Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
With advanced diagnostics technology and a team of ASE-certified technicians, All American Auto Care Center Inc accomplishes preventative maintenance and repair services with precision and efficiency. Technicians work on all foreign and domestic makes and models, executing everything from cooling-system maintenance and oil changes to engine analysis. During speedy services, customers can relax in the kid-friendly lounge replete with a play space to keep the little ones occupied.
At All Tune and Lube Crystal Lake, owner Bob Brown and his certified team of technicians speed through simple oil changes, factory-recommended maintenance, as well as more complicated engine rebuilds and transmission service. Timing-belt replacement and wheel alignments also fall within the shop’s service options, along with tire replacement and A/C services. The crew can also perform fuel-injection and combustion-cleaning services on any vehicle that’s grown gassy after making one-too-many pizza deliveries.
A A C Auto Clinic's ASE-certified technicians work to keep drivers safely and smoothly rolling across American roadways. During an oil change, mechanics replace motors' used oil with up to 5 quarts of 10W-30 oil, quickly screwing in a new filter when the car's not paying attention. For those who choose the first option, a tire rotation switches wheels around so rubbery soles can take turns being in front and avoid uneven wear and tear. Technicians can also install a new set of wiper blades (up to 21" long), which help drivers see the road while driving through snow, sleet, or Rain Man posters. During the 30–45 minute service, the shop's play area distracts kids as well as adults who are still children at heart.
For more than three decades, Booth Bay Whale Watch has escorted spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent giants on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast. Passengers on the 115-foot professionally piloted Hurricane II can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids cavorting in the depths. In the course of the approximately 60-mile circuit, a member of Planet Whale narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.