CEO’s Corner: May 2017

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On May 24, the top students of the senior class at Cristo Rey Boston High School revealed their college choices in an annual public celebration of their accomplisments. Cristo Rey is a Catholic high school in Boston exclusively dedicated to educating under-resourced students. I’ve been Board Chair for more than 20 years and my association with the school and its students runs deep. Before the school joined the Cristo Rey Network of Catholic schools in 2004, it was known as North Cambridge Catholic High School, my alma mater. Through an approach combining rigorous academics with a work-study requirement, Cristo Rey successfully prepares students for college and careers. For the last seven years, all of Cristo Rey Boston’s graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges. There is nothing like witnessing the moment when these students first announce their college choice to their school community. It’s their American dream coming to life.

It’s a similar scene every May on many campuses across the country as commencement speakers praise students’ accomplishments and encourage them to find success in the world. Yet the world they enter today is very uncertain. College-bound graduates, like those at Cristo Rey, must navigate a future where President Trump seeks to reduce and even abolish many programs designed to help afford a college education.

The president’s proposed budget would eliminate federally subsidized loans and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, initiatives that are often the difference between low-income students attending college or not. The President’s budget proposes to  end the public-service loan forgiveness program which was created to support students interested in contributing to society by pursuing careers as teachers, nonprofit professionals or social workers by forgiving debt on loans after 10 years in good standing. The president’s budget would cut by 50 percent federal education spending on work-study programs, end the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, reduce spending to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and slash funding of innovative international academic programs like the Fulbright Scholar program by nearly 50 percent.

Proposals that target those who need government support the most are throughout the budget. Medicaid is cut by $800 billion, and there are major reductions to federal disability insurance. Anti-poverty and nutrition programs are targeted – like food stamps, which was needed by about 15 percent of the US population during the recession that began in 2008. As a final insult to working people, the Trump budget seeks to lower taxes for the wealthy, promising that their economic benefits will eventually extend to other income strata.

Fortunately, our government is based on a system of checks and balances. Each and every one of the president’s budget proposals will be scrutinized by Congress, as Senators and Representatives hear directly from constituents about the real human impact of these programs. Already, some members of the Republican majority have expressed hesitation over these proposals, and the disorganized approach to goverenance at the White House continues to create more reservation. But these proposals’ effects are already evident in state houses nationwide as legislatures struggle to budget for the fiscal implications and uncertainties coming from Washington.

When I look at the faces of Cristo Rey Boston’s graduating seniors, I see optimism for the future and a passion for excellence. They’ve worked hard for this moment, overcoming many obstacles most of us never will experience. They have succeeded, in part, because everyone on the staff and faculty is fully vested in their success.

Being vested in one another as a nation is what we now need more than ever from Washington.

 

Summer Fun at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

A trip to Cape Cod this summer must include a stop at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) where you can immerse yourself in Pilgrim history. Yes, the Pilgrims landed FIRST in Provincetown Harbor where they stayed for five weeks and signed the Mayflower Compact BEFORE heading to Plymouth. In addition to Pilgrim history, visitors will enjoy the PMPM’s vast array of items in its permanent collection highlighting the history of Provincetown, building of the Monument, as well as the town’s rich history as a maritime port, a haven for the creative community and is one of the top visitor destinations in the region.

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For whaling history enthusiasts, the PMPM has recently acquired an account book from the schooner Cetacean of Provincetown that provides a glimpse into the whaling industry of Provincetown at its high point in the 1860’s.

Also on display is the exhibition “The Great Provincetown Summer – 1916,” which is an immersion into the year 1916, a pivotal time in the town’s history when Provincetown was put on the map as the nation’s oldest continuous art colony in the world.

New this year are Free Nights at the Monument where admission is free every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until August 30.  Free Nights at the Monument is the PMPM’s way of giving back to the community that has supported it for more than 100 years.

“We are opening our doors and welcoming everyone to visit us to see what exciting things are going on at the Monument, and we are truly excited to offer free admission every Wednesday for the first time,” said K. David Weidner Ph.D., Executive Director of PMPM. “We want locals and tourists alike to experience this phenomenal place that has stood for more than 100 years to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims and to exhibit the history of our special town.  Free Nights at the Monument is just one of the many events we have planned for the summer for families, kids, history buffs and art lovers.”

Another new event this year is the first “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” that will be topped off with the dazzling fireworks display that Cape Codders flock to from miles around.

