Prime Motor Group Launches New Membership Service for Luxury Vehicles

SnipImagePrime Motor Group recently announced a new ‘Prime Flip’ automobile monthly membership service – a first-of-its-kind program in the New England market that provides on-demand access to premium vehicles.

Using the Prime Flip App—available for both Android and iOS—this new monthly membership service allows customers to exchange vehicles whenever they’d like with a simple tap, as many times as they choose. Prime Flip offers a vehicle for every occasion. Members can drive a Mercedes convertible for their trip to the Cape and then swap out that vehicle for a Ford pickup to complete a weekend project. With Prime Flip, new vehicles are delivered right to the customer anywhere within a 25-mile radius of Westwood, MA.

Prime Flip is an innovative service offered by family-operated Prime Motor Group, as the company continues to embrace new ways to further enhance the customer experience.

“Driving a premium or luxury vehicle is a great experience that can now be enjoyed in an entirely different way as a unique alternative to buying, leasing or renting,” said David Rosenberg, President and CEO of Prime Motor Group. “We think Prime Flip will redefine the automobile experience for our New England customers. It’s like having a multi-vehicle garage at the push of a button.”

Prime Flip allows members to have access to a variety of vehicles from top automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Acura, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and Chevrolet.

The new Prime Flip service also comes with a personal concierge who will monitor a customers’ preferences and match them with the perfect vehicle. The Prime Flip concierge will also deliver, clean, and fuel up each vehicle to allow for a seamless transition.

Other benefits include all maintenance, insurance, excise tax, and vehicle registration costs as part of the membership. All vehicles are delivered by Prime Motor Group with a full tank of gas and picked up once a member chooses another model to drive. Memberships cost a one-time joining fee of $500 and then $1,995 per month plus tax. The service will only be available to 50 customers, so membership is limited.  For more information, please visit www.primeflip.com

Framingham Hosts Life Sciences Executives from All Over the World

Bus Tour for BIO Conference Participants Highlight the Benefits of Locating in Metrowest

life scienceOn Friday, June 8th, 50 executives from Life Sciences companies boarded a bus in Boston and took the 30-minute ride to Framingham and Natick.  The executives, who had attended the international BIO Conference that took place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), stayed an extra day to check out the opportunities that the Metrowest region can offer their growing businesses.

The extensive visit allowed participants to get a sense of the region as a lower-cost, high-quality alternative to the region’s Life Sciences hub in Boston and Cambridge.  After boarding a bus at the BCEC, the visitors – who came from countries that included Australia, India, and South Korea – learned first-hand of the relatively short distance between Framingham and Boston.  After arriving at 1 Grant Street in Framingham, the location of Alira Health, a growing life sciences firm, participants were welcomed by State Senator Karen Spilka; Travis McCready, CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; Paul Matthews of the 495 Metrowest Partnership; and representatives from life sciences 2Framingham and Natick’s governments.

“We were happy to join with local life sciences industry executives, as well as with the Town of Natick and the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce to help organize this visit and to host these Life Sciences executives in Framingham,” said Arthur Robert, director of Framingham’s Community and Economic Development division. “Framingham and the Metrowest region have a lot to offer these companies in terms of quality of life and an educated workforce, but with lower overhead costs.  And they were able to see that for themselves with this visit.”

The bus tour participants heard directly from the region’s Life Sciences executives, who could help to answer their questions on the benefits of Metrowest.  A panel discussion that included individuals from AliraHealth, Sanofi Genzyme, Berg, Aleta BioTherapeutics, Boston Heart Diagnostics, and Virtech Bio were all on hand to describe their experiences and to highlight the emerging Metrowest Life Sciences Network that the sector is creating to help foster communication and a sense of community.  The Metrowest Life Sciences Network organized the bus tour.

“We were really pleased to welcome these individuals from all over the world to the Metrowest region, and show them what communities like Framingham, Natick, and others in the area have to offer their growing businesses,” said Gabriele Brambilla, the CEO of Alira Health and a leader within the Metrowest Life Sciences Network.

Participants enjoyed lunch at Springdale Barrel Room, a taproom that is part of the award-winning Jack’s Abby Brewing Company’s growing presence in Downtown Framingham.  The group then visited Sanofi Genzyme’s bio-manufacturing facility at the Framingham Tech Park.  The group concluded the tour at ABI Lab, a life sciences incubator/bio-accelerator, in the Natick Business Park.

