Live in the Boston Area? Feeling Inventive? That’s Not Totally Surprising.

June 27, 2011

So lots of famous products and brands started right here in Massachusetts. WBZ published this list and I wanted to share it here! I especially can’t believe we invented Chocolate Chip Cookies. Wow!

1. Vulcanized Rubber by Charles Goodyear in 1839 – WOBURN

2. Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 – CAMBRIDGE

3. Liquid-Fueled Rocket by Robert Goddard in 1926 – AUBURN

4. Smiley-Face Logo by Harvey Ball in 1964 – WORCESTER

5. Microwave Oven by Percy Spencer in 1946 – CAMBRIDGE

6. Marshmallow FLUFF by Archibald Query in 1917 – SOMERVILLE

7. Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 – BOSTON

8. Polaroid/Instant Camera by Edwin Land in 1947 – CAMBRIDGE

9. Basketball by Dr. James Naismith in 1891- SPRINGFIELD

10. Chocolate Chip Cookies by Ruth Wakefield in 1930s – WHITMAN

11. Volleyball by William G. Morgan in 1895 – HOLYOKE

12. Schooner by Andrew Robinson in 1713 – GLOUCESTER

13. Packaged Frozen Foods by Clarence Birdseye in 1930 – SPRINGFIELD

 

[See WBZ’s photo gallery here.]


Congratulations BOSTON BRUINS!

June 15, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Champions!


Beat the Heat and How to Save Some Cash While Doing It

June 8, 2011

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Mass. is going to start offering rebates for the purchase of newer, energy efficient air conditioners ($150 for energy-efficient and $50 rebate if you are replacing an older model). The program starts after July 28 (via CBS Boston and Mass.gov).

Unfortunately, the hot days are here now. If you haven’t heard already, then you probably don’t watch the news: Forecasters are predicting record-breaking temperatures for today and tomorrow (via CBS Boston).

Here are 5 tips on how to stay cool [South Shore Edition]– aside from doing the regular thing like drinking a TON OF WATER and staying in the shade:

1. Visit Peaceful Meadows on Rte 18 in Whitman for some amazing, homemade ice cream.

2. Go Ice Skating at Pilgram Skating Arena on Recreation Park Drive in Hingham. Ice rinks are definitely a great place to get cool!

3. Take a swim in a big pool at Webb’s Pro Fitness on Rte 53 in Norwell.

4. SHOP, SHOP, SHOP! Malls are air-conditioned so take a drive to the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, MA.

5. Museums are air-conditioned too. Did you know that local libraries have free or heavily discounted passes to places like the Museum of Science, the Boston Aquarium, the ICA, the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo, etc. (See Norwell Public Library’s Museum Pass Page).


Taking the Dive? Consider Wedding Insurance

June 3, 2011

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Look, I get it. Weddings are expensive. But if you think paying for an Elvis-impersonator to sing at your wedding is exorbitant, just imagine if you paid him and he didn’t show up. No music.

Or what if you paid the photographer who mysteriously disappeared after a bout of bad food poisoning? No photos.

WORSE: What if your bride or groom-to-be got cold feet and bailed?

Then, you just lost a boatload of cash.

In Plymouth County, couples, on average, spend between $24,000 and $41,000 on the big day according to The Wedding Report, Inc. Imagine paying all of that out for NOTHING.

Well, now that I have you good and paranoid about your engagement, let me make you an offer.

What if I told you that for somewhere between $100 and $200, you can be INSURED for this type of financial loss?*

Well, you’d be right.

You’re not dreaming. This is called Wedding Insurance. It protects you in these situations and given the good weather, I wanted you to know NBA Insurance is your hot spot for it.

So, before you suit up or get something old, borrowed, new and blue, give us a call to get a quote: 781.871.5414. You can also email us at TC@NBAInsurance.com.

*(Not an official quote, numbers taken from an article done by WBZ.com)


WickedLocal Delivers Deals to Your Door – Why Not Save More Money?

February 18, 2011

Save Money, Wicked Local Deals, WickedLocal, Savings, Money, Car insurance, Auto Insurance, NBA Insurance Agency, South Shore, MA insurance agency, insurance agent, MA agent, Massachusetts insurance agentTired of getting emails from Groupon, Living Social, and the other slew of companies who give deals of the day?

Nah, I’m not tired of those either.

But I did think it was kind of cool that Wicked Local is offering competitive deals delivered to your door rather than electronically. It’s totally free to sign up too! If you aren’t familiar with WickedLocal, you should know that it’s a news site featuring stories from our local papers (Patriot Ledger, etc).

Click here to see their deals site — it also includes a bunch of gift cards to local restaurants and retailers, priced at 50% off! Not too shabby if you find one of your favorite restaurants.


Valentine’s Day – What to Do in the Area When You’re in Love or “Single and Bitter”

February 11, 2011

I went scoping on the internet to see what kinds of events will be taking place this Monday. Whether you hate Valentine’s Day or love it, I’ve accumulated a solid list of activities and events taking place the whole day through.

If you’re looking for a quote,

look no further.

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Roof Collapsings: Did You Know? And Fun Snow Comics.

February 2, 2011

On Channel 7, I just saw about 5 stories on roof collapsings all having occurred around Boston and up through the North Shore and New Hampshire. Jeremy Reiner shared a map indicating that depending on the region of MA you live in, roofs have to be able to sustain a specific amount of weight per square foot– specifically because of all the snow we get.

Boston, North Shore and South Shore roofs must sustain weight between 30 and 40 pounds per square foot. As you goto the Cape, the numbers decrease to about 20-25 pounds. Central MA was around 25-30 and Western MA requires roofs to sustain 40 lbs or more.

Many of the roofs that collapsed were those of commercial buildings because of the flat top. This reminded me, of course, of the ice dam madness that occurs most frequently (and more likely) on low pitch roofs. Click here to see that post.

As far as I could tell, no one is reported injured, but in most instances, there were people inside. How totally freaky that must have been.

This also means that there has got to be at least 30-40 pounds of snow per square foot on our roofs! And this is not coming to an end just yet– apparently, there’s another snownnoyance* on Saturday.

*snownoyyance = snow annoyance

Here are a few funny snow-comics. Click the thumbnails to see the full comic.

If you’re looking for a quote,

look no further.

Email Liz@NBAInsurance.com

or call 1-781-871-5414 for more details.