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12 Famous People from Boston

Are you from Boston? Well, you are in good company. Many famous people are from this great town! Check out your brothers and sisters who all hail from Bean Town!

Historic Famous People From Boston

They may be gone, but not forgotten. How many did you learn about in school?

Edgar Allen Poe. Writer (1809–1849). American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including “The Raven”  and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”Famouse People statue of Paul Revere in Boston

Paul Revere. Folk Hero (1735–1818). Silversmith Paul Revere took part in the Boston Tea Party and famously alerted the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Supreme Court Justice (1841–1935). Civil War veteran Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1931. He was considered an expert on the common law.

Related: Free Things to do in Boston

Sam Adams. U.S. Governor, Statesman (1722–1803). American Founding Father Samuel Adams helped organize the Boston Tea Party and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. And there is the Beer!

Frances Perkins. Civil Servant, Government Official (1880–1965). Frances Perkins was the first female to serve in the U.S. presidential cabinet. As secretary of labor, she helped with the New Deal and Social Security.Famous People Ben Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin. Diplomat, Scientist, Inventor, Writer (1706–1790). Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

Christa McAuliffe. Educator (1948–1986). High school teacher Christa McAuliffe was the first American civilian selected to go into space. She died in the explosion of the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ in 1986.

Famous People in Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy. Film Actor, Television Actor (1931–2015). Leonard Nimoy is an actor who played Spock in both the 1960s TV series ‘Star Trek’ and several movies based on the show.

James Taylor. Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1948–). Singer-songwriter James Taylor creates music that combines folk, rock and pop sensibilities. His hit songs include “Fire and Rain” and “Shower the People.”

Bobby Brown. Singer (1969–). Singer Bobby Brown, known for hits including “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Humpin’ Around,” is also famous for his troubled marriage to Whitney Houston.

Jack Lemmon. Film Actor (1925–2001). The winner of two Oscars, Jack Lemmon was one of Hollywood’s finest actors, known for his roles in films like Some Like it Hot and The Odd Couple.

Donnie Wahlberg. Film Actor, Television Actor, Singer (1969–). Donnie Wahlberg was a member of the 1980s pop group New Kids on the Block (reunited in 2008), and is the brother of actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg.

Visiting Boston

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10 Dumb Massachusetts Laws

Some Laws Just Don’t Make Sense Anymore

Most of the time, laws and rules are in place to help people and keep us safe. But sometimes, they just don’t make any sense. These laws make you wonder what happened to bring them about.

#1. No gorillas are allowed in the back seat of cars. I call shotgun!

Related: Parking in Boston (just don’t bring your gorilla).

gorilla laws in massechusetts#2. What? NO CHRISTMAS? Christmas has been illegal in Massachusetts since 1659. If you do want to celebrate it, be prepared to pay five shillings.

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#3. Stopping for red lights is not required by law unless they are flashing. Ummmm, you SHOULD really stop, though.

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#4. Well, DUH! Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.bowl of clam chowder

#5. In Boston, it is illegal to eat peanuts in church. It must be the crunching that gets annoying.

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#6. Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts. They also can’t have their gorilla in the back seat, apparently.

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#7. All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday. But not peanuts! Leave your peanuts at home!

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#8. Hunting on Sundays is prohibited. Okaaaaay? So what are the rifles in church for?

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#9. Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes. Whew, as long as they can’t buy them.

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#10. Public boxing matches are outlawed. Awe, c’mon! What are we going to do for entertainment on Friday nights?

Related: Summer Events in Boston

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5 Jobs that Offer More Work Life Balance

Work life balance can be harder to find in a traditional office setting. One major factor: 24/7 connectivity. Smart phones and laptops are our umbilical cords to the office. On the flip side, these handy devices can help us work from home and create more flexibility in our work day.  We have more option for when and where we work. Definitely a double-edged, uh…..data plan?

stones balancingBefore we get into the best jobs for work life balance, let’s define it. Work life balance is not necessarily equal hours spent at work vs. at home. Some days are more hectic and busy and you will still have the occasional “late night at the office.” Achieving the balance comes from careful prioritization. In our busy world of constant doing, it requires actively choosing your private life as a main priority and making time for it.  It won’t happen if you don’t make it happen.

Related: Working in Boston: Earn Above the National Average

Work Life Balance Careers

Here is a list of jobs and careers that use technology and non-traditional office setting to create better life work balance.

Real Estate Agenthome with for sale sign out front

Real estate agents, like any sales job, require a lot of energy and charisma. The Boston area real estate market is strong. Traditional home selling agents and short term Boston rental agents enjoy a decent work life balance.

