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      Blog :: 2011

      Holidays at Boston Common

      Need a winter holiday activity?  Nothing is more traditional than a skating on Frog Pond at the magical Boston Common.  Get those skates sharpened or rent skates with ease  for a nominal fee.  

      The Boston Common is a prime location for a short skating endeavor.  Have an hour long skate while you wait to attend a movie at the Loews Theater right off the common on Tremont Street.  It may also be just the thing to stretch those legs after a ballet at the Boston Opera House on Washington Street.  Also after a bit of  holiday shopping at downtown crossing you could unwind with a few icy laps.

      This venue has the potential to be a very romantic and classic activity while you and your special someone skate under the stars.  The facility offers a tasty treat of  hot cocoa and a fantastic warming station to cuddle up in on those frigid nights.  To finish your evening, take a crisp white stroll through the rest of the beautiful  park.

      Are you in need of skating lessons? The Skating Club of Boston's Frog Pond Skating School has enhanced its skating lesson program this year and will be offering group and private skating lessons throughout the season.  It's great for skaters of all ages and experience.  Whether you're looking to sharpen those ice hockey skills or perfecting your figure skating rotation, the lessons are fun and informative.

      While you're enjoying the ice you can also enjoy this year's Christmas Tree.  This year's official 70th Boston Christmas Tree has been donated by Nova Scotia. The tree lighting took place on December 1st where festivities featured New Kids on the Block's, Joey McIntyre, American Idol's finalist, Siobhan Magnus, the Radio City Rockettes, Rockapella, The Boston Ballet and The Boston Children's Choir. Also stay tuned for First Night skating shows by the Skating Club Of Boston.

       

       

      Las mejores escuelas públicas y sistemas escolares en el área de Boston

      Si usted tiene niños, una de las cosas más importantes a pensar en cuando elegir un nuevo lugar para llamar a casa es el sistema escolar. Incluso si usted no tiene niños, puede también ser una cosa importante a considerar puesto que la calidad de sus sistemas locales puede afectar a sus contribuciones territoriales y al valor de su hogar. Hay un número de grandes sistemas escolares situados dentro de algunas millas de Boston. Alinean Weston (gasto $18.591 por pupila), Wellesley (gasto $18.960 por pupila), a Newton (gasto $16.597 por pupila), y Brookline (gasto $17.090 por pupila) constantemente en los sistemas escolares del área de top-25 Boston en graduaciones anuales de la escuela del compartimiento de Boston mejores. Estos districtos se conocen para el colmo por el gasto de la pupila, el rigor académico, y programas extracurriculares fuertes. Dentro de la ciudad de Boston, la escuela latina de Boston se considera ser la mejor High School secundaria pública. Es alineada constantemente como una de las mejores High Schools secundarias del país por noticias de los E.E.U.U. e informe del mundo debido a su plan de estudios de alto nivel, y alinea arriba para el estado de preparación de la universidad. El latín de Boston es una escuela del examen, significando que los estudiantes deben tomar un examen de calificación que se aceptará para la admisión. Dentro de la ciudad de Cambridge, Cambridge Rindge y el latín es la High School secundaria nuevamente renovada y comprensiva. Los grados compilados compartimiento de Boston comparando puntuaciones del test de High Schools elementales, medias, y secundarias en 135 districtos, entonces miraban dentro de esos districtos para determinar cómo las escuelas mejoraban (o no) en un cierto plazo. Entonces condujeron entrevistas con los superintendentes, los directors, los profesores, los coches, los ayudantes administrativos, y los consejeros de la dirección para hacer las preguntas importantes, incluyendo: "Cuántas clases del AP usted tiene?" ¿"Sabe un cabrito jugar deportes del estudiante de primer año? ¿"Usted ofrece pre-jardín de la infancia de la clase? "La pasión de un niño para la matemáticas, ciencia, o la escritura se fomente aquí?" Chasque aquí para ver las graduaciones del compartimiento de Boston por número.

      Sea un turista en su nueva ciudad

      Hay abundancia a hacer cuando usted se traslada a una nueva ciudad, como el desempaque, la organización, y encontrar de los colmados. Familiarización con su nueva ciudad es también una tarea importante que consigue a veces perdida en todos los detalles o suspendida hasta más adelante. Pero tomar una rotura de embalar para sentir bien a un turista en su propia ciudad es una gran manera de conseguir saber el área y hacer que una nueva ciudad siente como hogar. Boston es llena de museos, de teatros, de restaurantes, y de puntos históricos. Hemos juntado una lista de algunos deber-vemos los lugares que usted puede comprobar hacia fuera mientras que usted comienza a explorar Boston. El rastro de la libertad - el rastro de la libertad es uno de los viajes superiores de Boston y es perfecto si usted tiene una jornada completa a explorar. El rastro de 2.5 millas le lleva a algunos de los lugares más importantes de la historia de Boston, como la casa del estado, la iglesia del norte vieja, y la constitución de USS. El acuario de Nueva Inglaterra - situado en la línea de costa de Boston, el tanque gigante del acuario de Nueva Inglaterra en el centro de la facilidad no debe ser faltado. Después de que su visita, compruebe hacia fuera algunos de los restaurantes en el área. Jardín público de Boston - pase una tarde que da un paseo el jardín público de Boston; el jardín botánico más viejo de los Estados Unidos. En el resorte, el jardín estalla con color y los barcos famosos del cisne de Boston toman a los visitantes para los paseos en la charca en el centro del parque. Es un gran lugar para una comida campestre o apenas relajarse en la cortina. Parque de Fenway - los ventiladores de béisbol y los ventiladores de la historia amarán igualmente una visita al estadio de béisbol más viejo de las ligas principales. Si usted no puede hacerlo a un juego, tome uno de los viajes dirigidos ofrecidos en el parque de Fenway. Mercado de Quincy - no falte esta colmena que apresura de la actividad. Por completo de las tiendas, pubs y restaurantes, este centro comercial al aire libre ha sido un lugar y un centro comercial sociales importantes desde los a fines del 1700.