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“We are excited to open up the spectacular grounds for the Monumental 4th of July Picnic, to have visitors enjoy the delicious food from Mac’s Seafood, followed by the fireworks display over Provincetown Harbor. There truly is no better place in Ptown to view the fireworks than on High Pole Hill Road.” said Dr. Weidner.

The “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” features Mac’s Seafood with a choice of Mac’s famous lobster roll or fried chicken. Both dinner choices come with all the trimmings, dessert and access to the cash bar.  Tickets are $45 adult/$15 child and are available to be purchased online through the PMPM website. The “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” kicks off a series of Monumental Summer Picnics that will occur on July 12, August 2, August 16 which also coincide with the PMPM’s Free Wednesday nights when admission is free from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Everyone knows that parking is a premium in Provincetown on July 4th, so an added benefit to purchasing a ticket for the “Monumental  4th of July Picnic” is the option to purchase online reserved parking at the Monument that provides a parking spot that can be used all day on July 4th from 9 a.m. on. Space is limited, so it is recommended to buy tickets and reserve parking early.

Visitors of the PMPM also have the opportunity to enjoy an invigorating climb up the iconic 252-foot granite Monument with 116 steps and 60 ramps to take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of Provincetown, the tip of Cape Cod. After the climb visitors should be sure to stop in at the gift shop and check out the new additions with Pilgrim-themed memorabilia, books on Pilgrim history and other subjects, clothing, mugs, children’s toys and other items.

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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pilgrim-monument.org

BOSTON PRIDE WEEK: STRONGER TOGETHER

Boston Pride kicked off Pride Week on Friday, June 3 with the annual Pride Flag Raising at noon at City Hall Plaza hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on City Hall Plaza honors the legacy of the late Gilbert Baker who designed the first rainbow flag in 1978 which became a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement. The flag is a design of one of his original rainbow flags with 8 colors that symbolized the LGBTQ rights movement.

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In addition, one of Baker’s original flag designs will be displayed in the Pride Parade as a testament to his grassroots advocacy on behalf of all LGBTQ people.  The Pride Flag Raising will also recognize this year’s Grand Marshal Kristen Porter and Honorary Marshals (posthumous), Norman Hill, Dr. Judy Bradford and John Michael Gray.

This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” focuses on the current climate of political uncertainty and marginalization of LGBTQ people. It stresses the imperative that the diverse groups that comprise the LGBTQ community stand together and fight for civil rights for all.  “Stronger Together” is a call to action for all in the LGBTQ community and for its allies.

Pride Week is June 2-11 with the main events taking place on Saturday, June 10 with the Pride Parade that starts at noon in Copley Square, leading to the Festival and free Concert at City Hall Plaza.  This is a record year for the Pride Parade with 348 registered marching groups (compared to 257 in 2016) with 80 cars, 40 floats, an estimated 45,000 marchers and estimated 500,000 spectators.

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There are several other signature events for Pride Week including Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. which features the inaugural High Heel Dash for Charity at 11 a.m. to raise funds for Boston Pride’s Community Fund.  Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall includes performances from the area’s leading drag performers, music and free dance classes including Zumba.

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On Monday, June 5, Boston Pride will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute with the discussion on how the LGBTQ community can advocate for itself in this current political climate. The panelists include Congressman Michael Capuano, Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, Carl Sciortino of AIDS Action and Arline Isaacson of the Mass. Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. The forum will be moderated by NBC Boston/NECN political reporter Alison King.

This year, Boston Pride has great participation from the region’s professional sports teams. Both the New England Revolution and Boston Red Sox are hosting Pride Nights for fans.  Pride Night at Gillette with the Revolution is on June 3 and Pride Night at Fenway, which is in its fifth year, will be held on Friday, June 9.  Boston Pride will also be joined by women’s professional sports teams, the Boston Breakers soccer and Boston Pride hockey.  Players from both teams are volunteering at the Parade and they are also hosting Pride Nights at their games sometime soon.

On Sunday, June 11, Boston Pride is organizing the “Stronger Together” Rally in solidarity with the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride of Washington, DC. Boston Pride calls on all community members to mobilize and fight for equal rights for everyone. The rally will be held at 11 a.m. at Boston Common where the first Boston Pride rally took place in 1971.

