Safe Flue Chimney keeps smokestacks safe and keeps its licensed technicians enlightened with continual training. That training gets put to the test throughout the year during an assortment of services, including chimney sweeps to remove flammable buildups and masonry repairs. In addition to standard checkups and fixings, the Safe Flue staff also can install wood stoves, or outfit chimneys with water repellant to protect them during super soaker battles between warring tree houses.
Over seven years, the Boston String Quartet has vibrated strings in collaboration with artists such as John Mayer and the Boston Ballet, stirred the air molecules at Symphony Hall and PBS, and performed by invitation for former President George H.W. Bush. With this deal, eighth-note connoisseurs can wrap their eardrums around the quartet's dulcet tones as they present "Xibus," an evening of contemporary and classical that marks the zenith of a two-day workshop collaborating with Finneytown High School orchestra students. Over the course of the evening program, the quartet and the students will cajole their chordophones into ringing out in harmonious arrangements of music by Carlos Santana, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Bill Gates's new Viking-punk band, as well as performing original compositions by members of Boston String Quartet.
When The Original Chimney Sweep first opened in 1976, founder Dennis Arseneau could be found gracing rooftops and sweeping away soot while dressed to the nines in a top hat and tails. Today, he's retired the Dick Van Dyke number and lets his service record speak for itself. Over the course of 30 years, the Arseneau family has reaped more than 56,000 loyal customers across southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island thanks to Dennis's detail-oriented approach to service, which includes offering free estimates and keeping homes free of sootprints. Beyond inspecting flues of all shapes and sizes, his team can inspect and clean dryer vents, oil- and gas-burning appliances, and carbon monoxide detectors, and even offers a selection of fireplace accessories, such as screens, grates, and kindling made from handwritten love letters.
As one of planet Earth's largest historic naval-ship exhibits, Battleship Cove immerses visitors in an authentic World War II experience. Both sides of the battle are represented via legendary warships, an aircraft, and a submarine, offering forth their mysterious interiors to history mavens and the combat-curious alike. Battleship Cove also houses one of the largest veterans' oral-history archives in New England, proffering reminiscences of war heroes, including Dom DiMaggio (brother of Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio) and John McCain. The gift shop makes newly acquired lessons last with memorable tokens such as personalized dog tags ($7) and teakwood desk accessories made from the original decking of the U.S.S. Massachusetts ($19.95), not to mention the ghosts of a thousand metaphor-spewing albatrosses.
Once a small mowing service, PaveScapes Landscaping Services has blossomed into a thriving business ready to tackle all outdoor needs. Owner Marco Pavao, following his father’s lead, opened the business in 2005, and now dispatches his team to residences across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During the spring and summer, the crew designs and installs landscaping, trims trees and bushes, and eliminates weeds and crabgrass. As the cold winter air blows in, customers can recruit PaveScapes Landscaping Services to plow snow from the driveway or take down enemy fortresses during snowball fights.