They are on call a lot and many showings and closings happen on the clients’ schedules, but they do have control over their schedule and usually work in a team environment where group support is key to everyone’s success. And the payout of each sale or rental is usually very worth the effort.

data numbersData Scientist

What is a data scientist? They’re part mathematician, part computer scientist and part trend-spotter.   It is a field that took hold in the last ten years or so because analytics and big data is so important in the ever changing landscape of online marketing and global business. This is an emerging field and data scientists are highly sought after and paid well, creating an ideal situation for negotiating employment terms and benefits that ensure priorities and a life work balance.

Substitute Teacherjobs

Substitute Teachers are in a big demand and most school districts have a shortage of them. The pay is decent, usually on a per day basis, but usually doesn’t come with any benefits. The real benefit of being a substitute teacher is picking your own days, which schools and grades you want to work with, and getting all holidays and summer off. The work day also ends when school is let out, so this is often a great options for parents who have kids in school. They are home when their kids are.

Game Designer/Software Developer

Many jobs in the world of computer programming, gaming, and software development require many hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer. But, that computer doesn’t have to be in an office. It can be in your home. Many of these types of jobs offer full or part-time telecommuting options, and for some people that means more productivity. Also, companies who employ computer programmers are aware of the health risks of sitting at a compute for too long, so they create innovative work spaces and office perks for encouraging breaks, down time and creative thinking activities. Employees in these types of jobs often report that their work culture is one of the great things they love about their job.

Social Media Content Managersocial media apps

This is another type of job that can be done virtually from anywhere with a WiFi connection. SM Content Managers can work for one company in a full or part time capacity or they can work under contract for several companies at a time as a freelancer. Social Media marketing can’t be ignored in this day and age, and every company needs to have some sort of online presence. Oftentimes, this is an area where the company owner or managers don’t have the expertise or time to produce effective online marketing campaigns and create the content that goes along with it. Read: Blogging for other people. Every company needs a social media expert, even if they don’t know that they do.

Thinking of a career move?

Do any of these jobs sound appealing? Boston has a solid job market and you can earn higher than the national average in some key career areas. Come check out Boston as a your next career move and improve your work life balance in a city rich in culture, fine dining, outdoor fun and of course–balance!

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Boston’s South End: Everything You Need to Know

map of Boston's south endBoston’s South End is bordered by Back Bay, Chinatown, and Roxbury. It extends from Massachusetts Avenue on the west to Berkeley Avenue on the east, and north to south, from Columbus Avenue to Harrison Avenue.

The South End is known for its Victorian style houses and Boston's South End Row Housesmany parks. Since 1973 the South End has listed on the National Register of Historic Places as “the largest urban Victorian neighborhood in the country.” In 1983 it was named a Boston Landmark District.

Find out more about the history of the The South End.

What else is in Boston’s South End?

SoWa

SoWa is the creative center of Boston’s South End and is short for “South of Washington. ” USA Today named it the #2 Best Art District in the country.  You can find the SoWa Open Market and the SoWa Vintage Market there as well.

Cultural Arts

In addition to art galleries in the SoWa district, the rest of The South End is home to the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and the school for the Boston Ballet, and many more galleries and theaters. It is home to the Institute of Contemporary Art. You can also join the annual SoWa Art Walk being held this year on May 1, 2016

Parks

A park in Boston's South EndThere are many, many parks scattered through the Sound End.  For example, here is a list of 28 Kid Friendly Parks in Boston’s South End.

South Corridor Park follows the Orange Line nearly five miles and runs through the South End. A walk along the the stretch between the Mass Ave and Back Bay subway stops is a great way to see the South End.

 

Dining

High end fine dining to kitchy breakfast nooks and everything in between. You will find it all in the South End. Check out the links below for a smorgasbord of dining tips and information.

Related: 36 Hours in the South End of Boston

Short Term Rentals

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Working in Boston: Earn Above the National Average

Working in Boston has many Advantages

Every city has a list of best paying jobs and worst paying jobs. But did you know that some higher paying jobs make even more money in the Boston area than the national average? Working in Boston will earn you even more!

The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) published an article in late 2015 on What people earn: Here are the 20 best-paying jobs in Boston.

What are the highest paying professions in the Boston area?working in boston

You might not be all that surprised to learn that the medical professions, real estate, and construction top the list in Boston. However, it might shock you to learn that real estate professionals make almost 50% more than the national average.

Family and general practitioner fair exceptionally well here, but so do OB/GYNs, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons–all earning salaries over $200,000.

