Thanks to some last minute donations The Boston Wounded Vet Run proudly announced the 5th honoree for the 6th Annual Boston Wounded Vet Ride: Marine Sgt Kirstie Ennis!
Kirstie lost her leg due to a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
This upcoming May, we ride for her!
This new year, I will ________________.
Fill in the blank. What will you do differently?
Here are 16 New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 to get you started.
1: Be More Positive
Be more positive not just with our words and actions, but also with our own thoughts. Focus on surrounding yourself with positive people, things and experiences. Do what makes you smile and get rid of the things that don’t. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
2: Practice Random Acts of Kindness
“It’s the little things that count.” Instead of saying you will stop doing certain bad habits, focus on the good things you want to do more.
3: Do Something Out of the Ordinary
Step out of your comfort zone, it could give you a thrill of a lifetime! Trying new things can help you not only discover different sides of yourself, but it will help you know what you don’t like. So if you’ve always wanted to try, say, a cooking class and you end up hating it, you can cross that off and move onto the next thing.
4: Read More Books
Because knowledge is power and with great power comes great responsibility. Reading is a great past time, can help you relax and if you read before bed may even help you fall sleep.
5: Eat Healthier
Trying to tell yourself what you can and can not eat is a difficult task. Rather than attempting to stop yourself from eating all the “bad” foods, try focusing on eating the “good” ones. You could also eat several small meals a day instead of a few large ones. For Example: Instead of eating a bowl of ice cream swap it for a bowl or (frozen) yogurt.
6: Get Fit
Many of us say “I want to loose weight in the new year,” but not all of us follow through with it. Instead of forcing ourselves to go to gym, we could just wake up a few minutes earlier and exercise. That way, it doesn’t seem like a chore.
7: Learn Something New
Have a friend teach you something new and in return help them learn something new. Follow your passions because learning something new should be challenging, fun and exciting.
8: Get More Sleep
There’s the famous “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” quote, but it sneaks up on you if you’re only getting 2-4 hours of sleep. Think of it this way: the more sleep you get, the more energy you have to do the things you want to do!
9: Save More, Spend Less
If your goal in 2016 is the save more and spend less, then the 52-week money challenge is perfect for you. The concept is easy: you start with $1 in the first week, and then every week, you’ll put away an extra dollar (week 1: $1, Week 2: $2…. Week 52: $52). Before you know it, you’ll have an extra $1,378 saved up.
10: Less Text, More Talk
Put your phone down and look up. Sometimes, it’s difficult to disconnect from the digital world, but is it worth missing out on those special moments? Learning to be truly present in the moment, not only improves our relationships but also makes us more appreciative to what we do have.
Traveling has a special magic touch. Whether it’s taking a mini getaway or a that big vacation you’ve been saving up for go somewhere you’ve never gone before!
12: Be More Open-Minded
Everyone gets scared, nervous and doubtful at times. Accept it and challenge yourself to be more open-minded to new things, people and experiences that life throws at you. People usually only fear the things that they don’t fully understand? If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask!
13: Volunteer and Give Back to your Community
The beautiful thing about people is how much of a difference one person can make, let alone a group of people all working for the same cause. Once people gather together for something that they believe in, the outcome is incredible.
14: Be More Organized
Whether you want to cut back on clutter, organize your room, recycle and reuse some of your things, everyone needs their own system to get organized. That way if you ever need something, you’re not scrambling trying to look for it.
15: Saying no when you need to & saying yes when you really should
You don’t have to say yes to everything. If you don’t feel like going to a party, listen to yourself and take a pass. If someone tries to dish out something that isn’t your job at work, tell them no. Just embrace the word “no.”
Maybe your friend impulsively suggests a concert, or someone’s had a bad day and needs to go for a drink — whatever the reason, if you feel it would make your or their night, you should do it. In the best case scenario, you’ll get a memory to keep forever; at worst, at least you tried something new!
16: Enjoy the Little Things.
Living life to the fullest doesn’t just mean setting big goals like going bungee jumping or learning to scuba dive. It also includes learning to enjoy the little things. That is, learning to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, such as the following:
- Going outside at night to look at the stars.
- Seeing a genuine smile on the face of a person you love.
- Walking barefoot in the grass.
The MBTA announced its service schedule for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The MBTA is providing extra transit services throughout the First Night Festivities and will offer FREE service after 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
- Blue, Orange, Green and Red Line trains will operate on a weekday schedule. Additional trains will operate and provide rush – hour levels of service throughout the evening. Service will be extended until approximately 2:00 a.m.
- Buses, Silver Line, and trackless trolleys will operate on a weekday schedule.
- Commuter Rail Service On New Year’s Eve will operate on a weekday schedule with additional train service provided to accommodate customers participating in Boston’s First Night Celebration.
OUTBOUND FROM NORTH STATION
|Fitchburg Line:||12:10 AM departure to Fitchburg will terminate at South Acton
1:00 AM & 2:00 AM Departure to Fitchburg
|Haverhill Line:||12:10 AM departure to Haverhill will terminate at Reading
1:00 AM & 2:00 AM Departure to Haverhill
|Lowell Line:||12:10 AM, 1:00 AM, & 2:00 AM Departure to Lowell|
|Rockport Line:||12:10 AM departure to Rockport will terminate at Beverly
1:00 AM departure to Rockport
|Newburyport:||12:45 AM departure to Newburyport|
|Newburyport/Rockport:||2:00 AM departure
Newburyport bound customers must change at Beverly for a connecting train to Newburyport.