“Metrowest offers Life Sciences companies all of the benefits of Greater Boston’s highly-skilled workforce at a lower cost and with a high quality of life.  We were happy to host this delegation here at ABI Lab so that they could see that Metrowest makes sense for so many in our sector,” said Gary Kaufman, a managing partner at ABI Lab in Natick, and a part of the Metrowest Life Sciences Network.

Tour participants told the Metrowest Daily News that they enjoyed their day in Framingham and Natick, and the experience gave them food for thought about their companies.  “This is an absolutely amazing trip,” said Srinivasan Parthiban, the CEO of Vingyani, an artificial intelligence company based in India, to the paper.  That was echoed by Tae Gyu Lee, president of South Korea’s Osong Medical Innovation Foundation, who told the Metrowest Daily News, “it was quite impressive.”  As the newspaper reported, “At least a few businesspeople Friday said they would seriously consider setting up shop in the area.”

You can also listen to Framingham’s Arthur Robert describe the Life Sciences bus tour on a recent episode of the podcast OA on Air and read his tweets on the day of the trip.

How Family Separation at the U.S. Border Leaves A Permanent Mark

By: Senior Director Cayenne Isaksen CBP_McAllen_6

There are currently over 2,300 children in this country suffering – suffering because our government intentionally chose to separate them from their parents, detaining them in warehouses and makeshift shelters, apparently sending others thousands of miles away to be placed into foster care.

Some broadcast media outlets have played audio of the children’s aching cries and screams. I have personally found it incredibly hard to read a full article or watch a full news segment on the issue. It’s not that “as a mother, this is too hard,” you don’t have to be a parent for this to affect you, the pain felt by these kids should affect all of us.

These 2,300 children are suffering neglect and abuse at the hands of our own government. It’s appalling. Their families sought asylum in the United States to escape their suffering and plight at home. They sacrificed what little they had to bring their children to what they believed was a better country and a better life.

Every state has a child welfare agency. Their missions vary but always include protecting children from maltreatment, abuse, and neglect. They are also there to strengthen families – this means working to keep children at home with their parents whenever it is possible. Every day, social workers make incredibly difficult, painstaking decisions about the fate of children – the choice to remove a child from their parent’s custody is rarely an easy decision. Social workers make these decisions after careful consideration; many will tell you they lose sleep over these decisions, it’s a responsibility few of us would ever want.

Our government made a decision a long time ago – as early as the 19th Century – that we must take responsibility for children in need to protect them from maltreatment. In the 1970s, the Federal government began playing a more formalized role – not only by helping fund these state agencies but assisting in establishing national policies for child welfare. When state officials and social workers step in, their intention is to protect – or even save – a child from abuse and neglect. What is happening at the border is exactly the opposite. They are contributing to the very acts that our government has historically sought to protect children from.

The United States shut down orphanages long ago because they weren’t good for children and didn’t provide a healthy environment for children to live in. I can’t imagine what research will show for children’s health following forced separation and detainment in makeshift shelters.

Many are in agreement that this unsettling experience is a stain on our country. It will also leave a permanent mark on these children and families. Whether they are infants who won’t have conscious memories or older children who won’t be able to forget, this will change them. It will also change how they view America, how they view authority figures, and maybe how they view their parents whether they are reunited with them or not.

President Trump’s recent Executive Order may end future separations of families, but the entire practice should never have happened in the first place. And the policy reversal offers no plan to reunite the 2,300 children currently suffering alone. Eventual reunification may not be easy – what support services will be in place to help these children and families heal and recover from this trauma? As a nation, we have an obligation to do all that we can to assist that healing.

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Boston Pride 2018 Recap

Pride RooftopBoston Pride Week 2018 was one for the record books as the 48th anniversary of Pride celebrations throughout the week, including the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 9, saw almost one million participants at a series of 50+ events.  This year’s historic parade included more than 55,000 marchers from 360 contingents who marched along the 2.27-mile route from Copley Square the City Hall Plaza lined with an estimated 750,000 spectators.  The Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza was filled with activity all day long including 130 vendors, a Family Fun Zone and headline entertainers Martha Wash and Big Freedia, who drew huge crowds.

One of the highlights of the Pride Parade was the contingent of Mayors from across the country who were hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh for the annual United States Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston.  Mayor Walsh marched with 100 mayors who all wore rainbow sashes in support of the LGBTQ community. The Mayors were active on social media throughout the parade, helping Boston Pride trend nationally on Twitter. The Parade also included Grand Marshal, Freedom for All Massachusetts, the coalition of organizations fighting the repeal of the public accommodations law that would remove transgender rights.