Related Topic: 15 best-paying jobs in the tech sector.

The Worst Paying Jobs in Boston

You can’t have the best paying jobs without considering the worst ones. BBJ also released a report on five of the worst-paying jobs in the Boston-area. Go ahead, take a peak!

Doing Business in Boston

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Is It Spring Yet?

Sick of all of this snow? Winter has certainly left its mark and it isn’t finished yet, but it is never too early to start planning a trip for the Spring.  Whether you are traveling to Boston for business, an extended visit with friends or family, or to attend some of the various amazing places and events throughout the city, Maverick Empire is always the right choice for your short term apartment rentals.  While we currently are stuck walking down sidewalks with snowbanks taller than us, bundled up and trying to stay warm in the 8 degree temperatures, just remember that soon enough the ice will melt and the sun with be shining while you walk around Newbury St. or have a picnic in Boston Common.  Think warm thoughts and contact us today to reserve your extended stay in our beautiful boutique housing!

Travel to Boston this Holiday Season

Whether it is for business, leisure or visiting friends or family, Boston is a great destination during the fall and winter months. If you are someone that appreciates the crisp, snowy weather and a city that celebrates the holiday season, there are plenty of things for you to do during your next extended stay here.

Known as a city that is full of rich history, Boston does not lack on events that celebrate the holidays either. If you are heading to the city for a short-term visit this November or December, consider taking some time to enjoy one of the many activities that bring around residents and visitors alike. Beginning just after Thanksgiving is Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” a performance that is well-known and highly acknowledge. Faneuil Hall’s “Blink!” Tree Lighting Ceremony catches the attention of thousands as well, being a city tradition where the tree it lit, artists perform and everyone comes together. If you enjoy ice skating and taking in the snowy scenery, you can grab your skates and head to Frog Pond in Boston Common beginning in December.

While some may prefer the hot, sunny days, winter months in Boston do truly bring just as much enjoyment. Allow yourself some time to experience what the city has to offer during your stay with Maverick Empire; each of our properties provides easy and convenient travel and public transportation no matter where you choose to spend your time. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful boutique housing and know that you’ll leave with fond memories of Boston this holiday season.

Book Your Stay for Boston Calling

From food to beer to bands, Boston offers numerous fun and popular festivals throughout the year that draw thousands of people into the area.  September is one of the months that gets much of this attention, as Boston Calling, a highly anticipated 3-day music festival, is right around the corner.  This September 5th, 6th and 7th are sure to be hit; Bostonians and tourists alike will gather in Government Center to watch and listen to numerous well-known and adored bands.  So, if you are one of the lucky attendees and need a place to stay, why not consider one of our short term apartment rentals?

Maverick Empire offers 5 locations for you to choose from, all being a close and an easy commute to most things in and around the city.  With affordable rates and a comforting, home-like feel, the choice tends to be easy for most who are looking for a place to stay in Boston.  So schedule your extended stay with us today and when the time comes just drop off your bags, grab your tickets and enjoy the music!

Labor Day Boston Getaway

It seems as though summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  While the warm weather has not yet left us, August is undoubtedly coming to an end and the fall season will be here before we know it.  While the thought of cooler days may be weary to some, we are in fact very fortunate to be located in such a beautiful area of New England.  So, with Labor Day just around the corner, why not take an extended Boston vacation to celebrate summer’s end and the start of an amazing autumn?

The start of September is a perfect time to visit the area, and since many others might think the same, why not avoid overpaying for a packed hotel and opt for comfortable, clean, boutique housing that is provided by Maverick Empire?  With four locations to choose from, you have different options for where you want to take in your Boston scenery while also enjoying a fully-furnished apartment rental that feels like home away from home.

The end of summer is the ideal time to take one last trip and relax.  Contact us today to see our availability and schedule your stay in our short term housing to avoid the unnecessary stresses that can arise during the hotel booking and vacation planning process.

Short Term Rentals for Convention Center Events

Are you going to be in the Boston area for an exhibit at the Hynes Convention Center, the Seaport Convention Center or the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center? Our Short term apartment rentals are a great solution for your part time stay in Boston. Stay at our fully furnished apartments and enjoy High Speed Wifi, Cable TV from the comfort of your own apartment. Our corporate units are located throughout downtown Boston and offer easy access to all the convention centers throughout Boston.

Avoid busy hotel lobbies and the impersonal feel of a hotel room. Our units provide the comfort of home while on the road. Each of our 5 locations offer access to Boston public transportation, fine dining and local Boston attractions. To learn more about our short term apartments contact us at 877-795-4387 or email us to book your stay.