Pride Week comes to a close with the annual block parties held in the Back Bay on St. James Avenue, and in Jamaica Plain on Perkins Street.  Both parties will have music, dancing and part of the ticket proceeds will go toward Boston Pride’s Community Fund.  For more information on Pride Week visit www.bostonpride.org

 

Happy Pride!

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) New England to host #Robotica2017

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From June 15-16, The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) New England will host #Robotica2017, an annual conference that brings together major players in the robotics and unmanned systems sector. Scheduled speakers include key regional and national leaders in the field, such as Katie Stebbins, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Meldon Wolfgang, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, and Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

Participants will demonstrate new technologies in the drone and robotic space and address their policy implications across key sectors of the New England economy, including transportation, defense, STEM education, health care and manufacturing. With interactive sessions and exciting demonstrations by experts on autonomous vehicles, consumer products, medical robotics, and national security, among others, the event will provide an excellent chance to explore the innovative uses of these advanced technologies and network with regional and national businesspeople, academics and policymakers.

AUVSI New England provides legislative advocacy for its members, and serves as a voice for the region’s entire unmanned systems and robotics industry. Most recently AUVSI New England’s executive committee testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles.

The topics covered across the two days of #Robotica2017 are sure to attract a wide array of attendees. Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Unmanned Systems will speak on the Navy’s use of unmanned technology. Peter Wurman, co-founder of Boston-based Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics) will lead a session looking at the role of robotics in manufacturing. Dr. Waseem Naqvi, President of AUVSI New England and Director for Technology for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) Transportation business will speak about intelligent transportation systems.

Through its own charitable foundation at the state and national level, AUVSI has made promoting STEM education a primary focus. Its efforts to increase student access to fun and educational robotic learning complement the work of the Massachusetts Department of Education, which has made the advancement of STEM education a priority.

“We looking forward to bringing together regional and national leaders in the sector to provide an educational and lively forum for the promotion of unmanned systems and robotics, where attendees can see these technologies in action and hear directly from the innovators and strategists,” said AUVSI New England President Waseem Naqvi. “This is a great opportunity to explore the issues associated with the future of unmanned systems and their integration across such a large span of economic sectors, from education to health care.”

Visit auvsinewengland.org to register for #Robotica2017 and for more information on AUVSI’s programs, events and members.

Cristo Rey Boston High School Students Earn Spots at Top Colleges with Success in the Classroom and Workplace

On May 24, 2017, Cristo Rey Boston celebrated its seventh annual Academic Signing Day to honor its top students from the Class of 2017 as well as present a special award to Cristo Rey Boston Board Chair Thomas P. O’Neill III, founder and chief executive officer of O’Neill and Associates. The event plays on the idea of National Signing Day for high school athletes with the top students at Cristo Rey Boston revealing their college choices for the first time as they don the hat that represents the school of their dreams. For the last seven years, 100% of Cristo Rey Boston’s graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges.

Tom O’Neill’s connection to Cristo Rey Boston runs deep. He has served as chairman of Cristo Rey Boston’s Board of Trustees for more than two decades beginning when the former North Cambridge Catholic High School, his alma mater, joined the Cristo Rey Network in 2004. For many years prior, Tom was Board Chair and Member at North Cambridge Catholic. In 2010, Tom helped lead the school’s rebranding to Cristo Rey Boston and its relocation to a larger building, the former St. William’s Elementary School in Dorchester. Tom has been instrumental in advocating for Cristo Rey’s innovative corporate work-study program, a requirement for all students enrolled at the school. Cristo Rey Boston partners with more than 125 local businesses and non-profits to provide work-study job placements where students earn two-thirds of their tuition and gain valuable workplace skills during their four years of high school.

The event held at the Boston Harbor Hotel also featured special recognitions for the school’s top five academic performers and the top three corporate work-study students. O’Neill and Associates’ own work-study senior, Evelyn Nuñez, was recognized for her hard work in the classroom and her three years at O’Neill and Associates. Ms. Nuñez has chosen to attend Suffolk University this fall.

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(L-R) Hugh McLaughlin, Tom O’Neill, Mike Brennan

Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert Deleo joined Cristo Rey Boston President Michael J. Brennan and other community leaders at the celebration. Also in attendance was Father John O. Foley S.J., the founder of the Cristo Rey model and Jim Brett, President of the New England Council.

