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Throwback Thursday: Home Delivery Services

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 12:20 PM

Seven years ago, I saw a delivery truck for a large supermarket chain and thought, “What a great idea!” I remember being astounded at what a simple concept it was and couldn’t believe no one had thought of it before. Afterall, no one likes to go grocery shopping. No one likes to hunt for a place to park, or deal with long lines on a weekend. I began to think of how and when I could take advantage of this new service the next time I needed to go food shopping. Later, I realized that grocery deliveries aren’t a new concept at all, just one that had been updated.

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Throwback Thursday: Arlington Center

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

The city of Arlington has had a rich history dating back to the early 1600s, when it was called “Menotomy” by the Algonquins who lived there. Fore more than 400 years it has been known by several names (including West Cambridge), served as a battleground during the Revolutionary War, was a leader in lettuce production, is home to the oldest operational mill in the country, and it’s where more than 40,000 residents currently live.

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Throwback Thursday: The History of Route 9

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

Since 1810, Route 9 has connected Worcester to Boston and has been the way residents and tourists have accessed the cities, towns, and businesses that are located in between. When the road was first opened, it was only a 14-foot dirt road and was privately owned. It was, and is, an essential part of building inter-town commerce in the state. This picture shows how thick traffic could be, even after a heavy snowstorm.

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Throwback Thursday: The New Ocean House Hotel in Swampscott, MA

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Lately, we have been experiencing the typical New England winter. Maybe, that’s why I’ve been thinking about how much fun a beach vacation can be. During the summer, the beaches of Massachusetts are full of residents and tourists, each person looking for a little rest and relaxation at the water’s edge. From 1884 to 1969, one of the best places to enjoy the surf and sun was the New Ocean House Hotel in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

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Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Waltham, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 02:25 PM

Back when there were only a few roads in a town, Main Street would historically be the one that would become the home to local businesses and markets. In 1738, Waltham split from Watertown and over the next two hundred years would become a leader in local manufacturing and innovation. This is what Main Street in Waltham looked like in 1906.

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Throwback Thursday: Clearing the Snow in 1920s Quincy

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 12:04 PM

Earlier this week, a few inches of snow accumulated on the ground across eastern Massachusetts. Honestly, this last snow squall wasn’t too bad, but there’s a Nor’easter predicted for this weekend. In the 21st century, it’s easy for us to prepare for snowstorms. We have plows and de-icing chemicals to keep the streets clear of snow and ice. We use snow blowers to keep our sidewalks and driveways clear. However, it wasn’t that long ago that those tools weren’t available to us.

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Throwback Thursday: Celebrate the Holidays at Edaville Railroad

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

This photo, taken in 2011, is of Edaville Railroad, in Carver, Massachusetts. Edaville has become a destination for families looking to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit. Each year, their train tours around the 250 acre cranberry farm and travels past festive light displays and decorations. Hop on the train, and if it’s cold enough, share a cup of hot chocolate with your family. Create a winter memory and tradition with your family.

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Throwback Thursday: A Holiday Concert in Framingham, Massachusetts

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 11:22 AM

How do you get someone into the holiday spirit? Simple, play some festive music for them. There’s something about hearing a familiar tune every year at the same time that makes those celebrating the holidays feel excited for the season. This weekend, the MetroWest Daily News will hold their annual holiday concert and food drive at Nevins Hall in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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Throwback Thursday: The Holiday Season Begins

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

There’s something about the holiday season that inspires people to decorate their homes with intricate light displays and models. Maybe it’s because we want to show off how much we enjoy the final month of the year. Perhaps, we are so discouraged at the early darkness, we want fake sunlight by lighting up the block. Whatever the reason, many families who celebrate different holidays during this time of year decorate their homes, much to the delight of their community. Like this home Wicked Local Cape Cod found last year.

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Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Almost everyone celebrates Thanksgiving with a roasted turkey, heaping amounts of side dishes and warm pumpkin pie. The Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts does all of that and throws one of the best parades in the nation. For the last 19 years, the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade has been a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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