). While I too am sad more atrocities from other continents don't get the attention in our media they deserve, I can't help but feel the impulse behind the statements is kind of underhand and nasty in a way I can't put my finger on. Can you explain what motivations drive this? [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie on Apr 17, 2013 - 44 answers

Startup tees in Boston?

Have any recommendations for a quality t-shirt screen printer in Kendall Square? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Apr 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Running up that [Haahtbreak] Hill

Our friend is running in her first Boston Marathon this year, and we want to support her from home. If we are able to get a few helpful Boston friends to do our bidding, what can we do to give her an unexpected boost? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Logan Airport - getting there from Quincy

We have a 9 am flight on Saturday morning out of Logan Airport. We live in Quincy. We're leaning toward driving ourselves and leaving our car in the Economy Lot, with the idea that traffic's not likely to be a problem on a weekend morning. Do you think that's true? Also, how long does it take to take the shuttle from the Economy Lot to the airport (Terminal B, if that makes any difference)? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Apr 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Nice Boston-specific gift for a friend moving to Bostom?

Our housemate is moving to Boston for work. I'd like to get him something that will be immediately useful to him - museum card, gift certificate for takeout when he comes home exhausted etc. Thinking of spending around 50 euros (we're in the Netherlands). Any ideas?
posted by nerdfish on Mar 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Camping before the parks open

I'd like to take a couple of days in late April/early May to bike from Boston to Provincetown. None of the state parks along that route are open until Memorial Day. Is there any way I can still camp overnight along the route, or am I going to need to find other accommodations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Fitness with a twist

I am moving to Boston in the near future and I am looking to find some form of interesting/unusual athletic activity. [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Mar 17, 2013 - 20 answers

What to do in Boston this weekend?

My husband and I will be in Boston this weekend, and will have time Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and most of the day Sunday to do stuff. So what should we do? We've never been to the city before, and are interested in historical/cultural activities, or just walking around and looking at things. We also need a few good restaurant suggestions, but don't want to hit the bar scene. We are staying near the Boston Convention Center. We won't have a car but could get one. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 13, 2013 - 20 answers

There's a good chance it will be paired with hiking boots at some point

Which stores on/near Newbury Street in Boston should I check out for a non-gown-type wedding dress? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Mar 9, 2013 - 10 answers

4-day trip, from Boston, somewhere warm

We've only just got our act together to be able to take the same days off work next week - so my husband and I would like to take a quick trip somewhere. BUT - I cant think where to go! We'd be departing from Boston, leaving Thursday anytime, need to be back by sunday noon. I'd prefer to not have a long drive, or a flight of more than 4 hours, given we dont have a lot of time. I think given the time constraints, we're limited to the east coast USA. But I can't get further than that... Hivemind - help us figure out how to enjoy our first break in a while! Both of us enjoy going places where there are interesting or historic area to walk around and explore, great food, art galleries to sigh over... Me: Would love to go somewhere warm. Him: ability to get outdoors, small towns or rural areas preferred - no big city (so not NYC or DC) [more inside]
posted by darsh on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Tell us about cornbread

I am at a meetup in Boston at a German restaurant (Jacob Wirth) and we have been served cornbread as an appetizer, but none of the mefites present thinks of cornbread as a German food. Can anyone tell us if there is some Germanic cuisine connection we are missing here? Hope us, please -- a half-dozen curious mefites are baffled.
posted by ricochet biscuit on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Living in Boston vs. living in Philadelphia?

I've got the chance to spend two years doing research work at a university in either Boston or Philadelphia. I've never been to either city, and I can't visit them before deciding. I'm looking for general impressions of what life would be like in each place. (I've posted some other details inside, but because I'm so ignorant of both places, this is pretty free-form...) [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 22, 2013 - 43 answers

How to ask my roommate if I can break the lease before it ends?

I live in Cambridge, MA and share a two-bedroom apt with one roommate. We are women in our early 30's. I've been in the home for 2.5 years, with a different roommate each year. I loved my first two roommates. I invited my current roommate to move in this past Sept (met her through Craig's List) and we're a good fit. I have a sudden, burning urge to move into my own (1 bedroom) apt. Do I ask her permission, or just tell her I'm moving? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Comparison of Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines for UK -> USA

For the flights that I'm booking between London (UK) and Boston (US), Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines have effectively identical flight times and prices. Can any seasoned pond-hoppers recommend one airline over the other, and tell me why? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Feb 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Need Boston area marriage counseling

Hello. The other Boston area marriage counseling posts are several years old. I hope metafilter can help me find a good marriage counselor. My husband and have been together for 17 years, married for four years. He is at his wits end dealing with my depression (which I'm currently in treatment for). We need to talk to someone soon. Please give me some recommendations of good couples counselors.
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 5 answers

I have two questions related to my mental health.