“We strive to ensure that the experience at Cristo Rey Boston High School is transformational, and that each student gains personal growth in the classroom, in the workplace and in the community,” said Cristo Rey’s Michael J. Brennan. “This event, our largest fundraiser of the year, honors our students, community and the success of the Cristo Rey Boston model. We also wanted to show our deep appreciation for Board Chair Tom O’Neill for his leadership, generosity and dedication to our students and our school.”

Cristo Rey Boston combines a rigorous college-preparatory academic program with a work-study program where students benefit from classroom and work-based learning, and develop the skills needed for college and job success. The school enrolls approximately 360 young men and women, more than ninety-five percent of whom are students of minority backgrounds. To support Cristo Rey Boston and learn more, visit www.cristoreyboston.org.

Friends of New England’s Finest Host Fifth Annual Police Week Reception

By: AmyClaire Brusch, Vice President

Each May members of the law enforcement community from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. to mark National Police Week. One highlight of the week for those making the trip from the New England region is the reception hosted by the Friends of New England’s Finest (FONEF) and chaired by O’Neill and Associates CEO Thomas P. O’Neill III. FONEF began hosting the reception in 2013 to thank the officers who had so bravely protected our loved ones during the Patriot’s Day bombing and horrible aftermath.  Now an annual event, we take the time to honor the fallen as well as thank the men and women who continue to serve in these trying times. Every year the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund adds the names of heroes to its memorial and holds a candlelight vigil to honor those men and women. You can find out about every officer on the memorial at nleomf.org.

The New England Officers honored this year are:
Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, MA
Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. MA
Officer Ryan J. Bourque, RI

New England Natives
Officer Ashley Marie Guindon, VA
Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, FL
Officer Michael Leslie Krol, TX

Additional Previous Line of Duty Deaths added to the Memorial in 2017
Sergeant Charles Bradley, MA
Sergeant Richard Dever, MA
Patrolman William Furdon, MA
Lieutenant Rene Goupil, ME
Patrol Officer Edward Landers, MA
Patrolman Louis Phipps, MA
Officer Joseph Ribeiro, MA
Patrolman Benjamin Voss, MA
Inspector Ralph Young, CT

FONEF and O’Neill and Associates are very grateful for the generosity of lead sponsor TransCOR Information Technologies. TransCOR has been a strong supporter of law enforcement for years and a sponsor since the first FONEF reception. We especially thank TransCOR President Tom Haywood, Bob Ducasse and the entire TransCOR team. FONEF also appreciates event co-sponsor Panasonic’s generosity and support for law enforcement as well as co-sponsor Bertucci’s for its support of this reception and several other law enforcement endeavors throughout the year.

FONEF is also deeply grateful to O’Neill and Associates CEO Thomas P. O’Neill III, honorary chairman of FONEF, for his leadership and support. The entire O’Neill team works hard to make this event a success every year.

The 2017 reception was the largest gathering yet with well over 300 officers from across New England, and for the second year in a row we enjoyed the talented Metro Richmond Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. The goal is to have the opportunity to thank every New England officer who makes the trip to DC for National Police Week. We look forward to seeing everyone again next May 13th at the FONEF reception. Of course we do not have to wait until National Police Week to thank a police officer for serving and protecting our communities.

About Friends of New England’s Finest

Friends of New England’s Finest is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in the District of Columbia, organized exclusively to honor New England law enforcement during National Police Week. Every year, law enforcement officers from around the country gather in Washington, DC to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, including many from New England. Previously, there was no gathering for the large contingent of New England transplants now living in Washington, DC to thank these officers. After the horrific events of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent encounters with the terrorists, there was a special desire for those transplants to thank the officers who protected their loved ones during that time. Friends of New England’s Finest organized the “Thank You For Protecting Our Loved Ones at Home” reception as an opportunity for New Englanders to gather in our nation’s capital to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our law enforcement officials. For more information about Friends of New England’s Finest, visit our website at www.FONEF.org or connect with us on Facebook.

 

IP (Intellectual Property) Basics for Start-Ups

Guest Post by: Amanda Rettig, Esq., Murphy & King, PC

In the Boston start-up world we’re seeing an explosion of activity. Taking advantage of market opportunities frequently requires new ventures to move quickly and decisively. A key step not to be overlooked is the implementation of an IP strategy. When done in partnership with a qualified lawyer, such planning and groundwork need not slow a company’s progress and can actually help a company focus its energies productively towards a business model that can have the best possible chance of being successful.

