It’s Trevor Noah Day in Boston, y’all

Advertisement It doesn’t give anyone the day off, but Feb. 12 is nonetheless an official holiday in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed Friday Trevor Noah Day, kicking off the comedian’s sold-out six-show weekend at the Wilbur Theatre. While the dimply “Daily Show” host isn’t a Bostonian — he was born in Johannesburg — Walsh aimed to recognize Noah’s contribution to “the diversity of talent seen in and throughout the Northeast region of America,” as he wrote in the proclamation. Among Noah’s virtues, the mayor wrote, is his commitment Continue reading >>>

This Bostonian shipped snow as a joke but quickly found it to be a profitable business

Ship Snow, Yo started as a joke, but has grown into a profitable business with a number of celebrity clients. A unique startup company in Boston is shipping naturally made snow all over the West Coast and to some famous clients as well. Ship Snow, Yo!’s founder, Boston-based entrepreneur Kyle Waring, created the company on February 5th of last year. He came up with the idea for the business right in the middle of the blizzards in the east. Waring himself, enjoying the snow. Image from shipsnowyo.com. A silly start “The idea originally formed when my wife and I were shoveling snow, and we Continue reading >>>

The ‘don’t I know you?’ phenomenon

As a Greater Bostonian for nearly six decades, I live in a world rich with people I know but can’t place, and vice versa. Our eyes meet across the tracks below Park Street, in the throngs at the Fluff Festival or the dog-eat-dog aisles of Market Basket; we exchange a measured look that says, “You’re familiar but I don’t know why . . . and whether I like you.” We may have been grade school chums or jogged on adjacent treadmills at the Y. I may have typed their divorce complaints, signed in for visits at the same prison, or squirmed across from them in one therapy Continue reading >>>

Dating app usage spikes during snowstorms

That makes sense—lots of people search for winter girlfriends or boyfriends, a fact Hinge’s data corroborates. Through a survey of more than 1,000 of their active monthly users, the company found that women are 15 percent more likely to want a relationship in the winter than during any other season. The male population’s desire to lock someone down, however, only increases in the winter by five percent.

Say yes to secondhand dress

When Bostonian Shannon Felton Spence was planning her wedding last year, she watched episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” for months until she found her dream dress — a Lazaro from two seasons past. The head of politics and communications at the British Consulate in Boston was determined to track it down, and when she did, the hefty $7,000 price tag quickly deflated her spirit.But because her dream dress wasn’t from a current collection, she thought she could find it online.“After a quick Google search, the dress came up on preownedweddingdresses.com.”But to buy the dress secondhand, Continue reading >>>

Drew Faust, Football Fanatic?

As an adopted Bostonian, University President Drew G. Faust is, of course, a diehard Pats fan. And like her fellow New Englanders, she seems to still be recovering from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Brutal. Us too, President Faust. (Just kidding—we don’t care about sports unless it’s Harvard-Yale). So with the Super Bowl approaching, Flyby went knocking on Mass Hall to ask some hard-hitting questions. But most importantly: who Continue reading >>>

Bostonian who traveled overseas is first Mass. Zika case

The World Health Organization will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the alarming spike in Zika virus cases.Canadian travellers visiting affected areas are being encouraged to protect themselves against Zika virus by preventing mosquito bites, including using insect repellent, protective clothing, mosquito nets, screened doors and windows. Modeling combining that fact with the known dynamics of dengue fever suggests that over a one-year period between three and four million people could be infected with Zika.Brazil, which hosts the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Continue reading >>>

Bostonian who traveled overseas is first Mass. Zika case

A Boston resident has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Boston Public Health Commission confirmed Thursday. And it won’t take much, Gostin said, for the Zika virus to arrive on our shores: just one mosquito needs to get on a plane and head to the U.S. And a native mosquito could pick up the virus if it bites an infected person. On Monday, the World Health Organization predicted the virus would spread to all countries across the Americas except for Canada and Chile. No cases of Zika virus have been reported as locally transmitted in the continental USA, but cases Continue reading >>>

Bostonian who traveled abroad is first Mass. Zika case

A Boston man contracted the Zika virus while traveling in a country where the mosquito-borne illness is prevalent, health authorities reported Thursday.The man is the first Massachusetts resident to come down with the virus, which does not typically spread from person to person. Cases have been identified in at least 11 states, all involving people who were infected outside the United States. Advertisement The sick Boston resident is expected to recover fully, said Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau. But Continue reading >>>

Tom Brady’s letter to fans proves he’s a Bostonian

This is reason number 10 billion and counting why the people of this area love Tom Brady. And it’s something the old school wretches in the press and those bitter blobs of resentment that hate him for all his success will never comprehend, much less admit. Tom Brady is one of us. He comes from the one place Massholes distrust the most, California. He’s a citizen of the world who meets popes, gets invited to State of the Union addresses and his wife is a one-word-namer around the globe. But he’s become a Boston guy. Remember when Brady and Gisele built that moated castle in southern California Continue reading >>>