OUTBOUND FROM SOUTH STATION
|Providence Line:||Train #829 that normally departs at 11:59 P.M. will depart 46 minutes later at 12:45 A.M.
1:45 AM Departure to Providence
|Franklin Line:||Train #731 that normally departs at 11:50 P.M. will depart 55 minutes later at 12:45 A.M.
1:45 AM Departure to Forge Park
|Greenbush Line:||1:05 AM Departure to Greenbush|
|Middleboro/Lakeville Line:||1:10 AM Departure to Middleboro|
|Needham Line:||1:00 AM Departure to Needham|
|Kingston Line:||1:00 AM Departure to Kingston|
|Worcester/Framingham Line:||Train #P539 that normally departs at 11:25 PM. will depart 1 hour and 35 minutes later at 1:00 AM to Worcester|
Commuter Boat and Ferry
- Inner Harbor Ferry will operate a normal weekday schedule.
- Rowes Wharf/ Hingham Shipyard
Additional service will depart at 12:20 PM and 2:30 PM from Rowes Wharf to Hingham.
Additional service will depart Hingham at 1:15 PM and 3:15 PM.
- The last departure from Rowes Wharf will be at 7 PM.
- The 7:30 PM and 8:30PM departures from Rowes Wharf will be cancelled
- The last departure from Hingham will be at 6:10 PM.
- The 6:40 PM and 7:40 PM departures from Hingham will be cancelled.
- The last departure from Rowes Wharf will be at 7 PM.
- Quincy Fore River Shipyard to Long Wharf and Logan Airport (Hull)
From Long Wharf
1:25 PM will stop at Hull
2:15 PM will stop at Hull
Additional service at 3:00 PM stops at Hull and Quincy Fore River Shipyard.
The 5:30 PM departure from Long Wharf to Hull and Quincy Fore River Shipyard will be cancelled.
The last departure from Quincy Fore River Shipyard will be at 6:55 PM.
The last departure from Long Wharf will be at 7:30 PM.
THE RIDE will operate extended hours until 2:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 1st– New Year’s Day
- Blue, Orange, Green and Red Line trains will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- Buses, Silver Line, and trackless trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- Commuter rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Please Note: Fairmount Line, Needham Line and Stoughton Line will not operate.
- Inner Harbor Ferry and Commuter Boat services will not operate.
- THE RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Visit MBTA on the web for more information about MBTA services, routes, schedules and fares, or call the T’s Customer Information Center at 617-222-3200, (TTY) 617-222-5146.
The Boston Wounded Vet Run proudly announced the third honoree for the 6th Annual Boston Wounded Vet Ride: Army Specialist Sean Pesce of West Haven, CT!
Sean was shot 13 times Afghanistan and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
This upcoming May, we ride for him!
The Boston Wounded Vet Run proudly announced the second honoree for the 6th Annual Boston Wounded Vet Ride: SSG James Clark of Hinsdale, NH!
James lost his leg and part of a foot in an 2009 Afghanistan deployment.
In 2016 we ride for him!
On Wednesday the de Blasio administration approved a 30-cent surcharge on all yellow and street-hail livery taxi rides as part of a plan to make half of New York’s yellow cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020.
The board of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved the rule change to the cheers of several wheelchair users assembled at a hearing inside the commission’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
The new surcharge will take effect next year, with the added revenue financing the conversion of yellow cabs to wheelchair-accessible vehicles, which are typically more expensive, beginning in 2016. A lottery system will determine which medallion holders will convert their vehicles first.
Five cents of the surcharge will be set aside to help offset additional fuel costs for drivers and to provide training on how to assist disabled passengers.
Presiding over her first meeting as taxi commissioner, Meera Joshi, whom Mayor Bill de Blasio nominated in March, said that the issue of accessibility had “paralyzed the agency for years.”
“Today, we’ve moved beyond arguing over the mechanics of how,” she said as she cast her vote, “and are taking action toward the greater goal: equalizing access for our iconic taxi system.”
The new rule was the result of a class-action lawsuit that argued that the city was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act because only about 230 of New York’s more than 13,000 yellow cabs were accessible to wheelchair users. (Another 175 wheelchair-accessible cabs have since been added.)
Late last year, the departing Bloomberg administration said it had settled the suit, agreeing to make half the fleet accessible by 2020, but it was unclear how the plan would be paid for.
In March, the de Blasio administration announced the proposed surcharge.
The plan has its critics. Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said that while the group supported the introduction of more wheelchair-accessible cabs, the surcharge amounted to “a slush fund” for fleet operators.
“The meter is sacred for taxi drivers,” Ms. Desai said. “We believe it should be preserved for driver income and not for anything else.”
Some elected officials and industry groups have suggested the changes do not go far enough, calling for a fully wheelchair-accessible fleet for yellow taxis and improvements among for-hire vehicles.
Though the surcharge will also apply to green cabs, which operate in northern Manhattan and the other boroughs, it will not be used to make more livery cabs wheelchair accessible. As part of a separate plan, 20 percent of green taxis are required to be wheelchair accessible.
For many attendees at the hearing, though, Wednesday’s vote represented a hard-won victory.
One wheelchair user, Ronnie Ellen Raymond, testified that the conversion of half the fleet — about 7,500 yellow cabs, by the time the changes are complete — would “significantly change my life.”
“I’m no longer relegated to stay home or to spend hours, literally, trying to get somewhere that takes everybody else 20 minutes — always arriving late, anxious and angry,” she said, her voice cracking. “I want to have a life that is meaningful, affordable and achievable.”