The following is a basic primer.

THREE IP CATEGORIES TO CONSIDER:

Already-created IP – This is any software, invention, name or brand already in development that a founder or participant is bringing to the new venture.  The company planning to exploit this IP should ideally own it and such ownership should be reflected in the appropriate assignment agreements.  This not only avoids disputes among principals and employees down the road, but will likely be necessary for any venture capital financing or any kind of acquisition of the company if it is a success.

IP created by the venture – This is the IP that is generated by the business of the company or the existence of the venture.  It includes the name of the company, its product, any written material generated to support the company’s products or business, and publicity materials.  It may also include any systems, processes or tools the company uses to do business.  Strategizing with a lawyer at the outset about how the ownership of this material will be structured is key to avoiding a situation where a company is at the mercy of the third-parties to raise licensing costs or make upgrades.

Any third-party IP that the company needs– If there is key third-party technology or content upon which a new venture will rely, securing licenses to that technology or content before a company begins doing business will be instrumental in avoiding disputes and securing more reasonable license fees.  An experienced lawyer can help highlight possible pitfalls in this area and develop guidelines to prevent well-meaning employees from taking potentially costly shortcuts in the rush to deliver.

 FOUR MAIN FORMS OF IP PROTECTION:

PATENT: Patent protection is for novel inventions and processes of a useful nature.  It requires elaborate filings within a precise window of time after invention.  Its protection is limited but absolute even against other inventors who independently achieve the same results without any copying.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright covers the exact expression of ideas once they are fixed. It is also limited in time but applies for a longer time than patents.

TRADEMARK: Trademark is available for names or visualizations referring to companies, and also products, services or ideas, but only if the names are not already in use, distinct and not descriptive.  Trademark protection can last indefinitely if the trademarked name is protected and the public continues to understand the name as a particular brand.  For trademark protection beyond the venture’s narrow geographic area, some basic filings are required.

TRADE SECRET: Trade secret never expires and covers the all of the material in question, but only for so long as the material is kept entirely secret.  Once the material is public, the protection is gone. Non-disclosure agreements and safeguarding policies are a must when relying on trade secret protection.

American Hotel & Lodging Association Legislative Action Summit 2017

By: Jennifer Krowchun

Last week members of Massachusetts Lodging Association (MLA) attended the Annual American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Meeting.  The summit concluded with a day on Capitol Hill advocating and lobbying for important issues both federally and in the state of Massachusetts.  The theme of this year’s AH&LA summit was “Dreams Happen Here”, a national awareness campaign to showcase the career advancement opportunities, community commitment, and economic importance of the hotel and lodging businesses.  The chance to have a lifetime career in a fast moving and exciting industry was evident by our group which included a number of folks who first started out in hotel restaurants or back of house operations before moving up the corporate ladder.  The key issues the group focused on during the Legislative Action Summit were short term rentals, drive-by lawsuits, protecting consumers from online booking scams and H2B visas.

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Figure 1 MLA members meeting with legislative staff.

The MLA asked offices to support and cosponsor the Stop Online Booking Scams Act (S.1164/ HR 2495).  The bill will help protect consumers from online hotel booking scams by prohibiting websites from pretending to be the hotel and requiring these websites to prominently display that information. In meetings arranged by O’Neill and Associates, the MLA asked members of the Massachusetts Delegation to consider signing on as co-sponsors of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) which would provide a “Notice and Cure” provision that would give small business owners time to address an ADA violation before any legal proceedings can move forward. Paul Sacco, President of MLA, led our largest group by far which included Chris Burgoyne, Director Political and Government Affairs at AH&LA and 6 other members.

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Figure 2 MLA members meeting with Congressman Bill Keating.

Included in the 10 meetings scheduled, the group met with Congressman Keating (see Figure 2), a long time champion and leader for MLA regarding H2B visas. As the representative for the Cape and Islands and member of the House Committee on Homeland Security he is well aware of the challenges facing many hotels this year in MA and nationally as they scramble to fill seasonal positions with limited visas. The Congressman was able to share his own personal frustrations with short term rentals as homes near his residence on the Cape are often rented out, becoming a neighborhood annoyance and presenting real safety concerns. As well as the impact short term rentals have on the rental market on the Cape, hard enough to get seasonal employees, and often they are unable to find affordable housing.