 “The parade was both a celebration of the LGBTQ community and also a reflection of this year’s Pride theme – Rainbow Resistance  – and demonstrated that we can never be Pride Groupsilent because our rights are being threatened both here at home and in Washington DC,” said Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride. “We are wicked proud of our community and allies for their outpouring of support during Boston Pride Week 2018.”

The Parade also included a remembrance contingent to honor 11 transgender people who were fatally shot or killed by other violent means so far in 2018.

Pride Week included more than 50 events throughout the community, which kicked off with the annual Rainbow Pride Flag Raising on City Hall Plaza, followed by Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the High Heel Dash for Charity, Pride Political Forum on the repeal of the public accommodation law, Pride Lights, Pride Night @ Fenway, Pride Night @ The Revolution, block parties in the Back Bay and Jamaica Plain and the Official Pride Closing Party at The Grand.

Pride Sponsors helped to fund costs associated with the parade, festival and other free public events, and 10 percent of all sponsorships are dedicated to the Boston Pride Community Fund, which supports grassroots LGBTQ organizations.  Since 2016, Boston Pride has awarded over $50,000 to 35 local grassroots organizations, supporting the mission of promoting social justice for the LGBTQ community.

Boston Pride’s Official Broadcast Partner NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn helped spread awareness of Pride Week through special programming, news stories, live coverage, moderating events and had a significant presence in the Pride Parade with The Weather Warrior and World Cup vehicles accompanying the station’s parade marchers.

“Boston Pride wants to thank our supporters and volunteers for making Pride Week 2018 a resounding success. We often say that ‘it’s always someone’s first Pride’ and that’s why we are committed to do what we do every year for the LGBTQ community,” said Bruni.

About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections. Boston Pride Week 2019 will be held May 31 – June 9.

O’Neill and Associates Announces the Addition of Joseph Alviani, Esq. as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Policy

Joe Alviani.jpgO’Neill and Associates announced today that respected government and business executive Joseph Alviani, Esq. has joined the company as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Policy. Mr. Alviani brings 45 years of experience in government, business, healthcare, and technology.

“I am so pleased to welcome Joe to our company and be able to offer his extensive talents and expertise to our clients,” said Chief Executive Officer, Thomas P. O’Neill III. “As a highly regarded advisor to a number of our region’s innovative industries, Joe’s respected career speaks to the valuable insight he can offer and what he can bring to the challenges business face in 2018.”

Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Mr. Alviani served as the Vice President for Government Affairs at Partners HealthCare, a regional health care system that includes among its hospitals, Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, Spaulding and McLean. There Mr. Alviani oversaw a staff that provided counsel in the development and implementation of the organization’s public policy, responded to the legislative and regulatory needs of the Partners’ hospitals and affiliated entities, and assisted in assessing community and regulatory demands related to market transactions. Before joining Partners, Mr. Alviani founded and led Alviani and Associates, a Boston firm with a specific focus on strategic counsel to non-profit organizations, government, and business. He was the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation (MTPC) where he expanded MTPC’s mission and created the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC). Mr. Alviani also was partner at Mintz Levin and Chairman of ML Strategies LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm.

Mr. Alviani is a recognized leader at the state and federal level. He was Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs for Governor Michael Dukakis and the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston under Mayor Kevin White. Mr. Alviani’s Washington, D.C. positions include roles as co-counsel to the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on Labor and executive staff member for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mr. Alviani has been involved in a number of civic and business associations including the New England Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Alviani earned his Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College. He was also a Fellow for the Center for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an adjunct professor of law at American University Law School.

Head Of The Charles Regatta Begins Preparations for This Year’s Race

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Every October, the Head Of The Charles Regatta transforms the banks of the Charles River into front-row seating for one of the most renowned rowing competitions in the world. But what many spectators don’t know is that the preparation for this autumn tradition begins many months in advance. The Regatta’s board, staff, and volunteers have already begun planning for this year’s race.

The event’s sponsors also play a key role – helping to support the event and ensuring it’s a memorable experience for participants and spectators. Earlier this month, investment management leader BNY Mellon renewed its partnership with the Head Of The Charles Regatta, announcing that it will serve as Presenting Sponsor and Official Investment & Wealth Management Sponsor for five years.

“BNY Mellon’s continued support of the Head Of The Charles Regatta highlights their deep commitment to this event and the rowing community at large,” said Frederick Schoch, executive director of the Regatta. “This five-year extension provides stability and continuity for the event, allowing for innovation and growth in the years to come. We are extremely grateful for their support.”