       

      Best Public Schools and School Systems in the Boston Area

      If you have children, one of the most important things to think about when choosing a new place to call home is the school system. Even if you don't have children, it can also be an important thing to consider since the quality of your local systems can affect your property taxes and the value of your home.

      There are a number of great schools systems located within a few miles of Boston. Weston ($18,591 spending per pupil), Wellesley ($18,960 spending per pupil), Newton ($16,597 spending per pupil), and Brookline ($17,090 spending per pupil) are consistently ranked in the top-25 Boston area school systems in Boston Magazine's annual Best School Rankings. These districts are known for high per pupil spending, academic rigor, and strong extracurricular programs.

      Within the city of Boston, Boston Latin School is considered to be the best public high school. It is consistently ranked as one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report because of its high-level curriculum, and it ranks high for college preparedness. Boston Latin is an exam school, meaning that students must take a qualifying exam to be accepted for admission. Within the city of Cambridge, Cambridge Rindge and Latin is the newly renovated and comprehensive high school.

      Boston Magazine compiled ratings by comparing test scores from elementary, middle, and high schools in 135 districts, then they looked within those districts to determine how schools were improving (or not) over time. They then conducted interviews with superintendents, principals, teachers, coaches, administrative assistants, and guidance counselors to ask important questions, including:

       

      "How many AP classes do you have?"

      "Can a kid play freshman sports?

      "Do you offer pre-kindergarten of any kind?

      "Will a child's passion for math, science, or writing be fostered here?"

       

      Click here to see the Boston Magazine rankings by number.

      Be a Tourist in Your New City

      There's plenty to do when you move to a new city, like unpacking, organizing, and finding the grocery stores. Getting to know your new city is also an important task that sometimes gets lost in all of the details or put off until later. But taking a break from packing to become a tourist in your own city is a great way to get to know the area and make a new town feel like home.

      Boston is full of museums, theaters, restaurants, and historic spots. We've put together a list of a few must-see places that you can check out as you begin to explore Boston.

      The Freedom Trail - The Freedom Trail is one of Boston's top tours and is perfect if you have a whole day to explore. The 2.5-mile trail takes you to some of the most important places in Boston's history, like the State House, Old North Church, and the USS Constitution.

      The New England Aquarium - Located on Boston's waterfront, The New England Aquarium's giant tank in the center of the facility shouldn't be missed. After your visit, check out some of the restaurants in the area.

      Boston Public Garden - Spend an afternoon strolling  The Boston Public Garden;  the oldest botanical garden in the United States. In the spring, the garden explodes with color and Boston's famous swan boats take visitors for rides in the pond in the center of the park. It's a great place for a picnic or just to relax in the shade.

      Fenway Park - Baseball fans and history fans alike will love a visit to the oldest ballpark in the major leagues. If you can't make it to a game, take one of the guided tours offered at  Fenway Park.

      Quincy Market - Don't miss this bustling hive of activity. Full of shops, pubs and restaurants, this open-air shopping center has been an important social venue and shopping center since the late 1700s.

      Moving to America with Boston International Real Estate (BIRE)

      At Boston International Real Estate (BIRE), we're dedicated to smoothing the confusing and sometimes bumpy process of moving to the United States from overseas. We understand how difficult it can be to get settled in a place with an unfamiliar culture and language, and we provide the services that help ease the transition. Through our blog we'll provide updates about BIRE, discuss real estate news that affects the international community, and present useful information for those moving to the Boston area from overseas. We'll also offer tips and opinions, and we hope that you'll respond with a few questions or opinions of your own. We're excited to provide this service to our clients, and we're even more excited to hear from you - we hope that this site will become an interactive forum for those seeking assistance with a big move to the United States.

       

      Check back here frequently for updates, and we look forward to interacting with you in this new capacity. Please contact us to learn how we can help you make this transition!

      Innovative Kitchen Sink

      Kitchen + Bath Artisans, is a full service design firm specializing in but not limited to kitchen and bath design. They also offer architectural and interior design and consultation services for residential and commercial projects.

      Tim Odom, principal of Kitchen + Bath Artisans, was tasked to create an unmatched kitchen for his clients that reflect both their unique personality and the house's surrounding beauty. "The common theme in this kitchen," explains the designer, "is the subtle details that you don't notice until you focus. That's my definition of good design." The sink was the premise for the kitchen's design that began two years before any purchases were made. The problem was that once it came time to order the sink, it was discontinued. "We hunted it down and finally found the very last one...in Sweden". The Rotating Sink is amazing ... has cutting board, colander & more.

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