Overall the 10 meetings on the Hill were a success as they were extremely informative and educational for both attendees, staff and members of Congress.

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Figure 3 Members of MLA meeting with Patrick O’Connor, Office of Congressman Neal in the halls of Congress.

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Figure 4 members of MLA in front of Capitol Building.

The President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 Cuts $294 Million From National Institutes of Aging (NIA)

The Administration has released the President’s budget, now to be considered and modified by Congress. While the President’s budget — no matter who is President — is never the final budget, it does signal strategic intent and policy preferences by the Administration.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is deeply concerned about several provisions of this budget, specifically, the approximately 21% cut to the National Institutes of Health in general; and the approximately 36% cut to the National Institute on Aging.

The NIH is the primary funder of basic medical research in the United States. Neither pharmaceutical companies nor philanthropy comes close to the amount of funding provided by the NIH for the basic, necessary research from which virtually all therapies originate.

Progress has been made in recent years to improve funding for NIH and therefore for more high quality basic research into numerous diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has worked very closely with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and other Alzheimer’s disease advocacy organizations to champion increases in Alzheimer’s disease research funding at NIH.  Working together, we have all been successful in more than doubling research funding in the last few years to more than $1.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 at NIH.  As we have repeatedly said, independent experts have called for $2 billion a year in funding and we are continuing to work with all partners to reach this goal.

The proposed cuts not only threaten this bipartisan progress, but will without a doubt set back and diminish the hard-earned pace of discovery.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund will continue to work with allies in Congress from both parties to prevent these devastating cuts from becoming reality and ensure robust funding for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Outdoor Fun at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

It’s that time of year when Bostonians and others shake off the winter doldrums and get outside to enjoy everything that the city has to offer as soon as the weather turns nicer.   What better way to experience history, shopping and dining than over at Faneuil Hall Marketplace?  The historic festival marketplace is amping up its game this season with a full array of FREE outdoor activities that offer something for every member of the family.  From outdoor chess and ping pong, to historic walking tours of Quincy Market, to free fitness classes to get your heart rate going that include BollyX, Cardio Dance, Warrior Sculpt Yoga, and Pound® lead by the leading fitness instructors in Boston.  The outdoor programming is called “Summer Sampler” because there truly are a vast sample of programs and activities that will fit everyone’s style and abilities.  Take a class, then enjoy a beverage and bite to eat from one of the Marketplace’s pubs or restaurants. Bring your friends and make Faneuil Hall Marketplace your “go to” spot for get-togethers all summer long.

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Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall

On June 3, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall returns for the 17th consecutive year from 10:00 am to 5:00pm to kick-off Boston Pride week. The day will be packed with FREE family-friendly entertainment including Zumba classes, music and dancing performances, drag queens and new this year, a High Heel Dash for Charity to benefit Boston Pride’s Community Fund that gives grants to LGBTQ grassroots organizations.

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Sail Boston 2017 – June 17-22

The 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will be sailing into Boston on June 17 with its Grand Parade of Sail and Faneuil Hall Marketplace is proud to be a partner in Sail Boston.  The Marketplace has many activities planned for the thousands of tourists and the 3,500 crew members who will be visiting the waterfront area.  In keeping with the nautical theme, on Saturday, June 17, Faneuil Hall Marketplace will feature a boat-building demonstration from Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, Mass.  They’re bringing an unfinished dory to South Market where spectators will have the opportunity to try their hand at riveting, planing and cutting a sample set of wood.  Representatives from Lowell’s Boat Shop will be there to assist and provide more information.

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Street Performer Program

Nowhere else in Boston can you see the talent and variety of street performers than at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A tradition that began when the Marketplace reopened after renovations in 1976, the world-famous street performers razzle and dazzle crowds throughout the season. The Marketplace is the perfect location for outdoor performances with its pedestrian friendly, car-free venue that has everything you need for a fun day in the City with friends and family: live performances, shops featuring unique local items as well as well-known international brands, a plethora of dining options for quick bites from the vendors in the Quincy Market Food Colonnade or enjoy a leisurely meal while dining at an outdoor patio and have the best seat in the house to watch the street performers from your table. New performers have just been added to the roster of acrobats, jugglers, escape artists, magicians, and musicians. You can catch all the acts throughout the season, or attend the Street Performer Showcase which will be scheduled in July and will be announced on the Faneuil Hall Marketplace website.

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For more information: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com