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is free to the public and accessible to view from any bridge or shoreline along the three-mile Charles River course. During the two-day event this October 20th and 21st, the Regatta will host a variety of events for local and international rowers. It engages rowers of diverse experience, including Juniors, Olympians, Para and Masters athletes and has become a signature sporting event in New England.

“Whether in the boardroom or on the race course, winning requires dedication, discipline and teamwork, and the world-class athletes who compete in the Head Of The Charles Regatta embody those traits,” said Mitchell Harris, CEO of Investment Management for BNY Mellon. “We’re inspired by their passion and commitment, and proud to support one of the sport’s most prestigious competitions.”

The Head Of The Charles also has raised more than a million dollars to support local charitable organizations such as the West End House, Cambridge Community Foundation and Community Rowing Inc. through its charity program. For more information on the Head of the Charles Regatta, please visit http://www.hocr.org/

How the Early Literacy Act Will Help Struggling Students

Stand_National_Logo_CyanMassachusetts has the best public schools in the nation, but it also has one of the worst achievement gaps – that chasm that exists between the education students receive in our wealthiest and poorest school districts. One major factor contributing to the achievement gap is the significant number of students who are unable to read effectively by third grade.

Currently, 53 percent of Massachusetts third graders do not read at grade-level. The numbers are even bleaker among our minority, poor and ELL students – with over 70 percent of Black and Latino children, 71 percent of poor students, and 80 percent of ELL students unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade.

Poor literacy has lifelong social, health and economic consequences. Students who can’t read are more likely to drop out of school, be unemployed, pay less in taxes, have substance abuse problems, and end up in prison. It also has major workforce implications. Simply put, if you can’t read, you can’t succeed.

There is a solution to this crisis. The Early Literacy Act filed by Sen. Joseph Boncore and Rep. Michael Day provides a blueprint to stop the decline in literacy and catch struggling readers before they fall too far behind.

The bill establishes a competitive grant program to improve literacy rates among Massachusetts students in grades K-5, focusing on the highest-need districts. It provides much-needed funding for the initiatives research shows are most effective to improve literacy and help students – such as reading coaches, teacher home visits, literacy consultants, advanced literacy technology, summer literacy and academic programs, vision and hearing screenings and adjustment councilors.

“Literacy is the single most critical education issue, and one that impacts every student in Massachusetts,” said Ranjini Govender, executive director of Stand for Children Massachusetts. “Unfortunately, literacy is often overlooked and school districts are in dire need of more resources to support teachers and help students learn to read effectively. This legislation is crucial to address this major inequity and to ultimately help close the achievement gap.”

While the legislature is considering the full bill, immediate and meaningful action can be taken in the FY19 budget cycle. By increasing funding for a key line item, the Commonwealth can begin the process of providing grants to help Massachusetts elementary and middle schools improve literacy rates.

Govender discussed the literacy crisis and legislation with community advocates in recent op-eds in the Worcester Telegram and Salem News. To learn more about the Every Child Reads campaign and how we can tackle Massachusetts’ literacy crisis, visit https://everychildreadsma.org/home

Red Sox to Host Cure Alzheimer’s Fund on June 5th

On Tuesday, June 5th, the Boston Red Sox will host Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at the team’sDeDUDq-U0AA00ne game against the Detroit Tigers to raise awareness about the disease and efforts to identify effective treatment and prevention strategies.

“We’re grateful to the Red Sox organization in helping us to highlight that research is currently being conducted that could lead to a cure or effective treatments,” said Barbara Chambers, Senior Vice President of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.  “We realize that this is a special gift that provides us an opportunity to help educate Red Sox fans on how they can be a part of the fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease.”

The event will include a ceremony on the field at Fenway Park honoring researchers who are working to better understand and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease; a color guard comprised of members of the Quincy Fire Department, who hold an annual event raising money funding research into the disease; and the first pitch to be thrown by Dr. Rudy Tanzi, who is the Vice-Chair and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Leadership Group.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease.  In 2017, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund distributed $15.7 million in research grants to 67 projects around the world. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has surpassed $67 million in research spending and funded more than 300 projects.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and is the country’s most expensive disease, with care for it and other forms of dementia costing more than $275 billion this year. There are currently 6 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and nearly 50 million worldwide, and this is expected to triple in the next 30 years.

The Red Sox/Detroit Tigers game featuring Cure Alzheimer’s Fund will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:10 pm.  For more information about the fund, please visit https://curealz.org/.