Free Meter Parking in the Back Bay through April 28, 2013!


Yesterday Mayor Menino announced free meter parking in the Back Bay through Sunday, April 28, 2013 to encourage people to return and support Boylston Street shops and restaurants. The free parking will be from Arlington Street to Mass Ave, as well as meter spots adjacent to the Public Gardens.

So return Back to the Back Bay, grab a free meter parking spot, and use the money saved on parking to tip your server a little extra this weekend, and then some if you can swing it.

To find a list of the open and closed restaurants in the Back Bay, please click here.


Day of Prayer and Healing

Boston Strong

Wow, what a crazy and emotional week it has been; and it hasn’t even been a full week yet since Monday’s tragedy. I saw this note on my twitter feed this morning from Mayor Menino’s office and wanted to share it. The title of the letter is: Day of Prayer and Healing, which inspired the title of my blog post. Let’s take care of ourselves, reflect on this crazy week, and never forget those we lost & hurt, and those who kept us safe this week.

For those needing a little extra support this week, the staff from the Public Health Commission will be able today from 10-2pm at 617-534-5050 for counseling as well as Monday-Friday 9-5pm. The Red Cross also has a disaster hotline at 1-800-985-5990.

Hope everyone has a better week, and take care of yourselves.

Be Safe and Thank You

I have postponed the round-up of weekend fun because I’m not sure what events will and will not be taking place this weekend. There is a chance I won’t be posting the weekend fun this weekend in and around Boston, but I am hopeful I will. I think we all need some weekend fun after this week.

Boston Be SafeAlso, thank you to law enforcement and everyone involved in this investigation for keeping us safe, and working long and hard hours to do so. Please stay safe and again, thank you.

Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13: Show (and Wear) your Boston Pride!

Boston Spirit Day

Tomorrow is the actual Patriots Day where the first battles of the American Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775. This a great day to show your Boston pride and spirit with Boston Spirit Day!

Whip out those Red Sox hats, Boston t-shirts, Patriots sweatshirts, or any apparel that reminds you of Boston whether it is sport related, school related or just plain Boston.

Wear your Boston Spirit for Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13 and show that you are Boston Strong and Boston Proud!

For more information about this great event, please check out the Facebook event page.


Free Rides to Boston Hospitals if you need one from Uber Boston

Uber posted this on their website here yesterday:

“We realize that getting around Boston is not easy right now – Uber will be providing up to two free rides on Uber Black, SUV, or UBERx for each user to and from the following hospitals through Wednesday, April 24th:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Carney Hospital

There’s no need to enter a promo code – a discount of up to $40 will apply automatically. We hope this will make the commute easier for medical workers, ease travel plans for friends and family, and enable those that have lent their assistance the past couple of days to attend services around Boston”.

Hopefully you don’t and won’t need a ride to the hospital, but the service is there if you need one.


Reflections: Love, Loss, and Living Free at the Boston Conservatory

Boston Conservatory Reflections

This weekend performance of Reflections: Love, Loss, and Living is free from 4/18/13 to 4/20/13 at the Boston Conservatory. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 617-912-9222.

“In response to the recent tragedy that has struck that Boson community, and in an attempt to help bring healing and consolation to our neighbors, this weekend’s performances of Reflections are now free and open to the public.” ~Boston Conservatory Website

More information about these free performances thanks to the Boston Conservatory can be found here.


Thoughts, Prayers, & Resources, Boston


Today I will not be posting any budget-friendly posts and suspended the deal posts I had previously planned; they seem very irrelevant now.

I did want to share some resources and information on how to help and how to get help. However, there are much better articles and round-up of resources here and here.

Boston’s Tech community has started a site to raise funds, and donations can be made here. Moments like this can bring the best in people, but can also bring out the worst. Please make sure you avoid scams and fake charities as they have and will surface on social media sites and more.

The Park Plaza Castle is open as a resource and information center, and counseling is available. For more information, please visit here.

Many businesses are open, but many events have been cancelled and some restaurants are still closed. It may be best to call before heading out to ensure a place is open.

Fire and Ice and Tasty Burger are opening up their kitchens to provide free meals for first responders, law enforcement and emergency personnel. Chicken and Rice will also have free food at their truck for emergency personnel.

The ICA and MFA are also free today, if you feel like you need a peace of comfort and beautiful art.

If you have any resources that you would like to share in the comments, please do so.There are a lot of amazing resources out there, and I’m sure I missed many.


Also, If you have any information or photos, please submit them as they could provide useful clues.

Many thoughts and prayers to those affected in this terrible tragedy. Much Love, Kate