I'm 24, and I live in the suburbs a half-hour north of Boston. I'm about to get health insurance that includes mental care. I don't know how the private healthcare system works. How should I get a mental-health diagnosis? What doctors and therapists in the area could help me with whatever problems I may have? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Superb Owl Sunday Party

I'm hosting a football-free celebration of man's finest feathered friend, this Sunday. What owl tributes and puns do I need on the menu, on the television, on the stereo, and as decor? [more inside]
posted by enfa on Feb 1, 2013 - 23 answers

Recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston

Please recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston for an early 30s couple that likes the outdoors, history, trivia, movies, books, and good Italian food -- and prefers a trip that’s a mix of active and lazy. We’ll be in the area for a about a week around Memorial Day and want to know our options beyond the city itself.
posted by commander biscuit on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Load Up for Down Cape

I am traveling to Wellfleet , Cape Cod for a week this Saturday. I would like to do a lot of cooking for my aging mother and need to do a healthy shopping on the way from Logan Airport. I would go into Boston to Whole Circus and Trader Joes, but it is not really on the way. Where can I go for a good grocery shop, preferably with a decent organic selection, that is in between Logan and Wellfleet, MA Thanks!
posted by silsurf on Jan 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Laser Vision Correction Experiences in Boston/Brookline, MA?

It's 2013, it's the future, it's time to fire lasers into my eyes. Does anyone have any particularly good/bad experiences with offices in the Boston and Brookline area? Did you use Qualsight? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Jan 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Jeweler needed

Can you recommend a jeweler in the Boston metro area who can resize a gold ring for me?
posted by jcrbuzz on Jan 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Best lounges in Boston?

I'm looking for recommendations for lounges in Boston for a birthday party with around 10-15 guests. We'll all be in our early 20s. Ideally, the place will play livelier music but not blast it to the point where I have to shout to have a conversation. Price range is pretty flexible. In terms of location, closer to the financial district is preferable, so nothing near Allston, brookline, etc. This would be for a Saturday night between 8 and 11 PM and I'd like to be able to make reservations. A decent sized crowd is appreciated, as we don't want to feel like we're the only group of people in the place. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Jan 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Boston: Now What (Redux)

I have NYC-Boston down to a science. Now please help me figure out the other end of my trip to the suburbs in a sane fashion. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 14, 2013 - 23 answers

Boston coffee snobbery

Where can a coffee snob find fulfillment in Boston? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 6, 2013 - 23 answers

Birmingham to Boston Road Trip

What weather and road issues should I be aware of in my drive from Birmingham to Boston next Saturday, and what sights should I see? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Dec 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a Messiah...

Looking for Messiah sings, greater Boston area. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Dec 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Boston on the Cheap

Know how to have a fun weekend in Boston on a budget? Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Dec 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Which Boston-area theater/performance/arts subscription should I buy?

Which Boston-area theater/performance/arts subscription should I buy? [more inside]
posted by teditrix on Dec 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Birmingham to Boston

Moving from Alabama to Boston to join a startup. How do I adjust to this new city and the startup culture there? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Dec 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Feed us before the show starts!

Please recommend a kid-friendly place for lunch within walking distance of the Boston Ballet. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Someone already used "Shipping up to Boston" but I can't think of anything else because I have all these questions.

Moving to Boston from the South. Single parent. So many questions. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Nov 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Buy burning peat north of Boston?

Where on the north shore of Boston can I buy peat for burning in my fireplace?
posted by eggman on Nov 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Mortgage broker in Newton MA

Please recommend a good mortgage broker for refinancing in the Newton/Brookline MA area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Locating lunch clam chowder

Help me find the best place for clam chowder for lunch in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville tomorrow, given my conditions! [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Nov 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Need a bathing suit in the cold tomorrow!

Where can I buy a bathing suit tomorrow in Boston, MA? [more inside]
posted by Emms on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Can I make it from Boston to Brooklyn tomorrow (Saturday?)

Any issues with roads traveling from Boston to Brooklyn tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Getting to/from BOS and the hotel?

What's the best way to get from BOS to Hotel Buckminster on Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

We can all agree on needing a drink

Can you suggest a good place in the metro-Boston area, preferably downtown Boston or Cambridge, to be having a drink and a snack on Election Night? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Nov 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Photo booth in or near Boston?

Old school photo booth in or near Boston? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

A moving company to get from Chicago to Boston.

Asking for a friend: What's a good moving company to go from Chicago to Boston with the contents of one bedroom apartment? (Clothes, kitchen stuff plus dining table, bedroom furniture, living room stuff like a big couch and some chairs, a bookcase etc. Might also include the moving of a Honda Civic.)
posted by CrazyLemonade on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

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